Caps End Homestand on High Note Before Falling in Columbus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals wrapped up their season-long six game homestand and kicked off a long road trip this week. On Saturday, the Caps overcame a 3-1 and 4-2 deficit against the Florida Panthers. They rallied to force the tie but ultimately fell short in overtime 5-4. The Capitals rebounded in the final game of the homestand on Monday night with a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings before kicking off a six-game road trip in Columbus where they were blanked by the Blue Jackets 3-0.

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Bye Bye Losing! Evgeny Kuznetsov Comes Through with Clutch Goal to End Caps Seven-Game Winless Drought

On Friday night, Washington Capitals hockey returned to the District of Columbia after an All-Star break complemented by a bye week. The lengthy break did the defending Stanley Cup champions a great favor, for they entered the period of rest losers of seven straight, although a few counted as OT in the standings. They came close the last time they were at home but got robbed by the Sharks with a last second game tying goal. This time, they wouldn’t need overtime.  Continue reading “Bye Bye Losing! Evgeny Kuznetsov Comes Through with Clutch Goal to End Caps Seven-Game Winless Drought”

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”

Pheonix Copley Gets His First NHL Win as Caps Defeat Flames in Shootout

The Capitals continued their four-game road trip in Calgary on Saturday afternoon looking to rebound from their loss to Edmonton on Thursday. This was a back-and-fourth contest that ultimately saw the Caps come out on top 4-3 in the shootout thanks to Nicklas Backstrom going top shelf. The win would seal Pheonix Copley‘s first NHL win as the former Hershey Bears standout made 27 saves.  Continue reading “Pheonix Copley Gets His First NHL Win as Caps Defeat Flames in Shootout”

Caps Outshine Flames in 4-2 Win

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The Washington Capitals were back at Verizon Tuesday night meeting the Calgary Flames. Calgary is hanging on to the wild card slot and hoping a win will move them a little closer to clinching a spot. The first line was back to the Ovechkin Backstrom Oshie combination. We were hoping to see Nate Schmidt slide in somewhere, but unfortunately, he was scratched again with the return of Brooks Orpik…

Holtby in the net because after all it was Holtbeast Bobblehead Night!!

 

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The Caps came out hard – shooting and all. Caps and Flames were four-on-four as Kuznetsov and Troy Brouwer shared a seat in the box.     However….Kuzy bounced right back as the clock ran out and with a little help from Burky got the boys on the board 1-0. The Flames matched the Caps with a goal by Sean Monahan. Although the Caps were leading in SOG midway through the period, the teams ended with the Flames having 11 shots and the Caps with 10 for a very competitive game.

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Back to the second period – not as strong a start for either team. after five minutes the Caps had three shots putting the Flames in a defensive posture. The Caps had a close call but Elliott in the net pushed back as the ref waved off what could have been a Burky goal. Caps finally went on the powerplay with Michael Stone hooking. By this time the Caps had plenty of almost a goal moments and twice as many SOG as the Flames. Unfortunately the Caps couldn’t make it happen.

But then again, TJ Oshie did score his 30th goal of the season and his first time scoring 30 goals in a season ever!!  And he just turned 30. The magic number!!  And Kevin Shattenkirk recorded his first goal as a Caps player. Second period ends with the Caps up 3-1.img_8193

watermarked(2017-03-21-2154)Third period got off little fan fare; three shots between the teams after five minutes. With less then five minutes left in the third Brouwer scored his first goal against his former teammates closing the gap to 3-2. Not to be outdone, Alex Ovechkin scored his 29th goal of the season ending the game 4-2 in the Caps favor.

Congrats to Braden Holtby on his 300th game, a bobblehead, and a great game with some amazing saves. Winning feels good and to win against a team like the Flames feels even better!

Photos by Mel Abernethy

 

Capitals Monday Practice Photos

Photos by Brittney Marcum

The Washington Capitals were back at it on Monday, chirping at each other and working out the kinks that have crept in from the past few games.

Some of the players were out early: Tom Wilson and Daniel Winnik.

All the defensemen were there, expect for Brooks Orpik who took a maintenance day.

Could be that we will be seeing more of Nate Schmidt??

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Marcus Johansson was back after a brief bought of the flew.

 

 

Lots of drills, passing and shooting:

The boys were shooting hard and fast on  Holtby and Grubauer:

We know that Coach Trotz has a plan for facing the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night. We can all relax a bit now that the team has secured its place in the playoffs. The team will need to keep  working to stay  motivated through the remainder of the regular season–guarding against injury.