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Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Goalie Jaroslav Halak ‘looking forward’ to facing former team

Caps goalie would like to get the start against St. Louis

By Mark Giannotto  |  03:40 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capitals, Jaroslav Halak

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 11/07/2013

Marcus Johansson settling in at center

It’d been a while since Marcus Johansson had lit the lamp in an NHL game that counted before he scored against the Islanders Tuesday.

By Chelsea Janes  |  11:37 AM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capitals, Marcus Johansson

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 11/06/2013

Alex Ovechkin thinks rookie hazing is ‘stupid’

Alex Ovechkin and Adam Oates think serious rookie hazing has no place in the NHL.

By Barry Svrluga  |  01:36 PM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, capitals, Tom Wilson

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 11/05/2013

Alex Ovechkin will play vs. Islanders

After missing two games with a right shoulder injury, Alex Ovechkin will play tonight against the Islanders at Verizon Center.

By Chelsea Janes  |  12:10 PM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, capitals, Eric Fehr, Martin Erat

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Oates won't tinker with Caps' lines just yet

Despite being outscored 10-3 in even strength situations through three games, the Caps coach isn't ready to tinker with his lines just yet.

By Chelsea Janes  |  03:37 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Alex Ovechkin, Capitals Insider

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Alex Ovechkin named NHL's first star of the week

The NHL names Alex Ovechkin its first star of the season-opening week, recognizing an explosive three-game performance.

By Chelsea Janes  |  01:48 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Capitals Insider

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 10/01/2013

Capitals 2013-14 preview: Top story lines

What top line do we see in 2013-14? Can Grabovski live up to the expectations and hype? How will the goaltenders perform?

By Katie Carrera  |  03:55 PM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals preview 2013-14

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Capitals preview 2013: Defense and goalies

Breaking down the Capitals' roster heading into the 2013-14 season.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:40 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals preview 2013-14

Posted at 07:48 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Capitals preview 2013: Forwards

The Capitals' projected forward lines heading into the 2013-14 season.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:48 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals preview 2013-14

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 09/28/2013

Brooks Laich won't play in Capitals' preseason finale

The Capitals winger will not play in tonight's preseason finale, but expects to be ready for the opener Tuesday.

By Chelsea Janes  |  02:34 PM ET, 09/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, capitals, Training Camp

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Lining up the Capitals’ lines

The possibilities and the pros and cons for the opening night lineup seem endlessly complicated.

By Chelsea Janes  |  05:32 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aaron Volpatti, capitals, Eric Fehr, Jason Chimera, Jay Beagle, Joel Ward, Martin Erat, Mathieu Perreault, Tom Wilson, Training Camp

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Grabovski ready to make Capitals debut, Carrick signs pro deal

Capitals’ biggest free agent set to make his debut in Washington’s preseason game in Boston.

By Chelsea Janes  |  01:38 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, capitals, connor carrick, Mikhail Grabovski, Training Camp, Troy Brouwer

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 09/22/2013

Connor Carrick sticking around, standing out

The young defenseman is still in camp, and has forced the Capitals’ to consider turning him pro, rather than sending him back to juniors.

By Chelsea Janes  |  02:46 PM ET, 09/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  capitals, connor carrick, Training Camp

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 09/21/2013

Capitals trim roster to 36, send Andre Burakovsky to Erie

The first-round pick makes the expected move to juniors, but earns praise from Coach Adam Oates.

By Chelsea Janes  |  04:15 PM ET, 09/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Adam Oates, Andre Burakovsky, capitals, Capitals Insider, Mikhail Grabovski, Training Camp

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 10:41 AM ET, 04/08/2013

Jack Hillen had 'no idea' his wife went into labor Saturday night

After the Caps’ game against Florida, defenseman Jack Hillen learned his wife had given birth.

By Mark Giannotto  |  10:41 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jack Hillen, Washington Capitals

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 01/16/2013

Joey Crabb looks to forge role with Caps

After long road trips in the ECHL during the lockout, Joey Crabb is ready to find his place with the Capitals.

By Mark Giannotto  |  10:47 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Caps roster, Caps' preseason, Caps' training camp, Joey Crabb, Training Camp, Washington Capitals

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Caps will need group effort to make up for Brooks Laich's absence

Several players will take over his role.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:52 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brooks Laich, Capitals, Capitals injuries, Training Camp

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Capitals assign Cam Schilling to Hershey

Long shot bid for a roster spot ends for now.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:53 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cam Schilling, Capitals, Caps roster, Defense, Training Camp

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 07/30/2012

Alex Ovechkin in London for 2012 Olympics

Alex Ovechkin visits the 2012 London Olympics to support his girlfriend, Maria Kirilenko. He documents his trip on Twitter.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:52 AM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washington Capitals, Alex Ovechkin, 2012 Olympics

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 07/23/2012

Capitals name Tim Hunter assistant coach (Updated)

Caps round out coaching staff with Tim Hunter, who was an assistant coach in Washington for five seasons under Ron Wilson. (Updated)

By Katie Carrera  |  12:17 PM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washington capitals

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 05/17/2012

Broken foot ended Jay Beagle’s season

Jay Beagle had every intention to continue playing in the playoffs with a broken foot, but the injury limited him too severely.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:52 AM ET, 05/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washington capitals

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 05/02/2012

Ovechkin on teaming with Backstrom: ‘I think we have chemistry, it’s not a secret’

Alex Ovechkin on playing with Nicklas Backstrom: “I think we have chemistry, it’s not a secret.”

By Katie Carrera  |  11:53 AM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washington capitals

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/02/2012

Ovechkin, Backstrom reunited on Capitals’ top line

In the morning skate ahead of Game 3, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom are skating together on the top line.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washington capitals

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 05/01/2012

Braden Holtby bounces back in Game 2

Rookie goaltender Braden Holtby responds to a poor outing in the series opener by making 25 saves in victorious Game 2.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:08 AM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washington capitals

Posted at 07:54 AM ET, 05/01/2012

Brooks Laich: ‘We really wanted to push back’

After criticizing their lack of effort in the series opener, players respond by being the more desperate team.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:54 AM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washington capitals

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 04/26/2012

Ted Leonsis: ‘There’s a lot of work left to do’

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis expressed his happiness with the first-round series victory over the Boston Bruins, but stressed that there is a lot more they want to achieve.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:24 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washington Capitals

Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 04/26/2012

Capitals’ role players ‘came to play’ against Boston

With the top talents on both sides effectively canceling one another out, Dale Hunter said, it was up to the grinders to tip the balance.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:20 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washington capitals

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 03/30/2012

Jason Chimera receives game-misconduct for hit on Adam McQuaid

The Capitals winger is ejected from the shootout win in the first period for a hit that knocked Adam McQuaid headfirst into the boards.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:07 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider | Tags:  Washington Capitals, Adam McQuaid

Posted at 12:58 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Braden Holtby critical of his performance in 2-1 shootout loss to Flyers

Rookie goaltender Braden Holtby is critical of his performance in the 2-1 shootout loss in Philadelphia.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:58 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider | Tags:  Washington Capitals

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 03/17/2012

No practice for Capitals; Nicklas Backstrom skates

Facing back-to-back games in Chicago and Detroit, Coach Dale Hunter calls off Saturday’s practice.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  04:05 PM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Washington Capitals

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Have we seen the last of Mike Knuble?

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS | The veteran Capitals winger was given the night off Thursday. Are his days in Washington numbered?

By Neil Greenberg  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washington capitals

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 02/07/2012

Brooks Laich feels good after skate, may play against Panthers

Brooks Laich said he felt good on the ice Tuesday and that it’s possible he could play against the Florida Panthers.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:40 AM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washington capitals

Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 02/04/2012

Dennis Wideman’s fluky goal is Capitals’ game winner against Canadiens

Dennis Wideman said “You feel kind of bad” about his fluky game-winner against Montreal.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:09 PM ET, 02/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider | Tags:  dennis wideman, washington capitals

Posted at 11:02 PM ET, 12/21/2010

Capitals beat Devils 5-1, lose Matt Bradley for 2-4 weeks

With news after the game that Matt Bradley will miss the next two to four weeks with a broken finger, it sets an even bigger stage for two call-ups from the Hershey Bears who had strong showings Tuesday night against the Devils. Andrew Gordon potted his first NHL goal and...

By Katie Carrera  |  11:02 PM ET, 12/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Devils, New Jersey Devils | Tags:  Hershey Bears, Matt Bradley, Washington Capitals

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Poll: What should the Caps do now?

When the losing streak was at four games, we asked whether it was time to panic. Forty-eight percent of you said no, it is just a slump. Fair enough. Now that the skid has hit six, and in the aftermath of last night's shellacking at the hands of the Rangers,...

By Washington Post Sports  |  11:27 AM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals losing streak, Caps vs. Rangers, Washington Capitals

Posted at 06:55 PM ET, 12/09/2010

Open thread: Capitals vs. Panthers

The Washington Capitals (18-8-3) will look to avoid a fourth straight loss when they host the Southeast Division rival Florida Panthers (12-14-0) tonight at Verizon Center. Chat about the game in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter and see your tweets here by using #caps. Faceoff: 7...

By Washington Post sports editors  |  06:55 PM ET, 12/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Florida Panthers | Tags:  Capitals vs. Panthers, Capitals-Panthers

Posted at 11:16 PM ET, 09/28/2010

Ovechkin records pair of assists in preseason debut: Capitals 3, Bruins 2

Alex Ovechkin's sheer presence on the Verizon Center ice was enough to elicit cheers from the crowd Wednesday night. On his second shift though, Ovechkin recorded a big hit on Boston's Johnny Boychuk in the Capitals' defensive zone, kicking off what became a physical game and an eventual 3-2 Washington...

By Katie Carrera  |  11:16 PM ET, 09/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Alex Ovechkin, Alex Ovechkin, Alex Ovechkin | Tags:  Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, preseason

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 09/24/2010

Friday practice update

Bob Woods and the coaches are probably the only ones who liked all of today's Capitals practice at KCI, which featured plenty of drills down low in the zone and was capped off by a timed mountain-skate. The players had to skate blue line back, red line back, far blue...

By Katie Carrera  |  01:48 PM ET, 09/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Capitals Predators, washington capitals

Posted at 10:38 PM ET, 09/22/2010

Matt Hendricks's hat trick leads Capitals to 6-2 win over Columbus in preseason opener

Matt Hendricks's hat trick leads Capitals to 6-2 win over Columbus in preseason opener

By Katie Carrera  |  10:38 PM ET, 09/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Matt Hendricks, Matt Hendricks, Matt Hendricks, Matt Hendricks, Matt Hendricks, Matt Hendricks, Matt Hendricks, Matt Hendricks | Tags:  Capitals preseason

Posted at 08:05 PM ET, 08/12/2010

Source: Eric Belanger to re-sign with Caps

Eric Belanger has agreed in principle to a one-year, $1.85 million contract with the Capitals to return to Washington for the 2010-11 season, according to an NHL source with knowledge of the situation. The deal has been in the works for some time, the source said, adding that the team...

By Katie Carrera  |  08:05 PM ET, 08/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Eric Belanger, Washington Capitals, free agency

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 08/03/2010

Caps renew affiliation with Stingrays

The Capitals have extended their affiliation with the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays for the upcoming 2010-11 season. This will be the seventh year of the teams' agreement. Goaltenders Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth spent time with the Stingrays over the past two seasons, and are two of 10 players currently...

By Katie Carrera  |  11:05 AM ET, 08/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  South Carolina Stingrays, Washington Capitals

Posted at 08:52 PM ET, 08/02/2010

Former Caps defenseman Morrisonn signs with Buffalo

Free agent defenseman Shaone Morrisonn signed a two-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres, leaving the Capitals after six seasons

By Katie Carrera  |  08:52 PM ET, 08/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Buffalo Sabres, NHL free agency, Shaone Morrisonn, Washington Capitals

Posted at 08:57 PM ET, 07/27/2010

Caps re-sign Tomas Fleischmann

The Caps re-signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year, $2.6 million contract tonight. The sides had been prepared to go to salary arbitration tomorrow in Toronto. Fleischmann, a 26-year-old center/left wing, set career highs in goals (23) and points (51) last season, despite missing the first 11 games of the season...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  08:57 PM ET, 07/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Tomas Fleischmann, Washington Capitals

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 04/14/2010

Alex Ovechkin says he's healthy

One day after causing a small stir at Kettler Capitals Iceplex when he left practice early, Alex Ovechkin returned to the ice Wednesday, stayed for the entire session and afterward confirmed that he's ready to go. "Yeah," he said when asked if he's 100 percent before explaining his early departure...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  01:46 PM ET, 04/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Ovechkin, Carey Price, NHL, National Hockey League, Washington Capitals

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 02:53 PM ET, 02/13/2010

Theodore to start as Caps seek to end slide in St. Louis

Sorry for the delay folks, but I had to take care of a few things before blogging this afternoon. Anyway, here's what you need to know about tonight's game: Jose Theodore will start tonight at Scottrade Center as the Caps attempt to bounce back from back-to-back and head out on...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  02:53 PM ET, 02/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Ovechkin, Blues, Capitals, Jose Theodore

Posted at 12:50 AM ET, 02/11/2010

Caps suffer loss, injuries in Montreal

Tonight's 6-5 overtime loss at Bell Centre was a bit of a disaster for the Caps' defense and for sportswriters scrambling on snow deadlines. Since it's so late and the wireless here is on the fritz, I have to be really brief. Check out my web-only gamer, which has...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  12:50 AM ET, 02/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bruce Boudreau, Canadiens, Capitals, Josh Gorges, Michal Neuvirth, Tom Poti

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