Latest John Carlson 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 stun defending champion Capitals in 2OT in Game 7

Apr. 25, 2019 1:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justin Williams returned to the building that was the scene of his only Game 7 loss and left the ice relieved and redeemed after knocking off his old friends and defending Stanley Cup champions. The man who earned the "Mr. Game 7" moniker shook Alex Ovechkin's hand after the Carolina...

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...

Capitals survive surge from Hurricanes to win Game 1

Apr. 11, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin came out firing, the Carolina Hurricanes surged and the Washington Capitals showed why they're the defending Stanley Cup champions when it mattered most. Backstrom and Ovechkin combined to score three goals on the first eight shots before 19-year-old...

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...

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...

Islanders beat Capitals to earn home-ice in first round

Apr. 7, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Barry Trotz will again need to go through the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs. A 3-0 victory by his New York Islanders against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Saturday means they'll get to start that effort at home. The Islanders clinched home-ice advantage...

Trocheck, Barkov lead Panthers past Capitals 5-3

Apr. 2, 2019 12:21 AM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals still have work to do. Vincent Trocheck scored two goals, including his 100th in the NHL, and the Florida Panthers withstood a late surge to beat the Capitals 5-3 on Monday night. Washington had its four-game winning streak snapped and missed a...

Ovechkin nets 50th, 51st goals in Caps' 6-3 win vs Lightning

Mar. 31, 2019 12:00 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin reached 50 goals — again. And, then he added another for good measure while leading the Washington Capitals to a big victory. The Washington star scored his 50th and 51st goals of the season in a 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. He has 658...

Ovechkin ends scoring drought, Capitals beat Hurricanes 4-1

Mar. 27, 2019 1:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 49th goal of the season to snap a four-game drought and help Washington beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 on Tuesday night, increasing the Capitals' division lead. Ovechkin snapped a shot past Petr Mrazek for the go-ahead goal 4:31 into the third period...