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 Minnesota Wild and the Washington Capitals both have secured playoff spots. So, why was this such a chippy game? Who the hell knows, but it had all the drama we could ever dream.
The first period started off with some hard play followed by TJ Oshie’s 31st goal of the season. The period ended with only the Oshie goal on the board. 1-0 Caps.
Unfortunately, the lead didn’t last long when the Minnesota Wild’s Jason Pominville immediately answered to tie the game. A few minutes later, during a power play, Ovechkin scored a beauty to bring the Caps up 2-1. Ovechkin would tie Oshie at 31 goals for the season. The Oshie and Ovechkin goal competition is not only fun to watch, but also good for the team. Ovechkin would push ahead of Oshie and nail another goal to the back of Dubnyk’s net. A rebound goal from Martin Hanzal would bring the Wild back to life and end the period with the Caps on top at 3-2.
The third period got off to a sleepy start, until Alex Ovechkin scored another goal to seal a hat trick. Hats flew and the Caps Road Crew rejoiced, but the goal was quickly answered by a terrible puck bounce from the Wild to bring the score 4-3. With 26.6 seconds remaining, the Wild tied the game up with a goal (*cough* that was very offsides *cough*) and would lead the game to overtime.
Overtime happened and Oshie top-shelfed the heck out of it to end the game.
Caps beat Wild, 5-4 in overtime!
The 2016-17 Arizona Coyotes are one of the worst teams in the NHL in the post lockout era and the 2016-17 Washington Capitals are one of the best. The two teams showed us that discrepancy very clearly, maybe not on the scoreboard for much of the game, but definitely everywhere else.
Alex Ovechkin got the home team on the board first, firing home a wrist shot from the left slot on the power play.
Second period? 5,000 Capitals shot attempts and an Alex Goligoski missed empty net. Through 40 minutes at 1-0.
Peter Holland tied the game at 1 after Anthony Duclair was stopped on a breakaway by Braden Holtby. Daniel Winnik and Justin Williams then scored in quick succession to give the Caps back their lead. Winnik added another with an empty net strike.
Caps beat Coyotes 4-1!
The Washington Capitals knew that Thursday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets was important. With the Jackets nipping at the Caps’ heels in the standings, a win would have a big impact on playoff seeding. The Caps played appropriately: shoveling shot after shot on the Columbus net, but that’s not always enough.
The Caps had a ton of offense, but the game remained scoreless after two. That’s when Seth Jones delivered from the blue line to put the Blooj on the board. Dmitry Orlov did the same, scoring on his comrade Sergei Bobrovsky from the other blue line to tie it up.
Rego and overtime passed without a decision, so here come shootout bullets!
Caps beat Jackets 2-1 in the shootout!
The Calgary Flames came to town on Tuesday and boy have they been…hot. Winners of 12 of their last 13 games, the Flames have been giving teams around the league fits recently.
The Caps opened the scoring after Andre “Dre” Burakovsky stripped Johnny “fancy pants” Gaudreau in the neutral zone and then fed Evgeny Kuznetsov for a pretty goal. The lead didn’t last long as some miscommunication in the Caps defensive zone allowed Sean Monahan to tie the game at one with a snipe.
The second period was uneventful until it wasn’t. TJ Oshie scored his 30th goal of the season to put the Caps up 2-1. Just before the buzzer, Kevin Shattenkirk was credited with the PP goal to put the good guys up 3-1, but it sure looked like Nick Backstrom touched it.
In the third, the Caps had some more issues in the defensive zone that led to a goal by some guy named Troy Brouwer. Alex Ovechkin fired the biscuit all night and was rewarded with a late PP goal.
CAPS WIN 4-2!
Chris From the Comments came into this game having recapped five straight Capitals losses. Anything that I touch with this team has apparently turned to the opposite of gold, until Saturday night. The curse has been lifted.
TJ Oshie scored early after sustained zone time on the man advantage. Oshbabe doubled his tally some time after with a 2 on 1 strike at even strength. Great feeds from Marcus Johansson and Alex Ovechkin. Nikita Kucherov responded with a power play marker of his own to half the lead and Alex Killorn scored mere seconds later to level the game at two.
Second period? Nothin’ for ya.
Justin Williams tipped home a Niskanen blast for the Capitals third just after a Caps man advantage had expired. John Carlson then extended the lead to two, swatting a puck out of mid-air as the Caps had Braden Holtby pulled on a delayed penalty call. Kucherov tallied late in the third to give the Caps a scare, but Oshie hit the empty net for his hat trick to seal things.
Caps beat Lightning 5-3!
Thursday’s date between the Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals was a low-key, low-shooting affair punctuated with some punches until an exciting three-on-three session ended it.
With a turnover by Nashville in their own zone, Brett Connolly secured his 15th goal of the season. In the second, with a turnover by Washington in their own zone, James Neal (ugh) tied the score at one. Tied after sixty, we went to overtime, where Viktor Arvidsson ended it with a 2-on-1 goal.
Preds beat Caps 2-1 in overtime.
The Caps are back on the east coast and everything is right in the world again. Besting bedraggled bench boss Bruce Boudreau’s Minnesota Wild at home, the Washington Capitals found the cure for what ailed them and delivered one heluva game for fans who needed to see one.
Here’s the part where I write about the goals. I shall begin by communicating the first goal in the most primal and raw way I know how.
Following 88 was Alex Ovechkin, ending a slump that had persisted since mid February. Evgeny Kuznetsov got in on the action with assist by fellow top-six center Nick Backstrom.
Matt Dumba opened up the third with a goal for the Wild, snuffing Holtby’s shutout. The Caps got into penalty trouble after that, enabling a goal by Caps killer Eric Staal to bring the Wild within one goal.
With six minutes to go, Jay Beagle put the Wild away with a breakaway goal.
Caps beat Wild 4-2!
Forecasts of snow, March Madness brackets and another Capitals loss. I like one of those three March-themed things, but unfortunately we all received the other two as well.
First period? Nada.
Corey Perry capitalized on a Lars Eller turnover and walked both Karl Alzner and Braden Holtby to slot home the first marker of the game. Perry lit the lamp again on a tip-in and Rickard Rakell made it 3-0 quickly after. John Carlson then broke Jonathan Bernier’s shutout bid with a power play goal and we’d end 40 minutes 3-1.
A Ryan Getzlaf power play goal made it 4-1, but seconds later Marcus Johansson wscored to cut it to 4-2. Ryan Kesler, 5-2.
Ducks beat Caps 5-2.
It’s really late, the DC snow forecast is a whole bowl full of N-O-P-E, the Wizards won on a buzzer beater, and the Caps just lost for the third time in a row.
Jakub Vrana got on the board with a man advantage tally after a fantastic feed from Kevin Shattenkirk, but the lead was short lived as Marian Gaborik slammed home a rebound to make the game 1-1. The Caps would end the first with 4 total shots.
TJ Oshie would not wait long to restore the Capitals lead, scoring less than a minute into the second period. Unfortunately, Anze Kopitar would again level things on the power play soon after and we ended 40 minutes locked at two goals apiece.
Adrian Kempe’s first NHL goal was a huge one, putting the Kings up 3-2. Jeff Carter empty netter.
Kings beat Caps 4-2.
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