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The Capitals overcame a slow start to dismantle the Flyers. Backup goalie Philipp Grubauer had another shutout performance in Washington's 9th straight victory.

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Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer
3 bold predictions: Expecting a crazy night in Dallas
The Washington Capitals will look for their first win in Dallas since 2008 (8 p.m., CSN+).
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Caps at Stars game time, how to watch, open thread
The Caps will look to end the curse of the Dallas Stars, a team they have not beaten since 2008. Stream the game live or tune in to CSN+ for coverage at 7:30 p.m.
All 18 Capitals who have scored a goal since Dec. 31, 2016
All 18 Capitals who have scored a goal since Dec. 31, 2016
Washington Capitals forward Justin Williams
Justin Williams is still getting it done
Justin Williams has 22 points (14 goals and eight assists) in the last 22 games.
Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky
Andre Burakovsky is on a roll
Andre Burakovsky has scored the opening goal in three straight games.
Q&A: Why a move at the trade deadline is a bad idea
Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan talk about why the Caps' recent hot streak is /not /a bad thing and why we think a trade deadline move would be a bad idea.
Week 14: Top 5 Capitals Hits of the Week
The Washington Capitals are the hottest team in the NHL. When the weren't coring goals in bunches, they were dropping the hammer...
Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky
Prediction recap: Caps' offense stays red-hot
The Capitals offense showed no signs of cooling down in Thursday’s 7-3 win over the St. Louis Blues.
Washington Capitals
Caps getting goals from everyone on epic hot streak
The Caps have gotten goals from 18 different players since New Year's Eve.
What was the deal with the Blues' goalie Jake Allen?
St. Louis' goalie was pulled and then came back last night. So, why?
Williams: Caps can't get 'carried away' by strong offense
Justin Williams had one of the Caps' seven goals in the win over the Blues on Thursday.
What the 'Ovi Effect' really means to Washington, D.C.
Alex Ovechkin is a true "Once in a Generation" talent and his arrival in Washington, D.C. changed the fortunes of the city's...
Caps' depth shines vs. Blues
CSN's experts break down the Caps' powerhouse offense against the Blues in their 7-3 win Thursday.
Caps' offense explodes again in rout of Blues
This one was never in doubt. The Caps led 2-0 in the first period and added four more goals in the second en route to a 7-3 blowout win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
Evgeny Kuznetsov gives Caps 7-1 lead in 3rd period
Ovechkin and Oshie grabbed the assists.
St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen
Caps chase Jake Allen...twice
It was a rough night for Blues goalie Jake Allen.
Williams' one-timer stumps Blues, Caps up 6-1
The Caps took a 6-1 lead just after the halfway point in the game against the Blues.
Johansson builds Caps' lead up to 5-1 midway through the 2nd
His 15th goal of the season was unassisted.
Brett Connolly puts Caps up, 4-1, over Blues
With the assist from Andre Burakovsky, the Caps force another goalie change.
Oshie's back-hander makes it 3-1 in the 2nd period
TJ Oshie strikes for the Caps with assists from Ovechkin and Backstrom.
Jay Beagle buries 9th goal of the season
The Caps jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first period against the Blues.
Andre Burakovsky give Caps 1-0 1st period lead
In the first 10 minutes, the Caps have a 1-0 lead over the Blues on the road.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
3 bold predictions: A superstar showdown in St. Louis
The Capitals will look to start a new win streak Thursday as they face the St. Louis Blues (8 p.m., CSN).
Ovi trolls Laich's juice recipe with all-alcohol version
Alex Ovechkin had some fun with Brooks Laich after his former teammate shared a healthy juice recipe on social media. 
Washington Capitals prospect Connor Hobbs
Prospect report: Connor Hobbs responds to healthy scratch
The Hershey Bears are struggling, Shane Gersich is lighting it up in college and Connor Hobbs responds with a big game after being a healthy scratch.
Caps at Blues game time, how to watch, open thread
The Capitals have St. Louis singing the Blues after 40 minutes. Watch the game live on CSN or via CSN's live stream page.
Tarik & Jill: The reason behind not adding an extra skater
Tarik El-Bashir and Jill Sorenson break down why the Capitals aren't calling up an extra player and look ahead following the...
Caps hit the road with their dads for annual event
It's not a regular two-game road trip. Nope, the Capitals' road games in Pittsburgh and St. Louis have a fatherly flare thanks...
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Alex Ovechkin critical of officiating Monday in Pittsburgh
A couple of days have passed, but Alex Ovechkin is still miffed about the multiple missed calls in Monday’s 8-7 overtime loss in Pittsburgh.
Caps make special arrangements on dads trip for Oshie
With the annual dads trip coming up, the Capitals are making special arrangements for T.J. Oshie. 
New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider
NHL fines Rangers forward for hitting former Cap with his own helmet
Using a helmet to beat an opponent is against the rules.
Trotz provides update on Carlson's status
Capitals coach Barry Trotz provided an update on John Carlson's lower body injury and his availability against the Blues. 
Braden Holtby's consistency getting deserved attention
Greg Wyshynski, an NHL writer for Yahoo, called into the Sports Junkies Wednesday and gave a shining review of the Capitals' top...
Justin Williams screenshot
Justin Williams: Caps loss to Penguins was 'reality check'
Following the Capitals' 8-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, forward Justin Williams called the game a "good reality...
Alan May screenshot
May: Caps-Pens was one of 'best games I've seen in years'
CSN analyst Alan May didn't like the result of the Capitals' 8-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, but even he had to...
Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Caps looking to bounce back after loss to Penguins
Regardless of what you thought of the officiating on Monday, the Caps’ nine-game win streak is over and now the team needs to move on. 
Week 13: Capitals Top Hits of the Week
The Capitals stretched their win streak to nine straight games and dropped the hammer on their opponents in the process. Here...
Week 14: Capitals' Top 5 Plays of the Week
The Capitals were on fire this week, scoring goals left and right. Relive the week that was with the Top 5 Capitals Plays of the...
Washington Capitals prospect Chandler Stephenson
Caps send Stephenson back to Hershey
Chandler Stephenson is headed back to Hershey after a brief tour with the Caps.
Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky
Prediction recap: Defense was optional in Pittsburgh
It was crazy, it was controversial and unfortunately for the Caps, it was a loss.
Karl Alzner reviews the 'strange' shootout with the Penguins
A day after dropping an 8-7 thriller in Pittsburgh, Karl Alzner joined the Sports Junkies to talk about the wild game and the...
Washington Capitals forward Justin Williams
Williams calls the Caps' loss 'a reality check'
Justin Williams didn't like how the Caps allowed things to snowball in the second period.
Barry Trotz says both Caps and Pens played poorly
Things were clicking on offense for both teams, but defense was clearly lacking.
Lars Eller: Caps' second period was 'uncharacteristic'
When things went bad in the second period, they went really bad.
1.16.17 Highlights: Pens 8, Caps 7
The Penguins snapped the Caps' win streak Monday night in Pittsburgh.
Caps-Pens game was 'physically demanding'
15 goals, some questionable calls and a ton of hits.
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
Caps' win streak snapped in crazy loss to Penguins
The final regular season meeting between these bitter rivals sure was a memorable one.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin
NHL explains why the Malkin goal was not overturned
The Caps challenged what looked like goalie interference on Evgeni Malkin's go-ahead goal in the second period.
Lars Eller ties Caps-Pens game late in third
It was the game's 14th goal.
Oshie's backhanded goal gets Caps within one
TJ Oshie scores off Alex Ovechkin's deflected shot to cut the Pens' lead to 7-6 midway through the third period in Pittsburgh.
Eller pulls the Caps even at 5
Lars Eller scores the shorthanded goal to tie the game at 5.
Connolly pulls the Caps to within 1
Brett Connolly takes the pass from Taylor Chorney and deflects it into the net.
Justin Williams tucks a shot past Murray into the top shelf
Justin Williams looked casual enough, but his shot was able to beat Matt Murray into the top shelf.
Ovechkin takes out 2 Pens to free up Backstrom for the goal
Alex Ovechkin took out two Penguins to free up the puck which T.J. Oshie sent to Nicklas Backstrom for the goal.
Burakovsky opens the scoring for 2nd time in 2 games
Andre Burakovsky puts the Caps on the board first thanks to some great forecheck pressure from Daniel Winnik.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Caps at Penguins game time, how to watch, open thread
Caps and Penguins are locked in a crazy game in Pittsburgh. Watch it on NBCSN.
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson
Trotz updates Carlson's status for tonight's game in Pittsburgh
Both the Capitals and Penguins will have some extra defensive challenges tonight in Pittsburgh.
Nicklas Backstrom scores against the Penguins
Backstrom awarded for star-studded week
Nicklas Backstom scored or assisted on 10 of the Capitals' 20 goals last week and the NHL definitely took notice. 
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
NHL Power Rankings: Here we go again
The Caps look dominant and all of Washington is terrified. Where do all the teams stand in this week's NHL Power Rankings?
Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson
3 bold predictions: Will Caps dominate the Penguins in Pittsburgh?
The Caps dominated the Penguins in their past two matchups, but both were in D.C. What will happen when both teams meet in Pittsburgh Monday?
Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom
Prediction recap: PK steps up for Caps in rout of Flyers
A four-goal third period turned what looked like a close contest into a blowout win for the Caps.
May and El-Bashir on what's fueling Capitals' win streak
The Capitals have been on fire lately. So what's behind the recent win streak? First, look to chemistry on the forward lines,...
Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer
Philipp Grubauer is about to get more action
Philipp Grubuaer has started just two of the Capitals' last 14 games. That's about to change.
PHOTOS: Caps 5, Flyers 0
Photos from the Capitals' 5-0 victory over the Flyers on January 15, 2017.
1.15.17 Rewind: Capitals demolish Flyers for 9 straight wins
The Capitals overcame a slow start to dismantle the Flyers. Backup goalie Philipp Grubauer had another shutout performance in...
John Carlson
Carlson hurt during Sunday's game vs. Flyers
John Carlson, the Caps' No. 1 defenseman, has a lower body injury.
Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer
Grubauer explains 2nd period gaffe that nearly cost him a shutout
Philipp Grubauer was fantastic on Sunday...expect for one second period gaffe that almost ruined his shutout bid.
Caps' Grubauer got into groove early in shutout win
Philipp Grubauer sure didn't look like a backup goalie in his shutout performance against the Flyers. He said it can be tough to...
Caps' Burakovsky: 'Pays off when everyone is happy'
Speaking in the locker room after a victory over the Flyers, Andre Burakovsky said there's something special about the Capitals...
Justin Williams' second goal makes it 5-0
Justin Williams scored his second goal of the day to cap off the Capitals' third-period outburst.
Niskanen scores his second goal in three minutes
Matt Niskanen scored his second goal in three minutes during the third period, making it a 4-0 game.
Must-see assist from Ovi to Niskanen makes it 3-0
Matt Niskanen took a nice pass from Alex Ovechkin and put it home, extending the Caps' lead to three.
Justin Williams doubles the Caps' lead
Justin Williams put the Caps up 2-0 with this goal in the third period
Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky
Caps overcome slow start in blowout win
The Caps didn't look all that good to start, but they overcame their early struggles with four goals in the third period for a dominating 5-0 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Andre Burakovsky makes it 1-0
Andre Burakovsky broke a 0-0 tie with a power play goal in the first period.
Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom
Caps pay tribute to Backstrom for his 500th assist
The Washington Capitals held a pregame ceremony prior to Sunday's game in honor of Nicklas Backstrom's 500 assists.
Washington Capitals forward Daniel Winnik
Caps vs. Flyers game time, how to watch, open thread
Can the Caps hold on against the Flyers for their ninth straight win? Watch it live on CSN or via CSN's live stream page.
3 bold predictions: Can the Caps dictate play on Sunday?
The Caps will look for their ninth straight win on Sunday as they host the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday in an afternoon matchup (1 p.m., CSN).
Capitals recall Chandler Stephenson
The Capitals have recalled forward Chandler Stephenson from Hershey.
Braden Holtby
The Caps' offense comes alive
The team's offensive breakout has coincided with a steady lineup.
Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle
Prediction recap: Everything goes right for in win over Hawks
Everything seemed to go right for Washington on Friday...except our bold predictions.
Braden Holtby
Holtby vaults himself back into Vezina contention
Braden Holtby ranks among the top three in, well, everything.
1.13.17 Rewind: Capitals rout Western Conference leaders
The Capitals extended their winning streak to eight games with a 6-0 rout of the Western Conference-leading Blackhawks
Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle
Jay Beagle: Chicago Blackhawks killer
There's just something about the Chicago Blackhawks that seems to bring out the best in Jay Beagle.
Jill goes 1-on-1 with Schmidt after 6-0 win over Chicago
Jill Sorenson goes 1-on-1 with Washington's Nate Schmidt after 6-0 win over Chicago
Nate Schmidt on the 6-0 rout over the Blackhawks
Nate Schmidt in the locker room after a 6-0 win over Chicago
Jay Beagle on why he is so good against Chicago
Why is Jay Beagle so good against the Blackhawks?
Grant Paulsen calls out Caps fans who can't enjoy win streak
Grant Paulsen doesn't want to hear from Capitals fans who can't enjoy this streak. He called them out on Capitals Extra.
Jay Beagle scores his second of the night
Jay Beagle scored his second goal of the night to give the Capitals a 6-0 lead
T.J. Oshie makes it 5-0 for the Caps over the Blackhawks
Thanks to a deflection off the hand of a defender, T.J. Oshie puts the Caps up 5-0 over the Blackhawks.
The Washington Capitals
Capitals rout Western Conference-leading Blackhawks
The Capitals routed the Chicago Blackhawks 6-0 on Friday in what was a total team effort to extend their winning streak to a season-high eight games.
Tom Wilson gives the Capitals a 4-0 lead over Chicago
Tom Wilson gives the Capitals a 4-0 lead over Chicago and the rout is on.
Brett Connolly gives the Capitals a 3-0 lead over Chicago
Brett Connolly gives the Caps a 3-0 lead over Chicago in the first period.
Ovechkin to Oshie to Backstrom. Backstrom makes it 2-0
WSH: N.Backstrom goal -- Ovechkin to Oshie to Backstrom. Backstrom makes it 2-0
Jay Beagle gives the Caps a 1-0 lead over Chicago
Jay Beagle gives the Caps a 1-0 lead over Chicago
Captials-Flyers game time changed because of NFL
The game time for the Capitals vs. Flyers game on Sunday has been changed thanks to late change in the Sunday NFL Playoff schedule.
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
Caps vs. Blackhawks game time, how to watch, open thread
The Caps routed the Blackhawks, 6-0. Stay tuned for Capitals Extra, watch live on CSN or via CSN's live stream page.
Penn Quarter Q&A: What are the Caps' weaknesses?
Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan talk about Braden Holtby, team defense and the Caps' biggest weaknesses. That and more in this week's Q&A.
Carlson is good to go vs. Chicago
John Carlson participated in the morning skate and is good to go for Friday's game against the Western Conference-leading Blackhawks, Coach Barry Trotz said.
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
How Braden Holtby turned his season around
Braden Holtby has been unbeatable of late and it may have taken a tough outing against Toronto to help him simplify his game.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
3 bold predictions: What will Ovechkin do for an encore?
After earning point No. 1,000 against Pittsburgh, what will Alex Ovechkin do for an encore against Patrick Kane and Co. (7 p.m., CSN)?
Jill Sorenson describes how the Caps are turning the corner
The Washington Capitals are 14-2-2 in their last 18 games. Jill Sorenson details how the Caps are turning the corner.
Daniel Winnik: Caps finding rhythm as four-line team
Caps winger Daniel Winnik talks broomball, the team's hot streak and more with SportsTalk Live.
Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz
Trotz cracking down on lazy penalties
T.J. Oshie skated laps during Thursday's practice as punishment for penalties. Trotz is not messing around anymore. 
L.A. Dodgers
Lightning have perfect reaction to L.A. Chargers logo
Like everyone, the Tampa Bay Lightning had a hilarious reaction to the Chargers new logo.
Washington Capitals prospect Ilya Samsonov
Prospect report: Samsonov leads Russia to bronze medal
Ilya Samsonov earned bronze in the junior championships, Travis Boyd is an all-star and Zach Sanford just keeps on scoring.
John Carlson
Carlson leaves Thursday's practice early with injury
John Carlson suffered a lower-body injury in Wednesday's game. 
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Prediction recap: Ovechkin did not keep anyone waiting
It wasn't 7-1, but Washington dominated the Pittsburgh Penguins again on Wednesday in what was an historic night for Alex Ovechkin.
Beninati was on 7th street when Ovechkin reached 1,000
Joe Beninati has seen Alex Ovechkin's magnificent career unfold throughout the years, but he wasn't even in the building for one...
Brent and Smokin Al talk history of Ovechkin's 1000th point
Brent Harris and Smokin' Al Koken talk history of Ovechkin's 1000th point
Backstrom goes 1-on-1 with Jill after Ovi's 1,000th point
Nicklas Backstrom went 1-on-1 with CSN's Jill Sorenson after Alex Ovechkin's historic 1,000th point.
Alex Ovechkin
Ovechkin nets No. 1,000 in grand fashion
Barry Trotz said he sensed Ovi was about to do something special as he raced past the Caps' bench.
Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom
Does Caps' dominance of Penguins show they are playoff ready?
The Caps have dominated the defending champs in two out of three games. Does that mean this team is more playoff ready than last year's?
Young Caps fan Seth Parrish has the night of his life
Young Capitals fan Seth Parrish was honored on Wednesday against the Penguins thanks to the TAPS Courage Caps campaign, and the...
Alex Ovechkin analyzes his 1,000th and 1,001st points
Washington Capitals' superstar Alexander Ovechkin spoke with our Jill Sorenson moments after his team beat the Pittsburgh...
Joe Beninati on Ovechkin's 1000th career point
Capitals play-by-play man Joe Beninati on the significance of Alex Ovechkin's 1,000th career point.
Lars Eller goal bounces off helmet of Penguins player
Capitals center Lars Eller scored an empty-net goal that bounced off the helmet of a Penguins player.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Ovechkin steals the show in one-sided win over Penguins
Alex Ovechkin stole the show on Wednesday night scoring two goals for points No. 1,000 and 1,001 as the Washington Capitals dominated Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2.
Goalie Eddie Lack and Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Carolina goalie calls for 'Ovizoid' to slow down Ovehckin
Eddie Lack is standing up for his goalie brethren and calling for the NHL to create an "Ovizoid" rule.
Ovechkin's second of the night puts the Capitals up 2-0
Alex Ovechkin scored his second goal of the night to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Putting Ovechkin's 1,000th point in perspective
Alex Ovechkin earned his 1,000th career point on Wednesday, but what does that really mean?
Alex Ovechkin reaches yet another milestone with his 1,000th point
It took Alex Ovechkin just 35 seconds against the Penguins to register his 1,000th career point. 
Alex Ovechkin nets 1,000th point on first shot of game
Alexander Ovechkin registered the 1,000th point of his career and did it on the very first shot of the Capitals' game against...
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson
Caps vs. Penguins game time, how to watch, open thread
Alexander Ovechkin recorded his 1,000th career point when he scored in the first minute against the Penguins to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead. Watch the game live on NBCSN.
Ovechkin excited to become 'legendary'
With just a single point on Wednesday against the Penguins, Alex Ovechkin can add a comma to his career total.
Ovi greets fan who traveled 4K miles to meet him
Alexander Ovechkin was happy to learn he's popular in British Columbia. He greeted a fan who'd traveled more than 4K miles to...
NHL All-Star uniforms honor league, hosting team
The league released the design of the four different All-Star Game uniforms Wednesday.
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
Oshie is 'ready to go' despite latest injury scare
T.J. Oshie, the Caps' third-leading scorer, is expected to return vs. the Penguins. 
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Report: Caps could host outdoor game in Maryland
An outdoor game at Annapolis is reportedly in the works with the Caps as hosts.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
3 bold predictions: A big night for Ovechkin
Alex Ovechkin is one point away from point No. 1,000. He can get it on Wednesday against rival Pittsburgh (8 p.m., NBCSN).
Ovechkin reacts to closing in on 1,000 career points
Now at 999 career points, Capitals star Alex Ovechkin discusses what it will mean to reach 1,000 going into Wednesday's home...
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
Caps re-assign O'Brien, Carey to AHL and what that means for Oshie
Liam O'Brien and Paul Carey are headed back to the AHL which means T.J. Oshie is likely headed back to the lineup.
Washington Capitals Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie
Who from the Caps did the NHL look over for an All-Star bid?
Two players were selected to represent the Caps in the All-Star game. Should there have been more?
Washington Capitals Braden Holtby and Alex Ovechkin
Pair of Caps named to All-Star game
Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby will be Los Angeles-bound later this month.
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
Prediction recap: Holtby stays hot in win over Montreal
Braden Holtby was the best goalie on the ice Monday as he led Washington to a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
Karl Alzer on how Evgeny Kuznetsov elevates the entire team
In his weekly Morning Skate interview with the Sports Junkies, Karl Alzner explained how Evgeny Kuznetsov's improved play is...
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Ovechkin watch: One more to go
Alex Ovechkin on approaching 1,000 points: “It means I'm getting older.”
What makes Ovi so special? 'He can score from everywhere'
Nicklas Backstrom knows better than anyone just how good Alex Ovechkin is. He talks about what makes the Great 8 so special.
Braden Holtby: 'We're dangerous' when Ovechkin is dominant
As brilliant as Braden Holtby is, the Caps are truly 'dangerous' when Alex Ovechkin is at his best.
Craig Laughlin explains 'jockstrapper' comment to daughter
In the Capitals 4-1 win over the Canadians, Craig Laughlin described a goal as a 'jockstrapper.' Postgame he had to answer to...
Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
Holtby outshines Price in brilliant win over Habs
Braden Holtby was brilliant again in net for Washington on Monday, allowing only one goal and outdueling Carey Price in a 4-1 victory for the Capitals over the Montreal Canadiens.
Ovechkin scores point No. 999 to top Caps 4-1 win
With a slapshot goal, Alex Ovechkin scores his 999th career point to put the Capitals up 4-1 over Montreal
Kuznetsov steals the puck, dishes to Connolly for the goal
Kutnetsov does all the work in the offensive zone to get the puck and drops it back to give Connolly the easy goal to go up 3-1