On October 31, 2015, In Game Recap, By Chris Gordon
Happy Halloween, y’all! While you were out dressed as Donald Trump and acting like you were the only one to come up with that idea, the Caps were playing a sloppy first period in which they registered just five shots on goal.
Early in the second, Jussi Jokinen put the Panthers on top with a ground ball up the middle, a play in Alex Petrovic got an on assist after almost having his foot chopped off by an Alex Ovechkin slapper.
First-liner Jay Beagle got the Capitals tied with a net crashing goal that was totally legal.
The game went to three-on-three overtime and Evgeny Kuznetsov got it done. Caps top Cats 2-1!Continue Reading
On October 31, 2015, In Pregame, By Patrick Holden
Photo: Amanda Bowen
After winning a game last night in which the first period may have put you to sleep, the Caps visit the Panthers tonight to renew acquaintances with their old Southeast Division rival.
Enter predictable trick-or-treat pun here.
The Panthers played last night as well, so playing on back-to-back nights doesn’t put the Caps at a disadvantage.
Enter something about “dressing up a win” here.
CSN has your coverage for the 7 PM tilt.
Enter something dumb here about the game being in Sunrise but the fact that it’ll be dark out and the dark is spooky on Halloween oh my god this would be the worst joke ever I am definitely not going to do this.
After our first Friday and Saturday off in forever, man, the Capitals will play host to the Florida Panthers for an afternoon matinee at Verizon Center. If you’re searching for a narrative, “Winter Classic hangover” should be a good one.
On December 16, 2014, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Photo: Eliot J. Schechter
Kind of a snoozer in Sunrise. The way the Washington Capitals played against the Florida Panthers was so button-up and boring I was waiting for the dowager countess of Grantham to say something snarky. No team wanted to win this one, and then things went completely apenuts in the shootout.
Mike Green choked up the puck to Scottie Upshall to give Derek McKenzie a layup, making it 1-0 for the Panthers going into the first intermission. Troy Brouwer tied it on the power play in the second, getting the puck back after a block by Willie Mitchell. A washed-out kicked goal by Brooks Laich meant we were headed for overtime, which was exciting enough I guess, but no result.
Prepare yourself for the shootout bullet epic!
Fehr didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Huberdeau didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Backstrom didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Bjugstad didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Kuznetsov didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Boyes didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Ovechkin PUT THE BISCUIT IN THE BASKET.
Jokinen also put the biscuit in the basket.
Brouwer didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Kopecky didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Latta didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
My god this is going long. Epix show is almost over by now.
Barkov didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Brooks PUT THE BISCUIT IN THE BASKET.
Bolland also put the biscuit in the basket. Harumph.
Johansson didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Flash didn’t put the biscuit in the basket. He burned the biscuit.
Schmidt didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Upshall didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Ward PUT THE BISCUIT IN THE BASKET.
MacKenzie also put the biscuit in the basket. It never ends
Carlson PUT THE BISCUIT IN THE BASKET.
Bergenheim put the biscuit in the basket. This is my hell.
Beagle didn’t put the biscuit in the basket, but shoulda been a biscuit-delivering beagle.
Hayes didn’t put the biscuit in the basket. Life is meaningless and full of pain.
Green didn’t didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Campbell didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Chimera’s biscuit missed the basket by a mile.
Gudbranson didn’t put the biscuit in the basket. You can’t put a biscuit in the 5-hole.
Wilson didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Ekblad didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Niskanen didn’t put the biscuit in the basket because the stupid crossbar.
Kulikov didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
BORPIK PUT THE BISCUIT IN THE BASKET!!!!
Olsen didn’t put the biscuit in the basket. 17 rounds down.
Alzner didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Mitchell didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Backstrom, part II, didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Jokinen, part II, didn’t put the biscuit in the basket. I no longer fear death.
Ovechkin didn’t put the biscuit in the basket.
Bjudgstad put the biscuit in the basket! WINNER. FINALLY. I’M OKAY WITH THIS.
Panthers beat Caps 2-1 in the longest shootout I can remember!
The Swedish Machine, doin’ his thing with the Florida Cats
You know that scene in the Star Wars movie? The first one…or, the fourth one which was actually the first? The one that was good?
Luke and Han are blasting away at all the awful spaceships that are swarming around outside, and Luke is missing and missing and just shooting impotently away, pew pew pew, until he actually gets one? The one that was headed directly toward him in a straight line at about 10 miles an hour? And he’s so happy and Han says “Don’t get cocky, kid”?
Oh, I can hear you all now, sighing “There goes Doug who knows nothing about hockey and is just a huge wet blanket and shut up.” I mean, those very few of you who actually read these things. Hey, I’m super fantastic happy about how the Caps are playing these days, and I loved seeing Nick “Swedish Machine Never Smiles” Backstrom get a hattie in regular season. And we’re playing the Florida Panthers tonight, who aren’t 1/2 the team Tampa is, or us probably, so there’s no need to worry, right?
Call me Eeyore, but I just can’t get too comfortable with this team. As awesome as they are, I’ve just seen too many times great play slide suddenly into crap.
Speaking of, I’ll say this about Sunrise, Florida, home of the Cats: at least it’s not Fort Lauderdale. Since starting in the 90’s expansion, Panthers management have done just about everything they could to alienate their fans… sorta like another professional sports team that’s become a tire fire since being acquired by a certain weasel, which needs not be named. Even down to the location of BB&T arena where we play tonight, which is located literally ACROSS THE STREET from the marshy, anaconda-filled Everglades. Nice move, Panthers.
Tonight is the debut of whatever the name of the show is about the Winter Classic on EPIX. But before that, we’ve gotta watch the Capitals play visitor to the Florida Panthers, who somehow are a pretty good team this season!
The Caps haven’t lost in #rego since December 2nd, and they don’t play to start now. See you at 7:30 on CSN Plus.
On October 18, 2014, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Best player of the game in my book. (Photo: Patrick McDermott)
The Washington Capitals dominated the Florida Panthers at possession on Saturday, but getting the puck in the net is another matter. A couple penalties in the third penalty made this thing way more competitive than it should have been. Another game that took 65-plus minutes to decide.
Eric Fehr sent a wizardly pass to Jason Chimera, who scored the goal’s first goal with a nice backhand. Brad Boyes tied it up by swatting in a loose puck during an early third-period power play. That goal forced overtime.
The dry scrape was a bunch of nothing, so let’s do this… ugh… again.
The Capitals will wrap up their three-game homestand tonight at 7 PM by showing the Florida Panthers what a packed hockey arena looks like. Tune in to CSN-DC and get ready to welcome Justin Peters, scheduled to make his first start in net.
On February 27, 2014, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Photo: J Pat Carter
I forget how to recap. I don’t know what the numbers on the back of the jerseys mean, and all the players look giants playing on a snack-size rink. I forgot how to get to all the statsreports. Everything looks weird to me. I’m gonna do my best, but go easy on me.
The Washington Capitals returned from their Olympic break down in sunny Sunrise, Florida. The Panthers, mainstays of the league’s bottom-5, were supposed to be the right team to face in this first game back. The Caps pulled out an early lead, promptly blew it (as they do), and then got another one, then blew that one.
Here’s how it went.
Troy Brouwer stuck first, owning a scramble in the slot to record a power play goal. Brooks Laich followed up, finishing off a nifty pass from Alex Ovechkin to make it 2-0. Hey, look at that: a two-goal lead. Sweet. Everybody relax.
Then Tomas Fleischmann caught a pass Jesse Winchester to make it 1-0 and Brad Boyes scored from the slot early in the second to tie it up. Two-goal lead, we hardly knew ye.
Nick Backstrom scored later in the second period, a layup that even a total allergy-med junkie could have hit. Troy Brouwer got his second PPG of the night, winning another fight in the paint off of Alex Ovechkin’s rebound.
A powerplay goal by Jimmy Hayes and a clustereff clean-up by Brad Boyes midway through the third made it a tie-game– erasing the Caps’ second two-goal lead. Mike Green blew the best breakaway chance ever, but Captain Alex Ovechin scored the game-winner, his 41st, on the very next shift.
Caps beat Panthers 5-4! Oh hurrah. They beat the Panthers.