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Game 20: Caps continue short homestand, host Jets at Verizon

November 23 vs. Winnipeg Jets at Verizon Center      
Time: 7:00 pm
TV: CSN-D.C., TSN-Jets, CSN-MA

After a brutal 0-3-1 four-game stretch, the Capitals finally got back on the winning side of things with a 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday night in D.C. 

They'll be looking for more of the same as they play the middle game of a three-game homestand against their division rival (still weird I know), the Winnipeg Jets.

The Jets have recovered from an awful start and sit just four points behind Washington in the standings. Winnipeg also manhandled the Caps in their la...

Caps offense awakens, down 'Yotes 4-3

The Washington Capitals finally showed some of the offense they've been accustomed to over the years by beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 Monday night at Verizon Center. 

After falling behind 2-0 on two shorthanded goals, one on a penalty shot, the Caps offense woke up thanks to a couple of hometown bounces. 

John Carlson's blast from the point hit a stick and deflected past Jason Labarbera to make it 2-1. Then it was rookie Cody Eakin's turn to get a bounce. Eakin ripped a slap shot of Keith Yandle's stick and off Labarbera's and into the net to tie the game at 2-2. 

The Caps then seized the momentum, getting third period goals from Nick...

Game 19: Reeling Caps host Coyotes + Kuznetsov

The Caps have lost four straight (0-3-1), six of its last seven (1-5-1) and seven of its last 11 (3-7-1) heading into tonight's matchup with the Phoenix Coyotes. 

Yikes. 

That 7-0 start to the season seems like ages ago for the struggling Caps, who have scored just three goals in their past three games. The once-high powered Caps haven't scored more than three goals in a game yet this month. 

Yikes again. 

It's been an ugly November for the boys from D.C., even including a superstar/coach spat earlier between Alex Ovechkin and Bruce Boudreau. 

The Caps hit rock bottom with Saturday's 7-1 loss at Toronto, a game in whic...

Game 17: Caps pay first visit to the new 'Peg

 

For the first time since December 1995, the Washington Capitals will visit Winnipeg, Manitoba tonight to face the new look Jets at MTS Centre at 7:30 pm. 

The Caps continue their short three-game road trip following a heartbreaking loss in Nashville to the Predators 3-1, in a game in which the Predators scored in the final minute to steal a win in regulation. 

Despite the loss, the Caps peppered Pekka Rinne with 40 shots on Tuesday, and controlled much of the game before faltering just before the end of regulation. But for a team lauded for its offensive firepower, the Caps have been pedestrian in the goal scoring depa...

Caps stunned by Preds in final minute

 

 

 

With the Caps and Predators deadlocked in a 1-1 tie with a minute left in the third period, the last thing one would expect was a two goal explosion from the home-standing Predators. 

But then it happend. 

Colin Wilson scored the go-ahead goal for the Preds at 19:35 and Shea Weber followed with a blast into the empy cage to seal the deal at 3-1 just five seconds later. 

In the span of about a minute, the Caps went from a hard earned point on the road to wondering what happened. 

In a night that featured a battle of two goalies on top of their game all night in Tomas Vokoun and P...

Game 16: Caps pay visit to the Music City to face Predators

The Predators and their fans will get a look at a familiar face when the Capitals invade the Music City tonight. 

That face will be that of Joel Ward, the Preds playoff hero of a spring ago, who signed with the Caps this offseason. Ward had 13 points (7 G, 6 A) in 12 playoff games for the Preds last spring. 

While the Caps will have Ward on their side, they'll have to deal with Preds goalie Pekka Rinne, who is 8-4-3 with a 2.28 GAA and a .929 SV % this season after being a Vezina finalist last season. 

The Caps are 4-2 on the road this season, but two of the losses have come on the road against Western Conference tea...

Game 14, 15: Caps set for home and home series with Devils

          

The Caps (9-4-0, 18 points) travel to New Jersey tonight to play the Devils in the first of a back to back. The teams play in D.C. on Saturday night. 

Alex Ovechkin and Co. are coming off of a home throttling courtesy of the red-hot Dallas Stars, who handled the Caps 5-2 back on Tuesday. 

The Devils will be without the services of star forward Ilya Kovalchuck this weekend as he nurses a minor leg injury. Martin Brodeur will get the call in net for the Devils on Friday, with the back-to-back on the schedule, Johan Hedberg will start Saturday. 

Brodeur is 2-2 this season with a 3.00 GAA and an .885 SV % in ...

Caps blasted by Stars 5-2

The Caps headed into tonight's clash with the Dallas Stars as the only team with an undefeated home record at 6-0. 

That ended quickly as the Stars ambushed the Caps in the third period at Verizon Center tonight by scoring three consecutive goals to win 5-2. 

The Stars got three points from Jamie Benn, including a goal and two assists and Michael Ryder added two goals. The visiting Stars also got goals from Adam Burish and Eric Nystrom. 

Caps goals came from Alexander Semin, who opened the scoring for the Caps on the power play in the first and John Carlson, who ripped a laser by Lehtonen in the second at even-strength to tie the game at 2-2.

Nic...

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 ...

Capitals Backstrom returning to form

Back in May 2010, the Capitals signed center Nicklas Backstrom to a 10-year, $67 million contract extension, the following season, he posted a career-low 65 points. 

Not only did he flop in the regular season after posting 101 points the previous year, he flopped even harder in nine games in the postseason, with just two assists for the underachieving Caps. 

His performance had pundits quietly wondering about the massive extension he signed, and whether he would live up to its billing. 

Then the calendar turned to the 2011-2012 season, where the Gavle, Sweden, native has lit up opposing defenses for 18 points in 12 game...