Found January 06, 2012 on Washington Times:
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Washington Capitals center Marcus Johansson never got to enjoy a gold-medal celebration at the world junior championships. In two appearances, including one in which he served as captain of Sweden, he won silver and bronze. So when Sweden beat Russia 1-0 in overtime for gold at ...

Washington Capitals — A Tale of Two Alex’s

And, no, the title does not reference the two Alex’s who sport the hometown red sweaters of the Washington Capitals: Ovechkin and Semin.  Rather, it’s about Alex Ovechkin in the first 34 games of the season vs. the #8 that’s played in the last four games.  At the risk of sounding trite, it’s almost as if there have been two different individuals wearing the jersey that...

Capitals C Backstrom returns to practice

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom returned to practice Thursday and isn't expected to miss any time after taking an elbow to the head earlier in the week.Backstrom went through the motions at practice two days after he was leveled by the elbow of Calgary forward Rene Bourque in a 3-1 victory over the Flames.Bourque was given a five-game suspension for the hit, which...

Capitals C Backstrom says he's ready to return

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom said he feels ready to return to the lineup after taking an elbow to the head earlier in the week. Backstrom practiced for the second straight day on Friday and said he felt "ready to go." Washington plays at San Jose on Saturday night. Capitals coach Dale Hunter agreed that Backstrom looks good but said he is still being evaluated...

Alex Ovechkin still learning ropes as Capitals' captain

Upon changing coaches in late November, general manager George McPhee was asked whether the Washington Capitals would also have a new captain. "That's not going to happen," he said. There was to be no debate. Alex Ovechkin is the guy with the "C" on his chest, an honor given to ...

Capitals' center Backstrom returns to practice

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is practicing again, two days after taking an elbow to the head.

Practice: Jan. 5

The Washington Capitals were on ice Thursday as they prepare to take on the San Jose Sharks on Saturday inside HP Pavilion.  Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex: Nicklas Backstrom was on the ice for practice, and participated fully, taking contact from his teammates and taking part in power play drills.  He skated on a line with Marcus Johansson and Mike Knuble, and after...

Capitals' road woes continue in 5-2 loss to Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. — History might not matter to these Washington Capitals: 18 years without a victory in San Jose. But Saturday night provided yet another troubling example of this team's inability to win on the road. Outskated for much of the night and dominated in their own zone, the ...

Sharks will face a rejuvenated Alex Ovechkin

Bruce Boudreau is only an interested observer of the Washington Capitals these days. But from his vantage point as the now-former coach, Boudreau might be the least-surprised person in hockey that Alex Ovechkin has begun heating up.

Capitals-Sharks Preview

Since the start of 2008-09, the Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks have more points than any other teams in the NHL, so they're used to coming away with two more often than not. For more than a decade, the Capitals have rarely come away with any against the Sharks. Winners of 14 of 15 against Washington, surging San Jose could have its hands full Saturday night at HP Pavilion...

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom returns to practice, 2 days after elbow to head

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Backstrom to Sit Out at San Jose

It’s been four nights since Calgary forward Rene Bourque blatantly flapped an elbow to the head of Caps center Nicklas Backstrom. Although the Caps’ center skated a couple more shifts in that Tuesday game, he also missed his last fe...
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