The Washington Capitals returned to action at Capital One Arena following the NHL holiday break and got a huge 3-1 win over their Metropolitan Division rival Carolina Hurricanes 3-1. It was their third win in a row that saw goals from Chandler Stephenson, T.J. Oshie and John Carlson. Christmas was fun and the Caps had great videos, but it feels good to see them play hockey again.
The Washington Capitals bounced back from a tough loss to the Penguins 48 hours ago with a big win over the Sabres 2-1 Friday night at Capital One Arena. Chandler Stephenson put the Caps on the board and Wilson came up clutch with a clutch goal with seven minutes left in the game. Washington now leads the Metropolitan Division four points ahead of the Blue Jackets with an improved record of 21-10-3. Continue reading “Tom Wilson’s Third Period Goal Gives Caps Big 2-1 Win Over Sabres”
It has been an awesome season for the Washington Capitals. Verizon Center was tingling with excitement with the anticipation of the playoffs starting this week. There were quite a few “be safe” scratches tonight: TJ Oshie, Justin Williams, Matt Niskanen, Brett Connolly, and John Carlson. Alex Ovechkin and Nick Backstrom both said they wanted to play every game of the season, so there were in the line up.
That meant there was space for Garrett Mitchell, Captain of the Hershey Bears and Taylor Chorney – finally on both accounts. Also in tonight were Chandler Stephenson and Paul Carey down from the HBH.
The first period kind of drifted by with no penalties, a total of 17 SOG, and no goals. Most excitement was seeing Mitchy on the ice!!
Oh and of course there was Jaromir Jagr who has now said that he will play at least until he turn 50, God willing.
Into the second at 15:35 we had the first power play with a trip of Ovechkin. No goal came out of it unfortunately. Caps got another PP but it didn’t work that well for the Caps because the Panthers scored shorthanded. Period ends 1-0 Cats.
Third period was about as slow as the previous two. Wilson went to the penalty box. And once again the Panthers scored again making it 2-0 Cats. And that’s how the Caps ended the regular season. No biggy but a win would have been nice.
Still the most fun thing was watching Mitchell–’cause not much else was going on, other then watching to see what else was going on in the league to see who the Caps will play–so far it looks like Toronto on Thursday.
The Capitals visited Denver, Colorado and a familiar face in Semyon Varlamov Friday night in the first of their back-to-back games. The team was one Swede short after an announcement came earlier in the day that Nicklas Backstrom would be sitting out due to an upper body injury. In his place was Stan Galiev who…. Caps were coming off a tough SO loss to Philadelphia and the Avs were in fight mode as they try to clinch their own playoff spot. The combination of these made for an exciting game.
First Period: Lots of Pipe
The speed of the first period is something we like to see from the Caps on a regular basis. Within the first two minutes Marcus Johansson made an excellent attempt on Varlamov that unfortunately hit the pipe, Richards would do the same thing not long after. Justin Williams would head to the box at 4:43 for a tripping call on Avs Blake Comeau. Caps managed to limit the bad guys to 1 shot on the PP while Jay Beagle had a great breakaway that yet again hit the pipe next to Varlamov. Jay Beagle headed to the box for a Hi-Sticking call against John Mitchell at the end of the first, Avs would have a power play going into the second. Varly faced a whopping fifteen shots, while Holtby faced only seven. End of period score: 0-0
Second Period: All the Goals…
The fourth pipe hit came from TJ Oshie at 3:31. Shortly after, Tom Wilson laid a hard (legal) hit on Nikita Zadorov that left the defenseman down for a few minutes but he ultimately left the ice fully coherent with the help of trainers and teammates. Varlamov continued to be stellar in goal for Colorado; robbing Johansson with a sprawling save. All the shots finally pay off when Jay Beagle sneaks one past Varly with no helpers for his eighth of the season and first since March fourth at 8:50. Blake Comeau received a hooking penalty after a hook on Jason Chimera. Not long after the boys show they still got it when Ovechkin scores his 45th of the season via Johansson and Kuznetsov. And with the third goal of the night just two minutes later Jason Chimera scores his 19th of the season with help from Richards and Carlson. The second period ended same as the first with a penalty call against Matt Niskanen for hooking on Gabriel Landeskog. The power play for Colorado resulted in a goal from Jerome Iginla his 20th on the season. Shots continued to be lopsided with a final shot count of 30-13 Washington. End of 2nd score: 3-1 Caps.
3rd period: That’ll do Caps, That’ll do.
The third period began with just as much speed. Colorado defense were on top of their game; saving a puck that nearly crossed the line after a series of shots the pulled Varly out of his crease. Chris Bigras heads to the box for a Hi-Sticking call on TJ Oshie. Not for lack of trying, Caps could not get one passed the Avs killer defense and seasoned goaltender. With the FIFTH pipe of the night, Carlson just misses. Gabriel Landeskog makes it a one goal game with the help of Soderberg and Comeau. This was Landeskog’s 20th goal of the season and his 100th career NHL goal. To no avail Colorado pulled Varlamov at 2:19 for the extra man. TJ Oshie scores on the empty net to put the nail in the coffin. Your final shot count is 47-19 in favor of the Caps. Final Score 4-2
And your Washington Capitals win another one. That’s another record in the books with 55 wins in a season. Braden Holtby is now just one win away from tying Martin Brodeur for most wins in a single season (48).
Tomorrow night Caps will take on the Phoenix Coyotes at 10:00 PM on CSN
Sunday will be a day off and the team will return to Kettler for a 10:30 am practice on Monday morning.
The Washington Capitals traveled to Columbus take home the victory (6-3) over the Blue Jackets in the third match between the two teams. Fresh off their victory over the New York Rangers, the Caps were ready to stick to their winning ways. With Zach Sill and Aaron Ness sent back down to Hershey with many praises from Barry Trotz, Ryan Stanton was called up for his first game in a Caps sweater. Holtby stood on his head again to bring a win in for the team.
First Period: It’s Not How You Start…
The Caps started out this game a little slow. They were the unfortunate recipients of the first penalty as Nicklas Backstrom was called for interference. Columbus was leading shots on goal 10-1 at one point.
Columbus earned the first goal of the game when Kerby Rychel recorded his first NHL goal to give Columbus the advantage.
Minutes later, Backstrom evened things up and got the Caps on the board, assisted by TJ Oshie and Alex Ovechkin.
After blocking a shot off his hand, Jason Chimera showed fans he was just fine by scoring the Caps second goal, assisted by Marcus Johansson.
End of the period, 2-1 Caps
Second Period: Goals Galore!
The second period is when the goals started coming. The Caps scored 3 and the Jackets scored 1. All but one of these goals were scored on power plays. About three minutes in, the Caps went to the power play as Marcus Johansson was caught in the face by a high stick and started bleeding. Justin Falk was off to the sin bin for a four minute double minor.
On the power play, Alexander Ovechkin notched his 28th goal of the season, assisted by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Matt Niskanen.
Nicklas Backstrom earned his 15th goal of the season, also assisted by Kuzy and Nisky.
Ryan Stanton was called holding and Boone Jenner scored on the Jackets power play.
Andre Burakovsky answers the CBJ goal by adding another one for the Caps at even strength, again assisted by Kuzy as well as Justin Williams.
A few minutes later, Michael Latta defended Marcus Johansson’s honor and got in a fight with Justin Falk. Both Latta and Falk were charged with fighting majors, Falk was hit with holding and Latta also got hit with a five-minute roughing minor. Marcus was also called for holding.
End of the period: 5-2 Caps
Third Period…It’s How You Finish
The Caps seemed to have this game in the bag when the third period started. However, five minutes in, Ryan Murray scored for Columbus to bring the Jackets to within two. A little while later, Ovi was awarded a penalty shot as he was cleaned out by Cody Goloubef and ended up in the net with Sergei Bobrovsky. Ovi could not convert on the penalty shot.
With 3:11 left in the game, Sergei Bobrovsky was lifted for an extra skater. MoJo managed to get the puck to the blue line and tossed it towards the yawning net and scored the final goal with 32.4 seconds left in the game. Assisted by Kuzy and Williams.
Final: 6-3 Caps
With this victory, the Caps are now 35-8-3. This was also Braden Holtby’s 30th win of the season.Everyone seemed to want to score or assist tonight. Great showing by Nicky with two goals, Kuzy with four assists, and Niskanen with two assists. And what can you say about Chimmer–leaves the ice after taking a hit to the hand only to return and put one in the net. Oh, and congrats to Michael Latta for his 100th NHL game.