It’s games like last night’s that almost make you wish the Stanley Cup Playoffs were a single game elimination format. Almost. And perhaps only if you’re a Washington Capitals fan. Lots went on in the game. The fans were loud engaged and showing their spirit in ponchos, red body suits and more. The Capitals and New York Rangers players were fully engaged all game. It didn’t look like any players for either team took off a single shift throughout the game…although some looked tentative in the first period. It was amazing watching the Capitals fail to take advantage of opportunity after opportunity, but not have it come back to bite them. The goals they finally scored were good ones. Alex Ovechkin went ugly in the third to tie the game at one and Alexander Semin scored a beauty from the top of the slot on a pass from Jason Arnott.
Read more better stuff from the regulars like Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, and On Frozen Blog and be sure to check out the Capitals Outsider box score. Good, good stuff, indeed. Look at my photos here or on flickr.
The Washington Capitals game against the Buffalo Sabres was another thriller that ended with an overtime victory, this time off the stick of Alex Ovechkin. It was a milestone night in several ways. Jason Arnott scored his 400th goal in the NHL, it was the 100th consecutive sellout at Verizon Center for the Capitals, and it was the 1,757th and final game in referee Bill McCreary’s NHL career. It also saw a Capitals defensive pairing of Sean Collins and Tyler Sloan…who managed to be nowhere near the ice for the combined nine goals.
It was also fan appreciation night and the Capitals gave their jerseys to fans. I’ll have some photos from that up later today [update: a bunch of them turned into video].
Read about it at the places that know how to write about games like Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, and Ed Frankovic. Look at my photos here or on flickr (and check out @ikeastan‘s pics, too!)
The Washington Capitals hosted the Edmonton Oilers last night at Verizon Center. Wow, there are so many things that could be featured as the high point. Braden Holtby’s shutout. Jason Arnott’s 900th NHL career point, Dennis Wideman’s 200th NHL career point, Alex Ovechkin moving to third place on the Capitals all time scoring list, Eric Fehr notching two goals in his return from a 22 game absence, Marco Sturm’s first point as a Capital, the dreadful decisions of Nikolai Khabibulin that led to two of the Capitals’ goals, the Capitals sixth win in a row…feel free to stop me any time. So, just go to the regular places like Japer’s Rink and Russian Machine, and Ed Frankovic. And, of course, don’t forget the Capitals Outsider box score.
Look at my photos here or on flickr.
The Washington Capitals beat the St. Louis Blues last night by a score of 3-2 and won a second consecutive home game for the first time since…since what seems like a long, long time ago. The game winning goal was scored by Jason Arnott to give him two points in two games as a Capital. The best news of the night was how the power play was working. They didn’t score and the Capitals only had a single power play on the night, but it looked a lot better than it has a terribly long time. In many ways, the Capitals look like a team that has turned a corner. In this second game after the trade deadline, the new players (Arnott, Dennis Wideman, and Marco Sturm) appear to be inserting themselves into the team makeup in good, good ways. The chemistry is visibly different. Players are talking to each other more during stops in play. They’re patting each other on the backs when they do good things. They’re smiling. It looks good.
Read more about the game at Japer’s Rink and Russian Machine, check out the Capitals Outsider box score, and see more photos at On Frozen Blog (yeah, weird, ain’t it?) and from BridgetDS on flickr. See my photos below or on flickr. Thanks!
With three newly acquired players, the Washington Capitals started strong against the New York Islanders registering 9 shots on goal in the first 7 minutes, but failed to score and only managed two more shots in the next 13 minutes. With that drop in shots, the energy just started seeping out of the building. Eventually, it came back in the form of boos when despite the additions of Jason Arnott, Dennis Wideman, and Marco Sturm the Capitals power play was just as dismal as ever.
Still, the new guys all brought something. Sturm was robbed on a early breakaway chance. Wideman laid a nice hip check on John Tavares, and Arnott set up Brooks Laich’s game typing goal with 48 seconds left in the third.
The new players also appeared to bring some kind of change in attitude to the game. It was visible in their body language during stops in play and on the bench. When coach Bruce Boudreau called a time out just before Laich’s goal, there was something clearly different in how the players were standing next to each other and listening to Boudreau’s instructions. It was good. Very good. And it worked.
Alex Ovechkin’s game winning overtime goal was one of the few highlight reel quality goals we’ve seen him score this year. A couple of my photos of him celebrating…well, they’re a primary reason why I bring my camera to nearly every game. There is something I really like about being able to catch that joy, that emotion in a moment.
Anyway, read about the game at Russian Machine, Japer’s Rink, Caps News Network and Ed Frankovic’s blog and don’t forget to check out the box score on Captials Outsider. Look at my photos below or on flickr.