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from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington, Calling it a “benching” or “matching lines” is getting caught up in semantics.
Fact is, Capitals coach Dale Hunter sent Alex Ovechkin over the boards just once in a 12-minute span after his offensive zone giveaway led to the Flyers’ only goal in a 1-0 loss Sunday night.
It should be pointed out that Ovechkin’s linemates, Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer, also sat for nearly the same amount of time after the goal.
It was a clear message that turnovers that lead to goals are punishable offenses, no matter the perpetrator. So, what did the other Caps think of Hunter’s hardball tactics?
“That’s Dale’s department,” Brouwer said. “We need everyone going. We don’t have any time to babysit right now. It’s not the time of the year for that. Guys need to know what they need to do right now.”
BEST OF MAXIM
As fire and brimstone have engulfed the Washington Capitals dreams of postseason play and the boobirds have invaded Verizon Center like it's Bodega Bay, many have begun questioning everything that isn't working. Why can't they score? Is Hunter the coach for this team? Did McPhee's non-action at the trade deadline kill this team? Of all the questions, one in particular...
from Capitals Insider at the Washington Post, Post columnist Thomas Boswell was asked during today’s lengthy live Q&A what he thinks of Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin’s apparent “‘Good 8’ holding pattern,” as one reader put it — no longer great, not developing or adjusting.
His answer follows, and you can read the rest of the chat here.
I assume the Great Eight...
"There is no silver lining in losing a hockey game at this time of year."
Such was the attitude of Matt Hendricks in the locker room following another demoralizing loss for the Washington Capitals, this time at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday inside Verizon Center.
The Capitals were shut out for the second consecutive home game on Sunday...
Less than two weeks ago, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis called the 5-0 loss to Carolina “ the worst game of the season”. At least Washington had a little bit of an excuse that night — the Caps were playing an away game on the Hurricanes home ice. Last night, Washington ended up on the short end of another 5-0 game at the hands of the New Jersey Devils, who had lost four straight...
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Alex Ovechkin has been playing the role of Harry Houdini in recent days. While the Sabres have been surging towards the eighth and final playoff spot, the Caps have been falling flat on the faces.
Great news for Sabres fans. Buffalo are 11-3-3 in the last 16 games and are playing exceptionally well right now. The news isn't so cheery for the Capitals....
MINI-PREVIEW 10 AM EST
Looking for their first back-to-back victories since January, the Flyers (35-21-7) head to the District of Columbia tonight to take on the enigmatic Washington Capitals ( 32-27-5). The game starts at 7 p.m. EST and will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network.
This is the third of four meetings between the teams this season, and the second and final...
The Washington Capitals were on ice Monday for a practice following another depressing loss Sunday evening against the Flyers. Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:
Tomas Vokoun returned to the ice after missing the last two practices and one game (sitting on the bench, at least) because of a lower-body injury. He skated for about 20 minutes in full pads before practice...
The big names are still there, the big time talent is still there so why are Washington Capitals out of the playoff picture and fading fast as March begins?You don't have to know hockey to know what is happening with the Caps because the Caps don't have a hockey problem as much as they have a leadership and identity problem. Inconsistency of that magnitude usually begins...
“But we’ve still got 18 games. There’s a lot of hockey left. Sometimes you’re gonna lose hockey games. That’s the way it goes. So we’ve got to rebound.”
That’s what Brooks Laich told media members after the Capitals’ 5-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Friday.
But, while the Capitals gave up four fewer goals against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday—the team...
The Washington Capitals need to snap out of a scoring slump if they want to win a fifth consecutive Southeast Division title. Breaking a lengthy scoreless stretch against the Carolina Hurricanes would be a step in that direction.
Washington looks to avoid getting shut out for a team-record third consecutive time Tuesday night when it hosts the Hurricanes, who have blanked the Capitals...
Alex Ovechkin takes blame for latest Caps loss. [WaPo]
Ovi benched in the loss, Caps shut out second game in a row. [RMNB]
Dale Hunter sends message to the Caps and Ovi with benching. [CSNW]
Terps comeback falls short in overtime loss to UVA. [Testudo Times]
Mason loses to VCU after Rams get out to blistering start. [Wash. Times]
Hokies get blasted by NC State at home, finish under...
The Flyers announced that Ilya Bryzgalov will start tonight against the Washington Capitals. A preview of tonight's matchup is here.