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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So, where was everyone last night? Y’all missed out. I know it was the Florida Panthers, it’s hard to get up for those games and all, but, hey, your loss.
They were partying like it was 2009 in Verizon Center as the Washington Capitals pounced fast and never let up until after the final buzzer sounded on their 4-0 win over the Panthers. Brooks Laich played…and played well despite his knee injury just two days earlier. Tomas Vokoun stopped 42 shots against his former team (consisting of oh so many former Capitals) and Alex Ovechkin scored 2 goals. I guess if you need a negative for the night, it was that Ovechkin couldn’t finish the trick despite plenty of time and chances. Boo hoo.
Read some good stuff at Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, Ed Frankovic, or District Sports Page if you want to know more about this game.
I took some pictures and you can see them below or on flickr.
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 gave the city of Pittsburgh their first disappointment on Super Bowl Sunday by defeating the Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin-less Penguins 3-0. Despite the victory, there were several scares for the Capitals. In the first period, defenseman Mike Green took a puck to the side of the head and late in the third period, former Capital Matt Cooke took a cheap shot at Alex Ovechkin with a knee on knee hit.
As usual, others like Russian Machine, Japer’s Rink, and On Frozen Blog, have much better write ups because they’re good with those word things…and don’t forget to check out Capitals Outsider box score. Look at my photos below or on flickr.
Slapshot wore a suit while carrying the Capitals flag before the NHL ice hockey game between the Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning at Verizon Center.
The Tampa Bay Lightning came to Verizon Center in Washington, DC last night riding a five game winning streak, scoring 22 goals along the way. Yeah, Semyon Varlamov put a stop to that by pitching a shut out. Alexander Semin scored a hat trick…just like the last time the Lightning came to town. The Capitals defense didn’t help only by limiting the shots getting through to Varlamov to just 17, but added three goals of their own from John Carlson, John Erskine, and Tom Poti.
After the game, I was walking down the stairwell about two strides behind the Capitals General Manger George McPhee. I was torn between two things I wanted to say to him. One was a simple, “Thanks,” for building a team that has been so much fun to watch the past few years. I still remember the night late in the 07-08 season I had “the talk” with my wife about buying season tickets for the following year. It was during their late season run to the playoffs. It felt like something special was about to happen and I wanted to be there for it. I’ve been to 95 regular season games since then and maybe only seven of them have been duds (thankfully, most of the duds seem to come on the road…although one of those seven duds was the game I watched in person in Los Angeles last January). Even when Alex Ovechkin appears to be just another player on the ice, the Caps are a fun team to watch. For some reason, whenever I see McPhee, I want to thank him for that.
The other thing I wanted to say to him was about Ovechkin. While he maintained his position as the third leading scorer in the NHL by adding two assists but still seems off. If the Captials keep playing like this as a team, maybe it doesn’t need to be fixed, but some Ovie-Tine still wouldn’t be a bad thing. Not that I would expect a meaningful response from McPhee, I’d still like to ask just to do it. Or maybe it’s just me and every other team the Capitals are playing have found the magic needed to shut him down. Yet he’s put 18 points up on the board in 13 November games while the Caps have posted a 9-2-2 record, so, who knows. Is there anyone else playing in the NHL scoring over 1.3 points per game on a winning team that can leave you asking about a slump?
But, of course, I said nothing to McPhee about any of it.
Anyway, read some good recaps (instead of this drivel) at Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine Never Breaks or your favorite other Capitals blog. Some of my photos below or on flickr.