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Two Habs Showdowns to reveal Caps ability, for better or worse

The Washington Capitals will play the Montreal Canadiens twice in the span of 11 days in April. Both of the games are in Montreal.

This is the kind of thing that happens when your season schedule gets thrown together. Like they'd say in Montreal, c'est la vie.

But, if anything, the games should be a good measure of how far the Caps have come this season.

Any time the team goes 8-1-1 is good, but check those last 10 games out. There aren't many playoff teams in that stretch. 

That begs the question--how good are these Caps, really?

It's fair to say they're neither the team that started 2-8-1, nor are they a team that could maintai...

Capitals-Lightning; Follow Us!

Our (not-so) long (multi-) national (quasi-) nightmare is over.

Hockey is back.

I, for one, welcome back our crooked-sticked overlords.

The Capitals open their season in Tampa Bay against the Lightning. What the team will look like is anyone's guess as the team was only in training camp for about a week under new coach Adam Oates. 

He has said that he will give Alexander Ovechkin more freedom than he was allowed under former coach Dale Hunter. 

This is what Alexander Ovechkin looks like when he's free. 

It is his thing. It is awesome to behold.

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Jay Beagle Re-Signs With The Capitals

 

The Capitals announced Thursday that forward Jay Beagle has re-signed with the team on a three-year contract worth $2.7 million.

Beagle, 26, is a gritty third or fourth line center. He played in 41 games last season, accounting for four goals and one assist. Beagle also racked up 23 penalty minutes.

 

Beagle became a favorite of interim coach Dale Hunter down the stretch last year and throughout the Caps' playoff run. It was much publicized that Beagle was getting more ice time in the playoffs than captain Alexander Ovechkin.

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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...

Islanders Look To Avoid Capital Punishment - Isles/Caps Pre-Game

Somebody had a case of the Mondays.

The New York Islanders, at least, will have a quick turnaround after one of their worst performance’s of the season. After a dismal 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators, the
Islanders travel to the nation’s capital to play the red hot Washington Capitals.

Washington, winners of seven straight at the Verizon Center, come into the contest off a 2-1 home victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. They haven’t trailed in a game at home since December 13th. In 22 games since Bruce Boudreau was replaced by Dale Hunter, the Capitals have gone 12-9-1 playing themselves into a 1st place tie with the Florida Panthers in the Southeast Division.

Seems Like Old Times : Flyers To Face Old Nemesis

The Philadelphia Flyers (18-7-3) and the Washington Capitals (15-12-1) will face off tonight for the second time this season.

In their first meeting, the Capitals scored three quick goals early in the third period stretching a slim one-goal lead to four, cruising to a 5-2 victory.

This time, the teams will meet in Washington, DC. It will be the first time the Flyers face Dale Hunter as an NHL head coach.

Capitals fire Bruce Boudreau; hire ex-Cap Dale Hunter

After a hot 7-0 start to the season, the Washington Capitals and their sky-high expectations were off and running. 

Then the rest of the league caught up, sending the Capitals into tailspin searching for answers, a tailspin that included a 5-7-1 November record, with just one game left on Tuesday. 

The scapegoat of the tailspin is coach Bruce Boudreau, who was relived of his coaching duties early Monday. Former Caps captain Dale Hunter has been named head coach, he was present at practice on Monday afternoon. 

Boudreau will be a tough act to follow, however, as he led the Caps to the playoffs in each of his four full sea...