Capitals Insider: Stanley Cup playoffs


Posted at 11:03 PM ET, 04/09/2014

Capitals are denied a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs

Columbus and Detroit both earn points Wednesday night to knock the Capitals out of the playoff race.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:03 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stanley Cup playoffs

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 06/25/2013

2013 Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks are champions second time in four years

Notes from the Stanley Cup Final and around the NHL.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:52 PM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup finals, 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 06/24/2013

Blackhawks, Bruins have a foundation the Caps continue to seek

Stable Chicago and Boston endure by playing to their strengths -- something the Caps have yet to figure out how to do.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:02 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup finals, 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Analysis

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 06/20/2013

2013 Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks win Game 4 thriller, even series

A roundup of news and notes from the Stanley Cup final and around the NHL.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:22 AM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup finals, 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 06/18/2013

2013 Stanley Cup Final: Bruins shut out Blackhawks, take 2-1 series lead

A roundup from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals and other NHL news.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:34 AM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup finals, 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 06/17/2013

2013 Stanley Cup Final: Bruins, Blackhawks tied up heading into Game 3 in Boston

Rounding up the news and notes of the Stanley Cup Final between the Bruins and Blackhawks heading into Game 3.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:44 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup finals, 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 06/13/2013

2013 Stanley Cup Final roundup: Andrew Shaw gives Chicago triple-overtime win in Game 1

Rounding up the news and notes from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Blackhawks and Bruins.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:13 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Stanley Cup playoffs

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 06/12/2013

2013 Stanley Cup Final: Blackhawks, Bruins set for Game 1

A look at some of the storylines to watch and articles of note heading into Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:55 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Stanley Cup playoffs

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Losers? No. Chokers? Perhaps.

The Caps aren't losers; they've made the playoffs in six straight seasons. But they have also developed a "Culture of Perennial Disappointment."

By Neil Greenberg  |  12:30 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Playoffs, Statistical analysis

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 05/15/2013

George McPhee on playoff officiating: 'It sure didn't feel right'

General Manager George McPhee discusses the officiating in the Capitals' first-round series against New York. John Tortorella criticizes Capitals for "whining".

By Katie Carrera  |  02:25 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Rangers, George McPhee, John Tortorella, penalties, Playoffs

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 07:02 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Caps vs. Rangers, Game 7: Live updates and analysis

Get live updates and analysis from Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

By Mark Giannotto and Neil Greenberg  |  07:02 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers Game 7, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Playoffs

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Rangers 'really don't care' Washington has home ice for Game 7

New York has never won a Game 7 on the road and hopes to alter that trend against the Capitals Monday night at Verizon Center.

By Mark Giannotto  |  01:41 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers, New York Rangers

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 10:56 PM ET, 05/12/2013

Capitals accuse Derek Dorsett of slew-footing Mike Green

Braden Holtby accused Derek Dorsett of a "dirty slew foot" against Mike Green and Coach Adam Oates called it a "very dangerous play".

By Katie Carrera  |  10:56 PM ET, 05/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Braden Holtby, Caps-Rangers Game 6, Derek Dorsett, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Mike Green, Playoffs

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 05/12/2013

Caps at Rangers, Game 6: Live updates and analysis

Get live updates and analysis from Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

By Neil Greenberg  |  04:02 PM ET, 05/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers Game 6, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Playoffs

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 04:47 PM ET, 05/11/2013

Tom Wilson makes a strong first impression with Capitals

Tom Wilson didn't play much in his NHL debut but still managed to demonstrate his toughness and skating ability to make a good first impression.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:47 PM ET, 05/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers Game 5, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Jay Beagle, Playoffs, Tom Wilson

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 05/11/2013

Capitals' third line makes most of opportunities in Stanley Cup playoffs

Through the first five games of the playoffs the Capitals' third line has been their most consistent and effective unit.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:28 PM ET, 05/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Jason Chimera, Joel Ward, Mathieu Perreault, Playoffs

Posted at 01:09 AM ET, 05/11/2013

Mike Ribeiro's game-winner propels Capitals to 3-2 series lead

Mike Ribeiro plays his best game of the playoffs and tops it off with his first ever game-winning goal in the playoffs.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:09 AM ET, 05/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers Game 5, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Mike Ribeiro, Playoffs

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 05/10/2013

Caps vs. Rangers, Game 5: Washington wins, 2-1, in overtime

Get live updates and analysis from Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

By Neil Greenberg and Eric Detweiler  |  06:30 PM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers Game 5, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Playoffs

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 05/10/2013

Tom Wilson set to make NHL debut in Game 5 vs. Rangers

Tom Wilson, who will make his NHL debut in Game 5 Friday against the Rangers, brings a blend of grit and offensive ability to the Capitals' lineup.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:19 PM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Rangers Game 5, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Matt Hendricks, Playoffs, Tom Wilson

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 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 04:49 PM ET, 05/09/2013

Braden Holtby's puck-handling mistake doesn't worry Capitals

Braden Holtby's error in puck handling cost the Capitals a goal early in Game 4 against the Rangers, but don't expect Coach Adam Oates to discourage him from playing the puck going forward.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:49 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Rangers Game 4, Joel Ward, Playoffs

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 05/09/2013

Tom Wilson could make NHL debut in Game 5 against Rangers

Capitals prospect Tom Wilson was recalled from Hershey on Thursday and skated with the fourth line in practice. The 19-year-old right wing could make his NHL debut in Game 5 against the Rangers.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:09 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Hershey Bears, Joey Crabb, Playoffs, Tom Wilson

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 05/09/2013

Brooks Laich 'encouraged' by recovery process

Brooks Laich discusses his recovery process, clarifies that he had a minor groin procedure in early April.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:11 PM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Brooks Laich, Groin injuries, Injuries, Playoffs

Posted at 12:18 AM ET, 05/09/2013

Martin Erat suffers apparent injury to left wrist or forearm in Game 4

Martin Erat suffered an apparent injury to his left wrist or forearm in Game 4 and it's unclear how much time he might miss.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:18 AM ET, 05/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers Game 4, Injuries, Martin Erat, Playoffs

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 05/08/2013

Caps at Rangers, Game 4: Live updates and analysis

Get live updates and analysis from Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

By Mark Giannotto and Neil Greenberg  |  06:32 PM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers Game 4, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Playoffs

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 05/08/2013

Capitals know they must remain patient against Vezina finalist Henrik Lundqvist

The Capitals know patience is critical when facing Henrik Lundqvist, who is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy for the fifth time in his career.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:44 PM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Rangers, Caps-Rangers Game 4, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Henrik Lundqvist, Matt Hendricks, Playoffs, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 05/08/2013

Alex Ovechkin on Ryan McDonagh: 'I don't care what he say'

Alex Ovechkin responds to Ryan McDonagh's comments that the star winger looked "tired" on the shift that led to the Rangers' game winning goal in Game 3.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:20 PM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Rangers Game 4, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Playoffs, Ryan McDonagh

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 05/08/2013

Brooks Laich skates with teammates for first time since sports hernia surgery

Brooks Laich is on the ice at Madison Square Garden Wednesday morning, marking the first time he's skated since April 4.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:37 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Brooks Laich, Caps-Rangers, Groin injuries, Injuries, Playoffs

Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 05/08/2013

Marc Staal's return boosts Rangers

The return of Marc Staal makes the Rangers a much more balanced defensive team.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:56 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers Game 4, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Marc Staal, Playoffs

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Adam Oates doesn't think Alex Ovechkin was 'tired,' as Rangers' Ryan McDonagh suggested

Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh said Alex Ovechkin appeared "tired" on the shift that led to the game-winning goal in Game 3. Coach Adam Oates disagreed.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:39 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Playoffs, Ryan McDonagh

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Adam Oates gives Caps the day off: 'Rest obviously is the biggest weapon'

Coach Adam Oates gave the Capitals an unexpected day off following the loss in Game 3.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:31 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, 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 06:32 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Caps at Rangers, Game 3: New York wins, 4-3

Get live updates and analysis from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

By Mark Giannotto and Neil Greenberg  |  06:32 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers Game 3, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Playoffs

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Braden Holtby concerned about Capitals' being too 'loose'

Braden Holtby stresses focus heading into Game 3, questions Capitals' loose mood at morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:50 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Braden Holtby, Caps-Rangers Game 3, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Playoffs

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 05/06/2013

John Tortorella believes Rangers are 'close'

While the Rangers may be down 2-0, Coach John Tortorella believes his team is still in what he believes has been an evenly matched series.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:13 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers Game 3, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, John Tortorella, Playoffs

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 05/06/2013

Capitals look for balanced approach to shot blocking

Frantic, diving tries to get in front of a shot are commonplace in the postseason, but it's not something Capitals Coach Adam Oates encourages -- even on the penalty kill.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:15 AM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Eric Fehr, Jay Beagle, Playoffs

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 05/05/2013

Adam Oates lets Capitals 'breathe' with optional practice

With the Capitals up 2-0 in their series against the Rangers, Coach Adam Oates gave the team a day to refresh for Game 3 however they saw fit.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:35 PM ET, 05/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, New York Rangers, Playoffs, Washington Capitals

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 12:13 PM ET, 05/05/2013

Braden Holtby on Game 2: 'It wasn't a very hard game for me'

Braden Holtby earned his first shutout in the Stanley Cup playoffs with 24 saves in Game 2 against the Rangers, but acknowledged it wasn't an especially difficult game for him.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:13 PM ET, 05/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Braden Holtby, Caps-Rangers Game 2, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Mike Green, Playoffs

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 11:29 AM ET, 05/04/2013

Caps vs. Rangers, Game 2: Washington wins, 1-0, in OT

Get live updates and analysis from Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

By Mark Giannotto and Neil Greenberg  |  11:29 AM ET, 05/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers Game 2, 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 09:46 AM ET, 05/03/2013

Steve Oleksy has eventful playoff debut with pretty assist, puck to face

Steve Oleksy made quite the impression in his first career Stanley Cup playoff game with a perfect pass to set-up the game winning goal and not being fazed by a puck to the face.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:46 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Braden Holtby, Caps-Rangers Game 1, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Jason Chimera, Marcus Johansson, Playoffs, Steve Oleksy

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 05/03/2013

See every shot from Caps-Rangers Game 1

ou can see every shot and goal from last night's 3-1 win over the Rangers -- and throughout the Capitals' playoff run.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  09:22 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers

Posted at 12:42 AM ET, 05/03/2013

Jason Chimera continues postseason success against Rangers

Jason Chimera has scored six of his eight career goals in the playoffs against the New York Rangers. On Thursday night, his tally gave Washington an important two-goal lead.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:42 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers Game 1, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Jason Chimera

Posted at 06:32 PM ET, 05/02/2013

Caps vs. Rangers, Game 1: Live updates and analysis

Get live updates and analysis from Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

By Mark Giannotto, Neil Greenberg and Lindsay Applebaum  |  06:32 PM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers, Caps-Rangers Game 1, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Playoffs

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 05/02/2013

Joel Ward will play in Game 1 against Rangers

Joel Ward will play in Game 1 against the Rangers.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:58 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers, Caps-Rangers Game 1, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Injuries, Joel Ward, Line combinations

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 05/02/2013

Braden Holtby: 'You throw experience out the window and you just play'

The Capitals will turn to the same goaltender, who started in the last game of the previous year's playoffs for the first contest of the following spring, for the first time since Olie Kolzig did so back in 1999-00 and 2000-01.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:29 AM ET, 05/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Braden Holtby, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Goalies

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 01:46 PM ET, 05/01/2013

Joel Ward's status uncertain for Game 1 vs. Rangers

Joel Ward remains hopeful he will be ready for Game 1 on Thursday but is still experiencing some discomfort in his bruised left knee.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:46 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Injuries, Joel Ward, Playoffs

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 05/01/2013

Capitals-Rangers: Top five story lines to watch unfold

Anything can swing the balance in a playoff series, but here are the top five story lines to watch.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:09 AM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Caps-Rangers, Playoffs

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Metro will extend service for late Capitals playoff games

Metro will stay open an extra hour Sundays-Thursdays for Capitals games that run past 11 p.m.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:25 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Metro, Playoffs

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Mike Ribeiro returns to playoffs for first time in five years

Mike Ribeiro doesn't have a history of consistency in the postseason, but as a pending unrestricted free agent this postseason looms large for the veteran center.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:17 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Mike Ribeiro, Playoffs

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 04:19 PM ET, 04/29/2013

Capitals give mixed reviews on long layoff before Game 1 vs. Rangers

The Capitals have to wait until Thursday to start their first-round series, giving them their longest break between games all year.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:19 PM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Adam Oates, Caps-Rangers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Matt Hendricks, Mike Green, Playoffs

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 04/29/2013

Capitals-Rangers playoffs rewind: A look at the last three series

They meet again. A look back at the three recent playoff series between the Capitals and Rangers.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:41 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:22 PM ET, 04/28/2013

2013 Stanley Cup playoffs: Capitals-Rangers first round schedule

The Capitals will begin their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Rangers on Thursday. Check out the full schedule here.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:22 PM ET, 04/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:40 PM ET, 04/27/2013

Capitals to face Rangers in Eastern Conference quarterfinals

For the fourth time in the past five years, the Capitals and New York Rangers will square off in the postseason.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:40 PM ET, 04/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 04/26/2013

Capitals' potential playoff opponent: New York Rangers

A look at the New York Rangers, who the Capitals could face in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals next week.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:56 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 04/26/2013

Capitals' potential playoff opponent: Toronto Maple Leafs

A look at the Toronto Maple Leafs, who the Capitals could face in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals next week.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:56 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Capitals' potential playoff opponent: New York Islanders

The Islanders' top two lines provide plenty of scoring punch.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:16 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Capitals' potential playoff opponent: Ottawa Senators

Ottawa isn’t flashy, but it managed to sweep the Caps this season with a methodical style.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:06 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Ottawa Senators, Playoffs