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.
On Friday night, Washington Capitals hockey returned to the District of Columbia after an All-Star break complemented by a bye week. The lengthy break did the defending Stanley Cup champions a great favor, for they entered the period of rest losers of seven straight, although a few counted as OT in the standings. They came close the last time they were at home but got robbed by the Sharks with a last second game tying goal. This time, they wouldn’t need overtime. Continue reading “Bye Bye Losing! Evgeny Kuznetsov Comes Through with Clutch Goal to End Caps Seven-Game Winless Drought”
After John Carlson, Braden Holtby and Todd Reirden took part in the NHL All-Star weekend festivities in San Jose and the rest of the team enjoying extra time off with both the All-Star break and the NHL mandatory bye week, the Caps are back in action. The team practiced on Thursday afternoon at MedStar Capitals Iceplex and will hold a morning skate tomorrow morning (or today if you’re reading this now) to gear up for a Friday night tilt. The second half push begins tonight with the Calgary Flames coming to Capital One Arena. The Caps hope a break can help them snap their seven game winless streak, something we hadn’t seen in quite some time. Continue reading “The Pregame: Caps Are Back in Town”
The Capitals continued their four-game road trip in Calgary on Saturday afternoon looking to rebound from their loss to Edmonton on Thursday. This was a back-and-fourth contest that ultimately saw the Caps come out on top 4-3 in the shootout thanks to Nicklas Backstrom going top shelf. The win would seal Pheonix Copley‘s first NHL win as the former Hershey Bears standout made 27 saves. Continue reading “Pheonix Copley Gets His First NHL Win as Caps Defeat Flames in Shootout”
The Ovechkin’s and Orlov’s took in Lady Gaga at the Capital One Arena on Sunday night.
Gaga put on a GR8 Show, including celebrating her win for the AMA Best Female Artist 2017. This after beaming in a stunning performance to the Microsoft Center of The Cure for local and worldwide fans.
The boys are at The Vault tonight when it converts back to ice to meet, and hopefully have their own stunning performance against the Flames. Maybe she inspired them!!
By Brittney Marcum
It was another late night for the fans with a 9:30 PM puck-drop. We know you’re either reading this after the game or just as your waking up. Either way we are going to keep this short and sweet.
The boys started off with the scoring quickly with a goal from Brett Connolly 2:01 into the first. This was his first goal this season. The goal was assisted by Jay Beagle and Zach Sanford (this was his first NHL point), who is quickly becoming one of our favorite additions. Marcus Johansson was the next to light the lamp with help from the great 8 and his fellow Swede Nicklas Backstrom. But all good things must come to an end as Mikael Backlund slipped one past the Holtbeast at 13:44. There was only one penalty in the first against Deryk Engelland for high-sticking on Tom Wilson.
In the second period the Caps and Flames made us a little sleepy. The score remained 2-1 throughout the period. Both teams had penalties this period; first Matt Stajan with a tripping penalty and then TJ Oshie the hooking followed by a slashing call on Justin Williams. The number of shots on goal were also less than stellar at nine for the Caps and five for the Flames.
The Third Period started with the Caps killing of the rest of J-Wills penalty. Flames did their best to control the ice, outshooting the Caps and putting them on the defense. Sanford had us all buzzing with a great SOG and lots of energy. Elliot was doing some magic in front of the net including an amazing block of GR8.
Seems like the Flames man of the night was one-time Caps player Dan Wideman. He was everywhere the Caps wanted to be, foiling attempts. Right down to the last seconds–but it wasn’t enough. Marcus sent one last one in to end it Caps 3-1!!!
Next quest? Winnipeg Jets. And old friend MattyP.
It has always confused me a little when the Caps played the Minnesota Wild (and last year the Calgary Flames) and there media reports debating if Nick Backstrom would play. Now we here in Washington all knew our guy was playing so who was this ‘other’ Nick?
Niklas Backstrom is a talented goalie who played backup goalie for most of his NHL career with the Minnesota Wild. He played with the Flames last year; however, it was a disappointing year for everyone.
It seems in June he announced that he was going home to play for the HIFK in Helsikinki, Finland. He got his start there and the 38-year-old has chosen to end his career there as well.
So no more confusing with our center Nicklas Backstrom.
We wish Niklas Backstrom all the best in he plays for the home crowd next year.