January 25, 2013 |
A NDREI MARKOV'S resurgence continued with a goal and an assist, and the Montreal Canadiens cruised to a 4-1 win Thursday night over the host Washington Capitals, who are 0-3 for the first time in nearly 2 decades. Finally healthy after twice tearing the ACL in his right knee, Markov was part of a second-period spree in which the Canadiens scored in all sorts of ways against a Capitals team that is out of sorts. In order, Montreal's goals came five-on-three, five-on-four and five-on-five in a little over 6 minutes to take a 3-0 lead.
October 11, 2011
Matt Hendricks and Alexander Semin scored shootout goals to give host 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. The Capitals have won their first two games - one in overtime and the second in a shootout. Tampa Bay, which is playing its first five games on the road, has lost two of three. Elsewhere: The host New Jersey Devils earned a solid 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes . . . . Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and an assist to lead the St. Louis Blues to their first win of the season, a 5-2 victory over the visiting Calgary Flames . . . . Andrew MacDonald and Frans Nielsen scored first-period goals, and the New York Islanders hung on for a 2-1 victory over the visiting Minnesota Wild . . . . Milan Hejduk scored with 12 minutes, 3 seconds remaining in the third period, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots for his fifth career shutout, lifting the visiting Colorado Avalanche over the Boston Bruins , 1-0. . . . Mike Ribeiro beat Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith with the final shot of the first shootout round, giving the Dallas Stars a 2-1 win at home.
August 30, 2011 |
CAPITALS superstar Alex Ovechkin is busy spending his last days of summer in Moscow before heading back to North America for the start of another season. But that doesn't mean he hasn't kept up on the NHL's summer happenings - particularly in net. Ovechkin's Capitals made the steal of the summer when they signed free agent Tomas Vokoun to a 1-year deal worth just $1.5 million. Vokoun was the second-best available goaltender behind Ilya Bryzgalov, who signed here in Philadelphia for a full $49.5 million more.
July 8, 2011 |
Yesterday in Denver, more than halfway across the country, the Avalanche welcomed goaltender Semyon Varlamov to Colorado with a news conference. Varlamov just as easily could have been Sergei Bobrovsky. According to sources, the Flyers began to shop Bobrovsky - the man they called "the goaltender of the future" as recently as May - to all suitors once they struck a 9-year deal with Ilya Bryzgalov on June 23. General manager Paul Holmgren vehemently denied it when asked whether Bobrovsky had been involved in trade talks.
July 2, 2011 |
The Colorado Avalanche addressed their goaltending situation yesterday, acquiring Semyon Varlamov from Washington and signing 2002 Conn Smythe Trophy-winner Jean-Sebastien Giguere to a 2-year deal. Colorado also agreed to a 4-year contract with defenseman Jan Hejda and a 2-year deal with forward Chuck Kobasew in a busy opening day of free agency. In exchange for Varlamov, the Capitals will receive the Avalanche's first-round pick in 2012 and a conditional second-rounder in 2012 or 2013.
April 7, 2011 |
Less than 90 seconds into the game, the Washington Capitals scored with an extra man on the ice. With less than a minute to go in the first period, they did it again. If the last few games are any indication, a potentially powerful power play is awakening from its seasonlong slumber just in time for the playoffs. Mike Knuble and Jason Chimera did the damage last night and the Capitals moved to the brink of clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 5-2 victory over the visiting Florida Panthers.
November 19, 2010 |
BRIAN BOUCHER was getting lonely on the Flyers' bench. Prior to being pressed into service last night to start the second period - after the Flyers and Lightning combined to tie a franchise record with nine goals in the first period - Boucher had not seen the ice since Oct. 25, during which Sergei Bobrovsky reeled off 12 starts in a row. Only Montreal, Minnesota, Dallas and Washington had started their backup goaltender less than the Flyers....
April 30, 2010 |
In an upside-down, topsy-turvy Stanley Cup tournament, there's no way for the Flyers to get a handhold on their second-round series until it begins Saturday. Look around the Eastern Conference. The top three seeds - Washington, New Jersey, Buffalo - are gone. The three top goaltenders - Vezina Trophy finalists Martin Brodeur, Ryan Miller, and Ilya Bryzgalov - are gone. A No. 6 seed has home-ice advantage. That would be Boston, the team the Flyers will face. It is a scenario as unlikely as beating the Devils in the first round only to face Satan (as in Miroslav)
April 24, 2010 |
WASHINGTON - Four teams in the Eastern Conference have held a 3-1 series lead in the first round of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. No team has been able to do what the Flyers did on Thursday night: Close it out. The Montreal Canadiens scored two goals in the first 7 minutes, 1 second of last night's Game 5 and hung on for a convincing 2-1 win to stave off elimination and ensure that the Flyers remain the NHL's only team to be safely in the second round....
April 22, 2010 |
Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, and maybe even Montreal's inability to score more goals in a dominant second period, drove Canadiens goalie Carey Price to a couple of piques of frustration. Ovechkin scored his second goal of the game with 8:51 left, sending visiting Washington to a 6-3 victory last night and a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference series. Ovechkin opened the scoring at 8:10 of the first period with the Capitals' first power-play goal of the series.