Capitals Have Scoring Options at the Trade Deadline

Capitals Have Scoring Options at the Trade Deadline

February 12th, 2020 Between players like Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie, John Carlson and Evgeny Kuznetsov, the Washington Capitals have offensive firepower. Carlson is in the midst of a career year and is likely to be the Norris Trophy favorite; Ovechkin is filling the net as usual and is on his...
Capitals' Connor McMichael Having Standout Season With London

Capitals' Connor McMichael Having Standout Season With London

February 10th, 2020 Generally, organizations garnering special attention towards their prospects are rarely mainstays in the NHL playoff picture. Although the lottery can throw a wrench in things, teams with more high-quality prospects tend to be those towards the bottom of the standings of the past few years....

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February 7th, 2020
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Since the calendar flipped to 2020, Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin is scoring goals and reaching new milestones at a remarkable pace. With 14 tallies in the past seven games, the Capitals' captain finds himself just two goals shy of becoming the eighth member of the NHL’s 700-goal club. In the past three weeks alone Ovi has risen from 12th to 8th on the all-time goals list, surpassing Hall of Famers Teemu Selanne, Mario Lemieux, Steve Yzerman, and Mark Messier. Ovechkin has already hit the 40-goal plateau for the 11th time in his brilliant career and is quickly closing in on a ninth 50-goal campaign. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) With two games left on the Capitals' current homestand, fans are eagerly anticipating another memorable night at Capital One Arena. Ovi will get his first shot at joining the 700-goal club on Saturday against Philadelphia and, if necessary, he’ll get another one on Monday when...
February 5th, 2020
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Alex Ovechkin was having a quiet night. Through two periods of action Tuesday, he'd registered a solitary shot attempt that sailed wide, two hits and one giveaway. That was it. Then, as he's done so many times, the sniper for Washington Capitals exploded in jaw-dropping fashion. Ovechkin's first goal tied the game against the Los Angeles Kings 2-2 with 6:50 left in regulation. The next came 70 seconds later to give his team its first lead. And he then finished things off into an empty net. Three goals in four minutes 24 seconds. Three hat tricks in his last six games. Fourteen goals in his last seven outings, and 16 in his last 10, to give him 698 in an already-storied career. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) The 34-year-old Russian could become the eighth player in NHL history to reach 700 goals as soon as Saturday at home against the Philadelphia Flyers. "If you're going to think about...
February 4th, 2020
Washington Capitals

WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin recorded his 27th career hat trick and raised his career goal total to 698 during a five-minute stretch of the third period, rallying the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night. Ovechkin, who is closing in on becoming the eighth player in NHL history to reach the 700-goal plateau, moved into the NHL lead with 40 on the season. He singlehandedly overturned a 2-1 deficit inside the final 6:10 of regulation. He has 14 of those 40 goals in his last seven games. Ovechkin one-timed a feed from T.J. Oshie to tie the game at 2-all . Seventy seconds later, he rebounded his own miss off goaltender Jonathan Quick's pads and put Washington in front. He added an empty-netter with 1:46 to play, moving within 10 goals of Mike Gartner for seventh on the NHL's all-time goals list. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers) John Carlson added his 14th goal and 50th and 51st assists for...
February 4th, 2020
Capitals Goaltending

Ilya Samsonov, the Washington Capitals’ highly touted first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and presumptive goalie of the future, finally got his chance in the NHL this season. The rookie is every bit the goaltender that the franchise had hoped for, and he has worked himself into consideration for the Calder Trophy. Not only has Samsonov had a successful first season, it has been a historic one. Recently, he rolled off 11 consecutive decisions with a win, which went back to Nov. 15 and was snapped Feb. 2 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. That streak is tied for second-longest for rookie goalies all time. Additionally, he is 10-0-0 on the road, and he became the fourth goalie in NHL history to win 16 of his first 20 games. This season, his stats are sparkling: he has a 16-3-1 record, a 2.21 goals-against average, and a .923 save percentage in 21 games (18 starts). That isn’t just good among rookies (he leads all rookie goaltenders in wins), it also ranks among the top...