Saturday night, longtime Dallas Stars play-by-play man and cancer survivor Dave Strader returned to the booth after a 283-day absence.
Last May, Strader visited several doctors in New York after feeling sick. Strader had his gall bladder removed, but doctors discovered that he had cholangiocarcinoma, an inoperable bile duct cancer. Strader started chemotherapy treatments and has been battling ever since.
“It’s something I’ve been working toward this whole season, and my doctors said this fits in the schedule, so here we go,” Strader said to the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika. “We have tried several different treatments, and the doctors said this could help as much as anything else I could do.”
Despite missing the entire 2016-17 season, Strader seamlessly stepped back into the booth Saturday as if nothing ever happened. Strader expertly called an Antoine Roussel hat trick and Jamie Benn’s game-winning overtime goal. After the Stars 4-3 win, the players gave an emotional tribute to Strader by raising their sticks in the air towards the play-by-play booth.
On his 22nd birthday, Andre Burakovsky got the very worst present of all: a broken hand. After the Burracuda went down to one knee to block a Danny DeKeyser shot from the point, he was struck in the right hand by the puck.
Since then Yung Dre has been sidelined from NHL action. On Saturday while his teammates were in Detroit, Burakovsky appears to have reamined home at his apartment, missing his second-straight game.
Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik doesn’t fight much, but when he does, his opponent’s face will be vigorously punched.
During a Saturday matinee with the Detroit Red Wings, Orpik pounded notorious pest Steve Ott in a third-period bout which inspired shouts from Caps’ play-by-play man Joe Beninati. The fight lasted 32 seconds and featured 14 landed punches by Orpik to 1 by Ott.
Caps hockey is back. The boys started the back end of the regular season off in Detroit for the last Capitals-Wings match up in Joe Louis Arena. The bye week rust was on display and I’m pretty sure the entire team was playing sunburned.
The first was not a great period for the team in white. No real sustained offensive zone pressure and a misfire on the man advantage. Danish forward Frans Nielsen put the Red Wings up 1-0 on Detroit’s lone power play of the period. McGriddles fans everywhere wept.
Tomas Tatar capitalized on a John Carlson turnover to put Detroit up 2-0, but the red hot, potentially pierced Zach Sanford brought the Caps within one before the end of forty minutes.
Petr Mrazek then tried to steal the show, making numerous ten-bellers before Daniel Winnik batted home a rebound to tie the game at 2 and send it to overtime.
Henrik Zetterberg with the shootout winner.
Red Wings beat Caps 3-2.
After going goalless in his first 20 NHL games, Capitals rookie Zach Sanford is “doing the bull dance, feeling the flow, working it.”
Sanford scored his second NHL goal of his career Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings, sniping a shot past Petr Mrazek.
On Friday, the Washington Capitals returned to practice after a six-day bye week which saw many of the team’s players take vacations to tropical locales.
Caps defenseman Dmitry Orlov, who went to Aspen, Colorado, with his wife Varvara, seemed especially happy to be back in front of his home fans. After practice ended, Orlov, while conducting an interview with the media, had Ray, one of the team’s locker room assistants, give his stick away to a four-year-old Caps fan.
Good morning, sleepyheads. The bye week is finally over and the Capitals are in Detroit to play the Red Wings. Yes, the Capitals did JUST recently play them and win 6-3, but there will be a couple shake ups this time around.
As the bye week came to a close, the Capitals recalled Zach Sanford and Jakub Vrana from Hershey for some additional reinforcement and to take the place of broken-handed Andre Burakovsky.
On the Red Wings side, the team has only won two of their last 12 games but will hope to capitalize on the fact that the Capitals have been gone for a week and might still have vacation on their brains.
Puck drop is at 2 PM on CSN. Thrilled to be back.
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Detroit Red Wings||22-25-10||47.4%||98.6||11.8%||80.2%|
Several years ago, I contributed several video features for Caps Red Line. One of the producers of the show, Lindsey Bitler, was a very kind and passionate hockey fan who always made me look as good as I could possibly look (which is not very good) on TV.
That’s why I wanted to finally give back to her. Not only is Lindsey incredibly talented with digital media, she’s also an incredibly talented local ball hockey player. Lindsey was recently selected to represent United States of America at the 2017 Ball Hockey World Championships. Saturday night from 6pm – 9:30pm, she will be hosting a silent auction fundraiser at the Big Stick – a sports bar in the Navy Yard.
I’ll let her explain.
On Sunday night, I had the amazing opportunity to work alongside Bill Wippert and his photo crew once again as the Buffalo Sabres took on the Vancouver Canucks. Bill, the Sabres’ Team Photographer, first credentialed me to photograph an NHL game back in 2015. The portfolio built from those two games definitely helped further my career and generate the opportunities I’ve had since then.
This weekend was the first time I got to bring my football photography experience to a hole by the ice. The biggest challenge was readjusting to the speed of hockey again, after being so used to football this season. But once I got the hang of things, it was smooth sailing and so much fun!
Perennial cover boy Alex Ovechkin is on another magazine cover – this time with his wife Nastya Ovechkina.
The Ovechkins posed inside the Capitals locker room for the March issue of Tatler magazine, a Russian periodical focusing on fashion and lifestyle.
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