Found April 12, 2014 on Sports Injury Alert:
As if barely missing out on the playoffs wasn't painful enough, the Washington Capitals now have to endure injury added to insult.Centerman Marcus Johansson left The Capitals' win over the coasting Chicago Blackhawks in the second period on Friday night, the result of taking a Nicklas Backstrom drive off of his left hand during a Caps' power play and did not return.Playing in all but one match thus far in the season, the durable Johansson potted eight goals and laid down 36 dimes for 44 points which, unfortunately for the Caps. rated fourth highest on the team behind Alex Ovechkin, Backstrom and Joel Ward - and that's how his season will end, as Johansson has already been ruled out for Washington's season finale:Marcus Johansson will miss Sunday’s season finale, Oates said.— Katie Carrera (@kcarrera) April 12, 2014Washington's first round pick in the 2009 entry draft, Johansson averaged 18:32 of ice time per game while earning an abysmal minus-twe...

Ovechkin Heading Home?, and other Caps Randoms

     I have an incredibly busy Saturday planned for today thanks to my wife and kids but there are still a few items to discuss coming from the American capital today. Since I am in a big hurry I've decided to steal a page out of Clouts' book and just fire these off in a point form random style blog.  1. First off where the hell was this team when the games actually...

Ovechkin would have to negotiate out of current deal to head to KHL

Ilya Kovalchuk shocked the hockey world last summer when he retired from the NHL and signed with SKA Saint Petersburg in the KHL the following week. Would Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin be next? From TSN: On Thursday’s edition of Insider Trading on the NHL on TSN, (Pierre LeBrun) reported that there were whispers out of the KHL that one of the clubs may try to approach...

Dear NHL - Your BLUNDER May Cost Washington a Playoff Spot

What ever do I mean? Remember back on January 18th when FOUR, count 'em FOUR refs and linesman didn't see a deflected puck hit the protective netting? Remember when that puck bounced OFF the netting and off of Jonathan Quick's back and into the net for a GOAL with 26.1 seconds left in regulation giving the Red Wings a VICTORY over the Kings and an extra POINT that they...

Backstrom: ‘We’re the ones that should be ashamed’

The Capitals conducted an optional practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Saturday and among those who took the option not to participate was head coach Adam Oates. "There were only a couple guys [skating]," Oates said, "and I was still watching a little bit of video from yesterday and kind of getting ready for tomorrow's meeting." With speculation swirling...

Blow Up The Capitals?

Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington answers some fan mail... If Caps were willing to blow up the core, which of Ovi, Backy and Green is most likely to get dealt? Nothing like being direct. Alex Ovechkin has seven years and $70 million remaining on his contract [he’s getting a raise from $9 million to $10 million next season] and beginning July 1 he can give the Capitals a list...

Lightning secure home ice for first round with in over Capitals

Anders Lindback stopped 18 shots and three shootout attempts in Tampa Bay's 1-0 victory over the Washington Capitals. The win gives Tampa Bay home-ice advantage for its first-round meeting with the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Blackhawks Blanked In Washington

No Toews, no Kane, no Keith, no offense. The Blackhawks went to Washington and lost 4-0 to a Capitals team that, unlike the Hawks, didn’t just go thru the motions. Jay Beagle doubled his goal output for the season, scoring … Continue reading →The post Blackhawks Blanked In Washington appeared first on Committed Indians.

Lightning at Capitals game preview

TV: FOX Sports Florida Time: Pregame coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. The Tampa Bay Lightning's final tune-up for Montreal in the first round of the playoffs comes in the form of the Washington Capitals, a team that's provided plenty of a challenge for them in recent seasons. Both teams will try to end the regular season with winning streaks Sunday in Washington with the Capitals...

Ovi gets 51st; Caps top coasting Blackhawks 4-0

WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 51st goal to help lead the Washington Capitals to a low-intensity 4-0 rout of the coasting Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night in a game between teams whose postseason fates had already been decided.
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