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Capitals Announce So Kids Can Starting Lineup Auction

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and the Elliot in the Morning Show announced today the So Kids Can Starting Lineup auction, featuring the opportunity for winners to announce the Capitals' starting lineup in the Capitals locker room prior to the team's game against the New York Islanders on Sunday, Oct. 9.

by Washington Capitals @Capitals / WashingtonCaps.com

ARLINGTON, Va. - Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and the Elliot in the Morning Show announced today the So Kids Can Starting Lineup auction, featuring the opportunity for winners to announce the Capitals' starting lineup in the Capitals locker room prior to the team's game against the New York Islanders on Sunday, Oct. 9.

In addition to getting four glass seats, the auction winner will meet Capitals head coach Barry Trotz and will head to the Caps locker room to announce the starting lineup for the game. The experience will be captured by Monumental Sports Network.

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Canes Overcome Caps in Overtime

Justin Faulk's power-play goal with 7.3 seconds left in overtime lifts Carolina over Washington in preseason opener for both teams

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Monday night's exhibition contest between the Washington Capitals and the Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center was the first for both teams this fall, and both sides were far from midseason form. Six minor penalties were whistled on each side, and two of the three goals in the game - including the game-winner - were scored on the power play.

Justin Faulk's blast from center point with 7.3 seconds left in overtime enabled the Hurricanes to skate off with a 2-1 victory over the Caps. Rookie defenseman Madison Bowey scored Washington's only goal, a power play marker that tied the score at 1-1 with 6:02 remaining in the game.

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Caps Clash with Canes to Start Preseason Slate

Johansen and Vanacek make their respective NHL preseason debuts as Caps open exhibition slate at home on Monday against Carolina

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Monday night marks the opening of the Capitals' seven-game preseason schedule. Metropolitan Division rival Carolina comes to town to supply the opposition for Washington's preseason seal-breaker as the two clubs prepare for the 2016-17 regular season. 

The preseason opener is also the start of Washington's only set of back-to-back games during the exhibition season. The Caps are off to Montreal to face the Canadiens on Tuesday in the first of four road preseason contests this fall. Tenatively, six players who will dress for tonight's game against Carolina are also slated to suit up for Tuesday's exhibition road opener in Montreal.

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Quartet of Caps Kids in Camp are Fresh from '16 Draft

Florida rookie tourney helped a foursome of young Washington hopefuls prepare for the main event - Caps training camp

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Friday marked the start of the Washington Capitals' 2016 training camp. Among several dozen players on the ice for the first practices and drills were four players whose time in the Washington organization began this past June in Buffalo when their names were called as Caps draftees at the 2016 NHL Draft.

Defenseman Lucas Johansen (first round, 26th overall), center Garrett Pilon (third round, 87th overall), left wing Beck Malenstyn (fifth round, 145th overall) and defenseman Dmitriy Zaitsev (seventh round, 207th overall) are all 18-year-old kids attending their first ever NHL training camps. For that quartet of players, last weekend's rookie tournament in Coral Springs, Fla. was important in terms of getting them up to speed and ready to go up against veteran NHL players for the first time. 

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Tatar's OT Tally Enables Europe to Advance to WC Fina

Tomas Tatar's overtime goal -- his second of the game -- lifts Team Europe to a 3-2 win over Sweden and an improbable berth in World Cup final

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

No one who watched Team Europe's first two pre-tourney games in the run up to the 2016 World Cup of Hockey would have given that squad much of a chance to advance to the semifinals, let alone the final. Europe was outskated and outplayed in a pair of lopsided losses to Team North America, and coach Ralph Krueger's cobbled together crew from a variety of small European countries looked old and slow in the process. 

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Sweden and Europe Clash for Right to Face Canada

Sweden and Europe tangle on Sunday afternoon in Toronto to determine which team will take on Canada in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey final

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Hours after Team Canada vanquished Team Russia to earn a spot on the 2016 World Cup of Hockey final, Team Sweden and Team Europe hook up in a Sunday afternoon semifinal tilt to determine Canada's foe in the final. The best-of-three final begins here in Toronto on Tuesday. 

Sweden went 2-0-1 in round robin play to come out on top of Group B, while Europe went 2-1 to finish as the runner-up to Canada in Group A. 

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Marchand Tallies Two to Help Lift Canada over Russia

Marchand scores tying and go-ahead goals to propel Canada over Russia and into the final of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Playing without the puck and withstanding barrage after barrage of quality shots in your own end of the rink is rarely a sound strategy in ice hockey. But if your team has a transcendent or hot goaltender and the opposition has more diversity and firepower than you believe you can possibly handle, it's a strategy that can sometimes win you one game. 

One game is all Russia needed to win. 
 

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Saturday Night Special

Datsyuk's availability still in question as Russia looks to upset Canada in World Cup of Hockey semifinal game on Saturday night in Toronto

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

Saturday's World Cup of Hockey semifinal pitting Russia against Canada is a best of one. Win, and you move on to the final. Lose, and you head back to training camp with your NHL team. If you want to think of it as a Game 7, you can do that. 

"I guess that's how we're going to play it for sure," says Team Canada defenseman Drew Doughty. "We know we've got to win this one or else we're going home, and no one wants to go home. We want to obviously win this tournament overall, and it starts tonight with a big win over Russia."  

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Canada and Russia set to Renew Rivalry

The two longtime international rivals square off on Saturday night in World Cup of Hockey semifinal match

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

While their Washington Capitals teammates open up 2016 training camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex back in Arlington on Friday, half a dozen Caps players remain with their respective teams in Toronto at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Caps coach Barry Trotz - an assistant coach for the Team Canada squad - also remains here in Toronto while associate coach Todd Reirden and the rest of the Washington coaching staff puts the team through its paces back in Arlington.

The preliminary round of the World Cup is over; the field has been whittled from eight teams to four. Team Russia (with Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Alex Ovechkin) faces Team Canada (with Braden Holtby) on Saturday night in the first of the two semifinal games, and Team Sweden (with Nicklas Backstrom) faces Team Europe (and Philipp Grubauer) on Sunday afternoon.

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Russia Blanks Finland to Advance to Semifinals

Bobrovsky makes 21 stops to enable Team Russia to earn a Saturday night date against Team Canada in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey semifinals

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / Monumental Sports Network

On this side of the planet, it's rarely much of a leap to see Russia as a villain. And with the hockey world having fallen head over heels for the upstart Team North America, Russia stepped once again into the role of villain on Thursday afternoon at Air Canada Centre.

The only way hockey fans would see the North American squad take the ice again in this tournament was if Team Finland could knock off the Russians in the final round-robin game for both teams. A Team Russia victory would sound the death knell - perhaps forever - for the exciting and endearing Team North America entry. 

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