On November 12, 2015, In Pregame, By Patrick Holden
It’s a dreary Thursday afternoon, but your hearts should be singing. The Schmidtuation: Nate Schmidt is penciled in to play with John Carlson tonight on the TOP FREAKING PAIR while Brooks Orpik is listed as a game-time decision.
Here’s to a speedy recovery for Brooks. Being excited about the Schmidtuation is not the same as celebrating an injury.
The Flyers are off to an uneven start under new head coach Dave Hakstol. Somehow, Jacub Voracek doesn’t have a goal yet, so cross all your fingers and toes whenever he touches the puck tonight. He’s due to score in bunches once the drought is over.
On February 22, 2015, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
The Capitals’ gauntlet of intra-division games continued on Sunday afternoon with a matinee meet-up with the Philadelphia Flyers. A combination of factors led to the extinguishing of Washington’s win streak, but at least Jason Chimera earned some good will.
Starting on the top line, Jay Beagle quickly squandered the opportunity with an offensive-zone penalty that Claude Girioux converted for a goal. Wayne Simmonds made it 2-0 Flyers in the second period by knocking in a rebound.
Two-goal hole. Big trouble, but then the secondary scoring showed up. Tom Wilson nabbed a turnover forced by Michael Latta to get the Caps on the board, then Joel Ward knuckled a loose puck to tie it up before the second intermission.
The Flyers were buzzing late in the third and finally broke though when Michael Del Zotto ripped one through traffic and past Holtby to put the Flyers up late. The Caps had a late-game power play, but couldn’t come back. Bummer.
It might feel easy to write off the Flyers this season, but not so fast. They can still surprise, both for being amazing and, alternately amazingly bad, so you just never know which team is going to show up.
For a little insight into this Jekyll/Hyde team, we were lucky enough to chat with Collin Mehalick, editor over at the excellent Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey and all-around smarty-pants about all things Philly, about today’s game, and just what sort of squad we’ll be facing at the Wells Fargo Center.
On February 22, 2015, In Pregame, By Peter Hassett
Oh. Wow. You can score on Neuvirth and the Sabres. You must be very proud.
Let’s make this quick because I gotta shovel my sidewalk.
The Caps won yesterday for the fourth time in a row, their best run of the season. No time to celebrate though, because evil Bettman scheduled them for back-to-back nooners. I’d say “don’t worry, it’s just the Flyers” except just because they’re a bad team doesn’t mean they can’t play dirty stuff and get a little lucky too.
On February 8, 2015, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Photo: Monumental Network
The imposters dressed as the Washington Capitals did not play up to their kidnapping victims’ standards on Sunday afternoon. Hosting the vastly inferior Philadelphia Flyers (at least, inferior when compared to the real Capitals), the fake Capitals seemed stuck in the mud. Even with a ton of power-play opportunities, the Copita1s couldn’t win this one.
Mark Streit beat Braden Holtby with a deflection late in the first period to put the Flyers up. That lead held for most of the second period, until Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal with an Ovi shot from the Ovi spot.
Wayne Simmonds scored the game-winner for the Flyers with a great release (and bad coverage by Alzner) just four minutes into the third. Then Jakub Voracek got an empty netter. The Caps played like a butt.
I could use this space to talk about how Caps-Flyers games tend to devolve into nastiness and how Washington hasn’t really beaten Philadelphia yet as soundly as they should.
Instead, I want to talk about Al Koken, whose 30 years covering the Caps for CSN (and HTS) will be celebrated today. Is there anyone outside the team who knows them better than Al? He’s an institution; his voice has been a part of my experience with the Caps since the beginning. Before that even: Koken covered the Caps in their inaugural eight-win season.
A lot has changed, including the name of the network he works for. Also we eradicated smallpox somewhere in there.
Sunday’s broadcast will find Al in all sorts of roles: he’ll do play-by-play for one period, analysis for another, and ice-level reporting for the third. Game starts at 3 PM on the station formerly known as Home Team Sports.
On January 14, 2015, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Photo: Rob Carr
So ends a very successful home stand for the Washington Capitals. Defeating the Philadelphia Flyers in #rego, the Caps earned their seventh consecutive win at Verizon Center. It was all but decided in the first three minutes, but we went ahead and did another 57 minutes for fun.
When Jason Chimera notched a goal just three minutes into the game, we thought we’d have a goal-scoring bonanza on our hands. Instead, we went the distance without another entry on the scoresheet. I think we can all agree that’s okay.
Caps beat Flyers 1-0! Braden Holtby records his fourth shutout of the year!