Hockey Archive: January / February 2012
McPhee Makes No Move; Caps Keep Streak Alive
With signs of momentum gaining, the Capitals did not do anything on the trade deadline other than placing Nick Backstrom on long-term injured reserve.
Caps Falter, Then Regain Momentum
After falling to the Senators, 5-2, the Capitals responded with a 4-1 win against the Canadiens.
Mid-way Road Trip Report
With 25 games left during the season and just seven days until the trade deadline, the Capitals are now 10th in the conference and general manager George McPhee is all over the trading block.
• Hurricanes Take The Caps Apart
Six Pack Of Surprises And Disappointments
With the season almost 75 percent done, let's take a look back and enjoy a nice six pack of surprises and a bitter six pack of disappointments of the NHL season.
Struggling Capitals Need A Change
The Washington Capitals had a good start after the All-Star break, or so it seemed. After getting three points during three games, the Caps have lost three of four games.
Injury-Depleted Caps Lose To Bruins
The Capitals started their three-game homestand on a bad note Feb. 5, with a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins.
Ovechkin Helps Caps Rally In Montreal
Alex Ovechkin returned from a four-game suspension Feb. 4 and helped the Caps get a 3-0 road victory against the Canadiens.
Caps Leading Tight Division Race
With the All-Star break over, the Washington Capitals are still without their three of their top players in Alex Ovechkin (one more game left on his suspension), Nick Backstrom (concussion) and Mike Green (lower body injury).
All-Star Weekend Wrap-Up
The All-Star Game and weekend let fans get a better look at the players, their personalities and the way they interact with each other.
NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft
The All-Star fantasy draft has become one of the more innovative parts of the NHL in recent years.
Lack Of Leadership, Not Lack Of Unity
The Washington Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins, 5-3, a daunting task made even more difficult because both the captain and one of the assistant captains were not in the Capitals' lineup.
The Capitals' Rough Road
During the entire month of January, the Capitals have had more than 30 shots during only one game (nine played thus far).
• Around the NHL, All-Star Week Edition
The Capitals' Winning Weekend
The Capitals scored two key divisional wins this weekend, topping the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-3, and the Carolina Hurricanes, 2-1.
A Struggling West Coast Road Trip
Though east-to-west trips rarely end well for East Coast teams, the Capitals look as if they have a traveling issue with a 7-12-1 record on the road so far this season.
• Around the NHL
Red Rockin' Russian Continues To Streak
Call it Ovechkin's Law of Hockey: Whenever Alexander Ovechkin's numbers go down, they will eventually skyrocket upward.
Great New Year's Weekend For Cap Fans
One week ago, the Washington Capitals were in Buffalo losing to an inconsistent Sabres team. Since then, the Caps have looked cohesive, tenacious and gritty when the situation calls for it.
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