Jarry wins backup goalie job, Pens put DeSmith on waivers
NEW YORK (AP) — Backup goaltending competitions around the NHL have come into focus after the latest round of waiver moves.
The Pittsburgh Penguins for now are keeping Tristan Jarry as Matt...
Caps regain 1st in the Metro; Canes outlast Pens in shootout
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Brett Connolly sparked a three-goal second period and the Washington Capitals moved into first place in the Metropolitan Division with a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils...
Penguins end Bruins’ 19-game point streak with 4-2 win
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jared McCann scored twice, Matt Murray finished with 39 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins handed the Boston Bruins their first regulation loss since January with a 4-2 victory on...
Penalty kill shines, Capitals beat Jets to extend win streak
WASHINGTON (AP) — Carl Hagelin watched helplessly from the penalty box as the short-handed unit he helped transform got to work.
Seconds after stepping out following another successful kill,...
Capitals sign goalie Pheonix Copley to $3.3M, 3-year deal
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals will soon have some decisions to make about their future at goaltender.
The Capitals signed backup Phoenix Copley to a $3.3 million, three-year extension Monday that keeps him under contract through the 2021-22 season at a salary-cap hit of $1.1 million. It's a move that gives the defending Stanley Cup champions some stability in goal but raises questions about their plans.
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.
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.
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.
Chiarot scores in 3rd to lead Jets past Capitals 3-1
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Ben Chiarot wanted to play well against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The defenceman did just that by scoring the tiebreaking goal with 7:09 left in the third period to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night.
"We've been talking about getting on a bit of a roll here," Chiarot said after Winnipeg's third straight win. "We're excited, the Stanley Cup champs coming to town you want to bring your best effort."
Suspension over early, Wilson helps lead Caps past Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tom Wilson returned early from his player-safety suspension and scored a first-period goal, helping the Washington Capitals cool off Minnesota with a 5-2 victory on Tuesday night for the Wild's first regulation loss at home.
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.
Draisaitl powers Oilers past Predators 5-3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Leon Draisaitl and Drake Caggiula each scored twice and the Edmonton Oilers ended a 13-game losing streak against the Nashville Predators with a 5-3 victory Saturday.
Connor McDavid also scored and Mika Koskinen made 24 saves in his first start of the season. Edmonton was 0-11-2 in its previous 13 games against Nashville.
Filip Forsberg scored three times for the Predators, and Juuse Saros stopped 30 shots.
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.
Gallagher helps Canadiens beat Capitals 5-2 in Quebec City
QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Brendan Gallagher had a goal and an assist to help the Montreal Canadiens beat the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals 5-2 on Thursday night at the Videotron Centre.
Michael Chaput, Jacob de la Rose, Artturi Lehkonen and Rinat Valiev also scored for Montreal, and Charlie Lindgren stopped 11 of 13 shots. The Canadiens won for the first time in three exhibition games,
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Philipp Grubauer now nicked up; Capitals recall Pheonix Copley again
Pheonix Copley has had to do a lot of driving between Washington and Hershey, Pennsylvania, lately.
The AHL goaltender was recalled for the second time this month as Philipp Grubauer is suffering from a "little tweak."
Copley spent four days with the Capitals when regular starter Braden Holtby was day-to-day with a knee injury. Philipp Grubauer started in net while he served as back-up, and Copley was re-assigned to the Hershey Bears March 26.
Holtby missing game at Detroit; Capitals call up Copley
DETROIT (AP) — Washington goalie Braden Holtby is out for the Capitals' game Thursday night against Detroit with what coach Barry Trotz indicated was only a minor injury.
Trotz described the issue as a tweak, and Philipp Grubauer started in net for Washington. The Capitals recalled goalie Pheonix Copley from the Hershey Bears before the game.
Grubauer has been playing more than Holtby of late after the latter had a poor stretch in February and the start of March.
Capitals promote Pheonix Copley with Braden Holtby hurting
With Braden Holtby nicked up, the Washington Capitals recalled Pheonix Copley on Thursday from the American Hockey League.
Holtby collided with Dallas Stars forward Remi Elie during the third period of Tuesday's 4-3 win. The Capitals goaltender did not participate in Wednesday's optional skate as part of a "maintenance day." Capitals coach Barry Trotz told reporters in Detroit that Holtby "tweaked something."
Holtby participated in Thursday's morning skate, but the Capitals still called up Copley.
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Buzzer-beaters are nothing new during the month of March, though they’re usually on the basketball court.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Thomas Di Pauli had the hockey equivalent on Sunday, and it helped the team rally for a big victory.
Di Pauli scored with less than one second remaining in the middle period, the first of his two goals, and sparked the Penguins to a 6-4 win over the rival Hershey Bears at Mohegan Sun Arena.
WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Buzzer-beaters are nothing new during the month of March, though they’re usually on the basketball court. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Thomas Di Pauli had the hockey equivalent Sunday, and it helped the team rally for a big victory. Di Pauli scored with less than one second remaining in the second period, the first of his two goals, and sparked the Penguins to a 6-4 win over the rival Hershey Bears at Mohegan Sun Arena. Down, 3-2, the Penguins (37-19-4-2) started...
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.
Little scores twice, Jets beat Blues 5-3
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Ondrej Pavelec is taking nothing for granted.
Even though the veteran Winnipeg goalie had a record-setting performance in backstopping the Jets to a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, he was cautious about his future with the NHL club.
"In the next week, I could be in the minors again. I go day by day," the 29-year-old said. "Every time I get the chance to play, I'm going to try my best. We'll see what happens."
Blues open NHL preseason with 2 wins against Blue Jackets
Pheonix Copley and Jordan Binnington combined for 23 saves to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Blue Jackets 5-0 Sunday night in Columbus, Ohio, to complete a sweep of the teams' two split-squad games on the opening day of the NHL preseason.
Binnington made 12 saves in his 31 minutes, 19 seconds, and Copley stopped the 11 shots he faced in 28:41.
T.J. Galiardi, Ty Rattie, Kyle Brodziak, Eric Nostrum and Jordan Kyrou scored for St. Louis.