Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is really good at scoring goals, but in real life, he is a normal human being just like us. He wears Nike shirts, spends his free time playing fetch with his dog, and drives his own car(s). And over the weekend, the Russian machine put on his best sweatpants and ambled over to the local Bed Bath & Beyond with his wife Nastya. Somehow he wasn’t mobbed for autographs and photos every time he walked past an aisle.
The University of North Dakota, TJ Oshie and Taylor Chorney’s former college hockey team, took on Boston University, Kevin Shattenkirk’s former college team, today in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. BU defenseman and Boston Bruins prospect, Charlie McAvoy, scored in double overtime to end the game. This game is now the longest NCAA Tournament game in UND history.
Hours before the opening faceoff, TJ Oshie sent out a tweet cheering on his alma mater.
Friday afternoon, forward Brett Connolly was voted to be the Capitals nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Washington chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association announced the news after practice. Dmitry Orlov was the team’s honoree last season.
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey. The award was named after Bill Masterton, who is the only player in NHL history to die as a direct result of injuries suffered during a game.
I grew up a hockey fan. More specifically, a Capitals fan. These days I’ll watch any game at any time, with the Caps being my priority, of course.
A couple months ago, I decided I needed a bucket list. I couldn’t think of a better one than to attend a game at every NHL arena. At the beginning of this season, I had only visited two. Now, I can say I have attended a game in seven different arenas.
Since I am taking the time to visit every arena, I am going to create a cheat sheet for everyone. Now YOU can decide if an arena is worth visiting.
The Capitals announced on Friday morning that they have recalled forward Paul Carey from AHL affiliate Hershey Bears. Carey has had an exceptional week in Hershey, scoring four goals on March 18 vs the Hartford Wolf Pack. That game helped earn him the title of AHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 19. Carey has played in four games this year for the Caps. He scored his first NHL goal on February 6.
The move is likely to provide backup to the team in case of injury. The Caps play Arizona at home on Saturday night before leaving on a road trip next week to play in Minnesota, Colorado, and Arizona.
Thursday night the Caps beat the Blue Jackets 2-1 in the shootout on Russian heritage night in arguably the most important game of the season to-date (for both teams). The Caps generally kept the pressure on, and Sergei Bobrovsky asserted himself as a true Vezina contender. On the other end of the ice, Braden Holtby was equally stellar, with a save-of-the-year candidate on Boone Jenner. In the end, TJ Oshie continues to be money in the shootout, and Holts stood tall at the other end, giving the Caps the win.
Overall, this was the most shots the Caps have put on net all season at 45. It was important that they make a statement against the Jackets, and statistically they did. The Caps had an absurd 89 shot attempts on the board (in all situations) to 48 by the Jackets. Five-on-five shot attempts were 74 to 35.
We all know that Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov has filthy mitts. But on Thursday night, Kuzy attempted a shootout move so dirty and disgusting, we’re all going to need a shower.
The Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets entered Thursday night’s game in a fierce battle for first place in the Metropolitan Division and the NHL.
The Blue Jackets struck first, but it was Dmitry Orlov, on Russian Heritage Night, who played the hero, forcing overtime for the Capitals.
The day after Valentine’s 2014 was wild. In Sochi, Team USA bested Team Russia 3-2 in a shootout victory that elevated TJ Oshie to an international sports star.
Three years and change later, Oshie’s shootout goal helped lift the Caps to an important win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. In net for Columbus was a familiar foe: Sergei Bobrovsky, the same goalie Oshie faced at those fateful 2014 Olympics.
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