The Best for Last: Stars Edge Caps 4-3


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This weekend’s game between the Washington Capitals and Dallas Stars had the makings of an epic Saturday night bout. The Caps and Stars are the two highest scoring teams in the National Hockey League. They boast three of the league’s top four goal scorers and five of the top 15 point producers. Both teams are the best in the respective conferences, making this a possible, albeit premature Stanley Cup Final preview. Instead of a title fight, we got an episode of Tiny House Hunters as we sat stupefied, trying to make sense of the madness — at least for most of the game.

The first period wasn’t pretty, but the Caps made it to the dressing room with the score nil-nil.

In the second, the carnage began. Mattias Janmark opened the scoring on a two-on-one less than two minutes into the frame. Despite Braden Holtby’s best efforts, Dallas’s deadly Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin went to work, hitting the back of the net three more times. By the time the period was over, the the Capitals were getting outshot 25-11 and Seguin was just four goals behind Alex Ovechkin for the league lead.

Ovi added a PPG in the third to ruin Kari Lehtonen’s shut out and put Seguin back in his place. The next shot the Capitals took hit back of the as well as Justin Williams made it a two goal game, somewhat making up for his idiotic turnover that cost the Caps a goal earlier in the game. Resident good at hockey lately person Andre Burakovsky added his 15th point in 12 games to make it a one goal game. But the hole was just too big. Dallas held on with despite ending of high drama. Stars edge Caps, 4-3.

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Caps at Stars Pregame: Starry, Starry Night


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Tonight, the Caps go head-to-head with the Stars in what promises to be a gnarly hockey game. The Caps are merely aiming to pad their 17-point Metro lead (yawn), while the Stars are hoping to edge the Blackhawks for first in the Central. Both teams are offensive juggernauts and among the NHL’s best, if not the best. 

Valentine’s Day is looming and the Caps are riding a five-game win streak, so cuddle your cat and/or break out the bubbly. The game is at 8, and it’s on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 40-9-4 52.2% 102.1 24.2% 83.8%
Dallas Stars 35-15-5 53.8% 100.0 22.1% 80.0%

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GIF Recap: Caps Beat Red Wings, Lose To Stars


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The Capitals followed up a 2-1 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday with a 3-2 loss at home to the Dallas Stars the following night. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the OT winner against the Red Wings, and Alex Ovechkin finally scored goal number 484 on the Stars to become the highest scoring Russian player in the NHL.

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Ovi Did The Thing, but Stars beat Caps 3-2


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.

Stars beat Caps 3-2.

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Caps vs Stars Pregame: There Will Be Fun

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 fun begins at 7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 12-4-1 54.4% 100 21.8% 85.4%
Dallas Stars 15-4-0 53.3% 100.3 29.3% 79.3%

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In things-that-are-really-happening news,’s Katie Brown is reporting that the Dallas Stars are listening to some special music ahead of their game tonight against the Capitals. They were pumping Shania Twain jams in the visitor’s locker room of Verizon Center.

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Caps vs. Stars Pregame: Two Points Needed


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.

Puck drop is at 7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 36-22-10 51.8 100.4 25.0% 81.8%
Dallas Stars 31-27-10 51.9 99.3 17.8% 80.6%

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Loss Weekend: Stars beat Caps 5-4

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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.

Stars beat Caps 5-4.

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Caps at Stars Pregame: Losing is a New Feeling


From Hockey Fan Confessions, which, you guys, check that stuff out, because wow.

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.

8 PM on CSN proper. Meet you there. Bring snacks.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 24-12-8 52.1% 100.3 24.6% 79.3%
Dallas Stars 19-17-7 51.3% 100.3 14.9% 78.9%

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On Tuesday night, the Dallas Stars’ DJ trolled the Anaheim Ducks by playing the Duck Tales theme late in the third period, when the Stars were up 2-0. On Wednesday, two Stars fans took it to another — and stranger– level by coming to the game dressed as furries.

To the joy of literally everyone, the sat along directly behind Bruce Boudreau. Oh, and they had props. Because hockey needed more props.

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