As fans we look for Alex Ovechkin on the ice every game and every practice. We follow his yellow laces gliding across the ice. We watch for the little jump that starts his drive to the net. And we gasp every time he makes a powerful slapshot from his office around the stunned opponent’s goalie. Continue reading “When Ovechkin Isn’t Enough”
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”
The Washington Capitals and their were frustrated. It was a stinker start of the game and it saw the Caps trail 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes before they mounted a furious comeback in the third period to win the game 6-5 in a shootout. The win was the Caps fourth in a row and 11th win in their last 13 games. The comeback was led by Alex Ovechkin’s hat trick, the second straight game he accomplished the feat. The difference in the shootout was Jakub Vrana, who scored his first career shootout goal on his first-ever attempt. The Caps improve their record to 19-9-3 for 41 points and lead the Blue Jackets by five-points for first place in the Metropolitan Division. Continue reading “Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick in Second Straight Game Leads Caps to Comeback Win over Hurricanes”
For the second time in 18 days, the Washington Capitals hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena. Once again, the Caps protected home ice with a 6-2 win, their third in a row, to keep ahead for first place in the Metropolitan Division now up by five points on the Blue Jackets with a 18-9-3 record (39 points). The offense got a boost with T.J. Oshie‘s return after being out for over three weeks with a concussion. Oshie scored in this contest that also saw tallies from Brett Connolly, Travis Boyd, and Alex Ovechkin times three. Continue reading “Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick and T.J. Oshie’s Return Power Caps to 6-2 Win Over Red Wings”
Historical night for Alex Ovechkin, Nathan Walker,and the Washington Capitals.
We don’t really know how to begin to describe the Caps Opening Night.
It began with the usual Red Carpet Event: we have loads of photos.
Then there was the welcome to Nathan Walker. The first man from Australia to play in the NHL. Lots of signs to celebrate! And before the end of the second period he scored his first goal. Devante Smith-Pelly grabbed the puck and made sure that Nathan was credited with the goal. Impressive.
Then we come to the first period when Ovechkin scored in 20 seconds: and Oshie in 46 seconds, followed by Ovi again in under three minutes. He was not done! Before the end of the period Ovi scored his third goal, making it six in two games. Moving on, he went ahead and recorded a fourth goal, just ‘cause he wasn’t done yet!
Evgeny Kuznetsov had four assists – he is well on his way to breaking his own record. We like this Ovi Kuzy Vrana line — a lot.
Braden Holtby was amazing in the net tonight. He had 38 saves.
And let’s not forget the emotional video honoring Karl Alzner. We admit, we got a little tearful.
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Oh, and the Canadiens did score a goal-just one.
It was an amazing night to be in DC. The Nats won tonight too! We’ll have a full photo gallery of the day up on Sunday.
Next game is Tampa Bay Monday at 7:30.
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.
Tonight’s 4-3 was a struggle for power between the Capitals and the Blues, exchanging far too many penalties but using their tremendous goalies to stay afloat. This game also saw the return of Lars Eller after he came down with an upper body injury after the Red Wings game. In the end, though, the Caps reigned supreme.
The first period or, as I like to call it, How Not to Play Hockey, featuring an incredible nine minutes of even-strength playing. I honestly feel bad making you read all of these penalties, but here they are. It all started with the Blues having too many men on the ice, served by Robby Fabbri. Less than two minutes later, Jay Bouwmeester joined him in the box for slashing. Next up, Nate Schmidt, sent to the sin bin for holding, which the Blues only got to enjoy for five seconds before their own guy, David Perron, went in for interference. It wasn’t long before Alex Ovechkin had to serve a minor for too many men, as well. Just over two minutes later, Kyle Brodziak was sent to the box for slashing.
The upside of all of this, though, was the Caps’ power play goal, 17 minutes in, and scored by Ovi. As well, shoutout to the beer man, Perry, for joining me in making fun of referee Tim Peel’s broken microphone as he called all of these penalties.
The coaches must not have been very pleased with the constant penalties, because when the teams came back out for the second period, things were much different. It was almost as if they just decided they weren’t going to play to avoid getting penalties, but that still didn’t work. Daniel Winnik went off, early on, for hooking, which wasn’t much with the low energy level that was present. Despite this, though, Braden Holtby continued to be absolutely godly with his saves. It wasn’t long before Ovi scored his second of the night, but Vladimir Tarasenko answered, less than a minute later, with his own goal to put the Blues on the board. The only other noteworthy event was Dmitry Orlov and Colton Parayko’s matching slashing penalties, but the period was dull overall.
While the third period didn’t improve much in terms of penalties, it had plenty more goals than the past forty minutes. But it was terrifying. Things were slow at first, with most of the action happening in the neutral zone, rather than any real offensive plays. That is, until, Evgeny Kuznetsov got in on the action and scored off of a beautiful pass from Orly. Not even a minute later, Ovi earned himself a hat trick with his third goal, making fans go crazy. It got scary when the penalties returned.
Andre Burakovsky went to the box for holding and Ellen soon followed him with a tripping penalty. The Blues saw their chance and they took it, first with Pietrangelo scoring, and then Tarasenko following, less than a minute later.
Despite this, the Caps held strong and closed out the night with a 4-3 win.
Photos by Mel Abernethy
The night started with lightups and loud, and we mean, LOUD fans. And thankfully the house was pretty red–hardly a Pens jersey could be seen! Well done friends!!!!
The game started like we expected, physical and fast. Andre Burakovsky got things going with a little help from is friends Jason Chimera and John Carlson put the Caps on the board. The first period ended 1-0 Caps.
The second period started so slow we weren’t sure the were really playing. Fans thought there were lots of missed calls against Pens– probably right.
It was all good until the Pens (Ben Lovejoy) got one over on Holtby. Fans stayed loud and like the players, we weren’t giving up.
There was a lot of back and forth scoring; first Evgeni Malkin scored and then TJ Oshie got one past goaltender Matt Murry to even things out by the end of the second period. TJ came back in the third period, followed by Nick Bonino.
By the end of the third we were tied up again forcing the game into overtime.
The crowd could barely contain themselves.
OT started with a flurry of red nightsticks and horn blowing from Sam to get everyone one ready. Both teams clearly wanted the win, but it was Oshie who scored the game winning goal and the hats flew onto the ice!!!
The Pens challenged but nah- it was the Caps night.
We kind Of like this team a lot.
See ya Saturday for Game 2. Go CAPS.
Optional practice Friday at 12:15 at Kettler which means a handful of the tired players will be there. Pens will also be at Kettler for anyone interested…(be classy Caps fans)
Morning skate is scheduled for 10:15 Saturday followed by Game 2 at 8 pm.
The Minnesota Wild had lost six straight games and had not won at home since the turn of the calendar. The Capitals had not won in the last eight games at Xcel Energy Center. Birthday boy Mike Richards was a game decision but he was in the lineup.
First period: Penalties Galore
Braden Holtby continued to be the best goaltender in the league. The Capitals killed off a slashing penalty to Justin Williams early in the first. Alex Ovechkin draws the first Wild penalty and the Capitals went on the power play. The teams had 53 seconds of 4-on-4 hockey after a penalty negated the power play. With 6:02 left, the Wild had 9 seconds for 5-on-3 and another power play. The Capitals penalty kill was perfect during the period. With six seconds left, Wild Folin took a penalty and the Capitals went on the power play.
PENALTIES: Justin Williams (slashing); Nate Prosser (roughing); Oshie (interference); Matt Niskanen (hooking) and Christian Folin (holding).
Second Period: Ovi hat trick!
The Capitals started the second period with 1:52 of power play. Unfortunately, they did not score on that power play but Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin would score his first of the game shortly after. Early in the period, Tom Wilson spent a few seconds in the Wild bench (none of the Wild players helped him out, a linesman did though). The Caps power play is scoring again! Ovechkin scored his second of the night and is now the NHL’s leading scorer (33) passing Chicago’s Patrick Kane. But Ovechkin wasn’t finished, he would score again to complete his 14th career hat trick. The Wild would challenge for offsides but would end up losing not only the challenge but their time out as well.
GOALS: Alex Ovechkin scored his 32nd (Assists: T.J. Oshie & Nicklas Backstrom), his 33rd (Assists: John Carlson & Nicklas Backstrom) and his 34th of the season (Assist: Nicklas Backstrom).
Charlie Coyle scored his 15th of the season, assisted by Miko Koivu and Zach Parise
PENALTIES: Thomas Vanek (slashing); Dmitry Orlov (slashing) and Charlie Coyle (Tripping)
SCORE: Caps lead 3-1
Third Period: Out of Control Wild
Michael Latta and Zach Parise exchanged pleasantries early in the third. The Wild decided to start roughing up the Capitals younger players. Matt Dumba crunched Andre Burakovsky into the boards and a scrum ensued with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Justin Williams. Williams would be the only one in the penalty box. Ryan Suter would score for the Wild on the following power play. Then Mikael Granlund injured Kuznetsov by hitting him in the face/head area with the butt end of his stick. Kuzy would head to the locker room and Capitals PR later announced that he would not return to the game. Jason Chimera, the Ice Cheetah, scored an empty netter in the final minute of regulation. With three seconds left in the game, Granlund scored and Braden Holtby was visibly furious. There was clear goaltender interference as Zach Parise had his glove on Holtby’s pad. But the refs, as they were all night, missed the call and the goal was deemed good. The Caps were victorious, 4-3.
GOALS: Ryan Suter scored his seventh of the season. Assisted by Matt Dumba and Zach Parise. Jason Chimera scored an empty net goal, his 15th of the season. Assisted by Tom Wilson. Mikael Granlund scored his fifth of the season, assisted by Zach Parise and Thomas Vanek.
PENALTIES: Justin Williams (cross checking) and Jarret Stoll (tripping).
SCORE: Caps won 4-3.
The Capitals now have 40 wins and 84 points. Alex Ovechkin got a hat trick and they leave Minnesota with 2 points. Unfortunately, Andre Burakovsky’s point streak ended at eight games. Let’s hope Kuznetsov is healthy and everything is going to be okay.
Practice: The Capitals have Friday, February 12, off.
Game: The Capitals will visit the American Airlines Center to play the Dallas Stars on Saturday, February 13 at 8:00 .