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2008–09 Washington Capitals · NHL
Southeast Division Champions
2008–09 record 50-24-8
Home record 29-9-3
Road record 21–15–5
Goals for 272
Goals against 245
General Manager George McPhee
Coach Bruce Boudreau
Captain Chris Clark
Alternate captains Sergei Fedorov
Alexander Ovechkin
Arena Verizon Center
Average attendance 17,943 (98%)
Team leaders
Goals Alexander Ovechkin (56)
Assists Nicklas Backstrom (66)
Points Alexander Ovechkin (110)
Penalties in minutes Donald Brashear (121)
Wins Jose Theodore (32)
Goals against average Simeon Varlamov (2.37)

The 2008–09 Washington Capitals season is the team's 34th in the National Hockey League. The Capitals finished the regular season with a record of 50-24-8 and a team record 108 points, and they won their second consecutive Southeast Division championship. They defeated the New York Rangers in the first round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs 4 games to 3, overcoming a 3-1 deficit. The Capitals were then defeated by the eventual champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference semi-finals in seven games.

Pre-seasonEdit

Schedule/Results from capitals.nhl.com

Opponent Result Score
@ Carolina Hurricanes W 4-1
vs Carolina Hurricanes W 5-2
@ Boston Bruins W 4-3
@ New Jersey Devils W 3-2
@ Philadelphia Flyers L 1-2
vs Philadelphia Flyers W 5-1
vs Boston Bruins OTL 4-5

Regular seasonEdit

Division standings Edit

Southeast Division GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
y-Washington Capitals 82 50 24 8 272 245 108
x-Carolina Hurricanes 82 45 30 7 239 226 97
e-Florida Panthers 82 41 30 11 234 231 93
e-Atlanta Thrashers 82 35 41 6 257 280 76
e-Tampa Bay Lightning 82 24 40 18 210 279 66

Conference standingsEdit

Eastern Conference GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
z-Boston Bruins * 82 53 19 10 274 196 116
y-Washington Capitals * 82 50 24 8 272 245 108
y-New Jersey Devils * 82 51 27 4 244 209 106
x-Pittsburgh Penguins 82 45 28 9 264 239 99
x-Philadelphia Flyers 82 44 27 11 264 238 99
x-Carolina Hurricanes 82 45 30 7 239 226 97
x-New York Rangers 82 43 30 9 210 218 95
x-Montreal Canadiens 82 41 30 11 249 247 93
e-Florida Panthers 82 41 30 11 234 231 93
e-Buffalo Sabres 82 41 32 9 250 234 91
e-Ottawa Senators 82 36 35 11 217 237 83
e-Toronto Maple Leafs 82 34 35 13 250 293 81
e-Atlanta Thrashers 82 35 41 6 257 280 76
e-Tampa Bay Lightning 82 24 40 18 210 279 66
e-New York Islanders 82 26 47 9 201 279 61
x - clinched playoff spot, y - clinched division title, z - clinched best conference record, e - eliminated from playoff contention

* – division leader

Game logEdit

Full schedule, results, and recaps at capitals.nhl.com

  • Green background indicates win. (2 points)
  • Red indicates loss. (0 points)
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss (1 point).
2008–09 Game log
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Schedule

PlayoffsEdit

The Washington Capitals won the Southeast Division and qualified for the playoffs for the second straight season. The Capitals entered the 2009 NHL Playoffs as the second seed and defeated the New York Rangers in the 1st round 4 games to 3. The Capitals Lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2nd round 4 games to 3.

Key:      Win      Loss      Clinch Playoff Series

2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Ovechkin, AlexAlex Ovechkin 79 56 54 110 +8 72
Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom 82 22 66 88 +16 46
Semin, AlexanderAlexander Semin 62 34 45 79 +25 77
Green, MikeMike Green 68 31 42 73 +24 68
Laich, BrooksBrooks Laich 82 23 30 53 -1 31
Kozlov, ViktorViktor Kozlov 67 13 28 41 -9 16
Fleischmann, TomasTomas Fleischmann 73 19 18 37 -3 20
Fedorov, SergeiSergei Fedorov 52 11 22 33 +4 50
Nylander, MichaelMichael Nylander 72 9 24 33 0 32
Fehr, EricEric Fehr 61 12 13 25 +8 22
Steckel, DaveDave Steckel 76 8 11 19 +2 34
Gordon, BoydBoyd Gordon 63 5 9 14 -4 16
Jurcina, MilanMilan Jurcina 79 3 11 14 +1 68
Poti, TomTom Poti 52 3 10 13 +3 28
Morrisonn, ShaoneShaone Morrisonn 72 3 10 13 +4 77
Schultz, JeffJeff Schultz 64 1 11 12 +13 21
Bradley, MattMatt Bradley 81 5 6 11 -1 59
Clark, ChrisChris Clark 32 1 5 6 -3 32
Aucoin, KeithKeith Aucoin 12 2 4 6 +5 4
Sloan, TylerTyler Sloan 26 1 4 5 +4 14
Alzner, KarlKarl Alzner 30 1 4 5 -1 2
Brashear, DonaldDonald Brashear 63 1 3 4 -6 121
Erskine, JohnJohn Erskine 52 0 4 4 +1 63
Lepisto, SamiSami Lepisto 7 0 4 4 -3 6
Helmer, BryanBryan Helmer 12 0 3 3 -1 2
Pothier, BrianBrian Pothier 9 1 2 3 0 4
Giroux, AlexandreAlexandre Giroux 12 1 1 2 +4 10
Bourque, ChrisChris Bourque 8 1 0 1 0 0
Laing, QuintinQuintin Laing 1 0 0 0 +1 0
Mink, GrahamGraham Mink 2 0 0 0 0 0
Kronwall, StaffanStaffan Kronwall 3 0 0 0 -1 0
Gordon, AndrewAndrew Gordon 1 0 0 0 0 0
Beagle, JayJay Beagle 3 0 0 0 -3 2
Osala, OskarOskar Osala 2 0 0 0 -1 0

Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
Ovechkin, AlexAlex Ovechkin 14 11 10 21 +10 8
Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom 14 3 12 15 +3 8
Semin, AlexanderAlexander Semin 14 5 9 14 -1 16
Green, MikeMike Green 14 1 8 9 -5 12
Fedorov, SergeiSergei Fedorov 14 1 7 8 +1 12
Poti, TomTom Poti 14 2 5 7 +8 4
Laich, BrooksBrooks Laich 14 3 4 7 0 10
Bradley, MattMatt Bradley 14 2 4 6 +3 0
Kozlov, ViktorViktor Kozlov 14 4 2 6 +5 6
Steckel, DaveDave Steckel 14 3 2 5 0 4
Fleischmann, TomasTomas Fleischmann 14 3 1 4 0 4
Gordon, BoydBoyd Gordon 14 0 3 3 -1 4
Pothier, BrianBrian Pothier 13 0 2 2 +1 8
Jurcina, MilanMilan Jurcina 14 2 0 2 +6 12
Clark, ChrisChris Clark 8 1 0 1 -2 8
Erskine, JohnJohn Erskine 12 0 1 1 +1 16
Morrisonn, ShaoneShaone Morrisonn 14 0 1 1 +1 8
Sloan, TylerTyler Sloan 2 0 1 1 +1 0
Brashear, DonaldDonald Brashear 4 0 0 0 0 18
Nylander, MichaelMichael Nylander 3 0 0 0 -1 2
Fehr, EricEric Fehr 9 0 0 0 -3 0
Schultz, JeffJeff Schultz 1 0 0 0 -1 0
Beagle, JayJay Beagle 4 0 0 0 -1 0

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; TOI = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore 57 3286 32 17 5 157 2.87 1572 1415 .900 2
Johnson, BrentBrent Johnson 21 1131 12 6 2 53 2.81 579 526 .908 0
Varlamov, SimeonSimeon Varlamov 6 328 4 0 1 13 2.37 159 146 .918 0
Neuvirth, MichalMichal Neuvirth 5 219 2 1 0 11 3.00 102 91 .892 0
Playoffs
Player GP TOI W L GA GAA SA SV Sv% SO
Varlamov, SimeonSimeon Varlamov 13 758 7 6 32 2.53 389 357 .918 2
Theodore, JoseJose Theodore 2 96 0 1 6 3.72 33 27 .818 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Capitals. Stats reflect time with the Capitals only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Awards and recordsEdit

Trophies and awards Edit

StarsEdit

  • Alexander Semin - NHL No. 1 Star of the Month (October 2008)
  • Alex Ovechkin - NHL No. 1 Star of the Month (November 2008)
  • Nicklas Bäckström - NHL No. 1 Star of the Week (Week Ending November 28, 2008)
  • Alex Ovechkin - NHL No. 1 Star of the Week (Week Ending December 28, 2008)
  • Mike Green - NHL No. 3 Star of the Week (Week Ending February 1, 2009)
  • Mike Green - NHL No. 3 Star of the Week (Week Ending February 8, 2009)

RecordsEdit

  • Mike Green – NHL-record 8-game goal-scoring streak by a defenseman

MilestonesEdit

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Brent Johnson 100th NHL win October 13, 2008
Sergei Fedorov 1200th NHL game October 16, 2008
Milan Jurcina 200th NHL game October 16, 2008
Tyler Sloan 1st NHL game October 21, 2008
Sergei Fedorov 474th NHL goal (most by a Russian-born player) October 25, 2008
Alexander Semin 200th NHL game October 25, 2008
Tyler Sloan 1st NHL goal October 25, 2008
Viktor Kozlov 500th NHL point November 14, 2008
Nicklas Backstrom 100th NHL game November 19, 2008
Karl Alzner 1st NHL game November 26, 2008
Alex Ovechkin 200th NHL goal February 5, 2009
Mike Green 8-game goal-scoring streak by defenseman (NHL record) February 14, 2009

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 20, 2008
To Washington Capitals
21st pick in 2008
To New Jersey Devils
23rd pick in 2008
2nd round pick in 2008
June 20, 2008
To Washington Capitals
27th pick in 2008
To Philadelphia Flyers
Steve Eminger
3rd round pick in 2008

Free agentsEdit

Player Former team Contract terms
Jose Theodore, G Colorado Avalanche $9 million, 2 years[2]
Player New team
Cristobal Huet[3], G Chicago Blackhawks
Matt Cooke[4], LW Pittsburgh Penguins
Olaf Kolzig, G Tampa Bay Lightning

Claimed from waiversEdit

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers
Staffan Kronwall, D Toronto Maple Leafs February 6, 2009

Draft picksEdit

Washington 's picks at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft[5] in OttawaOntario.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 21 (from New Jersey) Anton Gustafsson (C) Flag of Sweden Sweden Frölunda HC (Sweden Jr.)
1 27 (from Philadelphia) John Carlson (D) Flag of the United States United States Indiana Ice (USHL)
2 57 (from San Jose) Eric Mestery (D) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Tri-City Americans (WHL)
2 58 (from Philadelphia) Dmitri Kugryshev (RW) Flag of Russia Russia CSKA Moscow (RSL)
4 93 (from Los Angeles) Braden Holtby (G) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Saskatoon Blades (Western Hockey League)
5 144 Joel Broda (C) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
6 174 Greg Burke (LW) Flag of the United States United States New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (EJHL)
7 204 Stefan Della Rovere (LW) Flag of Canada.svg Canada Barrie Colts (OHL)

See alsoEdit

Farm teamsEdit

Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL)

ReferencesEdit

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