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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

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)

Capitals still searching for answers in Penguins series

Heading into the second round of the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Capitals coach Barry Trotz predicted Washington was over any postseason jitters the team might have felt while struggling to put away the Toronto Maple Leafs. Published April 30, 2017

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, chases the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Patric Hornqvist (72), of Sweden, during Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Penguins 3, Caps 2

Penguins star Sidney Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds to start the second period, pacing the Penguins to a 3-2 win over the Capitals in Game 1 of the best of seven series. Published April 27, 2017

Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) defends the net with goalie Braden Holtby (70) against Calgary Flames right wing Kris Versteeg (10), far left, during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Karl Alzner to miss Game 1 against Penguins

Karl Alzner is still "day-to-day and progressing" despite having missed the last four games. Alzner is out in Game 1 Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Published April 27, 2017

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 14, 2017, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, looks on from the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in Washington. To get to their first Eastern Conference final in the past decade, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will have to go through the Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins, who have quite simply had their number in the playoffs. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Capitals will measure focus, growth against Penguins

The last meeting between the Washington Capitals and the reigning Stanley Cup champions resulted in a wild 8-7 Pittsburgh Penguins' win on Jan. 16. It's a night Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner would rather forget. Published April 25, 2017

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2015, file photo, Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon (25) before the start of an NCAA college football game against Tulsa in Norman, Okla. In a video released by the Norman Police Department, Amelia Molitor said a group of men with Mixon sexually harassed her and she rejected Mixon's advances before Mixon punched her and broke bones in her face in July 2014. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)

Scott Campbell says character will count in Redskins draft picks

Joe Mixon's videotaped, jaw-breaking punch of a woman in a Norman sandwich shop in 2014 has a lot of teams -- including the Washington Redskins -- weighing the cost of taking on a ballplayer as known for his off-the-field trouble as his gridiron exploits. Published April 24, 2017

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal with teammates Kevin Shattenkirk (22) and T.J. Oshie (77) during first period NHL hockey round one playoff action against the Washington Capitals, in Toronto on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Kevin Shattenkirk on reduced minutes: ‘I don’t mind’

When the Capitals traded for Kevin Shattenkirk at the deadline, Washington thought it was getting an offensive-minded defenseman who could boost their power play unit and provide depth to the blue line come playoff time. Published April 21, 2017