A New Standard: Caps Beat Leafs 3-2 (SO)

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After six years, Sergei Fedorov no longer stands alone as the most prolific Russian goal scorer of all time. With a backhanded whack, kiss of the glove, and a one-footed body slam into the end boards, Alex Ovechkin tied his legendary former teammate with his 483rd career goal. The Great Eight did it in 476 fewer games. The fans gave Ovechkin a standing ovation for his second period tally. The Leafs scored earlier in the game, btw, but that wasn’t important for our biased and bloggy narrative.

In the third, Tom Wilson made a dumb and James Van Reimsdyk and the Leafs capitalized. It looked like the Leafs were in for a win.

But wait! In one of the most glorious moments I’ve witnessed at Verizon Center, Ovechkin, with his back to the goalie, flipped the 484th goal of his career, breaking the Fedorov’s record. It tied the game. Until it didn’t. The goal was called back on a coach’s challenge.


Nicklas Backstrom scored with the goalie pulled and less than one second left on the clock, sending the game to three-on-three overtime and then — and apparently we still do these things — to a shootout.

Some stuff happened and then OVI WON IT! That was amazing! Caps beat Leafs, 3-2 (SO).

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Caps beat Bruins 4-1: One of Your Faves Probably Scored


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The Washington Capitals, like a luxury liner, sometimes take a while to get going. The Bruins had the best of them early on Thursday, but once the Caps accumulated momentum there was no stopping them.

Like I said, the Bs were in control early, and Jimmy Hayes’ power-play tip-in made the scoreboard reflect it. But before the first period was over, the Caps were stirring. Alex Ovechkin scored while falling to tie game at the close of twenty minutes.

The Capitals owned the second period, which featured Brooks Laich’s first goal this season, a tip-in off Orlov’s shot; and a perfectly executed 5-on-3 goal setup by Backstrom and finished by John Carlson.

Alzner sunk an empty-netter late because he’s a goal hog who only wants to inflate his personal stats.

Caps beat Bruins 4-1. Woot.

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Rangers beat Caps 5-2: Nothing Makes Sense

The Washington Capitals weren’t, like, top-to-bottom bad against the New York Rangers on Tuesday; they were just bad when it mattered. They were sort of terrific at gaining the zone and generating scoring chances, which is super nice, but an outpouring of turnovers and some blasé defense doomed the effort.

Oscar Lindberg scored first, exploiting some terrible Caps defense and Alex Ovechkin’s near-castration. Ovechkin got his revenge soon after with a goal of his own, but the period ended with the Rangers up 2-1 thanks to Kevin Hayes’ tricky snipe goal.

The Caps entered a two-goal hole early in the second period when Japers Rink’s Kevin Klein beat Braden up high. Washington started a rally, but Derick Brassard ended it with a gutshot through an uninvolved defense. Marcus Johansson tipped in Karl Alzner’s shot late in the period to put the Caps back in a less-terrible two-goal hole.

Same story in the third. The Capitals had all the possession and momentum, but the Rangers had the killer instinct. Example: Jared Stoll’s backbreaking goal as a power play expired. Some more stuff happened and then the buzzer went off.

Rangers beat Caps 5-2.

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Best Start Ever: Caps Top Cats 2-1 (OT)



Happy Halloween, y’all! While you were out dressed as Donald Trump and acting like you were the only one to come up with that idea, the Caps were playing a sloppy first period in which they registered just five shots on goal.

Early in the second, Jussi Jokinen put the Panthers on top with a ground ball up the middle, a play in Alex Petrovic got an on assist after almost having his foot chopped off by an Alex Ovechkin slapper.

First-liner Jay Beagle got the Capitals tied with a net crashing goal that was totally legal.

The game went to three-on-three overtime and Evgeny Kuznetsov got it done. Caps top Cats 2-1! Continue Reading

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Caps Beat Jackets 2-1 in a Snoozefest

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Coming off just their second loss of the season, the Capitals, who are good, looked ripe to get back on track against the Columbus Blue Jackets, who are very bad. And it kinda worked!

The first period got started with Verizon Center about half full, which is fine, because nothing happened.

Things started to open up in the second. The Capitals cut through the Columbus defense twice, but TJ Oshie and Dmitry Orlov missed layups to keep the game scoreless. Justin Williams finally beat Sergei Bobrovsky as Nick Backstrom did his best Marcus Johansson to screen the Russian netminder.

In the third, the Capitals decided to show that have better hockey players than the Blue Jackets. Alex Ovechkin came down the left circle, went cross ice to Backstrom, who then put the puck on a tee for TJ Oshie. Good players playin’ good. Jackets added a goal, but they cheated, so screw that. Caps top Blue Jackets, 2-1!

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The Streak is Over: Pens Beat Caps 3-1


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Ovechkin vs. Crosby. Reality vs. 2009 storylines. That’s right, Caps vs. Pens from Verizon Center.

The game got off to an interesting start for the Capitals, taking three penalties before the 10 minute mark of the first period. But Pittsburgh’s power play sucks, so the Caps were fine. Both goalies — Braden Holtby and Marc-Andre Fleury — were great and the game was scoreless after one.

The Caps dominated the second period, but the Flower remained excellent. The game started to get chippy, but no one put the biscuit into the basket. Onto the third!

Early in the period, NHL First Star of the Week, Evengy Kuznetsov deflected a puck home to give the Capitals the lead. Then the Caps did that whole let’s screw up every time we score thing and allowed Beau Bennett to convert a stretch pass to even the score just 24 seconds later. A few minutes later, Phil Kessel used a nice passing play to give Pittsburgh the lead. Despite a valiant Capitals effort, the Pens held it. Nick Bonino sealed the deal. Pens beat Caps 3-1.

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Touchdown: Caps Beat Oilers 7-4


Did you see that?! Did you even see Friday night’s glorious mess of a hockey game between the Washington Capitals and Edmonton Oilers?

No, really, did you see it? A track meet. A barn burner. A game with a lot of goals. Too much happened for a comprehensive recap. In short: everyone scored and then the road team won.

Caps beat Oilers 7 to 4. Perfect road trip!

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Lethal Beagle: Caps beat Canucks 3-2


Good morning, hockey fans. Thursday’s game between the Washington Capitals and Vancouver Canucks didn’t start until 10 PM and it didn’t end until Alex Ovechkin said it could.

So, this is weird. Jay Beagle and Jason Chimera combined again for an impressive goal, the first of the night but not Beagle’s last. The Canucks returned fire in the second as the Sedins outplayed Brooks Orpik below the goal line to set up Radim Vrbata. A glut of penalties in that period cost the Caps: the Sedins struck again, sneaking a shot past Holtby to give Vancouver the lead.

In the third, Jay Beagle got greasy to get the game tied again. Alex Ovechkin wouldn’t let it stay that way. He scored with five minutes left in rego to restore the Washington lead and win it.

Caps beat Nucks 3-2!

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Caps beat Flames 6-2: Nothing is Forbidden Anymore


This is from a play where Ovi thought he scored. He did not, but it’s a nice thought.

The Washington Capitals looked good enough on their season-opening homestand, but against the miserable Calgary Flames on Tuesday night they looked something otherworldly. A team of destiny, complete and competing. Maybe that’s just because the Flames are a mess though. Hey, let’s recap this thing!

The Flames scored first, but I wouldn’t fret too much over it. A bad clear by Brooks Orpik led to a turnover and an easy goal by the Gaudreau/Monahan duo. But I’m gonna put a paragraph break here to emphasize how much the game changed after that.

Andre Burakovsky tied the game after taking a stupid-good pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov. The second period was all Washington: Alex Ovechkin recorded his 900th NHL point excluding the preseason, postseason, and shootout. Then, within a minute Nick Backstrom and TJ Oshie each scored, thereby chasing Karri Ramo from net.

The Caps got meek in the third, allowing Mark Giordano to get up in Holtby’s grill and score to give the Flames some life. Jason Chimera promptly urinated on that life by scoring a decidedly un-hands-of-stone goal assisted by Jay “The Cornerstone” Beagle. Nick Backstrom hushed the Saddledome with a late goal assisted by Alan May’s new fave, Justin Williams. And that’s how a very good night ended.

Caps beat Flams 6-2. Bailamos!

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Backstrom’s Back Alright: Caps Top Canes 4-1


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Just past 7 pm, with multiple spotlights shining on him, a beautiful blonde Swede with terrible facial hair stepped on the ice at Verizon Center. Nicklas Backstrom, the 48th best player in the league according to The Hockey News, was back. He would waste no time making his presence felt. With the Capitals on the power play 15 minutes into the first period, which Washington dominated, Nicky set up TJ Oshie to open the scoring.

The Capitals continued control play through 40, but an inability to put the biscuit in the basket kept the Hurricanes in it.

But guess who added some insurance: none other than Nicklas Backstrom with a textbook half-wall, pinball, five-hole wrister. The Canes would get one back when Jeff Skinner beat Holtby on a three-on-two, but John Carlson sealed the deal on the power play. Alex Ovechkin added another, his third goal in three games. Caps top Canes 4-1!

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