The Washington Capitals were up with a solid lead again last night in their game against the Montreal Canadiens and, once again, they gave up the lead. Fortunately, the Capitals prevailed in the shootout on the strength of goals by Matt Hendricks (despite his “Paralyzer” shootout move doing nothing for him) and Alexander Semin while Michal Neuvrith didn’t let anything by him.
While there were many stories of the game last night like the Capitals blowing another lead, the team scrapping that much closer to getting into the playoffs despite themselves, a continuing powerless play, and it saying “Fan Appreciation Day” on the ticket, the only thing that really seemed to matter (and was a big enough gift back to fans) was the return of Nicklas Backstrom. Well, the playoff thing matter a little bit, too. And that power(less) play could be a real problem if they get there. It was great seeing Backstrom get right back into the groove.
It was also cool to see Semin roughing someone up. I know some up in the press box called it a weak call, and perhaps it was from that view, but from my view (which you can see in one of the photos below), Semin gave some elbow and cared enough to finish with an extra little bit.
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Watching the Capitals at what may be their best in their current form at this time may not be as fun and exciting as when they were at their best in 2009 or 2010, but it sure was fun to watch yesterday’s game agains the Toronto Maple Leafs. There was no angst, no doom and gloom, no waiting for a shoe to drop…even when Mathieu Perreault put them up 2-0 in the first minute of the third period. That was kind of surprising given the Capitals recent history with 2-0 leads. Something about the game felt right. They were going to win. And give Michal Neuvirth a shutout victory in his 100th NHL game.
And there was the hitting. Which was good.
More of this please.
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More like this one, please. The Washington Capitals defeated the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 4-1 last night at Verizon Center. Of course, the sole Canadiens goal was scored by Rene Bourque. Shorthanded, too. But, you knew that. The Capitals came out of the gate hard in the first, Mathieu Perreault scored early and they just kept going. It was almost like the Capitals we used to know, but different, but the same result. All it took was a game against the worst Eastern Conference team after three ugly losses. Or maybe it was Michal Neuvirth’s new pads. Or maybe the in game pauses for the pads to be adjusted. Whatever the reason, let’s hope it’s a sign that things have finally turned a corner.
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The Washington Capitals played hard against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night, but couldn’t quite close. The first lead they had was after the first shooter in the shootout, but promptly lost that lead when the Penguins first shooter, defenseman Kris Letang, got one past Michal Neuvirth. Six rounds later, it was over with the Penguins heading home as winner in the Winter Classic preview.
There is nothing useful I can say about this game, which is fine, because Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine Never Breaks and others have and will say plenty better than I could anyway. I took some photos and you can see them below or on flickr.
The Washington Capitals made it exciting again last night when they hosted the Boston Bruins for the second and final time of the regular season. Alexander Semin put on another show with a WOW shorthanded goal. Braden Holtby made his NHL debut after Michal Neuvirth ran into some issues in the third period. I don’t know why I’m talking about the game, all the bloggers you would expect have already done a great job like Russian Machine Never Breaks, Japer’s Rink, Ed Frankovic and the rest. You know where to find them.
What they won’t tell you about is how one of my daughters appeared on the video scoreboard (sorta) during warm ups and my other daughter was treated to a game puck by linesman Tony Sericolo. Some of my photos are here and on flickr. I hope you enjoy them!
WASHINGTON, DC – November 3, 2010: Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth (#30) follows the puck after making a save against the Toronto Maple Leafs during their NHL ice hockey game at Verizon Center.
In an uneven performance against the skidding Toronto Maple Leafs, the Washington Capitals scraped out a shootout win Wednesday night. After a 3 goal outburst in the second period, the Capitals gave it all up and more in the third before Alex Semin scored a nifty powerplay goal to tie it all up at 4…and then he scored the shootout clincher after overtime.
Something I haven’t seen mentioned elsewhere yet (I could have missed it) was how Tomas Fleischmann’s stick went flying into the crowd in the first period. During the TV time out that followed, linesman Brian Murphy assisted Fleischmann exchange another stick with the fan for the one that went flying. Flash scored with that stick in the second period. Maybe Fehr should take some notes?
It may also be worth noting that Colton Orr looked like he was having too much fun during his prolonged fight with DJ King. Or maybe he just likes fighting so much he can’t help but smile?
You don’t want to read about the game here. Many others like Russian Machine Never Breaks, Japer’s Rink, On Frozen Blog and all the usual suspects have already done it…and probably done a better job than I could do right now.As long as you’re here, and probably the only reason you’re here, is to look at the pretty pictures. See them below or on flickr.