While Alex Ovechkin is undisputedly one of the greatest goal-scorers of all time, he’s also become a very good passer. Sunday against the Flyers, Ovechkin authored one of the greatest assists of his career.
Do you get how big this is? The Caps had a 14-game streak in 2010, but this one has been so much more dominant. I’m trying to figure out how to impress upon you how special this run has been, and adjectives fail me. Mind-blowing, explosive, cataclysmic. Nope.
Here, lemme try this.
As you already know, Comcast Sportsnet is the exclusive rights holder of Capitals television telecasts. What you might not know is that they hold the same rights for all Philadelphia Flyers broadcasts as well. Both of these CSN outlets have their own Twitter accounts and, boy, were they busy today.
Through 40 minutes, the Capitals led the Philadelphia Flyers by only one goal. That’s unusual for the Caps of late, as they have been running roughshod over teams during their nine-game winning streak. That would change fast in the third period and the CSN Capitals Twitter account let their sister station, know all about it.
The Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-0 at Verizon Center on Sunday. Not only did the victory vault the Capitals into first place of the Metro and NHL (again), it also marked the franchise’s 1,500th win.
NBC picked up Sunday’s matinee game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals because 1) the NFL didn’t have an early afternoon game, and 2) Caps-Flyers sounds good, or, at least, interesting.
And yet, for 40 minutes, it was anything but. But in that final period, the Capitals reminded us why they’re streaking so hard in 2017: it’s because they’re bananas for goals.
First, Andre Burakovsky ripped off his shirt, drizzled oil down his chest, and scored all by his damn self. Then, Justin Williams caught a pretty pass from Marcus Johansson and roofed it. Matt Niskanen got involved with two goals: one, a classic passing sequence from Nick and Ovi, the second, an outside slapshot that Steve Mason should have had. Feeling left out, Justin Williams scored again, chasing Mason and bringing Neuvirth to the cage.
And the Flyers couldn’t beat Caps goalie Philipp Grubauer even once!
Caps beat Flyers 5-0! Nine-game win streak! Back-to-back shutouts! Unlimited power!
The Washington Capitals struggled to get their act together early against the Philadelphia, but Andre Burakovsky came to the rescue in the second.
All alone in Philly zone, and all of a sudden we’ve got a Caps hockey game going.
The Washington Capitals held a pregame ceremony to honor Nicklas Backstrom on his 500th assist. We at home didn’t get to see the proceedings, but we did get this neat video from the team, full of Nicky’s teammates congratulating him on the feat.
The Caps haven’t lost since December 29, and they haven’t gone without a point since December 27. That was back in the salad days of 2016, when everything was simple, and the Wii U was the best Nintendo system you could get.
Now, after dropping monster teams like the Hawks, Penguins, and Blue Jackets, the Caps will today face their toughest threat yet, a team that has won 2 of its last 10 games and scratches its most interesting player, The Philadelphia Flyers.
Join me, won’t you, at 1:00 PM? Game’s at home, and CSN has the local telecast.
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The University of Denver’s hockey team, who features Team USA World Junior Championship hero Troy Terry, had an important game against Western Michigan, Friday night.
But preparation for the huge matchup got off to a rocky start when the team arrived to Kalamazoo on Thursday for practice. The team’s morning flight didn’t have enough room for all the gear so the hockey sticks were left behind.
Head Coach Jim Montgomery decided to have practice anyway. It was a site to behold.
Ahead of their 1pm matinee against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Capitals made a somewhat surprising recall Saturday afternoon. The Caps promoted center Chandler Stephenson from AHL Hershey.
Unless one of the Caps players is nursing an unknown injury, Stephenson is likely up to provide insurance for the Capitals ahead of their three-game road trip this week. The Caps also play in back-to-back games Sunday (Flyers) and Monday (at Pittsburgh). The Capitals have had 12 forwards on their roster since TJ Oshie returned from injury Wednesday against the Pens.
Last season, Stephenson played nine games in Washington. This is his first call-up since last October. Stephenson has been hot in Hershey lately, tallying seven points in his last eight games (two goals and five assists).
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