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Nicklas Backstrom wears 'contact' red at practice

The Washington Capitals had to made their season debut without Nicklas Backstrom, their star forward who led the league in assists last season.Backstrom has been recovering from offseason arthroscopic hip surgery.His timetable on a return varied throughout the offseason. At first, he would miss a month. Then, it was ten or so games. Most recently, it was four or five games.Backstrom...
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Capitals 5, Devils 3: Highlights, Analysis, and Reaction

Five different Capitals scored goals, including three-time defending Maurice Rocket Richard award winner Alex Ovechkin, as the Capitals opened the 2015-16 season with a 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. FINAL SCORE: #Caps 5, Devils 3. Next Game is Tuesday at home v. SJS . #CapsWin — Washington Capitals (@washcaps) October 11, 2015 The Capitals jumped...
Via KCM Sports
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Watch: Alex Ovechkin Scores Beautiful Highlight-Reel Goal

Big time players make big time plays. That was the case for Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin, as he scored his first goal of the season in spectacular fashion at a crucial time in the game. With the game tied 2-2 between the Capitals and New Jersey Devils nearly seven minutes into the third period, Ovechkin got the puck on a breakaway and skated hard through the neutral zone. With...
Via KCM Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Washington Capitals C Nicklas Backstrom could miss 4-5 games

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is expected to miss a handful of games at the start of the NHL season as he works his way back from hip surgery. Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said Tuesday that the team originally thought Backstrom could miss anywhere from zero to 10 games, but ''now it seems to be four or five games.'' Says MacLellan:...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

More on the Oshie and McQuaid Fight

The regular season should be a dandy in the Eastern Conference. It's not very often that you see T.J. Oshie fighting. Sounds like we missed one heck of a preseason game between the Boston Bruins and the Washington Captials. Per Chuck Gormley, CSN Mid Atlantic: “Any time you get into a fight your hands take a beating,” said Wilson, who knocked Miller’s helmet off with a hard...
Via Goon's World
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Caps make final cuts, finalize season roster

The Washington Capitals made their final roster reductions today, setting their season opening roster.  Surprisingly, veteran Derek Roy, who was invited into training camp, was among the cuts, despite a solid training camp and pre-season.  Besides Roy, the following players were cut form the roster:   Justin Peters,  Ryan Stanton, Aaron Ness, Chandler Stephenson, and Liam O’Brien...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: T.J. Oshie Gets Into Fight With Bruins Player

T.J. Oshie get into a tough bout with the Bruins’ Adam McQuaid during a recent Capitals-Bruins game. Oshie, giving up approximately 20 pounds and five inches, had some difficulty in this one. The post Watch: T.J. Oshie Gets Into Fight With Bruins Player appeared first on Diehardsport.
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Video: T.J. Oshie levels and then fights Adam McQuaid

T.J. Oshie is looking to make a big impression with his new team and he might have done that with this huge hit on Adam McQuaid. Immediately following the hit, Oshie and McQuaid dropped their gloves. Oshie is expected to assist in carrying Washington’s offense this season, but he might want to learn which players to avoid fighting in the Eastern Conference. The post Video: T...
Via Puck Drunk Love
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Andre Burakovsky can step up for the injured Nicklas Backstrom

At the start of the year, the Washington Capitals will be without Nicklas Backstrom, the team's top center.It remains uncertain how long Backstrom will be out for, but all indications show that Backstrom will miss at least a few games at the start of the year.Evgeny Kuznetsov is expected to step in and be the top center in Backstrom's absence. Kuznetsov, the Capitals' second-line...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Wilson refuses to fight Boulton, gets called 'scared to death'

After delivering a massive hit against Lubomir Visnovsky in the playoffs last year, the New York Islanders wasted little time in trying to get revenge on Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson this preseason.  Islanders enforcer Eric Boulton chased Wilson around during the Captials 3-1 victory, hoping he would drop the gloves – to which Wilson refused. Eric Boulton on...
Via Puck Drunk Love
13 days ago  |  Discuss

SQ NHL Preview Series: Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals (Last Season: 45-26-11, 2nd in Metropolitan; lost in second round of Playoffs)Coach: Barry Trotz (602-505-60-111; 17th season, 2nd with Capitals)Key Departures: Joel Ward, Troy BrouwerKey Additions: T.J. Oshie, Justin WilliamsKey Player: Braden Holtby. Braden Holtby emerged on the national stage during the postseason last year, putting up a sterling .944...
Via The Sports Quotient
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Ovechkin on space tourism: I am doing all right staying on Earth

Alexander Ovechkin has always been viewed as a rather peculiar, somewhat eccentric fellow. Now it may be apropos to refer to him as a “space oddity.” The Washington Capitals superstar recently had an asteroid named after him in Russia. Astronomer Leonid Elenin — who said he named the asteroid, discovered in 2009, after Ovi as a late birthday gift — presented the NHL superstar...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Agreement or not, Alex Ovechkin is going to the 2018 Olympics

The NHL hasn’t decided whether its players will participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Alex Ovechkin has decided that it doesn’t matter, he’s going. In an interview with Tass in Russia, Ovechkin said that he, and others, will head to Pyeongchang to play for their country: “The same situation was with the [2014] Sochi Games, they said NHL could not be...
Via Puck Drunk Love
August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Caps' Brooks Laich gets engaged to Julianne Hough

Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich’s offseason started a little earlier than he might have liked, but it hasn’t been a bad summer for him, either. Laich and girlfriend Julianne Hough from “Dancing With the Stars” now are engaged. Hough announced the news on her Instagram account Tuesday. She also wrote in the caption: “We are overwhelmed with joy and excitement...
August 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Braden Holtby Is Worth Every Penny

Goaltenders are the backbone of any NHL team. A team can have the best scoring power in the league, but without solid goaltending, it will never be a contender. But recently, many fans have complained that goaltenders are being overpaid and that their contracts aren't worth the salary cap hit. Admittedly, some of these complaints can be justified. Some teams are eager to sign...
Via The Sports Quotient
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Capitals sign goaltender Braden Holtby to a five-year contract extension

The Washington Capitals have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with goalie Braden Holtby.  The terms of the five-year deal is $30.5 million and will run through the 2020 NHL season, giving Washington a long-term net solution. Holtby had a terrific 2014-15 season under new coach Barry Trotz and goalie coach Mitch Korn.  He set a career high with 41 wins, posting...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

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