I hate feeling my own feels. The Caps just turned my insides to mush with this two-minute video dedicated to Bensten “Bman” Schone. As you’ll recall, Bensten is the six-year-old Caps fan who was struck by a car after accidentally sledding into the road. He’s been slowly recovering from a brain injury ever since.
In breaking hockey/hibachi news, Alex Ovechkin went out for Japanese on Sunday night with friends and family. Ovechkin, who’s been grilling opponents with his play recently (heyyy ohhhh), performed a trick shot with the chef.
Because he loves us, Ovi put it on Instagram in slow motion.
When word spread that six-year-old Bensten got hit by a car sledding late last week, one of the first players to wish him well publicly was Tom Wilson.
Wilson knows a thing or two about fighting, and before Washington’s game against Anaheim Thursday, the enforcer spoke to WUSA’s Surae Chinn and had some uplifting words for the young Caps fan.
Photo: Simon Hastegard / Bildbyran
It has been a pleasant surprise to see Christian Djoos, drafted by the Capitals in the seventh round in 2012, fare well in Sweden.
Boxcar stats don’t do justice to this subtle blueliner. He looks mature regardless of his ice time. During the few occasions I saw Djoos get off to a rough start in games — sometimes just because of rotten luck — he proved mental toughness in bouncing back and not letting his game fall apart.
Djoos might not wow you on any given night, but he’s always consistent with his play.
Hahahahaha. Just kidding.
Let me introduce you to the honorable John A. Macdonald, Wilfrid Laurier, William Lyon MacKenzie King, and Robert Borden.
For anyone who has ever called Mike Green “soft,” the apology line forms to the left.
Late in the third period, after the Caps had a 4-0 lead, Green put an exclamation point on the Caps’ victory over the defending Cup champions by checking Kyle Clifford into the Caps bench.
Look at this and marvel.
During the first half of the Super Bowl, my favorite commercial was the Avocados From Mexico First Draft Ever ad. It was almost as funny as Chapelle Show’s Racial Draft. Taking place 4 billion years ago (give or take), Jerry Rice, Doug Flutie, and a caveman comment while delegations from across the planet make their animal selections.
Australia was up first and selected the kangaroo.
By the end of Saturday’s game against the Caps, Canadiens goaltender Carey Price hadn’t let in a goal since Tuesday, a shutout streak of 153:03. While Price was unbelievable against Washington, he proved the old adage that you have to be good to be lucky and lucky to be good.
During the second period, the Caps rang the pipe three times, including twice in a span of 16 seconds. Joel Ward hit it first just 56 seconds into the period. Then, during a power play, Evgeny Kuznetsov sent a cross-crease pass to Alex Ovechkin who clanged a one-timer off the right post. Immediately after that, John Carlson would ring a shot off the left post.
It was only a year ago when insane Canadian person Marty McSorly went on to SportsNet and said Alex Ovechkin was all hype. Let me quote him: “I do not think this is an example that the young kids need to watch.”
It brings me great joy to bring you the below video. Leafs video blogger/awesome person Steve Dangle just published the opposite take. Dangle explains why Ovechkin is one of the most underappreciated players in the NHL and is likely to be one of the greatest goal scorers of all-time. He does this all using remedial math.
Really, just watch.
After the NHL All-Star Game wrapped up, the AHL held their own all-star skills competition in Utica, New York. The Caps-affiliated Hershey Bears were well-represented at the event with Philipp Grubauer, Connor Carrick, and veteran Tim Kennedy competing for the Eastern Conference.
According to The Patriot-News’ Tim Leone, Grubauer won the AHL’s top goaltender award after stopping 16 of 19 shots. That’s cool. Then there’s Carrick.
The 20-year-old defenseman, who spent a large chunk of last year in Washington, unleashed a 98 MPH slapshot during the Hardest Shot competition, which is kind of surprising. His three scores, according to Chocolate Hockey, were 93 MPH, 98 MPH, and 93.2 MPH.