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Video- Dmitry Orlov Suspended Two Games

NEW YORK (Jan. 19, 2022) – Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov has been suspended for two games, without pay, for kneeing Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers during NHL Game No. 695 in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Jan. 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 13:17 of the third period.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Orlov will forfeit $51,000.00. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.


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Video- A Hearing Today For Dmitry Orlov

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Video- #742 For Alex Ovechkin

 

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Zach Fucale’s Path To The NHL

from Steven Ellis of The Hockey News,

At one point in his career, Zach Fucale was a top goaltending prospect with a bright future.

Nearly a decade later, those expectations never really took him that far. But on Thursday, Fucale became just the 10th goalie over the past 25 years to earn a shutout in their NHL debut with a 2-0 win over Detroit.

Any time a goalie wins their first game is special. But in Fucale's case, it almost looked destined to never happen for the 26-year-old.

At one point in time, the second-round pick by Montreal in 2013 was turning heads thanks to an impressive junior hockey career with Halifax and Quebec. Fucale did something that so few 16-year-old goaltenders have done in major junior: started over 55 games. He played 58 of the team's 68 outings in 2011-12 before putting up some incredible numbers in Halifax the following two years. Fucale won the Memorial Cup with Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin in 2012-13 and was the first goalie drafted in 2013, beating out Tristan Jarry, Eric Comrie and Juuse Saros, among others.

Fucale always seemed to be around quality teammates, leaving some to wonder if he was just getting carried by star talent. That didn't change when he helped backstop a dominant Canadian team to gold at the 2015 World Junior Championship. OK, so he can get the job done with a stacked group in front of him. What if you take that away? That's exactly what happened when Fucale got to the pro ranks. His vulnerabilities were exposed and his struggles were evident.

In Montreal, the odds were stacked against him. 

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Anthony Mantha Out After Shoulder Surgery

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Evgeny Kuznetsov Has Worked Hard To Get His Game Back

from Samantha Pell of the Washington Post,

Evgeny Kuznetsov knew something needed to change. He had just gone through yet another inconsistent season — this one marred by two stints on the league’s coronavirus list — and his name was in the center of trade talks.

So, the flashy Washington Capitals center put his head down in the offseason and started training. He worked out two to three times a day, staying home in Virginia as he skated on his own.

He let critiques about his game fuel his training and once training camp started, he knew what he had to do. He needed to change details in his own game to work better with the coaching staff and see the on-ice results both sides wanted.

“To have the confidence from the coach, so he can allow me to create more on the ice, I have to give him something first,” Kuznetsov said in a recent conversation with The Washington Post. “So I came back to camp, I did everything that they like and instead of taking a step back and complaining about it, I take a step toward them and did everything that they told me to do.

“The biggest reason why I am here is my commitment. The things I’ve done, the things I want to do. I changed a lot of things. I had to change those things, right?”

Kuznetsov has seen the results from his strong summer. He has five goals and seven assists through the first eight games of the season. Last season, he had nine goals in 41 games.

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Video- More Injury Evaluation For Alex Ovechkin Today

 

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Washington Capitals Announce Sponsor Patch On Their Sweater

ARLINGTON, VA. and LAS VEGAS (Sept. 24, 2021) – The Washington Capitals and Caesars Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR) announced a multi-year partnership agreement today that places the Caesars Sportsbook logo on Capitals home and third jerseys worn for games played at Capital One Arena beginning with the 2022-23 NHL season. The landmark announcement marks the first team announced agreement in the NHL’s Jersey Advertising Program.

Caesars Sportsbook, the best-in-class sportsbook offering, will have its logo worn on the Capitals home and third jerseys, with the 3 x 3.5 inch patch positioned on the upper right chest area of the jersey. An industry first, the introduction of the Caesars Sportsbook patch follows the historic opening of the Caesars Sportsbook at Capital One Arena in May 2021.

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Henrik Lundqvist Announces His Retirement

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Ilya Samsonov Staying In Washington

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Ilya Samsonov to a one-year, $2 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Samsonov, 24, posted a record of 13-4-1, with two shutouts, a 2.69 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage in 19 games during the 2020-21 season. Samsonov made his playoff debut in Game 3 on May 19 versus Boston, stopping 40 of 43 shots. In three playoff games, Samsonov went 0-3 with a 2.99 goals-against average and .899 save percentage.

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