Found April 11, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post, In the final year of its existence, the NHL’s Southeast Division is living up to its mocking moniker of “Southleast” — and it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Washington Capitals. Despite getting off to one of the worst starts in franchise history and an uneven first half of the season in which they couldn’t win more than three games in a row, the Capitals could take comfort in the knowledge that beating up on inferior opponents from their underwhelming division could pave the way to a sixth consecutive playoff berth. After all, some team has to win the worst division in hockey — taking the third seed in the Eastern Conference and home-ice advantage with it — and it might as well be Washington, which is 12-3 against Southeast foes and 9-14-2 against everyone else. “It’s been our saving grace this year,” goaltender Braden Holtby said. “It’s been lucky that we’ve got to play those teams so much, but at the same

Gophers' Schmidt named second-team All-American

MINNEAPOLIS -- Former University of Minnesota defenseman Nate Schmidt has been named a 2012-13 CCM Hockey second-team All-American, as voted by the American Hockey Coaches Association. Schmidt led all WCHA defensemen in scoring this season. The Minnesota senior is a two-time all-WCHA defenseman and was a first-team honoree this season. He is tied for third among all NCAA defensemen...

Tim Wallace absolutely levels Alexander Ovechkin

After Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson saved the day in the first period, Carolina Hurricanes forward Tim Wallace absolutely leveled Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin during the 3rd period.  Ovechkin took the puck hard to the net but unfortunately had his head down.  After Ovechkin made a move around Tim Gleason, Wallace planted a shoulder directly into Ovechkin...

Ovechkin leads Caps over Habs

The puck keeps going in for Alex Ovechkin. The league's co-leader in goals finished a spectacular play with a tricky shot that fooled Montreal goalie Carey Price on Tuesday as the Washington Capitals beat the Canadiens 3-2 to extend their winning string to five games. The Capitals are a perfect 5-0-0 in April and Ovechkin has eight goals in that span. The center on his line...

John Carlson’s stellar defensive play stops goal at last second

During the Washington Capitals-Carolina Hurricanes game on Thursday night, Hurricanes defenseman Jay Harrison fired a slap shot that just trickled between the legs of Capitals goalie Braden Holtby.  As the puck was going towards the goal line, Capitals defenseman John Carlson skated in and kept the puck out of the net.  The goal would have been a momentum killer going into the...

Spring Puck Surprise Winners Meet Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin met with the Spring Puck Surprise winners after the Caps game.

Capitals 3, Hurricanes 1

The Washington Capitals finished off a month's worth of role reversal Thursday night, winning their sixth straight and extending the Carolina Hurricanes' losing streak to seven with a 3-1 victory. Troy Brouwer and Mike Green scored second-period goals, Brouwer added an empty-netter and Braden Holtby made 43 saves for the Southeast Division leaders almost one month to the...

Rapid Rewind: Going Streaking. Capitals 3, Hurricanes 1

Enjoy that, everyone. (RNO) The Washington Capitals won their sixth game in a row on Thursday night, defeating the Carolina Hurricanes by a final score of 3-1 inside Verizon Center.  After a poor start that saw them down 1-0 early, the Caps got goals from Troy Brouwer, Mike Green, and then Brouwer again to seal off a victory.  Braden Holtby made 43 saves in his return to the...

Becoming Brothers

Calming, focusing, not panicking. That’s what it’s like in the Capitals’ locker room, according to goaltender Braden Holtby, in situations such as the first intermission Thursday, when the team was down 1-0 and had clawed its way back from a 14-0 shot deficit to start the game. “The dressing room’s personality is almost like a person’s,” Holtby said. “It’s hard...

Alex Ovechkin dangles and snipes against Montreal Canadiens

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has been the hottest player in the league recently and now has 17 goals in 14 games and is tied with Steven Stamkos for the league lead in goals with 26.  On Tuesday night he dangled Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Ryder and then buried a nice shot past Carey Price.  The Capitals beat the Canadiens last night 3-2 and are currently in...

Hurricanes-Capitals Preview

The puck keeps going in for Alex Ovechkin, and the Washington Capitals have used his goal-scoring binge to surge to the top of the Southeast Division. Ovechkin looks to lead Washington to its sixth straight victory Thursday night when it hosts a Carolina Hurricanes team that has gone from the top of the division to near the bottom of the Eastern Conference in less than a month....

A Logjam on the Blueline

Will Jeff Schultz be wearing red next season?

Lightning-Capitals Preview

If not for the rule of every division winner automatically making the playoffs, the weak Southeast Division may not have a postseason qualifier among it. The Washington Capitals, though, are doing all they can to prove they belong. Washington looks to extend its winning streak to seven by earning a fifth consecutive home victory over the slumping Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday...

About Last Night…Hurricanes Suffer Capital Punishment

Troy Brouwer scored twice and Braden Holtby made 43 saves as the Washington Capitals knocked off the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1. Washington has won six straight while Carolina has dropped seven in a row. SPIN: Carolina has no offense and can’t be trusted. Washington has been white hot and is likely to capture the Southeast Division title with a few more wins. Brian Elliott made 23...
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