On Monday, TJ Oshie was reunited with his Wish Kid, eight-year-old Addy Flint, during Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic’s Wish Upon a Par charity event organized by Erin Orpik. TJ and Addy first met in November when the Capitals hosted Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night. The two have remained close friends ever since.
On Monday, we gave Addy an opportunity to interview TJ and it turned out about as adorable as you could imagine.
The Nashville Predators played the Calgary Flames Tuesday night and boy was it a weird game. Former Capitals prospect Filip Forsberg scored a hat trick on Flames goalie Brian Elliott. Forsberg scored on all three of his second period shots, which gave him his third career hatty. We can hear all of you groaning from here.
But the real news was who Forsberg accomplished this feat in front of: country-music legend Billy Ray Cyrus.
Nearly all NHL teams have succumbed to this developing trend, which has been nicknamed by media as the “bye-week curse.” 16 of 20 NHL franchises (including the Caps) have lost their first post-bye game, posting a meek 4-12-4 record. This might explain why on Tuesday, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly discussed new changes to bye weeks that the NHL hopes to implement next season.
As you probably know, the Toronto Maple Leafs placed former Capital Brooks Laich on waivers at the very beginning of this season. The Leafs then ultimately made the decision to demote him to their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.
Laich’s career with the Marlies started strange. The team played their first two regular season games and Laich did not play in either. I surmised that he was probably not happy with his demotion and now a few months later we have more evidence to back that up.
Tuesday morning the Capitals announced that they have called up forward Travis Boyd from AHL affiliate Hershey Bears. This is Boyd’s very first NHL call-up in his second season playing with the Bears.
In 53 games with Hershey this year, Boyd has registered 43 points (11 goals and 32 assists), good enough for second on the team in points. He recently represented the team in the AHL All-Star Game along with teammate Chris Bourque.
At the end of Development Camp last summer, Barry Trotz promised Boyd an opportunity to make the Capitals out of Training Camp. Nearly six months later, Boyd has finally earned a look from the big-league team.
The St. Louis Blues aren’t exactly having the easiest year, especially with the recent firing of their head coach, Ken Hitchcock. But even though the team might be struggling, Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko made sure to create a great moment for a big fan on her birthday. Tarasenko surprised 11-year-old Arianna Dougan with a trip for two on the team’s charter for a two-game road trip to Arizona and Colorado. Tarasenko won the trip during the Blues’ live auction Casino Night. Tarasenko first met Arianna last November.
Dougan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma (a type of childhood cancer) when she was only three. After relapsing four times, Arianna’s mom told NHL.com that she is close to being cancer free once again.
Two tough beats over the weekend have done little to quell the good feelings surrounding the Washington Capitals. Last week it was Chris “Freakshow” Meloni rocking a Caps hat. Today it’s the DC progressive metal band Periphery, who are currently on tour in Japan. Good hometown boys done good, they’re rocking Caps gear while traveling abroad.
Capitals goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov blanked Traktor Chelyabinsk in a 1-0 shootout win on Friday night, closing out the regular season for Magnitogorsk. Samsonov made 31 saves over 65 minutes of regulation and overtime, and stoned two out of Traktor’s three shooters in the shootout.
Early in the game, Metallurg was off to a slow start. Samsonov possessed the necessary mix of skill and luck to prevent what easily could have been a 3-0 Traktor lead by the start of the second.
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