Caps’ GM George McPhee fails to fix defensive woes at the trade deadline

The Washington Capitals problems are clear.  It isn’t forwards.  Despite what some say, it isn’t goal tending.  It is actually quite simple.  Outside the Karl Alzner, Mike Green, and John Carlson, the Washington Capitals have a dramatic falloff in defense.  That being said, many are not impressed with Green’s defensive abilities.  I know I’m not.  Overall, the problems...
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March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Guest Writer: Ty Anderson: Holtby vs. Thomas in Florida

Did anybody on the Washington Capitals have fun on their trip to Sochi? Team captain and arguably Russia’s biggest star, Alexander Ovechkin, had a miserable tournament from a scoring standpoint and had to deal with his father’s health issues. John Carlson was part of a USA squad that stumbled and fumbled their way to a fourth place finish. Marcus Johansson lost the...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Hot Tub Hockey Time Machine: 5 Philadelphia Flyers trades that should be undone

By @jsaquella Getty Images As the NHL trade freeze will soon be lifting & we get ready for the mad rush to the trade deadline, I’d like to remind everyone of a simple cliche: Hindsight is usually 20/20. We all have choices we have made in the past that we’d like to go back and tweak. We know Marty McFly went back an made his dad a successful writer and got Doc Emmett Brown...
Via The Hockey Guys
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Sochi update: Carlson, Ovechkin shine in wins; Backstrom, rest, waiting to excite

John Carlson, center, celebrates a goal with fellow New Jersey native James VanRiemsdyk of the Toronto Maple Leafs and fellow Leafs’ forward Phil Kessel in the Americans 7-1 rout of Slovakia (courtesy of CBS Boston) Two days down in Sochi for the Winter Olympics and the Washington Capitals’ five representatives made some noise on Day Two. Both John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin scored...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Capitals hope Olympics ‘energize’ John Carlson

With each passing year in John Carlson’s NHL career, the Capitals come to rely on him more. His durability – he’s played every game since the start of the 2009-10 season – and ability to handle any game situation have made it easy for the Capitals to lean on him. This season, though, his ice time has taken a significant jump. Carlson is averaging 24:47 per game, which is...
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February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Capitals representatives ready to tackle Sochi

Caps center Nicklas Backstrom (right) seen here racing after a puck against Finland defenseman and former Buffalo Sabre Tony Lydman during a game in the 2010 Winter Olympics (courtesy of the Capitals official website) With the roster freeze in effect and the Olympic Break upon us, the Washington Capitals are sending four players to Sochi, Russia to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Ovechkin admits being face of Olympics is 'tough'

Since the middle of December, Alex Ovechkin has been asked every question under the sun about the upcoming Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. What’s it like to see your face on a Coke can? How does it feel to be the face of Russia? What will it be like to face teammates Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson? Who’s the favorite to win the gold? Will you play right wing or left wing...
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February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jackets win fifth straight

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Cam Atkinson scored two goals and Sergei Bobrovsky continued his hot streak to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets past the Washington Capitals 5-1 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory. The Capitals, who got a goal from John Carlson, have lost four in a row and 11 of 15. Ryan Johansen added a goal and assist, James Wisniewski had a goal, Mark Letestu...
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January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Caps D-man Carlson named to US Olympic team

With the Olympics being only 6 weeks away, the US Olympic Men’s Hockey team’s roster has been finally announced and Washington’s John Carlson will join 24 other Americans as they look to avenge their 2010 Gold Medal game loss to Canada, with 13 of the 24 players returning from the ’10 team. Carlson becomes the first American player in Capitals history to be named to the team...
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January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Caps’ John Carlson named to USA Olympic Team

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson has been selected to Team USA for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The 23 year-old defenseman will be making his be first Olympic appearance. Carlson is tied for fifth among NHL defensemen with seven goals this season and leads the Caps with 83 blocked shots. He also leads all Caps on average ice time with 24:10. Carlson is...
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January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Oates says Carlson belongs on U.S. Olympic team

Like hockey fans across North America, Capitals defenseman John Carlson will be watching Wednesday’s Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in frigid Ann Arbor, Mich. Well, at least he’ll be watching the end of the game. Immediately following the 1 p.m. outdoor showdown between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, Team USA will announce its 25-man roster...
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January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Ovechkin nets 400th career goal as Capitals down Hurricanes

Alex Ovechkin scored his 400th career goal, and the Washington Capitals posted three power-play goals in the second period of a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night. Troy Brouwer, Marcus Johansson and John Carlson scored with the man advantage and Nicklas Backstrom assisted on all four goals to help the second-place Capitals win their fifth in seven games. Ovechkin...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Power Play Lifts Caps, Ovechkin Scores 400th

THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN… The Washington Capitals killed a late John Carlson penalty.  Carlson went to the sin bin with a little over four minutes remaining in the game with a one goal lead.  Sure, the ‘Canes had opportunities after the penalty was over, but that penalty kill was huge and gave the Caps momentum in the final two minutes. OUR GAME MVP… Easy.  His name is Nicklas...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Caps drop their fourth straight, 6-4 to Ottawa

THE GAME TURNED WHEN… The Ottawa Senators scored twice in the second period after the Caps took a 3-1 lead in the first intermission. So far this season, the Caps have owned the second period. Not tonight. They were blanked 2-0 and outshot an embarrassing 19-3. Just a poor second period effort. THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN… Zack Smith buried the game winner just 1:04 after John...
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November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Caps down the Blue Jackets in OT

The Washington Capitals came back home to the Verizon Center and gave the home ice fans a 2-1 win. The Caps and Jackets failed to turn on the light in the first, skating to a scoreless deadlock. Columbus out shot the a Caps in that period 12-7. Columbus opened the scoring in the second period with a short handed goal by Brandon Dubinsky to give the Jackets a 1-0 lead. John...
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November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Coyotes beat Capitals 4-3 in shootout

Shane Doan scored his second goal to cap a rally late in regulation and the Phoenix Coyotes scored on both attempts in the shootout to end Washington's five-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory Saturday night. Troy Brouwer and John Carlson scored two of Washington's three goals on power plays in a strange second period that included a string of penalties and rare delay...
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November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Coyotes rally late, take down Capitals in shootout

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Shane Doan scored his second goal to cap a rally late in regulation and the Phoenix Coyotes scored on both attempts in the shootout to end Washington's five-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory Saturday night. Troy Brouwer and John Carlson scored two of Washington's three goals on power plays in a strange second period that included a string of...
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November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Rapid Rewind: Thrice is Nice

Welcome back, Alex. (TWP) The Washington Capitals hammered the New York Islanders Tuesday night at Verizon Center, winning by a final score of 6-2 to win their third consecutive game.  Alex Ovechkin popped twice for the home side in his return from injury, while Marcus Johansson, John Carlson, Tom Wilson, and Alex Urbom also scored for Adam Oates’ men.  Braden Holtby made...
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November 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Caps down Panthers in Shootout

The Washington Capitals have won back to back games on consecutive nights, defeating the Florida Panthers in a shootout 3-2, in Washington.  Michal Neuvirth stopped 29 of 31 shots on net and stopped 2 of 3 in the shootout to preserve the win over the Panthers. The Caps got on the board in the first period with Nicklas Backstrom’s 5th goal of the season.  With an absent Alex Ovechkin...
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November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Capitals slip past Panthers 3-2 in shootout

Nicklas Backstrom scored in the first period and added the winning goal in the shootout to lift the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. The Capitals won their second game in a row without Alex Ovechkin, who is out with an unspecified upper-body injury. Tomas Fleishmann tied the game for Florida on a power-play goal with 2:38 left in...
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November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Carlson and Alzner Fight Against Animal Cruelty

Washington Capitals’ defensemen John Carlson and Karl Alzner are among the latest "tough guys" to join the ongoing list of professional athletes, entertainers, news anchors, police officers and veterinarians to pose for pictures with adorable dogs and cats to promote the “Show Your Soft Side” campaign.
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October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Locked in the penalty ... stall?

Well, you know what coffee does to you in the morning, right after breakfast. It's time to go, um, read for a little while. This natural and not-at-all embarrassing physical process happened to Washington Capitals winger Joel Ward at the Omni Hotel in Dallas. Ward was having breakfast with his teammates, and left to find a stall. But the stall wouldn't let him out. The lock...
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October 05, 2013  |  Discuss

2013-14 NHL Season Preview: Washington Capitals

This 2013-14 NHL season preview features the Washington Capitals. The Capitals have been one the NHL’s premier regular season team’s on the strength of their offense. They’ve put up multiple 100 point seasons, had a defenseman score 30 goals and several memorable, highlight reel goals. Unfortunately for Caps fans, that has yet to translate into playoff success, as they’ve...
September 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Caps D-man Carlson shows off new USA jersey

The new Team USA uniforms that will be worn in Sochi in 2014 (photo courtesy of Getty Images) Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson is arguably one of the best American defensemen in the NHL today and his play is not going unnoticed. Carlson and 47 other American-born players  hit the ice in our Nation’s capital in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia...
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August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Predicting the U.S. Olympic Roster - Defense

Welcome back to the second part of our three-part series where we will project what the U.S. Olympic roster will look like next year in Sochi. I hope you’re keeping track of these at home, as I fully expect ridicule for being off-base when the final roster is announced.  Part One focused on the men between the pipes. This time we will focus on the guys on the blueline. I tried...
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August 07, 2013  |  Discuss

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