Everybody Dies: Canes Beat Caps 4-2

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Photo: Gregg Forwerck

Twenty hours after notching their ninth straight win, the Capitals slogged down to Raleigh, NC with a depleted lineup and groggy eyes. Washington weathered an early storm from the Hurricanes in the opening 20, with backup netminder Philipp Grubauer holding strong.

In the second, Phillip Di Giuseppe, who has the most pretentious name in the NHL, capitalized on some lazy and confused back checking by the second line and Alex Ovechkin. Carolina continued to pepper Grubauer with shots, but Nicklas Backstrom, in the lineup after leaving Wednesday’s game early, unleashed a laser wrist shot past Eddie Lack after some fancy feet by TJ Oshie.

The game was decided in the third. It did not go well for Washington. Eric Staal barely got the puck across the goal line for the go-ahead marker before Jeff Skinner added another four minutes later. Alex Ovechkin did his best to spark a comeback with an epic shot, but it was not enough. Andrej Nestrasil, who is not a cold medicine, added an empty netter. Canes beat Caps 4-2.

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Caps at Hurricanes Pregame: Days Gone By

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Hello from the bleeding edge of another year nearly done. Before you bust out the sparkling white and snog someone special, let’s do watch some hockey together.

Tonight it’s the Carolina Hurricanes, who are a listless, nondescript hockey team not worthing analyzing in depth right now except to say that they are better at 5v5 than Washington, who, on the other hand, are fresh off a costly win over Buffalo that left Nick Backstrom and Jay Beagle injured. There are injury updates, but you’ll have to follow me down to read them.

Puck drop’s early: 6 PM!

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 28-6-2 51.6% 102.2 25.2% 85.7%
Carolina Hurricanes 15-17-0 52.8% 97.3 17.5% 77.9%

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GIF Recap: Latta and Chimera Lead Caps to Sixth Win in a Row

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Photo: Gregg Forwerck

The Capitals followed up Sunday night’s road win against the New York Rangers with another road win, beating the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 to extend their win streak to six games. Michael Latta scored his third goal of the season with Jason Chimera deflecting in a John Carlson shot to get his ninth.

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Whole Latta Wins: Caps Top Canes 2-1

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Latta sounds like lot of. No one has ever tried this joke before. (Photo: Gregg Forwerck)

One day after defeating the New York Rangers 7-3, the Caps headed down to Raleigh, NC looking for their second win in as many nights. Things got started poorly, with the Caps getting outshot 9-2 midway through the opening frame. The cause was clear: the lack of a morning skate, which is the most important part of any game day, including the game itself.

The Caps picked up the pace as the period wore on, getting on the board with just over four minutes left after Michael Latta put home Andre Burakovsky’s rebound to put the Caps up first for the 13th time in their last 16 games.

In the second, the Capitals opened up a two goal after a key faceoff win by Jay Beagle lead to a deflection by Jason Chimera’s foot.

Kris Versteeg was able to put the Canes within one with some magical stick work early in the third period, but the Capitals survived Carolina’s late push. Caps top Canes 2-1.

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Caps at Hurricanes Pregame: Oh My Sweet Carolina

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Photo: Amanda Bowen

In a game that can’t possibly be more exciting than the past two, the Caps visit the Hurricanes in Raleigh tonight. While the past two games have been as thrilling as could be, it’d be nice to see the Caps play a steadier game tonight and not have to rely on an improbable onslaught of goals to secure the two points.

Speaking of an improbable onslaught of goals, Cam Ward is expected to start in goal for the Hurricanes. He’s terrible.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 24-6-2 51.2% 101.9 26.2% 83.7%
Carolina Hurricanes 13-15-5 52.4% 96.8 18.3% 76.3%

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Backstrom’s Back Alright: Caps Top Canes 4-1

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Just past 7 pm, with multiple spotlights shining on him, a beautiful blonde Swede with terrible facial hair stepped on the ice at Verizon Center. Nicklas Backstrom, the 48th best player in the league according to The Hockey News, was back. He would waste no time making his presence felt. With the Capitals on the power play 15 minutes into the first period, which Washington dominated, Nicky set up TJ Oshie to open the scoring.

The Capitals continued control play through 40, but an inability to put the biscuit in the basket kept the Hurricanes in it.

But guess who added some insurance: none other than Nicklas Backstrom with a textbook half-wall, pinball, five-hole wrister. The Canes would get one back when Jeff Skinner beat Holtby on a three-on-two, but John Carlson sealed the deal on the power play. Alex Ovechkin added another, his third goal in three games. Caps top Canes 4-1!

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Ovi is the GOAT: Caps beat Canes 4-2

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Hahahahaahahahaha. Hahahaha. Haha. *Contented sigh* Heh.

What a great game. The Capitals beat the Hurricanes in a must-win game. Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th. All the goals were pretty rush goals. That was a blast.

Mike Green scored first, on the rush, like a boss, as Curtis Glencross crashed the net. Then Alex Ovechkin hit the 50-goal mark for the sixth time with a lovely wrister from the high slot.

The Canes evened it up in the second period with goals by Nathan Gerbe (thanks to Alex Semin) and captain Eric Staal, but before we hit the second intermission Jason Chimera found Brooks Laich driving to the net to restore the Caps lead, which Joel Ward supersized with a late-period goal off Alex Ovechkin’s perfect pass.

Caps beat Canes 4-2.

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Caps vs Canes Pregame: The Quest for 50

A big part of our mission here at RMNB is to explore different ways to enjoy hockey, which is maybe why some people take offense when we write about the players as human beings with human personalities. I can’t think of many ways to look at hockey that I would consider “invalid,” but right now I can think of one way that is essential.

Tonight Alex Ovechkin will try to record his sixth 50-goal season. Doing so would join him in history with some of the best scorers in hockey history, which is precisely where he belongs. One goal from Ovi would also tie him with Peter Bondra for most in franchise history.

And, most immediately, one goal from Ovi might win a game against the Carolina Hurricanes. This is one of the last so-called “easy” games left– if the Caps wanna jockey their way up the standings, a W tonight is pretty much mandatory.

Puck drops at 7 PM. Game is on CSN. Go Ovi, Go.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 41-25-10 52.0% 100.1 24.4% 81.8%
Carolina Hurricanes 28-36-11 51.5% 97.6 19.2% 85.2%

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Jack Hillen Gets No Respect (Photo)

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Canes beat Caps 3-0, So Let’s Talk Trade Rumors

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Upon hearing of the passing of Leonard Nimoy, the Washington Capitals were too distraught to play competent hockey against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday. Instead of generating shots and suppressing the opponent’s offense, they did more of that butthockey thing we saw the other night.

The Caps couldn’t get anything going, and Brent Bellemore exploited Evgeny Kuznetsov’s turnover to put the Canes up. The doldrums continued in the second, when Jeff Skinner sniped two put the Caps in a two-goal hole. Third period was a chore, and then Nathan Gerbe got the empty netter.

Canes beat Caps 3-0. Shut-out city. Three losses in a row.

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