The Hockey Gods must be mad at the Vancouver Canucks because they came back from their bye week with the worst surprise ever. Defenseman Troy Stecher felt sick and was diagnosed with the mumps.
Since then, four other Canucks players — Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput, and Markus Granlund — have shown symptoms of the virus and have been quarantined. The Canucks have been working with the Vancouver Health Authority, the NHL, NHLPA, and the BC Centre for Disease Control to minimize the spread of the illness.
On Sunday night, I had the amazing opportunity to work alongside Bill Wippert and his photo crew once again as the Buffalo Sabres took on the Vancouver Canucks. Bill, the Sabres’ Team Photographer, first credentialed me to photograph an NHL game back in 2015. The portfolio built from those two games definitely helped further my career and generate the opportunities I’ve had since then.
This weekend was the first time I got to bring my football photography experience to a hole by the ice. The biggest challenge was readjusting to the speed of hockey again, after being so used to football this season. But once I got the hang of things, it was smooth sailing and so much fun!
Set your phasers for fun! The Caps engaged the Canucks for a Sunday evening throwdown and won 3-0.
After seven games lost in the frontier, Alex Ovechkin beamed himself onto the scoresheet with an Ovi Shot from the Ovi Spot. Justin Williams, aided by Kuznetsov, fired a photon torpedo into the ‘Nucks net in the third. With an empty net, Tom Wilson lived long and prospered with an empty-netter.
Vancouver gave it all she’s got but did not score, which was highly illogical. Meanwhile, Braden Holtby played out of his vulcan mind, recording his second shutout of the season.
And with that, the Canucks were done. Resistance was futile.
The Canucks come to town for a game the Caps need to take advantage of. For starters, the Canucks just aren’t a very good team. Furthermore, they played last night in Florida and are in the midst of a five game road trip that has seen them away from home since Tuesday. When the schedule does you favors like this, you need to take advantage. If the Caps don’t take two points this evening, it will be a missed opportunity.
Puck drop is at 5:00 pm on CSN.
The Caps were in Vancouver tonight, and the game started yesterday. The boys dominated the entire night, largely thanks to their 5v5 play, providing the W to end the team’s two-game losing streak.
First came a tip-in from noted net-crasher Marcus Johansson. Second was top-six Tommy’s first of the season. Next came a goal from Denmark’s Jannik Hansen with 6 seconds left in the first period. Johansson then scored his second of the night on the power play after slamming home a TJ Oshie post shot. Bo Horvat tallied late in the second to make it 3-2. Oshie made it 4-2 late in the 3rd off a great feed from Andre Burakovsky. Karl Alzner got an empty netter, 5-2.
Caps beat Canucks 5-2. Everybody can go to sleep now.
It’s a scary time of year. No better place for that than Vancouver, the city where a pair of decrepit, identical ghouls shamble north and south on a team that is undead but doesn’t know it.
Despite a .500 record early on, the Canucks are probably in for some suffering this season. But that doesn’t mean they won’t be dangerous against the Caps tonight. Doomed hero Loui Eriksson has some life in him still, and the Caps’ special teams have a dark secret (they’re bad).
Game’s on at 10 PM on CSN. There will be blood.
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Photo: Patrick Smith
The Capitals continued their good form on Thursday night with a 4-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks at Verizon Center. Evgeny Kuznetsov opened the scoring for the Caps before pulling off another backhanded, behind the net assist to Tom Wilson for Willy’s fourth goal of the season. Karl Alzner also scored for the Caps, with Kuznetsov adding his second on the night with an empty-net goal.
This kid is all of us.
After a long layoff, the Caps returned to action for a win over the Vancouver Canucks that was never really in doubt. The new young guns of Washington made sure of that.
The first period was quiet, but Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov combined to score after a power play expired in the second. Known goal-scorer Karl Alzner dug the two-goal hole with a knuckler that beat a distracted but still lusciously haired Ryan Miller.
Tom Wilson scored in the third, thanks to terrific work along the boards by Burakovsky and Kuznetsov. Holtby lost the shutout to a Vrbata goal halfway through the third, but Evgeny Kuznetsov got the last laugh with a last second goal.
Caps beat Canucks 4-1!
Photo: Amanda Bowen
Off since Sunday, the Caps get back to business tonight against the Canucks. Despite having a general manager who seems to be actively trying to make his team worse, the Canucks are in the hunt for a playoff spot. Led by the Sedin twins, Vancouver is 6-2-2 in their last 10 games.
For the Caps, noted goon Marcus Johansson returns to the lineup after serving a two-game suspension for being a dirty, dirty player.
The Canucks have picked up 10 of their points via the overtime loser point and have a minus-15 goal differential. This isn’t a very good team. If the Caps are on their game and the randomness of sixty minutes of hockey doesn’t sabotage them, another two points will be in the bank.
7 PM game time on CSN. Peter’s got your recap.
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Photo: Jeff Vinnick
The Capitals improved their record to 5-1 last night, beating the Canucks in Vancouver for the first time since 2001. The newly nicknamed third line, the Chim Reapers (coined by @averagecapsfan), scored twice. Alex Ovechkin tallied the game-winning goal, his fifth of the season, off a beautiful pass by Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Here are all three goals. Hope you enjoy.
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