The Washington Capitals - Will This Be The Year?
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The Washington Capitals - Will This Be The Year?

The Washington Capitals entered the National Hockey League for the 1974-75 season. The Capitals are still looking for their first Stanley Cup victory.

Since their first year in the National Hockey League, 1974-75, the Washington Capitals have enjoyed several years of success during the regular season but have only made it to the Stanley Cup finals on one occasion. The 1998 version of the Capitals lost in the finals to the Detroit Red Wings.

Last season, 2009-10, the Capitals had the best overall record during the regular season, earning them the President’s Trophy. The team’s 54 wins was the best in their history. Unfortunately, Washington lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs to the surprising Montreal Canadiens.

The Capitals were part of the fourth wave of NHL Expansion since the league doubled in size for the 1967-68 season. The league also expanded for the 1970-71 season (Vancouver and Buffalo) and 1972-73 season (Atlanta and New York Islanders). Joining the Capitals that season were the Kansas City Scouts. The Scouts were less successful with the business aspect of the game and have since become the New Jersey Devils after a brief stop in Denver as the Colorado Rockies.

Although if Alexander Ovechkin remains a Washington Capital for at least the next three years he will own all the team’s career scoring records, for now there are some high-calibre players holding those marks. Peter Bondra is the team’s career leader in total points with 825. Bondra also holds the career mark for goals with 472. Michal Pivonka is the team’s historic leader in assists with 418. Mike Gartner holds the number two spot in goals and points, followed in the closing distance by Ovechkin.

Ovechkin was a first overall pick by the Capitals at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Since, he has won the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year (2005-06), Art Ross Trophy as the league’s top point-getter (2007-08), Rocket Richard Trophy as the top goal scorer (2007-08, 2008-09) and the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player (2007-08, 2008-09). Alexander fast became the new face of the National Hockey League, along with Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The 1982-83 season marked the first time a Washington Capital took home an NHL major award. Rod Langway won the first of his two Norris Trophies that season. The following year, the Capitals were well represented at the awards banquet with Langway taking home another Norris, coach Bryan Murray winning the Jack Adams Award as top coach, Doug Jarvis being honoured with the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league’s best two-way player and the goaltending duo of Al Jensen and Pat Riggin combined for the lowest goals against average and were awarded the William M. Jennings Trophy.

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Comments (3)

Interesting article.........thanks

We can only hope the Capitals fare better than the old Washington Senators.

Great article.