Wardo’s face.

Four minutes into the second period, the Capitals faced what seemed like an insurmountable three-goal deficit. Instead of giving up, they calmly chipped away at the Stars’ lead. Eric Fehr responded one minute after Jason Spezza’s goal ,then Andre Burakovsky tallied a sweet power-play goal ten minutes later to bring the Capitals within one.

It was a sick snipe.

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If you watched the Caps’ pre-game show tonight like I did, you saw some science. While Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin gave a preview of the Caps’ match-up with the Stars tonight, we saw some magic on live TV.

Craig Laughlin literally absorbed an entire Slurpee into his head.

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Before the Washington Capitals take on the Dallas Stars tonight, CSN Mid Atlantic will debut a new song. The country-tinged rock anthem is performed by the D.C.-based Morrison Brothers Band and will serve as the opening theme for the network’s hockey coverage. The news was first reported by my figurative brother at the DC Sports Bog, Scott Allen.

The music video for “Ice on Fire” features — and I know this is shocking — ice and fire. It was shot at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. I’m told no Capitals players were burned alive in the making of this film.

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Caps at Stars Pregame: Losing is a New Feeling


From Hockey Fan Confessions, which, you guys, check that stuff out, because wow.

The Capitals lost last night, which I was surprised they were even capable of doing anymore. It was a generally good game at the Preds’ home cave, but a few bad bounces and a couple mistakes earned the team their first loss since December 23rd.

Now, on the back half of a full weekend, and playing against a quickly improving Stars team, the Caps risk doing something they’ve not done since the beginning of December: losing twice in a row.

8 PM on CSN proper. Meet you there. Bring snacks.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 24-12-8 52.1% 100.3 24.6% 79.3%
Dallas Stars 19-17-7 51.3% 100.3 14.9% 78.9%

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1/17 Update: Renaud Lavoie reports that Perreault’s arm was not fractured “but he’s injured.”

After scoring four goals in a single game earlier this week, Mathieu Perreault might just have had his season ended by Daniel Carcillo on Friday. In the waning seconds of the second period, Perreault slashed Duncan Keith’s stick out of his hands. Carcillo responded by cross-checking Perry from behind in the middle of the arm. Perreault’s arm appears to have been injured significantly.

Warning: This video is graphic and will make you feel very sad.

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Ovisplosion Not Enough: Preds beat Caps 4-3

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Photo: Frederick Breedon

The Caps had a spirited effort against the Nashville Predators, erasing a two-goal hole and gaining the lead, but James Neal– that jerk– got the best of the Caps twice, earning a W for the home team and ending Washington’s win streak at three.

The game was back-and-forth until Seth Jones’s shot after an offensive-zone faceoff win for the Predators beat Holtby’s glove side. James Neal found a good spot and got a better bounce to put the Preds up two goals in the second period, but hold up–

Ovi comin’.

Alex Ovechkin scored on monster shot from, like, no angle during 5v5 and then doubled it up with a power-play shot from the Ovi spot two and a half minutes later. That guy alone changed the game before you had time to go potty.

Marcus Johansson notched a PPG in the third before Mattias Ekholm tied it up on the power play late in the third. Then, with one hundred seconds late, Matt Niskanen choked the puck up to James Neal, who scored an unassisted layup.

Preds beat Caps 4-3. Stunned.

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During Alex Ovechkin‘s ten-year career as a Capital, there have been times when Washington simply did not deserve to win, but then Ovi would let his world-class talent shine, and he’d will the team back into games they should have lost.

Tonight is one of those nights.

Ovechkin scored two goals back to back in the second period to quickly and defiantly erase the Predators’ two-goal lead. After his second goal, Joe Beninati sarcastically cracked, “Kid’s got a future.”

He sure does.

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For a decade and a half, Barry Trotz WAS the Nashville Predators. He was the team’s first coach, bringing hockey to Music City and (possibly apocryphally) naming the team.

When Trotz came back to town for the first time, this time as coach of the Capitals, you just knew Nashville would welcome him with a big gesture. He’s that important to the city.

Early in the first period, the Predators debuted this touching video. The organization also thanked assistant coaches Lane Lambert and Mitch Korn.

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Jakub Vrana, Riley Barber, Madison Bowey

Three Capitals prospects have made the semi-annual list of the 50 best affiliated NHL prospects compiled by ESPN’s Corey Pronman. The list includes only players not currently on NHL rosters. This time, the ranking is topped by the Leafs’ forward William Nylander.

Following a mediocre World Junior Championship, Jakub Vrana, 13th overall pick of 2013 Draft, finishes seventh in Pronman’s rankings.

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Caps at Predators Pregame: Trotz’s Homecoming

Remember that time you showed up at the party and your ex was there? You’ve both moved on, and you’re both doing pretty darn well, but now the rest of the night is about posturing to see who truly won the breakup?

The home stand is over. Now the Caps have to prove they can win on the road, and they’ve gotta do it against the hottest team in the league. The Nashville Predators are also the Caps head coach’s former team and the home of a prospect who was frittered away two years ago and has since rose to stardom.

Barry Trotz and the Caps vs Filip Forsberg and the Predators. Dramaaaaaaa.

8 PM on CSN Plus.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 24-11-8 52.0% 100.8 23.6% 79.4%
Nashville Predators 29-9-4 53.2% 103.0 15.2% 81.8%

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