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The Washington Capitals extended their win streak to season-high four games with a 3-2 shootout victory over the visiting Minnesota Wild. The Caps had to erase a 2-1 Wild lead late in the third with a Marcus Johansson goal. The Capitals also had a big penalty kill in overtime en route to the skills competition. The win moved the Caps to 9-7-0 on the season. On to the reCap:
The Washington Capitals turned in one of their best performances of the season tonight en route to a 7-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. What started sloppy, became high scoring, and eventually became a circus. It was the first shutout of the season for the Caps as well as their largest offensive outburst. On to the reCap.
The Capitals finished off their West Coast road trip tonight with a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Vanouver Canucks. It was one of those games that you could, in theory, chalk up the Caps simply being tired from the long swing, but only if you hadn't watched the Caps this season. On to the reCap:
The Capitals were unable to build on the last win as they fell to the New York Rangers by a score of 2-0. The loss drops them to 2-5-0 early in the season. Not a lot of good in this game, so on to the reCap:
The Washington Capitals managed to get back in the win column thanks to a 4-2 victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers. Prior to tonight, the Capitals had lost three straight and had looked pretty mundane in the process. It also marked the first regulation win for the Capitals this season. On to the reCap:
The slow start to the Capitals season continued tonight with a 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. As has been the case in the early season, they had some good chances, but just could not find a way to take advantage of them. The loss puts the Caps at 1-4-0 on the season and their lone win was not exactly noteworthy. On to the reCap.
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.
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