Caps dad TJ Oshie showed off his fatherly instincts at a recent practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. According to reader Autumn Hall, Lauren Oshie and her daughter Lyla came to watch the team’s skate along with Mandy Alzner and her daughter Stella. Towards the end of the practice, TJ skated over to the glass where the two families were sitting and something adorable happened.
The Caps Halloween Party has been a trip and now we’re three posts deep. First, we showed you most of the players’ costumes. Second, we presented you with video of rookie Zach Sanford (dressed as Dog The Bounty Hunter) singing Sweet Caroline and receiving back-up vocals from the rest of the team.
Now Alex Ovechkin just rocked the mic and did some karaoke. I’d say he sang a song, but it was more off-pitch word-yelling than anything else.
The Washington Capitals are hosting their Halloween Party tonight — see all the costumes here — and Alex Ovechkin just posted something ridiculous on his Instagram page. It’s a video of Salem, Massachusetts native Zach Sanford singing, or maybe I should say butchering, the Neil Diamond classic Sweet Caroline.
I must note that Sanford is dressed up as Dog The Bounty Hunter. He also got support with the backing vocals from the other Capitals players.
On Monday, the Washington Capitals jumped head first into some messy political humor, releasing a video detailing their mascot’s summer break.
In the video, local news media including Jim Vantz and Doreen Gentzler detail Slapshot’s tumultuous summer, which included an on and off again relationship with Pennsylvania native Taylor Swift. At one point, there is video of Slapshot’s plan to build a wall around the Pennsylvania state line, playing off Donald Trump’s controversial immigration policy. There’s also a clip of Slapshot passing out and being carried out of an event, reminiscent of Hillary Clinton’s health scare at a 9/11 commemoration ceremony.
As Clayton Kershaw dealt that last pitch yesterday and the resulting final out was recorded, hearts were broken in the DC area. Hearts that have been shattered numerous times before by a Derek Stepan goal here or an Aaron Rodgers touchdown pass there. We have seen the sullen faces of our heroes like Alex Ovechkin and John Wall over and over and over as they realize yet again that it just wasn’t our year. There are cities that have suffered through longer championship droughts and yes, we do still have DC United, but when it comes to disappointment and heartbreak in the postseason, DC is not rivaled.
Sean Morrow of Caps House))) fame captured it perfectly in the below video.
For a decade, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have been dominant offensive forces for the Washington Capitals, spending most of their time in DC together on one line. Over this time Ovechkin has scored 50 goals six times, becoming the greatest goal scorer in the NHL, while Backstrom has hit 70 points during five campaigns.
The Capitals spent years trying to find a quality, second line center to make the team more than just one line of firepower. They finally found one in Evgeny Kuznetsov, who flourished in his second NHL season last year, leading the team with 77 points. Some of his 57 assists, fourth most in the league, were spellbinding. So now, at least to start, Backstrom is the one backing him up — at least on the depth chart.
During Thursday’s 3-2 shootout loss, Backstrom assisted on both of his team’s goals, making enlightened and deft passes that led to two goals for Andre Burakovsky. Backstrom also had five shots on goal and won 16 of his 23 faceoff attempts. The trio was rounded out by Marcus Johansson, a Swede like Backstrom and Burakovsky.
“The Backstrom line was really good,” head coach Barry Trotz told reporters after the game. “All the other lines had spurts where there were okay, but they also weren’t as as consistent as that line. That line was our most effective by a large margin today.”
Over the last few years, the Washington Capitals have become one of the most close-knit teams in the NHL due to Head Coach Barry Trotz. Sure, the players might have their differences sometimes, but in the end — after Willy Baby shares some life lessons and hair tips — the Capitals always remain one big happy family.
The Capitals open their 2016-17 season against the Pittsburgh Penguins. We’re really looking forward to the latest episode of Caps House))).
While Auston Matthews was making history by becoming the first NHL player to score four goals in his debut, Connor Carrick was providing more cerebral contributions to the Leafs. In the third period of Toronto’s 5-4 overtime loss against the Ottawa Senators on opening night, the former Capitals defensemen blocked a puck with his temporal bone.
In the third period in a contest against the rival Sens, Carrick got down in front of goaltender Frederik Andersen to stop a shot from center Chris Wideman to protect a 4-3 lead. It worked — sort of.
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