Connor Carrick: 2013-14 Season Review

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Photo: Chris Gordon, defaced by me

Of all the new defensemen the Caps suited up the season, Connor Carrick lasted the longest. The rookie had a bit of a rollercoaster season– one of those rollercoasters where you almost fall out or get hit in the face by a swan or something.

By the Numbers

34 Games played
15.7 Average time on ice per game
1 Goals
5 Assists
43.9% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
38.9% Goal percentage during 5v5
7.4% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
92.1% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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John Carlson: 2013-14 Season Review

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The other half of Carlzner. This is the one with all the offense. And the flow. Let’s talk John Carlson.

By the Numbers

82 Games played
23.9 Average time on ice per game
10 Goals
27 Assists
46.9% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
48.0% Goal percentage during 5v5
7.6% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
92.7% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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Troy Brouwer: 2013-14 Season Review

Photo: Chris Gordon

Someone protect us from the wrath of the Brouwer Rangers. Today’s the day we talk about their boy, Troy Brouwer, and both of the seasons he had.

By the Numbers

82 Games played
18.4 Average time on ice per game
25 Goals
18 Assists
47.8% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
47.8% Goal percentage during 5v5
7.2% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
93.2% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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Jay Beagle: 2013-14 Season Review

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Today we have the privilege of discussing top-line dynamo Jay Beagle, who is a perfectly respectable player when he’s not being assigned the role of top-line dynamo. …Adam.

By the Numbers

62 Games played
11 Average time on ice per game
4 Goals
5 Assists
44.8% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
35.5% Goal percentage during 5v5
4.5% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
93.4% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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Nick Backstrom: 2013-14 Season Review

The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you. It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing number: Zyrtec.

Okay, Let’s talk about Nick Backstrom.

By the Numbers

82 Games played
19.3 Average time on ice per game
18 Goals
61 Assists
49.3% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
42.3% Goal percentage during 5v5
7.2% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
91.2% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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Karl Alzner: 2013-14 Season Review

Photo: Patrick McDermott

One half of the fabled Carlzner defensive pairing, Karl Alzner was sent to shut down the Caps’ toughest opponents all year. Plus: puppies and the best bench celebrations you’ve seen since that other guy.

By the Numbers

82 Games played
20.1 Average time on ice per game
2 Goals
16 Assists
47.0% Shot attempt percentage during 5v5
44.6% Goal percentage during 5v5
7.1% On-ice shooting percentage during 5v5
92.3% On-ice saving percentage during 5v5

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2011-12 Year-End Review: Slapshot


Photo credit: Mark Gail

Capitals mascot Slapshot delivered the goods again this year, skating the flag onto the ice every home game without ever once tripping (which is more than Dennis Wideman or Alex Semin can say). He defied Capitals tradition by not folding under the pressure, and he did it all while wearing a 20-pound mascot head. What a pro.

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2011-12 Year-End Review: John Erskine

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What can we say about John Erskine, the forgotten man?

Sometimes bad seasons happen to good people. There, you have learned the meaning of life from hockey. Erskine took a step backwards in terms of development and role on the team, but we are rooting for him, because the Caps just wouldn’t be the same without that gap-toothed grin.

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2011-12 Year-End Review: Joel Rechlicz


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There are some players who didn’t get a chance to make an impact on the ice with the Caps this year, whether through limited opportunity, injury, or otherwise. That isn’t going to stop us from giving them a disproportionate amount of words, though, because we do what we want.

Joel Rechlicz only played three games with the Capitals this year, but he brought his larger-than-life presence with him, got us talking about his wooden sticks and his ambidextrous punching, and about the changing role of the pure enforcer in the NHL. We are a bit disappointed that we never got to see him fight, but it’s good to know that he is there should the need for violence ever arise.

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2011-12 Year-End Review: Joe B and Locker

Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin pose with their Rookie Cards

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Not all of the people iconic to Caps hockey are the players on the ice. Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin are a part of the experience all year, holding our hands through nail-biting overtime games, hugging us after crushing defeats.

You know, metaphorically.

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