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Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee says it's not time to make radical moves, even though the team is the worst in the NHL with nearly a quarter of the season done.
McPhee on Friday cited penalties and goaltending as two of the major culprits that have caused the Capitals to lose nine of their first 11 games.
McPhee says ''we're not going to blow anything up.'' He adds that owner Ted Leonsis is ''not very happy'' but has been supportive.
McPhee also says he's happy with Alex Ovechkin's play even though the former two-time league MVP has yet to score a 5-on-5 goal this season.
McPhee is giving a vote of confidence to new coach Adam Oates and says the team's undisciplined play isn't because of the new system.
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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
In the Caps' locker room, the players were suitably chastened, as you would expect from a team that is now 2-8-1.
Troy Brouwer suggested the team wasn't mentally prepared to play.
"I agree," offered captain Alex Ovechkin.
"Yeah, no emotions. Nothing."
Before Thursday's game, rookie head coach Adam...
from Erik Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Think maybe the Washington Capitals are having second thoughts about firing Bruce Boudreau after a 12-9-1 start last year? Since then, they’ve used Dale Hunter and now Adam Oates behind the bench and things are getting worse, not better. The Caps were 30th out of 30 teams entering play Thursday, which is also where they were when...
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Troy Brouwer scored two goals and Braden Holtby stopped 27 shots and assisted on Brouwer's second goal and the Washington Capitals shut out the Florida Panthers 5-0 in the opener of a home-and-home series Saturday night.
Mathieu Perreault and Joel Ward each added a goal and an assist, and Alex Ovechkin also scored for Washington (3-8-1), which snapped a three...
Washington Capitals (2-7-1) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (7-3-0)
ROOT, NHLN-US. CSN-DC - 7:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
This feels almost exactly like the kind of game that the Penguins overlook, doesn't it? The struggling Capitals visit Pittsburgh. The Penguins have won four-in-a-row. The Pens have a big home-and-home with the Devils coming up...
Game time: Saturday at 7 p.m.
TV: FOX Sports Florida
Very little has gone right for the NHL-worst Washington Capitals, who failed to keep up again their last time out.
While the Florida Panthers also struggled in the early going, they've picked up plenty of steam over the last week-plus.
The Capitals try to avoid matching their longest pointless streak from all of last season...
If there is one thing I might very well be grateful for this year, it's the lockout.
Why, you ask? Well, the lockout forced me into greater roles in my other occupations and has since kept me from keeping as close an eye on the Washington Capitals as I normally do.
Straight up, Caps fans, this has been damnnnnn hard to watch.
And I am happy that I haven't scarred...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- I see where Chuck Fletcher has given Minnesota coach Mike Yeo an early season vote of confidence, which is nice. Except you have to wonder what Wild owner Craig Leopold is thinking of his hockey team after spending all that money and getting less than ordinary results.
- George McPhee is shoveling it pretty well these days, attributing...