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After the series took a nasty turn in Game 3, the Capitals appear ready to bulk up for the next battle. While the main focus for Washington will be replacing Nicklas Backstrom up front as he serves a one-game suspension for cross-checking Bruins forward Rich Peverley, reports out of Washington hint that the Capitals might be making changes on their blue line as well. Perhaps in response to the nastiness on display in Game 3, Chuck Gormley of reported that John Erskine practiced on a pairing with Dennis Wideman on Wednesday and appears poised to make his first appearance...

Alex Ovechkin falls over boards into Caps bench

During Thursday night's NHL playoff game in Washington between the Capitals and Boston Bruins, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin fell into the team bench while trying to climb over the boards as he came off the ice during a line change. Ovechkin should have used the door instead. In the end, the Capitals defeated the Bruins 2-1 to tie the playoff series at two games apiece....

Why Braden Holtby Is Successful

There was one lesson I learned very early on covering the Capitals: look forward to the development and preseason camps, because you have a chance to interview Braden Holtby. I had a lot of hockey learning to do at the first development camp I covered in ’09—so much, in fact, that I didn’t even realize I’d asked the director of media relations at the time, Nate Ewell, where...

Capitals issue statement regarding suspension of C Backstrom

The Washington Capitals issued a statement on the team's website regarding the suspension of center Nicklas Backstrom on Wednesday.The statement is as follows:"We disagree with the NHL’s decision to suspend Nicklas Backstrom. This has been a competitive and physical series, and we do not understand why a suspension was imposed in this case while other incidents in...

Ovechkin Doesn’t See Much Ice Time In The 3rd Period

from Corey Misisak of, One guy who was surprisingly missing for much of the third period as the Capitals tried to hold off the Bruins was captain Alex Ovechkin, who played only 1:58 in the period. Ovechkin took four shifts in the period, but played only 54 seconds in final 17:20 and only 15 seconds in the final 14:00. Ovechkin played 15:03 in the first two periods—more... Photochop: Why Is Nicklas Backstrom So Happy?

Nicklas Backstrom has enjoyed happier days than he will on Thursday. That's because the Washington forward will be sitting out Game 4 of the Bruins-Capitals after being suspended one game for cross-checking Rich Peverley at the end of Game 3. Once upon a time, Backstrom basked in the glow of a game-winning goal and looked awfuly happy. Since then, however, he hasn't had much...

Alexander Ovechkin falls over boards into bench area (Video)

Poor Alexander Ovechkin, all he was trying to do was enter the bench during a line shift in game four of the Bruins/Capitals playoff series. Oveckin chose to go over the boards instead of using the door that opens into the bench area. Bad call, Ovie:

Nicklas Backstrom Suspended for Cross Check, Will Miss Game 4 (Video)

Down 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, the Washington Capitals are in desperate need of a victory in Game 4 on Thursday. Well, it appears that Dale Hunter's team will have to take on that challenge without one their best scorers. Nicklas Backstrom has been suspended for Game 4 by the NHL for his cross check to the head of Bruins' forward Rich Peverley at the end of Monday...

Karl Alzner calls Milan Lucic a crybaby, could be in for a beating (Video)

Karl Alzner may earn respect from his teammates for standing up to Milan Lucic on Monday night, but he may have also signed himself up for a beating. During a chippy 4-3 Boston win that went back and forth all night, a scuffle broke out late in the third period. Per usual, Lucic was at the center of it. When Alzner came up behind him and put him in a headlock during the dust-up...

Backstrom suspended by the NHL.

This was the fourth suspension of the day. As expected, Nicklas Backstrom has been suspended by the NHL for his crosscheck on Richard Peverley which resulted in Backstom receiving a match penalty. The NHL wouldn't rescind the match penalty. Of course one of the dirtiest players to ever play in the NHL defended his player. I wouldn't expect anything less. Capitals head...

Bruins Plan to Stay Physical With Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom Out (Video)

The Bruins won't have to deal with the Washington's Nicklas Backstrom on Thursday, but they're not breathing easy. Most of the players agree that the Capitals are still going to be tough at home, and they say they’re more focused on making sure the Bruins themselves are ready to play. Andy Brickley, however, has some ideas about how the B's can take advantage on...

Nicklas Backstrom Apologizes for Cross-Checking Rich Peverley, Says 'It Was Stupid on My Part'

Maybe it's because they realized they have awakened a sleeping bear, or maybe they truly are sorry. In any event, handing out apologies seems to be a common theme amongst the Capitals following Game 3 against the Bruins. A day after Karl Alzner apologized to Brad Marchand for an elbow to the head, Nicklas Backstrom apologized for cross-checking Rich Peverley in the face. "...

I dont think he ever cried. I don't think he cried as a baby.

The title is a direct quote from Chris Kelly. I wonder if the Capitals are happy they poked the bear. Lucic probably didn't cry as a baby, but Matt Hendricks looks like he **** his pants. I'm sure they're glad they poked the bear.  

Hunter: Bruins targeting Backstrom's head

One of the dirtiest hockey players to ever play in the NHL is accusing the Boston Bruins of going after Nicklas Backstrom. I guess the former goon Hunter would be able to spot this type of behavior on the sight? In case you’ve forgotten, this is the same Dale Hunter that delivered one of the direst cheap shots I have ever witnessed to former Islander former Pierre Turgeon in Game...
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