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Final Week Final Thoughts

Heading into one of the better weeks in sports as the NHL regular season winds down and playoff spots are finalized, I thought I would give some thoughts on the season and things I look forward to heading into the playoffs.

A Minute with Bill Clement

One of the most distinctive voices in all of hockey belongs to CSN-Philly color analyst Bill Clement. His “Clementisms” such as “twine seeking missile” are favorite sayings among anyone who listens to him call a game.

Recently however, Clement is making headlines for another reason; he recently released a book titled “EveryDay Leadership” about his personal views on leadership and how it can help people be more successful.

Caps face uphill playoff battle following 5-1 loss to Sabres

To say that Tuesday's 5-1 shellacking the Buffalo Sabres gave the Washington Capitals was embarrassing would be an understatement. 

To say that it happened with the eight seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs on the line and at home? Unacceptable. 

The Sabres' sixth-straight win was more than convincing. They looked like a team ready for the playoffs. They looked like a team hungry to get into the playoffs. They looked like a team that wants to get into the playoffs. 

Washington, on the other hand, squandered a chance to put themselves two points ahead of Buffalo with a so-called must-win home game. A win would...

Caps tame Wild, jump back into 8th in East

A day after being sent out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture by the Buffalo Sabres, the Washington Capitals responded with one of their best performances of the year to leap back into the playoff picture. 

Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, Braden Holtby made __ saves, as the Capitals shut out the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Sunday night. 

But the captain's  best play of the night was a defensive one, when he nullified a short-handed chance for the Wild with a sliding breakup of a Mikko Koivu pass on a two-on-one for the Wild. 

After a scoreless first period in which the Caps squandered two powerplay chances, the offense awoke in the s...

Ovechkin scores twice, Caps hold off Wings late 5-3

Alex Ovechkin decided it was his turn to step up. 

The Washington Capitals captain scored twice and lead by example on the road as his Capitals held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Monday night at Joe Louis Arena. 

Beating the Red Wings at the Joe hasn't been easy this season. The Wings have won 28 of 34 games at home this season, but a three-goal first period fueled the playoff-desperate Caps past the battered Wings, who are still without captain Nicklas Lidstrom. 

The Caps entered the nights action as the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The win gives the Caps 80 points, four ahead of idle Winnipeg (who has a g...

Falling Wings Look To Capitalize At Home

The Red Wings return home to face off against the Washington Capitals at 7:30 PM tonight. The injuries continue to mount for Detroit as Johan Franzen (back spasms) and Darren Helm (MCL sprain) have joined several others on the injured list. Detroit's Central Division title hopes are fading quickly and now the focus is on keeping a lead over Nashville for the 4th seed and home ice advantage in the first round.


Washington is battling Florida for the Southeast title and its possible the division winner will be the only team from the Southeast to make it into the playoffs. The Caps are 8th in the East and currently 5 points back of Florida and 2 points ahead of division rival Wi...

Blackhawks continue to tune up for playoffs against Capitals

 

In their only meeting of the regular season this year the Blackhawks will take on the Washington Capitals. The Capitals have not had the kind of year that is normal for them and have struggled along with their superstar Alex Ovechkin.  Ovechkin still is leading him team in points with 53 29 goals and 24 assists.

The Capitals (36-29-6) are currently hanging onto eighth place in the east with the Winnipeg Jets breathing down their necks in the ninth spot only just two points behind.  The Capitals also are coming off of a 3-2 loss to the Jets. So the Capitals come into this game desperately wanting to win and collect points to stay ahead in last playoff spot.

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Capitals Green suspended three games

Caps defenseman Mike Green was suspended three games by the NHL for an illegal head shot on Tampa Bay forward Brett Connolly during Thursday's game. 

Green, a seven-year veternan, has been both fined and suspended for illegal hits in the past. 

Here is NHL player safety representative Brendan Shanahan's explanation: 

 

 

Ovie'd: Caps catch Lightning late, win in OT 3-2

With just under 4 minutes left in the third period the Washington Capitals found themselves amid a three-game losing streak,  down 2-1 and staring another crucial loss in the face. 

Then a persistent forecheck paid off tenfold. 

A great shift by the Caps in the offensive zone resulted in a chance for Marcus Johansson on the doorstep, with the game on his stick. 

Head up all the way, Johansson calmly slipped a wrist shot through the five-hole of Lightning rookie goalie Dustin Tokarski to even the score at 2-2. 

Then in overtime it was the captain's turn. Alex Ovechkin took a pass from Dmitry Orlov and found the back of the net ...

Flyers Turn in Playoff Effort in Shutout Win over Caps

Sunday, Kimmo Timonen’s consecutive game streak ended at 248 games. Fellow defenseman Andrej Meszaros was also ruled out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. James van Riemsdyk was on the shelf for 6-8 weeks with a foot injury.

The Flyers? Well, they made due without.

Philadelphia turned in a playoff-like performance in a 1-0 win over the Capitals in Washington.

How’d they do it? They blocked shots, much-maligned goalie Ilya Bryzgalov was flawless, and the call-up for van Riemsdyk, Eric Wellwood, scored the game’s only goal.