Hockey Headlines: Capitals on the Brink; Who will the Leafs Draft?

A collection of the latest news from around the world of hockey: Patrik Laine is going to be a great player. He’s got the talent. The Winnipeg Jets were arguably the real winners on draft lottery day, because he will fall into their laps. But make no mistake. This doesn’t mean the Toronto Maple Leafs should pass on Auston Matthews to get him. In fact, they would probably be crazy...
Via The Hockey Writers
2 hours ago

What happened to the Capitals' good defensive depth?

In one series, Barry Trotz has lost trust in two defensemen to the point that he scratched each for a game following a costly error.
Via Capitals Insider
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jill Sorenson on STL after Capitals' Game 4 loss to Pens

Jill Sorenson joins SportsTalk Live after the Capitals' OT Game 4 loss to Pittsburgh.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Alzner on Game 4 loss: 'We're not discouraged by it'

Karl Alzner remains positive in the wake of the Caps' Game 4 overtime loss.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Capitals can't establish championship bona fides in Game 4 loss

It was a moment that called for a championship-level response. And the Capitals somehow came up short.
Via Capitals Insider
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Orlov’s Hit Sends Hagelin Head First into Holtby in Scary Collision

The Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins second round series has been physical, turning brutal at times with the numerous hits through the first three games. Each team has lost a player to a suspension stemming from hard hits deemed unnecessary by the NHL. During the first period of Wednesday’s Game 4, Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov added the growing list of hard collision...
Via KCM Sports
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Matt Cullen Goes Five-Hole to Beat Braden Holtby to Pens Ahead in Game 4

Matt Cullen ignited the CONSOL Energy Center, as the Pittsburgh Penguins forward beat Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby by going five-hole. Cullen won the center ice face-off. Tom Kuhnhackl chipped the puck ahead, allowing Cullen to skate under it, beating Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom in a race to the loose puck. Cullen then shot the puck through Holtby’s legs into the back of...
Via KCM Sports
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Caps’ Beagle, Carlson ‘Rooftop Dining’ on Pens’ Murray

PITTSBURGH — What do you call scoring on a goalkeeper who can’t stop the high shot? Washington, D.C. sports Twitterverse has coined a new phrase: Capitals clearly going rooftop dining on Matt Murray tonight. #CapitalsTalk — Chuck Gormley (@ChuckGormleyCSN) May 5, 2016 Jay Beagle and the Washington Capitals came to play on Wednesday night, taking the early road lead in...
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Capitals vs. Penguins: Game 4 discussion thread

The Capitals want to even the series before it goes back to Washington. Join the discussion thread.
Via Capitals Insider
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Alex Ovechkin Named Finalist for Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Hockey League announced today that Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is one of three finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, which is presented “to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to h...
Via - Capitals
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Capitals analyst calls Kris Letang’s suspension ‘kind of comical’

A pair of Capitals analysts strongly dissented with the NHL’s decision to suspend Kris Letang one game for his high hit on Marcus Johansson Monday night. Alan May and Craig Laughlin — former Caps players who analyze the team for Comcast SportsNet — said Letang deserved the same three-game punishment given to Washington’s Brooks Orpik […]
Via DC Sports Blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kris Letang gets one-game suspension for high hit on Marcus Johansson

Yesterday, we took a quick look at Kris Letang’s “dangerous” hit on Marcus Johansson. Here is a video of the incident if you have yet to see it: I don’t think it was intentional by any means, but it is one of those hits that needs to be removed from the game. It is dangerous and really serves no purpose in hockey. It is definitely not a head shot but it did have some...
Via Puck Drunk Love
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Barry Trotz is disappointed with Brooks Orpik suspension

Brooks Orpik was suspended three games on Sunday by the National Hockey League for his hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta. Maatta was injured on the play and won’t suit up on Monday in Game 3 against the Capitals. Orpik accepted the punishment, saying he made “a bad mistake” while even telling the NHL he thought it was fair. It’s a surprise to...
Via Puck Drunk Love
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Brooks Orpik suspended three games for hit to head on Maatta

The NHL announced on Sunday that Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik has been suspended three games for his late hit to the head against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta during Saturday’s Game 2 playoff matchup. Orpik was given a two-minute interference penalty on the play after he drilled the defenseless Maatta, knocking him out of the game. Washington's Brooks...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Brooks Orpik lays a high and late hit on Olli Maatta

There have been a few ugly hits in this year’s playoffs, but this one from Brooks Orpik on Olli Maatta may the worst of the bunch. Orpik with a completely unnecessary, dangerous hit — Sons of Penn (@SonsofPenn) May 1, 2016 Another angle: possible reasonable explanations: has a bet going to see what it takes to get suspended in the playoffs...
Via Puck Drunk Love
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jay Beagle finds opponent's stick caught in helmet (Video)

Washington Capitals center Jay Beagle found himself in an awkward position Thursday night when an opposing player's stick got caught inside his helmet visor. It happened late in the second period as the Capitals took on Pittsburgh in Game 1 of their NHL second round playoff series. Beagle banged into Penguins defenseman Kris Letang along the boards and somehow skated away with his...
Via Holdout Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Best and worst moments from Capitals’ Game 1 overtime win over Penguins

Washington and Pittsburgh resumed a storied rivalry Thursday when they kicked off the Eastern Conference semifinals at the Verizon Center. Game 1 was the clubs’ first playoff meeting since 2009 and their ninth all-time, and there were plenty of entertaining moments to keep fans interested through the Capitals’ overtime win. Here are the best and worst: Best […]
Via DC Sports Blog
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals Strike First vs. Penguins, Game 1 (Video)

WASHINGTON — It took most of the first period to break the scoreless tie at Verizon Center, but after a number of early missed opportunities, the Washington Capitals found an unlikely hero. After initially feeding the puck to teammate Jason Chimera, André Burakovsky was in the perfect place to clean up a deflection by Pens goalkeeper Matt Murray. The first video angle is from...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

How Pens-Caps can determine if Crosby or Ovechkin is better

For the first time since 2009, the NHL’s biggest stars — Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin — will meet in a postseason series. The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins open their second-round series on Thursday night in what many feel is a de facto conference championship, as these teams finished 1-2 in the East but because of the NHL’s asinine playoff system, this is...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Metro Extends Hours for Capitals Playoff Game

WASHINGTON — Metro is staying open an additional hour to accommodate fans attending the playoff game between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Verizon Center. Metro will close at 1 a.m. instead of its normal Thursday closing time of midnight. Metro said in a statement that fans entering the system after midnight have to enter at Gallery Place, Judiciary...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

T.J. Oshie watched Game 7, says “I care a lot about those guys”

T.J. Oshie is gone, but certainly not forgotten in St. Louis. Blues fans have been checking in on the current Washington Capitals forward during the playoffs and it turns out that Oshie has been doing the same on the Blues. Ex-#StlBlues F T.J. Oshie said Game 7 vs. #Blackhawks was first full NHL game he watched on TV. "I care a lot about those guys," he said. — Stephen Whyno ...
Via Frozen Notes
7 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Capitals vs. Penguins

VitalsPittsburgh: 48-26-8 regular season, 4-1-0 in five games played in Round 1Washington: 56-18-8 regular season, 4-2-0 in six games played in Round 1Season SeriesPittsburgh took three of five contests during the 2015-2016 campaign, including a 4-3 overtime victory at the Verizon Center on April 7.Playoff HistoryThe most recent postseason meeting between these teams was in 2009...
Via Yardbarker
7 days ago  |  Discuss

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