Ian and I have been discussing why web traffic is slightly down this season. He said the election could be a factor. I suggested that it’s hard to know the cause, but then I saw the Caps play in Columbus on Tuesday and now I know: This game was boooooring. Let’s talk about it.
First period comprehensive report with exhausting detail: Absolutely nothing to report.
Second period minute-by-minute breakdown: Nothing to report until Nick Backstrom ripped a simple, lovely shot through a slight screen to give us an actual score.
Third period debrief: The game got less boring but in a bad way. Zach Werenski cracked Grubauer’s shutout while the Caps’ mainstay Ovechkin-Beagle tandem was on the ice.
Rego ended without satisfaction. Cam Atkinson finished it in overtime with a quick goal off a faceoff.
Blooj beat Caps 2-1 in overtime.
After a flukey win again against the Chicago Blackhawks, who were riding a seven game winning streak, the Washington Capitals headed down to the City of Oaks, Raleigh, North Carolina, for a date with the rested (but terrible) Carolina Hurricanes.
So what happens when a team that has won six of their last seven games matches up against a team that is last in the division, on a three game losing streak, and has lost five of their last six games? Disaster, of course.
The Capitals got on the board early thanks to some boys from the land of tracksuits and autocracy, when Dmitry Orlov set up Evgeny Kuznetsov with a brilliant drop pass, who unleashed a bomb past Carolina goaltender Cam Ward.
The Canes tied the game just 35 seconds after Washington’s opening tally. They kept going. I don’t have 400 words to waste on an intro, so I’ll leave it there. Canes demolish Caps 5-1.
After the last three days, we all need
a fifth of vodka sports. You’re in luck. The Washington Capitals headed to the Second City to start a three game road trip with a match against the hottest team in hockey.
After Tuesday’s disaster (of a hockey game), the Capitals controlled much of the first period. They got on the board first when Jay Beagle scored a shorthanded goal off an excellent pickoff by Matt Niskanen and a two-on-one pass from TJ Oshie. The Hawks got on the board 22 seconds later when Brian Campbell responded on the power play. Not to fear, Beagle, the man who lost his dream job of third line center this year, made some positively second line action with a wrap around tally with just over five minutes to go in the opening frame.
Then nothing happened except for some Braden Holtby saves for over 40 minutes until Marian Hossa deflected a puck past with 23 seconds left.
But, but, but! Marcus Johansson responded with his seventh of the season on the Ovechkin-level one-timer. #MoJo4Hart. Caps beat Blackhawks 3-2 (OT).
The Caps lost to the San Jose Sharks 3-0 in a slow, painful battle. This stops their winning streak at five games.
The game started off with a slow paced first period ending in 0-0, despite some impressive hustle and penalty kill skills. The Caps finish the period with 4 shots to San Jose’s 9.
The scoring finally began to happen 12:23 into the second period where Joel Ward helped create a stream for Marc-Edouard Vlasic to score. The scoring for San Jose continued about five minutes later, with 17:26 left in the second period. Brent Burns ripped one passed Holtby and the second period ended with the Sharks on top 2-0.
The third period started off with a power play for the Capitals. Brenden Dillion with a holding against Evgeny Kuznetsov, but ending in a no score. With 6:12 left in the third period, the Caps had one more chance for a power play after newbie Kevin Labanc tripped Tom Wilson. The Caps were unsuccessful and Joe Thornton added an empty netter late to seal it.
Welcome to my first game recap. Because I am a rookie re-capper, expect my game to lack frills. Thrills will be included.
The Washington Capitals were able to extend their winning streak to five games with their 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers tonight.
A little over five minutes into the game, Jared McCann opened the scoring for the Caps’ opponent for only the second time in eleven games. Halfway through the second period, TJ Oshie scored to tie the game on an insanely accurate shot after an insanely precise pass from Alex Ovechkin on an odd-man break.
Reilly Smith gave the Panthers another one goal lead three minutes into the third period beating Matt Niskanen on a break on the power play. The Capitals captain would tie the game a few minutes later with some net front presence on a Brooks Orpik drive.
TJ Oshie put the Caps in the lead on a cookie-jar shot on a semi-break almost 11 minutes into the third. The Caps built themselves to their third two-goal lead in as many games following Lars Eller’s net front marker less than two minutes later. The Caps held on for the 4-2 win on home ice.
After a long but successful slog through Western Canada, the Caps have returned home to DC. Joining them at Verizon Center on Thursday was the recently defeated Winnipeg Jets, eager for another defeat. The Caps, gracious hosts they are, obliged, but not without drama.
We began with Nick Backstrom’s first goal of the season, a backhand off a rebound. Following that, in the second period came T.J. Oshie with a backhand off a rebound. Then Alex Ovechkim scored, utilizing a backhand off a rebound.
The third period found the Capitals disintegrating. Toby Enstrom scored a shorthanded goal early, then Adam Lowry exploited some bad defense to bring Winnipeg close. Marko Dano tied the game during with 8 minutes to go, finally erasing a three-goal lead.
Rego gave us no winner. The Jets tried to ice five players in three-man overtime just so Alex Ovechkin could win it.
Caps beat Jets 4-3 in overtime!
After seven days in Western Canada, where 65 percent of Discovery Channel shows are filmed, the Washington Capitals are finally heading home to America, which had a good run.
But first, one more hockey game, this time in Winnipeg, Manitoba against the Jets.
The first period was filled with phantom penalty calls and Jets shots, but the Capitals got on the board in the final minute of the frame when Karl Alzner unleashed a muffin towards oblivious Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck.
In the second, Winnipeg continued to control play but the Capitals jumped out to another 2-0 lead after Marcus Johansson scored his millionth goal of the road trip. The Jets whacked Braden Holtby and TJ Oshie a bunch of times, but Washington held the lead.
In the third, Mark Scheifele managed to put the Jets within one after a Capitals defensive breakdown. Then there was another, when John Carlson and Brooks Orpik made a large oops, and the game was tied.
However, with just 30 seconds left Jay Beagle won the game on a scramble in front. Nothing made any sense, but we’ll take it. Caps beat Jets, 3-2.
Happy Halloween, humans! If you stayed up to watch the Caps beat the Calgary Flames, you certainly weren’t tricked. You could even say it was a treat–
Oh gosh. This is terrible writing. I’m just rusty. I promise I’ll get better. Let’s talk scoring.
Starting us off was Brett Connolly, the new guy, aided by Jay Beagle and Zach Sanford. Then Marcus Johansson scored his third goal of the weekend (!!!) on the power play, set up by Alex Ovechkin. Mikael Backlund cut the lead in half with a controversial goal for the Flames.
All that happened in the first period. The next 39 and a half minutes went by without much furor, unless you consider Craig Anderson’s emotional shutout over the Oilers and the Cubs fending off Cleveland. Then Marcus Johansson got his second of the night with an empty netter to seal the deal.
Caps beat Flames 3-1!
The Caps were in Vancouver tonight, and the game started yesterday. The boys dominated the entire night, largely thanks to their 5v5 play, providing the W to end the team’s two-game losing streak.
First came a tip-in from noted net-crasher Marcus Johansson. Second was top-six Tommy’s first of the season. Next came a goal from Denmark’s Jannik Hansen with 6 seconds left in the first period. Johansson then scored his second of the night on the power play after slamming home a TJ Oshie post shot. Bo Horvat tallied late in the second to make it 3-2. Oshie made it 4-2 late in the 3rd off a great feed from Andre Burakovsky. Karl Alzner got an empty netter, 5-2.
Caps beat Canucks 5-2. Everybody can go to sleep now.
Last season, the Washington Capitals used their western Canadian road trip to jump start their Presidents’ Trophy winning season.
Now it’s time for take two. The Caps headed into the brand new Rogers Place in Edmonton looking to find their “killer instinct,” according to Karl Alzner, after an inconsistent start to the season.
Despite the referees doling out eight PIMs in the first period, the game was scoreless after 20.
The Caps controlled the first 10 minutes of the second frame, outshooting the Oilers 7-0 in the second. Then the Edmonton fired their first shot on goal of the period. It went in. Ryan Nugget-Hopkins’s shot went off Benoit Pouliot, giving Edmonton a 1-nil lead. Less than 10 minutes later, Pouliot got another lucky goal when he banked the puck off Braden Holtby’s back.
Just nine seconds into the third, the Capitals had lift when Alex Ovechkin went from sniper to jackhammer in front of the net, scoring his a goal in his fourth straight game. Just over a minute later, however, the Caps got caught shadowing McDavid and Patrick Maroon gave the Oilers a two goal lead once again. Milan Lucic added — wait for it — another power play goal against the Caps. Oilers beat Caps 4-1.
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