October 20, 2019

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 49 RE-CAP: Bolts Cancel Caps Comeback in OT, 4-3

Sloppiness is expected in the first game for NHL teams after the All-Star Break, and “sloppy” is unquestionably the best way to characterize Tuesday night’s tilt between the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning.  Marred by turnovers and bad decisions, the game required extra time to reach a decision when Steven Stamkos scored at 2:45 to give the Lightning a 4-3 overtime victory at home.

Scoring for the Capitals were Matt Hendricks, Mathieu Perreault, and Troy Brouwer, and goalie Tomas Vokoun made 27 saves in the loss.

Stamkos’s goal marred a stellar late-game performance for Vokoun, who stonewalled Bolts captain Vincent Lecavalier a minute earlier in the extra frame.  Lecavalier snuck behind his man and was all alone when he took a pass from Teddy Purcell in front of the net. Lecavalier toe-dragged to elude Vokoun’s initial kick save attempt, but the goalie stabbed out his glove to make the save and make an argument for save of the year. [Read more…]

Caps in Advance: Week 2

Coming off a closer-than-comfortable OT win over the Hurricanes on Saturday night, the Caps look to continue their winning ways during the first full week of the regular seasons. Three games are on tap…

Games this week:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 V. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
7:00 pm, Verizon Center
TV: Versus, CSN-DC

Records:
Washington Capitals: 1-0-0
Tampa Bay Lightning: 1-1-0
Season Series: 0-0-0 [Read more…]

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