|1||WASHINGTON||+170||Ov 5.5,+100||+170||Ov 5.5,-115|
|2||BOSTON||-200||Un 5.5,-120||-200||Un 5.5,-105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||12-19-0||-6||12-19||-6||18-12||3.0||30.8||3.2||32.8|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.4||3-2||+1.4||4-1||4.0||28.6||3.4||32.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||63||188||46||75||55||12||11||1904||9.9%||233||54||23.2%||316|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||31||92||20||42||26||4||3||955||9.6%||113||28||24.8%||158|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||20||5||7||8||0||2||143||14.0%||22||7||31.8%||35|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||192||55||68||59||10||11||2102||9.1%||232||45||19.4%||326|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||100||26||38||31||5||8||1016||9.8%||116||20||17.2%||164|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||17||4||6||6||1||1||163||10.4%||20||5||25.0%||29|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (All Games)||17||14||469||434||92.5%||0||5-9||-5.7||5-9-0||-6||5-8|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Road Games)||9||8||236||218||92.4%||0||3-5||-2.1||3-5-0||-2||3-4|
|PHILIPP GRUBAUER (Last 4 Games)||4||3||62||54||87.1%||0||0-3||-3||0-3-0||-3||1-2|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (All Games)||40||37||1211||1101||90.9%||1||20-17||+1.1||20-17-0||+2||20-16|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Road Games)||20||18||571||514||90.0%||0||9-9||+1.1||9-9-0||+1||12-6|
|BRADEN HOLTBY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||126||111||88.1%||0||2-2||+0.4||2-2-0||+1||4-0|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (All Games)||13||12||419||383||91.4%||0||4-8||-4.6||4-8-0||-4||6-6|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Road Games)||6||5||207||190||91.8%||0||0-5||-5||0-5-0||-5||3-2|
|MICHAL NEUVIRTH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||133||122||91.7%||0||1-3||-2.2||1-3-0||-2||2-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||24-9-0||+7||24-9||+7||7-11||3.2||32.4||1.9||28.7|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||-1.4||3-2||-1.4||4-1||4.6||37.0||3.0||30.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||61||192||54||57||76||5||10||1949||9.9%||178||37||20.8%||326|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||33||104||32||28||39||5||5||1070||9.7%||98||21||21.4%||179|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||23||6||9||8||0||1||185||12.4%||15||4||26.7%||41|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||138||35||55||43||5||4||1788||7.7%||206||36||17.5%||225|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||63||20||22||19||2||3||947||6.7%||116||21||18.1%||101|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||3||6||5||1||0||151||9.9%||21||5||23.8%||23|
|BRENT JOHNSON (All Games)||17||15||434||398||91.7%||1||12-3||+6.6||12-3-0||+7||8-4|
|BRENT JOHNSON (Home Games)||8||7||184||173||94.0%||1||7-0||+7||7-0-0||+7||1-3|
|CHAD JOHNSON (All Games)||2||0||35||33||94.3%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHAD JOHNSON (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CHAD JOHNSON (Last 4 Games)||2||0||35||33||94.3%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TUUKKA RASK (All Games)||45||45||1283||1189||92.7%||3||26-19||-1.9||26-19-0||-1||15-14|
|TUUKKA RASK (Home Games)||25||25||727||680||93.5%||3||16-9||-1||16-9-0||-1||6-8|
|TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||128||117||91.4%||0||2-2||-1||2-2-0||-1||2-1|
|NIKLAS SVEDBERG (All Games)||1||1||35||33||94.3%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-0|
|NIKLAS SVEDBERG (Home Games)||1||1||35||33||94.3%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-0|
|NIKLAS SVEDBERG (Last 4 Games)||1||1||35||33||94.3%||0||1-0||+1||1-0-0||+1||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: WASHINGTON 3.11, BOSTON 3|
|2/8/2014||NEW JERSEY||3-0||W||0, -120||W||5 un||U|
|2/27/2014||at FLORIDA||5-4||W||0, -115||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/1/2014||at BOSTON||4-2||W||0, +170||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/2/2014||PHILADELPHIA||4-5||L||0, -130||L||5.5 ev||O|
|3/5/2014||at PHILADELPHIA||4-6||L||0, +110||L||5.5 ov||O|
|3/6/2014||at BOSTON|| |
|3/11/2014||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|2/8/2014||OTTAWA||7-2||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/26/2014||at BUFFALO||4-5||L||0, -240||L||5 ov||O|
|3/1/2014||WASHINGTON||2-4||L||0, -200||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/2/2014||at NY RANGERS||6-3||W||0, -120||W||5 ov||O|
|3/4/2014||FLORIDA||4-1||W||0, -245||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/8/2014||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|3/9/2014||at FLORIDA|| |
|3/12/2014||at MONTREAL|| |
|WASHINGTON: ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - The patches of white in Alex Ovechkin's black hair are growing more pronounced.
He turned 28 this month, he is the captain of the Washington Capitals, and while the Russian wing is coming off a third NHL MVP trophy, what he does not have at this point is much in the way of playoff success.
``Of course it's hard (to) realize you're getting older. And, of course, you always want to be 24, 23 years old,'' Ovechkin said. ``But it's impossible. So you just move on.''
Eventually embracing the shift from left to right wing at the behest of rookie coach Adam Oates, Ovechkin led the Capitals into the postseason for the sixth consecutive time last spring. What also happened to Ovechkin and Washington for the sixth consecutive time: a first- or second-round exit.
``You can't say, like, `We're going to win the Stanley Cup. Of course, we would love to win the Stanley Cup. ... We're going to try to do it,'' Ovechkin said. ``But we just have to play every game like it's (our) last game.''
Very little has changed about the roster in the four-plus months since a 5-0 home loss in Game 7 of Washington's first-round series against the New York Rangers. Ask around the organization about what the expectations or aims should be for the Capitals during the 2013-14 season and, not surprisingly, the responses will vary.
Owner Ted Leonsis just hopes his team doesn't take for granted that it will reach the playoffs.
General manager George McPhee said: ``The objective always is to make the playoffs to give yourself a chance. And we'd love to go deep, and we'd love to win a cup.''
And forward Brooks Laich made quite clear his feeling that no one associated with the club should be satisfied by merely making it deeper into the playoffs than the Capitals have in the recent past.
``We're not looking to just get through the second round. If we do that and we go home ... after the third round, we're not going home and patting ourselves on the back,'' Laich said. ``The expectation within that locker room is to win the Stanley Cup.''
The Capitals open at the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks on Oct. 1.
|BOSTON: BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins were less than two minutes away from forcing a seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals. Now they must wait nearly seven months until the next postseason.
With the core of their team returning, the Bruins should reach the playoffs for the seventh straight season. And they took steps to secure their long-term future by signing center Patrice Bergeron and goalie Tuukka Rask to eight-year contracts and general manager Peter Chiarelli to a four-year extension.
Last season, the Bruins came close to their second championship in three years. They led Chicago 2-1 in Game 6 then allowed two goals in the last 76 seconds and the Blackhawks won 3-2 to take the Cup.
The Bruins open the season Oct. 3 at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (WASHINGTON-BOSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Capitals-Bruins Preview* =========================
Washington (29-23-10) at Boston (39-17-5), 7:00 p.m. EDT
Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals' highly regarded power play continue to roll.
The Boston Bruins have added some depth on defense as they welcome Ovechkin back to town for the second time in six days.
These teams meet again Thursday night, with the Bruins looking for a third straight victory since a weekend loss to the Capitals.
Boston (39-17-5) fell 4-2 on Saturday, allowing two power-play goals to Ovechkin in six chances for Washington. That's not surprising since Ovechkin has scored 18 of his 44 goals on the power play to lead the league in both categories.
The Capitals (29-24-10) are second in the NHL with the man advantage at 23.0 percent.
Washington is 8 for 14 on the power play in its last four road games although its three such tallies came too late in Wednesday's 6-4 loss at Philadelphia in which it conceded the first four goals.
"I know this team can score goals, a lot of teams can score goals in the East," said winger Dustin Penner, who made his club debut after being acquired Tuesday. "Especially when you go into opposing teams' rinks, it's best to get a good start, first 10 minutes, first shift, keep it 0-0, things like that, don't let the crowd get into it and we weren't able to do that tonight."
While Penner was one of the biggest acquisitions before the trade deadline for Washington, Boston did not make any major moves. The Bruins added two defensemen Wednesday, acquiring Andrej Meszaros from the Flyers and obtaining Corey Potter on waivers.
"We acquired these two players for depth," general manager Peter Chiarelli said, "and when I say for depth, I just want to be clear, it doesn't mean that they're just reserves. It means I look at our defensive corps as a whole, and we're just bolstering that corps and we've got a lot of games in a short period of time."
Boston's blue line has been weakened with the loss of Dennis Seidenberg (torn ACL, MCL) for the season and the absence of Adam McQuaid since Jan. 19 due to a leg injury.
Meszaros has played 38 games this season with five goals and 12 assists.
"This year wasn't working out obviously for me, I wasn't playing much, I was in and out of the lineup so I am happy now that I have the opportunity to play hopefully more consistent(ly)," Meszaros said.
The Bruins have bounced back since the defeat to the Capitals with wins by 6-3 over the New York Rangers on Sunday and 4-1 at home over Florida on Tuesday. David Krejci had two assists in the first contest and turned in his third career hat trick in the second.
Boston No. 1 goalie Tuukka Rask is 0-2-3 with a 3.58 goals-against average in five starts against Washington.
Washington goalie Braden Holtby was chased Wednesday after he gave up four goals on 18 shots, with Philipp Grubauer replacing him.
The Capitals acquired goalie Jaroslav Halak from Buffalo on Wednesday, and he's expected to split time with Holtby. It's uncertain if Halak, who has a 1.66 GAA in winning his last four starts against Boston, will make his debut Thursday.
Ovechkin has five goals and four assists in his last six games for the Capitals, who have lost consecutive games to the Flyers since a four-game streak.
"Tomorrow's going to be a big game," Ovechkin said. "Hopefully everyone is going to regroup and play well."
|Last Updated: 12/22/2014 12:21:58 PM EST|