Ever since the playoffs started, TJ Oshie has been using a new Bauer Supreme 1S stick, migrating over from the Warrior brand. But it’s not just any Bauer twig. Oshie has been using one of Alex Ovechkin’s sticks from his personal collection.
I know this because RMNB reader @labattadm sent us a photo of the Capitals stick rack from Game One.
Hi, my name is Ian Oland. I’m driving this here Capitals bandwagon. Over the last few weeks, we’ve travelled all over North America, picking up many new friends. It’s been quiet lately, but with our boys owning a commanding 3-1 lead over rival Philadelphia, it’s time to whip the oxen and get back on Lord Stanley’s trail.
Tonight, we’re traveling to an undisclosed location to pick up former Law & Order: SVU star Christopher Meloni. Ah, Detective Stabler.
While the Capitals were battling the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, one tiny, important Caps fan from our community was accepting a major award. Bensten Schone was given the 30th anniversary Victory Award from the National Rehabilitation Hospital/Medstar. The event was held at the Mellon Auditorium and hosted by NBC 4’s Doreen Gentzler.
“It’s only the second or third time a child has won the award,” Bensten’s mother Heather wrote to me. “The previous honorees are pretty impressive: political leaders, famous musicians, and actors. We were floored, and so very proud of him.”
The Washington Capitals, who have dominated the Flyers on special teams all series long, had a slow start to Game Four and could never recover. Forced to play most of the night at even strength, the Caps couldn’t generate much offense until the third period. At that point it was too late.
That’s one way to look at tonight’s game. The other? Fanatics, an official partner of the NHL, hexed the Caps.
Tuesday, the former Washington Capitals “Young Gun” and current 19-year-old Caps goaltending prospect Ilya Samsonov won the Gagarin Cup with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Metallurg defeated CSKA Moscow at home in Game Seven, 3-1. The win comes after firing coach Mike Keenan part way through the season.
Late in the third period of Game Three, Flyers forward Pierre-Édouard Bellemare delivered a reckless hit on Dmitry Orlov, driving the Capitals defenseman’s head into the end boards. He was assessed a five minute major for checking from behind and a game misconduct with a disciplinary hearing scheduled for Tuesday. In the evening, the NHL delivered its verdict.
Sarena Snider, the daughter of Flyers founder and chairman Ed Snider who died last week at 83, tweeted that her dad “would’ve called the wristband throwers a ‘disgrace.’”
It was curious, then, that pallets of wristbands labeled “Game 2” appeared on the event floor of Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, the day before the Flyers are set to play their second home game of the series.