CAPITALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Penguins fans overtake outside of Verizon Center to celebrate Game 2 win over Capitals

The Washington Capitals have lost complete control of their best-of-seven series with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins took both Game 1 and 2 in D.C. and the series is now headed to Pittsburgh for the next two games. The Penguins have outplayed the Capitals in every facet of the game, and after completing the two-game sweep at the Verizon Center to start the series, their fans...
Via KCM Sports
1 hour ago

Pulling Braden Holtby was a sign of panic. That’s the last thing the Capitals need.

This was a night for Braden Holtby encomiums, so let’s hear some of that sweet praise. “One of the best goaltenders in the world,” T.J. Oshie said. “Arguably our most valuable player.” “Braden’s our backbone,” Coach Barry Trotz said. “He has been all year.” So is it worth wondering why one of the best goaltenders […]
Via DC Sports Blog
1 hour ago

Capitals Dig Huge Hole After 6-2 Loss to Pens

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON — When Sidney Crosby wasn’t beating the Washington Capitals putting the puck through his legs, he was doing it belly down on the ice. No matter the unconventional plays or style of game, Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are rolling after beating the Capitals 6-2 in Game 2 Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in the second-round series...
Via CBS DC
2 hours ago

Capitals mum about closed-door, players-only meeting following Game 2 loss

  The Washington Capitals have dug themselves a 2-0 hole against the Pittsburgh Penguins in their best-of-seven second-round series. Pittsburgh has beaten them in every facet of the game, and Game 2’s 6-2 loss only stamped the theory. Braden Holtby was pulled after two periods. However Philipp Grubauer was no better, as the Penguins scored doubled their goal total with three...
Via KCM Sports
9 hours ago

Angry Braden Holtby expressions sum up Caps loss to Penguins in Game 2 (PHOTOS)

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby was pulled after letting in three goals in just 14 shots in the first two periods of Saturday’s game against the Penguins on Saturday night. Unfortunately for Washington, bringing in Philipp Grubauer to replace him backfired badly. Grubauer, who had only one career playoff start under his belt (2015) heading into the game, let in an awful goal...
Via The Sports Daily
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Braden Holtby critical of his performance Saturday night

Caps Coach Barry Trotz acknowledged that Braden Holtby wasnt as sharp as he can be in Saturdays 6-2 loss to the Penguins.   Trotz also said
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
10 hours ago

Braden Holtby: 'The focus on Game 3 is our only goal'

Braden Holtby, who was pulled midgame, already is looking ahead to Game 3 after the Capitals' 6-2 loss to the Penguins on Saturday night.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
11 hours ago

Orpik on team's message after Game 2 loss to Pens

Brooks Orpik talks about what the Capitals' message was in their players-only meeting following their 6-2 loss to the Penguins in Game 2 on Saturday night.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
11 hours ago

Capitals vs. Penguins Game 2 preview: Washington looks to even series against Pittsburgh

The Washington Capitals enter Saturday night’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins trailing 1-0 in the second-round series after a heartbreaking 3-2 loss in Game 1. It was deja vu for the Capitals, who saw Nick Bonino celebrating a playoff winner again a year after the Pittsburgh center jettisoned Washington from the playoffs last season. Can the […]
Via DC Sports Blog
21 hours ago

Listen to NHL officials who were mic’d up in the first round of the playoffs

The action on the ice during an NHL game is an entirely different world which is only exposed when the players or officials wear microphones. The conversations and discussions are usually far different – and far more frequent – than what you might expect if you’re only used to watching games on TV.Several officials were mic’d up during the opening round of the playoffs and...
Via The Comeback
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Images from Capitals’ Morning Skate (PHOTOS)

The Capitals held a morning skate on Saturday to finalize preparations for Game 2 of their second round tilt with the Pittsburgh Penguins. NoVa Caps photographer Joe Noyes was on hand to capture a few of the images from the team’s morning skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.  Photography by Joseph Noyes
Via NoVa Caps
22 hours ago

Paul Carey Will Replace Brett Connolly in Game 2

Paul Carey took line rushes on the 4th line with Daniel Winnik and Jay Beagle at Saturday’s morning skate. He will replace Brett Connolly in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Carey said after practice that he was notified on Friday night that he would be in the lineup for game 2. Paul Carey says he found out last night he will be...
Via NoVa Caps
1 day ago

Capitals Need Better Defense

The Washington Capitals successfully won the first playoff round 4-2. Still, they will need better defense if they want any hope of getting past the current round. Washington took home the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs after winning 2-1 in overtime on April 23. Still, for the Presidents’ Trophy winners, the series against Toronto wasn’t all that impressive. In...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Capitals Host Playoff Yoga for Stressed Fans

While it seems rather difficult to do a lotus pose in a hockey jersey, the Washington Capitals are making it all possible this postseason. In lieu of how stressful the postseason can be, the Caps are hosting playoff yoga every morning of playoff weekday games. The #PlayoffYoga takes place on the rooftop of Washington’s practice facility, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, in Arlington,...
Via The Hockey Writers
1 day ago

Capitals Daily Report: Let’s Try This Again

The Capitals held an optional practice today at Kettler to try to correct some things from Game 1’s 3-2 loss. They’ll get another crack at them tomorrow night at the Phone Booth. PRACTICE The goalies came on the ice early along with Paul Carey, Chandler Stephenson, and Taylor Chorney. In all, there were nine skaters and both goalies. The other players who joined were Daniel...
Via NoVa Caps
1 day ago

Fan throws drink on ice during Caps-Penguins game

There’s no player in the NHL right now that Capitals fans dislike more than Sidney Crosby. Whether it’s because of his demeanor, style of play or the number of big goals he’s scored against them, he’s a huge villain in the eyes of Caps fans.So when he scored two goals in a span of 52 seconds to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead in Thursday night’s game, it was no surprise that...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

David Letterman rocks huge Santa Claus beard at Capitals game

It’s no secret that former late-night TV host David Letterman is a huge Washington Capitals fan, so it wasn’t surprising to see him at Game 1 of the Penguins-Capitals series at Verizon Center on Thursday night.Letterman was shown on TV during the game, and was seated next to the a young lady at the time.Check out the beard, though. He could literally smuggle things into the country...
Via The Sports Daily
2 days ago  |  Discuss

With warm temperatures approaching, Capitals put the freeze into Verizon Center

During Washington’s last home game in the Toronto series — when some pucks were bouncing in weird ways and some plays were developing in odd directions — it seemed clear that the spring temperatures had arrived in Washington. This is something of an annual complete for anyone who appreciates winter sports in the swamp. “It […]
Via DC Sports Blog
2 days ago

The Washington Capitals are moving on to the second round

Following tonight’s 2-1 overtime victory, the Washington Capitals look to move on to the second round. The Caps were able to eliminate a young, skilled Toronto Maple Leafs team in game six of their opening round series. The Caps were pushed to an overtime win with the game-winning goal being scored by Marcus Johansson, his second of the game. The Caps were supposed to breeze through...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

New NHL record set as 18 first round games require overtime

The 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs have already been a wild ride and things are just getting started. If you haven’t been closely following all of the action, you may only know that some of the biggest teams have already been eliminated (Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild) and that a couple series ended in a hurry as there were two sweeps and two series which only needed five games...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock has bold quote after Game 5 defeat

The Toronto Maple Leafs are facing elimination in their NHL Playoff first-round series against the Washington Capitals, but coach Mike Babcock is convinced his squad isn’t done just yet.The Maple Leafs lost to the Washington Capitals 2-1 in overtime at the Verizon Center Friday, which sends them back to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre for a do-or-die Game 6 on Sunday. Babcock made...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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