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A Solid Beginning Between the Pipes: Vitek Vanecek Continues Strong Start to the 2021-22 Season In 4-1 Victory Over New Jersey

Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images Entering this season, the goaltending dynamic of the Washington Capitals saw young netminders Vitek Vanecek and 2015 first-round pick Ilya Samsonov set to compete for playing time. Through the team’s first four games, Vanecek has … Continue reading

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Capitals Fall to Lightning 2-1 In Overtime, Alex Ovechkin Scores Third Goal of the Season

Patrick Smith/Getty Images The Washington Capitals fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning at Capital One Arena on Saturday night in overtime by a score of 2-1. The win-loss brings their record to 1-0-1 on the young 2021-22 season.

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Game 1, Goal #1: Hendrix Lapierre Scores First NHL Goal In NHL Debut

Photo: Patrick Smith/NHL via Getty Images When the Washington Capitals drafted forward Hendrix Lapierre in the first-round of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, there were probably not many who thought the 22nd overall pick would make his NHL debut just … Continue reading

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Capitals Beat Flyers, 5-3, in Preseason Finale; Ovechkin Leaves With Lower-Body Injury

Photo: Rob Carr/Getty The Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 5-3 in Friday’s preseason finale at Capital One Arena. Goaltender Ilya Samsonov made 22 saves in the victory.

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Next Man Up And A Night of Fisticuffs: T.J. Oshie Fights Flyers’ Garrett Wilson After Hit on Michal Kempny, Nick Jensen Drops Gloves In Fiery Preseason Tilt

Rob Carr/Getty Images Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny’s return from injury for the 2021-22 season was a welcome sight for all who have followed the blueliner’s struggle with injuries the last few seasons. With that in mind, it was no … Continue reading

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Capitals Prospect Bogdan Trineyev Returns to Lineup, Records Assist In First Game Back

Photo: MHK Dynamo MHK Dynamo, the Moscow Dynamo youth hockey team, traveled to the Bobrov Ice Palace in Stupino to face Kapitan Stupino on Friday. Dynamo won the game with a commanding score of 9-1. The game on Friday was … Continue reading

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Don’t Know What Hit Them: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson Score 56 Seconds Apart in Preseason Tilt Against the Boston Bruins

With star Center Nicklas Backstrom still dealing with recovery from a hip ailment, the Washington Capitals are looking for the team’s other top forwards to pick up their offensive game in his absence. Two of those, Center Evgeny Kuznetsov and … Continue reading

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“We Are Pushing Each Other, But In A Good Way”: Vitek Vanecek Talks Competition with Ilya Samsonov, Rollercoaster Offseason, and Recovering From Injury

Perhaps no member of the Washington Capitals had more of a rollercoaster offseason than goaltender Vitek Vanecek. After a strong rookie campaign in 2020-21, the Capitals left him exposed in the 2021 Expansion Draft, in which he was selected by … Continue reading

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Hockey and All That: Pre-Training Camp Edition

Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images The offseason between the 2020-2021 and 2021-22 seasons continues to be eventful. It has included additional player signings and acquisitions and other news since NoVa Caps’ previous light-hearted summary of the offseason events in early August. … Continue reading

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Hockey and All That: 2021 Offseason Edition

Photo: Alex Ovechkin What an offseason so far! While the offseason between the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons is shorter than usual, it’s been somewhat eventful. The flat salary cap has given General Managers incentive to jettison players they would normally … Continue reading

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