Capitals Fight Flyers and Officials but Lose in OT

 

The first game in eight days (and the last one before the All-Star Break) for the Washington Capitals came when the Philadelphia Flyers took a trip to the Nations’s Capital for a Wednesday Night Rivalry game. Capitals defenseman John Carlson was back in the lineup, after missing 12 image11consecutive games.

Also, defenseman Karl Alzner played in his 423rd consecutive game setting a new franchise record passing Bob Carpenter.

Former Capital goaltender Michal Neuvirth started his first game against the Caps since his departure.

 

First Period:  Rust 

The period started with a little scuffle in the corner and 4:48 into the game, Capital Tom Wilson headed to the penalty box for interference. Six seconds into the penalty kill, Flyer Brayden Schenn scored his 12th of the season. After a giveaway from Evgeny Kuznetov, Ryan White scored his fifth of the season to double the Flyers lead 2-0.

  • Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth with a save on Tom Wilson for the Caps 3rd SOG with 6:30 left in the first.
  • Flyers were given a penalty for too many man on the ice and Capitals get their first power play of the game 16:33 into the first. Matt Niskanen was then handed a tripping penalty on Flyers RJ  Umberger.
  • End of the first, Capitals trailed the Flyers 2-0 and were outshot 12-6.

Second period: The Swede Goals

The Capitals got all of their rust out during the first. They killed off the remaining time on Niskanen’s tripping penalty and started to test former teammate Michal Neuvirth in the Flyers net. Then something Swede happened in the span of 55 seconds. Andre Burakovksy scored his sixth of the season 7:39 into the second and then Nicklas Backstrom scored his 16th of the season 8:34 into the period.image3 The Capitals controlled most of the second period tying up the game.

  • Flyer Jakub Voracek scored off the faceoff and the Flyers regained their lead, 3-2. Fans viewing felt the officiating in this game was one-sided to say the least.
  • Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby had two penalties (tripping and delay of game) in the same period. Those were his first penalties of the season.
  • Capitals trailed Flyers 3-2 after 2 periods.

Third period: Two for Andre and Calls of Terrible Officiating

Sweet Swede Andre Burakovsky scored again, his seventh of the season, 3:55 into the third period. It’s safe to say that his “sophomore slump” is over. We think he and Kuznetsov are going to be fun to watch for years to come.

  • Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was called for hooking and the Capitals penalty kill was successful once again.
  • The Capitals get their second power play of the night with 2:02 left thanks to a hooking call on Matt Read.
  • End of regulation tied 3-3

Overtime: 38 Seconds and Done

Flyer Jakub Voracek scored his eighth of the season after Caps goaltender Braden Holtby lost his stick 38 seconds into the extra period. Capitals lose 4-3 and collect one point. The Capitals home winning streak was snapped at 12, just one shy of a franchise record.

Positive things to think about: The Capitals still sit in first overall place in the league (35-8-4, 74 points). Capitals fans can see Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby and Coach Trotz in the All-Star Game on Sunday as a part of the Metropolitan division team.

Unfortunately, Alex Ovechkin will sit out the All-Star Game due to a lower body injury that the team would rather he rest during this time off. Pulling out of the festivities will result in a one game suspension. This means when the Florida Panthers visit DC Tuesday, Captain Alex Ovechkin will not be in the lineup. Oh, and Marcus Johansson left the game with an injury–no details available.

What’s Next?

The Capitals will not practice at Kettler until Monday, February 1, at 2:15pm.

The next game is Tuesday, February 2 against the Florida Panthers at 7pm at Verizon Center.

Islanders Out for Revenge…Tom Wilson a Target?

Origin of the Rivalry:

It’s no secret there is a rivalry between the Caps and Islanders but could the Isles be out for revenge? During game four of the first round of playoffs last season Tom Wilson delivered a big hit on Islander’s Visnovsky that ended his game. After the game words were doled out from both sides. John Tavares the Islanders captain warned Wilson “We can also hit guys like that”, Kyle Okposo flat out said “He’s (Wilson) an idiot”.  The Isles may have thought Wilson’s hit was a dirty one but Visnovsky is just 5’10, 192 lbs compared to Wilson who stands 6’4, 215 lbs. A height/ weight differential like that is sure to leave some bumps and bruises after any hit. “It was a hard, clean hit”, Trotz said. Tom Wilson is a great hockey player that happens to be able to throw incredible hits and fights to stand up for his teammates. His current PIM sits at 96 with 2 goals and 11 assists.

Preseason Words:

These two teams met once in the preseason that resulted in a 3-1 Caps win. Everyone had a feeling this would be a physical game but Wilson was more focused on his game. This became apparent when Tom Wilson refused to take on Eric Boulton during the match because he said there was “no point.” Quite possibly one of Tom’s best quotes, “I just don’t think there’s any point in me fighting those guys. He didn’t play at all last year. He’s probably not going to play at all this year

Today’s Fighting Words:

Before the game the teams were obviously asked about the rivalry and Ryan Strome had this to say, “There’s no question that for whoever watched the series there’s bad blood.” Matt Martin seemed to be more even keeled on the situation before the game, “They have a big physical team and we have a big physical team.” Trotz said it will be a “playoff feel” and we agree. Tune in to see what comes of the rivalry tonight at 7:00 on CSN.

Caps Daily Glass Bump: Nov 27, 2015

WASHINGTON CAPITALS PLAY DAY INFOThe Caps did not have practice this morning as we have an early start for today’s game: 5 pm at the Verizon Center. The Caps have back-to-back games with a matchup in Toronto Saturday night, so the team will not have practice Saturday, and are scheduled to have Sunday off. They will return to Kettler Monday.

The Bolts have headed north after a hard-fought OT-Shoot-out match against the LA Kings. Undoubtedly the match to watch is that between goalies. Ben Bishop is proving he is every bit the net beast as Braden Holtby (6’2”, 217lb). Bishop had 37 saves through overtime. He’s a big guy himself (6’7”, 214lb) who fills up the net. He has a save percentage of .929 and a Goals Against Average (GAA) of 1.99 compared to Holtby’s 9.24 save percentage and 1.95 GAA. Bishop ranks third in GAA while Holtby owns the second spot in the league behind Henrik Lundquist.

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Holtby or Bishop? Who will stop more shots?

What to Watch for Tonight

Coach Trotz celebrates his 1,300th game tonight.

Justin Williams: Two points to go to reach 600 career HNL points.

John Carlson will play is 400 consecutive game tonight.

Karl Alzner is three games away from 400 consecutive games.

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Will Orlov score tonight for four in a row?