The Washington Capitals were looking to build off a big win Thursday night in San Jose but they fell to the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Sunday night. Alex Ovechkin achieved another milestone, John Carlson added a goal too but in the end, the Caps couldn’t stay out of the box and the Ducks made them pay with three unanswered goals. The Ducks have swept the Capitals this season after they stunned them in December at Capital One Arena, overcoming a four-goal deficit. Continue reading “Alex Ovechkin Scores 40th Goal but Caps Fall to Ducks in Anaheim”
The Washington Capitals had simply owned the Boston Bruins. They had not lost to them since March 29, 2014. Since then, which was stretched to four seasons and nearly five, the Caps had won 14 straight against the Bruins. That is the longest active streak in the NHL. The Caps were coming off a thrilling win over the Calgary Flames Friday night with Evgeny Kuznetsov coming through win the game-winner with under a minute left that snapped a seven game winless streak. Washington was hoping to make it two in a row on Super Bowl Sunday in the second game of a season-long six-game home stand. This was the seventh consecutive season the Caps were part of the appetizer before the big game. Continue reading “Capitals Winning Streak vs. Bruins Gets Halted at 14 Sunday”
The Washington Capitals were expected by many experts to have a Stanley Cup hangover of some sorts after winning the Cup and enduring the shortest, quickest offseason for the entire roster. Things were kind of 50/50 at the start of the season, then the team got hot to close out the 2018 calendar year. When that calendar flipped to 2019, that hangover talk resurfaced. The team is having a hard time moving on from the past. Continue reading “Caps Winless Drought Extends to Seven Games Entering Break”
In a close and exciting Metropolitan Division rivalry clash inside Capital One Arena, the latest chapter in the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets rivalry saw a low-scoring, goalie heavy classic. The Caps ultimately came up short in overtime 2-1 after scoring late in the game to tie it and come away with a point. Continue reading “Caps Fall to Blue Jackets 2-1 in Overtime”
CAPITAL ONE ARENA – The Washington Capitals were leading the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 just over the midway mark in the second period. The Flyers were looking for some kind of momentum to tie the game. As they had the puck in the Caps zone, Jakub Vrana stayed on his man and forced a turnover off an errant attempted pass from Sean Couturier and went off to the races. Vrana flew up the ice with only goaltender Mike McKenna to beat. Vrana went to his left and beat McKenna above the glove in the top corner. Continue reading “Jakub Vrana’s Two Goals Lead Caps to 5-3 Win Over Flyers”
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.
Twitter was full of comments about Thursday night’s Capitals and Devils game. Most frequently comment was along the lines of “zzzzzzzz.” But have no fear, our girls got some great photos before and during the game.
Shall we start with warm-ups? The boys were decked out in some snazzy camo sweaters in honor of our military.
Nate Schmidt was playing coy with the camera but we still captured that smiley face if his.
Tom Wilson the other hand never shys away from our lens.
And here is new guy Kevin Shattenkirk
Ok so we went through the first two periods with no goals. We blame that on the two goalies Braden Holtby and Cory Schneider
Alex Ovechkin continued his scoreless streak (five games no goal) but he did have three shots in goal.
The Devils gave it their best shot but came up empty in the end.
Rookie Jakub Vrana, visiting from the Hershey Bears, scored the only goal in the third period.
The match ended mercifully after 60 minutes with the Capitals 14th win at home (a new franchise record) and a seventh shutout for the Holtbeast!!
The Caps welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to Verizon Center on Saturday. This is always a fun physical game. We’re pretty sure it will be more exciting!!
Alex Ovechkin has one simple request for fans and the media: don’t make this about Alex Ovechkin vs. Sidney Crosby. The Caps face off against their arch rivals from Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals for the first time since 2009, when both Sid and Alex scored hat tricks in Game 2 of the series. Caps friends will remember having a 2-0 lead only to see the Pens win three straight. On the verge of getting knocked out, Washington took game six to overtime where they won 5-4 to force a game seven. That game the Caps were never in the building as the Penguins crushed them at Verizon Center 6-2 to win the series and, eventually, the Stanley Cup.
Play Your Game
OK Caps fans. Breathe. We reached the second round after a tough first round series with Philly. The positives you take away from that series are the play of Braden Holtby and how Alex Ovechkin was in beast mode. They’ll need this and more as they take on a team that easily dismantled Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers four games to one with their speed and efficiency on the Power Play.
- The Capitals Power Play is 29.6% and penalty kill is a league best 95.8% for the playoffs.
- Braden Holtby has played Vezina Award winning hockey throughout the playoffs. Thus far he is 4-2 with a 0.84 GAA, .968 save percentage and two shutouts.
- Players that need to boost their play in this series: Evgeny Kuznetsov and Andre Burakovsky.
- The Capitals are 1-7 all-time in Stanley Cup Playoff series (19-30 overall) against the Penguins. The last time they beat them in a playoff series was 1994 when the Caps won four games to two.
- Injuries: Defenseman Brooks Orpik is listed day-to-day but is looking likely to start the series.
No Fleury, No Problem
The Penguins have had to deal with a lot of injury issues. First, Evgeny Malkin was deemed out for the first part of the Rangers series. He has since made a triumphant return with two goals in Game 4. Then Marc-André Fleury has been battling concussion symptoms for more than a month, leaving rookie Matt Murray and Jeff Zatkoff as the Pens only options. Murray has been stellar in his rookie season, coming into the Ranger series and winning three straight games while allowing four goals.
- The Penguin Power Play is a phenomenal 38.1%, tops in the league for the playoffs. Their penalty kill is 89.5%.
- Rookie netminder Matt Murray is 3-0 with a 1.33 GAA, .955 save percentage and a shutout.
- Sidney Crosby leads the team with three goals, five assists.
- Injuries: Goaltender Marc-André Fleury (concussion, day-to-day); Forward Beau Bennett (undisclosed, day-to-day); Forward Scott Wilson (lower body, IR); and Kevin Porter (ankle, IR)
Your starting goaltenders will be Braden Holtby for the Caps and Matt Murray for the Pens.
Puck drop is 8 p.m. on CSN.
ROCK THE RED and GO CAPS!
Game three for the Caps was anything but boring, in fact it was down right dirty. Of course we are talking about the Flyers and their fans. One even went as far as throwing a memorial bracelet for the late Ed Snider at Dmitry Orlov who was getting treatment for injuries sustained during a hit from Bellamare, who has since been suspended for game four of the series. All of this being said we know how hard it is once the game is over, you just want another game! Well to hold you over until 7:00pm we have ANOTHER gallery for you featuring all your faves (excuse the high volume of #46 photos in this one).
So enjoy our game two gallery here, and let us know what you think!
This was the last regular season game for the Washington Capitals and the Anaheim Ducks. Goaltenders Philipp Grubauer and Frederik Andersen were in net for the Caps and Ducks respectively. The Ducks were playing for a Pacific Division title. In other news, Justin Williams hit the 1,000th game milestone so big congratulations to him!
First Period: Good Start
Each team had healthy scratched many of their top players; Captain Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Brooks Orpik and John Carlson sat out for the Caps. Jay Beagle did not play either and was listed as day-to-day with an injury sustained during the Blues game. Even though some of the key players were not in the lineup, it was not a boring first period. The teams traded some quality chances but Grubauer and Andersen allowed nothing. Michael Latta and Clayton Stoner dropped the gloves with 4:40 left in the first period. The teams were scoreless after the first period.
Second Period: Ducks Wake Up
Goaltender Philipp Grubauer made some big saves early in the second period. But Corey Perry gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead 4:34 into the second. Two minutes and two seconds later, Nick Ritchie doubled the Ducks lead with his second of the season. Halfway through the period, there was a parade of penalties as each team had a few power plays, no more goals were scored though. The Capitals trailed the Ducks 2-0 after two periods.
Third Period: Finish out the Season
The third period was not the fast paced hockey we are use to seeing from the Capitals. Andersen and the Ducks were able to keep the Capitals off the board. The Capitals pulled Grubauer for the extra attacker with 1:30 left in regulation. Even though the Capitals lost 2-0 they outshot the Ducks 24-21. It was unfortunate that the Capitals got shutout in the final regular season game but this game did not have much meaning to the Caps. Now, the Capitals will now look to their round one opponent in Philadelphia.
What’s Next? (Playoffs!)
Practice: Day off on Monday and practices on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:30am at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Playoffs Begin:Game one is on Thursday at 7pm on CSN/NBCSN at the Verizon Center. The Capitals and Flyers will be a physical entertaining series, that is for sure.