On April 1, 2016, In Game Recap, By Margaret Stuart
Pictured: A+ parenting.
The Avs, like the Caps, have speed. The Avs, unlike the Caps, do not have skill. This was evident early in the game–namely when the Caps set up shop in the defensive zone, and the home team was applauded for FINALLY getting the puck out of their own zone. Despite a torrent of shot attempts, the game remained scoreless throughout the first period.
Forever came and went, but the Caps finally unleashed the scoring in the second period. Semyon Varlamov prevented the game from ballooning into an epic shellacking. A few miscues allowed the Avs to begin mounting a comeback, but TJ Oshie sealed their fate with a late empty-netter. Alas, the better team prevailed.
The Caps have a grand total of six games left in the season. Wednesday night, they were edged by a likely playoff opponent in the shootout. We’re not going to dwell on this because the Flyers are dumb and so are skillz competitions.
Tonight, the Caps play the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs are five points out of the West’s final Wild Card spot. Coincidentally, they are appallingly atrocious in the realm of puck possession. Like, worst team in the league levels of bad. No, that is not an April Fool’s joke.
This is a team clinging to the dream of a playoff position, unlike most of the Caps’ remaining opponents in the regular season. After being held to a single goal against the Flyers, tonight would be a choice night to generate some offense. But the Caps will try to do so without one of their best offensive players.
On November 21, 2015, In Game Recap, By Chris Gordon
Photo: Patrick McDermott
It’s a Saturday night and all of you get free Egg McMuffins in the morning. That’s what happens when you play the Colorado Avalanche. Let’s go wild.
The scoring started just three minutes into the pre-holiday tilt when Jason Chimera fed the puck to Justin Williams from behind the net just after an Avs penalty expired, suggesting that Chimmer, despite previous evidence to the contrary, may in fact have motor skills.
Then, just over four minutes later, Nicklas Backstrom made another slick pass from behind the net, as Alex Ovechkin put home the one-timer for his 485th career tally.
Not to be outdone, Evgeny Kuznetsov decided to make his own awesome pass from below the red line, giving John Carlson his first point in seven games.
Then… unabashed glory. With 43 seconds left in the opening frame, Nate Schmidt, your favorite hockey player and also the best hockey player, scored, firing home an unassisted tally that was pure fake money. What a period.
The Caps jumped on the struggle bus in the second as Cody McLeod and Nathan MacKinnon cut the lead in half.
In the third, the Caps got back to doing their thang, with Kuznetsov giving the fans some free wings to go with their McDonald’s breakfast item. Dmitry Orlov chipped in with the world’s most ridiculous goal, before the Avs got one back on a deflection. Karl Alzner then added the cherry to your hockey game sundae. Ten goals, four by Washington defensemen, three by Russians. Fourteen Caps had points. Fun night! Caps top Avs 7-3!
On November 21, 2015, In Pregame, By Patrick Holden
Photo: Amanda Bowen
Saturday! Caps hockey! Against a terrible hockey team!
I mean, seriously, look how bad the Colorado Avalanche are. The Y axis only goes up to 46 percent for shot-attempt percentage!
This isn’t to say that the Caps are assured victory. Hockey can be really random. It’s a game of probabilities and isn’t deterministic in nature. So, maybe the Caps will lose. But, when you’re playing a bad team at home, it’s obviously best to grab two points.
On January 12, 2015, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Photo: Nick Wass
The Washington Capitals played exactly the right kind of game against Patrick Roy’s Avalanche on Monday. They had the puck a ton, they crashed the net for a depth goal, and they made the visitors pay for losing their temper. Would’ve been even better if the Caps didn’t hit the post eighty three times.
Jay Beagle, yes, Jay Beagle scored first– knocking in Tom Wilson’s rebound. Alex Tanguay got a beneficial bounce during a second-period power play to tie it up, but Alex Ovechkin gave the Caps back the lead with a power-play marker.
Caps beat Avs 2-1! The Caps are finally hot at home.
Last year’s surprise superstars, the Colorado Avalanche, are now fifth in the Central Division. I expect the Dallas Stars to pass them this month, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Minnesota Wild turn things around, so the Avs might be in the division basement by season’s end. Bummer.
That said, they’re on a 3-game winning streak right now and have a hot goalie. The Capitals have the opportunity to run the Avs down tonight at Verizon Center. This upcoming weekend on the road is looking tough, so it’d be good to get out ahead tonight.
On November 20, 2014, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Righteous photo (Photo: Doug Pensinger)
The Washington Capitals are bad with the lead. They demonstrated as much on Thursday night when their conservative play caused two blown one-goal leads. The Colorado Avalanche, who are really bad, genuinely outplayed the Capitals as soon as the Caps took the lead– a continuation of a pattern we’ve seen since week two of the season.
But when the Caps are scrappin’, they’re one of the best in the league. Blowing two leads just made Alex Ovechkin more dangerous on Thursday night. Here’s how it went down.
Ovechkin made some nasty moves in the second period to find Nick Backstrom, which was a weird reversal of roles for the Caps’ first goal. The Avs tied it up promptly after as Nate MacKinnon beat Nate Schmidt and Evgeny Kuznetsov failed to mark the trailing Danny Briere– freaking Danny Briere— who tied it up. No worries though, as Jason Chimera restored the Washington lead with a dart to the top corner.
The Caps played bad hockey in the third period until Tyson Barrie beat a fumbling Capitals defense to tie it. That woke the Caps up. Alex Ovechkin went Rambo style into the Colorado zone, scoring solo on his own rebound during 4-on-4 hockey. The Caps withstood a late attack and took the win in rego.
On November 20, 2014, In Pregame, By Peter Hassett
The Capitals aren’t scoring much lately. Alex Ovechkin, the mustache guy above, hasn’t scored since [checks watch] the late 80s. Actually 11/11. Tonight the Caps will be guests of the totally bad hot mess Colorado Avalanche.
Tonight should… SHOULD… herald the return of Bailamos. 9 PM on CSN. Do it.