Alex Ovechkin set to become just 41st player in NHL history to play in 1,400 career NHL games
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by Chris Cerullo
26m ago
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is on the verge of more NHL history. When the big Russian hits the ice for the first time against the Florida Panthers on Saturday night, he’ll become just the 41st player in league history to play in 1,400 career games. Per Capitals PR, Ovechkin has played in 1,399 of the Capitals’ 1,458 games (96 percent) since making his debut back in 2005. Among players who have played with only one franchise at the time of their 1,400th game, Ovechkin’s percentage of team games played is the fifth highest. Player Team Games Played Team Games Played Percentage o ..read more
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Alex Ovechkin is on the third longest point streak for a player age 38 or older in modern NHL history
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by Ian Oland
26m ago
Alex Ovechkin has never ceased to amaze and over the years, he’s taught both his fans and critics alike to never write him off. His latest feat came during the Capitals’ 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning, Thursday. Ovechkin tallied the primary assist on the Capitals’ final goal of the night, an empty-net goal by Connor McMichael. Though that credit took some time — Nick Jensen was initially credited with the assist. SCORING CHANGE: Alex Ovechkin has been credited with the primary assist on McMichael's empty-net goal. With the assist, Ovechkin extended his point streak to ten games (1 ..read more
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Shorthanded Bears, without five of their top players, beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4-1
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by Faith Harris
16h ago
Going into Friday night’s matchup with division rivals the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Hershey Bears were missing five important players in their usual starting lineup. The Bears have been without star forward Ethen Frank due to a lower-body injury he suffered against the Providence Bruins on Feb. 9. Bears’ captain Dylan McIlrath was out due to a two-game suspension for fighting. The Capitals have also dipped heavily into Bears lineup due to their own injury, calling up forwards Mike Sgarbossa, Pierrick Dube, and Hendrix Lapierre. No matter, like they’ve done many times this season, th ..read more
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Capitals’ trade deadline focus believed to be offloading contracts to better position team for future
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by Chris Cerullo
19h ago
The Washington Capitals are on a three-game win streak and closer to a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference than they have been in several weeks. Despite that spell of good play that has them back in the postseason conversation, the Capitals are still expected to subtract from their roster at the upcoming March 8 trade deadline. ESPN’s Emily Kaplan spoke with general manager Brian MacLellan earlier this month and GMBM revealed that his deadline plans would be determined based on how well the Capitals played during a three-game stretch against some of the league’s best teams. They ended up go ..read more
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Nicolas Aube-Kubel promoted to Capitals top line after scoring highlight-reel goal against Lightning
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by Chris Cerullo
21h ago
The Washington Capitals lost two of their regular forwards over their last three games. Both Nic Dowd and TJ Oshie went down with injuries that appear will keep them out of the lineup for multiple games. With two regulars out, head coach Spencer Carbery has been forced to get creative with his lineup. Thursday night’s contest in Tampa saw Aliaksei Protas moved to center as Dowd’s fill-in and now Friday’s practice has seen a promotion for winger Nicolas Aube-Kubel due to Oshie’s absence. Aube-Kubel skated on the team’s top line with Alex Ovechkin and Connor McMichael during the skate. Carbery w ..read more
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Capitals call up Hendrix Lapierre, place Nic Dowd on injured reserve
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by Katie Adler
21h ago
The Washington Capitals have made another recall after losing a player to injury in three straight games. Hendrix Lapierre got the call-up Friday afternoon, re-joining the roster after TJ Oshie suffered an injury against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Caps also placed center Nic Dowd on injured reserve in a corresponding move, opening up space on the 23-man roster for Lapierre’s call-up. Oshie exited midway through the third period Thursday night with an apparent non-contact injury. Head coach Spencer Carbery said postgame that his concern was “fairly high” for the 37-year-old winger, who has mi ..read more
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Spencer Carbery provides brief update on TJ Oshie’s injury status: ‘I don’t think this is a skating today or tomorrow situation’
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by Chris Cerullo
1d ago
The Washington Capitals got in a noon practice at Amerant Bank Arena on Friday, a day before they’ll do battle with the Florida Panthers in that same building. Veteran forward TJ Oshie did not skate with the team after being forced to crawl off the ice in serious pain on Thursday night in Tampa due to a non-contact injury he suffered in the third period. Head coach Spencer Carbery met with media after the practice and gave a brief update on Oshie’s status. The exact prognosis seems to still be up in the air. “Obviously left the game and we’ll just continue to monitor him,” Carbery said. “I don ..read more
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Capitals slow game down and stymie offense to take down Tampa Bay: numbers for the morning after
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by Chris Cerullo
1d ago
The Washington Capitals picked up another big win over a team in around the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. The Capitals took out the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road 5-3 and are now riding a three-game win streak. They’re kinda creeping up the standings, y’all. The Capitals and head coach Spencer Carbery put together a perfect gameplan to take out the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. The Lightning are really having their defensive depth tested with Mikhail Sergachev’s injury and the Capitals clearly made it a point to get in early and often with their forecheck and running those defen ..read more
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TJ Oshie posts on Twitter ‘I’ll be back’ as Spencer Carbery says concern level about his injury is ‘fairly high’
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by Ian Oland
2d ago
With the Capitals-Lightning tied 3-3 late in the third period, TJ Oshie suffered a non-contact injury against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Oshie pulled up lame after curling in the offensive zone and making a pass to Dylan Strome on his backhand. In serious pain, he crawled off the ice and had to be helped to the locker room. After the game, Capitals head coach Spencer Carbery was asked what his concern level was. “It’s fairly high,” he said. “We’ll evaluate but I’ll know more tomorrow. It’s never a good sign when you see a player leaving the ice like that.” Oshie, seemingly aware of fans’ worries ..read more
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Max Pacioretty could reportedly waive no-move clause for team in right location: ‘Geography is very important for him’
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by Katie Adler
2d ago
The Washington Capitals may soon see some shake-ups on their roster as they near the March 8 trade deadline. Pending UFA Max Pacioretty could prove a potential target for contending teams, but a full no-move clause gives the 35-year-old winger final say on his destiny. During ESPN’s telecast of the Capitals-Lightning game Thursday night, Emily Kaplan shared more details on Pacioretty’s status, noting that teams had expressed interest in a deal. Though a trade appears far from certain, she indicated that Pacioretty’s decision may come down to the location of potential trade partners. “This is g ..read more
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