Nhl Winter Classic: Washington Capitals Beat Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 – San Jose Mercury News

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Alex Ovechkin, the player most responsible for making the nation’s capital worthy of hosting the NHL’s annual outdoor game, scored a goal, and he was also among the first to mob teammate Troy Brouwer when Brouwer’s power-play goal decided the game with 12.9 seconds to play Thursday. The NHL showcase was every bit the thrill for the Washington Capitals, who beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 before 42,832 at Nationals Park. “We started talking about Winter Classic since we started the season, and this is it,” Ovechkin said. “I remember Brouwie said it’s a good time to show up and make a show. And he did.” Brouwer scored against his former team to cap a chaotic sequence. Ovechkin had his stick broken on a slash by Brandon Saad. While Ovechkin was raising his hands to make sure the officials would call the penalty, Brouwer gathered the loose puck in the left circle. “Somebody had to try and keep it alive, so I just kind of turned around, threw it to the net,” Brouwer said. “I’m not even sure where it went in, but I heard the noise of the crowd, heard the noise of the guys on the ice.” What a noise it was, a playoff-level celebration by players on the ice and fans in the stands, many of whom flung their commemorative Winter Classic seat cushions high into the air. “First period was definitely a challenge,” Capitals goalie Braden Holtby said. source: http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_27242382/nhl-winter-classic-washington-capitals-beat-chicago-blackhawks?source=rss

He can steal pucks with the best in the league, for sure.” That, Blackhawks winger Brandon Saad said, is how Hossa turns defense into offense. In 1,127 games, Hossa has 472 goals and 547 assists. Hossa is 76th on the all-time points list, ahead of Hockey Hall of Famers Pat LaFontaine, Lanny McDonald and Maurice Richard. He’s 52nd in goals, ahead of LaFontaine, Doug Gilmour and Pavel Bure, and third among active players. His career numbers are similar to former Senators teammate Daniel Alfredsson, who retired earlier this month after putting up 426 goals and 682 assists in 1,178 games. But Hossa may be one of the most underrated players in the NHL. ”Maybe I would have more numbers but maybe some other teams wouldn’t want me,” Hossa said. ”There’s an advantage and disadvantage with that. Obviously, I’m happy how the outcome played out.” Hossa has two Stanley Cup rings and appeared in the final two other times. A five-time all-star, the Slovak winger with four Olympic appearances has a case for the Hall of Fame, even if it’s not easy to quantify. ”I know (from) being around him and still dominating like he does, I think it’s his 17th year, he’s always been a great player,” Saad said. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/blackhawks-hossa-may-hall-fame-resume-161531731–nhl.html

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Capitals: Vital Viewing Information for Winter Classic 2015 By Donald Wood , Featured Columnist Jan 1, 2015 Use your (arrow) keys to browse more stories Susan Walsh/Associated Press 0 Comments When the Chicago Blackhawks travel to Washington to play the Capitals at Nationals Park for the 2015 NHL Winter Classic, hockey fans from all around North America will be enthralled by the annual outdoor spectacle. With Chicago in control of the Central Division in the Western Conference and the Capitals fighting to stay toward the top of the Metropolitan Division on the Eastern Conference side, Thursdays battle will be intense. Here is all the vital viewing information for the 2015 Winter Classic and the biggest potential difference-maker to watch. Where: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C. When: Thursday, January 1 Start Time: 1 p.m. ET Watch: NBC Biggest Potential Difference-Maker: Alexander Ovechkin Patrick McDermott/Getty Images There will be a plethora of stars on both teams who should shine on the national stage, but the biggest potential difference-maker on Thursday will be Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin. In 36 games this season, Ovechkin has scored 17 goals and 13 assists for 30 points and just 30 penalty minutes. Add in 11 power-play points, and Ovechkin has been a force in the offensive zone for Washington. One area of growth that will make a major difference Thursday will be his responsibility in the defensive zone. With the arrival of head coach Barry Trotz, Ovechkin went from minus-35 in his plus/minus rating last season to plus-seven thus far in 2014. While Ovechkin has continued to improve defensively on the ice, some of his biggest changes have come away from the rink, as he told Erik Brady of USA Today : Of course, you feel 30 years old. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2316136-blackhawks-vs-capitals-vital-viewing-information-for-winter-classic-2015


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