Caps Survive Bad Calls To Beat Maple Leads in OT

Once more, the Capitals have proved their ability to overcome ridiculous calls from the referees in their 6-5 OT win tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It is just another example of the Caps’ mantra this year – Will Over Skill.


The first period got off to a good start with some beautiful passing and stick-handling, which led to Justin Williams scoring a little over a minute in with a deflection off of Dmitry Orlov’s shot. The energy was high and shots were being taken. And then the penalties started. Brett Connolly was the first to go to the box, five and a half minutes in, for hooking. This led to Toronto’s first goal from Kadri, a minute later. After five more minutes, Brown gave the Maple Leafs another goal. T.J. Oshie answered soon, though, after an incredible pass from Williams, who had just left the penalty box for cross-checking, scoring sixteen minutes in. It was only two minutes later, however, that Ganthier gave Toronto the lead again.

The second period was kicked off with a goalie switch, Philipp Grubauer going in for Braden Holtby. Once more, a penalty was called within the first few minutes, Evgeny Kuznetsov being called for high-sticking. Later on, Matthews would put the Leafs on the PK for tripping. Mere minutes afterwards, Alex Ovechkin was called for tripping as well and this power play for the Leafs would lead to Komarov scoring. Then, a huge group scrap would send put Ovechkin back in the box for four minutes for roughing (half of this penalty was served by Andre Burakovsky) and Kadri in for cross-checking. It was at this time, the end of the second, that fans realized that the referees were completely against the Caps.


Kuznetsov sparked the beginning of the third with a goal, two minutes and twenty seconds in. Only about a minute later, Orlov would get a goal as well. 


Wilson would then be called for hooking about seven minutes in. Next, eleven minutes in, Marner brought the Leafs back into the lead. It was a beautiful goal from John Carlson, though, three minutes later, that would send this game into overtime, where Ovechkin, twenty seconds in, would score the game winning ot goal.


This game was a true representation of the Capitals’ newfound resilience and we hope this will be the motivation we need to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday and end their win streak.

Photos by Mel Abernethy 

Where the Caps Are: Week Two

Hard to believe it has only been a couple of weeks since the season for the Washington Capitals ended. Players have dispersed across the globe. Those on social media have done a great job of letting us know where they are.

Here’s what they have shared:

From Russia with Love

Starting with our Captain Alex Ovechkin who having left the International Ice Hockey Federation games (with Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov) is relaxing home in Russia.

Yes, after celebrating his medal, Ovi is out clubbing again with his fiance, but that’s what Ovi does when he is back with his friends. Party on Ovi!!

 

And then we have the lovebirds: Ovi and Nastya. Not sure what is happening with his hair but they look happy!!

We know that Kuzy and Orlov go home to spend time with their families during the break. From their season ticket holder discussion, they said they really value the time during break to be with their families because the season keeps them apart.

Stan Galiev on the other hand is still in Virginia. He and his beautiful wife, Olya, are avid bike riders. We have even seen Galiev biking home after practice at Kettler.

We’ll keep our eyes peeled to see if either of our engaged Russians tie the not this summer!

And then we have the Swedish contingency.

No posts from Nicky Backsrom or Marcus Johansson; however, we think they are still in the area. At least we ran into them last week doing family things around town. Andre Burakovsky is home (in Sweden) though and seems pretty happy to be there!

Looks like some of the Canadians have gone home.

Tom Wilson posted from the beach and the Toronto Raptors game with his brothers.

Michael Latta sent out word that he was heading home:

And Mike Richards headed home to relax and fish a little.

Northumberland News reports: “Justin Williams has returned to his childhood home in Cobourg, Northumberland, Ontario where he The Justin Williams Hockey School will run from July 25 to 29 at the Cobourg Community Centre. It will welcome 26 participants born between 2003-05 and 30 participants born between 2006-08. The camp provides youngsters an opportunity to learn skills from Williams, including skating, puck handling, shooting and off-ice conditioning in a positive, fun-filled, environment. launched a hockey camp.”

The break time is also a great time for the players to spend those extra hours with their families. This year the Oshies and Alzners headed to Disney World with their families. We were a bit nervous about Lauren Oshie; she will be delivering the Oshie’s second girl very soon!!

John and Gina Carlson have traveled a little, had a date night, and John took Baby Lucca to work with him for  a little skating time.

It looks like Philipp Grubauer might still be in town from the picture he posted a few days ago.

 

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Nate Schmidt is working on his golf game at the Beaver Masters..

We miss our Boyz and will do our best to let you know how they are spending their time. Some of course are waiting to sign new contracts and we will post as soon as we know something new here.