Caps Out Shined by Stars

On March 6th, the Dallas Stars came to town and took on our beloved Washington Capitals. The Caps do not have the greatest record against the Stars. However, they did take the first meeting between these two great teams. The Stars are definitely tough to beat and for good reason. Dallas has a lethal combination of speed and scoring. They have some great scorers with the likes of Tyler Seguin and Patrick Sharp. They are also backed by great goalies. Will the Caps keep their momentum going and get their 16th straight win at home? *Fingers crossed*

The Caps must have had a case of the Monday’s because this game was definitely not their best. Dallas scored less than two minutes in. Despite having an amazing save moments before, the Caps couldn’t keep Dallas off the board. Devin Shore was credited with the Stars first goal. The play was reviewed when Barry Trotz challenged the goal due to goaltender interference. However, the refs on the ice and in the Toronto booth thought that Braden Holtby could’ve made the stop even with a Dallas player on top of him. The 20,000 refs in the Verizon Center stands begged to differ. Dallas never let up and made the Caps pay for their lack of offense and sloppy defense. Dallas leads, 1-0.

The second period was not much better than the first. Dallas scored two more goals; one from Radek Faksa and one from Jason Spezza. After the third goal, Trotz pulled Holtby and replaced him with Phillip Grubauer. Grubi wanted to let Dallas know he was not going to be pushed around and instead drew a penalty and then threw Cody Eakin to the ice with his catching glove. The Caps had a few great chances but could not get anything past Kari Lehtonen. That is until Nicklas Backstrom parked in front of the goal and deflected a pass from Kevin Shattenkirk past the Stars net minder. And on Swedish Heritage Night too—how fitting. Caps still down, 1-3.

Caps seemed to be finally playing with some fire. They were on the power play very early in the third. Despite some great attempts, the Caps could not convert on the PP. They were close to scoring, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. After the PP, Caps had 14 shots on goal during their power plays. Dallas had 18 SOG for the game. TJ Oshie decided he wanted to get on the score sheet, so he bent the twine and got the Caps to within one. With 1:55 left in the game, Trotz pulled Grubi for the extra skater. Patrick Sharp would be the one to score though. He sealed the victory for Dallas with an ENG practically from his own goal. Caps lose to Dallas, 4-2. Caps home victory streak ends at 15. Womp womp.

I don’t know what it is about Dallas that the Caps just cannot overcome. They have great speed and great goal scorers. So do the Caps. Why can the Caps NOT beat Dallas? Braden Holtby still has yet to beat the Stars. Dallas is the ONLY team in the NHL Holts does not have a W against. WHAT IS IT ABOUT DALLAS?! The Caps are 44-14-7, with 95 points. Their next game is Thursday, March 9th. That begins the dreaded West Coast road trip. The game starts at 10:30 on the East Coast. Good luck to all fans that can stay awake and actually watch that! Keep the coffee close by! Hopefully the Caps can get back into their groove and win a few games out there.

LET’S GO CAPS!!

Caps Practice: Oh Those Faces!

Some people go to practice/morning skate for the hockey. Some bloggers cover practice to get a glimpse of lines for the upcoming game.

We go to practice to capture the faces of the players and today they were in rare form!!

The strange faces started with Andre Burakovsky who was skating this morning before the rest of the team took to the ice. He seems to be healing nicely. He may go west with the team and start participating more in team skating. We sure hope so.

We may have been a bit more focused on Nate Schmidt since he complimented us on our photos last week:

Our Russian players never disappoint us. Kuzy and Dima tied for best expressions!

The rest of the gang was having a good Monday.

Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Daniel Winnik!! 

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Kuzy had a moment with Jakub Varana, who we are all watching to see how long the Caps keep him up here.

All stretched out and ready for a 16th home win tonight. Maybe even Ovi will score!!

There will be a goalie in the net tonight – Braden Holtby most likely. He apparently has yet to have a win against the Dallas Stars, according to Washington Post bear reporter Jesse Dougherty.

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And it looks like Schmidt, Chorney, and Carey will be the healthy scratches tonight.

Caps, Devils, and Camo (photos)

Twitter was full of comments about Thursday night’s Capitals and Devils game. Most frequently comment was along the lines of “zzzzzzzz.” But have no fear, our girls got some great photos before and during the game.

Shall we start with warm-ups? The boys were decked out in some snazzy camo sweaters in honor of our military.

Nate Schmidt was playing coy with the camera but we still captured that smiley face if his.

 

Tom Wilson the other hand never shys away from our lens.

And here is new guy Kevin Shattenkirk

Ok so we went through the first two periods with no goals. We blame that on the two goalies Braden Holtby and Cory Schneider

Alex Ovechkin continued his scoreless streak (five games no goal) but he did have three shots in goal. WM-107.jpg

The Devils gave it their best shot but came up empty in the end.

Rookie Jakub Vrana, visiting from the Hershey Bears, scored the only goal in the third period. wm-143

The match ended mercifully after 60 minutes with the Capitals 14th win at home (a new franchise record) and a seventh shutout for the Holtbeast!!

The Caps welcome  the Philadelphia Flyers to Verizon Center on Saturday. This is always a fun physical game. We’re pretty sure it will be more exciting!!