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Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 04/18/2014

Capitals season review: Top six forwards

A look at those who played on the first or second line this year.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:11 PM ET, 04/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Forwards, Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer

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 02:39 PM ET, 04/05/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 2-1 loss to the Devils

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ loss.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:39 PM ET, 04/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Devils, Five thoughts, Jason Chimera, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 11:37 PM ET, 04/04/2014

Capitals’ playoff hopes receive devastating blow with loss in New Jersey

Even if the Capitals win out, they have less than a 50 percent chance of reaching the playoffs according to SportsClubStats.com.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:37 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Devils, Jason Chimera, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 03/27/2014

Nicklas Backstrom ‘absolutely’ will face Bruins; Jack Hillen sidelined (updated)

Nicklas Backstrom participates fully in Thursday’s practice, while Jack Hillen sits out.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:24 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Jack Hillen, Nicklas Backstrom, Practice update

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 12:50 AM ET, 03/26/2014

Nicklas Backstrom, Jack Hillen both leave game against Kings with injuries

The uncertainty of their health could be more damaging than Tuesday’s shootout loss to Los Angeles.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:50 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Kings, Injuries, Jack Hillen, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 03/25/2014

Capitals ready to face the Kings again

Caps hope familiarity with Kings helps their cause.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:04 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Kings, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 07:55 PM ET, 03/20/2014

Jaroslav Halak makes smooth transition to Capitals

The veteran netminder is making a strong first impression as he takes over the Capitals’ top spot.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:55 PM ET, 03/20/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Kings, Contracts, Goaltenders, Jaroslav Halak, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer

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 02:03 AM ET, 03/15/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-3 win over Vancouver

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ win over Vancouver.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:03 AM ET, 03/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Brooks Laich, Caps-Canucks, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Five thoughts, Groin injuries, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Sochi, Tom Wilson

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 03/14/2014

Nicklas Backstrom will receive silver medal from Sochi Olympics

After being held out of the gold-medal game for testing positive for a banned substance found in his allergy medication, Backstrom will receive his silver medal.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:31 PM ET, 03/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nicklas Backstrom, Sochi 2014

Posted at 12:26 AM ET, 03/06/2014

Capitals ‘sleeping’ against Flyers

Nicklas Backstrom: “It’s not acceptable, it’s not the way we want to play. We were sleeping the first two periods.“

By Katie Carrera  |  12:26 AM ET, 03/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Flyers, Joel Ward, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 02/25/2014

Nicklas Backstrom trying to focus on Capitals amid fallout from failed IOC doping test

The Caps’ center says he won’t know for two weeks whether he gets his silver medal from Sochi.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:24 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Martin Erat, Nicklas Backstrom, Sochi 2014

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 02/25/2014

Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom back on the ice for Capitals’ practice

Four of the Caps’ five Olympians are back at practice offering a look at what to expect when the season starts back up.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:14 AM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, Martin Erat, Nicklas Backstrom, Practice update, Sochi 2014

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 02/23/2014

Updated: Nicklas Backstrom sits out gold-medal game after testing positive for banned substance

The Caps’ center violated the IOC’s anti-doping policy because of a substance found in his allergy medication.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:05 AM ET, 02/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nicklas Backstrom, Sochi 2014

Posted at 12:56 AM ET, 01/29/2014

Oates: Mike Weber’s dangerous hit on Nicklas Backstrom ‘should have been a penalty’

Should the Sabres’ defenseman receive supplemental discipline for his hit on Nicklas Backstrom?

By Katie Carrera  |  12:56 AM ET, 01/29/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Sabres, NHL discipline, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 01/24/2014

Capitals’ Olympians not overly concerned about safety in Sochi

Around the NHL players are voicing their concerns about the security at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:11 PM ET, 01/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom, Sochi 2014

Posted at 11:47 PM ET, 01/19/2014

Alex Ovechkin after 4-1 loss to Rangers: ‘We say too much, go out there and do it’

The star right wing wants more action from the Capitals, who have fallen into a five-game losing streak.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:47 PM ET, 01/19/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Rangers, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 07:47 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 2-1 shootout loss to the Sabres

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ loss.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:47 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Caps-Sabres, Five thoughts, Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Philipp Grubauer, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 01/07/2014

Nicklas Backstrom named to Swedish Olympic team

Washington’s top center will make his second Olympic appearance.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:18 AM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Sochi 2014, Swedish Olympic team

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 01/05/2014

Capitals searching for balance in new top-six configuration

Can the Capitals find chemistry in the top six with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom separated?

By Katie Carrera  |  03:16 PM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Line combinations, Mikhail Grabovski, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 12/30/2013

Backstrom’s quiet MVP-caliber campaign

The Caps center has a history of making things happen.

By Neil Greenberg  |  08:43 AM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nicklas Backstrom, Statistical analysis

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 12/28/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ win over the Rangers

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

By Katie Carrera  |  12:47 PM ET, 12/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers, Eric Fehr, Five thoughts, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Philipp Grubauer, Tom Wilson

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 12/21/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-2 win in Carolina

Notes and observations from the Capitals win over Carolina.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:57 AM ET, 12/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Five thoughts, Injuries, Joel Ward, Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Philipp Grubauer, Power play

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 12/14/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 3-2 shootout loss to Florida

Notes and observations on Washington’s loss to the Panthers.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:26 AM ET, 12/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Panthers, Dmitry Orlov, Five thoughts, Nicklas Backstrom, Philipp Grubauer, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 12:23 AM ET, 12/14/2013

Capitals’ Eric Fehr returns to game after being hit in the head by Florida’s Erik Gudbranson

Eric Fehr: “That was a close call, definitely. It definitely stung me. I think I dodged a bullet there.“

By Katie Carrera  |  12:23 AM ET, 12/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Panthers, Eric Fehr, Hits to the head, Injuries, NHL discipline, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 12/11/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ win over Tampa Bay

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ win over Tampa Bay.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:29 PM ET, 12/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Five thoughts, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Philipp Grubauer, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 12/01/2013

Washington Capitals remain enigmatic two months into the NHL season

Nearly a third of the way through the season, it’s impossible to predict which Capitals team will emerge for any given game.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:06 PM ET, 12/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Analysis, Braden Holtby, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 12:31 AM ET, 12/01/2013

A look at the Capitals’ comeback against the Islanders

Three minutes and 58 seconds that saw the Caps go from losing to an overtime win Saturday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:31 AM ET, 12/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Isles, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 11/29/2013

Oates wants Capitals to turn a new page, focus on Montreal after latest loss

After one of the worst losses of the season, Coach Adam Oates wants the Capitals to move forward.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:05 PM ET, 11/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Habs, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 11/24/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 2-1 shootout loss in Toronto

Notes and observations from Washington’s loss Saturday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:32 PM ET, 11/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Leafs, Five thoughts, John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom, Power play

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 11/18/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ win over the Blues

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ 4-1 win over St. Louis.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:56 AM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Blues, Five thoughts, John Carlson, Nicklas Backstrom, Third line

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 11/16/2013

Marcus Johansson a natural fit with Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Coach Adam Oates kept Marcus Johansson on the top line for Saturday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:50 PM ET, 11/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Injuries, Marcus Johansson, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Top line

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 11/16/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-3 shootout win in Detroit

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ win in Motor City.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:15 AM ET, 11/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Five thoughts, John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 11/14/2013

Capitals’ new look top line hoping to establish chemistry

Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Martin Erat have played five games together as the top line but have yet to combine for an even-strength goal.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:35 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, First line, Martin Erat, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 11/12/2013

Capitals react to Steven Stamkos’s injury

The NHL will be without one of its top young stars indefinitely after Steven Stamkos suffered a broken tibia Monday.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:48 PM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Around the NHL, Nicklas Backstrom, Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 11/09/2013

Capitals heed lessons of patience, persistence as they prepare to face Coyotes

Notes from the morning skate in Phoenix.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:59 PM ET, 11/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Coyotes, Lineups, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Capitals take randomness out of the shootout

The Capitals are now 4-0 in shootouts this season -- and perfect in the Adam Oates era.

By Barry Svrluga  |  08:59 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Eric Fehr ready for responsibility on the power play with Alex Ovechkin injured

“I don’t think they’ll be covering me quite as closely as they cover Ovi,” Fehr said of opposing penalty kills.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:47 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Eric Fehr, Injuries, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 4-1 win against Edmonton

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ win in Edmonton.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:55 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Oilers, Five thoughts, Jason Chimera, Joel Ward, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 10/23/2013

Five thoughts on the Capitals’ 5-4 shootout win against the Jets

Notes and observations from the Capitals’ win in Winnipeg.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:26 AM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Jets, Five thoughts, Mikhail Grabovski, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 10/22/2013

Marcus Johansson learning how to make his own impact on Capitals’ first line

The forward had “one of the best games” Coach Adam Oates has seen from him on Saturday. But he still has plenty to improve on.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:16 AM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom

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 09:09 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Nicklas Backstrom excited for new chapter as a father

Nicklas Backstrom has 'best moment in my life' earlier this week when his daughter, Haley, was born.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:09 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Nicklas Backstrom becomes a father; Capitals recall Michael Latta

The Caps made a few roster moves Tuesday morning and Nicklas Backstrom becomes a father.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:43 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Jack Hillen, Michael Latta, Nicklas Backstrom, Roster moves

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 10/06/2013

Capitals need to find their bearings at even strength

The team has been outscored 10-3 at even strength through its first three games.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:14 PM ET, 10/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Eric Fehr, Even strength, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 12:40 AM ET, 10/06/2013

About the Capitals' disallowed goal in Dallas

The explanation from the NHL on why Backstrom's would-be goal was disallowed and reaction from the Caps on the play.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:40 AM ET, 10/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Stars, Kari Lehtonen, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Mikhail Grabovski records first opening-night hat trick in Capitals history

A look at Mikhail Grabovski's hat trick.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:59 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Mikhail Grabovski, Nicklas Backstrom

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 01:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Mike Green: Ice in Baltimore ‘wasn’t very good’ during morning skate

How will the ice conditions hold up in Baltimore?

By Katie Carrera  |  01:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Baltimore Hockey Classic, Braden Holtby, Brooks Laich, Injuries, Mike Green, Mikhail Grabovski, Nicklas Backstrom, Preseason

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Backstrom on Mikhail Grabovski: 'I think we needed him'

Nicklas Backstrom on the Capitals' signing of unrestricted free agent center Mikhail Grabovski: "I think we needed him"

By Katie Carrera  |  11:59 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mikhail Grabovski, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer

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 10:04 AM ET, 05/23/2013

Capitals season review: Forwards, Part I

A look at how the players who finished the season on the Capitals' top two lines fared and what the future might hold.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:04 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Eric Fehr, Marcus Johansson, Martin Erat, Mike Ribeiro, Nicklas Backstrom, offseason, Season breakdown, Troy Brouwer

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 01:25 AM ET, 05/14/2013

Capitals players left stunned following Game 7 defeat

Another year, another frustrating early postseason exit for the Capitals.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:25 AM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers, Caps-Rangers Game 7, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Matt Hendricks, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Playoffs

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 05/10/2013

Alex Ovechkin happy to be Hart Trophy finalist but focused on playoffs

Alex Ovechkin is glad to receive recognition for his successful regular season by being named a finalist for the Hart Trophy but remains focused on the the Capitals' task at hand against the Rangers.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:13 PM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Rangers Game 5, Hart Trophy, Nicklas Backstrom, Playoffs

Posted at 12:50 AM ET, 05/07/2013

Capitals' power play falls flat late in Game 3

Capitals' inability to convert on late power play in Game 3 costly as Rangers capture 4-3 win.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:50 AM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Rangers Game 3, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Playoffs

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 05/04/2013

Capitals stress patience when facing Rangers' penalty kill

The Rangers' aggressive penalty kill can force even the NHL's most effective power play in the regular season to tweak its strategy slightly.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:17 AM ET, 05/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Mike Green, Mike Ribeiro, Nicklas Backstrom, Playoffs, Power play, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 05/03/2013

Capitals content to stay the course against Rangers

Last year it wasn't until the postseason that the Capitals truly clicked under Dale Hunter. This year, Washington doesn't need to find another gear for the playoffs but rather to keep rolling along the way it did to clinch the Southeast Division title.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:06 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Playoffs

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 04/25/2013

Erik Karlsson will return to Senators' lineup against Capitals

Erik Karlsson is recovered from a lacerated Achilles’ tendon and will return to Ottawa's lineup tonight.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:55 PM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Sens, Erik Karlsson, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 12:35 AM ET, 04/24/2013

Capitals reward Adam Oates's confidence, clinch Southeast Division

Coach Adam Oates has remained consistently confident in the Capitals' ability to succeed no matter what stage of the season they were in. Tuesday night, they rewarded his faith and clinched the Southeast Division title.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:35 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Jets, Matt Hendricks, Nicklas Backstrom, playoff race, Southeast division

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Capitals ready for emotionally charged, critical game against Jets

The Capitals are well aware of the stakes, that they can secure a postseason berth with a regulation or overtime win against Winnipeg tonight and they're raring to go.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:12 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Jets, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, playoff race, Southeast division

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 04/19/2013

Nicklas Backstrom taking part in Caps practice in Montreal (updated)

A day after he took a slap shot to his left arm, Nicklas Backstrom is participating in practice in Montreal.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:20 PM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Injuries, Line combinations, Nicklas Backstrom, Practice update

Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 04/19/2013

Nicklas Backstrom injured in loss to Senators

More damaging than the end of the Capitals' winning streak could be the loss of Nicklas Backstrom, who took a puck off his left arm Thursday night in Ottawa.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:00 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Sens, Injuries, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 04/17/2013

Caps believe Jay McClement should have been penalized for hit on Nicklas Backstrom

The Capitals thought there should have been a penalty on Jay McClement's hit that sent Nicklas Backstrom into the boards in the first period Tuesday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:20 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Leafs, Jay McClement, Nicklas Backstrom, Steve Oleksy, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 04/17/2013

Alex Ovechkin's defense of Nicklas Backstrom 'shows team toughness'

More on how Alex Ovechkin's quick defense of Nicklas Backstrom sparked the Capitals and sent a statement of team toughness and unity.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:23 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Leafs, Nicklas Backstrom, Steve Oleksy, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 12:45 AM ET, 04/08/2013

Alex Ovechkin scores empty-net goal

After missing several opportunities this season, Alex Ovechkin finally records an empty net goal. But it turns out he didn't even need to put the puck in the net.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:45 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Lightning, NHL rulebook, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 04/06/2013

Capitals can't let Brooks Laich's absence slow them down

It's unclear how much time forward will miss with his latest lower-body injury but team knows it can’t dwell on his absence.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:22 PM ET, 04/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Caps-Panthers, Injuries, Marcus Johansson, Mike Ribeiro, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 12:25 AM ET, 04/03/2013

Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green put on a show as Capitals trounce Carolina

The Capitals' biggest stars lead the comeback against the Hurricanes en route to a 5-3 win Tuesday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:25 AM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Canes, Matt Hendricks, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Capitals squander opportunity against Flyers, know more desperate games lie ahead

The Capitals 5-4 overtime loss Sunday night not only cost them an extra point but also the ability to put some distance on them and the Flyers on the playoff bubble.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:30 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Braden Holtby, Caps-Flyers, Eastern Conference standings, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 01:08 AM ET, 03/22/2013

Alex Ovechkin leads the way in Capitals' 4-0 win against Winnipeg

From start to finish, Alex Ovechkin was involved in the Capitals' 4-0 win over the Jets contributing everything from three points to a strong back check to several big hits.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:08 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Jets, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 03/21/2013

Capitals reinforce power-play details before taking on Jets

The power play has been a source of strength for the Capitals this year, but the unit hasn't been quite as consistent over the past 10 games. So Coach Adam Oates put the Capitals through power play drills to reinforce the group's reads.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:10 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Power play, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 03/13/2013

Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom: Caps' dynamic duo should reunite

There is no one who helps Alex Ovechkin "play the right way," as Coach Adam Oates so often preaches, more than Nicklas Backstrom.

By Neil Greenberg  |  10:42 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Statistical analysis

Posted at 03:13 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Sluggish start sets tone for Capitals against Flyers

It took all of 4 minutes 4 seconds for the Capitals to fall behind Philadelphia Wednesday night and they never responded.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:13 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Flyers, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 02/27/2013

One-timers: Capitals keeping defensemen involved offensively

Coach Adam Oates has encouraged the blue liners to jump up in the play since training camp and it looks like they're all growing more comfortable with the directive.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:50 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Canes, John Carlson, John Erskine, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, One timers

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Nicklas Backstrom hopeful to play against Carolina, Mike Green set to return

News and notes from the Capitals morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:23 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Canes, Casey Wellman, Jason Chimera, Line combinations, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 02/25/2013

Status updates on Backstrom, Green, Laich and Chimera (updated)

The Caps are on the ice for practice Monday morning but Nicklas Backstrom is missing from the workout.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:47 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Line combinations, Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Practice update

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos on why NHL players should participate in the Olympics

Comments from Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman and Tampa Bay center Steven Stamkos on why NHLers should take part in the Olympics.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:42 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom Steve Yzerman, Olympics, Sochi 2014, Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 02/14/2013

Caps discuss Kevlar socks in wake of injury to Senators' Erik Karlsson

Ottawa's Erik Karlsson suffered a cut Achilles tendon Wednesday night, an injury that could prompt more players to use socks reinforced with Kevlar.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:04 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Fehr, Erik Karlsson, Injuries, Matt Hendricks, Nicklas Backstrom, Ottawa Senators

Posted at 01:36 AM ET, 02/13/2013

More on the Capitals' comeback against Florida

Check out some additional quotes and accounts of the goals that made up the Capitals' third-period rally against the Panthers Tuesday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:36 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Panthers, Eric Fehr, Mike Ribeiro, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Capitals searching for more offensive production

Entering tonight's game against Pittsburgh the Capitals are the only team in the NHL that hasn't scored four goals in any one game.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:13 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps-Pens, Jason Chimera, Joel Ward, Nicklas Backstrom

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

One-timers: Adam Oates says Alex Ovechkin played 'best game' vs. Flyers

Notes and analysis from the Capitals win over the Flyers.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:03 PM ET, 02/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Flyers, John Carlson, Matt Hendricks, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, One timers, Wojtek Wolski

Posted at 12:41 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Capitals 'outworked' in 4-1 loss to Montreal

As the Capitals look for answers following another disastrous defeat, they point to one common trait: work ethic.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:41 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Caps-Habs, Joey Crabb, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 01/23/2013

One timers: Caps fall 4-2 to Winnipeg

Notes and analysis from the Capitals’ 4-2 loss to Winnipeg.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:31 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Jets, John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, Matt Hendricks, Nicklas Backstrom, One timers

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 01/19/2013

Nicklas Backstrom, Brooks Laich, Mike Green named Capitals' alternate captains

Coach Adam Oates announces the alternates to Alex Ovechkin; it's the first time Green will wear the 'A.'

By Katie Carrera  |  01:46 PM ET, 01/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Captains, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Nicklas Backstrom: 'No concussion'

I'm 100 percent" -- Backstrom said.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:58 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Head injuries, Nicklas Backstrom, Training Camp

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Nicklas Backstrom skating with Caps

Nicklas Backstrom is skating with teammates just two days after visiting a specialist in Michigan, likely a positive sign.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:08 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nicklas Backstrom, Training Ca

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Troy Brouwer: 'This team revolves around Nicky Backstrom'

Teammates hope the No. 1 center's injury isn't too serious, because they need him to be at their best.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:44 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Head injuries, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 01/09/2013

Nicklas Backstrom visiting specialist in Michigan

Nicklas Backstrom is visiting a specialist in Michigan, the Capitals confirm.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:07 AM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nicklas Backstrom

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 03:02 PM ET, 01/08/2013

Nicklas Backstrom's status uncertain for training camp

Capitals General Manager George McPhee said he can't offer an update on the Swedish center's health until the new CBA is ratified.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:02 PM ET, 01/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, George McPhee, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 08:15 PM ET, 01/06/2013

Alex Ovechkin to return to Washington early this week

Despite suggesting that he might stay in Russia after the lockout ended, Alex Ovechkin will return to Washington early this week.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:15 PM ET, 01/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, NHL lockout, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 01/02/2013

NHLPA reviewing league's latest offer, facing disclaimer deadline

The back-and-forth between the two sides continues as the union's self-imposed deadline to file a disclaimer of interest approaches.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:32 AM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NHL lockout, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 11/20/2012

Backstrom, Ovechkin combine for four points in Dynamo Moscow win

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom records two goals, including the game-winner, to lead Dynamo Moscow to victory on Tuesday.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:50 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Dynamo Moscow, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Nicklas Backstrom scores hat trick in Dynamo Moscow victory

Check out the highlights from Dynamo Moscow's 4-3 overtime win Wednesday.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:15 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Dynamo Moscow, NHL lockout, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 10/23/2012

Nicklas Backstrom makes KHL debut in Dynamo Moscow win

Check out video highlights of Nicklas Backstrom's KHL debut. He and Alex Ovechkin combined for three points in Dynamo Moscow's 3-0 win over Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Monday.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:03 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Dynamo Moscow, KHL, NHL lockout, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 10/18/2012

Nicklas Backstrom signs with KHL’s Dynamo Moscow (Updated)

Nicklas Backstrom will play with fellow Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin this season after all — but in Russia. On a day when the players reject the NHL’s labor proposal, the Swede Backstrom was heading to Moscow. 

By Katie Carrera  |  01:09 PM ET, 10/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Dynamo Moscow, NHL, NHL lockout, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 04/14/2010

Nicklas Backstrom: 'I felt okay'

Star center Nicklas Backstrom was one of the first players off the ice this morning, but assured reporters that he will be able to suit for tomorrow's playoff opener against Montreal. Backstrom confirmed that an illness, not an injury, caused him to miss yesterday's practice. "I'm feeling better," Backstrom said....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  11:28 AM ET, 04/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Montreal, National Hockey League, Nicklas Backstrom, Nicklas Bäckström, Washington Capitals

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 04/14/2010

Nicklas Backstrom practicing

Center Nicklas Backstrom is back on the ice practicing this morning at KCI, one day after sitting out because of what the team said was an illness. I'll have an update on the first-line center's status later today, along with video, so check back soon. UPDATE: Here's a quick look...

By Gene Wang  |  10:15 AM ET, 04/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Hockey League, Nicklas Backstrom, Nicklas Bäckström, Washington Capitals

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/13/2010

Backstrom is missing from practice

First line center Nicklas Backstrom is not practicing this morning at KCI, 24 hours after getting a day off. The team has not provided an update on his status, but he's been replaced by Brendan Morrison while Tomas Fleischmann has shifted to center on the second line. As of right...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  10:42 AM ET, 04/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alexander Ovechkin, Brendan Morrison, Games, Nicklas Backstrom, Nicklas Bäckström, Tomas Fleischmann, Tomáš Fleischmann, Washington Capitals

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 04/11/2010

In-game chat: Caps vs. Bruins

Washington Post reporter Gene Wang will be your master of ceremonies for the final in-game chat of the regular season beginning at noon, when the Capitals play the Boston Bruins at Verizon Center. Join the discussion below: Caps vs. Bruins...

By Gene Wang  |  09:47 AM ET, 04/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Boston Bruins, Capitals chat, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 02/26/2010

Boudreau puts Caps through grueling practice

Capitals forward Mike Knuble had trouble remembering a practice this year that featured as much skating as Bruce Boudreau put his players through this morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Boudreau had steadily been ramping up the conditioning since the Capitals' non-Olympic players returned to the ice Wednesday after a 10-day...

By Mark Giannotto  |  02:13 PM ET, 02/26/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Bruce Boudreau, Mike Knuble, Nicklas Backstrom, Semyon Varlamov, Tomas Fleischmann

Posted at 05:43 AM ET, 02/25/2010

Olympic roundup: U.S. advances; Russia falls

(Julie Jacobson/AP) Some morning links: *Alex Ovechkin: "The will be a lot of dirt poured on us from the media and from people who don't know anything about hockey. But to the people who support and love us, I would like to say that we tried our best." (Heavy...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  05:43 AM ET, 02/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, Olympics, Semyon Varlamov, Tomas Fleischmann

Posted at 10:25 PM ET, 02/17/2010

Defending champ Sweden blanks Germany

Germany's Dennis Seidenberg is caught between Sweden's Nicklas Backstrom and Loui Eriksson during the second period. (Julie Jacobson/AP) From the AP: Mattias Ohlund and Loui Eriksson scored in the second period Wednesday night, helping defending Olympic champion Sweden shake off a slow start to beat Germany 2-0. The Swedes...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  10:25 PM ET, 02/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nicklas Backstrom, Olympics

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 02/08/2010

Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom named NHL's first, third stars of the week

"Mike Milbury who?" (AP/The Washington Post) Today the NHL announced that Alex Ovechkin is its first star of the week and Nicklas Backstrom is the third. It's probably the Caps' least significant accomplishment all week, so... it's been a pretty good week. From a team release: Alex Ovechkin has...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  03:03 PM ET, 02/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 02/07/2010

Theodore to start; Backstrom set to return

Count Coach Bruce Boudreau among the thousands of local residents forced to stay in a hotel after losing power at his home during the snowstorm. But that still doesn't compare to what the Pens went through over the past 18 hours. After losing in Montreal on Saturday afternoon, they flew...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  10:50 AM ET, 02/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bruce Boudreau, Capitals, Nicklas Backstrom, Penguins

Posted at 09:35 PM ET, 02/05/2010

Caps push win streak to 13

Alex Ovechkin scored a goal in his fourth straight game. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) The Capitals extended their franchise-record winning streak to 13 games tonight with a 5-2 victory over Atlanta at Verizon Center. Nicklas Backstrom scored the go-ahead goal at 15 minutes 29 seconds of the second period,...

By Gene Wang  |  09:35 PM ET, 02/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Atlanta Thrashers, Jason Chimera, Michal Neuvirth, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 10:53 PM ET, 02/04/2010

Caps beat Rangers, 6-5, for 12th straight win

(Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) A full postgame wrap-up is on the way, but here's a quick look at the numbers (seriously, how could you not?) following tonight's 6-5 win at Madison Square Garden. 500 career regular-season points for Alex Ovechkin. (Dan Steinberg has all the details on Ovechkin's one-handed goal.)...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  10:53 PM ET, 02/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Mike Knuble, New York Rangers, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 01/08/2010

Caps 5, Senators 2

There was a time in Nicklas Backstrom's career when the center enjoyed setting up goals more than actually scoring them. That, however, is no longer the case. "I can't say I don't like it," Backstrom cracked after notching his 16th and 17th goals in the third period tonight to...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  12:01 AM ET, 01/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nicklas Backstrom, Ottawa Senators

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 01/04/2010

Nicklas Backstrom: Playing with a migraine is 'twice as hard'

Here's a look at today's Caps notebook from Gene Wang, who spoke with Nicklas Backstrom about his occasionally-debilitating migraine headaches. And if you haven't had a migraine before (lucky you), Backstrom sums it up pretty well: "First of all you can't see; like you see blurry," Backstrom said. "Then your...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  04:11 PM ET, 01/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 01/04/2010

Backstrom skates, Varlamov suffers minor setback

The Capitals were back at Kettler for their morning practice after a lengthy West Coast trip in which they lost to San Jose and Los Angeles. The good news for the team was first-line center Nicklas Backstrom participated fully during the first portion of practice. Backstrom missed the final 39...

By Gene Wang  |  11:04 AM ET, 01/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nicklas Backstrom, Semyon Varlamov

Posted at 07:04 PM ET, 01/02/2010

Boudreau: Backstrom suffering from migraine

First line center Nicklas Backstrom missed the final 39 minutes of today's 2-1 loss in Los Angeles with a migraine headache, according to Coach Bruce Boudreau. I did not see Backstrom after the game. A team spokesman said he had gone to the team bus before the visitors' dressing room...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  07:04 PM ET, 01/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nicklas Backstrom