Ahead of his bobblehead night, the Capitals forward responded to Cherry’s criticism of his signature goal celebration.

Three members of the 2018 championship team publicly declined the invitation, but the president welcomed those in attendance to the Oval Office on Monday, urging them to "get the same number of goals" in the upcoming playoffs.

Kempny had been averaging more than 19 minutes per game, and he scored six goals with 19 assists for a career-best season.

An illness is running through the dressing room, but Washington’s netminder stayed steady during a rocky second period to end the Capitals’ two-game skid.

Kuznetsov, who has 20 goals and 45 assists this season, didn't practice Saturday.

With Vrana, Connolly and Wilson having broken through, Washington could have seven players with at least 20 goals by the end of the season.

Two nights after firing a team-record 58 shots, Washington gets only 21 on net in defeat.

Christian Djoos will take Kempny’s place on the top pairing beside John Carlson. Kempny had averaged more than 19 minutes per game this season and had scored six goals with 19 assists.

“I’ve got to stay true to my values, and I’m going to respectfully decline the offer,” the Canadian goaltender said Friday morning.

  • Perspective

Defending Stanley Cup champs and this season’s best team offered a tantalizing glimpse of what might be to come.

League-leading Tampa Bay earns a 5-4 win in a game that got more than a little chippy.

The Capitals are playing Tampa Bay for the second time in five days, after losing to the Lightning 6-3 in Tampa Saturday.

The Caps will celebrate their Stanley Cup victory on Monday with President Trump. Some members of the team have said they will not attend.

Goals from Andre Burakovsky, Brett Connolly, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson lifted Washington to its ninth win in 11 games.

“You try to put yourself in a situation where everyone’s ready to play and perform,” Coach Todd Reirden said of Djoos. “This seemed like the right time to put him in with a back-to-back. It’s not a great situation to have players not playing for quite some time."

“I mean, you grow up watching the Caps, you dream of playing for them,” Snively said. “It felt really great to sign a contract with the Capitals, but my goal is to play in an NHL game with them, and I’ve still got a lot of work to do before that.”

Tampa Bay, the NHL’s points leader, uses its speed and transition games — and a hat trick from Alex Killorn — to beat Washington, 6-3.

Washington beat Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals last postseason, but the teams have yet to meet this season.

“Do you know why Ovi scores so much? Because Backstrom shares the puck.”

Brett Connolly scores twice and helps out on a third goal, helping Washington beat a desperate Philadelphia team, 5-2.

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