Matt Niskanen wasn't totally shocked when the Washington Capitals traded him to Philadelphia last week.
Flyers acquire Braun from Sharks for draft picks
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers continued to shore up their defense by acquiring veteran Justin Braun from the San Jose Sharks for two draft picks.
Capitals re-sign Carl Hagelin to $11M, 4-year deal
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals have signed winger Carl Hagelin to an $11 million, four-year deal.
Hagelin counts $2.75 million against the salary cap through the 2022-23...
The Flyers acquired Matt Niskanen from the Capitals for Radko Gudas on Friday in a one-for-one swap of defensemen that upgrades Philadelphia's blue line offense and gives Washington much needed...
Capitals fall 6-3 to Maple Leafs, lose 7th straight game
TORONTO (AP) — Nazem Kadri recorded the fifth hat trick of his career and added an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Washington 6-3 on Wednesday night and dealt the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals their seventh straight loss.
Auston Matthews, Nikita Zaitsev and Mitch Marner also scored for Toronto. William Nylander added three assists, while Morgan Rielly and Connor Brown had two each. Frederik Andersen stopped 41 shots for the win.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals have never used more rookies during a single postseason than the half-dozen who helped Alex Ovechkin and Co. reach the Eastern Conference final.
They're contributing in various ways, including with secondary scoring and a freedom from the past playoff failures that became a burden for Capitals veterans.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A five-minute implosion made the Capitals look like the same old team in the playoffs.
Almost every time Pittsburgh Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist paraded to the front of the net on Sunday, he was met with a series of shoves, fists and sticks.
Ovechkin scores 45th goal, Caps topple Rangers 4-2
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals used a fast start to end a perfect road trip.
Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 45th goal and the Capitals extended their winning streak to four games with a 4-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday night.
T.J. Oshie, Matt Niskanen and Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored for Washington, which went 3-0 at Detroit, Montreal and Madison Square Garden.
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, 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.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scores twice to help Capitals end troublesome month with win over Senators
The Washington Capitals' up-and-down month of February is finally over, and they wrapped it up with a win at home.
Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice, Philipp Grubauer made 28 saves and the penalty kill went 6-for-7 as the Capitals beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 Wednesday night at Capital One Arena.
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.
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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.
Carlson helps Capitals beat Avalanche 5-2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two losses for Washington played a role in another win for surging Capitals.
John Carlson scored a tiebreaking goal in the second period, and Washington beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Tuesday night for its eighth victory in 10 games.
The Capitals were coming off a 3-1 loss in New Jersey on Monday. They also lost 6-2 at Colorado last month.
Capitals beat Rangers 4-2 for 4th consecutive win
WASHINGTON (AP) — After believing in the Washington Capitals' potential during a slow start, Matt Niskanen did his part to push them further up the standings.
Niskanen scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:22 remaining and the Capitals beat the New York Rangers 4-2 Friday night to move into a tie for first place with Columbus in the stacked Metropolitan Division. Washington has won four in a row and seven of eight to increase its total to 37 points.
Brown scores as Leafs continue hot start, beat Caps 2-0
WASHINGTON (AP) — Connor Brown made the most of his move up the lineup to keep the Toronto Maple Leafs' hot start rolling.
Brown scored the game-winning goal in the third period as the Maple Leafs beat the Washington Capitals 2-0 Tuesday night in a rematch of their first-round playoff series last spring. Toronto, which handed Washington its second consecutive loss since losing top defenseman Matt Niskanen to injury, has won five of its first six games.
Capitals show they still have work to do after shutout loss to Maple Leafs
The Washington Capitals faced short-term and long-term questions ahead of Tuesday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
For the now, Tuesday was a chance to get Washington's defense back on track. Last week, the Capitals lost No.1 defenseman Matt Niskanen to an upper-body injury for at least three weeks and were immediately blown out in a loss at Philadelphia.
Capitals put top D-man Niskanen on long-term injury list
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Washington Capitals put No. 1 defenseman Matt Niskanen on long-term injured reserve with an upper-body injury.
The team says Niskanen is week-to-week. On LTIR, he must miss 10 games and 24 days, which means Niskanen isn't eligible to return until Nov. 7 at Buffalo.
Niskanen left the Capitals' victory at the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. The 30-year-old was averaging almost 26 minutes a game before being injured.
A week after he was knocked out of playoff game with a concussion, Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby slid headfirst into the boards during another tense game against the Washington Capitals.
Crosby returns for Penguins after concussion
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sidney Crosby returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins' lineup for Game 5 against the Washington Capitals after missing the previous game with a concussion.
Crosby is in the lineup five days after being concussed on a cross-check to the head by Matt Niskanen in Game 3. Coach Mike Sullivan said Saturday morning that Crosby had passed his concussion test and was considered a game-time decision.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is skating again, but coach Mike Sullivan provided no update on when his star will be ready to return from a concussion.
Crosby sat out Pittsburgh's 3-2 victory in Game 4 of its Eastern Conference semifinal against Washington on Wednesday night. He was diagnosed with his second concussion of the season after taking a cross-check in the head from Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The scene brought back jarring memories. Sidney Crosby woozily making his way off the ice after taking a brutal hit from a member of the Washington Capitals. His brain foggy. His immediate future uncertain.
The sight of their captain slowly heading to the dressing room on Monday night following a violent cross-check to the jaw from Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen left his teammates shaken.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A shot from the point by Washington's Kevin Shattenkirk salvaged — or at the very least, extended — his team's season.
A far different kind of shot may end up determining the outcome of a playoff series growing more contentious by the shift.
Shattenkirk's goal 3:13 into overtime lifted the Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins to cut Pittsburgh's lead to 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinal, one that could go on without Penguins star Sidney Crosby.
Desperate times called for a players-only meeting in the Washington Capitals' locker room after they fell behind 2-0 in their second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
What was said? Matt Niskanen called it "none of your business," Alex Ovechkin insisted "it stays between us," and Justin Williams said, "We'll keep that between us."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting out-of-town score updates during intermission, the Washington Capitals coasted to a 2-0 loss against the Florida Panthers on Sunday night that had more to do with preparing for the playoffs than winning the regular-season finale.
Holtby helps Capitals hold off Blue Jackets, 3-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Braden Holtby turned away a furious third-period rally by the Columbus Blue Jackets and helped the Washington Capitals hold on for a big win as they try to put some distance ahead of their Metropolitan Division rivals in the last week of the regular season.
NEW YORK (AP) — After getting off to a slow start, the NHL-best Washington Capitals picked up their play and pulled away for a big win against a division rival.
Marcus Johansson had two goals and an assist to help Washington beat the New York Rangers 4-1 on Tuesday night in Kevin Shattenkirk's first game with the Capitals. Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom also scored and Braden Holtby stopped 29 shots.
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.
Capitals beat Oilers to extend home winning streak to 13
WASHINGTON (AP) — Without their usual offensive dominance at home and missing several key regulars, the Washington Capitals kept the puck almost all night and kept their home winning streak alive.
Niskanen, Orpik, Oshie miss Capitals’ game vs. Oilers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Forward T.J. Oshie and defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik missed the Washington Capitals' game against the Edmonton Oilers Friday night because of injuries.
Coach Barry Trotz had called Niskanen and Orpik questionable with lower-body injuries. Trotz also alluded to a forward being banged up, with that being Oshie missing his 10th game of the season for an upper-body injury.
Capitals blow out Flyers 5-0 to win 9th consecutive game
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals showed they could get away with a slow start and still pull out another win.
Despite a sluggish beginning that forced backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer to be on top of his game, the Capitals' offense came to life in a 5-0 blowout of the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
Washington has won a season-best nine in a row to climb atop the Metropolitan Division, Eastern Conference and NHL standings with 63 points.
Niskanen’s 2 goals lead Capitals to 4-2 win over Islanders
NEW YORK (AP) — With so many good teams near the top of the Metropolitan Division, coach Barry Trotz knows his Washington Capitals need to bring their best effort every night if they plan to keep pace.
Matt Niskanen scored two goals in the third period, lifting the Capitals over the New York Islanders 4-2 on Tuesday for their fifth straight victory.
Bruins Notebook: Eerie similarity in Patrice Bergeron’s hit on Matt Niskanen
WASHINGTON — Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was involved in an uncharacteristic play late in the first period of last night’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Capitals, a play that brought back very unpleasant memories of a similar play.
Ovechkin gets game-winner to lift Capitals over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Washington Capitals are off to a fast start.
Alex Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period Thursday night to lift the Capitals over the Florida Panthers 4-2.
Ovechkin put the Capitals ahead 3-2 with 12:27 left in the third. His one-timer from the point got past Roberto Luongo, who was screened on the play.
The Capitals have earned at least a point in each of their four games.
Ovechkin gets game-winner to lift Capitals over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period to lift the Washington Capitals over the Florida Panthers 4-2 on Thursday night.
Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Justin Williams scored goals for the Capitals. Matt Niskanen recorded two assists and Braden Holtby made 26 saves.
Capitals use sting of playoff loss to Penguins as motivation
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — When Matt Niskanen contemplated skipping a trip to the gym over the summer, he remembered what happened in May.
As the offseason went on, Niskanen thought less and less about the Washington Capitals' loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Instead, he let the memory of the second-round playoff exit fuel him from time to time.
VIRGINIA — A pool of nine former Mountain Iron, or Buhl, or Mountain Iron-Buhl players — from 1980s and 1990s coach Carl Sarich to recent standout Matt Niskanen — will become members of the Mountain Iron-Buhl Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.
The inductees will be recognized at a 10:30 a.m. ceremony in the Ranger Gymnasium before the annual Hall of Fame game kicks off at noon. There will also be a meet-and-greet at the Mountain Iron library from 9-10 a.m. preceding the ceremony.