Happy Thanksgiving! Last night, Caps fans were thankful for their team, who beat the Jets 5-3. Returning to the Verizon Center ice for the first time as a Winnipeg Jet, Mathieu Perreault sported a Mo/Mullet combo in support of Movember at warmups. He is still a ray of sunshine, even if his latest team photo says otherwise. He even got a puck over the glass to some Caps fans eager to see him in his return to D.C.
Before you gorge on all the delicious food, enjoy some victory smiles from your Caps.
On November 25, 2015, In Analysis, By Patrick Holden
Photo: Rob Carr
After being a healthy scratch for the past two games, Andre Burakovsky returned to the lineup Wednesday night against the Winnipeg Jets. Burakovsky hasn’t quite looked himself so far in 2015-16. His return to the lineup was somewhat unremarkable, as is to be expected if he continues to play with Jay Beagle and Jason Chimera.
Considering Burakovsky is not being deployed with teammates who will best maximize his skills, it will be important that he avoid any “big mistakes” that draw the ire of his coach. On Wednesday, he’s lucky that the Jets didn’t score on a 2-on-1 that was largely his responsibility, or else this mistake could stand out much more to Barry Trotz.
In the second period of Wednesday night’s game between the Capitals and the Winnipeg Jets, Jets enforcer Anthony Peluso checked Caps forward Tom Wilson hard into the boards. In the resulting scrum, words were exchanged. Face washes were had. Then Peluso wanted to fight.
I know this because after getting turned down, Peluso put his gloves at his hips and started flapping his figurative wings like a chicken towards Willy Baby.
On November 25, 2015, In Game Recap, By Chris Gordon
Photo: Alex Brandon
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Okay, we got that out of the way. Two nights after not playing the Edmonton Oilers, the Caps looked to get back on track against Winnipeg Jets (née A Team Nobody Cared About).
It took just 1:12 for the Capitals to match their goal total from Monday as Justin Williams converted in front after John Carlson got low. Five minutes later the Jets got on the board after Washington left Tyler Myers untouched in the high slot. The Jets, who had just six shots in the first, got their second when Andrew Ladd, also relatively unfettered, fired a puck past Braden Holtby. The Capitals tied with a guy named Alex Ovechkin, who now has many goals in his career.
In the second, the Capitals took the lead with an exquisite pass from Nate Schmidt to Nicklas Backstrom for a tip-in tally. The Jets got one back with a snipe from our ex Mathieu Perreault, a great player with fantastic facial hair. Then Dmitry Orlov unleashed a brilliant shot, which is perhaps something you’ve seen lately, for Washington’s fourth. Evgeny Kuznetsov added the nail in the third. Caps beat Jets 5-3.
On November 25, 2015, In Pregame, By Patrick Holden
By the time you are reading this, most of you have already began the long weekend or are counting down the hours until it starts. YEAAAAAAA BOIIIIIIIIIIIII!
For those of you who don’t have off, as an ex-hospital employee, I feel your pain. It sucks. But thanks for doing whatever it is that you do which is so essential that you have to sacrifice holiday time to work.
The Jets are in town tonight. They have the misfortune of playing in the best division in hockey, so don’t let their fifth place, 10-10-2 record fool you. They are a good team.
Get a fire going in the fireplace, drink a warm, possibly adult beverage, and get ready to enjoy some Thanksgiving Eve hockey, y’all.
On November 25, 2015, In Podcast, By Peter Hassett
Ian and Pat joined me on Tuesday night to discuss the 2015-16 Washington Capitals, who, with twenty games in the books, look like a very special team indeed. Special guest Dimitri Filipovic of The Hockey PDOcast joined us to spit hot fire about Tom Wilson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and more.
Plus, we reveal things about Chandler Stephenson you may not know and discuss our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.