Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan met with the local media ahead of the team’s 12:30pm practice on Thursday. He said a lot.
Despite many of the Caps’ core young players due raises this summer, MacLellan said he is actively trying to re-sign first-line forward TJ Oshie.
We’ve seen some weird jersey fouls in our day. Some of us still wake in the middle of the night in a cold sweat haunted by the memory of Crochkin. But the thing about jersey fouls is they can always get weirder.
On Wednesday we learned of Sonia Kendall’s genuinely upsetting 43/83 mashup. It’s so weird. We had to know more.
On Wednesday night the Capitals beat the Flyers 4-1 in a tough, tight, bruising affair. There were multiple skirmishes and Matt Niskanen left the ice with a lower-body injury, but the Capitals played a controlled brand of hockey and kept a desperate Flyers team in check, getting back in the W column after falling to the bye week curse with back-to-back losses. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored twice, and Nicklas Backstrom continued to be red hot with a two-point night.
This game was neck-and-neck through 40 minutes, with five-on-five shot attempts tied at 35 a piece to start the third period. The Caps held back after their fourth goal, and shot attempts ended up at 54 to 46 in favor of the Flyers. Washington did a good job getting in lanes and blocking shots, as unblocked shot attempts were almost even at 36 to 35 for the Flyers.
Caps defenseman Matt Niskanen played 10 minutes, 20 seconds on Wednesday night — more than 12 minutes below his average. That’s because a nasty collision with Philadelphia’s Radko Gudas forced Niskanen out in the second period.
The Caps report Niskanen has suffered a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated on Thursday.
The evil geniuses at NBC Sports knew what they were getting when they secured the Capitals and Flyers for Rivalry Night. This was a nasty game, even if the Caps won it handily.
Nick Backstrom opened up the scoring with a rare call-his-own-number snipe, then Evgeny Kuznetsov did the same on the power play. The Flyers struck back with a Brayden Schenn goal from way outside. Things looked grim, but then Kuznetsov added an another with a tip-in by Radko Gudas. Alex Ovechkin woke up in the fourth, crashing the net to make it 4-1 with a final touch by TJ Oshie.
Caps beat Flyers 4-1! But man, was that ugly.
Nicklas Backstrom may lead all NHL players in points since January 1, but Evgeny Kuznetsov has been almost just as good during that same stretch.
After scoring twice against the Flyers Wednesday night, Kuznetsov now has nine goals in his last 15 games.
Nicklas Backstrom continued one of his greatest stretches of his career, tallying a goal in the first period against former teammate Michal Neuvirth.
It was Backstrom’s 18th goal of the season and his third in five games.
On Monday, TJ Oshie was reunited with his Wish Kid, eight-year-old Addy Flint, during Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic’s Wish Upon a Par charity event organized by Erin Orpik. TJ and Addy first met in November when the Capitals hosted Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night. The two have remained close friends ever since.
On Monday, we gave Addy an opportunity to interview TJ and it turned out about as adorable as you could imagine.
The Washington Capitals are still on the road and will be facing the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Wells Fargo Center.
Since the Flyers’ streak ended in December, the team has only won nine of 27 games. The Flyers are also three points out of the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot, so watch for them to be quite scrappy tonight as they fight to solidify a spot in the playoffs.
The only change up that Capitals fans will need to adjust to is switching Taylor Chorney in for Nate Schmidt. Chorney hasn’t played a game since the All-Star break.
Puck drop is at 8:00 PM on NBC for their rivalry night. What even is “rivalry night” anymore?
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Monday afternoon, Andre Burakovsky attended Wish Upon A Par, a charity event held at Topgolf. During the event’s meet-and-greet, I asked the injured Swede about his viral Uber incident that happened a week and a half before.
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