The Washington Capitals scored another touchdown Monday night, and I’m running out of positive adjectives to describe this team.
After falling behind 1-0, the Caps scored six unanswered goals because I guess they just felt like it.
Tonight marks the sixth time the Caps have scored six or more goals in their last 13 games.
The Washington Capitals are absolutely on fire, folks. After scoring seven goals against the Penguins Monday, the Caps went out and did it again against the St. Louis Blues.
Let me hit you up with some asinine stats. The Caps have scored five or more goals in eight of their last 11 games. They’ve also scored six or more goals in four of their last nine.
According to Tarik El-Bashir, 18 different Capitals have scored during the last 11 games. According to Ben Raby, the Caps have scored 25 times in the last four games and none of those tallies have come from Alex Ovechkin’s stick (6 assists).
Thursday in St. Louis, the Capitals chased goaltender Jake Allen twice. In the same game. Every Caps forward tallied a point by the second period.
I’m thinking this good luck can’t last forever so let’s enjoy this while it lasts. Here are all the Capitals goals from tonight.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The 2017 Caps Dads trip has begun. The players’ fathers will travel with the team to St. Louis and Dallas to watch their sons play.
While this trip is always a very fun and special time, the Capitals made sure the trip was extra special for TJ Oshie. Oshie’s dad Tim, whom he affectionally calls “Coach” (he was TJ’s first coach), has been battling Alzheimer’s since at least 2012. The Caps made sure Oshie’s dad could come along by providing additional arrangements to have Oshie’s father-in-law make the trip to help out. Oshie thanked the team for traveling both of them.
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The Capitals looked to be in the driver’s seat after Justin Williams extended the team’s lead to 3-0 over the Penguins. Then referees Frederick L’Ecuyer and Dan O’Halloran missed an obvious penalty and everything went to hell.
Patric Hornqvist cross-checked forward TJ Oshie in the chin, causing the Caps forward to leave the game briefly. The officials missed it.
The Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup twice over the last four seasons (2012-13 and 2014-15). They are always at the top of the league. And they feature three of the best players in the league: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, and Duncan Keith. That’s why when you beat the Hawks, it’s a big deal.
That’s why Friday’s result was such a surprise. The Caps, using their blistering team speed in the neutral zone, put up a touchdown against the Central Division’s best team.
Let’s review all the goals.
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.
Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was the hero Saturday night in Ottawa. Backstrom’s 500th career NHL assist would prove to be the difference maker in the Caps’ 1-0 victory over the Senators.
After the game, Backstrom posed with milestone puck along with the goalscorer, TJ Oshie, and the other assist man, Nate Schmidt.
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