Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom Continue to Show They’re the Perfect Pair

michael banner 2Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin have been together for oh so long, but everyone knows that. Linemates or simply teammates, the duo had been through a lot and this past June they finally shared a moment together that they waited their whole careers for. While both players are dynamic superstars, they both contrast in personality. Ovechkin seems like the outgoing type while Backstrom is often quiet, but as the old saying goes “opposites attract.” The duo shined in the Capitals’ 6-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night at Capital One Arena to win their seventh in a row.  Continue reading “Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom Continue to Show They’re the Perfect Pair”

Tom Wilson Gets Ejected from His 400th NHL Game After Another Controversial Hit

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What started as a good game in a big milestone for Tom Wilson turned bad to the point of an ejection. The Washington Capitals game against the New Jersey Devils Friday night at Capital One Arena was Wilson’s 400th NHL and Capitals game of his career. Wilson became the 40th player in franchise history to reach the milestone. The 24-year old right winger (24 years, 246 days) became the fourth-youngest Caps player to reach the 400-game mark. Continue reading “Tom Wilson Gets Ejected from His 400th NHL Game After Another Controversial Hit”

Caps Have Up-and-Down Week, Defeat Vegas Before Falling to New Jersey and Toronto

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Folks don’t blink. We’re back and the Washington Capitals are already charging forward into the 2018-19 season! This past week was an interesting one that began with a home game against the Vegas Golden Knights, a Stanley Cup rematch. Then the Caps quickly turned around to head up to New Jersey to take on the Devils in another back-to-back for the second week in a row (thanks schedule makers!) before coming back home to host Auston Matthews and the high-flying Toronto Maple Leafs offense who made the biggest splash in the summer by acquiring John Tavares. FiCP takes a look back at these games as we await for more Caps action to come on Wednesday night against the New York Rangers. Continue reading “Caps Have Up-and-Down Week, Defeat Vegas Before Falling to New Jersey and Toronto”

Caps Ice the Devils for First Place!!!

Photos by Brittney Marcum

it was a good night in DC at the Capital One Arena. The Capitals we love came back to play the kind of game we get excited about. They took and kept the lead, ending with a win of 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils. ANNNDDDDD the lead in the Metro Division.

Tom Wilson moved to the third line and Devante Smith-Pelly stayed on the top line. Andre Burakovsky was a healthy scratch, probably because he is under-performing again, along with Madison Bowey.  Chandler Stephenson was back after illness. The starting lineup:

Ovechkin Backstrom Smith-Pelly
Vrana  Kuznetsov  Oshie
Connolly  Eller  Wilson
Stephenson  Beagle  Chaisson

Orlov – Niskanen
Orpik – Carlson
Djoos – Chorney Continue reading “Caps Ice the Devils for First Place!!!”

Caps Rise Above Devils; A Gallery

 

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Capitals Outshine the Devils

 

Coach Trotz had some surprises up his sleeve as he made some changes to the lines:

Forwards

Ovechkin Kuznetsov Williams

Burakovsky Backstrom Oshie

Chimera Johansson Wilson

Laich Richards Latta

Defense

Schmidt Carlson

Alzner Niskanen

Orpik Orlov

And Holtby in the Net.

The change infused some new energy into the lines and took away the element of complacent winning. TJ Oshie emerged as his old self with three shots and a goal! All but three players (Richards, Johansson and Burkovsky) had a SOG. And Braden Holtby had 21 saves. Everyone left the Verizon Center smiling and cheering!!

First Period: Sloppy First

The period was less than stellar for the Captials. The fourth line came close this period with Laich and Latta bringing the energy. The Caps were outshot 14 to 8 and it showed in the end result. The Devils scored first and there was a hush at Verizon that was not to last long because our captain was having none of that. Unfortunately, the Devils turned it around and took the lead before the end of the period.

Goals:   Devils Travis Zajac with a wrist shot, assisted by Reid Boucher and Kyle Plmieri. Alex Ovechkin wrist shot, unassisted. Kyle Palmieri assisted by Reid Boucher.

Penalties: Brooks Laich called for interference against Jon Merrill; Jacob Josefson interference against Mike Richards;

Score: 1- 2 Devils

Second Period: Fourth Line Power

Tom Wilson took a high stick and the Caps went on the power play. Tom was ok, but the Caps failed to make the advantage count. In the midst of a line change, Kuzy simply flew out and scored, with help from his fourth-line friends. Hand Twirl from Kuzy.IMG_0669 It was a quick moving period in which Washington bridged the shooting gap with New Jersey and then some. With about 6 seconds on the clock the Devils made a good stab at scoring but Holby was having none of it. John Carlson had a few choice words with Stephen Gionata but no worries, still all tied.

Goals: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Michael Latta on the primary and Brooks Laich with the secondary assist.

Penalties: Seth Helgeson hi-stick to Tom Wilson.

Score: 2-2

Third Period: The “Os” Have it.

Slow start to the period until the Capitals were delivered a power play in the first four minutes of the game. Caps still not able to convert on the advantage. 2-2 and everyone wants to score next. The second line was a little sluggish at first until Backstrom finally got a shot off-but no goal.IMG_0674 A shot from the Devils  hit off Holtby’s glove and flies in. Second time one seemed to surprise Braden. The energy at Verizon seemed to flow down to the ice because with a sense of determination,  TJ Oshie scored to tie the game again. And Bang Bang the defense scores and Orpik proves HE IS BACK!!!!!

Goals: Reid Boucher wrist shot assisted by Travis Zajac and John Moore. TJ Oshie with a backhander scores, assisted by Dmitry Orlov and Brooks Orpik. Brooks Orpik with Kuzy and Ovi assisting.

Penalties: Devils with too many men on the ice served by Joseph Blandisi.

The fourth line was the strength of the game. They gave the first lines a break when they needed it but they played hard when they were on the ice, creating a scoring opportunity for Kuznetsov. Oveckin continued as the shooting king of the Caps with six shots and a goal It was good to see TJ Oshie looking more like himself—maybe this line shifting worked after all.

Without a doubt Brooks Orpik with the STAR OF THE NIGHT!

And Congratulations to TJ Oshie on his 500th NHL Game. Way to celebrate!

 Photos by: Mel Abernethy

Cardiac Caps Hang Tough

Stellar net mining keeps Caps victorious

After a penalty ridden game against the Islanders on Thursday, the Caps traveled up to the Prudential Center to take on the New Jersey Devils in a matinee game at 1pm. Stanislav Galiev was a healthy scratch with Paul Carey getting the start. Marcus Johansson, Jay Beagle, and Brooks Orpik are still out with injuries. After an awesome ceremonial goalie puck drop honoring Martin Brodeur, the boys got down to business.

Andre Burakovsky had another great day. He played his 100th career NHL game and he now has a five-game scoring streak.  devil bura2

Period 1-The calm before the storm

The Caps seemed to be playing with some legs today. They look focused, fast and precise. There was a scary moment when Braden Holtby lost his mask. Again. It appeared that the blade of Taylor Chorney’s stick caught Holts under the chin and knocked his mask off. Luckily, Holts appeared unscathed. There was only one penalty called in the first 20 minutes and no goals were scored.

GOALS-No goals for either side.

PENALTIES-Stephen Gionta was called for hooking.

SCORE-Caps and Devils tied, 0-0

Period 2-Pinball Wizard

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With only 12 shots between the teams in the 1stperiod, it looked like the Caps were trying to get something going in the first few minutes of the game but to no avail. The top line had some great zone time but could not get anything to go in. Holtby kept this game scoreless with some great back-to-back stops on the doorstep. Caps finally got a puck past Cory Schneider as it pinballed into the net.

GOALS-Andre Burakovsky scored his 10th goal of the season, assisted by Justin Williams.

PENALTIES-Jacob Josefson called for holding.

SCORE-Caps up 1-0

Period 3-Just can’t get enough…

New Jersey scored early on a power play goal that squirted through Holtby’s five hole. Caps also had a power play in the third but they could not convert. Caps power play is 0-3 in the game and 0-15 recently.

With a goal late in the period to tie it up, Caps get called for a tripping penalty. Devils could not convert before the period ends, so TO OVERTIME WE GO!!

GOALS-Joseph Blandisi scored, assisted by Travis Zajac. Adam Henrique sniped a rebound past Holtby, assisted by Joseph Blandisi. Paul Carey scored his FIRST NHL career goal, assisted by Matt Niskanendevil carey

PENALTIES-Mike Richards called for tripping. Jordin Tootoo called for interference. Justin Williams called for tripping.

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Devils began OT with 4 on 3 power play for a minute. Alex Ovechkin lowered the boom on Josefson and Holtby makes some amazing saves to take the game to a shootout. Holtby denied the first two with beautiful saves, but the third got by. TJ Oshie scores, Kuzy denied, Ovi scores—CAPS WIN!!   

SCORE-CAPS WIN 3-2

The Caps are now 37-9-4 with 78 points. They seemed to consistently improve during this game. They started a bit timid but were quick on their feet. They had some excellent moments of zone time and net presence but definitely need to work on the power play. Also, congrats to Paul Carey scored his first NHL career goal.

What’s Next?

Caps next game is Sunday at home against the Philadelphia Flyers at noon. That game will be on NBC. Since they play early again tomorrow, there will be no practice.

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Capitals and Devils Line Projections

DON’T FORGET: It’s a 1 PM puck drop today. Watch on CSN and listen 106.7

The NJ Devils are on the cusp of overtaking the NY Islanders for the third-place slot in the Metropolitan Division and are in position for a wild card position. The Caps are entering the tough stretch to the playoffs and are going to start meeting some challenging competition to maintain their lead in the Division let alone the league. This is the second of four meetings with the Devils; last time Caps overtook New Jersey, 5-3.

Heading into this afternoon’s game we have no Marcus Johansson, Jay Beagle, or Brooks Orpik.

Connor Carrick is up from Hershey as backup D.

Andre Burakovsky is on fire with five goals and seven points in the last five games.

Paul Carey (Hershey) in for MoJo

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It’s a MARTY PARTY in Jersey. The Devils will celebrate goaltender Martin Brodeur’s great career on Saturday. The team will also retire his number 30 jersey.

Caps Forward Lines

Ovechkin (8) Backstrom (19) Oshie (77)

Burakovsky (65) Kuznetsov (92) Williams (14)

Chimera (25) Richards (10) Wilson (43)

Laich (21) Carey* (28) Latta (46)

*Could be Galiev, we will know for sure after press with Coach Trotz

Defensemen Parings

Alzner (28) Niskanen (2)

Schmidt (88) Carlson (74)

Orlov (9) Chorney (4)

Goalies

Braden Holtby (70)** Philipp Grubauer (31)

** Expected in the net tonight.

Healthy Scratch: *Stan Galiev

*Will update when available

Injury List

Marcus Johansson (3 missed); Brooks Orpik (35 missed); Jay Beagle (13 missed)

Reachable Milestones:

Andre Burakovsky hits 100 NHL games today.

Evgeny Kuznetsov only needs three points to reach 100 NHL/Caps career points.

Nicky Backstrom one goal away from a new Caps franchise milestone: (162) for 12th place.

Karl Alzner needs two points for 100 NHL and Caps career points.

Tom Wilson is two games away to 200 NHL games played.

The Devils Projected Lineup

Forwards

Blandisi (64) Henrique (14) Stempniak (20)

Kalinin (51) Zajac (19) Palmieri (21)

Boucher (12) Josefson (16) Kennedy (48)

Farnham (23) Gionta (11) Tootoo (22)

Defensive Pairings

Greene (6) Larsson (5)

Gelinas (44) Schlemko (8)

Helgeson (39) Moore (2)

Goalies

**Schneider (35) Kinkaid (1)

** Expected in the net.

Injury List

Ryanne Clowe, Patrik Elias, Jiri Tlusty, Michael Cammall