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Blue Jackets & Capitals Each at a Crossroads

Blue Jackets & Capitals Each at a Crossroads

April 20th, 2018 When the Columbus Blue Jackets received an early power play on Thursday night, you could tell their performance on it would dictate how the rest of the night would go. They struggled with their opportunity. Not surprisingly, they struggled with everything after that. A Quick Game 4 Recap Making...
Blue Jackets Still Control Own Destiny at Home

Blue Jackets Still Control Own Destiny at Home

April 18th, 2018 The Columbus Blue Jackets played a much better game Tuesday night in front of their home fans at Nationwide Arena. They just didn't get the result they had hoped for. After 89 minutes of tight-checking hockey, the Washington Capitals got the bounce they were looking for. Lars Eller was in the...

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April 12th, 2018
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Sergei Bobrvosky gets his opportunity to play someone other than the Pittsburgh Penguins. Alexander Ovechkin is still chasing a Stanley Cup. Philipp Grubauer starts in goal over Braden Holtby. The Columbus Blue Jackets are seeking their first ever playoff series win. The Capitals have dominated the Blue Jackets while on the power play. These are some of the major stories as the playoffs come calling for the Blue Jackets and Capitals. But what other stories are worth watching that isn't getting the attention it deserves? We list three things that not only deserve more attention, but they'll go a long way in determining the outcome of the series. Evgeny Kuznetsov Most of the offensive attention with the Capitals go to Ovechkin and Niklas Backstrom. But the player we have our eyes on is center Evgeny Kuznetsov. When the Capitals have enjoyed success at five-on-five against the Blue Jackets, it's been because of Kuznetsov. According to multiple reports, the Capitals will start...
April 7th, 2018
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It's happened before for Alex Ovechkin, who scored a hat-trick in the Washington Capitals 2015-16 season finale to hit the 50-goal mark. He has the chance to do it again Saturday when Washington closes out the regular season with a matchup against the New Jersey Devils. "Everything's possible," Ovechkin said. "Just hit the net, and you never know what's going to happen." After what was considered a low-scoring season for Ovechkin last year, one in which over half of his goals came on the power play, he has bounced back this season, packing a punch for Washington. He leads the league with 47 goals, and only 17 of them have come on the power play. Not only that, he's also on his way to winning the seventh Rocket Richard of his career, and also hit the 600-goal mark and 1,000-game mark this season. "I think Ovi is a guy that naturally just goes to the area either the puck's gonna come or where the puck's gonna be," Oshie said of Ovechkin's scoring ability. "A lot of it is very...
March 31st, 2018
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When the Washington Capitals signed Alex Ovechkin to a 13-year contract extension, owner Ted Leonsis got a call from David Stern, one of many who had criticized the franchise's latest long-term deal. "David Stern called me and said, 'Boy, you are going to live to regret this. I thought you were a smart guy, and that's the stupidest thing I've ever seen,'" Ted Leonsis laughed. Since then, there have been no regrets; Ovechkin has been the x-factor of the Capitals' franchise. Not only do his nine 40-plus goal seasons, six Rocket Richard trophies and three Hart trophies speak for themselves, but he's also transformed Washington into a hockey town. "We weren't a hockey market at the time," Leonsis said of the years before Ovechkin's contract extension. "When Alex said, 'This is where I want to be and I'll make a long-term commitment,' I think it was the tipping point for the organization for the fanbase to say, 'We've got something here' and he's delivered in every...
March 29th, 2018
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T.J. Oshie has been heating up at the right time for the Washington Capitals. The 31-year-old winger hasn’t had the most impressive season to date, but that is subject to change. In his last seven games, he’s gone from feeling frustrated to returning to the form of a first-overall draft pick. Oshie, acquired from the St. Louis Blues in 2015 in exchange for Troy Brouwer, was brought in to provide additional offensive depth for the Capitals. In his first season “Rocking the Red,” he recorded 51 points. The following 2016-17 season he exceeded his point totals by scoring a career-high 56 points. This season he has 44 points - his lowest production in three seasons in Washington. Statistically, this season is consistent with Oshie’s career totals but he hasn’t been consistent throughout the year. Pressure Mounting It can be frustrating trying to snap a scoreless streak. You question what you’re doing wrong, grip your stick too tight and miss golden opportunities that...