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Lars Eller says he was ‘jumped’ by Marchand, vows Caps will ‘handle that’ in the future

Lars Eller says he was ‘jumped’ by Marchand, vows Caps will ‘handle that’ in the future

In Wednesday’s opener, Lars Eller was left bloodied after a fight with Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand. What was Eller’s offense? Celebrating a goal.

Eller scored in the third period to put Washington up 7-0. As he skated to the bench, he was seen celebrating the goal. That did not sit well with Marchand.

“His celebration was unnecessary,” Marchand said after the game. “He took an angle in front of our bench and celebrated in a 7-0 game. So I just let him know.”

Eller, however, disputes that he was doing anything to show up the Bruins.

“I’ve never done anything in my career to provocate the opposition team,” Eller said Saturday to NBC Sports Washington. “I was doing a gesture towards one of my teammates, I was having eye contact with him as I went to our bench and they didn't like that. I think he was just sour from probably losing and if you're looking for something to get mad about you can always find something.”

Eller also said that he and Marchand did not speak beforehand, Marchand just simply dropped the gloves.

“Just kind of jumped me. He was yelling from the bench after we scored when I went by my bench.”

“I wasn’t looking to fight,” Eller added. “Obviously he was so by the time we were into it, I didn't have much choice. I wasn't very well prepared for that, but I'll be better prepared next time.”

Eller has not been in a fight at any point in his NHL career prior to Wednesday.

Todd Reirden hinted after Wednesday’s game that he felt supplemental discipline was warranted for Marchand, saying, “We'll let other people take care of that.”

On Saturday he expressed disappointment in the league for deciding not to discipline a repeat offender.

“For me, it's about protecting our players and having repeat offenders with things like that I think need to be dealt with differently,” Reirden said. “We've kind of seen that with our own situation.”

This all sets up for a contentious matchup the next time these two teams meet. 

The Caps head to Boston on January 10, well after Tom Wilson’s 20-game suspension ends, and the two teams meet again in Washington on Feb. 3.

“We play them two more times this year so we'll see what happens,” Eller said. “We'll handle that. We'll see what happens next game.”

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Capitals vs. Ducks Game 23: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Capitals vs. Ducks Game 23: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

It is Week 10 of the hockey season.

The Capitals are sitting at 15-2, having just added another win after their last game against the Boston Bruins, a dramatic 3-2 shootout victory. 

The Capitals will be hosting the Anaheim Ducks at the Capital One Arena Monday night. Currently, the Ducks have a 10-9 record, just beating the St. Louis Blues 4-1 on Saturday. 

Now, here is all the information you need to know in order to watch Monday night’s game.

CAPITALS vs. DUCKS HOW TO WATCH:

What: Washington Capitals vs. Anaheim Ducks

Where: Capital One Arena

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Capitals vs. Ducks game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Capitals vs. Ducks on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Caps 24/7 Radio, SiriusXM Channel 91, Streaming 920

CAPITALS vs. DUCKS TV SCHEDULE:

6:00 PM: Caps Faceoff Live

6:30 PM: Caps Pregame Live

7:00 PM: NHL: Anaheim Ducks @ Capitals

9:30 PM: Caps Postgame Live

10:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live

10:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live

CAPITALS vs. DUCKS INJURY REPORT:

Capitals:

C Nick Dowd, upper body, out

LW Carl Hagelin, upper body, out

Ducks:

D Hampus Lindholm, undisclosed, injury reserve

RW Ondrej Kase, jaw injury, day-to-day 

CAPITALS vs. DUCKS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Capitals:

John Carlson, D: John Carlson's eight goals make him the team's highest-scoring defender, and his 24 assists lead the Capitals.

Alex Ovechkin, LW: Ovechkin leads the team with 14 goals this season. Ovechkin also is in fourth on the team with 10 assists.

Ducks: 

Jakob Silfverberg, LW: Team-leader in goals made this season racking up nine goals. Tied for the most assists, with eight. 

Rickard Rakell, C: Contributed 14 points, the second-most on the Ducks, and shares the tie with eight assists. 

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Caps finally solve Halak for improbable shootout win

Caps finally solve Halak for improbable shootout win

The Capitals needed a goal from T.J. Oshie with less than a minute remaining to force overtime on Saturday where they would go on to defeat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in a shootout.

It looked like Jaroslav Halak would once again pull off a miraculous win as he turned aside 42 shots, but the Caps kept up the pressure late to tie the game and get back in the win column.

Saturday's win is now Washington's 15th in the last 16 contests against the Bruins.

Here is how the Caps won.

Boyd makes the most of his opportunity

On Friday, Travis Boyd was a Hershey Bear. With Nic Dowd and Carl Hagelin both injured but without enough money under the cap for Boyd, the Caps recalled Tyler Lewington on Friday and skated seven defensemen and only 11 forwards against the Montreal Canadiens. On Saturday, the team sent Lewington and Ilya Samsonov to Hershey and recalled Vitek Vanecek and Boyd. The extra cap space the team gained from Vanecek taking Samsonov's spot allowed them to recall Boyd and skate four full forward lines. The impact of Boyd's addition was felt in the first period when Boyd scored a deflection to beat Halak and get the Caps on the board.

In seven games with the Caps this season, Boyd has one goal and four assists.

Caps get their power play setup on 6-on-5

For much of the night, the Caps just could not figure out Halak. They poured on the shots, but he was there each time and looked like he would be able to lead his team to the narrow victory. Late in regulation, the Caps pulled Braden Holtby for the extra attacker and the Caps gave Boston a power play look.

Washington had its top power play unit on the ice plus Tom Wilson. The goal looked like one right out of the power play's playbook with Evgeny Kuznetsov behind the goal line feeding Oshie in the slot. Oshie is great at getting those quick shots away from in close and he finally beat Halak with 59 seconds remaining.

Oshie was instrumental in setting up the goal as well as he blocked a clearing attempt from Zdeno Chara with his glove to keep the puck in the offensive zone just seconds before Kuznetsov set him up for the goal.

Backstrom and Vrana deliver in the shootout

Washington scored only twice on the shootout, but that would be all they needed.

The normally automatic Oshie was stopped on his shootout attempt putting Washington behind early on.I n a score-or-go-home situation for Nicklas Backstrom, he managed to sneak a shot in between the glove and the pad of Halak to force extra rounds of the shootout. Then Jakub Vrana pulled off one of the nices shootout goals you will ever see.

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