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.
Tonight's game was the 154th consecutive sellout for the Washington Capitals in the Verizon Center, what turned out to be a 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
Nobody would want to watch what just happened.
On Comcast now all the players are saying things that they've said before--didn't make enough of their opportunities, didn't execute and the like. They say that because it's easier to say those things than what actually happened.
They didn't show up.
The worst was the penalty kill. Going on the kill 12 times in two ...
The best chance we all might have for seeing any NHL hockey between now and the winter of 2013 might be on your PS3 or Xbox 360.
NHL 13, developed by Electronic Arts and the yearly update in their long-running NHL series, is where hockey fans will have to turn for their NHL--for the time being, at least. Like any good series, the folks at EA have done their damnedest to make NHL 13 fresh for anyone who will be swapping out NHL 12 for this year's version.
The new big thing is Total Control Skating, which takes physics into account more fully.
Gone are the days of zipping around the back of the net, cutting in hard and not losing any momentum. Cutting ...