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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Keith Aucoin
It was news that seemed to affect all who heard it, and words of support began pouring in for the city, the runners and the victims. Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was among those who reflected on the tragedy, tweeting that he was shaking his head at "the craziness of this world."
He got chances with the Washington Capitals, including last season, but now Aucoin isn't just a call-up. Claimed off waivers by the Islanders, he has three goals and an assist in six games this year and is starting to show the kind of offense he can provide at the NHL level if given the chance.
Unrestricted free agents can begin signing contracts at noon Sunday. Here's a look at the top players available and the Capitals players going to market:
Troy Brouwer knows Braden Holtby thrives amid distractions. Game 7 against the New York Rangers isn't a concern.
There's no use trying to come up with moral victories on the power play. It's about producing, and it's frustrating when everything goes right and the puck doesn't go in the net.
Desperation was there from the hop Saturday afternoon, with the Washington Capitals looking nothing like a team that just lost to the New York Rangers in a marathon Game 3.
Don't call the trio of Mike Knuble, Keith Aucoin and Joel Ward the Washington Capitals' fourth line.
Alexander Semin's prodigious talent makes him one of the Washington Capitals' most effective players. It also is why he can be one of their most maddening.
With the Metro underneath and so many events there beyond hockey Verizon Center, the ice surface there has been the subject of ridicule for quite some time. So it's enough of a concern on a normal day, but with the temperature expected to approach 90 degrees Monday, the chances of bad ice increase substantially.
It was hard to wipe the smile off Nicklas Backstrom's face Thursday. But that shouldn't be all that surprising considering the Washington Capitals star skated three days in a row, a significant step forward in his recovery from a concussion that has sidelined him since early January.
Just when the Washington Capitals thought things were turning around thanks to a four-game winning streak and Nicklas Backstrom's return to skating, Thursday's practice happened.
Born Feb. 29, Brayden Michael Aucoin won't remember his first few months. But the son of Keith and Maureen will have an unbeatable story to tell one day.
It seems like a simple recipe. In getting his first goal in over three months, Mike Knuble pointed to it.
The Washington Capitals' power play has been a popular punching bag for the past couple of months, and deservedly so.
If there's one thing the Washington Capitals learned on their recent home stand, it was that some third-period magic can salvage a lost night. This team has proven it's hard to win when not scoring first, but the magic was there at Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday night.
"She was kind of nervous," said Aucoin, a former Washington Capital, who reached his mother after a brief delay.
She said it was a pretty crazy scene down there."