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Capitals vs Islanders Recap: One Goal Isn't Enough, Caps Lose

John Tavares and Nikolay Kulemin ensure that the Isles' will have one more chance to keep the lights on in Nassau Coliseum. Ice Tracker - Game Summary - Event Summary - Shot Report - Faceoff Summary - Play-by-Play - Home TOI - Visitor TOI - Advanced Stats at: war-on-ice, hockeystats, Natural Stat Trick and more via Nice Time On Ice Riding the high of back-to-back wins, the Washington Capitals skated onto Nassau Coliseum ice for the very last time— and with the opportunity for the distinction making it the last time the historic building hosted a New York Islanders game. Instead, goals...
Japers' Rink Apr 23, 2015

Recap: Caps In Annihilation Mode, Overwhelm Isles, 5-1

The Washington Capitals spotted the New York Islanders a goal early in the first period of Game 5 of their opening round series. That would be all the fun the Isles would have as the Caps roared back with five unanswered goals to take a 5-1 victory and a 3-2 lead in the series. Ice Tracker - Game Summary - Event Summary - Shot Report - Faceoff Summary - Play-by-Play - Home TOI - Visitor TOI - Advanced Stats at: war-on-ice, hockeystats, Natural Stat Trick and more via Nice Time On Ice The Washington Capitals came out hard against the New York Islanders at the start of Game 5.  Even when...
Dominik / Lighthouse Hockey Apr 23, 2015

Calvin de Haan Injury: Defenseman leaves Islanders vs. Capitals Game 5

For the second consecutive game, the Islanders lost a key defenseman after a late hit by a Capital. Things may have gone from bad to worse for the New York Islanders in the third period of Game 5, with the Washington Capitals running away with the score and taking out another Islanders defenseman. After the Capitals scored early to create a 3-1 lead, Calvin de Haan left the game with an apparent upper body injury from a late hit by Troy Brouwer 3:55 into the period. Brouwer caught de Haan after he had passed the puck -- with enough time for his partner Thomas Hickey to skate by between the...
Japers' Rink Apr 23, 2015

Third Period Thread

Keep up with the latest Caps-related Tweets right here: Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters One more from Beagle-to-Brouwer-to-Alzner-and-in, just like Coach drew it up.  The Caps take their first lead of the series into an intermission. Third period and the Caps' first power play of the game straight ahead...
Japers' Rink Apr 23, 2015

Second Period Thread

Keep up with the latest Caps-related Tweets right here: Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters One from Josh Bailey and one from Evgeny Kuznetsov has the game knotted at one, after one. Second period straight ahead...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Apr 23, 2015

Tonight's 8-Bit Capitals Lines: Status Quo for Two-in-a-Row?

Assuming that Barry Trotz doesn't change up his lineup from the one that beat the Isles in Game Four on Tuesday night, here's what to expect in front of you-know-who in net: Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Joel Ward Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Jason Chimera Andre Burakovsky - Jay Beagle - Troy Brouwer Brooks Laich - Michael Latta - Tom Wilson Brooks Orpik - John Carlson Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen Tim Gleason - Mike Green Braden Holtby That leaves Philipp Grubauer backing up Holtby, Curtis...
J.p. / Japers' Rink Apr 23, 2015

The Noon Number: Lack of Opportunity

A look at how the Caps' bread-and-butter has hardly been given a chance 7 - Power-play opportunities for the Capitals through four games, the fewest in the NHL (and that includes two teams that have only played three games so far). The Islanders, for their part, have had ten chances with the extra man. Dating back to their last playoff appearance, Washington has had two or fewer power plays in seven of their last eight playoff games, and has had just 13 opportunities to their opponents' 25 over that span. Only once in their last 21 playoff games have the Caps had more power-plays than...
Japers' Rink Apr 23, 2015

Thursday Caps Clips: Round 1, Game 4 Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: It's Game Five at home for potentially three-quarters of all the marbles. Your savory breakfast links: Previews of Game Five from Vogs (plus game notes) and NHL.com, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Lighthouse Hockey for the other side of tonight's match-up.  The Caps return to the Verizon Center with the series tied and home ice restored... [WaPo] ... as if it matters. Whatever. [Newsday] The best-of-seven becomes a best-of-three, and the first team to two wins takes it. [Islanders] Hot buttered takes...
Lighthouse Hockey Apr 22, 2015

Wilson-Visnovsky hit divides Islanders, Capitals, players, fans, dogs, cats

Clean or unclean, Game 4 between the Islanders and Capitals saw the "Hit Heard 'Round the Northeast Corridor." Confession: I have no hot takes to offer on the hit Tom Wilson laid on Lubomir Visnovsky in Game 4 of the Islanders-Capitals series. I'm just not seeing red over a hit that was penalized and subsequently un-capitalized upon by the Islanders thanks to a woefully stagnant and ineffective post-season power play. Losing Visnovsky, the Islanders' "Silver Fox" who is an important part of both the offense and the locker room, is a huge blow to their chances of winning two of the next...
Japers' Rink Apr 22, 2015

Capitals vs Islanders Game 4: What Worked and What Didn't

Heading into Game 5, we take a look at what worked and what didn't in the fourth installment. After what seemed like an on-again off-again pattern of dominance between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders, Game 4 saw the series' first game with a possession delta that was smaller than 3%. Layman's translation: the game was played evenly, especially relative to the earlier games in this series. Ultimately, it was stellar work on the penalty kill unit, and production from the Caps top, uh, producers, that helped 'em put home ice back where it started. Here's a look at what worked in...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Apr 22, 2015

Nicklas Backstrom: How Swede It Is

After some lackluster postseason performances, Nicklas Backstrom has stepped it up big time for the Caps this spring. There's no question that Nicklas Backstrom is an all-world talent, one of the best two-way centers in the game and the guy who keeps all the pieces moving for the Caps. He's racked up huge point totals over the course of his (relatively young) career and has written himself into the franchise history books as the all-time greatest playmaker in Caps' history. He is, in no uncertain terms, elite. And yet the one accomplishment that has eluded him, the one that has perhaps...
Japers' Rink Apr 22, 2015

The Noon Number: Working Overtime

A look at Nicklas Backstrom's place amongst other frequent playoff heroes. 4 - The number of active NHL players who have scored more playoff overtime goals than Nicklas Backstrom, who has done it three times. Jaromir Jagr, Patrick Marleau, Martin St. Louis, and Patrick Kane, have all done it four times. Since the start of the 2010 playoffs, Kane (four) is the only player to have scored more than Nicklas Backstrom's three.  arleau has also lit the lamp in overtime three times over that period. Backstrom's third playoff overtime game-winner tied him for 18th on the all time list. (s/t...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Apr 22, 2015

Wednesday Caps Clips: Best of Three

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps draw even in their series with the Islanders thanks to a Backstrom OT winner, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Recaps of last night's thrilling OT win from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Ward, Holtby, Backstrom, Niskanen, Wilson, Orpik, Carlson, Capuano, Isles room, highlights), NHL.com, Puck Daddy, AP, ESPN, CBS Sports, WaPo (gamer, blog), CSNW (gamer, blog), WashTimes, Frankovic, NBC4, Caps Outsider, RMNB, DSP, StarsandSticks, and from up I-95, Newsday, NY Times and Lighthouse Hockey. ...
Dominik / Lighthouse Hockey Apr 21, 2015

Game 4 - Washington Capitals 2, New York Islanders 1 (OT): Backstrom's OT winner ties the series

The Isles power play misfires again, while another tight, low-scoring affair makes for a long series. Nicklas Backstrom scored at 11:09 of overtime in Game 4 to push the Washington Capitals to a 2-1 win that evened their series with the New York Islanders at two games apiece. It was the third straight game with a goal for Backstrom, who has unsurprisingly been the Capitals' most dangerous player. Like most of this series, the game was deadlocked more often than not, but for the first time the Capitals scored first. The Islanders had a run of four consecutive power plays -- three of them in...
Japers' Rink Apr 21, 2015

Capitals vs. Islanders Recap: Backstrom's OT Winner Ties the Series at Two

Washington and New York played to a 1-1 tie through sixty minutes, setting the stage for Backstrom's overtime winner at the 11 minute mark. Ice Tracker - Game Summary - Event Summary - Shot Report - Faceoff Summary - Play-by-Play - Home TOI - Visitor TOI - Advanced Stats at: war-on-ice, hockeystats, Natural Stat Trick and more via Nice Time On Ice First period goals from Alex Ovechkin and Casey Cizikas had the score knotted at one after the first period. Fifty one minutes of scoreless hockey would follow, until Nicklas Backstrom tallied at the eleven minute mark of overtime to tie the...
Japers' Rink Apr 21, 2015

Capitals vs. Islanders Overtime Thread

Sixty minutes couldn't produce a winner in Game Four so the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders will decide the outcome in overtime. Alex Ovechkin and Casey Cizikas are your goal scorers, both in the first period. Braden Holtby leads Jaroslav Halak in saves - 33 to 22. Overtime is next. Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Japers' Rink Apr 21, 2015

Capitals vs. Islanders Third Period Thread

Will Washington's penalty killing units take a well deserved bow? The Capitals killed off three consecutive minor penalties in a span of 7:12 during the middle frame and that is the only reason the game is still tied at one apiece. Braden Holtby has made 27 saves through the game's opening forty minutes. Third period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Japers' Rink Apr 21, 2015

Capitals vs. Islanders Second Period Thread

Washington and New York each put one on the board in the first period, the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin and the Islanders' Casey Cizikas each tallying. Ovechkin's goal came at the thirteen minute mark and Cizikas' came in the nick of time at 19:48. Second period ahead. Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
J.p. / Japers' Rink Apr 21, 2015

Tonight's 8-Bit Capitals Lines: Fehr Out, But Who's In?

With Eric Fehr set to miss at least the next two games, either Andre Burakovsky or Michael Latta will draw into the lineup to replace him... but the other could also get a sweater. Ah, playoff intrigue. What we do know is that Braden Holtby will start in net and that this is how the Caps' lines shook out on Sunday: Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Joel Ward Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Troy Brouwer Jason Chimera - Eric Fehr - Jay Beagle Curtis Glencross - Brooks Laich - Tom Wilson Brooks Orpik - John Carlson Karl...
Dominik / Lighthouse Hockey Apr 21, 2015

New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals Game 4: Turning point or stalemate

The Capitals seek to even, the Islanders seek to extend. The New York Islanders are at home for Game 4 with a great chance to build a dangerous series lead over the Washington Capitals. But of course, the Capitals know that and will bring every effort to even this series, take back "home ice advantage" and make it a best-of-three heading back home. It's a turning point that either creates separation or reinforces the closeness of two teams that finished the regular season with 101 points each, essentially split their season series, and have spent much of the first three games tied. If you...

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