Last night, the Capitals where shut out by the New York Islanders, falling 3-0 in a frustrating game. There was plenty of disappointment to go around for the Capitals. Justin Williams continued his run of poor luck when he missed out on scoring a late first period goal by 0.1 seconds, and looked shaken after an elbow from Cal Clutterbuck. The Caps allowed three quick third period strikes by the Islanders (two gift-wrapped by Dmitry Orlov). They will probably want to put this game in the rearview and forget about it.
Although at times the Caps looked bad — like horrible bad — last night’s shot chart shows that they were doing something very right. The Caps managed 54 five-on-five shot attempts while the Islanders only had 34. If you take into account the man-advantage time the Caps had in their five power play attempts they outshot the Islanders by a massive margin of 87-47. Check out the five-on-five shot chart below.
“We playing hard, working hard, and I did two bad mistakes and it cost our game,” Dmitry Orlov said to the media after the Caps’ 3-0 loss last night.
The 25-year-old defenseman committed two turnovers (one somewhat unlucky, the other egregious) three minutes apart in the third period. Jason Chimera would later conjure a Chimiracle to close the scoring.
For Orlov, the costly mistakes continue to be The One Bad Thing in a career full of Great Things: big hits, highlight-reel goals, and top-notch possession numbers.
Two gaffes by Dmitry Orlov gave the New York Islanders a 2-0 lead in the third period. But it wasn’t until former Capital Jason Chimera scored on Braden Holtby that I wanted to chuck my remote control through the window and take a bat to it.
Chimera’s impossibly-precise backhand goal was stunning. And apparently I wasn’t the only one who was stunned.
What the–. The Caps wildly outplayed the Islanders for most of the night, but they couldn’t beat Jaroslav Halak. With three quick goals in the third period (one from ol’ stone hands, Jason Chimera) the Isles felled the Caps, who are probably dumbstruck right now.
An unfortunate debut for Jakub Vrana, who played well but shall never forget what it looked like when Justin Williams‘ spirit was broken. Lots to think about — or drink about — tonight.
Apparently this is legal now.
Justin Williams can’t catch a break.
Last season, Justin Williams scored 22 goals — his best goal-scoring performance since the 2011-12 regular season. Well I have some bad news. The 2016-17 season is not going as well.
Through 21 games, Williams has scored two goals. Thursday, Williams finally dented the twine for the first time since November 16th against the Pittsburgh Penguins. And then he didn’t.
Let me explain.
Jakub Vrana is about to play in his very first NHL game. At warmups before Thursday’s bout with the Islanders, the 20-year-old Czech got the position of honor, leading the team onto the ice.
No one followed. Classic rookie move.
Jakub Vrana is set to make his NHL debut tonight when the Isles come to town and presumably lose to the Caps. The Caps selected Vrana in the first round, 13th overall, of the 2014 entry draft. He’s posted 16 points in 18 games with Hershey this season and is the Caps top offensive prospect. Maybe he’ll do great! Maybe he won’t! But this definitely adds some extra intrigue to tonight’s matchup.
Speaking of things that are defininite, Tom Wilson will definitely do something tonight that will cause the Isles, as well as a portion of their fans on Twitter, to lose their minds.
The action starts at 7:00 pm on CSN.
|Team||Record||Possession||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|New York Islanders||8-10-4||45.6%||100.0||12.1%||80.8%|
In nobody-likes-Pierre McGuire-news, Pierre McGuire received the cold shoulder from Phil Kessel Wednesday night while the NBCSN reporter tried to ask a question DURING THE MIDDLE OF AN ACTUAL HOCKEY GAME.
The Washington Capitals have been searching for goals this season. Instead of being powered by a high-flying offense, the Caps’ defense, which allows the fourth-fewest goals against per game, has led them to a 13-6-2 record. On Thursday, Washington will deploy its latest effort to energize their attack when Jakub Vrana, their 20-year-old 2014 first-round pick, takes to the ice against the New York Islanders in his NHL debut.
“I was napping after practice so I got a wake up call,” Vrana told reporters at Kettler Capitals Iceplex Thursday morning, explaining how he learned the news. “I’m very pumped.”
“I missed the call a few times,” Vrana finally admitted with a smirk.
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