On February 24, 2016, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Alright, everybody. Here it is: the garbage game. Caps vs Habs was an unflushed toilet of hockey for fifty minutes, then fun for ten, and then it was over and now we can move on. But please read this recap first.
So this game was unbearable for 25 minutes. The Canadiens struck three times (Gallagher, Galchenyuk, Flash) before the Capitals offense even woke up, spurred by Jason Chimera and Marcus Johansson’s net-front effort to put the Caps on the board. Before the second intermission the Habs scored yet again, Galchenyuk’s second of the night.
The Caps rallied in the third. Dmitry Orlov scored a top-shelf wrister with seven minutes left, and Andre Burakovsky threaded the needle in the final three. Exciting finish to a stinker.
On February 22, 2016, In Game Recap, By Chris Gordon
Photo: Evan Vucci
The Capitals are mediocre when tied. It is most evident early in the game. You may have noticed this in the first half of Monday’s game against the Coyotes, when they sucked. The Coyotes controlled possession for the first 25 minutes during which Justin Williams kept hitting people in the face and Kevin Connauton, apparently a person who plays hockey, scored for Phoenix Arizona. It was the 11th time in 15 games the Caps have allowed the first goal.
Washington, however, is brilliant when trailing. After the enemy goal, the Capitals’ possession chart looked like an escalator when the Coyotes’ looked like a piddling moving walkway. Two and a half minutes Connauton scored, Evgeny Kuznetsov finger twirled his way to a tie game. The Caps continued to pressure the ‘Yotes, missing a few chances at some gaping nets.
In the third period, Ovechkin added a perfect snipe to give Washington the lead. Later that same minute, Mike Richards added his first goal with the Capitals. Baby faced Connor Murphy got one back for Arizona, which made us very nervous, but eventually very happy. Caps beat Coyotes, 3-2.
On February 20, 2016, In Game Recap, By Chris Gordon
Photo: Nass Wass
The day got off to a glorious start for the Washington Capitals with Jay Beagle making everyone feel warm and fuzzy and free of scar tissue. The day only got better as the sun pierced the clouds and temperatures reached 66 degrees.
Things got dreary, however, when the Caps took to the ice against the New Jersey Devils. The Devs had a flurry of chances early, outshooting the Washington 11-6, and testing Braden Holtby until he cracked. After Braden went down early on a play in front, Travis Zajac capitalized on some clueless and static defense in the crease by Karl Alzner, Matt Niskanen, TJ Oshie, and Nicklas Backstrom to put the Devils on the board first. But less than two minutes later, Washington’s pitching machine on cocaine, Alex Ovechkin, was able to even the score with a laser-like wrist shot from the near circle after Dmitry Orlov found him alone in front. The Devils, though, soon retook the lead, with Holtby failing to cover the near post on a sharp angle shot from Kyle Palmieri.
For the first 10 minutes of the second period, things were much the same as Washington looked listless against a mediocre team that played the night before. Things changed, however, when Brooks Laich and Michael Latta cycled the puck before Latta severed around two Devils defenders to find Evengy Kuznetsov wide open for the game-tying tally. Washington dominated play after the goal, keeping the Devils to just four shots in period while nearly scoring a few go-ahead goals.
In the third, Reid Boucher scored for the Devils. The Capitals, though, would soon tie the game for the third time as TJ Oshie played pinball to make it 3-3.
THEN BROOKS ORPIK SCORED A GOAL. Caps beat Devils 4-3.
On February 20, 2016, In Game Recap, By Margaret Stuart
Photo: Chris Gordon
The more Metro, the merrier. After defeating the Islanders in OT, the Caps are playing yet another division rival on Saturday. This time it’s the Devils, who are an incredibly unexciting team and one the Caps really should take two points from.
Fun fact: the Caps have slayed (slain? slew?) their division rivals on the way to the top. Yup, they’ve posted a 15-1-4 record against other Metro teams. The race for the division title is hardly close, but keep those points coming like they’re unlimited popcorn at a Star Trek marathon.
On February 18, 2016, In Game Recap, By Chris Gordon
Coming off a thrilling win on Tuesday, the Caps looked to get back on a winning streak after Saturday’s loss to Dallas. The day got off to an inauspicious start when the Capitals didn’t skate this morning, which is basically throwing in the towel. Washington indeed got off to a slow start with the Islanders taking the first six shots of the night. Later in the period, John Tavares put the moves on Nate Schmidt and Braden Holtby to open the period.
In the second, the Caps titled the ice like an hourglass, outshooting the Islanders 14-4. Alex Ovechkin tied the game up for the Caps, setup by a brilliant behind the net pass from first line center Evgeny Kuznetsov. Ovi added another less than two minutes later on the power play, this time assisted by the demoted and pathetic Nicklas Backstrom.
The Capitals continued to control play in the third, but couldn’t dent Thomas Greiss, winner of five of his last six, for an insurance goal. And sure enough, Frans Nielsen beat Braden Holtby with a minute and 44 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
J-Will with the slapper for the ballgame. Caps beat Isles 3-2 (OT)!
On February 16, 2016, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
The Los Angeles Kings did their ground-and-pound routine against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. The Caps struggled at special teams and got pushed around at evens, but a sturdy performance by the back-up goalie kept it interesting until a win could be eked.
A disastrous first-period power play yielded a shorthanded goal for living zombie Anze Kopitar. The second period was dominated by Los Angeles, but Orlov and Burakovsky combined to get the Caps on the board late. The Caps look stronger in the third and pushed their way to victory with a late, scrappy goal by Kuznetsov, and then Chimera got another empty-netter. Haha.
On February 13, 2016, In Game Recap, By Chris Gordon
Photo: Ronald Martinez
This weekend’s game between the Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars had the makings of an epic Saturday night bout. The Caps and Stars are the two highest scoring teams in the National Hockey League. They boast three of the league’s top four goal scorers and five of the top 15 point producers. Both teams are the best in the respective conferences, making this a possible, albeit premature Stanley Cup Final preview. Instead of a title fight, we got an episode of Tiny House Hunters as we sat stupefied, trying to make sense of the madness — at least for most of the game.
The first period wasn’t pretty, but the Caps made it to the dressing room with the score nil-nil.
In the second, the carnage began. Mattias Janmark opened the scoring on a two-on-one less than two minutes into the frame. Despite Braden Holtby’s best efforts, Dallas’s deadly Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin went to work, hitting the back of the net three more times. By the time the period was over, the the Capitals were getting outshot 25-11 and Seguin was just four goals behind Alex Ovechkin for the league lead.
Ovi added a PPG in the third to ruin Kari Lehtonen’s shut out and put Seguin back in his place. The next shot the Capitals took hit back of the as well as Justin Williams made it a two goal game, somewhat making up for his idiotic turnover that cost the Caps a goal earlier in the game. Resident good at hockey lately person Andre Burakovsky added his 15th point in 12 games to make it a one goal game. But the hole was just too big. Dallas held on with despite ending of high drama. Stars edge Caps, 4-3.
On February 11, 2016, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
This baby will never forget this night.
I could say that the Washington Capitals defeated the Minnesota Wild, but that wouldn’t be totally cromulent. A better way to put it: Alex Ovechkin defeated the Minnesota Wild. (Braden Holtby helped.)
Ovi scored, then Ovi scored, then someone else scored, then Ovi scored again. One of those was a power-play goal. Then Ryan Suter scored, and it was close all of a sudden, but it’s the Caps so they won. Chim-dawg got an empty netter and some Minny dude got a late goal, whatevs.
On February 9, 2016, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Two Swedes, one box
George McPhee traded prospect Filip Forsberg away sometime in the late 80s in exchange for Michael Latta, who is a nifty fourth liner, and a skunked case of Labatt Blue. We drank the beer, and then Forsberg scored twice on the Caps in Nashville on Tuesday. Don’t care. The Caps are still the best.
Tom Wilson, of all people, was involved in the Caps’ first two goals. In the first he assisted Jason Chimera, and in the second he swatted a saucer pass from Marcus Johansson. Filip Forsberg, dammit, scored on a power play in the second period.
In the third, Justin Williams put the Perds in a two-goal hole with an impressive scramble in the Nashville crease. Marcus Johansson welcomed himself back with a goal of his own, but the Preds struck back with goals by Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg (oh come the frick on) in quick succession. Alex Ovechkin got the empty netter.
On February 7, 2016, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
It’s Super Bowl Sunday! Before you eat a bunch of super unhealthy food and then lose all productivity at the office on Monday, let’s rap about the Caps win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Caps looked sluggish in the first, giving the Flyers an early lead when MDZ knifed a redirected slapshot. The Caps rallied in the second, scoring twice on consecutive shots, the first knifed by Alex Ovechkin and the second knifed by Dmitry Orlov.
Carrying a lead into the third period, the Caps promptly surrendered it as Nick Schultz knifed a goal after a Caps icing. No matter: Matt Niskanen wrested back the lead by driving between the Philadelphia and knifing a gorgeous goal single-handed.