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from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,
In his past five starts, Braden Holtby is undefeated with a 0.60 goals-against average and a 0.978 save percentage. Grubauer didn’t allow for any drop off on Sunday, especially in the first two periods when the rest of his teammates were sleepwalking through the game.
“Our goalie seemed to be not letting anything in,” Justin Williams said. “It’s always nice.”...
The Capitals have now had four shutouts in their past six games, a key to their nine-game winning streak. Holtby’s run has rightfully been garnering a lot of attention, but Grubauer has quietly put together an impressive season. He’s 8-1-1 with .935 save percentage and 1.74 goals-against average this season. He’ll be a restricted free agent at the end of the season and due for a pay raise.
from Katie Brown at NHL.com,
The Washington Capitals won their ninth consecutive game with a 5-0 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at Verizon Center on Sunday.
The Capitals (29-9-5) took over first place in the NHL with 63 points with four goals in the first 6:36 of the third period. They have outscored opponents 40-11 during their winning streak and haven't allowed an even-strength goal in six games.
Craig Custance: Certainly by no fault of his own. All he's done in his postseason career is put up 82 points in 84 career playoff games -- including 41 career playoff goals. He's been an absolute force at times in the postseason. I'm just not sure if you can win a Stanley Cup built around a winger or when he's your best player. The recent Stanley Cup winners have been led by franchise centermen -- Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Anze Kopitar, Patrice Bergeron. They usually have a premier No. 1 defenseman to go with them -- Kris Letang, Duncan Keith, Drew Doughty, Zdeno Chara. Now, with Evgeny Kuznetsov starting to come on to go with Nicklas Backstrom, the Washington Capitals might have the necessary strength down the middle to pull it off. If history has shown us anything, it's that Ovechkin can't do it on his own.
Pierre LeBrun: Craig nailed it. It's all about the position. It's the same argument as the Ovechkin vs. Carey Price debate we had Monday, as far as which player is more valuable to his team....
continued at ESPN...
ARLINGTON, Va. – Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin earned his 1,000th career point in his 880th NHL game on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, becoming the second-fastest active player to reach 1,000 points (Jaromir Jagr: 763 games) and the 24th-fastest player to record 1,000 points in NHL history. In addition, he is the 37th player in NHL history to record 1,000 points with one franchise and his 545 career goals are the second-most through a player’s first 1,000 points (Brett Hull: 560) in NHL history.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The man who will record his 1,000th point anytime now, the man who has been the catalyst for the growth of hockey in the American capital and far beyond throughout an 11-year career, has on this day given new meaning to the word casual.
Gray sweatpants, T-shirt and a gray hoodie might explain the lack of any kind of mob scene as I head to lunch with Alex Ovechkin near the Washington Capitals' practice facility.
It's not until near the end of lunch that there's a moment in this busy Italian restaurant that betrays the presence of the casually attired sports icon.
"Sick goal last night," the waiter quietly offers as the bill is paid, a reference to Ovechkin's trademark one-timer that had secured a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Funny how over the course of 11 years the descriptions of Ovechkin have rarely changed. His exuberance, his zest for life, his refusal to let small things -- like not knowing a lick of English in the early days -- impede his being at the heart of, well, everything, have remained virtually constant. And if you want to know what Ovechkin has meant to this city, this franchise and this game, his enthusiasm is as good a place as any to start. And to finish.
from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post,
The game was well in hand by the time Alex Ovechkin made his mark, but his goal couldn’t have come at a more poetic time. His power-play strike lifted the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 lead, the score by which they beat the Montreal Canadiens, but it also moved him into a tie with Maurice “Rocket” Richard for 29th on the all-time goal-scoring list with 544 career goals.
Richard’s jersey No. 9 hangs from the rafters in Bell Centre, and Ovechkin has won the goal-scoring title named after the Montreal legend six times.
“Makes for a good story, eh?” Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby said.
“Ovi’s big on those big moments,” Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said.
Below, watch Ovechkin talk about tying Richard...
First up is...
Columbus plays at the Washington Capitals on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, FS-O, NHL.TV) with a 16-game winning streak, the second-longest in NHL history and one short of the record set by the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins (March 9-April 10, 1993).
more at NHL.com
The United States and Canada will play for the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship at Bell Centre on Thursday (8 p.m. ET). Fans in the United States can watch live on NHL.com and NHL Network; Canadian-based viewers can tune in on TSN.
It will be the fourth time in the history of the tournament the countries will play against each other in the final.
continued at NHL.com
NEW YORK (Jan. 5, 2017) – Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
Kuznetsov was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 56 at Florida on Oct. 20. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at
18:32 of the second period during NHL Game No. 533 against New Jersey on Dec. 29.
from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Wasington Post,
An electrical current is pumping into T.J. Oshie when he is working out, when he is warming up before games, when he is recovering after them and when he is sleeping, roughly 12 hours a day in all.
The Washington Capitals forward is one of roughly 75 NHL players who make the Accelerated Recovery Performance (ARP) machine part of their daily routine. Electrodes are attached to him as often as shoes are.
In large part because of player testimonials — proponents include Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith and Minnesota’s Zach Parise — the ARP has become a more common sight in NHL locker rooms, though teams don’t endorse the machine. It is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, but a neurologist and a physical therapist interviewed for this story said that while the ARP doesn’t do any harm, the evidence for it being a benefit is empirical and anecdotal.
No penalty on the play and Moore was taken off the ice on a stretcher.
added 4:32pm, Wilson on the hit below...
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