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« Topic Start: December 06, 2006, 06:06:31 PM »
This Thread Dedicated To The Following Games:

December 6th vs. Ottawa Senators
December 8th vs.  Anaheim Ducks
Decebmer 9th @ Philadelphia Flyers

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« Reply #1: December 06, 2006, 06:09:21 PM »
Streaking Teams Meet at Verizon on Wednesday
Dec. 6 vs. Ottawa Senators at Verizon Center
Time: 7:00 pm
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Ottawa Senators (15-12-1)
Washington Capitals (11-9-6)

Washington puts its three-game winning streak on the line Wednesday night when it hosts the Ottawa Sentors in the third game of a four-game homestand at Verizon Center. The Sens are winners of their last four straight.

The Caps took each of the first two games of the homestand, defeating Dallas 4-3 last Thursday and beating Buffalo 7-4 on Saturday. The Caps? current win streak is the team?s longest since they won the last three games of the 2005-06 season. Washington has had one longer streak since the start of the 2005-06 season, a four-game run from Jan. 13-21, 2006.

In each of the wins on the streak, Washington has chased the opposing goaltender to the bench. The Caps are the first NHL team to have chasing the opposition?s netminder in three straight games this season.

Washington has found its offensive footing during those last three games. In losing six straight games (0-4-2) from Nov. 15-25, the Caps scored a total of nine goals and only two of those came while Washington was at even strength. During the Capitals? three-game winning streak, the team has totaled 16 goals, including 13 even-strength strikes.

The Caps have won two straight at home and are seeking their first three-game home winning streak since Feb. 24-Mar. 2, 2003. Washington has fared well against the league?s top teams, going 7-3 against clubs that reached the 100-point plateau in 2005-06. That mark includes a 1-0 record against the Sens this season.

Washington has a pair of good goaltending options available for Wednesday?s game. Olie Kolzig has played very well of late, posting a 2.92 goals against average and a .920 save pct. in the month of November. Brent Johnson has had the Senators? number, going 3-0 with an 0.92 goals against average and a .972 save pct. lifetime against Ottawa. Johnson has stopped 77 of the last 78 shots Ottawa has fired in his direction.

Ottawa is the third straight opponent to come into Verizon Center on the heels of a game the previous night in another city. The Sens downed the Isles 4-2 in New York on Tuesday.

Going into Tuesday night?s NHL action, the Caps had the league?s 18th best power play with a 15.8% success rate. Washington is also 18th in the league in penalty killing with a kill rate of 82.4%.

Ottawa is the defending Northeast Division champion, and it has won four division titles in the last seven seasons. The Sens got out to a slow start in 2006-07, but they?ve been hot lately.

The Senators bring a four-game winning streak into Wednesday?s game, and they?ve taken eight of their last nine contests overall. Ottawa has outscored its opponents by a combined 38-18 total in those eight games. The Sens have allowed more than three goals just once in their last 11 games.

Exactly one month ago, the Sens came to Verizon Center for their first visit of the season. Washington spotted Ottawa three goals in the first 12 minutes of the contest. Johnson came on in relief of Kolzig at that point, and the Caps began chipping away at the Ottawa advantage. Washington got a goal late in the first and another in the second to make it a one-goal game. With Johnson pulled for an extra attacker, Alex Ovechkin scored at 19:35 of the third to send the game into overtime. Chris Clark netted the game-winner in the extra session for Washington to give the Caps their first home ice win over Ottawa since Mar. 11, 2002.

That Nov. 6 loss in Washington was Ottawa?s fourth in succession. It extended the skid to five straight two nights later in Atlanta, but the Sens have righted their ship since. The hot streak has coincided with a goaltending change in Ottawa. The Sens have installed 24-year-old Ray Emery as the team?s starter, bumping Martin Gerber to a backup role. The Sens signed Gerber to a three-year deal worth $11.1 million last summer, but when the Swiss native won just one of seven starts between Oct. 28-Nov. 13, head coach Bryan Murray went with Emery. Emery has won seven of nine starts since taking over.

The Sens went into Tuesday night?s tilt on Long Island with the league?s 17th best power play at 15.9%. Ottawa is 12th in the NHL with an 84.8% penalty killing success rate. The Sens helped both of their special teams percentages on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 on the power play and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill on Tuesday.

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« Reply #2: December 06, 2006, 06:09:38 PM »
3 more HUGE games. LETS GO CAPS

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« Reply #3: December 06, 2006, 06:41:44 PM »
How do the Caps have six ties?  How do you tie a game in hockey, since I thought ties ended in shootouts?

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« Reply #4: December 06, 2006, 06:57:10 PM »
Those aren't ties. They're SO/OT losses.

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« Reply #5: December 06, 2006, 10:57:20 PM »
CAPS GET FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN!

Final at Verizon Center:

Ottawa 2
Washington 6


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Capitals captain Chris Clark scored twice off assists from Alexander Ovechkin and suddenly surging Washington beat the Ottawa Senators 6-2 on Wednesday night for its fourth consecutive victory.

Washington, which ended Ottawa's four-game winning streak, has won three in a row at home for the first time since Feb. 24 to March 2, 2003.

After averaging only 1? goals during a six-game winless drought, the Capitals have averaged 5? goals in victories over Tampa Bay, Dallas, Buffalo and Ottawa.

The Capitals went ahead 2-0 in the first period on goals 36 seconds apart by Matt Bradley and Clark, who added his second of the game and ninth of the season 13:54 into the second period. Alexander Semin, Matt Pettinger and Brooks Laich padded Washington's lead in the third.

Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher scored for Ottawa, which played without captain Daniel Alfredsson, injured in Tuesday night's win against the New York Islanders.



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« Reply #6: December 07, 2006, 06:46:53 AM »
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CAPS GET FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN!

Final at Verizon Center:

(Image removed from quote.)Ottawa 2
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Go Caps!  This is obviously a big turnaround for that horrible losing streak.

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« Reply #7: December 07, 2006, 08:58:50 AM »
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I love Ovechkin's enthusiasm when teamates score

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« Reply #8: December 07, 2006, 09:32:20 AM »
Way to go Caps!

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« Reply #9: December 07, 2006, 10:03:16 AM »
The Caps are playing great right now.  Look at who their last 4 wins were against and look at the margin of victory:
Tampa Bay (13-13-2) Caps win 5-2
Dallas (19-9) Caps win 4-3
Buffalo (21-4-2) Caps win 7-4
Ottawa (15-13-1) Caps win 6-2
Combined Record: (68-49-5)
Caps have outscored their opponents 22-11 over the last 4 games.

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« Reply #10: December 07, 2006, 04:08:30 PM »
Caps can take on anyone. Teams continue to overlook us and we surprise them. Anaheim has a game in Anaheim tonite and they'll be real tired tommorow night. We need to jump on them early.

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« Reply #11: December 08, 2006, 10:26:58 AM »
Teemu Selanne is like Merlin the Magician...he's playing like he's getting younger & younger.  Ditto with Pronger.  Should be a good game tonight...I'd go, but I can't miss Rudolf  :lol:

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« Reply #12: December 08, 2006, 02:33:15 PM »
High-Flying Ducks Drop into District
Dec. 8 vs. Anaheim Ducks at Verizon Center
Time: 7:00 pm
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Anaheim Ducks (21-3-6)
Washington Capitals (12-9-6)

The Caps conclude a four-game homestand against the league?s elite teams on Friday when the Anaheim Ducks pay a rare call to Verizon Center. The Ducks boast the league?s best record, and they?ll be playing in the District for the first time since Oct. 29, 2003. Friday?s game is the first game of a five-game road trip for Anaheim.

Washington is riding a four-game winning streak, having defeated three straight 100-point teams from 2005-06 in each of the last three wins of that run. The Caps are 8-3 this season against teams that totaled 100 or more points in 2005-06.

The Capitals extended their streak to four (and three straight at home) with a convincing 6-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night. It marked just the second time in the last 11 seasons and the first time since 1999-00 that the Capitals have swept the two-game home season series from the Senators.

?The Tampa game got us off on the right start,? says goaltender Olie Kolzig, referencing the first game in the current four-game run. ?We gave up way too many shots in that game, but since we?ve been at home here in the three games against three very good hockey teams, it wasn?t like we were hanging on and the goalie was bailing the team out. We were scoring goals and other than a few flurries here and there in games, we did a great job in shutting three very powerful teams down.?

A dozen different Caps have found the back of the net during the team?s current four-game streak. Washington has scored first in all four contests, has never trailed in any of the four games, and has never been tied after scoring the first goal. The Caps have outscored the opposition by a 9-1 count in the first period of the last four games.

With its recent run, Washington has slipped into third place in the NHL?s Southeast Division. The Caps trail front-running Atlanta by 10 points and they are three points behind second-place Carolina. Washington has two games in hand on the Thrashers and three on the Hurricanes.

When Washington last met the Ducks on Jan. 13 in Anaheim, Alex Ovechkin recorded his first career hat trick to give the Caps a 3-2 overtime victory. The Caps were able to get their young star out on the ice while Anaheim defenseman Scott Niedermayer was on the bench for Ovechkin?s first two goals in that game. Niedermayer, who skated 25:59 that night, was on the ice for Ovechkin?s overtime game-winner in that January game.

With the Ducks? addition of Chris Pronger, it will be difficult to get Ovechkin isolated from one of those two blueline stalwarts. But the Caps have been getting a good deal of secondary scoring of late, something they?ll need on Friday against the Ducks.

?With one it?s still a challenge, but with two it is almost impossible,? says Caps coach Glen Hanlon of isolating Ovechkin from the Ducks? daunting defensive duo. ?You can work on it and try to do it, but there are so few minutes when both of them are not out there. It would totally disrupt everything. As coaches you just sort of say, ?Here?s the game. You?ve just got to meet the challenge and go play.??

The Capitals? power play unit ranks 14th in the NHL with a 16.4% success rate. Washington?s penalty killing corps ranks 18th in the league with a kill rate of 82.7%.

Anaheim is off to the best start in franchise history. The Ducks have claimed 48 of a possible 60 points through the first 30 games of the season. Prior to this season, Anaheim?s best start through 30 games was in 2002-03 when the team went 12-9-9 for a total of 33 points.

Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle, a former Capitals assistant coach, led the team all the way to the Western Conference finals in 2005-06, his first season at the helm. The Ducks made a blockbuster trade last summer to bring in defenseman Chris Pronger from Edmonton. In Pronger and Scott Niedermayer, the Ducks boast two of the league?s top defensemen. One of those two blueliners is out on the ice at virtually any point during a given night.

Pronger has picked up at least a point in 11 of his last 12 games and leads all NHL defensemen in scoring with 31 points. Niedermayer has picked up an assist in each of his last five games, and is second among league blueliners in scoring with 26 points.

Veteran sniper Teemu Selanne has also been a big part of Anaheim?s success, especially recently. He notched just one goal in the month of October, the lowest total of any single month for his NHL career. But he rebounded with a vengeance in November and thus far in December. Selanne racked up 10 goals and 23 points in 15 November contests, and he has four goals and six points in three December tilts. He has seven goals in his last six games and 11 goals in his last 11 contests. Selanne is third in the NHL?s scoring race with 37 points.

Anaheim?s goaltending has also been very good. J-S Giguere, who backstopped the Ducks to within a game of the Stanley Cup championship in 2003, leads the NHL with 17 victories and is tied for the league lead with four shutouts.

The Ducks have won three straight games on the road an they?re 8-1-2 away from home this season.

Anaheim features the league?s second best power play unit with a 22.7% success rate. The Ducks rank eighth in the NHL in penalty killing with a kill rate of 86%.

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« Reply #13: December 08, 2006, 03:33:02 PM »
Sorry, but I've got to root for the Ducks.  They are the best in the league record-wise, and they're named after a pretty good movie :)

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« Reply #14: December 08, 2006, 03:46:26 PM »
Roast duck is on the menu and sounds good.  *Clap**Clap* Chef Kolzig!  I'll have that!

I can't cheer for any team named after a Disney and Emilio Estevez movie, unless it is the Breakfast Club.

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« Reply #16: December 08, 2006, 07:13:11 PM »
Brashear and Parros go at it in the first... :lol:

Brashear got about 7 or 8 good shots before Parros collapsed like a bag o bricks.  :twisted:

Shoulda known better you long haired Princeton ass!

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« Reply #17: December 08, 2006, 07:18:08 PM »
Now Erskine and Shawn Thornton throw gloves - LOL!  What a game!   :twisted:  :twisted:  :twisted:

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« Reply #18: December 08, 2006, 09:16:40 PM »
Well it WAS a game - ugh.  5-1 Ducks now with 9 minutes left in the third.   :cry:

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« Reply #19: December 08, 2006, 09:54:22 PM »
Final at Verizon Center
Anaheim 6
Washington 1

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Anaheim's Shawn Thornton scored 57 seconds in, Teemu Selanne had his team-high 16th goal and an assist in the third period and the NHL-leading Ducks beat the Washington Capitals 6-1 on Friday night for their seventh victory in eight games.

Todd Marchant had a goal and two assists and Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 26 saves to help stop Washington's four-game winning streak. Giguere's bid for a second consecutive shutout ended with Alexander Semin's goal 5:06 into the third period, off a back-to-the-ice, through-the-legs assist from Alexander Ovechkin.

Thornton was called up from the minors during the day and immediately produced his first NHL goal since the 2003-04 season, when he played for Chicago. It was an eventful evening for the right winger: He served a five-minute penalty for fighting in the first period, and assisted on Dustin Penner's goal in the second period that made it 3-0.

Selanne, Andy McDonald and Corey Perry all scored in the final period for Anaheim (22-3-6, 51 points), which is off to the best start in franchise history. Selanne has eight points in the past four games.

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« Reply #20: December 08, 2006, 11:56:46 PM »
Caps, despite the score, actually played pretty well. The offense had a lot of chances but didn't convert. No bounces went their way.

The steak had to end sometime.

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« Reply #21: December 09, 2006, 12:03:32 AM »
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Caps, despite the score, actually played pretty well. The offense had a lot of chances but didn't convert. No bounces went their way.

The steak had to end sometime.


seriously. even their shot total was low. shots werent getting through.

on the other hand the caps gave the ducks their first three goals.

just need to bounce back

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« Reply #22: December 09, 2006, 06:11:40 PM »
Caps Look to Start New Streak on Saturday
Dec. 9 vs. Philadelphia Flyers at Wachovia Center
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Washington Capitals (12-10-6)
Philadelphia Flyers (8-16-4)

One night after their four-game winning streak came to a halt at home against the mighty Anaheim Ducks, the Washington Capitals take a ride up I-95 for their second visit to Philadelphia this season. The Caps and Flyers face-off at 7 p.m. on Saturday from Wachovia Center.

The Caps are coming off a 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Ducks. Anaheim grabbed a 2-0 first period lead and coasted the rest of the way. The Caps kept coming at Anaheim all night, but the juggernaut Ducks were clearly the better team and arguably the best team Washington has faced this season.

The Caps averted a shutout in the third when Alex Ovechkin made a brilliant pass to Alexander Semin in front of the net. Semin then put a couple moves on Anaheim goaltender J-S Giguere and tucked the puck into the empty cage. Semin?s goal was his 12th of the season, giving the Caps three players with at least a dozen goals. Only Anaheim, Buffalo and the Rangers can also make that claim among NHL teams.

Two fights broke out early in the Washington-Anaheim game, marking the first time in more than 33 months that four fighting majors were assessed in the first three minutes of an NHL game, according to Elias Sports. The last time it happened was in a game between Buffalo and Atlanta on Mar. 17, 2004. Former Flyer Donald Brashear and defenseman John Erskine dropped the gloves for Washington on Friday against the Ducks.

In their first visit to the City of Brotherly Love this season, the Caps erased more than eight years of frustration. Washington took a 5-3 decision from the Flyers on Nov. 4 to record its first win in Philadelphia since Jan. 31, 1998.

Brent Johnson was in goal for that hexbreaking victory on Nov. 4, and he is expected to start against the Flyers on Saturday. Caps goaltenders Olie Kolzig (.941) and Johnson (.914) have combined for a .930 save percentage on the road. The Capitals are 5-4-4 away from home, tied for the sixth-best road record in the Eastern Conference.

Washington entered Friday?s game with the 16th best power play in the circuit at 16.4%. The Caps went 1-for-7 with the extra man against Anaheim. The Capitals stood 18th in the league in penalty killing with a kill rate of 82.7%. They successfully snuffed all three Ducks power play chances on Friday.

The Flyers absorbed a 2-0 whitewashing from Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils in the Garden State on Friday. It marked the seventh time that Brodeur has blanked the Flyers during the regular season.

Philadelphia is playing better than it had been when the Caps paid their previous visit some five weeks ago, but the Flyers are still cellar dwellers in the NHL?s Atlantic Division. When the Caps dropped the Flyers in Philly last month, it left Philadelphia with a 3-9-1 record. The Flyers are 5-7-3 since, and they?re 5-4-2 in their last 11.

Philadelphia?s 20 points is the fewest in the Eastern Conference and the third fewest in the league. The Flyers have been beset by injuries and are running a near constant shuttle to and from their Philadelphia Phantoms AHL farm team. Thirty-three different players (two goaltenders, 11 defensemen and 20 forwards) have seen action for the Flyers this season. That does not include backup netminder Martin Houle, who was summoned to replace the injured Robert Esche but who has yet to see any live game action.

Going into Friday?s game with the Devils, the Flyers were 22nd in the league in power play proficiency with a 15% success rate. Philly was sixth in the NHL in penalty killing with a kill rate of 86.6%. Philadelphia was 0-for-6 on the power play and 2-for-4 on the penalty kill in Friday night?s game.

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« Reply #23: December 10, 2006, 11:34:27 AM »
And the Caps win 5-3.

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« Reply #24: December 10, 2006, 11:36:21 AM »
Just think where the Caps would be without Alex Ovechkin.  He seems to either score a ton or assist a ton.