On Sunday night, I had the amazing opportunity to work alongside Bill Wippert and his photo crew once again as the Buffalo Sabres took on the Vancouver Canucks. Bill, the Sabres’ Team Photographer, first credentialed me to photograph an NHL game back in 2015. The portfolio built from those two games definitely helped further my career and generate the opportunities I’ve had since then.
This weekend was the first time I got to bring my football photography experience to a hole by the ice. The biggest challenge was readjusting to the speed of hockey again, after being so used to football this season. But once I got the hang of things, it was smooth sailing and so much fun!
The Caps and Sabres met for the 97th time in the last two weeks. With the way things went tonight, the Caps probably wish they could play Buffalo a few more times.
A whole lot of nothing happened and then Playmaker Passmaster Jay Beagle made a beautiful feed to TJ Oshie to get the Caps on the board first. The Caps went up by two on Jakub Vrana’s first NHL goal off of a beautiful zone entry and pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov. Kyle Okposo potted a power play goal to pull the Sabres within one because the Caps COULD NOT STOP TAKING PENALTIES. But then, and no this isn’t one of those fake news stories, John Carlson scored a goal! Marcus Johansson added the empty net goal.
Caps win, 4-1!
Happy Friday! The Caps are up in Buffa-love to play the Sabres and just in case you get that feeling that we might have just played them….we did on Monday.
The Capitals are having some trouble not only on the power play but also holding a lead and preventing the game from entering into overtime. Hopefully, the boys have ironed out some weird wrinkles and can come back to win a game in regulation, since the last regulation win was on November 25th against…yes…the Buffalo Sabres.
Tonight, the Caps will face a new problem going into the game. The issue is going to be the fact that even though Buffalo has had a rough time staying healthy, their players are slowly coming back. The Sabres will bring two of their top six defensemen, Dmitry Kulikov and Josh Gorges, back into the lineup tonight. It’s also looking like the Sabres will bring back forward Nic Deslauriers tonight after he was out for 19 games. A healthy Sabres squad could present quite a challenge for the boys in red, especially since Matt Niskanen is out with an upper body injury and didn’t even travel to Buffalo with the team.
So, despite the fact that we began and will end the work week with a Sabres matchup, this game is shaping up to be pretty different from what we saw on Monday.
Game is at 7:00 pm game tonight and we’re back on CSN, thank the Lord.
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The Washington Capitals have snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, dropping the powerhouse, Cup favorite Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in overtime.
When the Caps were thirsty for goals, offensive dynamo Jay Beagle gave them drink. When the Caps were hungry for moar, hotshot showboat Marcus Johansson served a piping hot pair of baked yukon goal potatoes. Instantly, after rego, the bummer streak is over!
Okay, now we should DEFINITELY win this one, right? Maybe? Hopefully?
The Caps are up against the Buffalo Sabres tonight, both teams that are struggling in different ways. Luckily they have the home rink advantage but the team could have a rough time facing off against Jack Eichel, who returned to the league on November 29th. Eichel was battling a high ankle sprain. Nonetheless, it looked like nothing had happened since he scored two points upon returning, including his first goal of the season. That will not help us.
As for the Caps, we have a bit of a line shakeup with the return of Winnik and Chorney. They are taking the places of Connolly and Schmidt. You should tune in not only to hear the sound of the chorn horn, but to see if the Caps can actually score on the power play. Help.
We will see you at 7:00 PM sharp on CSN.
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Last night the Capitals kept on rolling by beating the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 for their second win in a row (and sixth in their last ten.) Goaltender Philipp Grubauer played a standout game and ticked off the “W” in front of his parents and girlfriend. And the depth chipped in some welcome scoring, with Daniel Winnik and Brett Connolly both finding the back of the net.
Not long ago we discussed some worrying trends after a loss to the Blue Jackets, and while this wasn’t a dominant game, the Caps have continued to climb out of their mini-rut. They have been above 50 percent possession in seven of their last nine games, and have had the better of scoring chances in five of those.
Oh thank goodness, there’s Caps hockey. Let’s all take a break from that conversation with our extended families about how the real world has become Purge: Anarchy and instead talk about how the Caps whipped the Sabres on Black Friday.
Daniel Winnik and his horseshoe mustache kicked us off by sticking with a scoring play started by Lars Eller. Marcus Johansson doubled Washington’s lead by rescuing Justin Williams’ interrupted pass and burying the puck behind Anders Nilsson.
Sam Reinhart ended Grubauer’s shutout bid in the third after some sustained pressure by Kyle Okposo. Hardworking Brett Connolly occupied the slot and slammed a goal with 4 minutes to go.
Caps beat Sabres 3-1!
Photo: Rob Carr
When the Capitals signed Mike Richards to a $1 million, one-year contract on January 6, Washington head coach Barry Trotz forecasted that the former Flyers and Kings forward would make his debut against the Anaheim Ducks on January 22 at Verizon Center. Richards hadn’t played since last April after having his contract voided by the Los Angeles Kings over the summer.
“There’s no assurances in anything, in life,” Trotz said at the time.
But after seeing Richards quickly get his legs under him and adapt to the Capitals’ system, Trotz had Richards debut almost a week earlier than planned when he skated on Washington’s fourth line on Saturday night in Buffalo.
“I probably went into this weekend thinking maybe in the seven-, eight-minute range,” Trotz said Sunday night, referring to Richards’s ice time. “Seven to eight minutes in the first game and seven to eight minutes in the second. Probably 10 at the high end.”
Despite a 4-1 Capitals loss, Richards was fantastic on Saturday, skating over 13 minutes, including a stellar three minutes spent penalty killing. One day later, Richards skated nearly 12 minutes against the New York Rangers. He spent another three minutes on Washington’s shorthanded unit, which was perfect in four opportunities.
“What you see is how competitive he is,” said Trotz. “You can skate all you want in practice, but when the game is happening there’s a fire inside that young man.”
Sometimes you have one of those days. Sometimes you leave your backpack at Lindsey Graham’s office and then get the flu and have to have your mom pick it up three days later. Sometimes you get killed by the Buffalo Sabres. It happens.
Let’s go through the torture, because you know you want to.
Some lazy work in the offensive zone by the second line and the Schmidt-Orlov pair led to a wide open shot shot from the point and a rebound tally from fringe player Phil Varone. Exactly five and a half minutes later, Tim Schiller extended Buffalo’s lead after Orlov bumbled the puck like every conversation you try to have on Tinder.
In the second, Evander Kane added to Buffalo’s lead with a puck that trickled past Braden Holtby, leading to the mountain man’s premature exit. Cody Franson added a soft PPG later in the frame, but really who cares?
Marcus Johansson kept comeback hopes alive with a third period tally, but the Sabres squashed that pretty quickly. Sabres beat Caps 4-1.
Photo: Amanda Bowen
I used to like the Sabres. I thought, hey, they’re on the upswing, they’re young and resurgent, they’ve got a good coach and a good fanbase, which includes our own Amanda Bowen.
But then those last two games happened. The Caps beat the Sabres twice in back-to-back games at the end of 2015, but those were testy games with bad hits and facepunches. I did not like those games, even though the Caps won both with a combined score of 7-2.
Let’s see if Buffalo still remembers those twin embarrassments. Caps at Sabres tonight at 7 PM on CSN-Plus. Mike Richards is in the lineup. Chris Gordon has your recap.
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