March 1, 2015

Three stars: Washington Capitals 0, Carolina Hurricanes 3

First star: Braden Holtby. This game could have been 5-0 if it weren’t for Braden Holtby. His diving “insect save” in the third period was his best of the night.

Second star: Matt Niskanen. He took a hard shot off his bottom and was part of the PK unit that held Carolina’s squad off on both of their attempts. Niskanen had 2 shots on goal and 6 hits for the night.

Third Star: Karl Alzner. Alzner was also great on the PK in Carolina, and his one shot on goal was a great chance in the third period. He finished with three hits and 21:28 TOI.

Three Stars: Washington Capitals 2, Philadelphia Flyers 3

FIRST STAR: Braden Holtby. Hard to fault him for the generally lousy play in front of him in this one.

SECOND STAR: I’m struggling here. Cam Schilling? One shot, another attempt blocked, two hits. Cam Schilling it is.



Washington Capitals Game 61 Recap: Caps win streak snapped in Philly

The Washington Capitals’ four-game win streak was brought to an end on Sunday with a 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Despite battling back from a 2-0 deficit, the Caps were unable to finish off the Flyers and instead gave up a late third-period goal for the loss.

The Caps had another sluggish start and found themselves down 2-0 in the second period. Claude Giroux snapped an 11-game goalless drought with an early power play goal and Wayne Simmonds added another power play tally in the second. Tom Wilson finally got the Caps on the board and Joel Ward caught Philadelphia goalie Robb Zepp off guard with a rolling puck chipped into the top shelf to tie it in the second. [Read more…]

Three Stars: Washington Capitals 3, New York Islanders 2

Here are the DSP Three Stars from the Caps’ 3-2 overtime win over the Islanders on Saturday afternoon.

FIRST STAR: Braden Holtby was nothing short of magnificent, as his 30 saves — 18 in the final 25 minutes — were the instrumental factor in the win.

SECOND STAR: Brooks Laich’s assist on the Caps’ second goal was just part of his contribution, as he joined Tom Wilson and Jason Chimera in adding a team-high four hits.

THIRD STAR: Matt Niskanen tied the game just before the first intermission and provided a significant lift heading into the break, and Washington maintained a lot of that energy for much of the remainder of the game.

Washington Capitals Game 60 Recap: Holtby stymies Islanders in shootout as Caps win 3-2

In arguably their biggest win of the regular season, the Washington Capitals lost a one-goal lead late in the third period, only to see Braden Holtby stop all three shots he faced in the shootout and secure a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday at Verizon Center.

The Caps got the lead from Eric Fehr with 5:34 to go in regulation. Fehr got the puck in the Washington zone via an errant New York pass, and fed Brooks Laich near the center line. Laich gave it right back to Fehr, who put a blistering snap shot past Johnson from the slot.

The Islanders forced overtime with 48 seconds left after Washington played a conservative game for the final few minutes, as Ryan Strome put a tight-angle shot behind Holtby as the Islanders skated 6-on-5 with the goalie pulled.
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Three Stars: Washington Capitals 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 1

FIRST STAR: Alex Ovechkin. Should we just change this to the Ovi Star? Pretty goal, assist, seven SOGs, another four that didn’t make it that far. Also, though his chop shot on Letang should have been a penalty, the Pens spent the rest of the third looking for retribution on anything in white instead of playing the game. Seriously, MVP anyone?

SECOND STAR: Nick Backstrom. His assist on Ward’s 5-on-3 goal was perfection. Again.

THIRD STAR: Braden Holtby. He’s allowed one goal to the Penguins this season on 91 shots over three games. Huzzah!

HONRABLE MENTION: Shouts out to the defensive corps. Except for on Pitts’ sole goal, they did a very nice job of keeping the crease clear for Holtby and limiting what Crosby and Malkin were trying to do.

Three stars: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers 2/8/15

First star: Alex Ovechkin.He’s now tied with the New York Rangers’ Rick Nash for the league goal-scoring lead. His power play goal was one of few things that went Washington’s way against the Flyers. When will teams learn not to leave him open in his spot?

Second star: Evegeny Kuznetsov. He’s getting more ice time and has better linemates than he has all season, and seems to be thriving under the added responsibility. He fished the puck out of Nicklas Backstrom’s skates and dished it to Ovechkin, who scored the Caps only goal against the Flyers.

Third star: Braden Holtby. Holtby gets a star for simply being alive after the sheer number of games he’s played this season. His 46 games played leads the league.

Three stars: Washington Capitals vs. Ottawa Senators 2/5/15

First star:
Braden Holtby.
Holtby’s 25 saves led the way for Washington’s 2-1 win in Ottawa, and his 25th win of the season, which is good enough for sixth in the league amongst fellow goaltenders for regular season wins.

Second star:
Alex Ovechkin.
He is now tied with Rick Nash for the NHL goal scoring lead with 32, thanks to his game-winner in Ottawa.

Third star:
Jay Beagle.
It may have been a weird line change that left Beagle on the ice for the play that led to Ovechkin’s game-winning goal, but whatever the twist of fate, he collected perhaps the nicest assist of his career on the ensuing sequence.

Washington Capitals Game 52 Recap: Quick two-goal burst in the second proves decisive in Caps’ win

The Ottawa Senators had plenty of opportunities in the third period to tie the game, but Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals’ penalty killers came up big in the third period to preserve a one-goal lead.

Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin both scored in a span of 49 seconds in the second period and that was all they needed to down the Senators 2-1. [Read more…]

Washington Capitals Game 51 Recap: Caps stymie Kings, Holtby picks up sixth shutout

In one of their most impressive victories of the season on Tuesday, the Washington Capitals beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-0, keeping the defending champs from lighting the lamp even once at Verizon Center.

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