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25 Greatest Washington Capitals, from Langway and Bondra to Ovechkin and Backstrom

May 5, 2012

Who is the greatest Washington Capital of all-time, Rod Langway or Alex Ovechkin? Where did the young guns of Ovie, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, and Alexander Semin come in on the top 25 list, if at all?  If the Caps continue their playoff run in 2012, it will enhance Ovie’s legacy. The two-time MVP’s play has slipped the past two years, but he’s still one of the NHL’s most dangerous goal scorers. Without further ado, here are the links to the Top 25 Caps of all-time, based on one writer’s opinion: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1140809-washington-capitals-25-best-players-in-team-history-from-langway-to-ovechkin and http://www.examiner.com/article/25-best-washington-capitals-from-langway-and-bondra-to-ovechkin-and-backstrom.

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Red hot Washington Capitals win 13th in a row, take on Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow

February 6, 2010

The Washington Capitals will try to extend their franchise record winning streak to 14 games as they host the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow in their traditional Super Bowl Sunday contest.  The game features the NHL’s two best players, Alexander Ovechkin of the Caps and Sidney Crosby of the Penguins.

Red hot Washington Capitals win 13th in a row, 5-2 over Atlanta Thrashers

The red hot Washington Capitals won their 13th consecutive game tonight, 5-2 over the Atlanta Thrashers in Washington.

Caps backup goalie Michael Neuvirth made a career-high 43 saves as the Caps got goals from their three leading scorers: Alexander Ovechkin (39), Alexander Semin (26), and Nicklas Backstrom (25).

Ovechkin scored his league-leading 39th goal on a power play slapshot past goalie Ondrej Pavelec at the 13:41 mark of the first period. Backstrom fed Ovechkin the puck as Ovie was sprinting back from the bench after retrieving a new stick.

For the rest of the article, see http://www.examiner.com/x-37753-DC-Sports-Headlines-Examiner.

Washington Capitals win team record 12th straight over NY Rangers, Ovechkin gets 500th career point

The Washington Capitals extended their team record winning streak to 12 games with a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers last night at Madison Square Garden.

Nicklas Backstrom scored five points including the game-winning goal early in the third period, while linemate Alexander Ovechkin scored two goals.

Ovechkin scored his 500th career point in style with 8.5 seconds left in the second period, sliding the puck through the legs of Michal Rozsival and up over goalie Henrik Lundqvist. The goal, Ovie’s 38th, closed the gap to 5-4.

For the rest of the article, see http://www.examiner.com/x-37753-DC-Sports-Headlines-Examiner.

Washington Capitals beat Boston Bruins for franchise record 11th win in a row

The Washington Capitals won a team-record 11th straight game last night over the Boston Bruins, 4-1.

Brooks Laich and Boyd Gordon each scored past Bruins goalie Tim Thomas in a three minute-stretch in the 3rd period to give the Caps a 3-1 advantage. Caps goalie Jose Theodore was superb in the net, stopping 41 shots.

The Caps have won 14 of 15 games since Alexander Ovechkin was named Captain January 5. Ovechkin was named the NHL’s first star of the month for January.

For the rest of the article, see http://www.examiner.com/x-37753-DC-Sports-Headlines-Examiner.

Best 50 Players in Washington Capitals History

May 13, 2009

With Game 7 of the Washington Capitals – Pittsburgh Penguins NHL playoff series just a few hours away, I thought it would be a good time to make a list of the 50 greatest Washington Capitals of all-time.  Of course, this is my personal opinion, and it’s very subjective.  I’m sure there are a lot of Caps fans and hockey fans who know better than I do.  There aren’t a lot of current Caps on the list because so many of them are young and have only played a few years with the team.  There are great players like Sergei Fedorov who aren’t on they list because he only played two seasons for the Caps. 

Anyway, let’s remember that the Caps have had a lot of great players over the years.  Even though the Caps have generally underachieved in the playoffs, they did make the conference finals in 1990 and the Stanley Cup finals in 1998.  From 1983 to 1996 they only missed the playoffs once.  So this is the eighth time the Caps have made it to at least the second round of the playoffs.

  1. Alexander Ovechkin, F                       
  2. Rod Langway, D*+                       
  3. Peter Bondra, F                       
  4. Dale Hunter, F+
  5. Mike Gartner, F*+                       
  6. Scott Stevens, D
  7. Calle Johannson, D            
  8. Kevin Hatcher, D
  9. Olaf Kolzig, G
  10. Yvon Labre, D+
  11. Bengt Gustafsson, F                       
  12. Michal Pivonka, D
  13. Gaetan Duchesne, F
  14. Guy Charron, F                       
  15. Kelly Miller, F
  16. Mike Ridley, F
  17. Sergei Gonchar, D
  18. Ryan Walter, F
  19. Don Beaupre, G
  20. Dennis Maruk, F
  21. Dino Ciccarelli, F
  22. Sylvain Cote, D
  23. Doug Jarvis, F                       
  24. Adam Oates, F                       
  25. Craig Laughlin, F
  26. Al Jensen, G                                               
  27. Jaromir Jagr, F                       
  28. Al Iafrate, D
  29. Bob Carpenter, F
  30. Pete Peeters, G
  31. Jeff Halpern, F
  32. Larry Murphy, D
  33. Brendan Witt, D
  34. Pat Riggin, G                                               
  35. Dave Christian, F                       
  36. John Druce, F
  37. Chris Simon, F
  38. Mike Green, D                       
  39. Richard Zednik, F
  40. Alexander Semin, F
  41. Jim Carey, G
  42. Robert Picard, D
  43. Steve Konowalchuk, F
  44. Bobby Gould, F
  45. Andrei Nikolishin, F
  46. Alan Haworth, F
  47. Dmitri Khristich, F
  48. Joe Juneau, F
  49. Dainius Zubrus, F
  50. Clint Malarchuk, G     

*NHL Hall of Famer

+Caps Jersey Retired

Bold indicates currently with team.