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2009–10 Washington Capitals season

The 2009–10 Washington Capitals season was the 36th season for the Washington Capitals in the National Hockey League (NHL). The season started with the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on June 26–27, with the Capitals holding the 24th selection in the draft.[1]

2009–10 Washington Capitals
Southeast Division champions
Division1st Southeast
Conference1st Eastern
2009–10 record54–15–13
Home record30–5–6
Road record24–10–7
Goals for315
Goals against229
Team information
General ManagerGeorge McPhee
CoachBruce Boudreau
CaptainChris Clark (Oct-Dec)
Vacant (28 Dec-5 Jan)
Alexander Ovechkin (Jan-Apr)
Alternate captainsMike Knuble
Alexander Ovechkin (Oct-Jan)
Tom Poti
ArenaVerizon Center
Average attendance18,277
Team leaders
GoalsAlexander Ovechkin (50)
AssistsNicklas Backstrom (68)
PointsAlexander Ovechkin (109)
Penalty minutesAlexander Ovechkin (87)
Plus/minusJeff Schultz (+48)
WinsJose Theodore (30)
Goals against averageSemyon Varlamov (2.54)

Contents

Pre-seasonEdit

# Date Opponent Score Location
1 September 17 Buffalo Sabres W 4-3 (OT) HSBC Arena
2 September 19 Chicago Blackhawks W 3-2 (OT) United Center
3 September 21 Buffalo Sabres L 1-2 Verizon Center
4 September 23 Chicago Blackhawks W 6-2 Verizon Center
5 September 24 New York Rangers L 2-3 Madison Square Garden
6 September 27 New York Rangers W 4-3 Verizon Center

Regular seasonEdit

On December 28, the Capitals traded away captain Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Jason Chimera. On January 5, Alexander Ovechkin was named the new team captain, the unanimous choice of his teammates.

From January 13 to February 7, 2010, Washington won 14 straight games.[2]

By finishing the regular season with 121 points in the standings, the Capitals became the first non-Original Six team to ever reach the 120-point plateau.

The Capitals finished the regular season in first place in scoring, with 313 goals (excluding five shootout-winning goals). This was the highest total by an NHL team since the 1995–96 season. Seven Washington players reached the 20-goal mark. The Capitals also scored the most power-play goals in the League, with 79, and had the best power-play percentage, at 25.24% (79 for 313).[3][4][5]

Divisional standingsEdit

Southeast Division[6]
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Washington Capitals 82 54 15 13 318 233 121
2 Atlanta Thrashers 82 35 34 13 234 256 83
3 Carolina Hurricanes 82 35 37 10 230 256 80
4 Tampa Bay Lightning 82 34 36 12 217 260 80
5 Florida Panthers 82 32 37 13 208 244 77

Conference standingsEdit

Eastern Conference[7]
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Washington Capitals SE 82 54 15 13 318 233 121
2 y – New Jersey Devils AT 82 48 27 7 222 191 103
3 y – Buffalo Sabres NE 82 45 27 10 235 207 100
4 Pittsburgh Penguins AT 82 47 28 7 257 237 101
5 Ottawa Senators NE 82 44 32 6 225 238 94
6 Boston Bruins NE 82 39 30 13 206 200 91
7 Philadelphia Flyers AT 82 41 35 6 236 225 88
8 Montreal Canadiens NE 82 39 33 10 217 223 88
8.5
9 New York Rangers AT 82 38 33 11 222 218 87
10 Atlanta Thrashers SE 82 35 34 13 234 256 83
11 Carolina Hurricanes SE 82 35 37 10 230 256 80
12 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 82 34 36 12 217 260 80
13 New York Islanders AT 82 34 37 11 222 264 79
14 Florida Panthers SE 82 32 37 13 208 244 77
15 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 82 30 38 14 214 267 74

bold – Qualified for playoffs; y – Won division; p – Won Presidents' Trophy (and division)

AT - Atlantic Division, NE - Northeast Division, SE - Southeast Division

Game logEdit

2009–10 Game Log

PlayoffsEdit

On March 11, the Capitals clinched the division title for the third consecutive season after also winning division titles in the 2007–08 and 2008–09 campaigns. The Capitals also clinched as the Eastern Conference regular season champions. On April 4, the Capitals won their first ever Presidents' Trophy award. The Capitals played the Montreal Canadiens in the opening round. The Canadiens won Game 1, 3–2 in overtime. The Capitals won the next three games to take a 3–1 series lead. The Canadiens won the next two games to tie the series at 3–3 and force a Game 7. In Game 7, the Canadiens took a 2–0 lead, which held up until the third period. The Capitals came close many times and outshot the Canadiens 42 to 16, but Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak kept them in the game, only allowing one goal. The Canadiens won the game 2–1 and eliminated the Capitals in the first round, considered one of the biggest playoff upsets in NHL history.

Key:      Win      Loss      Clinch Playoff Series      Eliminated from playoffs

2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Player statisticsEdit

SkatersEdit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/− = Plus/Minus; PIM = Penalty Minutes

GoaltendersEdit

Note: GP = Games Played; Min = Time On Ice (minutes); W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA= Goals Against Average; SA= Shots Against; SV= Saves; Sv% = Save Percentage; SO= Shutouts

Regular season
Player GP Min W L OT GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Jose Theodore 47 2586 30 7 7 121 2.81 1352 .911 1 0 2 0
Semyon Varlamov 26 1527 15 4 6 65 2.55 718 .909 2 0 1 0
Michal Neuvirth 17 872 9 4 0 40 2.75 464 .914 0 0 0 0
Playoffs
Player GP Min W L GA GAA SA Sv% SO G A PIM
Semyon Varlamov 6 349 3 3 14 2.41 153 .908 0 0 0 0
Jose Theodore 2 81 0 1 5 3.70 40 .875 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Capitals. Stats reflect time with the Capitals only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Alexander Ovechkin[8] NHL First Star of the Week October 5, 2009
Alexander Ovechkin[9] NHL Third Star of the Week October 19, 2009
Alexander Ovechkin[10] NHL Second Star of the Month October 2009
Nicklas Backstrom[11] NHL First Star of the Week December 7, 2009
Alexander Ovechkin[12] NHL First Star of the Week January 18, 2010
Alexander Ovechkin[13] NHL First Star of the Month January 2010
Nicklas Backstrom[14] NHL Third Star of the Week February 1, 2010
Alexander Ovechkin[15] NHL First Star of the Week February 8, 2010
Nicklas Backstrom[16] NHL Third Star of the Week February 8, 2010
Nicklas Backstrom[17] NHL Third Star of the Week April 12, 2010
Alexander Ovechkin[18] Ted Lindsay Award winner June 23, 2010
Jose Theodore[19] Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner June 23, 2010

TransactionsEdit

The Capitals have been involved in the following transactions during the 2009–10 season.

RosterEdit

Updated April 27, 2010.[56]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
27   Karl Alzner D L 30 2007 Burnaby, British Columbia
19   Nicklas Backstrom C L 31 2006 Gävle, Sweden
18   Eric Belanger C L 41 2010 Sherbrooke, Quebec
10   Matt Bradley RW R 40 2005 Stittsville, Ontario
74   John Carlson D R 29 2008 Natick, Massachusetts
25   Jason Chimera LW L 39 2009 Edmonton, Alberta
77   Joe Corvo D R 41 2010 Oak Park, Illinois
4   John Erskine D L 38 2006 Kingston, Ontario
16   Eric Fehr RW R 33 2003 Winkler, Manitoba
14   Tomas Fleischmann LW L 34 2004 Kopřivnice, Czechoslovakia
15   Boyd Gordon C R 35 2002 Unity, Saskatchewan
52   Mike Green D R 33 2004 Calgary, Alberta
23   Milan Jurcina   D L 35 2010 Liptovský Mikuláš, Czechoslovakia
22   Mike Knuble (A) RW R 46 2009 Toronto, Ontario
21   Brooks Laich C L 35 2004 Wawota, Saskatchewan
53   Quintin Laing LW L 39 2006 Harris, Saskatchewan
9   Brendan Morrison C L 43 2009 Pitt Meadows, British Columbia
26   Shaone Morrisonn D L 36 2004 Vancouver, British Columbia
8   Alexander Ovechkin (C) LW R 33 2004 Moscow, Soviet Union
3   Tom Poti (A) D L 42 2007 Worcester, Massachusetts
55   Jeff Schultz D L 33 2004 Calgary, Alberta
28   Alexander Semin LW R 35 2002 Krasnoyarsk, Soviet Union
89   Tyler Sloan D L 38 2008 Calgary, Alberta
39   Dave Steckel C L 37 2005 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
60   Jose Theodore G R 42 2008 Laval, Quebec
40   Semyon Varlamov G L 30 2006 Kuybyshev, Soviet Union
24   Scott Walker RW R 45 2010 Cambridge, Ontario

Draft picksEdit

The Capitals' picks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, in Montreal, Quebec on June 26–27, 2009.

Rnd Pick Player Nat Pos Team (league) NHL statistics
GP G A Pts PIM
1 24 Marcus Johansson   Sweden C Farjestads BK (SEL)
2 55 Dmitri Orlov   Russia D Metallurg Novokuznetsk (KHL)
3 85 Cody Eakin   Canada C Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
4 115 Patrick Wey   United States D Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
5 144 Brett Fleming   Canada D Mississauga St. Michael's Majors (OHL)
6 174 Garrett Michael   Canada RW Regina Pats (WHL)
7 204 Benjamin Casavant   Canada LW P.E.I. Rocket (QMJHL)

Farm teamsEdit

Hershey BearsEdit

The Capitals' American Hockey League affiliate will remain to be the Hershey Bears in the 2009–10 season.

South Carolina StingraysEdit

The South Carolina Stingrays remain Washington's ECHL affiliate for the 2009–10 season.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kimelman, Adam (2009-06-13). "Final order for Entry Draft set". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2009-06-16.
  2. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/WSH/2010_games.html
  3. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/WSH/2010.html
  4. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2010_games.html
  5. ^ https://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2010.html
  6. ^ "2009–2010 Standings by Division". National Hockey League.
  7. ^ "2009–2010 Standings by Conference". National Hockey League.
  8. ^ Ovechkin, Anderson and Tkachuk named NHL "Three Stars"
  9. ^ Bryzgalov, Anderson, Ovechkin named NHL "Three Stars" of the week
  10. ^ Anderson, Ovechkin, Bryzgalov named NHL 'Three Stars' for October
  11. ^ Backstrom, Weiss, Duchene named '3 Stars of Week'
  12. ^ Ovechkin, Mason and Latendresse named NHL's three stars of the week
  13. ^ Ovi, Henrik Sedin, Vokoun named January's best
  14. ^ Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan named NHL first star of the week with nine points
  15. ^ Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin once again named NHL first star of week
  16. ^ Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin once again named NHL first star of week
  17. ^ Crosby, Staal, Backstrom are NHL's Stars of the Week
  18. ^ Ovechkin Wins 3rd Consecutive NHLPA MVP
  19. ^ Jose Theodore Honored with Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
  20. ^ COYOTES ACQUIRE LEPISTO FROM WASHINGTON, HESHKA FROM VANCOUVER IN EXCHANGE FOR DRAFT PICKS
  21. ^ Capitals Trade Keith Seabrook to Calgary Flames
  22. ^ Capitals Acquire Jason Chimera from Columbus for Chris Clark, Milan Jurcina
  23. ^ Capitals Acquire Right Wing Scott Walker from Carolina
  24. ^ Capitals Acquire Center Eric Belanger from Minnesota
  25. ^ Capitals Acquire Defenseman Milan Jurcina from Columbus
  26. ^ Capitals Acquire Defenseman Joe Corvo from Carolina
  27. ^ Capitals Sign Center Jake Hauswirth
  28. ^ Jake Hauswirth - CapGeek
  29. ^ Capitals Sign Mike Knuble to Two-Year Contract
  30. ^ Caps Sign Brendan Morrison
  31. ^ Capitals Sign Defenseman Dustin Stevenson
  32. ^ Fedorov: "I Always Wanted to Play on the Same Team With My Brother"
  33. ^ 2009-10 Washington Capitals Preview
  34. ^ "Rangers agree to terms with Brashear". Archived from the original on 2009-07-04. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
  35. ^ Florida Panthers Sign RW Graham Mink
  36. ^ "Flames sign d-man Kronwall". Archived from the original on 2009-07-18. Retrieved 2009-07-25.
  37. ^ Pens Sign Goaltender Brent Johnson
  38. ^ Capitals Claim Chris Bourque off Waivers from Pittsburgh
  39. ^ Penguins Claim Forward Chris Bourque Off Waivers
  40. ^ Capitals Sign Center Anton Gustafsson Archived May 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  41. ^ "Capitals Re-Sign Left Wing Quintin Laing to One-Year Contract". Archived from the original on 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
  42. ^ "Capitals Sign Boyd Gordon". Archived from the original on 2009-07-19. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  43. ^ "Capitals Sign Shaone Morrisonn and Eric Fehr". Archived from the original on 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  44. ^ "Capitals Sign Shaone Morrisonn and Eric Fehr". Archived from the original on 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  45. ^ "Chris Bourque, Steve Pinizzotto and Kyle Wilson also signed for next year". Archived from the original on 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  46. ^ "Chris Bourque, Steve Pinizzotto and Kyle Wilson also signed for next year". Archived from the original on 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  47. ^ "Chris Bourque, Steve Pinizzotto and Kyle Wilson also signed for next year". Archived from the original on 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  48. ^ "Capitals Sign Jeff Schultz". Archived from the original on 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  49. ^ "Capitals Sign Milan Jurcina". Archived from the original on 2011-10-01. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  50. ^ Capitals Sign Center Cody Eakin
  51. ^ Caps Extend Forward Alexander Semin
  52. ^ Capitals Sign Tyler Sloan and David Steckel to Contract Extensions
  53. ^ Capitals Sign Tyler Sloan and David Steckel to Contract Extensions
  54. ^ Capitals Sign Keith Aucoin to Two-Year Contract Extension
  55. ^ Capitals Sign Right Wing Dmitry Kugryshev
  56. ^ "Capitals Roster". Washington Capitals. Retrieved 2010-04-27.

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