Caps hockey is back. The boys started the back end of the regular season off in Detroit for the last Capitals-Wings match up in Joe Louis Arena. The bye week rust was on display and I’m pretty sure the entire team was playing sunburned.
The first was not a great period for the team in white. No real sustained offensive zone pressure and a misfire on the man advantage. Danish forward Frans Nielsen put the Red Wings up 1-0 on Detroit’s lone power play of the period. McGriddles fans everywhere wept.
Tomas Tatar capitalized on a John Carlson turnover to put Detroit up 2-0, but the red hot, potentially pierced Zach Sanford brought the Caps within one before the end of forty minutes.
Petr Mrazek then tried to steal the show, making numerous ten-bellers before Daniel Winnik batted home a rebound to tie the game at 2 and send it to overtime.
Henrik Zetterberg with the shootout winner.
Red Wings beat Caps 3-2.
Good morning, sleepyheads. The bye week is finally over and the Capitals are in Detroit to play the Red Wings. Yes, the Capitals did JUST recently play them and win 6-3, but there will be a couple shake ups this time around.
As the bye week came to a close, the Capitals recalled Zach Sanford and Jakub Vrana from Hershey for some additional reinforcement and to take the place of broken-handed Andre Burakovsky.
On the Red Wings side, the team has only won two of their last 12 games but will hope to capitalize on the fact that the Capitals have been gone for a week and might still have vacation on their brains.
Puck drop is at 2 PM on CSN. Thrilled to be back.
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Detroit Red Wings||22-25-10||47.4%||98.6||11.8%||80.2%|
Caps win and this team is so good.
The game kicked off with a Marcus Johannson goal off a beautiful Kuznetsov pass. Did the third line do anything amazing? Of course, Brett Connolly would pull through to tie up the game 2-2 going into the second period.
The second period happened quickly and a goal from TJ Oshie would put the Caps up 3-2. Burakovsky and Connolly scared us all with a couple of injury shake ups. Connolly would return, Burakovsky would not.
The third began with a sick backhander from Zetterberg, tying the game at 3-3. A rocket from John Carlson would put the Capitals up top 4-3. The Capitals would then go to their first power play of the game and TJ Oshie would score again because of course. Nick Backstrom would put an extra cherry on top for his 16th goal.
Caps beat Red Wings 6-3. Bailamos, baby.
The bye week is almost here and the Capitals are still destroying, but before the boys can rest they need to host the Detroit Red Wings. Lately, the Red Wings have not been looking too hot. Beginning their three-game road trip and sitting at an 11.4 powerplay percentage, the Red Wings are going to have a tough time trying to beat the Capitals, who are trying to extend their home-game winning streak to eleven.
Puck drop is at 7 PM on CSN.
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Detroit Red Wings||22-21-10||47.6%||99.0||11.4%||81.4%|
Despite a lackluster season so far, the Detroit Red Wings are still finding ways to make the world a better place. Detroit native and Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser took some time on Tuesday to surprise his biggest (and smallest) fan for her birthday on Wednesday.
Warning: this footage is really, really cute.
I don’t know about you, but when I was a little kid going to games at the MCI Center, my one goal was to get on the Jumbotron. That’s a pipe dream that I still haven’t accomplished to this day, but this small child at a Red Wings game now has.
On Saturday, the Red Wings took on the Anaheim Ducks at Joe Louis Arena. A stop in play allowed the in-arena camera team to pan to the crowd looking for the usual scores of happy fans to cheer and dance. The camera then settled on this very happy kid. He became the star of the show.
The Washington Capitals had a disaster scenario unfold during the first period of their game against the Detroit Red Wings. Four different forwards — TJ Oshie, Lars Eller, Andre Burakovsky, and Tom Wilson — went down the tunnel with injuries. Three of them — Oshie, Eller, and Burakovsky — did not return with what Barry Trotz termed as upper-body injuries. Oshie, Eller, and Burakovsky will all be reevaluated tomorrow.
Caps win a slow burning, passionate game. Luckily, it was worth the wait.
The only good thing about the first period was that I got a pint of Milk & Cookies from Ben and Jerry’s. In the first minute of the first period, Andre Burakovsky put a solid ping off the post, giving us a ping in our hearts full of hope. Tom Wilson was later boarded by Danny DeKeyser, giving the Capitals a five minute power play. The boys were unsuccessful in scoring. *heavy sigh*. Alas, with 30 seconds left in the power play, Justin Williams was sent to the box for hooking and nobody did anything. The first period was a buncha meh especially since the list of our players that went to the locker room included: Oshie, Wilson, Eller, Burakovsky. Wilson returned. The Caps ended up leading 10 shots on goal to 5.
The Caps announced Eller and Oshie would not be returning and that Burakovsky was doubtful, so of course, we began the second period with low morale. The time came and the time went as the score remained 0-0 and the shots on goal were switched around.
Finally, with 5:11 left in the entire game, our boy Beags saved us all with his 4th goal of the season and his first career NHL point against the Detroit Red Wings. The game finished at 1-0 and Braden Holtby gets his first shutout of the season.
After their mighty beatdown of the Penguins, the Caps continue their homestand against the Detroit Red Wings. It’s unlikely that we’ll see a repeat of Wednesday night’s 7-1 demolition, but the Caps aren’t exactly facing tough competition in Detroit.
Mike Green and Co. are next-to-last in their division and have dismal possession numbers (the Caps are tied for the best score-adjusted possession team.) The Red Wings have also lost center Darren Helm to a shoulder injury. Suffice to say, things could be better in Motown. Tonight, the Caps have the opportunity to bag (what should be) two easy points and have some fun while doing so.
Puck drop at 7 PM on CSN-DC.
|Team||Record||Possession||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Detroit Red Wings||8-8-1||45.68%||101.4||17.5%||76.9%|
Eighteen years ago today, the Washington Capitals’ longest playoff run in franchise history ended in a whimper. Riding two power play goals from Doug Brown, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Capitals 4-1 at MCI Center to win their second straight Stanley Cup.
No NHL team has repeated as champions since that year. The Capitals have have not advanced past the second round since, despite winning two Presidents Trophies.
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