• Analysis

Change will come to Washington this offseason as Capitals try to prop open their title window for what could be the last season with Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and goaltender Braden Holtby all on the roster.

Unit wastes a golden opportunity in second overtime, failing to put a shot on goal in 4-3 loss that ends Washington’s season.

  • Analysis

Washington blew a two-goal lead to Carolina, and the Capitals' record in Game 7s at home fell to a dismal 3-9.

  • Perspective

Wednesday’s double-overtime loss doesn’t dim last season’s accomplishments, but the end came far earlier than anyone expected.

  • Perspective

Washington’s season will either end in bitter disappointment or continue with a clear path toward a second consecutive Stanley Cup.

The Hurricanes will rely on captain Justin Williams for his highly regarded Game 7 success, but there are a handful of Carolina players with previous Game 7 experience of their own.

“The thing we had success with last year was the situation didn’t bother us at all; we just played our game," Holtby said. “That’s one thing that we could’ve done better in this series, and now we have a chance to keep improving on that with an opportunity to win a series. Every year’s different.”

  • Analysis

No team created more high-danger chances at even strength than the Hurricanes did during the regular season. That approach could push the Capitals' odds-defying style out of the playoffs.

The Capitals could move on to a second-round series with the New York Islanders by winning Monday night in Carolina.

  • Perspective

Kuznetsov has been largely absent through the first six games of Washington’s series against Carolina.

Through the first four games of this first-round series with the Hurricanes, the Capitals had taken more hits than they’d dished out. That changed Saturday.

Special teams unit delivers three big holds in second period of 6-0 pivotal Game 5 win.

  • Perspective

Veteran forward scores game’s first two goals, gets Washington back to playing ‘Caps hockey.’

The Capitals dedicated their 6-0 victory in Game 5 on Saturday night to Oshie, whose name was chanted repeatedly by the Capital One Arena crowd.

Game 6 is set for Monday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

The rookie said he hopes to play in Monday's Game 6.

The Capitals, who didn't score a five-on-five goal in either road game of this series, continue to look for how to make up some of Oshie's production.

  • Perspective

Tied with Carolina in first-round series, defending Stanley Cup champions are without their ‘heart-and-soul guy.’

Losing the fourth game of their first playoff series may be the least of Washington's concerns.

Oshie was injured in what Washington captain Alex Ovechkin called a “dirty play.”

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