Capitals Insider: Penguins

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 11/20/2013

Ovechkin-Crosby: Stars are shining once again as Caps, Pens meet

Back at the top of their games, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby face off as division rivals tonight at Verizon Center.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  10:19 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 04/11/2013

The loss that helped spark the Capitals' turnaround

Washington is 9-1-1 in its last 11 games, but before this run of success was a gut-wrenching loss that helped show the team how well it could play.

By Katie Carrera  |  03:09 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Caps weigh in on Jarome Iginla trade

The Capitals discuss the trade heard round the NHL that sent Jarome Iginla from Calgary to Pittsburgh.

By Katie Carrera  |  04:32 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Sidney Crosby on Alex Ovechkin: 'I'm sure eventually the points will come'

Alex Ovechkin might only have two goals heading into tonight's game but the Penguins still consider the Washington captain to be a threat.

By Katie Carrera  |  02:04 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:23 PM ET, 02/03/2013

Braden Holtby frustrated with performance in first game against Penguins

The Penguins scored their first five goals on just 14 shots Sunday and the 22-year-old goalie stopped just 20 of the 26 shots he faced.

By Mark Giannotto  |  05:23 PM ET, 02/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 12/05/2012

Optimism for NHL labor negotiations after constructive day'

Finally some traction? A roundup of the latest news in the NHL labor negotiations.

By Katie Carrera  |  11:29 AM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 03/25/2010

Mike Knuble keeps teammates grounded

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) As part of a team with gifted stick-handlers and skaters to spare, Mike Knuble has forged a lengthy NHL career from grit rather than grace. His allegiance is to the unsightly parts of the game, and teammates most often will find Knuble in a...

By Gene Wang  |  09:22 AM ET, 03/25/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 PM ET, 03/24/2010

Eric Fehr on not giving the Pens 'any ideas in our rink'

Here's winger Eric Fehr on his third-period goal in the Caps' 4-3 shootout win against Pittsburgh: On the win: "Well it means a lot, definitely, against a team that's a possible playoff opponent, you wanna make sure you keep the pressure on them and don't give them any ideas in...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  11:04 PM ET, 03/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:10 PM ET, 03/24/2010

Mike Knuble: 'We just want to keep playing well'

After scoring the decisive goal in the fourth round of the shootout against his team's biggest rival, Mike Knuble still managed to downplay the Caps' 4-3 victory over the Pens tonight. "You can make what you want out of the game," the veteran winger said when asked if the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  10:10 PM ET, 03/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:33 PM ET, 03/24/2010

In-game chat: Caps vs. Penguins

Join Post reporter Gene Wang here on the Insider as Caps take on the rival Pens at Verizon Center. The chat will get underway around 7 p.m. Join the conversation below: Caps vs. Penguins...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  06:33 PM ET, 03/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 03/24/2010

Sidney Crosby: 'I never will' compare myself to Alex Ovechkin

Some notes from Pittsburgh's morning skate, including the fact that Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will sit out Wednesday night against the Capitals because of a sore foot. But first -- what else? -- Sid vs. Alex. As of this writing, the top nine news items on focused on Washington-Pittsburgh....

By Barry Svrluga  |  03:38 PM ET, 03/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:05 PM ET, 02/20/2010

Ovechkin, Malkin and Semin make up Team Russia's new top line

From Slava Malamud on Heavy Medal: Saturday afternoon's Team Russia practice featured a switch-around in the top two lines, with Pavel Datsyuk moving to pivot Ilya Kovalchuk and Maxim Afinogenov. This means that Evgeni Malkin will take his place on the top line, setting up the long-anticipated partnership between the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  07:05 PM ET, 02/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 02/07/2010

Ovechkin records hat trick in Caps' win

Whether you made it to Verizon Center or not, aren't you glad this game didn't get postponed? I heard people afterward calling today's 5-4 overtime win the best regular-season game in Capitals history. Because I haven't seen each and every last one of them, I can't say whether it...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  05:54 PM ET, 02/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 02/07/2010

Caps get Monday off after win over Penguins

Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau said the team would not be practicing on Monday but that the players shouldn't necessarily consider the day off as a reward for their 5-4 overtime win against Pittsburgh. It's more about rest and recovery for a team that has played three games in four days,...

By Gene Wang  |  05:04 PM ET, 02/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 02/07/2010

Eric Fehr, Mike Knuble on goals in win vs. Pens

Here's winger Eric Fehr on scoring his 15th goal of a season in the Caps' 5-4 overtime win against the Pens: Of Fehr's goal, Coach Bruce Boudreau said: "Well, we needed it and Eric needed it for his confidence because, quite frankly, he hadn't been playing very well. So, I...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  04:06 PM ET, 02/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 02/07/2010

Ovechkin on his hat trick and the Caps' win

Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma might not have wanted to blame the weather for his team's loss, but Alex Ovechkin had no qualms about pointing a finger at the snow for Washington's sluggish start in an eventual 5-4 win. "I think it's the weather," said Ovechkin, who got to wear the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  03:41 PM ET, 02/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Theodore to start; Backstrom set to return

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

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  10:50 AM ET, 02/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 02/06/2010

D.C. snow creates travel issues for Penguins

Update, 10:17 p.m.: The Caps just sent out the following release: As of 10 p.m. ET Saturday, the Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins game scheduled for 12 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7, at Verizon Center remains as scheduled. The Penguins are en route to Washington, D.C., and are expected to...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  12:53 PM ET, 02/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 02/04/2010

D.C. snow and the Penguins-Caps game (updated)

With another massive snowstorm slated to pummel D.C. Friday, the Caps are monitoring the possible effects on their games against Atlanta on Friday night and Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon, a team spokesman said. Consider these factors: *The Penguins play at 2 p.m. Saturday in Montreal -- will they be able...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  02:42 PM ET, 02/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:43 AM ET, 01/22/2010

Postgame notes, Ken Campbell talks Caps-Pens

Ken Campbell of The Hockey News joined tonight's postgame video to assess the Caps' 6-3 win over the Pens: Yeah, it's just one regular season win. But this was a huge one for the Caps' collective psyche. They desperately needed it to delete all memory of their Game 7 loss...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  12:43 AM ET, 01/22/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 01/21/2010

Live game chat: Caps at Penguins

When the Caps face off against the rival Pens tonight at the Igloo, Post reporter Gene Wang will be watching along on TV and sharing his thoughts on the game. Feel free to join the conversation by signing in with your social networking account of choice (Facebook, Twitter or MySpace)...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  04:50 PM ET, 01/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 01/21/2010

Mike Green: 'We have a chip on our shoulder'

Thanks again to the fine camerawork of Dan Steinberg, here's Mike Green on tonight's game: One reporter asked if it felt like the playoffs with so many reporters and cameras around. "No. No," Green said. "It's just a regular-season game on the way to the playoffs, and it's obviously a...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  02:42 PM ET, 01/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 01/21/2010

Video: Alex Ovechkin on the Penguins and Sidney Crosby

(Video by Dan Steinberg.) It's been somewhat of a role reversal for the Caps' and Pens' respective superstars this season, as winger Alex Ovechkin has had more assists and center Sidney Crosby is scoring more. Here's what No. 8 had to say about it: "Well, we called each other...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  01:59 PM ET, 01/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 01/21/2010

Jose Theodore vs. Brent Johnson

Caps vs. Pens. Alex vs. Sid. And, of course, Brent vs. his former teammates. Tonight's game has got it all. But since the first two rivalries have been done to death, let's talk about the other one, shall we? Brent Johnson spent the previous four seasons in Washington and was...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  01:41 PM ET, 01/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 01/21/2010

Quick updates on Green, goalies and more

While Tarik works on a longer post at Mellon Arena, here are a few bits of info the non-tweeting community may have missed (in reverse chronological order): *The Consol Energy Center is taking shape. *John Erskine, Quintin Laing and Michal Neuvirth are on the ice for extra work. So...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  12:36 PM ET, 01/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 01/21/2010

Caps recall John Carlson

The Caps have recalled rookie John Carlson from the Hershey Bears. The reason is unclear, but it could have something to do with fellow defenseman Mike Green, who did not practice yesterday. More to come from Pittsburgh soon....

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  11:01 AM ET, 01/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:42 PM ET, 01/20/2010

Boudreau wants better work ethic

I apologize for the late update today. I had a lot going on and I'm fighting off an upper body injury (okay, so it's just a minor cold). Anyway, here are some post practice tidbits: *Judging from the pace of today's session at KCI - which was a bit unusual...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  06:42 PM ET, 01/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)