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SKATE SHAVINGS - News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate 2/17

Caps start set of back-to-backs in Anaheim with same lineup from Thursday's win over Sharks, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Holiday Road - Sunday finds the Caps in Anaheim, where they'll start a set of back-to-back games against the Ducks on Sunday night. Afterwards, they'll bus into Los Angeles where they will take on the Kings on Monday night. These two Presidents' Day weekend games are the middle matches of Washington's six-game road trip, and the Caps are 1-1-0 on the trip to date.

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Caps Continue California Tour in Anaheim

The Caps start a set of back-to-backs on Sunday against the Ducks in Anaheim

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Feb. 17 vs. Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center

Time: 9:00 p.m.

TV: NBCSW

Radio: Capitals Radio 24/7, FAN 106.7

 

Washington Capitals 32-19-7

Anaheim Ducks 22-27-9

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POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 5, Sharks 1

Caps show commitment and discipline in impressive win over Sharks, Oshie scores twice and reaches 500 points, Holtby sets franchise mark with 7th straight 20-win season, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Fin Spot, Five Hundo - The Caps' second game of their six-game road trip went much better than the first. On Thursday night in San Jose - Valentine's Day - the Caps played a sweetheart of a game in a 5-1 win over the Sharks, who entered the contest with a six-game winning streak and an 18-4-4 mark on home ice.

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Caps Hang Fin on Sharks, 5-1

Caps score five unanswered goals, halting San Jose's six-game winning streak

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Two nights after turning in one of their most dismal performances of the season in Columbus, the Caps put together one of their most complete efforts of the season in a 5-1 win over the Sharks in San Jose on Thursday night. T.J. Oshie scored twice and added an assist, and he reached the 500-point plateau for his NHL career in the process.

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SKATE SHAVINGS - News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate 2/14

Caps start California portion of extended road trip, San Jose is where Washington righted its ship last season, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

California Stars - The Caps will be beneath the California stars for the next several nights, and they'll start off their seasonal visit to the Golden State with a Valentine's Day date with the star-studded Sharks in San Jose.

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Caps Tangle with Sharks in San Jose

Caps start their yearly California tour against red-hot Sharks on Valentine's Day

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Feb. 14 vs. San Jose Sharks at SAP Center

Time: 10:30 p.m.

TV: NBCSW

Radio: Capitals Radio 24/7, FAN 106.7

 

Washington Capitals 31-19-7

San Jose Sharks 34-16-7

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POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Jackets 3, Caps 0

Caps come up blank in Columbus, Holtby suffers third shutout loss in nine starts, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Nothingness - The Caps came up blank on Tuesday night in Columbus in a late season Metropolitan Division contest against the Blue Jackets, losing 3-0 in a game in which they never gave themselves enough of a chance to compete, let alone win. Sure, the Caps were playing for the second time in as many nights and Columbus was the more rested team, but this was a game where it never really felt like the Caps were "in it," despite the fact that it was a scoreless game after the first period Washington was down only 1-0 going into the third.

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Caps Come up Empty in Columbus

Blue Jackets hand Caps their third shutout loss in last 11 games, 3-0

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Generally speaking, an NHL goaltender that pitches a shutout is an automatic choice for the game's No. 1 star at night's end. That's not always the case, though; maybe a teammate or two has a huge night offensively or maybe the goaltender had an easy night of it and he gets relegated to second or third star status.

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SKATE SHAVINGS - News and Notes from Caps' Morning Skate 2/12

Caps start longest continuous road trip in more than 15 years on Tuesday in Columbus, the forecheck figures to loom large in the outcome vs. the Jackets, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Six-Pack - The Caps embark upon their longest continuous road trip in more than 15 years on Tuesday when they face the Blue Jackets in Columbus. The game starts a six-game, 12-day journey that starts and ends with a set of back-to-backs and also has a set of back-to-backs in the middle of the trip.

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POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 6, Kings 4

Kuznetsov's four-point night helps Caps finish homestand on high note, for first time in two years Caps win a home game in which they yield four goals, more

by Mike Vogel @VogsCaps / washingtoncaps.com

Getting Right - Coming out of a weeklong break at the end of January, the Capitals were dragging a seven-game winless streak (0-5-2), their longest in five years. But they also had their longest homestand in 13 years to look forward to, a six-game run of home contests spaced every other day that offered the opportunity to get their collective game back off the rumble strip and back between the lines.

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