Welcome to the Capitals Weekly as we look back at the past week for the Washington Capitals as they took on the Boston Bruins and New York Islanders. Plus we take a look at news and storylines that took place during the week of January 10th though 15th.
- Monday, January 10th, 2022 – Boston Bruins v. Washington Capitals
- Back home for a cup of coffee the Capitals would look to get back to their winning ways as they host the Boston Bruins. In the first period the Caps would come out hot as Conor Sheary would strike three minutes into the game to give the Caps the 1-0 lead. Soon after the Caps would get their first powerplay opportunity, and while they would generate some scoring chances the Caps would not be able to capitalize on the extra man advantage. Shortly after the powerplay expired Conor Sheary would be the beneficiary of a bad pass by Matt Grzelcyk and Sheary would rip it top shelf to give the Caps the 2-0 lead. However, after the two goal lead was taken the Caps would get themselves into penalty trouble and put themselves down by two players. As a result the Bruins would strike as both David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand would score powerplay goals to tie the game at two.
- In the second period the tide would swing in the Bruins way as Matt Gryzelcyk, Craig Smith, Pastrnak, and Erik Haula would score for the Bruins to take a commanding 6-2 lead. Alex Ovechkin would get the Caps back on the board as he would throw a pass into the slot that would hit off of TJ Oshie and into the net the cut their deficit to three.
- Then in the third period Marchand would net his second of the game to give the Bruins the 7-4 victory over the Capitals. This would mark the fourth loss in a row for the Caps.
- This game was a stinker for the Caps. They started off strong, but then the series of penalties at the end of the first period would throw the Caps game out of whack and hand the momentum over to the Bruins. Once the Caps gave up those powerplay goals the Bruins couldn’t be stopped. This is a game that’ll need to be forgotten and get back to the task of things and end their four game losing streak when they head to Long Island to take on the Islanders.
- Saturday, January 15th, 2021 – Washington Capitals v. New York Islanders
- For the first time ever the Washington Capitals would take on the New York Islanders in the Isles new home of UBS Arena, and in the first period Tom Wilson would strike at 4:35 into the game to notch his 10th of the season to give the Caps the 1-0 lead. Later in the period the Caps would get the first powerplay of the game, but as per the script the Caps would not capitalize on the extra man advantage.
- In the second period Trevor van Riemsdyk would get called for interference to give the Isles the powerplay opportunity, but the Caps would be up for the task and would kill the penalty. Later in the period the Caps would go back to the powerplay on a Anders Lee high sticking penalty, but the Caps still would not strike on the powerplay. Moments later Brett Leason would go to the box, but the Caps would kill the Isles powerplay opportunity.
- Then in the third period Justin Schultz would go to the box for the Isles third powerplay of the game, but the Caps would go a perfect three for three on the penalty kill for the game. With eleven seconds left in the game Alex Ovechkin would hit the empty netter to give the Caps the 2-0 victory over the Isles.
- A very tight defensive game between the two teams, but once Wilson got the first goal for the Caps they were able to clamp things down on the Isles. The powerplay was there, and the penalty kill was up to the task to keep the Isles off the board. Very happy to see Vitek Vanecek finally get his first shutout of the season. Long overdue.
News and Notes
- Alex Ovechkin was named captain for the Metropolitan All Stars.
- Beginning Saturday, January 15th fans will need to provide Proof of Vaccination in order to enter Capital One Arena.
- The Powerplay…. You know what I’ve been saying.
Sunday, January 16th, 2022 – v. Vancouver Canucks – 2p ET
TV: TVAS, NBCSWA, SN
Tuesday, January 18th, 2022 – v. Winnipeg Jets – 7p ET
TV: TSN3, NBCSWA
Thursday, January 20th, 2022 – @ Boston Bruins – 7p ET
TV: ESPN+, Hulu, TVAS
Saturday, January 22nd, 2022 – v. Ottawa Senators – 7p ET
TV: SN1, NBCSWA