Caps Road Trip Roundup: Injuries, Controversy, and Intense Games

michael banner 2The Washington Capitals have recently concluded a four-game road trip with stops in Minnesota, Winnipeg, Colorado, and Montreal. FiCP takes a look at what was a roller-coaster type week.  Continue reading “Caps Road Trip Roundup: Injuries, Controversy, and Intense Games”

Caps Lose a Hearbreaker in Montreal

The Washington Capitals conculded their four-game road trip on Thursday night in Montreal as they took on Karl Alzner and the Canadiens. This contest was wacky. Right when you thought the Caps were out of it, they answered. Unforutnately they would come up on the short end by giving up two late goals to falter 6-4.  Continue reading “Caps Lose a Hearbreaker in Montreal”

Setup for Saturday Caps-Canadiens

The Caps have had a pretty slow week with a game in New York on Tuesday (4-2 win) and in Raleigh, NC Friday ( 4-3 win). They will face the Montreal Canadiens Saturday at 7 pm back in Washington. Montreal sits top of the Atlantic Division and fourth in the league.

They now are on a six game winning streak!! Wow things have changed.

The Caps got off to a sluggish start Friday night but they made up for it with a shootout win with TJ Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov snaking around Cam Ward. Philipp Grubauer was stellar in the net. They seemed to get better as they went with goals by Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams. Most likely Braden Holtby will be back in net Saturday.

Montreal lost to the Sharks 4-2 in a home game. Carey Price, who is on the hunt for his 250th win, was pulled Friday night and replaced by Al Montoya. It didn’t help the Habs though; although there is a bit of a curse here as the Habs have only beaten the Sharks once in six years (Canadian Press)

Prior to the insertion of Montoya against the Sharks, word was he would be in the net against the Caps. (Montreal Gazette)

CSN reports that Price is in Saturday (1040 pm Friday)

Both teams are traveling to Washington Friday night and both teams played a tough game Friday. The uptick is that Washington is coming in on a winning streak. Additionally, the Caps have home ice advantage. (Montreal Gazette)

Any way you look at it, Saturday should be a fun night for fans!  GO CAPS!

Recaping Caps Loss to the Habs: Turnover Turmoil

The story of the night?  The Caps defense could not contain the Canadiens offense.

On Wednesday, February 24, the Washington Capitals took on the visiting Montreal Canadiens. The Caps were rocking their retro third jerseys as Braden Holtby got the start against Mike Condon. Stanislav Galiev got a sweater tonight with Michael Latta a healthy scratch, along with Taylor Chorney and newly acquired Mike Weber. Jay Beagle is still on injured reserve but will hopefully be back on the ice soon.

PERIOD 1– Just Give it Away…

The Caps definitely had an off night. They came out slow and almost looked tired. The defense had no legs and let way too many opportunities arise for the Habs. The Habs got two past Braden Holtby who did all he could to try and keep this game scoreless. The Canadiens definitely came to play tonight.

GOALS-Alex Galchenyuk scored, assisted by Dale Weise, Brendan Gallagher scored, assisted by Max Pacioretty.

PENALTIESTom Wilson called for boarding and hooking.

SCORE-Caps down, 0-2

PERIOD 2-March of the Penalties

After allowing his third goal on 18 shots at 1:54 into the period, Braden Holtby was pulled by Barry Trotz. Philip Grubauer did well in the net when he replaced Holts and only allowed one goal. The Caps finally got one through Mike Condon, getting them on the board. Later in the period, Condon robbed Mike Richards of a-would be goal with an amazing elbow save.

GOALS-Tomas Fleischmann scored, assisted by Barberio, Jason Chimera scored his 17th of the season, assisted by Marcus Johansson, and Alex Galchenyuk scored his second of the night, assisted by Lars Eller.

PENALTIES-P.K. Subban called for interference, Nicklas Backstrom called for slashing, Brooks Orpik called for tripping which resulted in a penalty shot, Lars Eller called for goaltender interference, Matt Niskanen called for roughing, and Alex Galchenyuk called for roughing.

SCORE-Caps down, 1-4

PERIOD 3-Prevent Defense

The Habs allowed the Caps to score two goals in the third period to bring them to within one. With 1:39 left in the game, Trotz pulled Grubi for the extra attacker. The Caps were finally playing with some fire in the last minute of play but it was too late. They dug themselves into a hole too deep to get out of in the time remaining.

GOALSDmitry Orlov scored his 6th goal of the season, assisted by Alex Ovechkin, Andre Burakovsky scored his 13th goal of the season, assisted by Stanislav Galiev,

PENALTIES-Torrey Mitchell called for hi-sticking.

SCORE-Caps lose, 3-4

The team looked very lackluster in the first two periods but definitely picked up the pace in third. They mounted a comeback but were just a little too late on getting their offense going. The defense appeared spotty at best and luckily the goalies kept this game from being blown wide open very early on. Even though it appears that Holtby has lost his mojo, this is just a rough patch. Caps fans have nothing to worry about and should continue to have faith in their awesome tendy’s. 

 The Caps are now 44-11-4 with 92 points. The Caps next game is Friday at home against the Minnesota Wild. This is also the HoltBeast promo game, so if you’re going, send us some photos of you with your awesome HoltBeast action figure.

 

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.