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Matthew Paras

Matthew Paras

Matthew Paras is a digital sports writer for the Washington Times, covering the Washington Capitals and whatever else is needed. Originally from Chicago, he attended DePaul University and was the editor in chief of the student newspaper, The DePaulia. He had previous internships with the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Northwest Herald. He can be reached at mparas@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Matthew Paras

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ian Cole (28) battles for the puck against Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (19), of Sweden, during the second period of Game 2 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Saturday, April 29, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nicklas Backstrom: ‘We should be angry’ about Penguins loss

Nicklas Backstrom was quiet. As a group of reporters surrounded him on Friday, the Capitals star took his time to digest questions. The anger in his face from the Capitals 2-0 loss in Game 7 to the Pittsburgh Penguins still hadn't worn off. Published May 12, 2017

Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) tries to get away from Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the first period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Capitals face major questions after Game 7 Penguins loss

After another second round exit to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Trotz and the Capitals are still searching for how to win. And with this upcoming offseason, the Capitals find themselves at a major crossroads on how to get there. Published May 11, 2017

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), from Russia, who lost his helemt, passes the puck past Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (3), from Finland, during the second period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Capitals eliminated by Penguins with 2-0 shutout in Game 7

On Wednesday night, Shattenkirk got his own taste of the torment that is Washington Capitals postseason hockey, as he and his teammates fell before a capacity crowd at the Verizon Center 2-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins -- the same squad that kicked them out of the playoffs a year earlier. Published May 10, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) slam dunks the ball past Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) during first half eastern conference semi-final NBA basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, May 7, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

LeBron James roasts fan courtside in Toronto

LeBron James was able to do whatever he wanted during the Cavaliers four-game sweep over the Toronto Raptors -- including dishing out some great trash talk to a Raptors fan on Sunday. Published May 9, 2017

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92), from Russia, celebrates scoring the game winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammates, T.J. Oshie (77), John Carlson (74), Marcus Johansson (90), from Sweden, and Karl Alzner (27) during the third period of Game 5 in the second-round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Washington. The Capitols won 4-2. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Barry Trotz: No room to not be at our best in Game 6

After helping stave off elimination with a 4-2 win over the Penguins in Game 5, forward Evgeny Kuznetsov was told some of his teammates said the Capitals had played tight earlier in the series. Published May 7, 2017