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Teammates congratulates an exhausted Alexander Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals after Ovechkin scored his 400th career goal on an empty net in the third period against the Carolina Hurricanes during their game at PNC Arena on Dec. 20, in Raleigh, North Carolina. (credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Power Play Lifts Capitals Past Carolina, 4-2

Troy Brouwer had a goal and an assist, and the Washington Capitals scored three power-play goals in the second period of a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.


Caps fan Tricia Drummond was hit in the head by a puck during a game against the Flyers at the Verizon Center on Dec. 15, 2013. (Photo from @triciadrummond)

Caps Fan Hit in Head By Puck Watches Comeback Win Before Going to Hospital

Hockey players are known for their toughness, but a Washington Capitals fan showed that hockey fans have a high tolerance for pain, too.


Mikhail Grabovski #84 of the Washington Capitals scores a goal against the Montreal Canadiens in the third period during an NHL game at the Verizon Center on November 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. (credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Grabovski Helps Capitals Beat Canadiens 3-2 in SO

Mikhail Grabovski tied the score with 5:32 left in the third period and had the go-ahead goal in a shootout to help the Washington Capitals snap their four-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Friday.


John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards passes against Kenyon Martin #3 of the New York Knicks during the game at the Verizon Center on November 23, 2013 in Washington, DC. (credit: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wall’s 31 Points Help Wizards Beat Knicks 98-89

Taking their poor home-court play on the road, the Knicks allowed Washington’s John Wall to score 31 points and dropped into a last-place tie in the Atlantic Division by getting beaten 98-89 at the Wizards on Saturday night


Peter Holland #24 of the Toronto Maple Leafs gets past Brooks Laich #21 of the Washington Capitals during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre November 23, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (credit: Abelimages/Getty Images)

Maple Leafs Hold on to Beat Caps 2-1 in SO

Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer ended up making 49 saves and Joffrey Lupul scored the winner in the shootout to lift Toronto to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals.


File photo of Alex Ovechkin. (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Ovechkin Scores in OT, Caps Top Blue Jackets 4-3

Alex Ovechkin put in a rebound 1:34 into overtime Tuesday night, giving the Washington Capitals a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.


Alex Ovechkin. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Ovechkin Scores 2; Caps Top Islanders 6-2

After scoring twice in his return from a shoulder injury, Alex Ovechkin supplied the assist on Tom Wilson’s first NHL goal. After the game, he stunned the 19-year-old rookie mid-interview with a red pillow smothered with blue shaving cream right in the face.


Curtis Glencross #20 of the Calgary Flames tries to deflect the puck as Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals defends during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on October 26, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Flames defeated the Capitals 5-2. (credit: Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Flames Upend Capitals 5-2

After a tough road trip, the Calgary Flames were happy to be back home. Calgary scored on the first shift, and Michael Cammalleri scored two goals and the Flames cruised to a 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Saturday.


Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals celebrates with Nicklas Backstrom after Backstrom scored the team's third goal against the Edmonton Oilers during an NHL game at Rexall Place on Oct. 24, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The Capitals defeated the Oilers 4-1. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

Ovechkin’s 10th Goal Lifts Caps Over Oilers

Alex Ovechkin scored his NHL-leading 10th goal and added an assist for the Washington Capitals, who beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 on Thursday night for their third straight win.


Terrance Williams of the Dallas Cowboys runs past David Amerson. (credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

β€˜Tis the Season for Doom and Gloom in D.C. Sports

With the Redskins off to a 1-4 start, the Capitals 2-4, and the Wizards 0-2 in the preseason, the professional representatives in the D.C. sports landscape are following a negative trend that haunts the area’s teams this time every year, and is showing no sign of letting up.





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