Wow. What a wonderful way to welcome a weekend (albeit an awful alliteration) for the Washington Capitals. A hat trick (maybe? maybe not?) for defenseman Dennis Wideman. Four power play goals for the team. Two blocked shots by Alex Ovechkin (and an attempted third block on the same shift). Luck in net when the Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel couldn’t decide how he wanted to score an easy lay up with the puck sitting 6 inches in front of a wide open net and no Washington Capital within several feet of him. And if you look through my photos below, you’ll see that coach Dale Hunter did a Fonzie impersonation. Just, “Wow, man, kick ass rock and roll.” (Note: The link is to a song from my younger days that has nothing to do with anything Capitals or hockey related. I just love the line and wanted the excuse.)
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.
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 @ikeastanon flickr up close photos.
WASHINGTON, DC – October 13, 2010: The Washington Capitals celebrate forward Nicklas Backstrom’s (#19) third period power play and eventual game winning goal during their NHL ice hockey game against the New York Islanders at Verizon Center.
The power play goal was scored by a Nicklas Backstrom deflection of an Alex Ovechkin shot. After the goal, the arena’s video scoreboard was displaying a shot of Ovechkin on the bench as if he had scored, but Ovechkin pointed to Backstrom. I accidentally took a photo of that and a bunch more. You can see some of them below or on flickr.
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