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Caps Take 4-3 Shootout Decision from Sabres

Washington wins its fifth straight game and its second shootout in as many nights, overcoming its ongoing penalty killing woes

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Back-to-back games are no picnic in the NHL, and they can be poison to winning streaks. But with a 4-3 shootout win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night in the District, the Caps have swept a second straight set of back-to-backs, winning both games in the shootout and despite some ongoing penalty killing woes, and stretching their winning streak to five straight.

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SKATE SHAVINGS - News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate 12/15

Caps start homestand against Sabres, Oshie and Wilson on team's turnaround, power play heats up, Stephenson back in, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Holiday Homestand - The Caps return home from a quick trip to Carolina for a three-game mid-December homestand that will start and end with visits from the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres will supply the opposition for Saturday night's homestand opener, and after the Pittsburgh Penguins make the second of their two visits to Washington on Wednesday night, the Sabres will finish off the homestand here in the District on Friday night.

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POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 6, Canes 5 (SO)

Ovechkin goes back-to-back with the hat tricks and extends scoring streak to 13, Caps author three-goal comeback to win, Carlson and Dowd deal out helpers, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Back-To-Back Hat Trick Attack - Alex Ovechkin scored Washington's first goal of Friday night's game in Carolina, tying the game at 1-1 early in the first. He netted the Caps' third goal of the game late in the second period, and his third goal of the game came on the power play and gave Washington a 5-4 lead midway through the third.

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Caps to Spend Saturday Night with Sabres

Riding a four-game winning streak, the Caps start a three-game homestand on Saturday against Buffalo

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Dec. 15 vs. Buffalo Sabres at Capital One Arena

Time: 7:00 p.m.

TV: NBCSW

Radio: Capitals Radio 24/7, FAN 106.7

 

Buffalo Sabres 19-9-4

Washington Capitals 19-9-3

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Caps Take Two the Hard Way

Ovechkin's hat trick helps Caps rally from three-goal hole to earn fourth straight win, a 6-5 shootout victory over the Canes

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / WashingtonCaps.com

On the second night of the 2018-19 season, the Caps found themselves down two goals late in the third period in Pittsburgh. They rallied on a pair of quick strike T.J. Oshie goals to tie it and they got out of town with a point in a 7-6 overtime loss to the Penguins.

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SKATE SHAVINGS - News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate 12/14

Caps face another short-rested foe, Djoos out indefinitely, Connolly/Ovechkin seek to keep streaks alive, Wilson returns, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

The Back-To-Back Attack - On Friday night in Carolina, Washington faces a second straight foe that will be playing for the second time in as many nights. The Caps dismantled Detroit 6-2 on Tuesday, a night after the Wings won over the Kings on home ice. Now they'll face the Canes in a similar situation; Carolina spent Thursday night in Montreal playing the Canadiens while the Caps were living a life of leisure and getting to bed early in Raleigh.

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Caps Head South for Friday Night Clash with Canes

Winners of three straight and 10 of their last 12, the Caps take on Carolina for the first time this season

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Dec. 14 vs. Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena

Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: NBCSW

Radio: Capitals Radio 24/7, FAN 106.7

 

Washington Capitals 18-9-3

Carolina Hurricanes 13-13-4

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POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 6, Wings 2

Ovechkin and Backstrom's big nights lead Caps to win over Wings, fourth line continues to roll, Oshie scores in return to lineup, much more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Legendary Legends - Washington's two generational superstar talents both came to the fore on Tuesday night, doing what they've done best for the last decade plus here in the District. Alex Ovechkin recorded the 21st hat trick of his NHL career and Nicklas Backstrom notched the 12th four-assist game of his career to propel the Caps past the Red Wings on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena, 6-2.

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Legends Lead Caps to 6-2 Win over Wings

Ovechkin has a hat trick and Backstrom has four assists to help Caps to third straight win and 10th in last 12 games

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

For the last decade plus, Caps fans have had the sublime pleasure of watching future Hockey Hall of Famers Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom ply their trades here in Washington. On Tuesday night, those in attendance witnessed a top performance from both players in a 6-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena.

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SKATE SHAVINGS - News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate 12/11

Caps start off tough patch of sked with Wings, Oshie returns to lineup, Ovechkin aims to stretch scoring streak to a dozen, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Quick Stop At Home - For the last two months, the Caps have had actual homestands and road trips of two or more games, and they've fared quite well in the standings over that span, going 15-8-2. Now they'll head into a stretch where one-game road trips and one-game homestands will be a bit more prevalent; the Caps will play seven of their next 10-road games as one-game journeys and will have six one-game "homestands" between now and the end of January.

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