Sunday, the Washington Capitals spent their off day together in New York City ahead of their game Tuesday night against the Rangers. The Capitals visited a firehouse in Chelsea, Manhattan, and also took a boat tour, zooming around the Statue of Liberty.
Caps captain Alex Ovechkin also dabbled with the panda Snapchat filter with his wife Nastya. It was truly a good look.
Some hockey fights are gentlemanly and mutually agreed upon, like when Brooks Orpik dropped the gloves with Steve Ott. Then there are others that are violent, chaotic, and replicas of a title fight during WWE Extreme Rules where falls count anywhere.
The latter occurred last night in the AHL. After an on-ice line brawl broke out at the end of the third period, the Wolves’ Vince Dunn and the Wild’s Kurtis Gabriel continued their fight in the tunnel on the way to the locker room.
Alex Ovechkin recorded no shots on goal in the Capitals’ 5-2 loss to the Predators on Saturday night. It was the third time this month that he didn’t put a single shot on net. That wouldn’t be a remarkable feat for a normal player, but Alex Ovechkin is not a normal player.
The Hockey Gods must be mad at the Vancouver Canucks because they came back from their bye week with the worst surprise ever. Defenseman Troy Stecher felt sick and was diagnosed with the mumps.
Since then, four other Canucks players — Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput, and Markus Granlund — have shown symptoms of the virus and have been quarantined. The Canucks have been working with the Vancouver Health Authority, the NHL, NHLPA, and the BC Centre for Disease Control to minimize the spread of the illness.
Tom Wilson was involved in a scary moment during the third period, where the back of his head was potentially sliced open by a skate.
Several shifts later, after getting repairs from Capitals Head Athletic Trainer Greg Smith, Wilson dropped the gloves with Mr. Carrie Underwood himself, Mike Fisher.
What a violent and tough gentleman.
The Caps traveled to Nashville where Rain is a Good Thing, especially when it’s raining hats on the head of Filip Forsberg at the rate it has been lately. The Swedish forward made sure to break more Caps fan hearts on Saturday.
Roman Josi wouldn’t let the Preds go down Without a Fight, tying the game at one early in the second after some pretty awful defensive zone coverage that made me Lose My Mind. Aw Naw, Filip Forsberg scored to make it 2-1 and then Mike Fisher sent us looking for Beer Money after his slam dunk goal made it 3-1.
A comeback spurring goal is always good Til It’s Gone as Alex Ovechkin found out when his third period tally was washed out after review for being offside. Roman Josi then called game Over with a power play tally to make it 4-1. May We All be more like Evgeny Kuznetsov who made it 4-2 late.
Viktor Arvidsson Kissed You Good Night with an empty netter.
Predators beat Caps 5-2.
Today he scored again. Forsberg now has seven goals in his last three games.
In the battle between two talented Capitals’ first-round picks from 2012, it was Tom Wilson who scored before Filip Forsberg (six goals in his last two games).
Willy Baby has goals in two straight games, you guys.
The Capitals are beat up, but they managed a win over the Oilers in a fun one on Friday. There is no rest for the weary though, as the Caps have an early evening date with the Preds, who are barely holding on to a wild card playoff spot.
Game’s at 5 PM on CSN. There, I managed to get through the introduction without mentioning Filip Forsberg and his back-to-back hat tricks. Wait. Dammit.
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