Craig Laughlin’s Wife to Partake in Ceremonial Puck Drop for Caps Fight Cancer Night Nov. 9

On Friday November 9, the Washington Capitals will host their annual #CapsFightCancer night and feature a special guest to drop the puck before the game. Linda Laughlin, the wife of the Capitals color commentator Craig Laughlin for NBC Sports Washington, will participate in the ceremonial puck drop. Before Craig joins his parner in crime Joe Beninati in the broadcast booth to call the contest between the Capitals and Florida Panthers, he will escort Mrs. Laughlin onto the ice for the ceremony.  Continue reading “Craig Laughlin’s Wife to Partake in Ceremonial Puck Drop for Caps Fight Cancer Night Nov. 9”

Caps Defeat Rangers in OT Before Falling to the Panthers in a Shootout

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What a weird schedule. Back-to-backs, then a few days off. Repeat. This week the Caps had a more favorable scheudle with two games at Capital One Arena. First the Capitals hosted the New York Rangers on Wednesday Night Hockey. Then on Friday, Washington hosted the winless Florida Panthers.  Continue reading “Caps Defeat Rangers in OT Before Falling to the Panthers in a Shootout”

Photo Gallery:Florida Panthers Road Trip to Washington

The Florida Panthers visited the Washington Capitals Saturday night. Roberto Luongo played a noble game but the Caps finally broke through in the third period to win it 4-2. We have to admit, Lu is one of our favorite goalies to watch in action.

Here are a few shots we thought fans from Sunrise might enjoy.

The game only got heated a few times, a little tussle with Tom Wilson and Aaron Ekblad. And then there was the call that left Gerard Gallant a bit miffed with the refs!

In addition to the loss to the Caps, the Cats loss their prominent play11-5-332er Jaromir Jagr in the first period to an apparent groin injury. To add fuel to the fire, Capitals’ key player Alex Ovechkin scored his 18th regular season overtime goal — he follows one goal behind Jagr’s record. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

Panthers take on the Lightning Monday at 7:30 pm while the Caps next play Tuesday against San Jose at 7 pm

Photos by Mel Abernethy and Brittney Marcum

Caps Dog Cats Luongo For the Win

Reunited and It Works So Good: Ovi Backy Oshie

The Florida Panthers came to Washington to  win and it looked like they might the way Roberto Luongo was playing. The Cats were first on the scoreboard  with Jarad McCann navigating around Kuznetsov to tip the puck in 1-0. There was a lot of speed on the ice but it seemed as if the Panthers were in control most of the period. There was that moment when the Holtbeast had an amazing save on a wrist shot–he just spread out post-to-post and the fans went crazy.dsc_0741

Dmitry Orlov was called for tripping with less than a minute left in the period and  Florida would start the second period on the power play. BTW- did anyone else catch Dima’s  little tap on the head of Vincent Trocheck before headed off to the box?  Any way, the period ended with Florida holding the lead – the first time the Caps have trailed at the end of the first period all season 1-0 Panthers.

Also of note: Jaromir Jagr was back in DC playing for the bad guys and  getting in the middle of a scrum that didn’t really amount to much other than a good photo op!  Jagr left with a little over four minutes left in the second and never returned. Something about a cramping in the groin area…we’ll just leave it at that…

In the second period the Caps looked like they would pick up the pace and maybe take control of the game. On the Panthers side, McCann seemed to be all over the place- riding the Caps most of the period. Ovi was reunited back with TJ Oshie and finally with a shot from Ovi,  OSHIE finds the net and WOO-HOO the arena was alive once again tiring those nasty cats 1-1.

There was a bit of confusion when Aaron Ekblad was called for a high stick against Macus johansson. First it was a two-minute minor and the Caps started on the powerplay. Then we hear there was blood and it was a double minor – and then it wasn’t. Penalty clocks were finally set for 2 minutes.

Luongo kept squeezing and stopping while the we keep waiting to see if the Caps could take the lead.  Luongo just wouldn’t take a breath and let a goal in. We ended the second all tied.dsc_0877

Now the third period – that was when the Caps kicked it into high gear and stunned the Panther’s goalie. But first the Cats would score one on the Caps on a power play after a high-stick was called on Marcus Johansson. Reilly Smith backhanded the puck through Holtby’s five-hole giving the Panthers the 2-1 lead. Then Ovechkin would deflect a shot from Brooks Oprik and record his seventh goal of the season. Nate Schmidt got a piece of the assist too. Next up, Oshie would go top shelf and give the Caps the lead with this second of the night and sixth of the season. 3-2 Caps. The Caps were finally beating Roberto at his best when Lars Eller grabbed a rebound from John Carlson and a two-goal lead for the win at 4-2. Panther’s coach wasn’t too happy about it but the goal held as did the lead.

Caps ended a well-played game with their fifth win in a row!!

Caps Tame Cats with 4-2 Victory

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Everybody Scores!!
On Thursday night, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals headed south to BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida to take on Jaromir Jagr and the Florida Panthers. The Caps have a pretty good record against the Panthers, getting a point in 14 out of their last 16 meetings.

Would the Caps walk away with 2 more points tonight? If the forwards keep producing like they have been, the defense stays solid and there’s another strong performance from our Holtby, it should be another Caps victory.

In the first period, Andre Burakovsky undressed Micheal Matheson with a beautiful deke, but was stopped by Roberto Luongo. TJ Oshie had a great oppurtunity as well, but was denied by the right post. Justin Williams got the Caps on the board first with a good follow-up shot on a rebound of his previous shot that was blocked by Luongo. Nate Schmidt got the primary apple on Williams’ goal. Not even 2 minutes later, Evgeny Kuznetsov got a lucky bounce and put another past Luongo, assisted by Matt Niskanen. Holtby made some excellent saves to keep the Panthers off the board. However, Matheson put one past Holtby’s glove side and got the Panthers their first goal of the game. Caps lead in shots on goal 12-8, and also on the scoreboard. Good guys up, 2-1.

In the second period, the first penalty of the game was committed and resulted in a powerplay for Florida. Lars Eller was called for tripping Denis Malgin, but the Caps successfully killed the penalty. Holtby got lucky with another puck that pinged off the post. Washington was called for another penalty when Oshie was caught hooking
Jussi Jokinen. The Panthers got a goal during the ensuing powerplay that was promptly waved off. However, Jagr got his 750th goal past Holtby, glove side again. The goal, which tied the game, was during a Panthers powerplay. Nicklas Backstrom was called for tripping Shane Harper.

The Caps seemed tired in the second. They spent a lot of time in their own zone. The ice was definitely tilted in Florida’s favor and the Caps were lucky to get out of the period tied with the Panthers, 2-2.

The Caps started off the third period still having issues clearing their own zone or maintaining pressure in the offensive zone. The Panthers were called for their first penalty of the game when Keith Yandle was caught hooking Burakovsky. The Caps went to the powerplay, which was killed by Florida. About three minutes later, Ovechkin gave the Caps back the lead. Niskanen got the primary assist when he fired a shot on net that Ovi deflected past Luongo. Nate Schmidt was then called for interference and the Caps were right back to the penalty kill. Holtby gave the ref an earful when his helmet was knocked off by Jagr’s stick when it caught the cage of his mask. There was a scary moment for Daniel Winnick when he took a blocked shot off the side of his face. Luckily, he was ok and returned to the game. (we found out later, he lost part of his ear–really part of his ear!)  The Caps were able to kill the penalty and Brett Connelly almost got his first goal on an odd man rush with Justin Williams, but Luongo stoned him. Marcus Johannson was the benefactor of a turnover and blasted an unassisted goal past Luongo to seal the victory.

Caps win, 4-2.

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This was the Caps third victory in a row. They are now 3-0-1, with their only loss the overtime loss against
Pittsburgh in the season opener. There was good offensive support from the Caps D-men. There were multiple
Caps defensive players that had assists on the Caps goals. Despite a lackluster second period, the Caps had
a strong game.

The next bout is at home on Saturday, October 22. The Caps take on the New York Rangers at the
Verizon Center at 7 pm.

Capitals in Florida

The Washington Capitals are in Sunrise, Florida to  see if they can make it three in a row in the W column. Braden Holtby is expected back in the net following the shutout for Philipp Grubauer. Brett Connolly will be in again which means that Zach Sanford and Taylor Chorney are scratched for a second game. The Swede line remains in tact.

Everyone is ready to see the third line for the Caps register some points on the board.

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The Panthers come to the ice a bit bruised after an OT Shootout loss to Tampa Bay Lightning. James Reimer was in the net and unable to stop a fifth shot by  Lightning rookie Brayden Point–his first shootout in the NHL. Prior to the loss, the Cats had won their first two games. Roberto Luongo is expected to be back in the net tonight and it looks like Jarmir Jagr will be in the line up as well. He is one goal away from a career 750.

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Panthers Lines:

Next game is back home against the NY Rangers, 7 PM.

 

Back to the Daily Grind, Rally Caps not enough to kill the Cats

     After having only one game in the span of two weeks, Caps fans were practically salivating for some hockey. Thanks to a massive blizzard, two of the Caps recent home games had to be postponed and rescheduled. With the All Star Games, most of the team was on vacation. Braden Holtby, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov were in Nashville to represent the Caps, along with head coach Barry Trotz. On Tuesday, the boys got back to work taking on the Florida Panthers, who are having a pretty awesome season themselves.
With Braden Holtby getting the night off, Phillip Grubauer got the start. 

Welcome to the team Mel! We are excited to work with you!
  Same with Al Montoya, who started over Roberto Luongo. Alex Ovechkin (suspended)  and Marcus Johansson (upper-body) were out giving Stanislav Galiev and Zach Sill the sweaters for tonight. 

First Period: Penalty Parade

The first period was full of penalties committed by both sides. There were eight penalties in total; however, only the Panthers scored despite the Caps peppering the net with 16 shots on goal.

• GOALS- Jonathan Huberdeau scored his 9th of the season, assisted by Jaromir Jagr. Aleksander Barkov got his 14th of the season, assisted by Nick Bjugstad.

• PENALTIES-Erik Gudbranson called for hooking, Barkov called for illegal stick, TJ Oshie called for hooking, Shawn Thorton called for goaltender interference, Dmitry Kulikov called for hooking, Backstrom called for holding, Dmitry Orlov called for slashing and Bjugstad called for interference.

• SCORE-Caps down 0-2

Second Period: Cats Control

The second period looked almost exactly like the first; lots of penalties, no Caps goals, Panthers score twice. Despite lots of offensive prowess, the Caps could not puncture Montoya. The Caps had 11 shots on goal with nothing to show for it. The boys are definitely showing that they have enjoyed a few too many days off recently. The Caps had six takeaways and 16 giveaways in their 40 minutes of play. Not something you want to do against another hot hockey team.

• GOALS-Vincent Trocheck scored his 15th goal of the season, unassisted. Jonathan Huberdeau scored his second goal of the game, which is also his 10th goal of the season.

• PENALTIES-Logan Shaw called for tripping, Jason Chimera called for boarding, and Derek Mackenzie called for a double minor for hooking and unsportsmanlike conduct.

• SCORE-Caps trail 0-4

  
 

Third Period: Dent the Twine

The third period definitely did not continue in the fashion of the previous two. The Caps finally put two past Montoya, both within the first two minutes of the period. Seeming to spark a fire under the team, the Caps looked like their old selves. With just over nine minutes left, Huberdeau tried to complete his first career hattrick but couldn’t convert on the attempt.  

• GOALS- Backstrom scored his 17th of the season, assisted by Kuznetsov, Burakovsky scored his 8th of the season, also assisted by Kuznetsov, Quinton Howden sealed the deal with an empty net goal with 1:53 remaining in the game

  
• PENALITES- surprise, no penalties.

• FINAL SCORE-Caps lose 3-5

You could definitely see that the boys were not in the swing of things tonight. They had more than ample opportunity to put this game away early but just could not get anything past the stellar net mining of Montoya. Caps had 38 shots on goal versus the 19 from Florida. The power play was 0-8 in a penalty heavy game, and for a team that has the best PP in the league, that is not acceptable.
Note: Taylor Chorney left the game with flu-like symptoms, will see what tomorrow brings for him.

Caps are now 35-9-4 and 2-2-1 in their last 5. 

Coming Up

Their next game is Thursday at home against the Islanders at 7:30pm on NBCSN.

Practice scheduled at Kettler for 1130 am Wednesday.

Morning skate scheduled for Thursday at Kettler at 1030 am.

Practice schedule for Friday at Kettler at 1030. 

Come cheer on your team! 

Written by: Ashley Reid

Photos by: Brittney Marcum and Mel Abernethy