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Capitals Insider: October, 2011

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/31/2011

Capitals need to get penalty kill on track, minimize penalties

Washington’s penalty kill has a 77.1 percent success rate, tied for 23rd in the NHL.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 10/30/2011

Canucks overwhelmed Capitals in third period

Washington had no answer for the Canucks’ frenzied push.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:37 PM ET, 10/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 10/30/2011

Washington Capitals come back down to earth

Two losses against Western Conference foes illustrate weaknesses and areas that must be improved upon.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:13 PM ET, 10/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/30/2011

Bruce Boudreau explains why he pulled Tomas Vokoun for Michal Neuvirth

Coach Bruce Boudreau says he didn’t feel Vokoun was very sharp.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:00 AM ET, 10/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:05 PM ET, 10/29/2011

Open thread: Capitals at Canucks

Washington wraps up its two-game road trip to western Canada against the Vancouver Canucks.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:05 PM ET, 10/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:33 PM ET, 10/29/2011

Capitals on guard against Canucks’ Henrik and Daniel Sedin

Key to Washington’s success agains the Canucks will be its ability to minimize the damage done by Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:33 PM ET, 10/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider

Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 10/29/2011

Brooks Laich expects visors to be mandatory in NHL in five to 10 years

Brooks Laich is one of several Capitals who don’t wear a visor but he expects the use of the plastic shield to be mandatory for players coming into the league in five to 10 years.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:15 AM ET, 10/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider

Posted at 09:00 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Capitals’ Tomas Vokoun set to oppose Canucks’ Roberto Luongo Saturday

While Tomas Vokoun tries to stay on a roll, Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo looks to create some momentum.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:00 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:39 PM ET, 10/28/2011

George McPhee doesn’t believe Mike Green’s injury is a long-term concern

Capitals General Manager George McPhee says he doesn’t believe Mike Green’s twisted right ankle is a long-term concern.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:39 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Edmonton goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin thwarts Capitals

Nikolai Khabibulin remains undefeated in regulation with a stellar 34-save outing against the Capitals.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Capitals didn’t get bounces, ‘puck luck’ in Edmonton

Unlike their previous seven games, the Capitals didn’t seem to get the bounces against the Oilers Thursday in a 2-1 loss.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:52 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Penalties kill Capitals’ winning streak

Washington takes nine penalties, disrupting its flow against Edmonton.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:30 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:29 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Roman Hamrlik discusses facing fellow No. 1 pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Two first-overall draft picks,19 years apart and with the same birthday in Roman Hamrlik and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be pitted against each other Thursday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:29 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Open thread: Capitals at Oilers

INSIDER | Washington gets on the board first but cannot make the early lead stand up as its seven-game winning streak to open the season ends against the Oilers.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  08:00 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 10/27/2011

John Carlson ready to make the most of increased power-play time

The defenseman says he is eager to prove he can contribute to the Capitals’ man-advantage unit.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:25 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Mike Green will not play against Oilers

Mike Green will not play against the Oilers Thursday night in Edmonton.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:29 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Capitals are rockstars in western Canada

Coach Bruce Boudreau said that seeing the reaction to Alex Ovechkin in Vancouver in 2009 was “just like the Beatles hit North America.”

By Katie Carrera  |  01:14 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 10/27/2011

Capitals prepare to not have Mike Green in lineup against Oilers

The Capitals know they will need a group effort if Mike Green does miss Thursday’s game in Edmonton.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:23 AM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 10/27/2011

Alex Ovechkin sees similarities between young Oilers squad and Capitals’ rebuild

Alex Ovechkin knows what it’s like to be a part of a young, talented team on the rise and he sees similarities from the Capitals’ rebuild in where the Oilers are now.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:05 AM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Tomas Vokoun says he’s starting against Oilers

Tomas Vokoun says he’s been told he will start on Thursday against the Oilers.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:59 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Updated: Mike Green misses Capitals practice in Edmonton

Katie reports that defenseman Mike Green did not practice at Rexall Place with the rest of the Capitals who made the trip.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:03 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Breaking down the Capitals’ resurgence on the power play

The Capitals’ power play is the league’s second-most dangerous, converting 29.6 percent of its opportunities. Last season, it was 16th in the league and nothing seemed to click. What changed?

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  03:00 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 10/26/2011

Post Sports Live video: Does 7-0 matter for the Capitals?

The Post Sports Live crew argues whether or not the team's franchise-best 7-0 start ultimately matters.

By Post Sports Editors  |  01:20 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 10/26/2011

Homecoming for Jason Chimera on Capitals’ trip to Edmonton

The Capitals’ trip to Edmonton will include Jason Chimera’s first game in his hometown since 2009.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:37 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 10/26/2011

Capitals hope to make smooth adjustment to time change

Coach Bruce Boudreau talks about why the Capitals went to Edmonton a day earlier than they travel for most trips, moving practices back to prepare for time change.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:45 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Sean Collins ready to jump in if the Capitals need him

Sean Collins ready to jump in if the Capitals need him on their road trip to Edmonton and Vancouver.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:26 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Michal Neuvirth may start against Oilers

Michal Neuvirth may start in Edmonton Thursday.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:50 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Mike Green will travel with Capitals to Edmonton, Vancouver, Boudreau says

Mike Green will make the trip to western Canada with the Capitals.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:16 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Mike Green misses second consecutive practice with twisted ankle

Mike Green misses a second consecutive practice after twisting his right ankle on Saturday.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:16 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Troy Brouwer is the key to the Caps’ power play

The right wing may not have a single point with the man advantage, but his net presence is crucial for the Caps.

By Neil Greenberg  |  10:23 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Capitals recall Sean Collins

Washington recalled defenseman Sean Collins from Hershey.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:06 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Alex Ovechkin meets his wax self at Madame Tussauds

Alex Ovechkin is immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  05:30 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 10/24/2011

What would make D.C. a better hockey town?

We’d like to hear from Caps fans. What do you think of D.C.’s fans and its teams?

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  04:49 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Capitals injury update: Alex Ovechkin gets cut on forehead, Michal Neuvirth practices

Injury updates on Alex Ovechkin, Michal Neuvirth and John Erskine.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:45 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Agent: Mike Green twisted right ankle Saturday vs. Red Wings (updated)

Mike Green was walking with a severe limp at KCI and has his right foot wrapped.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:02 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Capitals take their dogs to work

Several players brought their dogs out onto the ice for a photoshoot with the Washington Animal Rescue League.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  01:53 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Monday One Timers: Don’t discount Capitals’ win over Red Wings

Don’t discount Saturday’s win over the Red Wings — it featured the Capitals’ best all-around game so far.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:45 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Tomas Vokoun named third star of the week

Tomas Vokoun was named the NHL’s third star of the week.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:12 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 10/24/2011

Mike Green not on the ice for Capitals’ practice

Mike Green is not on the ice for practice Monday, which is the first session following an off day.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:30 AM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 10/24/2011

Mathieu Perreault making his presence known on Capitals’ fourth line

Mathieu Perreault scored two goals as a part of Washington’s 7-1 win over Detroit, now has five points in five games.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:05 AM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/24/2011

D.C’s greatest sports fan contest

If you think you have the right combination of spirit, knowledge and loyalty, fill out the application form and enter for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card.

By Washington Post Editors  |  08:00 AM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 10/23/2011

Capitals’ third line keeps rolling

Another strong night for the Capitals’ third line of Jason Chimera, Brooks Laich and Joel Ward has the trio at 12 points in seven games.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:32 PM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 10/23/2011

Tomas Vokoun off to his best start since 2005-06 season

Caps goalie Tomas Vokoun has a vintage performance in a 32-save effort against the Red Wings and is off to his best start since the 2005-06 campaign.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:41 PM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 10/23/2011

Leonsis on Caps’ streak: ‘It is not how you start -- it is how you finish’

Ted Leonsis reminds Caps fans that while the 7-0-0 start is nice, ‘It is not how you start, it is how you finish.’

By Katie Carrera  |  11:26 AM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:07 AM ET, 10/23/2011

Mike Green ties career high for points in a game as Capitals rout Red Wings

Mike Green records four points as Washington routs the Red Wings, 7-1, Saturday night at Verizon Center.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:07 AM ET, 10/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider

Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 10/22/2011

Open thread: Capitals vs Red Wings

Washington (6-0-0) hosts Detroit (5-0-0) in a battle of the only two undefeated teams in the NHL.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:26 PM ET, 10/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 10/22/2011

Capitals face Red Wings in battle of undefeated teams

Capitals face the Red Wings in a battle between the two remaining undefeated teams in the NHL.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:11 PM ET, 10/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 10/22/2011

Nicklas Lidstrom to play in 1,500th career NHL regular season game Saturday night

Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom will reach the milestone of 1,500 regular season NHL games played during Saturday’s game at Verizon Center.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:33 AM ET, 10/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 10/22/2011

Several Capitals take Saturday’s morning skate off

Alex Ovechkin, Brooks Laich and Dennis Wideman have all elected to take the option of missing Saturday’s morning skate.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:21 AM ET, 10/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Halpern, Perreault, Hendricks finding success as Capitals’ fourth line

The Caps’ trio of Matt Hendricks, Mathieu Perreault and Jeff Halpern aren’t your average fourth line.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:46 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Alex Ovechkin records first multi-point game of 2011-12 NHL season against Flyers

Alex Ovechkin scores a pair of goals against the Flyers on Thursday night, an outburst that could spark an offensive renaissance. At left, he has a following, even in Philly.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:54 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Your definition of a great D.C. sports fan

As part of the Greatest sports fan in D.C. contest, we asked you your definition. Here are some of your responses.

By Washington Post editors  |  02:45 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Capitals downgrade Jay Beagle’s status to week-to-week

The Capitals have downgraded Jay Beagle’s status to week-to-week.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:50 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 10/21/2011

Boudreau: Michal Neuvirth will likely be ready for a game next week

Coach Bruce Boudreau says Michal Neuvirth will likely be ready for a game next week during Washington’s road trip to Edmonton and Vancouver.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:34 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 10/21/2011

The Good Ol’ Hockey Game: Checking up on some former Caps

Keeping tabs on the impact former Capitals players are making around the NHL.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  12:50 PM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 10/21/2011

Michal Neuvirth on the ice for Capitals’ practice

After missing four consecutive games with a bruised right foot, Michal Neuvirth is practicing with the rest of the Capitals Friday morning.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:44 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 10/21/2011

Tomas Vokoun steps up again for Capitals

Tomas Vokoun made 40 saves in Washington’s 5-2 win over the Flyers.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:00 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 AM ET, 10/21/2011

Capitals pick up win, some cuts along the way against Flyers

Washington captures its sixth straight win but not without a few nicks, bumps and bruises along the way.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:50 AM ET, 10/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider

Posted at 05:15 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Open thread: Capitals at Flyers

Washington, off to a 5-0 start, faces a Philadelphia team yet to lose in regulation (4-0-1).

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  05:15 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Capitals, Ovechkin to become better acquainted with Flyers’ Bryzgalov this season

The Capitals and Alex Ovechkin will become better acquainted with Ilya Bryzgalov now that the netminder has joined the Eastern Conference.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:12 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Capitals notes from Philadelphia

Roster notes from the Capitals’ morning skate in Philadelphia.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:33 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Troy Brouwer looks for a breakout game against Flyers

Troy Brouwer excells at the kind of gritty game the Flyers play and the Capitals’ winger will be looking for a breakout game Thursday in Philadelphia.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:48 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Boudreau on Jay Beagle concussion: ’You can infer whatever you want to infer’

Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau says, “you can infer whatever you want to infer.”

By Katie Carrera  |  12:04 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Jaromir Jagr’s return a positive thing for NHL, players say

While memories of Jaromir Jagr in Washington aren’t pleasant, several current Capitals are glad to see him return to the NHL.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:49 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Capitals’ true test lies ahead in Flyers, Red Wings

If there’s ever an opportunity for the Capitals to make a statement by keeping their unblemished record rolling, it’s in the next two games against the Flyers and Red Wings.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:21 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Boudreau: Alex Ovechkin takes practice off because of ‘some bumps and bruises’

Coach Bruce Boudreau said Alex Ovechkin was told to take the day off because of “bumps and bruises.”

By Katie Carrera  |  01:05 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 10/19/2011

Alex Ovechkin, Jay Beagle not on the ice for Capitals’ practice

Alex Ovechkin, Jay Beagle not on the ice for the Capitals’ Wednesday practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:45 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 10/19/2011

Marcus Johansson records his second game-winning goal of the season

Marcus Johansson scores his second game winner of the year against Florida.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:57 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 AM ET, 10/19/2011

Tomas Vokoun records first shutout as a Washington Capital

Goalie Tomas Vokoun posts his first shutout as a Capital against the Florida Panthers.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:03 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Open thread: Capitals vs. Panthers

Washington goes for its fifth straight victory as Tomas Vokoun faces his former team and Matt Bradley and Tomas Fleischmann visit their old home.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  06:30 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Catching up with Matt Bradley and Tomas Fleischmann

Catching up with former Capitals Matt Bradley and Tomas Fleischmann.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:02 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Statistical analysis: Alex Ovechkin simply needs more shots on net

Statistical analysis: There have been many creative explanations for Alex Ovechkin’s early slump, but it’s all about how many pucks he fires at the net.

By Neil Greenberg  |  03:38 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Panthers’ power play flying high heading into matchup with Capitals

Florida enters Tuesday night’s tilt against the Capitals with the best power play in the league.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:36 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 10/18/2011

John Erskine says he’s getting closer to return

John Erskine hasn’t targeted a specific game for his return to the Caps’ lineup. But that day is getting closer, he said Tuesday morning.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  12:03 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 10/18/2011

No status update on Jay Beagle, Michal Neuvirth

No updates on either Jay Beagle or Michal Neuvirth.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:30 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 10/18/2011

Capitals recall Dany Sabourin from Hershey

Capitals recall goaltender Dany Sabourin.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:23 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Matt Bradley apologizes for comments about Alexander Semin

Matt Bradley said Monday that he had “no business” making critical comments about former Capitals teammate Alexander Semin’s playoff performance and work ethic.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  02:49 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 10/17/2011

No nostalgia for Tomas Vokoun when Florida Panthers come to town

The new-look Panthers don’t much resemble the team the Capitals goalie played with the last four years.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  01:59 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Michal Neuvirth has bruised foot, listed as day-to-day with lower-body injury

Michal Neuvirth left the ice at KCI after about 15 minutes Monday morning, reducing the likelihood of the goalie suiting up Tuesday against Florida.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  12:27 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Michal Neuvirth leaves Capitals practice early (updated)

Move could mean goalie Michal Neuvirth is close to a return.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  10:24 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Monday One Timers: Beagle-Asham fight, Tomas Vokoun and more

Thoughts on the Beagle-Asham fight, Tomas Vokoun, Michal Neuvirth and more.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:30 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 10/16/2011

Tomas Vokoun adjusting to a less predictable workload as a Capital

Caps goalie, accustomed to being peppered with shots, is seeing a less predictable level of activity.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:48 PM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 10/16/2011

Marcus Johansson notches second goal of season against Senators

Marcus Johansson scores his second goal of the season and is becoming more assertive on the ice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:49 AM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 AM ET, 10/16/2011

Capitals win ugly vs. Senators, 2-1

Capitals don’t mind winning ugly too much, as long as they keep improving as they move forward.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:37 AM ET, 10/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 10/15/2011

Open thread: Capitals vs. Senators

Washington goes for a fourth straight win.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  06:15 PM ET, 10/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 10/15/2011

D.J. King likely in Capitals’ lineup against Ottawa

D.J. King will likely make his first appearance in the Capitals’ lineup this season against Ottawa Saturday.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:51 AM ET, 10/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 10/15/2011

Boudreau: Capitals being ‘overly cautious’ with Jay Beagle

Coach Bruce Boudreau says the Capitals are being ‘overly cautious’ with Jay Beagle.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:14 AM ET, 10/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 10/15/2011

Updated: Michal Neuvirth skates for first time in four days; Capitals recall Dany Sabourin

Michal Neuvirth taking shots for first time in four days; Capitals recall Dany Sabourin.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:11 AM ET, 10/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Boudreau: Michal Neuvirth is ‘getting better’

Coach Bruce Boudreau said Friday that he expects the 23-year-old Czech to face shots at Kettler Capitals Iceplex Saturday morning.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  04:07 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Arron Asham: Jay Beagle is the one who initiated fight

The Penguins winger said he was just telling the Capitals center to “settle down.”

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  03:34 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Arron Asham: Alex Ovechkin ‘being a hypocrite’ about gestures

When informed of the Washington captain’s comments about showboating, Asham fired back.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:14 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Arron Asham reaches out to Jay Beagle to apologize for gestures after fight

The Penguins winger called Mike Knuble to apologize to Jay Beagle for gestures after fight.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:56 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Brooks Laich says players are ‘babysat’ too much by NHL’s concussion protocol

Brooks Laich says players are being “babysat” too much by the NHL’s concussion policy.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:05 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 10/14/2011

Capitals reassign Braden Holtby to Hershey

Michal Neuvirth and Jay Beagle aren’t on the ice for practice at KCI.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:05 PM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 10/14/2011

Alex Ovechkin records first goal of the season against Penguins

Alex Ovechkin recorded his first goal of the 2011-12 NHL season against the Penguins on Thursday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:15 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 10/14/2011

Roman Hamrlik ties record for most NHL games played by Czech native

Roman Hamrlik tied the record for most NHL games played of any Czech-born player with his participation in Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:30 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/14/2011

D.C.’s Greatest Sports Fan: Help us choose

What makes someone a great sports fan? More specifically, what makes someone a great D.C. sports fan? We’re asking because we’re nearing the launch of a contest that hopes to identify the greatest Washington area pro sports fan. And we want your help.

By Washington Post Editors  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 AM ET, 10/14/2011

Tomas Vokoun has standout, 39-save performance against Penguins

Tomas Vokoun helps Capitals steal a win in Pittsburgh with 39-save effort.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:07 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Arron Asham knocks out Jay Beagle in Capitals’ OT win over Penguins

Penguins winger Arron Asham said his gesture after dropping the Capitals’ Jay Beagle to the ice with two hard punches was “classless on my part.”

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  10:56 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Open thread: Capitals at Penguins

Discuss the Capitals’ first game against the Penguins during the 2011-12 season here.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  05:22 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Capitals-Penguins quick hits

Some reading material to pass the time until hockey’s most exciting rivalry kicks off again this season.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  04:25 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Capitals, Penguins to honor KHL’s Lokomotiv Thursday night

Washington and Pittsburgh have teamed up to honor the victims of the Lokomotiv plane crash in Russia, raise money for players’ families.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:33 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Tomas Vokoun reflects on Lokomotiv plane crash, loss of best friend

With the Capitals and Penguins set to honor the victims of the Lokomotiv plane crash Thursday night, Tomas Vokoun reflects on the loss of one of his best friends.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:11 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Tomas Vokoun to start for Capitals against Penguins

Tomas Vokoun is expected to start in Pittsburgh, while Coach Bruce Boudreau says Michal Neuvirth’s injury has not worsened.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:01 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 10/13/2011

New Capitals set for introduction to rivalry with Penguins

For several new Capitals, Thursday night will be their introduction to the Washington-Pittsburgh rivalry.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:20 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 10/13/2011

Sidney Crosby cleared for contact, still no timetable for return (Updated)

The Penguins captain, who had been skating with a white helmet to signify no contact, may be taking the next step in his recovery from a concussion.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  10:54 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 10/13/2011

A new chapter of Capitals-Penguins rivalry begins

Another year brings another chapter in the Capitals-Penguins rivalry.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:28 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 10/13/2011

Capitals recall Braden Holtby; Michal Neuvirth does not travel to Pittsburgh

The Capitals have recalled goaltender Braden Holtby from Hershey.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:58 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Tomas Vokoun ready to bounce back from poor debut, whenever next start comes

While it’s unclear who will start against the Penguins, Tomas Vokoun is looking forward to bouncing back from a poor debut performance whenever his next start comes.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:57 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Alex Ovechkin talks about needing to ‘be better’ for Capitals

Alex Ovechkin acknowledges he hasn’t had the best start through two games but says once he scores a goal ‘this going to be done.’

By Katie Carrera  |  02:08 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Michal Neuvirth ‘day-to-day,’ could still play against Pittsburgh

Michal Neuvirth is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, may still play against Penguins, Boudreau says.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:06 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Michal Neuvirth not on the ice for Capitals’ practice; new line combinations

Michal Neuvirth is the only player not on the ice for Washington’s practice Wednesday.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:54 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Post Sports Live: Goalie plot thickens for Caps

The crew debates which netminder, Tomas Vokoun or Michal Neuvirth, will get more starts this season.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  03:05 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Statistical analysis: No reason to panic about Tomas Vokoun

Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun is a notoriously slow starter, but he’ll rebound.

By Neil Greenberg  |  01:30 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Tomas Vokoun: ‘We won the game — certainly not thanks to me’

It wasn’t ideal but Tomas Vokoun weathered his Capitals debut and owned up to his poor performance.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:23 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Marcus Johansson responds to benching with standout performance against Lightning

After being a healthy scratch in the opener, Marcus Johansson plays one of his best games as a pro.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:32 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Jason Chimera records 100th career NHL goal against Tampa Bay

Jason Chimera recorded his 100th career NHL goal on Monday against Tampa Bay.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:21 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Bruce Boudreau on Alex Ovechkin: ‘He can be better’

Alex Ovechkin finished a minus-2 with three shots on goal against Tampa Bay.

By Katie Carrera  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Capitals top Lightning, 6-5, in shootout

In a strange, back-and-forth game Washington defeats Tampa Bay 6-5 in a shootout Monday at Verizon Center.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:54 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider

Posted at 06:15 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Open thread: Capitals vs. Lightning

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  06:15 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Tampa Bay plans to be ‘thorn’ in Capitals’ side again

Capitals-Lightning renew their rivalry Monday night and coach Guy Boucher says his team intends to be a thorn in Washington’s side.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:46 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Monday One Timers: Capitals know they can’t take ice time for granted

Welcome to a new weekly feature on Capitals Insider, with observations from the week that was for Washington.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:23 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Statistical analysis: Is there a Norris Trophy in John Carlson’s future?

John Carlson led all NHL rookies in ice time and was credited with the most blocked shots, but the best is yet to come.

By Neil Greenberg  |  12:32 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Boudreau: Marcus Johansson in Capitals’ lineup against Tampa Bay

Marcus Johansson will be in the lineup, but it’s uncertain who will be out for the Capitals against the Lightning.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Vokoun calls matchup with Lightning ‘statement game’ for Capitals

Tomas Vokoun might not have been part of the Capitals playoff loss to Tampa Bay last year, but he knows its a ‘statement game’ for his new team.

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

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 10/09/2011

Marcus Johansson: ‘I don’t want to watch the team play’

After serving as a healthy scratch Saturday, Marcus Johansson was skating with the second line on Sunday.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:13 PM ET, 10/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 10/09/2011

Capitals eager to face Tampa Bay

After being knocked out of the playoffs by the Lightning last spring, the Capitals are eager to face the Southeast Division rival again.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:52 PM ET, 10/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 10/09/2011

Bruce Boudreau: Plan remains to start Tomas Vokoun against Tampa Bay

Tomas Vokoun talks about making his regular season debut as a Capital.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:18 PM ET, 10/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 10/09/2011

Chimera, Laich and Ward are Capitals’ ‘meat and potatoes line,’ Boudreau says

Washington’s trio of Jason Chimera, Brooks Laich and Joel Ward already appears to have good chemistry.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:00 AM ET, 10/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/09/2011

The Good Ol’ Hockey Game: Five things to watch this season

Tarik El-Bashir’s five things to watch this season.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 PM ET, 10/08/2011

Michal Neuvirth stellar for Capitals in overtime

The 23-year-old Czech goaltender stopped all four Hurricanes shots in overtime.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  11:47 PM ET, 10/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 PM ET, 10/08/2011

Alexander Semin on John Carlson’s assist: ‘It was goooood’

The Capitals winger scored Washington’s first goal of the game on a breakaway in the second period.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  11:04 PM ET, 10/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 PM ET, 10/08/2011

Capitals win season opener, 4-3, in overtime

Mike Green scored on the power play 2:24 into overtime to give the Caps a 4-3 victory over Carolina to open the 2011-12 campaign.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  10:07 PM ET, 10/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:59 PM ET, 10/08/2011

Open thread: Capitals vs. Hurricanes

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  05:59 PM ET, 10/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 10/08/2011

Boudreau on Michal Neuvirth starting over Tomas Vokoun: ‘He’s earned it’

Coach Bruce Boudreau says Michal Neuvirth earned the start Saturday night in the Capitals’ season opener.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:42 PM ET, 10/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 10/08/2011

Dennis Wideman expected to be in Capitals’ lineup

Despite missing the morning skate, Dennis Wideman is expected to be in the lineup Saturday night Coach Bruce Boudreau says.

By Katie Carrera  |  05:18 PM ET, 10/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 10/08/2011

Alex Ovechkin ‘ready to go’ for Capitals’ opener

Alex Ovechkin is back from Moscow and ‘ready to go’ for the Capitals’ season opener.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:33 PM ET, 10/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 10/08/2011

Tomas Vokoun ‘disappointed’ he won’t start in Capitals’ opener

Tomas Vokoun said he didn’t expect to be sitting on the bench for the Capitals’ opener, but that goaltending coach Dave Prior told him the team wanted to reward Michal Neuvirth’s strong preseason play.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:55 AM ET, 10/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 10/08/2011

Updated: Mathieu Perreault to play in opener, Marcus Johansson likely scratch

Mathieu Perreault is set to appear in the Capitals’ seasonopener while Marcus Johansson will be a healthy scratch.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:58 AM ET, 10/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 10/08/2011

Leonsis wants Capitals to do whatever it takes this year, even if it means sitting stars like Alex Ovechkin

The Capitals owner won’t stand in the way of Coach Bruce Boudreau making the team’s top stars accountable.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  10:48 AM ET, 10/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:05 AM ET, 10/08/2011

Alex Ovechkin skates at Kettler after returning from Russia

Alex Ovechkin tweeted Friday afternoon that he had returned to D.C. after a trip to Moscow for his uncle’s funeral, and it looks as though the Capitals captain took the ice shortly thereafter to get some extra work in ahead of tonight’s season opener.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  07:05 AM ET, 10/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:21 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Updated: Tomas Vokoun says he isn’t starting in Capitals’ opener

Tomas Vokoun says he isn’t scheduled to start in the Capitals’ season opener Saturday against Carolina.

By Katie Carrera  |  08:21 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Capitals 2011-12 season preview: The Peerless Prognosticator

We asked some of our favorite Capitals bloggers to weigh in on the upcoming season.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  06:19 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Alex Ovechkin returns to D.C. after trip to Moscow for uncle’s funeral

The Capitals captain returned after flying to Moscow for his uncle’s funeral.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  04:18 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Capitals 2011-12 season preview: WNST’s Ed Frankovic

We asked some of our favorite Capitals bloggers to weigh in on the upcoming season.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  03:56 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Karl Alzner, John Carlson discuss the 2011-12 Washington Capitals: Video Q&A recap

Washington Capitals defensemen Karl Alzner and John Carlson answered viewier questions about the upcoming NHL season in a video Q&A.

By Washington Post editors  |  02:56 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 10/07/2011

Capitals 2011-12 season preview: On Frozen Blog

We asked some of our favorite Capitals bloggers to share their thoughts on the upcoming season.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  01:45 PM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 10/07/2011

Live video Q&A with Karl Alzner and John Carlson, noon

The Caps defensemen will be online to answer questions after practice today.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  09:33 AM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Capitals 2011-12 season preview: Russian Machine Never Breaks

We asked some of our favorite Capitals bloggers to weigh in on the upcoming season.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  03:43 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 10/06/2011

Boudreau: Dennis Wideman ‘going to play Saturday’

A few noteworthy items from Capitals’ practice on Thursday.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:02 PM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 10/06/2011

Capitals 2011-12 season preview: Japers’ Rink

We asked some of our favorite Capitals bloggers to weigh in on the upcoming season.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  11:52 AM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 10/06/2011

Dennis Wideman not on the ice for practice, Capitals recall two from Hershey

Dennis Wideman is not on the ice for Capitals’ practice on Thursday.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:59 AM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 10/06/2011

Capitals 2011-12 season preview: For these Young Guns, it’s time to grow up

It’s that glorious time of year again as hockey season finally kicks off tonight.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  09:10 AM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Capitals set opening night roster

Capitals place Tom Poti on long-term injured reserve, designate John Erskine as ‘injured non-roster’ to set opening-night roster.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:18 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Bruce Boudreau on Marcus Johansson: ‘We’d like to see more from him’

The second-year center got off to a slow start in training camp but Coach Bruce Boudreau and the Capitals want more from Marcus Johansson.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:58 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 10/05/2011

Mike Knuble ‘the best early fit’ for Capitals’ top line

The Capitals line combinations are starting to settle down, Coach Bruce Boudreau says.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:24 PM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 10/05/2011

For Perreault, Beagle, fight to stay in Washington has only just begun

While Mathieu Perreault and Jay Beagle have made the team out of training camp, their work has only just begun.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:45 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 10/05/2011

Capitals, Penguins team up to benefit KHL’s Lokomotiv

The two rivals have teamed up to benefit the families of the KHL’s Lokomotiv.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:00 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 10/05/2011

Mathieu Perreault cracks Capitals’ lineup

After two seasons as a call up from Hershey, Mathieu Perreault made the Capitals’ roster out of training camp.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:29 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Capitals want players to benefit from ice time in Hershey

Coach Bruce Boudreau explains that the Capitals would rather their young prospects gain more seasoning with ice time in Hershey.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:58 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Alex Ovechkin expected back from Russia on Friday

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin practices Tuesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex before traveling to Russia to attend his uncle’s funeral.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  01:11 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Boudreau sending a message with Capitals’ line combinations

Coach Bruce Boudreau said not to read too much into his line combinations Tuesday, that rather they were a message to a player.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:58 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Capitals’ lines in Tuesday practice

Another new configuration for the Capitals’ lines in the first practice with only 23 players.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:50 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Capitals cut Orlov, Eakin and Sjogren

Washington cuts three prospects ahead of Wednesday’s deadline to set opening night rosters.

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

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Alex Ovechkin returns to Moscow after death of his uncle, not expected to miss Capitals’ opener

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is heading home to Moscow after the death of his uncle, the team announced. He is not expected to miss Saturday’s season opener.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  03:34 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 10/03/2011

Will NHL suspend Peter Leblanc for hit on Alexander Semin?

In the third period of the Capitals’ preseason finale, Chicago’s Peter Leblanc was assessed a match penalty for a hit to the head against Alexander Semin.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:05 AM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 10/03/2011

Michal Neuvirth impresses in preseason, but Tomas Vokoun still No. 1

The 23-year-old’s success in the preseason doesn’t mean he will usurp the top spot on the depth chart at the start of the season.

By Katie Carrera  |  09:02 AM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:25 PM ET, 10/02/2011

Mathieu Perreault earns praise after Capitals defeat Blackhawks in preseason finale

Coach Bruce Bourdreau says the 23-year-old center, who had a team-high five points in the preseason while fighting for a roster spot, was “our best player all of camp.”

By Katie Carrera  |  10:25 PM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 10/02/2011

Capitals vs Blackhawks: open thread

Discuss the Capitals’ preseason finale against the Blackhawks.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:47 PM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 10/02/2011

No Hendricks, Halpern against Blackhawks

Washington will have a near-complete regular season lineup in its preseason finale, but with two exceptions among the forwards.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:27 PM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 10/02/2011

George McPhee: Capitals haven’t decided where Dmitry Orlov will start the season

With Dmitry Orlov set to appear in a fourth preseason game, GM George McPhee says the Capitals haven’t decided where the defenseman will start the year.

By Katie Carrera  |  10:59 AM ET, 10/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:34 PM ET, 10/01/2011

Could Chimera, Laich and Ward be the Capitals’ third line?

The trio of Brooks Laich, Jason Chimera and Joel Ward could be a strong third line option for Washington.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:34 PM ET, 10/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 10/01/2011

Brooks Laich at center for Capitals’ practice

Brooks Laich is at center for the Capitals’ Saturday morning practice.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:33 AM ET, 10/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:02 AM ET, 10/01/2011

Capitals vs. Sabres: Building chemistry is goal of 4-3 shootout win

Coach Bruce Boudreau and the Capitals are encouraged that a strong third period will help build chemistry and confidence as the preseason winds down.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:02 AM ET, 10/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Capitals Insider

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Capitals vs Sabres: Open thread

Discuss the Capitals’ preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres right here.

By Katie Carrera  |  06:14 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Bruce Boudreau: ‘Our creativity scoring-wise hasn’t been where we want it’

Coach Bruce Boudreau hopes last two preseason games will feature more innovation on offense.

By Katie Carrera  |  01:59 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Eakin, Perreault, Sjogren push forward in battle for roster spot

Cody Eakin is the only one of three remaining contenders for the open roster spot who is expected to face the Sabres on Friday night.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:45 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 09/30/2011

Notes from the Capitals’ morning skate

Check out the Capitals’ likely line combinations for Friday’s preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres.

By Katie Carrera  |  12:01 PM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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