As you may have heard, Dmitry Orlov laid a massive hip check on the Avalanche’s Matt Duchene Tuesday night, sending the center flying through the air. In fact, Duchene completed a full flip.
The entire hockey community was excited by Orlov’s clean hit except for one person: Matt Duchene.
The 2015-16 Washington Capitals were terrific. They soared with a great power play, the league’s best goal-scorer, some talented young players, and the best record in the land. But the shining star of that team was the fella in net, Vezina winner Braden Holtby.
Before Tuesday’s game — a game in which Holtby’s back-up recorded his first big-league shutout– the Washington Capitals and their fans finally got to thank Holtby for a very special season.
During the World Cup of Hockey, Braden Holtby rocked a tribute mask painted to honor Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie. Earlier in the year, the Canadian icon was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a terminal brain tumor. During the tournament, Holtby decided to auction off the mask to raise money for two of Downie’s most treasured charities.
On Tuesday, the NHLPA announced that Holtby’s mask, which he commissioned himself, raised $21,650 (or $28,380.88 if you convert the US money into Canadian dollars).
The money will benefit the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research and the Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation.
“Like so many others, I have been truly inspired by the courage Gord Downie has shown, and I was very appreciative that he embraced the design of my Team Canada goalie mask,” Holtby said in the release. “I am very proud to have been a part of supporting these two important funds in Mr. Downie’s honor, and I appreciate everyone’s help in making this auction a success.”
Former Capital Mike Green just scored his first career hat trick on a historic night. During the Red Wings final home opener at Joe Louis Arena, Green scored a goal in each period, notching his first three-point night since March 8 against the Columbus Blue Jackets (three assists).
Braden Holtby was Braden Holtbest last season. The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan product became the third Capitals goaltender to win the Vezina Trophy, joining Jim Carey (1995-96) and Olie Kolzig (1999-00). Holtby also tied Martin Brodeur’s single season win record of 48.
During a pregame ceremony before Washington’s game against the Avalanche on Tuesday, Holtby will given a gift from the Capitals while all fans in attendance will receive a Holtby banner. You know what would be cooler? A brick with Holtby’s face imprinted on it.
Beloved three-time WWE champion Daniel Bryan went to his first ever hockey game Sunday. Bryan flew to Brooklyn for the New York Islanders home opener against the Anaheim Ducks at Barclays Center. There was good reason.
Over the last two-plus seasons, the Islanders have celebrated wins by gathering at center ice, pointing their index fingers skyward, and pumping their arms up and down while the crowd chants “YES! YES! YES!”
Michael Latta may no longer be with the Washington Capitals, but Tom Wilson is continuing some of the duo’s strange traditions from last season.
Last year, you’ll recall that Wilson and Latta hit TJ Oshie in the buttocks with their sticks during warm-ups. The routine began towards the end of the season.
Well, you guys, video has emerged from Saturday’s Caps game of Wilson hitting Oshie in the rear again. Except this time, Wilson is much more gentle.
Saturday night, Alex Ovechkin made his way to Echostage shortly after the Capitals defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 at Verizon Center. Joined at the club by his wife Nastya Ovechkina and Caps forward Tom Wilson, the Russian machine actually went out on stage and dropped the beat for Dzeko and Torres in front of a capacity crowd. The Canadian DJ’s wore Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson jerseys during their set.
According to Twitter user @JhaviNation who was at the show, Ovechkin “came out for one song and actually put on headphones. Then he stayed on the stage.”
Nastya captured the moment when Ovi dropped the beat on Instagram.
School functions are cool, but Caps hockey is better – at least according to these young fans.
The Capitals tweeted out a photo of this fancy-looking couple after they came to the Caps home opener wearing a suit and dress. “We skipped Homecoming for this” read their pink and blue sign.
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