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4-1 loss to the Canadiens signals panic time for the Caps

It is now time to panic.

The Caps are 0-3 after a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

More shocking than the record is the regression.

What was once a below average penalty kill unit is now a horrible penalty kill unit.

What was once one of the two best players in the league has become a shell of his former self.

What was once a young team, full of promise, now looks like a team of lost causes.

What was a team conceivably within one lousy penalty of the Eastern Conference Finals is looking awfully lost at the moment.

Losing isn't the problem. Teams lose all the time. Three-game losing streaks happen all the time.

Losing and looking this ...

2013 NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings

The 2013 NHL season is no longer an 82 game marathon, but instead is a 48 game dash to the finish line.

Will teams that had multiple players skating in Europe fair better? Will veteran squads win because they will have fresh legs all season long? Only the next few months will tell.

Here are my Eastern Conference power rankings.

1. Pittsburgh Penguins – A healthyEvgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby will lead Pittsburgh deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs. The addition of veteran goalie Tomas Vokoun gives Coach Dan Bylsma a solid option if Marc-Andre Fleury falters.

2. New York Rangers – With the ...

No Balance to Washington Capitals Lines


Balance is good. It's good for a lot of things. It's good for tires. It's good on a beam. It's good on a seesaw.  Having balance on a seesaw is having two riders of near-equal weight who get to enjoy flinging themselves up into the air with the help of the weight of the other rider. Without balance, the lighter of the two riders is stuck up in the air, legs waving wildly, until his fellow rider decides that this ride isn't worth it, gets off and sends his partner crashing back to the ground. Expect a lot of wild waving legs from the Washington Capitals right wingers this season as the team is left-wing heavy. Right now, the right...

Why Alex Semin is still a free agent—but shouldn't be

Now that Zach Parise is off the market and planning how to spend the next 13 years in Minnesota (there’s a broken mirror joke there somewhere), free agent Alex Semin is probably getting a few more phone calls than he was a week ago.

He’s going to be a second prize to a team that was hoping to land Parise. As far as career stats go, he’s about as close a second prize as they come and some team is going to end up with a guy who is not that far removed from a 40-goal season.

But they’re also going to get a guy less further removed from a 21-goal season with 56 penalty minutes, a four-year low for him.

It’s all about ceilings and floors with Sem...

TCL Round 2 Staff Predictions: New York Rangers vs. Washington Capitals


2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Eastern Conference SemifinalsNew York Rangers ( 1 ) vs. Washington Capitals ( 7 )  It's not surprising that the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals got to the second round, it's how the got here. The Rangers were taken to the bring of elimination against an eighth seeded Ottawa Senators team who, let's face it, probably had no business being in the playoffs in the first place. The Capitals were not favorites in their series against the Boston Bruins, and had their own troubles on their way to a 7th place finish in the regular season, but with the talent they had, and a ridiculous hot rookie goaltender in Braden Holtby they d...

Flyers host Caps in must-win for both squads

The season is only a few weeks away from being done and the tightness of the division races have heated up immensely.

The Philadelphia Flyers (42-23-8; 92 points) and Washington Capitals (37-30-6; 80 points) are both in the middle of two very important division races. Both teams trail their respective division-leading New York Rangers and Florida Panthers by five points.

Wings Lose to Capitals in First Period

It seems like so long ago when Detroit last won a game, an entire week and a half ago if you can believe it. The Wings last win was against Los Angeles on March 9th. It feels like so much longer though. The Wings did not win one game on their California road trip and now have lost their first game at home against the Washington Capitals. What do you think is keeping the Wings from playing like the Wings?

The Wings fell behind 3 to 0 in the first period and played catch up the rest of the game. There was a lot of talk before the game about how good of a player Alex Ovechkin is, which he proved early on in the game. Ovechkin scored on both power play...

Heart Break Strikes Islanders Country Again

Another late game collapse brings heart break to many Islanders fan. The Islanders held a 3 goal lead with just over a period left in the game and still managed to lose in the game in a shoot out. (Photo Credit Flickr/ Clydeorama)

Caps' Alex Ovechkin suspended three games

The NHL has suspended Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin three games for his hit on Pittsburgh defenseman Zbynek Michalek. 

NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan said in his review of the incident that Ovechkin was suspended for charging and leaving his feet while delivering the check. 

Replay of the hit clearly showed Ovechkin launch himself into Michalek, which is a violation of the charging rule, rule No. 42. 

Further, as Ovechkin launched himself into Michalek, he raised his shoulder toward the head of the player, resulting in a headshot that was deemed "reckless" by Shanahan in...

Caps stuffed by Rangers 6-3 on Black Friday

After opening up a 3-0  lead on the road, the New York Rangers never looked back.

Ruslan Fedotenko scored twice for New York, who also got goals from Brad Richards, Artem Anisimov, Marian Gaborik and Brian Boyle to defeat the Washington Capitals 6-3 on Black Friday at Verizon Center. 

The Rangers opened up a 3-0 lead early in the second period lead thanks to goals from Gaborik, Fedotenko and Anisimov.

Washington responded with back-to-back goals from Troy Brouwer and John Carlson to come within a goal at 3-2 at 12:52 of the second period. But a Brian Boyle goal off a brutal turnover by Marcus Johansson in his own zone stretched the Ranger lead to 4-2 before the...