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).
Friday night before the opening face-off, Ted Leonsis was greeting Capitals fans outside his Owner’s Box. After meeting one particularly charming young gentleman, Leonsis gave the tot’s entire family four lower bowl tickets. The family was originally set to sit three rows from the very top of Verizon Center.
Noted Caps killer, long-time Southeast Division foe, and all-around great person and hockey player, Martin St. Louis, had his #26 jersey retired by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Saturday night. St. Louis spent thirteen seasons in Tampa Bay, leading the franchise to its first Stanley Cup in 2004. St. Louis was named the league’s MVP once (2003-04) and led the league in scoring twice, taking home the Art Ross Trophy after the 2003–04 and 2012–13 seasons.
St. Louis retired after the 2014-15 NHL season with 391 career goals and 1,033 points.
Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner became the first player in franchise history to play in 500-consecutive games, Friday night against Chicago. He also became the third defenseman since 1944 to do so.
And on a night where Braden Holtby and Jay Beagle starred in a 6-0 thrashing of the Blackhawks, it was Alzner, despite having only one shot on goal in 19:59 of ice time, who was the team’s first star.
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