Five games into the regular season, the Washington Capitals have accumulated seven out of a possible 10 standings points. On Monday, Head Coach Barry Trotz subtlety changed the lines to try and create more offense.
Andre Burakovsky has been bumped to the top line along with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin while TJ Oshie has been shifted down to the team’s second line with Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson.
Sunday night, Capitals players held their annual Halloween Party at the Mari Vanna restaurant in Washington DC. The costumes were fantastic.
Superstar Alex Ovechkin slicked back his hair and put on a prisoner costume. His wife Nastya, who I’m guessing was his captor, dressed up as a police officer, potentially giving us an inside look into who truly wears the pants in that relationship. Meanwhile #CapsNeighbors Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky dressed up as stepbrothers and TJ Oshie and his wife Lauren were Mr. and Mrs Smith… with a twist.
Check out all the costumes below.
The last few weeks have not been good for former Capitals forward Brooks Laich.
Laich’s season started with a painful surprise: he was waived and sent down to the minors by the Toronto Maple Leafs. After consecutive scratches in the AHL, Laich’s status and desire to continue playing became a mystery in the media. “We’re talking with him, talking with the Leafs as well,” Marlies’ Head Coach Sheldon Keefe said to TSN’s Kristen Shilton on Thursday. “We’ll make the decision on what’s the right situation for him, what’s the right situation for us.”
Apparently that decision was more hockey. Laich suited up in his first game for the Marlies Friday night, posting a shot on goal as the team’s fourth-line center. One SB Nation writer described Laich’s performance as “largely unnoticeable.” Saturday night against the Manitoba Moose, Laich was noticeable and in a good way. The 33-year-old center scored his first AHL goal since December 11, 2005. It was his 40th career goal in the AHL.
The Washington Capitals hosted a pregame ceremony Saturday for longtime NHL Official Kelly Sutherland. The 45-year-old Sutherland was officiating in his 1000th career game.
Sutherland began his NHL career on December 19, 2000, when the Los Angeles Kings hosted the Atlanta Thrashers. The Richmond, British Columbia native has officiated 79 playoff games and three Stanley Cup Finals since then.
Both the Rangers and the Capitals presented Sutherland with gifts before his milestone game. Sutherland’s mother was in tears.
As you may know back on October 9th, the Toronto Maple Leafs placed former long-time Capital Brooks Laich on waivers. Laich cleared, but remained with the team until two days later when the Leafs ultimately made the decision to demote him to their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.
The Toronto Marlies have played two regular season games since then and Laich has dressed for neither. So what gives?
Days after registering his first career NHL hat trick, Mike Green hosted a Q&A on the Detroit Red Wings’s Twitter account. Greenie didn’t answer our awesome question, but he did take time to respond to such important queries like What’s your favorite color? and Have you ever thought of changing your name to Mike Red?
Green was also asked one of the most controversial questions of all time, “Is a hot dog was a sandwich?” Green responded, short and to the point, “No.” But Mike, it’s meat and it’s on a bun. Of course it’s a sandwich. The freaking dictionary defines it as a sandwich. It’s a sandwich.
While Jaromir Jagr got all the headlines Thursday after scoring his 750th career goal, Alex Ovechkin quietly made some history of his own. In the third period, Ovechkin deflected a Matt Niskanen point shot past Roberto Luongo. The goal gave the Caps a 3-2 lead. After Marcus Johansson added an insurance goal late, the Caps defeated the Panthers 4-2.
Ovechkin’s goal would stand up as the game winner.
In the third period, Caps forward Daniel Winnik blocked a shot with the side of his head.
Winnik writhed in pain on the ice before going down to the locker room. He returned several minutes later and we all assumed he was okay.
He was not. According to Barry Trotz, Winnik lost a part of his ear.
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