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Adam Oates says he never doubted his system, even when the Washington Capitals were struggling mightily at the start of the season.
He knew others would be doubting him, though, because he was a first-year NHL coach. He just didn't want that doubt spreading among his players.
Oates said Wednesday he thinks he's proven his system does work now that the Capitals have turned the season around and clinched the Southeast Division title.
Washington has two games remaining in the regular season to fine-tune Oates' system before hosting Game 1 against a yet-to-be-determined opponent next week.
Then it will be time to see if Oates can do something that hasn't happened in a long time - get the Capitals deep into the playoffs.
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Shouts of “M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!” caromed off the walls of the Phone Booth on Tuesday night as the Washington Capitals locked up another Southeast Division title, their fifth in six years. In what was an up and down game, the Caps eventually came out on top, both in the game and in the division.Second chances were the theme for the Capitals in a must-win game last night. John...
A day after clinching a sixth consecutive playoff berth, the Washington Capitals have re-signed forwards Eric Fehr and Aaron Volpatti.
Fehr, a right wing, got a $3 million, two-year deal. Volpatti, a left wing, will make $1.15 million over his two-year contract. Both agreements were announced Wednesday.
The 27-year-old Fehr's split is $1.4 million next season, and $1.6 million...
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed right wing Eric Fehr to a two-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Fehr will earn $1.4 million in 2013-14 and $1.6 million in 2014-15.
Fehr, 27, has recorded 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 39 games with Washington this season. Fehr leads the team...
The Washington Capitals clinched the Southeast Division title Tuesday night, completing a stark turnaround in a lockout-shortened season with a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets.
Alex Ovechkin scored his league-leading 31st goal, John Erskine cleared two shots off the goal line, and Braden Holtby made 24 saves for the Capitals, who have won 10 of 11 to secure a playoff berth with two...
Caps defenseman and all-around goodfella Karl Alzner made a trip to the Greene Turtle in Olney on Wednesday to promote the team and hang out with Caps fans. Alzner is a restricted free agent at the end of the season, and here's hoping the Caps sign him.
Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry has been critical of Mike Milburry for chastising Capitals Star Alex Ovechkin (mississaugalife.ca)
When you look at the Washington Capitals lockout-shortened season, one word could be used to describe it: adaptation. The Caps started out a DISMAL, abhorrent 2-8-1, but now with two games left in the season are Southeast Division Champions, have...
The Capitals have resigned forwards Eric Fehr (left) and Aaron Volpatti (right) (photo’s courtesy of dcprosports.com and espn.go.com)
A day after clinching their 2nd Southeast Division Title in three seasons, the Washington Capitals have resigned forwards Eric Fehr and Aaron Volpatti to 2 year contracts as per the team’s official website.
A 27 year old Winkler Mannitoba, Canada...
The Capitals are going to the playoffs. (Examiner)
The Washington Capitals pulled off the almost impossible on Tuesday night inside Verizon Center, defeating the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 to complete a miraculous turnaround and clinch the Southeast Division and a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Getting goals from Matt Hendricks, Jason Chimera, Mathieu Perreault, Nicklas Backstrom...
Though Michal Neuvirth won first star of the game, the Capitals lone goal was much thanks to the effort put out by Marcus Johansson. Photo by Taylor Lewis After Tuesday’s electrifying win over the Winnipeg Jets, the Capitals treated fans to something a little less than on Thursday. With the Southeast secured, Washington came out [...]
Rob Leask may not be the most well known hockey player on the planet, but the former AHLer has announced his retirement today at the age of 41. Leask was drafted 67th overall in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals. He started his professional career with the Baltimore Skipjacks of the AHL in 1992. As a member of the Johnstown Chiefs, [...]
It seems odd to lead off talking about a game the Capitals lost on a penalty kill in overtime by praising said penalty kill units.
But if it hadn’t been for some quality shorthanded time by Washington Thursday, a tight contest could have devolved into a serious letdown.
In their 2-1 loss to Ottawa, the Capitals ended up with their biggest total of minor penalties since March...
Alex Ovechkin was one of five goal scorers for Washington as they knocked off the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 to claim the Southeast Division title and the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
SPIN: The Capitals needed a big run to save their season and they got it. Ovechkin is making a late run to be fantasy MVP. Nicklas Backstrom scored a rare goal for the Capitals , his eighth of...
Claiming the Southeast Division title was an impressive feat for the Washington Capitals given their slow start.
Reigning Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, meanwhile, could provide a huge boost to the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night as they seek the victory that would reward them with a postseason spot of their own.
In this compressed lockout season, reaching the playoffs ...
The Washington Capitals knocked the Boston Bruins out of last year's playoffs, and now they have a chance to put a dent in their chances for a Northeast Division title.
Washington looks to head into the postseason on a high note Saturday night when they host a Boston team seeking consistency down the stretch.
The Capitals (26-18-3) wrapped up their fifth Southeast Division...