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Capitals’ Ovechkin notches fifth career 50-goal season with goal vs. St. Louis

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By Darian Somers

For the fifth time in his career, Alex Ovechkin has scored 50 goals in a season.

His 50th this time came on the power play during the first period against St. Louis as he beat Ryan Miller with a trademark one-timer. The goal was Ovechkin’s 23rd with the man advantage, which is a new franchise record for the Capitals.

It took Ovechkin 75 games to reach the 50 mark — the first time he’s done it since 2009-10, when he scored 50 in 72.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Calvin de Haan of Islanders hurt after collision, Ovechkin’s shot off chest

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    By Mike McMahon

    The New York Islanders have high hopes for defenseman Calvin de Haan, who they chose 12th in 2009 NHL Draft, but his progress has been slowed by injuries, particularly to his shoulder. His misfortune continued on Saturday after he fell while tussling with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin along the sideboards. Hobbled, de Haan tried to get to the front of the net to help goalie Evgeni Nabokov. For his troubles, the defenseman was the recipient of Ovechkin’s tipped shot directly into his shoulder. Read More…


  • Published On Apr 05, 2014
  • GIF: Devils’ Patrik Elias driven into stanchion by Capitals’ Tom Wilson

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    Elias driven into the stanchion, has left the game. Very scary  on Twitpic

    On the NHL rink, there are some dangerous areas of the ice and Patrik Elias unfortunately found one on Friday night.

    About halfway through the first period between the New Jersey Devils and the Washington Capitals, Elias received a pass along the bench side boards in a break out and sent the puck up the ice before being checked by Capitals winger Tom Wilson. Elias went head first into the padded stanchion and dropped right to the ice.

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  • Published On Apr 04, 2014
  • It’s time to strip the C off Alex Ovechkin

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    Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals

    Alex Ovechkin can lead the NHL in goals, but can he lead a struggling team? (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    The faithful will say it’s too soon to put the Washington Capitals in mothballs because hey, anything can happen when a team sits just two points out of a wild card spot and has six regular season games left to play.

    The reality is a bit more cruel.

    With two clubs — Toronto and Columbus — ahead of them and a stretch of lousy hockey in their rearview mirror, the Caps have left themselves with only a 6.6 percent chance of securing a postseason berth, according to the folks at Sportsclubstats.com That’s not promising.

    But it’s not just the next two weeks that should be a concern. These Caps are a mess and one bad season will surely roll into another unless this organization is willing to make some significant changes.

    Those are likely to start with the dismissal of coach Adam Oates, who has made a series of curious decisions while the 2013-14 campaign slipped out of his grasp. They should continue with the turfing of general manager George McPhee, the man responsible for, among other failures, handing Oates this sack of mismatched parts and expecting him to create something more than a fringe contender out of them.

    But new faces or even a new direction won’t be enough to cure what ails this organization.

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  • Published On Apr 03, 2014
  • Washington Capitals’ Troy Brouwer takes veiled shot at coach Adam Oates

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    Troy Brouwer of the Washington Capitals

    Good question: Troy Brouwer wonders what kind of team the Capitals are trying to be. (Tommy LaPorte/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    If there’s something interesting for a hockey player to say, he will almost certainly choose instead to say something that is the exact opposite. It’s just the way of the sport. Don’t call attention to yourself. Don’t rock the boat.

    You know how it is.

    So it’s pretty unusual when a player offers up something truly honest and insightful. Katie Carerra of The Washington Post nabbed one of those rare gems on Monday from Capitals winger Troy Brouwer, whose team has lost three straight, hobbling its playoff chances.

    “I feel like we’re trying to change our identity every night. Some nights we want to score off the rush, other nights we want to try and grind it out and there’s just not that consistency in not just our game but in the style of our game,” Brouwer said. “We’re kind of losing our way in between games and playing towards other teams’ [styles] and how they’re dictating the game, and as a result we’re not getting results.”

    Whoa.

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  • Published On Apr 01, 2014
  • SI.com NHL fan misery rankings: No. 4 Washington Capitals

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    Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals

    Alex Ovechkin remains a cornerstone, but is he right for the Capitals’ future? (Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Sometimes it’s just plain awful to be a fan.

    We’re not talking about the occasional emotional bump and bruise, the kind fans get from a devastating last-second loss or a disastrous season-ending injury — or even when they watch their favorite team bow out in the conference finals, one round shy of a shot at the Stanley Cup. We mean years of suffering at the hands of a club that almost seems to delight in tormenting those who freely give to it their hearts, minds, time and money.

    This is the seventh in our series on the 10 NHL franchises that take an ongoing toll on their fans, the teams that suggest that their devoted followers are either bottomless wells of hope or certified masochists — or perhaps just a touch crazy. Today we look at the Washington Capitals, who have mastered the dark art of inflating great hopes and cruelly crushing them.

    TEAM 10: Winnipeg Jets | 9: Dallas Stars | 8: Columbus Blue Jackets | 7: Vancouver Canucks
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    Florida Panthers | 5. Edmonton Oilers | 3. Buffalo Sabres | 2. New York Islanders1. Toronto Maple Leafs

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  • Published On Mar 19, 2014
  • Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov gets first NHL points with three-assist night

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    After finally signing with the Washington Capitals, Evgeny Kuznetsov earned his first NHL points on Friday night. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    By Mike McMahon 

    It’s been four years since the Washington Capitals selected Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov 26th overall in the 2010 NHL entry draft. Now 21 years-old, with  210 career regular-season KHL games under his belt, Kuznetsov collected his first NHL points in an impressive performance on Friday night, tallying three assists in a 4-3 winning effort against the Vancouver Canucks.

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  • Published On Mar 15, 2014
  • Flyers and Capitals rack up 56 penalty minutes in first period line brawl

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    By Mike McMahon

    The Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals were at it again on Wednesday night in Philadelphia, adding to their long history of big hits and huge fights.

    Their latest incident occurred at 11:59 in the first period when Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn hit Caps center Ryan Stoa into the rounded boards at the end of Washington’s bench. The hit itself was clean, but that didn’t stop a line brawl from breaking out. When the dust settled, Philly center Vincent Lecavalier and Washington defenseman John Erskine were handed game misconducts, Caps forward Tom Wilson racked up 17 PIM as a total of 56 were meted out. For his part in the melee, Schenn received five minutes for fighting, while teammate Wayne Simmonds was charged with two separate two-minute minors.

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  • Published On Mar 06, 2014
  • Alex Ovechkin talks Sochi Olympics on NBC’s Today Show

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    By Allan Muir

    The timing of Alex Ovechkin’s long-hyped appearance on NBC’s Today Show could have been better. Like, for instance, not on a day when the lead story centered around a credible terrorist threat to attack the Sochi Games. Or maybe not when Ovechkin’s Capitals are mired in a five-game losing streak. But Ovi made the best of it, staying in New York after a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Rangers on Sunday to get up way too early, wait around the green room forever and spend three minutes with B-host Carson Daly (instead of Matt Lauer, as promised) chatting about the Olympics.

    Washington’s star sniper wasn’t at his ebullient best, but he handled himself well in the brief exchange. “I think everybody wants to win gold medals, especially playing [in our] home country,” he said of the pressure on Team Russia to win the tournament. “I’m sure every hockey player, every man, every fan in Russia wants to win. But, you know, it’s going to be hard because every [country has] a strong team.”

    Ovechkin also addressed the security concerns that athletes are facing. “I don’t think it’s going to be dangerous,” he said. “I think as President Putin said, we have security, but I’m sure everything’s going to be fine and everybody’s going to have a good time.”

    All told, it wasn’t much air time, but any opportunity to get one of the NHL’s stars in front of a new audience — probably one that normally has only a casual interested in the game — justifies the league’s participation in the Olympics.


  • Published On Jan 20, 2014
  • Grading the NHL team Christmas videos

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins made a Christmas video for 2013

    Nothing says “happy holidays” quite like Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. (Penguins.nhl.com)

    By Allan Muir

    It’s that most wonderful time of the year, when your favorite NHL stars finally cave in to the pleadings from their teams’ PR departments and agree to abandon all dignity in the spirit of spreading a little holiday cheer.

    Yes, it’s time for the annual video Christmas cards that are sent, with love, to you, the fans. And this year offers a diverse and laugh-filled crop sure to bring years of embarrassment to the participants. Check ‘em out:

    Pittsburgh Penguins: Holiday Album

    The Bit: This one offers charmingly low-rent visuals and a great concept: a compilation album of re-imagined Christmas classics, including “Feliz Niskanen,” “Do Jussi What I See,” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Sidney Claus.”

    Highlight: Kris Letang channeling Fred Armisen channeling Lawrence Welk.

    Grade: A

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  • Published On Dec 18, 2013


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