Back on opening night, Lars Eller scored a goal in the third period to put the Washington Capitals up with a commanding 7-0 lead over the Boston Bruins. On a night that clearly belonged to the Caps after raising the Stanley Cup champions banner before the game, Eller celebrated in front of the Bruins bench and Brad Marchand wasn’t having any of it. He ambushed Eller and threw several punches knocking him to the ground. Continue reading “There was a War of Words after Caps-Bruins Game Between Lars Eller and Brad Marchand”
The Washington Capitals continued to roll with a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins in a brief stop up in Boston before a big two home games come up on the horizon vs. the Blue Jackets and the Blues. Jakub Vrana continued his fire with a fast breakaway goal. Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Nicklas Backstrom added a goal of his own. The win was the Caps’ 14th straight victory over the B’s, including their previous meeting on banner night, outscoring them 45-21 in those victories. Continue reading “Caps Defeat Bruins 4-2 to Win 3rd in a Row”
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Washington Capitals: 47-13-4
Boston Bruins: 36-23-6
The Washington Capitals are in Boston Saturday for the first game on a four-game road trip. Coach Trotz said he is looking forward to the road trip; however, he had this to say about Boston: ” Boston is playing very very well right now; who knows what happens. They might be a first round opponent. Still a lot of hockey to be played…they’re gonna come out ready to go tomorrow night”
Playing against the NY Rangers on Friday, the Caps found themselves down a goal from which they could never recover. Many of their recent games have come down to the wire. The Bruins sit in third place in the Atlantic Division and just two points behind the Florida Panthers. For them, every point is needed to keep them in the run for the playoffs.
The Caps Forward Momentum
The Washington Capitals keep moving forward, even with the recent loss. They still lead the league in power plays (24.1 percent) and goals per game (2.65 average). The Caps did not hold morning skate today but this is what we can expect.
- Fourth Line Power: the newly configured fourth line with Beagle, Richards, and Winnik, to quote the Coach, is “outstanding.” Look for them to bring more scoring chances to the game.
- The Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom are among the league’s best assist masters, setting up goals.
- Nate Schmidt could be back in the line-up tonight. He participated in practice and pre-skate on Friday but did not play. He would pair up with Taylor Chorney. Final decision likely after warmups.
- Philipp Grubauer is expected in the net tonight playing against the Bruins for the first time in his career, according to Mike Vogel. He has a 1.68 GAA and a /943 save percentage.
Boston Looking For Two
Boston narrowly defeated the Calgary Flames on March 1st when Patrice Bergeron scored the tie-breaking power-play goal with minutes to spare. Players today talked about coming our strong and hoping to create offense and find success scoring.
- Patrice Bergeron notched his 24th goal against the Flames, the third goal in his last five games. He also has three assists during that time making him one of the key players for the Caps to tie up.
- Ryan Spooner has recorded nearly a point every game for the last five, missing a point only against Tampa Bay. He has 32 assists this season and is one for creating scoring changes.
- Goalie Tukka Rask is always fun to watch, expect when he is playing against the Capitals. He has 26 wins in 50 games and a GAA of 2.52.
Daniel Winnik is two points away from 200 NHL points.
The players will be off on Sunday as they travel to southern California and settle in before playing the Ducks on Monday.
Marcus Johansson is a key member of this 2015-2016 Caps team. Let’s get that out of the way right now. We at FiCP have been rooting for Marcus even when some have thrown him under the bus. Those saying he needs to be traded clearly haven’t looked at his stats as of late. Last night against the Bruins, Johansson knocked in the game winning goal (GWG) bringing his goal total for the season into double digits (10), the 7th Cap to do so this season. His number of GWG’s on the season now ranks sixth in the league and is second to only Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks.
Marcus has been such a flexible player for the Caps, most recently moving in to play center in the absence of Center Jay Beagle. In several interviews he was asked about the face-offs he now has to take (normally Jay Beagle’s job) and said that it is something you have to practice. He has put his all into being the best player possible as the Caps struggle with missing players.
Marcus has 10 goals on the season, three of which have come in the last five games. Two out of those three goals were GWGs. His number of assists sits at 15 making his point total 25. Marcus has a current shot percentage of 13.5 with a total of 74 shots so far this season.
We will keep you updated on new stats for #90 as the season goes on.
Written By and Photos By: Brittney Marcum
Game Review (Tuesday, 5 January 2016)
The Washington Capitals played the Boston Bruins before a sold out crowd. The first period started off with three shots and two good hits by the Caps. The third period ended with the Caps getting back on the winning train before heading to New York to face the Islanders and the Rangers.
Ryan Stanton and Michael Latta were healthy scratches for the game, in Latta’s place was #49 Stanislav Galiev who had no shots and ended the game with a -1. There was a lot of line juggling, especially in the second period when Marcus Johansson was missing from the ice for a period of time.
The Capitals went on the penalty kill early in the game due to a weird interference penalty called on Karl Alzner but managed to keep the Bruins from capitalizing. Then Bruin Zac Rinaldo leaves his feet and hits Tom Wilson hard from behind. No penalty on the hit but Jason Chimera is assessed a two-minute roughing penalty.
Andre Burakovsky, from a beautiful pass by Evgeny Kuznetsov gave the Caps a 1-0 lead 15:01 into the first period. Kuznetsov is a master of passes, he just puts the puck right in the sweet spot and various Caps players have benefited from it.
Zach Sill threw a questionable hit on Adam McQuaid, causing trainers to rush to the ice. McQuaid was able to get up and leave the ice on his own power. McQuaid did not return to the game and hopefully he is okay. At 12:40 into the second period, while on power play, Evgeny Kuznetsov did what Evgeny Kuznetsov does and scores, Caps up 2-0.
Loui Eriksson put the Bruins on the board at the 15:26 mark of the second period, Caps up 2-1. Then 10:41 into the third period, Marcus Johansson scored one of his own and the Caps are up 3-1.
Patrice Bergeron would cut the Caps lead back to one, 3-2, on a Bruins power play at the 11:52 mark. Braden Holtby made some great saves late in the period to secure the win. Caps stop their losing streak at two games and pass the Dallas Stars (28-10-4, 60 points) for first overall place in the league with a record of 29-7-3, 61 points.
Marcus Johansson earned his 10th goal of the season, joining six other players on the team as double digit scorers. No other team in the NHL has as many goal scorers with 10 or more goals. Additionally, th is MoJo’s sixth game winning goal of the seaons and is second in the league only to Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks. “It’s always fun to score,” he said after the game.
Thu Jan 7, 2016 Capitals Islanders, 7:00 PM CSN-DC, TVAS, SN360
Sat Jan 9, 2016 Capitals Rangers, 1:00 PM CSN-DC, SNE, SNO, SNP
Written by Renee Garces
Photos by Brittney Marcum
Caps Meet Bruins Post-Winter Classic Loss
Caps held morning skate today at TD Garden after a hard practice at home Monday.
The Bruins had an optional skate this morning in which nine players participated.
Looks like Michael Latta is out and Stan Galiev gets a turn, according to Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan.
Marcus Johansson still center on third line.
Jay Beagle had hand surgery Sunday, according to the Washington Capitals and has been placed on the injured reserve list. Up to six weeks before his return. He has missed 2 games.
John Carlson skated before practice on Monday and traveled with the team to Boston. He will not skate in the game. He could be back in the lineup on Thursday according to Coach Trotz. He has missed 4 games. Carly did not skate today.
Brooks Orpik is on the Long-term Injured Reserve list for an undisclosed injury. He has missed 24 games and there is no timetable for his return; however, in his Monday presser Coach Trotz sounded positive about his return. He said he could begin to skate again soon, maybe even on the road trip. Continue reading “Caps Daily Glass Bump: Jan 5th Pregame Info”