The Washington Capitals demoralized the Penguins on the ice, but off of it, it appears they did much of the same to their fans.
According to reader Sean G, late in the third period, Slapshot walked down to the lower bowl to celebrate young Timmy’s birthday. Slapshot gave Timmy some Caps swag and tried to present him with a birthday cake. Instead a blond Pens fan ran down the steps and began flashing her jersey to the camera in an attempt to steal the spotlight. Caps game entertainment workers can be seen trying to shoo her away to no avail.
Slapshot took matters into his own hands.
Tom Wilson and TJ Oshie have a strange pregame routine they perform before every game. Wilson will slam or tap his stick into Oshie’s gluteus maximus. According to Dan Steinberg, the force of the slash is determined by how the team played previously.
Thanks to two dedicated Caps fans, we now have two more videos of the tradition being carried out.
Wednesday evening, the St. Louis Blues played host to the Chicago Blackhawks and held Salute to Military Night at Scottrade Center. The Blues asked their fans to sing the national anthem before the game and it was a particularly beautiful moment. The gesture was supposed to honor the nation’s veterans, but in the end turned out to be a powerful show of unity after the country’s divisive presidential election the night before.
Tuesday, the Washington Capitals’ AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, took the mannequin challenge after practice and it turned out fantastic.
For those who have not been hip to the happenings of the internet for the last week, the Mannequin Challenge involves a group of people being completely still in mid-action poses often while playing a song (like “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmud). It’s taken the internet by storm. Celebrities, athletes, students and even Hillary Clinton have joined in on this viral craze.
Friday afternoon, two dozen cancer survivors filed into the Capitals locker room, taking a seat at their corresponding player’s stall. The following evening, the Caps were hosting Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Verizon Center. Each Capitals player would wear a lavender jersey with the last name of the Wish Kid they were playing for stitched on the back. The players and cancer survivors were to first meet face-to-face that Friday after the Caps finished practice.
Seven-year-old Connor Durgin, not one for following directions or the cards he’s been dealt in life, stood in the middle of the locker room with excitement.
When his player, future Hall of Famer Alex Ovechkin, walked in, Connor held up his sign and let out a large coo. He almost fell over.
The two hugged. Connor, grinning from ear-to-ear, only stood up to Ovechkin’s waist.
Sunday afternoon, the Washington Capitals, victors of five straight, announced that they cancelled their Monday morning practice. So that evening Caps captain Alex Ovechkin hosted a party at his Virginia home. All the Russian Capitals (including their families) dropped by along with several members of Ovechkin’s posse. Because of the postings on social media, we got a rare glimpse inside Ovi’s house where we notice Alex Ovechkin has a lot of photos of Alex Ovechkin up. Also, woah, that is a lot of Coke machines.
But what’s a party without a DJ? So Ovechkin, who recently got turntables set up at his house by Club Glow business partner Pete Kalamoutsos, invited Arty, a famous Russian record producer and DJ. According to Wikipedia, Arty has collaborated with such popular acts like Armin van Buuren, Above & Beyond, BT, Paul van Dyk, Mat Zo, OneRepublic, and Matisse & Sadko.
The night began with some street hockey with tennis balls in what appears to be Ovechkin’s garage.
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