On Saturday night, former Capital Daniel Winnik scored his first goal with the Minnesota Wild. Winnik signed with the Wild in early October after completing a professional tryout with the team during training camp.
With about a minute left in the third period, Winnik scored on the empty net to guarantee Minnesota the win against the Calgary Flames.
Connor Brickley put the Panthers up 1-0 before the game was even two minutes old, capitalizing on a turnover behind the net by Christian Djoos. The Caps had the better of the play for much of the period but couldn’t convert. With less than a minute to go, Evgenii Dadonov, who really does spell his name with two i‘s, scored on the power play to put the Panthers up 2-0.
Jumping to the second, the Caps continued their 2017-18 strategy of taking three bajillion penalties and it didn’t work out. Vincent Trocheck scored on a five-on-three to put the bad guys up 3-0. After some more penalties, Christian Djoos scored a beauty to pull the Caps within two, 3-1.
The Caps brought the heat in the third as the Panthers
turtled protected the lead but couldn’t break through. Aleksander Barkov added an empty netter.
Panthers beat Caps 4-1.
The Capitals have had only one goalscorer on their defense this season, but he’s scored again tonight. With moves you might not expected from a 7th round draft pick rookie defenseman, Christian Djoos got the Caps on the scoreboard late in the second of a miserable game.
The Caps won a close one against a profoundly bad hockey team in Detroit last night. Tonight they’ll face a way better team, but one that’s still struggling out of the gate with just two wins in six games. A decisive win over the Florida Panthers would go a long way towards convincing us that the Caps will not be suck this year.
Game’s at 7:30 PM on NBCSNDCWTFBBQ if you’re not attending in person. Your bedtime boys (i.e. your boys with bedtimes), Pat and Peter, will be doing your recap and highlights and then it’s straight to bed.
Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov is one of the highest paid centers in the game and this season he’s been showing why he’s worth it nearly every night.
To begin the season, Kuznetsov set a franchise record when he became the first Capital to ever record 10 assists in the team’s first five games. Friday night in Detroit, Kuznetsov recorded a secondary assist on TJ Oshie’s last minute game-tying goal, after a brilliant passing play along with Andre Burakovsky.
There are two other Kuzy plays that I’d like to highlight. They didn’t result in goals, but were dangerous scoring chances.
Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton is one of the most vocal supporter of the Caps amongst local DC athletes. Eaton has attended a few games, brought his son Brayden to Kettler, and deemed his Caps hat his official rehab hat as he recovered from a torn ACL.
Eaton, who spends his offseasons in Michigan, visited Capitals practice in Detroit.
The Caps were in Motown to play Mike Green and the Detroit Red Wings in the Wings newly opened Pizza Palace, Pie Center, Dough Joe, etc. The team came away with a 4-3 overtime win after Alex Ovechkin slammed home the GWG on the power play in the extra frame.
The Caps out-attempted the Wings 48 to 39 at five-on-five and overall outshot them 41 to 37. All in all this was a very nice effort from the team out of DC for the first two periods, but they took their foot off the gas in the third. This allowed the Wings to tie the game and eventually take a lead themselves on the back of two Tomas Tatar goals.
As the Capitals got ready to begin the third period in Detroit, Alex Ovechkin cracked open a pack of smelling salts.
We all know about Ovechkin’s a pro at using ammonia inhalants to get amped.
Jakub Vrana…yeah, not so much.
The Capitals nearly lost their third game in a row in regulation, but a brilliant passing play by the team’s star forwards during a last-minute, 6-on-5 tied the game to force overtime.
The Caps played a good game in Detroit, but it was nearly for naught. A TJ Oshie goal in the game’s final minute got the Caps into overtime, and an overtime power play got them two badly needed standings points.
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