Caps goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov once again represented Russia on an international stage, this time at the 2017 Sweden Hockey Games, which is part of the 2016-2017 Euro Hockey Tour. Though he sat out the first two games against Finland and Sweden, Samsonov was in net for the 4-2 win over the Czech Republic on Sunday, when Russia clinched the tournament.
The young netminder used the additional time with the National Team to build experience, while trying to keep his thoughts of the NHL at bay.
During a dreadful season that gets more dreadful by the day, the 28th-ranked Dallas Stars may have finally hit rock bottom.
With 2:05 left in the first period, Stars forward Jiri Hudler attempted a drop pass on a delayed penalty. Except the puck slipped past defensemen Dan Hamhuis and John Klingberg and into the Dallas Stars’ empty net.
The Senators’ Chris Kelly, the man closest to the puck, was credited with the gift goal.
Saturday afternoon the Capitals beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on the first half of a rare back-to-back of early afternoon marquee matchups. The Caps played a strong game, but even more noteworthy was that it occurred during the RMNBX party at the Iron Horse, which included a Pierre McGuire sighting.
The Caps outshot the Habs 30 to 22, and won the five-on-five possession battle as well with 43 shot attempts to 32 against. Forwards from all three lines scored, with snipes by Jay Beagle, Andre Burakovsky, and Nick Backstrom.
Saturday, 400 raucous Caps fans packed the downstairs basement of the Iron Horse for RMNB Party 10. But little did we know that a two-time Stanley Cup champion and Emmy-winning journalist would be randomly chilling upstairs.
NBC Sports’ Pierre McGuire, whom, sure, we’ve had our difference with in the past, came to the Iron Horse to grab a few drinks, catch the game, and check out the party.
After one of our readers tipped us off, Peter and I walked upstairs and introduced ourselves. We took a photo and posted it on Twitter. And then a steady stream of readers came up to meet Pierre. Like there was a giant line. He was literally the nicest person, taking photos, and talking hockey with anyone who greeted him.
But the best part came later.
And we’re back.
You might have noticed that the RMNB website had not been updated since Monday night. Due to a hosting issue, we had not been able to manage the back end of RMNB since that time. As a result, we failed to cover the Caps’ loss to the Islanders and the blockbuster Justin Peters/AHL goalie trade.
We’re really sorry, guys.
After being named one of the top 100 players of all-time, Alex Ovechkin spoke to reporters. He called it the biggest honor of his career.
“To be in this company, it’s incredible,” Ovechkin said to CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Tarik El-Bashir. “All the legends – and you’re one of them. It’s unbelievable.”
Ovechkin then mingled and took photographs with, as he described it, the “best of the best.”
Look at this ink blot… what do you see?
Do you see a hardworking and lovable forward who can play up and down the lineup? Or a pricey fourth liner who is solid at his position but overvalued by his coach and easily replaceable? Jay Beagle has long been a Rorschach test, provoking debate among fans and pundits alike.
Fresh off his first career overtime winner and tenth goal of the season last week, Beagle has somewhat settled that argument. It’s clear he’s more than a replacement level fourth liner, and it’s worth investigating what he’s meant to the team this season and what we can expect from him going forward.
Last night the Washington Capitals kept steaming along, beating the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of six to one. This is the fourth time in six games that the Capitals have scored at least a touchdown. They have scored six goals six times this season, already matching their total from last season.
While nobody is going to argue that the Capitals are playing anything less than amazing, this was another highly efficient game for Washington. They scored on 24 percent of their shots and are at 18.6 percent over their last ten games. Since 2007 the highest any team has maintained for a whole season is 11.6 percent, so enjoy this binge while it lasts.
Last week, Alex Ovechkin tallied 1,000 points. Our most-read post of that day was not the one detailing Ovi’s milestone. Instead it was our article entitled Why the Penguins didn’t salute Alex Ovechkin for his 1,000th point.
The post pointed out that the Penguins ignored the milestone, choosing not to stick-tap or acknowledge the hockey legend in any way. The next day, ESPN’s Around The Horn picked up our post and discussed it on national TV.
Many of you have reached out to us see the full segment. ESPN was kind enough to send us the full video.
Although the Caps won 5-0 against the Flyers in a matinee on Sunday, John Carlson had every reason to be bummed after the nationally-televised game. He suffered a lower-body injury and left after the first period, missing all of the goals that his teammates scored in quick succession.
Despite this, I’m sure he had the biggest smile on his face after this adorable greeting from his son Lucca in the belly of Verizon Center.
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