Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, celebrates his second goal of the night, during the third period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Washington. The Capitals won 4-2. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

NHL moves ahead with 24-team playoff format if play resumes

May 26, 2020 | WNST Staff

The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 — if it is able to resume play.

Buffalo Sabres forward Dominik Kahun (95) scores against Washington Capitals goalie Branden Holtby (70) during the shootout period of an NHL hockey game Monday, March 9, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Kahun scores shootout goal in Buffalo 3-2 win over Capitals

March 09, 2020 | WNST Staff

Washington dropped to 7-9-3 in its past 19, a stretch in which the team has won consecutive games just once.

Washington Capitals' Nic Dowd, left, celebrates with Garnet Hathaway after scoring on Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Capitals strike early, thrash Pittsburgh 5-2

March 07, 2020 | WNST Staff

The playoffs are still a month away. It just feels like they’ve already started for Washington.

New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad, upper left, scores in overtime against Washington Capitals goaltender Ilya Samsonov as Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) defends during an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 5, 2020, in New York. Zibanejad had five goals as the Rangers won 6-5. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Zibanejad scores five goals to lead Rangers past Caps in overtime

March 05, 2020 | WNST Staff

Alex Ovechkin had two goals, including the tying score with 43 second remaining to force overtime.

Philadelphia Flyers' Travis Konecny celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Caps fall to red-hot Philadelphia as Metropolitan lead down to 1 point

March 04, 2020 | WNST Staff

Penalties continued to handcuff Washington, continuing a season-long trend.

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Hellebuyck makes 34 saves to lead Winnipeg past Capitals 3-0

February 27, 2020 | WNST Staff

Connor Hellebuyck robbed Alex Ovechkin at least twice and made a great glove grab off Ilya Kovalchuk during a second-period power play.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, left, of Russia, son Sergei, center, and Ovechkin's wife, Nastya, right, applaud during a ceremony to honor Ovechkin for his 700th goal, before the team's NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Ovechkin scores 701st, shootout winner as Capitals beat Winnipeg

February 25, 2020 | WNST Staff

Alex Ovechkin began the night being celebrated for what he’s best at; he ended it doing something much more rare.

Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) scores a goal past Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray (30) during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Capitals snap skid, beat Pittsburgh to vault into first place

February 23, 2020 | WNST Staff

Washington scored three goals in the first 11 minutes of the third period to come back and beat the Penguins 5-3.

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, skates with the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Washington. The Canadiens won 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Ovechkin scores 699th goal as Capitals fall to Canadiens in overtime

February 20, 2020 | WNST Staff

Alex Ovechkin moved closer to another milestone, but Washington dropped its third in a row.

San Jose Sharks' goalie Martin Jones, right, makes a glove save on a shot by Minnesota Wild's Jason Zucker (16) behind the Sharks' Brenden Dillon in the third period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. San Jose won 2-0.(AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

Caps hope trade for Dillon, adjustments solve struggles

February 19, 2020 | WNST Staff

For the first time since October, Washington took the ice for practice as something other than a first-place team.