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Japers' Rink 3 hours ago

RECAP: #OBESTKIN Records Hat-Trick, Tames Wild 4-3

The NHL-leading Capitals defeated the Minnesota Wild Thursday night behind the single-period hat-trick of Alex Ovechkin. 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 Great 8 continues to drive Mike Milbury to drink as he recorded his 14th career hat-trick, the only Caps player to beat a goalie, en route to a 4-3 Washington victory. Minnesota came roaring back, but so do steam engines and they're obsolete, too. The best team...
Japers' Rink 4 hours ago

Capitals vs. Wild Third Period Thread

There's a reason they call him #Obestkin. Alex Ovechkin recorded a Gretzky-esque tap in, and mere minutes later, a dragging roof-ripper to take the goal-scoring lead (33) away from Chicago's Patrick Kane, all while not being human scum. Then, THEN, this funny thing happened to Tom Wilson! Wilson joins the Wild for 30 seconds pic.twitter.com/tHYoBCnXpM — CAPITALS HILL (@CapitalsHill) February 12, 2016 The Capitals power play is no longer impotent as a mortified tortoise, either. The best hockey player in the world saw to that. Before Ovi's second goal, and not counting the empty-netter...
Japers' Rink 5 hours ago

Capitals vs. Wild Second Period Thread

O, Cold North, yield and to our unending siege, cede. Uh, no scoring yet in Minnesota as the Capitals and Wild are tied 0-0 after one despite five combined penalties in the first period. Second period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Japers' Rink 7 hours ago

Capitals vs Wild: Game 53 of 82

The Capitals look to continue their road-winning ways against a team on a six-game losing streak. Like Tyson fighting a baby. Keep up with the latest Caps-related Tweets right here: Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters Look for updates in this story stream throughout the evening, including tonight's lines, new open threads for each period, and more. And of course... have at it, people.
Becca H / Japers' Rink 14 hours ago

The Noon Number: Hitting the Road

A look at the Caps' success away from VC 19 - Number of road wins for the Caps so far this season, giving them the most wins away from home of any team in the League. No other team has more than 15 road wins this year, and their five road losses are tied with Boston for the lowest. In fact, only three teams have more wins at home than the Caps have on the road. The Caps currently average the most goals per game on the road (3.23) and have the fourth-lowest goals-against per game (2.31); their road power play is ranked fourth in the League (23.1%) and the penalty kill is 11th (82.5%).
Becca H / Japers' Rink 19 hours ago

Thursday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Wild Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A familiar face may be returning to the lineup as the Caps take on Minnesota, and more. Your savory breakfast links: Previews of tonight's visit to the state of hockey from Vogs, NHL.com, AP, Peerless, Friends in Cold Places, and NoVa Caps, and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at Hockey Wilderness for the other side of tonight's matchup. The Wild are mired in a six-game losing streak, and with the Caps coming to town, head coach Mike Yeo is feeling the heat. [Star Tribune] News and notes from yesterday's practice: In...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Feb 10, 2016

The Noon Number: Road Warrior

A look at how Marcus Johansson has done away from home in the new year 10 - Number of points on the road, in six games played, for Marcus Johansson in 2016 (five goals, five assists); he has at least one point in each of those games, including a three-point effort in his return to the lineup last night. From the start of the season to the end of December, he had just eight points in 17 road games. (h/t Elias)
Becca H / Japers' Rink Feb 10, 2016

Rink Rank: Capitals vs. Predators

Weigh in on how each of the Caps (and coach) did yesterday The road trip gets off to a good start with a 5-3 win in Nashville, highlighted by some third-line mojo - so how did everyone look? Rank 'em below: More Ranker lists
Japers' Rink Feb 10, 2016

Wednesday Caps Clips: Mr. MoJo Risin'

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Marcus Johansson roars back from injury in game one of their three-game Central Division roadie. Your savory breakfast links: Beasting and feasting, but no easting - The Caps' week in preview. [Rink] Recaps of yesterday's victory from us, Vogs, Monumental video (Trotz, Holtby, Williams, Johansson, Wilson), NHL.com, WaPo, CSNMA (gamer, rewind), AP, Frankovic, Peerless, DSP, NVC and RMNB, and from the Preds' room, The Tennessean (and again), The View From 111,  and On The Forecheck. Evgeny Kuznetsov...
On the Forecheck Feb 9, 2016

Washington Capitals 5, Nashville Predators 3: Comeback Cut Short

Washington got out of Nashville with two points in this one tonight. It was setup to be an epic night in Nashville as the Predators hosted the Capitals. The Capitals kicked off the scoring in the first period with a goal from Jason Chimera. That was the only goal of the first period. Tom WIlson scored in the second to give the Capitals a 2-0 lead at that point of the game. Filip Forsberg brought the Predators within a goal with a wrister up top to beat Holtby. Justin Williams scored in the third to put the Capitals up by two goals. Then Marcus Johansson scored to put up a three goal lead...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Feb 9, 2016

Capitals vs. Predators Recap: MoJo Mojo in Caps 5-3 Win

The third line leads the way as the Caps kick off their road trip in style in Nashville 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 Caps have been squeaking out wins of late, a combination of rust, injuries to key guys and an overall rise in intensity among opponents as playoff races start to heat up. Tonight was no exception - but thankfully for the Caps, they had two secret weapons: Braden Holtby and Marcus...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Feb 9, 2016

Capitals vs. Predators Third Period Thread

Tom Wilson gets the third line on the board for a second time, but a power-play tally by some guy who shall remain nameless cuts the lead back to one. 2-1 after two, third period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Becca H / Japers' Rink Feb 9, 2016

Capitals vs. Predators Second Period Thread

Lots of whistles and grown men feeling shame, but the Caps are up 1-0 thanks to the reunited third line. Second period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Becca H / Japers' Rink Feb 9, 2016

Capitals vs. Predators: Game 52 of 82

The Capitals head to Coach Trotz' old stomping grounds in an effort to continue their winning streak. Keep up with the latest Caps-related Tweets right here: Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters Look for updates in this story stream throughout the evening, including tonight's lines, new open threads for each period, and more. And of course... have at it, people.
Japers' Rink Feb 9, 2016

WEEKLY PREVIEW: Beasts of the Eastern Wild

The Capitals have a chance to rewrite the record books this season. But doing so will require a little east coast bias, and more than a little pride and prejudice. What do we mean? Jason Rogers explains in his Weekly Preview. Good afternoon, Washington, D.C., snowy suburbs, and national outposts de neige! The Caps managed to pretty well get the job done last week despite a nasty little radar blip against the Florida Panthers. There's some tough Western Conference cooking on tap this week as the Capitals face the Nashville Predators, the Minnesota Wild, and the Dallas Stars. Last week the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Feb 9, 2016

The Noon Number: Power Outage

A look at a season-high streak of the less than ideal kind 5 - Number of consecutive games in which the Caps have failed to record a single power-play goal, their longest such streak of the season. The Caps have had 17 opportunities over those five games, including eight in their loss to Florida, but are 3-1-1 over that stretch. The last time the Caps were held without a power-play goal in five consecutive games was January 10-17, 2014, when they went 0-for-13 (part of a longer slump in which they scored just once with the extra man over an eight-game run). They won just one of those five...
On the Forecheck Feb 9, 2016

Nashville Predators vs. Washington Capitals Preview: Prepare the Goal Lights

Nashville ends their homestand by welcoming in a hockey juggernaut. The league's best team finally touches down in Music City. Barry Trotz and the Washington Capitals will start a three-game road trip against the Nashville Predators, hoping to steamroll through their Central-heavy schedule like they've done all year against just about every team. Meanwhile, Nashville is out to build off their obliteration of the Sharks as they finish their long homestand. They have a tough task ahead of them tonight. The Washington Capitals It took a blizzard and an All-Star break to slow down the Capitals,...
Japers' Rink Feb 9, 2016

Tuesday Caps Clips: Capitals @ Predators Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps kick off their 3-game Central Division swing with a visit to Smashville. On the same day that Andre Burakovsky turns 21. Your savory breakfast links: Congrats are in order for prospect forward Jakub Vrana , whose three goals, four assists, and seven points in three games earned him AHL Player of the Week honors. [Chocolate Hockey, theAHL] Previews of tonight's prowl with the Preds from Vogs (plus game notes), NHL.com and Peerless and be sure to check out our SB Nation pals over at On the Forecheck for the other side of today's matchup. ...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Feb 8, 2016

The Noon Number: Second Wave

A look at what the team's second line has been doing to other teams of late 38 - Number of points over the last ten games for the Capitals' second line of Andre Burakovsky, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Justin Williams. By comparison, the team's top trio has "only" put up 24 points in the last ten games, although both lines have accounted for 12 of the team's 36 total goals over that span. Since the 7-1 thrashing of the Senators on January 10, Kuznetsov leads the way with 16 points (two goals, 14 assists), which is also tied for second in the League over the last month. Burakovsky isn't far behind...
Becca H / Japers' Rink Feb 8, 2016

Capital Ups and Downs, Week 17: Grinding Out the Wins

The latest edition of our weekly look at individual Washington Capitals ups and downs. Your weekly look at individual Washington Capitals' ups and downs: Goalies Trend Notes Braden Holtby After a nice long layoff and a trip to the All-Star Game, Holtby returned to action on Thursday and picked up right where he left off. He shut the door after two goals in each of his three games, turning aside 79 of the 85 shots he faced and playing a big part in some wins the team otherwise likely wouldn't have gotten. Same old, same old. Philipp Grubauer He's been really good in...

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