On November 23, 2015, In Pregame, By Peter Hassett
Happy Monday, Caps fans. It’s a short holiday week, and I’m sure you’re busy prepping a scrumptious holiday meal, so I’ll be brief.
The Caps stomped the Avs on Saturday night, and now they ought to do the same to the Oilers, who are a pretty miserable team. Edmonton is a place where blue-chip prospects go to disappoint and get disappointed. The team should be scoured from the face of the earth and then the city itself should pay reparations to Connor McDavid, Nail Yakupov, Taylor Hall, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Anyway, puck drops at 7 PM on CSN.
On October 24, 2015, In GIF Recap, By Hana Imiolczyk
Photo: Andy Devlin
The Capitals completed the sweep of their three-game road trip to Western Canada with a 7-4 win over the Oilers. Evgeny Kuznetsov finished the night with a career high of five points, including his first NHL hat trick and a shaving cream pie from his teammates to celebrate.
On October 23, 2015, In Pregame, By Patrick Holden
We’re back at it for another night of hockey action, kids!
Today is Friday and tonight’s game is at 9 PM, so this one might bleed into your late night Friday social plans. We’ve got you covered with two options of how to combine these activities:
Option One: Gather up your bros and/or ladies and head to your local watering hole to watch the game. The game ends a little before midnight and BAM, the dance floor is just a few feet away.
Option Two: Use the second intermission, around 10:45 PM local time, to hit up Tinder. Swipe right and message. By the end of the game, you should have a lucky someone lined up for drinks and whatever else it is that you Tinder people do.
The Caps play the Oilers tonight. The Oilers have won the draft lottery 5,792 times in the past few seasons and have a lot of high-end forward talent stockpiled. In DC, we needed that to happen only once to become a legitimate NHL team.
Puck drop at 9. Fire up CSN, charge your cell phone, and get ready to swipe right for a Caps victory.
On January 20, 2015, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Can we all agree that we like the beard? (Photo: Patrick McDermott)
The Caps’ last game before the All-Star Break began crackling with excitement, but quickly settled into the quiet urgency of a bunch of guys eager to get home for a long weekend. They couldn’t even manage to do that well, as the Caps squandered an early, healthy lead and lost in the gimmick.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice in the first period, first with a slapper on a delayed penalty and then again with an Ovi shot from the Ovi spot. Edmonton’s own number eight, Derek Roy, returned fire by beating Matt Niskanen to the niskanet. Before we hit intermission, Jay Beagle scored and there was much rejoicing.
Nikita Nikitin put the Oilers within one goal late in the second period while Niskanen was in the box.
In the third, Nick Backstrom tipped in John Carlson’s long bomb to put Edmonton back in the two-goal hole where they belong, though I guess maybe we forgot to tell them that. Teddy Purcell got a quick little snapper to Holtby’s far side to make 4-3 in the final five minutes, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins tied it in the final 100 seconds, forcing overtime. Overtime didn’t do nuffin, so you know what’s next.
Kuznetsov put the biscuit in the basket.
Yakupov did NOT put the biscuit in the basket.
Backstrom did NOT put the biscuit in the basket.
Eberle did NOT put the biscuit in the basket.
Ovechkin did NOT put the biscuit in the basket.
Roy put the biscuit in the basket.
Fehr did NOT put the biscuit in the basket.
Purcell put the biscuit in the basket, of course he did.
Oilers beat Caps 5-4 in the shootout. That was dumb as hell.
The Caps lost two in a row in a rather frustrating weekend. I liked how the Caps played for the most part, but there’s some saggy-ness in the defense that the team will need to fix if they want to beat the–
Oh, nevermind. It’s just the Edmonton Oilers.
You’re all clear, Caps, now let’s blow this thing and go to the All-Star break. 7 PM on CSN.
On October 23, 2014, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Photo: Andy Devlin
It’s too early in the season for late-night hockey, but okay, Thursday’s productivity be damned, let’s do this.
The Washington Capitals went into Edmonton with hopes of starting a perfect road trip, but a couple mistakes marred an otherwise solid game.
Justin Schultz scored about seven minutes in, directing Teddy Purcell’s clever shot behind Braden Holtby. The Caps tied it up with John Carlson’s power-play one-timer.
Mike Green scored a gorgeous one early in the second period, but a whiff by Ovechkin set Ryan Nugent-Hopkins loose to tie it up just twenty second later. With Jason Chimera in the box, Nikita Nikitin got one past a screened Braden Holtby to give the Oilers the lead.
The Caps fired furiously in the third, but couldn’t beat Ben Scrivens.
Oilers beat Caps 3-2. That’s the Caps’ first regulation loss.
So begins the Capitals’ sojourn through western Canada, home of mostly bad hockey teams. We start with the Edmonton Oilers, a team who are probably a lot better than their record seems. It’ll be a late game– puck drops after 9:30 PM, so make sure you do all your homework first.
Matt Hendricks and Boyd Gordon, who play on the same line, fml.
The Capitals are off and away on their grand Canadian adventure, and expectations are running high. As Peter noted, the team is looking healthy, playing tighter than they have in a while, and still undefeated in regular play.
Even better, first on our dance card are the Edmonton Oilers, who are not healthy, not playing tight and largely the definition of defeat lately. Plus, they have to spend much of their time in Edmonton, so there’s that, too.
We had a whole schtick worked up about Edmonton the Annoying – perhaps we’ll save it for next time, it was actually funny, which we admit is unusual for us. But sadly, in light of what appears to be a very bad no good day for all Canadians, and even the smart choice to cancel tonight’s scheduled Leafs/Sens match, we just don’t feel like making fun of anyone today, Canadians especially.
So here we give you Oiler insight from “baggedmilk”, a cheeky writer up at the OilersNation blog. He’s smart, even if our questions aren’t. Hit him up on Twitter @jsbmbaggedmilk; you can thank us later.