During the Caps game against the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night, Caps fans in attendance were treated to the newest Caps bobblehead, which they’ve dubbed the #BobbleBeast.
While Tom Wilson is still salty about losing the bobblehead election to Braden Holtby, penguin-hating Lucca Carlson seems just fine with the outcome. (more…)
Tuesday night, the Caps scored a goal against the Calgary Flames that the NHL credited as Kevin Shattenkirk’s first as a Washington Capital. We broke down the video like the Zapruder film and suggested that Nicklas Backstrom may have gotten a piece of it at the last second. Well, upon further review it seems the NHL is in agreement:
Please note NHL’s scoring change re #Caps third goal last night vs. Calgary. It should now read goal by Backstrom from Shattenkirk & Oshie
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) March 22, 2017
We’ll have to wait a little longer to see Shattenkirk’s first goal as a Washington Capital, but in the meantime we can bask in the glorious season that Backstrom is having.
On Thursday, March 23, the Capitals will host Russian Heritage Night at Verizon Center during their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Thursday will be one of many themed heritage nights the Caps have hosted this season.
During warm-ups prior to the game, Alex Ovechkin will don a special pair of Bauer Vapor 1X skates. The skates, designed by shoe artists Nick Avery and Polo Kerber, are a nod to Russia and the United States. One side features the US and Russian flags, and the other features two famous landmarks: St. Basil’s Cathedral in Ovi’s hometown of Moscow, and the Capitol building here in his hockey home here in Washington, DC. And they are pretty dang snazzy.
On Monday night, the Dallas Stars celebrated Military Appreciation Night as they hosted the San Jose Sharks. Like the Capitals did, the Stars presented the evening with special warm up jerseys and hats. The Stars went above and beyond, rappelling a dog down from the rafters during the first intermission. Dogs are the best.
Remember the mess that was the 2016 election? No, not the presidential election. We’re talking about the Caps bobblehead election.
After a dog-eat-dog fight to choose the Caps next bobblehead elect, Braden Holtby reigned supreme over Tom Wilson and Justin Williams (despite the fact that most of the Caps team, including the winner himself, voted for Justin Williams).
Months later, it seems that Wilson is still not over losing.
I was in Detroit, Michigan over the weekend to work with Dan Mannes, multimedia producer for the Detroit Red Wings. Dan had me on photo duty for the night. My job was to send off shots in between periods for the team to use on social media. I knew it would be great experience in quick photo turnaround, especially for an NHL game.
I did not know I’d be involved in an unlikely incident.
Saturday night, the planets all aligned for the Caps organization.
All three of the franchise’s teams played, including the Capitals’ two minor league affiliates: the Hershey Bears and the South Carolina Stingrays. Each team won their game and scored five or more goals to do so. All three teams also had a player tally a hat trick on the same night.
In Andre Burakovsky’s grand return to the lineup Saturday, the Swedish forward put seven shots on net and tallied an assist on Justin Williams’ third-period tally.
“It’s been a long time since my legs has been this good,” Burakovsky said to CSN Mid-Atlantic after the game. “I think I was flying. I was creating chances. Everything felt good.”
On the flight home, Burakovsky’s neighbor, Tom Wilson, saluted his longtime friend by posting something strange on social media.
With their win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night, the Washington Capitals have reached 100 standings points. More importantly, they have secured a playoff spot.
The Caps are going to the dance again. Stock up on Tums.
The Russian hockey world was rocked on Saturday by the sudden loss of Sergei Gimaev. Gimaev suffered a heart attack during the second period of “The Match of Legends,” an alumni game for former Soviet hockey players that took place earlier today in Tula, Russia.
Several Russian players in the Capitals’ organization, including Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov, and goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov, paid tribute to Gimaev on social media.
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