On November 14, 2015, In GIF Recap, By Hana Imiolczyk
Photo: Patrick McDermott
Michael Latta’s first goal in 66 games was not enough for the Capitals as they lost 3-2 in OT to the Calgary Flames on Friday night. Jay Beagle equalised with 5 minutes remaining to take the game to OT, but Sean Monahan scored his second of the game to give the Flames the win.
On November 13, 2015, In Game Recap, By Chris Gordon
Photo: Patrick McDermott
The night after the Capitals beat the Flyers in a feisty game in which stuff happened, they returned to their home barn looking to extend their winning streak to two games.
The game was super boring and extremely even until Sam Bennett spun Jason Chimera like a top and fed the puck to Michael Frolik for a wrist shot goal from the slot.
Early in the third, Flames added a goal another goal from the slot, this time by Sean Monahan. A few minutes later, the Capitals got back in the game with an actual goal by Michael Latta. Suddenly the game became watchable. Jay Beagle rewarded everybody for paying attention with a tally with less than five minutes left, tying the game. The game went to 3-on-3, where Monahan scored again. Barry Trotz tried to challenge, because that’s a thing he can do now. It didn’t work. Flames beat Caps 3-2 (OT).
Maybe tonight will be the night that Alex Ovechkin breaks Sergei Fedorov‘s goal scoring record. Or maybe Justin Williamswill further sabotage his teammate’s attempt at history. Bovada odds on Williams being a spy were 20:1 at the start of the week but stand at 2.5:1 as of Friday afternoon.
The good news for the Caps is that half the team could try to sabotage the effort tonight and they’d still have a good chance at beating the Calgary Flames. The Flames overachieved last season but were lauded for being “gritty” and having “character.” I suppose the reason they are 5-11-1 so far this season is because they just don’t have the will to win.
Or, perhaps their good fortune ran out and this is who the Flames are. A look at the their rolling 10-game shot-attempt percentage since the start of last season is telling. At no point does their share of the shot attempts go above 50 percent.
The reliable crew/fam/squad on CSN has all of the coverage for the 7 PM tilt.
On October 21, 2015, In GIF Recap, By Hana Imiolczyk
Photo: Gerry Thomas
We’re bringing the magic of Tumblr to RMNB, and it’s all for you. Hana Imiolczyk will be GIFing every Caps goal for us this season. Her first post documents the Capitals’ 6-2 defeat of the Calgary Flames, a game in which Karri Ramo was dominated so thoroughly that he was put on waivers today.
On October 20, 2015, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
This is from a play where Ovi thought he scored. He did not, but it’s a nice thought.
The Washington Capitals looked good enough on their season-opening homestand, but against the miserable Calgary Flames on Tuesday night they looked something otherworldly. A team of destiny, complete and competing. Maybe that’s just because the Flames are a mess though. Hey, let’s recap this thing!
The Flames scored first, but I wouldn’t fret too much over it. A bad clear by Brooks Orpik led to a turnover and an easy goal by the Gaudreau/Monahan duo. But I’m gonna put a paragraph break here to emphasize how much the game changed after that.
Andre Burakovsky tied the game after taking a stupid-good pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov. The second period was all Washington: Alex Ovechkin recorded his 900th NHL point excluding the preseason, postseason, and shootout. Then, within a minute Nick Backstrom and TJ Oshie each scored, thereby chasing Karri Ramo from net.
The Caps got meek in the third, allowing Mark Giordano to get up in Holtby’s grill and score to give the Flames some life. Jason Chimera promptly urinated on that life by scoring a decidedly un-hands-of-stone goal assisted by Jay “The Cornerstone” Beagle. Nick Backstrom hushed the Saddledome with a late goal assisted by Alan May’s new fave, Justin Williams. And that’s how a very good night ended.
By Tuesday night, the NHL had seen 10,226 shots and 904 goals. That’s a 8.8 shooting percent. One out of every 11 or 12 shots on target gets through in this game, and every single one of them has a story to tell.
In the Caps’ corner of the league, those stories have been tragic– coming at the worst times and in the worst ways. Despite outshooting their opponents 334 to 280 in all game situations, the Caps have outscored their opponents just 34 to 31.
Put another way: the Caps aren’t getting the bounces.
On November 4, 2014, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
The GOAT (Photo: Patrick McDermott)
The Washington Capitals should have beat the Calgary Flames. They played well for the most part, but the Calgary Flames got the better bounces. So the slump continues, but at least the Caps got a standings point this time.
Calgary got on the board first when Lance Bouma stole a rebound that Mike Green didn’t see. The Caps struck back soon after as Nick Backstrom chopped Alex Ovechkin’s long bomb.
Mark Giordano got the best of some meh Capitals defense to give the Flames the lead in the second, but the Caps had a quick response thanks to a weird bounce in Marcus Johansson’s favor. The Capitals entered the second intermission with a one-goal lead thanks to a greasy 5v3 goal by Joel Ward.
The Flames got a freak goal of their own off Marcus Johanssons’ stick and Troy Brouwer’s skate with about five minutes left because hockey is cruel and hates your stupid narrative. Tom Wilson almost had a buzzer beater, but Hiller denied him.
Dry scrape! Overtime was exciting as hell, with tons of chances for the good guys, but it was the Flames who emerged victorious when Sean Monahan got the best of the defense.
Flames beat Caps 4-3 (OT). Five games without a W.
No high-minded introduction today. Just listen to Barry Trotz: “If you keep doing the right things over and over, I think the hockey gods recognize that, and they allow you to win hockey games. It all evens out.”
Caps vs Flames at 7 PM tonight at Verizon Center. Joe B and Locker will call it on CSN-DC. The Caps gotta win this one.
On October 26, 2014, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Photo: Gerry Thomas
Good morning! The Washington Capitals beat the Calgary Flames, and if that’s all you care about, you can now go to bed. I’d appreciate it if you read on though; this was a pretty good game.
For example, Joel Ward was gonzo. He exploited a turnover during a first-period power play to put the Caps on the board and then got his second after a strong shift by Michael Latta and the fourth line. Somewhere between those two, ex-Cap Dennis Wideman got the Flames in the game with an outside shot for which Holtby was blinded.
Nick Backstrom got career point number 501 with a sweet wrister in the third period’s first minute. Troy Brouwer shanked a chance at an empty-netter. Oh well, solid W.
Which service does Brian Burke use less: statisticians or hair stylists?
Wednesday’s loss to the Edmonton Oilers didn’t “sit well” with the Washington Capitals. With all the puck possession but not enough scoarage, they’ll be trying to right that wrong with a late game against the Calgary Flames. No, seriously, it’s super late. This game is going to run your Saturday night. 10 PM on CSN.