January 29, 2013
Nick Leddy scored 2 minutes, 45 seconds into overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks improved to 6-0 - the best start in franchise history - with a 2-1 win over the visiting Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night. After taking a cross-ice pass from Viktor Stalberg, Leddy fired from the left circle and beat Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard with a shot that slipped just under his glove. Detroit's Johan Franzen connected early in the third to tie the game at 1 and set up overtime. Duncan Keith scored a power-play goal in the first period for Chicago, and Corey Crawford finished with 29 saves in his fifth start in six games.
January 28, 2013 |
AN NHL routine gone missing for 262 days made an overdue return Sunday: Alex Ovechkin scored a goal, and the Washington Capitals won. Like old times. The two-time league MVP nailed a one-timer from the left circle on a power play, skated a few feet, bent his left knee and unleashed that familiar downward celebratory fist pump. He then collected the customary row of high-fives as he skated past the Capitals bench. And, naturally, it proved to be the decisive goal in the game, coming with 14:49 remaining in a 3-2 victory over the visiting Buffalo Sabres.
January 26, 2013
Ilya Kovalchuk scored 4 minutes, 39 seconds into overtime, and the New Jersey Devils won their third straight game to start the lockout-shortened season by 3-2 over the winless Washington Capitals on Friday night in Newark, N.J. Kovalchuk took a pass from defenseman Marek Zidlicky in the left circle and beat Michal Neuvirth. Stephen Gionta and Patrik Elias scored for New Jersey, which is off to its first 3-0 start since the 2002-03 season, the last time the Devils won the Stanley Cup. The Capitals (0-3-1)
June 6, 2012
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired goaltender Tomas Vokoun from the Washington Capitals for a seventh-round draft pick. Vokoun spent just one season with the Capitals and is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He was signed last summer as one of several veterans pegged help the team win its first Stanley Cup. But Vokoun hurt his groin late in the season and sat out the playoffs. With the emergence of Braden Holtby in the postseason, the Capitals are set at goalie with Holtby and Michal Neuvirth.
April 11, 2012 |
Playoff hockey is the time of year when guys rupture spleens and miss a shift. Softer players might miss a period. It is a time for long games and longer beards. It is when Jim Jackson is at his best calling Flyers games and Mike Emrick is at his best calling seemingly every other series. Here is a quick look at the madness, which begins Wednesday with the Flyers-Penguins: EASTERN CONFERENCE N.Y. Rangers (1) vs. Ottawa (8) Season series: Senators, 3-1 Rangers goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist had a 1.97 goals-against average and was the team's MVP. Senators goaltender: Craig Anderson was 33-22-6 in his first full season in Ottawa.
April 6, 2012 |
THE FLORIDA Panthers ended one of the longest playoff droughts in major North American sports Thursday night despite a 4-2 loss to the host Washington Capitals, who also earned a postseason bid to complete the eight-team field for the Eastern Conference. Both teams qualified after Buffalo lost, 2-1, to the Flyers. Still to be determined is the winner of the Southeast Division. The Panthers are in the playoffs for the first time in 12 years, but they also will win their first division title in franchise history if they gain at least a point at home against Carolina or if the Capitals lose to the New York Rangers on Saturday, the final day of the regular season.
March 19, 2012
Rookie Andrew Shaw recorded his first two-goal game, and the host Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Washington Capitals, 5-2, on Sunday night for their third straight win. Viktor Stalberg, Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell also scored for Chicago, which is 7-1-1 in its last nine despite playing without captain and leading goals scorer Jonathan Toews. Mike Knuble and Alex Ovechkin scored for Washington, which lost its second straight following a four-game winning streak. Corey Crawford made 16 saves and in his second straight start.
March 19, 2012 |
ROOKIE ANDREW SHAW recorded his first two-goal game, and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the visiting Washington Capitals last night, 5-2, for their third straight win. Viktor Stalberg, Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell also scored for Chicago, which is 7-1-1 in its last nine despite playing without captain and leading goal-scorer Jonathan Toews. Mike Knuble and Alex Ovechkin scored for Washington, which lost its second straight following a four-game winning streak. Corey Crawford made 16 saves in his second straight start.
March 12, 2012 |
JAMES NEAL saw the puck roll to the corner and sprinted to dig it out. The sight of hockey's most intimidating player standing in his way hardly mattered. The Penguins forward shoved 6-9 Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara in the back then nudged the puck to teammate Evgeni Malkin. The NHL's leading scorer fed Matt Niskanen at the point, and when Niskanen's slap shot hit the back of the net the league's hottest team was on its way to a 5-2 home win. "We wanted to get on [Chara]
March 4, 2012 |
Versatile left winger Eric Wellwood, who had a goal, two assists, and a plus-6 rating in five earlier games with the Flyers, was recalled from the Phantoms and rejoined the big-league club on Saturday. "He's smart, plays with speed, and is a good checker," coach Peter Laviolette said after Saturday's practice in Voorhees. "Every time he's been up here, he's done a nice job for us. " This is the fourth time Wellwood has been recalled this season. "I'll do it any day," said a smiling Wellwood, referring to the long car ride from Adirondack to rejoin the Flyers.