The Capitals announced on Friday morning that they have recalled forward Paul Carey from AHL affiliate Hershey Bears. Carey has had an exceptional week in Hershey, scoring four goals on March 18 vs the Hartford Wolf Pack. That game helped earn him the title of AHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 19. Carey has played in four games this year for the Caps. He scored his first NHL goal on February 6.
The move is likely to provide backup to the team in case of injury. The Caps play Arizona at home on Saturday night before leaving on a road trip next week to play in Minnesota, Colorado, and Arizona.
Saturday night, the planets all aligned for the Caps organization.
All three of the franchise’s teams played, including the Capitals’ two minor league affiliates: the Hershey Bears and the South Carolina Stingrays. Each team won their game and scored five or more goals to do so. All three teams also had a player tally a hat trick on the same night.
TJ Oshie was held out of the Caps lineup Monday night against Montreal after suffering an injury Saturday against Ottawa. Oshie appeared to injure his left shoulder again as Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf checked him in the neutral zone. Later, Phaneuf ended Oshie’s night for good after cross-checking him in the small of the back. Barry Trotz called the injury day-to-day. Oshie participated in the Capitals’ morning skate Monday, but did not play that night, allowing prospect Liam O’Brien to make his season debut.
Well it sure looks like Oshie will be returning to the lineup tomorrow night against Pittsburgh. The Capitals just announced on their off day that they have re-assigned forwards Paul Carey and O’Brien back to AHL Hershey.
The roster leaves the Capitals with 12 forwards on the roster. Unless the Caps make a corresponding roster move (or play Nate Schmidt at forward), Osh Babe is back, baby.
Monday morning, the Capitals recalled forward Paul Carey from AHL Hershey. The announcement comes on the heels of Sunday’s practice in which both Tom Wilson and TJ Oshie did not practice. Both are questionable to play Monday night in Montreal. Call-up Liam O’Brien is also in Montreal per a transaction on Friday.
During three games with the Caps earlier this season, Carey was a dependable player in both zones, tossing three shots on net. While in Hershey, Carey has been a dominant player, posting 25 points in 28 games. That also includes a 19-game point streak from October 26 to December 26.
The Bears’ top four leading scorers (and Zach Sill) provided the goals in Hershey’s 5-2 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Monday. Reigning AHL player-of-the-week, Vitek Vanecek, made 23 saves in the win.
The Bears’ second leading scorer, Chris Bourque, got the Bears’ first goal, his 499th career point for Hershey. Travis Boyd, the team’s leading scorer, would put the Bears up less than a minute later. Next, Paul Carey would extend his point streak to 19 games on a deflection. Christian Thomas and Zach Sill finished the game off for the Bears with goals in the third.
Boyd now has 29 points in 29 games. The goal also marks his second straight double digit goal season in the AHL.
Sunday night, the Hershey Bears topped their divisional foe, the Springfield Thunderbirds, 4-0 in front of a sold out crowd at the Giant Center.
The Bears were given the lead by Paul Carey, extending his personal point streak to 18 games and the team never looked back from there. Goals from defenseman Darren Dietz, Zach Sill and Chris Bourque sealed the win as the Bears outshot Springfield 31 to 22.
Caps goalie prospect Vitek Vanecek was stout in his cage stopping all 22 shots for his third career AHL shutout.
After showing flashes of brilliance during the preseason, Zach Sanford was the surprise of training camp, earning a roster spot and a regular spot in the lineup with the Capitals. But after tallying a lone assist and a 48.88% corsi* in 19 NHL games, the former standout from Boston College was reassigned to the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears on Wednesday.
The corresponding roster move was significant. The Caps finally called up talented 2014 first-round pick Jakub Vrana as well as veteran forward Paul Carey.
So far this season, Vrana has nine goals in 18 games with the Bears. He ranks third on the team with 16 points, trailing only Chris Bourque and Travis Boyd (17).
Vrana will likely take Sanford’s place in the lineup while Carey serves as insurance with TJ Oshie out with a shoulder injury.
The Hershey Bears dispatched their intra-state rival, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 4-0 in a scrappy game Wednesday night. Prospect goaltender Vitek Vanecek made 24 saves to earn his second shutout of the season.
Four different Bears scored including Zach Sill, Christian Thomas, Christian Djoos, and Paul Carey. Carey’s goal extended his point streak to 12 games.
The game was scoreless for the first 39:21 of the game until Zach Sill scored the eventual game winner.
Monday morning, depth forward Paul Carey was re-assigned to the Hershey Bears, suggesting that Lars Eller is near a full recovery.
Eller, who sustained an undisclosed upper-body injury during Friday night’s game against the Red Wings, has not participated in a Caps practice since. The third line center took the ice during the Caps’ family skate Saturday. On Monday, Eller skated before the rest of the team had practice, Caps’ Head Coach Barry Trotz was optimistic.
After losing three forward to injury last night, the Capitals have made their first and potentially only roster move, recalling Paul Carey from the American Hockey League Hershey Bears. Carey has four goals and 13 points through 15 games with the Bears this season. He’s currently on an 11-game point-scoring streak. The 28-year-old also played well in four games with the Caps last season, notching his first NHL goal against the New Jersey Devils.
The Capitals will be without TJ Oshie for awhile after the forward suffered an upper body injury — likely the shoulder — last night during a freakish injury-filled game against the Red Wings. Caps center Lars Eller is also day-to-day while winger Andre Burakovksy will likely suit up tomorrow against Columbus.
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