On Monday, the Capitals spent their day at Topgolf for Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic’s Wish Upon A Par. The event gave Caps fans a unique opportunity to spend the day eating and golfing with their favorite players while raising funds for a fantastic non-profit organization. Many of the Wish Kids from Hockey Fights Cancer month attended and were reunited with their players.
The cherry on top was the beautiful 65 degree weather. Check out our favorite photos below. You’re going to love the Swede pics.
The St. Louis Blues aren’t exactly having the easiest year, especially with the recent firing of their head coach, Ken Hitchcock. But even though the team might be struggling, Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko made sure to create a great moment for a big fan on her birthday. Tarasenko surprised 11-year-old Arianna Dougan with a trip for two on the team’s charter for a two-game road trip to Arizona and Colorado. Tarasenko won the trip during the Blues’ live auction Casino Night. Tarasenko first met Arianna last November.
Dougan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma (a type of childhood cancer) when she was only three. After relapsing four times, Arianna’s mom told NHL.com that she is close to being cancer free once again.
Monday night, the Washington Capitals announced ticket-price increases for the 2017-18 season. If season-ticket holders choose to renew for next season, they will pay an increase of $5 per game.
The deadline to renew is March 17.
Two tough beats over the weekend have done little to quell the good feelings surrounding the Washington Capitals. Last week it was Chris “Freakshow” Meloni rocking a Caps hat. Today it’s the DC progressive metal band Periphery, who are currently on tour in Japan. Good hometown boys done good, they’re rocking Caps gear while traveling abroad.
Capitals goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov blanked Traktor Chelyabinsk in a 1-0 shootout win on Friday night, closing out the regular season for Magnitogorsk. Samsonov made 31 saves over 65 minutes of regulation and overtime, and stoned two out of Traktor’s three shooters in the shootout.
Early in the game, Metallurg was off to a slow start. Samsonov possessed the necessary mix of skill and luck to prevent what easily could have been a 3-0 Traktor lead by the start of the second.
United Arab Emirates’ national team player and talented stickhandler Fatima Al Ali returned home to Abu Dhabi a week ago after a whirlwind trip to Washington DC.
In an interview, I conducted with Fatima Thursday, the inspiring female hockey player was still clearly in the afterglow of meeting her favorite NHL player, Alex Ovechkin, and skating with her favorite NHL team, the Washington Capitals.
“Literally every day I was freaking out,” Fatima said.
After two back-to-back road games, the Capitals returned home on Sunday evening. Lauren and Lyla Oshie were enjoying the beautiful DC weather and playing in the front yard when TJ Oshie drove up.
Lyla was incredibly excited for “Papa” to return home, immediately running towards the car yelling “Papa!! Hiii! Hiii, Papa!”
TJ responded excitedly with a request, “Give me a hug!”
This weekend the Capitals dropped back-to-back road games to the Red Wings and the Rangers, losing two in a row for the first time since late December. The NHL is piloting a new “bye week” this season, whereby each team gets a five to seven-day mid-season break.
This weekend marked the Caps’ return from their own bye week and the continuation of what has been dubbed “the bye-week curse.” So far, 16 of 19 teams (including the Caps) have lost their first post-bye game.
During Sunday’s national telecast between the Capitals and Rangers, Kenny Albert plugged The Road Through Warroad, a documentary which highlights one of the biggest hockey towns in America.
NBC then pointed their cameras at one of Warroad’s most famous former residents, TJ Oshie, sitting on the Caps bench.
Staring. Into Space. Like he was having an existential crisis.
Friday after practice, Dmitry Orlov gave away one of his ORLOV-branded sticks to a four-year-old Caps fan. Beyond being a kind gesture, Orlov appears to have received a brand new shipment of twigs which he used during the team’s back-to-back away games over the weekend.
During the first period, NBC zoomed in on Alex Ovechkin on the bench, capturing the stick rack in the background.
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