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Storming the Crease:
Although just two games have been played during the 2011-12 regular season, so far the Washington Capitals have made it seem that their run-and-gun ways are back -- or that their defense is way
behind their offense in terms of development. A 6-5 shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night followed a 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on opening night.
Those two wins give the Caps 4.5 goals per game (second in the NHL), but also a 4.00 GAA (26th). The reality is that they'll probably finish somewhere in the middle of those two numbers. However, heading into their next two games -- Thursday at the Pittsburgh Penguins and Saturday at home against the Ottawa Senators -- the Caps need to start tightening up on offense.
Each goalie has started once and neither has looked overly impressive. New acquisition Tomas Vokoun gave up three soft goals against the Lightning, while Michal Neuvirth didn't dominate. That's nitpicking, yes, but with a small sample size that's the only available evidence so far.
No conclusions are drawn in October, so the basic goal remains the same: establish good habits and play the right way. All the rest should
take care of itself.
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Here to peer between the pipes is Caps Correspondent Adam Vingan.
Last night the Caps outlasted the Lightning 6-5 in a thrilling shootout victory. The real story, however, was the play of Tomas Vokoun, who made his regular-season debut in less-than-stellar fashion by allowing five goals on 28 shots. Vokoun called it his worst game in five years and said that the Caps “literally...
The Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-5 in a shootout to go 2-0 on the season. Although the media and fans expected this to be a grudge match in which the Caps were at the top of their game, it was instead an ugly evening of two distinctly different games — the first three periods of regulation vs. the overtime/shootout. The performance of the team as a whole as well...
For Semyon Varlamov, there were a lot of question marks and doubters after the trade from Washington to Colorado. Though it's only been two games, Varlamov is showing his true potential with his new club.Varlamov's off-season trade was a strategic one for both Washington and Colorado. Washington got valuable picks in the 2012 draft (including a first-round pick), which is...
Last year, HBO pulled back the curtain on the NHL while following around the Penguins and Capitals as the two teams prepared to meet in the 2011 Winter Classic. This time around, the Flyers and Rangers will have a chance to learn from those teams' mistakes to put on their own show. Yahoo's Puck Daddy tracked down some members of last year's Capitals team to solicit advice...
from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington, Bruce Boudreau raised a few eyebrows Monday night when, just two games into the season, he said he expects more out of Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin and is unwilling to accept excuses.
On Wednesday, Ovechkin was asked to comment on his coach’s evaluation of his play and was terse with his responses.
“I think everybody can be better,”...
Troy Brouwer wasn’t the star of the Caps’ Monday night 6-5 shootout win against Tampa Bay. That went to his teammate Jason Chimera, who had two third-period goals. In fact, Brouwer couldn’t even claim the title of second or third star of the game—those were awarded to his linemate Marcus Johansson, playing for the first time this season, and Tampa’s Dominic Moore.
WASHINGTON (AP) Matt Hendricks and Alexander Semin scored shootout goals to give Washington a 6-5 win over Tampa Bay on Monday
night in the teams' first meeting since the Lightning swept the Capitals in four games in the second round of the Eastern
Conference playoffs last season.
Washington Capitals goaltender Tomas Vokoun will start Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Vokoun draws the start in place of an ailing Michal Neuvirth, who did not make the trip because of a lower body injury.
The Capitals called up goalie Braden Holtby to serve as backup against the Penguins.
Vokoun, in his first season with the Capitals, has made one start...
By Danny Di Nicolantonio
Monday night the Tampa Bay Lightning traveled to Washington D.C. to take on the Capitals for the first time in this early campaign. Washington was certainly hungry to get a win against these same Bolts that knocked them out of last year’s playoffs in what was a four game sweep. Throughout the game this was not one of those times where anyone could say...
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Two of the NHL’s biggest rivals will team up for a great cause when the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals face off Thursday at 7 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
The Penguins and Capitals will work together to r...