We heard a lot of skepticism about Justin Schultz when the Caps signed him last October. Finally we get what those people were talking about.
As Chris said, the Washington Capitals played pretty darn well against the Boston Bruins in regulation of Game Three. With nine minutes left in rego, the Caps had a lead and roughly an 80 percent chance to win the game. A win in Game Three would have given the Caps somewhere around a 7-in-10 chance to win the series, except obviously that didn’t happen. Marchand got that gritty goal to force OT, and then the Bruins took over.
Still, until Smith’s wraparound, the Caps had a coin-toss’s chance to get that pivotal win. Pivotal is the part I need to emphasize, as it’s hard to overstate how bad the Justin Schultz–Ilya Samsonov goof-up was.
The Washington Capitals are now down 2-1 in their first-round series against the Boston Bruins after another careless play in the defensive zone.
Wednesday, Ilya Samsonov and Justin Schultz miscommunicated behind the net allowing Bruins forward Craig Smith to pick up the loose puck and score easily on a wraparound. The goal, which came 5:48 into the second overtime, gave the Bruins’ a 3-2 victory.
Meanwhile, the goal left Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin fuming at the bench.
As the Capitals returned to the ice at Medstar Capitals Iceplex, Tom Wilson and Justin Schultz rejoined the team for morning skate prior to hosting the Philadelphia Flyers Friday night. Alex Ovechkin, who is still nursing a lower-body injury, was not in attendance.
Wilson missed the last two periods of Wednesdays
WWE matchup hockey game against the New York Rangers due to a reported upper-body injury. Schultz, who did not play in the game on Wednesday, has been dealing with a nagging lower-body injury.
John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin missed Thursday’s morning skate ahead of the Capitals’ big game against the second-place Pittsburgh Penguins. Both players have lower-body injuries.
According to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti, Carlson will be a game-time decision while Ovechkin will miss his third straight game. For Ovi, it will be the 19th game he’s missed in his career due to injury.
Alex Ovechkin missed practice for a fourth straight day. Ovechkin is out with a lower-body injury and remains day-to-day. The Capitals captain originally injured himself Thursday night during the third period against the Islanders. He missed Saturday’s tilt – only the 17th game he’s missed in his career due to injury.
But Ovi did make an appearance briefly before practice began. Ovi participated in the Capitals’ team photo and according to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti, yelled up to reporters, “He’s back on the ice!”
The Washington Capitals took to the ice at MCI on Tuesday for the first time since a bruising back-to-back series over the weekend which saw the team split their games against the Philadelphia Flyers (6-3 win) and the Boston Bruins (6-3 loss).
The Capitals were without one of their top-four defenseman, Justin Schultz, who is out day-to-day with a lower-body injury. However, forward Michael Raffl participated in a skate for the first time since being acquired by the Capitals in a trade deadline deal last Monday.
After missing four games due to an injury sustained against the New York Islanders on January 28th, Justin Schultz is expected to return to the lineup for tomorrow’s game against the Pittsburg Penguins.
Justin Schultz returned to practice on Monday for the first time since being hit by a wrist shot from Islanders’ forward Kieffer Bellows. The puck struck the Capitals’ defenseman in the side of the jaw, forcing him to leave the game in the third period. Schultz was classified by the team as out “day-to-day”, but Peter Laviolette admitted, “there was some damage done.”
Monday, 11 days after Schultz was injured, we learned just how badly the puck devastated Schultz’s mouth.
The Washington Capitals will play the Boston Bruins again Monday night in a rematch from Saturday. The Capitals will continue to be without several of their stars and important depth pieces.
Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov remain on the COVID Unavailability List for a 12th consecutive day. Lars Eller and Justin Schultz will again not play due to injury.
On the lines front, Peter Laviolette made several notable changes.
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