Ovi and Ribs Norm Hall

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The Washington Capitals had won four in a row going into Saturday night, including a stirring comeback against a strong Wild team on Thursday. Playing the Coyotes, however, the Caps wasted a stunning second period, ending their board-certified, USDA-approved Winning Streak with a shootout loss.

Shane Doan scored a lay up on a loose puck during a first period power play. Troy Brouwer caught a very stretchy stretch pass from Mike Green and roofed it to tie the game early in the second. On the very next power play, John Carlson released a one-timer from high in the slot to give the Caps the lead.

After a looooooong span of special teams in the second period, the game finally returned to five-on-five. Joel Ward promptly scored a no-angle goal to make it 3-1 and utterly demoralize the Coyotes.

The Yotes came back in the third as Lauri Korpikoski dove to get one though Neuvirth’s five hole, and Shane Doan tied the score on a power play in regulation’s final two minutes.

Shootout bullets! Again! Every game!

  • Vermette beat Neuvy glove side.
  • Grabo didn’t even get a shot off.
  • Boedker had some speed and roofed it backhand.
  • Alex Ovechkin missed wide. Balls.

Coyotes beat Caps 4-3 (shootout).

  • Moar shootouts? Nooooooo. Seriously, blowing a regulation win wins and getting points on a talent competition that’s basically a coin toss isn’t a good way to rack up standings points. The loser point is muy disappointante. (Someone check my Spanglish.)
  • The Caps’ power play efficiency is off the chain. The Caps scored on two of their first three power play opportunities. They didn’t convert a five-on-three, which is kind of a pattern with these guys, but overall trends on the man advantage continue.
  • Walton’s call of the Brouwer goal is great. He’s all, casual talking about Mike Green’s ice time, and then SUDDEN ERUPTION OF JOY!
  • Troy Brouwer appeared to close his hand on the puck after a defensive-zone PK draw. He protested (probably because he didn’t actually touch it) and got called for unsportsmanlike in addition to delay of game. A too-many-men call on the ensuing penalty almost gave Phoenix a two-minute 5 on 3, but goalie Mike Smith played the puck past center ice. The Caps were about to kill off the 4-minute penalty when Nick Backstrom got busted for hooking. And before the Caps killed that off, Phoenix’s Mikkel Boedker rushed Neuvy in net. The Caps put up 10 PIMs all in all, and the Yotes got nothing out of it. So, yeah. A lot happening there.
  • As soon as that very, very long special teams exhibition was over, Joel Ward got a nasty little redirect in the Phoenix net. So yeah, second periods are still going pretty well for the Caps.
  • Phoenix is a positive possession team just barely, but the Caps had the advantage in this one. I’ll crunch the numbers tomorrow, but I think the Caps are improving in the game’s most important stat aside from blind luck.
  • Mike Ribeiro was never my favorite Cap. He had some nice moves, but his line rarely seemed to get shots off of him at even-strength and his four power play goals on eight power play shots (or something like that) did not encourage me. So seeing him move to Phoenix didn’t break my heart, and seeing him get bounced from the face-off dot for mouthing off made me smile.
  • Congratulations to Rob Klinkhammer for having the best name in the game.
  • Nate Schmidt, proving he is an actual Capitals player, surrendered a puck-over-glass delay-of-game penalty with just over two minutes to go. That penalty erased the Caps’ lead– and what should have been a clean regulation win. I do not like how much the Caps have relied on extra time and the gimmick. Like I said: the shootout is basically a coin toss, and tonight the Caps finally lost that toss.
Joe B suit of the night: subpar

Joe B suit of the night: subpar

RIP Mini-streak.

Long live the points-streak, which is the saddest thing in pro sports. The Caps should have taken two kingly points out of this one, but instead they take one sad little pity point. Bummer way to end a Saturday.

At least, Sunday should be interesting. The Capitals will play Semyon Varlamov and the Colorado Avalanche tomorrow night. See you there, right?

  • William

    DAMN:(

  • Denis Carmo

    Shit happens.

  • Chris Cerullo

    I hate Ribeiro and Smith and their smug faces. Undeserved win IMO. Yes I am salty.

  • Matt

    Schmidt happens.

  • MuzzMuzzington

    Really snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on this one. Also helps to shoot in the shootout. Had this feeling when it was 3-1 with 5 minutes left: “This one is going to overtime and we are going to lose…” Sadly, I was right.

  • Chris Cerullo

    I have this feeling every Caps game unfortunately lol

  • Mike Reppenhagen

    Sucks to ruin 50 some-odd minutes of great hockey with 5 minutes of crap. The powerplay looked confused to start the OT, which was a really weird thing. It’s like the Caps don’t know what to do when there are only three players on the other side.

  • dylan wheatley

    really well played game by the caps against one of the league’s better teams.

  • Michael Reschly

    Caps proved they can still do the two things Ribs did best without him (PPGs and PIMs for mouthing off).

  • Matt

    Did anyone see Ovi trying the reenact THE GOAL late in the third period?

  • FoolsRushLandHannityIn

    What does the title have to do with the wrap-up?

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    all the uncommon penalties in the second

    cmon bro read the cliffs notes next time

  • FoolsRushLandHannityIn

    Well-played 50 minutes. A game is 60 minutes. (See Redskins)

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    I’d up it to 56 minutes

  • BenefitoTheDoubto

    i like Laich, but is it time to demote?

  • FoolsRushLandHannityIn

    Neuvy needs to stay on the pine.

  • Joni

    I blame Oates for defeat becouse in last period he gave pp icetime to guys like ward and wilson instead of going with normal pp group, oates were too pleased with 2 goal lead… and it cost caps the win!

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett
  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    “He’d be a great defensive forward on the 3rd line” – everyone for the last 3 years

  • Matt Root

    Hockey gods evening things out as the Caps stole 2 points from Minnesota. Took a point from it so eh.. On to the Pepsi can

  • Matt Root

    Neuvy didn’t shoot the puck over the glass.

  • yv

    The positive from such bad taste end – we will see Orlov instead of Schmidt? tomorrow. Maybe Ovi should stop shooting SOs for a while, as Stamkos, that’s 4 misses in a row.

  • William

    Hopefully. Orlov is better than Schmidt and always has been.

  • FoolsRushLandHannityIn

    Goal no. 2 was weak. Can’t give a team life down 3-1 w/2 min left. No chance Holtby lets that in.

  • Matt

    Bring back the CLAW line!

  • Bob

    im not saying im the next nostradamus or nothin but i knew the yotes would tie it up. And can we throw a party of some sort when Green scores?

  • ilan

    Schmidt kinda stunk tonight, what is his story? Why did he get so much ice time in the clutch? Not hating on him on a Schultz level here, but the bad delay of game and the 2 turnovers he had late put some dents in.

  • bskillet

    Wow that extra point would (should) have been nice, tough week ahead. Bad defense and lost opportunities on pps.

  • Matt

    Ward has been great on the PP all year, and Wilson has been good in limited action there.

  • Matt Root

    The definitive hypothetical statement about Holtby shows there is no way you shift your blame off Neuvy.. So uh.. hockey.

  • Matt

    It’s hard to expect much from someone who was a Golden Gopher this time last year. If they want Green with a “puck moving” defenceman, then it makes zero sense for them to not play Orlov.

  • Matt

    After saving each of Mike Green’s 4 shots, Mike Smith chuckles, “Hahaha, I have more goals than you!”

  • Myan

    Had it. We played such a great game for 50 minutes and then a bit of complacency suddenly leaves a really bad taste. I feel like as soon as Neuvy gave up that 2nd goal he was just shook. It felt inevitable that they were going to come back. Ugh, hope the boys take their frustrations out on the ice tomorrow in Denver. Onto the next one!

  • Justin

    Is it just me, or do we never have any net-front presence in the offensive zone? Other teams are always battling in the paint, getting in our goalie’s face while we give our opponents’ goalie so much room. Green got off a couple of heavy slapshots which might have been goals had Smith not had an unobstructed view of the puck the entire way.

    Game was ours, and we gave it away at the end there. Hopefully, the guys can bounce back and play a full 60 minutes tomorrow against another tough team.

  • RESmith

    Twice in three days a Washington team blows a late game lead. Argh!

  • H70

    I can’t believe the Caps killed off what felt like a 20 minute PK, tons of 3 on 5, and then managed to cough up a 2 point lead in 3 minutes. STOP THE SHOOTOUTS!

  • OlietheGoalie

    Yes. We do not CRASH THE NET as much as we should. We often try to be pretty with goals instead of just, y’knowing, doing whatever we can to score one.

  • Graham Dumas

    I agree as well. I think this also goes into another complaint I’ve had for a while about a lack of a cycle game (3rd line exempted–those guys are like a washing machine). It seems to my (very uninformed) eyes that we try to break in, score on the rush, and if/when that doesn’t happen, we seem a little lost.

    That said, it seems like this strategy works MOST of the time, provided that we can break through neutral.

    Does this make any sense to anyone? Or am I way off-base here.

  • Graham Dumas

    The DOG really sucked. Other than that, I actually thought Schmidt was pretty OK. Plus he had some O-zone chances that I really liked. Turnovers, yeah, definitely a problem.

    That said, I’d like to see Dima get some ice time.

  • Graham Dumas

    Yeah, I think the bench is more to blame than Oates in this one. Seemed like the guys got complacent, as usual, and kinda went into autopilot in the last 4m of regulation.

  • Jordan Small

    My dad and I left with 6 minutes remaining because we had to catch our flight back to DC. They were winning when they left and now I feel like we jinxed it.

  • Husker in DC

    Well reading is fundamental