There is still time for the Washington Capitals to save the season, but how much? When you get caught in the headlights, sometimes you have to ride it out.
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.
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.
Read more about the game by people that can actually write about games like Russian Machine, Ed Frankovic, On Frozen Blog, Japer’s Rink, and District Sports Page. Look at my photos below or on flickr.
The Washington Capitals lost in another shootout. Go figure. It started well, with two first period goals for the Capitals and none from the Montreal Canadiens. But the Habs flipped that around in the second period. Same story as we keep seeing. In fact, after Mike Knuble scored his power play goal in the first…yes, a power play goal…the only real high point was early in the third period when Alexander Ovechkin upended rookie P.K. Subban at center ice. It was a thing of beauty and I actually got a photo that’s not totally blurry. Subban even took a stupid rookie retaliatory penalty moments later when he couldn’t leave Ovechkin alone.
Then, just a few seconds into that power play, Brooks Laich was hauled down by Roman Hamrlik and inadvertently got his stick in front of Lars Eller. Laich was called for hooking…and you know the rest. Thus, Dino Night was ruined. If you don’t read up at Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, or the others.
Last night was “Turn Back the Clock Night” in appreciation of former Capital Dino Ciccarelli and the Capitals wore their Winter Classic uniforms, which were modeled on the old time Capitals uniforms of the 1970s and 1980s. I’ll have some photos from warm ups tomorrow, but in the meantime, check out Caps Snaps, On Frozen Blog and @ikeastan on flickr up close photos.
My game photos are below and on flickr. Enjoy!
The Washington Capitals turned in another complete 60 minute effort last night and beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-0. It may have been more helpful for a game like this about eight months ago, but it certainly doesn’t hurt their recovery from the recent eight game winless streak as they climb to 4-0-1 in the five games since they got that monkey off their back. Mike Green was all smiles after scoring in the first period and Alex Ovechkin didn’t look exactly thrilled to score his empty netter late in the third, but like a win is a win, a goal is a goal, and seeing Ovechkin on the scoresheet is nice, indeed.
You know the drill…read about the game from people that know how to write about games like Russian Machine Never Breaks, On Frozen Blog, and Japer’s Rink and just look at the pretty pictures while you’re here or see them on flickr.