During pregame warmups, life seemed grand again. TJ Oshie was whacked in the buttocks by Tom Wilson, marking his first game since leaving a November 18 with a dislocated shoulder. The Capitals were finally full strength.
It only lasted one period.
Coming into tonight’s nationally broadcast game against the Boston Bruins, the Caps had lost three of four games and exhibited some of their worst hockey of the Barry Trotz era.
The Capitals first line, consisting of Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Justin Williams, put on a forechecking clinic in the first period. The ice cold Williams scored twice – the benefactor of hard work and hustle by his Russian linemates.
After missing seven games due to a dislocated left shoulder, TJ Oshie is back just in time for tonight’s nationally broadcast game against the Boston Bruins. Not only does that mean the Caps have more skill in the lineup, it also means more butt slashes.
Eight of them to be exact.
It’s Wednesday and the Boston Bruins are coming to town. You may remember the Bruins from such classics as game seven of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Bruins are led into town by goal-scoring wizard David Pastrnak, who has 15 goals through 21 games this season.
For the Caps, despite a win on Monday against Buffalo, they are still looking to work out a lot of kinks in their game. There’s no time like the present for the Caps to get their game unkinked. Maybe tonight is the night that Evgeny Kuznetsov starts dazzling again, Alex Ovechkin stops taking 73 penalties per game, or someone from the blue line decides to score a goal.
Good news: TJ Oshie is back!
Heads up: 8:00 pm game tonight and NBCSN has your coverage.
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On Saturday night I made an offhand comment while watching the Caps power play sputter yet again.
The PP used to be so good that not even Adam Oates could break it.
— RMNB (@russianmachine) December 4, 2016
This was a joke and a jab at my favorite easy target, but there was intention behind it. The Caps PP has been good for a long time. If it stops being so, it won’t be because the 1-3-1 formula stops working or because league-wide defenses adjust to it — it will be because Alex Ovechkin stops being Alex Ovechkin, for he is the Caps power play.
The Alex Ovechkin Goodwill Tour visited its home base of Kettler Capitals Iceplex Tuesday morning to make a tiny boy’s dream come true.
The boy, nine-year-old Michael Taylor, took a pre-dawn flight from Boston to watch Capitals practice for his birthday with his mother. Of course he brought a sign along with him. One side read I came from Boston for my 9th b-day to meet Ovi!! while the other was a birthday tribute to Matt Niskanen.
There’s no better way to mark the holiday season than with a photo of you, your family, your dogs, Santa Claus, and Santa’s little helpers. Especially when those little helpers just so happen to be Karl Alzner and Daniel Winnik.
On December 18th from 10am to noon, Lindsay Cadillac of Alexandria will be hosting a photo op with Caps players. Lindsay will provide the photographer, Santa Claus, and the famous athletes. All you have to do is show up and cheese at the camera. Perhaps the best part is that you can bring your dogs with you.
The Washington Capitals have lost three of their last four games but things may be getting better in the very near term.
TJ Oshie’s upper body injury, which a source confirmed to RMNB was a separated left shoulder, appears to be mostly healed. Oshie skated with no limitations during Tuesday’s practice.
Alex Ovechkin leads the Washington Capitals in goals this season. But in a new twist, Ovechkin also leads the team in PIMs (22) and minor penalties (11).
Over the weekend, Barry Trotz expressed concern about how much his captain was spending in the penalty box after accumulating two minor penalties against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Monday night, Ovechkin committed his sixth minor penalty in five games. Barry Trotz went nuclear during his postgame press conference.
“Unacceptable,” Trotz said.
“He’s a leader,” Trotz continued. “He can’t take those penalties. He’s got to be on the right side. I’m going to address it harshly with him tomorrow.”
The Capitals have been sputtering lately and things came to a head Monday night.
After a second period which featured some of the Caps’ worst hockey in years, Barry Trotz took matters into his own hands.
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