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2.25.17 Rewind: Caps show fatigue in road loss to Predators

The Capitals played the Predators in Nashville only 22 hours after their previous game. That fatigue and missing several key players caught up with them in a 5-2 loss.

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Washington Capitals goalie Joe Cannata
Caps send Cannata to Colorado in minor league deadline trade
The Caps aren't done trading quite yet.
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2017 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker
March 1 is the NHL Trade Deadline. Which teams are making moves and what deals are just rumors? Our trade tracker has you covered.
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Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Barry Trotz reaches career milestone in Tuesday's win
Barry Trotz joined some elite company on Tuesday with his 700th career win as a head coach.
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Barry Trotz goes in-depth on the Kevin Shattenkirk trade
In his weekly appearance with the Sports Junkies, Barry Trotz recapped all that went into the Kevin Shattenkirk trade and how he fits in with the Capitals moving forward.
Trotz once wished to complete a season. Now, he has 700 wins
The morning after notching his 700th career win, Barry Trotz reflects with the Sports Junkies on his long and successful coaching career.
Connolly happy to get over the hump of career-high goals
Brett Connolly scored goal No. 13 on Tuesday, a new career high, and it sounds like he's relieved to get there.
Johnasson on Shattenkirk: 'He's unbelievable'
Marcus Johansson was impressed by new teammate Kevin Shattenkirk in his Caps' debut.
Trotz's advice to Shattenkirk? 'Just play'
Barry Trotz had some advice for Kevin Shattenkirk before Tuesday's game. He also had some thoughts after the game about reaching career win No. 700.
Niskanen reports 'no issues' after return from injury
Matt Niskanen talks about his return from injury and the debut of new teammate Kevin Shattenkirk.
Kevin Shattenkirk says things 'went well' in Caps debut
Kevin Shattenkirk said things "went well" for him in his Capitals debut Tuesday night, a 4-1 win over the Rangers.
Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk
Shattenkirk looks to fit in with Caps...and get a little shut-eye
In 24 hours, Shattenkirk went from St. Louis to the Capitals' first unit power play. 
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Alan May praises the play of Johansson, Connolly
Alan May praises the performances of Marcus Johansson and Brett Connolly for their play in the Capitals' 4-1 win over the Rangers – as well as the season as a whole – on Tuesday night.
Washington Capitals
Caps earn first win over Rangers with second period surge
The Caps started off slow on Tuesday in New York, but came alive in the second period to earn the 4-1 win over the Metropolitan division rival Rangers.
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Alan May on turning point in Caps-Rangers game
The Capitals looked to be in bad shape early on vs. the Rangers. But something changed. Alan May breaks it down.
Backstrom solidifies Trotz's 700th career win with PP goal
Niklas Backstrom buried a powerplay goal late in the third against the Rangers to put the game out of reach and hand head coach Barry Trotz his 700th career win.
Marcus Johansson deflects home 2nd goal of the night
Marcus Johansson scored his second goal of the night to give the Caps a 3-1 lead in the third period against the Rangers.
Brett Connolly redirects loose puck to put Caps up 2-1
Brett Connolly redirected a loose puck in front of net to put the Capitals up 2-1 against the Rangers on Tuesday night.
Marcus Johansson buries rebound to tie the game
Marcus Johansson put home a rebound to tie the game at 1-1 for the Capitals in the second period against the Rangers on Tuesday night.
Daniel Winnik wastes no time throwing hands
Daniel Winnik wasted little time getting after it with Rangers Adam Clendening. Seriously, he was not happy.
WATCH: Barry Trotz gets fancy, dekes Braden Holtby out of his pads
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz played defense, but as this clip shows, he has himself some skills. Here he is beating goalie Braden Holtby during a practice drill. Oh you fancy, coach.
One-on-One with newest Capital Kevin Shattenkirk
Kevin Shattenkirk was traded to the Capitals late Monday night and was with the team Tuesday afternoon in New York. CSN's Tarik El-Bashir caught up with the newest Caps player prior to their game against...
Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk
3 bold predictions: Shattenkirk suits up for the first time as a Cap
What will Kevin Shattenkirk do for the Caps in his first appearance with his new team (CSN+, 7 p.m.)?
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Trotz is 'not surprised at all' by Caps trade
Because the Washington Capitals now want to win, Barry Trotz was not surprised at all by the Kevin Shattenkirk trade made by the Capitals.
Trotz on trade: You don't want to have an opportunity go by
Head coach Barry Trotz discussed the Washington Capitals' big trade for Kevin Shattenkirk and why it was an opportunity that they could not pass up.
Capitals trade for Kevin Shattenkirk
Caps quietly confident following big trade
The Capitals made a big splash on Monday night in acquiring Kevin Shattenkrik, and the mood inside the locker room is very high. 
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Capitals have a 'quiet confidence' in the locker room
Following a trade that sent defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk to the Washington Capitals, there is a new feeling in the locker room according to Karl Alzner.
Justin Williams: 'We are stocked on the back end'
After signing Kevin Shattenkirk, the Justin Williams thinks that the Washington Capitals are loaded in defensemen.
New pressure on the Capitals with Shattenkirk in the lineup
The Washington Capitals are a better team with Shattenkirk on their roster, but that means there is now a new amount of pressure placed on the team.
Backstrom on Shattenkirk: 'this is an all in thing'
Bringing in Kevin Shattenkirk has given the Capitals a new identity. The players know that management is 'all in.'
Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk
5 things to know about Kevin Shattenkirk
Meet the newest Cap and watch him play for his new team on Tuesday against the New York Rangers on CSN+.
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Week 18: Top 5 Capitals Plays of the Week
Despite a slight two-game losing streak, the Capitals continue to score in highlight fashion. Here are the top five Capitals plays of Week 18.
Depth and championship mindset prompted Shattenkirk trade
Capitals general manager, Brian MacLellan says concern about depth and a championship mindset prompted the trade for Kevin Shattenkirk.
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Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle
Caps at Rangers date, time, how to watch, game thread
The Caps look for their first win over the Rangers this season Tuesday in New York. Watch it live on CSN+ or on CSN's live stream page.
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Jakub Vrana and Riley Barber
Two forwards called up by the Capitals
Filling into Zach Sanford's now empty role, the Washington Capitals called up two forwards from Hershey.
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Alzner says Shattenkirk trade has Caps players buzzing
Roughly 12 hours after the acquisition of Kevin Shattenkirk, Karl Alzner told the Sports Junkies the Capitals are thrilled about their new defenseman.
Shattenkirk move signals Capitals' championship intentions
The Kevin Shattenkirk trade isn't a move for the future or one meant for a rebuild; it's a move for the next few months, as the Caps look to win a Stanley Cup.
Will the Shattenkirk trade force the Caps into another deadline deal?
By addressing the only real weaknesses on the roster, the Caps may have exposed another flaw they could potentially try to address before Wednesday's trade deadline.
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Tarik El-Bashir's thoughts on the addition of Shattenkirk
With a huge upgrade at the defense, Tarik El-Bashir gives his thoughts on the addition of Kevin Shattenkirk and the 'All-in' mentality of the Washington Capitals for the 2017 Stanley Cup.
Where will Shattenkirk fit into the Capitals rotation?
Now loaded with talent, where will the Washington Capitals put Kevin Shattenkirk on the defense? Alan May discusses
Capitals acquire Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk
Alan May discusses how big the Capitals move for Shattenkirk is for the team and what it means going forward.
Capitals land defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk
The Capitals decided not to sit it out this trade deadline after all as they acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from the St. Louis Blues on Monday.
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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Trotz admits Ovechkin was "off" during Saturday's game
Caps Coach Barry Trotz talks Alex Ovechkin and what he needs to get his scoring touch back.
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Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen
Niskanen back at practice, but whill he play?
Matt Niskanen was back on the ice for the Capitals Monday, but will he be readyto suit up against the Rangers?
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Lightning trade Ben Bishop to Kings
With the NHL Trade Deadline two days away, the Lightning and Kings made the first major move. 
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Possible deadline needs and targets for Caps
The NHL trade deadline is on Wednesday which means if general manager Brian MacLellan wants to bolster the roster, he needs to do it now.
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Matt Niskanen
Capitals welcome back trio of injured players
The Capitals welcomed back a trio of banged up players on Monday as the team prepares to take on the New York Rangers.
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Barry Trotz and Brian MacLellan
Power Rankings: Trade season
If Brian MacLellan sits this trade deadline out, will the Caps remain a top team or will the competition close the gap?
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fireworks scare Penguins before Stadium Series game
The Penguins-Flyers Stadium Series game proved that Penguins — the animals — hate fireworks just as much as humans do.
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Alan May breaks down the Caps loss to the Predators
Alan May and Rob Carlin break down what went wrong for the Capitals in Nashville.
Alex Ovechkin
Ovechkin achieves statistical oddity for third time this month
In 900 career games, Ovi has failed to record a shot on goal just nine times.
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2.25.17 Rewind: Caps show fatigue in road loss to Predators
The Capitals played the Predators in Nashville only 22 hours after their previous game. That fatigue and missing several key players caught up with them in a 5-2 loss.
Trotz tried to send message to players in loss to Predators
When asked why certain guys didn't get on the ice at the end of the Capitals' loss to the Predators, coach Barry Trotz said he was trying to send a message that they need to be better.
Kuznetsov scores the Caps second goal against the Preds
The Caps struggled all night, but Kuzy got on the board late in the third period to cut Nashville's lead to 4-2
Shorthanded Caps show fatigue in loss to Predators
Fatigue and injury caught up to the Capitals in Nashville, where they fell to the Predators just 22 hours after beating the Oilers. 
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Mike Fisher and Tom Wilson drop the gloves
Tom Wilson got under the skin of Mike Fisher, so the two had to drop the gloves.
VIDEO: Wilson takes skate to head
Tom Wilson had to be tended to after taking a skate to the head in Nashville.
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Tom Wilson patched up after taking skate to back of head
Tom Wilson took a skate to the back of the head and had to get patched up against Nashville.
Caps' 4th line shines on nifty play ending in Wilson goal
The Capitals' fourth line orchestrated a beautiful sequence that ended with Tom WIlson's goal in front of the net. Washington took an early 1-0 lead on Nashville.
Capitals vs. Predators How to Watch
The shorthanded Caps fell 5-2 in Nashville. Stay tuned to CSN for Caps Extra!
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2.24.17 Rewind: Caps home streak continues
The Washington Capitals have not lost at home in 2017, and there 2-1 win over the Oilers on Friday night pushed their streak to a 13 games, a tie for the franchise record.
Caps will be shorthanded on Saturday against Nashville
Niskanen, Orpik and Oshie are scheduled to meet the team on the second leg of the road trip.
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Riley Barber breaks down his performance in NHL debut
2012 Capitals draft pick Riley Barber was nervous on Friday night prior to his NHL debut. The rookie spoke with Jill Sorensen about his first NHL game.
Alan May on missing Oshie, Niskanen and Orpik vs. Nashville
Barry Trotz revealed that T.J. Oshie, Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik would all be out tomorrow night. Alan May reacts to the breaking news.
Taylor Chorney on shutting down Connor McDavid
Taylor Chorney joins Caps Postgame after he helped shut down Connor McDavid and the Oilers.
Alan May on what makes this Capitals team different
Alan May has been covering the Capitals for a long time, but there is something that this current squad does that he's never seen them do this good.
Justin Williams on his game-winning goal over Edmonton
Justin Williams joins Al Koken after his game-winning goal takes down the Oilers.
Kuzy thwarts McDavid, Caps win again at home
Evgeny Kuznetsov did a wonderful job styming Connor McDavid and the Capitals have yet to lose at home in 2017.
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Justin Williams gives the Caps a 2-1 lead over Edmonton
With a third period goal, Justin Williams put the Capitals back in the lead over Edmonton, 2-1.
Gretzky loves that Ovechkin 'wants to win a Stanley Cup'
Speaking before the Capitals-Oilers game, Wayne Gretzky spoke to Alan May and the subject of Alex Ovechkin came up. 
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Tom Wilson's slick wrister beats Talbot for 1-0 lead
TOm Wilson put the Capitals on the board first against the Oilers with a first-period wrist shot that zipped past Edmonton's Cam Talbot
Ovechkin on facing Connor McDavid, other rising stars
With Connor McDavid in town, Alex Ovechkin joined Al Koken to discuss what it is like to face the young guns of the NHL and who he pays attention to.
Alan May goes 1-on-1 with The Great One
Alan May goes one-on-one with The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, before the Caps face the Oilers. Gretzky discussed Crosby vs. Ovi, the state of the NHL and the rising stars
Oilers Connor McDavid and Caps goalie Braden Holtby
Capitals vs. Oilers how to watch
Evgeny Kuznetsov shut down Connor McDavid as the Caps took down the Oilers at home. Stay tuned for post-game on CSN! 
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Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen
Trotz announces who will suit up against Oilers
With a few Caps players suffering from lower body injuries, who will or will not suit up in Friday's game against the Oilers?
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Barry Trotz and Brian MacLellan
Caps' MacLellan praises current roster
MacLellan praised the current Caps' roster, says it's time for the team 'to figure it out' in the postseason.
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For being 20 years old, 'he's not that bad' - Barry Trotz
Leading to the Washington Capitals Friday matchup with the Edmonton Oilers, Barry Trotz compliments the play of one of the youngest players in the NHL.
Alan May wants the Caps to make another move before deadline
Brian MacLellan says he is not going to add another player before the trade deadline. Alan May though thinks there are some options that the Capitals should consider.
TOMBOY -- US hockey star Lamoureux on goals and pride
U.S hockey star Jocelyne Lamoureux explains how having pride and setting goals drove her to achieving her wildest dreams, as part of the CSN TOMBOY project, elevating the discussion of gender and sports.
NASCAR driver shares his unbridled love for the Capitals
Professional racer Ryan Ellis began his athletic career as a hockey player in the Northern Virginia area. While he's moved on the the world of auto racing he is still a diehard Capitals fan.
Soul on Ice: Sharing the rich history of black hockey
The history of black hockey players is a rich one that is often overlooked. But Soul on Ice is giving back to the community, educating kids on the impact the players had on the overall sport.
Sharing the gift of hockey to the kids of Washington, DC
At Hendley Elementary School in Washington, D.C., the students got a special visit from some members of the Capitals' staff in order to share the gift of hockey.
Aaron Ness
Injury and maintenance forces Caps to recall two from Hershey
A injury to Matt Niskanen on Wednesday night has forced the Capitals to make a callup from Hershey. That wasn't the only move the team made on Thursday.
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MacLellan: Caps will explore trades, but happy as they are
Capitals GM Brian MacLellan says the team is happy with the guys it has, but won't rule out making tweaks at the trade deadline if a deal works out.
Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen
MacLellan gives update on Niskanen injury, plans to 'be cautious'
The Caps plan to be cautious with Niskanen after the top defenseman got hurt Wednesday night.
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Washington Capitals prospect Ilya Samsonov
Prospect report: Samsonov leads team to the KHL playoffs
Ilya Samsonov helped lead Metallurg Magnitogorsk to the top spot in the eastern conference and will look to defend last season's championship.
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Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
Prediction recap: Caps win heated affair in Philly
The Capitals are back in the win column!
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Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen
The Caps are hopeful Niskanen avoided serious injury
Matt Niskanen left Wednesday's game with a lower body injury and did not return.
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Kuznetsov calls himself 'lucky' on both of his goals.
With two goals to help the Washington Capitals defeat the Flyers, Evgeny Kuznetsov calls himself 'lucky.'
T.J. Oshie praises 'video guys' after early disallowed goal
Praising the Washington Capitals video guys, T.J. Oshie was relived after the Philadelphia Flyers goal in the opening 23 seconds was called off.
Breakdown of the Flyers two no-goals vs. Capitals
Caps Extra breaks down the Philadelphia Flyers' disallowed goal in the opening minute and also the no goal that bounced off the crossbar in the second period.
Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov
Two disallowed goals for Flyers help Caps earn first win post-bye
The Flyers scored three times, including one just 23 seconds into the game, but two disallowed goals allowed the Caps to reset. Washington took advantage with the 4-1 win.
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Breaking the scoring open, T.J. Oshie taps the puck in
After Alex Ovechkin does all of the work to get the puck behind the goalkeeper, T.J. Oshie just taps the puck in to give the Washington Capitals a 4-1 lead over the Flyers.
Kuznetsov scores again, this time through the 5-hole
Evgeny Kuznetsov follows on a 3-2 Capitals breakaway to push their lead over the Flyers to 3-1.
Matt Niskanen injured following awkward collision
Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen had to exit the ice and head to the locker room after suffering an apparent lower body injury following an awkward collision against the Flyers.
Power play snipe from Kuznetsov makes it 2-0 Caps
Power play snipe from Kuznetsov goes top shelf in the first period to make it 2-0 Capitals.
Nicklas Backstrom's shot deflects off defender for 1st goal
Nicklas Backstrom shot deflects off defender for the first goal of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov
3 bold predictions: Caps looks to snap skid in Philadelphia
The Caps have lost both of their games since returning from the bye. They will look to snap that skid Wednesday against the Flyers (8 p.m., NBCSN).
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Capitals Faceoff Podcast - Is Gilbert the only move Caps will make?
Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan talk about the return from the bye and Alan May joins to talk about the trade deadline.
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Taylor Chorney on how he prepares for his games on the ice
Capitals defenseman Taylor Chorney talks to CSN'S Tarik-El Bashir about the challenging Philadelphia Flyers and what he does to prepare
Williams: Playing close games helps Caps prep for playoffs
CSN's Tarik El-Bashir talks to Justin Williams about why it's good to play close games against tough opponents.
Washington Capitals forward Zach Sanford
Sanford is making the most of his opportunity
The injury to Andre Burakovsky left a hole in the Caps' lineup and Zach Sanford has taken full advantage.
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Washington Capitals forward Daniel Winnik
After a dry spell, Winnik rediscovers his scoring touch
Daniel Winnik hadn't scored in more than a month. Now, he's got two goals in three games.
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What do Caps coaches and players do during intermissions?
While chatting with the Sports Junkies on Wednesday, Barry Trotz revealed what he, his coaches and his players do during a typical intermission.
Barry Trotz expected post-bye rust from the Capitals
The Capitals have stumbled a bit coming out of their bye, but Barry Trotz told the Sports Junkies Wednesday he expected his team to be a "little bit off."
Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt
Caps at Flyers game time, how to watch, open thread
Caps look to get back in the win column with a game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Watch the game LIVE on NBCSN or via NBC Sports' live stream.
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Barry Trotz
Barry Trotz: 'We need to keep building our game'
After two straight losses after the bye week, Barry Trotz says he has the Capitals going back to some basics ahead of Wednesday's road game against the Flyers.
Jill and Tarik
Why did the Capitals call up forward Travis Boyd?
CSN's Jill Sorenson and Tarik El-Bashir discuss the Capitals' decision to call up forward Travis Boyd ahead of Wednesday's night game against the Flyers.
Jill & Tarik: How the Capitals can bounce back
CSN's Jill Sorenson and Tarik El-Bashir analyze how the Capitals can rediscover their drive following back-to-back road losses.
Washington Capitals prospect Travis Boyd
Caps 'reward' Boyd for hard work, improvement
Barry Trotz says Travis Boyd has made a significant jump in his on-ice performance and off-ice preparation.
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Former Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich
Laich placed on waivers after saying he wants to play for contender
Brooks Laich has spent the entire season in the AHL, but still wants to play for a contender.
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Caps recall Boyd prior to Wednesday's trip to Philly
Travis Boyd has been one of Hershey's top point producers this season.
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Two things Alzner loves off the rink? Pirates and casinos
Karl Alzner spoke to the Sports Junkies Tuesday for the first time since before the bye and told the guys about the TV show he's binge-watching and how he spent his off week.
Caps team up with Make-A-Wish for charity golf event
Capitals players and alumni hit the driving range today with kids from Make-A-Wish Foundation to help raise money and awareness.
Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Power Rankings: Bye week blues
The Caps relinquished the top spot in the Power Rankings after stumbling in their return from the bye week.
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Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer
Grubauer again states case as NHL's best backup
Grubi has 11 quality starts in 14 opportunities this season.
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Washington Capitals forward Jakub Vrana
Vrana reassigned as Sanford makes most of his opportunity
Jakub Vrana is head back to Hershey as Zach Sanford has cemented himself on the third line...for now.
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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Despite loss, Caps starting to find their game
The high-octane Caps have scored three goals in two games since returning from the bye.
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Washington Capitals forward Zach Sanford
Prediction recap: Caps can't solve Henrik Lundqvist
With Philipp Grubauer and Henrik Lundqvist battling save for save, the Caps found themselves in a goalie duel on Sunday.
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Trotz: We were atrocious in the first
Barry Trotz talks about what went wrong in the Caps' 2-1 loss to the Rangers.
Backstrom discusses the Caps' 2-1 loss
Nicklas Backstrom talks to the media after the Caps' 2-1 loss on Sunday afternoon.
Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer
Grubauer not enough as Caps drop goalie duel to Rangers
Philipp Grubauer was fantastic in net, but so was Henrik Lundqvist and the Caps couldn't get enough offense against him in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers.
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Ovechkin scores a power play goal to tie the game
Alex Ovechkin got the Caps on the board in the 2nd period with a power play goal.
Washington Capitals defenseman Nate Schmidt
3 bold predictions: Caps face tough task with quick turnaround
The Caps are in New York for the quick turnaround against the New York Rangers on Saturday (12:30 p.m., NBC).
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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechin
Caps at Rangers game time, how to watch, open thread
The Caps head to New York for the second leg of a back to back against the Rangers. Watch the game live on NBC or via NBC Sports' live stream page.
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Zach Sanford
Zach Sanford is making a case to stay in the lineup
After failing to score a goal in his first 20 games, suddenly Zach Sanford can't stop scoring.
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2.17.17 Rewind: Caps fall to Red Wings in shootout
Capitals Rewind: In the first game back from their bye week, the Capitals lost to the Detroit Red Wings in a shootout.
Barry Trotz: 'We knew it was going to be a challenge'
Capitals head coach Barry Trotz spoke with the media following the team's loss to the Detroit Red Wings in a shootout.
Holtby: 'Our team can play through anything'
Braden Holtby spoke with the media following the Capitals' loss to the Redwings in a shootout
Zach Sanford after the Capitals fall in shootout to Detroit
Capitals center Zach Sanford after the team fell in shootout to the Detroit Red Wings
Washington Capitals forward Daniel Winnik
Caps succumb to bye week rust, fall to last-place Detroit
The Caps returned from the bye week and battled back from a 2-0 deficit to force overtime against the Red Wings, but fell in a shootout in their last trip to Joe Louis Arena.
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Brooks Orpik pummels Steve Ott in late fight
Brooks Orpik and Steve Ott dropped the gloves late in the game between Washington and Detroit and Ott got more than he bargained for as Orpik wailed on him.
Daniel Winnik's game-tying goal
Capitals left wing Daniel Winnik scored late in the third period to tie the Red Wings at two goals apiece.
Zach Sanford scores to cut the Wings' lead to one
Zach Sanford scored his second career goal on Saturday afternoon in Detroit.
Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom
3 bold predictions: Can Caps avoid the bye week letdown?
The Caps return from the bye week to play their final game in Joe Louis Arena against the Detroit Red Wings (2 p.m., CSN).
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Washington Capitals forward Jay Beagle
Caps at Red Wings game time, how to watch, open thread
The Caps are back in action Saturday as they take on the Detroit Red Wings. Watch it live on CSN or on CSN's live stream page.
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After week off, Capitals excited to get back to competition
Jill Sorenson spoke with several Capitals players on Friday as the team prepares to take the ice for the first time since there extended week off.
Zach Sanford: 'When you're hot, you're hot'
Zach Sanford had a pretty incredible week before the break, and when you're hot... you're hot.
Nicklas Backstrom enjoyed the much-needed break
Nicklas Backstrom enjoyed his break and said it was much needed, not just for him, but for teammates that were injured or nursing injuries.
Q&A: Just how far can the Caps go this year?
Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan answer fan questions on how the bye week, how far we think the team can go in the playoffs and a whole lot more!
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Washington Capitals forward Zach Sanford
Zach Sanford gets the nod over Jakub Vrana on Saturday
When will Vrana play? It depends. 
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The Washington Capitals
3 bold predictions for the rest of the hockey season
Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan took evaluated where the Caps stand at the bye week. Now it's time to look forward at what may happen the rest of the season.
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Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom
Who is the Caps' MVP at the bye week?
Who is the most responsible to the Caps' success this season? Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan give their MVPs at the bye week.
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Burakovsky skates in cast before practice
Andre Burakovsky did a conditioning skate before Friday's practice, his injured hand clearly wrapped in a cast.
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Andre Burakovsky skates with cast on injured hand
Injured Andre Burakovsky skated around at Kettler Capitals Iceplex today with a cast on his hand. He used it sparingly, mostly holding his stick with his left hand.
Washington Capitals forward Jakub Vrana
Sanford, Vrana rejoin the Caps
As the Caps return from the bye week, they are bringing two of their top prospects with them.
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Caps superfans help pump up the CSN team during an off week
Capitals superfans "Horn Guy" and "Loud Goat" stopped by the CSN office during the Capitals' bye week to help our Capitals Central crew get pumped up to hit the daily grind.
Sidney Crosby celebrates his 1,000th career point
Crosby registers assist for 1,000th career point
Sidney Crosby registered a first-period assist on Thursday night, entering him into the 1,000-point club.
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Zach Sanford and Jakub Vrana of the Washington Capitals
Prospect report: Does Sanford or Vrana replace Burakovsky?
With Andre Burakovsky out, who will the Caps turn to as a replacement?
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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
Bye week grades: Special teams
The numbers are good for the special teams, but are the Caps weaker on the power play and the penalty kill than they appear?
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Washington Capitals defenseman Tom Gilbert
5 things to know about Tom Gilbert
Tom Gilbert is now the newest member of the Washington Capitals. Here are five things for fans to know about the veteran defenseman.
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Capitals defenseman Tom Gilbert
Capitals acquire veteran defenseman from Kings
The Capitals made a move to bolster their defensive depth on Wednesday.
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A glaring Capitals omission on list of best sports mullets
In honor of Jaromir Jagr's 45th birthday, ESPN provided a list of great sports mullets. There was a glaring omission. 
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Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby
Bye week grades: goaltending
Could the reigning Vezina Trophy winner actually be playing better this season?
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Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson
Johansson dances his Swedish butt off
You knew Marcus Johansson had some moves on the ice, but did you know he could move like this off of it?
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Barry Trotz and the Sports Junkies talk during the bye week
Capitals coach Barry Trotz called into the Sports Junkies Wednesday and answered some questions about his red-hot team during its bye week.
Is this the best team Barry Trotz has ever coached?
Barry Trotz has been coaching in the NHL for many, many years, but is this edition of the Capitals the top squad he's ever led?
Montreal pulls switch that it has pulled before
Weird things are happening in Montreal. JJ Regan tries to make sense of it all here.
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Capitals Faceoff Podcast - Is this the best the Caps have been?
Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan talk about Valentine's Day, Andre Burakovsky, the bye week and more. Plus, JJ gets angry...again.
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Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen
Bye week grades: Defense
By the numbers, the Caps have the second-best defense in the NHL. And it's not just because of their stellar goalie tandem. 
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Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky
Burakovsky mistakes random car for Uber
On his way to Top Golf, Andre Burakovsky mistakes random car for his Uber.  Luckily, the story ends well.
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T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals
Bye week grades: Offense
The Caps are second in the NHL in scoring with 3.41 goals per game.
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Holtby, Caps to support 'You Can Play'
Braden Holtby is once again taking the lead in supporting equality in hockey with a very special "You Can Play" mask/
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Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson
Power Rankings: A good time for the bye week?
Will the bye week cool off the Caps or allow the team to regroup and continue their streak?
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Is this the best year of Nicklas Backstrom's career?
In a Monday interview with the Sports Junkies, Neil Greenberg says he thinks Nicklas Backstrom is one of the most underrated superstars in any sport, not just hockey.
Making a (long) list of what the Capitals do really well
The Washington Post's Neil Greenberg talked to the Sports Junkies on Monday, and listed all of the reasons why this year's Caps team is on a rampage through the NHL.
Malarchuk to veterans with PTSD: Hockey heals
Former Capitals goalie Clint Malarchuk took a skate to the neck in Buffalo that changed his life. As a suicide survivor with PTSD, he has a unique perspective to share with veterans looking for healing.
Capitals face week off, focus on keeping momentum
The Capitals are facing five days off in their schedule. In the past, that's meant a letdown for Washington, but the team is determined to make the best of this week of rest.
Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz
Trotz doesn't 'give a damn' about current streak
The Caps have won 12 straight at home, but Barry Trotz is just focused on winning and going deep in the playoffs.
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Washington Capitals forward Zach Sanford
Prediction recap: Third line comes up big again
The third line came up big again on Saturday with Zach Sanford as the improbable hero.
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Washington Capitals forward Zach Sanford
Last night's hero Sanford sent down to Hershey
The hero of Saturday’s win over the Anaheim Ducks, Zach Sanford, has been reassigned to the Hershey Bears.
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2.11.17 Rewind: Sanford plays the hero
Zach Sanford scored his first NHL goal on Saturday in what turned out to be the game-winning tally.
Zach Sanford
Sanford's first NHL goal unfolded 'in slow motion'
Through 40 minutes on Saturday night, Zach Sanford was one of two Caps' forwards still looking for his first shot.
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Washington Capitals forward Daniel Winnik
Winnik upset by "dirty" trip by Perry
Daniel Winnik was on the wrong end of what looked like a slew foot from Corey Perry on Saturday.
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Capitals goal scorers react to the win over Ducks
Zach Sanford, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie react to the win
Daniel Winnik reflects on a gritty win and short-handed goal
Daniel Winnik reflects on a gritty Caps win and his own short-handed goal against the Ducks
Zach Sanford on scoring his first NHL goal
Zach Sanford post-game on scoring his first NHL goal and having it be the game-winner against the Ducks.
Zach Sanford scores first NHL goal to put Caps back in lead
Zach Sanford gives the Capitals a 5-4 lead with his first career goal
Zach Sanford's first NHL goal seals a win for the Caps
The Capitals needed a boost without Andre Burakovsky, Zach Sanford stepped up, breaking a tie in the third period with his first NHL goal to give Washington the win over the Anaheim Ducks.
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Daniel Winnik with the Caps fourth goal of the night
Daniel Winnik makes it 4-1 for the Caps over Anaheim
T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals
Caps score milestone goals in first period against Ducks
The Capitals opened the scoring on Saturday in what was a milestone goal for two players and they just kept right on going.
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Tom Wilson gives the Caps a 3-0 advantage against Anaheim
Tom Wilson has four points in his last six games after he scores the third goal of the game for the Capitals.
T.J. Oshie's 400th career point makes it 1-0 Capitals
TJ Oshie scored his 400th career point, a goal to make it 1-0 Capitals vs. Anaheim
Daniel Winnik takes exception to trip vs. Ducks
Daniel Winnik got up and was ready to defend himself after taking exception to a trip vs. Anaheim.
Bryce Harper reveals his favorite hockey team...and it's not the Caps
Capitals fans will not be pleased.
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Q&A: Who replaces Burakovsky in the lineup?
Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan took their show on the road this week and filmed the PQST Q&A live on Saturday from Penn Quarter Sports Tavern.
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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin
After slow start, Caps' power play reclaims spot among NHL's elite
After an uncharacteristically sluggish start to the season, the Capitals’ power play has reclaimed its rightful spot among the NHL’s elite units.
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Washington Capitals forward Justin Williams
3 bold predictions: Cooling off a red-hot Gibson
John Gibson and the Anaheim Ducks are all that stand in the way of the bye week and a 12-game home win streak for the Caps (7:30 p.m., CSN).
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Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
Caps vs. Ducks game time, how to watch, open thread
The Capitals will look to enter their bye week on a high note as they host the Anaheim Ducks. Watch it on CSN or on CSN's live stream page.
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Capitals 7th annual Extreme Recess Hockey Clinic
Brooks Orpik and Karl Alzner, amongst other Capitals players, joined together for the 7th annual Extreme Recess Hockey Clinic.
Who fills in for Andre Burakovsky?
Who will fill in for Andre Burakovsky on the red-hot third line and second power play unit? Tarik El-Bashir has the answers.
Nicklas Backstrom closing in on NHL points lead
Backstrom has more points than anyone else in the NHL since Jan. 1.
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Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky
What does Burakovsky's injury mean for Capitals?
Barry Trotz says Andre Burakovsky is out until mid-to-late March with a hand injury. How will the Caps replace his recent output?
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Capitals Faceoff - What should the Caps do at the trade deadline?
On the very first Capitals Faceoff podcast, JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir take a look at  the trade deadline and what moves the Caps should make.
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Andre Burakovsky suffers hand injury against Red Wings
Burakovsky avoids surgery, but will miss over a month
Andre Burakovsky won't need surgery to repair a hand injury he suffered on Thursday night, but the forward will miss over a month of action.
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Week 16: Capitals' Top 5 hits of the week
The winning - and the hitting - continued for the Capitals as the calendar moved from January to February. Here are the biggest hits and checks from Week 16.
Joe B on Capitals' immense depth and Connolly's rebound
Joe Beninati joined the Sports Junkies Friday to talk about the "scalding-hot" Capitals, including one player who's surprised almost everybody around the team.
Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov
Prediction recap: Detroit puts up a fight
The Red Wings are dead last in the Eastern Conference, but they didn't go away quietly on Thursday.
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2.9.17 Rewind: Make that 11 in a row at home for the Caps
After their 6-3 win over the Detroit Red WIngs on Thursday, the Caps have now won 11 straight
Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie
Caps show killer instinct with clutch third period power play goal
Detroit made the Caps work for it, but Washington showed their killer instinct with a third period power play goal that put the game away.
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Washington Capitals forward Andre Burakovsky
Burakovsky expected to 'miss some time' after getting hit by shot
Andre Burakovsky has 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists) in the last 20 games.
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Jenks on why he loves the Caps so much
CSN's Michael Jenkins talks about why this year's Capitals team is so fun to root for.
Trotz talks about what changed the game for Caps on Thursday
Barry Trotz talked to the media about the key moments in Thursday night's win over Detroit.