Well, it wouldn’t have been a “Rivalry Night” on NBC if the Caps didn’t keep this a close game, would it now?
Tonight, the Caps faced the Boston Bruins at home and the night began with a rockin’ start. Justin Williams finally broke whatever curse he was battling and scored on two beautiful shots in the first period. The first goal was only 23 seconds into the first, making it the fastest goal to start a game since March 2013 (19 seconds by Ovechkin). We ended the first 20 minutes at 2-0.
The puck drops for the second period and Daniel Winnik comes in clutch with a goal 5:51 in. Here’s the worst part, that was the last shot on goal for the Capitals until late in the third period, over 25 minutes. Yes, you read that correctly. While the second period continues, the Bruins get on the board twice in the last five minutes for a score of 3-2 going into the third period.
Third period begins and the Bruins are dominating the ice. Beagle, Wilson, and Dominic Moore are sent to the box 6:21 into the third, giving the Bruins a power play. Guess what happens? You betcha, the Bruins tie it up 3-3. Nether team scores in the remaining time, so overtime it is.
Extra hockey time starts and beautiful Nick Backstrom scores to finish the game at 4-3.
The Washington Capitals have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, dropping the powerhouse, Cup favorite Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in overtime.
When the Caps were thirsty for goals, offensive dynamo Jay Beagle gave them drink. When the Caps were hungry for moar, hotshot showboat Marcus Johansson served a piping hot pair of baked yukon goal potatoes. Instantly, after rego, the bummer streak is over!
The Washington Capitals nearly forgot how to score there. They had the puck in Tampa on Saturday night, but they just couldn’t muster much danger for Ben Bishop. For a while, it seemed as if Nikita Kucherov‘s goal would be enough to drop the Caps, but Nick Backstrom injected life with a power play marker in the third.
Overtime gave us nothing, and the Bolts won it in the shootout.
What the–. The Caps wildly outplayed the Islanders for most of the night, but they couldn’t beat Jaroslav Halak. With three quick goals in the third period (one from ol’ stone hands, Jason Chimera) the Isles felled the Caps, who are probably dumbstruck right now.
An unfortunate debut for Jakub Vrana, who played well but shall never forget what it looked like when Justin Williams‘ spirit was broken. Lots to think about — or drink about — tonight.
The Caps looked lost and tired both physically and mentally in tonight’s loss. It was one of those games that you just throw away and move on quickly from. Hopefully Matt Niskanen is okay and we can get back to winning ways against the Islanders.
The scoring opened with an unlikely goal from Matt Martin. It continued with a goal from James van Riemsdyk to make it 2-0 in the second and the Leafs never looked back. Goals from Matthews, Backstrom, Kadri and Johansson ended the game 4-2.
Leafs beat Caps 4-2. That was hard to watch.
Oh thank goodness, there’s Caps hockey. Let’s all take a break from that conversation with our extended families about how the real world has become Purge: Anarchy and instead talk about how the Caps whipped the Sabres on Black Friday.
Daniel Winnik and his horseshoe mustache kicked us off by sticking with a scoring play started by Lars Eller. Marcus Johansson doubled Washington’s lead by rescuing Justin Williams’ interrupted pass and burying the puck behind Anders Nilsson.
Sam Reinhart ended Grubauer’s shutout bid in the third after some sustained pressure by Kyle Okposo. Hardworking Brett Connolly occupied the slot and slammed a goal with 4 minutes to go.
Caps beat Sabres 3-1!
The Caps beat St. Louis in a much more entertaining fixture than their last. It was a very good game against a very good team (let’s just forget about those last few minutes).
The scoring opened with a dart from Russian forward Alex Ovechkin that gave the Caps a 1-0 lead late in the first. That was all we had after one. Russian forward Ovechkin scored again 5v5 this time with a blast past Carter Hutton. Russian forward Vladimir Tarasenko immediately responded less than a minute later for the Blues making the score 2-1 and the period closed with that scoreline. Russian center Evgeny Kuznetsov made it 3-1 off a fantastic feed from Russian defenseman Dmitry Orlov. Russian forward Ovechkin finished off his hat trick soon after to make it 4-1. Not-Russian Alex Pietrangelo scored a garbage time power play goal to make it 4-2. Russian forward Tarasneko added one with the goalie pulled.
Caps beat Blues 4-3. That was gr8.
The Caps played Columbus in a game that started at 12:30, which may not be your morning, but it’s mine. The action on the ice resembled nap time more than a hockey game.
First came a deflected wrister that trickled through Bob’s five hole from noted Corsi-gamer Nicklas Backstrom. That was all we had after one frame. Nick Foligno wrapped a shot off of John Carlson’s skate past Braden Holtby on the power play to tie the game at 1-1. Alex Ovechkin made it 2-1 on a power play one-timer after a fantastic feed from Backstrom and that’s how the 2nd period ended. Brandon Dubinsky scored 14 seconds into the 3rd to make it 2-2. Alex Wennberg scored with under a minute to give Columbus a 3-2 win.
Blue Jackets beat Caps 3-2. I can go back to sleep now.
Caps win a slow burning, passionate game. Luckily, it was worth the wait.
The only good thing about the first period was that I got a pint of Milk & Cookies from Ben and Jerry’s. In the first minute of the first period, Andre Burakovsky put a solid ping off the post, giving us a ping in our hearts full of hope. Tom Wilson was later boarded by Danny DeKeyser, giving the Capitals a five minute power play. The boys were unsuccessful in scoring. *heavy sigh*. Alas, with 30 seconds left in the power play, Justin Williams was sent to the box for hooking and nobody did anything. The first period was a buncha meh especially since the list of our players that went to the locker room included: Oshie, Wilson, Eller, Burakovsky. Wilson returned. The Caps ended up leading 10 shots on goal to 5.
The Caps announced Eller and Oshie would not be returning and that Burakovsky was doubtful, so of course, we began the second period with low morale. The time came and the time went as the score remained 0-0 and the shots on goal were switched around.
Finally, with 5:11 left in the entire game, our boy Beags saved us all with his 4th goal of the season and his first career NHL point against the Detroit Red Wings. The game finished at 1-0 and Braden Holtby gets his first shutout of the season.
Tonight, the Caps came out roaring against the Penguins. The Caps played one of their best games this season: smart, fast, aggressive hockey. They scored left and right, up and down, and in every way imaginable.
Instead of sputtering, the offense was ferocious. The first period showcased some serious offensive firepower, as the Caps scored while shorthanded, at even strength, and on the power play. Two of the three goals scored in the first were courtesy of T.J. Oshie.
In the second, resident golden god Marcus Johansson casually passed the puck to Dmitry Orlov. One Scoarlov later, the Caps were leading 4-0.
By the third period, it was beyond obvious that the Penguins were putty in the Caps’ hands. I like to think that the mysterious killer instinct Barry Trotz has been pushing for finally reared its head. Justin Williams tallied his second of the season, Alex Ovechkin got on the scoresheet, and Nicklas Backstrom capped off the evening with his second goal of the night. The Caps were utterly dominant.
Caps destroy Penguins 7-1. ¡BAILAMOS!
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