After losing three forward to injury last night, the Capitals have made their first and potentially only roster move, recalling Paul Carey from the American Hockey League Hershey Bears. Carey has four goals and 13 points through 15 games with the Bears this season. He’s currently on an 11-game point-scoring streak. The 28-year-old also played well in four games with the Caps last season, notching his first NHL goal against the New Jersey Devils.
The Capitals will be without TJ Oshie for awhile after the forward suffered an upper body injury — likely the shoulder — last night during a freakish injury-filled game against the Red Wings. Caps center Lars Eller is also day-to-day while winger Andre Burakovksy will likely suit up tomorrow against Columbus.
The Washington Capitals made it through the first month and a half of the season without injury. And then Friday night happened. Four players went down the tunnel with injuries in a horrifying first period. TJ Oshie, Lars Eller, and Andre Burakovsky did not return to the game. Tom Wilson was the only player to make it back.
On Saturday, the Capitals announced that Oshie would be out week-to-week while Lars Eller will be out day-to-day with upper body injuries.
With 9:34 left in the third period, Alex Ovechkin scored on a breakaway to give the Capitals an emphatic 6-0 lead. After the Caps goal horn sounded, the song The Wicker Man by Iron Maiden was supposed to play.
Instead, the Caps game entertainment crew ran an audible and thew on the Penguins’ goal song.
In Washington’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets, Alex Ovechkin played just over 14 minutes. For the best scorer on the team and also the planet, that’s not a lot.
The Washington Capitals have clearly stepped their bobblehead game up this season. A week after allowing fans to vote for one of three fantastic personality-driven player bobbles, the Capitals released their holiday ticket package and its accompanying gift is one of the most clever Alex Ovechkin bobbleheads ever produced.
I know you don’t want me to mention it, but after coming off a horrendous loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Caps practiced with a bit of a line shakeup. The shakeup includes the return of top line Jay Beagle.
Beagle took time after practice this morning to speak with the media and voice what he thinks this shake up means and also talk about what he has been working on over the summer to improve his game.
Beagle mentioned that he focused on trying to keep his hands light to create more scoring opportunities. Beagle told the media, “probably four or five years ago, I started doing some stuff that I had never done before in the summer. Just working on individual things. In the summer, when you start skating it’s usually with a group, so I just started doing my own individual stuff as well as the group skating in Calgary.”
Beagle has also noticed that the opportunities that he has created for scoring have been because of bounces. “A lot of it is bounces, I’ve had a lot of good bounces this year. You just have to keep working and I’ve had starts like this where I felt like I should have had a start points-wise like this but they just didn’t go in or they just didn’t happen.”
The full transcription of Beagle’s interview is below.
On Sunday, Andre Burakovsky traveled to the Winniks’ house and, judging by his attire, it was to watch football. Except it appears Burakovsky spent most of his time making some new friends instead.
The Winniks have two bulldogs, Mario, who is almost four, and Sonny, who is two. Taylor Winnik has referred to them in the past as the couple’s children in an interview with Post City Toronto. Last season, the couple even served as dogsitters for several neighborhood families.
Mario seemed to take a quick liking to the Burracuda.
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