Vrana scores in OT, Capitals beat Blues 3-2 in opener
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jakub Vrana spoiled the St. Louis Blue’s banner-raising party.
Vrana scored at 2:51 of overtime to give the Washington Capitals a 3-2 victory over the Stanley Cup champion...
Blackhawks extend Capitals’ season-worst skid with 8-5 win
CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists, Patrick Kane added two goals and three assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks handed the Washington Capitals their season-high fifth consecutive loss with an 8-5 victory on Sunday.
Brandon Saad and Alex DeBrincat also scored and Dylan Strome added an empty-netter as last-place Chicago stopped its own five-game slide. Collin Delia made 34 saves, including impressive stops on John Carlson and Tom Wilson in the second.
Suspension over early, Wilson helps lead Caps past Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tom Wilson returned early from his player-safety suspension and scored a first-period goal, helping the Washington Capitals cool off Minnesota with a 5-2 victory on Tuesday night for the Wild's first regulation loss at home.
Wilson’s return sparks Capitals in 5-2 win over Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Washington Capitals woke up in Minnesota for the start of a four-game road trip with a pleasant surprise: Tom Wilson was back.
So was the vigor for the Stanley Cup champions, who've started their title-defense season rather slowly.
Wilson returned early from his player-safety suspension and scored a first-period goal, helping the Capitals cool off the Wild with a 5-2 victory on Tuesday night.
Caps’ Ovechkin and Kuznetsov inspire Russian players, fans
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin knows the Washington Capitals have plenty of fans back in Russia.
"Over there lots of friends, lots of people watch the games," Ovechkin said of his countrymen. "It's been huge."
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.
Nicklas Backstrom’s game-winner puts Capitals a win away from eliminating Blue Jackets
After going scoreless in the first four games of the Washington Capitals' first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series, Nicklas Backstrom came up clutch in Game 5.
Backstrom finished with two goals and an assist, including the game-winning tip-in goal in overtime that handed Washington the 4-3 win and a 3-2 series lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Russian stars could decide Blue Jackets-Capitals series
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dmitry Orlov scoring on Sergei Bobrovsky is a popular clip at a bar in their hometown in southwestern Siberia.
"They always show my goal to him," Orlov said. "My friends said that."
Capitals beat Penguins to clinch Metropolitan Division title
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Philipp Grubauer made 36 saves and the Washington Capitals celebrated star Alex Ovechkin's 1,000th career regular season game by clinching their third straight division title with a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night.
Oshie scores 2 to help Capitals beat Islanders 7-3
NEW YORK (AP) — T.J. Oshie scored twice, Dmitry Orlov and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and two assists, and the first-place Washington Capitals beat the struggling New York Islanders 7-3 Thursday night.
Andrei Burakovsky added a goal and an assist, and Lars Eller and John Carlson also scored to help Washington improve to 10-4-3 in its last 17 games against the Islanders. Evgeny Kuznetsov had three assists and Philipp Grubauer finished with 35 saves for his 11th win of the season.
Oshie scores 2 as Capitals rout Islanders 7-3
NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington Capitals — particularly T.J. Oshie — were grateful to get a high-scoring win.
Oshie scored twice, Dmitry Orlov and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and two assists, and the first-place Capitals beat the reeling New York Islanders 7-3 Thursday night.
Tomas Tatar pulls out Red Wings’ victory in OT
Washington, D.C. – The Red Wings saw this script before.
They lost a three-goal lead Sunday, just as they did 48 hours earlier, but this time they showed some character in overtime and defeated Washington 5-4.
Tomas Tatar scored his second goal of the game off a 2-on-1 rush with Dylan Larkin at 2:47 to give the Red Wings (22-23-9, 53 points) a much-needed victory.
It would have been another horrific Red Wings' loss.
Malkin, Kessel lead Penguins to 7-4 win over Capitals
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin had two goals and two assists, Phil Kessel added two goals and an assist, and the surging Pittsburgh Penguins rolled past the Washington Capitals 7-4 on Friday night.
Bryan Rust, Carl Hagelin and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, who won their fourth straight to pull within four points of first-place Washington in the crowded Metropolitan Division.
Ovechkin’s 2nd goal lifts Capitals over Hurricanes 5-4 in OT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 26th goal 1:57 into overtime and the Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 on Tuesday night for their third straight win.
Ovechkin also tied it with 7:15 left in regulation, with Nicklas Backstrom assisting on both goals. Alex Chiasson, Devante Smith-Pelly and Dmitry Orlov each scored for the Capitals, who went to overtime for the sixth time in eight games.
Ovechkin’s 2nd goal leads Capitals past Hurricanes 5-4 in OT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Washington Capitals felt they gave away two goals. Alex Ovechkin got them right back when it mattered most.
Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 26th goal 1:57 into overtime and the Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 5-4 on Tuesday night for their third straight win.
"It's almost like whenever he decides to end it, he can just go do it," linemate Devante Smith-Pelly said.
Oshie’s shootout goal gives Capitals 2-1 win over Oilers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Usually, when the Washington Capitals and Edmonton Oilers meet, Alex Ovechkin or Connor McDavid would be expected to figure in the win. This time, it was the goalies who stood out until T.J. Oshie came through in the shootout.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer has agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with the Washington Capitals.
The team announced Thursday that it had re-signed its last remaining restricted free agent.
The 25-year-old German went 13-6-2 with a 2.04 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and three shutouts in 24 games with Washington last season.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Right winger Andre Burakovsky and the Washington Capitals have agreed to a $6 million, two-year contract.
The team announced the deal with the restricted free agent on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old Burakovsky had 12 goals and 23 assists in 64 games for Washington last season, his third in the NHL.
He has 38 goals and 57 assists in 196 games with the Capitals, who drafted him in the first round in 2013.
Caps sign Kuznetsov for 8 years, trade Johansson to Devils
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — As the Washington Capitals closed in on a big-money, long-term deal with Evgeny Kuznetsov, they explored ways to make sure they could afford it under the salary cap.
Capitals’ Dmitry Orlov signs $30.6 million, 6-year deal
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Dmitry Orlov developed into one of the Washington Capitals' best defensemen last season, and he's being rewarded with a long-term, big-money contract.
The Capitals re-signed Orlov on Friday to a $30.6 million, six-year deal that carries a $5.1 million salary-cap hit through the 2022-23 season. The substantial raise from his $2.57 million, one-year contract reflects the top-pairing role he has assumed on the blue line.
Russia becomes a reliable pipeline for ready-made NHL talent
Down the street from where Detroit's Russian Five took the NHL by storm in the 1990s, defenseman Nikita Zaitsev sat down for dinner with his agent and explained that his pain of being passed over in the draft three times was gone.
Just four months into his rookie year with Toronto, Zaitsev realized not being drafted was the best thing to happen to him. Chicago's Artemi Panarin told agent Dan Milstein the same thing as he earned rookie of the year honors with 77 points last season.
MOSCOW (AP) — Evgeni Malkin wants to go to the Olympics next February and he hopes the Pittsburgh Penguins will allow him to do it.
Malkin told Russian sports daily Sovetsky Sport he was surprised by the NHL's announcement Monday that it wouldn't halt its season for players to go to South Korea.
Backstrom scores in OT as Capitals beat Flyers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom scored a power-play goal in overtime to lift the Washington Capitals over the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 on Saturday night and extend their franchise-record home winning streak to 15.
Backstrom ended the Capitals' power-play frustrations by beating Steve Mason 3:25 into overtime for his 20th goal of the season. It came with Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto in the penalty box for holding, the 12th minor penalty of the game.
Capitals acquire defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from Blues
WASHINGTON (AP) — With their championship window in danger of closing, the Washington Capitals made a strong move Monday to try to win the Stanley Cup this spring by acquiring defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade with the St. Louis Blues.
Shattenkirk is a pending unrestricted free agent, but was considered the top rental player available ahead of the NHL's Wednesday trade deadline.
Orlov scores twice, Caps beat Canes to extend point streak
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defenseman Dmitry Orlov scored twice and the Washington Capitals kept the offense rolling to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-1 on Monday night and extend their point streak to 14 games.
Halak, 3 quick goals lead Islanders past Ovechkin, Caps 3-0
WASHINGTON (AP) — A season that was going nowhere for the New York Islanders is suddenly looking less dire, thanks the team's first three-game winning streak.
Shane Prince, Brock Nelson and Jason Chimera produced three goals in less than 4 1/2 minutes of the third period Thursday, and Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves, helping the Islanders beat Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals 3-0 one night after a victory over Sidney Crosby and the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Backstrom has five-point night as Capitals rout Penguins 7-1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom had two goals and three assists and T.J. Oshie enjoyed a four-point game as the Washington Capitals broke out of a recent funk to rout the rival Pittsburgh Penguins 7-1 on Wednesday night.
Oshie had two goals and two assists, and Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov and Justin Williams also scored for the Capitals, who had lost three of four. Braden Holtby stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced, allowing only a late goal to Phil Kessel.
CHICAGO (AP) — Marcus Johansson scored at 2:20 of overtime, Braden Holtby made 32 saves and the Washington Capitals snapped Chicago's seven-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Friday night.
Jay Beagle scored two goals, giving him three on the season, and the Capitals won for the sixth time in seven games in the opener of a three-game trip.
Beagle, Johansson help Capitals cool off Blackhawks 3-2
CHICAGO (AP) — Jay Beagle usually plays on one of Washington's last two lines. He does whatever is asked of him, and his teammates love him.
So this was one sweet night for the Capitals.
Beagle had two goals, Marcus Johansson scored at 2:20 of overtime, and Washington snapped Chicago's seven-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Friday.
Ovechkin comfortable quickly with Capitals after World Cup
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — It didn't take long for Alex Ovechkin to feel comfortable back on the ice with the Washington Capitals.
Ovechkin made his training camp debut Wednesday after playing at the World Cup of Hockey, joined by Russian teammates Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov. Russia lost to Canada in the semifinals Saturday, and Ovechkin got a couple of days off like other World Cup players felt physically OK when getting back to work.
Capitals sign defenseman Orlov to $2.57 million, 1-year deal
TORONTO (AP) — The Washington Capitals re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Dmitry Orlov to a $2.57 million, one-year contract.
General manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal Wednesday after Orlov finished practice with Russia at the World Cup of Hockey.
The 25-year-old with offensive talent and a penchant for mistakes had eight goals and 21 assists for Washington last season. Orlov played all 82 games after missing the entire 2014-15 season with a wrist injury.
Capitals re-sign Johansson to $13.75M, 3-year deal
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals narrowly avoided arbitration with Marcus Johansson, re-signing the forward to a $13.75 million, three-year contract.
Johansson will count $4.583 million against the salary cap. He'll make $4.25 million next season and $4.75 million in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
The Capitals and the 25-year-old Swede were scheduled to go to arbitration Wednesday before reaching the 11th-hour deal.