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By Matt Vensel | April 13, 2011
The Capitals begin another playoff quest for that elusive Stanley Cup tonight when they host their former Patrick Division rivals, the Rangers. Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals are again the top seed in the East, but we learned last year that we shouldn’t overlook their first-round opponent. Here are five keys to beating the Rangers: No change in approach: The Capitals went through some growing pains in 2010-11 and trailed the Lightning in the Southeast Division for a big chunk of the season.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
With the start of the NHL season and MLB playoffs running concurrently as the calendar turns to October, Sports Illustrated lumped them together with some regional, cross-sport cover coverage. One of those regional covers features Orioles centerfielder Adam Jones and Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, a somewhat unlikely pairing that doesn't make as much sense as the other cover boys. In the west, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Stanley Cup-winner Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings pair up. In the heartland, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and Olympic shootout hero T.J. Oshie of the St. Louis Blues are featured.
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By Matt Vensel | April 19, 2011
The Capitals hold a 2-1 lead in their first-round playoff series against the Rangers, but it is only natural for Washington fans to be nervous after Sunday's Game 3 loss. In their history, the Capitals have been up 2-0 in best-of-seven playoff series five times, but they squandered their should-be-commanding lead all but once. After the Rangers outplayed the Capitals on Sunday and won on a late goal by Brandon Dubinsky, the Capitals need to reclaim control of the series in Wednesday's Game 4 to ensure that history does not repeat itself.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Boutique investment firm Hardesty Capital Management moved this month from its longtime home in Mount Vernon to a new office in Hunt Valley, which it said offers more modern conveniences and room to grow, while being closer to its customer base of wealthy Maryland families. The firm has looked to add clients, even as the rising stock market has helped drive its assets under management to more than $900 million, a record for the business. President Chad Meyer, who was hired as chief marketing officer last year, said the 14-person firm is looking to hire more people on the investment side to handle the increased funds, as well as staff that would help bring in business from other parts of Maryland and southern Pennsylvania.
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By Matt Vensel | November 29, 2011
The Capitals fired Bruce Boudreau on Monday and named former captain Dale Hunter as the team's next coach. Judging by this video, Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin might want to start back-checking and crashing the crease. [ via Hot Clicks ]
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By Matt Slovin and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2012
The Washington Capitals have signed forward Tom Wilson, the 16th overall selection of last month's NHL Draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced today. Wilson will make $832,500 at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level. Last season with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, Wilson totaled 27 points in 49 games. In 13 playoff games, he scored 13 points. The Capitals said in a statement that they expect Wilson to continue his development this season with Plymouth once again.
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By Matt Vensel | February 8, 2011
The pre-Super Bowl showdown between the Capitals and the Penguins was significantly lacking sizzle with Pittsburgh stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin out of the lineup. But that doesn't mean the Capitals' 3-0 win on Sunday wasn't impressive. Pittsburgh had won five straight games without its top two offensive players (Crosby has been out since suffering a concussion against Washington in the Winter Classic and Malkin had missed five games before blowing out his knee in his return last week)
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By Matt Vensel | April 6, 2011
The Washington Capitals are the top team in the Eastern Conference and are gearing up for the playoffs with two games left in the regular season. They have one of the league's most talented and charismatic players in Alex Ovechkin. And DJ Pauly D of "Jersey Shore" fame is in their corner, so there's that. More and more Baltimoreans have been jumping on the bandwagon during the Capitals' recent rise to prominence, perhaps in part because Orioles games weren't worth watching.
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By Matt Vensel | March 31, 2011
With five games left in the regular season, the Capitals have pretty much locked up the Southeast Division title and are likely to secure the second seed in the Eastern Conference. But Washington coach Bruce Boudreau doesn't want his team to let up. " All of these games are important to us ," he told The Washington Post . And it's not because the Capitals trail the Flyers by three points in the conference standings. The Capitals mailed it in down the stretch last season, and were unable to get back on track in the playoffs.
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By Matt Vensel | June 29, 2011
The Capitals have started to retool their roster after another early playoff exit. They have re-signed center Brooks Laich, traded for power forward Troy Brouwer and added a few draft picks to their minor-league system. Expect more changes -- perhaps more significant ones -- after owner Ted Leonsis said the Capitals "want to change and improve" this offseason. He also suggested that some trades could be in the works. Keeping Laich and acquiring Brouwer should help the Capitals in the grit department, but I’m of the belief that they need to add size and physicality on the back end. The Capitals committed themselves to team defense last season and were one of the NHL’s stingiest teams when it comes to goals against, but they can only do so much with mediocre defensive players.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
George Arlotto this week became the third Anne Arundel County superintendent in as many years submitting a capital budget proposal - but he said working within the school system for 10 years helped him hammer out the $163.4 million request. "Not a lot of changes were made, based on what we've done in the past and where we're headed in the future," said Arlotto, who was the system's chief of staff before becoming superintendent in July. Arlotto replaced Mamie Perkins, who served as an interim superintendent for a year while the school district sought a permanent replacement for seven-year Superintendent Kevin Maxwell.
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Dan Rodricks | August 28, 2014
What a difference four decades, a bad number, the war on drugs and reality television made: In 1975, National Geographic magazine devoted 27 glossy pages to the hidden charms of Baltimore. In 2014, the National Geographic Channel devotes an hour to the city's degeneracy and proclaims Baltimore "the Heroin Capital of America. " Some Baltimoreans might have saved that old National Geographic, from February 1975, because it provided a great boost to the civic ego. Numerous photographs accompanied Fred Kline's glowing prose.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
After the Orioles' 4-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in a lackluster game that lasted three hours and 37 minutes and featured 319 pitches, manager Buck Showalter played an impromptu word game with reporters. “That was a grind-out win,” Showalter said. “That was such a, I wouldn't say lethargic.” Sluggish? “Nope wasn't sluggish, that's a bad word,” Showalter said. Tedious? “No.” Grueling? “That's close,” Showalter said.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
Drug sales in broad daylight at Lexington Market. An addict telling viewers Baltimore "is where you want to be for heroin," and then, after she scores, letting the camera watch her cook and shoot up in her car on a street that appears to be in Hampden. A masked drug dealer sitting at a table full of dope, pointing his gun at the camera and saying, "Coming to you live from Baltimore. " An on-screen headline that says, "Baltimore is the heroin capital of America. " This is how Baltimore is depicted in the National Geographic Channel's "Drugs, Inc.: The High Wire," which premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
Gordon L. Smith Jr., chairman of the board and a co-founder of Baltimore Capital Management and a former longtime resident of Phoenix, Baltimore County, died Aug. 17 at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del., after open-heart surgery. He was 70. The son of Gordon L. Smith Sr., a salesman for real estate firm S.L. Hammerman Co., and Mary Louise Stansbury Smith, a Hochschild-Kohn sales associate, Gordon Lee Smith Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in the Loch Raven neighborhood. After graduating in 1963 from City College, he earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1966 from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
When Lisa Harris Jones launched her law firm 14 years ago, she used the only money she saw as an option - her own. Harris Jones said she founded Harris Jones & Malone with $7,000 on the belief that "if I can't buy it flat out, then I don't need it. " It has grown into a lobbying firm that takes in millions of dollars a year. "There's nothing in this office that's on credit," said Harris Jones of the Charles Village firm. Harris Jones isn't alone in the way she funded her business; many female entrepreneurs never seek capital from others.
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By Katie Carrera, The Washington Post | May 22, 2014
Barry Trotz met with Capitals owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick in Washington on Tuesday about the team's vacant coaching job, another indication in the mutual interest between the organization and the veteran bench boss. Trotz, 51, is widely considered the top coach currently available and is being courted by three of the four teams with openings. Once the Vancouver Canucks name Jim Benning general manager, as is expected later this week, Trotz will likely be a candidate there as well.
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By Robert B. Reich | August 13, 2014
In recent weeks, the managers, employees and customers of a New England chain of supermarkets called Market Basket have joined together to oppose the board of director's decision in June to oust the chain's popular chief executive, Arthur T. Demoulas. Their demonstrations and boycotts have emptied most of the chain's 71 stores. What was so special about Arthur T., as he's known? Mainly, his business model. He kept prices lower than his competitors, paid his employees more, and gave them and his managers more authority.
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Sports Digest | July 2, 2014
Et cetera Capitals sign Orpik, Niskanen and Peters On the first day of free agency, the Washington Capitals signed defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen and goaltender Justin Peters . Orpik received a five-year, $27.5 million deal. Orpik is the longest-tenured defenseman Penguins history with 703 career games since 2002-03. Niskanen, Orpik's teammate in Pittsburgh, signed a seven-year, $40.25 million deal. Peters comes from the Carolina Hurricanes. Washington also signed defensemen Jon Landry and Mike Moore to one-year, two-way contracts.
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