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.
Wherever Bruce Boudreau goes, talk of winning the Stanley Cup follows. Since the portly bench boss oversaw the Washington Capitals’ transformation from a sad franchise to a thrilling team that is of the league’s perennial threats, Boudreau has been a coveted head coach for teams looking to turn things around. He has never been out of a job long.
On Sunday night, Boudreau returned to Anaheim for the first time after spending parts of six seasons coaching the Ducks. He took the Ducks to the playoffs five times, once within one win of the Stanley Cup Final. But after his fourth straight Game 7 loss on April 28 of last year, he was fired for the second time in his career, only to be replaced Randy Carlyle, the man whose job he took over years earlier. One week later, Boudreau was scooped up by the Minnesota Wild.
Monday morning the Capitals announced that this year they will be hosting their annual “Hockey N’ Heels” night on Thursday January 12 at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. The event is open to members of the “Caps Scarlet” fan club, and includes instructional sessions and chances to meet with select player and coaching staff.
Several Caps players and coaches will be leading the drills and presentations including Brett Connolly, Philipp Grubauer, Daniel Winnik, Nate Schmidt, Goaltending Coach Mitch Korn, and Head Coach Barry Trotz.
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