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Capitals Insider: April, 2011

Posted at 12:02 AM ET, 04/30/2011

Capitals drop Game 1 to Lightning, John Carlson misses most of final 25 minutes

Defenseman John Carlson missed most of the final 25 minutes in Washington’s 4-2 loss to Tampa Bay Friday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:02 AM ET, 04/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  John Carlson, Playoffs

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 04/30/2011

Lightning’s Simon Gagne, Pavel Kubina suffer injuries in Game 1 win over Capitals

The Capitals weren’t the only team to suffer an injury to a key player Friday. In fact, Tampa Bay could be in worse shape after losing winger Simon Gagne and defenseman Pavel Kubina.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  12:01 AM ET, 04/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Live blog: Capitals vs. Lightning, Game 1

Tarik El-Bashir is blogging live from Verizon Center as Washington and Tampa Bay open up their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  06:00 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Statistical analysis: Scouting the Lightning

How do the Caps dispatch their Southeastern rival and move on to round three?

By Neil Greenberg  |  05:30 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Statistical analysis

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Lightning won’t use fatigue as an excuse

Tampa Bay back on the ice just two days after playing a Game 7 against Pittsburgh.

By Greg Schimmel  |  02:01 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Lightning coach: ‘I know that if they lose this, for them it’s a huge failure’

Tampa Bay Coach Guy Boucher does his best to keep pressure on Washington.

By Greg Schimmel  |  01:33 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Injury update on Mike Knuble and Dennis Wideman

Mike Knuble and Dennis Wideman discuss the progress of their recoveries.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:50 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Mike Knuble, Dennis Wideman

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/29/2011

Bruce Boudreau doesn’t buy Guy Boucher’s ‘David vs Goliath’ comparison for this series

Coach Bruce Boudreau doesn’t buy into Guy Boucher’s comparison of this matchup to David vs. Goliath.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, Playoffs

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 04/29/2011

Start time for Game 3 between Capitals and Lightning set

Start time for Game 3 set and other notes from the Capitals morning skate at KCI.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:06 AM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Playoffs

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 04/29/2011

NHL playoffs: Thursday roundup

Vancouver blanks Nashville in Game 1 on Chris Higgins’ goal. Series breakdowns, schedules and related coverage from all four conference semifinal matchups.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:12 AM ET, 04/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Playoffs

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Capitals ready for the challenge of stopping Tampa Bay’s offensive threats

Capitals know they’re going up against a group with significantly more offensive firepower than the Rangers.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:38 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 04/28/2011

Capitals must minimize turnovers against opportunistic Lightning

The Lightning can play either an aggressive, attack game or smother opponents defensively and the Capitals must minimize their mistakes in order to combat both.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:32 PM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Playoffs

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 04/28/2011

Live Q&A: Join Dan Steinberg and Tarik El-Bashir for a Caps-Lightning breakdown at 1 p.m.

Join Dan Steinberg and Tarik El-Bashir for a Caps-Lightning breakdown.

By Jon DeNunzio  |  11:43 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 04/28/2011

Power knocked out briefly at KCI during Capitals practice

One more day of practice is underway at KCI before the second round starts on Friday.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:46 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Playoffs

Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 04/28/2011

NHL playoffs: Wednesday roundup

The Boston Bruins needed overtime to finally dispose of Montreal while Tampa Bay completed its comeback from 3-1 down to set up a second-round matchup with the Capitals. Scores, recaps, second-round schedules and previews inside.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  08:21 AM ET, 04/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Playoffs

Posted at 11:49 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Schedule announced for Capitals’ second-round series against Lightning

The NHL has announced dates and times for the Capitals’ series against Tampa Bay.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:49 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:46 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Capitals will face Lightning in Eastern Conference semifinals

Tampa Bay defeats Pittsburgh 1-0 in Game 7, will face Washington in second round.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:46 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Playoffs

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Bruce Boudreau’s message to call-ups: ‘This isn’t a vacation’

Goaltender Braden Holtby, and Washington’s other call-ups from Hershey, ready to make sure they’re prepared if the Capitals need them this postseason.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:44 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Hershey Bears, Braden Holtby

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Still waiting for second-round opponent, Capitals ‘getting a little antsy’

Coach Bruce Boudreau says the Capitals don’t care who they play; they’re just ready to get the second round started.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:39 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Playoffs

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Mike Knuble likely to return ‘in the second round at some point,’ Bruce Boudreau says

Coach Bruce Boudreau gives updates on Mike Green, Mike Knuble and Dennis Wideman.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:50 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Dennis Wideman, Mike Green, Mike Green

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 04/27/2011

Statistical analysis: What’s causing Nicklas Backstrom’s slump?

Statistical analysis: The Swedish center has been taking too many defensive faceoffs.

By Neil Greenberg  |  11:58 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Statistical analysis, Nicklas Backstrom

Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 04/27/2011

Capitals recall Perreault, McNeill and Pinizzotto

All Hershey call ups, including Holtby, were on the ice at KCI.

By  |  10:13 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Mathieu Perreault, Hershey Bears, Braden Holtby, Call-ups

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 04/27/2011

NHL playoffs: Tuesday roundup

The Canucks narrowly avoided disaster by edging Chicago in overtime to win their series, the Flyers blew out Buffalo in Game 7 to advance and Montreal forced a Game 7 by beating Boston. Scores, schedules, recaps and related coverage inside.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  08:09 AM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Capitals bring up extra depth from Hershey

With Hershey out of the AHL playoffs, the Caps are expected to recall other players for additional depth this postseason.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:36 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Call-ups, Hershey Bears

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Capitals anxious to find out who they’ll face in second round

Many Capitals watch other playoff games as they wait to find out who they’ll play in the second round.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:48 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Updates on Mike Knuble and Dennis Wideman

Mike Knuble says he’s ‘encouraged’ by his progress, Coach Bruce Boudreau said Dennis Wideman left the ice early because he felt dizzy.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:57 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexander Semin, Dennis Wideman, Mike Knuble

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 04/26/2011

Mike Green: ‘I’m fine, other than a bruise’

Capitals defenseman participated fully in practice, says he’s thankful the shot hit his helmet.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:07 PM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Mike Green

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 04/26/2011

Mike Green, Mike Knuble taking part in Capitals’ practice

Alexander Semin is the only player aside from Dennis Wideman not on the ice at KCI.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:31 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 04/26/2011

Capitals recall Braden Holtby

Washington has recalled goaltender Braden Holtby.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:23 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Braden Holtby

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 04/26/2011

NHL playoffs: Monday roundup

The Lightning finally won on home ice to force a Game 7 in Pittsburgh while San Jose closed out the Kings in L.A. in overtime. Full series scores, schedules, recaps and related news inside.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  08:51 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 04/25/2011

Capitals seek to maintain focus during break between first- and second-round series

While extra rest is nice, the Capitals know they must maintain their focus during this time between the first and second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:55 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 04/25/2011

A look at Capitals’ potential second-round opponents

Capitals must wait, and watch, as other Eastern Conference series play out to see who they’ll face in the second round of the playoffs.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:01 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 04/25/2011

No timetable for return of Mike Knuble or Dennis Wideman, Boudreau says

Both Mike Knuble and Dennis Wideman skated in full pads Monday but Coach Bruce Boudreau said there’s no timetable for either to return.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:44 PM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 04/25/2011

Capitals glad to have extra days to rest before second round

By winning in five games, Washington earned the bonus of extra days off before starting its Eastern Conference semifinal series.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:35 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 04/25/2011

NHL playoffs: Sunday roundup

The Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks staved off elimination with overtime victories to force Game 7s in their respective series while the Nashville Predators knocked out the Ducks to win the first postseason series in franchise history.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:54 AM ET, 04/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 PM ET, 04/23/2011

Capitals’ penalty kill near perfect in series vs. Rangers

The Capitals’ penalty kill extinguished 19 of the Rangers’ 20 power-play opportunities in the series, including both shorthanded situations it faced in Game 5.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  10:09 PM ET, 04/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:47 PM ET, 04/23/2011

Boudreau: Game 5 was Alex Ovechkin’s ‘best game’ in the playoffs

Washington’s superstar has what Bruce Boudreau called the winger’s best game of the playoffs in the Capitals 3-1, series-clinching win.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:47 PM ET, 04/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:40 PM ET, 04/23/2011

Capitals’ Mike Green returns to bench after blocking slap shot with helmet

The defenseman returned to the bench but did not play again after he was struck in the helmet with a slap shot.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  07:40 PM ET, 04/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:17 PM ET, 04/23/2011

Alex Ovechkin on Capitals’ Game 5 victory over Rangers

Capitals captain talks about closing out the Rangers in five games.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  07:17 PM ET, 04/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 04/23/2011

Live blog: Game 5, Capitals vs. Rangers

Tarik El-Bashir is blogging live from Verizon Center as Washington and New York face off for Game 5. Washington leads the series, three games to one, and can advance to the next round with a victory.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  02:30 PM ET, 04/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 04/23/2011

Bruce Boudreau on what he expects to be the difference in Game 5

Coach Bruce Boudreau talks about what could be the difference in Game 5 against the Rangers.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:26 PM ET, 04/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 04/23/2011

Marcus Johansson remains steady in his first NHL playoff series

Rookie Marcus Johansson is relishing the playoffs while coming through in the clutch and displaying a calm on-ice demeanor.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:02 AM ET, 04/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Statistical analysis: Hitting Mike Green is a strategy for Capitals’ opponents

The Capitals’ opponents have learned that targeting defenseman Mike Green can be effective.

By Neil Greenberg  |  03:20 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Jason Arnott: Capitals ‘can’t get too overconfident and overanxious’ in Game 5

The veteran center says Washington “can’t get too overconfident and overanxious” with an opportunity to close out its series with the Rangers in Game 5 Saturday.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:15 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Bruce Boudreau discusses putting Brooks Laich on Capitals’ top line

Capitals coach and Alex Ovechkin discuss what Brooks Laich can bring to the top line.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:24 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Mike Knuble will miss Game 5

Coach Bruce Boudreau said the veteran right wing will miss Saturday’s contest.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:10 PM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/22/2011

Brooks Laich on Capitals’ top line in practice

Mike Knuble, Dennis Wideman not taking part in workout with the rest of the team.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 04/22/2011

NHL playoffs: Thursday roundup

Boston knotted up its series with an overtime win in Montreal, the defending champion Blackhawks chased Roberto Luongo once again to pull within 3-2 in their series and San Jose took a 3-1 lead over the L.A. Kings. Scores, schedules, recaps and related coverage inside.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:35 AM ET, 04/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Bruce Boudreau says he never considered pulling Michal Neuvirth in Game 4

Michal Neuvirth weathers the pressure of two overtime periods.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:49 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Dennis Wideman ‘getting close’ but there’s no timetable for his return

Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman says he’s “getting close,” but says that there’s no timetable for his return.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:24 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Mike Knuble’s status for Game 5 uncertain

Veteran right wing worked out at KCI, spoke to media for first time since suffering apparent hand injury in Game 3.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:31 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Capitals know they can’t underestimate Rangers

While Game 4 may be reflected on as the contest that shifted the series once everything is said and done, Coach Bruce Boudreau isn’t about to get ahead of himself.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:40 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Capitals’ Jason Chimera on scoring game-winner: ‘There is no better feeling in the world’

Capitals winger Jason Chimera relishes his game-winning, double-overtime goal in Game 4 that may go down as one of Caps’ most memorable postseason wins.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:40 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 04/21/2011

NHL playoffs: Wednesday roundup

The Capitals completed a stunning comeback from three goals down, Ryan Miller notched his second shutout of the Flyers and Detroit may have ended the Coyotes’ tenure in Phoenix. Recaps, scores, schedules and related coverage from around the playoffs inside.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:21 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:24 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Rangers seek to regroup after devastating loss to Capitals in Game 4

The Rangers’ physical exhaustion was magnified in the dressing room not only by their double-overtime loss, but the dispiriting manner in which it all unfolded.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  08:24 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 AM ET, 04/21/2011

Capitals rally, win Game 4 in double overtime

Washington comes back from a three-goal deficit to force overtime, takes a 3-1 lead in series over Rangers off Jason Chimera’s game-winner.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:01 AM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Live blog: Game 4, Capitals at Rangers

Tarik El-Bashir is blogging live from Madison Square Garden as Washington and New York face off for Game 4. Washington leads the quarterfinal series, two games to one.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  05:30 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Capitals’ Eric Fehr looking forward to making playoff debut

With Mike Knuble expected to miss Game 4, Eric Fehr will likely make his first postseason appearance tonight.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:17 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Jason Chimera expected to replace Mike Knuble on Capitals’ top line

With Mike Knuble out for Game 4, Jason Chimera is expected to skate with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom on the top line.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:01 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Brooks Laich: ‘We’ll have to step up while Mike’s not in the lineup’

Washington looks to fill the void in front of the Rangers’ net without gritty winger Mike Knuble in the lineup tonight for Game 4.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:25 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 04/20/2011

Mike Knuble likely out for Game 4

Veteran right wing didn’t skate for a third straight day, may not have traveled to New York.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:41 PM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 04/20/2011

NHL playoffs: Tuesday roundup

The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks avoided elimination - at least for one night - while San Jose rallied past Los Angeles in overtime. All the pre-game coverage you need for Caps-Rangers Game 4 and news from around the league inside.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:27 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:44 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Statistical analysis: Rangers’ Girardi and Staal can’t shut down Ovechkin

New York’s Dan Girardi and Marc Staal quieted Caps star Alex Ovechkin in the regular season, but in the playoffs, it’s a different story.

By Neil Greenberg  |  08:44 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider

Posted at 08:12 AM ET, 04/20/2011

No sense of panic from Capitals heading into Game 4

The Capitals know what’s at stake without getting caught up in the meaning of one game’s outcome.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:12 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Post Sports Live: The importance of Game 4

The Post Sports Live Crew discusses Caps-Rangers Game 4.

By Washington Post editors  |  03:43 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 04/19/2011

New York Coach John Tortorella responds to accusations Rangers are targeting Mike Green’s head

Coach John Tortorella responds to Bruce Boudreau’s comments that the Rangers are intentionally targeting Mike Green’s head.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:33 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 04/19/2011

NHL announces 10-year television deal with NBC

NHL agrees to 10-year broadcasting deal with NBC worth $2 billion.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:56 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Capitals hope to put more pressure on Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist

Washington has been outshot by the New York Rangers in the past two games of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

By Greg Schimmel  |  01:25 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Mike Green on physical play: ‘I’m used to it and I’m ready for it’

After taking a number of hard shots, the Capitals’ defenseman says “it’s part of the game. I’m not complaining.”

By Greg Schimmel  |  12:55 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Bruce Boudreau says Mike Knuble took a ‘maintenance day’

Veteran right wing Mike Knuble is expected to play Wednesday, Bruce Boudreau said, but video from Game 3 shows him take a puck off his hand.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:32 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 04/19/2011

Mike Knuble not on the ice for Capitals’ practice

Capitals working with different lines Tuesday morning and the vet­eran right wing is the only healthy player not on the ice for the official practice.­

By Katie Carrera  |  11:08 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 04/19/2011

NHL playoffs: Monday roundup

The Caps had Monday off, but all three of the other top seeds in the East gained ground in their respective series while Detroit pushed Phoenix to the bring of elimination. Full recaps, scores, schedules and related coverage inside.

By Washington Post Editors  |  10:21 AM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Capitals must resist urge to retaliate against Rangers

After some of the Rangers got under the Capitals’ skin Sunday, players talk about having the self control to not react to the antics.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:30 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Capitals turn focus to limiting penalties

The Caps took eight minors Sunday, and even if a few were on tight calls, they need to put themselves in a better position to avoid getting whistled.

By Greg Schimmel  |  03:19 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Michal Neuvirth downplays the pressure of facing traffic in front from Rangers

Capitals’ goaltender was under significant duress in Game 3 but calmly dismisses it, saying 'it's all business’.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:30 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Capitals hope to take advantage of time off between games

The Caps returned home after Game 3 Sunday night, taking advantage of the extra day of rest before Wednesday’s Game 4.

By Greg Schimmel  |  01:54 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 04/18/2011

Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau: Marc Staal’s hit on Mike Green ‘a dirty shot’

Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau says Marc Staal’s hit on Mike Green in Game 3 was “a dirty shot.”

By Katie Carrera  |  12:27 PM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 04/18/2011

NHL playoffs: Sunday roundup

Vancouver pushed the defending Stanley Cup champions to the brink of elimination while Nashville took a 2-1 lead on Anaheim. Full roundup with schedules, updates and related coverage links inside.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:02 AM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 04/18/2011

Rangers pleased with effort in Game 3 victory over Capitals

They followed through on a promise to crowd Michal Neuvirth's crease, bumping the rookie goaltender repeatedly, and buried the types of chances they missed in Games 1 and 2.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  07:30 AM ET, 04/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:14 PM ET, 04/17/2011

Capitals unhappy with penalties in Game 3 loss to Rangers

Washington players were whistled for eight minors compared with New York’s four in the Rangers’ Game 3 victory.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:14 PM ET, 04/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:09 PM ET, 04/17/2011

Rangers’ Ruslan Fedotenko ‘shocked’ about disallowed goal in Game 3 vs. Capitals

The Rangers winger said he thought the puck crossed the line before time expired in the second period against the Capitals.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  08:09 PM ET, 04/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 04/17/2011

Live blog: Game 3, Capitals at Rangers

Tarik El-Bashir is blogging live from Madison Square Garden as the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers face off in the third game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  02:30 PM ET, 04/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 04/17/2011

Coach John Tortorella: Rangers ‘not far off’ in series against Capitals

New York Coach John Tortorella discusses his take on the importance of Game 3 at Madison Square Garden.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:35 PM ET, 04/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 04/17/2011

Capitals’ playoff history when leading a series two games to none

Players know that no lead is safe in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and historically those advantages haven’t been kind to the Capitals.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:48 AM ET, 04/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 04/16/2011

Capitals could have a different set of top two lines for Game 3

Coach Bruce Boudreau says the players just put on the wrong jerseys, but don’t be surprised if you see a switch Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:46 PM ET, 04/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 04/16/2011

Capitals swap centers on top two lines for practice

Capitals practice is underway at KCI and Coach Bruce Boudreau has swapped centers on the top two lines.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:24 PM ET, 04/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 AM ET, 04/16/2011

Capitals defeat Rangers, 2-0, but they’re not completely satisfied with performance

Washington not satisfied with victory despite taking 2-0 lead in the series.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:14 AM ET, 04/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:49 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Capitals’ Jason Chimera on Game 2 goal: ‘It was nice to get one’

The winger scores his second career postseason goal in Washington’s 2-0 victory over New York.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  11:49 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Live blog: Game 2, Capitals vs. Rangers

Tarik El-Bashir is blogging live from Verizon Center as the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers face off in the second game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  06:30 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Capitals need to keep crashing the net against Henrik Lundqvist

It’s a familiar mantra for the Capitals when discussing the Rangers, but they need to make sure they follow it up with execution in the game.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:33 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Rangers focusing on ‘foundation of defense’ vs. Capitals

Coach John Tortorella reiterates his club’s defensive philosophy this morning in advance of tonight’s Game 2.

By Greg Schimmel  |  01:50 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Rangers’ Sean Avery ‘ready to go’ for Game 2

The notorious pest will be in New York’s lineup for Game 2 at Verizon Center tonight.

By Greg Schimmel  |  01:06 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Capitals prepare to withstand a push from Rangers in Game 2

Washington knows taking a two-game lead in this series will not be an easy feat.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:31 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 04/15/2011

Join us to talk Capitals playoff hockey

Join Dan Steinberg and Tarik El-Bashir at 1 p.m. and Katie Carrera at 2 p.m.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  12:02 PM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 04/15/2011

Video: Tarik on the Capitals

By Washington Post Sports  |  11:05 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 04/15/2011

Dennis Wideman skates at KCI for first time since suffering hematoma (Updated)

Defenseman Dennis Wideman is on the ice prior to the start of Washington’s morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:46 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 04/15/2011

NHL playoffs: Thursday roundup

A look at all the action from Thursday’s first-round contests along with lthe latest news and inks from around the country on every playoff series.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:24 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Washington’s 32 blocked shots in Game 1 is the most ever in a playoff game under Bruce Boudreau

Washington blocked 32 shots in Game 1 against the Rangers — more than they’ve ever blocked in 29 postseason games under Coach Bruce Boudreau.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:27 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Rangers express confidence

Underdog Rangers clearly believe they are good enough to compete in this series.

By Greg Schimmel  |  03:57 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Notes from Rangers practice

Coach John Tortorella was tight-lipped, but there are a couple of developments worth noting.

By Greg Schimmel  |  03:15 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Bruce Boudreau says ‘it’d be pretty hard’ for Tom Poti to get back in Capitals’ lineup

Coach says ‘it’d be pretty hard’ for defenseman Tom Poti to get back in Capitals’ lineup.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:21 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 04/14/2011

Marcus Johansson makes playoff debut, enjoys the intensity

Washington’s rookie center says the heightened pressure and physicality of the Stanley Cup playoffs is “the most fun I’ve had”.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:49 PM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 04/14/2011

Light attendance at Capitals’ optional practice

Capitals’ optional practice underway at KCI.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:25 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 04/14/2011

NHL playoffs roundup

While the Capitals rallied to take Game 1 from the Rangers in overtime, the rest of the Stanley Cup Playoffs got underway Wednesday night.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  09:39 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:03 AM ET, 04/14/2011

Rangers seek to generate more scoring opportunities

Game 1 overtime loss includes just 25 shots in nearly 80 minutes.

By Gene Wang  |  07:03 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:10 AM ET, 04/14/2011

Capitals get Mike Green back, defeat Rangers in Game 1

Capitals’ top defenseman doesn’t miss a beat in first game since Feb. 25.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:10 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Live blog: Game 1, Capitals vs. Rangers

Tarik El-Bashir is blogging live from Verizon Center as the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers open up their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  06:30 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Karl Alzner discusses shutting down Rangers’ Marian Gaborik

Defenseman Karl Alzner discusses how to thwart the Rangers’ right winger.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:23 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Rangers Coach John Tortorella on suspension: ‘I’m not going back there’

“I’m not going back there,” the Rangers coach said of his Game 6 suspension.

By Barry Svrluga  |  12:57 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Mike Green remains on track for Game 1

Defenseman’s return appears all but a certainty for playoff opener against Rangers.

By Gene Wang  |  12:35 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Capitals’ morning skate notes

Some quick notes from the Capitals’ morning skate ahead of Game 1 against the Rangers.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:29 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Bruce Boudreau estimates Dennis Wideman could return in three weeks

Coach Bruce Boudreau estimates that Dennis Wideman may be back in the Caps’ lineup in three weeks.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:37 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Share your playoff experience from the Capitals-Rangers series

Going to the Capitals’ playoff games? Send us photos or anecdotes.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  10:20 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Capitals playoff preview 2011

Get caught up on reading as Washington opens its postseason campaign.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  07:30 AM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 04/12/2011

Dennis Wideman discharged from hospital

Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman has been released from the hospital after suffering a leg hematoma two weeks ago.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:40 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 04/12/2011

Michal Neuvirth set for first playoff start of NHL career

Capitals rookie in line to make first Stanley Cup playoffs start of career

By Gene Wang  |  02:32 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 04/12/2011

Defenseman Mike Green on track to return for Game 1

Defenseman says he will play, but Coach Bruce Boudreau calling status ‘game-time decision’

By Gene Wang  |  01:25 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 04/12/2011

Capitals’ practice update

Coach Bruce Boudreau is running a special teams practice on Tuesday.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:29 PM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Capitals announce preseason game in Baltimore

Washington to play Nashville on Sept. 20 at 1st Mariner Arena.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:41 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Matt Hendricks nominated for Masterton Trophy

Capitals’ gritty forward has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy, which goes to the player who demonstrates “qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey”.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:30 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Mike Knuble ‘thrilled’ to stay in Washington another year

Mike Knuble talks about his one-year, $2 million contract extension that will keep him in a Capitals sweater for the 2011-12 season.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:32 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 04/11/2011

Ask the Caps: Marcus Johansson

The rookie center answers questions submitted by readers.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  12:23 PM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 04/11/2011

Capitals’ first postseason practice underway

Check out the lines the Capitals are using in practice and what might be a preview of what is on the ice for Game 1.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:37 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 04/11/2011

Capitals sign Mike Knuble to a one-year contract extension (Updated)

Veteran right wing Mike Knuble signs a one-year contract extension with the Capitals.

By  |  10:12 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:34 AM ET, 04/11/2011

Statistical analysis: Sizing up the New York Rangers

A statistical look at the Capitals’ first-round playoff opponent.

By Neil Greenberg  |  08:34 AM ET, 04/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider

Posted at 10:12 PM ET, 04/10/2011

Capitals’ first-round series schedule announced

NHL announces the schedule for all first round series in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

By  |  10:12 PM ET, 04/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 04/10/2011

Intriguing matchups in Capitals-Rangers series

Breaking down a few of the matchups between the Capitals and Rangers that will be worth watching all series.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:58 PM ET, 04/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 04/10/2011

Bruce Boudreau says the Capitals are more experienced than they were when they met the Rangers in 2009

Much has changed for Washington since that seven-game series in 2009.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:13 PM ET, 04/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 04/10/2011

A look at the Capitals’ season series with the Rangers

A look at each of the four games the Capitals and Rangers played during the regular season.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:10 AM ET, 04/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 PM ET, 04/09/2011

Capitals to play Rangers in Eastern Conference quarterfinals

Washington loses 1-0 to Florida in regular-season finale but first-round playoff matchup is set with New York.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:15 PM ET, 04/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 04/09/2011

Open thread: Capitals at Panthers

Chat as Washington faces off against Florida at BankAtlantic Center.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  07:00 PM ET, 04/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 04/09/2011

Capitals’ first-round opponent to be determined

The Capitals have already secured the top seed in the East, but will not know their opening-round playoff opponent until late Saturday.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:27 PM ET, 04/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 04/09/2011

Bruce Boudreau says Mike Green not playing in Florida is ‘the best thing for him right now’

Bruce Boudreau said the decision for Mike Green to not play in regular-season finale is “the best thing for him right now”

By Katie Carrera  |  11:56 AM ET, 04/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 04/09/2011

Mike Green won’t play in regular-season finale

Mike Green didn’t travel with the team to Florida

By Katie Carrera  |  10:26 AM ET, 04/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 PM ET, 04/08/2011

Capitals clinch No. 1 seed in Eastern Conference

Washington finishes first in the Eastern Conference for the second straight year.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  10:51 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 04/08/2011

Statistical analysis: John Carlson for Calder

Rookie defenseman John Carlson isn’t a favorite for the Calder Trophy, but he should be considered.

By Neil Greenberg  |  03:34 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/08/2011

Bruce Boudreau mum on Capitals’ lineup in Florida

Coach Bruce Boudreau said that the lineup against Florida may depend on the outcome of games around the league tonight.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Mike Green says he expects to play in regular season finale

Defenseman Mike Green said he expects to play in regular season finale.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:20 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Capitals practice underway at KCI

Take a look at what the lines may be when the playoffs begin.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:21 AM ET, 04/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Capitals’ potential playoff opponents: Montreal Canadiens

Breaking down the Capitals’ potential opponents with only a few days left before the playoffs

By Katie Carrera  |  03:47 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Capitals’ potential playoff opponents: Buffalo Sabres

Breaking down the Capitals’ potential opponents with only a few days left before the playoffs.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:30 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Mike Green practices in Hershey

With the Capitals off Thursday, Mike Green practiced with the Bears.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:34 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Capitals’ potential playoff opponents: New York Rangers

Breaking down the Capitals’ potential opponents with only a few days left before the playoffs.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:05 PM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Bruce Boudreau on the feeling in the air as the playoffs approach

Coach Bruce Boudreau on the feeling in the air around the Capitals as the playoffs approach.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:43 AM ET, 04/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:43 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Capitals defeat Panthers, 5-2; Sean Collins scores second NHL goal

Sean Collins scores his second NHL goal, and first since 2009, in the win.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:43 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Open thread: Capitals vs. Panthers

Chat as Washington faces off against Florida in the regular-season home finale at Verizon Center.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  06:38 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Dennis Wideman expected to miss first round of playoffs

No timeline for Dennis Wideman’s return, but Capitals expect him to miss the first round of the playoffs at least.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:46 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Capitals aim to finish strong, hang on to first in the East

Washington finally controls the race for the top seed with two regular-season games remaining.

By Greg Schimmel  |  01:57 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Alexander Semin a ‘game-time decision,’ Tom Poti will not return before playoffs

The Capitals winger missed Tuesday’s game to rest “injuries from the past,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said.

By Greg Schimmel  |  01:09 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 04/06/2011

Mike Green will not return tonight vs. Panthers

The Capitals defensemen will likely return for the regular-season finale in Florida.

By Greg Schimmel  |  12:29 PM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Michal Neuvirth continues to step up for Capitals with games on the line

Michal Neuvirth continues to step up with games on the line and will likely be who Coach Bruce Boudreau starts in Game 1 of the playoffs.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:12 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:53 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Mike Knuble tallies second shootout goal of his career, clinches Capitals’ win

Coach Bruce Boudreau says there was “no science” to picking Knuble as fourth shooter.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:53 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:00 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Alex Ovechkin reaches 300 career goals as Capitals defeat Toronto, 3-2, in shootout to capture division title

Alex Ovechkin reaches 300-goal plateau in win.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:00 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider

Posted at 08:23 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Capitals GM George McPhee: Mike Green could play Wednesday

George McPhee says the Capitals will decide Wednesday morning if Green will face the Panthers at Verizon Center.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:23 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Open thread: Capitals at Maple Leafs

Alexander Semin is not in the lineup as Washington faces Toronto at Air Canada Centre.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  05:00 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Injury-riddled Capitals have to ‘hope everything gels’ in playoffs

Washington would prefer to have its full lineup before the playoffs, but reality is that it’s unlikely.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:35 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Capitals bear down on top seed

Will Washington top Philadelphia for the top seed in the Eastern Conference?

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  02:03 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 04/05/2011

Michal Neuvirth to start against Maple Leafs

Sean Collins, John Erskine in lineup against Maple Leafs.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:58 PM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 04/05/2011

Alexander Semin doesn’t travel with Capitals to Toronto

Capitals winger doesn’t travel with the team to Toronto.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:13 AM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 04/05/2011

Bruce Boudreau on the top spot in the East

Bruce Boudreau on the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:39 AM ET, 04/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Capitals look to clean up play

Washington can still capture the top seed in the East, but the greater goal is to get into playoff shape.

By Paul Tenorio  |  02:42 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Capitals defensemen Mike Green, Tom Poti won’t travel to Toronto

Sloan says he feels “good” after taking hit to the head on Saturday, maintenance day for Semin.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:04 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 04/04/2011

Statistical analysis: Guide to panicking about the playoffs

What should Capitals fans actually be concerned about heading into the postseason?

By Neil Greenberg  |  11:46 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Statistical analysis

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 04/04/2011

Tyler Sloan, Mike Green and Tom Poti all taking part in Capitals’ practice

Alexander Semin and Dennis Wideman are the only players not participating in Monday’s practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:04 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 04/04/2011

On Hockey: Caps’ time to tweak is now

The Capitals have three regular season games remaining in which to address the hairline cracks that have begun to appear in the foundation.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  10:50 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 04/04/2011

Ask the Caps: Jay Beagle

The forward answers questions submitted by Post readers.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  08:59 AM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 04/03/2011

Bruce Boudreau on having 15 healthy forwards

Boudreau discusses the need for a rotation of healthy scratches down the stretch this season.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:21 AM ET, 04/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 AM ET, 04/03/2011

Capitals beat Sabres in overtime 5-4, move to first place in East

Washington takes over sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference with win.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:04 AM ET, 04/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 04/02/2011

Bruce Boudreau on referee Bill McCreary

Long-time referee set to officiate his final regular season game tonight at Verizon Center.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:04 PM ET, 04/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 04/02/2011

John Erskine out, Sean Collins in against Sabres

Capitals’ defenseman won’t face Buffalo, recalled Sean Collins will.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:12 PM ET, 04/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 04/02/2011

Sean Collins on the ice with Capitals

If Collins clears waivers at noon Saturday he will be formally recalled, eligible to play against Sabres.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:11 AM ET, 04/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:52 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Boudreau: John Erskine’s injury ‘not long term,’ but Capitals looking at options on defense

Boudreau says John Erskine is day-to-day and that the Capitals are evaluating all their options to add to the blueline should he miss time.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:52 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Capitals won’t rush Mike Green back into lineup

Despite mounting injuries on the blue line, Coach Bruce Boudreau says the Capitals will take their time bringing Green back to lineup.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:16 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/01/2011

Mike Green says he no longer has concussion symptoms

Mike Green took part in a light optional practice on Friday at KCI.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 04/01/2011

Jason Chimera scores first goal in 25 games for deciding tally over Columbus

Chimera scores his first goal in 25 games to give Capitals a win over his former team.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:43 AM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 AM ET, 04/01/2011

Dennis Wideman out indefinitely with leg hematoma

Team source confirms defenseman suffered a leg hematoma and compartment syndrome.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:37 AM ET, 04/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 03/31/2011

John Carlson prepared for a larger role once again with Dennis Wideman out

Once again, the Capitals may rely on the rookie defenseman to shoulder upwards of 23 minutes a game with injuries to the defense mounting.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:05 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 03/31/2011

Bruce Boudreau hoping Mike Green might practice with Capitals Friday

Coach Bruce Boudreau said he hopes the defenseman might practice with the Capitals on Friday.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:56 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 03/31/2011

Capitals: Dennis Wideman won’t be available Thursday or Saturday

Coach Bruce Boudreau said he doesn’t know when the defenseman will be able to return to the lineup.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:28 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 03/31/2011

Dennis Wideman’s status now week-to-week

Capitals downgrade defenseman from day-to-day to week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:51 AM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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