Capitals Rumors & News

  • Ovi, Backstrom and Kuzy score as Caps beat Winnipeg 5-3

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets Wednesday night at Verizon Center Center: How it happened: Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov snapped a 3-3 tie with 3:38 remaining in the second period with his third goal in three games and Braden Holtby and the Caps saved their..." November 26

  • Holtby in his own universe in shutout over Oilers

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Braden Holtby summed up just about everything he stands for with one post-game comment following his 33-save shutout over the Edmonton Oilers Monday night. “Shutouts only matter when it’s 1-0,” the Caps’ 26-year-old goaltender said. “So it’s a good night to have one.” On a night when the..." November 24

  • A brief history of the NHL pretending to fix scoring

    ESPN "The 1992-93 season is often seen as being among the best ever. Mario Lemieux beat cancer and had 160 points in 60 games. Teemu Selanne obliterated the rookie scoring record with 76 goals. A new wave of Russian stars such as Sergei Fedorov, Alexander Mogilny and Pavel Bure was dazzling fans. And..." November 24

  • The NHL's Most Valuable Teams "Combine lots of playoff hockey and a cash-rich arena with the National Hockey League’s biggest market and you get the sport’s most valuable franchise. For the first time since 2004 the New York Rangers are the most valuable team TISI +% in the NHL, worth $1.2 billion. The Rangers generated the..." November 24

  • Report: NHL moving closer to testing players for cocaine

    Sportsnet "According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, The NHL could very well expand their current drug testing to include cocaine by the end of this season. Cocaine use among NHL players has been brought up several times in the past year. New York Rangers forward Jarret Stoll, then a member of the Los..." November 23

  • Capitals start fast and don’t let up in a 7-3 rout of Avalanche

    Washington Post "On Saturday morning, Washington Capitals Coach Barry Trotz laid out the percentages in a team meeting, outlining how much better the team’s chances of winning were when it scored first. Defenseman John Carlson couldn’t remember the last time the Capitals scored the first goal — a sign that it had..." November 22

  • Capitals’ Tom Wilson: ‘I don’t hit to hurt people’

    Washington Post "As Tom Wilson has tried to limit his minutes in the penalty box this season, he’s had to navigate some frustrations of walking a fine line. Wilson takes pride in being a physical player, but he doesn’t want to be whistled for a minor and then put his team in a compromising position. Capitals Coach..." November 22

  • Orpik out for Capitals against Avalanche "Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik will not play against the Colorado Avalanche at Verizon Center on Saturday. Orpik sustained a lower-body injury Nov. 12 against the Philadelphia Flyers and has missed five consecutive games, but coach Barry Trotz cautions that Orpik’s ailment is not..." November 21

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    Isabelle Khurshudyan @ikhurshudyan

    Holtby in net.

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    Isabelle Khurshudyan @ikhurshudyan

    Trotz on Burakovsky: "He's been playing on a higher line, and we haven't gotten much." Said nothing gets message across like ice time.

  • NHL reportedly will add regular season bye weeks for each team beginning in 2016

    SB Nation "The NHL is taking a page from the NFL's playbook next season, as the league has reportedly agreed with the NHL Players Association to install bye weeks for every team in the 2016-17 schedule. Each club will receive a week off between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season, according to ESPN reporter..." November 21

  • Jason Spezza's Third Period Goal Gives Stars 3-2 Win Over Capitals

    Defending Big D "It wasn't always pretty (okay, it wasn't pretty at all for most of it), but the Dallas Stars were able to put together just enough offense and hold on the final frantic minutes for yet another early-season victory, this time 3-2 over the Washington Capitals. The Stars opened the scoring after a..." November 20

  • Ovechkin becomes top Russian goal-scorer "Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin passed Sergei Fedorov on Thursday for most NHL goals scored by a Russian-born player. Ovechkin scored his 484th goal 7:01 into the third period against the Dallas Stars at Verizon Center. He went four games without a goal since tying Fedorov with No...." November 20

  • NHL players were 'uncomfortable' with All-Star fantasy draft

    The Score "With the NHL announcing its surprising new format for the 2016 All-Star Game, involving a 3-on-3 mini-tournament, Mathieu Schneider of the NHLPA discussed what went wrong with the fantasy draft format used at the last three All-Star Games. "I think the concept was neat. In the beginning," said..." November 20

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov scores in overtime to lift Capitals past Red Wings, 2-1

    Washington Post "Evgeny Kuznetsov didn’t even raise his arms, cool as ever after his latest heroics. He had streaked toward goaltender Petr Mrazek, moving the puck right, then pushing it to the left before flipping a wrist shot over Mrazek’s pad. The net rippled, the Washington Capitals bench cleared, and..." November 19

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    The league will fit the 5-day bye break into schedules for each team between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season...

  • Capitals' Alex Ovechkin still in search of historic goal

    USA Today "On Nov. 8, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin scored his 483rd career goal, tying the record for most NHL goals scored by a Russian-born player. For a prolific scorer like Ovechkin, who reached Sergei Fedorov's mark in 476 fewer games than his countryman, netting that go-ahead to attain..." November 19

  • New format for Honda NHL All-Star Game announced "The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be transformed into a 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament among the NHL's most talented star players from each division, the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The new format will divide the..." November 19

  • Report: NHL teams take issue with Tom Wilson's hits

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Tom Wilson has made a name for himself in his young career for his physical style of play. While that has endeared him to Caps fans, opposing teams are starting to take issue. In his 30 Thoughts column, Elliotte Friedman reports that "several" teams have complained about Wilson to the NHL's..." November 18

  • NHL All-Star Game to comprise 3 20-minute, 3-on-3 games

    ESPN "Changes are indeed afoot for January's NHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. How about three mini-games for the price of one? This year's All-Star Game will be three separate 20-minute, 3-on-3 games resulting from a four-team mini-playoff, sources confirmed to..." November 18

  • Capitals reunite Ovechkin, Backstrom at practice "Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin might have a familiar center riding shotgun with him when he gets his next chance at scoring his record-breaking goal. Capitals coach Barry Trotz reunited Washington's captain and leading scorer with Nicklas Backstrom for practice Monday, but offered..." November 17

  • Gary Bettman earned $9.6 million in season that followed lockout

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reportedly earned more than $9.6 million in base salary and benefits in the season that followed the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, according to the Sports Business Journal. Bettman's earnings represented an $800,000 raise from the previous year, in which he..." November 17

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    Vancouver Canucks @VanCanucks

    Burrows and Sutter are out. Markstrom starts. #Canucks

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    Isabelle Khurshudyan @ikhurshudyan

    Trotz said he's sensing Ovechkin wants to get his goal over with. For the first time, saw 8 under pressure tonight because he wanted it.

  • Monahan gets the winner as Flames beat Capitals in OT

    Calgary Herald "The attention, for good reason, had been on No. 8. It always is when the Calgary Flames — or any of the other 28 NHL outfits, for that matter — gear up to play the Washington Capitals. And on Friday at the Verizon Center, the stage was set for Alex Ovechkin to hit a major milestone in his..." November 14

  • Capitals’ power play finally flexes as Jason Chimera sparks 5-2 win over Flyers

    Washington Post "The resurgence of the Washington Capitals’ power play came from an unexpected source — the team’s oldest player, who doesn’t even remember the previous time he scored a power-play goal. But he found himself on the unit because Coach Barry Trotz wanted more traffic in front of the net, so there was..." November 13

  • Brooks Orpik leaves game early with lower-body injury

    Washington Post "Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik took just one shift in the second period before leaving Tuesday’s loss to the Red Wings with what the team announced as a lower-body injury. Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said Orpik would be evaluated on Wednesday, but he didn’t have an update beyond..." November 11

  • Athanasiou scores 1st goal, Mrazek shuts out Caps

    Detroit News "One of Sergei Fedorov's old teams won Tuesday and it was the one Red Wings fans prefer. On a night the Red Wings and the team's fans were able to cheer Fedorov's inclusion into the Hall of Fame during the weekend, the Red Wings defeated the Washington Capitals 1-0. Andreas Athanasiou broke..." November 11

  • NHL considering bigger nets if it can’t shrink goalie gear

    Yahoo! Sports "David Poile sees it as a goalie-sized panic button. “The subject that no one wants to go to right now. The last resort,” said the Nashville Predators general manager. “The bigger nets.” Through 215 games, the NHL is averaging 5.26 goals per game played. Last season ended with a 5.32..." November 11

  • Capitals' Orpik sustains lower-body injury vs. Red Wings

    The Score "Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik sustained a lower-body injury during Tuesday's game against the Detroit Red Wings and will not return, the club announced. Orpik will be re-evaluated Wednesday." November 10

  • Are bigger nets the right answer for the NHL?

    Puck Drunk Love "After some pretty significant rule changes in the NHL it seems like changing the rulebook is the topic du jour around the league. Everyone has an opinion about how the league should be run but the most headway is being made when trying to change the rules. The most recent topic discussed is..." November 10

  • Report: NHL won't vote on expansion at Board of Governors

    Yardbarker "It looks like the wait for the final decision on NHL expansion is going to continue. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Monday that the matter of adding new teams to the NHL will not be voted on at the up-coming Board of Governors meeting, Dan Rosen of reported: “Commissioner..." November 10

  • Nicklas Backstrom’s last-second goal allows Capitals to rally for win over Leafs

    Washington Post "Alex Ovechkin was airborne, leaping onto Nicklas Backstrom by the glass, swallowing him in a gleeful hug. For an early-November game, this Capitals-Maple Leafs contest had been so emotional, from celebrations to milestones to disallowed goals to last-second equalizers. It looked over Saturday..." November 08

  • Capitals' Ovechkin seeks historic goal vs. Maple Leafs "Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has seven goals through 12 games this season but has yet to score on the power play. Ovechkin, who is one goal from tying Sergei Fedorov for the most by a Russian-born player (483), scored an NHL-leading 25 of his 53 goals last season on the power play..." November 08

  • Alex Ovechkin ties Sergei Fedorov for most goals by Russian-born player

    CBS Sports "Whenever he retires Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is going to be remembered as one of the greatest goal scorers to ever play in the NHL (and he probably already is). He is closing in on 500 career goals, a mark he should reach at some point this season, before he even celebrates his..." November 08

  • Stanislav Galiev reassigned to Hershey for conditioning purposes

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals have reassigned forward Stanislav Galiev to their American Hockey League affiliate in Hershey for conditioning purposes, the team announced on Friday. Because Galiev was sent down on a conditioning assignment, the 23-year-old Russian winger did not have to clear waivers,..." November 06

  • Caps bounce back with rout of Bruins

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Capitals set an unrealistic goal this season – going the entire season without back-to-back losses -- and so far they’ve met it. The Caps followed a sloppy 5-2 loss in Manhattan on Tuesday night with a hard-fought and much cleaner 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins Thursday night at Verizon..." November 06

  • Subpar Rangers snag an early statement win over Capitals

    New York Post "This was a game that fell perfectly in line with the first month of the Rangers’ season — another subpar performance, another win. In what was being looked forward to as a testing ground for the Blueshirts after a confounding start to their season, they managed to beat the previously..." November 04

  • Jakub Vrana undergoes wrist surgery

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Captials prospect Jakub Vrana underwent successful wrist surgery on Wednesday and is expected to return to full hockey activities in three to four months, the team has announced. The Caps' first-round draft pick in 2014, Vrana was playing in the AHL with the Hershey Bears in his first regular..." November 04

  • Kuznetsov continues hot start, scores in overtime to lift Caps over Panthers

    Washington Post "Evgeny Kuznetsov couldn’t keep a straight face, breaking into a smile and then a giggle as he said that his latest goal was just another “lucky play.” If that were true, Kuznetsov would be the luckiest player for the Washington Capitals. Kuznetsov glided toward Al Montoya, his stick knifing the..." November 01

  • Justin Williams gets on the board, and the Caps hold off the Blue Jackets, 2-1

    Washington Post "They were welcomed to Washington as the missing pieces, a boost in skill to the forward corps, perhaps the boost that finally gets the Washington Capitals over the hump in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Friday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Verizon Center will be a blip on the radar..." October 31

  • NHL coaches are up to the challenge with new rule allowing them to review goals

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Dan Bylsma is a big supporter of the NHL's decision to introduce coaching challenges this season. It makes no difference to the Buffalo Sabres' first-year coach that the new rule cost his team in its season-opening game. The Sabres became the NHL's second team to have a goal disallowed as a..." October 30

  • Quick goals help Penguins erase early deficit in victory over Capitals

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "After a loss to Dallas last week, a defeat that saw them unravel after a puck pinballed in behind goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, Penguins players said they needed more resolve. They got it Wednesday night. Moments after Evgeny Kuznetsov broke a scoreless tie on a twice-deflected shot early in the..." October 29

  • Crosby vs. Ovechkin: Five most annoying things about the Rivalry

    Yahoo! Sports "The Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin rivalry is one of my favorite things in the history of hockey. Well, at least in concept. The idea that the NHL had its own Magic vs. Bird – flash vs. fundamentals, charisma vs. workmanlike focus, Moscow vs. Cole Harbour – is something that frankly lifted..." October 28

  • Ovechkin set to pass Fedorov as top Russian in goals "Alex Ovechkin has broken more than a few records during his NHL career, but the next one he reaches will have some added meaning. The Washington Capitals captain is on the verge of becoming the highest goal scorer among Russian-born players, closing in on former NHL player Sergei Fedorov's..." October 28

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    Pat Holden @pfholden

    Kuznetsov leads all NHL forwards with 5 primary assists at 5v5.

  • Capitals’ fourth line still searching for consistency

    Washington Post "Chandler Stephenson has been with the Washington Capitals for less than two weeks, making his NHL debut against the Chicago Blackhawks and maintaining his grip on the fourth-line center job since then. He’s taken up residence in a hotel near Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, still uneasy..." October 27

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov nets first career hat trick as Capitals beat Oilers

    Washington Post "Evgeny Kuznetsov fired from the right faceoff circle, and as soon as he saw the disk rattle around in the cage, he looked down, as if in quiet celebration. He was quickly swarmed by his teammates, but Alex Ovechkin skated away from his fellow Russian. Ovechkin picked up the puck from in front..." October 24

  • Late Ovi Blast Gives Caps the 3-2 Win Over Canucks

    Japers' Rink "The Caps' swing through Western Canada continued with a visit to Vancouver, where they'd need to outmaneuver formidable foes in the Sedin twins and Ryan Miller to keep the winning streak alive. Thanks to some offense from the team's grinders - and some late-game heroics from the captain - the Caps..." October 23

  • Canadians do not make up the majority of NHL players this season

    TSN "For the first time in the 98-year history of the NHL, Canadians do not make up the majority of the league’s players. With an all-time high of players born outside of North America, Canadian-born players made up just 49.7 per cent of the 680 players to appear in a game in the first two weeks of..." October 22