End of the Streak: Jets beat Caps 2-1 (OT)

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^ From actual gameplay during a penalty kill with the clock running and everything

If I were a pro hockey player who was paid ludicrously well to play a silly game, I’d be in a good mood all the time. I’d be an unlimited high five dispenser. You’d get so many free drinks off me you’d develop cirrhosis. I definitely wouldn’t be a cranky piss-pants. And yet, Saturday’s game between the Winnipeg Jets and Washington Capitals had a bunch of cranky piss-pants in it. From the first whistle players on both teams were already peeing pants. That led to a bunch of penalties early on, but no clear victor in rego and a very murky finish in overtime.

Andrew Ladd scored on a controversial power play late in the first period. Nick Backstrom even it up with a Nicky shot from the reverse-Ovi spot in the second period. No one scored in the third, so into overtime we went. The Caps fired a million shots, but Mark Scheifele finally beat Braden on a disputed but upheld OT goal.

Jets beat Caps 2-1 in overtime, eventually.

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Caps at Jets Pregame: Falling Farther From Just What We Are

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Photo: Amanda Bowen

3pm hockey today, everyone. Get your proverbial house in order and then settle in for Caps-Jets from THE PEG.

The Caps didn’t look good against Montreal. As the forwards and defensemen skated as if they were stuck in vasoline, Braden Holtby won the team the game. In fact, despite continuing to rack up wins, the Caps from the past 10 games or so have not been the Caps we had become accustomed to seeing early on this season. Some concerning trends are popping up. My concern meter isn’t high yet. I still think the Caps are a great team that hasn’t played like one for many of the past 10 games. In other words, I don’t think this is unavoidable regression; I think this is a Caps team falling from just what they are. Hopefully they don’t fall farther.

Today, in Winnipeg, the Caps can help to alleviate some of the concerning issues that we’ll get into more in the snapshot tomorrow.The trusty crew at CSN has you covered for the 3pm tilt.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 18-5-1 52.7% 101.4 25.7% 84.1%
Winnipeg Jets 12-12-2 51.7% 100.4 15.8% 79.0%

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Photo: Rob Carr

The Capitals won their third game in a row on Wednesday night, beating the Winnipeg Jets 5-3. Dmitry Orlov scored in his third straight game, and Evgeny Kuznetsov had a three-point night for the fifth time this season. Alex Ovechkin also added his 11th goal and second power play marker this season.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Intoxicating: Caps Beat Jets 5-3

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Okay, we got that out of the way. Two nights after not playing the Edmonton Oilers, the Caps looked to get back on track against Winnipeg Jets (née A Team Nobody Cared About).

It took just 1:12 for the Capitals to match their goal total from Monday as Justin Williams converted in front after John Carlson got low. Five minutes later the Jets got on the board after Washington left Tyler Myers untouched in the high slot. The Jets, who had just six shots in the first, got their second when Andrew Ladd, also relatively unfettered, fired a puck past Braden Holtby. The Capitals tied with a guy named Alex Ovechkin, who now has many goals in his career.

In the second, the Capitals took the lead with an exquisite pass from Nate Schmidt to Nicklas Backstrom for a tip-in tally. The Jets got one back with a snipe from our ex Mathieu Perreault, a great player with fantastic facial hair. Then Dmitry Orlov unleashed a brilliant shot, which is perhaps something you’ve seen lately, for Washington’s fourth. Evgeny Kuznetsov added the nail in the third. Caps beat Jets 5-3.

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Caps vs Jets Pregame: Thanksgiving Eve!


By the time you are reading this, most of you have already began the long weekend or are counting down the hours until it starts. YEAAAAAAA BOIIIIIIIIIIIII!

For those of you who don’t have off, as an ex-hospital employee, I feel your pain. It sucks. But thanks for doing whatever it is that you do which is so essential that you have to sacrifice holiday time to work.

The Jets are in town tonight. They have the misfortune of playing in the best division in hockey, so don’t let their fifth place, 10-10-2 record fool you. They are a good team.

Get a fire going in the fireplace, drink a warm, possibly adult beverage, and get ready to enjoy some Thanksgiving Eve hockey, y’all.

Puck drop is at 7 PM-ish on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 14-5-1 53.4% 100.7 21% 85.2%
Winnipeg Jets 10-10-2 51.5% 100.4 14.3% 79.1%

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Caps at Jets Pregame: It’s Party Time!

There are just ten games left in the regular season, and tonight we kick off that final stretch in style at #RMNBPartyGr8. As the Jets prepare to host our Capitals at 7 PM, you, me, and a bunch of other fans will meet at RFD in Chinatown for what should be a fun night.

Part starts at 6. Puck drops at 7. The game will be on the wall.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 39-23-10 51.9% 100.2 25.2% 80.9%
Winnipeg Jets 36-23-12 53.3% 99.9 18.4% 81.4%

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Caps vs Jets Pregame: Ovi on Top

I thought a picture of Ovechkin laughing is appropriate right now.

The Capitals are finally home after their longest road trip of the season. The Caps took 6 out of 8 standings points on that trip. That smiling goof in the GIF above– he scored 8 points.

And yet the team still isn’t where want them. Holding onto a wild card spot is too humble. The Caps will play three of their next four at home and against three division teams. Now would be a good time to climb the standings.

Let’s start with the Winnipeg Jets, who aren’t really as bad as I have said. Puck drop at 7 PM on CSN.

Team Record Possession PDO Power Play Penalty Kill
Washington Capitals 31-17-10 52.0% 100.2 23.6% 81.0%
Winnipeg Jets 30-19-10 54.0% 100.0 18.3% 80.9%

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No Defense, No Problem: Caps beat Jets 4-2

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The Washington Capitals knew they needed points badly going into the Olympic break, and this game against the Winnipeg Jets seemed like a prime opportunity to get them. One problem: they didn’t really have the ingredients to make it happen. With Grabovski and Green out, Neuvirth sick, and a whole bunch of Hershey squirts filling out the blueline, the Caps had to get a little lucky to get two points out of this one.

Troy Brouwer put Marcus Johansson’s pass in the net about five minutes into the game, but a defensive-zone turnover tied it back up (Erat helped).

Dustin Byfuglien gave the Jets the lead in the second with a pretty goal allowed by some weak Capitals defense, but Tom Wilson evened it up in the third period by catching a rebound low in the slot. Alex Ovechkin recorded number 40 with a dirty one with 12 minutes left, and Troy Brouwer made it a two-goal game with a pretty sweet backhand move.

Caps beat Jets 4-2.

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Playing the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, Troy Brouwer scored a powerplay goal — his third of the year — off a pretty, pretty pass from Nicklas Backstrom. Brouwer got mobbed by his teammates, skated back towards the bench, and… hey wait a second.

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One for the ages. You know how it ends, so just watch and enjoy.

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