Caps Defeat Rangers at MSG to Win Fifth in a Row

michael banner 2The Washington Capitals had a quick turnaround after protecting their home ice with a 3-1 over the Red Wings Friday afternoon. After the game was over, the team headed to New York for a Saturday matinee affair with the Rangers at Madison Square Garden to kick off the Capitals’ annual dads/mentors trip. The Caps rallied and defeated the Rangers 5-3 to regain sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division which they’ll hold if the Blue Jackets fall to the Penguins Saturday night.  Continue reading “Caps Defeat Rangers at MSG to Win Fifth in a Row”

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”

Preview: Capitals Host Rangers on Wednesday Night Hockey

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michael banner 2It seems like de ja vu. For the third Wednesday in a row we are back in Chinatown. This time it’ll be the New York Rangers taking on the Washington Capitals as two Metropolitan Division rivals meet for the first time in this young season. This game will be the first of four meetings between the defending champs and the Broadway Bluehsirts this season. The Caps look to end a two-game losing streak against a young and rebuilding Rangers hockey club. Puck drop from Chinatown is at 7 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network.  Continue reading “Preview: Capitals Host Rangers on Wednesday Night Hockey”

Capitals Top 10 Moments of the Regular Season: #10 A Comeback to Defeat the Rangers

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Having Caps hockey withdrawals? We’re always here to help! Introducing a new weekly series where Friends in Cold Places writer Michael Marzzacco takes a look back at what he believes were the Top 10 moments of the regular season. Additionally, sometime down the road, Michael will rank his Top 10 moments of the playoffs so we can relive all the glory that comes with winning the Stanley Cup.  Continue reading “Capitals Top 10 Moments of the Regular Season: #10 A Comeback to Defeat the Rangers”

Rock the Road! Capitals Win All Three Games Away as Their Attack Gets More Deadly

Washington Capitals complete the road trip with three wins, a four-win streak, and ready to win at home! #caps

Playing away from home wasn’t a problem for the Caps, who faced three teams before meeting again with the fans in the hometown. Their attack has been more deadly and the defense looks more solid, though it does still need some additional caution. But anyhow, it’s a great improvement compared to the last few months. The team has been able to improve its season stats, with 240 goals. Combined with the 223 goals against, the Caps now hold a +17 goal differential. Continue reading “Rock the Road! Capitals Win All Three Games Away as Their Attack Gets More Deadly”

Inside The Caps Opponent : David Desharnais

When the Capitals head into Madison Square Garden tonight as they resume the schedule after the Christmas break they’ll be taking on a Rangers team that also is riding a two-game losing streak. While their are many familiar faces in Manhattan, David Desharnais is new to the 2017-18 Rangers and has continued to carve himself out a nice NHL career as he’s closing in on 200 career points. The diminutive forward is versatile and his ability to move up and down the lineup has made him a valued asset in the league. Averaging 0.5 pt/game for his career, Desharnais who has has also skated for the Canadiens and Oilers (scored playoff game winning goal vs Sharks) is a playmaker who can dart in and out of the traffic areas and looks to the snipers to finish off. He’s recorded four assists in his last five games but has only registered one goal and one assist in 20 career games vs the Capitals. Continue reading “Inside The Caps Opponent : David Desharnais”

It was a Special Kuzy Top-Flipping and Friends Photo Night 

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Seems like every Caps game of late we have had at least one memorable moment in the game, outside of scoring. Saturday night it was Evgeny Kuznetsov who brought us this unforgettable moment:

Yup, we love us some Kuzy:

Ok, there were some other players on the ice too, after all we did score two goals before the Rangers took over.

We had some reason to celebrate but even Loud Goat couldn’t get the Caps energized enough to take back the lead. Next game is against the Oilers Wednesday at 9:30. Lets hope we get back to winning.

The Capitals Fall to The Rangers

Tonight’s game against the New York Rangers was an energy-packed 60 minutes, despite the 2-4 loss, both on the ice and in the stands. It’s to be expected with a rivalry like this one, to find hard hits in the game and aggressive cheers from the fans, both for the Capitals and against. Before regulation, referee Kelly Sutherland was honored for his 1,000th game with a team-signed stick from the Rangers and a team-signed jersey from the Caps, as well as a Tiffany crystal. Dmitry Orlov’s sick hit against Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche was also honored with a hilarious Stranger Things parody. Zach Sanford  found himself in the game, in place of Brett Connolly on the third line.

watermarked42016-10-22-2128 The first period saw a lot of action with two goals, first from Lars Eller, his first goal as a Capital, and then from Alex Ovechkin. After Eller’s goal, Justin Williams quickly scooped it up and brought it right to the bench to be saved. The first twenty minutes also featured two penalties, one from Karl Alzner for high sticking, and the other from Eller for slashing in an attempt to stop a breakaway goal from the Rangers. This didn’t stop the Capitals, though, as they were completely in control during both penalty kills. Defense was remarkable, both from the blue line and in their own zone, with plenty of blocked shots. Notable players in the first period included Nicklas Backstrom for his great offense and blocked shots, Sanford for his high energy, and Evgeny Kuznetsov for losing his helmet but continuing to play. Period ended 2-0 Caps.

As the second period started, momentum died down and the Capitals began to get sloppy. It took the Rangers scoring three times for the Caps to get their defense back together. Those goals were scored by Brandon Pirri, and Jimmy Vesey, who got two in the net. Mika Zibanejad, on the other hand, landed a double major when he drew blood on T.J. Oshie while high-sticking. Matt Niskanen drew a penalty as well for roughing when he gave a Ranger a good shove from behind. Overall, the second period was marked by the Caps allowing too many breakaways and getting too complacent with being in the lead. Second period 3-2 NYR.

The third period was an improvement for a while, but it wasn’t enough. Nate Schmidt was the star of the last twenty minutes, with some sick blocks, hits, and powerful shots. The energy returned briefly, but it quickly turned into sloppiness and the Capitals not taking as many shots as they should’ve. The loss was solidified by an empty net goal from Rick Nash with less than six seconds remaining.

Final Score: 4-2 Rangers 

Let’s hope the Caps bring their usual high-energy performance to Wednesday’s game in Edmonton.

Caps have the day off Sunday and return to Kettler for practice on Monday.

New York Rangers Come to Town

The New York Rangers slide onto Capitals ice tonight at 7 pm at the Verizon Center. Big game means watching on NHL, CSN, and MSG if you can’t make it there yourself.

The Caps have been front and center in hockey news from Dmitry Orlov’s masterful hip check to Daniel Winnik’s ear nip. They have won three-in-a-row and sit in first place for the division – fourth in the league. One more win and maybe the sports masters will talk about how good the Caps look early in the season.

Your line up tonight presented by Daily Faceoff: Zach Sanford is back in which mean Brett Connolly is out, and Taylor Chorney still hasn’t played yet.

Comeback Caps not enough to beat Blue Shirts

After a comeback victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs two nights before, the Washington Capitals continued their homestand by taking on the New York Rangers on Friday night. Antti Raanta got the start for the Rags with Henrik Lundqvist out with an injury. Braden Holtby got the start for the Caps. Michael Latta, Stanislav Galiev and Nate Schmidt were the scratches.

PERIOD 1: It’s all about the climb…

The Rangers came into the Verizon Center ready to play. They were swarming the ice and screening Holtby in the hopes of netting a few pucks. The Caps got in the hole early giving up two goals, one of which was scored on a powerplay. It seems that, yet again, our boys will be spending a lot of time in the sin bin.

GOALS: Jesper Fast scored, assisted by Dan Girardi, and Keith Yandle scored, assisted by Derek Brassard.

PENALTIES: Marc Staal called for tripping, Jay Beagle called for roughing, J.T. Miller called for roughing, and Karl Alzner called for tripping.

SCORE: Caps down, 0-2

PERIOD 2– Secondary scoring

The Caps finally came to play this game! After a mediocre first few minutes, the Caps started playing with some passion. After lengthy reviews by the officials, Jay Beagle scored his first goal since returning from injury and T.J. Oshie added another one during the power play. Raanta had some spectacular saves on his end and Holtby stood tall in his crease.

GOALS: Jay Beagle and T.J. Oshie scored, both unassisted. Beagle scored his 7th of the season and Oshie scored his 19th of the season.

PENALTIES: Tanner Glass called for slashing.

SCORE: Caps tie it up, 2-2

PERIOD 3: Too little, too late

The Caps were back in the hole early in the third. The Rangers scored just 17 seconds in to give them back the lead. The Caps were pressuring ferociously the entire period but could not get anything past Raanta. They almost got another reviewed call go their way. However, Raanta got extremely lucky as the puck did not cross the line. They had plenty of other great chances but they just couldn’t get stick to puck and in the net.

GOALS: Derek Stepan scored, assisted by Ryan McDonagh.

PENALTIES: Justin Williams called for slashing.

SCORE: Caps lose, 2-3

The Caps had a pretty decent game–if you looked at only the second and third periods. The sleepy slow start was detrimental and they just could not complete the comeback climb that we are all used to seeing. The Caps are now 47-13-4 and still have 98 points.

Their next game is Saturday at Boston at 7pm on CSN.