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Capitals To Play Leafs In Outdoor Game At Naval Academy

May 28, 2017 10:31 AM

The Washington Capitals will play the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 17-18 season at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

It's the first game at a service academy though the NHL has preliminary plans to host games at West Point and the Air Force Academy.

This is the third outdoor game for the Capitals and Maple Leafs and the first in the Washington area since the 2015 Winter Classic downtown at Nationals Park.

Capitals-Maple Leafs at the Naval Academy will be one of at least three outdoor games next season. The Ottawa Senators will host the Montreal Canadiens in the Heritage Classic on Dec. 19, and the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres will play in the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Citi Field in New York.

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Capitals May Face Changes After Playoff Failure

May 14, 2017 12:18 AM

The aftermath of the Capitals' early playoff exit has an unfamiliar feeling this time.

No longer could players fall back on learning from the latest loss, to the Penguins in seven games in the second round, because some if not many of them won't be back next season. With forwards T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams and defenseman Karl Alzner among the unrestricted free agents and several players set to eat up bigger chunks of the salary cap, changes are coming to Washington after back-to-back Presidents' Trophies and a decade of playoff failures.

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Ovechkin Played With Injury During Playoffs

May 11, 2017 3:11 PM

Capitals star Alex Ovechkin played with a lower-body injury during the playoffs that required pain-numbing injections, Russian hockey officials said Thursday.

The Russian Hockey Federation also said Ovechkin, who had five goals and three assists in 13 playoff games, would not be able to play at the world championships in Europe because of the injury.

 

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Crosby Returns, But Capitals Beat Penguins In Game 5

May 7, 2017 12:45 AM

Sidney Crosby returned to the Penguins' lineup on Saturday night after passing his concussion test, but it wasn't enough to help Pittsburgh eliminate the Capitals in Game 5 in Washington.

Crosby had an assist and three shots on goal in 19:10 of ice time, but the Penguins lost 4-2. Game 6 is Monday in Pittsburgh. The Penguins lead the series 3-2.

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Sidney Crosby Participates In Full Practice

May 5, 2017 12:37 PM

Four days after suffering a concussion in Monday's Game 3 against the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was back on the ice with teammates participating in a full practice Friday.

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Alex Ovechkin Takes Blame For Game 4 Loss

May 4, 2017 12:44 AM

In a game the Capitals desperately needed, Alex Ovechkin managed just two shots on goal. He took two penalties. He was held off the scoreboard for the fourth time in five playoff games.

Now, his Capitals are on the verge of elimination following their 3-2 loss in Game 4 of their series against the Penguins and he's putting it on his shoulders.

"I didn't play my game tonight. Me personally, I have to play much better," Ovechkin said. "I didn't control the puck well. I make stupid decisions. Unfortunately, it happened."

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Sidney Crosby To Miss Game 4 With Concussion

May 2, 2017 9:47 PM

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will not play in Game 4 against the Capitals on Wednesday because of a concussion he suffered in the third game of the series, coach Mike Sullivan said on Tuesday.

Crosby has a concussion history and missed the first six games of this season because of a concussion. He is now in the concussion protocol, Sullivan said, and listed as day-to-day.

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Ovechkin Still Plans To Play For Russia In 2018 Olympics

Apr 5, 2017 1:34 AM

Alex Ovechkin still intends to play in the Olympic Games for Russia next year regardless of the NHL's announcement that it was pulling the plug.

"Yeah, I didn't change my mind and I won't," the Washington Capitals superstar captain told a huge media scrum after the morning skate at Air Canada Centre.

"Because it's my country," Ovechkin added. "I think everybody wants to play there. It's the biggest opportunity in your life to play in the Olympic Games. So, I don't know, somebody [is] going to tell me 'don't go,' I don't care, I just go."

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NHL's Divisional Playoff Format Criticized

Mar 23, 2017 1:24 AM

In a cruel twist of the NHL's divisional playoff format, get ready to say goodbye to one of the three best teams in the league in the first round.

"I don't think it was designed for this," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "I don't think it was intended for this to happen."

The Blue Jackets, Capitals and Penguins could finish 1-2-3 in points, but because they all play in the Metropolitan Division, the second- and third-place teams will face off in the first round. 

"It's stupid. It's the stupidest thing ever," Capitals forward Daniel Winnik said. "It doesn't work. It doesn't make sense."

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Capitals First To Clinch Playoff Spot

Mar 19, 2017 1:19 AM

The Capitals have their third consecutive 100-point season and are postseason-bound for the ninth time in 10 years.

T.J. Oshie had three goals and an assist, Justin Williams and John Carlson had early third-period goals, and the Capitals became the first team to clinch a playoff spot by beating the Lightning 5-3 on Saturday.

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Capitals Acquire Kevin Shattenkirk From Blues
The Blues get Zach Sanford, a 2017 first-round draft pick, and a conditional future second-round pick.

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Kings Send Tom Gilbert To Capitals For Draft Pick
The Kings have received a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Capitals.

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Alex Ovechkin Reaches 1,000 Career Point Milestone
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin becomes the 84th NHL player to record 1,000 career points.

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Ovechkin Plans To Play For Russia In 2018 Olympics
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin is willing to play in South Korea regardless of the NHL's ultimate Olympic decision.

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Katie Ledecky Counts Caps Owner Fan, Friend
Capitals owner Ted Leonis has known Olympic champion Katie Ledecky since she was a child.

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Capitals, Marcus Johansson Agree To Three-Year, $13.75M Deal
Marcus Johansson had 17 goals and 29 assists for 46 points in 74 games last season.

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Lake Erie Wins First Calder Cup Title
Lake Erie beat Hershey 1-0 on Saturday night to sweep the AHL championship series.

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MacLellan, Nill, Rutherford Finalists For GM Of The Year
The winner of the NHL General Manager of the Year will be announced June 22 in Las Vegas.

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Capitals GM: 'Up To Him To Keep Cup Window Open For Ovechkin'
Alex Ovechkin is coming off a 50-goal NHL season.

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Russia Calls Up Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Orlov For World Championships
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin will be playing in his 12th career world championship.

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Bishop, Holtby, Quick Are Vezina Trophy Finalists
The NHL's top goalie will be announced June 22 during the NHL awards in Las Vegas.

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Capitals Clinch Presidents' Trophy
The Capitals have also clinched home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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Rangers Trade Ryan Bourque To Capitals For Chris Brown
Chris Brown has skated in 20 games with Hershey of the AHL this season, scoring three goals.

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Leafs Send Winnik To Caps For Carrick, Laich
Brooks Laich has played in 60 games for the Capitals this season, with one goal and six assists.

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Alex Ovechkin Scores 30th Goal Of Season
Alex Ovechkin becomes only the third player in NHL history to score 30 or more goals in their first 11 seasons.

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Alex Ovechkin To Miss All-Star Weekend
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin has a lower-body injury that he's been dealing with since mid-November.

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NHL Names Varlamov, Oshie, Koivu 'Three Stars'
Semyon Varlamov went 3-0-0 with one shutout to help the Avs extend their winning streak to five games.

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NHL Names Kane, Holtby, Duchene 'Three Stars' For November
Patrick Kane led the NHL with 15 assists and 23 points to guide the Hawks to a 7-3-3 month of November.

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NHL Names Kuznetsov, Markov, Quick 'Three Stars'
Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov led the NHL with six assists and nine points last week.

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Alex Ovechkin Records 900th NHL Point
Alex Ovechkin scored his fourth goal of the season on Tuesday night.

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