On Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals, the Maple Leafs brought along around 30 dads, brothers, and father-in-laws for a highly-anticipated trip. This season, the Leafs, under second-year head coach Mike Babcock, have a “mandate” to create a more welcoming and supportive environment for their players.
“To have these dads along, I think this is how you treat people right,” Babcock said in an article by Chris Johnston of Sportsnet. “It gives you an opportunity to thank your dad for what he’s done.”
We came into tonight’s #CapsCanadianNight with three streaks in jeopardy of being broken. The Caps PK had killed off 29 straight power plays coming into tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs had won 5 straight games, and also have not lost a game in which forward Connor Brown scored a goal. All of those streaks were broken. No streak for you.
The first period saw both offenses explode for 5 goals combined, which is abnormal in games involving the Caps as they have allowed the least amount of first period goals this season. Kadri, Brown, and Gauthier on the board for the bad guys. Williams and Oshie for the Caps.
The Leafs made it 4-2 in the second when Auston Matthews showed why he is the savior of USA Hockey and my new favorite player that isn’t a Washington Capital. Period ended 4-2 Leafs.
Your Caps responded strongly with two quick goals in the first five minutes of the third to tie the game 4-4. Kuznetsov and Orlov on the board. But the Leafs wouldn’t go down quietly as Mitch Marner made it 5-4 on a breakaway, Leafs rookies involved on all 5 goals. Real American Hero John Carlson re-tied it 5-5.
ALEX OVECHKIN won it in over time!
Caps beat Leafs 6-5!
Tonight at the Verizon Center, the Capitals are hosting Canadian Heritage Night while they play the Toronto Maple Leafs. Among the celebrations for the night, the Caps are serving poutine, which is a Canadian dish consisting of French fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy.
The Capitals tweeted a photo of their poutine dish tonight. Bad news for the Capitals, this is 100% not poutine.
Tonight the Centennial Classic-winning Toronto Maple Leafs travel to Washington to take on the Presidents Trophy-winning Washington Capitals. The Maple Leafs have been on a bit of a hot streak, with five wins in-a-row after Sunday and they will hope to continue that after tonight. For the Capitals, not only will they be playing for their third win in-a-row, but hopefully the chance to pass some serious milestones for two key players. Nick Backstrom needs two more assists to reach a total of 500 in his career. Alex Ovechkin is six points away from career point number 1,000.
7:00pm game time on CSN, kiddos.
|Team||Record||Possession||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||17-12-7||51.1%||100.5||19.6%||85.2%|
The Caps looked lost and tired both physically and mentally in tonight’s loss. It was one of those games that you just throw away and move on quickly from. Hopefully Matt Niskanen is okay and we can get back to winning ways against the Islanders.
The scoring opened with an unlikely goal from Matt Martin. It continued with a goal from James van Riemsdyk to make it 2-0 in the second and the Leafs never looked back. Goals from Matthews, Backstrom, Kadri and Johansson ended the game 4-2.
Leafs beat Caps 4-2. That was hard to watch.
We’re back already? The Caps come into today’s 2nd half of a back-to-back against the Toronto Maple Leafs who have been off for two days. Lets hope that the extra rest does them no good.
The Caps and head coach Barry Trotz were able to roll all four lines against the Buffalo Sabres in a relatively easy victory last night and our Vezina Trophy winning goaltender is back in the cage.
However, Toronto is a young team that loves to get up and down the ice with pace and will willingly turn any game into a shootout, so tired legs especially on defense could be an issue. We’ll also get our first look at rookie phenom Auston Matthews, but hopefully he stays off the score sheet.
Puck drop is at 7:00 on CSN+ and your various streaming outlets.
|Team||Record||Possession||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||8-8-4||50.28%||100.0||21.1%||82.0%|
As you may know back on October 9th, the Toronto Maple Leafs placed former long-time Capital Brooks Laich on waivers. Laich cleared, but remained with the team until two days later when the Leafs ultimately made the decision to demote him to their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.
The Toronto Marlies have played two regular season games since then and Laich has dressed for neither. So what gives?
While Auston Matthews was making history by becoming the first NHL player to score four goals in his debut, Connor Carrick was providing more cerebral contributions to the Leafs. In the third period of Toronto’s 5-4 overtime loss against the Ottawa Senators on opening night, the former Capitals defensemen blocked a puck with his temporal bone.
In the third period in a contest against the rival Sens, Carrick got down in front of goaltender Frederik Andersen to stop a shot from center Chris Wideman to protect a 4-3 lead. It worked — sort of.
Video killed the radio star. Now, it’s coming for the blogs.
RMNB is proud to re-introduce you to Ben Scarbro, whom you’ve seen around these parts investigating Caps superfans, dancing to Taylor (Swift, not Chorney) and earning a spot in at least the top 200 RMNB commenters.
Ben pitched us the crazy and totally original idea of video recaps of big Caps games. We’d certainly never seen anything like that before, so we told him to go for it.
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