Thursday night the Caps lost 2-1 to the Nashville Predators, after giving up a two-on-one rush early in overtime. The Caps seemed to have their skating legs under them, but Preds goalie Pekka Rinne stood strong and neither team ended up generating much offense. In fact, the most offensive thing that happened was Tom Wilson‘s fists solidly connecting with Austin Watson‘s face in an old-school hockey brawl.
The game ended almost entirely even in shot attempts at 37 to 36 at five-on-five, in slight favor of the Caps. Scoring chances and shots on goal were also nearly even. That said, it felt like the Caps had the better of the offensive zone time, and simply failed to convert on any of their setups besides a Brett Connolly goal on a turnover in the first period.
18 days after being traded to the St. Louis Blues for Kevin Shattenkirk, former Capitals prospect Zach Sanford scored his first goal with his new team.
It was only Sanford’s second game played since being dealt.
Thursday night, CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin moved from their friendly confines up in the press box and called the Caps-Preds game from the top of section 110. The commentators got very interactive with fans.
Joe B. and Locker signed autographs and posed for photos. Locker even gave one fan a fist-bump during the live telecast.
Late in the second period, Locker even attempted to fulfill a longtime dream: operate Slashot’s t-shirt gun and fire souvenirs to fans. But like the Caps performance on the ice, the moment, for whatever ungodly reason, just fell flat.
Thursday’s date between the Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals was a low-key, low-shooting affair punctuated with some punches until an exciting three-on-three session ended it.
With a turnover by Nashville in their own zone, Brett Connolly secured his 15th goal of the season. In the second, with a turnover by Washington in their own zone, James Neal (ugh) tied the score at one. Tied after sixty, we went to overtime, where Viktor Arvidsson ended it with a 2-on-1 goal.
Preds beat Caps 2-1 in overtime.
TJ Oshie likes to get jacked before games and Thursday night was no different. Willy Baby and Osh Babe continued their bizarre tradition of pregame butt slashes with one new twist. They were St. Patrick’s Day themed!
The Capitals have a feisty opponent tonight in the Nashville Predators, who are fresh off an overtime win over the Jets. If you hadn’t heard, the Capitals halted a four-game losing streak with a win over the Wild on Tuesday night. (Did your hand cramp from hitting the panic button too many times?)
Hopefully, your fears have been quelled, and you’re free to enjoy tonight’s game. The Predators are third in the Central Division and clawing for a top playoff seed. Oh, and that kid Filip Forsberg notched a goal and an assist in his last game.
Puck drop at 7 PM on CSN.
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Washington Capitals||45-17-7||52.8%||103.7||21.2% (8th)||84.0% (7th)|
|Nashville Predators||34-24-11||51.3%||100.2||20.5% (10th)||79.8% (21st)|
According to The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, Nate Schmidt will serve as the team’s seventh defenseman for the rest of the season and sit tonight against Nashville. This decision is somewhat of a surprise, as reports had previously suggested that Brooks Orpik might get scratched with Kevin Shattenkirk returning from a two-game suspension.
After sitting out for five games, Schmidt was excellent filling in for Shattenkirk. Besides scoring a nice goal to open the scoring against Minnesota, Schmidt went plus-13 in five-on-five shot attempts during his two games back in the lineup. Schmidt sitting after such an excellent performance is a tough by-product of the Caps’ stacked blueline, especially after the Shattenkirk acquisition.
The Rogers’ Hometown Hockey Tour recently made a stop in Braden Holtby’s hometown of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. In the accompanying profile, we learn more about Holtby’s upbringing in small-town Canada and his dreams to bring a Stanley Cup back to where he started.
Wednesday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers renewed their rivalry at Wells Fargo Center. The Flyers won 4-0, preserving the Caps two-point lead in the Metropolitan Division. Thanks, I guess.
During the game, there was only one thing I could think about…
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