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Friday night, the Capitals headed up to Newark. Absolutely nothing happened. Someone finally dented the twine when John Carlson, fresh off the injured list, unleashed a deadly slapped for the game-winner. Or so I’m told. I conked out in a clonidine-induced stupor with like four minutes left in the third. I woke up in the wee hours of the morning to tangerine popsicles — thankfully wrapped — strewn around me as the Caps headed home with a 1-0 victory.
On Saturday night, however, the Capitals played an interesting hockey game. Unlike the Devils game, there were such pastimes as shots on goal — the Caps were the better team than the St. Louis Blues in the first too.
In the second, the Blues, in a fight with the Dallas Stars for the best record in the West, started to apply the heat on a team with little to play for. And guess what, the Caps allowed the first goal. Dmitry Orlov bumped the puck behind the puck after being pressured on the forecheck before Kyle Brodziak tapped a rebound into an empty net.
The second period carnage continued just from there when Colton Parayko beat Philipp Grubauer with a shot akin to a light breeze. One hundred seconds later Vladimir Tarasenko, now the NHL’s fourth leading goal scorer, made it a three goal game after Matt Niskanen left him unattended in the far circle.
YAWN. Somebody scored late in the third but I wasn’t paying attention. Blues blank Caps 4-0.
Friday night is the best night of the week, unless you’re watching the Capitals play the Devils. New Jersey, who is six points out of the eighth and final playoff spot, spent the entire game playing some dump-and-chase, low event hockey. They did this hoping that by slowing the pace down, they could catch the NHL’s best team snoozing and eek out a much-needed win.
It did not work. The Caps are just too darn good.
After 60 minutes of a 0-0 tie, John Carlson, in his first game since February 24, blasted a one-timer past Scott Wedgewood 2:17 into overtime. Like it was fate, the goal came on the six year anniversary of Carlson’s first NHL goal.
Caps win their 53rd game of the season, 1-0.
All of a sudden, I’ve got an idea for the plot of Taken 4.
The Capitals came into Canadian Tire Centre like a wrecking ball, recording a trio of goals in the opening frame and then holding on for the remaining forty. The Ottawa Senators, it turns out, aren’t very good.
First it was Mike Richards, seizing on a takeaway by Tom Wilson to record his second goal as a Capital. Alex Ovechkin came next, sweeping in a shot on the power play, followed by Nick Backstrom who backhanded a bobbler past Craig Anderson to give the Caps a 3-goal lead.
The sole goal of the second period came from Matt Wideman, an outside fluke obscured by Karl Alzner’s glove. The Senators snuck back into it with 90 seconds left off the stick of Mika Zibanejad, but TJ Oshie beat Karlsson to score the empty netter.
Caps beat Senators 4-2. The Caps have won the Eastern Conference.
The Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins played a chaotic slobberknocker of hockey for an hour on Sunday night.
Bryan Rust and Trevor Daley put the Pens ahead in the first period. Jason Chimera and Andre Burakovsky tied the game in the second, but Tom Kuhnhackl gave Pittsburgh the lead after forty, which Matt Cullen and Chris Kunitz extended in the third. Holtby got pulled, and then Justin Schultz welcomed Philipp Grubauer to the game.
Wow. That was brutal. Pens beat Caps 6-2.
(I know I should use a picture of Kuznetsov, but look at this smile. D’awww.)
slow quiet start, the Capitals played a terrific back half of hockey to down the Nashville Predators at home on Friday night.
The scoring was opened up by Filip Forsberg, and I won’t say another word about that because I can’t even deal with Ian right now.
In the second period: Evgeny Kuznetsov. Boom– there’s one for Winnik off a super slap pass. Ta-da– there’s one for Oshie off the Twister™ maneuver. Alakazam– there’s one for Burakovsky thanks to some hard work deep in the Preds zone. (Winnik also scored again in there somewhere, but I didn’t wanna break up the rhythm.)
Caps beat Perds 4-1!
Steinbog and the Boss (Photo: Uncle Ted)
Finallyyyyyyyyy the Caps have come back to DC! On the road since March 4, Washington returned home to host the Carolina Hurricanes, who sincerely think they’re a playoff team. That’s cute.
In a stunning turn of events–no seriously–the Caps scored the game’s first goal on the stick of Justin Williams, who tapped in Jason Chimera’s pass. Jordan Staal potted one in the second. Without a goal in the third period, the Caps earned a standings point and secured a playoff spot.
Alex Ovechkin won it in overtime! Caps beat Canes 2-1!
The Washington Capital’s late-night road trip is finally over, but it did not end in victory. The San Jose Sharks were plainly the better team on Saturday night/Sunday morning, so any talk of locking down a playoff spot will have to wait.
Heyyyy the Caps surrendered the first goal. Klaxons and sirens and Wolf Blitzer shouting at you or whatever. This time it was Jumbo Joe, popping in a rebound on Grubauer. TJ Oshie recorded his 21st goal in the second period, but then the Caps gave up a shorty to Marleau. A Burakovsky-to-Kuznetsov-to-Williams series tied the game after forty minutes.
Joe Pavelski scored on an early third-period power play, followed shortly by a deflection by Dainius Zubrus off Brenden Dillon’s shot. Brent Burns got the empty-netter. Real bad final frame by the visitors.
Sharks beat Caps 5-2. At least it wasn’t a one-goal game!
What a terrible night and what a wonderful morning. The Capitals got pummeled by the Los Angeles Kings and then you went to sleep. Then the Caps got good all of a sudden and stole a dang point.
The first period was a disaster. Goals by Lecavalier, Muzzin, and Lucic gave the Kings a mondo lead. The second period was silent, but then in the third, way after most of you went to bed, the Caps struck back.
First TJ Oshie. Then Nick Backstrom. Then Dmitry Orlov. With three minutes left the game was new again, pushing us into overtime.
Kings beat Caps 4-3 in overtime. Grand theft standings point.
This is Mitch. (Photo: Scott)
Hello. It’s tomorrow. The Washington Capitals just beat the Anaheim Ducks. It was fun.
The Caps were bad in the first period and good in the third period, which is to say they were the Caps.
Getzlaf scored like .000025 seconds into the game.
Hey, Andre scored. We like Andre.
Buncha stuff happened, but nobody scored. Out of rego, into overtime. Out of overtime, into biscuit bullets.
Caps beat Ducks 2-1 in the shootout. 102 points!
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Friday night, the Capitals were outscored in regulation for just the 13th time this season. I believe they call it a “loss.” Following the game, the Caps got in their blacked out AMG Mercedes and tore down Constitution Avenue on the way to Dulles with a date with the Boston Bruins on the horizon. Everything was in order as Washington began its longest road trip of the season, with the Capitals allowing the first goal for the 10th time in 12 games. The Caps would have been down 2-nil after 20, but Barry Trotz successfully challenged a goal by Torey Krug after the Bruins were offside.
In the second, the Capitals spent an inordinate amount of time on the PK, with eight of the 12 Bruins shots in the period coming on the man-advantage. Nevertheless, it was the Capitals who got on the board, when Karl Alzner crashed the net off an excellent feed from Nicklas Backstrom.
Washington dominated the third, outshooting the Bruins 10-4 in the frame, but the game headed to overtime.
Matt Niskanen unleashed the cannon. Caps beat Bruins 2-1 (OT)!
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