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Rock the Red:
The Washington Capitals did it all Thursday night, defeating the Boston Bruins in a shootout 3-2 at TD Garden to keep their playoff hopes alive. After an uneventful first 40 minutes left the game scoreless, the Capitals scored two goals, one each from Dennis Wideman and Marcus Johansson in the third period’s first 12 minutes. They only saw it slip away late in the third as the Bruins were able to tie it, but Washington got three goals in the shootout to walk away with a huge 2 points and keep pace with the idle Sabres; Buffalo can keep the 8th spot in the conference with one point in Friday's game against the Penguins.
The game’s first seven minutes were uneventful and unentertaining, with neither team gaining sustained offensive pressure or controlling long stretches of play; there were three combined shots through the first 11 minutes of play. Things got interesting with six minutes left in the period, though, when Jason Chimera ran Adam McQuaid from center ice and was s...
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Much has been said about why the Washington Capitals have had such an unexpectedly difficult season — most of the excuses focus around long-term injuries to all-star defenseman Mike Green and prolific center Nicklas Backstrom. Some have also opined that the Capitals have had difficulty learning the new system necessitated by the replacement of head coach Bruce Boudreau by Dale...
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom will accompany the team to Boston for Thursday's game against the Bruins, although he is not expected to play.
Backstrom was cleared for full participation in practice over the weekend and passed his baseline concussion test Tuesday.
He has been sidelined with a concussion since Jan. 3 following a hit to the head by then-Calgary...
The Washington Capitals lost a goalie, a forward and a 2-0 lead.
And they still managed to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Brooks Laich scored in the fourth round of a shootout to give Washington a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night and help the Capitals hold onto the eighth spot in the East.
Washington is tied with Buffalo with 86 points; the...
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider, While each team in a playoff position in the Eastern Conference has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, nearly all of them have one thing in common – a go-to option in net.
But with five games remaining in the regular season and a trip to the postseason on the line, the Capitals don’t have the luxury of a clear-cut top goaltender...
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider, The Capitals were quick to try to push the memory of their ugly 5-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night behind them and focus on the future. The defeat cost them some control over that future, though, and makes their margin for error extremely thin heading into the final five games of the season.
While Washington isn’t out of the...
from Mike Wise of the Washington Post, George McPhee doesn’t get many things wrong. But the Capitals general manager’s decision to tap into tough-guy nostalgia, have Hunter be the taskmaster to replace Bruce Boudreau, the players’ coach whom the locker room allegedly tuned out, was absolutely the wrong move.
Half of the Verizon Center crowd shuffled dejectedly out of the building...
Check out this hit by Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera on Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid. Chimera was given a five minute major and a game misconduct for this hit. Don't expect any further discipline from the Vice President of Players Safety Brendan Shanahan because the hit happened to a Boston Bruins player Chimera doesn'...
Caps Correspondent Brad Parker returns after a wild and crazy night.
1. Chimmer got ejected in the 1st period for a questionable hit.
2. While killing off the five-minute major, starting goalie Tomas Vokoun re-aggravated his lower body injury and left the game.
3. Michal Neuvirth entered the game and Braden Holtby left the press box and went to the locker room just in case.
Chimera received 5 for charging and a game, Mcquaid will not return.
The Washington Capitals were on ice Friday for a practice following their heart-stopping 3-2 shootout win over the Bruins on Thursday night. Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:
Only ten players were on ice for the optional skate: Braden Holtby, Michal Neuvirth, Nicklas Backstrom, Jason Chimera, Jay Beagle, Cody Eakin, Joel Ward, Jeff Halpern, Jeff Schultz, and John Erskine...
Brooks Laich scored in the fourth round of the shootout as the visiting Washington Capitals stayed in the hunt for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.
Laich fooled Tim Thomas with a quick move to the backhand, firing the puck top corner, following a pad save from Michal Neuvirth on Rich Peverley.
The Washington Capitals were on ice Wednesday for an optional practice following their 5-1 beatdown at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres. Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:
Only four players took to the ice for the skate: Nicklas Backstrom, Joel Ward, Tomas Vokoun, and Jeff Halpern. It seems a curious message to send; not only have an optional skate but also only have...
8 a.m. ET: The Bruins have strung together three straight victories, their longest win streak since a seven-game run all the way back in December. But extending that streak to four won't be easy when a desperate Washington Capitals club comes to the Garden on Thursday. Washington is battling for its playoff life, currently sitting in ninth place in the East. The Capitals are...
BOSTON – The Bruins didn't get exactly what they wanted on Thursday night, but they didn't come away completely empty handed either. Boston could have clinched a playoff spot with a victory over Washington, but had to settle for inching a bit closer with a single point in the 3-2 shootout loss. Even managing that was a bit of a feat after the Capitals finally broke a scoreless...