August 20, 2019

Building a lineup out of the Caps’ castaways

Mike Ribeiro addressing media during Washington Capitals Development Camp Day 6 Scrimmage at Kettler,  7/14/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Mike Ribeiro addressing media during Washington Capitals Development Camp Day 6 Scrimmage at Kettler, 7/14/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

After seeing Filip Forsberg and Mike Ribeiro torch the Washington Capitals last Saturday, fans in the Verizon Center were left wondering, what if?

What if former general manager George McPhee had held onto the team’s top prospect in Forsberg and found a way to re-sign Ribeiro? Would those players be producing at the rate they are now for the Nashville Predators? How much better would a Caps’ team that lacks secondary scoring look with Forsberg’s 59 points and Ribeiro’s 60?

Those are the questions that will keep fans up at night. [Read more…]

Game 40 Re-CAP–Kings 5, Caps 2: Crowned With Thorns

How soon can Nicklas return?  (photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Here’s how bad it got for the Washington Capitals Monday night at the Staples Center: Much of the last two periods was devoted to a social media guessing game regarding Capitals beat writer Mike Vogel‘s least favorite musical acts. As entertainments go, it certainly beat anything the Caps served up on the ice as they fell to the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 — their second straight loss — and ensured that they would return home from their two-game California swing empty-handed.

The game started well enough, as Marcus Johansson potted the first of his two goals 94 seconds in when he finished off a 2-on-1 break by wristing a shot past Jonathan Bernier to give Washington a 1-0 lead.  But despite their early deficit, Los Angeles had the better of the puck possession, scoring chances, and shots, and their pressure finally paid off with 8:19 left in the first period when Kyle Clifford banged a rebound past Tomas Vokoun to tie the game. [Read more…]

GAME 5 Photo Gallery: Ex-Caps come home

The Washington Capitals defeated the Florida Panthers 3-0, behind Tomas Vokoun’s 20 saves. Several former Capitals came to D.C. with the Panthers though, so here are a few shots of the ex-Caps.

Alex Semin and Matt Bradley joust for position. (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Flash

Florida Panthers (and former Capitals) Winger Tomas Fleischmann during warmups at Verizon Center (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Florida Panthers (and former Capitals) Winger Matt Bradley during warmups at Verizon Center (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Florida Panthers (and former Capitals) Goalie Jose Theodore during warmups at Verizon Center (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Capitals start season 5-0 for first time in team history (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

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