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Capitals prospects to compete in three-team Prospects Showcase in September

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Capitals prospects to compete in three-team Prospects Showcase in September

Didn't get enough of the Capitals' prospects at development camp? Well, you're in luck. The team's prospects will be back in action in September as the Caps are set to compete in the 2018 NHL Prospects Showcase in Estero, Fla.

The Caps will serve as hosts for the tournament that will take place at Germain Arena in the Sunshine State. Washington will play against prospects from the Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Here is the full schedule:

Sat. Sept. 8: Capitals at Predators
Sun. Sept. 9: Predators at Lightning
Mon. Sept. 10: Lightning at Capitals
Tues. Sept. 11: Predators at Capitals

The Capitals were set to host last year's tournament, but it was canceled due to Hurricane Irma.

Further details on this year's Showcase, including the team rosters, will be released at a later date.


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Carlson cannot be stopped, Ovechkin gets out the blowtorch and Siegenthaler impresses

Carlson cannot be stopped, Ovechkin gets out the blowtorch and Siegenthaler impresses

The legend of John Carlson is growing as he added two goals to his already incredible season on Wednesday in a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

Check out the game recap here.

Observations from the win

Just give Carlson the Norris already

Sometimes it can be hard to recognize or understand the magnitude of a player's performance over the course of the season. If you don't recognize yet that we are seeing a special season from Carlson, then you need to get on board.

With 11 goals and 31 assists in 30 games, Carlson is statistically off to one of the best starts by a defenseman ever. More on those numbers below.

It's not just his offensive play, Carlson has been very good defensively. That narrative that he is only good offensively and is a defensive liability in his own end is ludicrous.

At this point, you can start engraving Carlson's name into the Norris Trophy now. He is playing well in his own end and he is having one of the best seasons ever for a defenseman offensively. There's no debate.

Hagelin's real return

Hagelin returned from injury for Tuesday's game against San Jose, but you could not see the real impact of his return until Wednesday. The Caps did not take a single penalty against the Sharks, but took three against the Kings. Penalty killing is where Hagelin's game really excels and that was evident in this game as he led the team with 3:55 of shorthanded ice time and was a major factor in the Caps stifling the power play.

Don't forget about Siegenthaler

Carlson is going to steal all the headlines, but Jonas Siegenthaler put together one heck of a game and was named the second star. He recorded a game-high four blocked shots, but his real highlight came in the second period as he defended a 2-on-1 by the Kings.

The responsibility of a defenseman on a 2-on-1 is to defend the pass. Siegenthaler got into the passing lane and timed his slide exactly right, getting down on the ice at just the right time to block the puck. It was exceptionally well played and prevented Los Angeles from even getting a shot off.

Turn off the blowtorch, Ovi!

During a stoppage in play, Alex Ovechkin was on the bench taking a blowtorch to his helmet. He then handed the still lit blowtorch off to head equipment manager Brock Myles.

Come on, man. Turn off the blowtorch before you hand it off.

Turning point

Carlson's second goal of the game first period proved to be the game-winner and established that this was going to be his and the Caps' night.

Play of the game

Carlson's 100th career goal was a pretty one and very fitting. The defenseman who does it all did it all on this play, getting the steal in the defensive zone, taking it himself down the ice and firing the wrister to beat Jonathan Quick on the far post.

Stat of the game

It's Carlson's world, we're all just living in it.

Quote of the game

Ovechkin has spent much of his career leaving his teammates speechless. Now Carlson has done it to him.

"I don't know what to say right now; he's the hottest guy out there. You can see two highlight-reel goals again. He's good."

Fan predictions

This was pretty darn close.

The Caps are now 4-0-1 this season on the second leg of a back-to-back.

Well, you got the two for Carlson right.

I love this bit. Keep trying guys.


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Carlson's two goals propel Caps over Kings

Carlson's two goals propel Caps over Kings

John Carlson's incredible season continued as he scored twice Wednesday to lead the Capitals to the 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. In the dreaded California road trip. Washington now sits 2-0-0 with only Friday's game in Anaheim remaining.


Here is how the Caps won.

John Carlson

What can you even say at this point?

One day after tallying three points in San Jose, Carlson came up big again scoring twice in the first period to make sure this game was never really in doubt.

Kings forward Trevor Lewis was trying to corral a bouncing puck in the offensive zone. Carlson saw that and attacked, stealing the puck away and sprinting down the ice. Carl Hagelin was with him but cut behind him leaving Carlson with no pass options. Instead, he called his own number and fired a wrister that hit off the far post and into the net. It was not clear, but the puck may have ramped up off the stick of defenseman Matt Roy.

Later in the first, Lars Eller battled for a puck in the corner of the offensive zone. He got it away from traffic up to T.J. Oshie. At that moment, Carlson was on the far side and recognized he was wide open. He charged towards the net and received a great pass from Oshie to put him in alone on goalie Jonathan Quick. Quick thought Carlson was going high the whole time and was leaning forward to make himself big to cover up high. By leaning forward, however, he committed himself and could not adjust as Carlson smartly stick-handled around and behind him.

That goal would prove to be the game-winner.

Carlson's goals were the 10th and 11th of the season making him the sixth Cap with at least 10 goals this season.

The penalty kill

Washington got arguably its best penalty killer back in the lineup for Tuesday's game in San Jose. The Caps did not take any penalties against the Sharks, however, so the team did not get the full impact of Hagelin's return. He got plenty of time to show off his penalty-killing acumen on Wednesday, however, as the Caps gave up three power play opportunities.
Washington killed off all three of those power plays to maintain their lead. Hagelin led the team with 3:55 of shorthanded ice time.

Strong defense

It was not just the penalty kill, the Caps defense as a whole was strong. Los Angeles was limited to just 44 shots with only 23 of those attempts getting in on net.

Ilya Samsonov was strong despite one mistake behind the net that led to the Kings' lone goal of the game and turned aside from the remaining 22 shots he faced.

The Caps did a great job of limiting Los Angeles' opportunities with key plays. Oshie took a penalty late in the second as he slashed Anze Kopitar to deny him a chance when he had gotten inside of Carlson in front of the net. Jonas Siegenthaler delivered a picture-perfect 2-on-1 defense as he timed his slide perfectly to cut off the passing lane and make sure the Caps would escape without even giving up a shot. Those key defensive plays stifled the Kings all night.