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Former Capital sinks Washington in Game 2 Pittsburgh win

Former Capital sinks Washington in Game 2 Pittsburgh win

Eric Fehr scored some memorable goals against the Pittsburgh Penguins in his nine seasons with the Capitals, including a Winter Classic goal that will live in Washington sports lore.

On Saturday night he delivered a stick to the ribs of Caps fans when he scored the game-winning goal with 4:28 remaining in the third period to give the Penguins a hard-earned 2-1 win in Game 2 of their intensely entertaining second-round playoff series.

Fehr redirected an Evgeni Malkin centering pass over Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby for his second goal of the playoffs and first ever against the Capitals.

The best-of-seven series will shift to Pittsburgh knotted at one win apiece. Games 3 and 4 will take place inside Consol Energy Center on Monday and Wednesday.

The Capitals have an all-time playoff series record of 8-16 when winning Game 1 of a playoff series, by far the worst of any NHL team.

How it happened: The Penguins played with the same pace they established in Game 1 and owned a 14-5 shot advantage in each of the first two periods. They took a 1-0 lead 7:08 into the second period when Nick Bonino won a wall battle with Brooks Orpik and Carl Hagelin outraced Evgeny Kuznetsov to the front of the net for his second goal of the playoffs. Jason Chimera rang a shot off the right post midway through the second period, in which the Caps did not record their first shot until 5:12 remained. The Caps’ penalty kill kept them in the game by shutting down the Penguins five times in the opening two periods. The Caps converted on their second power-play of the night when Marcus Johansson jabbed a John Carlson rebound past Matt Murray with 4:08 gone in the third period. Mike Richards had a golden opportunity to give the Caps the lead but his open shot from the slot sailed wide left with 5:50 remaining. Less than a minute later Evgeni Malkin found Eric Fehr streaking down the slot and hit him with a perfect pass, allowing Fehr to redirect the puck over Braden Holtby (33 saves).

Poor Schmitty: Caps defenseman Nate Schmidt had his first career playoff goal taken away from him with 2:02 remaining in the second period when Evgeny Kuznetsov was called for goalie interference. Kuznetsov drove hard to the net and his knee made contact with Murray’s mask just before spinning to dish the puck to Schmidt. Referee Kevin Pollock immediately waved off the goal, indicating he had already called a delayed penalty. Caps coach Barry Trotz banged on the dasher boards to get an explanation but did not receive one until before the start of the third period.

What’s next: The Caps are scheduled to  practice at Kettler on Sunday, then board a flight to Pittsburgh, where they’ll face the Penguins in Game 3 on Monday night at Consol Energy Center. 

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

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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


The Capitals-Flyers game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.


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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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