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A third-period penalty on Artem Anisimov looked to be just what the Washington Capitals needed. Instead, some aggressive play and a bad bounce led to a New York Rangers short-handed goal that all but put the game out of reach.
Every point matters this time of year, and down the stretch, for the Washington Capitals. So in the final minute of the third period, they played for it.
It's a big enough problem for the Washington Capitals or any hockey team when the power play goes horribly bad. It's even worse when the opposition has more offense short-handed and even scores a goal.
Once again, a young Russian winger with a "C" on his sweater is attracting intense scrutiny from the Washington Capitals' brass at the world junior championships.
It's not hard to imagine the Washington Capitals in the Winter Classic. Last season, they played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh against the Penguins, but the dream is that spectacle at home.
A decade ago, the IIHF World Junior Championship barely registered as a blip in the United States. Now, games are televised on NHL Network. And the Washington Capitals' John Carlson deserves a lot of credit for the explosion in popularity.
Switching coaches on the fly in the middle of a season presents plenty of challenges. Dale Hunter has made changes to just about everything since taking over the Washington Capitals on Nov. 28 — perhaps none with more of a tactical difference than on defense.
When stay-at-home defenseman Karl Alzner finds himself up on the rush, he looks and finds friend and defensive partner John Carlson right there with him.
Alex Ovechkin scored one of three straight goals by Washington in the third period to lead the Capitals to a 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.