The Caps surprised just about everyone with an incredible third period in which they tied the game. On a Sunday afternoon Lars Eller (with an assist by goaltender Braden Holtby) sealed the game with a 5-4 OT win!!
T.J. Oshie scored twice, earning a milestone 500th career point, to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night in the second game of their season-long six-game road trip. The Caps allowed a goal to begin the game but ripped off five unanswered to exact revenge on a Sharks team that stunned the Capitals’ in D.C. on January 22nd with a goal in the last second to tie it and then go on to win in overtime. Continue reading “T.J. Oshie Records 500th Career Point, Caps Tame Sharks 5-1”
Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and defenseman John Carlson were well represented at the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose last week. With coach Todd Reirden at the helm of the Metropolitan Division, the trio contributed to wins over the Atlantic and Central Divisions to win the All-Star Game and split the grand prize of one million dollars. Continue reading “Braden Holtby and John Carlson Lead Metropolitan Division to All-Star Game Win”
The Washington Capitals, at least in the case of defenseman John Carlson, finally won something on Friday night. Although it doesn’t officially end their current seven game winless stretch, Carlson stole the spotlight in the Hardest Shot challenge at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition at SAP Center in San Jose. It’s been a long time coming for Carlson and in 2019 he finally was voted into his first All-Star game. Continue reading “John Carlson Wins Hardest Shot Competition”
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 west coast is not friendly to the Washington Capitals. Saturday was different than the first two games in Anaheim and LA. It was the first regulation win there since 1993, according to the Washington Capitals.
We were on “O” Watch:
Ovi needed two for 600
Oshie need to break his desert spell with one goal.
Orpik needed to defend the net.
How’d it go you ask?? Continue reading “Caps Wrap up West Coast Trip in San Jose with A BIG Win”
Wednesday our writer, Caitlin Manner, had some suggestions on how to avoid long lines at The Vault and in the process threw some shade at the Suite People. Little did she know our own Chris Cleveland was partying up a storm in one of them!!
Here is Chris’ take on his experience: Continue reading “The Suite Life at Capital One Arena”
We like that concept.
Monday night’s win over the San Jose Sharks was pretty gratifying.
Mel took some fun pictures, some Grubi love, some Wilson fighting, and some celebrating. Mostly she just took a ton of lovely Caps players.
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Sharks and Caps:
Fighting and winning!
Love us some Caps!
The Washington Capitals brought everything they had to Capital One Arena Monday night for a strong win against the San Jose Sharks. In the process, they beat goalie Martin Jones on whom they had never scored on home ice. And they made it look easy.
Devante Smith-Pelly got the Caps on the board first, followed by an unassisted Alex Ovechkin goal. Brett Connolly, who keeps surprising fans, was up next. And Jakub Vrana sealed it all up with his eighth goal of the season.
Beyond the 4-1 win, it was an eventful night.
Travis Boyd was called up from Hershey for his first NHL game. He only got one shot off, but he looked pretty good in the 9:10 minutes he played.
As the Capitals reported: “Ovechkin recorded his 578th goal in his 949th career game, 700 fewer games than Mark Recchi (1,649).Ovechkin recorded his 578th goal in his 949th career game, 700 fewer games than Mark Recchi (1,649).”
TJ Oshie was butt-checked by Joe Thornton and had to leave the game in the second period.
The Thornton hit on Oshie. pic.twitter.com/RtVV6W2dWG
— StopThrowingHats (@stopthehats) December 5, 2017
Tom Wilson evened the score with a delish takedown of Thornton in the third period.
Even Brooks Orpik got in on the fun!
Jakub Vrana and Brett Connolly continue to step it up with effortless goals. Vrana really could have a great future with the Caps is they nurture his talent.
Grubauer made some great saves and ended the night with a total of 24, only letting one get past him.
And finally- Evgeny Kuznetsov captured the hockey world again when Connolly missed seeing Kuzy’s fist bump after he assisted in the goal. Kuzy, who has a way of doing things, just went ahead and bumped himself. We really do love this Russian!
why did he have to hang Kuzy out to dry like that on the fist bump? 😂 pic.twitter.com/cZOMk5sNOz
— NBC Sports Capitals (@NBCSCapitals) December 5, 2017
Caps fans left the arena feeling pretty good about things. Next up is getting Andre Burakovsky back to meet the Blackhawks on Wednesday.
Photos by Mel Abernethy
Former Capitals player Joel Ward has been pretty popular on fantasy draft lists of late.
Joel played a pivotal role for the Caps during the regular and playoff season. He has been playing right wing with the San Jose Sharks since the Caps traded him in 2015.
Could he find a new home with his former manager? We’ll find out tonight!