On Saturday, September 17th a large contingent of the Caps organization took over the new Nando’s PERi-PERi in Arlington to help benefit Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. The players that participated included Andre Burakovsky, Lars Eller, Stanislav Galiev, Nate Schmidt, and Tom Wilson. Additional members that helped out were Caps alumnus Paul Mulvey, PA Announcer Wes Johnson, the Red Rockers, Slapshot, Elliot In The Morning, and CSN’s Caps analysts Craig Laughlin and Courtney Laughlin.
It sure looks like everyone had a great time.
Caps forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has had a slow start to the World Cup of Hockey and in the process gotten demoted from Russia’s first line pivot to the team’s fourth line wing. Sunday against Team Sweden, Kuzy started showing signs of what made him the Caps leading scorer last year.
Late in the second period with both teams playing down a man, Kuznetsov busted down the right wing and sent a pass behind his body to Nikolay Kulemin. The Twister Pass is back, people.
Alex Ovechkin had himself a heck of a game Sunday. The Russian machine distributed a bunch of big hits to Swedish players and almost single-handedly sent the game to overtime during his final shift.
After the game, Ovechkin met with one of his fans: Grandma Pavelski!
The Caps’ second game of the South Florida Tournament featured 6 fewer goals, but the result was much the same. The Caps lost 5-2 to the Panthers’ rookies – the Caps’ second straight loss of the tournament.
The Washington Capitals rookies took on the Florida Panthers today at the IceDen in Coral Springs, Florida.
Just before the end of the second period, Capitals top prospect Jakub Vrana dropped his mitts for the first time in his career. He did not choose his first opponent wisely. Vrana fought Panthers prospect Jayce Hawryluk, a 2014 second round pick who calls Brad Marchand his favorite player. According to Hockey Fights, Hawryluk has punched faces four previous times.
For 59:27, Sweden held Team Russia scoreless. Then in the final minute, Alex Ovechkin happened.
Ovechkin scored on a shot through a maze of players with 33 seconds remaining and then appeared to strike again with seven seconds left. However, that game-tying goal was waved off after video review.
Sweden held on to win 2-1.
Before the beginning of the Sochi Olympics, Alex Ovechkin spoke with Jill Sorenson and spoke about something strange. The Russian machine said that he would check Team Sweden center and Caps teammate Nicklas Backstrom in an Olympic game if the opportunity presented itself, but admitted that doing so would be “weird.”
On Sunday, things got super weird. Ovechkin delivered on that promise, nailing Backstrom behind the net during Russia’s opening World Cup of Hockey game against Sweden.
There was once a time Evgeny Kuznetsov and Filip Forsberg fought neck-and-neck to be the top-rated prospect in the Caps organization.
Fast forward a few years later, Kuznetsov is one of the best players on the Washington Capitals and Forsberg is one of the best players on the Nashville Predators. Sunday, the two played against each other during Russia/Sweden game at the World Cup of Hockey.
Kuznetsov punched Forsberg. In the jaw.
The Caps’ first game of the South Florida Rookie Tournament is in the books. The Capitals rookies lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-6. To say the goalies (two for each side) played poorly would be an understatement.
Let’s take a look at the highlights via the Capitals’ and Lightning’ Twitter accounts.
Today is Alex Ovechkin’s 31st birthday. To celebrate, Team Russia players filmed a special video and extended their well wishes for The Great Eight. Two-time Stanley Cup champion and forever Penguins rival Evgeni Malkin had some especially nice things to say.
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