Capitals take issue with Brooks Orpik being called ‘a predator’

PITTSBURGH — Capitals Coach Barry Trotz and several of his players strongly defended suspended defenseman Brooks Orpik’s character on Monday, after Orpik had been the subject of a wave of prominent criticism. Orpik’s hit on Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta Saturday night prompted a quick and angry response during NBC’s coverage. “If they don’t suspend [Orpik], […]
Via DC Sports Blog
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(Barely) more people in Washington watched the NFL draft than Caps-Penguins Game 1

When the NHL announced that Game 1 of the Penguins-Capitals series would go up against the first round of the NFL draft, there were two quick assumptions: that the hockey game would get swamped locally by the NFL event, and that the NHL was silly for putting its marquee second-round matchup up against football’s biggest […]
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Mike Weber 'wanted to be a Penguin,' but now wants to beat them

Capitals defenseman Mike Weber is not ashamed to admit it. As a child growing up just 20 miles north of downtown Pittsburgh he always wanted to be a Penguin.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
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Nicklas Backstrom gets faceoff redemption, as Capitals' top line continues to hold its own

In Game 2, Backstrom won 18 of 20 faceoffs (90 percent), marking the highest faceoff win percentage in the NHL playoffs since 1987-88 for a minimum of 20 faceoffs.
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Brooks Orpik suspended three games for hit to head on Maatta

The NHL announced on Sunday that Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik has been suspended three games for his late hit to the head against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta during Saturday’s Game 2 playoff matchup. Orpik was given a two-minute interference penalty on the play after he drilled the defenseless Maatta, knocking him out of the game. Washington's Brooks...
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Taylor Chorney looks to see more time on the ice and the Capitals' penalty kill

The veteran defenseman finally got his playoff highlight Saturday.
Via Capitals Insider
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Lesson Learned?: Capitals-Penguins Game 3 Preview

Despite being outplayed in two home games, the Capitals were lucky to get out of Washington with a split.
Via Capitals Outsider
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Nasty hit by Brooks Orpik might mean suspension for Caps bruiser

WASHINGTON — During their back-to-back Stanley Cup final runs in 2008 and 2009, the Pittsburgh Penguins knew all about what Brooks Orpik can do. The rugged, bruising defenseman's ability to play on the edge was a big part of the Penguins' playoff success for a long time.With Orpik on the other side of their series with the Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh was on the receiving end...
Via Associated Press
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A Meme is Born -- Marcus Johansson and 'Dearest Abigail'

Watch CSN's segment about 'Dearest Abigail' on #CapitalsTalk in the video player above, which will begin momentarily.Marcus Johansson showed up to Verizon Center for Game
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
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Penguins Hold Off Capitals in Game 2, Win 2-1

WASHINGTON — The Capitals were outshot 35-24 in their 2-1 Game 2 loss to the Penguins at Verizon Center on Saturday. It was Eric Fehr who put the dagger in the Capitals, scoring the game-winning goal against his former team with four minutes and 28 second remaining in regulation. Scoring opportunities limited Washington early. Pittsburgh led the Caps 28-10 in shots on goal through...
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WATCH: Brooks Orpik lays a high and late hit on Olli Maatta

There have been a few ugly hits in this year’s playoffs, but this one from Brooks Orpik on Olli Maatta may the worst of the bunch. Orpik with a completely unnecessary, dangerous hit — Sons of Penn (@SonsofPenn) May 1, 2016 Another angle: possible reasonable explanations: has a bet going to see what it takes to get suspended in the playoffs...
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Video: T.J. Oshie’s daughter takes Caps-Pens rivalry to a new adorable level

As I have already stated in a couple of other posts here on PDL, it is going to be a tough series for the Capitals and Penguins. Each side can take all the help they can get. In the case of the Capitals, it looks like they have T.J. Oshie’s daughter, Lyla, on their side. Healthy rivalries 101… #capspens #nhlplayoffs #lylaoshie A video posted by Monumental Sports Network...
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Jay Beagle finds opponent's stick caught in helmet (Video)

Washington Capitals center Jay Beagle found himself in an awkward position Thursday night when an opposing player's stick got caught inside his helmet visor. It happened late in the second period as the Capitals took on Pittsburgh in Game 1 of their NHL second round playoff series. Beagle banged into Penguins defenseman Kris Letang along the boards and somehow skated away with his...
Via Holdout Sports
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How Pens-Caps can determine if Crosby or Ovechkin is better

For the first time since 2009, the NHL’s biggest stars — Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin — will meet in a postseason series. The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins open their second-round series on Thursday night in what many feel is a de facto conference championship, as these teams finished 1-2 in the East but because of the NHL’s asinine playoff system, this is...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Brayden Schenn suspended three games next season for hit on T.J. Oshie

Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn has been suspended three games next season by the NHL for his hit to the head of T.J Oshie. The dangerous hit occurred in Game 6 of the Flyers first-round series playoff series against the Washington Capitals. Oshie corralled the puck behind the Flyers goal, and Schenn, with a full head of steam, charged at him and left his feet to make...
Via Puck Drunk Love
4 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Capitals vs. Penguins

VitalsPittsburgh: 48-26-8 regular season, 4-1-0 in five games played in Round 1Washington: 56-18-8 regular season, 4-2-0 in six games played in Round 1Season SeriesPittsburgh took three of five contests during the 2015-2016 campaign, including a 4-3 overtime victory at the Verizon Center on April 7.Playoff HistoryThe most recent postseason meeting between these teams was in 2009...
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The Washington Capitals won because of D.C. firefighter superstitions

When it comes to sports, fans can be very superstitious. Take a step inside a Washington D.C. firehouse and you will see just the latest example of a superstition not to be messed with. At least as long as the Washington Capitals are fighting for a chance to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup above their heads this postseason. Hockey players have playoff beards. Firefighters at one Washington...
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Washington D.C. firefighters are taking their Capitals superstition very seriously

The NHL has yet to release the schedule for the Capitals-Penguins semifinals series but in the mean time: DO NOT MOVE this Evgeny Kuznetsov figurine at a certain firehouse in Washington D.C.:Infallible logic. You can't argue that!The 23-year-old center Kuznetsov tallied 20 shots on goal and scored once in the Capitals' opening round series win over the Flyers, but clearly his little...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Caps’ Backstrom Breaks Through vs. Neuvirth (Video)

WASHINGTON — After starting the series on the bench, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Michael Neuvirth has dominated his former team, earning first star honors in Games 4 and 5. He blocked 72-straight shots between the third period of Game 4 and the second period of Game 6 (106 minutes), before allowing a sharp shot from Washington Capitals alternate captain Nicklas Backstrom. Here...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

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