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POSTGAME NOTEBOOK -- Bolts 2, Caps 1 (OT)

Caps lose a tight one late in OT, Vanecek and Dowd line help keep Lightning in check, more

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

Lightning Strikes - Steven Stamkos' goal with 14.2 seconds left in overtime snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 win over the Caps in a spirited Saturday night contest. Two of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference over the past several seasons went at it for nearly 65 minutes, and both sides were pleased with their play.

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Stamkos Wins it for Bolts in OT, 2-1

Caps pick up a point, falling with 14.2 seconds remaining in overtime

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

For almost 65 minutes on Saturday night in Washington, the Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning hooked up in a compelling contest that had as many goals disallowed as were scored. But in the waning seconds of overtime - and just after the Caps weren't able to take advantage of power play in the extra session - the visiting Lightning forged a 2-1 victory on Steven Stamkos' goal with 14.2 seconds left.

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SKATE SHAVINGS -- News and Notes From Caps' Morning Skate

Caps step outside of their seven-team bubble for first time in over a year to face defending champs, Cholowski skates with new mates, more

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance - For the entirety of the truncated 2020-21 season, plus the 2021 preseason and the '21-22 season opener against the New York Rangers, the Caps have played all of their games against just seven different opponents. Including the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs in the Toronto bubble, the Caps have played a stretch of 75 straight games against those same seven foes.

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Caps Take on Tampa Bay

The two-time defending Cup champs come into D.C. on Saturday night

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

October 16 vs. Tampa Bay Lightning at Capital One Arena

Time: 7:00 p.m.

TV: NBCSW

Radio: Capitals Radio 24/7, 106.7 FAN

 

Tampa Bay Lightning (1-1-0)

Washington Capitals (1-0-0)

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POSTGAME NOTEBOOK - Caps 5, Rangers 1

Unpacking a sea trunk's worth of tidbits, notes, quotes, milestones and outright oddities from Wednesday's opening night win

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

Nights Like These - On Wednesday night in D.C., the Caps opened their 82-game regular season - and a three-game homestand - with a memorable and resounding 5-1 victory over the visiting New York Rangers.

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Caps Overpower Rangers, 5-1

Four special teams goals lead the way on a special night on F St., with milestones for Ovechkin, Lapierre and Laviolette

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

Just over a year shy of its 25th birthday, the big barn on F St. has seen its share of sorrowful and joyful nights over its lifespan. Wednesday's Capitals season opener against the New York Rangers fell firmly into the latter category.

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Caps Set Sail on '21-22 Season

With a mixture of core players, complementary players and kids - plus an axe and a shield - the Caps are ready for the 82-game voyage ahead

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

When the Capitals opened up their pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season some nine months ago, they did so under some trying circumstances - as did every NHL team - but the Caps' situation was slightly more complicated because of having a new face behind the team's bench. Washington coach Peter Laviolette was hired roughly four months earlier - in September of 2020 - at a time when no one knew when or even if the '20-21 campaign would get underway.

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SKATE SHAVINGS - News and Notes From Caps Morning Skate

Lapierre and family set for his NHL debut vs NYR, Vanecek starts, Ovechkin is a game-time decision, more

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

Back In The Saddle Again - Last season, NHL arenas were bereft of that palpable pregame buzz in the moments between the end of warmups and the dropping of the puck. Once the games got underway, it was more of the same. Buildings were eerily quiet aside from the sounds of the game itself, the bodies and pucks and sticks and skates, the hollers and the whistles.

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Caps Open Season vs. Rangers

Backstrom is out and Ovechkin is questionable, but McMichael and Lapierre are ready to roll if needed

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

October 13 vs. New York Rangers at Capital One Arena

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: TNT

Radio: Capitals Radio 24/7, 106.7 FAN

 

New York Rangers (0-0-0)

Washington Capitals (0-0-0)

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Caps Get Back to Work

Caps back at it following day off, Laviolette discusses Ovechkin's absence and Kempny being placed on waivers

by Mike Vogel @vogscaps / washingtoncaps.com

Throughout their 2021 training camp, the Caps have been adjusting to life without Nicklas Backstrom. Now down to the final hours of that camp and with Wednesday's season opener looming on the horizon, the team took the ice for a Sunday morning practice session without both Backstrom and captain Alex Ovechkin.

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