Since their inception in 1974, the Capitals have won one conference championship, reaching the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals, while capturing 7 division titles. Once Leonsis took over the team, the franchise has experienced much revitalization. Now touting star players, such as Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backtrom, and Mike Green, the Capitals seldom lose a home game.
The Capitals proudly earned the Presidents’ Trophy for having the most points at the end of the regular season in 2009. While the team experienced great wins with back-to-back Southeast Division titles, they still failed at playoffs. When Ovechkin joined, the Capitals began seeing great improvement.
Many players to join the Capitals long-term have experienced top career years, including Dainius Zubrus with 57 points, Halpern with his career best 33 assists, Matt Pttinger with his career best 20 goal, 38 point effort and many more. Other notable moments for the Capitals are when the longest tenured Capital, Olaf Kolzig, won his 250th game in goal and when Andrew Cassels became the 204th player to play 1,000 games.
The Capitals held strong having many good seasons, until an upset during the 2011-12 season that lead to the firing of head coach, Bruce Boudreau. Hiring on Dale Hunter, Capitals legend, the Capitals were able to once again make a strong push and finished with a 7th overall seed in the Eastern Conference. From there, the Capitals defeated the Boston Bruins, who were heavily favored, in 7 games with an overtime goal. While they lost the second round to the Rangers, the Capitals still showed a lot of strength and skill in the game.
After the 2011-12 season, Dale Hunter stepped down as head coach and was replaced by Adam Oates. While this lead to a rocky start in the 2012-13 season, the Capitals soon picked up and improved enough to make 3rd seed in the Easter Conference. Even though the Capitals were on a hot streak, they did not make playoffs. However, with Ovechkin’s great offense and being led by Adam Oates, the next season is sure to be a roaring success for the Capitals.
Capitals fans take much pride in their team. Even if you’re not into hockey, you would love the experience of being witness to a live game. Between the electrifying atmosphere and the rough and tumble action, you’re sure to leave with a new perspective and attitude about the game.
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Washington Capitals Schedule
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