Capitals re-sign winger Jakub Vrana in 2-year deal
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals took care of their biggest remaining offseason priority Tuesday by re-signing winger Jakub Vrana to a $6.7 million, two-year contract.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Making the playoffs was all but a given for the Washington Capitals. It's still a big deal for the player whose late goal wrapped up their latest postseason berth.
Ovechkin scores 45th as Capitals top Islanders 3-1
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin added to his lengthy list of accomplishments with another big goal.
Washington's captain became the first player in NHL history with 10 seasons of 45...
Ovechkin, Oshie lift Capitals over Sharks 5-1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — T.J. Oshie got the Washington Capitals going Thursday night, and Alex Ovechkin helped poured it on from there.
Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 39th goal, Oshie had two goals and an assist, and the Capitals beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1.
Ovechkin scores NHL-leading 39th as Capitals beat Sharks 5-1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 39th goal, T.J. Oshie had two goals and an assist, and the Washington Capitals beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 on Thursday night.
Jakub Vrana and Tom Wilson each had a goal and an assist, and Nicklas Backstrom had two assists for Washington. Braden Holtby stopped 24 shots, and Ovechkin added an assist as the Capitals won for the fifth time in seven games after dropping seven straight.
Vrana scores twice, Capitals hand Flyers 8th straight loss
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jakub Vrana keeps finding another gear with his speed and another level to his game. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Flyers keep finding new lows in what's turning into a lost season.
Copley gets first shutout, Capitals beat Senators 4-0
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Once a victory seemed likely, the Washington Capitals put their focus into finishing a memorable night for backup goalie Pheonix Copley.
Copley made 35 saves for his first career shutout and the Capitals beat the Ottawa Senators 4-0 on Saturday night.
Brett Connolly had a goal and an assist to give Copley all the support he needed.
Ovechkin nets 2nd straight hat trick, Caps top ’Canes in SO
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin had his second consecutive hat trick and Jakub Vrana scored in the sixth round of a shootout to lead the Washington Capitals past the Carolina Hurricanes 6-5 on Friday night.
Ovechkin's three goals gave him an NHL-best 28 this season and nine in his last five games. His 13-game point streak matched his career high set in 2006-07.
Ovechkin, Vrana lead Caps over Hurricanes 6-5 in shootout
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored goals in bunches once again — until the shootout. Then it was up to Jakub Vrana to clinch an important victory for the Washington Capitals.
The three-time MVP had his second consecutive hat trick, Vrana scored in the sixth round of the tiebreaker and the Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-5 on Friday night.
Burakovsky’s goal sends Capitals to 4-2 win over Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Andre Burakovsky made a mistake that led to Arizona's first goal and spent most of the night watching pucks repeatedly bounce over his stick.
When given a late opportunity, though, he halted the Coyotes' four-game winning streak.
Promoted to the top line due to Tom Wilson's injury, Burakovsky made up for his early miscues by scoring late in the third period and lifting the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory Thursday.
Connolly scores in 3rd, Capitals beat Rangers 5-3
NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Connolly was calling for the puck as he skated up the left side. He quickly put the Washington Capitals ahead when he got a cross-ice pass from John Carlson and helped the Capitals keep their winning streak going.
Connolly scored the tiebreaking goal on a one-timer from the left circle with 6:24 left in the third period, and the Capitals beat the New York Rangers 5-3 Saturday for their season-high fifth straight win.
Angry Capitals beat Oilers 4-2 to snap 2-game skid
WASHINGTON (AP) — Angry and determined to find some consistency, the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals got contributions from unlikely sources to snap their two-game skid.
Backstrom ends SO, Copley gets 1st win as Caps beat Flames
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Pheonix Copley went the distance for his first NHL win.
The Capitals' backup goaltender stopped 27 of 30 shots in regulation and overtime, plus three of four in the shootout, as Washington beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Saturday.
The 26-year-old backup from North Pole, Alaska, a community near Fairbanks, was making his third career start and his fifth NHL appearance Saturday.
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."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jakub Vrana scored the go-ahead goal with 4:38 remaining, Braden Holtby made 35 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 in Game 5 Saturday night to take a 3-2 lead in the second-round series and put the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions on the brink of elimination.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jakub Vrana came to the rink expecting to play on the Capitals' third line again. He left as a top-liner on top of the world.
Vrana made the most of his promotion to the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov, setting up the tying goal and scoring the Game 5 winner as Washington beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 Saturday night to take a 3-2 lead in the second-round series and put the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions on the brink of elimination.
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.
Oshie, Backstrom score as Capitals down Islanders 6-3
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals scored 13 goals in two games against the New York Islanders, and Alex Ovechkin accounted for none of them.
T.J. Oshie, Nicklas Backstrom and Matt Niskanen scored as Washington swept a home-and-home set against the skidding Islanders with a 6-3 win on Friday night.
Power surge knocks out lights at NHL outdoor game
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The NHL outdoor game between the Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs was delayed for about 15 minutes when a power surge knocked out the lights at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
The Naval Academy Stadium didn't entirely lose power Saturday night, but several lights went out with 10 minutes left in the third period. Play had already stopped at the 10-minute mark so the teams could switch ends to negate an unfair wind advantage.
Chandler Stephenson latest Capitals forward to make case for playing time
Chandler Stephenson brought the puck to his left and Vegas defenseman Shea Theodore bit on the inside-out move, creating enough separation for the Capitals forward to rifle one past goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
Stephenson's goal on Sunday added to what has been a string of solid performances lately for the 23-year-old solidifying the case he's has been making for staying on the ice.
Ovechkin, Vrana send Capitals to 5-2 win over Senators
WASHINGTON (AP) — All that Alex Ovechkin needed to end his goal drought was a reunion with old linemate Nicklas Backstrom.
Paired with Backstrom for the first time this season, Ovechkin scored his first goal in seven games and 14th overall to help send the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.
"If you love something, you set it free," Capitals coach Barry Trotz joked. "If it comes back, it was meant to be."
Flyers rout Capitals 8-2 to win home opener
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Claude Giroux, Scott Laughton and Sean Couturier each scored two goals to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to an 8-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday night.
Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux and Valtteri Filppula also scored for Philadelphia in its home opener. The Flyers won a home opener for the 28th time in 50 games.
Brian Elliott rebounded from a dismal six-goal outing against Nashville to stop 21 shots and win for the third time this season.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Braden Holtby only needed to make 15 saves for a shutout on a drab evening of relatively little action, so even he was willing to acknowledge what plenty of others were thinking.
"It was more of a game that everyone thinks is out of the NHL. It was like going back in time," the Washington Capitals goalie said. "I don't think we created too many hockey fans tonight, but we got a win."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The NHL-leading Washington Capitals won their franchise-record 14th consecutive home game, beating the New Jersey Devils 1-0 thanks to rookie forward Jakub Vrana's power-play goal with about 12½ minutes left in the third period Thursday night.
Capitals goalie Braden Holtby only needed to make 15 saves for his eighth shutout of the season. New Jersey's previous season low for shots on goal was 17.
Injury to Burakovsky allows Capitals to evaluate depth
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — If there was ever a good time for the Washington Capitals to go through an injury, it's now.
Oshie, Johansson, Grubauer lift Caps over Sabres 4-1
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Washington Capitals have been a bit inconsistent of late — just not against the Buffalo Sabres.
T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist, Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves and the Capitals beat the Sabres 4-1 on Friday night.