A sold out Barclays Center and a back and forth, playoff-like pace would create an exciting Tuesday night game for the Capitals and the Islanders. Unfortunately, due to a boatload of really bad turnovers, the game would end in a loss for the Capitals.
The first goal of the game came in eight minutes into the first with a rebound goal from Cal Clutterbuck to put the Islanders on top and give Clutterbuck his 99th goal. Was the goal because of a Dmitry Orlov turnover? Ugh, yes. Luckily, the Capitals answered back five minutes later to tie the game with a Justin Williams rebound goal. It was a weird one.
The second period was messy and heavy on the penalty side. Penalties were killed, power plays were wasted, but then with about six minutes remaining, Andrew Ladd buried a goal while John Carlson was asleep to bring the game to 2-1.
Going into the third period, the Capitals and Islanders were tied with shots on goal at 22 and the Caps were not about to lose on Ovechkin’s watch. Not even a minute and a half into the third period, Ovechkin ties the game with his 541st career goal off a feed from Williams. Unfortunately, Andrew Ladd responded (again) and the Islanders were back on top. Seconds later an unassisted goal from Anders Lee would put the Islanders up 4-2. Fast forward to 6:55 left in the period, Andre Burakovsky gives the Caps (and our spirits) a boost and buries one to bring the score to 4-3. But that wasn’t enough and the Capitals fall to the Islanders.
The Capitals billed their December 23 matchup as a holiday party. Man, was it a fun one. John Carlson got on the board 55 seconds into the game only to net another goal 15 minutes later. In the second, Alex Ovechkin put on his fancy pants and scored his 15th goal of the season and the 540th goal of his career. Marcus Johansson continued his great season with another breakaway tally in the third. Great times. Caps blank Bolts, 4-0.
The Caps went to Philly for the first meeting between these two teams since last spring when the good guy eliminated the bad guys from the playoffs.
Andre Burakovsky opened the scoring off a sublime feed from Dmitry Orlov, giving the Caps winger his first goal since almost a month before Election Day. The Flyers pinned the Caps in their end to start the second period and tied it at one. The third line struck again, this time it was Lars Eller giving the Caps a 2-1 lead after a great pinch by John Carlson. We went 4-on-4 near the end of the second and the Caps decided to let the Flyers tie it so we entered the third level at two. No one scored in the third so this one required OT.
Both teams had chances in OT but no one scored, so to the stupid gimmick we went.
I don’t do bullet points for the shootout because the shootout is lame.
CAPS LOSE in the shootout
The Caps ended their six-game win streak with a troubling loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. A bad bounce gave rookie Artturi Lehkonen a goal in a first period that was otherwise dominant for Washington, but after that the Caps crumbled. Nick Backstrom‘s power play goal was neutralized 90 seconds later by Jeff Petry‘s goal, itself the result of a defensive breakdown by Karl Alzner.
So the Habs win and the Caps have serious stuff to think about. The next streak starts Wednesday.
Coming into tonight’s game against the Hurricanes, the Washington Capitals had won five-straight games, playing some of their best hockey of the season. But beating those plucky Caniancs would not be easy. Jeff Skinner got the game off to a hot start with a goal 5:46 into the first period. From then, the Caps didn’t look great and the team is very fortunate to have Philipp Grubauer.
The second period was electric. Alex Ovechkin would tie it on the power play and a Justin Williams shot from the crease would give the Caps their first lead of the game. Justin Faulk would tie it up for the Canes.
Teuvo Teravainen and TJ Oshie would trade goals in the third. Oshie and Kuzy put the biscuit in the basket during the shootout.
The Caps’ five game winning streak is extended to six. YEAH. SIX STRAIGHT WINS. YOU READ THAT RIGHT.
The first period got off to a scary beginning when Islanders center Casey Cizikas left after his arm was stepped on and sliced open by a teammate. Luckily, Cizikas was patched up and returned to the game towards the end of the first, but not before Brock Nelson put a puck past Holtby. The period would end with a score of 1-0.
Second period begins and only 2 minutes in, Brett Connolly sinks one in with the help of Lars Eller to tie the game. The Caps would then take the lead over the Islanders after Justin Williams scores off an assist from Jakub Vrana. The Islanders quickly answered with a goal from Nikolay Kulemin and the period ended at 2-2.
FINALLY, the third period begins with the hope that maybe, just maybe this one won’t go to overtime or to a shootout. Niskanen answers our prayers with a gorgeous wrist shot, his first of the season. In the final three minutes of the game, the Caps were granted a power play and Niskanen made extra sure this game wasn’t going into overtime and scored one more.
Set your phasers for fun! The Caps engaged the Canucks for a Sunday evening throwdown and won 3-0.
After seven games lost in the frontier, Alex Ovechkin beamed himself onto the scoresheet with an Ovi Shot from the Ovi Spot. Justin Williams, aided by Kuznetsov, fired a photon torpedo into the ‘Nucks net in the third. With an empty net, Tom Wilson lived long and prospered with an empty-netter.
Vancouver gave it all she’s got but did not score, which was highly illogical. Meanwhile, Braden Holtby played out of his vulcan mind, recording his second shutout of the season.
And with that, the Canucks were done. Resistance was futile.
The Caps and Sabres met for the 97th time in the last two weeks. With the way things went tonight, the Caps probably wish they could play Buffalo a few more times.
A whole lot of nothing happened and then Playmaker Passmaster Jay Beagle made a beautiful feed to TJ Oshie to get the Caps on the board first. The Caps went up by two on Jakub Vrana’s first NHL goal off of a beautiful zone entry and pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov. Kyle Okposo potted a power play goal to pull the Sabres within one because the Caps COULD NOT STOP TAKING PENALTIES. But then, and no this isn’t one of those fake news stories, John Carlson scored a goal! Marcus Johansson added the empty net goal.
Caps win, 4-1!
Well, it wouldn’t have been a “Rivalry Night” on NBC if the Caps didn’t keep this a close game, would it now?
Tonight, the Caps faced the Boston Bruins at home and the night began with a rockin’ start. Justin Williams finally broke whatever curse he was battling and scored on two beautiful shots in the first period. The first goal was only 23 seconds into the first, making it the fastest goal to start a game since March 2013 (19 seconds by Ovechkin). We ended the first 20 minutes at 2-0.
The puck drops for the second period and Daniel Winnik comes in clutch with a goal 5:51 in. Here’s the worst part, that was the last shot on goal for the Capitals until late in the third period, over 25 minutes. Yes, you read that correctly. While the second period continues, the Bruins get on the board twice in the last five minutes for a score of 3-2 going into the third period.
Third period begins and the Bruins are dominating the ice. Beagle, Wilson, and Dominic Moore are sent to the box 6:21 into the third, giving the Bruins a power play. Guess what happens? You betcha, the Bruins tie it up 3-3. Nether team scores in the remaining time, so overtime it is.
Extra hockey time starts and beautiful Nick Backstrom scores to finish the game at 4-3.
The Washington Capitals have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, dropping the powerhouse, Cup favorite Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in overtime.
When the Caps were thirsty for goals, offensive dynamo Jay Beagle gave them drink. When the Caps were hungry for moar, hotshot showboat Marcus Johansson served a piping hot pair of baked yukon goal potatoes. Instantly, after rego, the bummer streak is over!
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