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Backstrom finally gets Olympic medal after drug test fiasco

AP Image Washngton Capitals and Swedish center Nicklas Backstrom has finally received the silver medal that he was denied after testing positive for high levels of pseudoephedrine.  Pseudoephedrine is present in an allergy medication Backstrom has used for seven years. The positive sample meant that Backstrom was suspended from the Olympic gold medal game between Sweden and Canada...
Via DC Sports-Kings
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nicklas Backstrom finally receives silver medal after six months

It’s been six months but finally Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom got his silver medal from the Winter Olympics. The Swedish center was banned from the gold medal game vs. Canada for testing positive for an elevated level of pseudoephedrine after taking allergy medicine, Zyrtec-D, a medicine he had taken every day for seven years. Canada won the game 3-0 but the International...
Via KCM Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mike Green and a Washington Rebuild

Tough choices and a tough reality likely await the Capitals in the coming weeks. (Getty) Things are not going well for the Washington Capitals right now.  Heading in to Friday night’s game with the Devils in Newark, the Capitals have lost six games in a row, four of them in regulation.  Their record stands at 22-20-8, and their figure of 14 wins in overtime and regulation is...
Via Rock the Red
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Caps Down the Stretch: Team Quality, the Deadline, and “Going for It”

Braden Holtby has caught an unbfortunate amount of flak for the Capitals' other shortcomings. With the Olympics now over, NHL teams are re-converging on their practice facilities as they prepare to head down the final 23 or so games of their regular seasons.  The Washington Capitals finished their pre-Olympic hockey on a high note, winning two games in a row to climb within...
Via Rock the Red
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Encouraging Signs from Capitals Pre-Deadline Day

Dustin Penner sent the Kings to the 2012 Final with this goal. (TheScore) Tuesday was an eventful day for the Washington Capitals, with General Manager George McPhee making two trades.  In the afternoon, he acquired left wing Dustin Penner from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a fourth round draft pick.  Then, later in the evening, he was able to get rid of the Martin Erat disaster...
Via Rock the Red
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Sweden’s Nicklas Backstrom Receives Silver Medal From 2014 Winter Olympics (Photo)

Nicklas Backstrom received his silver medal from the 2014 Winter Olympic ice hockey tournament in the most anti-climactic way Thursday. At a ceremony in Sweden, the 26-year-old was given his medal six months after the Sochi Games concluded. Nicklas Bäckström has finally received his silver medal from Sochi. http://t.co/H2Dx964TI4— Malin (@MalinElis) August 28, 2014 In a story...
Via NESN.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Capitals defenseman John Carlson ‘looking forward to a fresh start’

The new coaching staff was upstairs at Washington’s practice facility, another morning preparing for the upcoming season. His teammates were on the ice for another offseason skate session. Rookie camp will begin on Sept. 11, training camp one week after that, and around that time too comes John Carlson’s wedding. And yet the 24-year-old defenseman felt something resembling stasis...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

PHOTOSHOP EXPO: What Is Alex Ovechkin Showing Us?

Well, the dog days of summer are almost behind us – finally. With September rolling around comes multiple Facebook posts about pumpkin coffee, Sons of Anarchy, the brats going back to school and most important…hockey. So we’re going to kick this off with a fun little photoshop expo. This lovely image was tweeted to Adam of ThePensblog who retweeted it. So to get the creative...
Via Days of Y'Orr
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nicklas Backstrom Finally Receives His Olympic Silver Medal From Sochi

In late February, as Swedish center Nicklas Backstrom prepared for one of the biggest games of his career, he learned he tested positive for a banned substance, Zyrtec D, an allergy medication. Backstrom was barred from playing against Canada in the Sochi Olympics gold-medal game. He watched from the sidelines as his teammates got shut out 3-0. He suffered through a miserable press...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Pouring for Two: The Baby Alzner Ice Bucket Challenge

We learned more than a month ago that Karl Alzner's wife, Mandy, is pregnant. Today, with Karl filming, Mrs. Alzner - and her baby bump - took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
Via Capitals Outsider
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Line

If Trotz and Kuznetsov (not to mention new D-men Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen) can elevate the Caps, Washington will definitely get back to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus. And if Kuznetsov is as good as he has trended in his young career, who knows how good the Caps can be in the future. -Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News where you can read more on Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Via Kukla's Korner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Troy Brouwer shows off his sensitive side

Capitals forward Troy Brouwer is known as a tough, gritty player who also has a lot of offensive skills, having scored at least 17 goals in each of the last five seasons. But he’s not afraid to take the gloves off either. How does Brouwer spend his free time? Painting beautiful skylines of course. Who wins? @bottlenbottega pic.twitter.com/itaJIuX7DG — Troy Brouwer (@tbrouwer20...
Via DC Sports-Kings
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Fact or Fiction: Alex Ovechkin will lead the league in goals in 2014-15

Welcome to Fact or Fiction, a series where the PDL crew takes a look at a topic in the NHL and discusses whether or not it will come to fruition. Some topics will be more divisive than others, so we hope you’ll check back and weigh in on the various Fact or Fiction conversations. Alex Ovechkin silenced his critics and led the league in goals with 51 in 2013-14. After a few underwhelming...
Via Puck Drunk Love
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals’ Mike Green ties the knot

Capitals defenseman Mike Green, seen here with new wife Courtney, tied the knot last night in Calgary (courtesy of Russian Machine Never Breaks) Wedding bells were ringing for Capitals’ defenseman Mike Green as he and his new wife Courtney tied the knot last night in Calgary. The 28-year old Calgary native was looking rather dapper with his good friend Paul Woloshyn, showing everyone...
Via DC Sports-Kings
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Maria Kirilenko breaks off engagement with Alex Ovechkin

Alexander Ovechkin and women’s tennis star Maria Kirilenko got engaged over a year ago. The two had been dating for three years and seemed very happy together, but the relationship apparently did not work out. On Monday, Kirilenko released a statement through the Russian Tennis Federation announcing that she has called off the engagement. “I […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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