Caps Hang On to Defeat Kings 3-2

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After a complete dud Sunday night in Anaheim, the Washington Capitals bounced back in Los Angeles Monday night at Staples Center with a 3-2 win over the Kings. Thanks in part to two Alex Ovechkin office goals as well as a deflection from Brett Connolly, the Caps defended and held off a late rally from the home team.  Continue reading “Caps Hang On to Defeat Kings 3-2”

The Pregame: A Rematch in Hollywood

michael banner 2The Washington Capitals continue their season-long six-game road trip with the second half of the stretch Monday night at Staples Center where they’ll take on the Los Angles Kings. These teams actually met one week ago at Capital One Arena with the Caps coming on top 6-4. Since the win, which ironically capped off a season long homestand of six games, the Caps have gone 1-2-0 thus far on the trip.  Continue reading “The Pregame: A Rematch in Hollywood”

Caps End Homestand on High Note Before Falling in Columbus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals wrapped up their season-long six game homestand and kicked off a long road trip this week. On Saturday, the Caps overcame a 3-1 and 4-2 deficit against the Florida Panthers. They rallied to force the tie but ultimately fell short in overtime 5-4. The Capitals rebounded in the final game of the homestand on Monday night with a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings before kicking off a six-game road trip in Columbus where they were blanked by the Blue Jackets 3-0.

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LA Kings are Ready for the Capitals

The Washington Capitals had their pucks handed back to them Monday night in Anaheim. Goalie John Gibson walked away with a shutout while Braden Holtby was pulled after the first period and Philipp Grubauer stepped in, but to no avail. The Caps fell 4-0 to the Ducks.

Wednesday night the Caps will travel up the road to the Staple Center, the home of LA Kings, who sit in fourth place in the Pacific Division and are currently in a wild card position. The Kings are feeling pretty good after a nice win (5-2) over the Blue Jackets and yet still smarting a bit from a 5-3 loss to the Blackhawks on 3 March. They need this win against Washington.

The Kings and Caps have played 16 games against each other since 2005. The Kings have won 11 of those match ups. Of those 16 games, the Caps have won only one game in LA. Let’s face it, the Caps have a hard time on these Western Conference trips. Is it a different style of play? Is it a time change? Is it is mindset?

 A 2017/11/30 Los Angeles Kings   5  -  Washington Capitals   2      W 
 H 2017/03/11 Los Angeles Kings   4  -  Washington Capitals   2      W 
 A 2017/02/05 Los Angeles Kings   0  -  Washington Capitals   5      L 
 H 2016/03/09 Los Angeles Kings   4  -  Washington Capitals   3 (OT) W 
 A 2016/02/16 Los Angeles Kings   1  -  Washington Capitals   3      L 
 H 2015/02/14 Los Angeles Kings   3  -  Washington Capitals   1      W 
 A 2015/02/03 Los Angeles Kings   0  -  Washington Capitals   4      L 
 A 2014/03/25 Los Angeles Kings   5  -  Washington Capitals   4 (SO) W 
 H 2014/03/20 Los Angeles Kings   2  -  Washington Capitals   1 (SO) W 
 H 2012/01/09 Los Angeles Kings   5  -  Washington Capitals   2      W 
 A 2011/02/12 Los Angeles Kings   4  -  Washington Capitals   1      W 
 H 2010/01/02 Los Angeles Kings   2  -  Washington Capitals   1      W 
 A 2009/02/05 Los Angeles Kings   5  -  Washington Capitals   4      W 
 H 2008/11/20 Los Angeles Kings   5  -  Washington Capitals   2      W 
 A 2007/02/08 Los Angeles Kings   3  -  Washington Capitals   4 (OT) L 
 H 2005/12/14 Los Angeles Kings   2  -  Washington Capitals   3      L

It won’t be easy for either team. The Kings, like the Caps, have been spending more time in the sin bin then they would like. Top guys like Drew Dougherty need to set the tone for the team. The Caps have had issues with defenseman Brooks Orpik, especially taking some late game penalties. The Kings have an 83.4 percent penalty kill average and ranks second it the league–the Caps not so much.

The Caps will need to keep a watch on Jeff Carter – not to mention Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli who have been playing a strong game of late. Oh and lets not forget Kopitar – our favorite to watch. They of course have to deal with the power year Alex Ovechkin is having. Ovi leads the team and the league in goals at 40. He is also on the prowl to notch two more goals for 600. Kuznetsov leads in assists and lets not forget defenseman John Carlson who has more time on ice then anybody and keeps bringing it night after night.

We don’t know for sure who will be in the net for either team. Could be Holtby but we have a sense coach will go with Grubauer given how quick he was to pull Holtz on Monday. And speaking of Quick, if he is in the net he is sure to be a formidable presence in the net.

LA Insider Jon Rosen talked with Coach Stevens about the pending match and coach indicated that the Caps could be fired up after the big loss in Anaheim–something about the Caps forecheck. The Capitals want to hang onto the top spot while the Kings want to move up from wild card and into a sure spot in time for the playoffs. Any way you look at it, this is going to be a great game for DC fans to stay up late and watch.

Caps Third Period Surge Not Enough to Beat LA

Tonight, the Washington Capitals took on the LA Kings at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. This was the first game back in LA for Mike Richards and Justin Williams. After downing the Anaheim Ducks in a shootout on Monday night, Braden Holtby got the start again for the Caps. Jonathan Quick got the start for the Kings. Michael Latta, Stanislav Galiev and Nate Schmidt were the Caps scratches again.


PERIOD 1-
Well that escalated quickly…
Yet again, the Caps were in the hole early by allowing the opposing team to score first. They seem to enjoy their trips to the penalty box so they kept that trend up too. Holts had some awesome saves, but could not stop them all. The Caps lack of offense combined with the severe lack of defense allowed the Kings to take a 3-0 lead early in the game. LA had 14 shots on goal to the 6 the Caps had.

PENALTIES-Jay Beagle called for tripping, Evgeny Kuznetsov called for high sticking, Mike Richards called for slashing, Nick Shore called for slashing, Mike Weber called for fighting, and Dwight King called for fighting.e

GOALS- Vincent Lecavalier scored, assisted by Tanner Pearson, Jake Muzzin scored, assisted by Tanner Pearson, and Milan Lucic scored, assisted by Jeff Carter.

SCORE-Caps down, 0-3

PERIOD 2-Sloppy Second

The Caps picked up the pace early in the second period. However, LA had some very impressive and extensive offensive zone time which seemed to dampen the little bit of energy the Caps had. The Caps spent most of the second in their own zone. Tom Wilson tried to get the boys amped by fighting Kyle Clifford, but the ensuing haymakers did more to Wilson’s face than they did the Caps confidence.

PENALTIES-Tom Wilson and Kyle Clifford both called for fighting, each getting a five minute majors.

GOALS-None.

SCORE-Caps still down, 0-3

PERIOD 3-The ties that bind

This is the period that Caps have been trying to play all game. They had 10 shots on goal before the nine minute mark. The Caps had some excellent offensive zone pressure. They finally punctured Quick when they got a good garbage goal from Oshie. Some intense pressure and smart passing got the Caps their second goal and second wind for the good guys. With the ice tilted in their favor, the Caps added another goal to tie it late in the third to take it to overtime.

PENALTIES-Dwight King called for holding, and Mike Weber called for holding.

GOALS-TJ Oshie scored his 20th of the season, assisted by Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom scored his 18th goal of the season, assisted by Alex Ovechkin, and Dmitry Orlov scored his 8th goal of the season, assisted by Justin Williams.

SCORE-Caps and Kings tied, 3-3

OVERTIME-After knocking Drew Doughty down with his power shot, Ovi almost ends it about 40 seconds in to OT but is stopped by Quick who was deep in his crease. LA tried the same but was denied by Holtby. There was a lot of very fast back and forth, up and down the ice before Jeff Carter went top shelf on a sprawling Holtby to give the Kings the victory.

SCORE-Caps lose, 3-4.

The Caps lost their 14th game of the season. Womp womp. This was actually a much closer game at the end than anyone who watched the first two periods would have thought. The Caps erased a three goal deficit to force overtime, and then gain a point. For those of us who were capable of staying awake, that third period was a treat to see.

Caps are now 49-13-4 with 103 points. 

The Caps get to say “Hey!” to their old teammate Joel Ward in their next game on Saturday against the Sharks in San Jose. This is another late night game with a 10:30pm start time for us on the East Coast.