Category Archives: History

Retro Recap – October 17, 1974 – The Washington Capitals First Ever Win

Photo: Washington Capitals Going into the game on October 17, 1974, the Chicago Blackhawks were one of the NHL’s powerhouse teams.  They had won the Stanley Cup just two years before and had earned 105 points the previous season which … Continue reading

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The Capitals Come to Washington: Expansion of the Washington Hockey Franchise

On June 4, 1972, the National Hockey League (NHL) board of governors awarded Washington, DC and Kansas City expansion franchises who would be the 17th and 18th franchises in the NHL. 

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Three Years of the Osh-Babe: A Look at the T.J. Oshie Trade Three Years Later

While NHL free agency and a number of signings have dominated the headlines among Capitals fans, July 2 marks the three-year anniversary of the Capitals’ acquisition of right wing T.J. Oshie. In this trade, NoVa Caps looks back on the … Continue reading

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21st Century Capitals: A Look At the Capitals’ Draft Picks Since 2000

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images The 2018 NHL Entry Draft is be the first draft that will involve drafting of players primarily born in 2000; i.e. after the “turn of the millennium”.  According to sociologists, this is the beginning of the transition … Continue reading

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Picture It, 1996, The Capitals Were Playing in Pittsburgh in the Playoffs: A Fan’s Recollection of Pain and Triumph

Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Ben Carroll is a longtime Capitals fan who has had the privilege of being longtime friends with former members of the team, developing friendships that have lasted to this day. In this piece, he recalls the … Continue reading

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Mirrored Magic: The Capitals’ 2018 Postseason Performance Draws Some Parallels to Another Team’s Successful Playoff Run

The Capitals have advanced to the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals as part of a playoff run with that has had many twists and turns, including events in each round that caused both fans and media members to wonder if the … Continue reading

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Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning – A Cautionary Tale

Getty Images The Capitals currently lead the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, having won the first two games of the series on the road.  This series is reminiscent of the … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Playoffs Past: A Comprehensive Look at the Playoff History between the Capitals and Lightning

Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images After beating the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 2 of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Capitals have advanced to the Eastern Conference Final and will play the Tampa Bay Lightning, who advanced to … Continue reading

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Capitals Alumni Profile: Brian Pothier

Getty Images In the history of the Capitals, a total of 17 players have worn No. 2 on the back of their sweaters, with defenseman Matt Niskanen currently holding the distinction. Before Niskanen joined the Capitals in 2014, the number … Continue reading

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Red Reflection: Despite the Playoff Failures, the Young Guns Era Certainly Left Me With Some Memories

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images I have been a Capitals fan all my life ( I was born just days after the Capitals lost Game 4 of the 1998 Stanley Cup Final) and while I may not remember the first Caps game … Continue reading

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