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Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin celebrates after scoring a goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game as New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) watches Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Uniondale, N.Y. Ovechkin scored three goals as the Capitals won 6-4. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Ovechkin ties Yzerman for career goals; Caps top Isles 6-4

Jan. 18, 2020 5:34 PM EST

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Alex Ovechkin has made a career out of scoring big goals in big moments. His latest milestone was no different. Ovechkin had a hat trick for the second consecutive game to tie Steve Yzerman for ninth on the career goals list Saturday, and the Washington Capitals rallied with five...

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, is congratulated by center Nicklas Backstrom (19) from Sweden, defenseman John Carlson (74), and defenseman Radko Gudas (33), from Czech Republic, after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago)

Ovechkin hat trick helps Capitals beat Devils

Jan. 16, 2020 10:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Alex Ovechkin took an errant stick to the face that made him bleed, his Washington Capitals teammates knew it wouldn't be good for the New Jersey Devils. A fired-up Ovechkin came back from the bloody mouth to record his 25th career hat trick and lead the Capitals past the Devils 5-2...

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, of Sweden, reacts during an NHL hockey news conference about the Capitals re-signing him to a five-year contract, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Capitals sign Nicklas Backstrom to $46M, 5-year extension

Jan. 14, 2020 5:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nicklas Backstrom isn't leaving the team he lifted the Stanley Cup with and is getting paid handsomely to stick around for the long haul. The Washington Capitals on Tuesday signed Backstrom to a $46 million, five-year contract extension that locks him up through the 2024-25 season. The...

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Pesce (22) reach for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago)

Ovechkin, Samsonov lead Capitals over Hurricanes 2-0

Jan. 13, 2020 11:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — By now, it almost seems like no big deal when Alex Ovechkin reaches another milestone. Ovechkin scored two first-period goals Monday night and moved into 11th place on the NHL's career list, leading the Washington Capitals to a 2-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. The 34-year-old...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Pat Maroon skates off the ice after an injury during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Lightning beat Flyers, tie club mark with 10th straight win

Jan. 12, 2020 1:19 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pat Maroon scored the game's only goal, Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves and the Tampa Bay Lightning tied a club record with their 10th straight win, 1-0 over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night. The Lightning haven’t lost since Dec. 21 at Washington, and have outscored...

St. Louis Blues' David Perron celebrates after scoring during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Blues' Perron, Capitals' Oshie among final All-Star picks

Jan. 12, 2020 12:02 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — St. Louis Blues winger David Perron and former teammate T.J. Oshie were voted by fans as two of the final representatives for NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis. After helping the Blues win the Stanley Cup last spring in his third stint with them, Perron is having one of the best seasons...

New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13), from Switzerland, high-fives his teammates after scoring during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Al Drago)

Hischer scores twice, Devils rout Capitals 5-1 to end skid

Jan. 11, 2020 10:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a night that looked primed for Alex Ovechkin to fill the net, another first overall pick took over instead. Nico Hischier scored twice and was part of a strong defensive effort to end the last-place New Jersey Devils' three-game skid with a 5-1 rout of the NHL-leading Washington...

Philadelphia Flyers' Kevin Hayes, left, celebrates his goal, as Washington Capitals' John Carlson watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Hayes leads Flyers past Washington

Jan. 8, 2020 11:15 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Flyers just needed to get back on home ice to regain their winning stride. Kevin Hayes scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period short-handed to lead Philadelphia to a 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. Robert Hagg and Travis Konecny also scored...

Washington Capitals center Lars Eller (20), of Denmark, celebrates his winning goal in overtime of an NHL hockey game with defenseman John Carlson (74) as San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) skates away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Eller's goal completes Capitals' stunning OT win over Sharks

Jan. 5, 2020 5:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals never believe they’re out of a game. On Sunday, they showed why. Lars Eller scored with 2:59 remaining in overtime after the Capitals rallied from two goals down in the final minute of regulation, completing a stunning 5-4 victory over the San Jose Sharks....

Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov (30), of Russia, blocks the shot of Carolina Hurricanes' Erik Haula (56) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Capitals edge Hurricanes behind Samsonov's 38 saves

Jan. 3, 2020 11:53 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Ilya Samsonov isn't playing like a rookie. He isn't playing like a backup, either. Samsonov made 18 of his 38 saves in the first period, and the Washington Capitals edged the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 on Friday night. “We allowed them to get the momentum, and he was really,...