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Semin, Vokoun lead Caps past Rangers

The red-hot New York Rangers came into Verizon Center riding a five-game win streak on Wednesday night, but they left the building with a losing streak after being handled by Alex Semin and the Caps 4-1. 

Semin scored twice and Troy Brouwer netted the game-winner in the second period to lead the Washington Capitals over the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers. Marcus Johansson also scored for Washington, starting the scoring in the first period. 

Following Johansson's opening goal, Brandon Dubinsky tied the game at 1-1 for the visiting Rangers at the 17:16 mark of the first period when he ripped a wrist shot past the glove side of Vokoun...

Listless Capitals fall 4-2 in Buffalo

Sleepless in Seattle? More like listless in Buffalo for the Washington Capitals the day after Christmas. 

Buffalo jumped on the Capitals early with four first period goals from Jason Pominville, Matt Ellis, Christian Erhoff and rookie Brayden McNabb's first NHL tally in route to a 4-2 win over the visiting Caps at First Niagara Center. 

The Sabres scored just 51 seconds into the first, keying a period that would doom the Caps despite righting the ship in the second and third by pulling within two. Those goals came from Matt Hendricks, his first of the season late in the second, and Alex Ovechkin on a powerplay in the third. 

Roman Hamrlik's delay-o...

Stars shine as Caps handle Predators 4-1

For the first time all season, Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin scored in the same game for the Washington Capitals.

Let me say that again, the first time, all season. 

Nicklas Backstrom and Troy Brouwer also scored for the Caps as they beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Tuesday night at Verizon Center. 

The Caps got off to a fast start with goals from Ovechkin and Backstrom in the first period and never looked back.

"We wanted to get out to a fast start, and I think we did that in the first," said coach Dale Hunter postgame. 

Ovechkin broke in thanks to a great chip off the boards from defenseman Karl...

Caps host Predators, Finding Offense edition

In the past three games, the Washington Capitals have mustered just three total goals. In that same three-game span, the NHL's leading goal scorer Steven Stamkos has managed four tallies. 

Yikes. 

The Caps' hunt for offense won't get any easier when they welcome the Nashville Predators to town tonight. The Predators allow just 2.59 goals per game, which ranks in the top half of the NHL in that department. 

They also boast one of the league's very best between the pipes in last year's Vezina Runner-up Pekka Rinne. But the Caps catch a break as it will be backup Anders LIndback in net for the Preds tonight as Rinne will get the night off ...

Neuvirth, Caps blank Jets 1-0

Following their worst game of the season on Monday night against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Washington Capitals rebounded with one of their best games of the season on Thursday night. 

Go figure. 

Such is life in D.C. for the Capitals, who have struggled after getting out to a 7-0-0 mark to begin the season. Since then, they've changed coaches while experiencing much of the same results, losses. 

But Tuesday brought a new low as the Caps were manhandled at home by the Flyers 5-1. The Caps had been 7-0-3 against the Flyers in the past 10 meetings, but fell behind early and looked badly outmatched all game. 

But that all changed with a road ...

Voracek steps up in Dominating Win

It may only be a single game, but Tuesday night’s dominating 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals will allow fans of the Philadelphia Flyers to rest easy for at least one night.

The team brought a five-game winning streak into the game. They also brought with them an injury list that included the league’s leading scorer in Claude Giroux and the team’s captain, Chris Pronger.

With the team’s best players on the sideline, the Flyers were going to need other players to step-up.

That wasn’t a problem on Tuesday night.

Thirteen different players registered a point for the Flyers, including goals from each of the team’s four lines.

While any player on the team could have been singled out as a standout, one of the more impressive performances came from Jakub Voracek.

Without their leading scorer, Flyers offense doesn't skip a beat

Nothing was going to stand in front of the Flyers tonight; not even the absence of the NHL's leading scorer.

With Claude Giroux back in Philadelphia nursing a concussion, the Flyers offense erupted in a 5-1 win over the Washington Capitals on the road. It was the first Flyers win in Washington since the 2009 season.

Stepping into the centering role on the Flyers hottest line was eighth round draft pick Sean Couturier. Without Giroux, the top line didn't skip a beat when Scott Hartnell found twine for the sixth straight game, giving the Flyers an early 1-0 lead.

Hartnell's tally was his 15th on the season, good for second on the Flyers.

But it was also a milestone goal for the 29-year-old left-winner. It was the 200th goal for Hartnell, who tossed a soft shot at the net that got through Washington goalie Thomas Vokoun's five-hole.

Caps offense awakens, take down Sens 5-3

For the first time in his past 12 games, Alex Ovechkin found the back of the net for the Washington Capitals. 

Amid one of the longest goal-scoring droughts of his career, the Capitals captain showed a glimpse of his insane skill with a highlight reel tally at 13:50 of the third period. 

 

 

Jeff Halpern, Nicklas Backstrom, Troy Brouwer and John Carlson also scored as the Caps defeated the Ottawa Senators for the second time in the past week 5-3 on Wednesday night. 

The Caps struck first on the road with Halpern's second period tally, but fell behind after goals from Eric Condra and Nick Foligno before the end of the period. The e...

Game 27: Capitals look to put everything together against Sens

The Washington Capitals (12-11-1) haven't played bad under new coach Dale Hunter, but they haven't played well either. 

Despite the 1-3 record under their new boss, the Capitals just want to show what they can do when they execute in all aspects of the game, offensively, defensively and in goal. 

Caps defenseman Dennis Wideman said it best after practice on Tuesday, "We haven’t been able to put a game together where we get good goaltending, the [defense] plays well and we score goals in a long time."

"We’re not putting everything together right now.”

Under Hunter's lead, the Caps have lost three one-goal games ...

Drawing The Line: Isles Will Move To "Conference D" Next Season

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It wasn't news to anyone that the NHL would be setting up a new realignment plan for the 2012-2013 season. Plenty of speculation went into this idea as to how it would effect the current Eastern and Western Conferences. The Winnipeg Jets, although presently in the East, seemed to be a team that would make much more sense in the West. Rumors began to run that the Detroit Red Wings would move to the Eastern Conference, or even quite possibly the Nashville Predators.

The bigger question, and one that still looms over the hearts of many fans out in the desert, is whether or not the Phoenix Coyotes will still be in any Conference next year. They are currently in what seems to be the final year of their lease agreement after almost being relocated this past summer. There's still a good possibility that they might be relocated in the near future as well, but all of that remains in limbo as the 2012 season moves forward.

However, the NHL and it's Board of Governors could not wait to see what happens in Phoenix and passed a very dramatic change to the current alignment. The Eastern and Western Conferences will ultimately be removed next year; the standard two conferences that consist of 15 teams will become four conferences with either seven or eight teams in each one.