So… that was a pretty banner. K, got that out of the way.
The game got off to a furious start. Within the first minute, Chris Kunitz got sprung for a breakaway, which was brilliantly broken up by Dmitry Orlov. The Pens came on too hot and puck went the other way. Nicklas Backstrom delivered a tasty saucer pass over Trevor Daley’s stick and sweet sweet Andre Burakovsky fired a wrist shot into the back of the net. One paragraph for fifty-nine seconds
Later into the period Tom Kuhnhackl did a bad thing, which led to some pushing and then Tom Wilson got punched in the shoulder because I don’t know.
The second period was boring until the Caps got hit with an unlucky too many men penalty and Patric Hornqvist deflected it past Braden Holtby.
Late in the frame Evgeny Malkin took advantage of so effuppery by Orlov and TJ Oshie in their own zone. Geno was in all alone and Braden kicked the puck in with the back of his leg.
But Backstrom was at it again. In the third, he made a drop pass of the dead gorgeous vanity, once against to Burakovsky, who tired the game at two.
The game went to a heart-stopping overtime, but that led to nothing.
TJ did his thing in the shootout. Malkin responded. So did Letang. Nicky put the shootout into extra frames. Phil the Thrill won it. Pens beat Caps 3-2 (SO)
Only a few hours remain until the puck drops for the Capitals’ first game of the regular season. After their most recent second-round playoff exit, a summer of speculation ensued. The most nebulous question: How does this team
finally make a deep playoff run?
While there’s no definite answer, RMNB’s own Pat Holden, Elyse Bailey, Spenser Smallwood, and Chris Cerullo sought to answer a few questions I posed about the Caps’ chances at a Cup. See what they have to say, and, as always, feel free to argue with them in the comments.
If you’ve stayed tuned to RMNB over the summer, you know that in addition to a new, mobile-friendly design, we’ve added a whole bunch of new writers to the team — six, to be exact.
With the season getting started this week, we wanted to officially introduce the newest contributors, many of whom you’ve probably seen in the comments or already writing great content about the Caps elsewhere. They’ll join the returning RMNB crew of writers, photographers, artists, and translators you’ve come to know and love/tolerate.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is suffering from post-concussion syndrome after an incident at practice last Friday. Wednesday morning, in his second straight day of skating, Crosby participated in some non-contact drills with Bryan Rust ahead of the Penguins’ full practice.
Earlier today, the Capitals released the promotional schedule for the 2016-17 season which includes the fan giveaways for the season as well as the return of some popular theme nights, like the Heritage Nights. The schedule notes some new promotions too, including the chance for fans to vote for the fan’s choice bobblehead during the November 8 election night game vs the San Jose Sharks.
Tom Wilson has achieved many things in his career, but he just received the most adorable honor yet.
A seven-year-old Caps fan wrote her autobiography, and the Caps–especially Wilson–got a lot of love. Wilson didn’t just earn a casual mention in the book–he made the first page. Specifically, he was featured in the third sentence. The young author also gave a shout-out to Nicklas Backstrom, naming Backy as Wilson’s best friend.
The author’s mom tweeted a picture of the story at Wilson, who retweeted it to his followers. (There’s artwork included, too!)
The Captials have rolled out their new banners located outside the parking garage of Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the 2016-17 season.
The banners feature both past and current players from the team including T.J. Oshie, Matt Niskanen, Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nicklas Backstrom, Yvon Labre, Mike Gartner, Rod Langway, Dale Hunter and Braden Holtby (listed as “Holtbeast”).
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