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For most of their professional careers, Capitals defensemen John Carlson and Karl Alzner have been attached at the hip. Carlson, 21, and Alzner, 23, who were drafted two years apart, began their professional journeys with the Caps' American Hockey League affiliate, the Hershey Bears, developing alongside current Caps like Michal Neuvirth, Mathieu Perreault, and Jay Beagle. There, the two of them played together often, and both were huge pieces of the Hershey teams that won back to back Calder Cups in 2009 and 2010.
When they both graduated to full time NHL duty last season, they made the transition very well, playing together for a big part of the season and quickly establishing themselves as the Caps' most consistent and best defensive pairing at the NHL level. A lot of that, according to Alzner, was based on his familiarity with Carlson from playing with him in Hershey. "We didn't really start playing that good of a defensive hockey until about halfway thro...
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Washington Capitals center Mathieu Perreault was taken to a hospital after sustaining what the team called an upper-body injury in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
A team spokesperson said the plan was for Perreault to rejoin the team in Washington on Tuesday after staying in Buffalo overnight, though he noted Perreault may not necessarily stay in the hospital.
Washington Capitals goaltender Tomas Vokoun isn't thrilled with being reduced to a backup.
After starting the season strong, Vokoun has been on the bench since Dec. 13 and seen Michal Neuvirth play the last five contests.
"I can't really tell you. I don't know what I did wrong to be in this spot," Vokoun told the Washington Times. "I'm a professional...
from the Washington Post, It’s unclear when (Mike) Green, who was not made available to comment for this story, will return from his latest setback, a strained right groin muscle that he suffered in mid-November. When Green’s recovery plateaued two weeks ago, the Capitals decided to take an experimental route with his rehabilitation, according to several people familiar with...
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider, Michal Neuvirth will make a fifth consecutive start tonight as the Capitals take on a Buffalo squad anxious for a win. The Sabres have lost three straight and are trying to avoid dropping four consecutive contests in regulation for the first time since February of 2010.
This is the longest stretch of starts Neuvirth has seen this season and...
NEWARK, N.J. — Jason Chimera's two goals Friday night vaulted him back into the Washington Capitals' lead for goals this season. That's not a typo — vaulted back, as Chimera has reclaimed a spot he's held for much of the season. He now has 13 and is on pace for ...
BUFFALO, N.Y. — It wasn't over in nine seconds, but it all went downhill before a lot of fans at First Niagara Center could even settle into their seats. Nicklas Backstrom won the opening faceoff — a good start — and the Washington Capitals possessed the puck. But Roman Hamrlik sailed ...
PHT: Merry Christmas, everyone. We’ve put together a list of the best 10 NHL moments of the past year. Alex Ovechkin's comment toward Bruce Boudreau certainly was one.
Washington Capitals center Mathieu Perreault left Monday's game against the Buffalo Sabres with an upper-body injury.
Perreault was hurt following a collision with Buffalo's Christian Ehrhoff.
He was sent to a hospital for observation and it was uncertain if he would accompany the team on its flight home.
In 23 games this season, Perrault has three goals and four assists.
NEWARK, N.J. — Outside the friendly confines of Verizon Center, the Washington Capitals know they need to be careful. In hockey, the home team gets the final line change and can set the matchups it wants and can often use that to great advantage. The Caps learned again on Friday ...
The Devils came out with a purpose last night and took a demanding 3-0 lead over the Washington Capitals; however, they let up in the third period (once again) and next thing they knew they found themselves in a shootout. Though they hung on for a win, last night's game doesn't exactly leave fans with a good taste in their mouth. Here are some notes on last night's game...
The Washington Capitals were embarrassed, again, by the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night, falling 4-2 inside First Niagara Center. Michal Neuvirth was pulled after half a period after allowing three goals, and Tomas Vokoun was solid in relief but by then the damage was already done. Matt Hendricks and Alex Ovechkin made it look more respectable with goals well after the result...
Both the Washington Capitals and the Buffalo Sabres spent Christmas feeling dissatisfied about their seasons so far. Each team will have plenty to say about whether the other can begin to turn things around before the end of 2011.
The frustrated clubs square off Monday night at Buffalo in the first of two meetings in a five-day span.
The Sabres (16-15-3) haven't exactly played...
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When John Carlson was selected to represent Team USA at the 2010 World Junior Championships, his Hershey Bears were gearing up for what would become a Calder Cup championship and the Washington Capitals promoted him to the NHL.
Even though Washington was preparing for a playoff run of its own, and experiencing multiple injuries on the blue line, the team released Carlson to play...