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2013 Stanley Cup Playoff Team - Washington CapitalsThe 2013 NHL season may have not started until January because of the lockout, but the politics of the Washington, DC, sports scene was in an election-style fervor through early March because of the perceived failings of a new coach and an embattled captain of the Washington Capitals. But despite a slow, highly-criticized start, the Capitals were able to weave their firepower of the past with Adam Oates's new systemic changes of the present and surge to the top of a rather weak division, gaining the No. 3 seed in the NHL Eastern Conference Playoffs. The intensity of the Caps over this late charge toward the 2013 NHL Playoffs made them the team no one wants to face going forward deep toward the Stanley Cup, regardless of how slowly they got out of the gate.
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3/25/15: The Washington Capitals are making a final charge towards the playoffs, and it looks like they are going to get there. It was only a couple of months ago that the Caps were struggling mightily and were just a mediocre team. However, they have come on strong in recent weeks and have even tied the Pittsburgh Penguins in the points department for third place in the Metro Division. If they can continue to ride their hot streak, then it is even possible for the Caps to finish as high as second in the division, and that would give them home ice for at least the first round of the playoffs.
3/18/15: Things could always change in the last 10 or so games in the regular season, but the way they are shaking out right now, the two Eastern Conference wild card spots are likely to go to the Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins. The Caps won a big game against the Bruins last Sunday, giving them the first wild card spot (for now). Goaltender Braden Holtby was again magnificent, stopping all 32 shots he faced in the 2-0 win. Also of note, Nicklas Backstron set the franchise record for assists at 419 in the game. He was tied with the retired Michal Pivonka and, oddly enough, Alex Ovechkin before the game started.
3/11/15: There was some concern in Washington last week that superstar Alex Ovechkin would miss more than a little time with a lower body injury. Ovechkin has been stellar this season and had not missed a game all year until sitting out against Minnesota last Thursday. If nothing else, there was concern that he would not be as effective as normal. No need to worry, though. Ovechkin returned to the ice Saturday against Buffalo and added to his goal total (44 now) with a blistering wrist shot over the short-side shoulder of whoever is now in net for the Sabres.
3/4/15: In most sports, regardless of the level of competition, there is generally respect among coaches and very little negative public talk of others. Washington Capitals head coach, Berry Trotz, who is in his first year with the team, seemed to cross that imaginary line by saying that All Star Alex Ovechkin was given "some bad advice" on how to play in the NHL. That implies that previous coaches in Washington did not do the best of jobs and did not provide the appropriate 'structure'. The Caps have been surging lately and should make the playoffs, so maybe Trotz has a point.
2/25/15: The Washington Capitals have been flying a bit under the radar this season, especially since most of the press in the Metropolitan Division has been about the race for first place between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders. However, both the New York Rangers and Capitals have been surging lately, pushing the Penguins down to fourth place (and a wild card spot) in the Metro standings, as of last Saturday. The Caps have been outstanding at home, losing only seven time in 29 games. This next week is crucial as the Caps play cellar-dwellers such as Carolina, Toronto and Columbus and need to continue to pick up wins.
2/18/15: The Washington Capitals are showing some nicks in the armor recently, as they have slid a few points behind the New York Rangers for the third spot in the Metropolitan Division. They have been very solid at home all season but just decent on the road, where they are only 14-10-5. That is not a terrible record, but most playoff teams are better than that. Still, they have been much better than Boston recently, and that has given them some breathing room for the first wild card spot in the East. The Caps are home on Thursday to host the Winnipeg Jets, followed by the New York Islanders on Saturday.
2/11/15: The door to the playoffs may be opening a little wider for the Washington Capitals these days. Their stiffest competition for the third playoff spot is the New York Rangers, who just lost their best player, goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, for 'at least a month', according to reports. The Caps may be making their own goalie moves, as well. They are going with Philipp Grubauer to spell starter Braden Holtby, instead of regular backup Justin Peters. Grubauer has spent the entire year in the AHL, but played well in the NHL last season while Peters has struggled throughout the season.
2/5/15: The Washington Capitals have done a terrific job of clawing their way into not just playoff contention, but a guaranteed playoff spot. In fact, they are even gaining on the Metropolitan leaders New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins, and that was highlighted by a convincing 4-0 win over the Penguins last week. Head coach Barry Trotz was impressed with his team, particularly how the Caps responded to the Pens when the game started getting physical. That is the kind of big win that can get in a competitors head. It was also the 10th straight home game that Washington has earned a point, going 8-0-2 in that span.
1/28/15: The Washington Capitals continue to go unnoticed by the NHL and media, but they should not be taken lightly. Heading into the All Star break, the Capitals were among the hotter teams in the league with a 6-2-2 record. That has them in fourth place in Metropolitan Division and tied with Boston for the eighth and final playoff spot (though the Capitals have two games in hand). The Caps are back in action, hosting Pittsburgh on Wednesday, St. Louis on Sunday and the L.A. Kings on Tuesday, which should be a good measure to see how they stack up against some of the better teams.
1/21/15: Washington is a team that no one wants to play right now. They are red-hot and are now nipping at the heels of the Pittsburgh Penguins for second place in the Metropolitan Division. Give goaltender Bradon Holtby a lot of credit. This season, he is 21-8-7 and has saved 92.3% of the shots he has faced. Those are great numbers. It is a shame that he was snubbed for the All-Star Game, because he certainly deserves to be there. So he will get a week off during that time, which may be extra motivation for him to dominate even more.
1/14/15: For the first two months of the season, only the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins were doing a decent job of defending the honor of the Metropolitan Division. But the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers have come on strong over the past several weeks, and both are within shouting distance of the division leaders. Once again, Alex Ovechkin was selected for the All-Star Game, though no other Capitals were presented the honor. The NHL has gone to a draft system in the ASG rather than dividing teams by conference or the ill-fated North America vs. the World format from the dark days.
1/7/15: The Washington Capitals had the honor of hosting the Winter Classic this season, the annual January 1st outdoor game that may be commissioner Gary Bettman's finest accomplishment. The Caps hosted the Chicago Blackhawks in a great game at Nationals Park. Washington won the game on a late power play goal, giving the fans all the excitement they needed. Being outdoors presents its own issues. This year, the glare from the sun affected the teams - so much so that the players wore eye-black and the teams switched sides halfway through the first period. But that is a small price to pay for the unique experience of the highest level of hockey being played in its original environment.
12/3/14: The Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin dodged a bullet last week when the NHL said that Ovechkin's hit on Leo Komarov did not warrant supplemental discipline. Ovechkin caught Komarov with a blindside hit that ended Komarov's night. People can argue if the hit was dirty or not, but the NHL figured nothing was warranted. The Caps seem to be stuck in neutral this season and sit in fourth place in the Metropolitan Division with just 24 points in 23 games. They need Ovechkin on the ice and not sitting out with a suspension if they are going to make a push for the playoffs this season.
11/19/14: Washington is mired in just being average this season - 7-7-3 after falling to St. Louis 4-1 last Saturday. They did get forward Tom Wilson back for that game after the vague 'lower body injury' designation. Wilson, according to head coach Barry Trotz, was the team's best player that night. He mixed it up and got into a fight defending teammate Nicklas Backstrom. Trotz wants his players to back each other up like Wilson did. The Penguins do that - Evigni Malkin tried to fight Dion Phaneuf in defense of Patric Hornqvist. Great teams have each other's backs, and that has been lacking so far in Washington this season.
11/12/14: The Capitals did their best San Jose Shark impression since the start of the season. After going 4-0-3 in their first eighth games, they promptly lost five in a row to sink near the bottom of the Metropolitan Division. Fortunately, they broke that streak last Friday on the road in Chicago. The Caps trailed 2-0 late in the second period before scoring three quick goals and allowing nothing more, and earning their fifth win. These two teams will meet again on January 1, 2015 in the Winter Classic, which will be played outdoors at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
11/5/14: The Washington Capitals' season does not hinge solely on the success or failure of star Alex Ovechkin, but Ovechkin is an important part of the equation. And he has not been his vintage self lately. He was held without a point for a fifth consecutive game when the Caps fell to the Red Wings 4-2. It is the first time in his career that he has endured a five game pointless streak, and the Capitals lost the last two games. But, then again, this is Alex Ovechkin. He will get things right soon enough and the Caps have as good of a chance as any to make it to the playoffs.
10/29/14: There have been more than a few former Capitals coaches that think that star Alex Ovechkin is "uncoachable", but don't tell that to former Washington bench boss Dale Hunter. Hunter does not think that Ovechkin can win the Selke Award - given to the best defensive forward - but does think he can be coached. To be fair, Ovechkin is not there to defend the net, he is there to score goals. You can't just cage a hawk and wonder why he is unhappy. The Capitals are at home next on Sunday to host the Arizona Coyotes after a busy west coast road trip.
10/22/14: As long as Alex Ovechkin is on the Washington Capitals, the team will get the star treatment. Need proof? Several players, including Ovechkin, attended the Washington D.C. premier of Brad Pitt's new movie "Fury" and rubbed elbows with the famous actor. Maybe Robert Griffin III could get that same kind of treatment, or perhaps Bryce Harper, but it is hard to see Denard Span getting an invite like that. It is still early in the season and there is little separation between teams. That may change chis week when the Capitals head out on a Western Canada road trip to Edmonton, Canary and Vancouver.
10/15/14: Veteran coaches know that it is much more important to have your key players available in April, May and June than it is in October or November. And new Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz is an established veteran. Trotz kept long-time defenseman Mike Green out of the lineup with the vague 'upper body injury" designation on the Caps opening night. He was replaced by Nate Schmidt. All indications are that the scratching was precautionary move. So, while the Caps may have lost 2-1, they should have Green healthier for their home stand against teams like New Jersey and Florida this week.
10/8/14: Washington hired former Predators head coach Barry Trotz to give the team a new attitude. He is not wasting much time. Rather than publicly lamenting the decision to send some high profile prospects to the minors rather than keep them on the Capitals' roster, he flat out said that there were "some guys that played themselves right out of a chance to stick with us". That seems to include Connor Carrick, Garrett Mitchell and Casey Wellman, who all got demoted to Hershey of the AHL. It may sound tough, and it is. But that may be what the Caps need.
10/1/14: The Washington Capitals missed the playoffs last season as the 'first team out'. They finished with 90 points. The Detroit Red Wings earned the last spot in the Eastern Conference with 93 points. But this year looks to be different. Missing the playoffs cost the General Manager and head coach their jobs. There is a new regime in town, and that includes the defensive-minded Barry Trotz as head coach. Trotz was the only coach the Nashville Predators ever had until he was fired a few months ago. Expect this team to be more physical, in the style of the Western Conference teams.
10/4/12: New Washington Capitals head coach Adam Oates is not wasting his time during the lockout. He has gone down to the Capitals AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, to help coach them. In Russia, superstar Alex Ovechkin is playing for Dynamo Moskva in the KHL. He has played in two games and has a goal and an assist so far. Goaltender Michal Neuvirth has headed to the Czech league with HC Sparta Praha and has a 3.32 goals against average and a save percentage of .905 so far in four games. Newly acquired Wojtek Wolski is rumored to be looking for a team in Sweden to play for.
9/27/12: Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin jumped ship, so to speak, last week and signed with KHL team Dynamo Moskva to play during the NHL lockout. The Russian star is one of many players to take pretty good money to play over in various European leagues. Ovechkin has appeared in two games for Dynamo Moskva this last week and has a goal and an assist in the young season. There has been some speculation that he would stay in Russia for the entirety of the season even if the NHL settles its labor stoppage. If that is the case there will be some more drama to be hashed out in the capital.
5/16/12: The Washington Capitals lost a 20 goal scorer when Alex Semin bolted for Carolina and the Capitals will need to find some more scoring this season. They have plenty of candidates to pick up the slack. Center Nicklas Backstrom only played in 42 games last season and saw his goal totals slip to only 14. If Backstrom can stay healthy and get back to the 30 goal scorer he's been in the past the Capitals may not miss Semin. They also have players like Brooks Laich, Jason Chimera and Troy Brouwer who were around 20 goals last year and could step up in Semin's absence.
7/26/12: The Washington Capitals hired former NHL player Tim Hunter as an assistant coach to join Adam Oates staff this season. Hunter played in over 800 NHL games for four different teams and won the Stanley Cup with the Calgary Flames in 1989 and was known as a tough, rugged hard-nosed player. Since his playing days he has been an assistant coach, coaching over 1500 games and was part of the Capitals coaching staff when they reached the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998. The Capitals were swept by the Detroit Red Wings in that series. Hunter should give the Capitals some much needed toughness.
5/18/12 Following their loss in Game 7 to the New York Rangers, Washington Capitals coach Dale Hunter resigned, leaving a sudden vacancy in the head coaching spot for the Caps. Despite a disappointing regular season which saw Washington settle for the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference, the Caps made a run in the playoffs, knocking off the defending champion Boston Bruins in the first round and taking the #1 seeded Rangers all the way to Game 7 in the semifinals. Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals will look to build on this for the 2012-2013 season and come back even stronger.
5/11/12 With their backs against the wall in Game 6 at the Verizon Center in Washington, the Washington Capitals held off elimination with a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers to force a Game 7 at Madison Square Garden. Many expected that the Caps would have lost their resolve after a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss in Game 5 that saw the Rangers tie it up with 6.6 seconds left in regulation and win it in only 90 seconds into overtime, however the Capitals rallied and forced a decisive Game 7 behind their star forward Alexander Ovechkin.
5/3/12: The Washington Capitals Cinderella story continued this week as they took on the New York Rangers in a second round Stanley Cup playoff series. After dropping the opening game they bounced back and beat the Rangers in Game two by a score of 3-2. The big story was the limited ice time given to super star Alex Ovechkin. Not known for his defense play, Ovechkin has found himself watching a lot of this series as coach Dale Hunter has preferred better defensive players. That did not stop the Russian dynamo from scoring the game winning goal in Game 2 to even up the series.
4/26/12: The Washington Capitals completed a stunning first round Stanley Cup playoff upset of the defending champion Boston Bruins this week when Joel Ward scored the Game 7 winning goal in overtime. This series ended up being the closest one, in goal differential, in NHL history and has made an overnight star of young Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. Holtby was forced into the starting role for the playoffs due to injuries to the top two goalies and the rookie held his own. Looking like a seasoned vet he held the Bruins at bay and now has his team steaming into the second round.
4/19/12: The Capitals entered their best-of-seven Stanley Cup playoff series with the physical Boston Bruins having to rely on third string goalie Braden Holtby. Holtby has been brilliant so far only giving up one goal in each of the first two games in Boston. One of those games was a 1-0 loss which can hardly be blamed on the young net-minder. Despite Holtby being a great story the Capitals do find themselves down two games to one against the Bruins and will have to try and even the series without top scorer Nicklas Backstrom who was suspended for a game after cross-checking Boston's Rich Peverly up high.
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The Washington Capitals have experienced a rebirth since drafting superstar Alex Ovechkin No.1 overall in 2004. With the emergence of other notable stars like Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin, the Capitals are routinely finding themselves in playoff contention year after year. After a disappointing early exit from the post-season in 2010, the Caps look to push their season all the way into June in 2011. Led by team captain Alex Ovechkin, the Caps will try to make history by bringing Washington its first Stanley Cup.
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|Mar 29, 2015||Washington Capitals - New York Rangers||5 - 2|
|Mar 28, 2015||Nashville Predators - Washington Capitals||4 - 3|
|Mar 26, 2015||New Jersey Devils - Washington Capitals||2 - 3|
|Mar 21, 2015||Washington Capitals - Winnipeg Jets||0 - 3|
|Mar 19, 2015||Washington Capitals - Minnesota Wild||3 - 2|
|Mar 16, 2015||Washington Capitals - Buffalo Sabres||4 - 3|
|Mar 15, 2015||Boston Bruins - Washington Capitals||0 - 2|
|Mar 13, 2015||Dallas Stars - Washington Capitals||4 - 2|
|Mar 11, 2015||New York Rangers - Washington Capitals||3 - 1|
|Mar 7, 2015||Buffalo Sabres - Washington Capitals||1 - 6|
|Mar 5, 2015||Minnesota Wild - Washington Capitals||2 - 1|
|Mar 3, 2015||Washington Capitals - Columbus Blue Jackets||5 - 3|
|Mar 1, 2015||Toronto Maple Leafs - Washington Capitals||0 - 4|
|Feb 27, 2015||Washington Capitals - Carolina Hurricanes||0 - 3|
|Feb 25, 2015||Pittsburgh Penguins - Washington Capitals||4 - 3|
|Feb 22, 2015||Washington Capitals - Philadelphia Flyers||2 - 3|
|Feb 21, 2015||New York Islanders - Washington Capitals||2 - 3|
|Feb 19, 2015||Winnipeg Jets - Washington Capitals||1 - 5|
|Feb 17, 2015||Washington Capitals - Pittsburgh Penguins||3 - 1|
|Feb 15, 2015||Washington Capitals - Anaheim Ducks||5 - 3|