Capitals Winning Streak vs. Bruins Gets Halted at 14 Sunday

The Washington Capitals had simply owned the Boston Bruins. They had not lost to them since March 29, 2014. Since then, which was stretched to four seasons and nearly five, the Caps had won 14 straight against the Bruins. That is the longest active streak in the NHL. The Caps were coming off a thrilling win over the Calgary Flames Friday night with Evgeny Kuznetsov coming through win the game-winner with under a minute left that snapped a seven game winless streak. Washington was hoping to make it two in a row on Super Bowl Sunday in the second game of a season-long six-game home stand. This was the seventh consecutive season the Caps were part of the appetizer before the big game.  Continue reading “Capitals Winning Streak vs. Bruins Gets Halted at 14 Sunday”

There was a War of Words after Caps-Bruins Game Between Lars Eller and Brad Marchand

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”

Caps Defeat Bruins 4-2 to Win 3rd in a Row

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”

Inside The Caps Opponent : Bruin’s Jake Debrusk

As the Bruins head into DC Thursday,  the Caps take on a Bruins club that hasn’t beaten them since March of 2014. They will be facing an energized team that has won five straight games and 14 of the last 18 (one loss was vs Capitals). Boston has been reaping the benefits of newcomers Charlie McAvoy and 2015 1st round pick Jake Debrusk.

Although Debrusk may not be in the Calder race alongside blue-chip defenceman and teammate McAvoy, he is proving to be a very useful wrench in the B’s toolbox. Even though Jake does not have the physical presence his father Louie who played in EDM, TB, PHO, and CHI, his competitiveness and hard work below the hash marks is a commodity much sought after in today’s NHL. The Edmonton, Alberta native is an effective two-way player who can burn you on the transition and makes great plays in the high traffic areas

The 6′, 183 pound winger, Dubrusk, made quite an impression in his first game as he scored and registered an assist for two points in his debut, with father Louie and family in the stands.  TV cameras showing hulking tough guy Louie with tears in his eyes is one of the NHL’s better moments of the season thus far. With eight goals and 11 Assists in 31 games, he’s been involved in some big goals for the Bruins, including three GWG’s. Though head coach Bruce Cassidy had the young player in the press box on a couple of occasions,  he is not in any doghouse. Think more teaching and watching from a different perspective. I believe more NHL coaches should do that with young players when needed.

Let’s hope the Capitals can contain his energy and look to extend their dominance over the Bruins again.

Go Caps Go

Caps Dig Themselves Out for OT Win Over Bruins

We knew this was going to be a goalie match with the likes of Tuuka Rask in one end for the Bruins and Braden Holtby at the other end for the Caps. Oh and T.J. Oshie returned to the line-up tonight, although he took a puck to the shin and was seen limping off at the end of the first period. He stayed in but fans were a little worried.  The Caps determined early n the first period that they were going to control the ice and the scoring. Then they took a break during the second. They did even worse in the third allowing the Bruins to tie it up. But they pulled it out in OT which is all that matters right???

By the end of the game the Caps would be down a defenseman and showing some real vulnerabilities in defense, shooting, and scoring. Yes, we are concerned now.

HOLY CRAP WILLIAMS!  Sorry  but that was what everyone was saying (or something like that) when Justin “Stick” Williams took advantage of some Russian play from Ovechkin and Kuznetsov to tip in the puck 23 seconds YES 23 SECONDS into the first period. And with 12.02 left in the period, WILLIAMS sneaks once past Rask making it 2-0 Williams Caps! This Ovi Kuzy Stick thing is working pretty good so far. Lars Eller was called for a hooking penalty but while in the box Patrice Bergeron SLAMS Matt Niskanen into the boards, snapping his neck back. Nisky went off the ice for evaluation and BadBoy Bergeron gets a boarding penalty. Lets hope this is looked at more carefully tomorrow. Period ends with the Caps leading in shots on goal (SOG) 13-10 and 2-0 in goals.

On a side note – there was lots of justified griping outside of Verizon as fans struggled to get in the building with many missing that first goal. This is NOT a good thing.

Second period started pretty slow…three SOG between the two teams until Daniel Winnik, with a little help from Jay Beagle, makes it 3-0. Caps go on another power play with about 13 minutes left in the period,but no luck. Boston goes to the power play next but is unable to get one past Holtby. With just over three minutes left, Dominic Moore gets a sneaky goal off the face-off. And two and a half minutes later they light the lamp  again at the hands of David Pastrnak; 3-2 Caps. This would end the 3rd period scoring with the Caps only getting off two SOG compared to the 11 from the Bruins.

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Third period we heard that Nisky would be out for the remainder of the game and be further evaluated on Thursday.  With that the Caps apparently quit playing. Bruins kept the second period momentum going. Another scrum after Tom hit Blidh and ended up with an interference penalty on Wilson and a roughing call for Jay Beagle matching with Dominic Moore of the Bruins.  Colin Miller would tie it up on the PP.

Finally with 7:34 Caps get a SOG–hadn’t done that since the second period. With six minutes left Rask sends the puck out and over the glass for a delay of game penalty. Oh but wait, the Bruins challenged the call because basically the Caps were credited a SOG and you can’t have both, so they withdrew the penalty.  And down in front of Holtby the teams went into fight mode again. They were pretty good with that this period! Karl Alzner would take a shot off his leg and headed down the tunnel but whew, he returned.  And we go to OT as the Caps end the period with a sad four SOG. That’s a total of 34 for the Bruins and 19 for the Caps in regulation. Unimpressive.

OT goes three on three for five minutes. Verizon stayed loud sending energy down to the Caps. And with a smooth transition down the ice Backstrom did what he said fans have been yelling at him: he shot and scored ending the game with two points for the Caps.

Perfect ending for an awful game. 4-3 Caps.

 

 

 

Caps Daily Glass Bump: Jan 5th Pregame Info

Caps Meet Bruins Post-Winter Classic Loss

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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.

Line Changes:

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.

Injury Report

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”