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Capitals Trade Grubauer and Orpik to Avalanche

Capitals Trade Grubauer and Orpik to Avalanche

June 22nd, 2018 The Colorado Avalanche have traded the 47th overall selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft to the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals in exchange for goaltender Philipp Grubauer and defender Brooks Orpik, the Capitals announced Friday. This deal came less than a half hour before the...
Capitals' Smith-Pelly a Free Agency Conundrum

Capitals' Smith-Pelly a Free Agency Conundrum

June 22nd, 2018 Last summer, when the New Jersey Devils bought out Devante Smith-Pelly's contract, his future in the NHL looked uncertain. The Washington Capitals decided to take a low-risk chance on him, signing the 25-year-old right-winger to a one year, two-way, league-minimum contract. After a championship...

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June 10th, 2018
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The 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs have been competed and the Washington Capitals have finally captured their first championship in their 44-year existence. Following a brief vote among the writing staff here at The Hockey Writers, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has been selected as the third recipient of the Jean Beliveau Award as the most valuable player in the National Hockey League’s post-season. The emotional and on-ice leader of the Capitals, Ovechkin faced every opponent's shutdown line yet still managed to lead the playoffs in goal-scoring. Teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov led the playoffs in scoring with 32 points, but Ovechkin had 27 points (second overall) and was the glue that kept the Capitals together as they battled through four tough series with Columbus, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Vegas. He edged out Kuznetsov and Braden Holtby to capture this award. Our version of the Conn Smythe Award, the Jean Beliveau Award is named after Montreal Canadiens legend Jean Beliveau,...
June 9th, 2018
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From the moment Alexander Ovechkin was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, it was clear that he was destined for a great career. From his rookie year in 2005 to the present, Ovi has been known as one of the best players in NHL history. His ability to score goals is second to none, and his superstardom has helped push hockey in Washington, DC. Unfortunately, he's received plenty of criticism for failing to win a Stanley Cup. Questions on his style of play, leadership ability, and failure to succeed in the postseason plagued him throughout his career. When the Capitals closed out the Golden Knights in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final Thursday night, it not only ended years of heartache for the fanbase in DC, it took Ovechkin off the dreaded list of "Best players to never win a title." Finally, a Stanley Cup After an agonizing career that saw Ovechkin and the Capitals fail to make it past the second round in nine trips to the Stanley Cup playoffs, 2018 was finally the...
June 8th, 2018
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It was the moment Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin had been waiting 13 years for. He hadn't stopped screaming since the final horn sounded to end Game 5; his excitement continued to spill over as he accepted the Conn Smythe. But the true moment didn't hit for him, the team or for the thousands fans watching from outside Capital One Arena and beyond, until he grabbed the Stanley Cup and raised it above his head in triumph, still screaming on the top of his lungs. "It's just unbelievable," Ovechkin said. "Like... I don't know what to say. It's just unbelievable." After trailing by one heading into the third period of Game 5, where the Golden Knights were literally playing like their season was on the line, the Capitals came out strong to start the third, never faltering in the face of adversity. Devante Smith-Pelly played hero again, tying the game at 3, and minutes later, Lars Eller scored on a loose puck that made it past Fleury, shooting it straight into the empty...
June 7th, 2018
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Following Game 4, head coach Barry Trotz settled by the podium for his post-game interview. The questions that were about to come from the media were obvious: it would all revolve around next game, the game that could potentially clinch history for Washington. So, when a reporter asked Trotz if taking the series on Thursday crossed his mind. "Nope," he said bluntly after looking at him for a few moments. Washington leads Vegas 3-1 in this series and with a victory Thursday, they will capture their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. However, Alex Ovechkin said he and the team are by no means getting ahead of themselves. "It feels nice, but it's not over yet," Ovechkin said. Capitals Remaining Collected Washington is well aware of the circumstances. They know one of these three upcoming games has to be their best game yet, and that even though it's a big game with a lot on the line, they are aware it can be hard to remain focused but know they can stay calm, thanks...