Carlson, Oshie lead Caps to 3-1 win over Canes
WASHINGTON (AP) — After four days off — three without practice — the Washington Capitals shook off some expected rust Thursday night in one of their most balanced performances of the season.
T.J. Oshie scored his 11th goal of the season on the power play, John Carlson had an empty-netter, and Chandler Stephenson scored at even strength in the Capitals' 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
Wilson breaks tie in 3rd period Capitals beat Sabres 2-1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Wilson broke a tie with seven minutes left, Braden Holtby made 36 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Friday night.
Evgeny Kuznetsov started the winning play when he stole the puck from goalie Carter Hutton behind the net. The center quickly fed Wilson just outside of the crease. Wilson has 10 goals in 15 games this season.
Aberg scores twice in 3rd, Ducks beat Caps 6-5
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pontus Aberg scored twice in the third period, giving Anaheim the lead with 5:05 remaining, and the Ducks stopped Washington's seven-game winning streak with a 6-5 victory Sunday
The Ducks trailed 5-1 in the second before rallying for their fourth consecutive victory. Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists and Rickard Rakell had a goal and an assist in the finale of a five-game trip.
Visit by Stephenson, Stanley Cup stirs emotion in Humboldt
HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan (AP) — A small Saskatchewan city devastated by a fatal bus crash involving its junior hockey team welcomed a trophy on Friday that fans no doubt hoped would one day be hoisted by one of their boys.
Washington Capitals forward Chandler Stephenson brought the Stanley Cup to Humboldt to recognize the community's strength and resilience after the April crash that killed 16 people — 10 of them players.
Stephenson taking Stanley Cup to Humboldt to help town heal
Chandler Stephenson was mid-celebration on the ice after winning the Stanley Cup when someone yelled his name.
Stephenson looked up into the stands and saw Brayden Camrud, a friend from back home who played for the Humboldt Broncos junior team. Camrud and Kaleb Dahlgren, another friend of Stephenson's, survived the April bus crash on the prairie of Saskatchewan that killed 16 people, including 11 of their teammates.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The text message lit up Troy Mann's phone the morning after the Capitals eliminated the Penguins with a patchwork lineup featuring five rookies. It came from Barry Trotz.
"Thanks Manner for having all those rookie Caps ready," Trotz wrote. "They all played well — you own a piece of this win last night."
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin covered his eyes with his gloved hands in disbelief. Barry Trotz hid his disbelief inside.
Chandler Stephenson had the perfect view and didn't like the odds. The net was wide open and Braden Holtby reached his stick across and stopped Alex Tuch's shot in the final minutes to save the game.
Jakub Vrana remembers watching the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins square off in the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
He saw it not in person, but on TV, as he was in the midst of the Calder Cup Playoffs with Washington's AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears.
Andre Burakovsky ‘week to week’ for Capitals entering Penguins series
Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky is "week to week" with the upper-body injury he suffered earlier this month, coach Barry Trotz said Wednesday.
Asked whether Burakovsky was out for Game 1, Trotz only reiterated the week-to-week status. Whether the forward will play at all in the second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins depends on how long the series goes, Trotz said.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Braden Holtby had 35 saves as the Washington Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 6 on Monday night.
The Capitals will next face Pittsburgh in the second round of the playoffs for a third straight year. The Penguins won each of the last two years on the way to winning consecutive Stanley Cup championships.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Braden Holtby had 35 saves as the Washington Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 6-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 6 on Monday night.
The Capitals will next face Pittsburgh in the second round of the playoffs for a third straight year. The Penguins won each of the last two years on the way to winning consecutive Stanley Cup championships..
Ovechkin, Capitals dominate Game 6 to win series with Blue Jackets
COLUMBUS, Ohio Alex Ovechkin skated to the Washington Capitals' bench to celebrate a power-play goal by hugging his teammates. The scene foreshadowed the team's relief and ecstasy that came at the end of the game.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky will have minor surgery to repair an upper-body injury and miss the rest of the first-round series against Columbus.
Coach Barry Trotz says Burakovsky could return if his team advances deeper in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Burakovsky was injured in Game 2 Sunday on a hit by Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner.
Several Capitals players end droughts in 5-3 win over Flyers
WASHINGTON (AP) — After three games without a goal, T.J. Oshie decided how he'd celebrate his next score.
Another 10 games went by before he finally scored in the third period of the Washington Capitals' 5-3 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. Oshie lifted his arms and looked up after becoming the third Capitals player to end a lengthy goal drought in the game.
Capitals rally past Flyers 5-3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chandler Stephenson, Andre Burakovsky and T.J. Oshie ended lengthy goal droughts to help the Washington Capitals rally past the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 on Wednesday night.
Stephenson scored twice after going without a goal for 28 games. Burakovsky scored on the power play after coming up empty for 10 games, and Oshie lifted his arms and looked to the sky when he scored on the power play to end his 13-game dry spell.
Capitals’ Burakovsky out 6-8 weeks after thumb surgery
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured left thumb.
The team announced the surgery on Tuesday, hours after placing the 22-year-old on injured reserve. Burakovsky was injured in the third period Saturday against Florida.
Andre Burakovsky placed on injured reserve; Chandler Stephenson recalled
The Washington Capitals placed forward Andre Burakovsky on injured reserve Tuesday with an upper body injury.
In a corresponding move, Washington recalled prospect Chandler Stephenson from Hershey, the team's American Hockey League affiliate.
Burakovsky was hurt near the end of the Capitals' 4-1 loss Saturday against the Florida Panthers. After Florida was given a penalty for a hooking Burakovsky, the 23-year-old forward took off his glove and started flexing his hand, in apparent pain.