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Maatta Finnishes Capitals, Pens Win 13th Straight At Home

The Penguins only held the lead in Wednesday night's game against the Washington Capitals for 1:54. The good thing is that it was the final 1:54 of the game after rookie defenseman Olli Maatta finally put the Penguins on top for a 4-3 win.  The Penguins have now won 13 straight at home setting a new franchise record. 

The Capitals got on the board first more than halfway through the first period when Brooks Laich scored shorthanded after a turnover on a breakout pass by Kris Letang. Laich paitently peeled around a fallen Letang who expected a pass before beating Marc-Andre Fleury to the blocker side.

Letang made up for it in the second period tying the game at th...

How To Prepare For The Rest Of The Caps Season

Being a half-decent sports fan is about moderating expectations.

You don't want to be that guy or girl who goes into every season saying "this year is ours because reasons" because if you do, you'll wind up crying in the corner clutching your jersey and listening to sad Radiohead. You don't want that.

A 4-3 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh saw the Capitals slide to third in the Metropolitan division, their third loss in a row. It was a good effort by the visiting Caps but, like always, almost every Capitals goal saw a Penguins equalizer shortly after.

And on cue with 1:54 to go, the Penguins scored a gut-punch goal from rookie defenseman Olli...

Caps smother Panthers, 5-0

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...

Jets soar over Caps, 4-2; Not time to panic yet

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 ...

Alex Semin is gone; what now for the Washington Capitals?

With a one-year deal worth $7 million, Alex Semin is headed to Raleigh to frustrate the living bejesus out of Carolina Hurricanes fans join Jordan Staal as part of a new-look offense for the Carolina Hurricanes.

It's a good deal for both parties. Semin, by hook (not the two-minute variety, with which Semin is very familiar) or crook gets his money and the team is only on the hook for one year. Not a bad deal for a boom-or-bust guy like Semin, even if he is coming off a bust season.

Now just where does that leave the Capitals?

They're not exactly up a creek with no paddle because it was pretty clear that Semin wanted to leave from season's end...

Habs This Week: Winding Down

This week, much to the sadness and/or delight of many Canadiens' fans, is the last of 2011-12. Last week, the Habs surrendered all three of their games, two in the shootout and one in regulation time against the Rangers.

Squeezed out: Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

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Renowned Hab-killer Scott Clemmensen was in goal once again for the Panthers, but Montreal managed to pot two goals behind him, leading 2-1 at the start of the third period.

 



Erik Cole's career-high 31st goal of the season was a direct reply to the Wojtek Wolski goal that opened the scoring...

Flyers Must Make Every Minute Count

It was the same old story for the Flyers (35-21-7) on Thursday night.

They allowed the opposing team to score first for the ninth straight game, and were forced to play from behind less than two minutes in.

Yet another poor start was enough to make Peter Laviolette call a timeout soon after that first goal was scored, and whatever it was that he said to his players, it worked.

Matt Read broke his 12-game goalless streak with a tally at just about ten minutes in, and the Flyers didn’t look back, going on to beat the Islanders 6-3 behind a jump-started offense.

Neuvirth steps up in big way for Caps

It's a bird...it's a plane...it's not Superman, but backup goalie Michal Neuvirth that is saving the Capitals season.

Since coming in of relief of starter Tomas Vokoun and stopping all 14 shots he faced in a 5-2 loss at Ottawa on Feb. 22, Michal Neuvirth has stopped 58 of 61 shots in back-to-back wins over the Canadiens and Maple Leafs. 

This is important because Neuvirth bailed out Vokoun after he was pulled in two-straight games, and pulled the Caps out from rock-bottom following a 2-7-1 stretch for the club.

The club, which sits just one point from a playoff spot (with several games in-hand on teams ahead of them),  needed someone to step up...

Power Play Woes Continue as Capitals Sink Canadiens 3-0

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The Bell Centre welcomed back a familiar face on Wednesday night, as Roman Hamrlik made his return to Montreal for the first time since signing with the Capitals in the offseason. 

First things first, though: a more unusual kind of retribution. Rene Bourque, just two games removed from a suspension for a hit on Washington's Nicklas Backstrom when he was still with the Calgary Flames, expected to be confronted regardless of his new uniform. Sure enough, barely a minute into the opening twenty, he went at it with the Caps' Matt Hendricks ....and that was that.
 

 

Meanwhile, Drummondvil...

Game Day: Phoenix Coyotes @ Washington Capitals

There wasn't much love lost between the Phoenix Coyotes and Washington Capitals when they last met on Valentine's Day, as Phoenix took the win by a count of 3-2.  Washington is currently in the middle of a 3-6-1 stretch of ten that most recently saw them come up flat in Toronto, scoring only one goal against the Leafs' seven.  Phoenix's road trip thus far has been much of the opposite, as the Flyers were their only loss since they last left Jobing.com Arena.

Washington maintains a winning record at home (6-1-1), but five of the eight last games featuring them and the Coyotes have been decided by only one goal.  And as good as Mike Smith has been t...