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'Well-rested' Craig Anderson, 39, rescues short-handed Washington Capitals in Game 1 OT victory

It was Craig Anderson to the rescue in the Washington Capitals' Game 1 overtime victory against the Boston Bruins. Anderson, who turns 40 on Friday, stopped 21 of 22 shots after replacing injured starter Vitek Vanecek in the first period, leading the Capitals to a 3-2 overtime win at home on Saturday night in the postseason opener in the NHL. It was Anderson's first playoff appearance in nearly four years, and just his fifth appearance in goal this season for the Capitals, having spent most of it on the taxi squad as the third-stringer.
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The Capitals head to Boston with a tied series and a battered roster

The Washington Capitals had two clear weaknesses heading into the Stanley Cup playoffs: goaltending and depth at center. Then they were hit with two critical injuries in the first two games of their first-round series against the Boston Bruins. Now, with the series tied and Game 3 scheduled for Wednesday...
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Bruins seize upon Capitals’ gaffe behind the net, win Game 3 in double overtime

BOSTON — Ilya Samsonov, making his first start since May 1, was the Washington Capitals’ unlikely hero for 85 minutes in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Wednesday night. The 86th minute foiled the young goaltender. A miscommunication with defenseman Justin...
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The Capitals bowed out early again. Now they have plenty of questions to answer.

In between the second and third periods of Sunday night’s season-ending gut punch of a hockey game for the Washington Capitals, the video screen that hangs above the ice played the first portion of a team-produced documentary on Nicklas Backstrom. The images flipped from Backstrom raising the Stanley Cup above his head, then to the sea of red on Constitution Avenue — a perfect day for a parade. That was three years back.
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Washington Capitals Playoffs: The future of Alex Ovechkin

The Washington Capitals take the ice tonight for Game 5 against the Boston Bruins. The Bruins lead the series 3-1 and are looking to end it at Capital One Arena. If the Capitals were to lose the series, there is one unknown heading into the offseason. What is the fate...
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After another first-round exit, where do the Capitals go from here?

When the Washington Capitals look back at their 2020-21 season — marred by injury, a suspension, coronavirus problems and disciplinary issues — there is no mistaking the feeling of another missed opportunity. A franchise with an aging roster built around a veteran core made a statement with the offseason hiring...
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Obligatory 'Is This It For The Capitals?' post

In a sport as random and silly, and at times downright stupid, as hockey, it’s oxymoronic to try and weave some overarching narrative from a playoff exit. Games and series are decided on a few bounces and deflections most of the time. Change any one variable, and you can get a completely different result, and see a team even win a round or two more instead of slogging through a handshake line. The Washington Capitals probably know this better than anyone.
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The Capitals Miss Islanders Coach Barry Trotz

Three years ago, the Islanders reaped the benefits of the Washington Capitals making one of the biggest mistakes in their franchise’s history. They decided that they didn’t want to pay Barry Trotz, so he walked away. Trotz was on the last year of his deal where he was getting paid...
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NHL Playoffs Daily 2021: Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues on the brink

Sunday brings us our first two elimination games of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs: the Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins can secure their tickets to Round 2. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals are struggling to stay alive, with both teams trying to break out of their post-championship playoff slumps.
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Thursday Caps Clips: Overtime Oopsie

How did the Washington Capitals rank individually through the first two games of the series? [Rink]. Three things we were talking about yesterday when talking about the Caps. [Rink]. Washington needs to up their defensive game to have a chance at beating Boston, but there are viable options to make...
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Washington Capitals Playoffs: Overcoming adversity against Boston

All season long the Washington Capitals had to overcome adversity. From COVID to injuries to everything in between while playing hockey amid a pandemic. On Saturday night more adversity hit them as rookie netminder Vitek Vanecek suffered an injury after allowing a goal. Vanecek left the game and in came...
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The Narrative: Low Fives, Burying the Lead and Third Pair, Don’t Care

During the regular season the, Washington Capitals scored 131 goals at five-on-five (2.3 per game), one great Alex Ovechkin night behind League-leading Vegas’s total of 135. Through three playoff games (really ten periods and change), they’re just a bit below that pace, having managed six tallies at fives, though they’re scoring rate is off by a more significant amount (2.16 goals-for per sixty minutes at five-on-five after clicking at a 2.89 mark during the regular season, a 25 percent drop).
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For some Caps fans, loving Tom Wilson is getting complicated

The Boston Bruins boast a dominant top line, an experienced goalie and one of the league’s most efficient penalty-kill units, all of which make them a tough playoff matchup for the Washington Capitals. Boston has something else that could be a determining factor in the first-round series that starts Saturday: multiple players capable of getting under Tom Wilson’s skin.
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Finally feeling '100%,' Alex Ovechkin returns as Washington Capitals close out regular season

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Capitals got Alex Ovechkin back on the ice feeling "100%" heading into the playoffs. Winning was just a bonus. Michael Raffl scored from a tight angle with 1.8 seconds remaining, Ovechkin saw his first extended action since April 22 and the Capitals beat the short-handed Boston Bruins 2-1 on Tuesday night in the teams' regular season finale, and a preview of an upcoming first-round series.
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