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After finally earning their first point, the Washington Capitals believe they might be on the verge of ending the club's worst start in almost two decades.
In danger of opening 0-3 at home for the first time in 29 years, the Capitals continue the search for their first victory while trying to hand the visiting Buffalo Sabres a third consecutive defeat Sunday.
Though Washington (0-3-1) went winless in its first six games (0-3-1 with two ties) in 2000-01, it has not dropped five straight to open a season since going 0-6 in 1993-94. However, the Capitals are optimistic their current slide won't reach that point after showing some fight in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss at New Jersey.
Mike Ribeiro and Mike Green each scored third-period goals to help Washington rally from a 2-0 deficit. Despite being outshot 8-1 in the extra session before Ilya Kovalchuk netted the winner at 4:39, the Capitals feel they have plenty to build on.
"You have to take the positives,''...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Washington Capitals will be the last team in the NHL to earn a point in the standings. To date, they've lost 6-3 on the road in Tampa Bay, at home 4-2 against Winnipeg and at home 4-1 against Montreal.
Frustrations are boiling over and it has one Capital, forward Troy Brouwer, apologizing to fans that have suffered through a miserable start to the 2013 campaign.
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
There is a lot that hasn’t gone well for the Capitals through the first four games of the season. They’re taking too many penalties (which you can read more about in today’s story for the dead-tree edition), the power play is ineffective (3-for-20) and their superstar captain has largely been absent.
Alex Ovechkin has yet to...
Joel Ward, who finished Sunday’s game with a goal and an assist and leads the Capitals in goals this season, talked about what’s changed, if anything, from his game last year: “Once your linemates kind of have a good trust in you, I think things tend to flow a little bit easier. I played with Chimmer before, last year too, for a little bit. And we had a little bit of a connection...
An NHL routine gone missing for 102 days made an overdue return Sunday: Alex Ovechkin scored a goal, and the Washington Capitals won.
Like old times. The two-time league MVP nailed a one-timer from the left circle on a power play, skated a few feet, bent his left knee and unleashed that familiar downward celebratory fist pump. He then collected the customary row of high-fives as...
WASHINGTON - It's no secret that Alex Ovechkin is the straw that stirs the Washington Capitals' drink, and on Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres he showed why. Ovechkin's power-play goal 5:11 into the third period stood up as the game-winner as the Capitals held on to give first-year coach Adam Oates his first victory behind the bench with a 3-2 win in front of a soldout...
Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth completely robbed New Jersey Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky on this play. This has to be an early candidate for save of the year. Zidlicky had 2/3 of the net open and Neuvirth just snagged it. The Devils fans thought it was in and you can see almost an entire section behind the net start to celebrate and then become instantly disappointed...
WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin's first goal of the season stood up as the game winner, giving first-year coach Adam Oates his first victory as a head coach in the NHL in the Capitals' 3-2 win over the visiting Buffalo Sabres on Sunday afternoon. The Capitals improved to 1-3-1 with the win, while the Sabres dropped to 2-3-0. Ovechkin played with a variety of linemates in...