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

Adam Oates lets Capitals 'breathe' with optional practice

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

By Katie Carrera  |  05:35 PM ET, 05/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 04/08/2013

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

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

By Mark Giannotto  |  10:41 AM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Joey Crabb looks to forge role with Caps

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

By Mark Giannotto  |  10:47 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Alex Ovechkin in London for 2012 Olympics

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

By Katie Carrera  |  11:52 AM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Capitals name Tim Hunter assistant coach (Updated)

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

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

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

Broken foot ended Jay Beagle’s season

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ovechkin, Backstrom reunited on Capitals’ top line

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

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

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

Braden Holtby bounces back in Game 2

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

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

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

Brooks Laich: ‘We really wanted to push back’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Capitals’ role players ‘came to play’ against Boston

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

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

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

Jason Chimera receives game-misconduct for hit on Adam McQuaid

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

By Katie Carrera  |  11:07 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

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

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

By Katie Carrera  |  12:58 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

No practice for Capitals; Nicklas Backstrom skates

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

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

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

Have we seen the last of Mike Knuble?

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

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

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

Brooks Laich feels good after skate, may play against Panthers

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

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

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

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

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

By Katie Carrera  |  07:09 PM ET, 02/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

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

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

By Katie Carrera  |  11:02 PM ET, 12/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Poll: What should the Caps do now?

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

By Washington Post Sports  |  11:27 AM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

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

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

By Katie Carrera  |  11:16 PM ET, 09/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Friday practice update

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

By Katie Carrera  |  01:48 PM ET, 09/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Source: Eric Belanger to re-sign with Caps

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

By Katie Carrera  |  08:05 PM ET, 08/12/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Caps renew affiliation with Stingrays

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

By Katie Carrera  |  11:05 AM ET, 08/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Former Caps defenseman Morrisonn signs with Buffalo

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

By Katie Carrera  |  08:52 PM ET, 08/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Caps re-sign Tomas Fleischmann

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

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

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

Alex Ovechkin says he's healthy

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

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  01:46 PM ET, 04/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 04/14/2010

Nicklas Backstrom: 'I felt okay'

Star center Nicklas Backstrom was one of the first players off the ice this morning, but assured reporters that he will be able to suit for tomorrow's playoff opener against Montreal. Backstrom confirmed that an illness, not an injury, caused him to miss yesterday's practice. "I'm feeling better," Backstrom said....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  11:28 AM ET, 04/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 04/14/2010

Nicklas Backstrom practicing

Center Nicklas Backstrom is back on the ice practicing this morning at KCI, one day after sitting out because of what the team said was an illness. I'll have an update on the first-line center's status later today, along with video, so check back soon. UPDATE: Here's a quick look...

By Gene Wang  |  10:15 AM ET, 04/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 04/13/2010

Backstrom is missing from practice

First line center Nicklas Backstrom is not practicing this morning at KCI, 24 hours after getting a day off. The team has not provided an update on his status, but he's been replaced by Brendan Morrison while Tomas Fleischmann has shifted to center on the second line. As of right...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  10:42 AM ET, 04/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)