Kuznetsov ban could open door for Caps’ top pick McMichael
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Connor McMichael in his NHL exhibition debut made a no-look pass to set up a goal that junior coach Dale Hunter knows was no accident.
Two minutes after wrapping up a conversation with his wife, Lars Eller couldn't remember anything.
"She would be, like a half-hour later, 'Remember what we just talked about?'" Eller...
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) — Nic Dowd scored the tiebreaking goal early in the second period, Braden Holtby stopped 33 shots and the Washington Capitals beat the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 Thursday night to...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals won their division again. Perhaps more importantly, they clinched it with playoff-style hockey.
Nic Dowd put Washington ahead for good early in the...
Connolly has 2 goals, assist as Capitals beat Flyers 5-2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The addition of Carl Hagelin's speed and playmaking ability a little more than two weeks ago has created the best kind of problem for the Washington Capitals: On some nights,...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Andre Burakovsky and Nicklas Backstrom scored, Braden Holtby stopped 25 shots and the Washington Capitals extended their winning streak to six games with an ugly 3-0 victory over...
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’s milestone goal leads Capitals past Toronto 3-2
TORONTO (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored the 650th goal of his career and Braden Holtby made 40 saves as the Washington Capitals defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Thursday night.
Ovechkin, Holtby lead Capitals past Maple Leafs 3-2
TORONTO (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored a milestone goal, yet found the points for a Washington Capitals victory far more important.
Ovechkin scored the 650th goal of his career and Braden...
Capitals beat Flames 4-3 without Ovechkin to end 7-game skid
WASHINGTON (AP) — No one man can possibly replace Alex Ovechkin for the Washington Capitals. So, forced to play without their captain and leading scorer, the defending Stanley Cup champions used contributions from just about everyone to make up the difference.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a power-play goal with 57 seconds left, and Washington shook off the absence of its finest player to end a seven-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.
Eller’s overtime goal gives Capitals 5-4 win over Canadiens
MONTREAL (AP) — Casey Price's sensational save at the end of regulation was for naught after the Montreal goaltender gave up a bad goal in overtime.
Lars Eller scored through Price's legs with less than 90 seconds left in overtime and the Washington Capitals rallied to beat the Canadiens 5-4 on Monday night.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice for the Capitals, while Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom added goals in regulation.
Domi, Kotkaniemi help Canadiens beat Capitals 6-4
MONTREAL (AP) — Max Domi broke a tie with 21 seconds left and Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored his first two NHL goals in the Montreal Canadiens' 6-4 victory over the Washington Capitals 6-4 on Thursday night.
After Domi's goal, Joel Armia added an empty-netter two seconds later for the fastest two goals in NHL history.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alex Ovechkin put both hands to his head and screamed while he left the bench and skated into the thick of the Washington Capitals' joyous celebration.
And right before Ovechkin hoisted the Stanley Cup, the Washington captain put both hands on his head again in a gesture of disbelieving ecstasy.
You can believe it, Ovi. So can the Washington fans whose championship drought is finally over.
WASHINGTON (AP) — As checkered playoff histories go, the Washington Capitals haven't been around nearly as long as some NHL teams. The track record was still long and sad.
There was Pat Lafontaine of the Islanders beating them in the four-overtime "Easter Epic" back in 1987. Esa Tikkanen missing a wide-open net in the Stanley Cup Final loss to Detroit in 1998.
Heck, losing nine of 11 postseason meetings against the Pittsburgh Penguins alone is filled to the brim with gut-wrenching letdowns.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights (all times local):
The Washington Capitals have won their first Stanley Cup championship, beating the Vegas Golden Knights in five games.
Lars Eller scored with 7:37 left, giving the Capitals a 4-3 lead and they hung on after Vegas pulled goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for the extra skater.
It is the first championship for the Capitals, who began play in 1974.
- The Washington TimesBrian MacLellan, Capitals GM, talks Alex Ovechkin, Jakub Vrana and moreJanuary 11, 2019
- The Detroit NewsAll Caps: Washington beats Vegas for first Stanley CupJune 8, 2018
- The Washington TimesCapitals stick to their superstitions, from hot laps to playoff beardsJune 7, 2018
- The Washington TimesLightning edge out Capitals in Game 4 to even seriesMay 18, 2018
- Tribune-ReviewKevin Gorman's Take 5 on Game 6: Capitals 2, Penguins 1May 8, 2018
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals overcame a major hurdle by reaching the Eastern Conference final.
Just like that, they're in a full-on sprint toward the finish.
The Capitals scored in the opening minute of the game and twice in the last 1:02 of the second period Sunday night to pull away to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a 2-0 lead in the East final.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Washington Capitals scored in the opening minute of the game and twice in the last 1:02 of the second period to pull away to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final.
Evgeny Kuznetsov and Lars Eller each had a goal and two assists. Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson had a goal and an assist apiece.
Friday’s Sports in Brief
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin had a power-play goal and an assist in his Eastern Conference finals debut, leading the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Braden Holtby stopped 19 shots and Michal Kempny, Jay Beagle and Lars Eller also scored for the Caps, who are alive beyond the second round of the playoffs for the first time in Ovechkin's brilliant 13-year career.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — There was no letdown for the Washington Capitals. Just more winning hockey.
Putting an emotional second-round victory over playoff nemesis and two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh behind them, the Caps got a power-play goal and assist from Alex Ovechkin in his Eastern Conference finals debut and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Friday night.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Washington Capitals will have to try and knock the Pittsburgh Penguins out of the playoffs without center Nicklas Backstrom.
Backstrom did not dress for Monday night's Game 6 because of an upper-body injury suffered in the third period of Washington's victory in Game 5. Lars Eller will take Backstrom's spot on the second line.
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.
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..
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alexander Wennberg will return to the Columbus Blue Jackets' lineup for Game 5 at the Washington Capitals.
Coach John Tortorella confirmed his return about an hour before puck drop on Saturday. Wennberg was back after missing Games 2, 3 and 4 after a hit to the head from Washington's Tom Wilson. Tortorella says Wennberg replaces Sonny Milano in the lineup.
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.
Ovechkin scores twice, Capitals beat Sabres 5-1
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin added to his NHL lead with two goals on the night he tied the Washington record for most games played, and the Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Saturday.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored 50 seconds into the game and had two assists. Andre Burakovsky and Lars Eller also had goals for Washington, which leapfrogged Pittsburgh and moved back into first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals had lost two in a row and five of seven.
Ovechkin scores 2 as Capitals beat Sabres 5-1
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the night Alex Ovechkin reached one milestone, his goal-scoring prowess moved him closer to another.
Ovechkin added to his NHL lead with two goals while tying the Washington record for most games played, and the Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 on Saturday.
After tribute to shooting victims, Luongo stops Capitals
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Vincent Trocheck scored the winning goal with 19.1 seconds left to lift the Florida Panthers over the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Thursday night, hours after victims of last week's shooting at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were honored with a somber video tribute.
With the score tied at 2, Trocheck redirected a shot by Jonathan Huberdeau past goaltender Braden Holtby during a power play.
Point, Vasilevskiy lead Lightning to 4-2 win over Capitals
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brayden Point scored two first-period goals, Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots to earn his NHL-leading 35th victory and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 Tuesday night in a matchup between division leaders.
Chris Kunitz also scored in the opening period, which ended with Tampa Bay up 3-0. That was enough of a cushion for Vasilevskiy, an All-Star who came in with a 2.34 goals-against average.
Capitals weigh balance between youth and winning ahead of NHL trade deadline
Capitals center Lars Eller signing a five-year, $17.5 million extension Saturday helped general manager Brian MacLellan cross off a potential need in the future. With Eller previously set to be a free agent this offseason, the Capitals now know they have a third-line center moving forward.
Now, MacLellan and the Capitals will need to determine what to do in other areas.
Capitals sign Eller to $17.5 million, five-year deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Capitals have signed center Lars Eller to a $17.5 million, five-year contract extension.
Eller will count $3.5 million against the salary cap through the 2022-23 season. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal Saturday.
The 28-year-old Dane was in the final year of his contract with the Capitals and would have become a free agent on July 1.
For the first seven years of his career, Lars Eller just tried to find a role. After being traded from St. Louis to the Montreal Canadiens, Eller was cycled throughout the lineup, never finding stability.
But when he was traded to Washington in June 2016, things changed. Eller found the consistency he was looking for sticking as the Capitals' third-line center.
And now, Eller is set to be with Washington for the foreseeable future.
Beagle’s 50th helps Capitals to 4-2 win over Blue Jackets
WASHINGTON (AP) — For Washington star Alex Ovechkin, 50 goals is an annual target.
For Jay Beagle, it's a career benchmark worth celebrating.
The fourth-line center put Washington ahead to stay with his landmark goal Friday night, and the Capitals continued their dominance against the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 4-2 victory.
"I've never been a stats guy, but the guys made a big deal about it," Beagle said. "They were chirping me about it. I can't repeat it."
Caps rally, beat Hurricanes on Beagle’s goal with 1.3 left
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes learned a tough lesson over the past 1½ weeks: No lead is safe on home ice against the Washington Capitals.
Jay Beagle scored with 1.3 seconds remaining and the Capitals rallied to beat the Hurricanes 4-3 on Friday night.
Brett Connolly notched the tying goal with 3:08 left, and Alex Ovechkin added his NHL-leading 28th goal and two assists for the first-place Capitals, who lost to the Hurricanes a night before in Washington.
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.
Ovechkin helps Capitals beat Bruins 4-3 in shootout
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin got his 24th goal of the season and then scored in the shootout to help the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Thursday night.
Lars Eller and Brett Connolly also scored for the Capitals, who snapped a three-game losing streak and won their 12th consecutive game over the Bruins. Washington also ended a scoring drought that had lasted almost nine full periods.
Ovechkin powers Capitals to 4-3 shootout win over Bruins
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin made the most of a quick opportunity to make up for a shootout miss.
Ovechkin scored in regulation and the tiebreaker, lifting the Washington Capitals to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.
The 32-year-old Ovechkin missed his shootout try during Wednesday night's 1-0 loss to the New York Rangers.
Gaudreau extends point streak to 10 as Flames beat Capitals
WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist to extend his career-best point streak to 10 games and the Calgary Flames beat the Washington Capitals 4-1 on Monday night.
Gaudreau scored and assisted on Sean Monahan's goal, one of two on the power play for Calgary, which has won four of its past five. Mikael Backlund and captain Mark Giordano also scored for the Flames, who got 29 saves from Mike Smith.
Neuvirth makes 33 saves as Flyers blank Blues 2-0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Michal Neuvirth made 33 saves and Brandon Manning broke a scoreless tie with a second-period goal to lead the Philadelphia Flyers over the St. Louis Blues 2-0 on Thursday night.
Claude Giroux added an empty-net goal with 5.4 seconds left in Philadelphia's first shutout of the season.
Eller scores twice, adds assist as Caps beat Isles 4-3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lars Eller looked determined not to let the Washington Capitals lose another game at home, so he took things into his own hands.
Eller scored two goals, including the winner late in the third period, and added an assist to help the Capitals beat the New York Islanders 4-3 on Thursday night. Though Washington was largely outplayed and outshot, the Danish center was arguably the best player on the ice, drawing two penalties and committing one as part of an eventful outing.
Kuznetsov scores twice, Capitals come back to top Oilers 5-2
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals didn't let an early deficit rattle them Saturday night.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice and Ovechkin added three assists as the Capitals roared back from two goals down to earn a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
"We knew we could bounce back," Ovechkin said.
Devante Smith-Pelly, Lars Eller and Jay Beagle also scored for the Capitals, who had lost four of five. Braden Holtby made 38 saves.