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...
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...
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.
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...