Before the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders dropped the puck, veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik was recognized for his recent achievement of playing in 1,000 career NHL games. Orpik accomplished the milestone in Monday night’s 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. Continue reading “Capitals Honor Brooks Orpik for 1,000 Games Played Prior to Friday’s Game”
When Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik laces his skates, puts on the home red uniform and takes the ice tonight against the St. Louis Blues at Capital One Arena, it would mark doing so for the 1,000th time. Orpik will become the 330th all-time player, 114th defenseman and 22nd active player to play in 1,000 NHL games. Continue reading “The Pregame: Brooks Orpik to Play in 1,000th NHL Game Tonight”
We’ve seen many great Washington Capitals players achieve numerous milestones over the years. Even though the ultimate milestone of all was achieved in June, a couple players still have personal feats to accomplish this season. Here are the milestones to watch for, broken down by player. Continue reading “Caps Milestone Watch: Players Closing in on Big Numbers”
This win is the Capitals’ 45th win of the season, which matches their number of wins in the entirety of last season. The Capitals still have yet to lose two consecutive games in regulation. This season may have its bumps but it is still amazing.
First Period: Another Slow Start
The game started slow for both teams but the Wild would out-shoot the Capitals, 9-2, in the first 10:04. The Capitals would not get another shot on goal until 15:05 courtesy of Evgeny Kuznetsov. Penalty trouble was a theme in this period as the Caps took three penalties. The penalty kill was successful for the first two penalties but on the third, Minnesota’s only power play shot-on-goal got through Braden Holtby. It is now seven consecutive games that the Capitals have allowed the first goal.
GOALS: Mikko Koivo scored his 13th of the season (assisted by Ryan Suter)
PENALTIES: Brooks Orpik (holding); Matt Niskanen (roughing); Tom Wilson (tripping)
SCORE: Caps trail 1-0.
Second Period: Career High for Orpik
49 seconds into the second, defenseman Brooks Orpik scored his career-high third goal of season. The Caps looked to not repeat the first period. But Nino Niederreiter got the Wild their lead back with a breakaway goal 5:05 into the second. Defenseman Taylor Chorney could not get to Niederreiter to take away the puck. The Capitals were trapped in their own zone for a lengthy amount of time during this period. Minnesota’s goaltender Darcy Kuemper made an amazing save on Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin late in the second. The Caps outshot the Wild 13-10 in the period but the Wild had a 22-16 overall lead.
GOALS: Brooks Orpik scored his third of the season (assisted by Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin); Nino Niederreiter scored his 12th of the season (assisted by Ryan Suter and Jason Pominville)
SCORE: Caps trail 2-1.
Third Period: The “O” Factor.
The Capitals came out shooting while the Wild got away with some penalties. The Burakovsky-Kuznetsov-Williams line had a fantastic shift in the Wild zone. Goaltender Kuemper denied Burakovsky and then took a delay of game penalty for intentionally knocking the net off its moorings. Alex Ovechkin did what he does best,
score power play goals. Ovechkin is the first player to reach 40 goals this season and he is the tenth player to have eight 40-goal seasons. With about five minutes left in the game, Dmitry Orlov scored the eventual game-winning goal. Holtby secured the win by not letting the Wild tie with the extra attacker.
GOALS: Alex Ovechkin scored his 40th of the season (assisted by Matt Niskanen and Nicklas Backstrom); Dmitry Orlov scored his seventh of the season (assisted by Andre Burakovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov)
PENALTIES: Darcy Kuemper (delay of game)
SCORE: Caps win 3-2.
Marcus Johansson is a new dad (baby girl) and so is newly acquired defenseman Mike Weber (baby boy). There was no John Carlson (lower body injury) or Michael Latta (flu) in the lineup. Minnesota’s Darcy Kuemper made his first start against the Capitals.
Practice: 11:30am on Saturday at Ketter Capitals Iceplex.
Game: 12:30pm against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.
Written by: Renee Garces
Photos by: Brittney Marcum
Coach Trotz had some surprises up his sleeve as he made some changes to the lines:
Ovechkin Kuznetsov Williams
Burakovsky Backstrom Oshie
Chimera Johansson Wilson
Laich Richards Latta
And Holtby in the Net.
The change infused some new energy into the lines and took away the element of complacent winning. TJ Oshie emerged as his old self with three shots and a goal! All but three players (Richards, Johansson and Burkovsky) had a SOG. And Braden Holtby had 21 saves. Everyone left the Verizon Center smiling and cheering!!
First Period: Sloppy First
The period was less than stellar for the Captials. The fourth line came close this period with Laich and Latta bringing the energy. The Caps were outshot 14 to 8 and it showed in the end result. The Devils scored first and there was a hush at Verizon that was not to last long because our captain was having none of that. Unfortunately, the Devils turned it around and took the lead before the end of the period.
Goals: Devils Travis Zajac with a wrist shot, assisted by Reid Boucher and Kyle Plmieri. Alex Ovechkin wrist shot, unassisted. Kyle Palmieri assisted by Reid Boucher.
Penalties: Brooks Laich called for interference against Jon Merrill; Jacob Josefson interference against Mike Richards;
Score: 1- 2 Devils
Second Period: Fourth Line Power
Tom Wilson took a high stick and the Caps went on the power play. Tom was ok, but the Caps failed to make the advantage count. In the midst of a line change, Kuzy simply flew out and scored, with help from his fourth-line friends. Hand Twirl from Kuzy. It was a quick moving period in which Washington bridged the shooting gap with New Jersey and then some. With about 6 seconds on the clock the Devils made a good stab at scoring but Holby was having none of it. John Carlson had a few choice words with Stephen Gionata but no worries, still all tied.
Goals: Evgeny Kuznetsov, Michael Latta on the primary and Brooks Laich with the secondary assist.
Penalties: Seth Helgeson hi-stick to Tom Wilson.
Third Period: The “Os” Have it.
Slow start to the period until the Capitals were delivered a power play in the first four minutes of the game. Caps still not able to convert on the advantage. 2-2 and everyone wants to score next. The second line was a little sluggish at first until Backstrom finally got a shot off-but no goal. A shot from the Devils hit off Holtby’s glove and flies in. Second time one seemed to surprise Braden. The energy at Verizon seemed to flow down to the ice because with a sense of determination, TJ Oshie scored to tie the game again. And Bang Bang the defense scores and Orpik proves HE IS BACK!!!!!
Goals: Reid Boucher wrist shot assisted by Travis Zajac and John Moore. TJ Oshie with a backhander scores, assisted by Dmitry Orlov and Brooks Orpik. Brooks Orpik with Kuzy and Ovi assisting.
Penalties: Devils with too many men on the ice served by Joseph Blandisi.
The fourth line was the strength of the game. They gave the first lines a break when they needed it but they played hard when they were on the ice, creating a scoring opportunity for Kuznetsov. Oveckin continued as the shooting king of the Caps with six shots and a goal It was good to see TJ Oshie looking more like himself—maybe this line shifting worked after all.
Without a doubt Brooks Orpik with the STAR OF THE NIGHT!
And Congratulations to TJ Oshie on his 500th NHL Game. Way to celebrate!
Photos by: Mel Abernethy
Celebrate good times, COME ON!
The Washington Capitals came back home from a nail biting overtime victory in Madison Square Garden to take on the Ottawa Senators at the Verizon Center. After a beautiful save from Braden Holtby in conjunction with Nate Schmidt, Alex Ovechkin was all too happy to end the game on his own terms and bring the Caps home with the victory and 2 points. After scoring goals 498 and 499 in New York, everyone knew how important this next game could be to Ovi and Capitals history.
In the chase…
On the edge of his milestone 500th NHL goal, Ovi was shooting pucks galore! He had 7 shots on goal in the first period alone. However, he just could not get the puck into the back of the net. Caps fans did still get to celebrate, though. Here is how the first period shook out:
-Justin Williams scored his 13th goal of the season, assisted by Andre Burakovsky. Not to be outdone, TJ Oshie got one past Andrew Hammond for his 15th of the season. Oshie converted on the powerplay thanks to an assist from Evgeny Kuznetsov.
-Bobby Ryan was the first to be called for a penalty, being whistled for interference. This penalty would end up leading to the Caps second goal of the evening. During a face
off, Tom Wilson and Max McCormick get matching unsportsmanlike conduct penalties with McCormick getting an addtional two minutes for roughing. Dmitry Orlov would also be called for a cross-check and Ovi got caught hooking.
-Caps lead 2-0
Oh Captain! My Captain…
With a few seconds left on the Ottawa powerplay, the Caps started the second period a man down. Just as the penalty to Ovechkin expired, Nicklas Backstrom got the puck and tossed it up to Ovi who was exiting the penalty box. As the crowd rose to their feet, Ovi shot the puck and PING!! He hit crossbar. A few more penalties were committed by both sides. The last infraction was by Mark Stone, who was called for tripping. Caps to the powerplay! You can feel it. This is it! In front of his home crowd, Alex Ovechkin blasted one past Hammond. There it is. NHL career goal number 500. The Verizon Center erupts!! Alex is swarmed by his teammates as the entire Caps bench empties onto the ice, nearly crushing a referee in the process.
History has been made. The Great 8 becomes the 43rd player in NHL history to score 500 goals and also the 5th fastest player to do so. You can breathe now…
Here is how the rest of the second period looked:
-Mike Hoffman got Ottawa on the board with his 20th goal of the season, unassisted. Zach Sill collected his own garbage to get his first goal as a Washington Capital and second of his career. Dmitry Orlov got his 4th of the season, assisted by Nate Schmidt. Closing out the second period was Alex Ovechkin and his 500th NHL goal. This was also Ovi’s 25th goal of the season.
-Dmitry Orlov was called for holding and Mark Stone was called for tripping.
-Caps lead 5-1
After a barrage of goals in the second period, my 7 year old godson decided to be the peanut gallery stating that “Otto-pilot is just not working…” As the third period commenced, you could see that this was still the trend for the Senators. A few minutes into the third, Tom Wilson decided he wanted in on the action and ripped one past Hammond. Not long after, Ovi decided “Why stop now?” and scored his second of the night. As the final minute wound down, the Caps faithful cheered and stood for a standing ovation to salute their beloved team. A fairly quiet period (on the ice anyways), here is how the 3rd looked:
-Tom Wilson got his 3rd of the season, assisted by Jason Chimera. Ovi scored his 26th goal of the season, assisted by Backstrom.
-No penalties called. Refs decided to let the boys play…
-Caps win 7-1
On the end of their lengthy road trip, which was finalized with back to back games, the Caps kept up with their winning ways. They are now 32-7-3 with 67 points. The Capitals lead their division by 16 points, and their conference by 13 points. Ovi leads the league with 26 goals and we all know, he will not stop there. Don’t forget, half off Papa John’s tomorrow and FREE WINGS at Chili’s.
Up next, the Caps have a well deserved three days off. Their next game is at home against the Vancouver Canucks at 7pm.
By the way, it’s John Carlson’s birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CARLY!!
Written By: Ashley Reid
Photos By: Brittney Marcum
Caps Daily Glass Bump: Jan 97h Pregame Info
Today is the official half-way point in the season and the Capitals hope to continue their latest streak. Much of that will depend on Braden Holtby who is largely responsible for the number one position the Caps hold. Without a doubt, this will be all about the goalie matchup as Henrik Lundqvist, who is still barely winning half of his games, keeps working to better his lackluster season. This is the third match with the Rangers this season with each team taking a win and each team wanting a ‘W’.
All Eyes on Ovechkin and the New Guy
All the buzz right now is about Alex Ovechkin being three goals from another major milestone. Should he get a hat trick at Madison Square Gardens, he will celebrate his 500th NHL goal. Sweet as it would be to celebrate with him at home, many of our Caps friends think it would be even sweeter to do it in front of the team that has knocked them out of the playoffs one too many times.
Let’s not overlook that he plays his career 800th NHL game today! Congrats Ovi!! Continue reading “Caps Take on Another NY Rival While Suffering More Player Losses “