Alex Ovechkin’s situation isn’t as simple as Putin is ‘my president’

The Capitals' star could consider the impact that speaking out — even subtly — might have not just on himself and his family but also on Russians and Ukrainians.

By Barry SvrlugaMay 17, 2022

Besides aging core and goaltending, Capitals must answer injury questions

Tom Wilson suffered a "significant" knee injury in the postseason, and hip surgery is possible for center Nicklas Backstrom.

By Samantha PellMay 15, 2022

The story of the Caps’ 2022 postseason is one of missed opportunities

The Capitals had leads in all three of their final games of the postseason.

By Samantha PellMay 14, 2022

Capitals eliminated from Stanley Cup playoffs with Game 6 loss to Panthers

Washington has fallen in the first round of the postseason four straight years.

By Samantha PellMay 13, 2022

The Capitals must lean on experience to dig out of the rubble of Game 5

Washington has less than 48 hours to regroup as it faces postseason elimination against the Panthers on Friday in Game 6.

By Samantha PellMay 12, 2022

Capitals go from in command to on the brink after Game 5 collapse

The Capitals had a three-goal lead early in the second period and looked poised to come home with a chance to finish the series. Now they're coming home Friday hoping to stay alive.

By Samantha PellMay 11, 2022

Al Koken takes over Capitals call after Joe Beninati loses his voice

“He did a yeoman’s job in the first two periods,” Koken said of Beninati, “but you could tell his voice was giving out.”

By Des BielerMay 11, 2022

Capitals lost home-ice advantage, but they still have the special-teams edge

With the series knotted at two wins apiece, the Panthers are 0 for 13 on the power play, and the Capitals have five tallies with the man advantage.

By Samantha PellMay 10, 2022

The Capitals need every body against Florida, and a huge one is absent

As the Capitals slug it out with top-seeded Florida, it's hard not to wonder how Tom Wilson could impact this series.

By Barry SvrlugaMay 10, 2022

Caps can’t slam the door in Game 4 as Panthers rally for OT win to knot series

The Panthers got a goal late in the third period, then Carter Verhaeghe scored early in overtime to send the teams back to Florida knotted at two wins apiece.

By Samantha PellMay 9, 2022

Anthony Mantha’s engaging, physical play helps lift the Caps in the playoffs

Mantha had two assists in Washington's Game 3 win Saturday.

By Samantha PellMay 8, 2022

For these underdog Capitals, the shoe is on the other foot. Finally.

The Capitals know the pressure of being the top seed. The Panthers are learning.

By Barry SvrlugaMay 7, 2022

A stellar Ilya Samsonov and the Caps take Game 3 — and the series lead

The Capitals will meet the Panthers for Game 4 on Monday night at Capital One Arena. Washington now leads the first-round series 2-1.

By Samantha PellMay 7, 2022

The Caps’ goaltending conundrum takes a turn for the worse in Game 2

Washington's struggles in goal are once again an issue after a blowout loss to Florida in Game 2.

By Samantha PellMay 6, 2022

Panthers get their tails up, even series with Capitals

Playing without Tom Wilson, the Capitals gave up a pair of goals late in the first period and never threatened the Panthers the rest of the way.

By Samantha PellMay 5, 2022

A dialed-in Evgeny Kuznetsov gives the Caps another reason to believe

Tom Wilson will be a game-time decision for Game 2 on Thursday.

By Samantha PellMay 4, 2022

Comeback Caps rally past powerful Panthers to grab a 1-0 series lead

T.J. Oshie had the winner, off a slick feed from Nicklas Backstrom, in the third period to give Washington the early edge in its first-round matchup with Presidents' Trophy-winning Florida.

By Samantha PellMay 3, 2022

High-octane Panthers are a dangerous first-round opponent for the Capitals

The Capitals meet the Panthers for Game 1 on Tuesday in Florida.

By Samantha PellMay 3, 2022

The Caps have not won a playoff series since 2018. Will this year be different?

“[This year] it will all come down to the players and how much we will sacrifice, how much we will put into it,” T.J. Oshie said.

By Samantha PellMay 3, 2022

Ilya Samsonov or Vitek Vanecek? Caps must pick a goalie and ride him.

Entering a playoff matchup against the top-seeded Florida Panthers, Coach Peter Laviolette can't waffle over his decision in net.

By Barry SvrlugaMay 2, 2022