Capitals, Hurricanes set for winner-take-all game 7
Carolina Hurricanes (46-29-7, fourth in the Metropolitan Division during the regular season) vs. Washington Capitals (48-26-8, first in the Metropolitan Division during the regular...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin combined to score three goals on the first eight shots, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals survived a surge from...
WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Carolina Hurricanes take the ice for Game 1 of their first-round series against the Capitals on Thursday, their blue line will have less playoff experience than top...
Montreal Canadiens (43-29-8, fourth in the Atlantic Division) vs. Washington Capitals (47-25-8, first in the Metropolitan Division)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 49th goal of the season to snap a four-game drought and help Washington beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Tuesday night, increasing the...
Carolina Hurricanes (42-26-7, fourth in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Washington Capitals (44-24-8, first in the Metropolitan Division)
WASHINGTON (AP) — The news is constantly on television at the Washington Capitals' practice facility, and like any workplace, there's no shortage of opinions.
Capitals rebound from 2-goal deficit, beat Senators 7-2
WASHINGTON (AP) — The reigning Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals spotted the NHL-worst Ottawa Senators an early two-goal lead before turning things around with the help of a pair of...
Capitals trail by 2 before roaring back to beat Senators 7-2
WASHINGTON (AP) — T.J. Oshie and the Washington Capitals hardly came out looking like the reigning Stanley Cup champions against the NHL-worst Ottawa Senators. After less than 7½ minutes Tuesday...
Ovechkin scores a pair as Capitals edge Kings 3-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Ovechkin's one-timer from the left faceoff circle has been unstoppable this season for the Washington Capitals.
The Russian forward scored a pair of power-play goals from his favorite spot as the Capitals beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Monday night.
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.
Reirden starts Smith-Pelly in return to Chicago
CHICAGO (AP) — Washington Capitals coach Todd Reirden wanted to show his support for Devante Smith-Pelly.
So he put him on the ice for the opening face-off.
Smith-Pelly got the start Sunday in his first game in Chicago since the black winger heard chants of "basketball, basketball, basketball" while he was sitting in the penalty box during the third period of a 7-1 loss last February. The fans were promptly ejected, and then banned from Chicago's home games.
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.
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.
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.
Ovechkin scores twice, Capitals beat Rangers 4-3 in OT
WASHINGTON (AP) — It takes something special for a shot by Alex Ovechkin to surprise a goaltender.
That's exactly what happened to Henrik Lundqvist on Wednesday night when Ovechkin scored the first of two power-play goals to help the Washington Capitals beat the New York Rangers 4-3 in overtime.
John Carlson essentially bounced a pass to Ovechkin in such an awkward position that Lundqvist didn't expect him to get it on net and again was beaten.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Next season's defending champion Washington Capitals will look a lot like the group that won the Stanley Cup last month.
They re-signed defensemen John Carlson and Michal Kempny and forward Devante Smith-Pelly and have so far only lost fourth-line center Jay Beagle and backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer from their title-winning roster.
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Mike Green is staying with the Detroit Red Wings on a $10.75 million, two-year contract.
A person with direct knowledge of the move told The Associated Press that the Red Wings agreed to terms with the 32-year-old defenseman on the new deal that counts $5.375 million against the salary cap each of the next two seasons. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Saturday because the deal had not been announced.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Defenseman Michal Kempny has re-signed with the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals for $10 million over four years.
The team announced the deal Friday.
Washington picked up Kempny from the Chicago Blackhawks at the trade deadline for a 2018 third-round draft pick.
The first big free agent re-signing with his own team is just the beginning of what's to come around the NHL.
Defenseman John Carlson signed a $64 million, eight-year deal with the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. His agent and the representatives for other pending unrestricted free agents were able to start talking to any interested teams on Sunday at the beginning of the negotiating window that precedes the opening of the market July 1.
Capitals re-sign Carlson to $64M, 8-year deal
The Washington Capitals have re-signed John Carlson to a $64 million, eight-year contract that allows the Stanley Cup champions to keep the do-it-all defenseman.
Carlson will count $8 million against the salary cap through the 2026-27 season. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal Sunday.
Capitals trade Orpik, Grubauer to Avalanche
DALLAS (AP) — The Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals cleared some space to try to re-sign a handful of key free agents by trading veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik and backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer to the Colorado Avalanche for the 47th pick in the NHL draft .
The Stanley Cup Final run of the expansion Golden Knights contributed to what is expected to be a healthy increase for the salary cap, giving NHL teams more freedom to make deals. With elite center John Tavares, top defenseman John Carlson and a strong group of free agents available soon, the ceiling for player spending will rise to between $78 and $82 million from $75 million.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stanley Cup champions just want to have fun.
They're doing so right now.
The Washington Capitals took the Stanley Cup through the MGM Grand and to a dance club on the Las Vegas Strip. They took it to a popular bar not far from their suburban practice facility. Then they took it to Nationals Park, where they kept hoisting it from a suite to the roars of the crowd.
Hockey decisions, their individual Cup days and change lie ahead. This weekend is for celebrating.
DULLES, Va. (AP) — Barry Trotz thought of mentors and friends Jack Button, Tommy Ebright, David Poile and Wayne Fleming when he lifted the Stanley Cup over his head.
The Washington coach didn't think about his future, the same approach he has taken all season and playoffs.
"I wasn't getting consumed with what was said, what my future holds, whatever," Trotz said. "I'm in a pretty good spot."
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.
The Washington Capitals might have an advantage over their second-round rivals in the health department.
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Wednesday that center Evgeni Malkin and winger Carl Hagelin would not play in Game 1 of their Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Capitals. Hagelin did not travel with the team, most likely ruling him out for Game 2 on Sunday, as well.
COLUMBUS, Ohio When Game 3 ended at 11:26 p.m., Nationwide Arena didn't look much different than it did at the opening faceoff. The facility reported a crowd of 19,337, a franchise record for the Columbus Blue Jackets, regular season or playoffs, and most of them stayed till the bitter end.
For the third straight game of this series, overtime was necessary to decide the winner, and for the third straight time, the visiting team found a way to pull it out.
For a team that has lost consecutive home games to open the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Washington Capitals are undoubtedly frustrated, but not hopeless.
"Obviously we have opportunities to finish it up, but we didn't, two games in a row," Alex Ovechkin said. "But I think we played solid game."
"We gotta win, and that's what we come for," John Carlson said. "We don't come to outplay them, don't come to outshoot them. We have to win and we didn't do it."
Brett Connolly makes sure youngest Capitals fan gets a puck from him
This young Washington Capitals fan was hoping to receive a gift before the Capitals' Game 2 at Capital One Arena Sunday night, and she had to be patient.
Brett Connolly, the Capitals forward, noticed her and tossed a puck over the glass during pregame warmups, but the boy next to her presumably one of her brothers grabbed it instead.
Connolly didn't leave the area until he was sure the girl received the puck she was looking for, even though it took three tries and some sad faces:
Capitals will need to contain Werenski-Jones pairing in first round
ARLINGTON, Va. Few NHL blueliners scored more goals than Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson this season. Just seven, in fact, had more than Carlson's 15, but two of them play for the Capitals' first-round opponents in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
John Carlson can't forget that he is fighting for the NHL lead for points among defensemen because his Washington Capitals teammates keep razzing him about it.
"The guys do a good job of pumping that up in the locker room," Carlson said.
Carlson's 61 points have him tied with the Dallas Stars' John Klingberg, and he is a dark horse candidate for the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman.
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.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — T.J. Oshie found a moment of tranquility as he stared through the darkness and into the crowd at fans holding their cellphones up to light up the stadium.
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.
Ovechkin scores 30th, helps Capitals snap 3-game skid
SUNRISE, Florida (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his 30th goal of the season and got his 500th career assist to help the Washington Capitals snap a three-game skid with a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night.
Ovechkin is the sixth player in NHL history with at least 30 goals in 13 or more consecutive seasons at any point in his career.
Brett Connolly, John Carlson and Nicklas Backstrom also scored for the Capitals. Braden Holtby stopped 32 shots.
Capitals beat Canucks 3-1 for 5th straight win
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Carlson, Lars Eller and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored to help the Washington Capitals beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive victory.
Backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer stopped 37 of 38 shots in his third win of the season. It was Washington's NHL-best 10th straight home win.
Capitals beat Canucks to win NHL-best 10th in a row at home
WASHINGTON (AP) — Philipp Grubauer conserved his energy during a lull of a second period and needed every bit of it in the third to keep the Washington Capitals' streaks alive.
Capitals beat Devils to take lead in Metropolitan Division
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson had a goal and two assists each, Alex Ovechkin had three assists and the Washington Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Saturday night to move atop the Metropolitan Division.
Braden Holtby stopped 25 shots as Washington won its eighth straight home game. Christian Djoos had a goal and an assist, and Tom Wilson and Matt Niskanen also scored for the Capitals.
Capitals beat Devils to take lead in Metropolitan Division
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz didn't know that his team had just overtaken the New Jersey Devils to move atop the Metropolitan Division.
Sure, the season isn't quite halfway over, but the Capitals' 5-2 win over the Devils on Saturday night ensured that they'd end 2017 in first place.
Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson had a goal and two assists each, Alex Ovechkin had three assists.
Burakovsky gets 2nd goal in OT, Capitals beat Stars 4-3
DALLAS (AP) — Andre Burakovsky had a sense that Tuesday night could be his breakout.
"I just felt really good in the morning skate," the Capitals forward said. "And in the warmup, I had a really good feeling going into this game."
Burakovsky scored his second goal of the game 1:51 into overtime, lifting Washington over the Dallas Stars 4-3 for its fourth straight win.