Tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin could reach the 1,000-point plateau on national television if he scores a goal or tallies a single assist. With that much pressure riding on his shoulders, you’d think the Russian machine would want to hide somewhere and keep to himself.
Instead, after noticing a fan who badly wanted to to meet him, Ovechkin went to the Kettler Capitals Iceplex gate, said hi to the girl, and signed autographs.
On December 29, I was at Verizon Center for the Washington Capitals’ 2-1 shootout loss against the New Jersey Devils. While neither the game or its result were what Caps fans wanted, those in Verizon Center were treated to a bit of a pick-me-up late in the third period.
Amidst the tension over the tie game and the end of regulation nearing, Baby by a 15-year-old Justin Bieber was suddenly booming through the loud speakers. It was already a bit of an odd choice for a hockey game, especially considering the song came out nearly seven years ago. But then I noticed that the song had been requested by Tom Wilson, Washington’s resident enforcer, and everything made sense.
Tuesday night, the Washington Wizards pulled out a thrilling 101-99 victory over the Chicago Bulls, and one popular Capitals player was there to cheer them on.
21-year-old left wing Andre Burakovsky had lower bowl seats to watch John Wall hit a game-winning jumper with five seconds left in the game.
TJ Oshie was held out of the Caps lineup Monday night against Montreal after suffering an injury Saturday against Ottawa. Oshie appeared to injure his left shoulder again as Senators defenseman Dion Phaneuf checked him in the neutral zone. Later, Phaneuf ended Oshie’s night for good after cross-checking him in the small of the back. Barry Trotz called the injury day-to-day. Oshie participated in the Capitals’ morning skate Monday, but did not play that night, allowing prospect Liam O’Brien to make his season debut.
Well it sure looks like Oshie will be returning to the lineup tomorrow night against Pittsburgh. The Capitals just announced on their off day that they have re-assigned forwards Paul Carey and O’Brien back to AHL Hershey.
The roster leaves the Capitals with 12 forwards on the roster. Unless the Caps make a corresponding roster move (or play Nate Schmidt at forward), Osh Babe is back, baby.
Tuesday afternoon, the NHL announced their All-Star Game rosters and two Capitals made the Metropolitan Division roster: Alex Ovechkin and Braden Holtby. The nomination is Ovechkin’s franchise-record eighth selection to the game (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17) and Holtby’s second (2015-16, 2016-17).
So far this season, Ovechkin has scored 19 goals, ranking him eighth in the NHL, while Holtby sits seventh in wins (19), third in save percentage (.931), and tied for first in shutouts (5).
Capitals’ Head Athletic Trainer Greg Smith also received a nod and was named the Eastern Conference’s athletic trainer.
This year’s All-Star Game will be held at Staples Center on Sunday, January 29.
Professional ass kicker Brock Lesnar was at MTS Center Monday night for the Winnipeg Jets’ 2-0 shutout win over the Calgary Flames. After the game, the former UFC heavyweight champion got a special tour of the Winnipeg Jets’ facilities from former Capital Mathieu Perreault.
And that’s where everything went wrong.
According to The Star Tribune’s Michael Russo, NHL teams will be ditching their alternate sweaters for the 2017-18 season, as Adidas takes over as the the NHL’s new official jersey outfitter from Reebok.
That means that the Caps will likely be waving goodbye to their current third-jersey throwbacks.
On Saturday night, the Capitals turned in a mediocre game against the Ottawa Senators. But who cares? They had Braden Holtby in net. Holtby made 30 saves to blank the Sens, just two days after the Lloydminster, Saskatchewan native helped break the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 16-game winning streak with a 29 save whitewash.
Overall, Holtby was 2-0-0 last week (including a no decision) with a 1.29 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage. He earned back-to-back shutouts for the first time in his career against Columbus and Ottawa.
Michael Grabner of the New York Rangers was the league’s first star with five goals and two assists while the Oilers’ Patrick Maroon took second place with five goals and a helper.
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