Though the Capitals kept most of their Cup-winning roster from 2018, their biggest change was behind the bench, where Todd Reirden took over as head coach.
Head coach Todd Reirden and the players who spoke with the media after the Game Seven double-overtime loss to the Hurricanes were exhausted, disappointed, and visibly upset.
But we’re here for the team when they win and we’re here for the team when they lose. Misery loves company. Let’s embrace the pain together, Caps fam.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was basically ejected from the Capitals’ 5-2 loss in Game Six.
Ovechkin gave a sarcastic clap to officials and unleashed a torrent of profanities after being whistled for slashing Saku Maenalanen with 1:08 remaining in the third period. Referees responded in kind by giving Ovechkin a 10-minute misconduct, sending the future Hall of Famer to the showers early.
After the game, Capitals head coach Todd Reirden said that while Ovechkin could have handled the situation differently, he admired Ovechkin’s passion for the game.
TJ Oshie was one of the Capitals’ best players during their Stanley Cup run in 2018, scoring 21 points in 24 games. This year, if the Caps are to repeat, they’ll likely have to do it without him.
On Saturday, Caps head coach Todd Reirden announced that Oshie will miss Game Five and is out “indefinitely.”
Wednesday morning, Capitals senior reporter, Mike Vogel, tweeted that Dmitrij Jaskin was missing practice because he was going to be placed on waivers at noon.
Instead, the Capitals pulled a switch, and placed Devante Smith-Pelly on waivers instead, forcing DSP off the ice.
That change came mid-practice because there are a lot of “moving parts,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said.
I write a lot of game recaps, and those recaps have a section where I summarize all the goals that got scored, and I realized lately I’ve been using the word “rush” a lot in that section. For example, on Tuesday two of the three goals Columbus scored came on the rush, continuing a pattern we’ve been seeing all season.
The Caps have problems with their transition game, and they’re paying for it on defense. Whatever Brian MacLellan does to improve the team between now and the deadline should be paired with fixes to the x‘s and o‘s of Washington’s neutral-zone system.
On Monday evening, the Capitals held the 13th annual Hockey ‘N Heels event. The event, which is exclusive to members of the Scarlet Caps, is a special evening dedicated to the team’s female fans.
The evening featured instructional sessions from a handful of Capitals and off-ice presentations, including a question and answer session with USA gold medal-winning Olympian Haley Skarupa.
The Washington Capitals committed two penalties in the first period of Sunday’s game against the Bruins, and coach Todd Reirden wasn’t having it. During a stoppage in play, Reirden told NBC Sports, “guys are going to start missing shifts.”
And that’s exactly what happened to Evgeny Kuznetsov.
In my story last week cheekily apportioning blame for the Caps’ slump, my most pointed words were for Washington’s goalies. During five-on-five during the slump, Braden Holtby has saved 86.5 percent of shots and Pheonix Copley has saved 85.9 percent. These are two very bad performances. It’s neither difficult nor incorrect to identify them as the root cause the seven-game losing streak.
But the losing streak has also sparked a spirited conversation about team defense, which I understand to be the revolutionary concept that an entire team is supposed to play good defense. The implication is that head coach Todd Reirden is ultimately responsible for the recent underlying patterns beneath all the losing. This is wrong, but maybe not for the reasons you would think.
Braden Holtby and John Carlson will be returning home to Washington DC nearly $100k richer.
The Metropolitan Division All-Stars defeated the Central Division All-Stars 10-5 in the championship game to win the 2019 All-Star Game’s three-on-three tournament.
Sidney Crosby was named All-Star MVP after scoring four goals and four assists, winning a 2019 Honda Passport Elite. Todd Reirden earned the win in his first career All-Star Game as head coach.
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