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NY Islanders End Home Stand Vs.Washington Capitals

The Islanders and their fans will need to shake off Thursday's heart breaking loss to the NY Rangers in OT. The two points that a victory would have brought meant so much. The team would have been in an 8th place playoff spot, but that was not to be.

The penalty called against Michael Grabner only 21 seconds into OT put the nail in the coffin for the Isles. The team was so incensed, and the players and coaching staff really let the ice officials know it, in no uncertain terms..well maybe some certain terms...(photo credit:THFANBLOG/flickr)

Former Sound Tigers gets to the NHL

Former Sound Tigers player Steve Oleksy gets well deserved chance in the NHL

Gustafsson Suffers Lower-Body Injury

It wasn't all good news for the Flyers on Wednesday.

Defenseman Erik Gustafsson left the Flyers' 4-1 win over the Capitals in the second period after suffering a lower-body injury.

About seven minutes into the period, Gustafsson blocked a shot by Capitals winger Eric Fehr. The shot hit him in the shin, but that may not be the source of the pain.

Ovechkin hat trick helps doom Devils, 5-1

What a difference two days makes.

Alexander Ovechkin scored a hat trick and added an assist while Braden Holtby stopped 21 of 22 shots as the Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 5-1.

It was less than 48 hours ago that Troy Brouwer swung his stick in disgust after the Caps gave up two goals and in the third period that started with a 2-1 Caps lead.

Brouwer would net the game's final goal off of an Ovechkin helper in the closing minutes of the third period.

The third period that the Caps played today was as good a period as the Capitals could have hoped for: they stayed out of the box (save a delay of game penalty, the 10th delay penalty in 17 games), outshot the...

Caps lose in third again, 3-2 to Devils

If anyone knows how to not win a game, it's the Washington Capitals.

Despite being outshot through the first two periods, the Caps led the New Jersey Devils 2-1.

Then they took six penalties in 11 minutes, allowed themselves to be outshot 15-2 in the period and flushed an easily winnable game down the toiled in what would be a 3-2 win for the Devils.

The Devils led the Capitals 30-12 in even-strength shots in the game, and the Caps still led.

Winning comes in different shapes and sizes. Stealing a game is winning. Dominating it from beginning to end is winning. Steadily plugging along and being better than the other team is winning.

The Capitals apparentl...

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...

Caps struggle again, lose 5-2 to Pittsburgh

Welp. That was ugly.

The Capitals visited the Consol Energy Center Thursday evening struggling to get any momentum going this season. They did nothing to buck that trend.

 

The Caps came out of the gates strong. Mike Ribeiro continued his hot streak, scoring his fourth goal of the season in a sequence that saw Marc-Andre Fleury dramatically fall to the ice, losing his helmet in the process. The first period ended 1-0 in favor of the Caps.

 

Then the wheels fell off.

 

Caps hold on in third against Flyers, win 3-2

The Capitals aren't in the basement anymore.

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.

The Caps...

Caps lose late again, 3-2 to Toronto

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.

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Caps' Neuvirth the man in goal, for now

When the Washington Capitals hit the road on Thursday night to battle the Toronto Maple Leafs, Michal Neuvirth will make his fifth-straight start in goal. 

Since being beaten out by last year's spring playoff sensation Braden Holtby out of camp, Neuvirth watched Holtby get lit up for 10 goals in his first two starts to begin the lockout shortened season. While Holtby didn't get much help from his mates up front, the 23-year-old looked far from the breakout star we all thought we were witnessing last spring. 

After a 4-2 loss in the home opener, first-year coach Adam Oates made the call to go with Neuvirth against the Canadiens in game three. While the numbers...