This afternoon, I was bored in my room and listening to Spotify. Suddenly, I became curious. I wonder, I said to myself, if someone has made an NHL Games soundtrack? I searched and boy, did I hit the gold mine. Thanks, Spotify user 1220377681.
Any hardcore fans of EA Sports’ NHL video game series will love this collection of music. From terrible bands like Fall Out Boy and Papa Roach to even worse bands like Darude and Nickelback, this playlist has it all and is a glorious nostalgia trip.
Photo: Caps Outsider
I asked Caps fans to submit their favorite pump-up/psych-up songs for tonight’s game. What you came up with was inspiring, diverse, disturbing, and flat-out wrong. There’s local flavor, arena-rock staples, jock jams, enrique, and some off-the-wall stuff that’s growing on me.
Here’s five hours of tunes to get your blood moving before puck drop tonight. Turn it up.
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With a few bright exceptions, there is a dearth of hockey chat on sports talk radio in the area. The Caps are aiming to change that with Caps Radio, a daily two-hour block of puck talk hosted by your boy John Walton. On Monday, our own Pat Holden guested on the program.
Yesterday, Holden discussed the Caps’ recent glut of one-goal games and what that may portend for postseason fortunes. He also hit on the value of Mike Richards and the fourth line. Audio is below. Give it a listen.
Late in overtime, the Washington Capitals had a chance to end the game when the Anaheim Ducks took a too-many-men penalty. It gave the Caps a four-on-three power play, which they frittered away 16 seconds later when TJ Oshie closed his hand on the puck.
On the live telecast, you could see Caps captain Alex Ovechkin protesting the delay of game penalty by standing directly in front of official Gord Dwyer who was trying to announce the call. Dwyer seemed testy, waving his arms around all willy nilly at Ovechkin, but it was nothing too out of the ordinary.
Yesterday, we posted a video from Julianne Hough that showed her fiancé, Capitals forward Brooks Laich, singing an elaborate greeting. “Hello, beautiful,” Laich sang. “Good morning, good morning, my love. Good morning, my girl. Good morning, my fiancée. Good morning, beautiful.”
“If that doesn’t put a smile on your face…,” Hough captioned the video, with a heart-eyes emoji. Oh, it did, Julianne. It definitely did. And apparently, it gave a smile and then some for one our our more technology-savvy RMNB readers.
So, um, this is amazing.
First: some context! The Patrick family is one of the most famous families in hockey history. Lynn, Lester, Frank, and Craig Patrick are all in the Hall of Fame. Dick Patrick is the Capitals’ President of Operations.
One little known fact is that Dick’s nephew Steve is making a huge name for himself outside of hockey. Steve Patrick drums for the rock band Young Rising Sons, who had maybe one of the bigger rock singles of 2014 with “High.” You’ve likely heard it before in commercials or on the radio. It’s catchy as hell. They are releasing their first full length album in the fall with Interscope Records.
On Monday morning, after reading our story about Paige Hockman and her best friend Reagan Flemming (who tragically died of cancer this past March), Steve and lead singer Andy Tongren reached out to us. Inspired by the whole story, they graciously recorded an acoustic version of “How Do I Live” in their Caps jerseys. The song was first made famous by country singers LeAnn Rimes, Trisha Yearwood, and me on Twitter whenever I over-dramatically tweet about missing Filip Forsberg.
Alex Ovechkin and the Fantasy Draft is always a fun combination. Ian covered the hell out of it earlier. I’m just here to add some audio because the people demanded it.
can someone make this into a ringtone for me pls http://t.co/xrOYHGYPix
— Sarah COLDnors (@sarah_connors) January 24, 2015
I’m on it.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 39 of 41 Caps shots on Thursday night to give his Columbus Blue Jackets a much-needed win in enemy territory. As your boy JP pointed out, the Capitals fired 18 shots on Bob during the power play alone but got rewarded for just one. It was a huge performance for the Lumbus backstop, a stolen win that deserves celebration– despite how much it hurts us as Caps fans.
And no one is better at celebrating Bobrovsky than Jay Onrait of Fox Sports 1. You’re off the case, Bobrovsky!
Who are these people?
This Washington Capitals team features two prominent foreign rookies: Swede Andre Burakovsky and Russian Evgeny Kuznetsov. You’d think these names are not that hard to pronounce, but I guess not. Television people butchered them last week.
Our first offender is ABC 7’s Tim Brant, who is a cool dude, but must now get a timeout.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored his first goal of the preseason. It is literally exactly how you’d imagine it.
Powerplay goal? Check.
At or near the left circle? Check.
The goalie knew it was coming and still couldn’t stop it? Check.
Look at this ish.
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