The Islanders have been playing decently well, having a rare clunker here & there as the season starts to wind down (boy that Carolina game was rough). With the rash of injuries both offensively & defensively, it's tough for the Isles to get on the roll they had earlier in the season.
The Penguins only held the lead in Wednesday night's game against the Washington Capitals for 1:54. The good thing is that it was the final 1:54 of the game after rookie defenseman Olli Maatta finally put the Penguins on top for a 4-3 win. The Penguins have now won 13 straight at home setting a new franchise record.
The Capitals got on the board first more than halfway through the first period when Brooks Laich scored shorthanded after a turnover on a breakout pass by Kris Letang. Laich paitently peeled around a fallen Letang who expected a pass before beating Marc-Andre Fleury to the blocker side.
Letang made up for it in the second period tying the game at th...
Being a half-decent sports fan is about moderating expectations.
You don't want to be that guy or girl who goes into every season saying "this year is ours because reasons" because if you do, you'll wind up crying in the corner clutching your jersey and listening to sad Radiohead. You don't want that.
A 4-3 loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh saw the Capitals slide to third in the Metropolitan division, their third loss in a row. It was a good effort by the visiting Caps but, like always, almost every Capitals goal saw a Penguins equalizer shortly after.
And on cue with 1:54 to go, the Penguins scored a gut-punch goal from rookie defenseman Olli...
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...
Tonight's game was the 154th consecutive sellout for the Washington Capitals in the Verizon Center, what turned out to be a 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
Nobody would want to watch what just happened.
On Comcast now all the players are saying things that they've said before--didn't make enough of their opportunities, didn't execute and the like. They say that because it's easier to say those things than what actually happened.
They didn't show up.
The worst was the penalty kill. Going on the kill 12 times in two ...
With a one-year deal worth $7 million, Alex Semin is headed to Raleigh to frustrate the living bejesus out of Carolina Hurricanes fans join Jordan Staal as part of a new-look offense for the Carolina Hurricanes.
It's a good deal for both parties. Semin, by hook (not the two-minute variety, with which Semin is very familiar) or crook gets his money and the team is only on the hook for one year. Not a bad deal for a boom-or-bust guy like Semin, even if he is coming off a bust season.
Now just where does that leave the Capitals?
They're not exactly up a creek with no paddle because it was pretty clear that Semin wanted to leave from season's end...
This week, much to the sadness and/or delight of many Canadiens' fans, is the last of 2011-12. Last week, the Habs surrendered all three of their games, two in the shootout and one in regulation time against the Rangers.
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...
The Bell Centre welcomed back a familiar face on Wednesday night, as Roman Hamrlik made his return to Montreal for the first time since signing with the Capitals in the offseason.
First things first, though: a more unusual kind of retribution. Rene Bourque, just two games removed from a suspension for a hit on Washington's Nicklas Backstrom when he was still with the Calgary Flames, expected to be confronted regardless of his new uniform. Sure enough, barely a minute into the opening twenty, he went at it with the Caps' Matt Hendricks ....and that was that.