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Big night for Kuznetov as Caps beat Bruins 3-2


Big night for Kuznetov as Caps beat Bruins 3-2

Post-game analysis of the Capitals’ 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins Tuesday night in TD Garden:

How it happened: Evgeny Kuznetsov set up a first-period goal by Andre Burakovsky and netted a power-play goal in the second period and Braden Holtby stopped 25 of 27 shots to lead the Caps to their first win of 2016 and end a two-game losing streak.

What it means: The Caps (29-7-3) won for the first time since Dec. 30 and moved ahead of the Dallas Stars atop the NHL standings with 61 points. The Stars lost for the third straight time, making the Caps the only team in the NHL without back-to-back regulation losses.

Kuz-tastic: Kuznetsov now has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in his past eight games and has matched last season’s total of 37 points. Kuznetsov is on pace to lead the Caps with 77 points (27 goals, 50 assists) this season.

"I think the whole team has bigger points, right? I don't care about my game," Kuznetsov told reporters.

Holt-beast: Holtby improved his personal points streak to 19 games. The Caps are 17-0-2 in Holtby’s last 19 decisions and he has not lost a game in regulation since Nov. 10 in Detroit when the Caps lost 1-0 to the Red Wings Holtby is now 9-2-0 against the Bruins in his career.

Bura-cuda: After going 25 games without a goal, Caps left wing Andre Burakovsky has two goals in his last four games.

Proving his worth: Marcus Johansson scored a dirty game-winning goal in the second period, crashing the net to pound his 10th goal of the season past Tuukka Rask. Playing third-line center in place of the injured Jay Beagle, Johansson now has three goals and two assists in his last four games. Johansson also won 6 of 10 faceoffs after losing 14 of 16 on Saturday night.

McKnockout: Caps fourth-line center Zach Sill knocked Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid out of the game with a big hit 4:47 into the second period. If you recall, McQuaid surprisingly fought T.J. Oshie when the two teams met in the preseason and left Oshie with a black eye.

What’s next: The Caps are scheduled to practice in Boston on Wednesday before flying to New York, where they’ll face the Islanders in Brooklyn on Thursday. The Isles just lost defenseman Johnny Boychuk but are expected to have goaltender Jaroslav Halak back in the lineup.


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Game 72 Capitals at Flyers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

Game 72 Capitals at Flyers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

When: 5:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Flyers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Flyers game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.


The Capitals (41-23-7) take on the Flyers (36-25-11) Sunday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. ET in Philadelphia.


The Capitals-Flyers game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

4:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
4:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
5:00 p.m. — Capitals at Flyers
7:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
8:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
9:00 p.m. — Caps in 30


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Evgeny Kuznetsov considered day-to-day, will miss Sunday's game in Philadelphia

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Evgeny Kuznetsov considered day-to-day, will miss Sunday's game in Philadelphia

Evgeny Kuznetsov has been declared day-to-day with an undisclosed upper body injury, the Caps announced Saturday afternoon.

He will not play Sunday against the Flyers, marking the first time in four seasons that the durable 25-year-old center will have missed a game.

Kuznetsov, the Caps’ assists leader and first line pivot over the past week, was injured in the second period of Friday’s 6-3 win over the Islanders. On the play, he slashed on the arm by New York defenseman Thomas Hickey before he tumbled awkwardly into the end boards.


Kuznetsov did not return to the contest.

The Caps did not practice on Saturday as they made their way to Philadelphia, where they'll look to extend their winning streak to five games.  

The team, per usual, did not elaborate about the extent or nature of Kuznetsov’s injury. But it does seem to be a good sign that he was not listed as week-to-week—the designation the Caps typically reserve for more severe injuries. And with a two point lead on Pittsburgh in the Metro Division standings—and a game in hand—they can actually afford to be cautious with one of their most important players.


The injury does, however, come at a time when Kuznetsov appeared to be hitting his stride. Including the two assists he had racked up prior to leaving Friday’s game, Kuzy has amassed five goals and 11 assists in 10 games.    

Without Kuznetsov on Sunday, Nicklas Backstrom, Lars Eller and Jay Beagle will be the team’s most experienced centers. Travis Boyd and/or Chandler Stephenson figure to be deployed as the fourth pivot.

Coach Barry Trotz is expected to meet with reporters prior to Sunday’s game. It’s possible he’ll shed some more light on Kuznetsov’s outlook at that time.

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