Washington's skid continued in Chicago, with the players calling their first meeting of the season in the wake of their latest loss. "We just need to get a win," Alex Ovechkin said. "It’s just mental for us.”

"I just don’t really feel like he’s gotten back to how he’s started the year yet," Coach Todd Reirden said.

Washington’s former coach receives a video tribute in the first period before New York scores twice in the third, handing Caps their fourth straight loss.

  • Perspective

His departure from Washington was awkward, to be sure. But Trotz’s return with the Islanders was full of warmth and love from an appreciative crowd.

Holtby was clipped by an opponent's stick six days ago.

"Even though we had our moments, I would say that in some ways, maybe we became friends because we worked together," Trotz said of Ovechkin. "He felt like family to me.”

It's unclear if Holtby will start against the New York Islanders on Friday night, and Washington is considering recalling another goaltender.

Almost all of the items in the auction, which ends after the second intermission on Friday, are autographed.

“If you want to look at the last nine games, you’re looking for the negatives,” center Lars Eller said after Tuesday's 7-2 loss to Nashville. “You can choose to do that or you can look at the whole season as a whole. ... I’m just not going to put too much into tonight.”

The Islanders' coach, who resigned after leading Washington to its first Stanley Cup title, was not acknowledged during the Capitals' banner-raising ceremony.

With goaltender Pheonix Copley forced into action for the second straight night, Washington puts up little fight in Nashville.

Divyne Apollon II and his Metro Maple Leafs teammates were personally invited to Monday's game by Devante Smith-Pelly and John Carlson.

Washington has often looked flat recently, and that was the case again Monday in a 4-1 defeat.

The teammates combine to rhyme a tagline in a new spot for Paisano's.

“He’s been the biggest reason, in terms of players, that we’ve been able to change the culture here into a championship level culture and team," goaltender Braden Holtby said.

The Capitals aren't expected to recall another goaltender before Monday's game against the Blues, meaning Holtby is at least healthy enough to dress, if not start.

Evgeny Kuznetsov’s goal late in regulation salvages a point for hosts in a game goalie Braden Holtby is forced to leave after taking a stick to the face.

General Manager Brian MacLellan discussed Washington's faceoff woes Friday, pointing out the team's need to get closer to a 50 percent rate of success.

The general manager didn’t explicitly say winger Andre Burakovsky is the forward he might be looking to swap, but there has been plenty of speculation.

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