Two tough beats over the weekend have done little to quell the good feelings surrounding the Washington Capitals. Last week it was Chris “Freakshow” Meloni rocking a Caps hat. Today it’s the DC progressive metal band Periphery, who are currently on tour in Japan. Good hometown boys done good, they’re rocking Caps gear while traveling abroad.
Capitals goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov blanked Traktor Chelyabinsk in a 1-0 shootout win on Friday night, closing out the regular season for Magnitogorsk. Samsonov made 31 saves over 65 minutes of regulation and overtime, and stoned two out of Traktor’s three shooters in the shootout.
Early in the game, Metallurg was off to a slow start. Samsonov possessed the necessary mix of skill and luck to prevent what easily could have been a 3-0 Traktor lead by the start of the second.
After two back-to-back road games, the Capitals returned home on Sunday evening. Lauren and Lyla Oshie were enjoying the beautiful DC weather and playing in the front yard when TJ Oshie drove up.
Lyla was incredibly excited for “Papa” to return home, immediately running towards the car yelling “Papa!! Hiii! Hiii, Papa!”
TJ responded excitedly with a request, “Give me a hug!”
Friday after practice, Dmitry Orlov gave away one of his ORLOV-branded sticks to a four-year-old Caps fan. Beyond being a kind gesture, Orlov appears to have received a brand new shipment of twigs which he used during the team’s back-to-back away games over the weekend.
During the first period, NBC zoomed in on Alex Ovechkin on the bench, capturing the stick rack in the background.
Saturday night, longtime Dallas Stars play-by-play man and cancer survivor Dave Strader returned to the booth after a 283-day absence.
Last May, Strader visited several doctors in New York after feeling sick. Strader had his gall bladder removed, but doctors discovered that he had cholangiocarcinoma, an inoperable bile duct cancer. Strader started chemotherapy treatments and has been battling ever since.
“It’s something I’ve been working toward this whole season, and my doctors said this fits in the schedule, so here we go,” Strader said to the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika. “We have tried several different treatments, and the doctors said this could help as much as anything else I could do.”
Despite missing the entire 2016-17 season, Strader seamlessly stepped back into the booth Saturday as if nothing ever happened. Strader expertly called an Antoine Roussel hat trick and Jamie Benn’s game-winning overtime goal. After the Stars 4-3 win, the players gave an emotional tribute to Strader by raising their sticks in the air towards the play-by-play booth.
On his 22nd birthday, Andre Burakovsky got the very worst present of all: a broken hand. After the Burracuda went down to one knee to block a Brendan Smith shot from the point, he was struck in the right hand by the puck.
Since then Yung Dre has been sidelined from NHL action. On Saturday while his teammates were in Detroit, Burakovsky appears to have reamined home at his apartment, missing his second-straight game.
On Friday, the Washington Capitals returned to practice after a six-day bye week which saw many of the team’s players take vacations to tropical locales.
Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov, who went to Aspen, Colorado, with his wife Varvara, seemed especially happy to be back in front of his home fans. After practice ended, Orlov, while conducting an interview with the media, had Ray, one of the team’s locker room assistants, give his stick away to a four-year-old Caps fan.
Several years ago, I contributed several video features for Caps Red Line. One of the producers of the show, Lindsey Bitler, was a very kind and passionate hockey fan who always made me look as good as I could possibly look (which is not very good) on TV.
That’s why I wanted to finally give back to her. Not only is Lindsey incredibly talented with digital media, she’s also an incredibly talented local ball hockey player. Lindsey was recently selected to represent United States of America at the 2017 Ball Hockey World Championships. Saturday night from 6pm – 9:30pm, she will be hosting a silent auction fundraiser at the Big Stick – a sports bar in the Navy Yard.
I’ll let her explain.
Perennial cover boy Alex Ovechkin is on another magazine cover – this time with his wife Nastya Ovechkina.
The Ovechkins posed inside the Capitals locker room for the March issue of Tatler magazine, a Russian periodical focusing on fashion and lifestyle.
“This game is all about confidence,” Brett Connolly recently said to the Associated Press’s Stephen Whyno. “When you’re confident, you’re a completely different player and when you don’t you’re not a good player.”
While things are going great for Connolly (he tied his career high in goals on February 9th), Jakub Vrana appears to be confused why he even got called up to Washington on Friday – a troubling development for the Capitals’ top prospect.
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