“I mean, my role, I want to be a leader,” Washington's Jakub Vrana said. “I want to step up in the big moments.”

Washington will debut its new look Tuesday against the Islanders.

Connor McMichael makes his NHL debut, Vitek Vanecek makes 45 saves, and the Capitals make the most of a 4-3 loss to Buffalo.


Ilya Samsonov tested positive for the virus Tuesday night, sending him to isolation and three teammates to quarantine.

John Carlson delivers winner as team continues early-season mastery of Sabres.

The team received news of Samsonov's positive test Tuesday night after a loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Ilya Samsonov were placed on the list and the NHL also fined the Capitals $100,000.

Tom Wilson scored twice in the first period, but the Capitals struggled in the second and came up short in OT.

Brooks Orpik works in player development with the Capitals and as a volunteer assistant coach at Boston College.

Alex Ovechkin scored his 707th career goal, but the Capitals lost, 4-3, to their rivals in Pittsburgh.

Evgeny Kuznetsov had a brilliant 2018 postseason, but his play has declined over the past two seasons.

T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson score and Alex Ovechkin hands out two assists in 6-4 win.

With a new coach, a revamped blue line and inexperience in goal, the Caps seek their sixth consecutive division title.

  • Perspective

At 35, Alex Ovechkin is still scoring more goals than anyone in the NHL. He promised to improve with age, but no one could have expected this.

Samsonov and the Washington Capitals will open their season Thursday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

“I guess we’re prepared for anything," new Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said. "Anything could happen.”

The Capitals placed a handful of players on waivers Monday. NHL teams must have their rosters set Tuesday.

The Capitals held their last scrimmage of training camp Sunday ahead of their season opener Thursday night in Buffalo.

  • Analysis

With new faces and a new system, new head coach Peter Laviolette and longtime assistant Kevin McCarthy will look to get the blue line back into top form.

There was a lot of focus on the goaltenders in the first of the team's two scrimmages. The Capitals will do it again Sunday before the Jan. 14 opener at Buffalo.

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