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Surging Lars Eller Leading the Way for the Capitals

Surging Lars Eller Leading the Way for the Capitals

January 12th, 2018 It's normal to hear a variety of music played during breaks in a hockey game, but when the Washington Capitals play "Eye of the Tiger," it's become known as an ode to Lars Eller, who was nicknamed "Tiger" following a team-building exercise last season. The song has played three times over the last...
Washington Capitals Power Play, Third Line Hitting Stride

Washington Capitals Power Play, Third Line Hitting Stride

January 7th, 2018 Though the Washington Capitals hadn't played since Tuesday, they came out strong in the first period of Sunday's game against the St. Louis Blues, putting on a lot of offensive pressure and taking a 1-0 lead into the second off a power-play goal from Brett Connolly. "I think we had some starts...

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December 17th, 2017
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In their last home game before Christmas, the Washington Capitals found themselves in strange and unfamiliar territory against the Anaheim Ducks; heading into the third period, the Capitals were trailing 2-0, unable to solve the mystery of Ducks netminder John Gibson. Not only that, Washington's first two periods were highlighted by an overwhelming amount of shot attempts and turnovers, which a couple of players attributed to poor ice conditions, due to the fact that just hours prior, the Georgetown Hoyas had taken center stage at Capital One Arena against Syracuse. "It was really bad," forward Devante Smith-Pelly, who skated in his 300th career game Saturday, said. "That might have played a part in the sloppiness." However, despite adversity, as well as their struggles to find twine early on, the Capitals didn't let frustration overpower them, and with 20 minutes remaining in regulation, they were relentless, continuing to throw pucks on net and dominate offensively. And it...
December 13th, 2017
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Coming into their second and final meeting with the Avalanche this season, the Washington Capitals had more determination to pull together a win. Not only were they looking to bounce back from a lackluster 3-1 loss to the Islanders Monday, but they wanted to avenge their 6-2 loss to the Avalanche a little less than a month ago. "I think you have a pretty prideful group that wants to respond," head coach Barry Trotz said. "We didn't have, maybe our best game last night, and these guys handed us our lunch last time. I think they wanted to have a good response going in... I think we had a pretty good push." Three of Washington's defensemen combined for four points, and the Capitals got a standout performance from all four forward lines to defeat the Avalanche, 5-2, on home ice. Not only did the Capitals win their fifth straight home game, but with 39 points on the season, Washington is back on top and is tied with Columbus for the Metropolitan Division lead. "I guess we did...
December 10th, 2017
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The Washington Capitals experienced a bit of a rocky start to the 2017-18 campaign, but that all seems to be behind them now as they've started to string together wins. And although this team isn't the same one that has dominated the NHL for the last two seasons, they are starting to find their form and develop a winning culture. Two points away from taking the Metropolitan Division lead that they have defended for the last two years, Washington is starting to find their footing, and the players are more optimistic heading into the thick of the regular season prior to the All-Star break. "We're on a nice little run right now," defenseman Matt Niskanen said. "We've played much better, so things are good. Things at the rink are always good when you're winning and not quite as much fun if you're not playing well." The Capitals have won four straight games, as well as eight of their last 10, good for the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference. Not only have they been...
December 6th, 2017
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The Washington Capitals found themselves skating away with a rare 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks Monday, marking the first time in two years that the team has accomplished such a feat. A slow start to the first period was followed by an offensive explosion -- Devante Smith-Pelly, Alex Ovechkin, Brett Connolly and Jakub Vrana all scored, and the Capitals seemed to be doing everything right. However, the positives were somewhat eclipsed by a few negatives, including an injury to T.J. Oshie, which leaves yet another Capitals player injured. Oshie Injured In the second period of Monday's match-up, T.J. Oshie was skating on the penalty kill and checked Logan Couture hard into the boards, which resulted in him somewhat losing his balance. As he went down, Joe Thornton went backward into Oshie, sending a blow to his head. The 30-year-old Capitals' winger fell to the ice and stayed down, and after athletic trainers tended to him on the ice, he was able to skate off under his...