Another conference champion has gone home early and the upstart Maple Leafs have pushed the Boston Bruins to the brink.
A scary scene unfolded in Bridgeport Friday night, during the Hershey Bears’ first game of their playoff series against the Sound Tigers. Midway through the third period, defender Aaron Ness crashed headfirst into the end boards after being toppled by Bridgeport’s Travis St. Denis. Ness, who has played 18 games with the Capitals in his career, laid face-down on the ice as he was attended to by medical personnel.
Ness was eventually placed in a stretcher and carried off the ice.
Washington’s first-minute collapse in the first period and last-minute collapse in the second period doomed them to a 2-1 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Both of the plays that led Carolina’s goals were preventable on the offensive and defensive end, and reviewing the tape should help the Caps in Games Five and Six.
The Washington Capitals lost their 2-0 series lead to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night, but Alex Ovechkin is not sweating it (well, unless you consider the humidity outside).
After returning home from a week-long stay in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Capitals captain got back to doing what he actually does best, being a dad, and went on a stroll with his wife Nastya, his dog Blake, and his son Sergei.
Nastya Ovechkina documented some of the trip as Ovechkin went Peak Dad to make tiny Sergei laugh.
On October 4, 2005, “one crazy Russian came to the league,” according to Alex Ovechkin. What followed were countless historic seasons, NHL records being set at a break-neck speed, and a Stanley Cup championship in 2018.
As the Capitals entered this year’s postseason, Ovechkin sat down with Roger Bennett of Men in Blazers to discuss everything from his early NHL days, his durability, and the advice that he’d give to his younger self. Oh, and this: “I’ve never been hangover.”
That means Ovechkin escaped hangovers after his wedding, or the Capitals’ post-Game Five win celebration at Hakkasan, at Nationals Park, or after he swam in the fountains at the Georgetown Waterfront.
We’re dubious, but as they say, “Russian machine never breaks.”
When TJ Oshie went down with an upper-body injury after Warren Foegele cross checked him into the boards, the Capitals worked quickly to bring Devante Smith-Pelly back to DC.
Although Smith-Pelly couldn’t make it onto the ice in time for Friday’s optional skate, Todd Reirden said that he will immediately slot into the lineup.
Everyone processes a separation from a loved one in different ways: some people delete their exes’ phone number, throw away old mementos, or cut them out of photos. Paisano’s Pizza’s unique solution was to edit spokesperson Devante Smith-Pelly out of a commercial when he was put on waivers and reassigned to the Hershey Bears in February.
Now that DSP has been recalled, Paisano’s is “rushing to make the edits to get him back on the air,” according to very, very excellent reporting by the Washington Post’s Scott Allen.
During the waning moments of Game Four, the Caps lost TJ Oshie to an upper-body injury when Warren Foegele crosschecked him into the boards.
Foegele served a two-minute penalty for boarding. Friday afternoon, TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie reported that the NHL will not give additional punishment to Foegele for the hit.
The Washington Capitals lost TJ Oshie to injury, likely longterm, after getting boarded in the third period of Game Four.
Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan has responded by calling up Devante Smith-Pelly from the Hershey Bears. DSP had 14 points in 20 games with the Bears after being sent down in February. The forward tallied a hat trick in March against the Hartford Wolf Pack.
In a corresponding move, the Capitals sent down goaltender Vitek Vanecek.
The big news coming out of Game Four was the Capitals losing star forward TJ Oshie to a potential long-term injury after Oshie was boarded by Warren Foegele. But the Carolina Hurricanes, who have already lost several top forwards, lost another one Thursday at PNC Arena.
In the first period of Game Four, Jordan Martinook slammed awkwardly into the end boards after trying to bodycheck Dmitry Orlov, injuring what appeared to be his right leg. Martinook would return for one shift, but could not skate at full power and left the game.
Friday morning, the Hurricanes recalled talented forward Aleksi Saarela from the Charlotte Checkers. In a corresponding move, rookie defenseman Jake Bean was sent down.
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