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Previous season’s match ups:
|Game 1 (11/17/11)||Game 2 (11/23/11)||Game 3 (12/15/11)||Game 4 (2/9/12)||Game 5 (3/16/12)||Game 6 (3/23/12)|
|@ Jets||vs Jets||@ Jets||vs Jets||@ Jets||vs Jets|
|Loss: 4-1||OT Win: 4-3||Win: 1-0||SO Loss: 3-2||Loss: 3-2||OT Loss: 4-3|
After dropping game one of the season Saturday night in Tampa Bay, the Washington Capitals aim to even out their overall season record with a win at home against the visiting divisional opponent Winnipeg Jets. However, the Caps won’t be the only team in this game searching for their first win of the season. Winnipeg already has two losses in as many games played, the first coming on Saturday in Winnipeg against the visiting Ottawa Senators and the second coming just last night in Boston against the Bruins in a shootout. Despite looking very rusty on Saturday in Tampa Bay, the Capitals should have a bit of an upper hand on the Jets seeing as this is the Jets’ second road game in two days, not to mention the Caps will surely have a soldout Verizon Center rocking the red in their favor.
Do yourself a favor and just mute this video to spare yourself from the ESPN commentating…”Martin Saint Louie”…really?
Believe it or not, the NHL made its return today. The Washington Capitals started the season off on the road against its division rival Tampa Bay Lightning, hoping to spoil the season opener in the sunshine state.
The Lightning took an early lead just over six minutes into the game after Eric Brewer lit the lamp for the home team. The Caps would respond with a goal from Joel Ward on a delayed penalty, but Tampa Bay was able to respond with a goal of their own courtesy of Vinny Lecavalier just under a minute later. The Caps continued to play goal-for-goal catchup through the first two periods, never letting the Lightning gain more than a one goal lead, but also never gaining any sort of lead over the Lightning at any point. The Caps second and third goals came from Ward and Wojtek Wolski, respectively. After two periods the score was an even 3-3.
Following the same pattern of the first two periods, the Lightning took the lead yet again just under five minutes into the third period off of a goal from St. Louis. Though, unlike the pattern of the first two periods, the Caps would not match the Lightning’s fourth goal. Martin St. Louis, Cory Conacher, and Eric Brewer would get the final three goals for the Lightning, making the final score a 6-3 victory in favor of the home team.
We all remember how great Holtby was last postseason, but is he the real deal? Honestly, I’m not sold.
Remember that time that a young Russian netminder by the name of Semyon Varlamov came up from Hershey to bail out the Caps in a best of seven series in the first round of the playoffs against the New York Rangers? If so, then remember how the Caps eventually lost game seven in round two of the playoffs to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins?
Or how about that time that a promising young goaltender by the name of Michal Neuvirth earned a full time roster spot with the Caps after coming off of winning back-to-back Calder Cup championships in the AHL, even winning playoff MVP one of those years? Yeah, the one that, like Varlamov, helped the Caps eliminate the Rangers in round one of the playoffs. Then, again similarly to Varlamov, Neuvy and the Caps were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs after they were swept, repeat SWEPT, by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Announced today, Adam Oates has been named the new head coach of the Washington Capitals.
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Mike Haviland and Jon Cooper “made impressive bids for the job,” but Oates took the prize.
This will be Oates’s first time as a head coach in the NHL, but not his first time as a coach in the NHL. Prior, Oates served as the assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2009-2010. Following this, Oates moved on to be the assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons.
Speaking of his pervious experience, Oats also has experience in the Stanley Cup Final as both a player and as an assistant coach. Oates got his first taste of Stanley Cup Final action with the Caps in 1997-1998 and then again in 2002-2003 with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Unfortunately, he finished Cup-less both times. Most recently, Oates got to see what it’s like to be in the Stanley Cup Final as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils. Though, he came up Cup-less again. Will this trend change now that he’s a head coach in Washington?
Will the Capitals have another photo finish like they did back in 2008?
Believe it or not, the end of the regular season is just around the corner.
With only three regular season games left to play, things sure will get interesting in the month of April for everyone in DC, players and fans alike. Definitely though, everyone is hoping for the best. Can the Caps somehow magically win the division again? Or will they barely squeak into the playoffs, taking the seventh or maybe even eighth seed? Or maybe it will be the worst of all options and they completely miss out on the playoffs as a whole?
April 1 might usually be a day for fooling around, but the Capitals can’t afford to be anything but serious for the rest of April…and hopefully May and June.
While things this past week didn’t start out as well as the Caps would have liked, they definitely were able to turn things around by the end. Earning W’s in two of the three games played, the Caps secured a spot only two points out of the division lead by the week’s end. Any complaints?
@ Los Angeles Kings – 1/9/12
So I thought those Kings couldn’t score this season?
Despite getting off to a commanding 1-0 lead quickly while on the road, nothing else really seemed to go the Caps way in this game. Momentum quickly shifted in favor of the Kings and never really seemed to shift back.