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.
Troy Brouwer scored two goals, including forcing overtime with 24 seconds to go in the third period to play hero for the Washington Capitals.
Then in overtime, it was captain Alex Ovechkin's turn to play the part.
Ovie played hero in D.C. as the Caps came back to beat the Isles 3-2 in OT.
Ovechkin flew down the left wing and released a seeing-eye wrist shot that stuck between the five-hole of Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov at the 1:35 mark of the OT period to give the desperate Caps a much-needed two-point night in D.C.
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...
"It's officially time to panic for the Washington Capitals."
I wrote that after Monday's 5-0 embarrassment in Carolina. And after tonight's dreadful road performance in Ottawa, those words right truer and truer with each passing game for these Caps.
Ottawa, one of the teams the Capitals currently are chasing in the playoff race, jumped on the Caps early by scoring four unanswered goals through two periods to send the Caps to their seventh loss in 10 games.
John Carlson and Mathieu Perreault softened the blow for the struggling Caps with back-to-back third periods goals to produce a 5-2 result. The lone bright spot for the Caps was perhaps...
With Monday's 5-0 shellacking in Carolina on national television, it's officially time to panic for the Washington Capitals.
Sure they're only one point out of a playoff spot in the sub-par Eastern Conference, and just two points away from being the third-seed in the conference as the Southeast division leader, but this team doesn't feel like one that is that close.
It could be the defensive lapses, the turnovers, the inability to score, or the inability of the team to stay disciplined for any stretches of time.
It could be loss of Nicklas Backstrom, who has missed the better part of the last month-and-a-half thanks to a gutless cheap sh...
Yes, the Washington Capitals lost a hockey game tonight. And yes, they did lose a hockey game 5-3, to a good team who is clearly far superior in the San Jose Sharks. And yes, they were playing the second of back-to-back games after playing in New York on Sunday, but so were the Sharks.
The Caps fell behind 3-0 and then 5-1 before late goals from defenseman Roman Hamrlik and the oft-scratched Jeff Shultz gave the Caps hope at a miracle at 5-3 with six minutes remaining.
Washington peppered Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss with 42 shots, but the German keeper stopped 39 shots to outduel Brayden Holtby in net for the Caps, who gave up the games first goal on a red line blast...