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Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie, left, celebrates with left wing Alex Ovechkin after Oshie's goal against the New York Rangers during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Ovechkin scores twice, Capitals beat Rangers 5-1 in opener

- Associated Press

While the fisticuffs never materialized, the Washington Capitals made a season-opening 5-1 victory against the division-rival New York Rangers memorable Wednesday night for Alex Ovechkin's 731st and 732nd goals and Hendrix Lapierre's first.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) during the first period of an NHL preseason hockey game in Boston, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) **FILE**

Ovechkin, Capitals eye another run at Cup with one of NHL's oldest rosters

- Associated Press

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals are going gray gracefully with an eye on winning the big silver trophy one more time. More than three years removed from hoisting the Stanley Cup, the Capitals are once again of the NHL's oldest teams. Players think that's a good thing, with the bulk of the championship core still around and their sights set on extending their playoff streak to seven.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin reacts during media availability the team's NHL hockey training camp, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

Ovechkin begins 5-year contract chasing Gretzky's goals mark

- Associated Press

Ovechkin starts a new five-year contract with the Washington Capitals with 730 goals, 165 away from passing Gretzky. The Russian superstar is 36 and would need to score at a pace never before seen from an older player to approach that mark by the time his contract is up.

Seattle Kraken's Vince Dunn (29) celebrates his first goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 in Vancouver, British Columbia (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) **FILE**

Eyes shift to Kraken's debut, full schedule as NHL season begins

- Associated Press

The season gets under way Tuesday night when the back-to-back champion Tampa Bay Lightning raise another banner and host the Pittsburgh Penguins, the last team to win the Cup twice in a row in 2016 and 2017. The Kraken also play their first regular-season game -- at Vegas, four years after the Golden Knights were the league's last expansion team.

New Jersey Devils forward Dawson Mercer (18) skates with the puck ahead of Washington Capitals center Hendrix Lapierre (29) during the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

Lapierre impresses Capitals staff with Backstrom on shelf

- Associated Press

The hole in the middle of the Washington Capitals lineup with Nicklas Backstrom out injured looked looked tailor made for 2019 first-round pick Connor McMichael. The spot still might be his. But 2020 first-rounder Hendrix Lapierre, who is a year younger and came in with less fanfare, has been among the biggest training camp surprises around the NHL and could land a spot on the opening night roster.

Monumental Sports and Entertainment holds a garage sale featuring old merchandise at Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Capitals and Wizards. (Andy Kostka/The Washington Times)

For sale, Hinrich jersey, never worn: Capital One Arena cleans house

- The Washington Times

As the boxes and boxes of merchandise kept arriving at Capital One Arena, the scope of the task ahead of Jamal Jones became clear. Jones, the director of retail for Monumental Sports and Entertainment, was amazed at how much was hiding in storage here and there, gathering dust, almost forgotten.

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer (31) is seen after a win against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series Sunday, May 30, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) **FILE**

Former Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer excelling with Avalanche

- The Washington Times

Philipp Grubauer was named a finalist on Tuesday for the Vezina Trophy, given to the league's best goalie. And while the Capitals started their summer early, Grubauer is leading the Avalanche in the postseason, with five wins in five starts, leaving his playoff struggles in 2018 in the rearview mirror.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) and center Nicklas Backstrom (19) celebrate after a goal during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins, Saturday, May 15, 2021, in Washington. It was later determined that the goal was scored by Capitals defenseman Brenden Dillon. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Capitals don't see aging core as issue

- The Washington Times

The Washington Capitals were the oldest team in the NHL this season, but they believe that core group of veterans still has what it takes to contend for another Stanley Cup.