With Another Early Playoff Exit, Capitals Examine Life After the Pinnacle

The Caps have sputtered into the playoffs, been visibly outplayed, and promptly eliminated in the first round three years in a row.

What happens after the heroic images fade and the adrenaline dies down, and the champions totter back to their castles fat on victory? The Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup back in 2018, slaying 44 years of demons in one mighty exorcism that helped turn D.C. into the “District of Champions” and transformed decades of […]

Capitals Backup Goalie Craig Anderson Steps Up in Overtime Win Against Bruins

The veteran goaltender will turn 40 this week and had not played in a playoff game since 2017.

Craig Anderson turns 40 on May 21 and is playing on his fifth NHL team in 18 seasons; this year, he spent the majority of the Washington Capitals regular season on the newly introduced taxi squad, making an appearance in only four games. His role on the team has been clear: Anderson only gets called […]

Meet the Washington Spirit’s Newest Investor: Alex Ovechkin

"I hope I'm going to help this community to grow," says the Capitals superstar and Stanley Cup champion.

Alex Ovechkin has been surrounded by elite athletes all of his life. His father, Mikhail, signed a contract to play professional soccer but an injury ended his career when he was 17, according to the Washington Post. Ovechkin’s mother, Tatyana, reached even greater athletic heights, winning two Olympic gold medals in basketball with the Soviet […]

Capitals Fans Return to Capital One Arena After More Than a Year Away

“It’s pretty emotional. I just walked in and almost teared up when I saw the ice for the first time.”

It started with ghosts at first. Ninety minutes before the puck dropped in the first Washington Capitals home game in more than a year played in front of fans at Capital One Arena, the production crew began testing the pumped-in crowd noise that has become ubiquitous in NHL broadcasts. But as the 2,100 fans began […]

Wizards and Capitals Prepare to Welcome Fans Back to Capital One Arena

Several major policy changes have been implemented and capacity is capped at 2,100 fans per game.

Monica Dixon, the president and chief administrative officer of external affairs at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, figured the organization’s attempt to host fans at Capital One Arena this season was over. The D.C. government did not grant a waiver to allow the indoor arena to host fans like it did for Nationals Park and Audi […]

No Longer ‘Young Guns,’ the Capitals’ Elder Statesmen Are Leading the Way

In a season of uncertainty and roster shake-ups, Washington’s players over the age of 30 are leading the team in scoring, minutes, and by example.

On a national television broadcast on Feb. 21, the Washington Capitals got the latest in a long line of assists from their most valuable player this season: Father Time. The Capitals found themselves down 2-0 to the New Jersey Devils halfway through the game. Bewildered and turned around by the Devils’ power play and stumbling […]

The NHL Hasn’t Let COVID-19 Stop Its Season. It Soon May Have No Choice.

As of Feb. 10, one in six NHL teams has had their seasons paused due to COVID-19 outbreaks. The Washington Capitals have had a quarter of their games postponed already.

On Nov. 25, 1905, a sophomore engineering student named Harold Moore woke up in his dorm room at Union College in New York. He ate a quick breakfast, had a meeting with his football coach, and then sent a telegram to his father. He would be playing halfback in that night’s big game against NYU, […]

The Year 2020 in Sports

If 2019 was the year that D.C. became a bona fide championship sports city, then 2020 was the year of countless “what ifs.”

On March 8, the University of Maryland men’s basketball team beat Michigan, 87-70, in front of a capacity crowd at Xfinity Center to win a share of the Big Ten regular season title. Afterward, hundreds of fans packed the court, standing shoulder to shoulder, to celebrate with coach Mark Turgeon and his players. Turgeon was […]

Capitals Fans Should Be Excited About Henrik Lundqvist

“I think Caps fans are really going to enjoy his passion for the game and just how truly good he is.”

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is coming to D.C. on a one-year, $1.5 million deal. On Oct. 9, the Washington Capitals announced the signing of the future Hall of Famer, respected leader, and the bane of Capitals fans’ existence for the last decade. But now that the reality of “King Henrik” joining the Capitals has begun to […]

Players the Capitals Could Draft With the 25th Overall Draft Pick

The Caps have some defensive needs to fill, but without a second round pick, the team will likely select a forward with its first pick.

The Capitals have more questions than answers heading into their offseason. Peter Laviolette steps in to replace underperforming coach Todd Reirden, preparing the Capitals for what might become the strangest NHL season yet, with no start date in sight and still plenty of unknowns about free agency and the offseason as a whole. The one […]

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