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  • Smith-Pelly trying to take advantage of playoff opportunity with Capitals "Devante Smith-Pelly of the Washington Capitals received a hero's welcome for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Carolina Hurricanes at Capital One Arena Saturday. Fans chanted "D-S-P" for the forward, who was a key cog in last season's run the..." April 21

  • Capitals eager to close out Hurricanes in Game 6 "No one has to tell the Washington Capitals who will be waiting for them should they get past the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference First Round. The Capitals lead the best-of-7 series 3-2. Game 6 is at PNC Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS, FS-CR,..." April 21

  • Forward Tom Wilson delivers another questionable hit as Capitals rout Hurricanes in Game 5

    USA Today "It  seems impossible for Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson to deliver a hit during a NHL playoff game without spawning a social media debate about its legality. During the Capitals' 6-0 rout of the Hurricanes in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals,..." April 21

  • T.J. Oshie (collar bone) likely out for playoffs, report says

    Sporting News "T.J. Oshie is likely out for the playoffs with a broken collar bone after a scary incident in Thursday's playoff game against the Hurricanes, according to the Washington Post. The 32-year-old forward left Game 4 of the Caps' Eastern Conference first-round series after a hit..." April 21

  • Andrei Svechnikov says Alex Ovechkin asked him to fight first

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Last Saturday during the Capitals’ loss to the Canes in Game Three, Alex Ovechkin and Andrei Svechnikov got into a brutal fight. The 19-year-old Svechnikov went to the hospital and recently returned to practice sporting a full-face mask. Now well enough to speak with reporters,..." April 20

  • T.J. Oshie Likely Out For The Playoffs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While the Capitals are only saying that T.J. Oshie is out indefinitely, it appears he’s out on a long-term basis.  Isabelle Khurshudyan and Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post report that the winger is unlikely to play again this postseason, no matter how far Washington..." April 20

  • Hurricanes' Foegele won't face discipline for hit on Capitals' Oshie

    The Score "Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele won't face supplementary discipline for his hit from behind on Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie, Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said, according to The News & Observer's Luke DeCock. The incident happened with just..." April 19

  • Oshie out indefinitely for Capitals, won't play Game 5 against Hurricanes "T.J. Oshie is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury and the forward won't play for the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, SN360, SN1, TVAS). Oshie was injured during the third..." April 19

  • Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin says he’s never had a hangover

    Sportsnet "Alex Ovechkin has accomplished a lot in his NHL career so far. The eight-time 50-plus goal scorer has a full trophy cabinet, a long list of franchise records and just last year, he finally won the coveted Stanley Cup. But you could argue that the most impressive thing about The Great..." April 19

  • Caps' Smith-Pelly to play in Game 5 after recall

    ESPN "Washington Capitals have recalled postseason hero Devante Smith-Pelly from the AHL, the team announced Friday. He will be in the lineup Saturday for Game 5 of the Caps' first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, coach Todd Reirden told reporters Friday. The series..." April 19

  • Capitals furious over ‘dirty’ play by Warren Foegele on TJ Oshie

    Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Capitals are furious over a “dirty” play by Warren Foegele that injured TJ Oshie during Game 4 of the team’s first round playoff series with the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday. Foegele, who scored Carolina’s first goal of the game in a 2-1 win,..." April 19

  • Wayne Gretzky says Alex Ovechkin can ‘absolutely’ break his goals record

    Sportsnet "Wayne Gretzky has many records that, it would seem through the lens of today’s NHL, will never be touched. How, for instance, could anyone manage to score 50 goals in the first 39 games of a season? How could anyone even approach the 215 points Gretzky put up in 80 games in..." April 18

  • Andrei Svechnikov sports black eye, wears full cage after Alex Ovechkin fight

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Thursday morning, the Carolina Hurricanes held their morning skate before Game Four and injured forward Andrei Svechnikov was on the ice doing some light skating. The 19-year-old rookie will not be in the lineup tonight after being knocked out by Alex..." April 18

  • Caps rookie Jonas Siegenthaler ready for playoff debut

    NBC Sports Washington "Jonas Siegenthaler’s friends and family back in Zurich should take a long nap today and drink plenty of coffee.  The rookie Swiss defenseman makes his Stanley Cup playoffs debut when the Capitals play the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 4 of their first-round series at PNC..." April 18

  • Islanders will play Capitals or Hurricanes in second round of playoffs "The New York Islanders advanced to the Eastern Conference Second Round and will play the Washington Capitals or Carolina Hurricanes. The Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in Game 4 on Tuesday to end that first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series. It was their second series..." April 17

  • Fighting in the NHL is brutish and outdated, and needs to be banned

    USA Today "Yet another NHL player has been seriously hurt because Gary Bettman insists on fighting a losing game. Carolina Hurricanes rookie Andrei Svechnikov is in the concussion protocol and likely to miss Game 4 of the playoffs Thursday night, an outcome just about anybody could..." April 17

  • Capitals must make corrections for Game 4 against Hurricanes "The Washington Capitals have issues to correct before they play Game 4 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Thursday (7 p.m. ET: SN360, TVAS, FS-CR, NBCSWA). "We're far from a finished product at this point," coach Todd..." April 16

  • Don’t blame Alex Ovechkin for the injury to Andrei Svechnikov, blame fighting in the NHL

    NBC Sports Washington "Monday’s Game 3 in Raleigh had an ugly end for the Capitals, but the start was just as ugly for everyone watching. Early in the first period Alex Ovechkin and Andrei Svechnikov dropped the gloves and Ovechkin dropped Svechnikov soon after. Ovechkin connected with a punch and Svechnikov..." April 16

  • Brother of Hurricanes’ Svechnikov sends message to Ovechkin after fight

    Sportsnet "Alex Ovechkin might want to take note if he ever happens to step on the ice at the same time as Evgeny Svechnikov, the older brother of Andrei Svechnikov. The Washington Capitals superstar shocked the sports world Monday when he knocked out the Carolina Hurricanes rookie during a..." April 16

  • Alex Ovechkin knocks out Andrei Svechnikov in fight during Capitals-Hurricanes Game 3

    USA Today "Tensions run high in the Stanley Cup playoffs. That was clear Monday night when an unexpected fight broke out in the Washington Capitals' game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Alex Ovechkin and Hurricanes young cornerstone Andrei Svechnikov dropped the gloves in the first period,..." April 16

  • Brind'Amour bothered by Ovechkin's role in fight with Svechnikov

    The Score "Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind'Amour wasn't thrilled with Alexander Ovechkin after his fight with rookie Andrei Svechnikov in Game 3 on Monday night. The Russian countrymen dropped the gloves in the first period, and the much bigger..." April 16

  • This could be Brooks Orpik’s last run with the Capitals. He’s making it count.

    Washington Post "He is the one they call “Batya” — a Russian term of endearment that means “dad” — and to understand what Brooks Orpik means to the Washington Capitals, forward Tom Wilson suggests listening to the screams on the ice Saturday when Orpik lifted his stick, spun..." April 15

  • Ferland thinks hit on Dowd was clean, doesn't warrant suspension

    NBC Sports Washington "You don’t exactly have to be an expert lip-reader to know that both Carolina Hurricanes head coach Rod Brind’Amour and forward Micheal Ferland were not fans of the match penalty Ferland received in the second period of Game 2. Brind’Amour appeared to be expressing..." April 14

  • Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour rips officials during in-game television interview

    USA Today "Live in-game television interviews with coaches are not often passionate or critical during the NHL playoffs. But Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour was both Saturday when NBC’s Pierre McGuire asked for his take on his player Micheal Ferland being given a match..." April 14

  • Hurricanes' Ferland assessed match penalty for hit on Capitals' Dowd

    The Score "Micheal Ferland was the recipient of a controversial call Saturday. The Carolina Hurricanes forward was ejected for hitting Nic Dowd of the Washington Capitals in the second period of Game 2, on what the officials deemed was a hit to the head. Hurricanes head coach Rod..." April 13

  • Capitals re-sign fourth-line center Nic Dowd to three-year, $2.25 million deal

    Washington Post "Just hours before the first playoff game of his NHL career, center Nic Dowd has inked a deal to remain with the Washington Capitals for the next three seasons. Dowd’s extension, which carries a salary-cap hit of $750,000, is a reward for what’s been a career year with eight goals..." April 11

  • Capitals recall top goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov ahead of Stanley Cup Playoffs

    NBC Sports Washington "The Capitals have recalled top goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov from AHL Hershey to join the Stanley Cup playoff roster.   There are no known injuries to Capitals goalies Braden Holtby or Pheonix Copley and both were on the ice at practice Wednesday. Samsonov is..." April 11

  • NHL experts don’t see a second consecutive Stanley Cup title in Caps’ future

    Washington Post "For the second consecutive year, the Capitals open the Stanley Cup playoffs against a relatively raw postseason opponent. Last April, Washington fell behind Columbus two-games-to-none before winning four straight to close out the series en route to the franchise’s first championship. On..." April 11

  • ‘If he’s a villain for them, he’s a hero for us:’ The complicated story of Tom Wilson

    NBC Sports Washington "Oskar Sundqvist skated down the left side of the ice with the puck on his stick. As he entered the offensive zone, he cut to the center of the ice. There he received an unexpected and thunderous hit from the back-checking Tom Wilson that sent him sprawling to the ice. In that instant, a..." April 10

  • Tom Wilson has seemingly cleaned up his act. Can he walk that line in the playoffs?

    Washington Post "Tom Wilson will admit to being a little worried at first – that after he built his career playing one way, stripping away some of the physicality would make him a lesser player. Four suspensions from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety though – the last of which caused him..." April 10

  • The Real NHL Expansion Markets Are in Europe

    The Hockey Writers "For any professional sports league, growth is crucial. The NHL has shown that they know this by adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and a new team in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. For the next expansion, the NHL needs to look bigger than North America. They need to look to..." April 08

  • Lars Eller: Capitals have 'very deep confidence' they can handle the Hurricanes

    NBC Sports Washington "The Washington Capitals had the Carolina Hurricanes' number during the 2018-19 season, coming out victorious in all four of their matchups. The Caps will see them once again during the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and as Caps fans know too well, regular season success..." April 08

  • Ovechkin leads NHL in goals for record-setting eighth time "Alex Ovechkin led the NHL in goals for a record-setting eighth time. The Washington Capitals forward scored 51 goals this season to win the Rocket Richard Trophy, holding off Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl, who was second with 50. Ovechkin broke a tie with Bobby..." April 07

  • It’s not a Stanley Cup, but a fourth straight Metropolitan crown still has meaning to Capitals

    NBC Sports Washington "There were no championship hats or puddles of beer, no dips in fountains or questionable tattoos. Get a hold of yourself, it was just a Metropolitan Division title after all. The Capitals have done bigger, more important things. After the heady, Stanley Cup days of last spring and..." April 05

  • Capitals Sign Bobby Nardella "The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Bobby Nardella to a two-year entry-level contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Nardella, 22, recorded 34 points (8g, 26a) in 38 games with the University of Notre Dame, setting a collegiate..." April 05

  • With Kempny out, Capitals still tinkering with defensive pairings ahead of postseason play

    Washington Post "With Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny ruled out for the remainder of the season after surgery for a torn hamstring, Capitals Coach Todd Reirden is onto his next experiment with his defensive pairings. Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens, the top..." April 04

  • Ovechkin eyeing Gretzky's all-time goal record "Alex Ovechkin is warming to the idea of chasing down Wayne Gretzky's NHL record of 894 goals. With another 50-goal season already under his belt and an eighth Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL's leader in goals within his grasp, the Washington Capitals forward has 658 goals..." April 03

  • Report: NHL, NHLPA agree not to change playoff format

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s current playoff format is reportedly sticking around, at least for one more season. According to a report from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to extend the format, as well as the current divisional alignment, for one more year. Even..." April 03

  • Quinnipiac's Priskie to become free agent, won't sign with Capitals

    The Score "Chase Priskie has told the Washington Capitals he won't be signing with the team and will instead become an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 15, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. The 23-year-old defenseman racked up 17 goals and 39 points in 36 games during his senior season with..." April 03

  • Capitals' Kempny out 4-6 months after surgery on torn hamstring

    The Score "The Washington Capitals will be without defenseman Michal Kempny in their quest to repeat as Stanley Cup champions, as the 28-year-old will be sidelined four-to-six months after undergoing surgery on a torn hamstring, the team announced. Kempny was taken hard into the boards March 20..." April 02

  • Broken doors, missing nets: Ex-players reflect on NHL's obsession with neutral-site games

    The Score "Alan May can't recall every single game of his dizzying pro hockey career. After all, he skated for 16 teams across five leagues from 1986 to 1999. But he does remember the night in February 1994 when a players' bench inside Richfield Coliseum - a since-demolished arena near..." April 01

  • Alex Ovechkin scores 50 goals for eighth time in career

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Ovechkin just keeps right on rolling. His third period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night in the Washington Capitals’ 6-3 win was his league-leading 50th goal of the season, making it the eighth time in his sensational career that he has hit the 50-goal..." March 31

  • Capitals ride Ovechkin, depth to fifth straight playoff berth "The Washington Capitals had so much fun winning the Stanley Cup for the first time last season, they'd love to do it again this season. They'll have the opportunity after clinching a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 3-2 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena..." March 30

  • With postseason looming, Braden Holtby already in playoff form

    NBC Sports Washington "Clinging to a one-goal lead on Thursday, the Capitals failed to clear the defensive zone late in the third period and the Carolina Hurricanes made a hard push to tie the game. Sebastian Aho got to a loose puck on the doorstep, but he was denied by the right toe of Braden Hotlby. Brett Pesce..." March 29

  • Alex Ovechkin now one goal shy of magic number 50

    NBC Sports Washington "Alex Ovechkin cut hard toward the middle of the ice and if you blinked you missed his ripper of a shot past Carolina Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek.    It had been five games since Ovechkin had scored and he picked a pretty good time in the third period of a 1-1 tie..." March 27

  • Caps ‘jerk’ Evgeny Kuznetsov kindly suggests that curmudgeon Don Cherry ‘shut his mouth’

    Washington Post "Tuesday marks the first of two meetings in three days between the Capitals and Hurricanes, a preview of a potential first-round playoff matchup that, should it come to fruition, might cause one of “Hockey Night in Canada” commentator Don Cherry’s garish suits to spontaneously..." March 26

  • Caps D Kempny out with 'long-term' injury

    TSN "Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden said Monday that defenceman Michal Kempny is dealing with a "long-term" lower-body injury that could put his season in doubt.  Reirden added the team is in the process of figuring out if he needs surgery or..." March 25

  • Capitals put wrap on Stanley Cup party with White House visit "In a way, the timing for the Washington Capitals' visit to the White House on Monday worked out perfectly. Coming with less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, being honored for winning the Stanley Cup last season served as a final reminder of how special of an..." March 25

  • Capitals Prospect Chase Priskie Unsure About Signing Or Testing Free Agency

    NBC Sports Washington "Chase Priskie has had one heck of a season. In his senior season at Quinnipiac, Priskie leads all NCAA defensemen with 17 goals. He has 39 total points in 34 games and has been named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker award, awarded annually to the top NCAA men’s hockey player in the..." March 23

  • Capitals goalie Braden Holtby declines invitation to White House

    Yahoo! Sports "Another member of the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals is declining his invitation to the White House. Goaltender Braden Holtby, who earned all 16 postseason wins while posting a .922 save percentage for the Caps last spring, made it known Friday that he won’t be joining..." March 22