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The Washington Capitals have announced that they have assigned defenseman Connor Carrick and center Michael Latta to AHL Hershey. Carrick started the first three games for Washington before being scratched last night in favor of Alexander Urbom. Latta started the season with the Caps, but was sent down to Hershey after one game only to be recalled earlier this week. They have also recalled defenseman Nate Schmidt from AHL Hershey.
The Washington Capitals fell to 1-3-0 to start that season after a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. It was the Capitals first loss at home this season and first loss in the new Metropolitan Division. The Capitals got out to an early lead behind a Jason Chimera goal, but were unable to keep the Hurricanes from tying it up and taking the lead in the third period. On to the ReCap.
After what feels like another offseason, the Capitals will take the ice tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Verizon Center. After facing off against three Western Conference foes to start the season, the Caps will get their first taste of life in the Metropolitan Division, even if it will still look like an old Southeast battle.
It may only be three games into the NHL season, but the understatement of the season might be that the Capitals are not good on even strength. Through the first three games, the Caps have been outscored 8-3 during 5-on-5 play. That does not include Marian Hossa's empty netter or Lee Stempniak's 4-on-4 goal. Oh, and those three that the Caps have scored: Grabovski on a 2-on-1, Carrick on a breakaway following a penalty kill, and Ovechkin off of a faceoff. They have yet to score from actually establishing offensive zone pressure. Their power play very well might be the best in the league, but you are going to spend much more time even than you will on the man advantage.
The Washington Capitals took a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars Saturday night, dropping them to 1-2-0 on the season. Yet again, the Capitals' even strength play continues to suffer, with their lone strike tonight coming on the power play. Honestly, was not a fun game to watch, but on to the reCap:
The Washington Capitals erased an early 3-0 hole to defeat the Calgary Flames 5-4 in a shootout. After giving up six goals to Chicago on Tuesday night, it was a disastrous start for the Caps as they gave up three first period goals to Calgary. It's one thing to have Chicago light you up, but for Calgary, a perceived lottery team, to run out to a three goal lead, that's a disaster. The Caps, though, managed to erase the deficit, tying the game late in the third period. On to the reCap:
Just one game into the season, the Washington Capitals have made some small tweaks to their roster, claiming Swedish defenseman Alexander Urbom off waivers from the New Jersey Devils and assigning fourth-line center Michael Latta to AHL Hershey.
The Washington Capitals opened their 2013-2014 season with a high-scoring, gut-wrenching loss to the Chicago Blackhawks by the score of 6-4. The Caps were able to stick with the defending Stanley Cup champs, even taking the lead for a couple minutes in the third, but weren't able to cash in on a late two-man advantage to force overtime. The 8:00 game was delayed 30 minutes to account for the banner-raising ceremony for Chicago. It was an incredible ceremony, but it seemed to go on forever. On to the breakdown:
A couple of days ago, I noted that the emergence of Tom Wilson was going to spell bad things for Mathieu Perreault. Yesterday that has come to be true as the Capitals traded Perreault to the Anaheim Ducks for AHL winger John Mitchell(and no, not the one you are probably thinking of) and a 2014 4th-round draft pick. And thus draws to a close the five-year stint in Washington for Perr-Ochocinco.
Perreault was drafted by the Capitals in 2006 out of the QMJHL. He officially joined the organization in 2008, quickly making a name for himself, racking up back-to-back 50 point seasons in Hershey. After a couple of seasons going back and forth between Washington and Hershey, Perreault became a full-time Capital at the start of the 2011 season. All combined, Perreault would play 159 games at the NHL level, racking up 33 goals and 37 assists and becoming one of the pound-for-pound fan favorites in the process.
Washington Goals: Fehr (Byers), Ovechkin PPG (Carrick, Perreault), Wilson (Grabovski, Chimera), Fehr (Carrick, Perreault), Ovechkin PPG (Fehr, Carrick), Perreault ENG
Philadelphia Goals: Giroux (Read), Hartnell PPG (Courturier, Timonen), Simmons (Lecavalier, Schenn)
Eric Fehr continued his hot preseason with two more goals last night after two the other night against Nashville. The first was more of a right place/right time situation as Ray Emery was caught out of his net and Fehr simply had to redirect Dane Byer's pass. His second goal came after a Connor Carrick missed shot. As the puck bounced around the back of the net, Fehr took a couple swipes at it, potting it over the sprawled Emery.
It might not be quite the headline as Fehr, but Ovechkin also racked up a couple goals, both on the power play. The first a typical Ovechkin one time, being fed from Connor Carrick for a one timer. The second was more of a gift from Emery who failed to corral a weak shot from Carrick. Essentially an empty net for Ovechkin.
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