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Believing In The Washington Capitals

from Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog,

“I don’t see another team in the Eastern Conference — right now, based on how they’ve played — that can beat them in a seven-game series,” said the NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes.

Or ask some of the league’s best players and coaches what they think about the Capitals.

“One mistake and it’s in the back of our net, and then boom, they just take off,” said Buffalo’s Ryan O’Reilly.

“They’re a scary team, when you can almost kind of score at will like that,” said Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop.

“The Caps are outstanding,” added Florida Coach Gerard Gallant. “I mean, they’re obviously a favorite to win the Cup right now.”

These are strange times for a franchise that’s spent the past decade, if not most of its existence, fighting for national recognition and praise. It’s never been hard to find skeptics eager to dismiss Washington’s style of play, its coaching acumen, its Russian captain or its playoff pedigree. Often it felt like the later winter months offered a direct challenge to the Caps from the league: We do not believe in you, the league said. See if you can prove us wrong.


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The Washington Capitals May Be Targeting A Defenseman As The Trade Deadline Approaches

Chuck Gormley of CSN Mid-Atlantic was asked if the Washington Capital would make a trade...

Yes, I think the Capitals will make a trade before the Feb. 29 trade deadline, and I think they are targeting a veteran defenseman.

Part of that decision will hinge on the health of defenseman Brooks Orpik, who has missed the past 33 games with a lower body injury. But not all of it.

Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan has shown he is not afraid to pull the trigger on a big trade (Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley and a pick for T.J. Oshie) and I could see him going hard after Vancouver Canucks pending free agent Dan Hamhuis, who spent the first six years of his NHL career under Barry Trotz in Nashville.

Now 33, Hamhuis is recovering from facial fractures suffered on a Dan Boyle shot he took to the jaw back in December. Hamhuis needed extensive surgery to repair the fractures and is expected to return to the Canucks’ lineup in the next week or two. The Canucks are five points out of a wild card spot and could be willing to move Hamhuis, a reliable, two-way, 6-foot-1, 209-pound defenseman from Smithers, B.C. Hamhuis has a full no-move clause in his contract but would likely agree to be dealt to a Stanley Cup contender coached by Barry Trotz, who has a great deal of respect for Hamhuis on and off the ice.

Hamhuis is in the final year of a contract that carries a cap hit of $4.5 million and could be slotted anywhere in the Caps’ top six. To get a player like Hamhuis, who has 841 games of NHL experience and 62 more in the playoffs, the Caps might have to part with their first-round draft pick, which could be the 30th pick overall, along with a prospect or roster player such as Stan Galiev.

continue for more Caps related questions and answers...

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Sunday’s Pittsburgh/Washington Game Postponed

NEW YORK (Jan. 23, 2016) – The game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals at Verizon Center scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 24, NHL Game No. 720, has been postponed due to the severe snowstorm impacting the Washington, D.C., area.

A makeup date will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.

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D.C. Officials Want Today’s Ducks/Caps Game Cancelled

from  Isabelle Khurshudyan of Capitals Insider,

With a massive snowstorm expected, the Washington Capitals moved up the puck drop for their game against the Anaheim Ducks to 5 p.m. after it was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. That time change would allow for fans attending the game to still use the Metrorail, which will stop service at 11 p.m. Friday.

But Chris T. Geldart, the director of the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, implored the Capitals and Wizards to cancel games scheduled for the weekend.

“We talked to all of these organizations and we told them, ‘We are telling our residents, the folks here in the city, to be off the streets by 3 o’clock,'” Geldart said. “If the Capitals decide to bring their players in and put them in danger like that, then the other folks do the same, I cannot tell the NHL or the NBA what to do … But I would highly encourage them, do not have those games.”


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Morning Line- Travis Yost On Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin seems miles away from the likes of Gretzky, Howe, and Hull in the goal-scoring race. But that’s because they played in different eras – the former in one where virtually no one around the league can find the back of the net. When you factor in how the sport has progressed over the years, Ovechkin’s goal-scoring numbers are instantly more impressive. Maybe the most impressive we have ever seen.

-Travis Yost of TSN where you can read more on Ovechkin.

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Video- Alex Ovechkin On His 500th Goal

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Arash Madani was able to speak with Alex Ovechkin moments after he scored his milestone 500th goal in front of his family and his fans, a moment he said he will cherish for the rest of his life.



added 8:20am, Scott Burnside of ESPN on Ovechkin's night...

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Video- Alex Ovechkin Wins It In Overtime

Big stop by the Caps turns into the OT winner by Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin needs one more goal to reach #500 and the Washington Capitals are 31-7-3.


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Video- Dan Girardi Will Want This Pass Back

You can almost see Giradi saying "oh no" as soon as the puck leaves his stick.

Ovechkin with career goal #498 today.


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Video- Marcus Johansson Suspended Two Games

Patrick Burke with the breakdown and explanation...


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Video- Zach Sill Suspended Two Games

Patrick Burke with the explanation.


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