The Caps played a good game in Detroit, but it was nearly for naught. A TJ Oshie goal in the game’s final minute got the Caps into overtime, and an overtime power play got them two badly needed standings points.
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The Capitals traveled to the newly opened Little Caesar’s Arena, “The Pie” if you’re RMNB’s Pat Holden, to play the Detroit Red Wings. Mike Green and company came into the game on a losing streak just like the Caps. I deem this the battle of the early season losing streaks. Only one streak shall last.
The teams started the night with some failed power play opportunities and good goaltending. We were scoreless through twenty.
Darren Helm opened scoring with a shorthanded marker early in the second. Andre Burakovsky heard your complaints; he knotted this one back up at one. 1-1 after two periods.
Jay Beagle scored shorthanded in his 400th career NHL game. That’s a lot of games. Congrats, Jay. Tomas Tatar spoiled things with a ridiculous tip-in to tie the game at two and then scored again to give the Red Wings a 3-2 lead. Timothy Jimothy Oshbabe tied this bad boy up at three late to force OT, then Ovechkin won it in overtime!
Caps beat Red Wings 4-3 in overtime!
Andre Burakovsky has been catching some heat this season for his lack of production.
With twelve shots on goal through eight games, Andre had yet to score – until late in the second period of Friday’s game in Detroit, when a tenacious Caps forecheck gave Andre the window.
Friday against the Detroit Red Wings, Capitals forward TJ Oshie drew a penalty, but his hockey smile suffered as a consequence.
Last night, the Arizona Coyotes lost to the Dallas Stars 5-4. But even though the team lost, the fans were the ultimate winners.
During a break in play, Arizona’s mascot Howler the Coyote found an adorable little baby in a bear costume and held it up Lion King style, like the baby was Simba himself.
Friday morning, the Capitals practiced at the Red Wings’ Little Caesars Arena for the first time and they had their very own cheering section.
Featuring what appears to be 20 to 30 local youth hockey players, the kids chanted and cheered for the Caps as they walked out onto the ice for their morning skate. Many of the players laughed. At one point, Brooks Orpik came over to greet the kids and asked if they wanted to cheer for one specific player.
The Washington Capitals are visiting Little Caesars Arena for the first time to not just play the Detroit Red Wings, but to celebrate Jay Beagle‘s 400th game. It’s cute because he loved the Red Wings growing up. Why? His answer was simply, “Steve Yzerman”. Join me in celebrating not “#FriYay” but instead, “#FriJay”.
As for analysis of the actual game, both the Capitals and the Red Wings have lost two games in a row and hope to put an end to, what could be a larger losing streak tonight. Some hope for the Capitals this evening includes the fact that the team is 12-4-3 against the Red Wings since the Wings last won the Stanley Cup in 2008. Braden Holtby is 8-2-1 in his career against the Red Wings with a .929 save percentage. Here’s hoping the positive trend continues tonight.
The game is on at 7:30 PM. Once it’s all done, you’ll have a recap from none other than our extraordinary son, Christopher from the comments.
Tuesday night before the Capitals faced off against the Toronto Maple Leafs, there was a Herculean battle inside the locker room.
As Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin tried to put on his hockey pants, he was met with resistance. So Ovi attempted to show the pants who was boss.
Last year we raffled off a bunch of Caps stuff to raise money for Parkinson’s research. This year, the raffle is back and better than ever.
Here’s what the winner of the raffle will receive:
The Caps have lost three of their last four games, so Ian and I got together to ask the big questions. We also grapple with Tom Wilson’s new role and Brooks Laich’s new deal, which will hopefully get him off Instagram so much. Later, I have a great chat with Jen Conway, @NHLhistorygirl, about her project to bring Caps history to the masses in reward for good charitable work.
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