Capitals Rumors & News

  • Ex-Penguins defenseman Niskanen still miffed by coaches' firings

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen remains miffed at how the Penguins handled last offseason's coaching changes, and he made no secret of it. “The organization can say whatever it wants, that it wasn't sure what it wanted to do, all that stuff,” he said. “But it was (bull). “It's..." December 22

  • Balanced scoring without Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom ‘a great sign’ for Caps

    Washington Post "For the second time this season, defenseman Karl Alzner scored a goal, a feat unto itself since the calendar had not yet turned before Alzner matched his career high. The tying score came Thursday night, when Alzner gathered a loose puck near the offensive blue line, tiptoed around a flailing..." December 20

  • Capitals stage two comebacks to beat Blue Jackets in OT

    CSN Washington "Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 5-4 overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday night at Nationwide Arena: How it happened: The Caps coughed up a two-goal lead, but third-period goals by Karl Alzner and Troy Brouwer forced overtime, where Eric Fehr won it 42 seconds into the..." December 19

  • Panthers go 20 rounds with Capitals to win longest shootout in NHL history

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "There are certain teams the Florida Panthers have been able to get away with spotting an early lead. That is never a good idea against Washington. When the Capitals score first, they usually win (13-1-2). The Panthers avoided that pitfall, and then endured the longest shootout in NHL history..." December 17

  • Caps won’t release Burakovsky for World Juniors

    Pro Hockey Talk "Andre Burakovsky is staying in the nation’s capital this holiday season. On Monday, Washington announced it wouldn’t be releasing Burakovsky to Team Sweden for the 2015 World Junior tournament, which will take place in Toronto and Montreal from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. Burakovsky, 19, was the..." December 15

  • Capitals ‘exploring every avenue’ as Dmitry Orlov’s recovery hits another wall

    Washington Post "Dmitry Orlov plopped into his locker room stall Thursday afternoon, sweat dripping from his face after another post-practice workout, and shook his head. As the seven-month anniversary of his wrist surgery approaches, the Capitals defenseman’s recovery has plateaued again. “That’s the long part..." December 13

  • Capitals coach Trotz lauds Tom Wilson for ‘maturity’ and not retaliating

    CSN Washington "As a fighter, Tom Wilson has always prided himself as a player with a face that could take a punch. But a two-handed cross-check to the jaw? Midway through the second period of Thursday night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, Wilson was locked in a battle with defenseman..." December 13

  • Blue Jackets 3, Capitals 2, OT: Bobrovsky saves 39, Foligno scores in OT

    Columbus Dispatch "Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky sat quietly and comfortably in the cramped dressing room after a game at the Verizon Center last night, looking nothing at all like a man carrying the weight of an NHL franchise on his shoulders. Bobrovsky had just saved 39 of 41 shots in a 3-2 overtime..." December 12

  • Capitals top first place Lightning in Tampa behind Ovi's 2 goals

    CSN Washington "Instant analysis of the Capitals’ 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa: How it happened: Alex Ovechkin snapped a four-game pointless streak in a big way, scoring the first and last goal in the Caps’ big win over the top team in the Eastern Conference...." December 10

  • Jaromir Jagr now 5th all-time in NHL points, passing Marcel Dionne

    Yahoo! Sports "Through two periods against the Carolina Hurricanes, Jaromir Jagr had a goal and an assist for the New Jersey Devils. In the process, he continued his assault on the record books. Jagr's second-period goal and his assist on an Adam Henrique tally tied and then leap-frogged the Czech legend..." December 09

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    Chuck Gormley @ChuckGormleyCSN

    Mike Green not making the trip to Tampa. Will miss seventh straight game with upper body injury. #CapitalsTalk

  • Holtby gives Caps reason for optimism

    CSN Washington "There are a lot of reasons the Capitals arrived in Newark on Friday feeling a lot better about themselves than when they left Washington on Wednesday. The biggest is Braden Hotlby. After starting the season 3-4-2, Holtby has turned the corner in his last 10 appearances, going 6-3-1 with a..." December 06

  • Mike Green to miss sixth straight, sets ‘mindframe’ on returning Tuesday

    Washington Post "Defenseman Mike Green practiced for the second straight day with the Washington Capitals, continuing to regain strength after suffering an upper-body injury over two weeks ago, though he will miss Saturday’s matchup here with the New Jersey Devils, Green said. “It’s frustrating because you hope..." December 06

  • Eric Fehr's late goal lifts Capitals over Canes in Carolina

    CSN Washington "Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.: How it happened: Eric Fehr was the man of the hour, stripping Carolina forward Riley Nash of the puck inside the Hurricanes’ blue line, then walking in and beating goaltender..." December 05

  • Canucks power past Capitals, 4-3

    Vancouver Sun "In case you hadn’t noticed, Daniel Sedin hasn’t been scoring as much. He entered Tuesday night’s game at the Verizon Center with just four goals. Only three Canuck forwards -- Zack Kassian, Derek Dorsett and Bo Horvat -- had fewer. He had scored just two power-play goals in his last 63..." December 03

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    Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

    The NHL reviewed Alex Ovechkin's hit on Leo Komarov and determined it did not warrant supplementary discipline.

  • Maple Leafs have Capitals’ number for once

    Toronto Star "Hey Pat. Are you there? It would be nice to think so, a benign and puckish spirit hovering above the Air Canada Centre on a night when the former Leaf coach — Quinn, Pat — was paid poignant tribute. Toronto deftly handled Washington 6-2, the prime numbers on this evening as the Leafs..." November 30

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    Chuck Gormley @ChuckGormleyCSN

    Per NHL, no hearing scheduled for Alex Ovechkin's hit on Leo Komarov. Possibility he could be fined, however. #CapitalsTalk

  • Capitals finally get physical in front of the net in 5-2 win against Islanders

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals had proved themselves perfectly adept in the art of long-distance prayer, of whistling pucks from afar and hoping something crazy might happen, but over the past several weeks Coach Barry Trotz began demanding more. He wished bodies would jam together near the crease,..." November 29

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    Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

    Trotz says Brooks Laich in the lineup tonight.

  • John Tavares’ OT goal propels surging Islanders past Capitals

    New York Post "John Tavares was reaching up to the bridge of his nose, to where there was a small cut. It was put there hours earlier from a hand of Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, who had done his best to inflict pain on Tavares and the Islanders throughout this raucous Wednesday before Thanksgiving in the..." November 27

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    Adam Vingan @AdamVingan

    Trotz is unsure, however, if Ovechkin will play. Brooks Laich and Mike Green are both out. #Caps

  • Sabres beat Capitals

    Buffalo News "The Buffalo Sabres won just three times in their first 18 games this season. Suddenly, they’ve won three in a row for the first time in nearly nine months. A 43-save night in goal from Jhonas Enroth and Torrey Mitchell’s tie-breaking goal with 7:42 left got the job done Saturday in Verizon..." November 23

  • Braden Holtby: ‘I don’t think you can say a game against Buffalo is a gimme’

    CSN Washington "Seventy-six. That’s how many shot attempts the Capitals had on Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth Saturday night. One. That’s the number of goals the Caps scored in their 2-1 loss to the team with the worst record in the NHL, which should not be confused with the worst team in the..." November 23

  • Alex Ovechkin scores game-winner as Capitals hold on at Colorado, 3-2

    Washington Post "The rink still pulsed with applause even as the home team fell behind, and on the Washington Capitals’ bench, Coach Barry Trotz took notice. The coach wondered whether those fans had paid to watch his team or just his brightest star? “Are they Caps fans,” he asked later, “or are they Alex..." November 21

  • Brooks Laich (shoulder) wants to be patient after setback following rushed comeback from injury

    Washington Post "The uncertain timetable for his recovery from a left shoulder injury remained even as Capitals forward Brooks Laich began practicing again, but the lessons learned from rushing back too soon, he hoped, would create caution this time around. Less than three weeks after incurring the injury during a..." November 20

  • Schmidt playing like he wants extension

    CSN Washington "Back in April of 2013, when the Capitals outbid a handful of other NHL teams and signed University of Minnesota junior defenseman Nate Schmidt to a two-year, $2.7 million contract, then-general manager George McPhee had big plans for the young blue liner from St. Cloud. “We like him a lot,”..." November 20

  • Eric Fehr scores game-winner in overtime as Capitals find a way against Coyotes

    Washington Post "They had weathered the storm of four second-period penalty kills, grinded through another low-scoring night and now, as the Washington Capitals stormed the Gila River Arena ice Tuesday night and mobbed their overtime savior, grinned with relief after flipping around a crushing weekend. “We really..." November 19

  • 'STL Line' shines again in Blues win over Capitals

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "A trade, a few snow flakes and a sellout crowd — it’s beginning to feel like hockey season at Scottrade Center. In a mid-day move, Jordan Leopold was dealt to Columbus for a draft pick, and later in the evening, a crowd of 19,399 drove through the first dusting of the season to see the Blues..." November 16

  • Schneider perfect as Devils blank Capitals

    New York Post "Braden Holtby didn’t let a shot get past him all game. Instead, he threw the hockey equivalent of a pick-six. That was enough to give the Devils a 1-0 win over the Capitals on Friday night. After nearly 50 minutes of stellar saves by two goalies, Holtby went to retrieve the puck behind the..." November 15

  • Capitals GM Brian MacLellan: ‘Need to evaluate’ before contract extension talks

    Washington Post "With 11 Washington Capitals hitting restricted or unrestricted free agency, General Manager Brian MacLellan will face many decisions about the future of the organization at season’s end. So far, 15 games into his debut season helming the team, MacLellan remains entrenched in an assessment..." November 15

  • Caps strike early, hold on to beat Blue Jackets

    CSN Washington "The Caps promised not to take the Blue Jackets lightly and they didn’t, overwhelming the Blue Jackets and winless goaltender Curtis McElhinney with a 13-5 shot advantage and a 3-1 lead after one period. Marcus Johansson, who had eight goals in 80 games last season, picked up his seventh of the..." November 12

  • Backstrom’s overtime goal lifts Capitals past Hurricanes

    Washington Post "All eyes were trained on Alex Ovechkin, as they often are. Away from the spotlight, Nicklas Backstrom quietly waited, like he often does. Thirty seconds remained in overtime Saturday night at Verizon Center, enough time for the Washington Capitals to salvage another busted second-period lead. As..." November 09

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    Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc

    Capitals' Alex Ovechkin will not face supplemental discipline from NHL for his elbow on #Blackhawks' Niklas Hjalmarsson last night.

  • Capitals beat Blackhawks, 3-2, to end five-game skid

    Washington Post "Barry Trotz entered the visitor’s locker room at United Center without a victory speech in mind. Since the Washington Capitals last won nearly two weeks ago, their coach had spoken so much about staying true to the process, preached so often about remaining patient, that now words escaped him. So..." November 08

  • Laich back for Caps tonight after missing last seven games

    Pro Hockey Talk "Brooks Laich is ready to return from injury. Again. On Friday, the oft-injured forward will play for the Caps when they take on the Blackhawks in Chicago, the team announced. Laich played in Washington’s first five games of the season — during which it went 3-0-2 — before suffering a..." November 07

  • Hiller’s highway robbery leads Flames to overtime victory over Capitals

    Calgary Herald "On his post-game soapbox, Bob Hartley was going to rave. And everyone knew who was going to get lots of love — Jonas Hiller. As fate would have it, the Calgary Flames goalie, perched atop a stationary bike, was pedalling only five feet away when his coach began to heap praise. At first..." November 05

  • Alex Ovechkin becomes Capitals all-time points leader

    USA Today "He’s been one of the NHL’s most dominant offensive forces in the last decade, and now Alexander Ovechkin has a major franchise record to prove it. The 2004 first-round draft choice of the Washington Capitals became the team’s all-time points leader Tuesday night, when he tallied an assist on..." November 05

  • Bob McKenzie: Caps' Green could be trade deadline rental

    Nichols on Hockey "On Mike Green as a possible trade target between now and the trade deadline: “Well, a lot of it depends on how the Caps are doing. I mean, if they’re a playoff team they may want to keep him around because he’s got a dynamic offensive element to his game, especially on the power play. “But,..." November 04

  • Shane Doan, Coyotes snap 3-game skid, beat Capitals

    Arizona Republic "Following their worst 10-game start in eight years, a shakeup hit the Coyotes in time to salvage at least one game on their four-game trek up the East Coast. It wasn't of seismic proportions – the Coyotes aren't currently in a position to execute such drastic change – but in an attempt to spark..." November 03

  • Lightning top Capitals

    Tampa Tribune "For a team cursed with bad luck when it comes to injuries this season, Jason Garrison has proven to be Tampa Bay Lightning’s lucky charm. In a game that saw three ties and three lead changes, Garrison scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, his second goal of the season and second..." November 02

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    Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

    Braden Holtby today in Tampa, Justin Peters tomorrow at home vs. Arizona.

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    Washington Capitals @washcaps

    Braden Holtby first off the ice. He'll start tonight for Washington. #CapsBolts

  • When will the Caps see Brooks Laich again?

    CSN Washington "Brooks Laich [left shoulder] did not practice with the team and has not played since Oct. 18 when Florida Panthers forward Shawn Thornton dropped him with a shoulder-on-shoulder hit. “We’re probably looking at sometime next week now,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “It’s a little longer than..." November 01

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    Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

    Aaron Volpatti (neck) is likely for a conditioning loan to Hershey, Trotz said. Eligible to come off LTIR on Sunday.

  • Ovechkin's pointless streak hits five games

    CSN Washington "Alex Ovechkin has been through a pair of nine-game goal-less streaks during his NHL career, but until Wednesday night he had never gone five straight regular season games without a point. He has now. Ovechkin managed to get seven of his 13 shot attempts on goal, but Detroit Red Wings..." October 31

  • Justin Abdelkader leads Wings past Capitals

    Detroit News "Who had Justin Abdelkader as the Red Wings' goal-scoring leader at this point of the season? The grinder is turning into an offensive machine, adding two third-period goals Wednesday, leading the Red Wings to a 4-2 victory over the Capitals. Abdelkader scored his fourth and fifth goals,..." October 30

  • Capitals 3, Flames 1: Joel Ward scores a pair of goals to lead Washington

    Washington Post "Joel Ward had taken his demotion in stride and gulped down the change, but as the forward later tried to sneak undetected from the Washington Capitals locker room, seeking an early exit after starring Saturday night, his teammates oohed and hollered for him to return. So Ward stood before the..." October 26

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    Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

    Trotz on Healy's Ovi comments: "Anytime you go personal with me that's very disrespectful to the player and our profession."

  • Oilers limit Capitals offence in winning 3-2 effort

    Edmonton Sun "Remember when the Oilers were playing relatively well and losing, and Dallas Eakins talked about how these things all even out, and there will be nights when they get badly outplayed and win. Well, this was one of them. The Washington Capitals outplayed Edmonton so badly during stretches..." October 23