Found September 15, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
The Washington Capitals opened up their preseason schedule last night with a 4-3 shootout victory against the Winnipeg Jets.  It might have been played on an Olympic-sized rink with a lot of rookies, but it's still our first chance to see our boys play in 4 months.  Washington Goals: Hillen (1), Galiev (1), Brouwer, PP (1) Winnipeg Goals: Kane (1), Kosmachuk (1), Kane (2) A scary moment early on as Alexander Ovechkin was basically force-fed the stick of Winnipeg rookie Ben Chiarot on a dump-in follow through.  A bloody Ovechkin went back to the dressing room, but returned to the ice before the 4-minute power play expired.  No serious damage, but still not something you want to see in a preseason game. Continue reading "HOCKEYVILLE QUICK HITS"

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Sometimes it's easy to forget that pre-season hockey is still hockey. Sure, it doesn't count, but every hit really exists, and every injury still hurts. Ovechkin probably is still smarting a bit from this high-stick courtesy of Ben Chiarot of the Winnipeg Jets. This happened Saturday during the annual Kraft Hockeyville game, which was held in Belleville, Ontario. GIF...

Oates on Alex Ovechkin: "He can be much, much better"

Alex Ovechkin silenced the vast majority of his critics last season. Despite a shortened schedule, Ovechkin managed to score 32 goals and 56 total points. Alex the Great had returned. Despite his successes during the 2012-13 season, some believe Ovechkin still has room to improve. In fact, some believe he can improve by a significant margin.  Washington's head coach, Adam...

Grabovski can't join Capitals because of visa problems

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Grabovski resolves immigration issues

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Green lifts Caps past Jets in exhibition opener

Mike Green scored in the fourth round of a shootout and former Belleville Bulls goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped all four Winnipeg attempts in the Washington Capitals' 4-3 victory over the Jets on Saturday night in the exhibition opener for both teams. Capitals star Alex Ovechkin briefly left the game in first period after taking a high stick to the face from Jets defenseman...

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NHL's new worst rule? Players could be penalized for tucked-in jersey

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Caps Defeat Jets in Kraft Hockeyville

The Caps and the Jets took to the big ice in Belleville, Ontario for Kraft Hockeyville with a mix of both teams' stars and a few youngsters vying for jobs.   Alex Ovechkin made the trip for the Caps - and even stayed in the game after being bloodied by a high stick that snuck up under his visor. The score after regulation was 3-3, including 2 goals from the Jets Evander Kane...
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