For over four years, we have been reporting on the best hockey beard ever. The Ovechkin Beard Guy, who also has an actual name, Eric Brooks, has been shaping his chin folicles in support of the Caps for what seems like forever now.
Tonight, the Ovechkin Beard Guy will have a new design on display and you’re going to love it.
Tonight the Caps will return to west coast time and your personal bedtime will suffer.
Their opponent is the Colorado Avalanche and based on the league standings this is the worst team in the league. The Capitals based on league standings just so happen to be the very best team in the league. We have a worst vs. first matchup on our hands ladies and gentlemen.
Puck drop is at 10 PM on CSN.
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Washington Capitals||50-17-8||53.0%||103.2||22.7% (3rd)||84.5% (7th)|
|Colorado Avalanche||20-52-3||46.1%||96.9||12.6% (30th)||76.9% (28th)|
Back on March 8, the NHL general managers met in Florida to discuss several topics, one that involved the decision not to make each team’s protected list for the Vegas Golden Knights’ expansion draft public in June.
On Wednesday, the NHL Public Relations team announced that the protected and available list will be made public among their distribution to the teams on a to be determined date.
Our favorite controversial cutie, Tom Wilson turned 23-years old today. That birthday would not go unnoticed by his teammate Andre Burakovsky, especially after what happened during Burakovsky’s birthday.
“Happy Birthday to this little nugget,” tweeted Burakovsky while he attached a photo of what looks like Wilson in grade school. I’m not sure how or why Burakovsky possess this photo, but we are grateful that he does.
Tuesday night Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 17th career hat trick during the Caps’ 5-4 OT victory against the Minnesota Wild. With an abundance of Caps fans in attendance, a plethora of hats were tossed to the ice. Wednesday morning, the Capitals’ owner Ted Leonsis took to Twitter to make an announcement.
Alex Ovechkin notched his 17th career hat trick, TJ Oshie scored twice (including the game-winning goal), and Braden Holtby joined a great (and Evgeni Nabokov) in the history books. But it was Tom Wilson who made national headlines for pulling a Matt Bradley.
The notoriously and aggressively handsome enforcer went from a GQ model to looking like the star of a gory slasher film after fighting Wild forward Chris Stewart.
Tuesday night, the Capitals held on to beat the Minnesota Wild 5-4 in overtime to start a five-game road trip. The Caps just barely skirted by on this one, propped up almost entirely by special teams, Braden Holtby, and their top-line star power.
Alex Ovechkin had what was (surprisingly) his first ever three-PPG game and his 17th career hat trick. TJ Oshie continued to pressure the captain for the team lead in goals with two of his own (including the OT winner), and Nick Backstrom had yet another three-assist night.
Overall, this was a low-event game in terms of shot attempts. The two teams combined for only 60 shot attempts at five-on-five. The Caps alone produced 74 in their 2-1 win over Columbus. In the end, the Wild had the better of possession, with 38 five-on-five shot attempts to just 22 by the Caps.
Since the Capitals went on their bye week, their once insurmountable lead in the standings has disappeared. But as the Metropolitan’s contenders have bottlenecked, the Capitals have found their groove again, winning five consecutive games.
Tuesday in Minnesota, TJ Oshie rescued the team from a potential late-game collapse, one-timing a puck past Devan Dubnyk in three-on-three overtime for the 5-4 win. The Caps now hold a three-point lead over Columbus and a five-point lead over Pittsburgh for the Metropolitan Division crown.
Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby accomplished a bit of history on Tuesday night.
After posting 26 saves against the Minnesota Wild, the Holtbeast tallied his 40th win of the season. That’s significant because Holtby became the sixth goaltender ever to have three career 40-win seasons. He also became the third goaltender of all-time to post three consecutive 40-win seasons.
Holtby is now in the company of Martin Brodeur (2005-08) and Evgeni Nabokov (2007-10). (Okay, well at least the Marty comparison is impressive.)
For some reason, the Minnesota Wild decided to leave Alex Ovechkin wide open for most of the night. You know what happened next.
The Russian machine tallied his 17th career hat trick against former bench boss Bruce Boudreau. All three of Ovechkin’s goals were scored on the power play from his office. With a heavy contingent of Caps fans in attendance (including the Caps Road Crew), hats were actually thrown on the ice.
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