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”

There Will Never be Another Alex Ovechkin 

Ovi was named the Number One Star in the NHL after he scored two hat tricks in two games.

All summer we heard arguments for and against trading Alex Ovechkin after the Caps failed to make it past the second round in the playoffs. Some said he was too old, too out of shape and too self-absorbed to deserve the mantle of Caps Captain. We’ve heard it all before and yet we could see no good reason to trade away and asset like the Great Ovechkin. He is one of a kind!

Ovi has had a stellar career.

His awards seem never ending:

Within the Caps franchise, Ovi keeps taking the lead in category after category.

Goals – 565
Goals Created: 435.3
Points – 1042
Power Play Goals – 213
Game Winning Goals – 95
Shots – 4555
Hat Tricks – 19 (tied with Peter Bondra, at least for this week)
Goals Per Game –  0.61
Goals on Ice For – 1,358
Power Play Goals on the Ice For – 573

Ovechkin became the first player in 100 years to record two hat tricks in two opening games. It is an unreal achievement, for just about anyone but Ovi.

On January 10th, 2016 Ovechkin scored his 500th goal:

In January 2017 he notched his 1,000th NHL career point..

He is only 77 games away from playing his 1,000 NHL game. He would be the first player in Capitals franchise history to do so.

If Ovechkin is successful in achieving his normal 50 or more goals in a season, he will easily set a new record for himself of 600 goals. He only needs 35 at this point.

He is 23 points away from achieving 500 career assists.

So there are the great statistics associated with Ovechkin’s name and there is that charisma that endears him to his fans. We love celebrating his success. The crowndwent nuts when he scored his third, and then fourth, goal.

We love his goal celebrations. We love the way he celebrates his teammate’s goals. He is the leader of the team and deserves to wear the ‘C.’

Alex is many things to many people. We expect to see him give hockey his all until his last days of skating. Jaromir Jagr has shown us that where there is a will, there is a way to stay in the game.

Although Evgeny Kuznetsov is stepping up to share the spotlight,we expect Ovi to be the draw to the game of hockey in DC for many years to come. Smiling alll the way!!

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Capitals Kickoff Season with Hat Trick, An Amazing Goalie, and a 5-4 Shootout Win!

IT’S HOCKEY TIME!!!!

The Washington Capitals are back on the ice, playing their first game in Ottawa against the Senators.  It was quite a night in Canada as the Caps settled into the changes to the roster. With five new players on the team, they are still adjusting to the loss of key players like Karl Alzner and Marcus Johansson.

The night began on a couple of somber notes with a remembrance of those who lost their lives in the horrific events in Las Vegas this past Sunday. The moment was followed by and acknowledgment of the death of former Capitals coach and Senator General Manager Bryan Murray (1942-2017) and a moment of silence to honor the hockey legend.

How it Went

From the moment the puck hit the ice, you could tell it was going to a different kind of game than what we saw in the preseason. More speed and more determination. It matters now! This looks like a team that is starting to come together, with everyone stepping up. There were some glitches with the defense; however, we are sure the more they play together the better they will become.

It took about seven minutes into the first period for the Senators (Chris Wideman) to score on Braden Holtby – he just couldn’t see the puck to stop it. Brett Connolly took two minutes to answer back with a power shot from Lars Eller into the net. The Caps were the first team called for slashing – Lars Eller to the sin bin. And then we had a holding by Aaron Ness. Thankfully the Sens failed to convert on the man advantage. Period end tied 1-1.

The pace seemed to slow down a bit in the second period.  And again, about seven minutes in the Caps defense (with Carlson) failed to defend a runaway Senator with the puck; 2-1 Sens. (Mark Stone) Penalties continued for the Caps with Tyler Graovac for tripping and then Ottawa forgot how to count the men on the ice and the Caps were on a power play.  It looked like Alex Ovechkin had a goal but the ref called a high stick and washed out the goal . We disagree…

The third period didn’t start off too great for our boys. Holtby was snaked by the Sens as his defense (Niskanen and Orlov) failed to make it to the net in time to help. 3-1 Sens. (Brassard) It didn’t take long for the GR8 to get on the board with his first goal of the season. GO OVI!! 3-2 Sens

  • But that wasn’t enough for Ovi – in about 40 seconds he came in for a second goal, with assists from Vrana and Kuzy.  Now tied 3-3
  • And it seemed almost as quickly the Senators (Stone again) pulled ahead again on a turnover from Smith-Pelly. Ugh. 4-3 Sens.
  • Never to be underestimated: Ovechkin comes in at the 10:48 mark to tie it up and get his 18th hat trick of his NHL career.
  • Holtby had some awesome saves this period – we think he has shook off the last of the off-season rust.

The third ended in a tie, forcing an overtime. Unfortunately Kuznetsov was called for a holding penalty and he reluctantly headed to the box and a four-on-three power play for the Sens. Holtby and the PKers held the Sens off. Back to four-on-four It got a little rough with Carly even losing his helmet. Neither team scored so we go to…

The Shootout. First up Ottawa, one in by Ryan. Oshie hit the post. Turris up and Holtby blocks that one. Ovi goes up against Craig Anderson and ties it up. Brassard for Sens doesn’t connect. Kuzy for the wins SCORES!  5-4 CAPS 

Caps fans were pretty impressed with Jakub Vrana-the Ovi line looks good with Vrana.  Kuznetsov was great – he is all over the ice and not afraid to protect the net if needed. Ovi and Vrana had five SOG each–Ovi had three goals and Vrana two assists. Kuzy had two assists – but no SOG.  We think this might work!

Caps will meet the Senators again on 22 November and 27 February–both games in DC.

Don’t forget the Caps home opener is at 7 pm at the Capital One Arena. And there is the annual Red Carpet event before.

GO CAPS