Jan 29, 2013; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth (30) following a goal scored by Ottawa Senators centre Jim O

Around the Beltway: Washington Capitals News and Links

Last night was the kind of game the Washington Capitals can build on. People other than Joel Ward were scoring goals, coach Adam Oates briefly proved that he wasn’t an android, and they generated plenty of shots on goal while generally taking it to the Ottawa Senators in their own barn.

What’s that? They blew the 2-0 lead and lost the game late? Well shoot, that’s not as much fun. Sounds like our very first roundup of Caps news and links could be a grumpy one:

  • Michal Neuvirth should have stopped Milan Michalek‘s game-tying third period goal. We might see Braden Holtby in net on Thursday, just days after everyone was anointing Neuvirth the No. 1 guy. (Rock the Red)
  • Was Joel Ward’s high-sticking penalty actually a penalty? It’s worth debating if you read the rule. (Japers’ Rink)
  • Even more examination of the high-sticking rule as written in the official NHL rulebook. It all comes down to the definition of a “wild swing.” (Washington Times)
  • Oates is trying a motivational tactic by having Alex Ovechkin play so much with Jay Beagle and Joey Crabb. Also, the Caps need to turn it around soon or they’re in trouble. (District Sports Page)
  • The Caps’ late game collapse was caused by not taking care of the little things. You know, things like not winning defensive zone faceoffs and giving the Senator who ended up with the puck too much time and space to score a soft goal. Do a bunch of little things add up to a big thing? (The Washington Post – Capitals Insider)
  • Ovi only had one good scoring chance on Tuesday night, so it’s no wonder the Capitals are struggling. (The Globe and Mail)
  • Not a Capitals link, but Erik Karlsson took a 2:54 shift during last night’s game. That’s probably why the defending Norris Trophy ended up with more ice time than anyone else. (Hockey Buzz)

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