The Caps traveled to Nashville where Rain is a Good Thing, especially when it’s raining hats on the head of Filip Forsberg at the rate it has been lately. The Swedish forward made sure to break more Caps fan hearts on Saturday.
Roman Josi wouldn’t let the Preds go down Without a Fight, tying the game at one early in the second after some pretty awful defensive zone coverage that made me Lose My Mind. Aw Naw, Filip Forsberg scored to make it 2-1 and then Mike Fisher sent us looking for Beer Money after his slam dunk goal made it 3-1.
A comeback spurring goal is always good Til It’s Gone as Alex Ovechkin found out when his third period tally was washed out after review for being offside. Roman Josi then called game Over with a power play tally to make it 4-1. May We All be more like Evgeny Kuznetsov who made it 4-2 late.
Viktor Arvidsson Kissed You Good Night with an empty netter.
Predators beat Caps 5-2.
The Capitals are beat up, but they managed a win over the Oilers in a fun one on Friday. There is no rest for the weary though, as the Caps have an early evening date with the Preds, who are barely holding on to a wild card playoff spot.
Game’s at 5 PM on CSN. There, I managed to get through the introduction without mentioning Filip Forsberg and his back-to-back hat tricks. Wait. Dammit.
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Photos: Amanda Bowen
The Washington Capitals closed out their two-game homestand with a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Friday, coming out with four points total since returning home from California. Evgeny Kuznetsov showed off more of his wizardry by setting up Daniel Winnik for his first goal as a Capitals, TJ Oshie‘s sneaky pop up, and Andre Burakovsky‘s top-shelf icing on the cake. The team finally started looking like the team we’d known before the blizzard in January.
(I know I should use a picture of Kuznetsov, but look at this smile. D’awww.)
slow quiet start, the Capitals played a terrific back half of hockey to down the Nashville Predators at home on Friday night.
The scoring was opened up by Filip Forsberg, and I won’t say another word about that because I can’t even deal with Ian right now.
In the second period: Evgeny Kuznetsov. Boom– there’s one for Winnik off a super slap pass. Ta-da– there’s one for Oshie off the Twister™ maneuver. Alakazam– there’s one for Burakovsky thanks to some hard work deep in the Preds zone. (Winnik also scored again in there somewhere, but I didn’t wanna break up the rhythm.)
Caps beat Perds 4-1!
In case you forgot, the Caps clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night. If you’re happy and/or unsurprised and you know it, clap your hands.
Tonight, the Caps face stiffer competition in a hungry Preds team. The Preds are chilling comfortably in the West’s first Wild Card spot. Alas, a recent string of wins has them eyeing up the Blackhawks’ third-place slot in the Central Division.
7 PM. CSN-DC. It’s gonna be lit.
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|Washington Capitals||50-14-5||51.3%||101.6||23.7% (1st)||84.3% (4th)|
|Nashville Predators||36-22-13||53.0%||99.8||19.4% (11th)||80.2% (21st)|
Photo: John Russell
Marcus Johansson returned to the Capitals lineup on Tuesday after missing four games with an upper-body injury. He did pretty okay. Johansson recorded three points as the Capitals beat the Predators 5-3. Johansson had a goal and two assists, with Jason Chimera, Tom Wilson, Justin Williams and Alex Ovechkin also finding the net. Evgeny Kuznetsov recorded his 100th career NHL point with his assist on Justin Williams’ third period goal.
Two Swedes, one box
George McPhee traded prospect Filip Forsberg away sometime in the late 80s in exchange for Michael Latta, who is a nifty fourth liner, and a skunked case of Labatt Blue. We drank the beer, and then Forsberg scored twice on the Caps in Nashville on Tuesday. Don’t care. The Caps are still the best.
Tom Wilson, of all people, was involved in the Caps’ first two goals. In the first he assisted Jason Chimera, and in the second he swatted a saucer pass from Marcus Johansson. Filip Forsberg, dammit, scored on a power play in the second period.
In the third, Justin Williams put the Perds in a two-goal hole with an impressive scramble in the Nashville crease. Marcus Johansson welcomed himself back with a goal of his own, but the Preds struck back with goals by Roman Josi and Filip Forsberg (oh come the frick on) in quick succession. Alex Ovechkin got the empty netter.
Caps beat Preds 5-3! Four wins in a row!
Photo: Amanda Bowen
We last saw the Caps in action on Super Bowl Sunday, when they added two points at the Flyers’ expense. While the Flyers aren’t exactly stiff competition, it always feels really, really good to beat them. Also, props to Matt Niskanen for scoring an absolute dazzler of a goal.
Now, the Caps are gunning for four straight with a win against the Preds, who are sixth in the Western Conference and fourth in the Central Division. The two teams have yet to square off this season, but the Caps have dropped their last three games played in Smashville.
Take note: the Preds are due for a PDO rebound. Their goaltending is middle-of-the-pack, and they’re capitalizing on just 6.7 percent of their shots at 5v5. Comparatively, the Caps are shooting 8.9 percent. As for goaltending, the mere mention of Braden Holtby’s name should inspire you to eat, drink, and be merry.
The game is at 8, and it’s on CSN.
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Photo credit: Alex Brandon
The day before training camp opened, Andi Lambert, the wife of Washington assistant coach Lane Lambert, died at the age of 45. She had spent the last 17 years battling a rare form of breast cancer. On Saturday, the entire Capitals team, along with members of the Nashville Predators, who Lambert previously coached for alongside Barry Trotz, went up to Ohio attend the funeral outside of Cleveland.
“I know it meant a lot for him for us to be there and support him and to remember Andi the way we all know her and love her,” Trotz said Sunday. “It just tells you the class of the people in this business.”
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