Caps lose 2-1, tamed by Wild

TLDR: Brett Connolly scores 21st goal of the season, and the Caps power play continues to struggle. Sluggish start by the Capitals never gained steam, Minnesota beats Capitals 2-1. 


Tonight, the Washington Capitals took on the Minnesota Wild at Capital One Arena. After dropping their last game to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the boys in red were certainly hoping to rebound and add to their 3-point cushion in the Metropolitan division. Conversely, Minnesota was fighting for a playoff run in the West, and heading into tonights’ game, were just one point out from the second wild card spot.


The Caps elected to start Braden Holtby tonight, but were missing defenceman Michal Kempny, who suffered a lower-body injury versus the Lightning. Christian Djoos was inserted back into the lineup, having been paired with John Carlson. Washington announced shortly before puck drop that Carl Hagelin would not be playing, due to illness. The Wild decided that goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who has just one win in his last 5 starts, would get the start between the pipes.


Early on in the first period, Jakub Vrana took a hard sliding hit into the boards behind Dubnyk. Luckily, he was able to quickly recover. The Capitals started off very similarly to the way they did versus Tampa. They quickly and successfully forced turnovers by the Wild, and spend a good amount of time in Minnesota’s defensive zone. The Capitals would receive the first power play of the night, as Kevin Fiala went to the box for slashing. However, they would not score. As the period progressed, the Caps seemed to lose some steam, and at one point, hadn’t registered a shot on goal in eight minutes. The Wild would score first, as Jordan Greenway snuck the puck past Holtby with under three minutes remaining in the period. Providing an opportunity for the Caps tie the game, they received a late power play, as Marcus Foligno went off to the box for slashing. Heading into the first intermission, the Capitals trailed 1-0.


The Capitals started off the middle frame with 46 seconds left on a late first period power play. Minnesota would kill off yet another shot-less Caps’ power play. Washington simply has not played with enough drive or desire, and the Wild took advantage. Luck was very much in the Caps’ favor as they were gifted another power play as Hunt went off for slashing. The Capitals would eventually waste yet another man-advantage. We would get four-on-four play for two minutes, as Brooks Orpik and Justin Zucker were sent to the box for roughing. A shot by Nick Jensen deflected, ending up behind Dubnyk, and Brett Connolly would be credited with his 21st goal of the season.

With 8.6 seconds remaining, the Capitals would be faced with their first penalty kill as Tom Wilson would go off for hooking. The Wild would start the third with 1:52 left on their power play. The two teams were tied at one goal each.


While it may not have been the most exciting game of the season, it was nonetheless an important one. A Caps win would provide a decent 5-point cushion between them and the 2nd place Isles team. Tom Wilson got a great breakaway immediately out of the box, but the puck just wouldn’t cooperate. Lots of high-danger chances generated for both sides, but both Dubnyk and Holtby were sharp as could be. A missed pass led to a breakaway by Luke Kunin, and with less than eight minutes left, the Wild took a 2-1 lead. Todd Reirden would elect to pull Braden Holtby for the extra attacker, but it wouldn’t be enough. The Minnesota Wild would win this one, splitting the season series, holding the Caps to a 3-point lead in the Metro division.


FiCP’s Three Takeaways of the Game

  1. The Power Play needs a recharge.
  2. The Capitals need to improve their passing and stop. passing. in. front. of. Holtby.
  3. Less turnovers, please. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again, this is a hockey game, not a bakery.

Capitals Game Day Watch for Caps-Wild On Friday (Update)

Even before the puck drops there is a chance for Caps fans to win some Alex Ovechkin memorabilia:

“The Capitals have partnered with NBC Sports Washington for Authentic Fan Friday! The first 500 fans to visit the NBC Sports Washington table at Section 423 will receive a limited amount of Ovi cheer cards.” (Caps Game info) Click here for a chance to win an original painting by Taylor Kampa Olson as a Caps Authentic Fan. Runs from 6 to 10 pm.

Check us out on Twitter and follow us to find out how you can skate at Capital One Arena on Sunday. Continue reading “Capitals Game Day Watch for Caps-Wild On Friday (Update)”

Win a Chance to Skate at Capital One Arena

After a Sunday afternoon Capitals game years ago, before I was able to get season tickets, I saw a line of people holding skates and I was immediately jealous.  I asked and found out that it was a private skating session for season ticket holders and their guests.  It was one of the things that I remembered when I finally had the chance to get season tickets.

At that time, I didn’t realize all of the other benefits of being a season ticket holder – the annual meet the team party; the chalk talks with the announcers, NHL officials and referees, and team management; the summer movie nights; and summer skating sessions.

Sunday Skate Opportunity

The final season ticket holder skate for this season will be this Sunday (March 24) following the Capitals-Flyers game and your friends at Friends in Cold Places want you to be able to go as their guest and have the chance to experience this event. We have three passes available for our readers.

If you have ever wanted to go skating at Capital One Arena, here’s your chance and there’s only a few conditions.

  1. You must have a ticket to the Capitals-Flyers game.
  2. You must have and bring your own skates.
  3. You must be willing to sign the liability waiver that the Capitals give to all skaters.
  4. You agree that Friends in Cold Places is not responsible for any injuries that you may suffer from participating. (Sorry, but we had to throw in the legal language).

Here’s how you can win passes:

Between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. (EST) tonight (March 22), follow (or be a follower of) FiCP on Twitter, send out a tweet that says “I want to go skating with FiCP” and tag Friends in Cold Places in your tweet.  In your tweet, tell us how many passes you will be able to use. We will randomly pick a winner after 10 p.m. and, if there are passes remaining after the first winner is selected, we will pick additional winners.

Thanks for being a loyal reader and we hope to see your skating skills on display on Sunday.

Monumental Sports Takes a Stand Against Opioid Abuse During Friday’s Caps’ Game

Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced a new initiative to bring awareness to the rising opioid abuse problem that many families in America are facing. They are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. A fundamental part of this program will encourage participants to get rid of any unused medications they have in their homes. Continue reading “Monumental Sports Takes a Stand Against Opioid Abuse During Friday’s Caps’ Game”