Beagle makes his first appearance at Capital One Arena with the Canucks, whom the Capitals top, 3-2.

“We’ve been addressing it verbally for quite a while now, and there hasn’t been a response, so hopefully this will work,” General Manager Brian MacLellan said.

Inkception.

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The Capitals have lost eight of their past nine games, and the biggest change since the Stanley Cup has been behind the bench.

The extension has implications on the Capitals' expansion draft plans and also their plan for their prospects.

After 1-0 loss, Washington remains tied with the Penguins for second place in the Metropolitan Division with 62 points.

Eller played two shifts in the second period on Friday night before exiting the game.

Friday will be just the 30th game Ovechkin has missed in his 14-year career.

The team is mired in a seven-game losing streak, but they returned from break with a different vibe. “I just felt a little bit different energy around our room today — guys happy to be back with each other,” Coach Todd Reirden said.

In 2013, Greg Christian and Dona Coultice-Christian set a goal to see the Capitals play in every NHL arena.

After a growth spurt and injection of physicality, the already skilled Clark is impressing during a career year with Ottawa 67's.

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“He’s consistently, game after game, shown us the same style of play, same poise, dependability,” Coach Todd Reirden said.

Brian MacLellan said the team is interested in re-signing backup Pheonix Copley, meaning top prospect Ilya Samsonov might be spending one more season in the American Hockey League.

Defenseman John Carlson, goalie Braden Holtby and Coach Todd Reirden are part of the Metropolitan Division's win. Carlson won the hardest shot competition Friday night.

Carlson has eight goals and 39 assists so far this season, averaging nearly a point per game. “He’s picked up where he left off last year and he’s probably even a little better than he was,” General Manager Brian MacLellan said.

During the past five games alone, Washington has allowed a whopping 30 goals, including two seven-spots and one game with eight goals-against.

  • Perspective

Washington’s losses aren’t cause for panic, but the way they’re playing is.

Defensive lapses again prove costly as Nazeem Kadri’s hat trick — the fourth the Caps have yielded in five games — sparks Maple Leafs.

Roenick says that with the way other NHL teams are playing, the Caps could find themselves out of the playoff loop come mid-April.

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