May 29, 2015

Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom undergoes hip surgery

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has had hip surgery and the team expects him to be ready for next season. The Capitals said the arthroscopic procedure was done Wednesday. The club adds in a statement Thursday that it is “confident” he will be “completely ...

Stepan scores winner for Rangers in Game 7

May 14, 2015

Stepan scores winner for Rangers in Game 7

Make the resilient Rangers play a Game 7 and they don’t even flinch. Dump them into a 3-1 hole in a playoff series and they simply work harder. And win. Derek Stepan scored 11:24 in overtime, lifting New York past the Washington Capitals 2-1 ...

Rangers win, force Game 7

May 11, 2015

Rangers win, force Game 7

All of 40 seconds into Game 6, Chris Kreider scored for the New York Rangers. Did it again with 0.3 seconds left in the first period. Then, after the Rangers nearly let all of a three-goal lead slip away late, Henrik Lundqvist helped them ...

Rangers stay alive with overtime win

May 9, 2015

Rangers stay alive with overtime win

Less than 2 minutes away from seeing their franchise record-setting season come to end, the New York Rangers finally found a way to beat Braden Holtby and keep their Stanley Cup dreams alive. Chris Kreider tied it 1-1 with 1:41 left in regulation and ...

Burakovsky helps Caps take 3-1 lead on Rangers

May 7, 2015

Burakovsky helps Caps take 3-1 lead on Rangers

Back when he was 7, Andre Burakovsky tagged along to watch his father play in a pro hockey game in Sweden. The opposing goalie was none other than Henrik Lundqvist. Burakovsky, now barely 20 and an NHL rookie with the Capitals, found himself facing ...

Beagle, Holtby shine as Capitals take 2-1 lead

May 5, 2015

Beagle, Holtby shine as Capitals take 2-1 lead

Braden Holtby stood in a corner of the Washington Capitals’ locker room, his arms folded across his chest, his voice low and monotone, his demeanor as steady and calm as when he was protecting the net. “At times, I felt good. At other times, ...

Rangers top Capitals to even series

May 3, 2015

Rangers top Capitals to even series

The New York Rangers needed to bounce back after a tough loss to the Washington Capitals. Chris Kreider didn’t need long to get them going. Kreider scored 38 seconds after the opening faceoff and the Rangers defeated the Capitals 3-2 Saturday, tying their Eastern ...

Caps win on Ward's goal with 1.3 seconds left

May 1, 2015

Caps win on Ward's goal with 1.3 seconds left

Joel Ward wanted Alex Ovechkin to hear him over the din at Madison Square Garden. So, the forward screamed at his superstar teammate. Maybe he should do it more often. Ward got Ovechkin’s attention and drove the Russian’s feed past Henrik Lundqvist with 1.3 ...

Capitals win tight Game 7

Apr 28, 2015

Capitals win tight Game 7

Unburdened by the catastrophes of past Game 7s littering the Washington Capitals’ playoff history, rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov delivered a breathtaking, series-clinching goal that got Alex Ovechkin’s seal of approval. “Pretty sick,” Ovechkin declared. Sure was. Skating around every opponent on the ice as he ...

Islanders sink Capitals in OT

Apr 20, 2015

Islanders sink Capitals in OT

John Tavares can be excused if the Islanders captain doesn’t recall the previous time New York won a playoff game in overtime. “I was only 3 years old then,” Tavares said, when informed it’s been 22 years since that happened. He’ll certainly remember this ...

Capitals rally past Isles to even series

Apr 18, 2015

Capitals rally past Isles to even series

So what if the Washington Capitals’ goalie was a last-minute rookie replacement, making his second NHL appearance all season? So what if Alex Ovechkin’s club had played nearly 5½ periods without ever holding a lead, and was facing a two-goal hole that was getting ...