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  • Well, what do you know? The Edmonton Oilers will pick first overall in the upcoming draft for the fourth time in six years. That is the most by any team in the history of the NHL in a six-year span, and of course fans around the league think it is totally unfair. For me, I just […] ... read more...
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  • The dressing room had already emptied when the doors opened and reporters stormed in, searching for answers after the Washington Capitals’ debacle Wednesday night. Only Braden Holtby sat at his stall, baseball cap pulled low and talking with goaltending coach Mitch Korn, reviewing the scraps from a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders in […]... read more...
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  • Wednesday night in Chinatown, the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders will converge for Game 1 at Verizon Center, after a regular season spent chugging along parallel tracks. Both surpassed preseason expectations and finished with 101 points, enough to rise above Eastern Conference wild card. Both won 22 games on the road and closed the […]... read more...
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  • When the Capitals traded Jaroslav Halak to the Islanders last May, few could’ve predicted the success the marriage between a journeyman goaltender and a struggling franchise would bring. After a season of being shuffled from the Blues to the Sabres and then to Washington, Halak found a home with the Islanders, and he’s similarly offered […]... read more...
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  • ANAHEIM -- Second verse, only slightly different than the first. It was another game, another third-period comeback and another victory for the Ducks, as Jakob Silfverberg scored with 19.8 seconds remaining in regulation and the Ducks beat the... read more...
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  • On the opening night of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, three of four home teams lost, so at least the Washington Capitals had company in their misery. Still, their counterparts lost one-goal games decided, in order of resolution, by a third-period strike with 29.6 seconds left (Vancouver vs. Calgary) and a heartbreaker in double-overtime (Nashville […]... read more...
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  • When the final words to the national anthem had been sung, goaltender Philipp Grubauer turned around, leaned over and stared ahead. Behind him, the Washington Capitals readied themselves for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. All around him, Verizon Center roared, the first of many such moments Friday night. But Grubauer waited, motionless. Five […]... read more...
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  • Improbable? Yes. Undeserved? Oh, come on. While fans across the NHL, and an alarming percentage of the Eastern media, whine over the results of the 2015 Draft Lottery, the Edmonton Oilers suddenly have a chance at much more than a “developmental” 2015-16 for Craig MacTavish. In fact, it probably saved his job. 9 Things: 9. […] ... read more...
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  • ANAHEIM – With one flick of his wrist Thursday night, Sami Vatanen was back to being the point-producing defenseman that the Ducks have come to count on this season. Vatanen’s goal just 1 minute and 57 seconds into the Ducks’ 4-2 Game 1 win... read more...
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  • The Capitals first noticed the change less than two months ago, after their season series with the New York Islanders ended and before they knew they would meet in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Whenever the Islanders deployed their penalty-kill unit, the skaters showed more aggression, pouncing harder on loose pucks and challenging puck-handlers with more […... read more...
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  • Only two Capitals appeared in the Stanley Cup playoffs last season, so the anticipation ramped up Wednesday morning, hours before Game 1 against the New York Islanders. The Caps buzzed through a crisp skate, starting two minutes earlier than scheduled and ending after less than half an hour. They ripped off their equipment and answered […]... read more...
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  • The two Stanley Cup logos are shimmering inside both freshly painted blue lines at Verizon Center, while outside the building, Chinatown has started to buzz. After bursting from the morass of last season and storming to the Metropolitan Division’s No. 2 seed, the Washington Capitals (45-26-11, 101 points) officially open their 2015 postseason Wednesday night, at [&... read more...
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