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Mason on Chimera goal: 'I messed up'


Mason on Chimera goal: 'I messed up'

Aside from the sellout crowd at Verizon Center, which taunted Flyers goaltender Steve Mason throughout Saturday night’s 4-1 victory, there was a concerted compassion exhibited toward the 27-year-old netminder after his second-period blunder resulted in Jason Chimera’s game-winning goal.

“I tried to put it in the corner. I messed up,” Mason said of his swing and a miss on Chimera’s 101-foot chip shot that slid between his legs. “(I) can say it over and over again, ‘It’s a bad goal.’”

Chimera’s goal, which tied him with Peter Bondra for the most game-winning playoff goals in team history (six), was a deflating one for the Flyers, who were trailing the Caps 1-0 at the time.

At the other end of the ice, Braden Holtby (41 saves) could feel Mason’s pain.

“I couldn’t even watch the replay of it,” Holtby said. “As a fellow goalie, you never want to see that happen."

“As a competitor you just don’t want to see it and you feel for the other guy. He’ll come back and he’ll come back hard.”

He’ll have to. The Capitals now lead the first-round series two games to none and will look to put a stranglehold on the series Monday night in South Philadelphia.

“Mase bailed us out so many times,” Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. “I’m not too worried about that."

Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said he hasn’t even given thought about who his starting goaltender would be in Game 3, but it sounds like Mason will return to the nets.

“Mase has been outstanding for us. We’re going to do what’s best for our hockey team. Mase has been a guy that’s carried us through different parts of this season and no question down the stretch, He’s been a guy that’s done a great job for us. I haven’t considered (changing goalies) but that’s how I feel about Mase.”

In the first two games of the series, Mason has allowed six goals on 54 shots, while Holtby has allowed one goal on 61 shots. That, and the fact the Capitals are 3-for-8 on the power play and 8-for-8 on the penalty kill, is a big reason the Capitals will carry a two-game series into Philadelphia.

“You can ask anyone in here, Holts will get all the credit in the world,” said Caps right wing T.J. Oshie. “I thought our D and our low forwards did a really good job limiting their second chances and now we have to continue that.”

They’ll get that chance on Monday in what should be an emotional Wells Fargo Center. Caps defenseman Karl Alzner said the crowd noise from Games 1 and 2 might be the loudest he’s heard in his eight seasons in Washington.

“The last game and this game might be the best that I’ve heard the crowd since I’ve been here,” he said. “After the anthem, during the anthem, the way everyone is yelling ‘Red’ and ‘O,’ is some of the loudest I’ve heard. It gets us more fired up than some people understand. The louder the crowd the better game you’re going to see.” 

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3 reasons the Caps beat the Stars

3 reasons the Caps beat the Stars

The Washington Capitals had not beaten the Dallas Stars at home since 2006, Alex Ovechkin's second season in the NHL. That streak ended on Tuesday in a 4-3 Caps win.

Here's how the Caps were finally able to down Dallas in Washington.

Oshie still hot

After going 19 straight games without a goal, T.J. Oshie has been red-hot of late with four goals in his last four games. He scored Washington’s first goal in what would become a three-goal period for the Caps as they battled back from a 1-0 deficit into a 3-3 tie through 40 minutes. Oshie also added an assist as he won a power play faceoff that John Carlson fed to Alex Ovechkin for the goal.


Ovechkin victimizing his favorite target

You knew Ovechkin would score given he was playing against one of his favorite targets. With his second period goal, Ovechkin now has 22 goals against Kari Lehtonen in his career, tied with Henrik Lundqvist for the most goals he has scored on any netminder. Lehtonen has not been in the Eastern Conference since the 2008-09 season. When he goes to sleep at night, Ovechkin is who he sees in his nightmares.

The Carlson-Klingberg duel

Carlson and John Klingberg entered Tuesday’s game each with 59 points, tied for the league lead in points among defensemen. Carlson downplayed the matchup both before and after the game, but it was clear that both players were playing at another level all game long. While both players tallied two points on the night, you have to give the win to Carlson as he had the most significant point, a game-winning goal in the third period.


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Tarik's 3 Stars: Ovechkin further cements his place in history

Tarik's 3 Stars: Ovechkin further cements his place in history

Alex Ovechkin further cemented his place in NHL history, John Carlson stayed hot and Braden Holtby was good when called upon as the Caps downed the Stars, 4-3, at Capital One Arena on Tuesday night.

The victory was Washington’s fifth in the past six games. It also marked the Caps’ first win over Dallas in D.C. since 2006.

Tarik’s three stars of the game:

1-Alex Ovechkin, Capitals

Ovechkin scored his 44th goal of the season and the 602nd of his career in the second period to give the Caps a short-lived 3-2 edge in the second period.

The goal put Ovi back atop the league as he seeks a seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy. It also pushed him past Jari Karri and into sole possession of 19th place on the NHL’s all-time list. Ovechkin has now victimized Kari Lehtonen 22 times, which is tied for the most goals he’s scored against a single netminder. (Henrik Lundqvist has also given up 22 goals to No. 8). Ovi also had a couple of secondary helpers.

2-John Carlson, Capitals

Carlson scored the game-winner 4:59 with left to play, blasting a one-timer past Lehtonen to put the Caps ahead 4-3.

Carlson also notched an assist, which allowed him to stay even with Dallas’ John Klingberg. Klingberg had two assists. Both players ended the game with 61 points—tied for the most among all NHL defensemen.    

3-Alexander Radulov, Stars

From his first shift, it was apparent that Radulov was determined to leave his mark on the game. And he did just that, recording a goal, an assist and boarding minor that bloodied Caps defenseman Michal Kempny. Radulov’s goal—a redirection of a John Klingberg shot—was his 26th and it evened the score, 2-2, in the second period.

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