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Video- Goals Galore In San Jose/Washington Capitals Game

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

The scoreboard’s clock indicated time had expired Tuesday night, but that didn’t account for the tenths of a second remaining when Evander Kane’s shot crossed the goal line for San Jose. Of all the ways the Washington Capitals have lost of late, none was more gut-wrenching than this.

They were less than a second away from a win they desperately needed, the Capital One Arena crowd standing in anticipation of just that, but then the score was suddenly tied, and the game off to overtime.

That tiny fraction of time was the difference between the Capitals snapping their five-game losing streak and ultimately falling into a six-game skid, the team’s worst slide since the 2013-14 season, when it missed the playoffs.


Highlights of the Sharks 7-6 OT win can be watched below.

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“Expect The Unexpected” From Evgeny Kuznetsov

from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,

Beyond the overarching cultural shock of moving halfway around the world, Evgeny Kuznetsov was struck by a few smaller unfamiliarities upon finally joining the NHL in March 2014. Receiving per diem on road trips, for instance, was an entirely foreign concept in his native Russia. Ditto for dining alongside coaches at team meals and dumping the puck into the offensive zone. But nothing—absolutely nothing—bothered the Washington Capitals center more than his new job’s conservative dress code.

“Wearing the suit was the biggest problem,” he says. “I still hate that s---. One day I wish the NHL can allow you to wear whatever you want. I will have new look for every game.”

It is an amusing mental image, Kuznetsov as the sartorial soulmate of Russell Westbrook or James Harden, turning hockey rinks into fashion runways with ripped jeans and designer tees and whatever else he can afford on a $7.8 million annual salary. But for now Kuznetsov is resigned to cycle through the same 10 suits, each tailored to fit his 6' 2", 204-pound frame yet bland enough to fit in. “In our sport, it’s just different,” he says. “Basketball not like that. People won’t make fun of [NBA players] because they wear pink shoes. They go, ‘O.K., that’s his style.’”

Of course, even if Kuznetsov were bouncing passes instead of saucering them, his style would still stand out. Winger Tom Wilson describes his linemate this way: “Expect the unexpected.”


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Addressing The Five Game Losing Streak For The Washington Capitals

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

“For the last two years or so ... things haven’t come easy," goaltender Braden Holtby said. "That’s something that can be lost in the fact of winning. Because things weren’t easy last year. We had to grind our way through to get where we were, and that’s going to be what we have to do this year. We’re in one of those little lulls where we’re going to make sure that we come to work with the right mindset of putting it all out there and getting better and improving. It’s a time of the year where we still have plenty of time left to do the things necessary that we need to do to win.”

To Holtby’s point, the Capitals had a team-wide meeting in March last year, and that sparked a defensive turnaround en route to a franchise-first Stanley Cup. Coach Todd Reirden said that gathering included some significant changes to the team’s systems, which are still in place now. This meeting was just about pointing out where Washington is struggling within that structure.

“Some of the things that we’re doing incorrectly and mistakes we’re making, they’re big ones,” Reirden said. “We’ve got to go through those things as a group, players and coaches, obviously have video to back it up and ways we can get better. ... Right now, we’re going through a situation where we’re correcting some things and then other areas we’re not correcting and then those mistakes seem to be ending up in the back of our net right now."


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The Slumping Washington Capitals

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

For the first time this season, the doors to the Washington Capitals’ dressing room stayed shut for just a little longer after the game, the players inside asking for more time to talk through their issues following their fifth straight loss. A team meeting such as this one probably would have happened earlier any other year, but with the Capitals still basking in their franchise-first Stanley Cup win last season, maybe the depths of this losing streak didn’t feel so low until Sunday afternoon.

“We’ve been leaning back on the fact that, you know, what we went through last year or whatever,” goaltender Braden Holtby said. “It’s time to really move on. We realize if we want to do this again, it’s going to take more hard work than last year.”

With Sunday’s 8-5 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, who entered the game with the worst record in the NHL, Washington is on its first five-game skid in nearly five years.


Game highlights below.

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The New York Islanders Move Into First Place With A Win Over The Washington Capitals

from Andrew Gross of Newsday,

Barry Trotz waved to the adoring fans at Capital One Arena as they stood to applaud him, saluted the Capitals’ bench (with Alex Ovechkin leaning over to ask how he liked the video tribute) and then touched his heart during the first-period appreciation of his four seasons in Washington, culminating with the Stanley Cup celebration last June.

Then the Islanders put on a defensive clinic — keeping the shots to the outside and limiting the rebounds as a real homage to Trotz’s coaching skills — and beat Washington, 2-0, on Friday night to vault over the Capitals and into the Metropolitan Division lead.

“It was sort of an identity game for us,” said Trotz, who made his first return to Washington with the Isles. “We just talk about climbing. It just happens the Caps were the next team in front of us. Two weeks ago, we were talking about Buffalo and other teams like Montreal. I said just keep climbing and don’t look up. The guys have been good.”

The Islanders received third-period goals by Josh Bailey and Cal Clutterbuck and 19 saves from Thomas Greiss, who notched his second shutout of the season and 10th of his career.

Coupled with the Blue Jackets’ 4-1 loss to the visiting Canadiens, the Islanders are a point ahead of Columbus and Washington.


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Video- Welcome Back To Washington Barry Trotz

Well deserved.


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The Slumping Washington Capitals

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,

In one of Washington’s worst losses of the season, the Capitals were routed by the Predators, 7-2, to drop their third straight game. Their lead in the Metropolitan Division has evaporated — the Columbus Blue Jackets have pulled into a tie with 59 points — and this can officially be considered a midseason slump. Washington has lost six of its past nine games, and it scored its first five-on-five goal (courtesy of T.J. Oshie) in three games when there was less than four minutes left in the third period. The Capitals already trailed by six at that point.

“When we’re on our game, we’re one of the best teams in the league,” center Lars Eller said. “I’m confident that we can beat any team in the league when we’re on our game. Lately, we have not been on our game.”

Goaltender Braden Holtby was initially scheduled to start against the Predators, but after a stick got through his mask and clipped him in the left eye Saturday night against the Blue Jackets, the Capitals decided to play it safe with his health. A team spokesman said before the game that Holtby was capable of playing, which is why he was available in a backup capacity for a second straight game, but “the club is being extra cautious with him as he fully recovers with his injury.” After the game, Coach Todd Reirden said the team learned just a few hours before puck drop that Holtby “wasn’t going to be able to play,” and there wasn’t time to recall another goaltender.

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Game highlights are below.

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Alex Ovechkin Should Not Be Suspended For Missing The All-Star Weekend

from Christine Brennan of USA TODAY,

Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin is being suspended by the NHL for one game for what amounts to being really smart.

At the wise old hockey age of 33, Ovechkin is skipping a meaningless exhibition – the league’s All-Star Game – to save himself for the rest of the season and presumably the playoffs, where the Capitals will be trying to win a second consecutive Stanley Cup.

Ovechkin should be hailed for this decision, not punished for it. He’s missing the pomp and circumstance of the All-Star Game to help ensure his availability for the most important portion of the NHL season, the playoffs. If college football stars not playing in bowl games, which still count towards a team’s record, has become acceptable, then a player like Ovechkin reasonably missing an exhibition game so he can be available to his team for the rest of the season should be too.

Unfortunately, that’s not how it works in the NHL.


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So It Begins, Alex Ovechkin Will Not Participate In The All-Star Weekend


added 11:14am, Chris Johnston tweet,

As per NHL policy, this will require Ovechkin to sit out either the #caps game heading into the all-star break or the one coming out of it.

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Evening Line- Wayne Gretzky

“Alex definitely is the guy who has a chance. It’s great for the game and it’s a great watch. If he’s close I’ll be the first guy to go there (to see it).

“To break that record you have to be on a good team with good players … so that fits with the ultimate opportunity. He’s got a couple of centremen there (Nick Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov) who find him on the power play where he sets up. He can play the whole two minutes and find open ice like Bossy did and like Brett (Hall) did. He can handle the whole power play because he’s on the point and he’s rarely carrying the puck in or hunting the puck in the corners behind the net.”

-Wayne Gretzky on Alex Ovechkin attempting to breaking his goal scoring record.  Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal has more.

Gretzky finished his career with 894 goals, Ovechkin has 636.

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