Richard Panik was dead weight on the Caps roster until he found his niche.
The Washington Capitals sure took their good sweet time getting into their first “real” game of the postseason, but Evgeny Kuznetsov’s eager stuffage on a power play late in the second has evened the score.
Memorial Day weekend is here – the unofficial start of summer where temperatures rise, grills get fired up, and pools re-open.
For many quarantining Washington Capitals players, however, they haven’t waited for the change of season to do activities sans shirts.
Through two periods of play, the third line of Carl Hagelin, Lars Eller, and Richard Panik were the Capitals’ best line of the night. All three forwards had a shot-attempt percentage of over 60 percent against the Flyers.
Late in the second period, Panik almost scored his eighth goal of the season with a brilliant individual move in front of the net.
Richard Panik is now in the running for the grossest Capitals’ injury of the 2019-20 season.
Saturday, against the New Jersey Devils, Panik absorbed a high-stick from Miles Wood. Panik left the game bleeding profusely from the mouth.
The Washington Capitals had an uncharacteristic performance in the back end of their back-to-back Wednesday against the Flyers, suffering only their third loss in eight back-end games (5-2-1).
The Capitals went scoreless on five powerplay attempts — they have the worst powerplay percentage in the NHL since December 1 — and gave up a shorthanded goal in the second period to Kevin Hayes which ended up being the game-winning goal.
But beyond the special teams woes, Capitals head coach Todd Reirden was most disappointed by the lack of execution and discipline by certain individuals.
Richard Panik just had his prettiest play as a Capital.
The third-line right-wing went through-the-legs to find Carl Hagelin for the game-tying goal.
The third-period forced overtime against the world-beating Blue Jackets.
Richard Panik has scored his first goal as a Washington Capital.
Twelve games and 50 seconds into his stint as a Cap, Panik caught a pass from Travis Boyd and then positively roofed it.
Richard Panik will draw back into the Capitals lineup Monday against the Arizona Coyotes. Before signing a four-year contract with the Capitals in July, Panik played two seasons with the Coyotes. He had 33 points in 75 games last year.
“I’m really excited,” Panik said after practice. “It’s been a long road but finally I’m 100 percent. I’m excited to jump on the running train.”
Panik, out injured since October 15 with an upper-body injury, began skating without a no-contact injury last Tuesday. To make room for Panik back on the roster, the Capitals optioned Travis Boyd and Tyler Lewington, who was put on waivers Sunday, down to the Hershey Bears.
The Washington Capitals placed defenseman Tyler Lewington on waivers Sunday.
Lewington hasn’t played since an October 15 game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Russian Machine Never Breaks is not associated with the Washington Capitals; Monumental Sports, the NHL, or its properties. Not even a little bit.
All original content on russianmachineneverbreaks.com is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)– unless otherwise stated or superseded by another license. You are free to share, copy, and remix this content so long as it is attributed, done for noncommercial purposes, and done so under a license similar to this one.