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.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom always wondered what it would take to win it all.
When he stood outside the Washington Capitals' locker room following first- or second-round playoff...
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Blues beat Jets 3-2 in Game 6 to advance to 2nd round
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaden Schwartz scored three times and Jordan Binnington stopped 18 shots to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in Game 6 of their playoff series Saturday night to...
Capitals rout Hurricanes 6-0 to take 3-2 series lead
WASHINGTON (AP) — So much went right for the Washington Capitals that the chants from the crowd changed by the shift.
Fans chanted for Nicklas Backstrom's four points, Braden Holtby's...
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...
Capitals survive surge from Hurricanes to win Game 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin came out firing, the Carolina Hurricanes surged and the Washington Capitals showed why they're the defending Stanley Cup champions when it...
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — For once, Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals head into the NHL playoffs without having to hear — and answer — so many of those same old same...
Trocheck, Barkov lead Panthers past Capitals 5-3
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals still have work to do.
Vincent Trocheck scored two goals, including his 100th in the NHL, and the Florida Panthers withstood a...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin reached 50 goals — again. And, then he added another for good measure while leading the Washington Capitals to a big victory.
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...
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...
Holtby gets 250th win, Capitals beat Flyers 5-3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and an assist, and Braden Holtby got his 250th career win as the Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Washington goalie Braden Holtby reached a milestone with some help from Alex Ovechkin, who got closer to his own special achievement.
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Then he walked into the Washington Capitals' locker room and saw the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas...
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.
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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.
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.
Backstrom helps Caps win 14th straight over Bruins, 4-2
BOSTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom is a believer in puck luck, something the Capitals have had plenty of against the Bruins in recent years.
Backstrom and his teammates had luck on their side again Thursday night as he scored the third-period winner to help Washington win its 14th straight over the Boston Bruins with a 4-2 victory.
"Sometimes hockey isn't fair," Backstrom said after the Capitals won despite being outshot 41-22. "Even if they win the shots, we got the win. It's weird sometimes."
Benched! Caps’ Ovechkin flips 6-foot-9 Chara over boards
BOSTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin put Zdeno Chara in unfamiliar territory early in a game Thursday night between the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins.
Chara, the NHL's tallest player ever at 6-foot-9, was flipped head over heels into the Capitals' bench on a shove from the 6-3 Ovechkin late in the first period.
Ovi’s 21st hat trick helps Caps to 6-2 rout of Red Wings
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his 21st hat trick and first this season to lift the Washington Capitals over the Detroit Red Wings 6-2 on Tuesday night.
Ovechkin entered the night as the NHL's goal leader and stretched his total to 25 through 30 games, halfway to a potential eighth 50-goal season.
Ovi’s 21st hat trick helps Caps to 6-2 rout of Wings
WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first season as a Stanley Cup champion, Alex Ovechkin is enjoying hockey as much as ever.
It showed again Tuesday night, when he scored his 21st hat trick and first this season to lift the Washington Capitals over the Detroit Red Wings 6-2.
The 33-year-old Ovechkin entered the night in a familiar spot as the NHL's goal leader. He has 25 following his hat trick, halfway to a potential eighth 50-goal season. His team has won three straight, and 10 out of 12.
Wilson scores, is ejected as Capitals extend win streak to 7
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tom Wilson got back on the score sheet and put himself back under the microscope that has become a part of his existence in the NHL.
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.
Backstrom’s OT goal lifts Capitals past Avalanche 3-2
DENVER (AP) — When they were teammates, Nicklas Backstrom always had a tough time against Philipp Grubauer in practice.
The Washington Capitals veteran had better luck when they met as opponents Friday night.
Backstrom was left uncovered on a 4-on-3 power play and scored 22 seconds into overtime to lift the Capitals over the Colorado Avalanche 3-2.
Coyotes score 2 power-play goals in 4-1 win over Capitals
WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Panik and Alex Galchenyuk each had a goal and an assist, and the Arizona Coyotes became the latest team to take advantage of Washington's penalty-killing struggles in a 4-1 win over the Capitals on Sunday.
Galchenyuk and Vinnie Hinostroza each scored on the man advantage for Arizona, which snapped a three-game skid in the third game of a four-game trip. Washington has allowed six power-play goals in its last four games.
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.
Kuznetsov’s 4-point night helps Capitals beat Golden Knights
WASHINGTON (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov continued his dominance against the Vegas Golden Knights, scoring a goal and assisting on three more as part of a 5-2 Washington Capitals victory Wednesday night in a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup Final.
Kuznetsov’s 4-point night helps Capitals beat Golden Knights
WASHINGTON (AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov is dancing with the puck and celebrating when it's in the net just like last June.
Kuznetsov continued his wizardry against the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night, scoring a goal and assisting on three more as part of a 5-2 Washington Capitals victory in a rematch of last season's Stanley Cup Final.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine early playoff exits paved the way for the Capitals' unexpected Stanley Cup run and made the trip down Constitution Avenue all the more satisfying to the NHL champions and their fans.
Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom rode the final bus down the mile-long parade route, lifting the Cup to roaring cheers and waving to seas of red in the crowd.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom dreamed about the road less traveled.
Driving down Constitution Avenue on his way to each home game since his NHL debut in 2007, he imagined the street lined with overjoyed Washington Capitals fans.
"It always popped up in my head that one time we're going to have a parade here, and finally that day is here," Backstrom said.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Of all the ways the Washington Capitals have tried to win in the playoffs, none has been as effective as this.
They pushed the pace with speed and skill when Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom were part of the "Young Guns." They made every game a coin flip with tight, Dale Hunter hockey. Each time, an early exit followed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The sight of Evgeny Kuznetsov clutching his left arm and leaving the ice after a hit from Brayden McNabb isn't as big a threat to the Washington Capitals' title hopes as it might seem.
Not after the Capitals withstood three games without Nicklas Backstrom. Not after they missed Kuznetsov for most of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final and still beat the Vegas Golden Knights to tie the series.
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin is thrilled, though hardly satisfied.
The Washington Capitals star is headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his 13-year career, eager to put more distance between the Eastern Conference champions and a lingering perception of Ovechkin and the Caps as playoff underachievers.
"Finally we get what we want, be in the Stanley Cup Final," the 32-year-old Russian star said. "There's still a lot of hockey to play."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom did so well on faceoffs with an injured hand he even surprised himself.
"It's the playoffs," Backstrom said after the Washington Capitals' 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night that evened the Eastern Conference final at two games apiece. "You've just got to grind. It felt good on the first couple faceoffs, so I just kept taking them."
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.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tom Wilson's aggression helped propel him from fourth-line grinder into a difference-maker who skates alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
His teammates feed off the edginess of his play. His coach loves his tenacity.
"There are very few Tom Wilsons in the league," Barry Trotz said.
And in Game 4 of Washington's increasingly prickly Eastern Conference semifinal against Pittsburgh, there won't be any at all.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have spent their entire careers chasing the Pittsburgh Penguins and shouldering their own franchise's onerous history of playoff failures.
One brilliant end-to-end rush gave the two Washington Capitals teammates and their resilient club something they've rarely enjoyed against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions: momentum.
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Like tourists flocking to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, the Pittsburgh Penguins making a trip to Washington in the playoffs has become a rite of spring.
Andre Burakovsky ‘week to week’ for Capitals entering Penguins series
Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky is "week to week" with the upper-body injury he suffered earlier this month, coach Barry Trotz said Wednesday.
Asked whether Burakovsky was out for Game 1, Trotz only reiterated the week-to-week status. Whether the forward will play at all in the second-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins depends on how long the series goes, Trotz said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Overtime came at the perfect time for the Washington Capitals.
Outshot, outskated and outplayed by the Columbus Blue Jackets in a lopsided third period of Game 5, the Capitals went into their locker room at intermission Saturday with no choice but to talk about what went wrong in blowing yet another lead.
"We knew we had to be better," Nicklas Backstrom said.
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.
MONTREAL (AP) — There was nothing rusty about Evgeny Kuznetsov's game when he returned to the ice for the Washington Capitals.
Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson each scored twice and Nicklas Backstrom had four assists as Washington defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-4 on Saturday night.
It was Kuznetsov's first game back after missing three with an upper-body injury.
Predators beat Avalanche 4-2 to clinch playoff spot
DENVER (AP) — Colton Sissons and Filip Forsberg each scored twice, backup goaltender Juuse Saros stopped 33 shots and the Nashville Predators became the first NHL team to clinch a playoff spot this season by beating the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Friday night.
The streaking Predators are 13-0-1 in their last 14 games and haven't lost in regulation since Feb. 17 against Detroit.