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J.p. / Japers' Rink 7 hours ago

Capitals Make Recent History in Game 3

If you thought you were seeing something pretty rare, you're right Let's get something out of the way up front: there's one stat from Game 3 of the Caps' second round series with the Pens that really matters, and that's the Pens' plus-one goal differential. And, as we noted earlier today, there are no moral victories in the NHL in May. But anyone who watched the game had to have been struck by the Caps' domination in both shot generation and the measurable physical aspects of the game (at least the more-or-less legal aspects). And that's a somewhat rare combination. There are two main...
J.p. / Japers' Rink 9 hours ago

Letang Suspended One Game

The Penguins blueliner will miss Game 4 Kris Letang has been suspended for one game for interference against Marcus Johansson. Here's the Department of Player Safety's video:
Becca H / Japers' Rink 11 hours ago

Rink Rank: Round 2, Game 3

Weigh in on how each of the players (and the coach) did in last night's loss To say that the Caps put forth a better effort last night than they did in either of the first two games would be an understatement. Next step? Putting together the good effort with the winning thing. Dare to dream. In the meantime, go ahead and rank the individual performances from last night's game.
J.p. / Japers' Rink 12 hours ago

The Noon Number: Oh, Say, Three or More

A look at the Caps' recent lack of success against the Pens when failing to light the lamp three times 20 - Consecutive games Washington has played against Pittsburgh without a win in which they scored fewer than three goals (the last one of those was a 1-0 win on January 11, 2012). Here, via Hockey-Reference, is a quick look at those games: Granted, a few of those games could've been won with fewer than three goals (and one of them would've been, if not for a late empty netter). But, unsurprisingly, three goals has been a pretty important benchmark for the Caps in...
Japers' Rink 13 hours ago

Capitals vs Penguins Game 3: What Worked and What Didn't

Heading into Game 4, we take a look at what worked and what didn't in Game 3. Sometimes, mostly because hockey is the cruelest interest you could possibly select from the world's vast catalogue of pastimes, a team plays a nearly perfect game of hockey, still doesn't win, and has to put together a frenetic last-minute push to even make it close. One such instance was Game 3, a game during which the Capitals completely dominated the Pittsburgh Penguins but came out with nothing to show for it. Here's our breakdowns for Game 1 and Game 2. Now let's take a look at what worked and what didn't...
J.p. / Japers' Rink 14 hours ago

The Narrative: Letang/Johansson, Territorial Dominance and Ovechkin

Three things we're talking about today when we're talking about the Caps 1. If it's a day ending in the letter "y", we must be discussing a(t least one) controversial hit, and this time it's a Penguin under the microscope. Kris Letang, come on down... Letang levels MoJo for a 2 min penalty#CapsPens pic.twitter.com/pBntylByFo — CAPITALS HILL (@CapitalsHill) May 3, 2016 On Letang hit on Johansson...not nearly as late as Orpik, but still late. Anything after .6 is considered late. And its .64 after. — John Shannon (@JSportsnet) May 3, 2016 What say you, Caps? Johansson on Letang...
Japers' Rink 17 hours ago

Tuesday Caps Clips: Stymied in Steel City

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Caps still having trouble be-biscuiting the basket, Letang will be a contestant on the NHL Wheel of Justice, beast mode Ovi and more. What we were talking about yesterday when we were talking Caps hockey. [Rink] Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's loss from us, Vogs (plus game notes), Monumental video (Trotz, Holtby, Oshie, Wilson, Williams, Niskanen, Joe Hanson, Sullivan, Pens room), NHL.com, WaPo (gamer, Bog's Best & Worst), CSNW, USA Today, Puck Daddy, AP, ESPN,  Frankovic, RMNB (gamer, game blogs) and DSP and from the PIT bench,...
PensBurgh May 2, 2016

Pens/Caps Game 3 Recap: Murray, Pens hold on for a 3-2 win

The Pittsburgh Penguins weren't very good, but still escape with a win in Game 3 against the Washington Capitals. The Pens parlay a fortunate start and 47 saves from Matt Murray to win and take a 2-1 series lead. Game 3: Washington Capitals @ Pittsburgh Penguins Lineup changes Welcome back, Marc-Andre Fleury! Well, kind of. Fleury served as the backup goalie tonight, a good sign since it must mean that doctors have cleared him to play. The Pens also put in Derrick Pouliot for the injured Olli Maatta. The Capitals used Dmitry Orlov in the lineup for the suspended Brooks Orpik and...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 2, 2016

Capitals vs. Penguins Recap: Close but No Cigar as Caps Fall 3-2

The Caps dominate but fall short in Game 3 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 In Game 2, the Caps put together a sluggish performance bolstered by a strong third period and nearly stole a game they had no right even being in. The frustration after that game was palpable, as was the concern over how long they'd be without Brooks Orpik. So it seemed like Game 3 would be one of two things: a much better performance by the...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 2, 2016

Capitals vs. Penguins Third Period Thread

The Caps continue to outplay the Penguins, and continue to trail - this time by three. One more period to go to tie it up, third period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 2, 2016

Capitals vs. Penguins Second Period Thread

Penalties abound in the first, and a strong start for the Caps in general results in a two-goal lead... for the bad guys.  Second period ahead... Tweets from @JapersRink/tweet-tweeters
Japers' Rink May 2, 2016

Capitals vs. Penguins: Round Two, Game Three

Heading to Pittsburgh, the Capitals look to improve their production while also looking to change the momentum in the series 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.
J.p. / Japers' Rink May 2, 2016

The Noon Number: Backstrong in the Dot

A look at a big night in the face-off circle for the Caps' top pivot 90 - Percentage of face offs Nicklas Backstrom won in Game 2, the highest win percentage in a playoff game (minimum 20 draws) since the League started tracking the stat in 1998 (and you can add a decade to that, per Caps Today). Backstrom won 16 of 18 even-strength draws, was one-for-one for each special teams unit, and completely dominated his most frequent opponent up and down the ice (which helps on the ol' power-versus-power front): Interestingly enough, this comes on the heels of a Game 1...
Japers' Rink May 2, 2016

Power vs. Power and Crosby vs. Backstrom

Crosby versus Ovechkin? Nah, it's more like the Capitals versus the Penguins. But if we absolutely have to go with a narrative within the storyline, it's more like Crosby versus Backstrom. In the opening game in the Eastern Conference semi-final series between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins, the narrative that has subjugated the matchup actually played out before the hockey world's eager eyes. When Sidney Crosby's line went out on the ice, Alex Ovechkin's line was there to stare him down. In total, Crosby faced off against Nicklas Backstrom 16 times at the face off dot....
J.p. / Japers' Rink May 2, 2016

The Narrative: Orpik/Maatta, The Other Cheek and Sid vs. Ovi

Three things we're talking about today when we're talking about the Caps 1. Brooks Orpik's hit, suspension and potential replacement and Olli Maatta's health (and potential replacement) are front and center today: Washington's Brooks Orpik suspended three games for interference on Pittsburgh's Olli Maatta. Video: https://t.co/2sM04ITGzZ — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) May 2, 2016 The Dmitry Orlov redemption story (or something?) begins tomorrow. How I'd expect D to look:Alzner-NiskanenSchmidt-CarlsonOrlov-Chorney — Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) May 2, 2016 Mike...
PensBurgh May 2, 2016

Game 3 Primer: Pens/Caps notes

Random thoughts and somewhat formed sentences on the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals series as they prepare for Game 3. We definitely know that defensive shakeups are coming for both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals in the coming days. For the Caps, it's league-mandated and will last for the next 3 games, thanks to Brooks Orpik's illegal check to Olli Maatta. For the Pens, it's of unknown length as Maatta recovers from the effects of Orpik's hit. What does is mean for both? Capitals Most of Orpik's absence will likely be absorbed by the team's best three...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 2, 2016

Monday Caps Clips: Round 2, Game 3 Game Day

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Previews of Game 3, Orpik's suspension and more. Your savory breakfast links: Brooks Orpik fought the law and the law won, with the NHL handing down a three-game suspension for his hit on Olli Maatta Saturday night. [Rink, WaPo, WashTimes, Post-Gazette (andagain), Tribune-Review, Pensburgh, SBN, TSS, CBS Sports, Puck Daddy, THW,AP, StarsandSticks, RMNB, DSP, NoVa Caps] Orpik's (then-potential) suspension was one of a couple of things we were talking about yesterday. [Rink] Previews of tonight's Game 3...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 1, 2016

Brooks Orpik Suspended Three Games

Orpik will miss Game 3, 4 and 5 of the series On Saturday night, Brooks Orpik took out Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta with this hit: #Orpik to the box for interference #CapsPens pic.twitter.com/6tfm7uEzWD — CAPITALS HILL (@CapitalsHill) May 1, 2016 Maatta left the game and was later determined to have suffered a concussion, while Orpik was given a two-minute penalty for interference. After a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety earlier today, Orpik has been given a three-game suspension for the hit. Here's the DoPS video explaining the suspension: The ruling...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 1, 2016

The Narrative: Orpik in Trouble, No Goal, All's Fehr

Three things we're talking about when we're talking about the Caps 1. For the second time in as many games, a Cap is probably going to be in some hot water. #Orpik to the box for interference #CapsPens pic.twitter.com/6tfm7uEzWD — CAPITALS HILL (@CapitalsHill) May 1, 2016 Mike Sullivan says the Orpik hit on Maatta is the "type everyone in hockey is trying to remove from the game." — Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) May 1, 2016 Trotz says he spoke to Orpik and Orpik told him he thought the puck was going to be there when he hit Maatta — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) May 1,...
Becca H / Japers' Rink May 1, 2016

Rink Rank: Round 2, Game 2

Weigh in on how each of the players (and the coach) did in last night's loss So the Caps head up to Pittsburgh with the series all even at one. How did each of the players do en route to earning that loss? Rank 'em below.

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