On October 11, 2014, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Photo: Brian Babineau
Sore over losing a well-played game on Thursday, the Capitals came out blazing against the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Spurred by a two-spot from the captain, the Caps had this one covered early– but a sterling effort from Braden Holtby made it a lock.
Alex Ovechkin kicked his season off with an Ovi goal from the Ovi spot on the power play. Before the first frame was over, Ovi added another– this time at evens, but again assisted by Nick Backstrom.
The second PP unit made it 3-0 in the second period as Mike Green swept in a one-timer from the weak side.
In the third, Andre Burakovsky fed John Carlson in the high slot to make it 4-0 [Update: The goal is now credited to Joel Ward]. The Bruins got cranky and cantankerous and canker sore but couldn’t score because they stink.
The best, err… only, photo of Barnes on the net. (via CBC.ca)
The Capitals have, kinda notoriously, not been friendly to analytics in recent years. In a blog post this summer, owner Ted Leonsis made a crack about fans complaining that the team didn’t acquire “Joe Corsi and Peter Fenwick” during free agency.
Now, the Caps have hired the creator of the Corsi stat to run analytics for the team.
Washington Capitals have hired Tim Barnes as an analytics consultant.
The Trotz Caps played a good first game on Thursday but got just a single standings point to show for it. At TD Garden at 7 PM tonight, the Caps will have another chance to prove their mettle, this time against last year’s Presidents’ Trophy winner, the Boston Bruins. To sweeten their chances, the Caps have added last year’s best possession player, Mike Green, to the lineup.
On October 9, 2014, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Photo: Patrick McDermott
Dudes! Welcome back. Grab a Surge from the cooler and take a seat, let’s do a game recap.
The Washington Capitals, your preferred hockey team, hosted the Montreal Canadiens, who don’t even make us cry anymore, to open up the season. The Caps had poise for a bit but then they didn’t. We’re just 1.22% through the season, so that’s to be expected.
Andre Burakovsky scored just two minutes into his career, a nifty one from the slot set up by Troy Brouwer.
P.A. Parenteau tied it up halfway through the third, but the goal was washed out for goaltender interference. Tomas Plekanec’s marker a couple minutes later had no such controversy and tied the game. Rene Bourque scored late in the game with an ICBM to Holtby’s far side hahaha nope, hit the post, that’s what you get for being awful, Rene.
Those nullified goals gave us a dry scrape and the first overtime of the season, but no one could score. Dammit, back to the shootout, which the Caps did way too much of last season. But at least we get to do…
For the first time since April somethingth, here comes actual, meaningful Caps hockey! Live from Verizon Center at 7 PM and on CSN Washington. It’s time we got our first real look at the Trotz Caps. Oh snap.
Good morning, RMNBers! It’s hockey season at last!
After a million long months, approximately, the Capitals are back in action. They’ll host the Montreal Canadiens tonight. Ian and I got together on Wednesday night to talk about our enthusiasm for the looming season, what players will determine the team’s fate, and just a little bit of baseball. Not too much, but the whole Orioles/Nationals divide is so fascinating among Caps fans.
…this is the end of this. Whatever’s next, it won’t ever feel like this again. The roster, the coaches, the front office– the sword of Damocles looms above them all. A shining new era is tip-toeing nearer.
And then everything changed. New coach, new system, new GM, new defense, new forwards, and I think I saw a few new gray hairs on Ovi’s head. The tumult of the last six months has been discomforting for some, but I’m excited.
The Washington Nationals are currently up 1-0 over the San Francisco Giants in game 2 of the NLDS. I’m here in Frederick watching from my couch, but your boy and Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is at Nats Parks taking in the game. Twitter person @rpchandler tweeted the photo above.