There hasn't been a tremendous amount of early buzz surrounding this year's Winter Classic, which will feature the Chicago Blackhawks (25-10-2) visiting the Washington Capitals (18-11-7) at Nationals Park in D.C.
It's hard to miss the advertising, though; NBC has definitely been saturating all their markets.
This season, the NHL changed partners to present its The Road to the Winter Classic show; instead of HBO, it is EPIX carrying the torch. As the station is not available in all markets or with all providers, fans can watch the show unedited on EPIX's website, NHL.com, the team websites, or catch it censored (bleep bleep bleeeeeep) on NBCSN.
In a preview of the Winter Classic that Blackhawks took on the Washington Capitals only at the United Center. The game had Corey Crawford in nets for the Hawks and the Capitals had Braden Holtby in their nets.
The Hawks had complete control of the game for the first thirty five minutes of the game and were seemingly cruising to a home victory until the Capitals onslaught in the last five minutes of the second period with three goals at the end of the period by Andre Burakovsky, Marcus Johansson & Joel Ward to put the Capitals up 3-2 at the end of two periods. Matt Niskanen provided assists on two of the goals.
The first Burakovsky goal seemed to spark Washingto...
The Washington Capitals, powered by a Joel Ward hat trick, rolled over the Philadelphia Flyers 7-0 in a seemingly effortless performance from the home team. Perhaps the most passion from the Flyers came in a third period line brawl, totaling 114 penalty minutes.
(Photo: Flyers and Capitals brawl in the third period. Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The Flyers played that 60-minute game Scott Hartnell was talking about on Monday.
The Flyers jumped on Washington early and often, capitalizing on a tired Caps team. Hartnell and Claude Giroux each tallied two points, leading Philadelphia to a 4-1 win over Washington Wednesday night in Philly.
(Pictured: Claude Giroux. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)
It might have come against another one of the worse teams in the league, but who gives a damn.
Half price pizza from Papa John's will always taste sweet.
The Capitals recorded their third win of the season and their only shutout of the year against the Florida Panthers with a 5-0 win (Caps win by 4+ goals and Papa Johns in the DC/MD/Northern VA area give you half price on your slice, look up the deal, y'all).
Last night was the first time that all that phantom 'better play' became tangible.
Alexander Ovechkin looked like a new player--better yet, the Ovechkin of old, who flew around the ice as fast as he could. And he didn't just stick to the on...
With a 1-1 score at the start of the third period, the Caps scored twice on the visiting Flyers and managed to hang on to it for the first time in three games, with the final score 3-2 in the home team's favor.
The win took the Caps from 15th in the East to 13th. Although it's not a huge leap, not being last anymore is just fine.
This game, a home game against a rivalry team after two come-from-ahead losses was a must-win game early in the season. The Flyers had been struggling similarly in the first weeks of the new season.
Spots that were problematic for the Caps started to look a lot better.
So let's talk about the ending. The Caps just lost 3-2 after leading 2-1 coming into the third period.
It's great that Alex Ovechkin scored again on the power play and for our own selfish purposes, it's fantastic that Joel Ward scored again. Wardwatch lives another day and we're all the better for it, every one of us.
It's great that the Caps were better on the penalty kill. They killed off all but one of eight penalties that all came in the first two periods.
But that third period.
That was bad.
It wouldn't have been so bad had the Caps not lost the previous game by the same score by giving up two goals in the third period.