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Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) celebrates his goal with Jack Hillen (38), Tom Wilson (43) and Nicklas Backstrom, left, during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks, Friday, March 14, 2014, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-3. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Another blown lead, but Caps recover for 4-3 win over Vancouver

- The Washington Times

Defenseman Mike Green's third-period goal lifts Washington to a much-needed victory after its 12th blown two-goal lead of the season, fifth in the third period alone. Alex Ovechkin recorded his NHL-best 45th goal and rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov had three assists in just his third NHL game.

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), of Russia, fights for position against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (3), of Finland, and Lee Stempniak (22) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 10, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Caps rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov eases into debut

- The Washington Times

Monday’s 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh marked the NHL debut for Caps prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov, the 21-year-old Russian who was a first-round pick in 2010, but took almost four years to arrive in Washington.

Pittsburgh Penguins left wing James Neal (18) gets tangles up with Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) as Capitals goalie Jaroslav Halak (41), of Slovakia, looks on during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 10, 2014, in Washington. The Penguins won 3-2.(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz help Penguins foil Caps again

- The Washington Times

If the Capitals are going to reach the Stanley Cup playoffs for a seventh consecutive year, a demanding schedule down the stretch demands they earn that berth the hard way. With back-to-back games against the Pittsburgh Penguins early this week, that's easier said than done. The first leg went to the visitors at Verizon Center on Monday night.

Washington Capitals right wing Eric Fehr (16) battles for the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 10, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

A strong effort little solace for Caps

- The Washington Times

Time is running short for the Capitals. They have lost three of their last four games in regulation and another game ticked off the schedule. There are 16 left now and the next one is Tuesday night in Pittsburgh against a Penguins team they outplayed, but still couldn't beat in a 3-2 loss at Verizon Center on Monday night.

Anaheim Ducks left wing Dustin Penner (17) skates during warmups prior to an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minn., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Caps GM George McPhee: On trade deadlines and team chemistry

- The Washington Times

Caps general manager George McPhee made three trades this week, bringing in winger Dustin Penner from Anaheim and goalie Jaroslav Halak from St. Louis while sending forward Martin Erat to Phoenix. After the NHL's trade deadline passed on Wednesday, McPhee spoke about the role team chemistry plays when he weighs a possible deal.

Anaheim Ducks left wing Dustin Penner passes the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Capitals acquire left wing Dustin Penner from Ducks

- The Washington Times

The Capitals have acquired forward Dustin Penner from the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth-round pick. Penner, 31, is a left wing with 13 goals and 19 assists this season under former Washington coach Bruce Boudreau. He is in the final year of a contract that pays $2 million.

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) looks on from the bench during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Reinforcements arrive as Caps hit the stretch run

- The Washington Times

Washington gets a boost with the return of defenseman Mike Green (concussion), who missed the last six games before the break, and center Mikhail Grabovski (left ankle), who missed the last eight games. That's two players who see lots of ice time and play a variety of roles.

Buffalo Sabres center Brian Flynn (65) gives chase to Washington Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen (38) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y., Saturday, March 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Return of Caps defenseman Jack Hillen closer, but still in question

- The Washington Times

Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen is not ready yet to declare a return after Tuesday's rehabilitation game with AHL Hershey. Hillen, 28, sustained a right tibial plateau fracture on Oct. 3 against Calgary and has missed the last 57 games. He began the year as a third-pair defenseman on the left side next to rookie Connor Carrick.

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin (8) and Nicklas Backstrom (19) celebrate a goal against the Edmonton Oilers during third period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday Oct. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson)

Behind the scenes of the Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom press conferences

- The Washington Times

One player looked relieved, if tired. The other still appeared to be in shock. The Capitals' two stars returned from the Winter Olympics in Sochi in different states of mind on Tuesday. Alex Ovechkin, though disappointed his team failed to medal, received a far bigger scare when his father, Mikhail, suffered a heart attack on Feb. 16. Nicklas Backstrom, on the other hand, looked little better than he did two days ago in Sochi.

Washington Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen (38) celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Caps defenseman Jack Hillen close to return from broken leg

- The Washington Times

The goal for Capitals defenseman Jack Hillen was to return to his native Minnesota over the NHL’s Winter Olympic break and make sure the progress he has made recovering from a broken leg did not erode. Apparently, Hillen accomplished that and more after he returned for five practices with Washington last week. On Tuesday, the Caps assigned Hillen to AHL Hershey, where he will be on a long-term injury/illness conditioning loan.