Found April 26, 2013 on On Frozen Blog:
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 22, and their largest total of penalty minutes overall since February 21, although Thursday’s numbers included a 10-minute misconduct for Jason Chimera. Still, that’s a tall order for a team ranked 28th in the league in penalty killing, even considering one of the penalties was a matching minor with Ottawa. But between the bookends of an excellent penalty kill the Capitals sustained in the third period Tuesday—a penalty kill that safeguarded a playoff berth—and the 4-on-3 mishap in overtime Thursday, the Capitals’ unit has looked sharp. The Senators got only 8 shots the entire night on the power play, and th...

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Capitals re-sign Fehr, Volpatti

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...

Capitals' playoffs match validates new coach Oates

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...

Neuvirth Re-Signs With Washington

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a two-year contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Neuvirth will earn $2.4 million in 2013-14 and $2.6 million in 2014-15. Neuvirth, 25, currently ranks third in career wins (55) in Capitals history among goalies originally drafted by the team and...

Division Champs Re-Ink Two

The Capitals have resigned forwards Eric Fehr (left) and Aaron Volpatti (right) (photo’s courtesy of and   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...

Capitals can’t close against possible playoff opponent

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 [...]

WATCH: Ovechkin applies stranglehold on Rocket race

On a night where the Ottawa Senators clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Capitals, Alex Ovechkin stole the show yet again with another highlight reel goal. Ovechkin took a pass from Marcus Johansson, which was almost a turnover when Chris Philips looked liked he was going to turn the tide with a solid defensive play. But The Great 8 had other plans. Ovechkin...

1991 Capitals Tenth Rounder Rob Leask Retires by   Steven Ellis

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, [...]

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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 ...

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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...
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