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Capitals Must Avoid Pitfalls of Columbus to Prevent Collapse

Capitals Must Avoid Pitfalls of Columbus to Prevent Collapse

May 19th, 2018 Just over a month ago, the Washington Capitals found themselves in a similar predicament to the one the Tampa Bay Lightning were in heading into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Entering the first round of the playoffs as the top seed in the Metropolitan Division, the Capitals suffered...
Capitals' Wilson Displeased with Stralman Hit

Capitals' Wilson Displeased with Stralman Hit

May 17th, 2018 While Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson carries a reputation for big hits and controversial, perhaps dangerous plays and checks, he found himself on the other side of the play Tuesday. With Wilson turned to the boards in a battle for the puck in the first period of Game 3, Anton Stralman came...

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May 8th, 2018
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The Washington Capitals had found themselves in the same situation before: Game 6 sudden death overtime against Pittsburgh. However, they've always found themselves on the other end, usually falling in defeat as the years of heartbreak and second-round woes find the team over and over again. However, that all changed Monday. A little over five minutes into overtime, Alex Ovechkin poked the puck away and started to bring it up the ice, but made the decision to pass to Evgeny Kuznetsov, who was already in front of the Penguins' defenders and scored quickly on the breakaway. The Capitals then flew into a huge group hug, howling in celebration, as a 20-year drought was finally put to an end. "Please score, just f---ing please score," Ovechkin told Pierre McGuire when asked what went through his mind when he made the pass to Kuznetsov. The Capitals hadn't made it past the second round since 1998 when they advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup Final against the Detroit Red...
May 7th, 2018
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After being drafted in the first round of the 2015 NHL draft by the Washington Capitals, Russian goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov has finally landed in DC after signing a 3-year, entry-level contract. His contract will have an impact of $925,000 on the Washington Capitals cap space. Samsonov, who turned 21 last February, spent the last three seasons with his hometown team Metallurg Magnitogorsk, mostly acting as a backup of Vasili Koshechkin. Playing with Metallurg, Samsonov won the Gagarin Cup in the 2015-16 season. Metallurg Magnitogorsk has a good tradition in developing NHL players, as among their alumni you can find Evgeny Malkin, Nikolai Kulemin, and Viktor Antipin. The team has a total of 11 players drafted so far, with the latest being Igor Shvyryov, picked during the 5th round of the 2017 NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. Samsonov's International Career Samsonov has plenty of experience on the international stage. He was named the best goalie at the 2015 U18 WJC and made...
May 5th, 2018
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As the Washington Capitals continue their playoff push, heading into a critical Game 5 against the Penguins, their top performers have not failed to lead the way, especially center Nicklas Backstrom. The 30-year-old forward is tied for first on the team in playoff points with captain Alex Ovechkin, having racked up three goals and 13 points through 10 games so far. He's also been dominant in the face-off circle, winning around 52 percent of his faceoffs so far through the postseason, while he's also shined in critical moments for the Capitals thus far. Taking into account his playmaking, ability to carry the second line and success on special teams, Backstrom has taken charge and is leading the way for the Capitals so far these playoffs as arguably their top player. "In the playoffs, you need all keys, I mean and going," Backstrom said of his team's overall performance. Capitals' Backstrom Taking Charge In 81 games during the regular season, Backstrom racked up 21...
May 2nd, 2018
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The NHL's Department of Player Safety has suspended Washington Capitals' forward Tom Wilson for three games as a result of his high-hit on Pittsburgh Penguins' forward Zach Aton-Reese's head Tuesday night. https://twitter.com/NHLPlayerSafety/status/991828020808863744 The play created a lot of controversy as Aston-Reese suffered a concussion and a broken jaw from the play. While some angles may have shown shoulder to shoulder contact initially on the play, the Department of Player Safety ultimately ruled that the head was the principle point of contact. The NHL's explanation of the suspension can be seen below, as can a transcript of the video.   NHL's Video Transcript Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, Capitals forward Tom Wilson delivered a high hit to Penguins' forward Zach Aston-Reese, making the head the main point of contact on a hit where such head contact was avoidable. As the video shows, the Penguins are breaking the puck out of their own end as the Capitals...