On Tuesday the Capitals hosted practice prior to their annual Media Luncheon. With the season opener happening Thursday Night, and the full roster already set, this was the first practice of the season we’ve covered with a full roster attendance.
The boys were ready to work, but also were able to have some fun towards at the end of the skate. With both Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer in their respective nets, the rest of the team practiced one-on-one shootout attempts. Each miss for a shooter meant a set of pushups, and each score earned bragging rights.
Check out the boys in action at KCI to get you ready for Caps-Pens.
While Auston Matthews was making history by becoming the first NHL player to score four goals in his debut, Connor Carrick was providing more cerebral contributions to the Leafs. In the third period of Toronto’s 5-4 overtime loss against the Ottawa Senators on opening night, the former Capitals defensemen blocked a puck with his temporal bone.
In the third period in a contest against the rival Sens, Carrick got down in front of goaltender Frederik Andersen to stop a shot from center Chris Wideman to protect a 4-3 lead. It worked — sort of.
Now that the Capitals have figured out their 2016-17 opening night roster, the team conducted their final photo shoots for the Caps Canine Calendar, Monday afternoon.
Caps stars Alex Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Nicklas Backstrom dispersed across several different tourist attractions in Washington, D.C. — the Capitol building, the Supreme Court, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the DC War Memorial respectively — to take some adorable shots with puppies.
The calendar, which goes on sale on November 18 and benefits Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, is being photographed by Taylor Winnik, the wife of fourth-line winger, Daniel Winnik.
During the month of September, we held a fundraiser so Caps fan and NASCAR driver Ryan Ellis could get the final funds he needed to participate in the Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway. The RMNB community came up big again, raising a final total of $8,865 ($1k was donated outside of the fundraiser).
The money allowed Ryan and our blog to design the hood, do a half wrap of the car, add RMNB decals to the sides, and put all of your names — including Harambe — on the trunk.
Over the weekend it was finally time to go racing. Chris Gordon and I joined Ryan in Dover, Delaware, to document his experience. Many random, amazing things happened, so I’m going to share everything.
For those of you who buy the Caps’ Dog Calendar year after year, we have some great news. The Caps just announced the date when they will be available.
On Friday, November 18 during the Caps/Red Wings game, the organization will put up a limited number of calendars up for sale at the MSE Foundation table located at Section 104 on the main concourse of the Verizon Center.
The Capitals also released a few photos already taken for the calendar.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is known for his big goals, his even bigger hits, and his penchant for never breaking. That’s why this portrait of the Russian machine from headshot day is such a treasure.
Ovi has this big cuddly smile like he’d rather bear hug you and make you a grilled cheese sandwich than play hockey and break you.
Sunday night, Andre Burakovsky “got his glow on” at everyone’s favorite cosmetics retailer, Lush. The UK company carries a myriad of products, from “Love Lettuce” face masks to their cult classic bath bombs.
Tom Wilson broke the news via Twitter, where he also posted a photo of Burakovsky carrying one of Lush’s trademark paper bags. We can only guess what’s inside—avocado shampoo bars or Dream Cream body lotion?
Thanks to you, we raised $8,840 for Caps fan Ryan Ellis to participate in the Drive Sober 200 Xfinity race at Dover International Speedway this Saturday. That money went to pay for a pit crew, transporting the car, new tires, parts – you name it. It also paid for a half-wrap of Ryan’s black-and-blue painted #25 Chevy Camaro.
Over the last few days, I’ve frantically worked with Rick Ware Racing and Carnage Graphics to turn around a hood design, a bumper design, and several other lower quarter panel decals. While it’s been fun and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, it’s also been quite stressful. We also had to figure out where to put everyone’s name who donated, how to best credit our secondary sponsors, and how to make all of those logos perfect vector illustrations.
After 48 hours, the car design was finished (minus the bumper). I really hope you smile at the final result.
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