Ovechkin bags 16th hat trick of NHL career

Nov 24, 2016

Ovechkin bags 16th hat trick of NHL career

Alex Ovechkin stretched out his arms in celebration, teammates mobbed him along the boards and jubilant fans launched their hats onto the ice. This was the performance they had waited to see. Ovechkin scored his first hat trick this season and 16th of his ...

Streaking Blue Jackets top Capitals on late goal

Nov 21, 2016

Streaking Blue Jackets top Capitals on late goal

John Tortorella had worried about Sunday’s game, the first matinee for Columbus all season. He didn’t want the Washington Capitals to get off to a quick start. The Capitals scored on Nicklas Backstrom’s goal barely three minutes into the game, but the Blue Jackets ...

Capitals come out strong in rout

Nov 17, 2016

Capitals come out strong in rout

Determined to get out of their recent funk and motivated to measure up to the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Washington Capitals took out their frustrations in a 7-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night. The score was indicative of just how ...

Caps’ Johansson notches OT winner against Chicago

Nov 12, 2016

Caps’ Johansson notches OT winner against Chicago

Marcus Johansson scored at 2:20 of overtime, Braden Holtby made 32 saves and the Washington Capitals snapped Chicago’s seven-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Friday night. Jay Beagle scored two goals, giving him three on the season, and the ...

Jul 21, 2016

Johansson, Capitals hammer out deal, avoid arbitration

Marcus Johansson was back in Toronto for another arbitration hearing with the Washington Capitals, but this time he didn’t have to go through with it. Hours before Johansson and the Capitals were set to go to arbitration for the second time, they agreed on ...

Penguins win in OT to knock out Capitals

May 11, 2016

Penguins win in OT to knock out Capitals

A three-goal lead gone — and his team’s momentum right along with it — Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan provided a reminder heading to overtime of Game 6 of a relentlessly entertaining playoff series against the Washington Capitals. Keep skating. Play fast. Be confident. ...

Hornqvist lifts Penguins to OT triumph over Capitals

May 5, 2016

Hornqvist lifts Penguins to OT triumph over Capitals

Patric Hornqvist makes a living by working in tight spaces. Given a rare moment of freedom from his usual spot parked in front of the opponent’s net, the Pittsburgh Penguins forward pushed the Washington Capitals to the brink of elimination. Hornqvist fired a loose ...

Penguins skate past Capitals, take 2-1 series lead

May 3, 2016

Penguins skate past Capitals, take 2-1 series lead

Outhit, outshot and largely outplayed, Pittsburgh grabbed control of its Eastern Conference semifinal against Washington anyway. Blame it on a 21-year-old rookie goaltender who hardly seems intimidated by the stakes, the prospect of his mentor watching from the bench or the avalanche of shots ...

Penguins dig deep to beat Capitals

May 1, 2016

Penguins dig deep to beat Capitals

Already down a game in their second-round playoff series, Kris Letang and the Pittsburgh Penguins suddenly were down a man, too, on Saturday night, when Olli Maatta was leveled by a high hit from Washington’s Brooks Orpik less than 5 minutes in. So the ...

Capitals move within win of sweep

Apr 19, 2016

Capitals move within win of sweep

Wayne Simmonds raised his hand toward the crowd and pleaded with fans to stop hurling colorful bracelets on the ice. Flyers public address announcer Lou Nolan urged fans to “show some class” during the first wave of band tossing. The Philadelphia fans refused to ...

Mason error gives Caps Game 2 win

Apr 17, 2016

Mason error gives Caps Game 2 win

Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason craned his neck toward the ceiling in utter dismay. The puck that came sliding down the ice from beyond the red line somehow went between his legs and nestled in the net behind him. Many of the Washington Capitals ...