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Carey Price has 'too easy a night' vs. the Capitals

Carey Price has 'too easy a night' vs. the Capitals

There are ways to score on a top-notch goaltender.

Giving him an unobscured look at the puck and failing to record a shot on net for most of the third period, however, are not among them. 

But that’s exactly happened Saturday night at Verizon Center, where the Caps saw their six-game winning streak halted by Carey Price and the Canadiens, 2-1.

“They had a lot of urgency in their game,” Lars Eller said. “They battled hard. We had the puck a lot. We had a lot of zone time but we failed to sort of get bodies inside and get the puck inside at the same time.”

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“It was too easy a night for Price,” the former Montreal center added. “Didn’t get shots. Didn’t get secondary [chances]. We just failed to get our nose dirty and get the puck in there. That was the step we were missing today.”

That they skipped such an all-important step was a bit surprising, given the caliber of goaltender they were facing and the fact that they had recently done a better job of getting to the net, creating screens, putting pucks in play and hunting for seconds.

But it didn’t happen against Shea Weber and Co.

As a team, Montreal blocked 21 shots—or the same number of shots the Capitals managed to put on Price.

”They were defending pretty well,” Coach Barry Trotz said. “And you got one of the best goaltenders in the NHL in Price. He’s been outstanding. We didn’t make it hard enough on Carey. …Sometimes the other team is playing really well and they force you to get some of those dirty goals or garbage goals, whatever, and you have to make it hard on them. And we didn’t make it hard enough on them. Even in the third, they got into a pretty good defensive posture and we were still looking for the extra play, the extra play.”

Trotz continued: “Especially against quality goalies, you don’t want to get too fine. When you’re not getting a lot of looks because the other team is doing a good job of keeping you to the outside, you have to force yourself into their house a little bit, get in front of the net.”

They did not. But that wasn’t even their biggest problem in the third period as they scrambled to get back into the game.

For a span of 15:22 stretching from late in the second period until late in the third, the Capitals failed to muster a single shot on Price.

Forget about getting a body to the net. They couldn’t even get a puck there.  

“To beat any goalie you have to get shots,” Eller said. “In the third, we didn’t even get a lot of shots. We made it hard for ourselves.”

Indeed they did.

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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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