During the first TV stoppage in play, the Capitals, like they’ve done all season, played a tribute video for Troy Brouwer, honoring his four seasons in Washington. Brouwer scored 83 goals, but none was bigger than his Winter Classic game-winning goal in 2015.
The Capitals shared this Vine this evening and I’d be remiss if I didn’t post it. It’s Jay Beagle howling during practice. It’s basically a visual dog pun. The Capitals say Jay’s wooooing, but ignore them.
Video killed the radio star. Now, it’s coming for the blogs.
RMNB is proud to re-introduce you to Ben Scarbro, whom you’ve seen around these parts investigating Caps superfans, dancing to Taylor (Swift, not Chorney) and earning a spot in at least the top 200 RMNB commenters.
Ben pitched us the crazy and totally original idea of video recaps of big Caps games. We’d certainly never seen anything like that before, so we told him to go for it.
He’s still wearing a mouth guard wwith the Caps logo on it.
Wednesday night, Brooks Laich made his grand return to Washington, three days after being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. As has been customary for long-time players, the Caps aired a tribute video during the first TV timeout.
This time we’re doing it a little bit different. Brooks Laich’s trade hit RMNB reader Sean Morrow especially hard last night. So he stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to make this video for Brooks.
It’s set to literally the perfect song. Take it away, Sean.
Saturday at Kettler, the Washington Capitals held a strenuous morning skate ahead of their game that night with the New Jersey Devils. After team drills, Michael Latta worked on his (surprisingly good) stick-handling at center ice, before saucing some passes with former roommate Andre Burakovsky.
Despite only playing in 40 games this season, Latta has already put up a career high in points (7) and has been a valuable contributor from the Capitals’ fourth line. When he hasn’t been on the ice, the St. Clements, Ontario, native has been one of the most fascinating players on the team, dancing with dolphins, begging for Instagram follows, and ragging on roommate Tom Wilson.
I spoke to Latta about life, hockey, and Caps Twitter on Saturday inside the locker room. It was a good chat.
Photo: Nick Wass
Brooks Orpik has played 798 games regular season games in the NHL. On Saturday night, he won the game for the Washington Capitals with just his second goal for the team. After the game, a reporter asked him if he could remember that last time he scored a goal-winning goal. A blank look came over his face.
“No,” he said.
That might be because he never has scored a game-winning goal — at least in the NHL.
The NHL launched its redesigned website a couple weeks back, and reviews have been mixed. There have been complaints about missing functionality, confusing navigation, and buggy videos.
I could go on, but I think this summarizes it best:
Alexander Semin: 'I don't like new #NHL site, now it's much more difficult follow the league'
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) February 14, 2016
It just so happens that Ian and I, in addition to being hockey fans and writers, are Professional Internet People in our day jobs. On Saturday we got together to talk about the new NHL.com, its strengths and weaknesses, and mostly the latter. Check it out.
St. Cloud, Minnesota, native and Caps defenseman Nate Schmidt was all smiles in a pregame interview before tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild.
It was a beautiful mess, just like Jason Chimera’s conversation with John Walton Wednesday.
The Washington Capitals are the best team in the NHL by a country mile. All that winning breeds a happy, playful locker room. And we have another ridiculous example of this courtesy of the Capitals and radio announcer John Walton.
Wednesday after practice, Walton interviewed Jason Chimera for a Rinkside Update. Chimera’s teammates then tried their best to torpedo the interview.