Found May 03, 2013 on Fox Sports:
A year ago, the Washington Capitals played a defense-first brand of hockey under coach Dale Hunter. Nearly all of their playoff games were decided by one goal. Alex Ovechkin's ice time dwindled. And their postseason ended with a Game 7 loss to the New York Rangers in the second round. On Thursday night, the Capitals opened this year's playoffs against - who else? - the Rangers, using first-time NHL head coach Adam Oates' more free-flowing style and a re-energized Ovechkin to produce a 3-1 victory. ''We play more well-rounded now,'' Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner said. ''We have guys that can score goals and are allowed to go up there and do their thing. There's really no reins on anybody. At the same time, they know what their defensive responsibilities are.'' Ovechkin's franchise-record 31st career playoff goal got Washington started before less-heralded teammates Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera scored 46 seconds apart, ...

Alexander Ovechkin grooves to Drake song in a car with his buddies (video)

Say what you want about Washington Capitals superstar Alexander Ovechkin, this video leaves little doubt that his reemergence into a dominant offensive force during the regular season apparently has him feeling fairly loosey-goosey heading into his team’s Game 1 showdown against the New York Rangers on Thursday night in the rivals’ Eastern Conference quarterfinals match-up. Uploaded...

Capitals storm Rangers in Game 1

Alex Ovechkin's franchise-record 31st career playoff goal got the Capitals started before less-heralded teammates Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera scored 46 seconds apart, and Washington beat the New York Rangers 3-1 Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round series. Ovechkin, a two-time MVP who led the NHL with 32 goals this season, crashed the net to score on a power...

Rapid Rewind: A Great Start. Capitals 3, Rangers 1

Alex Ovechkin found twine for a franchise-record 31st time in the playoffs on Thursday night. (WP) The Washington Capitals won game one of their 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers on Thursday night by a 3-1 score inside a trembling Verizon Center.  Despite a start that saw them dominate play but not convert and then allow New York to grab...

Here Is Your NHL Playoff Fan Of The Week

NHL fans are generally bonkers as it is, but it’s a whole new ballgame come playoff time. That’s why we’ve decided to bring you this “Playoff Fan of the Week” feature. Our first award goes to this little man: Well, both of them I guess, but the one on the right is a little extra special. This moment is brought to you by Alex Ovechkin’s game-tying power play goal. Keep...

Earth to Richards, Nash

Searching for exactly what the New York Rangers' high-priced forwards did in a 3-1 loss in Game 1 of the first-round series against Alexander Ovechkin's Capitals on Thursday night takes you to the back page of the score sheet.

TiqIQ Series Preview: Rangers vs. Capitals

by Richie Katz, TiqIQ To begin the shortened NHL season, The Washington Capitals won only two of their first 11 games. The playoffs seemed to be out of the question. That is until someone turned the switch on Alex Ovechkin. In the month of April alone, he scored 14 goals in 13 games. Eventually outdueling [...]

Playoff Series Preview (3) Washington Capitals vs (6) New York Rangers

Let’s start with the series that we all are paying very close attention to. A look at the Capitals- The Capitals started this shortened season on a rough note as they sat at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, but dating back to March 21st the Capitals are 15-2-2. Alex Ovechkin has seem to have found his [...]

Alex Ovechkin a great leader

Mike Wise of The Washington Post:He heard every knock, every stereotype, including the most disturbing: that a flamboyant, Russian player who speaks broken English did not have the qualities to galvanize all those gritty North Americans into becoming a special team, even though the Swedish-born Nicklas Lidstrom became the first European NHL captain to hoist the Stanley Cup in 2008...

The Creation of a Culture for Winning

It’s a queer feeling, moving about Washington in this the season of the calendar of our perpetual discontent, and actually feeling good about the Capitals’ chances. This morning, well post cherry blossoms, I have a startling message to convey: We ought to be optimistic. Not cautiously optimistic, but full-blown optimistic. There are a handful of key attributes to the very winning...

Special teams matchup may decide the series

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America One of the oldest adages of hockey is that to win games, you must stay out of the penalty box.  Nothing revolutionary there, it makes sense that you don’t want to give your opponent too many chances to outnumber you on the ice. It will certainly ring true in Round One, when the Rangers face Washington’s #1 ranked power play, which converted...

Blues Dominate Ice and Win

After the St. Louis Blues pulled out their 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings in overtime in St. Louis last night, I was tremendously relieved.  Last year, the Kings took it to the Blues by completely dominating the ice.  I look back at that series and I think that the Kings won because they beat the Blues at their own game.Fast forward to today and you have to think that this...

Russia looks to defend hockey worlds title

Russia looks defend its hockey world championship title ahead of its home Olympics in Sochi. Russia enters the 77th hockey worlds as a favorite following its dominant display in 2012, when the team had NHL players and won all 10 games en route to the title. However, this team consists of players from the domestic KHL team and lacks top stars Yevgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Alex...

Rangers-Capitals Preview

Things were looking bleak for the Washington Capitals in early February. Playing a new system under a rookie head coach, with a shortened training camp and zero exhibition games thanks to the lockout, Alex Ovechkin and Co. won only two of their first 11 games. Somehow, Washington wound up atop the Southeast Division and hosts the New York Rangers on Thursday night to begin an Eastern...
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