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Ovechkin says Williams owes him one


Ovechkin says Williams owes him one

PHILADELPHIA -- Thanks to a hard-fought and well-executed 5-2 victory over the Flyers, Capitals right wing Justin Williams could joke about keeping Alex Ovechkin out of the Russian history books for the second time in less than a week.

“I think I’m up for the Selke,” Williams joked in a pretty happy visiting dressing room. “I’m shutting Ovi down pretty good right now. I want him to get it at home anyway, that’s the reason.”

On a night Ovechkin had his record breaking goal overturned because of Williams being offsides, the Capitals found offense from other sources. Jason Chimera, promoted to the power play to provide a better net presence, scored a pair of power-play goals and assisted on a goal by Williams, and T.J. Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom also found the back of the net as the Capitals improved to 11-4-0 this season.

“I thought our net presence was much better,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “We weren’t playing that soft perimeter game. We were getting into the inside and winning battles. When you start winning more battles you take over the game.”

RELATED: Strong second period gives Caps the 5-2 win in Philly

The Capitals did just that thanks to Chimera, who drove to the net to swipe a rainbow pass from Evgeny Kuznetsov to tie the score at 2-2 midway through the second period, then made it 4-2 with a power-play deflection of defenseman Matt Niskanen’s short from the point. 

“I’m not a guy that gets too much power play time,” said Chimera, who came into the game with just 10 power-play goals in his entire career. “It’s nice to get rewarded for it. Kuzy made a nice play and Nisky made a nice play. I thought we did a better job of getting to the net. Even Oshie’s goal, he’s at the net.”

With the Capas leading 4-2 late in the second period, Chimera carried the puck over the blue line and gave the puck to defenseman John Carlson, who fed Ovechkin for a one-timer that blew past the catching glove of Steve Mason. Ovechkin celebrated by raising his index finger into the air but the Flyers challenged the call on the ice, saying they thought Williams was offsides.

Replays showed they were right.

“Great call by them,” Ovechkin said. “Nothing you can do. It sucks again. (Williams) owes me dinner and a lot of stuff.”

Trotz said that when the goal was disallowed, he leaned over and told Ovechkin maybe fate had better plans and that he was meant to break the record at home, where the Caps face the Calgary Flames Friday night.

“Tomorrow’s another game,” Ovechkin said. “My family’s going to be there. My brother, my fiancé, her parents. It’ll be nice to score in front of our fans.”

MORE CAPITALS: Ovechkin's historic goal overturned a second time

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Caps prospect watch: Boyd dedicates 4-goal performance to daughter after week in the hospital


Caps prospect watch: Boyd dedicates 4-goal performance to daughter after week in the hospital

It would have been understandable if Travis Boyd struggled this past week. Something more important was on his mind.

Boyd spent the week in the hospital with his daughter, Hayden, who had been experiencing pain in her throat. He spent the enitre week in the hospital, not leaving until Hershey's game against Laval.

Boyd turned this trial into something incredible as he scored four goals Friday in Hershey's 6-3 win.

Boyd spoke about the ordeal with Zach Fisch of the Bears Radio Network (transcription via RMNB).

“It actually started after the game last Sunday against Rochester," he said. "I went straight from the rink to Urgent Care and then from Urgent Care to the ER. Never left the hospital until Friday morning. We had a successful surgery on Thursday night. Basically just a bad infection in her throat that had to be surgically removed. They had to surgically go in and kind of remove the bacteria and drain out the fluids. Everything went well. She’s doing well.”

Following the game, Boyd dedicated his performance to Hayden.

A four-goal game at the AHL level would have been an incredible accomplishment on its own. The fact that it came during such a trying time for him makes this a truly inspirational story.

You can watch highlights of the game including all four of Boyd's goals here:


Other prospect notes:

  • In the Bears' game Friday against Laval, Riley Barber dropped the gloves with Markus Eisenchmid.  Barber was given an extra minor and game misconduct for instigating the fight in the final five minutes of the game. That penalty carries with it an automatic one-game suspension which Barber served Saturday. Here's a look at the fight.

  • Liam O'Brien had a pair of two-goal games over the week, scoring twice against Laval Friday and then two more against Toronto on Monday. Of his four goals, three of them were empty netters.
  • As the Capitals prepare for their Stadium Series game in Annapolis on March 3, Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley—a native of Perth, Australia—made a plea to see Nathan Walker recalled for the game.  “I’ll have to put a quick shout out to the one Australian that’s playing for the Caps now, Nathan Walker. If you could just bring him up for this game, that’d be great. Because an Australian being in a hockey game is like a Jamaican bobsled team. It doesn’t happen very often.”

  • Brian Pinho was honored Friday in Providence College's Senior Night. He has served as captain of the team this season and as an assistant captain in his junior year. He spoke with The Cowl on what being a leader on the team means to him. "I think being a leader of this team is a great honor, but also a huge responsibility. I try to keep everything fun at the rink, while also bringing some intensity and competing hard every day.” You can read the full story here.
  • Goalie Adam Carlson, who was on loan to the Indy Fuel of the ECHL, was reassigned to the Kansas City Mavericks also of the ECHL. He started two games for his new team and turned aside 42 of the 48 total shots he faced.

Who are the Caps' top 10 prospects? Find out here in his week's updated rankings.

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Game 61: Capitals at Panthers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread


Game 61: Capitals at Panthers Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Florida Panthers

Where: BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla.

When: 7:30 p.m. ET

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

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


The Capitals (34-19-7) take on the Panthers (26-25-6) Tuesday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. ET in Florida.


The Capitals-Panthers game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:30 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 7:00 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:30 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:30 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:30 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:30 p.m. — Capitals at Panthers
10:00 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:30 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:30 p.m. — Caps in 30


Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Panthers game:

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Michal Kempny - Brooks Orpik

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Alex Chiasson, Madison Bowey, Jakub Jerabek


The Capitals-Panthers 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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