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Washington Capitals: Alex Ovechkin Benched, or Dale Hunter "Matching Lines?"

March 5th, 2012
The Washington Capitals have been a team in turmoil much of the season, failing to live up to the "Stanley Cup or bust" hype that greeted them in many preseason prognostications.In Sunday night's 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers—a second straight home shutout—another chapter was written in the drama that ...

Washington Capitals Should Practice Patience, Not Panic

May 3rd, 2010
I had a much longer column partially written, about practicing patience and taking to task everyone that seems so infatuated with blowing up the Caps for failing to close out Montreal after being up three games to one. But instead of preaching, I'll give a simple history lesson. It took Glen Sather, ...

Washington Capitals Right the Ship, Beat Thrashers 2-1

April 2nd, 2010
During their now-concluded three-game losing streak, Caps players, media, fans and Coach Bruce Boudreau all spoke often about the need for the club to play a full 60-minute game, something they all freely admitted they were not doing. Thursday night, against a scrappy Atlanta team trying to earn the eighth seed in the ...

Alex Ovechkin Suspended Two Games for Hit on Brian Campbell

March 15th, 2010
Washington Capitals star forward Alex Ovechkin was given a two-game suspension by NHL discipline czar Collin Campbell today, according to reports, for his hit on Brian Campbell in Sunday's nationally televised game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Reports out of Chicago indicate Campbell has a broken clavicle and ribs. In the crazy, ...

Washington Capitals Win in OT; Alex Ovechkin Headed for Discipline?

March 14th, 2010
Nicklas Backstrom scored on an end-to-end rush, before getting creamed in the slot, in overtime to finish off a tremendous comeback for the Washington Capitals. The 4-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks gives the Caps 46 wins and 101 points for the season. Trailing 3-0 at the start of the third ...

Washington Capitals Very Active at NHL Trade Deadline

March 3rd, 2010
Washington Capitals' General Manager George McPhee had a busy day Wednesday, pulling off four trades before the 3 p.m. NHL Trade Deadline. In chronological order: Washington picked up RW Scott Walker from Carolina for a 2010 seventh round pick, sent a 2010 second round pick to Minnesota in exchange for C Eric Belanger, ...

Nicklas Backstrom Leads Washington Capitals Past Ottawa Senators, 5-2

January 7th, 2010
Nicklas Backstrom is going a long way to prove that he is more than just Alex Ovechkin's caddy. He had a two-goal night—his fifth of the season—to lead the Washington Captials to a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators before a sold out Verizon Center. Backstrom added an assist as well on ...

Alex Ovechkin Gets “C,” Washington Capitals Get a “W”

January 5th, 2010
The Washington Capitals entered Tuesday night's game with the Montreal Canadiens on a three game regulation losing streak and in need of a spark.  They got that and more, as Alexander Semin scored twice, Tomas Fleischmann registered a goal and two helpers, and Michal Neuvirth pushed aside 24 of 26 shots, as ...

After Surprise Trade, Washington Capitals Lose To Carolina 6-3

December 28th, 2009
Most of the Washington Capitals didn't hear about their captain being traded away until they reached Verizon Center for Monday night's game against the last-place Carolina Hurricanes.  Once they took the ice, they played exactly like a team that had their heart ripped out, as they played sloppy, mistake-filled hockey for much ...

Washington Capitals Acquire Jason Chimera From Columbus Blue Jackets

December 28th, 2009
It's a big deal when a team deals its captain mid-season, especially when that team currently holds the best record in the league and is playing at the top of its game. But that's exactly what the Washington Capitals did today, sending four-year captain Chris Clark and defenseman Milan Jurcina to ...