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Caps hold on in third against Flyers, win 3-2

The Capitals aren't in the basement anymore.

With a 1-1 score at the start of the third period, the Caps scored twice on the visiting Flyers and managed to hang on to it for the first time in three games, with the final score 3-2 in the home team's favor.

The win took the Caps from 15th in the East to 13th. Although it's not a huge leap, not being last anymore is just fine.

This game, a home game against a rivalry team after two come-from-ahead losses was a must-win game early in the season. The Flyers had been struggling similarly in the first weeks of the new season.

Spots that were problematic for the Caps started to look a lot better.

The Caps...

Caps beat the Sabres 3-2 for their first win of the season

Remember a few days ago after the Capitals lost 4-1 to the Winnipeg Jets and this writer told you to panic? 

Hit the pause button on the painic.

The Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2, their first win of the season.

It's the first win of the season for the Caps. 

It wasn't a perfect win but a lot of things looked better.

Maybe the Capitals are understanding bettter what Adam Oates wants from them, the system that he runs.

The shortened training camp was always going to be a bigger problem for any team with a new coach.

One game doesn't prove that everything is all better, but a few things did improve from the first four gam...

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 ...

A couple things on the Caps opener

The Washington Capitals lost their season opener to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 6-3.

It was just 3-3 at the beginning of the third period but the final third was most certainly lackluster for the Caps.

Let's talk about some things real quick, shall we?

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This is the first game of the season under a new coach. After a six-day training camp. On the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now is not the time to panic. Just hang loose. 

There are going to be growing pains.

The sooner those growi...

Tampa Bay Lightning Center Nate Thompson Signs ECHL Contract

Tampa Bay Lightning center Nate Thompson has signed a tryout contract with the ECHL’s Alaska Aces. He joins Montreal's Scott Gomez and Washington's Joey Crabb on the Aces training camp roster. (Photograph/Linda Hamilton)

Gomez, like Thompson, signed a tryout contract, while Crabb signed a standard deal.

Thompson, an Alaska native accumulated 29 goals and 35 points in 147 games during his two years with the Bolts. He also represented the United States at the World Championships last spring. He is entering his eighth season and has played 265 career NHL games

Thompson, Crabb, Gomez and Anchorage's Brandon Dubinsky (Blue Jackets) h...

Alex Semin is gone; what now for the Washington Capitals?

With a one-year deal worth $7 million, Alex Semin is headed to Raleigh to frustrate the living bejesus out of Carolina Hurricanes fans join Jordan Staal as part of a new-look offense for the Carolina Hurricanes.

It's a good deal for both parties. Semin, by hook (not the two-minute variety, with which Semin is very familiar) or crook gets his money and the team is only on the hook for one year. Not a bad deal for a boom-or-bust guy like Semin, even if he is coming off a bust season.

Now just where does that leave the Capitals?

They're not exactly up a creek with no paddle because it was pretty clear that Semin wanted to leave from season's end...

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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Free Agency 2012: Caps Add Defenseman Jack Hillen

The Washington Capitals have announced the signing of 26-year old defenseman Jack Hillen to a one-year, one-way contract worth $650,000.

Hillen spent last season with the Nashville Predators, appearing in 55 games and scoring six total points.  In his previous two seasons with the New York Islanders, Hillen had 22 and 21 points respectively.

Hillen is the second player added by General Manager George McPhee during the 2012 free agency period, to go along with Joey Crabb who was signed Sunday.  Hillen and Crabb were teammates at Colorado College from 2004-2006. 

McPhee still has some work to do to fill the holes on the blue line, mainly the one left by Denn...

Free Agency 2012: Capitals Get Joey Crabb

The first acquisition for Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee is forward Joey Crabb from the Toronto Maple Leafs. He signed on a one-year deal worth $950,000.  

The right winger had 11 goals, 15 assists and 101 hits in 2011-2012, his first full season in the NHL. At 29, he has scored 18 goals and has 32 assists in 144 games with Toronto and Atlanta after being a seventh-round pick in 2002.

Crabb is projected to be a bottom-six guy for new Capitals coach Adam Oates, possibly teaming up with Matt Hendricks and Jay Beagle on the fourth line. He could play some on the penalty kill and he's not afraid to drop fists either. He ends up catching m...

Islanders Get Mowed Down By Leafs 5-3

The Islanders took on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night in both teams final game before the holiday break. With the loss to the Rangers on Thursday night, the Islanders were definitely lacking confidence and it showed.

The Isles faced a Maple Leafs team who are having a pretty good season so far. Even with some injury...