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AHL openers present alternate reality

SB Nation DC's Ted Starkey takes in the closest thing to Capitals hockey you can see during the lockout -- the opener for the club's AHL affiliate in Hershey.

The beginning of the end?

After a month of no news and no progress, negotiations lurched forward Tuesday.

Caps' affiliate Hershey yet to pickup a point

The Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals, lost their first game of the season over the weekend and are currently last in the East division.

Alexander Ovechkin, Dynamo Moscow leading KHL

Updating the Kontinental Hockey League standings.

Brooks Laich assisting Flyers in Swiss League

Updated standings for the Swiss Hockey League.

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Hershey begins season with 4-3 loss to Syracuse

The Hershey Bears opened their AHL 2012 regular season schedule with a 4-3 loss to the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday night.

Hockey Hershey

The Hershey Bears will open the 2012 regular season on Saturday night.

A longer wait for Washington Winter Classic?

If the lockout wipes out this year's NHL Winter Classic, it could be another year's wait for the event to come to Washington.

The NHL lockout's predictable path

The rhetoric doesn't sound good, but there may be a glimmer of hope for the 2012-13 NHL season, after all.

Adam Oates will co-coach AHL's Hershey Bears

With the NHL lockout ongoing, the Washington Capitals have named head coach Adam Oates the "co-coach" of the team's AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears.

Scott Gomez, Joey Crabb, Nate Thompson to ECHL

Three NHL players have signed contracts with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL, including Canadiens forward Scott Gomez.

Caps' Swedish contingent thinks Madonna's 'sexy'

Mattias Sjogren and Marcus Johansson put their English skills to good use during a Madonna concert at Verizon Center.

What's A Locked-Out NHL Fan To Do? Head To Hershey

So, there won't be any hockey in Washington, D.C. for a while. What's a fan to do? Head to Hershey, of course.

NHL Lockout 2012: Alex Ovechkin Records Assist In KHL Return

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals made his debut with HC Dynamo Moscow on Thursday against HC Dinamo Minsk. It was Ovechkin's first game with the club since the 2004-05 season.

NHL Lockout 2012: NHL Cancels Preseason Games Through September 30, Three Capitals Games Wiped Out

The National Hockey League announced Wednesday that the preseason schedule is cancelled.

NHL Lockout 2012: Alex Ovechkin Threatens To Stay In KHL 'If Salaries Get Slashed,' No One Believes Him

Alex Ovechkin officially signed with Dynamo Moscow Wednesday and almost immediately made a vague threat to stay in Russia if player salaries get cut as the result of an ongoing NHL lockout.

NHL Lockout 2012: Capitals Cancel Rookie Game, Michal Neuvirth Signs With Czech Team

Goalkeeper Michael Neuvirth became the first Washington Capitals player to sign overseas during the NHL Lockout, while the team has officially cancelled a rookie event for Thursday.

NHL Lockout 2012: Alex Ovechkin To Sign With KHL's Dynamo Moscow, According To Report

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin has reportedly signed with Dynamo Moscow of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League. Ovechkin said he would play overseas while the NHL and players union try to end a lockout.

PHOTO: Alex Ovechkin's Birthday Cake Is Potentially Dangerous

Monday was Alex Ovechin's 27th birthday, and he celebrated the way any of us would: with a cake. A pyrotechnic cake.

NHL Lockout 2012: Alex Ovechkin Says Players 'Are Not Going To Cave In'

The real question is, how many others share Ovechkin's resolve?

NHL Lockout 2012: The Die Is Cast On Hockey's Massive Gamble

Eight years ago, the NHL sacrificed a season to bring financial stability to the league. With the third lockout of Gary Bettman's reign, the league is putting those hard-won gains at risk.

John Carlson Extension Boosts Capitals' Blue Line

As the NHL's collective bargaining agreement winds down toward its final hours, teams look to get players signed under the terms of the old agreement. Friday, the Capitals were no exception.

NHL Lockout 2012: Brooks Laich Says Players 'Have To Fight This Time'

As several members of the Washington Capitals took part in an informal workout Friday afternoon at Kettler Iceplex, the atmosphere was not unlike that of a team's breakdown day at the end of the season.

NHL Lockout 2012: Capitals Assign 21 Players To Hershey

The Capitals have assigned 21 players to Hershey ahead of the potential NHL lockout.

John Carlson, Washington Capitals Agree To 6-Year Extension

The Washington Capitals have reached a deal with their young star defenseman John Carlson, ensuring he'll be with the Caps for six more years.

NHL Lockout 2012: A Tale Of Two Lockouts

As with last year's NBA lockout, television may be the key to bringing the NHL's players and owners together.

NHL Lockout 2012: Gary Bettman Says No Season Without New Deal

The NHL will not have a season until a new CBA is reached, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Meanwhile, neither the players nor owners seem to be willing to give an inch.

Troy Brouwer Gets Bigger Contract, Big Role With Capitals

With Alexander Semin's departure to Carolina, Brouwer will be one of the players looked upon to replace the lost goals on the wing.

Troy Brouwer Signs 3-Year, $11 Million Contract Extension With Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals have signed forward Troy Brouwer to a three-year contract extension through 2016.

VIDEO: Matt Hendricks Shows Support For 'You Can Play' Project

Let's be frank, with a lockout due to start Saturday, we're not going to be hearing many good stories about the NHL. It's nice, every now and then, to be reminded of the positive impact the league's players can have.

NHL Lockout 2012: Capitals Star Alex Ovechkin Confirms Plans To Play In KHL

Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin confirmed on Friday afternoon that if the NHL faces an extended lockout he will be playing in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.

Rod Langway Trade Turned Capitals Into Contenders

30 years ago Sunday, then-Capitals GM David Poile made the most significant trade in the brief history of the Washington Capitals.