Twenty sixteen was a mess. It was swirling chaos in which the things we depend on vanished and in their place came a grim mockery of fairness and equanimity. Appropriate then that the final Caps game of 2016 was refereed by Marc Joannette. The zebraman of the apocalypse tooted his evil whistle early and often, intending to make this the game of his will. The Capitals did not comply.
Andre Burakovsky sent a perfect pass to Brett Connolly to open up scoring, but scoring paused there once John Moore was injured by Tom Wilson. Later, Jay Beagle tapped in a point shot by Brooks Orpik to set a tone of eschatological ruin.
The second period was lousy with penalties. A three-on-three and an errant pass from Kyznetsov gave Kyle Palmieri a chance to score that he did not miss. But then the Caps erupted with three goals in six minutes: Oshie, Ovechkin, and Williams all struck before the second intermission.
Beau Bennett scored for the Devils in the third, but Marcus Johansson responded immediately.
Caps beats Devils 6-2!
A matchup between two Metro division foes usually means good things for hockey fans. Instead, tonight’s game was dreadful. Keith Kinkaid made it hard for the home team to light the lamp. And this season, practically no visiting team at Verizon Center can score goals (32 goals against in 18 games coming into this one) against Braden Holtby or Philipp Grubauer.
Your recap of the game goes like this. The Caps would misfire on two early power play chances and after a flurry of late scoring chances the first period would end scoreless. Shots in favor of the good guys 14-8.
The second period would start and immediately head downhill as Evgeny Kuznetsov decided to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. The period ended 1-0 after some heroics from the Devil’s netminder. Shots were 29 to 15 Caps.
The third period however went much better for the Caps. Daniel Winnik struck shorthanded off a great feed from Jay Beagle to tie the game up at 1.
But the Devils would ultimately win in the shootout. Devils win 2-1.
A sold out Barclays Center and a back and forth, playoff-like pace would create an exciting Tuesday night game for the Capitals and the Islanders. Unfortunately, due to a boatload of really bad turnovers, the game would end in a loss for the Capitals.
The first goal of the game came in eight minutes into the first with a rebound goal from Cal Clutterbuck to put the Islanders on top and give Clutterbuck his 99th goal. Was the goal because of a Dmitry Orlov turnover? Ugh, yes. Luckily, the Capitals answered back five minutes later to tie the game with a Justin Williams rebound goal. It was a weird one.
The second period was messy and heavy on the penalty side. Penalties were killed, power plays were wasted, but then with about six minutes remaining, Andrew Ladd buried a goal while John Carlson was asleep to bring the game to 2-1.
Going into the third period, the Capitals and Islanders were tied with shots on goal at 22 and the Caps were not about to lose on Ovechkin’s watch. Not even a minute and a half into the third period, Ovechkin ties the game with his 541st career goal off a feed from Williams. Unfortunately, Andrew Ladd responded (again) and the Islanders were back on top. Seconds later an unassisted goal from Anders Lee would put the Islanders up 4-2. Fast forward to 6:55 left in the period, Andre Burakovsky gives the Caps (and our spirits) a boost and buries one to bring the score to 4-3. But that wasn’t enough and the Capitals fall to the Islanders.
The Capitals billed their December 23 matchup as a holiday party. Man, was it a fun one. John Carlson got on the board 55 seconds into the game only to net another goal 15 minutes later. In the second, Alex Ovechkin put on his fancy pants and scored his 15th goal of the season and the 540th goal of his career. Marcus Johansson continued his great season with another breakaway tally in the third. Great times. Caps blank Bolts, 4-0.
The Caps went to Philly for the first meeting between these two teams since last spring when the good guy eliminated the bad guys from the playoffs.
Andre Burakovsky opened the scoring off a sublime feed from Dmitry Orlov, giving the Caps winger his first goal since almost a month before Election Day. The Flyers pinned the Caps in their end to start the second period and tied it at one. The third line struck again, this time it was Lars Eller giving the Caps a 2-1 lead after a great pinch by John Carlson. We went 4-on-4 near the end of the second and the Caps decided to let the Flyers tie it so we entered the third level at two. No one scored in the third so this one required OT.
Both teams had chances in OT but no one scored, so to the stupid gimmick we went.
I don’t do bullet points for the shootout because the shootout is lame.
CAPS LOSE in the shootout
The Caps ended their six-game win streak with a troubling loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. A bad bounce gave rookie Artturi Lehkonen a goal in a first period that was otherwise dominant for Washington, but after that the Caps crumbled. Nick Backstrom‘s power play goal was neutralized 90 seconds later by Jeff Petry‘s goal, itself the result of a defensive breakdown by Karl Alzner.
So the Habs win and the Caps have serious stuff to think about. The next streak starts Wednesday.
Coming into tonight’s game against the Hurricanes, the Washington Capitals had won five-straight games, playing some of their best hockey of the season. But beating those plucky Caniancs would not be easy. Jeff Skinner got the game off to a hot start with a goal 5:46 into the first period. From then, the Caps didn’t look great and the team is very fortunate to have Philipp Grubauer.
The second period was electric. Alex Ovechkin would tie it on the power play and a Justin Williams shot from the crease would give the Caps their first lead of the game. Justin Faulk would tie it up for the Canes.
Teuvo Teravainen and TJ Oshie would trade goals in the third. Oshie and Kuzy put the biscuit in the basket during the shootout.
The Caps’ five game winning streak is extended to six. YEAH. SIX STRAIGHT WINS. YOU READ THAT RIGHT.
The first period got off to a scary beginning when Islanders center Casey Cizikas left after his arm was stepped on and sliced open by a teammate. Luckily, Cizikas was patched up and returned to the game towards the end of the first, but not before Brock Nelson put a puck past Holtby. The period would end with a score of 1-0.
Second period begins and only 2 minutes in, Brett Connolly sinks one in with the help of Lars Eller to tie the game. The Caps would then take the lead over the Islanders after Justin Williams scores off an assist from Jakub Vrana. The Islanders quickly answered with a goal from Nikolay Kulemin and the period ended at 2-2.
FINALLY, the third period begins with the hope that maybe, just maybe this one won’t go to overtime or to a shootout. Niskanen answers our prayers with a gorgeous wrist shot, his first of the season. In the final three minutes of the game, the Caps were granted a power play and Niskanen made extra sure this game wasn’t going into overtime and scored one more.
Set your phasers for fun! The Caps engaged the Canucks for a Sunday evening throwdown and won 3-0.
After seven games lost in the frontier, Alex Ovechkin beamed himself onto the scoresheet with an Ovi Shot from the Ovi Spot. Justin Williams, aided by Kuznetsov, fired a photon torpedo into the ‘Nucks net in the third. With an empty net, Tom Wilson lived long and prospered with an empty-netter.
Vancouver gave it all she’s got but did not score, which was highly illogical. Meanwhile, Braden Holtby played out of his vulcan mind, recording his second shutout of the season.
And with that, the Canucks were done. Resistance was futile.
The Caps and Sabres met for the 97th time in the last two weeks. With the way things went tonight, the Caps probably wish they could play Buffalo a few more times.
A whole lot of nothing happened and then Playmaker Passmaster Jay Beagle made a beautiful feed to TJ Oshie to get the Caps on the board first. The Caps went up by two on Jakub Vrana’s first NHL goal off of a beautiful zone entry and pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov. Kyle Okposo potted a power play goal to pull the Sabres within one because the Caps COULD NOT STOP TAKING PENALTIES. But then, and no this isn’t one of those fake news stories, John Carlson scored a goal! Marcus Johansson added the empty net goal.
Caps win, 4-1!
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