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Matthew Paras

Matthew Paras is a digital sports writer for the Washington Times, covering the Washington Capitals and whatever else is needed. Originally from Chicago, he attended DePaul University and was the editor in chief of the student newspaper, The DePaulia. He had previous internships with the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Northwest Herald. He can be reached at [email protected].

Articles by Matthew Paras

Brian MacLellan to ‘explore changes’ to Capitals core after another first-round exit

Four years, four first-round exits. Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2018, the Washington Capitals have failed to advance in the playoffs. But days after losing to the Florida Panthers in six games, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin sounded like a man who wanted to run it back. So too did coach Peter Laviolette, who insisted Washington's aging core could still be successful. Published May 15, 2022

Capitals’ core hits another wall as tough questions emerge

In 2018, Alex Ovechkin celebrated the end of his season by drinking out of the Stanley Cup at the Georgetown Waterfront. Four years later, there was no party in sight Friday as Ovechkin sat to answer questions about whether Washington's veteran core was still capable of winning deep into the playoffs. Published May 14, 2022

Capitals look to avoid another meltdown as they face elimination in Game 6

The Capitals were underdogs heading into the series, so it may not be a surprise they're trailing the team that held the NHL's best regular-season record. Still, Washington's core isn't a group known for melting down like this. Not after winning the Stanley Cup in 2018, anyway.b Published May 12, 2022

Commanders have easiest schedule in 2022

The Commanders are set to have one of the easiest schedules in 2022 as their opponents combined for a league-worst .462 winning percentage last season, according to the NFL. Only the Dallas Cowboys -- also with a .462 strength of schedule -- have it just as easy. Published May 11, 2022

NHL’s uptick in penalties leaves little margin of error for Capitals

A few days ago, coach Peter Laviolette noted that the Capitals weren't getting many power-play opportunities in the playoffs. The whistles to that point in the first-round series with the Florida Panthers had been few and far between. Turns out that Laviolette may have spoken too soon. Published May 10, 2022

Islanders fire Barry Trotz after four seasons

The New York Islanders fired coach Barry Trotz on Monday, parting ways with the former Stanley Cup winner after missing the playoffs in Trotz's fourth season with the team. Published May 9, 2022

Capitals’ Game 1 victory provides template for rest of series upset

Not long after he scored his team's first goal in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the top-seeded Florida Panthers, Tom Wilson headed back to the locker room with a lower-body injury. The Capitals winger didn't play again that evening. But the Capitals still prevailed, in part, because they found ways to replicate the sort of tough-nosed brand of hockey that Wilson has made a career of. Published May 4, 2022

Commanders sign guard Trai Turner to one-year deal

The Washington Commanders are signing guard Trai Turner, a source confirmed -- a move that gives the team another potential starter along the offensive line. The deal is reportedly a one-year contract worth $3 million. Published May 2, 2022

Alex Ovechkin gearing up for return, but Capitals have hands full against Florida

Right before Alex Ovechkin went on to the ice for Sunday's practice, the Capitals star turned to coach Peter Laviolette and said, "I'm ready to go." The return comes right on time. With the regular season over, the Capitals begin the playoffs Tuesday with a Game 1 matchup against the Florida Panthers. Published May 1, 2022