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Caps Fall 3-2 to the Devils in OT

 

Well that was a bit better, right?

Entering tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils, the Capitals were the only team in the NHL without a point.

Through the first 50 or so minutes, that didn’t look like changing anytime soon.

Stephen Gionta opened the scoring for the Devils with a wide-open look after some nifty moves by Jacob Josefson.  Caps’ goaltender Michael Neuvirth didn’t stand a chance.

Patrick Elias added a goal from a 5-on-3 power-play in the 2nd period.  The Caps have already given up four 5-on-3 opportunities, and have allowed goals during all of them.  Not good.

The team again looked lost, c...

Caps Re-Sign Mike Green To A Three-Year Deal

 

The Capitals announced Monday that they have signed defenseman Mike Green to a three-year deal worth $18.25 million.  Green will make $6 million over the next two seasons, and $6.25 million in 2014-15.

Capitals GM George McPhee was optimistic Sunday that a deal would get done, but after Green turned down the team’s qualifying offer of one-year, $5 million, a bit of uncertainty crept in amongst the team’s fan-base.  

McPhee told reporters Saturday “I don’t elaborate on these things.  But we’re talking and I think there’s a deal to be made there.  So hopefully we’ll have an answer today or tomorrow.&rdquo...

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.

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...

Game #13: Caps face surprising Stars

The Caps welcome the Western Conference-leading Dallas Stars tonight at Verizon Center in a clash of early season powers. The Stars (10-3, 20 points) lead the West, while the Caps (9-3, 18 points) find themselves near the top of the East. 

After losing All-Star center Brad Richards to free-agency, it would be easy to cast aside the Stars this season. But the team has responded with a fast start behind balanced scoring from forwards Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson and outstanding goaltending from Kari Lehtonen. 

The Fin Lehtonen is 10-1 with a 2.14 GAA and a .936 save pct. this season, and has enjoyed success since arriving in Dallas prior to last season after spending the ...

Caps Re-Cap and Report Card 10.9.11

By Scott Lowe

The Washington Capitals opening-night 4-3 overtime victory against Southeast Division-rival Carolina in front of the 107th straight Verizon Center sellout Saturday didn’t lack for thrills. From the Caps’ perspective there was plenty to be excited about – a few standout individual efforts and enough mistakes to remind everyone that there is plenty of work ahead. All in all it was a pretty typical opening-night performance, with the team getting an overall grad of a B-minus for the effort. A further breakdown follows:

Caps Goals: Semin, Chimera, Laich, Green

Caps Assists: Backstrom (2), Carlson, Ward, Alzner, Ovechkin, Wideman

Shots on...

Six Questions Facing the Caps

By Scott Lowe

It’s been an interesting off-season, to say the least, for the Washington Capitals.

Gone are longtime Caps Matt Bradley, Boyd Gordon and Eric Fehr. Enigmatic, yet talented, netminder Semyon Varlamov also departed along with last year’s stretch-run veteran additions Jason Arnott and Marco Sturm.

The replacements? Former Caps captain Jeff Halpern, past Stanley Cup winner Troy Brouwer, Nashville playoff hero Joel Ward, elite goaltender Tomas Voukoun and 19-year steady blueline veteran Roman Hamrlik.

The net result? A team that has added size, speed, skill and grit; a club that can roll out a top-six defensive unit that matches up with any in ...