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Washington Capitals left wing Andre Burakovsky (65) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Andre Burakovsky working through scoring drought

- The Washington Times

To kick off the Washington Capitals' season, Andre Burakovsky scored two goals, hinting at the tantalizing possibility of a breakout third year for the 21-year-old forward. But in the 14 games since, Burakovsky has gone ice cold: zero goals on 39 shots.

Washington Capitals left wing Jakub Vrana (13), of Czech Republic, makes his debut against the New York Islanders during an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Capitals rookie Jakub Vrana makes debut

- The Washington Times

The Washington Capitals have waited patiently for their forward prospect Jakub Vrana to develop into the player they believe he can become before rushing him to the NHL, but the time to test his worth came Thursday night.

New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41), of Czech Republic, makes a save on a shot from Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Jaroslav Halak, 3 quick goals lead Islanders past Alex Ovechkin, Capitals

- Associated Press

Shane Prince, Brock Nelson and Jason Chimera produced three goals in less than 4 1/2 minutes of the third period Thursday night, leading the New York Islanders to their first three-game winning streak of the season with a 3-0 victory over the Washington Capitals.

Toronto Maple Leafs' James van Riemsdyk, right, and Washington Capitals' Matt Niskanen chase the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. (Jon Blacker/The Canadian Press via AP)

Back-to-backs put Caps in a bind

- The Washington Times

Over the course of an NHL season, each team has to figure out its strategy for the grind of games on consecutive nights. For the Capitals, back-to-backs are a work in progress.

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) takes a drink during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

In one major category, Holtby outperforming last season

- The Washington Times

In the 2015-16 season, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby edged out Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop and Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick to win the season's Vezina Trophy, given to the NHL's top goaltender.

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) stands in the net after Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg (10), of Sweden, scored a goal during third period of their NHL hockey game, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Washington. Blue Jackets defeated the Capitals 3-2. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

With T.J. Oshie out, Capitals fall to Blue Jackets

- The Washington Times

After Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky scored within 14 seconds at the start of the period and forward Alexander Wennberg added a power play tally with just 54 seconds remaining in the game, the Capitals fell 3-2.

San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones, front, reaches for the puck against Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson, top, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Martin Jones has 24 saves to lead Sharks over Capitals

- Associated Press

Martin Jones stopped 24 shots, Brent Burns scored his fifth goal of the season and the San Jose Sharks beat Washington 3-0 on Tuesday night to end the Capitals' five-game winning streak.