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capitals are on a roll, thanks to their role players

(photo by Rob Carr) Don’t look now boys and girls, but the Washington Capitals continue to inch their way towards respectability. The playoffs are still unlikely and there’s still plenty to improve upon (namely the 28th-ranked penalty kill unit in hockey), but Washington appears to be heading in the right direction after a sluggish start to the 2013 season. Consider this: no team in the Eastern Conference has won more often than the Capitals over the last 10 games, who […]

braden holtby epitomizes the 2013 washington capitals

(photo by John Woods) Well, at least the Washington Capitals like to keep things interesting. Most reasonable hockey fans knew this would be a season of transition as the Capitals essentially had to learn first-time coach Adam Oates’ system on the fly. Considering they didn’t have the benefit of a standard offseason thanks to the lockout, it wasn’t a stretch to envision these players needing some time and in-game experience to learn how to embrace offense once again after the […]

caps fall flat against flyers, ovechkin gets trolled

(photo by Tom Mihalek) Some nights you’ve got it and some nights you don’t. Well, it took all of 23 seconds Wednesday night to see that the Washington Capitals didn’t have it against the Philadelphia Flyers, who cruised to an emphatic 4-1 victory at Wells Fargo Center. During the course of an 82-game season, games like this are bound to happen. Sometimes the energy level isn’t there thanks to back-to-back games. Or maybe the players find themselves emotionally drained after […]

holtby and capitals give reason to celebrate

(photo by Clyde Caplan) One of the reasons the Washington Capitals hold such a special place in my heart is because, growing up, it was a family tradition to spend my birthday at the rink watching the Caps in action. Even now, all these years later, I still can’t help but scan the schedule when it’s released to see which home game is closest to my birthday. Some seasons it’s an otherwise mundane Wednesday night game against a doormat like […]

as ovechkin’s role changes, his production improves

(photo by Clyde Caplan) The Washington Capitals snapped a five-game losing streak to the New Jersey Devils in impressive fashion — cruising to a 5-1 victory at the Verizon Center Saturday. The win was vital for several reasons — first and foremost, it marked the first time this season the Caps actually defeated a team in one of the top eight seeds in the Eastern Conference (they were 0-7-1). After all, it kind of goes without saying you can’t really […]

capitals season is lost, but is it a lost cause?

(photo by Patrick McDermott) Whether fans want to admit it or not, realistically speaking, the competitive portion of the Washington Capitals’ season is over. Sure, this year’s squad still has plenty of games left on the schedule, but their horrid start (winning just twice in the first 11 games) has all but ensured the Caps will miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 campaign. While their level of play is significantly better than it was during the […]

10 random thoughts after the caps’ 6-5 overtime win

(photo by Eliot J. Schechter) Don’t look now, but the Washington Capitals have doubled their win total thanks to back-to-back victories over the Florida Panthers. Whether or not that’s a product of the Caps finally starting to resemble a unit that has actually played hockey before or if they’re simply benefiting from playing a mediocre Panthers squad in consecutive outings is up for debate. Rather than kick a team in one of the rare moments when it’s not down though, […]