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Crosby vs. Ovechkin “Rivalry” Misses the Point

You could feel it forming in the air the very moment Marcus Johansson’s overtime shot hit the back of the net in Game 6 of the series between the Washington Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs — the Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin narrative. The Capitals were onto the next round, and that meant Ovechkin facing his old nemesis yet again. Even as the Capitals were still on the...
Via The Hockey Writers
5 hours ago

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern rivalries take center stage

And then there were eight: the crop of NHL teams that survived the bloodbath that was Round 1 in order to advance to the conference semifinals. Today, we take a look at the four still standing in the Eastern Conference. You can find the Western Conference breakdown here.It took four long series and too many overtimes to remember. (That's a lie. We remember. There were a whopping...
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20 hours ago  |  Discuss

For Alex Ovechkin’s agent, the Capitals have been a lifelong passion

The sight of Alex Ovechkin face-down on Verizon Center’s ice last week prompted a brief spasm of dread inside anyone who cares about the Washington Capitals, and David Abrutyn was no different. The man has a framed certificate in his office, demonstrating that he attended the team’s first-ever home game at age 4. He spent […]
Via DC Sports Blog
1 day ago

Barry Trotz reveals why Alex Ovechkin missed the second half of practice

Alex Ovechkin missed the second half of Tuesdays practicethe Capitals first session in preparation for the Penguinsbecause of an equipment issue. Prior to exiting the ice,
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
2 days ago

WATCH: Ovechkin needs to get Crosby "rivalry" out of his head to advance

A look at the match-up between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins ahead of their second round battle and how Caps captain Alex Ovechkin must be understandably "jealous" of Sidney Crosby.
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals’ Braden Holtby successfully poke checks Leafs’ Mitch Marner at blue line on breakaway

Facing talented Maple Leafs rookie Mitch Marner on a breakaway, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby attempted one of the riskiest plays in hockey: a sprawling poke check at the blue line. Toronto caught the Capitals on their feet when Marner and Brian Boyle exited the penalty box after a 5-on-3 power play. A quick, smart outlet pass from defenseman Nikita Zaitsev sprung...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Eastern Conference favorites

Now every team's win and loss columns reset to zero. And, supposedly, regular season success or failure isn't supposed to have any type of impact once post-season play gets underway. But that doesn't mean there aren't a couple squads that are favored to make the best run at Lord Stanley's Mug.In spectacular fashion, the brackets for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs weren't set until...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Russia hopes NHL’s Olympic decision provides boost to KHL

It did not take long for Russia to make it clear it wants to take advantage of the NHL’s recent decision regarding the 2018 Winter Olympics. After the NHL announced it will not shut down its league operations to allow players to head to the Olympics as they have since 1998, Russia is hoping to be able to lure some professional hockey players to the Kontinental Hockey League next...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Ovechkin remains defiant despite NHL's Olympics decision

Alex Ovechkin not surprisingly is choosing to remain defiant despite the NHL’s announcement this week players won’t be allowed to represent their home countries at the Olympics in South Korea next year. In fact, the Washington Capitals superstar went so far as to accuse the NHL of bluffing.Ovechkin has long maintained intentions to represent Russia in 2018 regardless of the what...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Ovechkin to wear custom skates honoring U.S., Russia

Alexander Ovechkin has consistently stated his love for both his native Russia and the United States. So it is perfectly fitting that the Washington Capitals superstar will pay homage to his homeland and adopted country with a pair of custom skates during Thursday’s home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.Believed to be the first time an NHL player has ever donned custom-styled...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
March 22, 2017  |  Discuss

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