Capitals Rumors & News

  • Penguins take 2-1 series lead with win over Capitals

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins don't have a goal yet in the series from Sidney Crosby. Or a power-play goal. What they do have is a 2-1 lead over the Washington Capitals. And a player who barely played in the first five months of the season is the reason. Rookie goalie Matt..." May 03

  • Capitals accuse Letang of leaving his feet, hitting Johansson in head

    Pro Hockey Talk "Get this: the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins seem divided on the legality of Kris Letang‘s hit on Marcus Johansson. (Take a moment to gather your thoughts amid this shocking revelation.) You can watch the hit over and over in the video above. This post features some takes on..." May 03

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Caps head coach Barry Trotz said he's not surprised at the length of the suspension given the team they are playing against.

  • Emotional Orpik says he deserved suspension

    DK Pittsburgh Sports "Brooks Orpik faced the music on Monday afternoon in the visitor’s locker room at Consol Energy Center. The defenseman acknowledged that he deserved the three-game suspension that the NHL gave him on Sunday night. When asked about his relationship with Olli Maatta, Orpik became emotional. He..." May 02

  • Brooks Orpik Suspended Three Games for Hit on Olli Maatta

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "The NHL has suspended Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik three games for his hit on Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta in Game Two. The hit was late and primarily targeted Maatta’s head. Matta left the game and did not return. The Penguins said he is “obviously out.” Orpik had suffered a head injury..." May 02

  • Orpik will have hearing for hit on Maatta

    CBS Sports "The Washington Capitals can probably expect to be without Brooks Orpik for at least Game 3 of their second round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The veteran defenseman has a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety Sunday after his hit that knocked Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta..." May 01

  • Capitals' Trotz: 'I don't think we've played our best game yet' "Two games into their Eastern Conference Second Round series, the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins are tied at one win apiece. That's probably where each team thought it would be before the series began. But the way the Capitals have gotten to this point has to be of some..." May 01

  • Mike Sullivan: Brooks Orpik's hit on Olli Maatta was late, targeted head

    Washington Times "Mike Sullivan said that the hit by Brooks Orpik on Olli Maatta in the opening minutes of Game 2 of the second-round playoff series between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday was “type of hit that everyone in hockey is trying to remove from the game.” Maatta, in..." May 01

  • Oshie scores OT winner as Caps edge Pens

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- It took half an overtime to settle the back-and-forth playoff series opener between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. Then it took a few minutes to more to confirm that it was settled. T.J. Oshie completed a hat trick when he scored..." April 29

  • Caps' Tom Wilson fined $2,400 for knee hit to Pens' Conor Sheary

    TSN "Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been fined $2,403.67 for kneeing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Conor Sheary during Game 1 of the teams’ second round series in Washington. " April 29

  • Caps RW Wilson's hit on Sheary may be reviewed

    Yahoo! Sports "Washington Capitals blunt force object Tom Wilson was going to be a physical presence in their second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and didn’t waste any time in Game 1 making that presence known. And, as Tom Wilson is one to do, crossing the line of legality in doing so. As..." April 29

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22 "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Sidney Crosby admits that he doesn't score the way Alex Ovechkin does

    Puck Drunk Love "The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are going to face off in Round 2 of the NHL playoffs, which will set the stage of reigniting the longtime rivalry between Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. While the rivalry has lost steam in recent years, both Crosby and Ovechkin are still..." April 26

  • Brayden Schenn will have hearing with NHL for hit on T.J. Oshie

    TSN "Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn will have a hearing on Tuesday with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for a charging/illegal check to the head infraction on Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie." April 26

  • Capitals' Trotz: 'We're comfortable being uncomfortable'

    The Score "Plight wasn't something the Washington Capitals dealt with readily during the regular season. This is a team that shot out to an insurmountable division lead long before clinching the Eastern Conference with three weeks left in the regular season. They ended up with 120 points - or the most..." April 25

  • Crosby: 'I definitely don't have (Ovechkin's) shot or score like he does'

    The Score "The second-round matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will once again pit two of the game's most polarizing players against one another. Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will once again do battle, but early on Crosby is making it clear that he isn't out to replicate..." April 25

  • Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin are finally meeting in the playoffs again

    CBS Sports "Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin have been the two best players in the NHL for the past decade, but their teams have only met in the playoffs one time (2009) during their careers. Until now. Thanks to the Penguins' first round win over the New York Rangers, and the Capitalsknocking out the..." April 25

  • Alex Ovechkin sounds pretty excited to face the Penguins

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sure, there’s probably a Debbie Downer here or there who will complain about Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. (This post is on the Internet, where you can find a person to complain about virtually anything.) Most hockey fans and..." April 24

  • Capitals eliminate Flyers, will face Penguins in 2nd round "Nicklas Backstrom scored, Braden Holtby had his second shutout of the series and the Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday. The Capitals won the best-of-7 series 4-2 and will play the Pittsburgh..." April 24

  • Capitals beat Flyers to advance to second round

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- In a series that highlighted their offensive inefficiencies, the Philadelphia Flyers did everything they could in the final 10 minutes Sunday to change the narrative and stave off elimination for the third straight game. But Braden Holtby never broke. The Washington..." April 24

  • Capitals 'not worried' about history of playoff collapses

    CSN Philly "Each Capitals player met the question with a type of curtness. Understandably, Washington was in no mood to talk about its haunting past of postseason collapses. The Capitals had just flushed another clinching opportunity down the toilet while the unforeseen reality of Game 6 in Philadelphia..." April 24

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Defenseman Brooks Orpik will travel with Capitals to Philadelphia

    Washington Post "Defenseman Brooks Orpik will travel with the Washington Capitals to Philadelphia for Game 6 of the series, Coach Barry Trotz said on Saturday. Orpik hasn’t skated since he suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury in Game 3 on Monday night, but Trotz said he’s been exercising. “It’s very..." April 23

  • Neuvirth's incredible performance leads Flyers past Caps

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Philadelphia Flyers were outshot by a 4-to-1 margin, suffered through a 17-minute shot drought, continued to be inept on the power play and had to rely on the errant skate blade of a Washington Capitals defenseman to find the back of the net. But none of that matters,..." April 22

  • Caps rule out Orpik again, Trotz won’t answer concussion questions

    Pro Hockey Talk "Brooks Orpik will miss his second straight game on Friday night, still feeling the effects of a heavy Ryan White hit from Game 3. Orpik’s head coach, Barry Trotz, isn’t saying anything about the nature of the injury." April 22

  • Flyers win to prevent a Capitals sweep

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Michal Neuvirth said he was feeling a little rusty early on in Game 4. Luckily for the Philadelphia Flyers he was not rusty when it mattered as he helped them stave off elimination Wednesday night. A change in goaltenders, some special teams success and a pair of goals from..." April 20

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    Mike Harrington @BNHarrington

    #Flyers dinosaur mentality. 40+ years and counting. Good lord.

  • Pierre-Edouard Bellemare suspended Game 4 for hit on Dmitry Orlov

    Washington Post " Philadelphia’s Pierre-Edouard Bellemare has been suspended one game for his check from behind on Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov, NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced on Tuesday afternoon. He will miss Game 4 on Wednesday night as the Capitals go for the series sweep. " April 19

  • Playoff TV ratings down a ‘shocking’ 61 percent in Canada

    The Hockey News "Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet. Through the first five nights of..." April 19

  • Jeremy Roenick: ‘Inexcusable’ hit on Dmitry Orlov ‘disgusts me’

    Washington Post "Amid all the attention on the Philadelphia fans melting down late in the third period Monday night, let’s not forget what precipitated it: the checking-from-behind call against Pierre-Edouard Bellemare that left Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov down on the ice. Orlov was soon smiling, did..." April 19

  • Caps rule out Orpik for Game 4, Holtby ‘nicked up’ in practice

    Pro Hockey Talk "The hit that forced Brooks Orpik from Game 3 will also keep him out of Game 4. That’s what Caps head coach Barry Trotz confirmed on Tuesday — Orpik, who left the ice dazed after getting slammed into the boards by Philly’s Ryan White last night, has been ruled out for tomorrow’s potentially..." April 19

  • Capitals take 3-0 lead in series with Flyers

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The Wells Fargo Center erupted after a moving tribute and spirited play from the home team led to a first-minute goal Monday. However, the Washington Capitals weathered the early storm, dominated the special teams battle yet again, got great goaltending from Braden Holtby and..." April 18

  • NHL offside coach’s challenges must die

    Yahoo! Sports "Those NHL coach’s challenges for blown offside calls on scoring plays? Kill them. End them. As soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a while before one sees the error of their ways, and such is the case with NHL rules changes. It took the Brett Hull incident in 1999 … um, we mean “a..." April 18

  • Schenn: Flyers 'have to try and lay a licking on' Ovechkin

    The Score "The Philadelphia Flyers would love to line up Alex Ovechkin with a big hit. Brayden Schenn, especially. The Washington Capitals superstar rocked Schenn into the Flyers' bench Saturday night, and Schenn hasn't forgotten - nor will he. "He took a run at me," Schenn said, according to's..." April 17

  • Holtby makes 41 saves as Capitals defeat Flyers again

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Philadelphia Flyers have done a decent job against the top-seeded Washington Capitals at even strength thus far. Special teams are another matter. Braden Holtby made 41 saves, Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists, and the Capitals defeated the Flyers 4-1 on..." April 16

  • Capitals coach Trotz believes offside challenges are the 'right thing'

    The Score "Just days into the NHL postseason, many are calling for the end of the coach's challenge for offside calls - especially after a successful challenge overturned a go-ahead goal for St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko on Friday - but one head coach is surprisingly speaking out in support of..." April 16

  • Chris Bourque voted AHL MVP "The American Hockey League announced today that left wing Chris Bourque of the Hershey Bears has been voted the winner of the Les Cunningham Award as the AHL’s most valuable player for the 2015-16 season. The award is voted on by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 30..." April 15

  • High powered Caps shut down Flyers in opener

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The team with one of the NHL's most prolific offenses used stifling defense to win its playoff opener. John Carlson and Jay Beagle scored, Braden Holtby stopped 19 shots and the Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0 in Game 1 of their first round playoff..." April 14

  • A Vezina Trophy for Braden Holtby? ‘I think he’ll get it,’ Capitals GM says

    Washington Post "On Monday, NHL general managers received their ballots for the Vezina Trophy, the award that recognizes the league’s best goaltender. Will Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby win? “I was planning on voting for him, yeah,” Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan said with a laugh...." April 14

  • A bandwagon fan’s guide to the 16 Stanley Cup Playoff teams

    Sportsnet "Let’s be honest: Playoff bandwagon-hopping is a contentious subject. For some fans, it’s a total non-starter – you get one team and one team only, with no backup plans allowed. If your favourite team didn’t make the playoffs, then you’re just out of luck. You settle in for the playoffs and enjoy..." April 13

  • NHL refutes report that it’s banning fan-created GIFs

    Yahoo! Sports "Is the NHL about to ruin fans’ Playoff GIF Parties? Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reported on Tuesday that the “NHL is now not allowing anyone to post gifs. Huge news given playoffs are about to start.” Well, yes, it would be. This news was fueled by the ever-present concern about how..." April 12

  • Tavares, Kane, Ovechkin named NHL’s three stars of the week

    Pro Hockey Talk "Star-studded release from the NHL today as the Isles’ John Tavares, the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane and the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin were named the three stars for the week ending Apr. 10. More: Tavares led the NHL with 4-5—9 in four games to power the Islanders (45-27-10, 100 points) to seven..." April 11

  • Ducks blank Caps, win Pacific Division title

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- One night after their regular season was supposed to end, the Anaheim Ducks had to travel cross country to make up a game against the Washington Capitals. It was definitely worth the trip. Corey Perry and Nick Ritchie scored second-period goals, Frederik Andersen stopped..." April 10

  • Braden Holtby out vs. Ducks, won’t attempt to set wins record

    Sportsnet "The Washington Capitals will not start goaltender Braden Holtby against the Anaheim Ducks Sunday night, effectively ending his bid to break Martin Brodeur’s single-season wins record." April 10

  • Capitals Recall Sill from Hershey

    Monumental Network "The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Zach Sill from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Sill, 27, has scored one goal in nine games with the Capitals this season. He made his Capitals debut on..." April 10

  • Capitals' Braden Holtby ties Martin Brodeur's single-season wins record "Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby earned his 48th win of the season on Saturday at St. Louis, tying Martin Brodeur (48, 2006-07) for first place on the NHL’s single-season wins list. Holtby (66 games played) secured his 48th win of the season in 12 fewer games than Brodeur (78 games..." April 10

  • Barry Trotz wants to see some players ‘get going’ before the playoffs

    Washington Post "After a third straight loss, the first time that’s happened to the Washington Capitals all season, Coach Barry Trotz seemed to issue a warning. “I’ve got to trust the group that they’ll perform, but I need some guys to start being productive,” he said Thursday night. “We’ve got some players..." April 09

  • Trotz on Wilson: ‘What do you want me to do, put him in jail?’

    Sportsnet "Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson spent five minutes in the sin bin Thursday. Nothing permanent. Wilson boarded Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bonino from behind into the end boards and was assessed a five-minute major (watch the hit above). The Capitals lost 4-3 in OT to the Penguins on..." April 08