Capitals on the Road to Montreal for Third Preseason

The Capitals will play their third preseason game Thursday in Montreal and are hoping this will be their first win. They last traveled to Habs country March 24 where they took the win with a 6-4 lead at the Bell Centre. Continue reading “Capitals on the Road to Montreal for Third Preseason”

Caps Down Two at Home: Game Photos Habs and Flyers

The Washington Capitals have lost their last three games, two of which they played at home. Mel was in the house to get photos for you. Unfortunately there aren’t many happy moments from the games; however, we love us some player pics.

Photos by Mel: @smel18 on Twitter

The Washington Capitals have lost their last three games, two of which they played at home. Mel was in the house to get photos for you. Unfortunately there aren’t many happy moments from the games; however, we love us some player pics.

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This represented the third loss in a row for the Caps, having lost to the NJ Devils upon their return from the Bye Week. Given that there was some degree of struggle before the Bye Week, we aren’t too inclined to blame it on the break. After three games one can hardly stay with the “rust” excuse.

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Caps-Habs Their Way to Maintain Winning Streak

 

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From practice at Kettler Ice Plex to the final horn at Verizon, the Washington Capitals played today like a team that wants to keep on winning. And win they did. They soundly beat the Montreal Canadiens—the Atlantic Division’s first place team 3-1. With this loss, the Habs slip to second place in their div.  Not too shabby a day.

Highlights

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In the beginning of the game, Jay Beagle had a nice chance but could not put the puck in the net. Then Evgeny Kuznetsov deflects a Nate Schmidt shot and the Capitals are on the board first at the 6:45 mark of the first period.

Tom Wilson and Jarred Tinordi drop the gloves at the 12:12 mark, receiving matching five-minute majors. Then, after Daniel Carr goes to the box, the Caps’ second power play chance was better than the first but alas no goal. to fight

A little roughing occurred when P.K. Subban expressed displeasure with Jason Chimera. Jay Beagle, with a beauty of a goal, doubles the Caps lead 1:30 into the second period, 2-0 Caps.

This bring Chimmer’s season goal count to 10 and the number of Caps with double digit goals to six.

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tod subban scrumBut 24 seconds later, Carr got the Habs on the board, 2-1 Caps. Later in the period, Nicklas Backstrom went to the box for slashing on P.K. Subban and there was question of if Subban embellished. He did not get a penalty but Caps fans would boo him for the rest of the game.

 

 

 

tod chimera11:15 into the third period, Jason Chimera sped by the Habs and put one past Condon, Caps up 3-1. We even saw our first “embellishment” penalty when Montreal’s Paul Bryon took a dive on Brooks Laich’s interference penalty. There was much chatter on Twitter about this one!

 

 

Before the period was over Alex Ovechkin would take a puck to the forearm but all is believed to be well with him. Hit by a shot from his teammate Matt Niskanen, according to CSN-DC.

The Canadiens pulled Mike Condon for the extra attacker with 2:21 left in the game; however, it didn’t help them. The Caps extend their winning streak to seven games with a 3-1 victory over the Canadiens.

Three Stars

The three stars of the night went to: Jay Beagle, Tom Wilson, and Nate Schmidt.

Salute to our Military

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Tonight the Washington Capitals honored retired Colonel Richardson for his service.

 Written by Renee Garces

Photos by Brittney Marcum

What to Expect: Caps-Habs Re-Match.

Caps Daily Glass Bump: Pregame 26 December 2015

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Photos by Brittney Marcum

The Washington Capitals will face the Montreal Canadiens for the second time this season. Last time we met T.J. Oshie earned himself two goals and helped bring the Caps a win. The Capitals are in a six-game winning streak and will be looking to secure their lead quickly.

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The team returned to the ice at Kettler Iceplex this morning after a four day winter break. They received an extra day above the NHL-mandated three days, probably for good behavior! Not only did the players look happy to be on the ice the rink was packed with cheering spectators.

 

h crowdOutside the rink, fans stood for over an hour to get shots of their favorite players (more on that later).

Check out our post from this morning to read more about the Canadiens. (The Canadiens are Coming)

What to Watch for Tonight

Line-up looks to be the same:

8-19-77, 90-92-14, 25-83-43, 21-46-65

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We need to see some activity from Andre Burakovsky and Brooks Laich. Burkie has one assist in five games while Brooks is 0 for 5.

 

 

 

 

habs chimeraJason Chimera is one goal away from joining five other players on the team with 10 or more goals.

 

T.J.Oshie and Alex Ovechkin: Who will finally bring us a hat trick???

 

Ovechkin is eight goals away from 500 NHL career goals.

Coming Up

Practice is scheduled for 1130 at Kettler on Sunday

Next game is away at Buffalo on Monday at 7pm on CSN-DC and MSG-B

 

The Canadiens are Coming, The Canadiens are Coming…

When the 2015/16 season started all eyes were on Montreal and the nine-game winning streak that ended when they fell to the Vancouver Canucks on 27 October. Since then the Habs have gone in and out of the win column. They fly into Washington with a five-game losing streak, minus their starting goalie (Carey Price) and defenseman Tom Gilbert left the game on December 23 with a lower-body injury. Gilbert, along with defenseman Jeff Petry are listed day-to-day and could return to play after the Christmas break. Forward Brendan Gallagher, their “spark-plug” is out too. This is not the same team that started the season on fire but clearly they are coming to town with their eyes set on breaking the Caps six-game winning streak.

So who on the Habs do we need to be worried about? Even with their ups and downs, they are still first place in the Atlantic Division with 20 wins in 36 games played and nine points behind the Caps. They are 7th in the league.

Max Pacioretty (67): Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette writes that Max hasn’t been himself without Gallagher. Pacioretty leads the team in points (67) with 37 goals and 30 assists.

Thomas Plekanec (14): Cowan claims he too is off his game right now. Yet he is their second leading scorer with 26 goals and 34 assists.

P.K. Subban (76): Subban always causes problems when the Caps face him. He is a big guy and a hard hitter. No telling what might happen between Wilson and Subban. He has had one goal and five assists in the last 10 days.

Mike Condon:   The go-to goalie while Carey Price heals. He has allowed 11 goals in the past five games and is about 50-50 on wins when he is in the net.

The Capitals ended their second winning streak this season with a win against Montreal December 3rd at Bell Centre, losing to Winnipeg the following game. They know all too well what they need to do to get the jump on the Habs early in the first period. Montreal outshot Washington the last time they met which means the Caps’ defensemen will need to be on top of their game. It hurts not having Brooks Orpik but the D has been strong these past few games with the help of Nate Schmidt stepping into Orpik’s role.

Bottom line: This could be anybody’s game. The Caps want to keep building their positive streak while the Habs want to break their negative streak. Both teams play physical games and we can expect plenty of powerful hits and fights. Tom Wilson could be a target for this game, but the Habs should also keep an eye on T.J. Oshie who scored twice in the Caps 3-2 victory December 3rd. Should be an exciting post-Christmas game in Washington.

Caps Daily Glass Bump: December 3, 2015

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The Caps traveled to Montreal, Canada after a hard practice on Wednesday at Kettler Ice Plex. The team took a morning skate today at Bell Centre. Lines are the same as last game.

The Canadians are without their beloved goalie, Carey Price. Mike Condon will be in the net. Keep an eye on Max Pacioretty (67), their top scoring left winger, especially on the power play. Former Caps player Aexander Semin is on the injured reserve list and not expected to play. Tomas Fleishmann (15) has 15 points in 26 games and a +6.

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“I got this one!”

 

Practice Pics

Here are some shots from practice on Wednesday to hold you over:

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Chorny and Backstrom putting work during practice.

 

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Holtby getting in the zone.

 

What to Watch for Tonight:

Justin Williams: One point to go to reach 600 career HNL points.

John Carlson: One goal away from a career high of 50 NHL goals.

Marcus Johansson: One point away from a career high 200 points.

Karl Alzner:  400 consecutive games.