On November 19, 2015, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
For all intensive purposes, the Caps and Stars are both great teams–to the point that their talent is basically one in the same. In Thursday’s match-up, each team basically had the puck at their beckon call irregardless of the other team’s wishes. It was firewagon hockey. “I could care less,” each team basically said of the other’s attempts at defense, which was a mute point. Instead, offense basically wrecked havoc.
Tyler Seguin gave the Stars some leadway after a daring stretch pass and some net-front fury from Patrick Sharp, which wasn’t goalie interference after all. Nick Backstrom extracted revenge with a big bounce from the back boards to tie the game up before the first intermission.
A scoring pause began in the second period, but ex-Cap Cody Eakin nipped that in the butt in the third period with a heatseeker. In response, Alex Ovechkin became the best Russian scorer ever with a tip-in to tie the game. The Stars restored the lead by stripping John Carlson and getting Jason Spezza to rip a quick shot on net.
On November 19, 2015, In Pregame, By Patrick Holden
The offensive juggernaut that is the Dallas Stars marches into the nation’s capital tonight. The Stars are a high speed, high-octane team that can make any team look silly. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn sit second and third in the NHL in points right now and form an absurdly talented first line with Patrick Sharp.
The Stars are possibly the most entertaining team to watch in the league. They have more events (that is, a shot attempt by either team) per 60 minutes of play than any team in the league. But don’t take this to mean their defense is terrible. While they do play a more open style of game, they rank in the middle of the league in shot attempts allowed.
Pay no mind to all the talk of the Caps’ lack of success against the Stars over the past seven years or so. Unless, of course, you believe a team’s name effects the outcome of the game, because that’s the biggest similarity in all of the Caps losses to the Stars.
The Caps are looking to bounce back from the 3-1 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday. Dallas is in town, a team who beat the Caps 5-4 back in January. The Stars are all but out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference and are playing their second game in as many nights. But don’t be fooled. The Stars are a top-ten possession team over the past six weeks, and if the Caps take them lightly, they’ll see another two points slip away on home ice.
On January 17, 2015, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Photo: Glenn James
What were your expectations for Saturday’s Caps game? Seriously, I want to know. Two games in as many nights, a deflating loss against the league’s most winning team on night one, a backup goalie in night two facing one of the fastest improving teams– I can think of lots of reasons this one could have gone really badly, but here’s how it really went:
Badly, at first at least. Tyler Seguin scored a power-play goal after Brooks Orpik blew his assignment on Jason Spezza, then Erik Cole got a deflection in front of Justin Peters to make it 2-0 going into intermission.
Spezza converted a three-on-one before the Caps finally woke up. Eric Fehr responded with a goal assisted by Joel Ward, then Andre Burakovsky put a zipper of a shot behind Kari Lehtonen. Alex Ovechkin converted a breakaway to tie the game early in the third period, but then the wheels came off.
Within twenty seconds, Antoine Roussel and Jamie Benn scored– the former with a lucky bounce and a layup, the latter with a rush goal against a slower defense.
Nick Backstrom got a one-timer off a brilliant pass from Alex Ovechkin in the final four minutes to make it a one-goal game. The Caps had some fireworks in the final ticks, but couldn’t hit the back of the net.
The Capitals lost last night, which I was surprised they were even capable of doing anymore. It was a generally good game at the Preds’ home cave, but a few bad bounces and a couple mistakes earned the team their first loss since December 23rd.
Now, on the back half of a full weekend, and playing against a quickly improving Stars team, the Caps risk doing something they’ve not done since the beginning of December: losing twice in a row.
Down 2-0 in their series against the Anaheim Ducks, the eighth-seeded Dallas Stars returned to American Airlines Center and had a freaking party. Led by goals from Jamie Benn, that other guy from Traktor Chelyabinsk, and Ryan best-name-in-the-league Garbutt, the Stars shut out the Ducks 3-0.
Not only did they trounce Boose, Perry, and #TeemuForever, the Star’s PA guy trolled the Ducks so very hard. After a third period timeout and the Stars up 2-0, this song came on the loudspeaker.
It seems the Washington Capitals didn’t have anything left in the tank after that trip through California. Since then, it’s been a spirally flush down a soiled toilet. This time, someone remembered to flush. The Dallas Stars didn’t even have to be good because the Caps were freaking awful.
Tyler Seguin scored after a turnover. Ray Whitney scored after a turnover. Dustin Jeffrey scored after a defensive clustereff and then again in the third. Garbutt got a shorty.