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Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov
Orlov in talks with KHL, why it doesn't mean anything
Dmitry Orlov may be in talks with the KHL, but there's little reason to worry about a possible return to Russia.
Washington Capitals forward Justin Williams
20 questions: Should the Caps re-sign Williams?
Mr. Game 7 has not been able to get the Caps over the playoff hump yet, but could his time in Washington already be over?
7 reasons why Caps fans should root for Preds
The 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final is all set. If you're a Capitals fan, you should be cheering for the Predators. Why? Here's why.
Steve Sands: 'Ovechkin shouldn't be the captain'
Golf Channel reporter and huge Caps fan,Steve Sands, doesn't think the Caps should trade Ovi but believes he shouldn't be their captain.
Capitals will have a tough decision to make on Justin WIlliams
Capitals wing Justin Williams got off to a slow start for the Capitals, but he's turned into a fan favorite in D.C. over the last two years.
A handy-dandy guide to the Caps' free agents
The Caps have a bunch of expiring contracts. Who needs a new deal and who is likely to move on? Here is everything you need to know.
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
20 questions: Should the Caps re-sign Oshie?
T.J. Oshie will be expensive to keep but tough to replace. He is the topic of the latest edition of "20 Offseason Questions."
South Carolina Stingrays
South Carolina headed to Kelly Cup Finals
Finally, something for Caps fans to cheer for this spring.
In just two years, TJ Oshie has made a lasting impact on DC
T.J. Oshie has only been with the Caps for two years, but it feels like much longer as fans have come to love him on and off the ice. But with an expiring contract, will Oshie be back in Washington next...
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Why the Caps will not trade Alex Ovechkin
Would the Capitals actually consider trading Alex Ovechkin? Not likely
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20 questions: What direction should the Caps take?
Should the Caps rebuild or make another push for the Stanley Cup? Should they rebuild or tinker?
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What's next for the Caps? No one seems to agree
Opinions seem to differ among the players and coaches as to just what the Caps need to do to overcome their playoff woes.
Capitals Faceoff Podcast: Who is coming back?
JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir look at the Caps' free agents and talk about who could be back and who will be moving on.
Washington Capitals
Caps release key offseason dates
Here are the offseason dates facing the Capitals this offseason.
Ovechkin's dog rocks camo onesie
Before catching a flight at Dulles Airport, Ovechkin makes sure his dog is dressed for the trip.
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How do the Caps overcome their mental block?
Something seems to be holding the Caps back in the playoffs and the players all seem to think it is mental.
Should Caps fans be rooting for the Pens?
Should you root for the team that knocked you out of the playoffs? The Junkies are split on whether or not they should root for the Penguins to win the Stanley Cup
Sweden forward Nicklas Backstrom
Backstrom scores decisive shootout goal to win Worlds
Nicklas Backstrom earns gold, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov earn bronze in World Championship.
Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle
A bitter end to a better year
Beagle enjoyed his healthiest—and most productive season—at age 31.
Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom
Backstrom has become vocal leader of the Caps
When Nicklas Backstrom speaks in the locker room, his teammates listen.
Caps need to figure out how to overcome second-round hump
Rob Carlin and Alan May address the biggest challenges facing the Capitals and what they can do to overcome those challenges.
Capitals postseason
Why do the Caps struggle in the postseason?
Jill Sorenson looks at the reasons the Caps continue to fall short in postseason play.
Washington Capitals forward Stanislav Galiev
Galiev ready to move on from the Caps
Stanislav Galiev is a UFA this summer and it sounds like he is not anticipating a return to Hershey or the Capitals.
Former Capitals prospect Pheonix Copley
Pheonix Copley suffered groin muscle pulled off the bone
Hershey Bears goalie Pheonix Copley missed the final three games of Hershey's series with Providence. Now we know why.
Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt
Schmidt ready to make jump into the top-4
Nate Schmidt is one of six restricted free agents. He also might be targeted in the expansion draft. 
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Is Alex Ovechkin a good leader?
Another early playoff exit has left some people wondering if Alex Ovechkin is a good leader. His teammates were all emphatic with their answer.
Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner
Free agency presents Alzner with first taste of unknown
Ten years after being drafted by the Caps, it's possible Alzner will be changing teams this summer.
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How can the Caps balance pressure with joy?
Being a contender every year brings a lot of pressure. Have the Caps let that pressure take the joy out of their game?
A delicate balancing act: Pressure vs. joy
The Caps have been contenders for many years. With that comes a lot of pressure. Are the Caps allowing the pressure to get to them by not enjoying the ride? Do they need to find more joy in their game to...
More heartbreak for Caps as Hershey falls in Game 7
Washington sports fans suffer yet another Game 7 loss.
Hershey prospects the Capitals could use in the future
The Capitals need some younger players to step up in the coming years. Alan May lists a few names that could be the ones to do so.
Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov
In need of new contract, Orlov has proven himself
Dmitry Orlov signed a one-year prove it deal last year and he did just that this season.
After two strong years, TJ Oshie wants to remain in D.C.
TJ Oshie is an unrestricted free agent this summer, but his end of season comments sure make it seem like he'd love nothing more than to stick around with the Capitals.
Washington Capitals forward Brett Connolly
Connolly sees a future with Caps
Brett Connolly, a restricted free agent, says there have been talks about an extension.
Capitals Faceoff Podcast: What happened and what now?
JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir are joined by Jill Sorenson to talk about what went wrong in the Penguins series and what happens now for the Caps.
Ovechkin will have to work harder as he ages
Alex Ovechkin wants to keep getting better, but at this age, that's going to take him working even harder.
Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer
With expansion draft, Grubauer faces uncertain future
Will goaltender Philipp Grubauer be back with the Washington Capitals next season or will he be headed to the Las Vegas Golden Knights?
Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson
Johansson hopeful to avoid surgery
A fractured finger kept Marcus Johansson from the World Championship, but how serious is it?
Washington Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden
Caps assistant reportedly will interview with the Panthers
Trotz said last week the team does not intend to stand in the way of possible promotions for its assistants.
Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov
Kuznetsov not ready to commit to the Olympics...yet
The NHL says it will not participate in the 2018 Olympics. Evgeny Kuznetsov is waiting to see how it all plays out.
Ted Leonsis and Alex Ovechkin
Would the Capitals consider trading Alex Ovechkin?
Rob Carlin and Alan May address whether the Capitals would ever consider trading Alex Ovechkin. And if not, how can they rebuild around him?
Washington Capitals forward Daniel Winnik
Winnik faces another offseason of uncertainty
Daniel Winnik needs a new contract, but is there room for him still in Washington?
Kevin Shattenkirk
Shattenkirk unsure about future with Caps
Kevin Shattenkirk discusses Washington's flameout, evaluates his postseason performance and weighs in on the burden felt by the Caps in the playoffs. 
What's next for Capitals free agents?
Alan May and Rob Carlin talk which free agents could stay in Washington and who will likely leave.
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
The Caps need to do everything they can to sign T.J. Oshie
T.J. Oshie has made it clear he wants to stay with the Capitals, but both sides will have to agree to a deal.
Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov
Kuznetsov not overly concerned with new contract
Evgeny Kuznetsov needs a new contract, but he doesn't sound too worried about it.
Justin Williams
Williams wants to return
Williams, 36, netted 24 goals this season—his high total since 2006-07. 
TJ Oshie, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom
An early projection of the Caps' opening night lineup
Just what will the Caps' lineup look like at the start of the 2017-18 season? 
What's next for Caps and Ovechkin after disappointing end
CSN's Jill Sorenson and Tarik El-Bashir were at the final media availability of the season for the Capitals following their Game 7 loss. How does Alex Ovechkin change his game to make the next step?
Backstrom feels like Caps were more relaxed on the road
Nicklas Backstrom actually thinks that the Capitals were more loose when playing in Pittsburgh than they were when on home ice.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Photo shows Ovechkin's gnarly hamstring injury
Alex Ovechkin's hamstring injury is pretty disgusting.
Barry Trotz says Ovechkin still has what it takes
Barry Trotz didn't say much about Alex Ovechkin immediately after Game 7, but opened up on Friday on his star's current standing and future.
Closeness of Caps' locker room makes year's end hurt more
Jay Beagle says the fact that the Capitals locker room had such a close bond makes the season's conclusion all the more painful.
Justin Williams thought this year was different, too
The talk around town all year was that this year's Capitals team was "different." Justin Williams sensed that as well.
Capitals' issues are mental-based, says Brooks Orpik
Brooks Orpik had a few theories for why the Capitals are again ending the season without advancing deep into the playoffs.
Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Trotz positive about team direction, but distraught over loss
Barry Trotz put on a positive face for the media...until he was asked about being positive.
Mutual interest between Caps and Oshie, but will he return?
TJ Oshie says the D.C. fits him, and Barry Trotz gushed about him Friday. But Oshie and the Caps haven't talked much about bringing him back.
Kevin Shattenkirk sees free agency as an opportunity
Kevin Shattenkirk says he enjoyed his time with the Capitals, but admits he is also interested in trying out free agency.
Alex Ovechkin gives details behind playoff injuries
Alex Ovechkin had a chance Friday to clear the air behind his postseason injuries and how they affected his play.
Ovechkin confirms injuries, details toll they took
Ovechkin admitted to reporters he needed pain-numbing injections in the playoffs, and said his lower body issues kept him from being 100-percent.
Game 7 loss will have Justin Williams sulking for months
Justin Williams has racked up years of experience in the NHL, but the Capitals' most recent loss hurts more than any he can remember.
TJ Oshie doesn't hesitate when asked where he wants to be
TJ Oshie's future is uncertain because he is a free agent, but he didn't even pause when asked where he wants to play in 2017/18.
Capitals give their final review of 2016/17 season
The Capitals used Friday as a final day to reflect on the 2016/17 season before going their separate ways. Catch all quotes and thoughts here.
Should the Caps consider trading star players?
Previously on the Junkies, John Feinstein made a bold statement that if the Caps lose their series against the Pens, Ovi should be traded. One week later, he's still backing his statement.
Moving forward for the Capitals; is it time to 'blow it up?'
During this of-fseason the Capitals are facing a tough situation where they will not be able to keep all of their all-stars. Should the Caps power through or just blow up and start a new? Alan May responds.
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals
Why the Caps lost to the Penguins
This year was supposed to be different. It wasn't. What happened?
How did Caps' 2017 locker room mood differ from 2016?
CSN's Jill Sorenson was in the Capitals locker room following the Game 7 loss and details how the mood differed from that of the locker room following the Game 6 loss in 2016.
Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson
Backstrom to play in Worlds, Johansson will not
Team Sweden will add Nicklas Backstrom for the World Championship, but not Marcus Johansson will have to miss due to an injury.
Washington Capitals fan
ESPN full of hot takes after Game 7 loss
There are times when ESPN takes a few minutes to briefly talk about hockey. Unfortunately, those moments always come at the low points for the Caps.
Previously undisclosed injury to keep Ovechkin out of Worlds
Alex Ovechkin won't be representing Team Russia in the World Championship this year due to a previously undisclosed injury. 
Capitals goodbye
Caps know big changes are coming
Compounding the Caps' disappointment Wednesday was knowing that the team’s makeup is about to change—a lot.
Which free agents will still be Caps next season?
There are a lot of Caps players becoming free agents and restricted free agents, so which of them will still be with the team next season? Tarik El-Bashir gave the Junkies his best guess.
El-Bashir on Ovechkin's performance during the playoffs
CSN Caps insider Tarik El-Bashir on whether Ovi's injury during the start of the playoffs was a factor in his performance for the rest of the playoffs
El-Bashir shares the reactions from Caps players after loss
CSN Caps insider Tarik El-Bashir on what he saw in the locker room after the Caps season ending game against the Pens.
'They knew this was the end of this window for this group'
CSN Caps insider Tarik El-Bashir joined the Junkies Thursday after their crushing loss to the Penguins to dissect what went wrong.
The Junkies:'We've seen the best of Alex Ovechkin'
After a crushing playoff ending loss against the Penguins, the Junkies discuss what went wrong and how to fix it.
Jenks checks the pulse of the DC fanbase after Game 7 loss
CSN's Michael Jenkins was at the Greene Turtle next to Verizon Center to check the pulse of the Washington, D.C. fanbase after yet another playoff exit.
Backstrom, Holtby talk disappointing Game 7
After their Game 7 loss, Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby talked to the media about the disappointment they felt.
Caps players flat-out angry after Game 7 loss
Another year, another second-round exit. But there wasn't sadness in the Capitals' locker room following a Game 7 loss to the Penguins, only anger and frustration. Jill Sorenson has more.
Doc Walker goes off on Caps after Game 7 loss
After another Game 7 loss, Doc Walker talked about how 'unacceptable' the loss was.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Ovechkin, Trotz have no answer for lack of postseason success
The question of why Alex Ovechkin cannot get out of the second round of the playoffs is one that continues to haunt the Capitals.
Oshie: We didn't find a way to play our best game
TJ Oshie talks to the media after the Caps' Game 7 loss.
The Washington Capitals
3 key observations: An all too familiar ending
Despite battling back from a 3-1 deficit, the Caps once again fell short in the postseason with a Game 7 loss to Pittsburgh.
DC sports, like time, is a flat circle
The results from a big night in D.C. sports looks suspiciously familiar. 
Tarik El-Bashir on the state of the Caps' locker room
After their Game 7 loss, CSN Insider Tarik El-Bashir reported on the mood in the Caps' locker room.
Alex Ovechkin discusses the Caps' Game 7 loss
After their Game 7 loss, Capitals star Alex Ovechkin talked about what went wrong.
Alzner: They just played a better Game 7
Caps defenseman Karl Alzner talked about the Game 7 loss.
Orpik drops the mitts hoping to spark Caps in third period
With the Capitals trailing 2-0 in the third period of Game 7, Brooks Orpik did whatever he could to try and spark the Capitals, that includes dropping the mitts.
The Washington Capitals
Series comeback falls short as Caps fall in Game 7
The Caps were able to force a Game 7, but they could get no further as they dropped yet another playoff series to the Penguins with a 2-0 loss.
Game 7 loss means DC remains nation's home of playoff heartbreak
With the Capitals' loss to the Penguins in Game 7, Washington, D.C. remains in the professional sports cellar when it comes to playoff success.
Fleury robs Ovechkin on beautiful scoring chance
Alex Ovechkin had a goal dead to rights, but Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made a sensational save to keep the Penguins ahead in Game 7, 1-0.
Caps turn penalty kill into great scoring chance
The Capitals' penalty kill was working hard in the first period of Game 7, and they nearly put the puck in the back of the net on turnover.
PFT Commenter: Why the Capitals will win Game 7 vs. Penguins
PFT Commenter and Barstool Nate joined JP Finlay to explain why the Capitals will win Game 7 vs. Pittsburgh.
Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky
3 bold predictions: Play like there's no tomorrow
It’s winner take all on Wednesday as the Caps host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 (7:30 p.m., NBCSN).
Capitals vs. Penguins Game 7: Get Hyped
It's all come down to this. Capitals vs. Penguins. Game 7. 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. It's time. Time to get hyped.
Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby
Opinion: Game 7 is about more than just one series
There's a lot at stake in Wednesday's Game 7, a lot more than just a trip to the conference finals.
Capitals Faceoff Podcast: The Game 7 to end all Game 7s
JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir talk about how the Caps turned things around so dramatically and give their keys to the all-important Game 7.
Justin Williams
Caps' Mr. Game 7 is ready for fight of will
Williams has never lost a Game 7. He'll experience his first Game 7 as a Capital on Wednesday night.
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray
Penguins goalie Murray will dress for Game 7
The Penguins will have Matt Murray back for Game 7, but likely on the bench and not on the ice.
Ottawa Senators goalie
Ottawa awaits the winner of Caps-Penguins
Should the Caps win Wednesday's Game 7, they will face the Ottawa Senators.
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson
Capitals vs. Penguins Game 7 how to watch
It all comes down to this.Caps-Penguins, Game 7. Watch the game on NBCSN or stream it live via NBC Sports.
Brian Mitchell
B-Mitch calls out NHL, Pens for Crosby concussion handling
Brian Mitchell calls out the NHL and the Penguins for their handling of the Sidney Crosby concussion saga.
Sidney Crosby
What's going on with Crosby and his concussion issues?
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Sean Gentille joins Chick Hernandez and Brian Mitchell on "SportsTalk Live" to talk Sidney Crosby's latest concussion scare and more going into Capitals-Penguins Game 7.
Braden Holtby
Why should Caps fans feel optimistic about Game 7 vs. Pens?
John Feinstein explains why fans should be optimistic about the Capitals chances in Game 7 against the Penguins despite past shortcomings.
Michael Jenkins John Feinstein
How should Caps, Wizards fans feel going into Wednesday?
John Feinstein explains how Wizards and Capitals fans should feel going into a big night of postseason action Wednesday night.
Michael Jenkins Tarik El-Bashir
How do Caps block out past failures in Game 7?
Michael Jenkins and Tarik El-Bashir discuss how the Capitals avoid their past postseason struggles when they take on the Penguins in Game 7.
Andre Burakovsky
Line changes after Game 4 get Caps back in series
Michael Jenkins and Tarik El-Bashir praise Capitals coach Barry Trotz for his line changes after Game 4 that seem to have shifted the series in their favor going into Game 7 against the Penguins.
Sidney Crosby
Have the Capitals worn down the Penguins?
Michael Jenkins and Tarik El-Bashir discuss if the Capitals have worn down the Penguins after decisive wins in Games 5 and 6 to even the series.
The Washington Capitals
6 keys to a Caps' win in Game 7
The Caps have forced the Pittsburgh Penguins into a winner take all showdown on Wednesday. Here's what they need to do to win.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby
Making sense of the Crosby concussion saga
Sidney Crosby may or may not have been checked for a concussion on Monday, but not because of league concussion spotters.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin
Did Malkin guarantee a Game 7 win for Pittsburgh?
Evgeni Malkin provided the Caps with some bulletin board material after Game 6.
Melrose back to predicting Caps win series–with one caveat
Hockey analyst Barry Melrose is having a tough time sticking to his predictions through a wild Capitals-Penguins series. 
Backstrom playing himself into Caps' all-time discussion
Nicklas Backstrom continues to climb the Capitals’ all-time list of playoff performers after scoring his sixth postseason goal Monday night. 
Has Barry Melrose changed his mind about the Caps?
Barry Melrose predicted the Caps would win the Stanley Cup but then changed his mind to the Pens winning it. Has he gone back to his original prediction?
Melrose can't imagine Pens will play as bad as they did in Game 6
ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose on how Game 7 of Pens, Caps is sure to be a classic.
Did the series turn when Crosby got injured?
ESPN NHL analyst Barry Melrose on whether the momentum turned in the Caps favor when Crosby suffered his injury.
What would a Caps series win/loss mean for the organization?
Fancy Stats writer Neil Greenberg on what a Game 7 win or loss would mean for the Caps organization.
'Opportunity for Washington to exorcise...past demons'
Fancy Stats writer Neil Greenberg on what the Pens need to do to beat the Caps in Game 7
The Washington Capitals
Prediction recap: Caps get a big night on offense
The Caps' offense showed up on Monday. Pittsburgh? Not so much.
The Washington Capitals
Now we know when the decisive Game 7 will be
Clear your schedule! You've got a Game 7 to get ready for.
The Caps have Justin Williams, so Game 7 should be easy
You're going to hear people claim the Penguins are due for a win in Game 7. Here's one stat that'll tell you they certainly aren't.
The Capitals are growing each day, Barry Trotz says
Things weren't looking good for the Capitals through four games against the Penguins, but Barry Trotz says his team has been calm dating back to Game 3.
Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky
3 key observations: Line changes continue to pay dividends
The Caps had their most impressive performance of the postseason thanks to some strategic risks and strong individual performances. 
T.J. Oshie
T.J. Oshie likes the Capitals' current mental state
The Capitals have played really well in their last two games against the Penguins, but TJ Oshie says their mental state is just as good.
Andre Burakovsky
Red-hot Burakosvky on what's changed for him in playoffs
Andre Burakovsky has been the star of the Penguins series for the Capitals. Why is everything clicking for him now? he spoke with Tarik El-Bashir after Game 6.
Will the Capitals win Game 7?
It's always been "one game at a time," but that game is now here. Will the Capitals win Game 7 vs. the Penguins?
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Caps erupt for 5 goals in blowout win over Penguins
We are heading for Game 7! The Caps dominated the Penguins on Monday in a 5-2 Game 6 win in Pittsburgh to even up the series at three games apiece.
Carlson and Kuznetsov shined in Game 6
The Capitals got great performances from a bunch of players in Game 6, but John Carlson and Evgeny Kuznetsov went above and beyond.
May on Game 6: 'They came to play. They went for the win'
Game 6 wasn't perfect but it was really great. Alan May and company approved the of Capitals' effort and energy in the 5-2 win.
Carlson puts Caps up 4-0 with beautiful PP slapper
Game 7 between the Capitals and Penguins is imminent after John Carlson gave the Capitals a 4-0 lead in the third period of Game 6.
Backstrom gives Caps 3-0 lead with quick third period goal
Nicklas Backstrom continued his hot play, giving the Capitals a 3-0 lead in Game 6 less than 30 seconds into the third period.
Beagle all smiles after messing with Crosby
Jay Beagle got in the face — and head — of Sidney Crosby in the second period. He was all smiles
Jay Beagle all smiles after tussle with Sidney Crosby
Sidney Crosby and Jay Beagle went back and forth late in the second period. The two traded everything but the kitchen sink, and Jay Beagle finished with a huge smile.
Burakovsky capitalizes off turnover, gives Caps 2-0 lead
Andre Burakovsky stole the puck from Ron Hainsey and tried to put it past Marc-Andre Fleury. The first attempt didn't go in, but Burakosvky tried again and gave the Caps a 2-0 lead in Game 6.
Spotters should've evaluated Crosby after this hit — but didn't
Sidney Crosby took a cringe-worthy fall head-first into the boards and was slow to get up. And yet, the NHL's concussion spotters did not pull Crosby.
Hornqvist takes a skate to the face
Penguins' Patric Hornqvist had to head to the locker room late in the first period after he fell to the ice and accidentally was hit in the face with the skate of Matt Niskanen.
Scary moment as Crosby goes head first into boards
Less than a week after suffering a concussion in Game 3, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby fell hard and awkwardly into the boards late in the first period of Game 6.
Power play comes to life as Oshie gets first goal of Game 6
The Caps struggled on their first power play of Game 6, but they got another chance in the first period, and TJ Oshie did not waste the opportunity.
Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin and Kevin Shattenkirk
3 bold predictions: Let's get offensive
The Capitals once again face elimination on Monday as they play the Penguins in Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m., NBCSN).
In G5, Caps ignored pressure and were able to 'just play'
Game 5 did not just look different, it felt different and T.J. Oshie says it is because the Capitals were able to forget about the pressure put on them and just play their game.
Kevin Shattenkirk
Why Kevin Shatternkirk is enjoying a playoff turnaround
Shattenkirk has a goal and two assists in the Caps' last three games. 
Trotz: 'Embrace our past, our past is what it is'
Early round exits have been a trend for the Washington Capitals despite being one of the best teams in the league. Barry Trotz and the rest of the team instead are looking to the future.
Justin Williams carries the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley
Another injury for Pens defense
Already playing without the one of the top defenders in the league, another defenseman will be out of Game 6 for the Penguins
Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov
How Kuznetsov emerged from 2016 struggles to become a leader
Evgeny Kuznetsov clearly learned something from his rough postseason in 2016.
How can the Caps improve their PP?
Joe Beninati, Caps play-by-play announcer, on how the Caps can improve their power play percentage.
Beninati expects a physical Game 6
Caps play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati joined the Junkies Monday ahead of Game 6 and said he expects another physical game from the Caps.
Beninati on affect of line change in Game 5
Caps play-by-play announcer, Joe Beninati, on what affect the line changes had in the outcome of Game 5.
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Playoff Power Rankings: Not over yet
With a Game 5 win, the Caps avoided being the first team knocked out in the second round. Where do they stand among the other six remaining teams?
Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov
Capitals at Penguins Game 6 how to watch
The Caps survived Game 5. Can they win Game 6 in Pittsburgh to tie the series at 3? Watch the game on NBCSN or stream it live via NBC Sports.
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury
Why beating Fleury is the key to the series
If the Capitals have any chance to complete the comeback against the Penguins, they must find a way to beat Marc-Andre Fleury.
How Backstrom may have saved the series
If the Caps come back to win their series against Pittsburgh, it won't be hard to figure out what the turning point was.
Ovechkin backs up Kuznetsov's goal guarantee
When asked about Ovechkin following Game 4, Kuznetsov made a guarantee: Ovechkin was going to score in Game 5. He did. 
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Prediction recap: Caps live to fight another day
The Caps will live to fight another day thanks to a 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5.
Caps Penguins Game 5 goals
Here are all the scoring plays from the Capitals' 4-2 win against the Penguins.
Capitals fans react after Game 5 win
Julie Donaldson talks to fans at the Greene Turtle after the Caps beat the Penguins Saturday night.
Ovi says Game 5 victory was about team, not individual
Alex Ovechkin didn't play on his normal line during Game 5, but said it didn't matter what he got out of it. He said it was about the good of the team.
Braden Holtby
Holtby saves his best for crunch time in Game 5
Braden Holtby stopped all 12 shots he faced in the decisive third period of Game 5 on Saturday night.
Trotz's line gamble pays off in Game 5
Barry Trotz moved Alex Ovechkin to the third line in Game 5 and wouldn't you know it, the move paid off.
Caps stars rise to occasion after Game 5 lineup changes
As Jill Sorenson reports, the Capitals biggest stars responded to Barry Trotz's decision to change up the forward lines for Game 5. That's the real meaning of leadership, he said.
Backstrom says Game 5 win showed Capitals' character
Nicklas Backstrom said his team showed their character in bouncing back to beat the Penguins in Game 5.
Kuzy says lines don't matter to Ovi, 'that's our captain'
After the Capitals won Game 5 at home, Evgeny Kuznetsov praised Alex Ovechkin for raising his play when it mattered most, no matter what line he played on.
3 key observations: With season on the line, leaders respond
The Caps needed their top players to be at their best in Game 5 and they delivered.
Eller says Caps line changes clearly paid off in Game 5
After significant line changes led to goals in Game 5, Lars Eller said it was obvious that the shakeup helped the Caps.
Holtby praises Caps' patience, Ovi stepping up on new line
Braden Holtby was heartened after the Capitals' Game 5 win. He thought the difference was patience in shot selection. He was also impressed by Alex Ovechkin coming up big despite changing lines.
Burakovsky reacts to Caps beating Penguins
Andre Burakovsky, who had one of the Caps' four goals in Game 5 against the Penguins, talks why he thinks the Caps were able to come back and win.
Loss aside, a healthy Crosby is a win for Penguins
Sidney Crosby was on the ice for Game 5 and finished with three shots and an assist. The Capitals won, but having Crosby on the ice was a win for Pittsburgh.
Holtby put the team on his back in third period
Braden Holtby made critical saves in the third period to lead the Caps to a Game 5 win over the Penguins.
Washington Capitals
Caps explode for 3 goals in the third to take Game 5
The Caps trailed heading into the third period, but scored three goals in the final frame for the 4-2 win to save their season and force a Game 6 in Pittsburgh.
Alex Ovechkin breaks through with huge Game 5 goal
Alex Ovechkin was moved to the third line before Game 5, and with the season on the line, the captain came up big, giving the Capitals a two-goal lead in the third period.
Backstrom answers the bell with huge Game 5 goal
The Capitals needed their top stars to performance like top stars on Saturday in Game 5. Nick Backstrom did just that early in the third period, tying the game at 2-2.
Penguins fan spotted knitting at Game 5
Here's something you don't see every day, or ever to be honest. A Penguins fan brought her knitting to Game 5 against the Capitals. 
Caps get lucky break, avoid penalty on first-period goal
Did the referees miss a blatant penalty on the Capitals' first goal of Game 5? Sidney Crosby might have a point. 
Crosby gives refs an earful
Sidney Crosby was back on the ice and none too pleased with the referees after the Capitals tied Game 5 late in the first period.
Burakovsky ties up Game 5 with beautiful toe drag wrister
The Capitals dominated the first period gf Game 5, but with time winding down, trailed 1-0. That was until Andre Burakovsky slipped one past Marc-Andre Fleury with under 30 seconds remaining.
How was this not goalie interference on Hornqvist?
It looks like Patric Hornqvist made legitimate contact with Braden Holtby in the first period of Game 1. But there was no call. What do you think?
Tom Wilson drops the hammer on two Penguins with huge hits
Tom Wilson was called for a penalty in the first period of Game 5. But he made sure it counted.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby
Crosby back for Game 5
Just five days after leaving Game 3 with a concussion after a hit from Matt Niskanen, Sidney Crosby will return to the lineup for the Penguins.
Caps' 1st-period issues date back to end of regular season
The Capitals have struggled with giving up the first goal to opponents in the playoffs, and the problem has been costly against the Penguins. Jill Sorenson spoke with players about starting slow.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Bold predictions: Do or die time
It’s do or die time for the Caps as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins for Game 5 (7:15 p.m., NBC).
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Expect a lot of different line combinations in Game 5
Alex Ovechkin may start the game on the third line, but Barry Trotz is not likely to keep him there for very long.
Caps plan to bring back the joy in Game 5
Suddenly, the joy has gone out of the Caps. Bringing that back is how Washington plans to win Game 5 on Saturday.
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
Oshie not thinking about what could be his last game as a Cap
Should the Caps lose Saturday, it could be T.J. Oshie's last game as a Cap. But he's not thinking about that.
Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky
Capitals vs. Penguins Game 5 how to watch
The Capitals face elimination in Game 5 on Saturday. Watch the game on NBC or stream it via NBC Sports.
With their backs against the wall, how will Caps respond?
Alan May wants to light a fire under the Caps. Is it desperation to change the lines? Yes, shouldn't their be desperation in an elimination game.
Awesome throwback Capitals shoes are a must-have
A Georgetown retailer is about to start selling pairs of these truely awesome retro sneakers, courtesy of Reebok and the Washington Capitals.
Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Trotz not happy with two questionable penalties in Game 4
Penalties played a major factor in Game 4 and two of the biggest Barry Trotz feels should never have been called.
Anson Carter on how the Capitals respond against Pittsburgh
Down 3-1 to Pittsburgh, Washington has their backs on the ropes and need to fight. Just how will they do that? Anson Carter breaks it down.
Trotz explains opportunity created by Ovechkin line change
Shifting Alex Ovechkin to the third line turned a slow news day into a big one for the Capitals, but Barry Trotz has his reasons for the move.
Lars Eller on how his role changes next to Alex Ovechkin
Lars Eller expects Alex Ovechkin's addition to the third line to make the group better, but he doesn't expect his role to change much now that the star is with him.
Line changes may not be a panic move, but far from ideal
Facing elimination the Caps' line changes could be construed as a panic move, but they also could be necessary to get the best out of the team.
Q&A: What to make of Ovechkin moving to the third line
Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan talk about Alex Ovechkin on the third line. Is it the right move as the Caps try to battle back from a 3-1 series deficit?
Ovechkin hopes line change leads to more scoring for Caps
Alex Ovechkin seems to be on board with his move to the third line, and hopes that it gives Washington more chances to score throughout the lineup.
Nicklas Backstrom says effort matters more than line changes
Alex Ovechkin has been bumped to the third line, but Nicklas Backstrom believes the Caps should worry about other factors besides who's playing where.
With Caps facing a 3-1 hole, Trotz is making big changes
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz is making a big change to the Capitals' lineup heading into Game 5 against the Penguins.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby
Crosby practices, won't rule himself out for Game 5
Sidney Crosby was a full participant in practice on Friday even taking full contact. Could he be back for Game 5?
Did Alex Ovechkin get demoted to the third line for Game 5?
Alex Ovechkin was on the ice with the third line at the Capitals practice in advance of Game 5 on Saturday night. 
Feinstein: Caps should trade Ovechkin if they lose series
John Feinstein joined the Junkies Friday and said something many Caps fans wouldn't expect; the Caps should trade Ovechkin.
Casserly on coaches calling out players in a public setting
Former Redskins GM Charley Casserly on coaches addressing players who need improvement in a public setting.
Don Cherry
Don Cherry goes on rant about Bonino's embellishment
Were you mad by Nick Bonino's embellishment late in Game 4? So was Don Cherry.
Carlin: Caps' effort "not enough"
Rob Carlin pulled no punches, calling out the Caps for their lack of production throughout their playoff series against the Penguins.
Sidney Crosby skates in full gear on Thursday
Crosby suffered the fourth reported concussion of his career on Monday.
The Capitals need more from their star players
If the Capitals are going to rally to come back and beat the Penguins, the team’s best players are going to need to be much better.
What adjustments does Trotz need to make?
CSN Caps analyst Alan May on the adjustments HC Barry Trotz needs to make to come home and beat the Penguins.