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  • Chimera Caps Off Improbable Comeback In Double Overtime


    As the second overtime period began on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, I couldn’t help but believe that the Washington Capitals would find some way to win. After the disastrous second period, I never felt like the Caps were out of it and following the glorious third period, I felt as if momentum was on their side. The only real surprise was the unlikely hero.
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    Sabres at Capitals Postgame Videos 4-2-2011


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    Sabres at Capitals In-Game Blog: 4-2-2011


    1st Period Overview:

    - The Caps strike first just 37 seconds in with Mike Knuble knocking in a rebound from a John Carlson shot in past Jhonas Enroth, who is in goal for Ryan Miller tonight.

    - Alexander Semin sends a Nicklas Backstrom rebound in to put the Caps up 2-0 just 4:41 into the game.

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    Capitals at Flyers Postgame Videos 3-22-2011


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    Capitals at Flyers In-Game Blog: 3-22-2011


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    Tonight, the Capitals head into Wells Fargo Center just two points behind the Flyers for first place in the Eastern Conference. A regulation win for the Caps would place both teams at 96 points with the Flyers having played two less games this season than the Caps.

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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 Postgame Videos 2-25-2011


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


    Pregame Preview:

    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 Postgame Videos 2-12-2011


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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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