The Washington Capitals had nine players participate in the World Cup of Hockey, including both of their goaltenders, Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer, whose touranment teams will be battling it out in the WCH finals. Monday, the Washington Capitals will play their first preseason game of the 2016-17 season against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Their line-up will be sparse on veteran talent.
Team Europe just beat Team Sweden 3-2 in one of the biggest upsets of the tournament. Team Europe will now advance to play Team Canada in the World Cup of Hockey finals.
3:43 into overtime, Tomas Tatar scored his second goal of the game. Team Europe celebrated by engaging in one giant hockey hug in corner.
And then they began to jump up and down. It was a thing.
Centering Sweden’s first line, Nicklas Backstrom has been fantastic in the World Cup of Hockey. Backstrom leads Sweden in points and on Sunday against Team Europe, Backstrom scored again.
Team Russia and Team Canada faced off this evening in the World Cup of Hockey semifinals. Despite the final 5-3 loss, Team Russia took a 2-1 lead at the end of the second period thanks to Evgeny Kuznetsov.
According to Tarik El-Bashir and Isabelle Khurshudyan, veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik was one of nine Caps players who failed the team’s initial skate test during the first day of training camp. Orpik could not beat the required skate times of 38, 41, and 41 seconds.
Other notable players who failed the test on Friday include Brett Connolly, Jakub Vrana, Garrett Pilon, and Jonas Siegenthaler.
Filip Forsberg is a weapon on the ice. In just two seasons in the NHL, he’s become one of the league’s most prolific goal-scorers, with 33 tallies last year and 26 in his rookie campaign.
Now the newly minted 22-year-old has been compared to Alex Ovechkin, one of the greatest scorers of all-time. It’s just one more stab in back for Caps fans by reporters who refuse to forget Forsberg’s trade for Martin Erat in 2013 by former Caps general manager George McPhee. Oh wait.
“He reminds me of playing with Alex with his quick release,” Nicklas Backstrom, who centers Ovechkin and has played with him his entire NHL career, told Dan Rosen of NHL.com on Friday. “He loves shooting the puck. He loves to go to the net. He loves creating stuff. In that way he reminds me of Ovi.”
At 3pm Saturday, some of the best (and worst) floor hockey players in the DMV area will play for the coveted GR8 Missing Tooth Trophy at the Michael & Son SportPlex in Rockville.
We sold out the game — 88 of you will be playing during the seven-hour tournament — and the rosters and schedule have been posted by DCHL Commissioner Suds. Let’s take a quick look at the teams.
The Capitals debuted new practice jerseys at the start of training camp on Friday. Following the lead of other NHL, NFL and NBA teams, the Caps now have ads on the corner of their non-game threads. Washington announced this thrilling news in a tweet with multiple exclamation points.
Russia defeated Finland 3-0 on Thursday and advanced to the World Cup of Hockey semifinals where they’ll play Canada.
In the front row of Air Canada Center, Alex Ovechkin was rooted on by four special Caps jersey-wearing fans, two of which had to go to great lengths to make it to the game.
On January 10, Alex Ovechkin became the fifth fastest player in hockey history to hit the 500-goal plateau. In seven of his 11 seasons pro, Ovechkin has scored 50 goals or more — including a career high 65 in 2007-08. At age 31, Ovi, who has scored 50 goals three-straight seasons, trails Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goal-scoring record by 369 tallies.
Does The Great Eight think he can catch The Great One?
Not a chance.
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