Caps vs. Bolts +/- Tampa Wins 1-0 in Shootout. by Gustavo Semidey

Posted in Article with tags , , , , , on April 13, 2014 by CapsCast
Anders Lindback stopped every shot he faced and shut out the Caps 1-0 in a shootout. photo by the Canadian Press

Anders Lindback stopped every shot he faced and shut out the Caps 1-0 in a shootout. photo by the Canadian Press

This is the end… (isn’t that a title to a movie?) anyway today’s season finale marks the end of the road for the Caps in the 2013-2014 season. After today, we won’t be hearing from Joe B and Lock until October, no suit of the night from the RMNB guys, and worse of all no Caps hockey. A shootout loss marked the fitting end for the Caps in 2013-2014 losing to the Bolts 1-0.

 

1st period +/-

 

+’s:

  • Holtby in net for the season finale

  • Peter LeBlanc makes his Caps debut

  • PK 1-1

 

-’s:

  • Mojo out of the lineup tonight (upper body/arm injury)

  • Kuzya 2 minute minor for interference

 

1st period summary:

  • The Caps and Lightning were scoreless in the first period, but the Bolts out shot the Caps 11-3, but Holtby was awake for every shot early on.

  • Kuzya had a 2 minute minor for interference setting up the PK unit for a clean kill of Kuzya’s penalty.

 

2nd period +/-

 

+’s:

  • Holtbeast is alive and making his presence felt in net today

 

-’s:

  • Ovi and Beagle 2 on 1, but can’t finish

  • Bolts 12 shots, Caps 4 shots

 

2nd period summary:

  • Not much action for the Caps and Bolts, just more of the same on the shot board as the Bolts pounded Holtby with 12 shots while the Caps posted 4 of their own… Can you tell the season is over after this.

  • Holtby was alert all through the period and had to be otherwise the game would have been a blow out.

  • The Caps best chance of the period came on a 2 on 1 between Ovi and Jay Beagle (who has been a scoring machine as of late) and knowing that Ovi chose to pass instead of shooting the puck, but Beagle was not able to corral the puck for a shot on net.

3rd period +/-

 

+’s:

  • With nothing on the line the Caps are at least playing for each other at this point

  • Victor Hedman DOG

  • Victor Hedman shoots… PING

 

-’s:

  • PP 0-1

 

3rd period summary:

  • 0-0 on the scoreboard after 3 periods, and much like the season this game will be headed to OT.

  • The Caps had their chance on a PP as a result of Victor Hedman’s DOG penalty, but like much of the game were unable to tally a goal into the net.

 

Shootout summary:

  • Kuzya… no goal

  • Matt Carle… goal (1-0 Bolts)

  • Ovi… no goal (1-0 Bolts)

  • Mike Kostka… no goal (1-0 Bolts)

  • Nick Backstrom… no goal… Lightning win 1-0

 

Side Notes:

  • Holtby saved 32-32 shots 1.000 sv%

  • Lindback saved 18-18 shots 1.000 sv%

  • PP was 0-1

  • PK 1-1

  • Well guys… LET’S GO WIZARDS! am I right?…

  • I want to thank every single reader that has opened one of my recaps, and a big thanks to the guys at CapsCast. See you all in October. #Caps #LetsGoCaps #RockTheRed

 

Caps vs. Blues +/- Capitals Win 4-1. by Gustavo Semidey

Posted in Article with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2014 by CapsCast
Alex Ovechkin is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his 50th goal of the season. The Capitals defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-1. photo by Tom Gannam

Alex Ovechkin is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his 50th goal of the season. The Capitals defeated the St. Louis Blues 4-1. photo by Tom Gannam

 

 

Caps are in a situation where if they win while Columbus and Detroit lose they are in the playoffs, but its all a moot point if the Caps don’t win. Tonight the Caps won going into St. Louis against a team that is after the Presidents trophy with a decisive 4-1 victory.

 

1st period +/-

 

+’s:

  • Connor Carrick back in the lineup

  • Ovi draws a hooking minor on Derek Roy

  • PPG: Alex Ovechkin (50th of the season, 5th time in career w/ 50 goals) Assist: John Carlson (25) & Joe Ward (22) (1-0 Caps)

 

-’s:

  • Halak opted not to play vs. his old team

  • Mike Green scratched (upper body injury)

  • Troy Brouwer lays out Mojo (3rd friendly fire in 3 games)

 

1st period summary:

  • Alex Ovechkin tallied his 50th goal of the season in the first period of the Blues/Caps game.

  • The Washington Capitals have forgotten how to skate, in the past 3 games there have been teammate on teammate collisions. It started with the Ovi/Hillen collision, Green/Chimera, and now Troy Brouwer and Marcus Johansson crashing into each other in the first period.

  • Ovi put the Caps up 1-0 with his 50th goal of the season on the lone PP opportunity. This is the 5th season in Ovi’s career that he has scored 50 goals in a season only the 11th player in NHL history to do so.

 

2nd period +/-

 

+’s:

  • Troy Brouwer draws a slashing minor on Kevin Shattenkirk (4on4 hockey)

  • 4v4 Goal: Mikhail Grabovski (13th of the season) Assist: Eric Fehr (16) (2-1 Caps)

  • PK 1-1

  • Tom Wilson draws a hooking minor on Jay Bouwmeester

  • PK 2-2

  • Goal: Nick Backstrom (16th of the season) Assist: Alex Ovechkin (26) & Dmitry Orlov (7) (3-1 Caps)

  • John Carlson draws a holding minor on Jaden Schwartz

 

-’s:

  • Goal: Maxim LaPierre (9th of the season) (1-1 tie)

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov double minor (2 minutes for hooking 2 minutes for throwing his stick)

  • PP 1-2

  • Tyson Strachan 2 minute minor for cross-checking

 

2nd period summary:

  • The Caps added two goals in the 2nd period while the St. Louis Blues added one of their own for a 3-1 Caps lead.

  • The St. Louis Blues started the second period humming around the Caps net, and eventually beating Holtby for a 1-1 tie, Maxim LaPierre notched his 9th goal of the season, pouncing on a rebound left by Holtby who turned the Blues away a few times prior to the goal.

  • Kuzya was whistled for a double minor, a hooking minor and while on the delayed penalty call Karl Alzner lost his stick and an alert Kuzya tossed his stick to Alzner but in the NHL you have to hand a stick to a teammate (my mom taught me that gentlemen always hand things they don’t toss them, the NHL a sport for gentlemen)

  • During the ensuing PK, Nick Backstrom set up Troy Brouwer with a breakout pass, in which Brouwer would draw a slashing minor setting up 4 on 4 hockey.

  • Grabo tallied his 13th goal of the season on the 4 on 4 play, beating Ryan Miller on the short side extending the Caps lead 2-1.

  • Nick Backstrom tallied his 16th goal of the season, ringing one off the pipe and into the back of the net after connecting with an Alex Ovechkin cross ice pass to put the Caps up 3-1 heading into the 3rd period.

  • It’s a Caps 2 goal lead what can go wrong?

 

3rd period +/-

 

+’s:

  • PPG: Nick Backstrom (17th of the season, 2nd of game) Assist: Alex Ovechkin (27, 3 point night) & John Carlson (26, multi-point night) (4-1 Caps)

  • Kuzya draws a hi-sticking minor on Carlo Colaiacovo

 

-’s:

  • Joel Ward 2 minute minor for hooking

 

3rd period summary:

  • The Caps went into a building that has seen 7 regulation losses and added an 8th with a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues.

  • Sixteen seconds into the 3rd period Nick Backstrom buried his second goal of the game and 17th of the season extending the Caps lead to 4-1. Alex Ovechkin’s assist gave him his 3rd point of the night while John Carlson’s assist was his second off the night.

  • Tonight the Caps controlled the puck and won the game, it’s so simple it’s dumb.

Side Notes:

  • Holtby saved 27-28 shots .964 sv%

  • Miller saved 18-22 shots .818 sv%

  • PP was 2-4

  • PK was 4-4

  • Next game is on Thursday April 10th, vs. the Carolina Panthers. See you then.

Caps vs. Isles +/- Caps Win 4-3 in Shootout

Posted in Article with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2014 by CapsCast
Rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov celebrates his goal in the 1st period. He also had the shootout winner as the Capitals defeated the Islanders 4-3. photo by the Canadian Press

Rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov celebrates his goal in the 2nd period. He also had the shootout winner as the Capitals defeated the Islanders 4-3. photo by the Canadian Press

 

The Caps are tumbling and can’t seem to stop. Currently on a 5-game losing streak the Caps faceoff against the New York Islanders. The Caps are now in must win mode if the hope to make the playoffs. Tonight the Caps broke their losing streak beating the Islanders 4-3 in the shootout.

 

1st period +/-

 

+’s:

  • Tom Wilson vs. Mike Halmo (matching fighting majors)

  • Mike Halmo 2 minute minor for roughing (washes out PP opp for Isles)

  • Eric Fehr draws a hooking minor on Ryan Strome

  • Grabo draws a slashing minor on Calvin de Haan

 

-’s:

  • Tom Wilson 2 minute minor for boarding

  • PP 0-1

  • Goal: Cal Clutterbuck (12th of the season) (1-0 Isles)

  • Tyson Strachan 2 minute minor for holding

 

1st period summary:

  • The puck control from last nights game continued today, as the Isles spent most of the period in the Caps D-Zone and took a 1-0 lead.

  • Tom Wilson hit Mike Halmo into the boards drawing a boarding call, but a retaliating Halmo dropped the gloves with Wilson, something that he quickly regretted.

  • Cal Clutterbuck scored his 12th goal of the season, beating Holtby on a net crashing rush, putting the Islanders up 1-0.

 

2nd period +/-

 

+’s:

  • Goal: Evgeny Kuznetsov (3rd of the season) Assist: Marcus Johansson (34) & Troy Brouwer (18) (1-1 tie)

  • Tom Wilson draws an interference minor on Mike Halmo

  • Goal: Nick Backstrom (15th of the season) Assist: Alex Ovechkin (25) & John Carlson (24) (3-2 Isles)

  • Goal: Joel Ward (23rd of the season) Unassisted

  • Aaron Volpatti draws an interference minor on

 

-’s:

  • Mike Green not on the bench to start the 2nd period (upper body injury)

  • Goal: John Persson (1st NHL career goal) *quick response goal (2-1 Isles)

  • PP 0-3

  • Alex Ovechkin 2 minute minor for roughing

  • PPG: Frans Nielsen (24th of the season) (3-1 Isles)

  • Troy Brouwer 2 minute minor for slashing (washes out the Caps PP opp)

 

2nd period summary:

  • The goal scorers came out for both teams in the 2nd period as the Caps came back to tie the game at 3-3.

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov tied the game 1-1 after setting up Mojo with an empty net look, but Mojo’s mishandling of the puck went right back to Kuzya’s stick for an empty net goal, his 3rd of the season, and Mojo was credited with an “accidental” assist his 34th of the season.

  • Quick response goals continue to bite the Caps, John Persson was the latest to ruin a Caps celebration by scoring his 1st career NHL goal, giving the Isles a 2-1 lead. The initial backhanded shot was trapped by Holtby, but it would eventually trickled through Holtby’s pads for the Caps quick response goal against number 29, tying them with the 2009-2010 LA Kings for most in a season.

  • The Caps PP continues to sputter, while the Isles took advantage of a PP opportunity. Frans Nielsen tallied 24th goal of the season beating Holtby glove side with a one-timer to put the Isles up 3-1.

  • Nicklas Backstrom tallied his 15th goal of the season, taking advantage of a sprawling Nabokov who dove after a shot attempt that Ovi whiffed on, putting himself out of position leaving a yawning net for Ovi to shoot into the net, but a severe angle caused Ovi to miss the shot, only to see it ricochet to Backstrom cutting the Isles lead 3-2.

  • Joel Ward continued his strong season with his 23rd goal of the season, beating Nabokov through the 5-hole tying the game 3-3.

 

3rd period +/-

 

+’s:

  • Joel Ward draws a hooking minor on Travis Hamonic

 

-’s:

  • PP 0-4

 

3rd period summary:

  • A scoreless 3rd period sent the game tied 3-3 to OT.

  • The best chance for the Caps came on a late 3rd period PP, but their drought continued as they were 0’fer in regulation on the PP

 

Shootout

  • Frans Nielsen… no goal (0-0)

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov… goal (1-0 Caps)

  • Ryan Strome… no goal (1-0 Caps)

  • Mikhail Grabovski… no goal (1-0 Caps)

  • Brock Nelson… no goal… Caps Win 4-3

Side Notes:

  • Holtby saved 35-38 shots .921 sv%

  • Nabakov saved 26-29 shots .897 sv%

  • PP was 0-5

  • PK was 2-3

  • Next game is on Tuesday April 8th, vs. the St. Louis Blues. See you then.

Caps vs. Devils +/- New Jersey Wins 2-1. by Gustavo Semidey

Posted in Article with tags , , , , , , , on April 5, 2014 by CapsCast
Corey Schneider denies Jason Chimera's shot. The Devils defeated the Capitals 2-1. photo by

Cory Schneider denies Jason Chimera’s shot. The Devils defeated the Capitals 2-1. photo by The Canadian Press

The Caps look to get back to their winning ways after an embarrassing loss to the Dallas Stars, and tonight they look to faceoff against the New Jersey Devils to solidify a playoff spot and snap their four game losing streak. The Devils took control of the puck and zone time taking a late 2-1 lead, extending the Caps losing streak, and leaping over Washington in the playoff race.

 

1st period +/-

 

+’s:

  • Ovi and Backstrom are back on the top line

  • Joel Ward draws a holding minor on Anton Volchenkov

  • Jason Chimera draws a tripping minor on Adam Larsson (5on3 PP)

  • PK 1-1

  • Goal: Alex Ovechkin (49th of the season) Assist: Mikhail Grabovski (22) & Nick Backstrom (60) (1-0 Caps)

 

-’s:

  • PP 0-1

  • Joel Ward 2 minute minor for hooking

  • PP 0-2

  • Fehr shoots… PING

  • Chimera 1 on 1 with Schneider, no goal

  • Chimera 2 minute minor for hooking

 

1st period summary:

  • The Caps played the first period with urgency, and that led to a 1-0 lead after a period of play.

  • Ovi tallied his 49th goal of the season connecting with Grabo on a New Jersey turnover in their D-Zone giving the Caps the opportunity of a shot from the slot, beating Schneider’s glove side for the Caps 1-0 lead.

  • Jason Chimera suffered a double whammy at the end of the period. He was able to get behind the defense receiving an indirect pass from Ovi, but was turned away by Corey Schneider on the breakout opportunity, as the play continued Chimera attempted to maintain the puck in the Caps O-Zone but drew a hooking minor setting up the Devils with a PP opportunity.

 

2nd period +/-

 

+’s:

  • PK 2-2

  • PK 3-3

  • Tom Wilson vs. Marek Zidlickey; matching roughing minors (4on4 hockey)

  • Devils too many men on the ice (Caps 4on3 PP)

 

-’s:

  • Joel Ward double minor 4 minutes hi-sticking

  • Goal: Eric Gelinas (8th of the season) (1-1 tie)

 

2nd period summary:

  • The 2nd period tilted towards the Devils favor as they possessed the puck and ended the period tying the game 1-1.

  • Eric Gelinas tallied the game tying goal his 8th of the season, on a wrist shot from the blue line taking advantage of the Devils consistent forecheck pressure that had the Caps ice the puck, call a timeout, but with all of that the Caps were unable to clear the zone setting up Gelinas with the scoring opportunity.

 

3rd period +/-

 

+’s:

  • PP 0-3

 

-’s:

  • Dustin Penner 2 minute minor for interference

  • Goal: Ryan Carter (6th of the season) (2-1 Devils)

 

3rd period summary:

  • The Caps couldn’t take control of the puck for most of the game and late in the 3rd period the Devils took a 2-1 lead for the win.

  • Ryan Carter took a stroll up the middle of the ice on a give and go, setting himself up with his 6th goal of the season and a 2-1 Devils lead and placing the proverbial nail in the Caps coffin.

  • Corey Schneider hammered in that Ryan Carter nail, by robbing Mojo point-blank of the game tying goal, sealing the Devils 2-1 lead.

 

Side Notes:

  • Halak saved 29-31 shots .935 sv%

  • Schneider saved 24-25 shots .960 sv%

  • PP was 0-3

  • PK was 5-5

  • Only life the Caps have left, is the Blue Jackets inability to pull away in the playoff race.

  • Next game is on Saturday April 5th, vs. the New York Islanders. See you then.

Caps vs Stars +/- Dallas Wins 5-0. by Gustavo Semidey

Posted in Article with tags , , , , , on April 1, 2014 by CapsCast
Tyler Seguin scored as the Stars defeated the Capitals 5-0. photo by the Canadian Press

Tyler Seguin celebrates a goal as the Stars defeated the Capitals 5-0. photo by the Canadian Press.

The Caps are in the playoffs, and Oates has put Ovi and Backstrom back together on the top line; April fools (sorry)… the Caps are actually hanging by a thread, and are doing everything possible to not make the playoffs in recent games. Tonight the Dallas Stars are in town and they are in the similar playoff bubble that the Caps find themselves on, but the Stars have played at a level that demonstrates they want to make the playoffs. The Caps were shutout 5-0 on a must win, season may be over.

 

1st period +/-

 

+’s:

  • Eric Fehr draws a holding minor on Trevor Daley

  • PK 1-1

 

-’s:

  • Grabo is back in the top 6… but playing LW not C, Beagle is still the 1C for Ovi

  • Dustin Penner is out (illness), Chris Brown in

  • John Carlson 2 minute minor for slashing, preventing a breakout for Dallas (4on4 Hockey)

  • PP 0-1

  • Ovi shoots… PING

  • Goal: Tyler Seguin (33rd of the season) (1-0 Stars)

 

1st period summary:

  • The Dallas Stars jumped out to a 1-0 lead, dominating most of the 1st period, while the Caps best chance at a goal came on an open net shot that hit off the post.

  • The Caps earned a PP from Eric Fehr and the 3rd lines gritty play, but 2 early turnovers by the Caps leading to two breakouts for the Stars on the ensuing PP opportunity led to a John Carlson hooking minor, to wash out the Caps PP.

  • Tyler Seguin tallied his 33rd goal of the season beating Halak to put the Stars up 1-0.

  • Alex Ovechkin found himself looking at an open net, but his shot went off the post denying the Caps an easy goal.

 

2nd period +/-

 

+’s:

  • PK 2-2

  • Halak robs the Stars on a 2 on 1 rush

  • Dmitry Orlov draws a hooking minor on Cody Eakin

 

-’s:

  • Mike Green 2 minute minor for hooking

  • Goal: Ray Whitney (9th of the season) (2-0 Stars)

  • Goal: Dustin Jeffrey (1st of the season) (3-0 Stars)

  • Holtby replaces Halak in net

  • Joel Ward 2 minute minor for slashing

 

2nd period summary:

  • Dallas continued their domination of the puck over the Caps, adding two goals to their 1-0 lead to end the 2nd period with a 3-0 lead.

  • Ray Whitney tallied his 9th goal of the season beating Halak for a 2-0 lead, while thirty-four seconds later Dustin Jeffrey beat the Caps hilariously bad defense in front of Halak’s crease for the 3-0 lead, the goal led to Halak being replaced by Holtby.

 

3rd period +/-

 

+’s:

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov draws a hi-sticking minor on Brenden Dillon

  • Tom Wilson draws a hi-sticking minor on Alex Chiasson

  • John Carlson draws a hi-sticking minor on Cody Eakin (5on3 PP)

 

-’s:

  • PP 0-2

  • Goal: Dustin Jeffrey (2nd of the season, 2nd of the game) (4-0 Stars)

  • SHG: Ryan Garbutt (16th of the season) (5-0 Stars)

  • PP 0-3

  • PP 0-4

  • Eric Fehr 2 minute minor for holding

  • PP 0-5

 

3rd period summary:

  • The Caps have imploded, losing tonight’s game 5-0 while falling 2 points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets.

  • Dustin Jeffrey added his second goal of the season and game, giving the Stars a 4-0 lead on a 2 on 1 breakout.

  • Ryan Garbutt made it 5-0 with his shorthanded goal, his 16th goal of the season beating Holtby on a breakout to bury the Caps and send them on their 4th straight loss and a spiralling collapse with the playoffs on the line.

 

Side Notes:

  • Halak saved 20-23 shots .870 sv%

  • Holtby saved 11-13 shots .846 sv%

  • Lehtonen saved 35-35 shots 1.000 sv%

  • PP was 0-5 (gave up a SHG)

  • PK was 4-4

  • Next game is on Friday April 4th, vs. the New Jersey Devils. See you then.

Caps vs. Preds +/- Nashville Wins 4-3 in Shootout. by Gustavo Semidey

Posted in Article with tags , , , , , on March 30, 2014 by CapsCast
Patric Hornqvist led the Predators with 2 goals as Nashville defeated the Capitals 4-3 in a shootout. photo by

Patric Hornqvist led the Predators with 2 goals as Nashville defeated the Capitals 4-3 in a shootout. photo by USA Today Sports

The Caps are running out of time as the finish line nears and points are a must, after failing to get a point against the Bruins the Caps are back in action a day after looking to solidify a playoff berth. The Caps played with little urgency for most of the game, although they salvaged a point going into the OT/shootout the Caps would fall 4-3.

 

1st period +/-

 

+’s:

  • Grabovski is back in the lineup

  • Goal: Troy Brouwer (22nd of the season) Assist: Mike Green (29) & Nick Backstrom (58) (1-0 Caps)

  • Nick Backstrom draws a holding minor on Patric Hornqvist

 

-’s:

  • Goal: Patric Hornqvist (16th of the season) 1:38 after the Caps scored(1-1 tie)

  • Patrick Wey vs. Richard Clune (matching fighting majors)

  • Wey was knocked out and sent to the locker room

  • Goal: Patric Hornqvist (17th of the season) (2-1 Preds)

 

1st period summary:

  • A quick start by the Caps gave them an early lead, but the Predators answered just as quickly and ended the period up 2-1 on the Caps.

  • Troy Brouwer tallied his 22nd goal of the season connecting with Mike Green and Nick Backstrom who did all the work with their stick handling and passing to set up Brouwer with an open net shot and a Caps 1-0 lead.

  • Quick response goals, quick response goals, quick response goals… has been a glaring problem that the Caps have let go on, and tonight was no different just one minute and thirty-eight seconds into the 1-0 lead the Predators tied the game 1-1. Patric Hornqvist benefited from a Shea Weber that Halak stopped but left a rebound for Hornqvist to put into the net.

  • Patrick Wey made a clean hit on Richard Clune along the boards to snuff his rush attempt, but an angry Clune stood up and dropped the gloves to whoop Wey into submission, the fight was never fair, Clune is a notorious “tough/goon guy” and Wey has never fought before, so your end result of Wey laying face flat on the ice was not a surprise.

  • A Nick Backstrom turnover in the neutral zone set up Patric Hornqvist with a 1 on 1 with Halak, beating the Caps netminder for the Predators 2-1 lead.

 

2nd period +/-

 

+’s

  • Halak robs Hornqvist of his 3rd goal

  • Halak robs Craig Smith on a breakout

  • Predators too many men on the ice (Caps PP)

  • Dustin Penner draws an interference minor on Roman Josi

  • PPG: Troy Brouwer (23rd of the season, 2nd of game) Assist: Marcus Johansson (33) & Nick Backstrom (59) (2-2 tie)

 

-’s:

  • Patrick Wey out for the remainder of the game

  • Tom Wilson & Ryan Ellis (slashing/holding minors respectively) (4 on 4 hockey)

  • PP 0-2

  • Hutton robs Joel Ward from point-blank

 

2nd period summary:

  • The Caps turnover ways continued early in the 2nd period, but a strong performance from Halak has kept the Caps in the game, while Troy Brouwer tied the game at 2-2.

  • Halak on two different occasions had to prevent a Predators goal after a Caps neutral zone turnover, robbing Hornqvist and Craig Smith on two different occasions.

  • Troy Brouwer added his second goal of the game on the Caps second PP opportunity of the period, beating Hutton on a backhand shot for his 23rd goal of the season and a 2-2 tie game.

  • Joel Ward attempted to give the Caps a 3-2 lead, but a quick reacting Carter Hutton robbed Ward from point-blank range.

 

3rd period +/-

 

+’s:

  • Jay Beagle draws a slashing minor on Calle Jarnkrok

  • PPG: Nick Backstrom (14th of the season) Assist: John Carlson (23) (3-3 tie)

 

-’s:e

  • Goal: Shea Weber (21st of the season) (3-2 Preds)

 

3rd period summary:

  • A 3rd period goal for each team sent the game to OT tied at 3-3, and more importantly it gives the Caps at least one point in the standings.

  • Shea Weber gave the Preds a 3-2 lead, beating Halak with a 100 mph bomb past the blocker side for his 21st goal of the season.

  • Nick Backstrom answered back for the Caps to tie the game 3-3 with his 14th goal of the season on a PP opportunity set up by Jay Beagle who drew the slashing minor.

OT +/-

 

-’s:

  • Orlov shoots… PING

 

Shootout:

  • Calle Jarnkrok… no goal (0-0)

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov… no goal (0-0)

  • Craig Smith… goal (1-0 Preds)

  • Mikhail Grabovski… PING, no goal (1-0 Preds)

  • Roman Josi… no goal (1-0 Preds)

  • Nicklas Backstrom… no goal… Preds win 4-3

 

OT/Shootout summary:

  • The Caps had their opportunities in the OT but were unable to close out the game, while in the shootout all 3 shooters were denied for the Caps giving the Predators a 4-3 win.

  • Dmitry Orlov had the game in hand skating up ice after receiving a pass from Troy Brouwer to set him up with a point-blank shot that would ring off the pipe to deny the Caps a win.

  • In the shootout the Caps shooters (Kuzya, Grabo, & Nicky) were all denied while Halak could only keep 2 of the 3 Predators’ shooters from scoring giving the Preds a 4-3 win.

 

Side Notes:

  • Halak saved 26-29 shots .897 sv%

  • Hutton saved 23-26 shots .885 sv%

  • PP was 2-4

  • PK was 0-0

  • Next game is on Tuesday April 1st, vs. the Dallas Stars. See you then.

 

Caps vs. Bruins +/- Boston Wins 4-2. by Gustavo Semidey

Posted in Article with tags , , , , , , , on March 29, 2014 by CapsCast
Jarome Iginla, the ageless wonder, had a pair of goals as the Bruins defeated the Capitals 4-2. photo by

Jarome Iginla, the ageless wonder, had a pair of goals as the Bruins defeated the Capitals 4-2.  photo by Jared Wickerham

The Caps were back in action at high noon for a showdown with the Boston Bruins. With the NHL helping the Caps stay in the playoff race, the Caps are looking to solidify their playoff spot but they will need to take out the top defensive team in the league to do it. The Caps remain at 80 points in the standings as they fall to the Bruins 4-2.

 

1st period +/-

 

+’s:

  • Holtby is back in net today

  • Backstrom is in the starting lineup

  • PK 1-1

  • HoltBEAST is awake early today

  • Ovi draws a tripping minor Patrice Bergeron

 

-’s:

  • Hillen out for today’s game (collision with Ovi)

  • John Erskine 2 minute minor for DOG (deflected off the glass… ref didn’t see it)

  • PP 0-1

 

1st period summary:

  • An early onslaught from the Bruins forced a slumbering HoltBEAST to make some Beast-like saves to keep the score tied at 0-0.

  • The Bruins posted 15 shots on Holtby early and quickly, out shooting the Caps at one point 12-3.

  • John Erskine was whistled for deflecting a puck off the glass and into the stands, in the rule book that isn’t a penalty, but the refs missed the deflection and called Erskine for a DOG, but the PK unit held strong with the help of Holtby’s quick reactions in net.

  • Ovi drew a tripping minor on Patrice Bergeron, to set the Caps up with a PP opportunity, but one that would fail to score.

 

2nd period +/-

 

+’s:

  • Mike Green draws a slashing minor on Kyle Soderberg

  • Tip-in Goal: Jason Chimera (14th of the season) Assist: Mike Green (28) & Mike Green (21) (3-1 Bruins)

 

-’s:

  • PP 0-2

  • Goal: Jarome Iginla (29th of the season) (1-0 Bruins)

  • Eric Fehr 2 minute minor for hooking

  • PPG: Kyle Soderberg (15th of the season) (2-0 Bruins)

  • Goal: Jarome Iginla (30th of the season, 2nd of game) (3-0 Bruins)

  • All lines except the 3rd line have been scrambled

 

2nd period summary:

  • A goal-fest broke out in the 2nd period, unfortunately for the Caps it was all in favor of the Bruins.

  • Jarome Iginla tallied the first goal of the period on a breakout leaving him 1 on 1 with Holtby, beating him glove side for his 29th of the season and a 1-0 Bruins lead.

  • Kyle Soderberg beat Holtby with a tip-in dribbler on a PP opportunity that had an initial shot from Patrice Bergeron blocked, sending the puck towards the net for a well positioned Soderberg to deflect in for a 2-0 lead.

  • Iginla added his second goal of the game, crashing the net to force a puck past Holtby who did all he could to keep the wave of Bruins from scoring, but Iginla poked the puck past Holtby for his 30th goal of the season and a 3-0 lead.

  • With the game out of hand the Caps scrambled all of their lines, except the one line that has had consistent success with puck possession since the Olympic break, that being the 3rd line a.k.a. the “Green line” a.k.a. Joel Ward–Eric Fehr–Jason Chimera.

  • The Green Line came through at the end of the period with a goal and a possible comeback spurring goal. Mike Green rushed up the ice and backhanded a puck into the Bruins net, where Jason Chimera tapped the puck past Chad Johnson for a goal his 14th of the season and cutting the Bruins lead 3-1.

 

3rd period +/-

 

+’s:

  • Holtby robs Iginla of his 3rd goal of the game

  • PK 2-3

  • 3rd line produces the shift of the year, drawing a penalty

  • Joel Ward draws a holding minor on Andrej Meszaros

  • Goal: Evgeny Kuznetsov (2nd of the season) Assist: Troy Brouwer (17) & John Erskine (3) (4-2 Bruins)

 

-’s:

  • Jason Chimera 2 minute minor for slashing

  • PP 0-2

  • Alex Ovechkin 2 minute minor for charging (horrible, horrible call)

  • PPG: Patrice Bergeron (26th of the season) (4-1 Bruins)

 

3rd period summary:

  • An energized Caps team came out firing on all cylinders in the 3rd period, but the strength of the Bruins held as their defense held the Caps to 2 goals for a 4-2 win.

  • The 3rd line gave the Caps all it had to try and muster up a goal and cut into the Bruins lead, they drew a penalty but the PP was like much of the night unable to score.

  • The Caps maintained the momentum for most of the 3rd period until a bad charging call on Ovi who was gliding into a hit set the Bruins up with a PP opportunity that saw Patrice Bergeron tap-in the Bruins 4th goal and dagger in the game.

  • In the last moments of the game, Kuzya netted his 2nd goal of the season, beating Chad Johnson who misplayed the puck and left himself out of position, but it was all for not on Kuzya’s part as the Caps fell to the Bruins 4-2.

 

Side Notes:

  • Holtby saved 32-36 shots .889 sv%

  • Rask saved 31-33 shots .939 sv%

  • PP was 0-3

  • PK was 2-4

  • Next game is on Sunday March 30th, vs. the Nashville Predators. See you then

 

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