May 7th, 2016 In Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, News, Washington Capitals 0 comments

The NHL announced Jamie Benn, Braden Holtby and Patrick Kane as the league's three Ted Lindsay Award Finalists, honoring "the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by members of the National Hockey League Players' Association." Benn, who is also a Hart Finalist, helped Dallas to the best record in the Western Conference this season,...

May 6th, 2016 In Advanced Stats, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals 0 comments

With Pittsburgh's overtime win last Wednesday, they have now grabbed a three games to one advantage that will be difficult for them to lose. Of the 82 situations in Stanley Cup Quarterfinals history that started with a three games to one lead, only seven have failed to win the series. However, the Penguins have lost the shot attempt battle in the...

May 5th, 2016 In Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, News, Washington Capitals 0 comments

The NHL announced Thursday that Florida's Gerard Gallant, Dallas's Lindy Ruff and Washington's Barry Trotz have been named 2016 Jack Adams finalists, honoring the best head coach in the NHL. The award is voted on by members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association at the end of the regular season. Gallant led the Panthers to an Atlantic...

May 2nd, 2016 In Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals 0 comments

I thought it was a late hit. It was a target to his head. I think it was the type of hit that everyone from hockey is trying to remove from the game. - Penguins' head coach Mike Sullivan Those were the words of the Penguins' bench boss after Game 2 on Saturday night, referring to the blow to the head doled out by Capitals' defenseman (and...

May 1st, 2016 In News, Suspensions, Washington Capitals 0 comments

Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik had a phone hearing with the NHL's Department of Players Safety on Sunday afternoon, and has been suspended for three games for his hit on Olli Maatta in Game 2. Orpik's shoulder went into Maatta's chin, injuring the Penguins defenseman. He is expected to miss Game 3, and Penguins head coach Mike...

May 1st, 2016 In Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals 0 comments

Interestingly enough, Game 2 followed much of the same script as Game 1 did for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Start fast, carry the bulk of the play, and dominate the shot total. Only this time, the push back from the Washington Capitals came in the form of their goaltender, Braden Holtby. While the Penguins utterly dominated play through the...

April 30th, 2016 In Washington Capitals 0 comments

The Verizon Center lights dimmed red, and fans went wild on Thursday night, when the Washington Capitals started what is already seen to be an intense, hard-hitting, high-scoring series against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins. It was a game full of goals, shots and hits, and throughout the game, it looked like Pittsburgh controlled a lot of the...

April 28th, 2016 In Advanced Stats, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals 0 comments

It was December 12th when Pittsburgh decided to go a different direction by firing head coach Mike Johnston and replacing him with assistant Mike Sullivan. It was a move general manager Jim Rutherford had to make. The Penguins were sitting 15-10-3 and looked like they could miss the playoffs. Sidney Crosby only had six goals and 19 points and a...

April 28th, 2016 In Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals 0 comments

In 2009, Kris Letang came of age in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Specifically in the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Washington Capitals. In Game 3, he scored the overtime winner to get the Penguins back into a series in which they had trailed 2-0 prior. For the series, he would finish with three goals and six points, averaging 21:27 of...

April 28th, 2016 In Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals 0 comments

When the Penguins and the Capitals meet, the first thought on nearly everyone's mind is “Crosby vs Ovechkin”. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that as they are arguably the best players of their generation. But when you really look at what makes this rivalry tick, you have to ask yourself if we are really discussing the most important...

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