Thursday night in St. Louis, the Washington Capitals routed the Blues 7-3 and something strange happened. Goaltender Jake Allen was pulled twice in the same game.
Now, after a terrible January, Blues GM Doug Armstrong has announced that Allen is not traveling with the team to Winnipeg. The Capitals literally broke the man.
The Caps and their dads rolled into St Louis looking to bounce back from Monday’s loss to the Pens. The Blues came out firing but Andre Burakovsky put the Caps up 1-0 after his curious shot selection was rewarded. Soon after. Jay Beagle continued his career season and put the Caps up 2-0.
Nineteen seconds into the second period, the Blues were rewarded for playing better then the Caps in the first 20 minutes and made the game 2-1. TJ Oshie, who has never scored 30 goals in a season, put the Caps back on top by two before the period was five minutes old. A few minutes later, Brett Connolly, who is one-third of the best third line in hockey, put the good guys up 4-1 and Allen was pulled again. Before Carter Hutton could even introduce himself, noted jerk Marcus Johasson rudely scored his first goal of 2017 to put the Caps up 5-1. Justin Williams added a PP goal for good measure to put the Caps up 6-1 before the end of the second.
Evgeny Kuznetsov made it 7-1 on a
fluky deflection bank shot that he totally meant to do. The Caps gave the Blues a couple sympathy goals before it was over.
CAPS WIN 7-3!
Now that all of our hearts have slowed down from the last game, let’s try for a new streak tonight. Tonight, the Capitals (and their dads) are in St. Louis to face the Blues. While the Caps try to regain their momentum, the Blues have hit a drought with their golden boy, Vladimir Tarasenko. He has gone five games without scoring a goal. Most notably on the Capitals side, John Carlson is officially out after suffering from a lower-body injury last weekend. There is also a possibility that he might not play during the Dallas game as well.
Puck drop is at 8:00 PM.
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|St. Louis Blues||23-17-5||51.2%||99.4||22.2%||84.8%|
The Capitals dominated the St. Louis Blues in a memorable 4-3 victory last night, on the eve of America’s annual food-worshipping holiday. The star of the show was Alex Ovechkin, who netted the 16th hat trick of his career. Also featured was a mostly Russian scoresheet and children dressed as turkeys.
Despite the one-goal margin, this game was never in doubt (okay, maybe the last 30 seconds had us worried). The Caps out-attempted the Blues 35 to 24 at five-on-five, and 26-13 through the first two periods. Despite a late surge on the man advantage, the Blues never had much going at even strength.
The Caps beat St. Louis in a much more entertaining fixture than their last. It was a very good game against a very good team (let’s just forget about those last few minutes).
The scoring opened with a dart from Russian forward Alex Ovechkin that gave the Caps a 1-0 lead late in the first. That was all we had after one. Russian forward Ovechkin scored again 5v5 this time with a blast past Carter Hutton. Russian forward Vladimir Tarasenko immediately responded less than a minute later for the Blues making the score 2-1 and the period closed with that scoreline. Russian center Evgeny Kuznetsov made it 3-1 off a fantastic feed from Russian defenseman Dmitry Orlov. Russian forward Ovechkin finished off his hat trick soon after to make it 4-1. Not-Russian Alex Pietrangelo scored a garbage time power play goal to make it 4-2. Russian forward Tarasneko added one with the goalie pulled.
Caps beat Blues 4-3. That was gr8.
Tonight the Caps are facing the St. Louis Blues, who are looking pretty great.
The Blues are neck-in-neck with Capitals in the NHL standings, and are trying to extend a hot streak. They’re coming off of a win over the Boston Bruins last night, so the Capitals are (hopefully) going to look like the more energized team. But check out this stat. In their past eight back-to-back series games, the Blues have won a ridiculous seven of eight. The Blues are also 4-1 in their last five road games, so being in the Verizon Center tonight might not phase them much. Are the Capitals the better team? Skill-wise, probably, but this is going to be a tough game.
Puck drop is at 7:00pm on CSN, folks. Buckle up.
|Team||Record||Possession||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|St. Louis Blues||11-6-3||53.39%||99.2||20.6%||88.8%|
Wednesday evening, the St. Louis Blues played host to the Chicago Blackhawks and held Salute to Military Night at Scottrade Center. The Blues asked their fans to sing the national anthem before the game and it was a particularly beautiful moment. The gesture was supposed to honor the nation’s veterans, but in the end turned out to be a powerful show of unity after the country’s divisive presidential election the night before.
Photo: Scott Rovak
The 2015-16 regular season is about to draw to a close, and the Caps gave us plenty to look forward to as the playoffs rapidly approach. Tonight was also #RMNB9, during which many of you gathered at RFD to drink, cheer, and generally be merry. On behalf of everyone who couldn’t make it (because you live in Siberia or just celebrated your twelfth birthday), I hope you had a fabulous time. I will live vicariously through your Instagram photos (and Chris’s groovy live blog.)
With a three-game win streak under their belt (and the Western Conference title at stake), the Blues were fierce in the first, at first. The first period was a hoppin’ twenty minutes of Russian-sanctioned offense. Despite surrendering the first goal to Vladimir Tarasenko, the Caps rebounded nicely via two fantabulous, consecutive Alex Ovechkin goals.
The resurgence didn’t end there, as the second period was hardly devoid of offense. We witnessed the continued resurrection of John Carlson, as well as Jason Chimera proving that scoring goals is a better antidote to aging than Botox.
The Caps didn’t play a hard, grinding sixty minutes. They didn’t need to. Cruising into the third period with a 4-1 lead speaks for itself, especially when coupled with the Blues’ lackadaisical play. And lest we forget, the Caps have a grueling, bone-crushing series against the Flyers in the not-too-distant future. Although, the pace picked up in the third period, and the Caps began to make Braden Holtby work–just a little bit–for his milestone, record-tying win.
Caps beat Blues, 5-1!
Photo: Jared Silber
Timothy Leif is making his first appearance back in St. Louis after the July trade that sent him to Washington and the Caps are playing in their last regular season road game. The Blues are a good hockey team as we were first hand witness to a few weeks ago in a 4-0 shutout at the Verizon Center. The same main storylines from the previous few games are still relevant tonight as Braden Holtby still looks to chase down Martin Brodeur for the single season wins record, Alex Ovechkin looks to hit 50 goals for the 7th time in his career and this is yet another game that will change nothing heading into the postseason. Just stay healthy.
The majority of RMNB is partying it up at RFD tonight, but don’t fret if you cant make it, because that just means you get to hang out with me!
I’m Chris From The Comments. Join me below for another Live Blog.
There are basically no stakes for tonight’s hockey game, the 81st in the Caps’ 82-game regular-season campaign. No stakes save one: Braden Holtby’s last chance at tying Martin Brodeur’s record for most wins in a single season.
Oh and also this: It’s #RMNB9! If you’re in the area, come to RFD and watch the game with us!
Puck drop for Caps at Blues is at 8 PM. Let’s dance.
|Team||Record||Possession||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Washington Capitals||55-17-8||51.8%||102.0||22.4% (4th)||84.8% (4th)|
|St. Louis Blues||49-23-9||52.7%||101.0||21.8% (6th)||85.0% (3rd)|
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