The fiercest of rivalries came our way for Wednesday’s rivalry night as Chicago visited DC.
Nicklas Backstrom had not scored in 21 games. That ended tonight as he was on the finishing end of a tic-tac-toe goal to put the Caps up 1-0 in the first. Minutes later, Tom Wilson scored from the #WillySpot he always scores from to put the Caps up 2-0. But the first line wasn’t done yet. Soon enough, Wilson was stopped on a breakaway (yes, really) but Ovechkin put away the rebound to stretch the lead to 3-0. The Blackhawks made it 3-1 late in the first when Lance Bouma (who is a real NHL player) put home a rebound.
The Blackhawks dominated the second period, but Braden Holtby stayed strong. Late in the period, Brett Connolly notched a power play goal to extend the lead back to three.
In the third, Mr. Rodeo, Evgeny Kuznetsov, put the home team up 5-1. With under five minutes to play, Jonathan Toews turned an Ovechkin miscue into a breakaway goal to make the game 5-2. Tom freaking Wilson added an empty-net goal to cap off a four-point night.
Caps beat Blackhawks 6-2!
The Capitals are at home for their fourth game in a row. Tonight, they will be facing the not-so-hot Chicago Blackhawks who had a quick two-day break after playing five games in seven days. They walked away with a record of 1-2-2.
Maybe I’m about to jinx the game tonight, I don’t care, but I have been very excited to be a part of a world where the Blackhawks are considered meh. They’re hoping to make a comeback tonight, despite missing Corey Crawford who is out with a lower-body injury.
Speaking of injuries, the Capitals have some of their own that hopefully won’t affect tonight too much, but a gal can dream. TJ Oshie will not be in the lineup tonight after suffering from an upper-body injury last game. But, on the upside, Andre Burakovsky might be back before you can blink.
Game is at 8 PM on NBCSN this time, folks! Pat Holden will have your recap before you rest your eyes.
Bryan Bickell started his hockey career when he was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2004. Now, he will end it there.
According to the Chicago Tribune’s David Haugh, Bickell will sign a one-day contract with Chicago on Wednesday and officially retire from the NHL.
The Chicago Blackhawks, who are being choked by the $75 million salary cap, have spent the past week changing the direction of their franchise after being swept in the first round by the Nashville Predators. With star forwards Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews both owning $10.5 million salaries, the Hawks were forced to get creative and they did.
Earlier this week, the Blackhawks announced that Marian Hossa would miss the entire 2017-2018 season with a progressive skin disorder, saving the team $5.275 million.
On Friday before the NHL Draft began in the Hawks hometown, they made two massive transactions. First, the Hawks sent defenseman Nicklas Hjalmarsson ($4.1 million cap hit) to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Connor Murphy and forward Laurent Dauphin.
The Hawks then sent Russian winger Artemi Panarin ($6M) and Tyler Motte to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for former Blackhawk Brandon Saad ($6M). The Blackhawks also acquired minor-league goaltender Anton Forsberg in the deal.
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson is playing the best hockey of his career. Wilson, in four playoff games, has more goals (three) than the Chicago Blackhawks have as a team (2) through their first three games of the playoffs.
Take a look.
The Washington Capitals disposed of the Chicago Blackhawks in spectacular fashion. Production throughout the lineup, Braden Holtby being even better than he was last year, Barry Trotz’ shining bald head. Eight wins in a row. Everything is good in DC….for now.
Jay Beagle, as he is wont to do against the Blackhawks, sparked an incredibly dominant first period for the Caps with a slick wrister that went five-hole on Corey Crawford to give his boys a 1-0 lead. Nicklas Backstrom would follow suit only thirteen seconds later after some nifty passing to make it 2-0 and Brett Connolly would do some former first round pick stuff and all of the sudden it was 3-0 after 20 minutes.
The Blackhawks would respond well in the second with a Vince Hinostroza goal to make it 3-1. SIKE! Marian Hossa interfered with Braden Holtby and you cant do that. Nate Schmidt would do cinnamon-bun things and feed Tom Wilson to make it 4-0 after 40 minutes.
TJ Oshie would add a 5th in the third and Beagle would score his second of the night to send us to Enrique-land.
Caps beat Blackhawks 6-0!
Happy Friday night, sports ball fans. The Chicago Blackhawks are in DC to face the streaking, “ow don’t touch me or you’ll burn yourself” hot Washington Capitals, who are going for their eighth-straight victory. We’ll have not only one 1,000 NHL point scorer on the ice in Alex Ovechkin, but two, as Chicago’s Marian Hossa sits at a cool 1,114 points. The Blackhawks are a great hockey team — the cream of the crop in the Western Conference — so we should have a good one on our hands.
Puck drop is at 7 PM on CSN.
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The Chicago Blackhawks had an incredible giveaway Sunday night at United Center. The franchise gave away Artemi Panarin Bread Man bobbleheads to the first 10,000 fans in attendance.
After the last three days, we all need
a fifth of vodka sports. You’re in luck. The Washington Capitals headed to the Second City to start a three game road trip with a match against the hottest team in hockey.
After Tuesday’s disaster (of a hockey game), the Capitals controlled much of the first period. They got on the board first when Jay Beagle scored a shorthanded goal off an excellent pickoff by Matt Niskanen and a two-on-one pass from TJ Oshie. The Hawks got on the board 22 seconds later when Brian Campbell responded on the power play. Not to fear, Beagle, the man who lost his dream job of third line center this year, made some positively second line action with a wrap around tally with just over five minutes to go in the opening frame.
Then nothing happened except for some Braden Holtby saves for over 40 minutes until Marian Hossa deflected a puck past with 23 seconds left.
But, but, but! Marcus Johansson responded with his seventh of the season on the Ovechkin-level one-timer. #MoJo4Hart. Caps beat Blackhawks 3-2 (OT).
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