brawlin

It’s official: the Caps and Islanders really, really hate each other. Game seven on Monday should be intense (and very loud).

The drama reached a fever pitch in game six after John Carlson shot a loose puck at Jaroslav Halak after the buzzer sounded. This was an injustice according to Kyle Okposo, so the Isles winger made a beeline to Carly. A brawl ensued.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

Coffee’s for Closers: Islanders beat Caps 3-1

fingers

The Caps did not close out the series on the road, but you knew that already.

For the millionth time, the Islanders got onto the scoreboard first. Brooks Orpik lost the play after going for a hit, so John Carlson was overwhelmed in covering John Tavares and company: 1-0 Isles. Late in the period, that same Carlson gave the Caps power play a shot in the arm with a big goal. The second period was wild but scoreless.

Wild Butt Scoreless is the name of my Poison cover band.

Midway through the third period, everything happened in a single play. A rumble along the bench went unwhistled, so Ovechkin creamed Tavares into the glass, and then somehow Kulemin was all alone to beat Braden Holtby. Beagle hit the crossbar, and then Clutterbuck got the empty netter.

Islanders beat Caps 3-1. The series is tied 3-3. Gay sev on Monday.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

nisky-hit

Matt Niskanen is usually a pretty steady player who doesn’t look for big hits. But when he does look to lower the boom, boy is it brutal.

Late in the second period of game six, former Capital Mikhail Grabovski tried to carry the puck behind Braden Holtby‘s net. Instead, he was crushed with a beautiful shoulder-to-shoulder hit by Niskanen.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

puck-no

The second period of game six was intense. There were many dangerous scoring chances, including this shot by Mikhail Grabovski.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

carlson-flexes

The Washington Capitals have been almost powerless during the man advantage this series. Thirteen opportunities had come and gone with just one goal to show for it.

Early in Saturday’s brawl at Nassau, the Islanders were well aware of Washington’s power outage. The Isles committed two penalties and killed them with ease.

Then Isles captain John Tavares got busted for slashing and John Carlson finally made his team pay.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

tom-wilson-sucks-sign

It’s almost like Willy relishes the hatred he’s getting from Islanders fans.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

ovi-nassau-chair

Photoshop by Ian Oland

If the Caps win today in game six, not only will they advance to the second round of the playoffs, but they’ll also close Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum forever. Next year, the Islanders are moving to Brooklyn, NY, to play in the Barclays Center.

When CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley asked Caps captain Alex Ovechkin about this possibility on Friday, he strayed from the team’s message that it was just another game.

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

Caps at Islanders Pregame: Shut Down the Barn

Thursday’s 5-1 win over the New York Islanders was the best Capitals’ playoff victory win since 2009. Now, if the Caps can get just one goal over the Isles, they can advance to the next round and shut down Nassau Coliseum for good.

Crash the net. Finish the fight. Shut down the barn.

Caps lead the series 3-2. 3 PM on NBC.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 45-26-11 51.9% 100.3 25.3% 81.2%
New York Islanders 47-28-7 53.5% 99.1 18.7% 78.0%

Continue Reading

Tagged with:
 

be-kuz-its-the-cup

And I thought EV-GAINING GROUND was awesome. I want to marry this pun and have all of its pun babies.

Thanks for tweeting @SeanCaps8! (You’re so internet famous right now.)

Tagged with:
 

wilson-ow

In game four, Caps winger Tom Wilson injured Islanders 38-year-old defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky with a clean hit behind the net. That threw gasoline on an already simmering fire — Kyle Okposo injured Eric Fehr the game before in another clean hit— and Visnovksy’s teammates came to his defense through a war of words in the media.

“He’s an idiot,” Islanders forward Kyle Okposo said. “That guy runs around, he hits reckless. He jumps, leaves his feet. There’s no place for that.”

“We could have easily hit a lot of guys like that too,” captain John Tavares said.

On Thursday night, the Islanders looked to serve some frontier justice to Wilson.

Continue Reading

Tagged with: