Latest Brooks Orpik News

Early exit a year after Cup win teaches Caps another lesson

Apr. 26, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom always wondered what it would take to win it all. When he stood outside the Washington Capitals' locker room following first- or second-round playoff losses in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, he lamented each missed opportunity but could...

Hurricanes rally past Capitals 5-2, force Game 7

Apr. 22, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Justin Williams earned another chance to live up to his nickname. The rest of the Carolina Hurricanes aren't yet ready to end their first playoff appearance in a decade. Jordan Staal scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist in the third period, and the Hurricanes beat the...

Orpik scores in OT, Capitals take 2-0 lead over Hurricanes

Apr. 13, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A rat falling out of the arena hallway ceiling during the Carolina Hurricanes' warmup game of soccer was just a precursor to a wacky afternoon of playoff hockey. Long after the dead rodent was removed, Game 2 between the Hurricanes and Washington Capitals included a questionable ejection...

Champion Capitals face fresh-faced Hurricanes in 1st round

Apr. 10, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Carolina Hurricanes take the ice for Game 1 of their first-round series against the Capitals on Thursday, their blue line will have less playoff experience than top Washington defenseman John Carlson. Of their 342 games of NHL postseason experience, captain Justin Williams and...

Trading places: NHL deadline deals' effect on playoff teams

Apr. 9, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

Excuse Derick Brassard for having a little difficulty finding his bearings after the veteran center took an unorthodox cross-country route in reaching the NHL playoffs. Starting the season with Pittsburgh, Brassard was traded to Florida and spent 10 games with the Panthers before landing in Colorado in time to...

No one's asking those questions; new vibe for champ Capitals

Apr. 9, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — For once, Alex Ovechkin and the rest of the Washington Capitals head into the NHL playoffs without having to hear — and answer — so many of those same old same olds. Why do you do so well in the regular season and then stumble in the postseason? Why do you play your...

Being Tom Wilson: Inside the life of hockey's most hated man

Apr. 7, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Tom Wilson tries not to read everything about him on social media. You'd think being on the receiving end of endless tweets and messages that are, well, not suitable for work would be reason enough to skip them. But Wilson can't just ignore it all because sometimes it goes beyond...

Capitals clinch playoff spot with 3-2 victory over Carolina

Mar. 28, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Making the playoffs was all but a given for the Washington Capitals. It's still a big deal for the player whose late goal wrapped up their latest postseason berth. Nic Dowd scored on a deflection with 4:56 remaining, and the Capitals clinched a playoff berth with a 3-2 victory over the...

Trump hosts Stanley Cup champion Capitals at White House

Mar. 25, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump welcomed Alex Ovechkin and the reigning NHL champion Washington Capitals to the Oval Office on Monday to congratulate them for winning the Stanley Cup in June. Trump said it was an honor to host the team because he is a hockey fan and a Capitals fan. The president...

Capitals accept differences of opinion on White House visit

Mar. 24, 2019 2:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The news is constantly on television at the Washington Capitals' practice facility, and like any workplace, there's no shortage of opinions. "We're human beings, and people share different opinions and different political views," veteran team leader Brooks Orpik said. "It's no different...