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Home Stretch: Caps Get a Taste of Playoff-Style Hockey in Thursday’s Loss

It seems odd to lead off talking about a game the Capitals lost on a penalty kill in overtime by praising said penalty kill units.

But if it hadn’t been for some quality shorthanded time by Washington Thursday, a tight contest could have devolved into a serious letdown.

In their 2-1 loss to Ottawa, the Capitals ended up with their biggest total of minor penalties since March 22, and their largest total of penalty minutes overall since February 21, although Thursday’s numbers included a 10-minute misconduct for Jason Chimera. Continue reading

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Adam Oates’ Winning Coaching Philosophy: Be Professional

There are many ways we categorize coaches in the NHL: players’ coach, offensive-minded coach, defensive-minded coach—there’s a label for every situation. When a new guy steps into the head coaching position, he’s peppered with questions about his system, players’ positioning … Continue reading

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After Earlier Rejection, Oleksy Ends Up With First Dance

Finding someone to fight in the course of 60 minutes turned into a long-term project for Capitals Matt Hendricks and Steve Oleksy Tuesday. Down 3-0 in the third, Oleksy finally managed to locate a Carolina Hurricane willing to drop the … Continue reading

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Alzner: I Knew That We Had the Personnel

What are Caps fans supposed to think at this point? Fresh off the team’s 4-3 comeback victory against Boston Tuesday, Karl Alzner stood in the locker room, patiently trying to help me make sense of the Gordian knot that is … Continue reading

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A Changing Storyline, Or More of the Same?

For only 18 games into the season, the Capitals have managed enough turnarounds and contradictions to rival the drama you’d get watching The Bachelor. (Before you ask, my roommates watch it. I just happen to be in the room.) The … Continue reading

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Fehr Thinks of Caps as “a Pretty Old Team”

“I’ve never experienced a start to a season like this,” Karl Alzner said after the Capitals’ 3-2 loss Tuesday to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Capitals, however briefly, have the worst record in hockey right now, although they’ve played three … Continue reading

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Know Your Enemy and Know Yourself

Sometimes, the most telling way to learn what you did right is through the eyes of your opponent. After his team lost 3-2 to the Capitals at the Verizon Center Friday, Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn complimented the Caps’ play … Continue reading

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