For the second time in 18 days, the Washington Capitals hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena. Once again, the Caps protected home ice with a 6-2 win, their third in a row, to keep ahead for first place in the Metropolitan Division now up by five points on the Blue Jackets with a 18-9-3 record (39 points). The offense got a boost with T.J. Oshie‘s return after being out for over three weeks with a concussion. Oshie scored in this contest that also saw tallies from Brett Connolly, Travis Boyd, and Alex Ovechkin times three. Continue reading “Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick and T.J. Oshie’s Return Power Caps to 6-2 Win Over Red Wings”
Don’t look now. Right when you thought Washington Capitals were going through a Stanley Cup hangover, the team has ripped off four wins in a row. On Black Friday, they protected home ice to deliver a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Continue reading “Caps Defeat Red Wings 3-1 on Black Friday”
Photos by Mel Abernethy
Once again the Washington Capitals skated off the home ice winners with a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. This time 11 players recorded points. Brett Connolly continues his trend, with a third night of finding the back of the net and it the fifth game with a point.
Before the start of the game, fans were happy to welcome Fatima Al Ali from the UAE, who dropped the ceremonial puck. She was warmly welcomed and she seemed to inspire the team!
A great game starts with a great warm-up:
The Red Wings gave the Caps a run for their money with Andreas Athanasiou (72) scoring twice on the Caps — he seems to like scoring when playing the Caps! Henrik Zetterberg (40) would score the third and final goal for the Wings. Oh yeah, and the crowds enjoyed whooping old friend Mike Green (25).
The Caps outshot the Wings 31 to 17. Marcus Johansson, Brett Connolly, TJ Oshie (2), John Carlson, and finally Nick Backstrom all added to their scoring records.
The game ended with a win for the Caps but not without some players getting banged up. Connolly was tossed around but looks to be ok. Andre Burakovsky not so much. He will be out until mid-March with a hand injury. (Read more here)
Don’t forget game time is late tonight: 7:30 puck drop.
Karl Alzner and Marcus Johansson both took take practice today so it looks like Alzner will continue his consecutive game-playing streak. Although it was only a “morning skate” the team was working hard on their drills in prep for tonight’s match-up. Players were in good moods as some of the dads watched from the balcony. The boys always seem a bit more inspired when their dads are in town. Let’s hope they bring us a win.
Caps Driving Forward
The Washington Caps hope to get back in the win column tonight and will be energetic and powerful as they face each other for the third time this season. Both teams are in second place in their division with the Caps leading the Wings in overall regulation wins. We can expect another hard hitting game that probably will come down to goalie stamina.
What Detroit Brings
Center Brad Richards has returned from back surgery and finally broke a scoring drought against Nashville on Saturday. They’ve been 6-0-2 since his return so scoring or not, he seems to be bringing some charm to the team.
Former Caps player and community leader, Mike Green returns to the phone book tonight. Don’t look for the 52 on his sweater though; his new number is 25. Clever eh? Read our article on Greenie Here .
Henrick Zetterberg (40) leads the Red Wings in points with 49 assists and 17 goals.
Never underestimate what Pavel Datsyuk (13) brings to the game. Even though he was hanging out with this Russian countrymen yesterday, he will be all about winning the game once he laces up. He comes into the game with 26 goals and 39 assists (65 points), scoring 2 goals and 3 assists in the last 10 days.
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What to Watch for Tonight:
Justin Williams: One point to go to reach 600 career HNL points.
John Carlson: One goal away from 50 career NHL goals.
Marcus Johansson: One point away from 200 total NHL points.
Mike Green is probably the most controversial Caps player, next to Alexander Semin, in recent history. Greenie played for the Washington Capitals Organization from 2004 until he signed with The Detroit Red Wings following the 2014/15 season. One of the original Young Guns –with Semin, Ovechkin, and Backstrom—Green was known for his highs and lows, his injuries, and his dedication to community. He was the player fans loved to hate and hated to love. And when he left, most felt, as Dan Steinberg wrote, that we were seeing the end of an era.
Green was originally drafted by the Caps in 2004 along with teammate Alex Ovechkin, but his first full season as a Cap came in the 2006-07 season. In his first season Green had just two goals and 10 assists, ending the year with a +/- of -10. Comparing this to his last season with the Caps (2014-15) when he ended the season with 10 goals and 35 assists, Green was always a team player in the right place at the right time. Green has only played 21 games with his new team but already has one Goal and 10 assists. He is currently averaging around 21:00 minutes a game for Detroit. In case you didn’t already know Green now wears #25 just switching the numbers he previously wore (#52).
But Green was not only a great team player on the ice, Mike founded “So Kids Can” with DC 101’s Elliot Segal, a fundraising group that designates funds to youth-focused organizations in the area. Green committed to donating $100 for every goal he scored and $50 for every assist. He received the James Brown Impact Award for his involvement in the community. The award is given to a player who uses his sport to impact the Washington DC area. One of the most memorable charities Greenie supported was the annual Kaboom! playground restoration and build projects in the greater DC area.
We saw Mike grow up, just as we have watched the other young guns. He inspired many fans into community service by his example. We watched him as he dated and then married his lovely bride Courtney Parrie, a local girl and photographer. And we understand that they are expecting their first child. At the end of the day, Mike Green will always hold a special spot in the hearts of Caps fans for all he inspired us to do and for his great plays on the ice.
We look forward to seeing him, even if it is in something other than a Washington Capitals sweater.