Washington Capitals

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First Black NBA Player Dies

Earl Lloyd joined Washington Capitals in 1950

(Newser) - Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died yesterday. He was 86. Lloyd's alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death but did not provide details. Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton and... More »

Black Player's Big Goal Brings Racist Tweets

Washington's Joel Ward shrugs it off

(Newser) - Joel Ward of the Washington Capital scored every hockey player's dream goal last night: a Game 7 overtime winner that knocked the defending champ Boston Bruins out of the playoffs. The only hitch is that Ward is a black player in what has long been a white man's... More »

Abe Pollin, Owner of DC Sports Teams, Dies at 85

Developer, philanthropist brought NBA, NHL to capital

(Newser) - Abe Pollin, the son of Russian immigrants who parlayed success in housing development into the ownership of Washington’s NBA and NHL franchises, died today of a rare neurological disease; he was 85. Pollin’s philanthropic efforts boosted many of the capital’s poorer areas, and he put $220 million... More »

It's Magic vs. Bird—On Ice

Alex Ovechkin faces Sidney Crosby in 'nail-biting playoff'... but no one's watching

(Newser) - The Capitals-Penguins playoff series, with its two budding superstars, is what the beleaguered NHL has been waiting for, writes Reed Albergotti in the Wall Street Journal. In contrast to the disciplined play of Sidney "Wayne Gretzky" Crosby, Russian phenom Alex Ovechkin is both a firebrand and a goofball. But... More »

Fenway Will Be NHL's Next Outdoor Venue

(Newser) - Boston’s Fenway Park will host next season’s outdoor NHL game, the Globe reports today, with the Bruins facing either the Philadelphia Flyers or Washington Capitals on New Year’s Day in baseball's oldest stadium. The so-called Winter Classic most recently attracted 40,000 to Chicago’s Wrigley Field... More »

Jagr Happy, Rich in Siberia

Former NHL star finds 'real freedom' playing (for big money) in outpost of Omsk

(Newser) - Jaromir Jagr is far from New York, playing hockey in Siberia, yet he tells the Atlantic he’s happy in the outpost of Omsk. Indeed, his $11 million salary helps cushion the blow of not being re-signed by the Rangers. And "in Russia, you have the real freedom, which... More »

In OT of Game 7, Lupul Lifts Flyers

Philadelphia will face Montreal in Round 2 after 3-2 win

(Newser) - The Philadelphia Flyers finally figured out how to put away the Washington Capitals. Joffrey Lupul put in a rebound during a power play 6:06 into overtime in Game 7 to lift Philadelphia past Alex Ovechkin and Washington 3-2 on Tuesday night in their Eastern Conference first-round series. More »

Ovechkin Forces Game 7

Capitals get two third-period goals from superstar to beat Flyers 4-2

(Newser) - Alex Ovechkin truly was "Alexander the Great" with the Washington Capitals' season on the line. Held without a goal for four straight games, Ovechkin scored twice in the third period to lift the Capitals to a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers and send the series back to Washington... More »

Huet's 30 Saves Lift Capitals

One goal in each period helps Washington avoid elimination

(Newser) - The young Washington Capitals finally seem to be getting the hang of this thing called playoff hockey. With just the right mix of brawn and skill, the Capitals stayed alive today by knocking the Philadelphia Flyers off stride early and holding onto the lead with another solid game from goaltender... More »

Flyers Edge Capitals in Double OT

Knuble scores winner as Philly takes 3-1 series lead

(Newser) - Danny Briere saved the game for the Flyers in regulation and Mike Knuble got them a win away from the second round in a thrilling double-overtime finish. Knuble poked in his second goal of the series 6:40 into the second OT to give Philadelphia a 4-3 win over the... More »

Flyers Take 2-1 Series Lead

Briere scores twice in 6-3 walloping of Capitals

(Newser) - Danny Briere's so-so first season in Philadelphia has turned sensational in the playoffs. Briere has played more like the league's top player than likely MVP Alex Ovechkin, scoring two more goals with an assist, leading the Flyers to a 6-3 victory over the Washington Captials in Game 3 of the... More »

Biron Shuts Out Caps

Philly evens first-round series at one each

(Newser) - Martin Biron’s 24 saves led the Philadelphia Flyers to a 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals today. Biron kicked Alex Ovechkin's power-play wrist shot away in the first period, used the handle of his stick to deflect Alexander Semin's breakaway attempt in the second and sprawled on his back... More »

Ovechkin's Goal Leads Caps to Game 1 Win

League's top scorer starts Washington's third-period rally

(Newser) - Held without a shot until late in the third period, Alex Ovechkin stole the puck and netted the tiebreaking goal with 4 1/2 minutes remaining, leading the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference first-round series Friday. Ovechkin also set... More »

Ovechkin, Caps in Playoffs

Washington wins seventh straight to finish climb into postseason

(Newser) - Make room in the playoffs for MVP front-runner Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Tomas Fleischmann, Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Semin scored for the Capitals, who clinched the Southeast Division title with a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers last night. The win was also the Capitals' seventh straight. The... More »

Horton, Panthers Top Hurricanes

Carolina plays waiting game now to see if it gets a playoff spot

(Newser) - Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist and the Florida Panthers beat Carolina 4-3 to prevent the Hurricanes from clinching the Southeast Division. Radek Dvorak added a goal and an assist, and Jay Bouwmeester and Steve Montador also scored for the Panthers, who snapped a 13-game losing streak at... More »

Ovechkin Scores 64th, 65th in Caps' Win

Capitals left wing breaks NHL record in 4-1 triumph

(Newser) - Alex Ovechkin's record-setting goal was scored in such close quarters that it took some 20 minutes and a host of replay angles before he got credit for it. He left no doubt when he scored again, unleashing a blistering shot that put the Washington Capitals one step closer to the... More »

Devils Best Islanders, Clinch Playoff Berth

Ovechkin, Caps top 'Canes, Panthers take down Thrashers

(Newser) - Zach Parise’s goal 29 seconds into overtime gave New Jersey a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders and also clinched a playoff spot for the Devils. New Jersey has a two point lead on the New York Rangers for fourth place and can still win the Atlantic Division;... More »

Huet Pays Dividends Again for Capitals

Briere beats Islanders in shootout, rookies lift Leafs past Canadiens

(Newser) - Trading for Cristobal Huet paid off again for the Washington Capitals tonight, reports the Associated Press. Huet recorded his second shutout for the Caps and 17th of his career by blanking the Florida Panthers, 4-0, making 32 saves. It was Huet's fourth shutout of the season. Viktor Kozlov had a... More »

Caps Grab OT Win, Remain in Playoff Chase

Thrashers edge Panthers; Sabres outshoot Sens

(Newser) - The Capitals got the two points they needed tonight, but the Lightning didn’t give them up without a fight. Alexander Semin got Washington through regulation and Tomas Fleischmann won it for them in overtime, reports the AP. The victory puts the Caps just two points out of the eighth... More »

Ovechkin, Capitals Win Pyrrhic Victory

Flyers top Rangers in OT, Predators blank Blue Jackets

(Newser) - Despite Alex Ovechkin's record breaking 61st goal of the season, and a 3-2 besting of Carolina, the Caps needed more, the Washington Post reports—like a win in regulation. Thanks to Viktor Kozlov's effort in the shootout, Washington earned two points, but a net gain of only one on the... More »

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