A slow start sunk the Washington Capitals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday night. The Caps really picked up the pace as the game wore on, but the early three-goal hole proved too deep to climb out of.
The Bolts came out hot. 21-year-old Brayden Point recorded two goals in the first period, separated by one from Chris Kunitz. Lars Eller got a dart on a second period power play. With nine minutes left in the third, Alex Ovechkin notched his 594th on a wrister from the faceoff dot. Nikita Kucherov returned fire to keep the Richard race going, beating Braden Holtby on a 1-on-0.
Bolts beat Caps 4-2.
On Tuesday, work began on the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in preparation for the Stadium Series game. Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley joined NHL Deputy Commissioner, Bill Daly, and US Naval Academy Superintendent, VADM Walter E. “Ted” Carter at a news conference to mark the occasion.
During the press gaggle, Mayor Buckley gave Nathan Walker a shoutout, and made a plea to the Capitals to call the Aussie back up to the big leagues. Buckley’s fondness for the first Australian in the NHL wasn’t random, however.
“I know you think I probably sound like I was born in Maryland, but I wasn’t. I am originally from Australia,” Buckley said, a little tongue-in-cheek.
Former Capital Eric Fehr is on the move again.
Tuesday afternoon, Pierre LeBrun reported that the Toronto Maple Leafs traded the Capitals all-time leader in outdoor goals to the San Jose Sharks for a seventh round pick.
The Caps have made the trip home from their four game road voyage, but they will not be in DC for long. They take on the Lightning tonight at Capital One Arena before going right back on the road to play the Florida Panthers on Thursday. Will they be able to sneak back out on the road with another win?
Back to your regular 7 PM start on NBCSWA. Peter has your recap.
Andre Burakovsky is starting to take his snakebitten season out on his equipment.
And OMG, EVERYBODY ON THE BENCH WATCH OUT!
A day after acquiring Michal Kempny from the Chicago Blackhawks, the Capitals have placed Taylor Chorney on waivers with the intent of getting him off their 23-man NHL roster.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman was the first to report the news.
Needing two points to keep pace with their rival Pittsburgh Penguins atop the Metropolitan Division and after taking a 7-1 beatdown at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks, the Washington Capitals took down the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. Pause the riots temporarily.
The Sabres out-shot the Caps 34 to 30, but the Caps took the edge in five-on-five shot attempts 52 to 47.
We have important hair-related news to report.
Early Monday, hours after the Pittsburgh Penguins surged into first place in the Metropolitan Division standings, Evgeni Malkin posted a video in his Instagram story of Capitals star Evgeny Kuznetsov.
The Russian language video is from June 12, 2017.
During Saturday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Devante Smith-Pelly was subjected to racist taunts while in the penalty box. The fans involved in the incident were ejected from the game. Since then, several statements have been made by the NHL, Blackhawks and Capitals condemning the behavior.
Monday, per an update from Blackhawks beat reporter Mark Lazerus, those fans have been banned from future games.
It’s pretty safe to say that the Capitals did not play well in Chicago against the Blackhawks on Saturday Night. Their next test was the Buffalo Sabres in wintery western New York. A battle between a beast of the east and well… the Buffalo Sabres.
Nothing for ya through twenty minutes but some good goaltending from Philipp Grubauer and Chad Johnson.
Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring as his chase for goal #600 continues. John Carlson squeaked one home to double the advantage.
Kyle Okposo scored late to make the ending of this one interesting. Kuznetsov empty netter. Evander Kane garbage time goal.
Caps beat Sabres 3-2!
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