Capitals Insider: Karl Alzner


Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 04/17/2014

Capitals season review: Defensemen

A look at the Capitals’ blue-liners.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:16 AM ET, 04/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, connor carrick, Defense, Defensemen, Dmitry Orlov, Jack Hillen, John Carlson, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Mike Green, Nate Schmidt

Posted at 11:43 PM ET, 04/11/2014

Jay Beagle records first career two-goal game

An individual milestone for the hard-working center.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:43 PM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Blackhawks, Jay Beagle, Karl Alzner

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 04/09/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-1 win in St. Louis

FIVE THOUGHTS | When most had counted the team out, Washington puts on its best performance in months.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:27 AM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Blues, Defense, Five thoughts, Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, playoff race

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 5-4 shootout loss to the Kings

FIVE THOUGHTS | Falling in a shootout is something that might haunt the Capitals down the stretch.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:03 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Kings, Chris Brown, Five thoughts, Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 10:45 PM ET, 03/16/2014

Nicklas Backstrom’s unselfish play leads to Troy Brouwer’s 20th goal

Rather than score an empty-net goal himself, the Capitals’ top center helps Troy Brouwer reach 20-goal plateau.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:45 PM ET, 03/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Leafs, Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 03/09/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 3-2 win over the Coyotes

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ win over Phoenix.

By  |  03:31 PM ET, 03/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Caps-Coyotes, Five thoughts, Groin injuries, Jaroslav Halak, Karl Alzner

Posted at 11:37 PM ET, 03/08/2014

Video: Capitals’ three-goal comeback against the Coyotes

Video: The 5:02 span in the third period that changed the course of Saturday’s game.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:37 PM ET, 03/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Coyotes, Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 03/07/2014

Five Thoughts on the Capitals’ 3-0 loss to the Bruins

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ loss Thursday at Boston.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:09 AM ET, 03/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Caps-Bruins, Five thoughts, Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 11:37 PM ET, 03/06/2014

Capitals lose third straight as offense sputters

For the second straight game Washington recorded only eight shots through the first 40 minutes.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:37 PM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Bruins, Caps-Flyers, Karl Alzner

Posted at 12:07 AM ET, 02/05/2014

Caps continue to struggle in low-scoring games, fall to Islanders

Washington hasn’t won a game this year in which it hasn’t scored three or more goals.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:07 AM ET, 02/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Isles, Karl Alzner

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 01/30/2014

Capitals determined to not make same mistakes against Blue Jackets

The Capitals played one of their worst games of the year here two weeks ago and they’re determined to avoid a repeat performance.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:27 AM ET, 01/30/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Blue Jackets, Jason Chimera, Karl Alzner

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 01/23/2014

Adam Oates, Capitals not panicking amid six-game losing streak

Oates: “I can’t come in and all of a sudden turn into a different person. You’re going to have losing waves.“

By Katie Carrera  |  03:02 PM ET, 01/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Capitals can’t take balanced Blue Jackets lightly

Washington leery of a let-down against the Blue Jackets.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:35 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Blue Jackets, Karl Alzner

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Capitals stay positive, confident in play despite three-game losing streak

News and notes from the morning skate in Columbus.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:44 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Blue Jackets, Karl Alzner, Lineups, Martin Erat, Philipp Grubauer, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 01/06/2014

Capitals won’t retool struggling penalty kill

Penalty killers are focusing on preventing shots from getting through, rather than traffic in front.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:35 PM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Czech Olympic team, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Martin Erat, Michal Neuvirth, Penalty Kill, Sochi 2014

Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 12/31/2013

Carlson and Alzner give Washington a solid shutdown pair

John Carlson and Karl Alzner have seen a steady progression since their time together in Hershey.

By Neil Greenberg  |  10:32 AM ET, 12/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Statistical analysis

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Adam Oates on Panthers: ‘Don’t take them lightly’

The Caps can’t afford to not take every opponent seriously.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:52 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Panthers, Karl Alzner

Posted at 08:02 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Richard Panik suspended two games for boarding Karl Alzner

Check out the NHL’s suspension explanation.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:02 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Lightning, Karl Alzner, NHL, NHL discipline

Posted at 12:13 AM ET, 12/11/2013

Karl Alzner ‘fine’ after big hit from Tampa Bay’s Richard Panik (updated)

The Capitals defenseman said he’s doing well after being rattled by a big hit in the second period.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:13 AM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Lightning, Karl Alzner

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Capitals create blueprint for success in back-to-back wins

Washington’s first set of consecutive regulation wins this year came with solid showings from start to finish.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:54 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-NYR, Caps-Preds, Jason Chimera, Karl Alzner

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 12/09/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-1 win over the Rangers

A three-goal outburst in the third period and an impressive outing for rookie goalie Philipp Grubauer paved the way to victory Sunday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:42 AM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-NYR, Five thoughts, Jason Chimera, Karl Alzner, Mikhail Grabovski, Steve Oleksy

Posted at 11:15 PM ET, 12/08/2013

Philipp Grubauer earns first NHL win in Capitals’ victory

The Capitals’ goaltending prospect was stellar with 30 saves against the Rangers.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:15 PM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-NYR, Jason Chimera, Karl Alzner, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 12/08/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 5-2 win against Nashville

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ win over the Predators.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:43 PM ET, 12/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Preds, Defense, Dmitry Orlov, Five thoughts, Karl Alzner, Martin Erat, Patrick Wey

Posted at 11:47 PM ET, 12/07/2013

Nate Schmidt records first NHL goal in Capitals win over Nashville

The rookie defenseman reaches a milestone.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:47 PM ET, 12/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Preds, Karl Alzner, Nate Schmidt

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 12/04/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-1 loss to Carolina

Notes and observations from the loss to Carolina.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:02 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Canes, Five thoughts, Karl Alzner, Mike Green, Philipp Grubauer

Posted at 11:31 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Braden Holtby struggles in Capitals’ 4-1 loss to Carolina

Braden Holtby allows four goals on 23 shots through two periods against the Hurricanes.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:31 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Canes, Karl Alzner

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 12/01/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ overtime win against the Islanders

Notes and observations from the win over the Islanders.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:03 AM ET, 12/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Volpatti, Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Isles, Dmitry Orlov, Five thoughts, Karl Alzner, Martin Erat

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 11/21/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ loss to the Penguins.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:04 AM ET, 11/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Brooks Laich, Caps-Pens, Five thoughts, Karl Alzner

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 11/19/2013

Caps-Pens rivalry in need of a spark?

Has the Capitals-Penguins rivalry lost some of its intensity in recent years?

By Katie Carrera  |  11:47 AM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Pens, Karl Alzner, Sidney Crosby

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 11/10/2013

Capitals bracing for altitude effects against Avalanche

Playing in the altitude of Denver on the second game of back-to-backs is far from ideal.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:37 PM ET, 11/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Avs, Karl Alzner

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 11/10/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-3 shootout loss in Phoenix

Notes and observations from the 4-3 shootout loss to the Coyotes.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:16 PM ET, 11/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Coyotes, Five thoughts, John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Penalty Kill, Power play, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 11/07/2013

Capitals taking too many penalties

The Capitals have the league’s top penalty killing unit, but that also means they’ve had a lot of penalties to kill.

By Chelsea Janes  |  08:47 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Karl Alzner, penalties

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Involvement of defensemen key for Capitals’ offense

Defensemen don’t always need to score, but the blue-liners’ ability to keep an offensive play alive is critical.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:45 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Defense, John Carlson, Karl Alzner

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 10/17/2013

Capitals’ woes rooted in poor defensive play

The Capitals might not be creating much offense through the first seven games, but their problems begin in the defensive zone.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:44 PM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Rangers, Defense, Karl Alzner

Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 10/16/2013

Oates: Rangers ‘not the same team’ the Capitals are familiar with

The two teams have a lot of recent playoff history, but this year’s New York Rangers don’t look like the one the Capitals are so familiar with.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:17 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers, Karl Alzner

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 10/13/2013

Adam Oates reinforces positives, wants Capitals to reset after loss to Avalanche

“Let’s take one. We need one win right now,” the Capitals coach said a day after his team’s ugly loss to the Avalanche. “I want the guys to feel good. We need to win tomorrow.“

By Katie Carrera  |  02:53 PM ET, 10/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Karl Alzner, Mike Green

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 10/13/2013

Five thoughts on Washington’s 5-1 loss to the Avalanche

Notes and observations on the Capitals 5-1 loss to the Avalanche.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:41 AM ET, 10/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Avs, Five thoughts, Jason Chimera, Karl Alzner, Michal Neuvirth, Nicklas Backstrom, Semyon Varlamov

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals loss to the Blackhawks

Notes on the Capitals’ season opening loss to Chicago.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:02 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, connor carrick, Five thoughts, Karl Alzner, Mikhail Grabovski, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 09/15/2013

Capitals take note of new NHL nets

The Capitals played with the NHL’s new nets for the first time Saturday night. The changes are subtle, but require adjustments from players.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:02 PM ET, 09/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Karl Alzner, NHL rules, Philipp Grubauer, Training Camp

Posted at 08:14 AM ET, 09/13/2013

George McPhee’s philosophy on bridge contracts for RFAs

As bridge contracts become more popular around the NHL, George McPhee shares his outlook and perspective on the latest one he completed less than a week ago for Marcus Johansson.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:14 AM ET, 09/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  George McPhee, Karl Alzner, Marcus Johanson, Restricted free agents

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 08/26/2013

No skating, just team-building at U.S. Olympic camp

No hockey federations had players skate at Olympic orientation camps this summer, but Capitals defensemen John Carlson and Karl Alzner say it might not matter too much.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:01 AM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Sochi 2014, USA Hockey

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 08/22/2013

Karl Alzner determined to prove he belongs on Canada's Olympic team

Karl Alzner understands he's by no means a lock to make Canada's roster for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but he's ready to show he belongs on the roster.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:01 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Karl Alzner, Sochi 2014, Team Canada

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 07/22/2013

Holtby, Green, Alzner invited to Canada's Olympic camp; Carlson, to U.S. camp; Ovechkin, Kuznetsov among Russia invitees

Three Caps are among the 47 invitees to Hockey Canada's orientation camp ahead of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  02:28 PM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Karl Alzner, Marcus Johansson, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Olympics, Sochi 2014, USA Hockey

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 07/11/2013

Karl Alzner: Free agents remain who can help Caps 'tremendously'

Defenseman Karl Alzner believes there are still free agents available on the market that can help the Capitals improve.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:46 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Free agency, George McPhee, Karl Alzner, offseason

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 07/10/2013

Capitals re-sign Karl Alzner to four-year deal (Updated)

Washington re-signs defenseman Karl Alzner, 25, to a four-year, $11.2 million deal.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:54 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Karl Alzner, offseason, Restricted free agents

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 05/24/2013

Capitals season review: Defensemen

A look at the season that was for the Capitals' defensemen and what the future might hold.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:08 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Dmitry Orlov, Jack Hillen, Jeff Schultz, John Carlson, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Mike Green, offseason, Season breakdown, Steve Oleksy, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 05/22/2013

Breaking down the Capitals' restricted free agents

A look at the Capitals' restricted free agents.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:07 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Karl Alzner, Marcus Johansson, offseason, Restricted free agents, Season breakdown, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 05/14/2013

First line vanishes as Capitals eliminated by Rangers

Washington's top line was the key driver in the team's ability to clinch a postseason berth, but once they were in the playoffs the unit disappeared combining for only three goals and none after Game 3.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:55 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Rangers, Caps-Rangers Game 7, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Playoffs

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 05/13/2013

Capitals 'need to be a more disciplined hockey team' in Game 7

Once again the Capitals must remind themselves that unnecessary, avoidable penalties are doing little to help their cause.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:31 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers, Caps-Rangers Game 6, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Karl Alzner, Matt Hendricks, Playoffs, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 05/13/2013

Capitals must turn the page, start fresh in Game 7 against Rangers

Game 7s are nothing new to the Capitals but once again they must find a way to come through in the most pressure-packed environment of any playoff series.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:24 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers Game 7, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Henrik Lundqvist, Karl Alzner, Matt Hendricks, Playoffs, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 05/12/2013

Capitals want to continue frustrating Rangers winger Rick Nash

Rangers winger Rick Nash has just one point, an assist, through the first five games of this series and the Capitals want to make sure his dry spell continues for another few days.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:07 PM ET, 05/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Braden Holtby, Caps-Rangers Game 6, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Karl Alzner, Playoffs, Rick Nash

Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 05/11/2013

Capitals seek strong start at Madison Square Garden in Game 6

As the Capitals head back to Madison Square Garden they know a solid start to Game 6 would go a long way to bolstering their efforts as they try to close out this first-round series.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:37 PM ET, 05/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Karl Alzner, Playoffs

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 05/10/2013

Capitals must adapt after Rangers dictated play early in Game 4

In Game 4 the Rangers dominated play early with an aggressive forecheck and by preventing Washington from making clean breakouts. It's the Capitals' turn to adapt.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:51 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Jason Chimera, Karl Alzner, Playoffs, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 05/05/2013

Delay-of-game penalty played a significant role in Caps' Game 2 win

The penalty for firing the puck over the glass played a substantial role in the Capitals' Game 2 win, but there are mixed feelings about the rule itself.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:27 PM ET, 05/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Rangers Game 2, Delay of game, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Karl Alzner, Playoffs, Steve Oleksy

Posted at 06:55 PM ET, 05/04/2013

'Game over' Green returns as Capitals take 2-0 series lead

Mike Green scores the game-winner eight minutes into overtime to give the Capitals a 1-0 win over New York in Game 2 of this Eastern Conference semifinal series.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:55 PM ET, 05/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers Game 2, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Karl Alzner, Mike Green, Playoffs

Posted at 08:29 AM ET, 05/02/2013

Capitals prepared to contend with Rangers' forecheck

The Rangers play with an extremely aggressive forecheck but the Capitals believed that they're prepared to counteract it thanks to Coach Adam Oates's fast-moving defensive system.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:29 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, John Carlson, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Mike Green, Playoffs, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 04/30/2013

Capitals confident in aggressive, pressure-based system against Rangers

Last year the Capitals and Rangers played styles that were nearly mirror images of each other. This season, Washington is glad to have an aggressive system as it enters the postseason.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:56 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Matt Hendricks, Playoffs, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 12:48 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Capitals' loss to Senators offers potential playoff preview, animosity and all

Thursday's game didn't have any greater meaning for the Capitals, but it did offer a look at what a first-round playoff matchup against Ottawa might look like.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:48 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Sens, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Steve Oleksy

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Karl Alzner, John Carlson don't mind being separated

This is the first season in their NHL careers that Karl Alzner and John Carlson haven't been a consistent pairing but the young defensemen are faring quite well apart.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:43 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Defense, John Carlson, Karl Alzner

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Capitals eager to gauge their progress with matchup against Canadiens

While the Capitals have found success recently, they still only have three wins against teams currently in playoff position this season.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:53 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Habs, Karl Alzner, Mathieu Perreault

Posted at 12:16 AM ET, 03/31/2013

Capitals erase ugly start with comeback against Buffalo

More on how the Capitals erased their "worst" start of the season to come back and capture a 4-3 shootout win over Buffalo.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:16 AM ET, 03/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Sabres, Karl Alzner, Mike Green

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Caps weigh in on Jarome Iginla trade

The Capitals discuss the trade heard round the NHL that sent Jarome Iginla from Calgary to Pittsburgh.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:32 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Calgary Flames, Jarome Iginla, Karl Alzner, Pittsburgh Penguins, Trade deadline, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 03/20/2013

One-timers: Brooks Laich's debut, Capitals find positives in defensive play

Notes on Brooks Laich's return, the Capitals defensive showing and more on the power play from Tuesday's 2-1 loss in Pittsburgh.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:59 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Caps-Pens, Jack Hillen, Karl Alzner, One timers

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Capitals on realignment, residing in 'much tougher' division

NHL realignment is a done deal, which means starting next season the Capitals will be part of a juggernaut eight-team division. "It's a tougher division, much tougher," Karl Alzner said.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:39 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jason Chimera, Karl Alzner, Kirk Muller, NHL, Realignment, Tom Poti

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 03/13/2013

One-timers: Carolina senses Capitals' struggles, trying to knock them out of division race

The Hurricanes know they can all but eliminate Washington from the division race with another win Thursday and other notes following the Capitals' 4-0 loss.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:38 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alexander Semin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Canes, Jeff Schultz, Karl Alzner, One timers

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 03/08/2013

Adam Oates uses rout of Florida to manage Capitals' minutes

For as thorough of a drubbing as the Capitals 7-1 win over the Panthers was, Coach Adam Oates said the biggest benefit was being able to manage the team's minutes late in the game.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:27 PM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Panthers, John Carlson, Karl Alzner

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Capitals hope to 'hang' with Bruins

Washington's focus is the test the Bruins pose at this stage in the season, not its playoff victory of nearly four months ago.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:39 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Caps-Bruins, Karl Alzner, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Scheduling quirk brings New Jersey to D.C. for two games this week

The compressed 48-game season makes for some quirks, like the Capitals hosting the Devils for consecutive games at Verizon Center.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:31 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Devils, Karl Alzner, Wojtek Wolski

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Capitals' Tomas Kundratek working to develop his game

Rookie defenseman Tomas Kundratek is trying to make the most of his time with the Capitals and developing his game.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:05 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Karl Alzner, Tomas Kundratek

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Capitals encouraged to try cut-resistant, Kevlar-reinforced socks

The Capitals were encouraged to try out cut-resistant socks in Wednesday's practice. There were mixed reviews but many say they'll make the switch.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:07 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Jay Beagle, Karl Alzner, Kevlar socks, Matt Hendricks, Roman Hamrlik

Posted at 12:21 AM ET, 02/18/2013

Penalties cost Capitals against Rangers

Coach Adam Oates saw penalties throw the Capitals off kilter again early against the Rangers.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:21 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers, Karl Alzner, penalties

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 02/06/2013

One-timers: Capitals searching for answers

Notes and analysis from the Capitals' 3-2 loss to Toronto.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:50 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Leafs, Karl Alzner, Marcus Johansson, Michal Neuvirth, One timers, Tom Poti

Posted at 11:51 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Frustrated Capitals undone by compounding mistakes once again

Once again, the Capitals are left searching for answers when errors compound to cost them a chance for a victory vs. Toronto.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:51 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Leafs, Joey Crabb, Karl Alzner, Matt Hendricks, Tom Poti

Posted at 01:18 AM ET, 01/26/2013

Michal Neuvirth keeps Caps afloat against Devils

While they didn't win in New Jersey, the Capitals got a stand out performance from goaltender Michal Neuvirth.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:18 AM ET, 01/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Devils, Joel Ward, Karl Alzner, Michal Neuvirth

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 01/25/2013

'Fragile' Caps need a bounce to go their way

These days, any surge by the opposing team throws the Caps off track. They need to find something to build off of in a hurry.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:31 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Devils, Caps-Habs, Joey Crabb, Karl Alzner

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/25/2013

One-timers: Capitals off to unsettling start

Notes and analysis from the Capitals 4-1 loss to Montreal.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Habs, John Carlson, Karl Alzner, One timers

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Leonsis: Lockout didn't damage relationship with Capitals players

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis was a member of the NHL's negotiating committee during the lockout but said the dispute didn't damage his relationship with the players.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:53 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jason Chimera, Karl Alzner, NHL lockout, Ted Leonsis, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 01/09/2013

Alzner, Brouwer, Johansson among new arrivals on the ice

A total of 15 players are taking part in the informal skate Wednesday morning.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:17 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jeff Schultz, Karl Alzner, Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault, Nicklas Backstrom, Training Camp, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Capitals players offer apologies to fans

Several Capitals players apologize to fans for the lockout.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:10 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fans, Karl Alzner, Matt Hendricks, NHL lockout, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 12/11/2012

NHL, NHLPA set to resume negotiations Wednesday

A roundup of the latest lockout news.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:38 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Karl Alzner, NHL lockout, Roman Hamrlik

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 11/01/2012

Caps’ Karl Alzner, John Erskine won’t let NHL lockout put a damper on Movember

The Caps defensemen are still growing mustaches to raise money for men's health.

By Ben Sumner  |  03:11 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Movember

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 02/02/2010

Theodore set to start in Boston as Caps go for 11 (updated)

The Caps just wrapped up their morning skate here at TD Banknorth, and it doesn't appear as though there will be any surprises with the lineup. Jose Theodore came off the ice first and will start in net tonight as they go for a franchise-record 11th straight win. The veteran...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  01:23 PM ET, 02/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Boston Bruins, Jose Theodore, Karl Alzner

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 01/27/2010

Goalie update: Braden Holtby arrives at Kettler

Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby were two of the first players on the ice this morning here at Kettler. They're out there right now with Quintin Laing, Brian Pothier, John Erskine, Jeff Schultz and Tyler Sloan. Coach Bruce Boudreau followed them out shortly thereafter, telling me, "you're not gonna get...

By Mark Giannotto  |  10:02 AM ET, 01/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Jose Theodore, Karl Alzner, Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 01/19/2010

Theodore to start, Varlamov absent again

Jose Theodore will be between the pipes tonight against the Red Wings, and by making his third straight start, the veteran appears to have regained the No. 1 role in Semyon Varlamov's absence. "He was relegated to the backup role because the kids were playing so good, [but] now it's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  12:55 PM ET, 01/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Detroit Red Wings, Jose Theodore, Karl Alzner, Semyon Varlamov

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 01/07/2010

Boudreau: Karl Alzner could be back soon

One day after Karl Alzner was sent down, Coach Bruce Boudreau said the young defenseman's demotion to the Bears might only be temporary. "We're healthy with eight defensemen and we wanted that right-hand guy in there [Brian Pothier], so if [Alzner] was going to sit out a couple games, why...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  12:19 PM ET, 01/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boyd Gordon, Brian Pothier, Jose Theodore, Karl Alzner, Ottawa Senators, Quintin Laing, Tomas Fleischmann