Curse of the Reverse Jerseys- Caps Fall to the Sabres

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.

 

Braden Holtby ends his win streak at 22
 

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.

 

Only goal of the night from Johansson
 

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.

 

Chimera nabs his 200th NHL career assist!
 
Even the best team in the league has off nights where nothing goes right. Get some rest and bounce back against the Rangers.

What’s next?

Practice: No morning skate on Sunday.

Game: Sunday at 5pm against the New York Rangers at Verizon Center.

Written by: Renee Garces

Photos by: Brittney Marcum 

Caps Add Another Center in Mike Richards

        In case you missed it, the Washington Capitals have agreed to terms with Center Mike Richards. The deal amounts to 1 year, 1 million dollars. Mike Richards is 30 years old with 10 years of NHL experience. Richards was drafted by The Philadelphia Flyers in 2003. Most recently he played with the Los Angeles Kings from 2011-2015. He averaged 16:40 TOI with the Kings, racking up 133 points in his 257 games. Perhaps most notably Richards has multiple Stanley Cup Championships under his belt and could bring a new view to the Caps in that aspect. Caps GM Brian Macclellan said in his interview with Mike Vogel that they will have to see just where Richards fits in their lineup whether it be third or fourth line center or elsewhere. We will keep you updated as more information comes in regarding where/ when Richards will play. Welcome to Washington Mike!

Written By Brittney Marcum

Photo Credit: NHL