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If the last 1 1/2 minutes of today's game is any indication, tomorrow's (8:00pm ET) game should be must see TV.
Capitals now up 3-2 on the New York Rangers with game 6 in New York on Sunday at 4:30pm ET.
Tired, floating, not his man?
Late in regulation during the Caps/Rangers game, Karl Alzner put a puck over the glass. Many thought it should have been a penalty but...
The TSN crew also discusses the call and the game, watch the video here and a little teaser, they mention Kerry Fraser agreed with the call although he is not in the video.
Mike Green with the only goal of the game.
What a way to start off playoff Saturday, three more games to go.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Rangers are all wearing t-shirts with the message “Stay Positive” across their chests, and for the most part that’s what they were following last night’s 3-1 defeat to the Capitals in Game 1 of the first-round series.
There was much talk about having done “a lot of good things,” and that wasn’t entirely off-base regarding the match in which the Blueshirts outshot their opponents 36-30 and out-attempted them by 79-53.
But the Rangers didn’t do enough things well for enough of the time. They found themselves in more of an OK-Corral shootout than they would have preferred.
from Mike Wise of The Washington Post,
He heard every knock, every stereotype, including the most disturbing: that a flamboyant, Russian player who speaks broken English did not have the qualities to galvanize all those gritty North Americans into becoming a special team, even though the Swedish-born Nicklas Lidstrom became the first European NHL captain to hoist the Stanley Cup in 2008.
“I know some people thought this,” he says. “People look at my countryside. Because of this and because I was young, it was pretty hard for me to accept captaincy.”
The NHL’s leading goal scorer recently thought for a second, scratched his head and tugged on his tight-fitting black designer T-shirt, the one that read, “Kobe Bryant — The Black Mamba.” The Russian Machine emoted a half-smile.
“But I know 100 percent now team is on my side,” Ovechkin says. “You know, if I want to say something I’m going to say something. They’re going to understand me, which is most important thing.”
The Capitals placed three players in the top 15 in scoring in the NHL. No other team did that - with Mike Ribeiro finishing ninth in scoring.
The team won 27 games - right now, one less win than the Bruins as an aside. Eric Fehr scored the OT-winner last night. His second OT-winner against the Bruins this season. We overcame a 3-0 deficit against the Bruins and a 2-0 deficit against the Bruins to win both of those games. Eric Fehr, who wasn't a popular resigning with many bloggers this past of season scored nine goals and had 17 points this season, as well.
The Capitals have plenty of high-end talent, and we also played quite well as a team during the season, overcoming a very slow start. We won the division for the fifth time in six years. We were 15-8-1 at home, and we have now had 177 straight sell-outs.
We also have the most talented and most fanatical fans in the NHL. Thank you. Go Caps!
-Ted Leonsis, owner of the Washington Capitals. Read more at Ted's Take.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a two-year contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Neuvirth will earn $2.4 million in 2013-14 and $2.6 million in 2014-15.
Neuvirth, 25, currently ranks third in career wins (55) in Capitals history among goalies originally drafted by the team and owns the sixth-most career wins among active goaltenders aged 25 or younger. The native of Usi Labem, Czech Republic, has posted a 4-5-2 record with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 13 games with Washington this season
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed right wing Eric Fehr to a two-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Fehr will earn $1.4 million in 2013-14 and $1.6 million in 2014-15.
Fehr, 27, has recorded 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 39 games with Washington this season. Fehr leads the team in plus/minus (+14) and ranks tied for fifth on the Capitals in goals. His 69 shots on goal rank seventh on Washington.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed left wing Aaron Volpatti to a two-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Volpatti will earn $550,000 in 2013-14 and $600,000 in 2014-15.
Volpatti, 28, has recorded one goal, one assist and 33 penalty minutes in 31 games with Washington and Vancouver this season. The native of Revelstoke, British Columbia, has collected three goals, two assists and 86 penalty minutes in 69 career NHL games with the Capitals and Canucks
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