By Scott Lowe
To a man the Washington Capitals brushed aside their lackluster 5-3 loss to the Calgary Flames on Sunday, a game that Flames's superstar Jarome Iginla called a "game seven" before adding, "They're all game sevens now." Still, the performances of Jose Theodore - three goals allowed on nine shots - and defenseman Joe Corvo had to raise a few concerns.
As usual, the good news for the Caps was their never-say-die approach. After trailing 5-1, Washington rallied for two goals and was one Mikka Kiprusoff acrobatic save on Eric Belanger away from making it 5-4 in the final four minutes. The Caps outshot Calgary 33-12 after Theodore was pulled 10 minutes into the game.
By Scott Lowe
Even as the Washington Capitals have been the dominant team in the East this season and are in control of the race for the President's Trophy, one concern has always lingered: Do they have the goaltending to make a serious run at the Stanley Cup?
Well, there's something to be said for having the ability to simply outscore your opponents on an almost nightly basis. The Caps consistently have shown an affinity for doing just that, easily leading the league with 289 goals and a plus-80 differential. The next closest in those categories are Vancouver at 244 and Chicago at plus-52. But, at the end of the day, history shows that defense and goaltending can overcome scoring come...
According to Jeremy Scriven at Hockey Independent, as well as multiple sources which include a Capitals Press Release from yesterday, federal and county investigators recently visited the Washington Capitals to follow up on steroid allegations stemming from the arrest of a Florida man nearly a year ago.
The man, one Richard Thomas, was linked to Douglas Nagel, a Virginian chiropractor who claims to be involved with the team. While Capitals' management has denied any official association to Nagel, his practice is located in the same building as the Caps management offices, so some link is possible.
While no Capitals player has been targeted by police as a user or buyer of steroids, pol...
In case you hadn't heard, Alexander Ovechkin was thrown out of another game.
Surprised? I'm not.
Less than three and a half months since he was suspended for two games for a knee-on-knee hit on Tim Gleason, Ovechkin finds himself the talk of the league yet again, this time for checking Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell from behind (the video can be viewed on the right hand panel).
Twelve minutes into the first period, Campbell was skating back behind the Blackhawks net to pick up a loose puck. Skating behind him was Ovechkin, who pushed Campbell hard into the boards, face first, from behind.
As a result, neither Campbell or Ovechkin returned to the game. Campbell ...
The Washington Capitals have acquired winger Scott Walker from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 7th Round Pick.
Scott Walker who is 36 years old, has spent the last four seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes. He has 3 goals and 2 assists in 33 games this season.
According to Yahoo sports, due to a heavy snowstorm that's hit the Washington, D.C. area, tomorrow's scheduled Washington / Pittsburgh game is in jeopardy of being postponed. The Penguins are in Montreal today for an afternoon game against the Canadiens, and won't be able to leave Montreal before this evening. With tomorrow's game scheduled to start at noon, the Penguins might not be able to get to Washington in time for the tilt.
Winter weather warnings are in effect in the D.C. area until 10 PM tonight. Some areas have been hit with nearly 3 feet of snow, while the average has been hovering around 2 feet, according to Bloomberg. While most of us canucks are used to extreme weather...
All I can say is, finally... not the amount I would have liked, as the league established a benchmark themselves when they suspended Georges Laraque for the exact same hit last weel at 5 games, but considering how many times we've debated whether he deserves a suspension or not, it's acceptable.
I don't think you'll get any argument on this one though, he deserved what was coming to him. Only bad part is he would have probably missed the games he was suspended anyway with an injury.
AO hits Kaleta from behind, taking both himself and the Sabres player out of the game.
Another game, another hitting from behind incident. Is this the one that gets AO suspended, finally? He's already been fined this season, and the maximum fine of $2,500 isn't going to teach the $9.5 million player any lessons. Considering there have been many incidents before with Oveckin, superstar or not, he needs to be punished. And with Colin Campbell giving out two suspensions this week for hits that weren't nearly as bad (regardless of how long the players that Laraque and Briere hit are out for), you have to imagine that non-action from the league would be fairly devastating to their reputati...
Watching the Caps - Flyers game last night, I couldn't help but stare in amazement at the Caps' display of offensive talent. Alex Ovechkin might score 70 this year; Alex Semin has the fastest hands in the NHL hands-down... And Nicklas Backstrom is already one of the best playmaker in the game.
So are the Caps contenders?
I'm not so sure.
The best defense is a good offense, they say. While it may be true in some cases, I don't think any team that lets in 3-4 goals a night has a chance to go deep in the playoffs. Washington has done virtually nothing this off-season to bolster their defensive squad, arguably their weakest point.
Arguably, because their goaltending isn't much be...