Washington Capitals complete the road trip with three wins, a four-win streak, and ready to win at home! #caps
Playing away from home wasn’t a problem for the Caps, who faced three teams before meeting again with the fans in the hometown. Their attack has been more deadly and the defense looks more solid, though it does still need some additional caution. But anyhow, it’s a great improvement compared to the last few months. The team has been able to improve its season stats, with 240 goals. Combined with the 223 goals against, the Caps now hold a +17 goal differential. Continue reading “Rock the Road! Capitals Win All Three Games Away as Their Attack Gets More Deadly”
Tonight’s 2-1 OT loss was nothing short of hard fought. The Capitals pushed and pushed through all of three periods and in sudden death overtime, but it was the Columbia Blue Jackets that would be the winners tonight.
While the first period was predominately uneventful, it did instill a bit of hope into Caps fans. It may have started off slow and without much energy, but it didn’t take long for the boys to wake up and really start playing. They started spending much more time on offense, as opposed to always being in their own end, and most importantly, there were taking lots of shots. The Caps fought for the puck and made sure to be fast about it. Though there was no scoring, it was a good start to the game.
The second period was just as slow as the first, aside from someone finally scoring. It was Nicklas Backstrom who broke the ice, getting a goal, fifteen minutes in. Less remarkable moments of the second twenty minutes included a number of penalties, mostly from the Capitals. Their penalty kill was very strong, though, and they made it through the second period without being scored on. Overall, the second period still left fans hungry for more action.
The star of the third period was certainly Philip Grubauer. He was making beautiful saves and staying strong during the penalty kills. It wouldn’t be enough, though. Less than halfway through the period, Werenski scored a goal, tying the game and putting fans on edge. Not even a minute later, Backstrom scored his second of the game, but it was quickly taken away because of an offsides review, sending the game into overtime. Though both teams fought hard, it was the Blue Jackets who came out victorious when Atkinson scored the game-winning goal, thirty-seven seconds in. It was a very good game, overall, for the Capitals, though, despite this loss. Hopefully, they will use this for motivation against the Penguins in Washington tomorrow.
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.
The Washington Capitals started their three-game road trip with a visit to Consol Energy Center to face the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Caps could have clinched the top-seed in the Metropolitan division and the Eastern Conference with any type of win over the Penguins.
First Period: Good Start, Bad Finish.
This game was incredibly fast from opening puck drop. No slow start for the Capitals as they were constantly shooting the puck at Penguins goaltender Marc Andre Fleury.That blistering start for the Caps would only last for the first few minutes as the Bryan Rust would open the scoring for the Penguins. Trevor Daley added another shortly after and the Caps were down by two at the end of the first period.
GOALS: Bryan Rust scored his fourth of the season (assists: Tom Kuhnhackl and Ian Cole); Trevor Daley scored his sixth of the season (assists: Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist)
PENALTIES: Daniel Winnik (interference); T.J. Oshie (tripping)
SCORE: Caps trail 2-0.
Second Period: A Mess
1:18 into the second, Jason Chimera scored using his head (literally!) to put the Capitals on the board. The Caps only had six shots on goal during this period, the fact that they spent most of the period shorthanded probably had something to do with that. This period proved that the bad blood and rivalry between the Capitals and Penguins is alive and well. Andre Burakovsky had a beautiful breakaway and fired one past Fleury to the tie the game for the Capitals. Unfortunately, the Penguins would score the eventual game winner less than a minute later.
GOALS: Jason Chimera scored his 18th of the season (assists: Justin Williams and Dmitry Orlov); Andre Burakovsky scored his 16th of the season (assist: Jay Beagle); Tom Kuhnhackl scored his third of the season (assists: Matt Cullen and Trevor Daley)
PENALTIES: Ian Cole (holding the stick); Mike Weber (roughing double minor); Bryan Rust (roughing); T. J. Oshie (roughing); Karl Alzner (roughing); Patric Hornqvist (slashing); Patric Hornqvist (roughing); Justin Williams (hi-sticking)
SCORE: Caps trail 3-2
Third Period: Well That’s Not Good…
The Capitals had a 30+ goal differential in the third period (meaning they outscore their opponent by a lot in the last 20 minutes of play). Unfortunately, those 3rd period Caps were not on the ice in Pittsburgh. Braden Holtby had a night to forget and Philipp Grubauer came in relief after the Pens’ fifth goal. The Penguins would score once more on the three-minute power play (thanks to a bad hit by Mike Weber).
GOALS: Matt Cullen scored his 12th of the season (assist: None); Chris Kunitz scored his 16th of the season (assists: Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang); Justin Schultz scored his fourth of the season (assist: None)
PENALTIES: Mike Weber (boarding); Mike Weber (game misconduct); Tom Kuhnhackl (roughing); Tom Kuhnhackl (game misconduct); Carl Hagelin (interference); Daniel Winnik (elbowing); Daniel Winnik (game misconduct)
SCORE: Caps lose 6-2
So the Capitals did not clinch the top spot in the Metro or the East. They still have a 19-point lead over the now-second place Penguins in the division.
PRACTICE: The Caps have Monday off and are scheduled to have a morning skate at 11:30am on Tuesday at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario.
GAME: 7:30pm game against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre.
After having only one game in the span of two weeks, Caps fans were practically salivating for some hockey. Thanks to a massive blizzard, two of the Caps recent home games had to be postponed and rescheduled. With the All Star Games, most of the team was on vacation. Braden Holtby, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov were in Nashville to represent the Caps, along with head coach Barry Trotz. On Tuesday, the boys got back to work taking on the Florida Panthers, who are having a pretty awesome season themselves.
With Braden Holtby getting the night off, Phillip Grubauer got the start.
Same with Al Montoya, who started over Roberto Luongo. Alex Ovechkin (suspended) and Marcus Johansson (upper-body) were out giving Stanislav Galiev and Zach Sill the sweaters for tonight.
First Period: Penalty Parade
The first period was full of penalties committed by both sides. There were eight penalties in total; however, only the Panthers scored despite the Caps peppering the net with 16 shots on goal.
• GOALS- Jonathan Huberdeau scored his 9th of the season, assisted by Jaromir Jagr. Aleksander Barkov got his 14th of the season, assisted by Nick Bjugstad.
• PENALTIES-Erik Gudbranson called for hooking, Barkov called for illegal stick, TJ Oshie called for hooking, Shawn Thorton called for goaltender interference, Dmitry Kulikov called for hooking, Backstrom called for holding, Dmitry Orlov called for slashing and Bjugstad called for interference.
• SCORE-Caps down 0-2
Second Period: Cats Control
The second period looked almost exactly like the first; lots of penalties, no Caps goals, Panthers score twice. Despite lots of offensive prowess, the Caps could not puncture Montoya. The Caps had 11 shots on goal with nothing to show for it. The boys are definitely showing that they have enjoyed a few too many days off recently. The Caps had six takeaways and 16 giveaways in their 40 minutes of play. Not something you want to do against another hot hockey team.
• GOALS-Vincent Trocheck scored his 15th goal of the season, unassisted. Jonathan Huberdeau scored his second goal of the game, which is also his 10th goal of the season.
• PENALTIES-Logan Shaw called for tripping, Jason Chimera called for boarding, and Derek Mackenzie called for a double minor for hooking and unsportsmanlike conduct.
• SCORE-Caps trail 0-4
Third Period: Dent the Twine
The third period definitely did not continue in the fashion of the previous two. The Caps finally put two past Montoya, both within the first two minutes of the period. Seeming to spark a fire under the team, the Caps looked like their old selves. With just over nine minutes left, Huberdeau tried to complete his first career hattrick but couldn’t convert on the attempt.
• GOALS- Backstrom scored his 17th of the season, assisted by Kuznetsov, Burakovsky scored his 8th of the season, also assisted by Kuznetsov, Quinton Howden sealed the deal with an empty net goal with 1:53 remaining in the game
• PENALITES- surprise, no penalties.
• FINAL SCORE-Caps lose 3-5
You could definitely see that the boys were not in the swing of things tonight. They had more than ample opportunity to put this game away early but just could not get anything past the stellar net mining of Montoya. Caps had 38 shots on goal versus the 19 from Florida. The power play was 0-8 in a penalty heavy game, and for a team that has the best PP in the league, that is not acceptable.
Note: Taylor Chorney left the game with flu-like symptoms, will see what tomorrow brings for him.
Caps are now 35-9-4 and 2-2-1 in their last 5.
Their next game is Thursday at home against the Islanders at 7:30pm on NBCSN.
Practice scheduled at Kettler for 1130 am Wednesday.
Morning skate scheduled for Thursday at Kettler at 1030 am.
Saturday night was the front end of a weekend back-to-back with the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers tomorrow evening. It was reverse jersey night for the Capitals and Sabres, so the Capitals wore their red home jerseys with the Sabres wearing their white away jerseys.
First Period: Welcome Richards!
This was forward Mike Richard’s first game as a Washington Capital. Richards centered the fourth line with Zach Sill and Michael Latta. The game had a slower start with some nice chances for the Capitals, especially the second line. Sabre Phil Varone scored his first goal of the season at the 12:14 mark, assisted by Ramsus Ristolainen and Zach Bogosian. Mark Pysyk and Jack Eichel gave the Capitals two power play opportunities during the period, which were both unsuccessful. Tim Schaller also scored his first of the season, shorthanded, and the Sabres took a 2-0 lead into first intermission.
Second Period: Not the Caps night.
The Capitals go back on the penalty kill early in the second, forward Zach Sill for holding. Defenseman Nate Schmidt had a nice shorthanded chance but Sabres goaltender Chad Johnson denied him. Sabre Evander Kane extended the Sabres lead, 3-0, and that ends Braden Holtby’s night in the net. Backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer goes in relief. Cody Franson scored the Sabres’ fourth goal of the night and collected his fourth of the season. Capitals trailed the Sabres 4-0 after two periods.
Third Period: At least it wasn’t a shutout.
Forward Marcus Johansson, assisted by Jason Chimera, scored his 11th of the season and the Capitals were finally on the board. That assist was Chimera’s 200th NHL assist. The Capitals would go on the power play mid-way through the period but nothing went past Sabres goaltender Johnson. Tom Wilson and Marcus Foligno dropped the gloves at the 10:43 mark of the third period. Marcus Foligno after the fight raised his arms to the crowd, signaling he “won” the fight after taking multiple punches from Wilson. The Capitals fall to the Sabres 4-1. The Capitals’ five-game winning streak is snapped and goaltender Braden Holtby loses for the first time in regulation since November 10, 2015.
Even the best team in the league has off nights where nothing goes right. Get some rest and bounce back against the Rangers.
Practice: No morning skate on Sunday.
Game: Sunday at 5pm against the New York Rangers at Verizon Center.
The League leading Washington Capitals blew into Raleigh for their final game of 2015 looking to end with 10 consecutive wins on the ledger. Philipp Grubauer was in the net tonight giving Braden Holtby a much needed rest. Unfortunately, it was not to be the Caps night.
Missing from the line up were Jay Beagle and John Carlson. And of course Brooks Orpik is still out. In for them were Zach Sill and Connor Carrick.
Nicklas Backstrom was back along with Michael Latta. Zach Sill and Latta moved back and forth as the third line center. And Connor Carrick stayed in the lineup and was paired with fellow defenseman Taylor Chorney. Nicky looked like his old self out there, which makes us all breathe easier.
First Period—The Yawner
The first period went scoreless with the Canes slightly outshooting the Caps. Evgeny Kuznetsov with a hooking call at 4:29 heads off to the box. Grubbs held off Jeff Skinner and Jordan Staal’s attempt to score on the PP. The period ended scoreless and pretty evenly matched on shots on goal (SOG), hits, and faceoff wins.
Second Period—Goals and Tom Wilson
The second started with the Cans firing four shots in rapid succession, all of which Grubi saved. At 15:44 Dmitry Orlov brought his arm up and was called for elbowing/contact with the head—although Caps fans disagreed with the call. Caps PK line held against the Canes but after a wrist shot by Jordan Staal was waved off; Wilson and Sill got into a scrum with Jordan Staal just outside the crease. When Sill attempted to pull Staal off Jordan fell back into Tom Wilson which led to more of a tussle. Wilson, of course, ended up in the box along with Andrej Nestrasil for matching roughing penalties. Still no score though on the PP by Carolina. At 12:12 Phil DiGuiseppe scores with a snap shot. The Caps believed, as did most of you, the goal came as a result of the referees missing a tripping on Kuzy at the faceoff. At 10:12 Nicky showed us that he is just fine with a snap shot right over the shoulder of Eddie Lack and into the net. Nice shift by the fourth line with all of them firing shots and creating space to score. Brooks with four shots, Burki and Latts with one each in the period. Tied game 1-1.
Third Period—The End
Around 51 seconds into the period, it looked like Staal had a goal as Grubauer slapped the goal out and the Ref failed to call a goal. The puck remained in play. Upon review it was ruled a good goal. 2-1 Canes. 14:44 Jeff Skinner scores. 3-1 A beauty of a shot by Ovi (21) (with an assist by Laich) brings the score a bit closer: 3-2 Canes. Our goalie was pulled and the Canes took advantage with an empty net goal by Nestrsil with seconds to spare. The game ended a disappointing 4-2 Canes.
Some great efforts by the boys. Everyone was working to make it happen. Unfortunately, it was not enough to pull out the win.
This was the last Capitals game before the holiday break. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer was in the net and solid early in the game. He kept the Hurricanes from scoring first.
Michael Latta put in a rebound from an Andre Burakovsky shot for the Capitals first goal of the night in the first period. Even though the Canes outshot the Caps, 12-7, this was a better first period for the Caps than in recent games.
In the second period, Jason Chimera deflected a John Carlson shot to make it 2-0 Caps at the 12:49 mark. Kris Versteeg put the Canes on the board 2:18 in the third. And…Marcus Johansson, while battling for the puck in a corner, loses his helmet but keeps battling.
The Canes pulled Cam Ward for the extra attacker with two minutes left in regulation.
Unfortunately, the Caps got a too-many men penalty and the Canes went on the power play, which was a 6-on-4 with the empty net. Capitals hung on to a 2-1 lead to defeat the Hurricanes.