On March 22, 2016, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
All of a sudden, I’ve got an idea for the plot of Taken 4.
The Capitals came into Canadian Tire Centre like a wrecking ball, recording a trio of goals in the opening frame and then holding on for the remaining forty. The Ottawa Senators, it turns out, aren’t very good.
First it was Mike Richards, seizing on a takeaway by Tom Wilson to record his second goal as a Capital. Alex Ovechkin came next, sweeping in a shot on the power play, followed by Nick Backstrom who backhanded a bobbler past Craig Anderson to give the Caps a 3-goal lead.
The sole goal of the second period came from Matt Wideman, an outside fluke obscured by Karl Alzner’s glove. The Senators snuck back into it with 90 seconds left off the stick of Mika Zibanejad, but TJ Oshie beat Karlsson to score the empty netter.
Caps beat Senators 4-2. The Caps have won the Eastern Conference.
On January 10, 2016, In Game Recap, By Chris Gordon
Photo: Jacquelyn Martin
On the 27th Capitals shot of the game, Alex Ovechkin fired a puck from the far circle on the power play. At 30, Ovechkin became the fifth-fastest player to reach 500 goals in National Hockey League history. His teammates poured over the bench in recognition of the greatest player in Washington’s 41 year history. The game, and the league, stopped to take notice. The Senators filed off the ice to one of the loudest ovations in Verizon Center history as Ovechkin raised his arms in triumph. In the third, Ovechkin became the league leader in goals with his 26th score of the season and the 501st of his career.
Some other stuff happened in the game that I will now talk about.
The Caps dominated the game at the drop, striking first eight minutes into the game after Andre Burakovsky, who is good again, set up Justin Williams for his second goal is as many games. Less than three minutes later TJ Oshie extended the lead to two with a PPG. The Caps coasted after that, twice going on the penalty kill, but survived unscathed.
In the second, Ottawa got on the board after a colossal offensive zone screw up by the second line led to Mike Hoffman’s 20th goal of the season on a two-on-one.
Zach Sill, Washington’s actual third line center, was able to put the Sens back on their heels after Ottawa’s netminder Andrew Hammond whiffed on a pop-up in front. Dmitry Orlov made it 4-1 114 seconds later with a rocket from the far circle.
Tom Wilson added another, bookended by Ovechkin two historic tallies. Caps beat Sens 7-1!
On January 10, 2016, In Pregame, By Patrick Holden
Photo: Bruce Bennett
The Senators come to town tonight for a battle of capital cities. The Senators are not very good. The Caps are very good. But hockey is a game drenched with randomness, so being the superior team doesn’t assure victory.
Alex Ovechkin goes for 500 tonight. In today’s snapshot, one thing we talked about is the fact that it seems impossible to appreciate him enough, no matter how much we appreciate him. What a treat it is to be on the planet Earth as a Caps fan during Ovechkin’s career.
With where the Caps are in the standings right now, I’d take an Ovi goal over a Caps win tonight, if you forced me to pick.
On December 16, 2015, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
The Washington Capitals looked great on Wednesday night, and I’m not just talking about their uniforms. A win over the Ottawa Senators wasn’t in doubt until Tommy Drama got the home team in trouble late, but some sturdy penalty killing and the world’s best goaltender made it 22 wins for the Caps.
Michael Latta got Washington on the board in the first period with a breakaway goal set up by Dmitry Orlov’s skyward pass. John Carlson put the Sens in a two-goal hole with a one-timer masterfully facilitated by Justin Williams. Tom Wilson got a match penalty late in the third period, allowing Ottawa to spoil Braden Holtby’s shutout, but that was it.
On December 16, 2015, In Pregame, By Patrick Holden
Sleep tight, kids, with visions of sugarplums and evil bun-bun Ovi dancing in your heads.
Wednesday night is rivalry night, according to NBC Sports. This means that two random teams without any meaningful relationship play on a Wednesday and the game is on NBCSN and given the label “rivalry night” without any deliberate thought.
Tonight’s game is not on NBCSN, thank goodness, but it wouldn’t be the most random pair of teams to meet on a rivalry night. The Caps meet the Senators, which means we get to watch one of the best players in the league, Erik Karlsson, and a bunch of other dudes play hockey in their Senators jerseys.
Tonight’s game is on the trust CSN Plus. Puck drops at 7 PM.
That was a dumb period. (Photo credit: Justin Tang)
On this festive weekend, the Caps looked to clinch a playoff berth with a regulation win over the Senators. Instead, they dug themselves a huge hole early. Somehow, they came back. Then they blew it again. Oh well. Put down your matzo and wine, it’s no time for a yeast-less party.