May 20, 2022

Caps in Advance: Week 19

The Washington Capitals find themselves in the same spot to start this week that they were in at the start of last week: sitting right behind the Florida Panthers in the Southeast Division, and just outside the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Of course, for a brief few days in the meantime the Caps held that top spot in the Southeast, thanks to a dominating Tuesday night 4-0 shutout of Florida.  Unfortunately, that was the only win and two of the three points Washington picked up in four games.  Now four points back of the Panthers, the Caps desperately need to take two points in regulation against their division foes.

When Tomas Vokoun whitewashed his former team it appeared to be the start of a good run for Washington, especially when the Czech goalie maintained a blank slate late in his team’s next game, against the Winnipeg Jets.  However, two quick goals, one on a 6-on-3 and the other a fluke from center ice, knocked the Caps back on their heels and the team would lose that game in a shootout, and turn in a weak performance Sunday afternoon in a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers that wasn’t as close as the score suggests.

Monday night’s game against the Sharks is the second half of a back-to-back for Washington, although Alex Ovechkin’s squad has the benefit of an extra few hours of rest since Sunday’s game was an afternoon matinee.  Their other two games are also back-to-back, as the Capitals visit both of their Sunshine State foes in short order. [Read more…]

Game 39 Re-CAP–Sharks 5, Caps 2: Bitten Again

Tomas Vokoun allowed four goals on 38 shots Saturday night in San Jose (Stock Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

A night that began with promise ended familiarly — with the Washington Capitals losing a road game to the San Jose Sharks, as has now happened 11 times (with a single tie thrown in for good measure) since October 30, 1993.

Not content simply to have the Caps fall to a disappointing defeat, the hockey gods saw fit to throw an extra wrench into whatever optimism Washington might have been feeling entering Saturday night’s game. Mike Green, so recently returned from a prolonged absence with a groin injury, did not return to action after taking a hit from Andrew Desjardins behind Washington’s net early in the second period. In all Green could only managed 7:11 of ice time, and only nine shifts. [Read more…]

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