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Capitals win the game, but lose Oshie

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Capitals win the game, but lose Oshie

The Caps finally beat the Sharks, but they suffered a loss on Monday night, too.

T.J. Oshie left the 4-1 victory late in the second period after Joe Thornton smashed the star winger’s head into the corner boards. Oshie did not return to the game and will be reevaluated on Tuesday, according to the team.

The injury spoiled an otherwise stellar night for the Caps, who ended a four-game losing streak against the Sharks. Overall, Washington has now won two games in a row and five of their last six.

Tarik’s three stars of the game:

1- Alex Ovechkin, Capitals

There are nights when you can tell early on that No. 8 is going to be special. This was one of those nights. Ovi was flying (and breaking ankles) in the opening minutes, then the Caps’ captain got on the board early in the second period by stealing the puck in the D-zone and finishing an unassisted breakaway that put the home team ahead 2-0.

The goal moved Ovechkin past Mark Recchi into 20th place on the all-time goals list (578). Later in that frame, Ovi made a sublime pass to Brett Connolly, who scored on the power play to put Washington ahead 3-1. Connolly was on the first unit power play in place of Oshie.

2- Brett Connolly, Capitals

After getting scratched for ineffectiveness late last month, Connolly has returned with a vengeance. No. 10, skating on the first unit power play in place of the injured Oshie, scored his second goal in two games with 52 seconds remaining in the second period to stake Washington to a 3-1 advantage.

He was also the reason Evgeny Kuznetsov had to fist-bump himself on the bench.

3-Philipp Grubauer, Capitals

It wasn’t the most challenging night for the Caps’ backup. But when his number was called, he was ready. Grubi’s best saves came early in the third period on a sequence that saw him turn away Marcus Sorensen with a pad save, then scurry across the crease to thwart Jannik Hansen with a pair of point-blank stops.

After going winless in his first six starts, Grubauer has now won two in a row. Amazing what a little run support can do for a netminder, huh?

Agree? Disagree? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman loses bet, rocks Ovechkin jersey

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Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman loses bet, rocks Ovechkin jersey

Nearly two weeks have passed since the Washington Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights to raise their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

With one team being a first-year expansion project that turned out beautifully and the other a franchise that had not appeared in a Stanley Cup Final since 1998, there was obviously a lot on the line.

Those away from the ice had 'a lot' on the line, too.

Prior to the start of the series, each city's mayor agreed on a bet that would force the losing team's member to wear an opposing jersey at the conclusion of the Cup.

Well, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman followed through on her end of the bargain.

Here is proof of her wearing the jersey of a man who led what was arguably the greatest post-championship celebration in sports history.

 

The Capitals announced Wednesday that the team's home opener and Stanley Cup banner unveiling will be played on October 3 against the Boston Bruins.

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Capitals don't get Penguins for home opener, but Penguins will host Capitals in theirs

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Capitals don't get Penguins for home opener, but Penguins will host Capitals in theirs

The Capitals found out who their opponent will be for the home opener on Oct. 3 and it's not the Pittsburgh Penguins.

And you know what? That's OK. Winning the Stanley Cup was awesome and the banner raising will be an incredible scene regardless. 

Plus, the Penguins need that night off because they have to get ready for their own home opener on Oct. 4 against...the Caps?

Wait, what?

In 2016, the Capitals were in attendance as the Penguins raised their Stanley Cup banner. That had to sting considering Pittsburgh eliminated Washington in the playoffs.

It has not become a tradition to make rivals watch as teams raise banners and there's nothing that said the NHL had to schedule the Penguins for Washington's home opener. But it does seem odd that the NHL is going to make the defending Stanley Cup champions play a back-to-back right out of the gate with the second end coming against their archrivals in Pittsburgh.

Hey Caps, it's the NHL here. Congrats again. Vegas is a hell of a city, am I right? So, listen...we thought about it and decided you won't get to raise your banner against your rivals. Sorry about that. We tried and we couldn't get them for your first game. Good news though, we moved it all the way up to the second game, we just couldn't get it any sooner than that. You'll be playing them the second game of the season...the night after your home opener...in Pittsburgh...for their home opener. Anyway, good luck on the repeat.

Makes sense.

Look, if Washington can't have Pittsburgh for the home opener fine. It would have been nice, but it's really not a big deal. Raising the banner will be special regardless of who the opponent will be. But don't turn around and make the Caps play in the Penguins' home opener the very next day.

The schedule makers did the Caps no favors with this one.

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