Much like me, the Washington Capitals got tired as Wednesday night wore on. After a thrilling start and convincing performance through 40 minutes, the Caps struggled against the surging Avs in the final frame. It was touch-and-go, but the Caps managed to secure the win before bedtime.
John Carlson scored early, stymieing the Avs after an ill-fated shorthanded chance. Some Caps D got caught looking as Mikko Rantanen got Colorado on the scoreboard. Kevin Shattenkirk had a goal, but Jay Beagle got the tip.
Shattenkirk tried to score again in the second period, but again his teammates snatched it (this time it was Johansson and Oshie, who both got touches). Johansson paid it forward, pulling power moves to set up Evgeny Kuznetsov, but Matt Nieto got a rush goal before the second intermission.
Nathan MacKinnon scored a scorcher in the third to make it close. The Caps were on their heels after that but held on the win as Lars Eller got the empty netter.
Caps beat Avs 5-3!
The Colorado Avalanche have a bottom-three penalty kill, so when they went a man down early against the Caps they did the obvious thing: they tried to score a shorty.
It did not work, and then the Caps made them pay for it.
“We were just unsuccessful,” Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter said to 1500 ESPN’s Judd Zulgad after their team’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Capitals. “We designed our PK to defend that.”
The that Suter is referring to is Caps superstar Alex Ovechkin who dogged the Wild for three power-play goals. Former Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau specifically tailored the team’s penalty kill to take away Ovechkin. Instead, the team left Ovechkin alone on Ovechkin Island, sipping on piña coladas.
The Russian tallied his 17th career hat trick, but it was Ovechkin’s first ever all-power-play goal hatty. But what went so wrong?
Last weekend, Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk elbowed LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty in the head. Tkachuk was suspended for two games and missed the Flames game against the Capitals in DC.
The Flames and the Kings met again Wednesday in Calgary. During warm-ups, Kyle Clifford had a pleasant conversation with Tkachuk. I’m sure they were exchanging muffin recipes. Definitely no threats of bodily harm or maternal expletives here.
For over four years, we have been reporting on the best hockey beard ever. The Ovechkin Beard Guy, who also has an actual name, Eric Brooks, has been shaping his chin folicles in support of the Caps for what seems like forever now.
Tonight, the Ovechkin Beard Guy will has a new design on display and you’re going to love it.
Tonight the Caps will return to west coast time and your personal bedtime will suffer.
Their opponent is the Colorado Avalanche and based on the league standings this is the worst team in the league. The Capitals based on league standings just so happen to be the very best team in the league. We have a worst vs. first matchup on our hands ladies and gentlemen.
Puck drop is at 10 PM on CSN.
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Washington Capitals||50-17-8||53.0%||103.2||22.7% (3rd)||84.5% (7th)|
|Colorado Avalanche||20-52-3||46.1%||96.9||12.6% (30th)||76.9% (28th)|
Back on March 8, the NHL general managers met in Florida to discuss several topics, one that involved the decision not to make each team’s protected list for the Vegas Golden Knights’ expansion draft public in June.
On Wednesday, the NHL Public Relations team announced that the protected and available list will be made public among their distribution to the teams on a to be determined date.
Our favorite controversial cutie, Tom Wilson turned 23-years old today. That birthday would not go unnoticed by his teammate Andre Burakovsky, especially after what happened during Burakovsky’s birthday.
“Happy Birthday to this little nugget,” tweeted Burakovsky while he attached a photo of what looks like Wilson in grade school. I’m not sure how or why Burakovsky possess this photo, but we are grateful that he does.
Tuesday night Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 17th career hat trick during the Caps’ 5-4 OT victory against the Minnesota Wild. With an abundance of Caps fans in attendance, a plethora of hats were tossed to the ice. Wednesday morning, the Capitals’ owner Ted Leonsis took to Twitter to make an announcement.
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