This is hockey in its most weird and pure form.
At the very end of the second period of the Canada/USA game, the Ducks’ Corey Perry crashed into the Red Wings’ Justin Abdelkader right at the buzzer. Abdelkader didn’t appreciate Perry’s flying elbow during a meaningless pre-tournament game, so the two scrapped in the corner. A melee ensued and it was the greatest melee to ever melee.
Thursday, Team Russia hosted the Czech Republic at St. Petersberg’s Yubileyny Arena. It was the first time the Caps troika of Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov had played an organized game since winning a bronze medal in the 2016 World Championship on May 22.
After falling behind early, Russia took a commanding lead before needing a ridiculous split save from Sergei Bobrovski in the final minute to hold onto the 4-3 win. Dmitry Orlov tallied a secondary assist while Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov went scoreless.
In late July, University of Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were killed in a car wreck while returning from a kicking camp in Wisconsin. The sheriff’s department said the car, driven by Sadler, lost control on the wet pavement and struck a tree.
Saturday night, the Nebraska football team played their first game of the season against Fresno State and honored Foltz during their first punt. The special team unit lined up in a missing-man formation, bringing out 10 players and leaving the area where the punter would be blank. Everyone in Memorial Stadium rose to their feet and cheered loudly.
CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Joe Beninati was doing the play-by-play of the game tonight for BTN. He captured the moment beautifully.
Ahead of the World Cup of Hockey, the Russian national team has been practicing together in St. Petersburg. On Thursday, Alex Ovechkin participated in Knowledge Day ceremonies, welcoming children back to school. Today, in that same vein, the Russian machine joined Evgeny Kuznetsov and Evgeni Malkin out on the ice to play hockey against children during the first intermission of the SKA/Lada Togliatti game.
The Russian superstars were dressed — I’m serious — as mascots.
Capitals fans saw a familiar face before NASCAR’s Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup race, Sunday.
Sergeant Major Bob McDonald, who regularly performs the National Anthem before Caps games, sung the The Star-Spangled Banner with the US Army Chorus Quartet.
Tuesday night, Michael Phelps won his twentieth and twenty-first career gold medals and received congratulations from an unlikely source: Canadian NHL’er Tom Wilson. The Caps forward called Phelps a #beast an posted a photo of the two together in the Caps locker room.
Twenty-time, no, wait, twenty-one-time gold medal winner Michael Phelps is having a nice time in Rio. No visible Zika, plus he got a handful of big wins in the Olympic swimming competition. When Phelps celebrated his win in the 200 meter butterfly, we got to see his Maryland roots in action.
During the National Anthem, as Phelps stood on the podium crying with his 20th Olympic gold medal, some goofball ‘hons cheered “O!” and the Baltimore native couldn’t stop laughing.
Midway through the doc, we learn how impressed the Caps organization is with 2011 sixth-round draft pick and Eric Fehr lookalike, Travis Boyd. According to Head Coach Barry Trotz, the unheralded and virtually unknown prospect will get a prime opportunity to make the team during this year’s training camp.
“I think you’ve done a tremendous job and we’re really happy,” Trotz said to Boyd, matter of factly. “You’re going to get a good opportunity at camp in the exhibition games and all of that. Showcase yourself. Get ready for that and go for it.”
“To Trotz-y’s point, it’s your time to start thinking about being an NHL player now,” Assistant Coach Blaine Forsythe adds. “He said you were close. We knew you were close. We talked to [Hershey Bears Head Coach Troy Mann]. We know how they felt about you at the end of the year – what a big role you played for them in the playoffs. Don’t think we didn’t notice that. We hadn’t talked about it so it’s a good sign for you. It’s a good positive thing for you.”
“I see you having some impact for us so that’s awesome,” Trotz concludes. “Good work on you.”
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