The Pregame: Caps Are Back in Town

After John Carlson, Braden Holtby and Todd Reirden took part in the NHL All-Star weekend festivities in San Jose and the rest of the team enjoying extra time off with both the All-Star break and the NHL mandatory bye week, the Caps are back in action. The team practiced on Thursday afternoon at MedStar Capitals Iceplex and will hold a morning skate tomorrow morning (or today if you’re reading this now) to gear up for a Friday night tilt. The second half push begins tonight with the Calgary Flames coming to Capital One Arena. The Caps hope a break can help them snap their seven game winless streak, something we hadn’t seen in quite some time.  Continue reading “The Pregame: Caps Are Back in Town”

Braden Holtby and John Carlson Lead Metropolitan Division to All-Star Game Win

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and defenseman John Carlson were well represented at the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose last week. With coach Todd Reirden at the helm of the Metropolitan Division, the trio contributed to wins over the Atlantic and Central Divisions to win the All-Star Game and split the grand prize of one million dollars. Continue reading “Braden Holtby and John Carlson Lead Metropolitan Division to All-Star Game Win”

John Carlson Wins Hardest Shot Competition

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The Washington Capitals, at least in the case of defenseman John Carlson, finally won something on Friday night. Although it doesn’t officially end their current seven game winless stretch, Carlson stole the spotlight in the Hardest Shot challenge at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition at SAP Center in San Jose. It’s been a long time coming for Carlson and in 2019 he finally was voted into his first All-Star game.  Continue reading “John Carlson Wins Hardest Shot Competition”

Todd Reirden is Named Coach of the Metropolitan Division for NHL All-Star Game

Todd Reirden has done a good job guiding the Washington Capitals in their quest to back-to-back and that effort was rewarded by the NHL on Saturday morning. The league officially announced who the head coaches are for each division for the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose, California. Reirden will coach the Metropolitan Division which features Capitals defenseman John Carlson and goaltender Braden Holtby.  Continue reading “Todd Reirden is Named Coach of the Metropolitan Division for NHL All-Star Game”

Back-to-Back: Alex Ovechkin is Named Metropolitan Division Captain for NHL All-Star Game for Second Year in a Row

To the surprise of no one, okay maybe there were some surprises since many fans lobbied for Tom Wilson, Alex Ovechkin has been named team captain to represent the Metropolitan Division for the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose. This will be Ovechkin’s eighth All-Star Game of his career and will be the second straight season Ovi has been named captain of the Metro Division. He joins an elite group featuring the All-Star captains of Auston Matthews (Maple Leafs, Atlantic Division), Nathan McKinnon (Avalanche, Central), and Connor McDavid (Oilers, Pacific).  Continue reading “Back-to-Back: Alex Ovechkin is Named Metropolitan Division Captain for NHL All-Star Game for Second Year in a Row”

Let’s Vote Tom Wilson into the NHL All-Star Game

michael banner 2Greetings fellow Caps fans. Nobody unites people more in political crazy Washington, D.C. like the Washington Capitals do. With 30 other fan bases hating on one of our own fellow right wingers, it’s time to unite even more. Let’s all come together and vote Tom Wilson into the NHL All-Star GameContinue reading “Let’s Vote Tom Wilson into the NHL All-Star Game”

Braden Holtby Joins Ovi for All Stars

The NHL announced the full list of players heading to Florida for the All Star Game 27 and 28 January. Despite heavy lobbying, John Carlson was overlooked. He is listed as a potential replacement should someone become injured or unable to attend. That’s how Kuzy made it last time so who knows….

Former Cap Mike Green will be going for the second time in his career.

Congrats to Coach Trotz, Alex Ovechkin, and Braden Holtby.

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Capitals Fight Flyers and Officials but Lose in OT

 

The first game in eight days (and the last one before the All-Star Break) for the Washington Capitals came when the Philadelphia Flyers took a trip to the Nations’s Capital for a Wednesday Night Rivalry game. Capitals defenseman John Carlson was back in the lineup, after missing 12 image11consecutive games.

Also, defenseman Karl Alzner played in his 423rd consecutive game setting a new franchise record passing Bob Carpenter.

Former Capital goaltender Michal Neuvirth started his first game against the Caps since his departure.

 

First Period:  Rust 

The period started with a little scuffle in the corner and 4:48 into the game, Capital Tom Wilson headed to the penalty box for interference. Six seconds into the penalty kill, Flyer Brayden Schenn scored his 12th of the season. After a giveaway from Evgeny Kuznetov, Ryan White scored his fifth of the season to double the Flyers lead 2-0.

  • Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth with a save on Tom Wilson for the Caps 3rd SOG with 6:30 left in the first.
  • Flyers were given a penalty for too many man on the ice and Capitals get their first power play of the game 16:33 into the first. Matt Niskanen was then handed a tripping penalty on Flyers RJ  Umberger.
  • End of the first, Capitals trailed the Flyers 2-0 and were outshot 12-6.

Second period: The Swede Goals

The Capitals got all of their rust out during the first. They killed off the remaining time on Niskanen’s tripping penalty and started to test former teammate Michal Neuvirth in the Flyers net. Then something Swede happened in the span of 55 seconds. Andre Burakovksy scored his sixth of the season 7:39 into the second and then Nicklas Backstrom scored his 16th of the season 8:34 into the period.image3 The Capitals controlled most of the second period tying up the game.

  • Flyer Jakub Voracek scored off the faceoff and the Flyers regained their lead, 3-2. Fans viewing felt the officiating in this game was one-sided to say the least.
  • Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby had two penalties (tripping and delay of game) in the same period. Those were his first penalties of the season.
  • Capitals trailed Flyers 3-2 after 2 periods.

Third period: Two for Andre and Calls of Terrible Officiating

Sweet Swede Andre Burakovsky scored again, his seventh of the season, 3:55 into the third period. It’s safe to say that his “sophomore slump” is over. We think he and Kuznetsov are going to be fun to watch for years to come.

  • Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was called for hooking and the Capitals penalty kill was successful once again.
  • The Capitals get their second power play of the night with 2:02 left thanks to a hooking call on Matt Read.
  • End of regulation tied 3-3

Overtime: 38 Seconds and Done

Flyer Jakub Voracek scored his eighth of the season after Caps goaltender Braden Holtby lost his stick 38 seconds into the extra period. Capitals lose 4-3 and collect one point. The Capitals home winning streak was snapped at 12, just one shy of a franchise record.

Positive things to think about: The Capitals still sit in first overall place in the league (35-8-4, 74 points). Capitals fans can see Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby and Coach Trotz in the All-Star Game on Sunday as a part of the Metropolitan division team.

Unfortunately, Alex Ovechkin will sit out the All-Star Game due to a lower body injury that the team would rather he rest during this time off. Pulling out of the festivities will result in a one game suspension. This means when the Florida Panthers visit DC Tuesday, Captain Alex Ovechkin will not be in the lineup. Oh, and Marcus Johansson left the game with an injury–no details available.

What’s Next?

The Capitals will not practice at Kettler until Monday, February 1, at 2:15pm.

The next game is Tuesday, February 2 against the Florida Panthers at 7pm at Verizon Center.