You and I were not prepared for this game. We weren’t girded for the emotional tumult and unrelenting attack. We just weren’t ready. The Caps, though– they were ready. The Isles kept pressing– a ceaseless assault just like we saw in games one and three, but the Capitals had battened down the hatches and set the mainsail and whatever else.

Capitals captain and current Greatest Human Alex struck first, oviflecting a shot by Carlson after Backstrom’s o-zone faceoff win. Casey Cizikas knotted the score after a bad change a big rebound. The second period was packed with penalties, but the Capitals killed them all. The third period was a little more even, but neither team could hit the back of the net. And so, once again, we went to overtime on Long Island.

And then, Nicky Backstrom’s muffin gave the Capitals instant victory.

Caps beat Isles 2-1 in overtime. The series is new at two to two!

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Sudden-Defeat Sunday: Isles beat Caps 2-1 (OT)


Hockey hugs.

The New York Islanders were apparently unhappy with their performance on Friday, so they opted to pound the hell out of the Capitals on Sunday. Without Braden Holtby standing on his head, this would have been a blow out. It was a constant onslaught with immense tension. It was the Ardennes forest of hockey games.

Despite a ton of Isles chances, we were scoreless until halfway through the game, when Kyle Okposo deflected a shot by Lubomir Visnovsky to finally crack Holtby. With six minutes left in the third, the Capitals finally beat Halak with Nick Backstrom’s heavily trafficked shot– off the crossbar and in. That was where we stood at the end of rego.

John Tavares won it immediately in overtime.

Isles beat Caps 2-1. I’m crestfallen.

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Believe: Caps beat Isles 4-3!

File photo: You, while watching this game (Photo courtesy of You)

Without Holtby but not without hope, the Washington Capitals played desperate hockey on a thrilling Friday night duel with the New York Islanders. Down one game to none, the Caps started out without distinction. Into the two-goal hole they went …and then out again they came, furious and scoring.

If you believe in the Caps, this game is why.

Like last game, the Isles struck early– this time with Cal Clutterbuck scoring on a 2-on-1 rush just five minutes in. Ryan Strome’s second-period marker put the Caps in a two-goal hole, but Karl Alzner’s huge goal got the home team into the game. Kyle Okposo scored a seeming dagger shortly after, but a stellar rally by Washington led to Alex Ovechkin’s kanooblian goal just before the second intermission.

The Capitals drew their first penalty in the third period, so Nick Backstrom carved through the Isles defense to tie the game at three goals apiece. Jason Chimera, yes, Jason Chimera, gave the Caps the lead by conducting laser surgery on his own rebound after Nick Leddy choked up the puck.

Caps beat Isles 4-3! Series is tied 1-1!

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Not a Good Start: Islanders beat Caps 4-1


That feel. We know that feel.

In a disappointing effort, the Washington Capitals have dropped game one to the New York Islanders. The Isles played a nearly perfect game, and the Caps were on their heels from the game’s second shift.

Brock Nelson was all alone after a neutral-zone turnover, so he scored a quick one on Braden Holtby. Brooks Laich’s tenacious forecheck created a scoring opportunity for Marcus Johansson that he did not waste. But in the second period Ryan Strome scored a quick goal after John Tavares’ faceoff win, and Josh Bailey slapped a loose puck to put the Caps in a two-goal hole.

The third period had nothin’. Brock Nelson got an empty netter with 79 seconds left.

Isles beat Caps 4-1. Islanders lead the series 1-0.

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Rangers beat Caps 4-2: Now the Dance Begins


Gorgeous photo by @Lexixkim

The Washington Capitals didn’t win their final game of the regular season, but it’s already an afterthought. The Rangers got an early lead and didn’t let go. Doesn’t matter– we’re moving on– just as soon as we do this recap.

Kevin Hayes struck first, sinking a backhand scoop on Braden Holtby. Derick Brassard put the Caps in a two-goal hole on the power play, and then Dominic Moore’s Crosbyesque backhand goal made it three. Alex Ovechkin punched back with his 53rd, an Ovi shot from the Ovi spot.

Jesper Fast got an empty netter in the third, and then Stan Galiev recorded his first NHL goal in the final minute.

Rangers beat Caps 4-2.

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Braden Holtby, file photo.

The Caps looked so freaking ready for the playoffs during Wednesday’s blowout win over the Boston Bruins.

John Carlson scored in the first, taking a cross-ice pass from Nick Backstrom and shooting high glove. Backstrom also pinched in on the next goal, a cannon by Matt Niskanen. In the second period, Marcus Johansson scored his 20th of the season off a wonderful pass by Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Braden Holtby looked a god among insects in the third period.

Caps beat Bruins 3-0. Holtby’s league-leading 9th shutout of the season.

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Caps beat Red Wings 2-1: Nearly a Playoff Lock


All these smiling faces.

With less than a week to go, the Capitals got an important win on the road from the Detroit Red Wings– drawing ever closer to making their playoff fate a lock.

The Caps got an early lead off Evgeny Kuznetsov’s stick (and a sick bounce). Mike Green’s Easton made it 2-0 in the second period, but Darren Helm got a power-play goal after a great pass from Pavel Datsyuk. The Caps held off a brilliant empty-net attack late to earn two crucial standings points in #rego.

Caps beat Red Wings 2-1.

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Can’t Clinch: Sens Beat Caps 4-3 (OT)


That was a dumb period. (Photo credit: Justin Tang)

On this festive weekend, the Caps looked to clinch a playoff berth with a regulation win over the Senators. Instead, they dug themselves a huge hole early. Somehow, they came back. Then they blew it again. Oh well. Put down your matzo and wine, it’s no time for a yeast-less party.

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No O, Only Ovechkin: Caps beat Habs 5-4 (SO)


(You’re damn right this is the headline image.)

What’s that thing called? That thing when you have the puck and then you shoot it at the other team’s net? It’s a word that’s like “trying to score” except it’s one word instead of three, and I think Canadians pronounce it wrong.

Whatever it was, it was missing in Montreal for most of Thursday night. The Capitals played a lot of defense, but less so of the other thing until they had surrendered the lead. Then Alex Ovechkin did his thing: spat in the dirt, said nyet, and made this a goddamn game.

Enjoy this one.

It was the Canadiens who scored first, with Jeff Petry beating Braden Holtby after a penalty expired early in the second period. Joel Ward struck back with a lovely rush goal on an odd-man rush, and then Alex Ovechkin broke Peter Bondra’s all-time scoring lead with an Ovi shot from the Ovi spot.  The Canadiens instantly returned fire with goals by Tom Gilbert and Lars Eller– thanks to bad defense and badder bounces, respectively.

The Caps earned a power play in the third, and Alex Ovechkin converted it to tie the game with nine minutes remaining. John Carlson unleashed a bomb from another power-play, maybe tipped by Joel Ward, to give the Caps a late lead. With Curtis Glencross in the box for a silly penalty, PK Subban scored a gorgeous game-tying goal to force overtime

Shootout bullets!

  • Galchenyuk did not put the biscuit in the basket.
  • Kuznetsov did not put the biscuit in the basket. Stupid post.
  • Desharnais did not put the biscuit in the basket.
  • Backstrom did not put the biscuit in the basket.
  • Parenteau did not put the biscuit in the basket. Flashy glove save.
  • Ovechkin did not put the biscuit in the basket. Hart showdown.
  • Patches did not put the biscuit in the basket. Diving save by Braden.

Caps beat Habs 5-4 in le shootout.

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Ovi is the GOAT: Caps beat Canes 4-2


Hahahahaahahahaha. Hahahaha. Haha. *Contented sigh* Heh.

What a great game. The Capitals beat the Hurricanes in a must-win game. Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th. All the goals were pretty rush goals. That was a blast.

Mike Green scored first, on the rush, like a boss, as Curtis Glencross crashed the net. Then Alex Ovechkin hit the 50-goal mark for the sixth time with a lovely wrister from the high slot.

The Canes evened it up in the second period with goals by Nathan Gerbe (thanks to Alex Semin) and captain Eric Staal, but before we hit the second intermission Jason Chimera found Brooks Laich driving to the net to restore the Caps lead, which Joel Ward supersized with a late-period goal off Alex Ovechkin’s perfect pass.

Caps beat Canes 4-2.

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