Eric Fehr: 2014-15 Season Review

Eric Fehr is a great many things: the greatest outdoor goal-scorer in the history of the NHL; alternately a first-line winger, a third-line center, or a healthy scratch; Washington’s second-most prolific shooter; and a children’s book author. Starting in July, he’ll also be an unrestricted free agent.

I think Fehr is one of the most undervalued and underutilized players on the Capitals roster, and he should be a priority for re-signing. Let me tell you why.

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Jason Chimera: 2014-15 Season Review

Jason Chimera is one of the Capitals’ most clutch playoff players, but it’s hard to paint his 2014-15 regular season as anything but a disappointment. With Chimera entering final year of his contract, next season will be an important transition for both Chimmer and the Caps. So what matters more going forward: that rough regular season or the postseason production? Continue Reading

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John Carlson: 2014-15 Season Review

For a team based in America’s capital, the Washington Capitals haven’t had a lot of American players in recent years. That changed in 2014-15, when the team’s number-one defense pairing happened to be same one that played together for the American Olympic team in Sochi: Brooks Orpik and the subject of today’s review, John Carlson.

Carly rules, and these colors don’t run. USA! USA! USA!

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Troy Brouwer: 2014-15 Season Review

The hero of January 1st (Photo: Dave Sandford)

The name of the Washington Capitals’ primary, um, uh, secondary scoring threat is Troy Brouwer, and for the second year in a row Brouw cracked twenty goals and forty points.

So, why the heck would anyone ever be down on Troy?

Maybe scoring three goals in the last 33 games, one since April, and none in the playoffs has something to do with it.

By the Numbers

82 Games played
17:31 Average time on ice per game
21 Goals
22 Assists
51.3% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
54.8% Goal percentage during 5v5

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I have a bad habit of nitpicking the public statements of NHL general managers. I have a ton of respect for their talents, and I think their jobs are very difficult, but they’re also kind of terrible at articulating themselves– or maybe they’re just bad at saying things that are supported by facts.

Case in point: Capitals GM Brian MacLellan touting the playoff performance of Tim Gleason.

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Jay Beagle: 2014-15 Season Review

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It was a good season to be a Jay Beagle fan, which we are. We just watched him wrap up the best season of his career, plus he got a new cell phone. Beagle was so good, he might have just played himself out of a contract.

p.s. I vow to use no dog puns in this whole article.

By the Numbers

62 Games played
12:49 Average time on ice per game
10 Goals
10 Assists
50.9% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
53.1% Goal percentage during 5v5

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Nick Backstrom: 2014-15 Season Review

As the George Harrison of the Washington Capitals, Nick Backstrom is the Quiet One. He’s not flashy and he doesn’t hog the spotlight. He seems almost pathologically humble. We’ve been hearing for so long that he’s underrated– but is he really, truly a great hockey player?

Yes. Yes, he is.

By the Numbers

82 Games played
20:32 Average time on ice per game
18 Goals
60 Assists
54.2% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
50.0% Goal percentage during 5v5

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The Caps are out, but the drama continues.

Here’s how we did last round:

  1. Peter: 3 for 4
  2. Keith, a Coin: 2 for 4
  3. Ian: 4 for 4 oh bravo you special little snowflake you picked against the Caps aren’t you so clever hold on let me put an applause gif in here

Now for the Conference Finals.

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Sad Caps in Sad Photos

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He should of had that one. (Photo: Kathy Willens)

Once again, the Washington Capitals have been unceremoniously ousted from the playoffs in a gut-wrenching game seven after relinquishing a lead. It hurts. The coming days and weeks and months will be filled with chatter about what it all means and who’s a choker and who needs to step up and who’s a leader and other nonsense like that. For now, let’s just bask in the misery.

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Capitals Eliminated by Rangers in Overtime

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The Washington Capitals have been eliminated by the New York Rangers.

There was a moment around lunchtime when I had actually convinced myself game seven between the Capitals and Rangers might not be a low-scoring, one-goal game decided in overtime. Maybe you thought the same. If so, you’re a dummy too. This was always going to be tight. It was always going to be a goalie duel. This was always going to be excruciating. The only thing we didn’t know was that this was the end.

Alex Ovechkin scored in the first period, fighting to win a faceoff then driving to the net as Marcus Johansson dealt him the puck. A glut of penalties sucked up the second period, capped off by Kevin Hayes’ goal to knot the game heading into the third period. The Rangers pushed late, but some great work by the Caps forward depth and Braden Holtby held on for overtime, which is when Josh Groban said

and he was right. The Capitals were frenzied in OT, but a spat of icings gave the Rangers a chance to strike and strike they did. Derek Stepan ended it.

Rangers beat Caps 2-1 in overtime. That’s the end of the season.

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