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First impressions make a difference. In December of his rookie season, Tom Wilson made himself known to fans of the Philadelphia Flyers with a savage charge on forward Brayden Schenn. Since then, Wilson has been a marked man.

“We don’t want to be liked by them,” Wilson said of the Flyers Tuesday, two days before the Capitals face Philadelphia in Game One the opening round of the playoffs. “Hopefully, we can keep it that way, that they hate our guts.” Continue Reading

Isles beat Caps 4-3 (OT): Holtby’s Record Deferred

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Our final week of regular season hockey began with Metro foes, the New York Islanders. Backstopped by a person who I can only assume is familiar with goaltending, the Isles were disadvantaged but not helpless.

Like all good hockey games, this one began with a goal by Alex Ovechkin, a wide shot following a faceoff. John Tavares tied it in the second period with a weird goal that escaped Braden Holtby’s glove hand.

The top line struck twice in the third period with goals by Oshie and Ovi, but Kyle Okposo got a gritty goal shortly after to keep it tense. A frenetic forecheck led to Anders Lee’s game-tying goal from the paint.

After a bunch of Caps chances, Thomas Hickey got the win for the Isles in overtime.

Islanders beat Caps 4-3 in OT.

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Caps vs Islanders Pregame: Four Moar

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Hear that sound? Sounds like the death rattle of the 2015-16 regular season. The Caps have four more games until the Next Thing begins. We can talk about that Next Thing later– for now we’ve got a date with the Islanders.

Hang out with us at 7 PM on CSN please.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 55-17-6 51.9% 101.0 22.8% (2nd) 84.4% (4th)
New York Islanders 43-26-9 50.1% 100.5 18.7% (17th) 85.1% (2nd)

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Spaghetti Guy: Caps Beat Isles 3-2 (OT)

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Coming off a thrilling win on Tuesday, the Caps looked to get back on a winning streak after Saturday’s loss to Dallas. The day got off to an inauspicious start when the Capitals didn’t skate this morning, which is basically throwing in the towel. Washington indeed got off to a slow start with the Islanders taking the first six shots of the night. Later in the period, John Tavares put the moves on Nate Schmidt and Braden Holtby to open the period.

In the second, the Caps titled the ice like an hourglass, outshooting the Islanders 14-4. Alex Ovechkin tied the game up for the Caps, setup by a brilliant behind the net pass from first line center Evgeny Kuznetsov. Ovi added another less than two minutes later on the power play, this time assisted by the demoted and pathetic Nicklas Backstrom.

The Capitals continued to control play in the third, but couldn’t dent Thomas Greiss, winner of five of his last six, for an insurance goal. And sure enough, Frans Nielsen beat Braden Holtby with a minute and 44 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

J-Will with the slapper for the ballgame. Caps beat Isles 3-2 (OT)!

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Caps at Islanders Pregame: Here In Your Bedroom

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Are you into teams that are 20 points out of first place?  Can you simply not resist cheering for a team that has sold all real estate in their collective head to Tom Wilson? Ooooo boy, then do I have a team for you. That team is the New York Islanders, whom the Caps will play tonight in Brooklyn.

Get your televisions tuned to CSN for the 7 PM game.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 41-10-4 51.7% 102.2 23.7% 83.9%
New York Islanders 30-19-6 51.3% 100.4 19.8% 87%

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Welcome Back, Ovi: Caps beat Isles 3-2

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Winless for what seems like weeks, the Washington Capitals looked a bit flat at home against the New York Islanders. The Isles had a free pass into the Caps zone, whereas the Caps looked aimless, dumping and chasing to get deep. But possession aside, the Caps were the better finishers and escaped a close game with a #rego win thanks to their returned Captain and his late goal.

The Isles’ opening goal stung– it was (ex-Cap) Mikhail Grabovski off John Tavares through a billion screens. TJ Oshie got his 16th of the season off a pass from Nick Backstrom. The Isles had the puck for a million years but didn’t actually score, so Andre Burakovsky tapped in a puck set up by Jason Chimera to give the Caps the lead. With a chip shot from the paint, Josh Bailey made the game new in the third period.

Caps beat Isles 3-2! So this is what winning feels like!

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Caps vs Islanders Pregame: Ovi’s Back. Back Again

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The best goal-scorer in the NHL returns to the Caps’ lineup tonight as the Islanders make the trip down from Brooklyn for a Metro battle. The Caps beat the Isles 4-1 when they met on January 7th.

The mission remains the same: pad the division lead. The Caps have 74 points, a 15 point lead in the division, and they are our guys. If things go badly tonight and you want to boo the team in red, we kindly ask that you get a grip. Thanks.

NBCSN has the coverage for the 7:30 game.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 35-9-4 52.1% 102.0 25.3% 83.7%
New York Islanders 26-16-6 50.9% 100.9 18.1% 86.9%

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The Capitals beat the Islanders 4-1 on Thursday night at Barclays Center to extend their season record to 30-7-3. Alex Ovechkin scored his 22nd goal of the season bringing his career total to 497 goals. Jason Chimera and Nate Schimdt also scored for the Caps with Nicklas Backstrom adding an empty net-goal in the waning minutes.

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Caps Beat Isles: Numbers For The Morning After

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On Thursday night, The Caps continued trouncing everyone in their path by tossing the Islander aside, 4-1. Nate Schmidt scored a goal. So did some other guys who aren’t as smiley as our guy Nate.

There was a patch of play in late 2015 when the Caps were winning consistently despite getting outplayed. Thursday night was nothing like that, as the Caps were the better team throughout.

Let’s take a look at some of the numbers.

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The Guys Behind the Guys: Caps beat Isles 4-1

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The Washington Capitals had never played in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, home of the New York Islanders. That unfamiliarity led to an unorthodox game from the Caps, replete with a dirty hit by Marcus Johansson, Karl Alzner’s confident offense, and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for Tom Wilson. Okay, well it was mostly unorthodox. Let’s do the goals.

Like I said, Jason Chimera scored again, a low-angle tap-in made possible by the hard work of third-line center Marcus Johansson, then Alex Ovechkin put the Isles in a two-goal hole after Karl Alzner stoutly delivered the puck into the offensive zone.

Brock Nelson scored in the second period, but who cares, because then Nate Schmidt restored the two-goal hole thanks to a glorious takeaway and assist by Nick Backstrom, who also got the empty-netter.

Caps beat Isles 4-1!

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