A pass from the Wild's Chris Stewart ricocheted under the Caps captain's visor before he went down, leaving a pool of blood on the ice.

Alex Ovechkin takes puck to the face but returns as Capitals show resilience in 3-1 win over the Wild.

Through 20 games this season, Oshie is holding steady with a 23.1 shooting percentage once again for nine goals on 39 shots.

  • Perspective

A hockey team in transition knew this season would be different, but that doesn’t mean it’s been easy.

Through 20 games this season, Washington has allowed the first goal 14 times, and the team is 5-9-0 in those games.

Philipp Grubauer’s struggles continue as backup netminder remains winless on the season.

Vrana has just one point, an empty-net goal, in the past seven games.

Djoos, a rookie, has played in 16 games this season, scoring two goals and one assist while averaging more than 14 minutes of ice time.

Waiver eligible once again, Stephenson isn't likely to go anywhere after he's scored two goals and four assists in 10 games.

Matt Niskanen returns from injury, but Washington’s stretch of strong defensive play comes to an end.

Washington finally will get a look at its full defense with the veteran back in the lineup.

Since he was averaging more than 23 minutes, Niskanen's injury shook the defense corps. He'll return to a much more stable unit.

"When I'm on the ice and I feel like someone open every time, I just want to make my linemates happy," Kuznetsov said.

Defenseman Matt Niskanen and forward Tyler Graovac aren't quite ready to play, but they're getting closer.

Power play scores twice and penalty kill sparkles as Caps step up against the defending champions.

Stephenson has gone from the waiver wire to playing beside Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie on Friday night against Pittsburgh.

The Capitals' star center is mired in a career-long point drought.

Forward Brett Connolly appears closest to returning.

His rare combination of charisma, skill and a blue-collar approach to the game made Oshie a priority even in an extremely complicated offseason for Washington.

The Capitals, Redskins and Wizards have combined to lose their last 15 home games against the Stars, Cowboys and Mavericks.

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