The Washington Capitals held an optional practice in front of a full house, Saturday. Half the team, including Head Coach Barry Trotz, was not on the ice. Everyone was energized and in high spirits from the 6-0 shutout against the Chicago Blackhawks the night before.
Instead of a puck, Daniel Winnik started the warm-up with a perforated practice golf ball. Later Braden Holtby and Nate Schmidt shared a silly moment after Schmidt and Dmitry Orlov put a shot past the netminder. Holtbeast playfully slashed Schmidt’s legs, whose dramatics ensued for a fun set of images. Holtby’s face after his payback was priceless.
Post-practice Matt Niskanen even tried to hide from the camera and we shared a laugh. It was a great welcome back to the hockey grind. Enjoy these snaps from the morning practice.
Sunday night, the Chiefs took on the Steelers for the opportunity to play the New England Patriots in the AFC Conference Championship. Midway through the second quarter, NBC showed a shot of the Arrowhead Stadium crowd in the lower bowl. There’s a bunch of Chiefs fans, a handful of Steelers fans, and hey, wait a minute!
Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner became the first player in franchise history to play in 500-consecutive games, Friday night against Chicago. He also became the third defenseman since 1944 to do so.
And on a night where Braden Holtby and Jay Beagle starred in a 6-0 thrashing of the Blackhawks, it was Alzner, despite having only one shot on goal in 19:59 of ice time, who was the team’s first star.
The Washington Capitals’ Scarlet Caps group hosted their annual Hockey ‘N Heels event Thursday evening at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Each rink at KCI was transformed into three stations: broomball, face-off practice, and goaltending lessons. Nate Schmidt and Daniel Winnik handled broomball on the Capitals Rink while Brett Connolly, Craig Laughlin and Craig’s daughter Courtney joined the games on the Arlington Rink. Philipp Grubauer, Mitch Korn, and Brent Johnson showed the Scarlet members the ways of a netminder. Hockey Hall of Famer Rod Langway and a few other volunteers acted as refs to drop the puck for face-offs.
After the on-ice sessions, the fans were treated to three different chats with Chef Robert Wood, Head Coach Barry Trotz (emceed by NBC4’s Amelia Draper), and alumni Johnson, Laughlin, and Langway.
Alex Ovechkin has scored milestone goals in two straight games. Monday night in Montreal, Alex Ovechkin tied Maurice “Rocket” Richard with his 544th career goal and posed with the puck after the game. Wednesday at Verizon Center, Ovechkin passed Richard and recorded his 1,000th career point after scoring 35 seconds into the first period.
Afterwards, Ovechkin took a photo with the two players who joined him on the scoresheet for the goal, Nicklas Backstrom and TJ Oshie.
Ahead of his potentially historic night at Verizon Center, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin landed on the cover of The Washington Post Express, Wednesday morning. In a stunning photo-manipulated graphic, Ovechkin can be seen celebrating a goal (or another teammate’s goal) while a diagonal, blue splattering of water-color paint blends into the background.
The title text reads, “Death. Taxes. And Ovi. As the Capitals’ relentless superstar nears 1,000 career points, he keeps reminding us that we can always count on him – even in his 12th season.”
Take a closer look below.
There’s something about Montreal that brings the best out of Alex Ovechkin. Monday night, Ovechkin had another big night at Bell Center, tallying three points and bringing his career point total to 999.
Ovechkin also scored his 544th career goal, tying Maurice Richard for 29th all time.
After the game, Ovechkin posed with the milestone puck.
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