On November 29, 2013, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Beagle is out of the doghouse do you get it doghouse his last name is a breed of dog. (Photo: Patrick Smith)
How was your Thanksgiving? Did you have a relaxing day full of casual conversation and limited stress? Weird, the Caps did the same thing on Friday night against the Montreal Canadiens. Showing no signs of fixing their endemic and fairly obvious problems, the Caps gave away the lead with a slow start, allowed a goal right after they scored, and still got a W. How about that?
Danny Briere got denied on a wraparound attempt but forced it through Holtby’s five-hole for the only goal of the first period. Mikhail Grabovski cut Peter Budaj’s purse in the second and alleyed Eric Fehr’s oop to tie the game, but Tomas Plekanec tied it up less than two minutes later on an odd-man rush. With 5:27 left in the third, Eric Fehr set up Mikhail Grabovski for a big big big tying goal.
Into overtime we came and went. You know what’s next, right?
Eric Fehr SUNK IT
Eller roofed it past Holtby
Desharnais went wide, then short-side to score
Caps beat Habs 3-2 in the shootout! Losing Streak OVAR!
Washington Capitals video coach Brett Leonhardt was forced to pull double duty tonight after Michal Neuvirthinjured his right leg during pre-game warm-ups. Leonhardt was the emergency back-up for Braden Holtby tonight. It’s the second time in his career he’s suited up for a game.
You’d think with all that extra responsibility Stretch might be given a break with his video work. Hell naw. Above, watch as Leonhardt clips up some plays in his full goalie gear. Yes, this is an amazing photo. Bravo, Caps PR for supplying us with this.
Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth was expected to play his eighth game of the season on Black Friday, but that did not happen. Neuvirth suffered an injury while skating out to the ice during warm-ups.
Speaking with Caps goaltending coach Olie Kolzig at the bench, Neuvirth pointed to his right knee. He was then helped off the ice and into the locker room, favoring his left leg.
Sunday Night Football play-by-play man Al Michaels will be at Verizon Center tonight for the Capitals/Canadiens game. Al said it himself in a video published by the Washington Bravehearts/Red Pandas earlier today.
On November 29, 2013, In Interview, By Chris Gordon
Al Koken shows off Fehr’s sticks during the Wednesday’s CSN broadcast.
Eric Fehr has bounced around the lineup a lot this season, all the way from the first line to the press box. Another thing undergoing constant shuffling: his stick.
“I’m still looking around, still looking for the one that’s gonna work for me,” he told me Wednesday. “I’ve been working on a few things.”
What’s curious, though, is the specific stick Fehr settled on: when he scored his first goal since October 10 on Wednesday, the 28-year-old was using Steve Oleksy‘s stick. A power forward and a stay-at-home defenseman don’t have much in common, of course, but Fehr liked Oleksy’ stick after a cursory test of his teammates’ weapons.
On November 28, 2013, In Opinion, By Peter Hassett
Wednesday’s 6-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators was awful. The Capitals are now barely about .500 and haven’t won a game in 11 days. But despite all that, we are filled with gratitude. The world isn’t so bleak as their W-L record or their Fenwick Close possession score.
Please join me while we take stock of the things we are lucky to have in our hockey lives. And then let’s eat!
We are less than a week away from that furry thing being shaved off. (Photo credit: Patrick McDermott)
In the first period, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was his normal, rambunctious self against the Ottawa Senators. Like here’s a perfect example. Six minutes into the first frame, Ovi looked to deliver the boom to defenseman Erik Karlsson in front of the Sens’ net. Every Caps fan in attendance and every Caps fan watching at home could see this massive collision developing.
Unfortunately for Ovi, Karlsson is no mere mortal. An unbelievable skater, Karlsson won the Norris trophy in 2012 as the league’s best defenseman and is very mobile on the ice.
Wednesday night, the Washington Capitals were awful. Though they started the game well, the contest took a biblical turn for the worst as the Ottawa Senators outshot the Caps 19-3. Yeah, 19-3. Meanwhile the team also took six penalties — most of them bad — and allowed three man-advantage goals. After Saturday’s game in Toronto, Adam Oates was encouraged with his team’s performance. After tonight’s, he was livid.
“We played a solid game in Toronto,” he told reporters after the game. ”We played lousy tonight. Lousy. Not good decisions. We get a lead and we still don’t do the right things.”
Oates didn’t like any aspects of the team’s performance. Though they got out to an early lead, Oates said he didn’t think his team played well at any point against the Sens. There was poor goaltending, stupid penalties, and bad passes. Nothing went right for the Caps after the first 20 minutes.
“We’re not gonna win games playing this way — we’re not,” said Oates. “We just proved it.”
Oates’s mood was not helped by a nonsensical question about puck possession towards the end. Well, at least that’s what I think it was about. He told the reporter not to try to ask that again. Oh my!
“If guys don’t know we let one get away, shame on them,” he concluded. “Shame on them. I’m gonna tell ‘em.”
Below, take a look at video of the evening tongue lashing.