Hot Start, Cool Finish: Caps beat Senators 4-2

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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.

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Sunday Evening Coming Down: Penguins beat Caps 6-2

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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.

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Kuzy’s Night: Caps beat Predators 4-1!

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(I know I should use a picture of Kuznetsov, but look at this smile. D’awww.)

After a 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!

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Unclench: Caps beat Canes 2-1 (OT)

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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! 

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Sharks beat Caps 5-2: Just Come Home

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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!

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Midnight Run: Kings beat Caps 4-3 (OT)

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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.

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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.

  • Perron didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
  • Oshie put the biscuit in the basket!
  • Silfverberg didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
  • Kuznetsov didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
  • Perry put the biscuit in the basket! (Great fadeaway!)
  • Backstrom put the biscuit in the basket!

Caps beat Ducks 2-1 in the shootout. 102 points!

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Centurions: Caps Beat Bruins 2-1 (OT)

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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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Hunt or Be Hunted: Rangers Beat Caps 3-2

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“Imploded,” “epic tantrum,” “baby stuff”: that’s what the New York tabloids looked like after the Rangers’ 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers wondered aloud how they were going stuff the NHL’s best team the following night, the same one that leads them by 18 points for first place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Capitals made it pretty easy for them in the first. Less than six minutes into the game, Braden Holtby turned the puck over before Ryan McDonagh fired a shot from the point that took down Jesper Fast and Brooks Orpik. Dan Girardi then launched the loose puck towards the net. Fast shoveled it past Braden Holtby before Orpik even knew what was going on. Later in the period, the Rangers camped in the Capitals’ zone after a Karl Alzner tripping penalty. After New York hit two posts, Keith Yandle unleash a bullet past Holtby.

In the second, the Capitals began to turn things around, taking the lead in shots on goal and shot attempts on Jay Beagle’s first goal since returning to the lineup after the Capitals poked Antti Raanta like your they were your grandma on Facebook and you were you. The Caps continued to press the pace in the second, drawing a late period penalty. On the ensuing power play, T.J. Oshie flew into the zone, scored his 19th goal of the season, and busted his face to tie the game.

In the third, a sloppy turnover by Dmitry Orlov gave New York the lead. The Caps came close, but couldn’t come back from the early hole. No more of these guys until seven game playoff series that ends in disaster. Rangers beat Caps 3-2.

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While You Were Napping: Caps Beats Leafs 3-2

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It is 2016, and the only trend worse than man buns is the Caps looking deader than dead in the first period. Whether the Caps were playing at even-strength, on the power play, or on the penalty kill, they were hardly a dominant force throughout the game.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past nine months or have absolutely no prior knowledge of hockey, guess what? According to the standings, the Caps are the NHL’s best team, and the Leafs are amongst its dregs. After tonight, though, who’d have thunk?

The Caps made an already-iffy first period even worse by taking three penalties (and giving the Leafs’ league-worst power play a chance to climb the rankings.) The Caps’ penalty kill was equally disappointing; the same can’t be said of their first-period offensive outburst. Thanks to a sweet assist by TJ Oshie, Taylor Chorney scored the game’s first goal–and his first since 2011. Not to be outdone, Nicklas Backstrom capitalized on a Leafs turnover to set up Alex Ovechkin with a perfect pass. If you kept watching, good for you.

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