Caps Hang On to Defeat Kings 3-2

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After a complete dud Sunday night in Anaheim, the Washington Capitals bounced back in Los Angeles Monday night at Staples Center with a 3-2 win over the Kings. Thanks in part to two Alex Ovechkin office goals as well as a deflection from Brett Connolly, the Caps defended and held off a late rally from the home team.  Continue reading “Caps Hang On to Defeat Kings 3-2”

T.J. Oshie Records 500th Career Point, Caps Tame Sharks 5-1

T.J. Oshie scored twice, earning a milestone 500th career point, to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night in the second game of their season-long six-game road trip. The Caps allowed a goal to begin the game but ripped off five unanswered to exact revenge on a Sharks team that stunned the Capitals’ in D.C. on January 22nd with a goal in the last second to tie it and then go on to win in overtime.  Continue reading “T.J. Oshie Records 500th Career Point, Caps Tame Sharks 5-1”

Capitals Winning Streak vs. Bruins Gets Halted at 14 Sunday

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”

Caps Fall to Blue Jackets 2-1 in Overtime

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”

Jakub Vrana’s Two Goals Lead Caps to 5-3 Win Over Flyers

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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”

Capitals Hold Off Hurricanes for a 3-1 Win

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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.

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Jackets Zip Up Caps Again, 3-2 

With Tj Oshie and Lars Eller listed as day-to-day the Caps lines took another adjustment:

90-19-14, 8-92-65, 28-83-43, 26-82-10. Defense: 9-74, 27-2, 44-88. Chorney was scratched again. Holtby vs. Bobrovsky in the opposing nets. 

Nicky Backstrom got things going with a wrist shot through Bobrovsky to score first for the Caps. Caps PR tweeted out that the Caps  “have scored first in 15 of their 18 games this season.” The Caps were success most of the period putting pressure on the Jackets. They would loose a bit of there steam as the period ended with the Jackets outshooting, out hitting, and out blocking. Period ends 1-0 Caps. 

Sure Alex  Ovechkin scored, as did Nick Foligno of the Jackets.  The Caps still seemed to be struggling with only four shots on goal. Burakovsky isn’t looking fully himself which leaves us wondering if he is really ok? At the end of the second Caps still lead 2-1. 

Coming into the third period it seemed as if the Caps were still looking for their offensive game. Right off the bat Jacket’s Brandon Dubinsky tapped one in around Holtby, tying the game 2-2. With 1:43 left in the period Backy’a stick gets a little too high putting the Jackets on the PP. And they make it 3-2 with a bounce over Holtby. Backstrom was pretty upset with the call against him. Toronto asks another look to see if it was offside. No such luck, a disappointed Verizon crowd here’s the bad news that it is a good goal. Bobs continues to thwart the Caps and the game ends 3-2 Columbus. 

Caps hold practice at Kettler on Monday with a Wednesday night game against St. Louis. 

Caps Pregame Update 

Ok folks we finally have the skinny on tonight’s game.

Philipp Grubauer is in the net, giving the team a chance to redeem themselves after the embarrassing lack of support they showed on Saturday.dsc_0156

Taylor Chorney is in again which means Nate Schmidt is in the viewing area tonight.

The lines are as we have never seen them before as the team captain moves to the second line. This is one area that the critics have disagreed with Coach Trotz. We listed it as a weakness–the inconsistency and unraveling of cohesion. Others think the change could spark new energy. We remain optimistically skeptical…

The lines tonight, according to Isabelle Khurshudyn of WP are as follows:

Forwards

Marcus Johansson-Nicklas Backstrom-T.J. Oshie

Alex Ovechkin-Jay Beagle-Andre Burakovsky

Zach Sanford-Evgeny Kuznetsov-Justin Williams

Daniel Winnik-Lars Eller-Tom Wilson

Defensemen

Karl Alzner-Matt Niskanen

Dmitry Orlov-John Carlson

Brooks Orpik-Taylor Chorney
Goaltenders

Philipp Grubauer (starter)

Braden Holtby


Scratches

Brett Connolly

Nate Schmidt

Hang on friends- it’s gonna be a wild ride tonight. Game time is 7  pm on CSN.

These Boys Look Good in Lavender; A Photo Gallery

The jerseys that the Caps donned for warm-ups on Saturday’s Hockey Fights Cancer night were a little different from their usual reds. And we didn’t hate it.. Lavender is a good color for them.

First up? The Goaltenders:

And of course the defensemen :

The guys were awesome about interacting with the make a wish kids on the side.

And your favorite forwards:

And the pictures we know you all want, Tom Wilson.

 

Photos by Brittney Marcum