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Crosby vs Ovechkin Trilogy: Good for Hockey?

Crosby vs Ovechkin Trilogy: Good for Hockey?

April 24th, 2018 Earlier this week, the Washington Capitals finished off the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 6, setting up a second-round series with a familiar foe. The Pittsburgh Penguins await in Round 2, having dispatched the Philadelphia Flyers, also in Game 6. This sets up a series hockey fans are pretty...
Washington Capitalizes on Comeback

Washington Capitalizes on Comeback

April 22nd, 2018 Heading into Tuesday's Game 3 matchup with Columbus, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin made a promise: the Capitals would tie the series and head back to D.C. for Game 5. It was a necessity for Washington, who needed both wins to keep the series alive and shift the momentum in their...

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April 15th, 2018
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The Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals return to the ice Sunday night to play Game 2 of their first round series at Capital One Arena. They are the last series to play their Game 2 after having two off days after Game 1. The game can be viewed in the local markets on Fox Sports Ohio in Columbus, NBC Sports Washington in DC and on CNBC nationwide. Puck drop is set for just after 7:30 P.M. What are we watching for in Game 2? Here are the three things we will have our eyes on tonight. The Blue Jackets are looking to go up 2-0 in a series for the first time in franchise history. Impact of Lineup Changes Both the Blue Jackets and Capitals should have different lineups when the puck drops. Capitals' coach Barry Trotz spoke Sunday morning and confirmed that Jakub Vrana is a scratch for Game 2. He was the odd-man out with center Jay Beagle returning to the lineup. The Capitals will have their full compliment of centers back as a result. Beagle returns to the lineup...
April 14th, 2018
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To kick off the playoffs, the Washington Capitals couldn't seem to find their rhythm against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1. They lost the lead two times due to an influx of penalties at critical moments, and inevitably lost the game 4-3 in overtime. "I mean, you have a lead there, you gotta be smart, doesn't matter what it is, what you did," goaltender Philipp Grubauer said. "We kind of shot ourselves in the foot again, but it's one game." Heading into Game 2, the Capitals reflected on their Game 1 performance and said they hope to clean up their game and tie the series at one come Sunday as they look to improve and ready for what they hope will still be a deep playoff run. Capitals on Picking Their Battles A flurry of penalties in the second and third period led to Columbus getting one too many chances on the power play. It was Tom Wilson's charging penalty and hit on Alexander Weinberg that led to Thomas Vanek tying the game at 2, and a late third-period tripping...
April 12th, 2018
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The Washington Capitals know of their past. Their fans singing hymns of hope that insist that "this is the year." However, they know their shortfalling, where they've been unable to make as deep as a run as they hope to, despite a strong regular season record and a dominant team. This season, they hope to change that narrative, to stop playing that broken record. "I'm pretty sure everybody tried to be a really good team this season, and in the playoffs, we don't get success," captain Alex Ovechkin said. "I hope with the guys we have right now, we can take a step forward in the playoffs, stay for a little bit longer and win what we all want." The Capitals kick off their playoff series Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team they have yet to play in the postseason. And, with a younger squad, their star players producing and more depth added throughout the regular season, Washington hopes to come in as a top competitor and make a deeper run. "It doesn't matter...
April 12th, 2018
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Sergei Bobrvosky gets his opportunity to play someone other than the Pittsburgh Penguins. Alexander Ovechkin is still chasing a Stanley Cup. Philipp Grubauer starts in goal over Braden Holtby. The Columbus Blue Jackets are seeking their first ever playoff series win. The Capitals have dominated the Blue Jackets while on the power play. These are some of the major stories as the playoffs come calling for the Blue Jackets and Capitals. But what other stories are worth watching that isn't getting the attention it deserves? We list three things that not only deserve more attention, but they'll go a long way in determining the outcome of the series. Evgeny Kuznetsov Most of the offensive attention with the Capitals go to Ovechkin and Niklas Backstrom. But the player we have our eyes on is center Evgeny Kuznetsov. When the Capitals have enjoyed success at five-on-five against the Blue Jackets, it's been because of Kuznetsov. According to multiple reports, the Capitals will start...