Once again Alexander Ovechkin has wowed fans and hockey experts alike with his 50th goal in the 2018/19 season. The Great 8 scored an amazing goal against the Lightning in Tampa Bay. This marks the eighth season that Ovi has scored 50 or more goals in his NHL career. At an age (33) when many players are slowing down, Ovechkin appears to be unstoppable.The who crowd at Amalie Arena broke out in cheers in honor of this incredible hockey player!! Continue reading “OOOOOOOO He Did it Again: Ovechkin Records Another 50-Goal Season”
As fans watch and wait for Alexander Ovechkin to snag another 50-goal season, the quiet Swede Nicklas Backstrom hit 20 goals in Tampa Bay on Saturday. This is the sixth time in his NHL career and his fourth consecutive 20-goal season. His all-time high was 33 in the 2009/10 season. Continue reading “Backstrom Joins the Capitals 20 Goal Club”
Thursday night the Washington Capitals clinched a spot in the playoffs. Unlike previous seasons, there was no doubt it would happen and fans were less nervous. For now, the focus is on that first place spot in the Metropolitan Division and who the Caps will play in the first round. The Caps are hoping for that home ice advantage. The NHL playoffs are based on a complex bracket system and each night in April brings teams a little closer to discovering who they will play. Continue reading “Capitals and NHL Standings Watch”
TLDR: Goals by Brett Connolly, Jakub Vrana, and Nic Dowd lift the Capitals over the Carolina Hurricanes, guaranteeing a post-season appearance, and earn 100 points for the 5th consecutive season.
Tonight, the Washington Capitals hoped to clinch their playoff berth. A win tonight would also allow the Capitals to reach the 100 point mark for the 5th consecutive season. With a win, or an overtime Caps’ loss and the Canadiens/Blue Jackets’ game being decided in regulation, Washington would snag a playoff spot with four games remaining. Having won all 3 previous match-ups with Carolina, a win tonight would mean another regular season series sweep.
T.J. Oshie did not dress for tonights’ match-up, and therefore Andre Burakovsky would be entrusted with the second line right-winger spot. Paired with Carl Hagelin and Jakub Vrana, one could just call that second line the ‘speedy second’. Just four minutes into the first period, Nino Neiderreiter scored his 22nd goal of the season, giving the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead. Shortly thereafter, Brett Connolly would tie it, as he also scored his 22nd of the season.
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Once Connolly scored the equalizer, the Hurricanes gave the Caps very little room to operate. The combined speed and shot generation from Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen of the Canes gave the good guys some trouble, but Caps’ goaltender Braden Holtby was able to keep them off the board in the first. With no power plays to speak of, the Caps and Canes headed into the intermission tied 1-1.
In the second period, we hoped the Capitals would tighten up, especially in front of the goal. Carolina had way too many good looks from the point, and with eight players with 15 or more goals, it’s only a matter of time until they score. The Capitals played a much more dominating period. A Canes 2-on-1 was thwarted by a beautiful save by Holtby half-way through the period. Warren Foegle would give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead as Carolina tied up defenseman Nick Jensen and drew Holtby out of the net. It was apparent that the Capitals were not playing as carefully as they had on Tuesday. If the Caps want to get out of PNC Arena with a win, they will need to eliminate the turnovers. The Capitals would receive the first power play of the night, as Alex Ovechkin was tripped up by former Cap Justin Williams. Unfortunately, the Capitals were unable to tie it up with the man-advantage. Carolina would lead 2-1, as the second period came to a close.
Through two period, shots on goal heavily favored Carolina once the Caps scored their single goal. The Hurricanes played like they needed the two points. The Capitals could seal their playoff spot with at least one point, but a win would certainly be preferable. Jakub Vrana tied the game 2-2, tallying his 23rd goal of the season, just 120 seconds into the final frame.
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Nic Dowd would give the Capitals their first lead of the game, off a deflection right in front of McElhinney. Figurative and literal redemption for Nick Jensen, who would be credited with the primary assist. The goal would be the game-winner.
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Moments later, however, the Hurricanes would get their first power play of the night, as Brooks Orpik would go off for tripping. The Capitals would successfully kill of the penalty. Despite the Canes’ head coach Rod Brind’amour electing to lift netminder Curtis McElhinney, the Capitals would sweep another regular season series, winning in Raleigh 3-2.
FiCP’s Three Takeaways of the Game
- The Capitals now are guaranteed a chance to repeat.
- Overall, the defense is improving.
- Braden Holtby is playoff ready.
So much good to say about the Capitals tonight! It was a tight match. The Capitals needed a win to hang onto that first place position in the Metropolitan. They did not clinch their playoff berth yet; however, they kept that first place spot for one more night. Final score 4-1.
First- it was Evgeny Kuznetsov Bird Man Bobble Head Night! He may not have scored but he did have three assist points.
Last game the Caps were in their whites- we confess, we kept getting confused. This time the Hurricanes and Caps were in white/red red/white Jerseys and it took a hot minute to figure out who was who. Until the Capitals scored! Continue reading “Caps Take the Wind Out of Hurricanes”
Two quick money saving tips at Capital One Arena.
If you use the Capital One Cardholder VIP Entrance on 6th Street, just north of F Street by the Green Turtle (you will need to have and show your Capital One credit or debit card), they usually give everyone with a card a $5.00 concession voucher that can be used at most of the concession stands.
At most of the stands, you can also show your Capital One credit card and receive a 10% discount on your food/drink purchase. The voucher and credit card discount can be combined.
Behind Section 107 and 108, there is a small designated driver booth, sandwiched between Street Tacos 202 and the Rita’s booth. Sign up that you won’t drink alcohol at the game and they will give you an empty soda cup that you can have filled at the concession stands.
The weekend was a a time to watch other teams in the Metropolitan Division to see if any of them could knock the Washington Capitals out of first place. Thankfully, with a win on Sunday over the Philadelphia Flyers, the Caps remain in the lead. Continue reading “Capitals Still on Top in Metropolitan Division”
The Capitals announced that they are sending Tyler Lewington back to the AHL Hershey Bears. They called him up after the Michal Kempny injury and while the team was struggling through some illness issues.
Does this mean Kempny is on the way back? We have no clue but sure hope so. Mostly we think it means the bug has passed…so-to-speak.
Meanwhile the Bears are gearing up for a playoff run for the Calder Cup and Tyler will be a great help with that effort.
It was a pretty awesome day for Capital One Arena where the Capitals defeated the Flyers for the fourth time this season. The sweep added two points for the Caps in the NHL and pushed the Flyers seven points behind the Canadiens for a wild card spot. And there was a sweet marriage proposal too!
The Capitals will be on home ice as the Philadelphia Flyers join them for their final matchup of the regular season. The Caps have played the Flyers three times this season, winning all three games. A win Sunday will be the second time ever the Caps have swept the Flyers,
Fans can watch the game at 12:30 pm on NBC. Continue reading “Capitals and Flyers Set For Sunday Afternoon Game (Update)”