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SKATE SHAVINGS - News and Notes From Caps' Morning Skate

Sharks' prior January visits were wild ones, Caps still looking to shake off offensive doldrums of January, more

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

Season Of The Shark - When the Sharks come to the District in January, expect the unexpected. When San Jose last visited Washington on Jan. 5, 2020, the Sharks seemed to have the game well in hand. Evander Kane notched a hat trick in the second period, and after a Logan Couture empty-netter gave the visitors a 4-2 lead with a minute remaining in regulation, it looked as though it was game over for the Caps.

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Caps Close Homestand vs. Sharks

Caps host San Jose on Wednesday in rubber match of three-game homestand

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

January 26 vs. San Jose Sharks at Capital One Arena

Time: 7:00 p.m.

TV: NBCSW

Radio: Capitals Radio 24/7, 106.7 FAN

 

San Jose Sharks (21-19-2)

Washington Capitals (23-11-9)

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POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Golden Knights 1, Caps 0

Lehner records second straight shutout at Cap One, Vanecek continues to play well in loss, more

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

All Of This And Nothing - There's an old saying in hockey, and it goes something like this: "If you get a lengthy 5-on-3 power play and you don't score, you usually don't win."

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Caps Come Up Empty vs. Vegas, 1-0

Robin Lehner stops all 34 Washington shots to hand Caps their first shutout loss of the season

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

For the first time this season, the Caps drew a blank on Monday night. Vegas goaltender Robin Lehner stopped all 34 Washington shots to hand the Caps their first shutout setback of the season, 1-0 to the Golden Knights. The whitewash is Lehner's first of the season, and the second of his career against the Capitals.

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SKATE SHAVINGS - News and Notes From Caps' Morning Skate

Caps get Carlson and Orlov back ahead of visit from Vegas, Vanecek starts fourth straight and fifth in last six, more

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

Pale Blue Monday - The Caps face the Vegas Golden Knights tonight at Capital One Arena in the middle match of a three-game homestand. Washington is coming off an uplifting 3-2 overtime win over Ottawa on Saturday night, a game in which it rallied back from an 2-0 third-period deficit to win 3-2 in overtime.

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Vegas Visits the District

Golden Knights supply opposition for middle match of Caps' three-game homestand

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

January 24 vs. Vegas Golden Knights at Capital One Arena

Time: 7:00 p.m.

TV: NBCSW

Radio: Capitals Radio 24/7, 106.7 FAN

 

Vegas Golden Knights (24-15-2)

Washington Capitals (23-10-9)

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POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 3, Sens 2 (OT)

Backstrom backhander wins it for Washington, Caps' makeshift defense is sturdy, Ovechkin passes Lemieux, more

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

Comeback Story - Scoring the game's first goal hasn't been much of a boon for the Capitals of late; they're just 1-4-1 in the last half dozen games in which they've scored first. On Saturday night at Capital One Arena, they flipped the script again, and again they came out on top in overtime.

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Caps Overcome Ottawa in Overtime, 3-2

Backstrom's backhander wins it for Washington as Caps come back from two-goal hole for second time in as many home games

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

Nicklas Backstrom has had to be patient this season. The splendid Caps center spent the first third of the campaign rehabbing a hip ailment, a process that cost him to miss the first 28 games of the season. After playing in just one game, he landed in COVID-19 protocol and had to miss two more games before returning. And after playing his second and third games of the season, Backstrom came down with a non-COVID illness that sidelined him for the next three contests.

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SKATE SHAVINGS - News and Notes From Caps' Morning Skate

Caps start homestand and second half of season vs. Sens missing three of top four defensemen, Vanecek gets third straight start, more

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

Day In Day Out - Winners of just two of their eight games (2-4-2) since the calendar turned to 2022, the Caps open up a three-game homestand on Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators. Home cooking hasn't been great for the Caps of late, either. They've won only two of their last seven games (2-4-1) at Capital One Arena, but will be seeking a second straight victory here after taking a 4-3 overtime win over Winnipeg on Tuesday in their most recent tilt here.

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Caps Host Ottawa

Caps open three-game homestand on Saturday night vs. Senators

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

January 22 vs. Ottawa Senators at Capital One Arena

Time: 7:00 p.m.

TV: NBCSW

Radio: Capitals Radio 24/7, 106.7 FAN

 

Ottawa Senators (11-20-2)

Washington Capitals (22-10-9)

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