Ovechkin scores 45th as Capitals top Islanders 3-1
UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin added to his lengthy list of accomplishments with another big goal.
Washington's captain became the first player in NHL history with 10 seasons of 45...
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, 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.
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.
Bergeron scores 2 in 1,000th game, Bruins beat Islanders 3-1
BOSTON (AP) — Patrice Bergeron celebrated his 1,000th career game with a pair of goals as the Boston Bruins beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Bergeron, just the fifth player in Bruins' history to play 1,000 games with the club, scored early in the second period and added an empty-netter in the final minute.
Ovechkin passes Fedorov for Russian scoring record in NHL
WASHINGTON (AP) — With an assist on Tuesday night, Alex Ovechkin passed Sergei Fedorov as the top-scoring Russian player in NHL history.
The Washington Capitals captain picked up his 1,180th point on T.J. Oshie's goal that opened the scoring in a 3-2 victory against the Vancouver Canucks. Ovechkin broke the record in his 1,055th game, 193 games fewer than Fedorov played.
Oshie dominant as Capitals beat Canucks 3-2
WASHINGTON (AP) — T.J. Oshie put in the work to help Alex Ovechkin set another record and get the defending Stanley Cup champions back on track.
Oshie scored his 16th goal of the season as part of a dominant performance, Braden Holtby made 30 saves and stopped a penalty shot and the Washington Capitals beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 Tuesday night in Jay Beagle's return to his old home arena.
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.
Seguin’s 2nd goal lifts Stars past Capitals 2-1 in OT
DALLAS (AP) — Thanks to goalie Anton Khudobin, Tyler Seguin had a chance to get the game-winner in overtime for the Dallas Stars.
Seguin's second goal of the game 3:37 into overtime lifted the Stars to a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals.
Anton Khudobin made 36 saves, 31 after the first period. Included were seven saves on two third-period Washington power plays and the stop of a backhand by T.J. Oshie 1 1/2 minutes into overtime.
Khudobin stopped 30-goal scorer Alex Ovechkin six times.
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.
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.
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.
Jets’ Morrissey fined, not suspended, for slamming Oshie
NEW YORK (AP) — Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey has been fined $8,468 but not suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct against Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie.
The NHL's department of player safety announced the punishment Thursday after a disciplinary hearing with Morrissey. The fine is the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement.
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.
Wilson’s return sparks Capitals in 5-2 win over Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Washington Capitals woke up in Minnesota for the start of a four-game road trip with a pleasant surprise: Tom Wilson was back.
So was the vigor for the Stanley Cup champions, who've started their title-defense season rather slowly.
Wilson returned early from his player-safety suspension and scored a first-period goal, helping the Capitals cool off the Wild with a 5-2 victory on Tuesday night.
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No hearing for Malkin for hit to head in Pens’ loss at Caps
WASHINGTON (AP) — Evgeni Malkin will not have a disciplinary hearing for his shoulder to the head of T.J. Oshie during the Pittsburgh Penguins' 2-1 loss at the Washington Capitals.
Two people with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press that Malkin would not face a hearing with the NHL department of player safety and therefore won't be suspended. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the league does not announce the lack of a hearing.
After shot to head from Malkin, Oshie lifts Caps over Pens
WASHINGTON (AP) — T.J. Oshie left for the second time after taking Evgeni Malkin's shoulder to the head but returned to score late and lift the Washington Capitals over the rival Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Wednesday night in a meeting of the two most recent Stanley Cup champions.
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.
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.
Ovechkin, champion Capitals rout Bruins 7-0 in season opener
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals opened their title defense with a 7-0 thrashing of the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.
Capitals winger Tom Wilson banned 20 games for preseason hit
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was banned 20 games by the NHL on Wednesday for a blindside hit to the head of an opponent during a preseason game, the latest and most severe punishment in what the league called an "unprecedented" series of suspensions for the physical player.
Capitals open Stanley Cup defense with 7-0 rout of Bruins
WASHINGTON (AP) — From banner to blowout, the Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup defense is off to a rousing start.
NHL season preview: Teams load up to challenge champion Caps
T.J. Oshie stepped to the microphone and apologized for his voice.
It was hoarse from days and nights of celebrating the Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup triumph and fans now had gathered on the National Mall after the championship parade. Oshie had enough left to start a chant among the tens of thousands of fans: "Back-to-back! Back-to-back!"
Current and former teammates shocked by Schmidt’s suspension
CHICAGO (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury was surprised and T.J. Oshie said he was shocked to see Nate Schmidt suspended 20 games for violating the NHL's performance-enhancing drug policy.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — T.J. Oshie found his father on the ice amid the jubilant madness of the Washington Capitals' postgame celebration and wrapped him in a fierce hug.
Five years after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Tim Oshie's memory is inconsistent and cloudy.
Anyone who saw the depth of emotion in his Stanley Cup-winning son's eyes Thursday night will never forget it.
Czechs eliminate Tony Granato, U.S. in shootout in Olympic men’s hockey quarterfinals
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Instead of waiting for his turn for this Olympic shootout, T.J. Oshie was sitting at home along with the rest of the NHL.
Czechs eliminate US in shootout in Olympic quarterfinals
GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — Instead of waiting for his turn for this Olympic shootout, T.J. Oshie was sitting at home along with the rest of the NHL.
Backstrom’s late goal lifts Capitals over Blue Jackets, 3-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom's 200th NHL goal was a game-winner.
Backstrom got a desperation, cross-ice pass from T.J. Oshie and beat Sergei Bobrovsky with 43 seconds left to lift the Washington Capitals over the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Washington’s Oshie fined for cross-checking Letang
Washington winger T.J. Oshie was fined but not suspended for a cross-check to the neck of Penguins defenseman Kris Letang on Friday night.
Oshie was fined $5,000 by the NHL's department of player safety, the most allowed by the collective bargaining agreement.
Capitals’ Oshie fined $5,000 for cross-check to Letang
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington forward T.J. Oshie has been fined $5,000 for cross-checking Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang in the neck.
The NHL announced the fine Saturday.
The scuffle along the boards occurred at 19:40 of the second period in the Penguins' 7-4 win Friday night. Oshie was assessed a minor penalty.
Several Capitals players end droughts in 5-3 win over Flyers
WASHINGTON (AP) — After three games without a goal, T.J. Oshie decided how he'd celebrate his next score.
Another 10 games went by before he finally scored in the third period of the Washington Capitals' 5-3 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. Oshie lifted his arms and looked up after becoming the third Capitals player to end a lengthy goal drought in the game.
Capitals rally past Flyers 5-3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chandler Stephenson, Andre Burakovsky and T.J. Oshie ended lengthy goal droughts to help the Washington Capitals rally past the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 on Wednesday night.
Stephenson scored twice after going without a goal for 28 games. Burakovsky scored on the power play after coming up empty for 10 games, and Oshie lifted his arms and looked to the sky when he scored on the power play to end his 13-game dry spell.
Konecny’s OT goal lifts Flyers past Capitals 2-1
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers are already in playoff mode. That was enough to beat the spotty Washington Capitals.
Travis Konecny scored 27 seconds into overtime, and the surging Flyers beat the Capitals 2-1 on Sunday.
Michael Raffl also scored for Philadelphia, and Brian Elliott had 27 saves. The Flyers, who lost 10 consecutive games earlier in the season, have won three in a row and seven of eight to move into playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
Zuccarello, Zibanejad lead Rangers past Caps 1-0 in shootout
NEW YORK (AP) — Ondrej Pavelec and Philipp Grubauer were unbeatable for 65 minutes. Pavelec kept it up in the shootout, and the New York Rangers finally found a way to score on the Washington Capitals' goalie.
Mats Zuccarello and Mika Zibanejad scored in the tiebreaker to lift the Rangers to a 1-0 victory over their Metropolitan Division rivals on Wednesday night.
Keller lifts Coyotes over Capitals 3-2
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Keller scored 4:33 into overtime, and the Arizona Coyotes rallied to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Friday night.
Arizona had lost seven in a row and 10 of 11. Christian Fischer tied the game with his ninth goal of the season with 1:01 to go in regulation, and Christian Dvorak also scored for the Coyotes.
First-place Washington had won four in a row. T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored for the Capitals, and Philipp Grubauer made 24 saves.
Capitals’ T.J. Oshie is ready to return from concussion
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — T.J. Oshie has had concussions before, so he knew what not to do this time.
After taking a hit to the head from San Jose's Joe Thornton on Dec. 6, the star winger didn't push Washington Capitals trainers to get back on to the ice.
"I knew I wasn't right," Oshie said Monday. "You always want to get back earlier, but when you're dealing with the head I think it's better safe than sorry."
Ovechkin, Vrana send Capitals to 5-2 win over Senators
WASHINGTON (AP) — All that Alex Ovechkin needed to end his goal drought was a reunion with old linemate Nicklas Backstrom.
Paired with Backstrom for the first time this season, Ovechkin scored his first goal in seven games and 14th overall to help send the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.
"If you love something, you set it free," Capitals coach Barry Trotz joked. "If it comes back, it was meant to be."
Ovechkin returns after puck to face, Caps snap Wild’s streak
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin got stitched up, and so did the Washington Capitals after a rough road trip.
Ovechkin returned after taking a puck to the face and T.J. Oshie had a goal and an assist as the Capitals snapped out of a recent funk and ended the Minnesota Wild's winning streak at four with a 3-1 victory Saturday night.
Bloodied and sporting a few stitches on his lip, Ovechkin shook it off and had an assist to help Washington end its two-game skid.
Ekholm, Fiala lead Predators to 6-3 win over Capitals
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The trade that sent Filip Forsberg to Nashville has not worked out well for the Washington Capitals.
Mattias Ekholm and Kevin Fiala each had a goal and an assist to lead Forsberg and the streaking Predators past the Capitals 6-3 on Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
Craig Smith, Nick Bonino, Forsberg and Miikka Salomaki also scored for Nashville. Pekka Rinne made 26 saves, and 12 players had at least one point for the Predators.
Oshie’s shootout goal gives Capitals 2-1 win over Oilers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Usually, when the Washington Capitals and Edmonton Oilers meet, Alex Ovechkin or Connor McDavid would be expected to figure in the win. This time, it was the goalies who stood out until T.J. Oshie came through in the shootout.
Power play thrives, Holtby hits milestone as Caps beat Pens
WASHINGTON (AP) — Braden Holtby joined the legendary Ken Dryden in the record books and has the Washington Capitals' suddenly potent power play to thank for his latest milestone.
Carlson scores in OT, Caps beat Coyotes 3-2 for 3rd straight
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Carlson scored the winner in overtime and the Washington Capitals came back to beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Monday night for their first three-game winning streak of the season.
Carlson scored with 45.4 seconds left on the clock in OT, his first goal in 16 games, after T.J. Oshie whiffed on his shot attempt. Devante Smith-Pelly and Alex Ovechkin scored in regulation for Washington, which got 24 saves from Braden Holtby.
Capitals’ Burakovsky out 6-8 weeks after thumb surgery
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured left thumb.
The team announced the surgery on Tuesday, hours after placing the 22-year-old on injured reserve. Burakovsky was injured in the third period Saturday against Florida.
DETROITIt took overtime to decide Barry Trotzs 1,450th game as an NHL head coach, but Alex Ovechkinmade sure his coachs historic night was a winning one.
Ovechkin wins it for Caps in OT, 4-3 over Red Wings
DETROIT (AP) — Alex Ovechkin's first significant play of the night led to a goal for the other team. His pass was intercepted, and Detroit scored short-handed.
Ovechkin and the Washington power play would eventually make up for that mistake.
Ovechkin scored at 1:56 of overtime to give the Capitals a 4-3 victory over the Red Wings on Friday night. The winner came on the power play, and so did T.J. Oshie's goal for Washington that tied it with 1:01 left in regulation.
Backstrom had goal, 3 assists; Caps hand Devils first loss
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Washington Capitals have been the best regular-season team in the Eastern Conference the past two years, and they showed the surprising New Jersey Devils why.
Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and three assists and the Capitals knocked the upstart Devils from the unbeaten ranks with a 5-2 victory Friday night.
Point scores in OT, Lightning beat Capitals 4-3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the NHL's top scorer and rallied from a two-goal deficit for a quality win.
Brayden Point scored on a power play in overtime, Tampa Bay held high-scoring Alex Ovechkin pointless and the Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Monday night.
"The team that deserved to win won tonight," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "We were a determined group."