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.

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Youth Gone Wild: Caps beat Canucks 4-1


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!

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Caps vs Canucks Pregame: The Goon Returns


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.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 32-7-3 51.7% 102.1 26.6% 85.4%
Vancouver Canucks 17-16-10 47.2% 99.9 17.4% 79.6%

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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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Lethal Beagle: Caps beat Canucks 3-2


Good morning, hockey fans. Thursday’s game between the Washington Capitals and Vancouver Canucks didn’t start until 10 PM and it didn’t end until Alex Ovechkin said it could.

So, this is weird. Jay Beagle and Jason Chimera combined again for an impressive goal, the first of the night but not Beagle’s last. The Canucks returned fire in the second as the Sedins outplayed Brooks Orpik below the goal line to set up Radim Vrbata. A glut of penalties in that period cost the Caps: the Sedins struck again, sneaking a shot past Holtby to give Vancouver the lead.

In the third, Jay Beagle got greasy to get the game tied again. Alex Ovechkin wouldn’t let it stay that way. He scored with five minutes left in rego to restore the Washington lead and win it.

Caps beat Nucks 3-2!

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Carlson’s Couple Not Enough: Canucks beat Caps 4-3

Patrick McDermott

Photo: Patrick McDermott

Like I said in the pregame, it seems like everyone is a little low lately. We really coulda used a soaring, 60-minute game from the Washington Capitals to defeat the traveling Vancouver Canucks. Instead we got a sleepy start and a putrid penalty kill. A couple from John Carlson and a beauty from Brooks Laich just weren’t enough.

The Canucks fourth line won a faceoff in the Caps zone against the fourth line, allowing Bo Horvatt to set up Derek Dorsett for a goal. That’s all we had to speak of in a generally dreary first period.

John Carlson tied the game up in the second, scoring a snazzy wrister via Nick Backstrom with Tom Wilson running interference in front of goalie Ryan Miller. Daniel Sedin restored the Canucks’ lead on a power play, grabbing a pass by from Henrik, who I think is the cuter one. Radim Vrbata put the Caps in a two-goal hole while Jay Beagle was in the box, but John Carlson made it a one-goal game with a brilliant slapper betwixt Ryan Miller’s nethers.

Brooks Laich tied it up with a gorgeous goal during a third-period four-on-four session, but Daniel Sedin got his power-play goal on the rush to restore the Canucks lead with ten minutes left. The search for a tying goal was thrilling but futile.

Canucks beat Caps 4-3.

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Caps vs Canucks Pregame: Good News, Please?


Maybe it’s this head cold, but it seems like everything everywhere sucks right now. Hockey in general, the Caps’ PDO specifically, the weather, treatment of people who aren’t white guys, Detroit’s power grid, Aaron Sorkin’s Newsroom. It all just sorta sucks.

Tonight at 7 PM the Capitals have the opportunity to start making things a little better with a home game against the Vancouver Canucks. It’s on CSN-DC and Joe B promised to wear something nice for you.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 10-9-4 52.3% 98.1 28.8% 77.5%
Vancouver Canucks 16-7-1 51.7% 99.0 18.4% 84.2%

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That Road Trip Blew: Canucks beat Caps 4-2

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800 games for this big lug (Photo: Jeff Vinnick)

You shoulda gone to bed. The Washington Capitals blew the final game of their trip through Western Canada with a loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The Caps let the Canucks take a ton of shots, which would’ve been fine if Justin Peters could’ve been perfect for two more minutes.

The first period was a disappointing affair, but the Caps survived it without giving up a goal. Marcus Johansson scored in the second after a great setup from fellow Swede Andre Burakovsky to put the Caps up, but the Canucks came back with a burst of scoring. Within two minutes, Vancouver struck thrice– first by Henrik Sedin on the power play, then with two more by Bonino and Sbisa. Things looked grim for the Caps until Liam O’Brien scored his first NHL goal late in the middle frame.

The third period wasn’t fun at all. Radim Vrbata got a long bomb into the empty net with 61 seconds left.

Canucks beat Caps 4-2.

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Caps at Canucks Pregame: Justin Peters vs Ryan Miller


The Caps beat the Flames early this morning and are ready to do the same tonight to the Vancouver Canucks. Expect Braden Holtby to get a break, so it might be Justin Peters vs Ryan Miller in net. Puck drops a little after 9:30 on CSN-DC, and then your sleep schedule can finally return to normal.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 4-1-2 55.2% 102.0 28.0% 84.0%
Vancouver Canucks 4-3-0 51.1% 97.6 17.9% 83.9%

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This is only marginally hockey-related, but it’s too cool not to share. Calarts student John Cody Kim has made Steadfast Stanley, the story of a corgi searching for his human in the zombie apocalypse. This zombie apocalypse seems to be set in Vancouver and stocked with a bunch of undead hockey fans.

If you love dogs, hockey, cartoons, and zombies– well, first we should be best friends. Second: you need to watch this.

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