Found January 31, 2012 on On Frozen Blog:
Watching tonight’s Washington Capitals game, and their recent victory over Boston, felt eerily familiar. The Caps’ roster was relatively devoid of superstars; they fought hard, beat a better team (vs. Boston) and lost a close one to a divisional rival (Tampa). Without Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Mike Green, this Capitals team is surprisingly similar to the Capitals of almost a decade ago… a hard-charging team that both delighted and frustrated its fans. How so, you ask? Read on… and while these comparisons are far from perfect, consider them food for thought: 2002-03 2011-12 Why? Steve Konowalchuk Brooks Laich Tough, lays it all on the line every shift, scores the dirty goals, everyone loves him Olaf Kolzig Tomas Vokoun Savvy vet netminder — not a shutdown goalie but certainly solid Jeff Halpern Jeff Halpern Well, duh… Glen Metropolit Matthieu Perreault Little guy, constantly underestimated, great speed burst, hard worker Michael...

Alexander Ovechkin's new $4.2 million mansion

Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin has some new digs. Ovechkin dropped $4.2 million on a home in McLean, Virginia earlier this month. The pad was listed for $4,395,000, so Ovechkin did a little wheeling and dealing for his new lair. Unfortunately, we’re not terribly impressed. Yeah, the place is big, but it doesn’t really have any of the stupid amenities most...

Bolts look to extend winning streak, face Caps

Alex Ovechkin has been among the biggest reasons for the Washington Capitals' regular-season mastery of the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, the superstar won't be around Tuesday night to help his team continue that success. The Capitals will try to add to that domination without their captain and leading scorer when they visit the Lightning, who are looking to extend their...

Are the Capitals in trouble?

Washington’s perfect start through seven games seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? When Dale Hunter took over for Bruce Boudreau, it was thought that he would give the Capitals a spark. But as one writer points out, the pre-season Cup contenders are actually going in reverse, and are in danger of missing the playoffs altogether.Following back-to-back losses coming out of...

Tomas Vokoun’s Amazing Save

My Twitter feed almost imploded last night when Tomas Vokoun made this game-saving, um, save, which was kind of cruel considering I couldn’t watch the game here in Wilmington, NC.* But here it is, thanks to the Internet, namely Caps Insider, Russian Machine Never Breaks and SB Nation D.C. You guys are just the greatest guys. * Since I’m out of market all Caps games on Comcast...

Grubauer Named Reebok Hockey ECHL Rookie of the Month

North Charleston, SC – The South Carolina Stingrays, proud ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals, announced today that goaltender Philipp Grubauer has been named the Reebok Hockey ECHL Rookie of the Month for January.   Grubauer, ...

Rapid Rewind: Clawed. Panthers 4, Capitals 2

The Washington Capitals fell flat again on Wednesday night, failing to capitalize on a big opportunity to beat a team behind them in the playoff standings, falling to the Florida Panthers 4-2 inside BankAtlantic Center.  The Capitals were sunk by two Mikael Samuelsson goals, both soft.  Michal Neuvirth was below average for the Caps, but Brooks Laich scored and John Carlson scored...

Rechlicz knows his role for Capitals

TAMPA, Fla. — Joel Rechlicz doesn't need to be told what to do when he gets onto the ice. The nickname "Recker" and his fight card at just about every level of hockey speak for themselves. New Washington Capitals teammate Mike Knuble put it best, saying with a nervous laugh, ...

Capitals ready for closing stretch

OTTAWA — Coming out of the NHL All-Star break, the Washington Capitals should be rested and refreshed. All-Star defenseman Dennis Wideman and call-ups Cody Eakin and Joel Rechlicz were the only ones playing over the past several days, with players taking various trips to recharge for the final 34 regular-season ...

Capitals-Panthers Preview

Despite a gritty effort, the road-weary Washington Capitals let one slip away in their first game back following All-Star weekend. They're all but certain to have another hard-fought battle during Wednesday night's matchup with the Florida Panthers. With superstar Alex Ovechkin serving the last of a three-game suspension, the visiting Capitals square off against the Panthers...

Washington Capitals (26-19-3) at Tampa Bay Lightning (21-23-4), 7:30 p.m. (ET)

Washington's Alex Ovechkin was notably absent at All-Star weekend and he will serve the second part of a three-game suspension tonight as his Capitals visit the Lightning at the Tampa Times Forum.

Southeast rivals likely will keep up the fight

TAMPA, Fla. — For years, the Washington Capitals have been Southeast Division favorites. Even the Tampa Bay Lightning's Eastern Conference finals run last spring didn't dissuade most preseason predictions from anointing the Capitals as the class of the division. Despite a coaching change and a roller coaster first half, many ...

Stamkos delivers with OT goal to top Capitals

Mathieu Garon provided the spark, first knocking down a Troy Brouwer shot and kicking out a Brooks Laich follow-up attempt before poking the puck forward onto the stick of Marty St. Louis.

Game preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals

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