Playoff hockey was back in DC Thursday when the Washington Capitals hosted Game One of their first-round series with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Caps fans filled Verizon Center with their red glow sticks as the teams took the ice. It was a slow start for the Caps, falling to a two-nothing deficit early. The fans were falling out of the hype until Justin Williams put two away by the end of the second period. When the game clock went down to overtime, fans started to get antsy for the first full overtime period of the postseason.
They didn’t have to wait long as Tom Wilson got one past Frederik Andersen and the place erupted. Seeing the team jump into the glass the fans hold up is the best part of playoff hockey. Everything means so much more, and the team shares every moment with the city that supports it.
The Washington Capitals held their first playoff practice on Tuesday morning at Kettler. It was John Carlson’s first practice back with the team, and although Barry Trotz wouldn’t confirm or deny if Carlson would play on Thursday, he took rushes with Karl Alzner during practice on Wednesday.
The practice was a bit more serious and way more fast than usual. The good guys came focused and are in good spirits about Game One tonight.
Enjoy the photos below and then continue getting pumped up with our new hype video. Puck drop will be here before you know it.
We’re only one day away from Inova’s latest blood drive at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and I know many of you are excited. That’s because all donors this Saturday will receive a free Nate Schmidt bobblehead.
This afternoon, the Capitals promoted the event one last time with a photo. I will now describe the contents of this photo in further detail.
Alex Ovechkin notched his 17th career hat trick, TJ Oshie scored twice (including the game-winning goal), and Braden Holtby joined a great (and Evgeni Nabokov) in the history books. But it was Tom Wilson who made national headlines for pulling a Matt Bradley.
The notoriously and aggressively handsome enforcer went from a GQ model to looking like the star of a gory slasher film after fighting Wild forward Chris Stewart.
On Monday, the Capitals took to the ice at Kettler for their annual team photo. Everyone came out fresh, cleaned, and groomed for the photo, except for Justin Williams and Andre Burakovsky, who came out well poofed.
We have broken down each look — from ultimate dad to the very special Holthair, Holtfade, and Holtbeard.
The Washington Capitals held a full-practice on Friday morning. It was obvious the team was still pumped up from their shoot out win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night. Dmitry Orlov, who had the only regulation goal for the Capitals, was in especially high spirits, laughing and messing around with his teammates throughout the entire practice.
The team welcomed back Paul Carey, who earned a call up after a remarkable four-goal game the prior week with the Hershey Bears. Carey will stay with the team during the upcoming road trip as an additional forward.
Near the end of practice, Orlov took Tom Wilson down during a practice rush. The two slid along the ice as Orlov celebrated his accomplishment. Enjoy the photos!
The Washington Capitals hosted the Nashville Predators in a St. Patrick’s Day themed game at Verizon Center on Thursday. Unfortunately the game did not go the Caps’ way, but their pregame warm-up jerseys got the fans into the shamrock spirit.
The plaid-shouldered sweaters were very similar to the previous year’s, but this time the numbers had more of a Celtic style and were outlined rather than filled. The worn jerseys were auctioned off by the end of the second intermission, with all proceeds going to Anacostia Watershed Society.
Russian Machine Never Breaks is not associated with the Washington Capitals; Monumental Sports, the NHL, or its properties. Not even a little bit.
All original content on russianmachineneverbreaks.com is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)– unless otherwise stated or superseded by another license. You are free to share, copy, and remix this content so long as it is attributed, done for noncommercial purposes, and done so under a license similar to this one.