My favorite part was when the scraps resulted in three players from each team in the sin bin. TJ Oshie, Tom Wilson and Liam O’Brien taunted two raging Bruins, Kevan Miller and Adam McQuaid, as David Pastrnak watched from behind them. It was one of those moments where you really wish they had a mic down there to record the conversations between detainees. They went on until the ref entered the Bruins box to have them sit down.
The game was the perfect introduction to the sport for the first timers who attended with me. Four fights, goals to tie it at one, three-on-three overtime, and a shootout win. You can’t get much better than that.
Here is what I captured in my first visit back to Verizon Center this season.
Wednesday night, the Washington Capitals lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in the shootout 4-3. The biggest moments of the game included a fancy Alex Ovechkin goal and a mind-blowing shootout tally by TJ Oshie.
That wasn’t the only notable thing Oshie did. Midway through the game, according to @Canes_Gameday, the former Blue delivered a questionable hit to Joakim Nordstrom. That hit set off a small fracas, where the Canes’ Brad Malone tried to go after Oshie. Brooks Laich intervened and dropped the gloves with Justin Faulk.
I love Laich’s leadership here, but that face should not be punched.
Reader Fred E was apparently at Wednesday’s preseason game in Raleigh, and he’s got compelling video to prove it. The Capitals lost 4-3 to the Hurricanes, but in the effort they showed off more shootout skills from summer supplement TJ Oshie.
Oshie, as you may already know, is jokes.
The Washington Capitals traveled to Montreal tonight to play their third preseason game of the year. It wasn’t on local TV, but Twitter has us covered.
Caps captain Alex Ovechkin and new first-line right wing TJ Oshie scored their first preseason goals after two stunning plays. Oshie also scored on his backhand in the shootout, giving the Caps a 4-3 win.
On top of that, Burakovsky scored, Alex Semin did something weird again, and Oshie even got in a minor scrap.
You gotta see these highlights.
Photo: Amanda Bowen
Wednesday, new Caps acquisition TJ Oshie did an interview on DC101’s Elliot In The Morning to plug Washington’s home opener on October 10th. Two days removed from his first preseason game as a Capital, the show’s host, Elliot Segal, wondered what the new Caps first-line right wing felt when Barry Trotz announced him as a starter inside the locker room.
“I guess it’s a little exciting,” Oshie said. “You kind of get that jittery feeling kinda like you had in high school when the coach said you’re starting. With NHL hockey, I’ve been here a while. It seems more like a match-up type thing, but it’s always fun to start a game.”
That conversation led to something even more fascinating: Oshie discussed the last time he felt anxious on the ice.
Tuesday night, a third of the Caps roster traveled up to Boston for the team’s second preseason game in consecutive nights. Despite a third period goal from Nate Schmidt, the Caps lost 2-1 due to a David Pastrňák one-timer 12 seconds into overtime.
Meanwhile, Tom Wilson – a night after scoring the game-winning goal against Carolina – was back at Verizon Center, but this time to see tiny tattooed pop singer, Ed Sheeran, in concert.
Photo: Amanda Bowen
Over the weekend, the Capitals played three-on-three hockey at Kettler to formulate a strategy for the NHL’s new overtime format.
With the game tied and so much open ice, the overtime period should be thrilling and unpredictable. And yet Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby hazarded a prediction: there will be a lot more offense from goaltenders. Oh boy.
Photo: Amanda Bowen
The Washington Capitals concluded their preseason on Sunday by dismissing the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 at Verizon Center. That five spot led to a bunch of high-fiving on the bench, which our Amanda Bowen dutifully captured.
Check out below for details of Alex Ovechkin’s new gloves, Barry Trotz’s poker face, and a whole lot of smiling Caps.
Photo: Alex Brandon
Washington Capitals top prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov has struggled during much of the preseason. He’s blown assignments, been the cause of several opponents’ goals, and looked generally lost at center. On Sunday, Barry Trotz moved Kuznetsov back to wing, the position he’s played for years in Russia. Kuznetsov looked far more relaxed.
Playing on the fourth line with Chris Brown and Liam O’Brien, Kuznetsov immediately scored in the first period of their final preseason game.
The goal took poise and patience.
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