On November 25, 2015, In Podcast, By Peter Hassett
Ian and Pat joined me on Tuesday night to discuss the 2015-16 Washington Capitals, who, with twenty games in the books, look like a very special team indeed. Special guest Dimitri Filipovic of The Hockey PDOcast joined us to spit hot fire about Tom Wilson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and more.
Plus, we reveal things about Chandler Stephenson you may not know and discuss our favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.
Begging for a follow is a hallmark of social media. Capitals forward Brooks Laich already has a big online fanbase (being engaged to a Hollywood superstar has probably helped), but he’s not excepted from those requests.
Tom Wilson and Michael Latta, who have gained notoriety of their own thanks to their off-ice hijinks) took follow-begging one step further by doing so in the comments of Laich’s own Instagram post.
We all know hockey is serious business. But sometimes after a tough skate, you need to have a little fun, especially if it’s with your family. After practice at Kettler, Jay Beagle stayed behind with his young son Brandt to do a little skating and to help Baby Beags practice his hockey moves.
Brandt was wearing a very special pair of ice skates for his second ever time hitting the ice: They were also worn by Jay and Grandpa Beagle when they were kids!
Something amazing happened Monday after the Capitals morning skate, and you need to see it right this very minute. Alex Ovechkin walked out of Kettler Capitals Iceplex cradling a giant bobblehead of Alex Ovechkin.
Midway through the third period of Monday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, Dmitry Orlov turned the puck over at center ice and started a wild chain of events. The Capitals, in the middle of a shift change, watched helplessly as Oilers’ stars Nail Yakupov and Taylor Hall raced in alone on Braden Holtby.
But the Oilers didn’t score! Or even get a shot off. Hall fumbled Yakupov’s pass and as the Oilers regained possession of the puck, Karl Alzner— playing man-to-man defense against Teddy Purcell — blocked a shot from the point with his shin pads.
The puck squirted to center ice and sprung Alzner, he of 14 career NHL goals, on a semi-breakaway.
The Capitals were dramatically outplayed Monday night against the Edmonton Oilers. Nevertheless, they won, thanks almost entirely to Braden Holtby‘s 33 save shutout.
“I think the guys had a lot more to do with this one than it looked,” Holtby told reporters after the game. He was, it seems, the only member of the Capitals who thought that. In scrum after scrum, Holtby’s teammates lauded his performance, which was highlighted by a stunning save on Eric Gryba to keep the game scoreless in the third period.
“You’ll be seeing the replays of the save probably the rest of the year if you missed it,” said Tom Wilson, who assisted on the game’s only goal, a late third period strike from Dmitry Orlov. “He’s unbelievable. Honestly, we lose that game if he’s not in the net. If we have any other goalie in the league playing that game, we don’t win this hockey game.”
On November 23, 2015, In Highlights, By Patrick Holden
Around the 14 minute mark of the first period, Jay Beagle was knocked to the ice and seemed a bit stunned as he got up. It went undetected by most, but the reason Beagle was so stunned was that he was elbowed in the face by Lauri Korpikoski who, by the way is a terrible hockey player.