As you already know, Comcast Sportsnet is the exclusive rights holder of Capitals television telecasts. What you might not know is that they hold the same rights for all Philadelphia Flyers broadcasts as well. Both of these CSN outlets have their own Twitter accounts and, boy, were they busy today.
Through 40 minutes, the Capitals led the Philadelphia Flyers by only one goal. That’s unusual for the Caps of late, as they have been running roughshod over teams during their nine-game winning streak. That would change fast in the third period and the CSN Capitals Twitter account let their sister station, know all about it.
The Washington Capitals defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-0 at Verizon Center on Sunday. Not only did the victory vault the Capitals into first place of the Metro and NHL (again), it also marked the franchise’s 1,500th win.
The University of Denver’s hockey team, who features Team USA World Junior Championship hero Troy Terry, had an important game against Western Michigan, Friday night.
But preparation for the huge matchup got off to a rocky start when the team arrived to Kalamazoo on Thursday for practice. The team’s morning flight didn’t have enough room for all the gear so the hockey sticks were left behind.
Head Coach Jim Montgomery decided to have practice anyway. It was a site to behold.
Ahead of their 1pm matinee against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Capitals made a somewhat surprising recall Saturday afternoon. The Caps promoted center Chandler Stephenson from AHL Hershey.
Unless one of the Caps players is nursing an unknown injury, Stephenson is likely up to provide insurance for the Capitals ahead of their three-game road trip this week. The Caps also play in back-to-back games Sunday (Flyers) and Monday (at Pittsburgh). The Capitals have had 12 forwards on their roster since TJ Oshie returned from injury Wednesday against the Pens.
Last season, Stephenson played nine games in Washington. This is his first call-up since last October. Stephenson has been hot in Hershey lately, tallying seven points in his last eight games (two goals and five assists).
Friday night before the opening face-off, Ted Leonsis was greeting Capitals fans outside his Owner’s Box. After meeting one particularly charming young gentleman, Leonsis gave the tot’s entire family four lower bowl tickets. The family was originally set to sit three rows from the very top of Verizon Center.
Noted Caps killer, long-time Southeast Division foe, and all-around great person and hockey player, Martin St. Louis, had his #26 jersey retired by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Saturday night. St. Louis spent thirteen seasons in Tampa Bay, leading the franchise to its first Stanley Cup in 2004. St. Louis was named the league’s MVP once (2003-04) and led the league in scoring twice, taking home the Art Ross Trophy after the 2003–04 and 2012–13 seasons.
St. Louis retired after the 2014-15 NHL season with 391 career goals and 1,033 points.
The Washington Capitals won their eighth-straight game Friday night. Not only did the 6-0 victory vault Braden Holtby to the top of the shutouts leaderboard, it also pushed the Caps to first place in the Metropolitan Divsion and the entire NHL.
By playing a shift in Friday’s matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks, Karl Alzner became the third defenseman since 1944 to play in 500-straight games. Considering how physical hockey is and how demanding an 82-game schedule can be, this is an impressive milestone. And the congratulations have been pouring in.
Baseball Hall of Famer and owner of the longest consecutive games streak, Cal Ripken, Jr., congratulated Karl in a tribute video made by the team.
Cincinnati-based RMNB reader, Joshua R., traveled to Washington DC this weekend to see the Caps’ two games at Verizon Center. And he brought along a wonderful sign. Cutting out three of RMNB’s signature beagle.jpg’s, Joshua created a scene of hockey-playing beagles with headline text that read Believe in Beagle.
Joshua Believed in Beagle, and Human Jay Beagle must have felt that love. 6:04 into the first period, Beags scored, giving the Caps a 1-0 lead.
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