If we’re all going to be completely honest, nobody is quite sure what the heck happened this entire game. All we know is that this was a game for the ages and we were all secretly hoping for a final score in the double digits.
The win streak finally came to an end for the Washington Capitals after the Pittsburgh Penguins came back from a 3-0 deficit and won. It was an extremely exhausting game.
Let’s set the scene. The puck is dropped and there seems to be a strong presence from the Capitals. First, an early goal from Burakovsky to get things cookin’. Shortly after, Backstrom scores with the help of an Ovechkin double screen. The period ends and we’re hoping this goes as well as the previous two games did.
Ahhhh hope, such a fleeting and fickle feeling. The second period begins and this one was nothing short of an absolute DOOZY. Nine goals were scored in total, starting with a Justin Williams beauty. After that, the Penguins score five in a row. Yes, they scored FIVE in a row. The Capitals answer with two, but Pittsburgh gets the last goal of the period with a controversial power play goal from our good buddy (not really) Evgeni Malkin.
There was one more period left in the game and at this point we all feel like we’ve aged approximately an extra fifteen years. Were there more goals? OF COURSE THERE WERE MORE GOALS. Lars Eller saved the day with a game-tying goal late in the third. Unfortunately, overtime happened and the Penguins immediately buried it. I’m exhausted just typing this.
Towards the end of an insane second period, Evgeni Malkin completed a hat trick to give the Penguins a 6-5 lead. But the tally was controversial.
Capitals Head Coach Barry Trotz challenged the call on the ice because goaltender Philipp Grubauer was taken out by Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist. After nearly a ten-minute review (on a tiny tablet), Frederick L’Ecuyer and Dan O’Halloran ruled that the goal would stand.
The Capitals looked to be in the driver’s seat after Justin Williams extended the team’s lead to 3-0 over the Penguins. Then referees Frederick L’Ecuyer and Dan O’Halloran missed an obvious penalty and everything went to hell.
Patric Hornqvist cross-checked forward TJ Oshie in the chin, causing the Caps forward to leave the game briefly. The officials missed it.
So this is a thing that happened.
Late in the second period, the Capitals took a 2-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nicklas Backstrom scored the goal, but I need to point you to what happened seconds before that.
Last week, Alex Ovechkin tallied 1,000 points. Our most-read post of that day was not the one detailing Ovi’s milestone. Instead it was our article entitled Why the Penguins didn’t salute Alex Ovechkin for his 1,000th point.
The post pointed out that the Penguins ignored the milestone, choosing not to stick-tap or acknowledge the hockey legend in any way. The next day, ESPN’s Around The Horn picked up our post and discussed it on national TV.
Many of you have reached out to us see the full segment. ESPN was kind enough to send us the full video.
RMNB reader Josh Robinson traveled from Ohio to see both Caps games this past weekend. Proudly holding up a handmade Believe In Beagle sign, Josh watched Jay Beagle score two goals and the Caps shutout their opponents 11-0. He also met Beags at Kettler. Josh describes his trip below.
It all started out as a joke. At the beginning of this season, I started howling at the television to make my roommate laugh whenever Jay Beagle would win a face off or do something spectacular. I noticed that I was howling at my TV more and more as the season went on. I quickly realized that Jay Beagle is a big deal.
If the Washington Capitals win tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins, they will have ten wins in a row. This will also mean that the Metro division will have 3 teams with double-digit win streaks in the last two months (Flyers and Jackets are the other two). What the heck. Tune in to watch the Capitals try to extend the streak, Holtby return to the net, and so much more.
Puck drop is at 7:00 PM. It will be a very fun game so, of course, you can find it on NBCSN.
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The Washington Capitals held an optional practice in front of a full house, Saturday. Half the team, including Head Coach Barry Trotz, was not on the ice. Everyone was energized and in high spirits from the 6-0 shutout against the Chicago Blackhawks the night before.
Instead of a puck, Daniel Winnik started the warm-up with a perforated practice golf ball. Later Braden Holtby and Nate Schmidt shared a silly moment after Schmidt and Dmitry Orlov put a shot past the netminder. Holtbeast playfully slashed Schmidt’s legs, whose dramatics ensued for a fun set of images. Holtby’s face after his payback was priceless.
Post-practice Matt Niskanen even tried to hide from the camera and we shared a laugh. It was a great welcome back to the hockey grind. Enjoy these snaps from the morning practice.
Monday afternoon the NHL announced its three stars of the week for the week ending January 15th. As part of that announcement, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has been selected as the league’s number one star. Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand and Carolina Hurricanes forward Brock McGinn were stars two and three.
Fresh off his 500th assist, Backstrom led the league in assists and point during the week of January 15th, with 7 assists and 10 points respectively. He is now 10th in scoring league wide, with 42 points in 43 games played.
This follows up Braden Holtby’s third star selection last week.
Capitals goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov had two strong showings over the weekend in KHL action, during which he kept Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the running against a pair of worthy opponents. Samsonov’s technical ability and athleticism were both on full display as he made 47 saves on 49 shots. These two appearances were his first since backstopping Russia to a bronze-medal finish in the World Junior Championships.
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