Head coach Todd Reirden will not return for the 2020-21 season, the team announced Sunday morning.
Late in the second period of Saturday’s Stars-Avs game, Colorado skaters Gabriel Landeskog and Cale Makar were desperately back-checking to catch Tyler Seguin. Landeskog wasn’t going to make it in time, so he made a move we don’t see much in the today’s NHL.
Game 1 has been a catastrophe for the Colorado Avalanche. The Dallas Stars, on the strength of their productive first line, put up three goals in the first period, and then, early in the second period, goalie Philipp Grubauer got hurt.
It’s not clear exactly what happened, except that it was bad.
Aside from the unbearable pain of the Capitals playing terribly, the first round was every bit as exciting as I hoped it would be. Now the stakes get higher, even if we are no longer buried in games.
The second-round series between the Vegas Golden Knights and Vancouver Canucks does not begin until late Sunday night, but the drama begins right now. On Saturday afternoon, Marc-Andre Fleury‘s agent, Allan Walsh, shared on Twitter a photo of his client getting impaled by a sword.
The sword’s blade is inscribed with the name of Vegas coach Pete DeBoer, who had just announced that Robin Lehner would start in net for the Knights.
The Caps are done, and our lives are empty. . . until we pick a new team to become sudden diehard fans of. This is that moment. Whose bandwagon are you hopping on?
The Capitals lost their last hockey game of the season. The New York Islanders advance to the second round with a gentlemen’s sweep: four games to one.
Anthony Beauvillier scored two goals for the Isles, and a couple of empty-netters made it four. The Caps scored none.
This is not going to be a normal game recap. This game was too powerful, too weird, too Capitals-ish to be a normal game recap. The whole thing washed over me like a rogue wave of diarrhea and hundred-dollar bills. I’m stunned, I’m dazzed, I’m pinned from Narnia, I’m malding, and I’m boomed. You are too, so don’t deny it.
(The Caps beat the Islanders, by the way.)
It started with sucking, as the Capitals allowed two goals in the first period — a net-crash from Pageau and then Barzal on a break. But then the Caps of the second period arrived, a wholly different and much better hockey team. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin got two goals inside two minutes, tying the game and making me feel feelings I’ve not felt in years.
Early in the third, Alex Ovechkin gave the Caps a late lead with a gorgeous solo effort. The Caps held on like Wilson Phillips to take their first meaningful win since the pre-covidian era.
CAPS WIN! Caps trail in the series 3-1.
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