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Will Alex Ovechkin face Putin backlash in America?

In New York’s East Village, steps away from a 24-hour Ukrainian diner that serves up pierogi as addictive as crack rock, is something a little less comforting: a memorial, adorned with the blue and gold flag of my ancestors, created in February to mourn those who died in the nation’s internal conflicts earlier this year. (Yes, I’m Ukrainian. I’m only Polish for comedic...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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Review and Preview: Washington Capitals

One way or another, the red will rock in DC.#159184798 / gettyimages.comHello! This will be a synoptic feature Mon-Sat the next five weeks to gear up for the start of the 2014-'15 season. We're going in reverse alphabetical order and alternating between the Eastern and Western Conferences, because why not?Washington CapitalsReviewRoster changes, IN: D Matt Niskanen, D Brooks...
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Alex Ovechkin plays in charity game to raise money for orphanages

Photo cred: espn.go.com Over the weekend, Alex Ovechkin and other Russian hockey players participated in Ilya Kovalchuk‘s annual charity hockey game. The game raised 16 million rubles, which is about 500 thousand dollars, and the proceeds raised went to various orphanages around Russia. The two teams were captained by Ilya Kovalchuck and Penguins center Evgeni Malkin. Just like...
Via DC Sports-Kings
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nicklas Backstrom Finally Gets His Olympic Medal

WASHINGTON — After six months of waiting, Swedish forward, Nicklas Backstrom has received his silver medal following a bizarre drug testing incident at the Sochi Olympics. Prior to Sweden’s gold medal game against Canada, Backstrom reportedly failed a drug test after testing positive for high levels of pseudo-ephedrine and was suspended from the game — Sweden lost 3-0 — and...

Barry Trotz’s relationship with Alex Ovechkin may be complicated

I like to assume that Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz is a man of few words who says directly what he means, and very much means what he says. In that case, Alexander Ovechkin better pick up his game. In an interview with former hometown newspaper The Tennessean, Trotz tells Josh Cooper that he and Ovi get along just swimmingly… for now. “I think people make too much out...
Via Puck Drunk Love
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Backstrom finally gets Olympic medal after drug test fiasco

AP Image Washngton Capitals and Swedish center Nicklas Backstrom has finally received the silver medal that he was denied after testing positive for high levels of pseudoephedrine.  Pseudoephedrine is present in an allergy medication Backstrom has used for seven years. The positive sample meant that Backstrom was suspended from the Olympic gold medal game between Sweden and Canada...
Via DC Sports-Kings
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nicklas Backstrom finally receives silver medal after six months

It’s been six months but finally Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom got his silver medal from the Winter Olympics. The Swedish center was banned from the gold medal game vs. Canada for testing positive for an elevated level of pseudoephedrine after taking allergy medicine, Zyrtec-D, a medicine he had taken every day for seven years. Canada won the game 3-0 but the International...
Via KCM Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Green and a Washington Rebuild

Tough choices and a tough reality likely await the Capitals in the coming weeks. (Getty) Things are not going well for the Washington Capitals right now.  Heading in to Friday night’s game with the Devils in Newark, the Capitals have lost six games in a row, four of them in regulation.  Their record stands at 22-20-8, and their figure of 14 wins in overtime and regulation is...
Via Rock the Red
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Caps Down the Stretch: Team Quality, the Deadline, and “Going for It”

Braden Holtby has caught an unbfortunate amount of flak for the Capitals' other shortcomings. With the Olympics now over, NHL teams are re-converging on their practice facilities as they prepare to head down the final 23 or so games of their regular seasons.  The Washington Capitals finished their pre-Olympic hockey on a high note, winning two games in a row to climb within...
Via Rock the Red
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Encouraging Signs from Capitals Pre-Deadline Day

Dustin Penner sent the Kings to the 2012 Final with this goal. (TheScore) Tuesday was an eventful day for the Washington Capitals, with General Manager George McPhee making two trades.  In the afternoon, he acquired left wing Dustin Penner from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a fourth round draft pick.  Then, later in the evening, he was able to get rid of the Martin Erat disaster...
Via Rock the Red
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Sweden’s Nicklas Backstrom Receives Silver Medal From 2014 Winter Olympics (Photo)

Nicklas Backstrom received his silver medal from the 2014 Winter Olympic ice hockey tournament in the most anti-climactic way Thursday. At a ceremony in Sweden, the 26-year-old was given his medal six months after the Sochi Games concluded. Nicklas Bäckström has finally received his silver medal from Sochi. http://t.co/H2Dx964TI4— Malin (@MalinElis) August 28, 2014 In a story...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Capitals defenseman John Carlson ‘looking forward to a fresh start’

The new coaching staff was upstairs at Washington’s practice facility, another morning preparing for the upcoming season. His teammates were on the ice for another offseason skate session. Rookie camp will begin on Sept. 11, training camp one week after that, and around that time too comes John Carlson’s wedding. And yet the 24-year-old defenseman felt something resembling stasis...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Line

If Trotz and Kuznetsov (not to mention new D-men Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen) can elevate the Caps, Washington will definitely get back to the playoffs after a one-year hiatus. And if Kuznetsov is as good as he has trended in his young career, who knows how good the Caps can be in the future. -Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News where you can read more on Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Via Kukla's Korner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Troy Brouwer shows off his sensitive side

Capitals forward Troy Brouwer is known as a tough, gritty player who also has a lot of offensive skills, having scored at least 17 goals in each of the last five seasons. But he’s not afraid to take the gloves off either. How does Brouwer spend his free time? Painting beautiful skylines of course. Who wins? @bottlenbottega pic.twitter.com/itaJIuX7DG — Troy Brouwer (@tbrouwer20...
Via DC Sports-Kings
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Brooks Laich, Julianne Hough’s Twitter interactions nearly sickeningly saccharine (pics)

As the NHL world reels as it attempts to come to terms with the news that Alexander Ovechkin and tennis star Maria Kirilenko have broken off their engagement, at least some solace can be achieved by knowing that the relationship between Brooks Laich, Ovi’s Washington Capitals teammate, and actress Julianne Hough is still going strong. […] The post Brooks Laich, Julianne Hough’s...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
July 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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