The Caps, a very good hockey team, played the Devils, a not very good hockey team, on Thursday night in DC.
The first period happened. And then the second period happened. After 40 painfully boring minutes of hockey, we went to the third tied at zero.
Then, with the Caps on the PP, SOMETHING FINALLY HAPPENED. Jakub Vrana scored to give the Caps a 1-0 lead with just under 13 minutes left.
Caps win 1-0! Holtby gets the shutout!
Kevin Shattenkirk and the Washington Capitals visited the Big Apple to take on the Rangers on Tuesday night. It didn’t take long for Shattenkirk to be involved in a goal. For the other team.
The Rangers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when none of the Caps forwards covered up down low for Shattenkirk, who had pressured the puck carrier in the faceoff circle.
Marcus Johansson drove to the net and tapped home a rebound to tie the game at one a little under eight minutes into the second. The Caps continued to carry the play in the second and were rewarded in the final minutes when Brett Connolly stuffed home his 13th goal of the season.
Early in the third, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Johansson hooked up for a goal in which both showed off their magic hands to give the Caps a 3-1 lead. Nick Backstrom called bank on a late PP to seal this one.
Caps beat Rangers 4-1!
The Caps traveled to Nashville where Rain is a Good Thing, especially when it’s raining hats on the head of Filip Forsberg at the rate it has been lately. The Swedish forward made sure to break more Caps fan hearts on Saturday.
Roman Josi wouldn’t let the Preds go down Without a Fight, tying the game at one early in the second after some pretty awful defensive zone coverage that made me Lose My Mind. Aw Naw, Filip Forsberg scored to make it 2-1 and then Mike Fisher sent us looking for Beer Money after his slam dunk goal made it 3-1.
A comeback spurring goal is always good Til It’s Gone as Alex Ovechkin found out when his third period tally was washed out after review for being offside. Roman Josi then called game Over with a power play tally to make it 4-1. May We All be more like Evgeny Kuznetsov who made it 4-2 late.
Viktor Arvidsson Kissed You Good Night with an empty netter.
Predators beat Caps 5-2.
Finally back in the Verizon Center the Caps took on the Edmonton Oilers and seem to have found their footing again after that dumb bye week.
The first period started off a bit boring until the most glorious goal of all time came from Tom Wilson. You read that correctly…Tom Wilson, with assists from Orlov and Chorney.
Didn’t take long for the Oilers to answer back in the second period with a messy goal from Leon Draisaitl.
The third period happened, and Justin Williams delivered with a gorgeous puck to the upper corner of the net.
Caps beat Oilers 2-1.
The evil geniuses at NBC Sports knew what they were getting when they secured the Capitals and Flyers for Rivalry Night. This was a nasty game, even if the Caps won it handily.
Nick Backstrom opened up the scoring with a rare call-his-own-number snipe, then Evgeny Kuznetsov did the same on the power play. The Flyers struck back with a Brayden Schenn goal from way outside. Things looked grim, but then Kuznetsov added an another with a tip-in by Radko Gudas. Alex Ovechkin woke up in the fourth, crashing the net to make it 4-1 with a final touch by TJ Oshie.
Caps beat Flyers 4-1! But man, was that ugly.
The Caps were back at it again Sunday afternoon, visiting the Rangers in New York because scheduling a team for back-to-back games coming out of the bye week is an idea that someone thought should be implemented.
Other than a few chances by the top line, the Caps came out as flat as you might expect them to given the circumstances. The Rangers Ryan McDonough put his team up 1-0 early after the Caps first line and Carlzner decided to leave him all along in the slot. The Caps continued to get outplayed, but thanks to Philipp Grubauer the first period ended at 1-0.
The Caps looked much more competent in the second period and, towards the end of the frame, Alex Ovechkin tied it with a knuckepuck on the PP.
In the third, the Caps third pairing was sleepy on a Rangers set play off a draw and Mats Zuccarello gave the bad guys a 2-1 lead.
Caps lose, 2-1.
Caps hockey is back. The boys started the back end of the regular season off in Detroit for the last Capitals-Wings match up in Joe Louis Arena. The bye week rust was on display and I’m pretty sure the entire team was playing sunburned.
The first was not a great period for the team in white. No real sustained offensive zone pressure and a misfire on the man advantage. Danish forward Frans Nielsen put the Red Wings up 1-0 on Detroit’s lone power play of the period. McGriddles fans everywhere wept.
Tomas Tatar capitalized on a John Carlson turnover to put Detroit up 2-0, but the red hot, potentially pierced Zach Sanford brought the Caps within one before the end of forty minutes.
Petr Mrazek then tried to steal the show, making numerous ten-bellers before Daniel Winnik batted home a rebound to tie the game at 2 and send it to overtime.
Henrik Zetterberg with the shootout winner.
Red Wings beat Caps 3-2.
The Capitals started Saturday’s game in typical relentless offensive fashion, however they wouldn’t end it that way. A game that was once headed to blowout territory eventually became tied in the third period. But, it’s all coming up Caps lately. They got another W.
It all started with an early power play goal from Trendy Jeans Oshie, his 400th career NHL point, assisted by Marcus Johansson and Nicklas Backstrom, his 700th career NHL point. Backstrom scored a goal of his own soon after and Tom Wilson made it 3-0 after a great pass from Daniel Winnik.
In the second, Jakob Silfverberg upset any Braden Holtby shutout hopes, beating Holtby with a sharp angle wrister that went upstairs. Daniel Winnik restored the 3 goal lead with his second shorthanded marker on the year, before Hampus Lindholm would once again make it a 2 goal game, confirmed after review.
Anaheim’s two Ryan’s made the game interesting again. Goals from Kesler and Getzlaf tied the game at 4. Zach Sanford’s first NHL game was a very big one to make it 5-4 late. Marcus Johansson would add an empty netter.
Caps beat Ducks 6-4!
Caps win and this team is so good.
The game kicked off with a Marcus Johannson goal off a beautiful Kuznetsov pass. Did the third line do anything amazing? Of course, Brett Connolly would pull through to tie up the game 2-2 going into the second period.
The second period happened quickly and a goal from TJ Oshie would put the Caps up 3-2. Burakovsky and Connolly scared us all with a couple of injury shake ups. Connolly would return, Burakovsky would not.
The third began with a sick backhander from Zetterberg, tying the game at 3-3. A rocket from John Carlson would put the Capitals up top 4-3. The Capitals would then go to their first power play of the game and TJ Oshie would score again because of course. Nick Backstrom would put an extra cherry on top for his 16th goal.
Caps beat Red Wings 6-3. Bailamos, baby.
It’s time once again for us to relive five goals and another victory on home ice for the team we like most of all. The Caps beat the Carolina Hurricanes because that’s just what they do.
From the Ovi Spot came an Ovi Shot, to the back of the net after a detour through Eddie Lack’s glove. The third line added heat with a Brett Connolly goal, making it 2-0 Washington before the first intermission. After a scoreless second, Lars Eller scored his 10th of the year with a mean short-side slapper and Evgeny Kuznetsov made it 4-0 with a quick one-timer. Marcus Johansson cleaned up a rebound to make it yet another Bailamos game.
At the other end of the ice: nothing. So Braden Holtby has recorded his 7th shutout.
Caps beat Canes 5-0! This is incredible!
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