September 16, 2019

Washington Capitals Game 48 Recap: Fehr beats Bruins again on overtime goal; Caps face Rags in ECQFs

GREEN WITH TWO GOALS; CAPS TO FACE NEW YORK RANGERS IN STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

With the third seed in the Eastern Conference bracket of the Stanley Cup Playoffs sewn up entering the game, the Washington Capitals had very little to play for Saturday evening except health and pride. For the Boston Bruins, however, first place in the Northeast Division was still up for grabs, so the game had a little more significance.

An entertaining affair boiled down to overtime, and the Caps’ Eric Fehr, as he did earlier in the season, tallied the game winner in the extra frame as the Caps finished the NHL regular season with a 3-2 win over the Bruins, setting up a Quarterfinals Matchup with the New York Rangers for the fourth time in five years.

The Bruins gained a point and own a one-point lead over Montreal in the Northeast with one game to play.

Fehr’s tally came on a four-on-three power play, with Boston’s monolith Zdeno Chara off for hauling down Mike Ribeiro. Riberio found Mike Green with a cross-ice pass at the left-wing circle for a blast that Tuukka Rask couldn’t handle. The rebound popped into the slot, and Fehr slipped past defenseman Wade Redden to get enough of the puck with his backhand to flip it past the sprawled Rask (34 saves) and into the net. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals Game 27 Recap: Caps bruised and bloodied in Boston in 4-1 beatdown

In an ugly, physical, brawling game — exactly how the Boston Bruins want to play — the Washington Capitals were beat up in every sense of the word. The Bruins owned the scoresheet, the fight scorecard, and the decision — handily — beating the Caps 4-1 before a raucous TD Garden St. Patrick’s weekend crowd.

Boston’s top line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton were called out by their coach recently for their spate of poor play. Apparently, the trio took it to heart and took it out on the Caps, as the line was on the ice for all four Boston goals today, and even scored the lone Washington goal, as Krejci tried to defend a pass by Marcus Johansson and instead deflected the puck off the boot of defenseman Johnny Boychuk into the Bruins goal for the Caps lone tally.

Johansson got credit for the goal, and it makes sense the way his season has gone that his second goal of the season would be awarded on a play where he didn’t intend to shoot the puck. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals Game 20 Wrap: Capitals come back, down Bruins in OT

An old friend who returned home this season, Eric Fehr, lifted the Washington Capitals to a miraculous 4-3 comeback win to down the Boston Bruins in overtime on Tuesday in the Verizon Center.

Looking to build off of a commanding 3-0 win over the division rival Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, the Caps welcomed the Bruins to the Verizon center. One of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, Boston entered Tuesdays matchup sitting on top of their division and in second place in the Conference.

The first period was all Bruins and they started to take control of the game early on. With just over six and a half minutes gone by in the first, Boston went to the penalty kill. While defending their net on the disadvantage, Brad Marchand took a breakaway in on Washington netminder Braden Holtby. Alexander Ovechkin, playing the point on the powerplay, was unable to catch up to him and hooked him. Marchand was awarded a penalty shot and scored to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.  [Read more…]

Washington Capitals Game 7 Time

Caps in Seven by our friends at Russian Machine (http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com)

NHL Announces Game Time for Game 7 of 2012 Stanley Cup Quarterfinal Series

Comcast SportsNet will Broadcast Game in Washington/Baltimore Area

ARLINGTON, VA. – The National Hockey League announced today the 2012 Stanley Cup Conference quarterfinal Game 7 broadcast information between the Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins, which will take place on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet in the Washington/Baltimore area. In addition, the game will also be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network, CBC and RDS.

Comcast SportsNet will also present Capitals Central prior to the game as well as Capitals Postgame Live and SportsNet Central immediately following the game.

The Caps-Bruins series is the first in NHL history to feature six straight one-goal games. In addition, this is the first Stanley Cup playoff series in 17 years that has featured both teams with a game-winner in the final two minutes of regulation.

Washington Capitals Game Six Re-Cap: One play, and we’re going back to Boston

This was the game for the Washington Capitals to win. They had the defending Stanley Cup Champions on the ropes. They took the best shot the Boston Bruins had in Game Four, and got it back to hockey in Game Five to take a 3-2 advantage in the series and bring it back to the friendly confines of Verizon Center.

But Boston didn’t lie down. And the Caps couldn’t keep them down. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals Game Five Recap: Hustle Plays and Dirty Goals Give Caps 4-3 Win, Chance to Clinch at Home

Skill goes a long way in the NHL playoffs, but experience even more so.

It should come as no surprise, then, that the two members of the Washington Capitals whose names are engraved on the steely facade of the Stanley Cup, Mike Knuble and Troy Brouwer, netted lead-taking goals in the third period of Saturday’s Game 5 in hostile Boston.

Brouwer’s power play slapshot with 1:27 left in regulation held up as the game-winner, giving the Capitals a 4-3 victory on the road to take a 3-2 series lead in their first round match-up with the Boston Bruins. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals Game 3 Re-Cap: Bruins pull Caps into their game; take series lead over Caps

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BACKSTROM ASSESSED MATCH PENALTY FOR CROSS-CHECK, AUTOMATIC SUSPENSION UNTIL LEAGUE REVIEW

In a fraction of an instant, a well-intentioned effort by Washington Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik to get in front of a Zdeno Chara slap shot turned into an unfortunate assist for the shot. The resultant deflection escaped Braden Holtby, allowing the Boston Bruins to win 4-3 in the first game of this series to end in regulation and take a two games to one lead in this Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup.

Of at least equal or greater concern to the Caps now though is the fate of their top center, Nicklas Backstrom, who was assessed a match penalty for a cross-check to Bruins forward Rich Peverley after the final horn, triggering an automatic game suspension pending review from the league office. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals Game Two Re-Cap: Nick Backstrom evens series with double overtime winner

Nick Backstrom failed to win the offensive zone draw less than three minutes into the second overtime. It’s the best face-off loss he’s ever had.

Patrice Bergeron won the draw on his back hand, sending it toward the corner to the right of goalie Tim Thomas. But a funny thing happened at that point. Marcus Johansson, playing at the left wing spot, tied up defenseman Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk, perhaps fatigued playing in the second overtime, whiffed on clearing the puck. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals: Effort alone will not be enough against the Bruins

There’s absolutely no questioning the effort of anyone involved for the Washington Capitals in Thursday night’s loss in Game One of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to the Boston Bruins. None. For 61 minutes and 18 seconds, every player dressed for the Caps exerted all the effort and energy they could muster. It was heartening to see how hard everyone worked, how they stood up for each other, how much they apparently cared.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals Game One Re-Cap: Holtby stellar, but not perfect in overtime loss

After a hard-fought, tight checking, gritty defensive performance all night — including killing eight minutes of penalties and six consecutively — a defensive breakdown and led to an innocent enough looking shot that the goalie will probably want to have back, but won’t get. Just like that, it only took 1:18 of overtime for the Boston Bruins to score the only goal of the game and send the Washington Capitals to a 1-0 loss in Game One of their best-of-seven first round matchup.

Let’s get the first thing clear: Braden Holtby was, for the most part, exceptional in this game. The sheer numbers just begin to tell the story, saving all 29 shots he faced in regulation. Sure, the Bruins missed a couple of opportunities, but Holtby truly was solid. And the defense in front of him, again for the most part, did their job, keeping the shooting lanes clear so he could see the majority of shots coming his way.

But the first shot Holtby saw in overtime slipped past him, and that’s all that matters now. [Read more…]

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