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A Statement From The Washington Capitals

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Alex Ovechkin And Nicklas Backstrom Will Reach 1000 Games Played Tonight

ARLINGTON, Va. – Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and alternate captain Nicklas Backstrom are scheduled to play in their 1,000th career game together tonight when the Capitals play the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Capitals’ franchise leaders in goals and assists played their first game together on Oct. 5, 2007 against the Atlanta Thrashers, with each player recording an assist in the game.

 Ovechkin and Backstrom – who became the first and second players, respectively, to play 1,000 games with the Capitals – will become the ninth set of teammates in NHL history to accomplish this feat. Los Angeles’ Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown are the only other active set of teammates to accomplish this feat (1,149 games). The Capitals will become the seventh franchise to have two teammates accomplish this feat with one team.

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Video- Alex Ovechkin Wants “No More War”

from The Athletic,

Washington Capitals captain and Russian native Alex Ovechkin asked for "no more war" amid Russia's attack on Ukraine while speaking with reporters on Friday.

The comments are the first Ovechkin has made publicly since Russia launched its attack on Ukraine on Thursday. The Capitals did not make him available to the media on Thursday.

"It's a hard situation. I have family back in Russia and it is scary moments," Ovechkin said. "But we can't do anything. We just hope it going to be end soon and everything is going to be all right."

He added: "Please, no more war. It doesn't matter who is in the war — Russia, Ukraine, different countries — I think we live in a world, like, we have to live in peace and a great world."

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Below, watch Ovechkin after practice today.

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Video- Hit Of The Night

Garnet Hathaway on Connor McDavid.

 

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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

Watch below.

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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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