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  • Hurricanes at Capitals In-Game Blog: 03-11-2011


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    The Caps come into tonight’s contest riding high on a six-game winning streak, with the latest victory coming on home ice Wednesday night against the worst team in the NHL, the Edmonton Oilers. Three point milestones were set that night in Washington’s 5-0 route with Jason Arnott gaining his 900th, Dennis Wideman reaching his 200th and Alex Ovechkin eclipsing 600 at just 25 years of age.

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    Rangers at Capitals In-Game Blog: 02-25-2011


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    The Caps enter the final meeting between the New York Rangers and themselves having won three of their last four games and are coming off of three days of rest. That should bode well for the team’s energy tonight.

    Four of the next seven games for the Caps will be at home, which should help after a solid 3-2 road outing.

    Since their 2-1 shootout win against the Capitals on January 24th, the Rangers have mustered a 3-7-1 record since, including a six game losing streak.

    An interesting note: the Capitals are 13-0-0 when Alexander Semin scores a goal.

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    Kings at Capitals In-Game Blog: 02-12-2011


    Pregame Preview:

    This afternoon, the Capitals are looking to get their first win in their last six games against Western Conference opponents. They are winless in their last five matchups (0-4-1) against the Western Conference, with their most recent attempt resulting in a 2-0 loss against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

    The Capitals also need to regain home-ice advantage in order to help their cause heading into the postseason. After starting the season 12-1-1 at Verizon Center, the Caps have posted a disappointing 5-6-6 record since.

    Mike Green also makes his return after taking a speeding puck to the head against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday. He was held out of the Sharks game because of post-concussion symptoms. His defensive presence would have been a luxury at the end of the Sharks loss as the only goals scored game came in the final minutes of the third period.

    1st Period Overview:

    Alex Ovechkin started the period off right for the Caps, firing his 21st goal of the season just over a minute into the game.

    D.J. King tried to make an impact in a rare appearance by getting into a shoving match with some Kings after a Semyon Varlomov save midway through the period. Towards the end of the period, he fired up the crowd with a fight between him and Kings center Kevin Westgarth. King took the early advantage in the fight but Westgarth got a couple of nice blows in there to make it pretty even in the end.

    The crowd got a scare when Mike Green was legally checked into the boards face-first, prompting a loud “Ooooooooo” from those in attendance.

    The Caps offense was aggressive for most of the first period and the defense held the Kings to no score. That’s the criteria that wins games and could help turn a season around.

    Faceoffs Won: LAK – 7 WAS – 5
    Hits: LAK – 16 WAS – 11
    Shots on Goal: LAK – 4 WAS – 8
    Goals: LAK – 0 WAS – 1

    2nd Period Overview:

    The Caps took their first power play of the game following the 14 minute mark. The highlight of the power play was a slapshot by Mike Green from far out, which failed to go in.

    The Kings were able to get their first score at the 9:19 mark after Anze Kopitar knocked in a rebound after a Wayne Simmonds miss in front of the net.

    Alexander Semin missed a great opportunity on a wide open breakway after receiving a pass from Ovechkin and shot wide past Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier.

    The Caps took their second power play with 5:32 remaining in the period but the Kings were able to clear the puck into the Caps zone on multiple occassions, taking time away from their one-man advantage. That’s the second power play the Caps failed to score on.

    The Caps took a roughing penalty called on Mike Green with less than 33 seconds remaining.

    Faceoffs Won: LAK – 10 WAS – 8
    Hits: LAK – 6 WAS – 11
    Shots on Goal: LAK – 15 WAS – 7
    Goals: LAK – 1 WAS – 0

    3rd Period Overview:

    The Kings struck first in the final period with another rebound goal. Kyle Clifford fired the puck from Semyon Varlamov’s left side while Andrei Loktionov handled the deflection directly in front Varly for his third goal of the season.

    The Caps took their third power play in the middle of the period but were subject to multiple clears by the Kings into the Caps zone. This time the lack of power play execution prompted loud boos from the frustrated home crowd.

    Michal Handzus and Jarret Stoll put the game away for the Kings with two goals in less than 90 seconds late in the period, putting the Kings up 4-1.

    Hits: LAK – 8 WAS – 9
    Shots on Goal: LAK – 9 WAS – 8
    Goals: LAK – 3 WAS -0

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    Rangers at Capitals Post Game Video 1-24-2011


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    Rangers at Capitals In-Game Blog: 01-24-2011


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    What should not to be lost in the midst of Alex Ovechkin’s 10th career hat trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night is the performance of rookie goaltender Braden Holtby. The rookie, who started and won the last two games in place of injured Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth, has been very impressive, only allowing one goal in each contest and making acrobatic saves when needed. It will be very interesting to see how he performs against a Rangers team that ranks much higher in the Eastern Conference than the Maple Leafs and New York Islanders.

    The Capitals, who are accustomed to being in the upper echelon of the league in offense, rank 14th in the league in goals forced and are hoping Ovechkin’s hat trick will jump-start an offensive resurgence for an otherwise slow season for the two-time NHL MVP.

    Nicklas Backstrom, who has also been in an offensive slump as of late, hopes his goal against the Islanders on Thursday night, his first in his previous 22 games played, will return him to regular form. With 33 games left, he is currently 21 goals shy of his total from last season.

    1st Period Overview:

    The Capitals had plenty of scoring chances early on in the period such as Jay Beagle’s decision to skate wide left and not shooting instead of crashing the net. Through the first half of the period, both teams combined for only two shots.

    To no one’s surprise, Sean Avery exchanged words with Mike Knuble behind the Capitals net around the eight minute mark. There was nothing to come of it but it will be interesting to see if Matt Hendricks or D.J. King take issue with Avery as the night goes on.

    Avery and Beagle also exchanged words as the period ended and both teams were leaving the ice.

    Both teams had one power play opportunity and were obviously unable to score on both chances. This game has been all defense so far.

    Faceoffs Won: NYR – 7 WAS – 11
    Hits: NYR – 9 WAS – 12
    Shots on Goal: NYR – 7 WAS – 5
    Goals: NYR – 0 WAS – 0

    2nd Period Overview:

    Matt Hendricks notched his 7th goal of the season by tapping in the assist from Marcus Johansson and Scott Hannan over Martin Biron’s right shoulder. 1-0 Caps after 1:27 into the second period.

    Both teams are more aggressive crashing the net this period with Holtby seeing most of the action early on. The Caps offense turned up the heat as the period went on but appeared very indecisive with the puck at time, especially during their second power play of the game in the 15th minute.

    The Capitals announced tonight’s game as the 87th consecutive sellout.

    Faceoffs Won: NYR – 6 WAS – 9
    Hits: NYR – 7 WAS – 10
    Shots on Goal: NYR – 11 WAS – 6
    Goals: NYR – 0 WAS – 1

    3rd Period Overview:

    The refs are not making themselves popular with the Verizon Center crowd tonight. First, a couple of questionable penalties were not called on the Rangers early on in the game. Then, Ovechkin was called for a two-minute diving penalty when it appeared he was held, eliciting a barrage of boos from the home crowd. After that, the fans didn’t let up on the refs after one official unintentionally stopped the progress of a Capital trying to move the puck.

    With 6:41 left, the Rangers got on the scoreboard with Marian Gaborik’s 16th goal of the season. The goal was under review as it had touched Gaborik’s glove before entering the net. When it was ruled a goal, the call endeared the refs to the fans even less.

    Faceoffs Won: NYR – 8 WAS – 11
    Hits: NYR – 6 WAS – 7
    Shots on Goal: NYR – 10 WAS – 6
    Goals: NYR – 1 WAS – 0

    Overtime Overview:

    Faceoffs Won: NYR – 3 WAS – 1
    Hits: NYR – 1 WAS – 1
    Shots on Goal: NYR – 1 WAS – 6
    Goals: NYR – 0 WAS – 0

    Shooutout Overview:

    - Shootout attempt by Alex Ovechkin SAVED by Martin Biron
    - Shootout GOAL scored by Wojtek Wolski on Braden Holtby
    - Shootout GOAL scored by Matt Hendricks on Martin Biron
    - Shootout GOAL scored by Mats Zuccarello on Braden Holtby
    - Shootout GOAL scored by Nicklas Backstrom on Martin Biron
    - Shootout attempt by Brian Boyle MISSES wide of net
    - Shootout attempt by Marcus Johansson SAVED by Martin Biron
    - Shootout GOAL scored by Artem Anisimov on Braden Holtby

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    Caps have Montreal Backed in a Corner


    With Washington having a 2-1 advantage in the series entering game four, Montreal finds itself staring into the abyss. Montreal dominated Washington for the first 111 minutes of this series holding the highest scoring team in the league to a paltry three goals while scoring seven of their own.

    The last 82 minutes however have been quite a different story as Washington has scored ten goals to Montreal’s two.

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    Caps may be Without Ovie for a While


    So, what I know will come as a shock to many, this past week, the Washington Capitals became the first team to clinch a playoff spot. Now some skeptics will say, “oh, well that’s not a surprise, the Capitals play in the weakest division in Hockey!” Read the rest of this entry »

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    Caps Recap 2/16/10


    Wow, so after going 14-0, the Washington Capitals lost three straight last week. Some may take solace in the fact that two of those losses were in overtime, but a loss is a loss.

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    Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad


    Today, both Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom were named to the NHL’s ‘Three Stars of the Week’ for last week. Is it really any wonder? Read the rest of this entry »

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    Caps Pwn Pens to Extend Streak to 14


    What a week! The Washington Capitals do love their dramatic finishes.

    Needless to say, the Washington Capitals have extended their winning streak to 14 and Alex Ovechkin has once again proven his dominance over Sidney Crosby.

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