Early exit a year after Cup win teaches Caps another lesson

Hockey 04/26/19, 17:09

Nicklas Backstrom always wondered what it would take to win it all.When he stood outside the Washington Capitals' locker room following first- or second-round playoff losses in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, he lamented each missed opportunity but could never definitively say what it would ...

Capitals beat Hurricanes 6-0 to take 3-2 series lead

Hockey 04/20/19, 22:09

Nicklas Backstrom needed five games to match his goal output from the entire 2018 playoffs, and he and Alex Ovechkin have the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals one victory away from the second round.Backstrom had two goals and two assists, Ovechkin had a goal and two assists and Braden Holtby ...

Orpik scores in OT, Capitals take 2-0 lead over Hurricanes

Hockey 04/13/19, 17:29

Brooks Orpik scored less than two minutes into overtime, Alex Ovechkin had two assists and the Washington Capitals beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Saturday to give the defending Stanley Cup champions a 2-0 lead in the first-round series.The tone was set for a wacky afternoon when a rat fell ...

Capitals jump out to early lead, hang on to beat Hurricanes

Hockey 04/11/19, 21:39

Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin combined to score three goals on the first eight shots, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals survived a surge from Andrei Svechnikov and the Carolina Hurricanes to win Game 1 of their first-round series 4-2 on Thursday night.Backstrom scored twice and Ovechkin scored ...

Capitals survive surge from Hurricanes to win Game 1

Sports 04/11/19, 21:24

Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin combined to score three goals on the first eight shots, and the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals survived a surge from Andrei Svechnikov and the Carolina Hurricanes to win Game 1 of their first-round series 4-2 on Thursday night.Backstrom scored twice and Ovechkin scored ...

Islanders beat Capitals to earn home-ice in first round

Sports 04/06/19, 20:41

Valtteri Filppula scored twice in his return from injury, Robin Lehner stopped all 29 shots he faced and the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-0 in each team's regular-season finale Saturday night to clinch home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.Coach Barry Trotz's team came into ...

Trocheck, Barkov lead Panthers past Capitals 5-3

Sports 04/01/19, 21:28

Vincent Trocheck scored two goals, including his 100th in the NHL, and the Florida Panthers withstood a late surge to beat the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Monday night.Troy Brouwer, Jonathan Huberdeau and Frank Vatrano also scored for the Panthers, and Aleksander Barkov had three assists. Barkov has 94 points this ...

Ovechkin nets 50th, 51st goals in Caps’ 6-3 win vs Lightning

Hockey 03/30/19, 21:05

Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th and 51st goals of the season, leading the Washington Capitals to a 6-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie also scored twice, while Braden Holtby finished with 25 saves as the Capitals won their fourth consecutive game. Backstrom ...

Ovechkin ends scoring drought, Capitals beat Hurricanes 4-1

Hockey 03/26/19, 21:08

Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 49th goal of the season to snap a four-game drought and help Washington beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Tuesday night, increasing the Capitals' division lead.Ovechkin snapped a shot past Petr Mrazek for the go-ahead goal 4:31 into the third period for his third goal ...

Penalty kill shines, Capitals beat Jets to extend win streak

Hockey 03/10/19, 20:46

Carl Hagelin scored the go-ahead goal on a breakaway out of the penalty box, backup Pheonix Copley made 33 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Sunday night for their seventh consecutive victory.Led by Copley, Hagelin and Nick Jensen, the Capitals killed off all five minor ...

Holtby, Capitals blank Devils 3-0 for 6th straight win

Hockey 03/08/19, 22:58

Andre Burakovsky and Nicklas Backstrom scored, Braden Holtby stopped 25 shots and the Washington Capitals extended their winning streak to six games with an ugly 3-0 victory over the last-place New Jersey Devils on Friday night.Burakovsky ran his goal streak to three games after he wasn't traded at the deadline. ...

Capitals extend win streak to 6 with 3-0 win over Devils

Hockey 03/08/19, 21:48

Andre Burakovsky and Nicklas Backstrom scored, Braden Holtby stopped 25 shots and the Washington Capitals extended their winning streak to six games with an ugly 3-0 victory over the last-place New Jersey Devils on Friday night.Burakovsky extended his goal streak to three games after he wasn't traded at the deadline. ...

Holtby gets 250th win, Capitals beat Flyers 5-3

Hockey 03/07/19, 02:16

Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and an assist, and Braden Holtby got his 250th career win as the Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 Wednesday night to reclaim sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division.Brett Connolly, Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky also scored ...

Ovechkin, Backstrom lead Capitals to 5-3 win over Flyers

Hockey 03/06/19, 22:33

Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and an assist, and the Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 Wednesday night to reclaim sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division.Brett Connolly, Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky also scored for the Capitals, who won their fifth straight ...

Recent Cup champs show small trades can make big difference

Sports 03/06/19, 02:24

Nick Jensen was just a Minnesota boy who played his first three seasons in Detroit.Then he walked into the Washington Capitals' locker room and saw the likes of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov, who welcomed their newest defenseman with open arms."I never knew them before this and I ...

Kuznetsov’s overtime winner lifts Caps over Rangers, 6-5

Hockey 02/24/19, 16:05

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored at 4:20 of overtime, just beating teammate Alex Ovechkin's stick to the puck, and the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Rangers 6-5 on Sunday in their return from their longest road trip this season.Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist tried to block Kuznetsov's pass back to Ovechkin in ...

Ovechkin scores NHL-leading 39th as Capitals beat Sharks 5-1

Hockey 02/15/19, 01:06

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 ...

Caps beat Avs in OT, Colorado loses 5th consecutive game

Sports 02/07/19, 21:58

Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the winning goal, backup Pheonix Copley made 34 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Avalanche 4-3 in overtime Thursday night to hand struggling Colorado its fifth consecutive loss.The Avalanche have lost 10 of their past 12 games and are the NHL's worst team since Dec. 7. ...

Capitals fall 6-3 to Maple Leafs, lose 7th straight game

Hockey 01/23/19, 22:58

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 ...

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