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Before last night's win in Anaheim,(Caps had 2 PP and one was the game winner from Ovechkin), here are their recent power play stats via Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington,
The Capitals are 12 for 31 [38.7 percent] on the power play in their last 10 games and have scored a power-play goal in four of their last five games.
Washington scored two power-play goals on Sunday against Toronto, marking the 17th time this season the Caps have scored two or more power-play goals in a game. Washington is 13-3-1 this season when scoring two or more power-play goals in a game.
The Caps rank second in the NHL on the power play at 23.7 percent.
So how do you stop it? Do you key on Ovechkin and leave others open or do you just play a standard penalty kill and hope for the best?
Below, watch Ovechkin's game winning power play goal against the Ducks last night.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
If Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals want to qualify for the NHL playoffs, today’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs (3 p.m., ET) feels like a must-win game.
The hard reality for the Capitals is that they probably need to go 11-3 in their final 14 games and finish with 94 points to have a shot at the postseason.
That would require ‘A’ work from a team playing at a ‘C’ level. The Caps are 5-4-1 in their last 10.
It would be an Everest-like climb for the Capitals to reach 94 points. After tackling Toronto, they face the Murderer’s Row California run of Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Jose.
Then they return to Washington to face the Kings again, plus the Boston Bruins. They need four wins, or at least seven points in those five games, and it is not implausible that they could end up with two to four points.
TORONTO/WASHINGTON (March 14, 2014) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) released the following statements regarding today’s decision by the IOC:
Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director:
“We are certainly pleased that Nicklas Backstrom’s name has been cleared by the IOC ruling, allowing him to receive the silver medal that he earned with his Swedish teammates. The decision by the IOC Disciplinary Commission makes it clear that Nicklas was open and cooperative throughout the process and had clearly disclosed on his doping control form the Zyrtec-D medication he had been taking for his allergies. Moreover, it is also welcome that the decision makes clear that Nicklas had both requested and received specific advice from the Swedish Chief Medical Officer that the allergy medication he was taking would not give rise to an adverse analytical finding. Backstrom did nothing inappropriate, but merely asked for and followed medical advice from his team doctor.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have agreed to terms with forward Evgeny Kuznetsov on an entry-level contract beginning this season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Kuznetsov, 21, played in 31 games with Chelyabinsk Traktor of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) this season, recording 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) and 12 penalty minutes. The 6’3”, 200-pound center ranks fourth on the team in points and assists. Kuznetsov led Chelyabinsk in scoring in each season from 2010-13 and finished tied for sixth in the league in scoring (44 points) last season. Kuznetsov was named to the KHL All-Star game in 2012.
Sportsnet reporting Halak to Washington. No return yet.
Here is the explanation.
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
The Washington Capitals went out and took three of four points against two potential playoff teams this weekend in Boston and Philadelphia, and currently have as many points (68) as the final wild-card team. Yet, if you're a Capitals fan, you can't feel great about this team, even if they manage to hang in the playoff hunt.
They still make mistakes while playing with a lead that a veteran team shouldn't be making, whether it be a defenseman jumping into a play on offense at an inopportune time or another defenseman jumping an opposing player at an inopportune time. Washington's schedule in March is just too demanding to leave any points on the table, which is exactly what it did in Sunday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Flyers.
read on as Burnside looks at the Canucks, LeBrun at the Blues and Strang at the Islanders....
One of the toughest calls to make, probably would have been called a goal if the refs would have went in that direction.
via the Situation Blog,
At 14:59 of the first period in the Flyers/Capitals game, the Situation Room initiated video review to further examine a play at the Philadelphia net. Video review was inconclusive in determining if Nicklas Backstrom's shot completely crossed the goal line. Therefore the referee's call on the ice stands - no goal Washington.
See the screenshot I captured and enhanced below...
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