On October 29, 2013, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Photo: Jonathan Hayward
Man, it is late. Are you awake? Okay, just stick with me for a minute and then you can go to bed.
It’s been a long, tough road trip for the Capitals. Western Canada has been mostly forgiving to the team’s softer features (e.g. like everything that happens in their end of the ice), but the Caps needed a win over Vancouver in this final game to get back to .500 on the season. The thing about wins, though, is they require your team to score more goals than the other team.
Zack Kassian beat the Caps 4th line to a loose puck and scored the game’s first goal. Jason Chimera knotted the score a bit later with a Kanooblian goal up in Luongo’s face. After a scoreless second period, Jason Chimera dived to feed Mikhail Grabovski on the go-ahead goal. Ryan Kesler nullified the lead soon after with a lay-up on a loose puck, and then Daniel Sedin put the Canucks up after a lengthy O-zone occupation against the Caps top line.
On October 27, 2013, In Game Recap, By Chris Gordon
Look at these idiots. (Photo credit: Derek Leung)
Utterly stunning as it may be, the Washington Capitals came into Saturday’s late night bout against Calgary on a three game winning streak after a pair of 4-1 victories and shootout nail biter in Winnipeg. With a newly even record, the Caps looked to put themselves above .500 for the first time this year with a win against the lowly Flames. They didn’t.
Kris Russell scored just over a minute into the game after a horrid opening shift for the Caps. It didn’t get better. Jiri Hudler put the Flames up by two with some net crashing. Jason Chimera got one back for the Caps on a nice backhand shot in front. Mike Cammalleri, though, just continued the bloodletting. Holtby pulled, Holtby mad. In the second, the Caps were better. Aaron Volpatti‘s muffled wrister found the back of the net to put them within one heading into the final frame. That period was stupid. Cammalleri potted another. Curtis Glencross added one more. Flames drop Caps 5-2.
On October 24, 2013, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Photo: Derek Leung
The Washington Capitals got their road trip off to a rocky yet successful start in Winnipeg on Tuesday. The hope was that the Caps could feed at the trough of Canada’s weaker teams to kick off their jaunt and maybe get back to .500. No better team to feed on than the Edmonton Oilers.
Alex Ovechkin wrapped up a sleepy first period with his 10th goal in 10 games: a quick wrister off the faceoff. Joel Ward crashed the net in the second to tip in John Carlson’s shot from the blue line. Nick Backstrom finished a great series from Ovechkin and Johansson early in the third to make it 3-0. Native son Jason Chimera wowed his family and friends with a gorgeous skill goal in the final 10 minutes.
Justin Schultz got a garbage goal in garbage time to bust up the shutout.
On October 22, 2013, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
“In the shower I use a water-activated gel cleanser, then a honey almond body scrub, and on the face an exfoliating gel scrub. Then I apply an herb-mint facial mask, which I leave on for ten minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine.” (Photo: Jonathan Kozub)
The Capitals finally got the heck out of Dodge following a miserable homestand. The first game of their road trip found them in frosty Winnipeg, where the Capitals hoped to rid themselves of the gremlins in their defense and get an easy win from a soft opponent.
Haha. As if.
We were goalless until Mikhail Grabovski broke the tedium four minutes into the second period, sweeping a rebound home. The Caps swiftly surrendered that lead on a shorty by Bryan Little. To make junk worse, Andrew Ladd tipped in a Grant Clitsome shot just 70 seconds later. Luckily the Caps still have one guy who can deliver this season: Alex Ovechkin got two late in the second: a breakaway and a set play off the faceoff. Call it the Ovisplosion. Of course, Blake Wheeler knotted it at 3 goals apiece before the buzzer.
Troy Brouwer put then Caps ahead again in the third period, taking a Jedi pass from Nicky Backstrom right up in the kanooblian paint. Little got his second of the night a bit later as the Caps were unable to escape their own zone.
Into overtime we came and went without a result.
Wheeler had nothing for Holtby.
Grabo musta left the smooth moves elsewhere on his attempt.
Little’s attempt got kicked away.
Ovi couldn’t get a nibble from Pavelec.
Ladd beat Holtby stick-side to put the dirty Peg up.
Nicky B had a sneaky delay to tie it up and send us into extra rounds.
Jokinen wasn’t jokining with a sly five-holer. (Sorry.)
Brooks Laich roofed it, so kept on going.
Setoguchi got a low one on Holtby.
Troy Brouwer roofed it, so we kept on going.
Evander Kane got denied as the puck rolled on him.
The Washington Capitals have enjoyed some home cooking over the last nine days. Yet playing five games against some of the weaker competition in the league in their own barn of Verizon Center yielded little for the home team. The Caps lost three of the five games and were outscored at even strength 11-7.
Now the Caps have left D.C. and its average high temperature of 68 degrees (well, until tonight) for colder climes. Now begins their longest road trip of the season, a five-game trek starting in Winnipeg. When the Caps landed in Manitoba on Monday afternoon, the temperature was 36 degrees.
On October 19, 2013, In Game Recap, By Chris Gordon
Happy times! (Photo credit: Patrick McDermott)
Finishing up their longest home stand of the season, the Washington Capitals took on new look (!) Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday. Facing a bunch of weak teams, the Caps didn’t do well in their last four games of their five game set at Verizon Center, posting a record of 1-3 and falling to 2-5 overall. Yesterday, Adam Oates had enough and went all “Screw everything! YOLO!” on the lines. Erat to the second! Fehr on the fourth! Grabo on the third! Other things! Par-ty!
No offense in the first frame. In the second, though, power play powerhouse Joel Ward rifled one top shelf on Sergei Bobrovsky to give the Caps the lead. Washington added to it about six minutes later when Brooks Laich popped in the rebound after Steve Oleksy’s inexplicably fancy stick work. The Caps took it home in the third with tallies from Troy Brouwer and Alex Ovechkin. Garbage goal for Artem Anisimov late. Wee! Caps top Jackets 4-1.
Look, I’m not here to tell you how to raise your kids, but Mike P. is certainly doing the whole dad thing right. Evidence: Mike has taught his barely two-year-old son Michael Jr. an essential phrase: “Let’s go Caps!”
With absolutely no research to back this up, I’m still pretty certain that those three hallowed words can get you out of speeding tickets and get you unlimited free drinks and high fives in this area. Michael Jr. has a head start in important life skills.
Curious, I asked Mike what his son’s first word was. He said it wasn’t Ma-ma or dah-da. It was this! I assume he had just watched a sweet Ovechkin dangle-and-goal or something
On October 16, 2013, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Photo: Greg Fiume
Wednesday night’s bout between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers was billed as “Rivalry Night.” I’m not so sure. While the recent Rags and Caps teams have certainly made like Crystal Lake camp counselors– hooking up every May– the games have been as trite as an overcooked slasher flick. Both teams grew more neanderthal and conservative in the last few years, making for some really stifled hockey. Under Adam Oates’ increasingly offensive system and Alain Vigneault’s canuckley deployment, I hold out hope this will change, but nothing about Caps-Rangers gets me excited.
Those feelings, it turns out, were justified. The Capitals put up maybe their worst game of the year.
Scoreless through the midway mark, the Rangers broke through with a sneaky far-off wrister by John Moore and then a close-up skill move by Ryan Callahan.
On October 14, 2013, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Sasha Fierce (Photo: Greg Fiume)
Shut up with your 1-4 record. When the Washington Capitals suited up to face the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night, their sole purpose was to rid themselves of the abysmal record they shared with a certain other Washington team. An explosive second period helped them do just that.
Edmonton’s Boyd Gordon scored first, seizing on a bad breakout by the Caps. After some feisty forechecking by the second line and Steve Oleksy on the blue, Brooks Laich scored his first of the year– a point-blank wrister.
The second period was a flurry of PPGs as Joel Ward knocked on the back door and Troy Brouwer got a one-timer from the slot. In the middle of that tasty man-advantage sandwich was a mean-ass slot goal from Alex Ovechkin.
Tough-acting Will Acton got a late one from the crease.