Thursday night the Caps beat the Blue Jackets 2-1 in the shootout on Russian heritage night in arguably the most important game of the season to-date (for both teams). The Caps generally kept the pressure on, and Sergei Bobrovsky asserted himself as a true Vezina contender. On the other end of the ice, Braden Holtby was equally stellar, with a save-of-the-year candidate on Boone Jenner. In the end, TJ Oshie continues to be money in the shootout, and Holts stood tall at the other end, giving the Caps the win.
Overall, this was the most shots the Caps have put on net all season at 45. It was important that they make a statement against the Jackets, and statistically they did. The Caps had an absurd 89 shot attempts on the board (in all situations) to 48 by the Jackets. Five-on-five shot attempts were 74 to 35.
Tuesday night the Caps beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 and narrowly maintained their hold on the Metropolitan Division with Pittsburgh hot on their heels. This game was entertaining from start to finish, and it featured Kevin Shattenkirk’s first goal as a Capital as well as an 11-shot Alex Ovechkin charge that ended with a PP snipe on Flames netminder Brian Elliott.
The final five-on-five shot attempt tally was 55 to 49 in favor of the Caps, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Five minutes into the third period, shot attempts were 53 to 32 in favor of the Caps. Scoring chances were also lopsided through the first two periods, with the Caps entering the second intermission up 22 to 14 in that statistic.
The Washington Capitals started sluggish but found their spirit late in the second period. TJ Oshie scored his 30th goal of the season, then, right before the buzzer for the second intermission, a trio of Caps swarmed the net to make it 3-1.
Whose goal it is matters, but not a whole lot, right?
Thursday night, CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin moved from their friendly confines up in the press box and called the Caps-Preds game from the top of section 110. The commentators got very interactive with fans.
Joe B. and Locker signed autographs and posed for photos. Locker even gave one fan a fist-bump during the live telecast.
Late in the second period, Locker even attempted to fulfill a longtime dream: operate Slashot’s t-shirt gun and fire souvenirs to fans. But like the Caps performance on the ice, the moment, for whatever ungodly reason, just fell flat.
Last night the Caps polished off a highly unsuccessful California road trip with a 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks. This was the first Shattless game that the Caps have played since acquiring Kevin Shattenkirk, as the veteran defenseman sat for the first game of a two-game suspension.
Reasonable minds can disagree about how concerned we should be after the team’s fourth straight loss and Alex Ovechkin’s tenth straight goalless game, but the players are looking to course correct as Brooks Orpik called them out and they had a closed-doors meeting after the game.
The Caps’ seemed out of sync from the get-go in this game, with their execution sorely lacking. This was evidenced in their missed shots. Halfway through the game the Caps were hanging tight with the Ducks in terms of shot attempts, actually ahead 21 to 20 at five-on-five. Shots on goal at that time were 14 to eight, however, in favor of Anaheim.
Late in the first period of the Ducks-Capitals game, CSN cameras took a live shot of the crowd. While they promoted their Twitter question of the night, they captured HGTV’s Christina El Moussa sitting in the lower bowl with a friend.
El Moussa stars on the show Flip or Flop with her husband Tarek. The couple recently got national attention due to an explosive fight they had at their California home.
From an anonymous source deeply embedded in the Washington Capitals inner circle who is also a prominent esports investor, RMNB has obtained the super official list of players the team will protect in the 2017 how-will-George-McPhee-screw-DC-over-this-time expansion draft.
The list, which definitely wasn’t written in google docs just a minute ago, follows a day of news about the league’s apparent decision not to publish the protection lists. How embarrassing for this to get out now. What unfortunate timing.
Hey, remember Harambe, the silverback gorilla who was shot and killed in May 2016 at the Cincinnati Zoo after a child fell into his enclosure? Remember how his memory became an internet meme that only recently, like its inspiration, died down?
Well, one Caps fan is helping Harambe live on. (The meme, not the gorilla. The gorilla is dead.)
The Capitals unveiled the latest in their long series of bobblehead giveaways on Thursday, and it’s an instant contender for the best one yet.
Defenseman Nate Schmidt is immortalized in the newest figurine, which will be available to donors at the April 8 blood drive at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Of course he’s smiling.
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