Capitals, Canes have seen seasons swing in a month

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There is also the thought that a comeback win against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 14 not only saved Washington’s season, but also put a serious dent in Carolina’s once promising campaign.. Consider that the Hurricanes entered that game having won six of seven (including a 4-0 shutout of the Capitals two nights earlier) and were 10 points clear of Washington for first place in the Southeast Division.. Exactly four weeks later, the teams meet tonight at Verizon Center, this time with the Capitals 10 points ahead of the Hurricanes.. “It’s definitely surprising,” Capitals forward Eric Fehr said of the 20-point swing between the teams in less than a month.. Carolina has not only lost a season-high six straight and 13 of 14 overall, but the Hurricanes have also been without No.. 1 goalie Cam Ward since March 3 because of a torn medial collateral ligament and both of the team’s top two defensemen, Justin Faulk and Joni Pitkanen , have missed significant action with injuries.. “They’re a skilled team, but obviously injuries play a big part of it, and in this shortened season a lot of teams are struggling with injuries,” Fehr said.. “It’s a downward spiral, and it’s hard to control when you play so many games in so few nights.. They’re a really good team, we still know that, but it’s been a tough stretch for them.” The Hurricanes built an early 2-0 lead against the Capitals in their March 14 matchup, only to watch Joey Crabb (now in the American Hockey League), Alex Ovechkin and Mike Ribeiro score three unanswered goals in Washington’s 3-2 regulation win.. The Capitals, who were 20 minutes away from a fourth straight defeat and a season-high 12-point deficit in the Southeast Division, have since gone 11-3-1 and moved into first place.. “I think from that game on, the thought in the room before every game is that we can win,” Capitals forward Mathieu Perreault said.. “That game was a must-win for us, we had to [come back from a 2-0 deficit] and since that day, we’ve been rolling, and our mindset is that we’re never done. source:

Hybrid icing debate heats up as NHL looks to reduce injury

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more > Story Topics Follow @washtimes Question of the Day Pat Peake couldn’t bring himself to watch.. Seventeen years after breaking his right heel bone on an icing touch-up, the ex- Washington Capitals center couldn’t handle seeing the same thing happen to Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen .. “It was just disgusting, and I’m sure it was a meaningless play,” Peake said.. Pitkanen ’s injury last week against the Caps reignited the debate about whether the NHL should change the 76-year-old icing rule.. General managers have voted to approve hybrid icing — racing to the faceoff dots instead of the puck — as one way to prevent injuries, but it’s hard to find a consensus on the best way to handle the situation.. “It’s the players’ decision.. What they say is best for the game,” said Peake who was forced to retire after the 1997-98 season at age 24.. “Every single year you have two, three, four, five guys, broken femur, separated shoulder, whatever it may be, with a stupid rule.. Can you show me five scoring chances?. Is somebody’s career worth one scoring chance?” The NHL Players’ Association favors keeping the current rule or switching to automatic no-touch icing, which is used in international play.. Even after witnessing Pitkanen ’s gruesome injury, several Caps defensemen are against making a change.. Enlarge Photo **FILE** Washington Capitals’ Pat Peake (14) and New York Rangers’ Joey Kocur … source:

As short season winds to a close, NHL’s quirky playoff system once again in spotlight

The Capitals beat the Canadiens 3-2.. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)The Associated Press Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Stuart (5), Bryan Little (18), Blake Wheeler (26) and Andrew Ladd (16) celebrate after Ladd scored against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period of their NHL hockey game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Tuesday, April 9, 2013.. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Trevor Hagan)The Associated Press Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Sharp, right, congratulates goalie Ray Emery after he shut out the Minnesota Wild in a 1-0 victory in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in St.. Paul.. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)The Associated Press Next Slide Previous Slide The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Atlantic Division title, and the top spot in the East appears a formality.. The Chicago Blackhawks have the Central Division championship and the No.. 1 seed in the West all within reach.. Holding the top seeds entering the playoffs are no guarantee they’ll meet in the Stanley Cup finals, of course.. But home ice is usually a nice advantage during a rugged postseason.. The top four teams in each conference deserve the appropriate reward for their consistency over a long — or lockout-shortened — season.. But there’s always one weird exception.. In the NHL, teams can get rewarded with home ice even with a worse record and fewer points than their opponent. source:

Capitals Alumnus Ken Sabourin Schools Stone Mill Students on Hockey

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new_asset_attachment_attributes As a child in Toronto, Canada, Washington Capitals alumnus Ken Sabourin enjoyed cold winters.. “There used to be ice on the street all winter long,” Sabourin recently explained to 200 Stone Mill Elementary School students.. “We’d have snow banks on the sides of the roads and that’s what we used as our rinks to play hockey every day.” A defenseman with the Capitals for two seasons, Sabourin was at Stone Mill Elementary for a Capitals Hockey School.. Hockey School is a free instructional and interactive program that aims to expose students to floor hockey while teaching proper technique.. Sabourin, who began skating at age three and playing organized hockey at age four, encouraged children at the North Potomac, Md., school to play the sport as an outlet for their energy..  “It’s not as hard as you think once you practice,” said Sabourin.. “Once you learn how to practice, once you learn how to skate, how to handle the puck a little bit – you can do it.” Currently in his ninth year as a radio analyst for the Capitals Radio Network, Sabourin played professional hockey for 13 years.. During the assembly he used his experience in the NHL to teach students about stickhandling, passing and shooting before playing in a scrimmage with them.. Following the scrimmage, the Capitals donated a set of street hockey equipment to Stone Mill.. “We had a good time, good turnout – a lot of people here,” said Sabourin.. “The kids did a nice job getting involved.. A lot of atmosphere, too, which is good. source:

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The Jets schedule is cake walk from here on out and ours is anything but.    Only reasonably tough games there are vs NYI, @ WSH, vs MTL.    Winny is going down- SARGE, Never Pet A Burning Dog 875 posts Posted 09 April 2013 – 11:06 PM Tampa isn’t ever easy and Florida has played very well lately.. You all say that WPG has a cake schedule and they’re at home, they have finally just now gotten to .500 at home this season.. Home is bad for them, stop making it seem like it’s gonna doom us lol we still have the lead and a game in hand LocationUnderground Studio 40 minutes from the VC Posted 09 April 2013 – 11:15 PM Yes indeed–a big win for the Caps, and they did it in enemy territory, and without Erat, Ward and Laich..  Have to call that a “team effort”..  Neuvy was stellar within all the chaos MTL was creating..   A chippy, chaotic and sloppy game it was, but a lot of fun to watch nonetheless..   Ovie’s goal was a thing of beauty..  Can’t recall him making that particular right to left lateral move, deke and shoot..  He’s showing a lot of creativity lately, and has evidently euthanized that one-trick pony..       Here’s to the team keeping their streak alive and well–one game at a time.  “All the experts, all the pundits come out with their opinions. source:


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