GIF Recap: TJ Oshie and Alex Ovechkin Star in 5-3 Comeback

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The Capitals came from three goals down to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 and go into first place in the league standings. TJ Oshie and Alex Ovechkin each had four point nights, with Oshie’s assist to Ovechkin and Ovechkin’s 16th goal of the season amongst the highlights. Nicklas Backstrom’s also reached 600 NHL points with his assist on Oshie’s empty net goal.

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Call it a Comeback: Caps Beat Bolts 5-3

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The Tampa Bay Lightning dropped by Verizon Center for the final game of the season between these former division foes. In honor of this year’s omnibus, the stuff happening process was stalled until the very end of first session, with just two shots in the game’s first 10 minutes. Tampa got on the board first on a weird goal by Alex Killorn after Braden Holtby ended up somewhere in Delaware. The Caps pressed near the end of the frame, with Alex Ovechkin launching shot after shot to no avail.

In the second, Andrej Sustr, which is not a drunk text, got on the board for the first time in 106 games with a laser of a shot from the far circle. Steven Stamkos added another bullet from the slot just over two minutes later, sending Braden Holtby to Sasstown.

The Capitals rallied after Philipp Grubauer entered the game in relief with TJ Oshie putting the Caps within one with an unassisted tally just with just over 12 minutes left. Alex Ovechkin then scored again, which made lots of people happy. Marcus Johansson then made lots of people extremely happy. Oshie added an ENG. Five unanswered goals. Perhaps the wildest win of the year. Sublime. Caps beat Bolts 5-3!

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Caps vs Lightning Pregame: Drink For Stamkos

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The Lightning, who hail from Tampa Bay, in the state of Florida, visit the District of Columbia tonight to play a National Hockey League contest.

You may have heard that Tampa’s best player, and one of the best players in the league, Steven Stamkos, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. In case you missed it, Stamkos recently “liked” a tweet that talked about him possibly signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Some Leafs’ fans and media folks have interpreted this Twitter “like” as a binding contract for the Canadian-born sniper.

If you haven’t heard about Stamkos, that ends now. As you read about and watch the 7 PM tilt from Verizon, you’ll likely hear about him endlessly, including here. So, being the thoughtful neighbors that we are, here’s a Stamkos drinking game for you to play throughout the rest of the day. If you don’t drink, sub with a bite of your favorite food.

  • “Stamkos” and “contract” are used in the same sentence: one drink.
  • Stamkos’ relationship with head coach Jon Cooper is mentioned: two drinks
  • A max contract is talked about: two drinks
  • The Leafs are mentioned as a destination: five drinks
  • Stamkos’ Twitter “likes” are brought up: 10 drinks
  • A reference is made to Stamkos playing for the Caps: finish your drink

Please leave your own additions in the comments.

The game is at 7 PM and will brought to you by all of our favorite people on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 22-6-2 51.8% 101.9 22.9% 83.3%
Tampa Bay Lightning 16-13-3 51.6% 101.3 16.5% 78.1%

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GIF Recap: The Kuznetsov Show, Part Two

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The Capitals followed up Thursday’s loss to Florida by beating the Lightning 2-1 at Amalie Arena. Jay Beagle opened the scoring, and Evgeny Kuznetsov added another highlight-reel goal with his 9th of the season.

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Bank Shots, Blood, and Onions: Caps Beat Bolts 2-1

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Tampa is an unrated city. It’s full of strip clubs and personal injury lawyers. The beaches are only 45 minutes away. There’s a nice apartment complex across the channel from Amalie Arena. On Saturday, the Washington Capitals took to those glorious environs looking to bounce back from their terrible game against the Panthers to the southeast.

The game got off to an auspicious start when Jay Beagle took a puck off the face and then flipped it off Ben Bishop’s back to put Washington up 1-0. The Caps then sucked for 10 minutes and had some terrible power plays, but they survived with the lead.

In the second, Evgeny Kuznetsov dropped a Chanukah miracle, once again exploiting Big Ben’s lack of 360 degree vision.

The final frame was blahhhh. I originally had the blah in there as a placeholder for whatever actually happened, but it aptly describes Washington’s third period. Blahhhhhhh. Braden Holtby is good, though, so the Caps won. Caps beat Bolts 2-1.

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Caps at Lightning Pregame: Don’t Disappoint Dad

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Circa 2011.

The Capitals’ regulation loss to the Florida Panthers was their first since November 19. It was also probably their worst game of the season, or so I was told. I’ve heard that no shame is worse than shame from one’s father, so the Caps must redeem themselves tonight with a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, or else seppuku is the only option.

Puck drops at 7 PM. Until then, have a lovely December Saturday afternoon. Maybe go tanning by the pool or play frisbee.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 19-6-2 52.5% 101.0 23.9% 84.0%
Tampa Bay Lightning 14-12-3 51.6% 101.7 17.0% 77.5%

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The Capitals Stopped Playing and It Cost Them a Goal

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The Capitals were up 4-0 against the Tampa Bay Lightning with just over nine minutes to play. The game looked well in hand. Then Dmitry Orlov attempted to flip a puck out of the defensive zone. Instead, it was battled down by Anton Stralman past the blueline. Stralman then reentered the zone. The play looked, at game speed, to be clearly offside. The Capitals benched roared at the linesmen. Nevertheless, play went on. A few seconds later, Tampa had a goal, the start of an impressive third period that could have cost the Capitals the game.

“I thought it was, but I mean I can’t see that,” Capitals goalie Braden Holtby said. “You usually have plays like that just blown down.”

The Caps clearly expected it would be. Jason Chimera, Andre Burakovsky, Jay Beagle, Trevis (?) Chorney, and Orlov all stopped for a second. In the meantime, the Bolts set up in the offensive zone and Brian Boyle one-timed a puck past Holtby.

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GIF Recap: Win Streak Continues as Caps Beat Bolts 4-2

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The Capitals extended their win streak to four games on Friday beating Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 at Verizon Center. There were goals for Alex Ovechkin, Jason Chimera, and Marcus Johansson, plus T.J. Oshie scored his first goal in over two weeks.

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Oshie Scored! BTW, Caps beat Bolts 4-2

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One of your French girls.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are a good team, but you wouldn’t know it from Friday’s purple nurple at the hands of the Washington Capitals. Until the final ten minutes, the Caps were playing next-level hockey.

Alex Ovechkin scored from the Ovi Spot, but hold up, because Jason Chimera got the assist, and it was a weird one. Flash forward to late in the second period, when Kuznetsov slap-passed to Chimera and then Marcus Johansson kicked one in late to make it 3-0 before the second intermission. TJ Oshie launched a lovely slapper on a third-period power play to make it 4-0 and invoke Enrique.

Bryan Boyle cracked Braden Holtby’s shutout with under ten minutes left, and then Victor Hedman took advantage of a rough defensive shift by the fourth line to get in the two-goal hole. The Caps held off a tremendous comeback effort and took the victory.

Caps beat Lightning 4-2. The Caps are 16-5-1. Hello. Let’s dance.

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Caps vs Lightning Pregame: Early Bird Special

Hi. We hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. We also hope you are ready for some early evening hockey and are stocked full of leftovers to gorge on during the aforementioned early evening hockey.

Old Southeast Division rivals Tampa Bay visit the nation’s capital today. A hockey game will be played. It will have action, whistles, shooting, passing, hitting, and scoring. The Lightning have gotten off to a bit of an uneven start this season but have won three in a row.

The game starts at 5 PM and will be brought to you by the fine folks at CSN, who we all should be thankful for.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 15-5-1 53.5% 100.9 21.9% 83.9%
Tampa Bay Lightning 11-9-3 51.8% 101.3 18.3% 81.3%

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