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Tyson Strachan heads to the AHL | 04/15/2014 2:10 PM
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Tyson Strachan has been sent to the minors.
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Impact
Strachan had two assists in 28 games with Washington this season. He also has 18 points and 56 penalty minutes in 57 AHL contests.
Peter Leblanc sent to the Hershey Bears | 04/14/2014 11:01 AM
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The Washington Capitals have sent Peter Leblanc to the minors.
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Leblanc made his NHL debut on Sunday but was blanked as were the Capitals who lost 1-0 in a shootout. Leblanc had 12 goals and 28 points in 65 games for Hershey this season.
Caps reassign Julien Brouillette to minors | 04/14/2014 10:57 AM
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The Washington Capitals have reassigned defenseman Julien Brouillette to the minors.
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Brouillette played 10 games in the bigs for the Capitals and had a goal and an assist. He will play for the Hershey Bears where he had 10 goals and 20 points in 48 AHL games this season.
Ovie wants Adam Oates behind the bench | 04/14/2014 10:49 AM
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Alex Ovechkin wants to see Adam Oates behind the bench as coach of the Washington Capitals next season.
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Ovechkin said 'yeah' when asked if he wanted Oates back as coach. "I trusted him and I still talk to him," Ovechkin said. "I don't know if somebody in this locker room feel bad about him, that's their mind. My mind is we're still good friends and if something happens I'm always going to ask his advice." Oates still has one season left on his contract so it will be an important decision for George McPhee and the Washington Capitals.
Caps' Alexander Ovechkin leads NHL in goals | 04/14/2014 12:27 AM
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Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin has claimed his fourth career Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's goal-scoring leader.
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Impact
Ovechkin scored 51 goals to capture his second consecutive fourth goal-scoring title. He became the 11th player in NHL history to record five 50-goal seasons and just the fifth to do so in his first nine campaigns, following Mike Bossy (9 in 9), Wayne Gretzky (8), Guy Lafleur (6) and Brett Hull (5). Ovechkin, who finished 2013-14 ahead of Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry (43) and San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski (41), also registered his third career four-goal game Dec. 10; scored his 400th goal Dec. 20, becoming the sixth-fastest player in NHL history (and seventh-youngest) to achieve the milestone (634 GP). He led the League with 24 power-play goals, a franchise record and the most by any player since Steven Stamkos scored an equal amount in 2009-10. Since entering the NHL at the beginning of the 2005-06 season, Ovechkin leads the League in goals (422), points (814), power-play goals (151) and game-winning goals (69).
Alex Ovechkin frustrates some in his finale | 04/13/2014 7:17 PM
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In his final game of the 2013-14 season, Alex Ovechkin found a way to be a polarizing figure in a meaningless game for the Washington Capitals.
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He didn't manage to collect a point, yet it was a fancy and thwarted shootout attempt that upset many. Either way, the Capitals lost 1-0 (S0) to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday and won't see the postseason in 2014.
Braden Holtby gets shutout, doesn't win | 04/13/2014 7:14 PM
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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby saw his 2013-14 season end in an odd way, as he logged a 32-save shutout but didn't win because the Tampa Bay Lightning won 1-0 via a shootout.
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Impact
Holtby carried a three-game winning streak into Sunday. He finishes the season with solid stats (23-15-4, .915 save percentage, four shutouts) that might not be good enough for the Caps' brass. In a way, it fits the team: solid at times, but ultimately not good enough.
Braden Holtby set to start Sunday vs. Bolts | 04/12/2014 5:49 PM
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Braden Holtby is expected to start in Sunday's finale versus Tampa Bay.
Washington Post

Impact
He has won his past three outings, but it's a bit odd that Jaroslav Halak isn't getting the nod after he shut out Chicago on Friday night.
Capitals call up Peter Leblanc | 04/12/2014 5:43 PM
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Peter Leblanc has been called up from the minors.
Washington Post

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He's slated to make his NHL debut Sunday after Marcus Johansson was hurt in Friday's win over Chicago. Leblanc has 12 goals and 28 points in 65 games with Hershey in the AHL this campaign.
Capitals sign prospect Chandler Stephenson | 04/12/2014 5:39 PM
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Chandler Stephenson has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with Washington.
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He will close out the season with Hershey in the AHL on a tryout agreement. Stephenson recorded 30 goals and 89 points in 69 games with Regina of the WHL this past campaign. He was chosen in the third round of the 2012 draft by the Capitals.
Marcus Johansson out for Sunday's finale | 04/12/2014 1:28 PM
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Marcus Johansson won't play Sunday because of an "upper-body injury."
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He left Friday's contest against Chicago during the second period after he was hit on the left hand with a shot from Nicklas Backstrom on a Capitals' power play. Johansson wasn't able to return. His season ends with him registering eight goals and 44 points in 80 matches.
Nicklas Backstrom picks up 2 points vs. Hawks | 04/12/2014 1:24 PM
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Nicklas Backstrom notched a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-0 blanking of Chicago.
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Impact
The playmaking center has 18 goals on the year and he's scored five times in his past seven outings. Backstrom has 79 points in 81 games this season.
Jay Beagle posts first NHL two-goal game | 04/12/2014 1:19 PM
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Jay Beagle scored a pair of goals in Friday's 4-0 win over Chicago.
Washington Post

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It marked the first two-goal game of his career in his 191st NHL regular season contest. Beagle has four goals and nine points, while averaging 11:09 of ice time, in 61 matches this year.
Jaroslav Halak silences Hawks with shutout | 04/11/2014 10:06 PM
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Jaroslav Halak held a hungry Blackhawks team at bay on Friday night, stopping all 34 shots sent his way to claim a 4-0 victory.
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Halak's fifth shutout of the season was also his first in a Caps uniform, improving his record to 5-4-3 in Washington. The 28 year old Slovakian snapped a five game losing streak and builds on a solid season where he's gone 29-13-7 with a .921 save percentage and 2.25 goals against average.
Alex Ovechkin's two points steer Caps to win | 04/11/2014 9:53 PM
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Alex Ovechkin added to his NHL leading goal total Friday night, potting a goal and an assist in Washington's 4-0 win over Chicago.
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Impact
Ovie has three goals and four assists in his past five games since being reunited with his favourite center Nicklas Backstrom. The Russian sniper has 79 points in 75 games this season, but still sits at -35.
Eric Fehr has a three-point night | 04/11/2014 10:39 AM
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Eric Fehr had a goal and two assists in Washington's 5-2 win on Thursday.
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It was Fehr's first three-point game of the season. He has 13 goals and 31 points in 71 games in 2013-14.
Troy Brouwer nets a pair vs. Hurricanes | 04/10/2014 9:58 PM
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Troy Brouwer scored a pair of goals for the Capitals as part of a 5-2 win over Carolina Thursday night.
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The two tallies give him 25 on the season, good for a career-best and the first time he has reached the quarter-century mark in his career. Eric Fehr and Jason Chimera also enjoyed good nights with a goal and two assists apiece while Joel Ward also counted in the victory.
Braden Holtby delivers in win over Canes | 04/10/2014 9:53 PM
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Braden Holtby was solid for the Capitals Thursday as they defeated Carolina by a score of 5-2.
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Impact
With Washington eliminated from playoff contention, it's a case of too-little, too-late for Holtby in real terms, but his fantasy owners still appreciate the gesture. The Caps goaltender blocked 36 of 38 shots to improve his record to 23-15-3. His GAA is now 2.92 while his save percentage is .913.
Braden Holtby slated to start vs. Carolina | 04/10/2014 4:20 PM
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Braden Holtby is expected to start again in Thursday's game against Carolina.
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He made 28 stops in a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night to post his second straight win.
Mikhail Grabovski scores a goal vs. Blues | 04/09/2014 11:02 AM
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Mikhail Grabovski found the back of the net on Tuesday.
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Impact
Grabovski has been cold lately with just two points in his last 11 games. He has 13 goals and 35 points in 55 contests in 2013-14.
Nicklas Backstrom gets two goals Tuesday | 04/09/2014 11:00 AM
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Nicklas Backstrom scored twice in Washington's 4-1 win on Tuesday.
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Backstrom is on a three-game point streak. He has 17 goals and 77 points in 79 games this season.
| 04/09/2014 2:42 AM
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Dustin Penner returned to action on Tuesday April 8.
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Braden Holtby helps Caps remain in hunt | 04/09/2014 1:16 AM
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Braden Holtby stopped 28 of 29 as the Capitals downed the Blues 4-1 on Tuesday night to stay within four points of a playoff spot with three games to go.
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Impact
Holtby was solid on Tuesday, winning his second straight game and taming one of the league's best offences. The 24 year old is 22-15-1 with a .912 save percentage and 2.94 goals against average.
Alex Ovechkin scores 50th, Caps stay alive | 04/09/2014 1:11 AM
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Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th goal of the season on Tuesday night and the Capitals stayed alive in the playoff race with a 4-1 win over struggling St. Louis.
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Impact
Ovechkin reached the milestone for the fifth in his career, and the Great Eight continues the streak of at least one NHL player reaching the 50 goal plateau in each full season since 2005-06. Ovie also had two assists on Tuesday to reach 77 points in 75 games.
Braden Holtby will start on Tuesday | 04/08/2014 1:48 PM
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Braden Holtby will get the nod against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.
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Impact
Jaroslav Halak was originally penciled in as the probable starter, but he didn't feel comfortable playing against his former team so soon after the trade. Holtby has a 2.99 GAA and .911 save percentage in 45 games in 2013-14.
Jaroslav Halak isn't comfortable facing Blues | 04/08/2014 1:46 PM
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Jaroslav Halak told the Capitals' coaches that he didn't feel comfortable playing against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.
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Impact
That's a startling development as this was Halak's opportunity to show the Blues that they were wrong to ship him away in order to get goaltender Ryan Miller. Halak didn't seem particularly happy about the trade either. Putting all that aside though, the Capitals are his team now and while their chances of making the playoffs are close to nonexistent, they would at least like to go down swinging. It could be argued that Halak is flying in the face of that, although an alternative way of looking at it was that he was doing the responsible and perhaps even selfless thing by being upfront about his concerns. Either way, the Capitals will start Braden Holtby instead.
Jaroslav Halak to face ex-Blues teammates | 04/08/2014 11:44 AM
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Jaroslav Halak will likely be in the net Tuesday when the Capitals take on his former teammates from St. Louis.
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We are sure that Halak will be between the pipes despite Adam Oates stating that it was possible for the netminder to be in as Halak has a point to prove from the team that traded him away just over a month ago. "I played there four years, I know these guys," he said. "We'll see. Obviously, I'm looking forward to going back there." Halak is 4-4-3 in Washington with a 2.53 GAA and a .923 save percentage.
Mike Green could be gone for the season | 04/08/2014 11:39 AM
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Mike Green (upper body) may be gone for the remainder of the regular season.
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And that likely means the rest of the year as the Capitals are close to being eliminated from post-season consideration. Green has nine goals and 38 points this season with a minus-16 rating and 64 penalty minutes. He is a tough fantasy player to figure out as he has excellent offensive skills but his multitude of injuries and a mediocre plus/minus knocks him down in the ratings.
Caps' Mike Green won't travel because of UBI | 04/07/2014 2:38 PM
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Mike Green (upper body) won't accompany the team on their two-game road trip.
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Impact
He didn't practice on Monday after he left Saturday's contest against the New York Islanders due to an upper-body injury. The Capitals play in St. Louis on Tuesday and at Carolina on Thursday before returning home for two games to end the regular season. It's unclear if Green will be available to play by then.
Washington summons Tyson Strachan | 04/04/2014 3:31 PM
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The Washington Capitals have called up Tyson Strachan.
Washington Post

Impact
Strachan has an assist and 24 penalty minutes in 12 games with Washington in 2013-14. He will skate alongside Dmitry Orlov on Washington's third defensive pairing on Friday.
Halak will start for Washington on Friday | 04/04/2014 12:59 PM
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Jaroslav Halak is expected to play between the pipes on Friday.
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Impact
Washington will face New Jersey in a battle between two teams that have a slim chance of making the playoffs, provided they go undefeated for what's left of the season. Halak has a 2.30 GAA and .918 save percentage in 50 games this season.
Capitals sign prospect Madison Bowey | 04/02/2014 5:29 PM
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Madison Bowey has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with Washington.
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Impact
He produced 21 goals and 60 points in 72 games with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL this past season. Bowey was selected with the 53rd overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Capitals.
Capitals reassign Chris Brown to AHL | 04/02/2014 1:11 PM
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Chris Brown has been returned to the minors.
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Impact
He suited up in Tuesday's 5-0 loss to Dallas after being brought up from AHL Hersehy. Brown posted a minus-2 rating in 8:15 of ice time versus the Stars. He has two points in 12 NHL outings this season between Washington and Phoenix.
Jaroslav Halak pulled in Caps blowout loss | 04/01/2014 9:54 PM
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Jaroslav Halak was yanked after allowing three goals on 20 shots during a miserable night for the Capitals, a 5-0 loss to Dallas on Tuesday.
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Impact
Halak is winless in his past four games, allowing a total of 13 goals in that span. He falls to 4-2-4 as a member of the Capitals and 28-11-7 in total this season. Braden Holtby allowed the final two goals in relief.
Mike Green and the Caps silent vs. Stars | 04/01/2014 9:53 PM
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Mike Green's two-game point streak came to a screeching halt Tuesday night, as the 28 year-old was a team worst minus-three in the Caps' 5-0 shutout loss to Dallas.
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Impact
Green is -15 this season, but has pitched in 38 points through 68 games so far, which is his best output since 2009-10.
Mikhail Grabovski gets bumped up to top line | 04/01/2014 3:25 PM
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Mikhail Grabovski will move up to the Capitals' top line on Tuesday.
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Impact
Grabovski returned from an ankle injury on Monday and Capitals coach Adam Oates was pleased with his performance. He will play alongside Jay Beagle and Alex Ovechkin.
Jack Hillen (head) might be back Tuesday | 04/01/2014 3:23 PM
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Jack Hillen (head) will be a "game-time decision" on Tuesday, according to Capitals coach Adam Oates.
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Hillen has missed two straight games. He has an assist in 13 contests this season.
Patrick Wey is sidelined with head injury | 04/01/2014 3:22 PM
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Patrick Wey is dealing with a head injury.
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Wey has three assists in nine games with Washington. He was hurt during a fight with Rich Clune on Sunday.
Jaroslav Halak is likely to start Tuesday | 04/01/2014 10:43 AM
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Jaroslav Halak is projected to start on Tuesday.
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Impact
Halak was the first goaltender off of the ice Tuesday morning, which is usually a good indicator of who will play. He has a 2.26 GAA and .919 save percentage in 49 games in 2013-14.
Washington calls up Chris Brown | 04/01/2014 10:42 AM
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Chris Brown has been summoned by the Washington Capitals.
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Impact
Brown has a goal and two points in five games with Washington. He was only sent to the minors for a single day to accommodate Mikhail Grabovski's activation before the team brought him back.
Brooks Laich placed on injured reserve | 03/31/2014 11:20 AM
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Brooks Laich (groin) has been placed on long term injured reserve.
Washington Post

Impact
Laich underwent surgery on his groin a couple of weeks ago and is gone for the season. He had only eight goals and 15 points in 51 games this season.
Capitals send Chris Brown to the minors | 03/31/2014 11:13 AM
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The Washington Capitals have sent Chris Brown to the minors.
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The move was made once Mikhail Grabovski was activated. Brown had a goal and an assist in his most recent four game recall including his first two points of his NHL career.
Alex Ovechkin an NHL worst minus-34 | 03/31/2014 11:05 AM
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Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL in goals with 48 but has the worst plus/minus in the league as well at minus-34.
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Impact
Ovechkin was minus-two on Sunday to surpass Nail Yakupov of the Oilers who remains at minus-33. Ovechkin has gone 15 games without scoring an even strength goal but has seven power play goals in that stretch. His goals obviously really help you in fantasy pools but his plus/minus really kills your chances.
G Jaroslav Halak stops 26 but Caps lose in SO | 03/30/2014 11:09 PM
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Jaroslav Halak steered aside 26 shots in regulation and overtime but the Washington Capitals dropped a 4-3 decision in a shootout in Nashville Sunday night.
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Impact
Halak's GAA is 2.26 and his save percentage is .919. The loss hurt Washington (34-28-13) in terms of the Eastern Conference's wild-card race to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Capitals, who have seven games left, are one point behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second-wild card spot; Columbus has a game in hand. Washington has now lost three straight (0-1-2).
Two goals for Troy Brouwer in Caps' SO defeat | 03/30/2014 11:05 PM
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Troy Brouwer scored two goals but the Washington Capitals took a 4-3 shootout loss against the Predators in Nashville Sunday night.
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Impact
Brouwer now has 24 goals on the season. Assisting on both of Brouwer's goals was Nicklas Backstrom, who also scored the Caps' other goal. Backstrom now has 59 assists and 14 goals on the season.
Mikhail Grabovski back in action for the Caps | 03/30/2014 6:44 PM
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The Washington Capitals get Mikhail Grabovski back in action against the Nashville Predators on Sunday.
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Impact
Grabovski hasn't played since Feb. 27 because of a left ankle injury, so it's not shocking to hear that the team plans on bringing him along slowly. Even so, the 30-year-old's a worthy spot starter with 33 points in 50 games played this season, although he isn't great for peripheral stats (just 68 SOG in those 60 contests this season).
Jaroslav Halak expected to start Sunday | 03/30/2014 8:48 AM
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Jaroslav Halak is expected to get the start for Washington on Sunday.
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Impact
Halak has played only once in the last three games. He has a 20-11-3 record with a 2.98 GAA and a .911 save percent. Use him if you normally would on Sunday as the Caps take on the Predators in Nashville.
Alex Ovechkin struggling at even strength | 03/30/2014 8:44 AM
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Alex Ovechkin has not scored at even strength in his last 14 games.
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Impact
The good news is that Ovechkin has seven power play goals in that time span but the bad news is that Ovie is minus-15 in the 14 games and has not been a plus player in any game since the February 8th game, the last one before the Olympics. His poor production during even strength situations is really hurting his fantasy value.
Report: Capitals recall Julien Brouillette | 03/30/2014 8:36 AM
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There is a report that the Washington Capitals recalled Julien Brouillette from the minors after Saturday's game.
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Impact
The Capitals have Jack Hillen out and apparently were not happy with the effort of John Erskine on Saturday. Brouillette had a goal and an assist in his two NHL games before he was demoted. He is worth a flier if you are desperate for a scoring defenseman in the last two weeks of the season.
| 03/30/2014 2:26 AM
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John Erskine returned to action on Saturday March 29.
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Braden Holtby allows 4 in loss to Bruins | 03/29/2014 3:28 PM
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Braden Holtby stopped 32 of 36 shots in a 4-2 loss to Boston on Saturday afternoon.
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Impact
Holtby is competing with Jaroslav Halak down the stretch for playing time. His record drops to 20-15-3 on the season to go with a .911 save percentage and a 2.98 goals-against average.
Jason Chimera scores in loss to Boston | 03/29/2014 3:24 PM
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Jason Chimera potted his 14th goal of the season in Saturday's 4-2 loss to Boston.
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Impact
Rookie forward Evgeny Kuznetsov had Washington's other marker in the loss. Mike Green picked up just his second assist in his last 11 outings in the contest.
Caps' Jack Hillen (upper body) out today | 03/29/2014 11:30 AM
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Washington defenseman Jack Hillen will sit out this afternoon's game against Boston with an upper body injury suffered when he collided with teammate Alex Ovechkin on Tuesday night.
Washington Post

Impact
Hillen will be replaced in the lineup by John Erskine, who has not played since March 5. "It helps being a bigger guy," Oates said of Erskine's physical presence against the Bruins. "But you've got to move the puck, you've got to skate. We're at the day and age you've got to be able to do everything. You can't hide players. When John is feeling good with his leg I think he's one of our good defensemen."
G Braden Holtby gets start for Capitals today | 03/29/2014 11:26 AM
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Goaltender Braden Holtby will get make just his second start in 10 games today when the Capitals confront the Boston Bruins this afternoon in Washington.
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Impact
Holtby made 36 stops in his last start against the San Jose Sharks on March 22 and is 3-1-0 against the Bruins in his career, including 1-1-0 this season, allowing four goals. "Holts played two good games in Boston and played a good game last time out," Capitals coach Adam Oates said. "Jaro [Halak] gets a week to recuperate and we still feel we need both goalies." Oates said Holtby's success against the Bruins - he also knocked them out of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs - is "always in the back of your mind" when making a decision. Oates said he intends to split his goalies this weekend, but reserves the right to change his mind, depending on how Holtby plays today. The Capitals are in Nashville Sunday night to face the Predators.
Fast start for Evgeny Kuznetsov dazzles Caps | 03/29/2014 11:23 AM
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The results have come quicker than many anticipated for Washington newcomer Evgeny Kuznetsov, who has recorded one goal and five assists in his first eight NHL games and is 2-for-3 in shootouts.
Washington Post

Impact
"He's maybe a little ahead of what I expected because I didn't expect much," Washington coach Adam Oates said. "The NHL is so different and I thought it would be a little overwhelming and it hasn't been so far, which I'm very happy about for him and for us. He's playing very solid." Kuznetsov started on the fourth line because Oates wanted to ease him into the NHL, but that lasted only three games. After a three-assist performance against Vancouver on March 14, he was moved up to the second line where he's played since and seen his ice time increase to more than 17 minutes per night.
Jack Hillen may be ready to play Saturday | 03/27/2014 4:37 PM
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Jack Hillen (upper body) didn't skate on Thursday.
Washington Post

Impact
Coach Adam Oates said Hillen was not undergoing concussion protocol testing, which is a good sign. He might be available to play on Saturday. "Just sore from the hit," Oates said referring to Hillen's collision with teammate Alex Ovechkin. "Because we have a couple of days we told him to take another day off."
Nicklas Backstrom expects to play Saturday | 03/27/2014 4:33 PM
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Nicklas Backstrom doesn't expect to miss any more time after he was forced to leave Tuesday's game early with an upper-body injury.
Washington Post

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He was hurt on a hard hit from Los Angeles' Drew Doughty, but he was back on ice the ice for Thursday's practice. Backstrom feels fine to play against Boston on Saturday. "I didn't feel that good after that hit, had a day off and I feel way better today," Backstrom said. "I was able to practice full practice and that's a good thing."
Hillen exits game after open-ice collision | 03/26/2014 10:53 AM
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Jack Hillen was hurt during an open-ice collision with teammate Alex Ovechkin in the third period of Tuesday's game.
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Impact
Hillen was able to leave the ice on his own strength, but it also reportedly looked like he had initially lost consciousness. The Washington Capitals were in the process of evaluating him after the game.
Nicklas Backstrom sustains upper-body injury | 03/26/2014 10:51 AM
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Nicklas Backstrom didn't left Washington's 5-4 shootout loss against Los Angeles and didn't return.
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Impact
Backstrom sustained an upper-body injury when he was smashed into the glass by Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty. Capitals coach Adam Oates downplayed the decision to shutdown Backstrom as a "precautionary" move. Consider Backstrom day-to-day for now.
Jaroslav Halak, Caps falls in shootout to L.A | 03/25/2014 11:23 PM
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Jaroslav Halak allowed four goals on 36 shots and was 0/2 in the shootout, allowing the Los Angeles Kings to beat the Capitals 5-4 on Tuesday.
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Impact
Halak has followed a three game winning streak with two straight overtime losses. The new Caps goalie is 4-2-2 since arriving in Washington. His season stat line reads a 28-11-6 record with a .920 save percentage and 2.25 goals against average.
Alex Ovechkin snaps slump with three points | 03/25/2014 11:07 PM
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Alex Ovechkin slammed home two goals and an assist but it was not enough to help the Caps to victory, as Washington lost 5-4 in a shootout to the Kings Tuesday night.
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Impact
Ovie came into Tuesday's game with just two points in his previous nine contests, and now has 48 goals on the season with 72 points through 69 games. The point earned in the shootout lifts the Caps into a four way tie for the two Eastern Conference Wild Card spots.
Jaroslav Halak is expected to play Tuesday | 03/25/2014 11:19 AM
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Look for Jaroslav Halak to play between the pipes on Tuesday.
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Impact
The Washington Capitals have been leaning heavily on Halak since they acquired him from Buffalo. He has rewarded the Capitals with a 2.13 GAA and .935 save percentage in seven games.
Jaroslav Halak says he's ready to play Tues. | 03/24/2014 5:19 PM
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Jaroslav Halak (lower body) said he's available to play Tuesday if he gets the nod.
Washington Post

Impact
He was back at practice on Monday after he missed his scheduled start on Saturday because of a lower-body ailment.
Mikhail Grabovski (ankle) returns to practice | 03/24/2014 5:17 PM
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Mikhail Grabovski (ankle) was back on the ice with his teammates for the first time in nearly a month on Monday.
Washington Post

Impact
He hasn't played since Feb. 27 and he's missed 20 of the last 21 games because of a sprained left ankle. "He's got to go through a few practices before we consider games," coach Adam Oates said. "Possible, see how he responds tomorrow." There's a chance that he could be ready to return this weekend.
Kuznetsov becoming shootout specialist | 03/23/2014 12:03 PM
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For the second game in a row Evgeny Kuznetsov scored an important goal in a shootout.
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Impact
The talented rookie has some tremendous moves and he is becoming a go-to-guy with the game on the line. Although he is still getting limited minutes overall, Kuznetsov is getting more comfortable in the NHL by the game. He makes a great speculative pick up for next season.
Halak misses Saturday's game with LBI | 03/23/2014 11:49 AM
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Jaroslav Halak missed Satutrday night's game against the Sharks due to a lower-body injury.
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Impact
He was scheduled to make his eighth start in a row but a last minute lower-body injury prevented him from playing. Braden Holtby started in his place and spearheaded the Capitals to a 3-2 win over San Jose. Halak's injury is not believed to be serious and he could be back in the Washington net as early as Tuesday night. For now, consider Halak day-to-day.
Chris Brown's first career goal lifts Caps | 03/23/2014 8:46 AM
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Forward Chris Brown scored his first career NHL goal in Washington's 3-2 shootout win over San Jose on Saturday night.
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Impact
Brown amassed 37 points in 54 AHL games while a member of the Coyotes organization, but he was acquired by the Caps in the trade of Martin Erat. Eric Fehr also found the back of the net for Washington in the victory.
Braden Holtby wins in return to crease | 03/23/2014 8:43 AM
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Braden Holtby and the Capitals outlasted San Jose to earn a 3-2 shootout win Saturday night.
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Impact
Holtby hadn't played in over two weeks entering the game, but was pressed into duty due to the injury sustained by Jaroslav Halak and he delivered a great performance. By turning away 34 of 36 shots in the win, he improves his record to 20-14-3 on the season. His GAA is 2.95 while his save percentage is .912.
Washington signs prospect Caleb Herbert | 03/21/2014 12:38 PM
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The Washington Capitals have signed Caleb Herbert to a two-year, entry-level contract.
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Impact
Herbert had 31 points and 85 penalty minutes in 36 NCAA games with the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2013-14. He was taken in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Halak and the Capitals lose to the Kings | 03/21/2014 4:27 AM
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Jaroslav Halak blocked 27 of 28 shots in Washington's 2-1 shootout loss to Los Angeles Thursday night.
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Impact
It was Halak's seventh straight start for the Capitals and he played a good game. He now has a 4-2-1 record with 2.13 goals-against average and .935 save percetage with the Capitals. Washington will play again on Saturday against San Jose so Halak should be between the pipes again then.
Ward scores in loss | 03/21/2014 4:22 AM
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Joel Ward had a goal in Washington's 2-1 shootout loss to Los Angels Thursday evening.
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Impact
Ward scored in his fourth straight game and he now has 22 goals with 20 assists in 71 games this season. He is red-hot now for the Capitals. This is his best season in the NHL so far in his career. Rookie Evgeni Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom assisted Ward's goal.
Jay Beagle to center Alex Ovechkin's line | 03/20/2014 6:19 PM
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Jay Beagle is projected to play alongside Alex Ovechkin in Thursday's game at Los Angeles.
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Impact
He'll play between Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson, while Nicklas Backstrom will be flanked by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Troy Brouwer. Beagle has seven points in 50 games this season.
Jaroslav Halak will face Los Angeles Thursday | 03/20/2014 5:03 PM
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Jaroslav Halak will start Thursday when Washington plays in Los Angeles.
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Impact
He has won his past three outings and he's taken over the team's starting duties from Braden Holtby since being acquired from St. Louis.
North Pole's Pheonix Copley signs with Caps | 03/20/2014 11:01 AM
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The Washington Capitals have signed Pheonix Copley to a two-year, entry-level contract.
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Impact
In addition to having a great name, Copley was also born in the small town of North Pole, Alaska. He most recently played for Michigan Tech, where he posted a 2.51 GAA and .911 save percentage in 30 NCAA games.
Washington demotes Casey Wellman | 03/19/2014 5:05 PM
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Casey Wellman has been sent to the minors by the Capitals.
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Impact
Wellman has two goals and an assist in 13 games with Washington this season. He also has 15 goals and 29 points in 46 AHL contests.
Capitals promote Chris Brown | 03/19/2014 5:04 PM
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The Washington Capitals have summoned Chris Brown.
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Impact
Brown has 37 points and 68 penalty minutes in 54 AHL games this season. He was acquired by Washington as part of the Martin Erat deal.
Jaroslav Halak has thrived with Washington | 03/19/2014 2:43 PM
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Jaroslav Halak has adjusted well to the Washington Capitals.
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Impact
The St. Louis Blues traded Halak to Buffalo, who in turn sent him to Washington. He's established himself as the team's starter in his brief stint with the Capitals, posting a 2.35 GAA and .931 save percentage in six games. Halak is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but it wouldn't be surprising if he re-signs with Washington.
Nicklas Backstrom adds two assists Tuesday | 03/19/2014 11:27 AM
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Nicklas Backstrom recorded two assists in Washington's 3-2 win Tuesday.
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Impact
Backstrom has recorded at least a point in three straight games and five of his last six contests. He now has 13 goals and 68 points in 70 games this season, making this his most productive campaign since 2009-10.
Halak impressive in win | 03/19/2014 5:03 AM
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Jaroslav Halak turned aside 43 of 45 shots in Washington's 3-2 win over Anaheim Tuesday night.
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Impact
Halak started his sixth straight game and won his third straight start. He now has a 28-11-4 record with a 2.24 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. It is clear that he is the number one goalie in Washington.
Ovechkin's goal helps Capitals edge Ducks | 03/19/2014 4:58 AM
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Alex Ovechkin one-timed John Carlson's pass for his NHL-leading 46th goal eight seconds into a third-period power play to break a tie and lead Washington to a 3-2 win against Anaheim at Honda Center Tuesday night.
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Impact
Ovechkin was centered by Jay Beagle in a new tweak and he finished with five shots and an even rating after he had one point and with a minus-8 rating in his previous six games. Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer also scored for the Capitals, while Nicklas Backstrom registered two assists in the victory.
Washington sticks with Jaroslav Halak | 03/18/2014 3:38 PM
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Jaroslav Halak is expected to start on Tuesday.
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Impact
It will be Halak's sixth straight start. He has a 2.25 GAA and .918 save percentage in 45 games this season.
Dustin Penner was shocked by deadline trade | 03/18/2014 9:41 AM
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Dustin Penner was shocked by the Anaheim Ducks decision to trade him to the Washington Capitals.
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Impact
Penner was told that he was traded to free up cap room. This was Penner's second stint with the Anaheim Ducks and he had spent time serving on the team's top line. "Especially considering the position we were in as a team," Penner said. "I think it's an eye-opener for a lot of guys in that locker room. And for fans, too, because they always . in some cases they gripe about loyalty (from) players. For players it's often not reciprocated."
Brooks Laich done for the year after surgery | 03/17/2014 6:20 PM
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Brooks Laich is expected to miss the rest of the season after he had surgery on his groin.
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Impact
The team announced Monday that Laich "underwent a successful procedure to release a tight adductor" and he's expected to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks. Laich skated in just nine games last season because of an ongoing groin problem and that issue continued to hamper him this campaign. He generated eight goals and 15 points in 51 matches.
Washington recalls Patrick Wey | 03/17/2014 5:35 PM
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Patrick Wey has been summoned from the minors.
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Impact
He has two assists in three games with the Capitals this season.
Brooks Laich won't travel with Caps this week | 03/17/2014 10:53 AM
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Brooks Laich (groin) won't travel with the Capitals on their three-game trip through California this week.
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Impact
He will meet with specialist Michael Brunt in St. Louis again to try to get a better handle on his ongoing groin issue. Coach Adam Oates indicated that Laich may get a "small procedure," which will be similar to one he had last spring.
Karl Alzner collects 2 assists Sunday | 03/17/2014 10:49 AM
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Karl Alzner picked up two assists in Sunday's win over Toronto.
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Impact
The defensive-minded rearguard has 16 points along with 121 blocked shots in 69 games this season.
Caps' Joel Ward hits the 20-goal plateau | 03/17/2014 10:42 AM
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Joel Ward notched a goal and an assist in Washington's 4-2 win over Toronto on Sunday afternoon.
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Impact
His 20th marker of the season came on a Washington power play during the first period and it held up as the game winner. It's the first time that he has hit the 20-goal plateau in his career. Ward also has a career high of 40 points in 69 contests.
Dustin Penner earns first point with Capitals | 03/17/2014 10:39 AM
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Dustin Penner picked up his first point with the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
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Impact
He earned an assist on Joel Ward's power-play goal in the first period of the Capitals' 4-2 win over Toronto. Pennner didn't have a point in his previous six games following his acquisition from Anaheim and he logged just 10:56 of ice time against the Leafs.
Troy Brouwer reaches 20-goal plateau | 03/16/2014 8:17 PM
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For the second time in his NHL career, Washington Capitals power forward Troy Brouwer reached the 20-goal mark.
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Impact
He scored twice on Sunday in the Capitals' 4-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs to do so. Brouwer scored 22 goals and 40 points in 2009-10 and has a chance to match or exceed both totals this season (20G, 34P so far). He generates plenty of hits and PIM, too, making him a fantastic asset who's only owned in 47 percent of Yahoo leagues right now.
Jaroslav Halak establishes hold on Caps gig | 03/16/2014 8:12 PM
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It's clear that the Washington Capitals are going to give Jaroslav Halak the majority of starts, as he made his fifth consecutive appearance on Sunday.
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Impact
Halak has two wins in a row after Sunday's 4-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs (in which he stopped 27 out of 29 stops). Halak might not be spectacular, but he could be a decent workhorse during the stretch run.
Tom Wilson says he's done enough fighting | 03/16/2014 11:35 AM
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Tom Wilson, 19, has skated only 503 minutes with the Washington Capitals this season, by far the fewest of the nine teenage NHL rookies who have played at least 50 games this season.
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Impact
Wilson has scored only three goals and nine points in his limited playing time and has spent more of the year illustrating his grit. The Toronto native ranks fourth in the NHL with 133 penalty minutes and is tied for second in major penalties (13), including 12 fights. But Wilson wants to work toward making a greater impact on the Capitals. "I don't know how many fights I have this year, but I've done that enough. I want to work on my game and keep learning the other stuff," Wilson said.
Brooks Laich (groin) is listed as day-to-day | 03/15/2014 2:31 PM
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Brooks Laich will be a game-time decision for Sunday afternoon's game against Toronto.
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Impact
He was limited to a mere two shifts in the final 15:32 against Vancouver on Friday and he didn't skate on Saturday. Laich is considered day-to-day right now because of his lingering groin injury.
Washingtion drops Dustin Penner to 4th line | 03/15/2014 2:26 PM
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Dustin Penner was bumped to the fourth line at Saturday's practice.
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Impact
In six games with the Capitals, he hasn't earned a point and has a minus-1 rating with nine shots. Penner may need more time to adjust to his new team, but points are valuable this time of the year in fantasy hockey so it might be safe to drop him if you haven't already done so.
Caps promote Evgeny Kuznetsov to 2nd line | 03/15/2014 2:22 PM
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Evgeny Kuznetsov was elevated to the second line at practice Saturday.
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Impact
He skated with Troy Brouwer and Casey Wellman after he earned three assists in Friday's 4-3 win over Vancouver. Coach Adam Oates is still trying to temper expectations on the rookie forward, though. "I liked a couple other things he did where he just drove it deep and didn't turn it over," the Caps bench boss said. "The winning goal he makes a great cycle, but all the guys did. Is he learning? I hope so, but I also want to caution myself on wow factor."
Alex Ovechkin scores 45th goal of season | 03/15/2014 11:12 AM
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Alex Ovechkin now has 45 goals this season after his power-play tally Friday.
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Impact
Ovechkin is the league's leading scorer, holding a nine-goal edge over Corey Perry. He has 19 power-play goals and 14 power-play assists, and he's tied for third in the league with 68 points. What's amazing is that he also has a minus-29 rating.
Mike Green nets game-winner for Capitals | 03/15/2014 11:05 AM
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Mike Green netted the game-winning goal for the Capitals on Friday night.
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Impact
After the Capitals blew a 3-1, third-period lead, their gifted offensive blueliner came up big midway through the frame. "We kind of shot ourselves in the foot a little bit there and made it difficult on ourselves, but we stuck with it," Green said. "Obviously we need the points. We were fortunate tonight. Sometimes you get those waves throughout periods that momentum shifts, and they had it there for a bit. We've got to make sure that we eliminate that when we notice it right away." Green has nine goals and 27 assists this season.
Laich 'laboring with groin pain' in third | 03/15/2014 11:01 AM
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Brooks Laich was "laboring with groin pain" in the third period Friday night.
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Impact
Laich missed the Capitals' previous game with the lingering issue. He only played two shifts in the final 15:32 of the game because of it. "I asked him to give us everything he had and he did," coach Adam Oates said. "I really, really appreciate what he did for us, but I didn't want to play him after that." ÿWashington plays Sunday, so it'll be interesting to see whether he's good enough to suit up.
| 03/15/2014 2:09 AM
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Brooks Laich returned to action on Friday March 14.
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Jaroslav Halak instrumental in Caps' victory | 03/14/2014 10:15 PM
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Jaroslav Halak stymied the Canucks by making 38 saves on 41 shots to steer the Caps to a 4-3 victory at home on Friday night.
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Impact
Halak came through after back-to-back losses to the Penguins last week. Halak improves to 26-11-4 this season with a .918 save percentage and 2.25 goals against average. Halak and the Caps have a day off before welcoming the Toronto Maple Leafs to town on Sunday.
Evgeny Kuznetsov amazes with three assists | 03/14/2014 10:00 PM
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Evgeny Kuznetsov notched his first three NHL points, all assists, Friday night to power the Caps past the Canucks by a score of 4-3.
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Impact
Playing his third game for Washington since leaving Russia and the KHL, the talented forward put on a dazzling display by setting up Alex Ovechkin on a power play, Tom Wilson and finally Mike Green for the game winner late in the game.
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