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(AP) - Capitals goalie Braden Holtby wasn't sure what felt worse: Sitting out a playoff game because of an illness, or watching the Capitals fall behind the New York Islanders by two goals before rallying for a victory. ''It wasn't fun. A lot less stressful playing than it is watching, that's for sure,'' Holtby said after returning to practice Saturday. ''It's something I don't want...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Capitals goalie Holtby healthy, ready for Game 3 at Isles

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Capitals goalie Braden Holtby wasn't sure what felt worse: Sitting out a playoff game because of an illness, or watching the Capitals fall behind the New York Islanders by two goals before rallying for a victory. ''It wasn't fun. A lot less stressful playing than it is watching, that's for sure,'' Holtby said after returning to practice Saturday. ''It's something...
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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Washington Capitals Come Away with Inspired 4-3 Victory in Game Two

Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen, left, left wing Jason Chimera and defenseman Karl Alzner celebrate Chimera’s goal against the New York Islanders during the third period of Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, Friday, April 17, 2015, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-3. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) After a deflating 3-1 home loss to open the series against...
Via The Sports Journal
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Top Shelf : 4/18/15: The Best Of Five Edition

Welcome to the 2015 NHL playoffs. You didn’t think it would be easy, did you? After a game one in which the Islanders dominated a lack-luster Washington Capitals team en route to a 4-1 victory, the roles were very much reversed last night as the series was evened up in our nationals capitals after a 4-3 Caps win. It was a game where New York, though leading 3-1 midway through the...
Via Islanders Insight
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

1st German goalie to start NHL playoff game helps Capitals

  Rookie Philipp Grubauer became the first German-born goalie to start an NHL playoff game, filling in for an ill Braden Holtby and helping the Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 4-3 Friday night. "Just like every other game," Grubauer said after making 18 saves as Washington evened the Eastern Conference first-round series at 1-all. That sort of calm attitude impressed...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

What’s Behind Capitals’ Lincoln Playoff Calendar?

What will be revealed as the Capitals continue their march to the Stanley Cup? We have some theories.
Via Capitals Outsider
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ovechkin, Backstrom lead Caps past Isles 4-3 in Game 2

WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom helped make a winner of a rookie replacement goalie making his second start all season for the Washington Capitals. Reunited on Washington's top line, Backstrom delivered a goal and two assists, and Ovechkin scored once, leading the Capitals and fill-in goalie Philipp Grubauer to a 4-3 comeback victory over the New York Islanders...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ovechkin, Backstrom help Caps' fill-in G Grubauer beat Isles in Game 2

  Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom helped make a winner of a rookie replacement goalie making his second start all season for the Washington Capitals. Reunited on Washington's top line, Backstrom delivered a goal and two assists, and Ovechkin scored once, leading the Capitals and fill-in goalie Philipp Grubauer to a 4-3 comeback victory over the New York Islanders on Friday night...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Highlight: Alex Ovechkin Scores First Goal of 2015 NHL Playoffs

It took him 96 minutes and nine seconds of game time in the series, but Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the 2015 NHL Playoffs. OVI! The #Gr8! @ovi8 gets another int he 2nd for the #Caps! #CapsIsles #RockTheRed #CapsPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/uVXcXF0QxG — Washington Capitals (@washcaps) April 18, 2015 Ovechkin put a rebound off Matt Niskanen’s slap shot past New York...
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With G Holtby ill, Capitals start Grubauer in Game 2 vs. Isles

  After tying team records with 73 starts, 41 wins and nine shutouts this season, Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby missed Game 2 of the playoffs against the New York Islanders on Friday night because of illness, replaced by a rookie. The Capitals announced a half-hour before the start of the second game in the Eastern Conference first-round series that Philipp Grubauer would...
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Caps sign Riley Barber to entry deal

As the Washington Capitals prepare to try and even the playoff series against the New York Islanders tonight, on the prospect end, good news is here.  The Washington Capitals have signed 2012 draft pick Riley Barber to a three year entry level deal. The 2012 sixth round forward has become one of the top prospects in the Caps system.   Barber has played the last three seasons in...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
1 day ago  |  Discuss

With Holtby ill, Capitals recall Grubauer from AHL Hershey

WASHINGTON (AP) With starting goalie Braden Holtby ill, the Washington Capitals have recalled backup Philipp Grubauer from Hershey of the AHL before Game 2 of their playoff series against the New York Islanders. Speaking hours before Friday's game, Capitals coach Barry Trotz said Holtby has ''been under the weather since Game 1.'' Washington lost the opener of the Eastern Conference...
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Islanders vs Capitals Pregame Report: Game Two

New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals: Game 2: Pregame Report When: Friday, April 17th, 2015Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.Time: 7:00 p.m. ESTTV: MSG+, USA (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King), LI News Radio 103.9 FM The New York Islanders will look to build on their 1-0 lead against the Washington Capitals in the opening round of the Stanley Cup...
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In Friday's NHL games, 3 home teams try to avoid 2-0 hole

It's not impossible, of course, for an NHL team to erase a two-game series deficit. Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals know that all too well: They allowed the New York Rangers to come back to win a first-round matchup in 2013 after Washington took Games 1 and 2. Take it further back, to 1985, and the Capitals have managed to lose nine series in which they led 2-0 or 3-1....
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders-Capitals Preview

Stumbling into the playoffs had no negative impact on the New York Islanders, just as heading in on a pretty impressive roll didn't mean much to the Washington Capitals. The Capitals didn't sound overly concerned with their Game 1 loss, but a similar performance on home ice Friday night could leave them in an 0-2 hole before heading to what figures to be a raucous Nassau Coliseum...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals vs. Islanders: Game One Instant Superlatives

The Washington Capitals did not get the start they were looking for as they came out flat in their 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders in their first round series opener Wednesday night. While it’s only the first game of a long series, no team wants to start off on the wrong foot. Here […] The post Capitals vs. Islanders: Game One Instant Superlatives appeared first on Along the Boards.
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Bad Passing Leads to Washington Capitals Game 1 Loss

Kyle Okposo #21 of the New York Islanders moves the puck up ice against Jay Beagle #83 of the Washington Capitals during the first period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 15, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott/ NHL / Getty Images) Poor passing and all-around sloppy play...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders 4, Capitals 1: Highlights, Analysis, Reaction

From the opening face-off the energy in the Verizon Center felt subdued. It took 4 minutes and 33 seconds for the game’s first shot on net. Then disaster strike for the Washington Capitals. Marcus Johansson failed to handle a pass from Troy Brouwer. The puck bounced off Johansson’s skate on to the stick of New York Islanders’ defenseman Johnny Boychuk. He was able to get the...
Via KCM Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders Waste No Time Getting on the Board vs. Capitals

It did not take long for the hearts of Washington Capitals’ fans to sink, panicking and wondering about the horros of playoffs past. New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson lit the lamp 6:06 into the game to give the Isles an early 1-0 lead. With early playoff jitters on both sides, neither team registered a shot on goal until 4:33 into the game. Then the capitals had the first...
Via KCM Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

No Coast Bias Stanley Cup Playoffs 2015 Preview: Washington Capitals (2) vs. New York Islanders (3)

Season Recap: Washington Capitals (45-26-11, 101 Points) What do you get when you have a new defensive minded coach paired up with the offensive juggernaut that is Alexander Ovechkin? You get the 2014-2015 Washington Capitals. A team with a new outlook on defensive play under Barry Trotz and an Alex Ovechkin winning another Rocket Richard [&hellip No visits yet The post No...
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Washington Capitals Falter in Season Finale, but Head into Playoffs Trending in Right Direction

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin celebrates his goal in the first period against the Leafs (Mandatory Credit: AP Photo/Alex Brandon)   The Washington Capitals headed into their regular season finale against he New York Rangers with a playoff spot already secured and their first-round opponent already decided in the New York Islanders. They still had plenty to play for...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Caps-Isles Playoff Tickets Are Kinda Cheap, Actually

Nearly $200 is still a pretty high average cost, but Capitals-Islanders playoff tickets are down in price versus recent Caps first-round playoff matchups. Get in tonight starting at $35, for example, by following the link above. I imagine this is because the Islanders don’t have the fanbase of the Rangers or Bruins, but it should be a good series nonetheless.
Via Mr. Irrelevant
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Capitals: Three Round One X-Factors

The Washington Capitals head into the playoffs in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 101 points. Behind them are the New York Islanders, boasting the same point total as their division rivals. However, it seems the Caps have the advantage over the New York Islanders coming into the playoffs, though as we’ve seen before during this […] The post Washington Capitals...
Via Along the Boards
3 days ago  |  Discuss

First Look at the Brooks Orpik Bobblehead

Earlier this week, we were lucky enough to find out the bobblehead to be given out at the Summer Inova Capitals Blood Drive will be defensemen Brooks Orpik.
Via Capitals Outsider
4 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals: A Tale of the Tape

The last time the New York Islanders and the Washington Capitals met in the playoffs, it was 1993. Back then, the Islanders beat the Capitals in six games to advance to the Patrick Division Finals before ultimately losing to the Montreal Canadians in the conference finals. The league has shifted and realigned a bit since these […] The post New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals...
Via Along the Boards
4 days ago  |  Discuss
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