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When the Capitals’ coaching staff shook up the forward lines and defense pairings last week one combination that was left untouched was the top line of center Nicklas Backstrom left wing Marcus Johansson and right wing Alex Ovechkin.
Through eight games the trio has combined for just three even-strength goa and is a combined minus-12 which averages out to a minus-4 as a unit.
By comparison last season Backstrom [plus-8] Johansson [plus-3] and Ovechkin [plus-2] were a combined plus-13 with a little more than half of their goals  coming at even strength.
“The whole team needs to be better in our own end and then go on offense and take the chances when we get them” Johansson said.
Adam Oates admits plus-minus numbers can often be skewed – Ovechkin was on the ice for a goal against after coming out of the penalty box last week – but he sas he’s like better 5-on-5 play from his top line.
“I think we can get more out of it” Oates said. “They’re getting their looks. You don’t wa...
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The Washington Capitals departed the warmer climes of D.C. for a visit to Manitoba for a tilt Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets. On Monday, when the team landed, the weather was a bit chilly with a morning temperature of 36 degrees. Still, that does not mean whatever the hell Alexander Ovechkin chose to put on […]The post Why in the holy hell is Alexander Ovechkin sporting this...
Braden Holtby made 37 saves and Martin Erat assisted on three Washington goals in the Capitals' 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.
Joel Ward and Brooks Laich scored in the second period for the Capitals, and Troy Brouwer and Alex Ovechkin gave Washington a cushion early in the third.
Artem Anisimov spoiled Holtby's shutout at 15:05 of the third.
The Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets entered their first meeting as Metropolitan Division foes in similar situations. Both are off to lackluster starts and both shook up their line combinations ahead of this matchup looking for a spark.
With goals by four players — including two on the power play — and a solid 37-save showing by goaltender Braden Holtby it was Washington...
Former NHL defenseman Steve Eminger has signed with CSKA Moskva after not coming to terms to an NHL contract. Eminger was drafted in the first round, 12th overall by the Washington Capitals at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut the next season, but after 17 games in Washington he was sent back down to the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers. Throughout the 2007–08 [...]
On Tuesday night the Washington Capitals played the Winnipeg Jets in one exciting hockey game. The Capitals ended up prevailing 5-4 in a shootout. One of the best plays of the night came 5 minutes into the third period with the Capitals on a power play in the midst of a 3-3 game. Nicklas Backstrom is known for his puck handling abilities and his passing and puts both of these on...
The Washington Capitals had the day off on Sunday, so the captain Alex Ovechkin went to FedEx Field and took in the Washington Redskins-Chicago Bears game. No surprise to see Ovechkin wearing an RG3 jersey while watching the game from a suite.
Lets go Redskins!!! pic.twitter.com/9NpsYmTcGy
— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) October 20, 2013
Alex Ovechkin, left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his 7th of the season in the Capitals 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets (photo courtesy of Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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