It’s already felt like way too long of a summer and the NHL playoffs aren’t even over yet. Thankfully for Caps fans, they can pass the time by endlessly perusing through players’ Instagram photos to see who Tom Wilson and Michael Latta have chirped lately.
It’s been a couple weeks since Nick Bonino of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored in overtime to eliminate the Washington Capitals from the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The second round series was an epic battle between the hottest team in the league, the Penguins, and the team with the best record in the NHL, the Capitals.
Over the six-game series, the Penguins netted just one more goal than the Caps, outscoring them 16-15. Three of the games went to overtime. If a few more bounces went the Capitals’ way, they could have been getting ready to host Game One of the Stanley Cup Final right now.
Photo: Hershey Bears
The Hershey Bears just disposed of the Toronto Marlies in five games, earning their first trip to the Calder Cup Finals since 2010. The chocolate and white will play the Columbus Blue Jackets’ AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters (who has hockey’s hottest new tradition) in the championship series beginning Wednesday.
The Bears jumped out to a 3-0 lead, scoring two goals in the first 2:13 of the second period. The Marlies chipped away and made it close, scoring once in the second period and then a second time midway through the third period. But the Bears would hold on, with NHL veteran Justin Peters making 21 saves.
Last week, Washington Capitals PA announcer Wes Johnson traded his mic in for a role in the sitcom pilot Bennie’s Gym. 86-year-old Ed Asner, who has won more Emmy Awards than any other male actor (seven, including five for the role of Lou Grant), was also in the cast and plays the owner. The filming took place in Columbia, Maryland, near route 175.
During the day, Johnson, who has been with the Capitals for nearly two decades, is a talented voiceover artist and actor. Johnson has had roles in Veep (emmy-award winning HBO comedy), John Waters’ “A Dirty Shame,” and “Head of State” with Chris Rock. He’s also recently filmed a national TV commercial for VISA with Ray Lewis and has done voices for popular video games such as Fallout 3 & 4, Elder Scrolls (Sherogorath ftw), Skyrim, Oblivion, and Star Trek.
Former Capital Brooks Laich recently went on a safari, and Alex Ovechkin cut a rug in Mother Russia. Now via Lauren Oshie’s Instagram, we know what TJ Oshie’s and Karl Alzner’s families have been up to.
Last weekend, the two teammates took their families to Disney World. While Oshie and Alzner are literally the opposites on the ice, off of it they both have laid back, kind personalities. And it appears their tiny, adorable children, Lyla Oshie and Stella Alzner, have become inseparable.
Just check out the photos and you’ll see what I mean.
Oh, hell yes. Today we get to review the season of that Brodeur-tyin’, Lindsay-finalizin’, Vezina-prolly-winnin’, all-star-playin’, world-cup-team-makin’, playoff-save-percentage-dominatin’, franchise-record-holdin’ bad ass Braden Holtby.
Photo: Gregory Shamus
Former Capitals Eric Fehr and Steve Oleksy have just punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals. They will play Joel Ward’s San Jose Sharks.
Their new team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, became Eastern Conference Champions Thursday after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 at CONSOL Energy Center. Bryan Rust scored both goals, including the game winner.
Ex-Capitals teammates Joel Ward and Troy Brouwer met in this year’s Western Conference Finals with their new teams, the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues, respectively. Ward, clutch af as always, got the best of the matchup with four big goals in Games Five and Six.
In the handshake line after the Shark’s series victory, Ward and Brouwer shared a tender moment.
2015-16 marked Philipp Grubauer’s first season as a bona fide NHL goaltender. Last season, Grubauer played almost exclusively in the AHL, appearing in just one game for the Caps. Yet, his strong performance in both leagues, coupled with Justin Peters’ unsatisfactory play, set the stage for Grubauer to play second fiddle to Holtby. (This is a good thing.)
Nine days ago, Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan lamented the loss of Joel Ward during his season-ending press conference.
“I mean, you know, we miss Ward. Joel Ward — he’s the kind of guy we needed in the playoffs,” MacLellan said. “You know, you make changes, and he’s a guy that we wanted back and we didn’t get back. We missed that skill set.”
Wednesday night, the Big Cheese punched his ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals with his new team, the San Jose Sharks. And he was clutch af.