Caps & Cats make history in 20 rounds during NHL’s longest-ever shootout

Nick Bjugstad scores the game-winning shootout goal on Braden Holtby. (Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

When you look at the list of shooters who took part in Tuesday’s shootout between Washington and Florida Panthers, you can be forgiven for thinking it looks like the roster lists for both teams. But it may as well be, because the two teams combined to make history, shattering the old NHL record for longest shootout by battling for 20 rounds before the Panthers emerged victorious over the Capitals by a 2-1 score.

The previous record for longest shootout was the 15-round showdown between the Caps and New York Rangers on Nov. 26, 2005 and two Washington players – Alex Ovechkin and Brooks Laich – can now lay claim to having taken part in the longest and second-longest shootouts. Tuesday’s marathon session lasted a whopping 17:43, and saw the Capitals score five goals, only to have the Panthers reply with five of their own to extend the shootout to Round 20. At that point, Florida center Nick Bjugstad stepped up and beat Washington goalie Braden Holtby to win it for the home team, give the Panthers their 13th win of the season and push them ahead of the Bruins for the final wild card berth.

Here’s video of the entire shootout. Be sure to pack a lunch and hydrate regularly once you begin watching. Read more

Bobby Ryan’s brilliant goal a bright spot in a bad stretch for Senators

Bobby Ryan (Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Ottawa Senators have won just twice in their past 10 games, fired head coach Paul MacLean Monday, and lost 5-3 Thursday to the Los Angeles Kings in the debut of MacLean’s replacement, Dave Cameron. However, Sens star right winger Bobby Ryan played the silver lining in his team’s clouds with a stunning goal that ranks among the best he’s ever scored.

The Senators were trailing 2-0 with six minutes remaining in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre when Ryan picked up a pass on Ottawa’s side of the center ice line, broke into the Kings zone, deked L.A. defenseman Brayden McNabb into next week, and does the same to goalie Jonathan Quick: Read more

Why patience is a virtue, by Radim Vrbata

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Vancouver Canucks right winger Radim Vrbata had just one goal in his past six games – after scoring 10 in the previous 19 games – heading into Sunday’s showdown against the host Ottawa Senators. But the veteran sniper showed that patience, both from game-to-game and minute-to-minute on the ice, is a virtue that eventually gets rewarded.

Vrbata, who’d found the back of the net only once since Nov. 23, took a nice pass from teammate Ryan Stanton at center ice and broke in on Sens goalie Craig Anderson with just one Ottawa defenseman between them. The 33-year-old former Coyotes mainstay could’ve passed to another Canuck, but he found that holding onto the puck, getting Anderson to bite on an attempted poke check, and deftly twisting around him and scoring the first goal of the game was a better plan: Read more

Tyler Ennis scores leaping, spinning backhand Goal of the Year candidate

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Sure, this call by Rick Jeanneret is great – aren’t they all? – but the goal by Buffalo’s Tyler Ennis is next-level hockey wizardry.

Where do you start with a goal like this? Not only does Ennis use his speed to burst by Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin, he then drives the net, leaps over the pad of goaltender Carey Price, spins, falls, and puts the puck into the net on the backhand. No amount of words could do it justice: Read more

The ascent of Filip Forsberg continues, as blossoming Predators rookie scores another game-winnner

Filip Forsberg (Getty Images)

Since the Nashville Predators’ first season in 1998-99, they’ve lacked the type of elite young player capable of coming up big at key moments on a regular basis. But with every game rookie left winger Filip Forsberg plays – including the one the 20-year-old Swede played Thursday night against Edmonton – those days appear to be at an end.

Acquired in a trade with Washington for veteran Martin Erat that grows more infamous by the hour, Forsberg did what he had to do in a low-scoring game against the visiting Oilers, scoring the only goal in overtime to give Nashville its third straight win and an impressive 15-5-2 record:
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Once again, Alex Ovechkin does what he does best – score eye-popping goals

Alex Ovechkin (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin has built a mile-long list of highlight reel goals – and he added some more footage to the collection with a dazzling, nearly end-to-end rush against the Colorado Avalanche Thursday that was the deciding marker in a 3-2 Washington victory.

The Caps’ captain picked up the puck at his own blueline, swiftly carried it down the ice, deked Avs defenseman Jan Hejda and tried to fire the puck on his backhand at Colorado goalie Reto Berra; the puck went past the net, but it rebounded right back to him, and Ovechkin made no mistake from close range on his forehand, even at a difficult angle and Hejda on his heels: Read more

Jarret Stoll thought he scored on Kari Lehtonen. Jarret Stoll was wrong

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Kari Lehtonen (Getty Images)

Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen hasn’t had the best beginning to the season, but if he continues making unbelievable saves like the one he made on Kings center Jarret Stoll Thursday, Stars fans are going to forget his slow start.

With his Stars up 2-0 early in the second period against the host Kings, Lehtonen had to deal with a flurry of activity in front of his net: L.A. left winger Kyle Clifford fired the puck toward Lehtonen; Kings right winger Trevor Lewis tried to bat the puck past him before knocking it over to Stoll, who likely thought he had an easy goal given how much wide-open net he was staring at. But because Lehtonen still had something to say about it, this happened: Read more

Highlight of the Night: Marian Hossa does it all himself with a wraparound goal against the Predators

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Chicago Blackhawk Marian Hossa scores on the wraparound

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how good Marian Hossa is because he plays behind guys like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on the Chicago Blackhawks.

But Hossa is really good, as he showed last night when he went coast-to-coast and beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne on a wraparound.

Hossa makes everyone look like they’re moving in slow motion as he darts into the zone, skirts the two Nashville defenders and comes out behind the net.

Then he tosses the puck at Rinne and it goes in.

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