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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Photo: Alex Brandon

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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Caps Jets 5-4 (SO), the Second-Period Ovisplosion!

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“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.

Shootout bullets!

  • 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.
  • Marty Erat, the man, WON IT!

Caps beat Jets 5-4 (shootout)!

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27 Days Out: The Dirty ‘Peg

map of peg

Winnipeg and DC are 1500 miles apart. The Capitals spanned that distance five times in the last two seasons, but thanks to the glory of realignment, that number will be just ONE in 2013-14.

Winnipeg is actually closer to LA than DC, but when the Atlanta Thrashers relocated in 2011, Winnipeg kept its spot in the Southeast Division because reasons. That sucked– not just for players, who endured long plane rides to the exotic and un-parked realm of Manitoba, but also for fans who had to wait until 10 PM later for the puck to drop in an interdivisional game. No more. In 2013-14, the Caps will have five 10 PM starts, and they’re clustered together in two convenient trips to the Western Conference.

Winnipeg is no longer in the southeast, and all is right in the world. On behalf of the Association of American Geographers, I’d like to thank Gary Bettman for the sudden outbreak of cartographical sanity.

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