Tom Wilson wrecked Long Island last spring, and they haven’t forgotten it. Defenseman Thomas Hickey walloped Wilson with a pair of dirty hits in the first period of tonight’s game.
In addition to the Isles game, Thursday night at Verizon Center is also Military Appreciation Night. The Caps donned camo uniforms for warmups and sold Courage Caps (as in hats) for a good cause, but the best moment was the ceremonial puck drop.
Captains John Tavares and Alex Ovechkin joined Lance Corporal Josh Misiewicz, USMC, of the USA National sled hockey team at center ice for the ceremony.
Photo: Amanda Bowen
The best goal-scorer in the NHL returns to the Caps’ lineup tonight as the Islanders make the trip down from Brooklyn for a Metro battle. The Caps beat the Isles 4-1 when they met on January 7th.
The mission remains the same: pad the division lead. The Caps have 74 points, a 15 point lead in the division, and they are our guys. If things go badly tonight and you want to boo the team in red, we kindly ask that you get a grip. Thanks.
NBCSN has the coverage for the 7:30 game.
|Team||Record||Possession||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|New York Islanders||26-16-6||50.9%||100.9||18.1%||86.9%|
This guest post comes to us from RMNB reader Russell Kay, who planned one heck of a surprise at the Caps’ home game against Philadelphia on January 27.
Samantha and I have been attending Capitals games for years, so when the time came to take our relationship to the next level, the venue was easy: the Verizon Center.
On Tuesday, the Capitals returned to practice for the second time since the All-Star break. Brooks Orpik rejoined the team for his first practice since sustaining his lower-body injury on November 10th. There was a roar of cheers and stick taps from the boys for his long awaited return.
With the Caps back from the all-star break, a third of the roster went on team-building event on Wednesday. Justin Williams, Braden Holtby, Marcus Johansson, Philipp Grubauer, Brooks Laich, Brooks Orpik, John Carlson, and Nicklas Backstrom braved a torrential downpour to take a private tour of The White House.
I’d give you more details, but the Caps didn’t share any. That’s okay; we’ve got social media.
For those of you who missed the game Tuesday night (either by choice or because of NHL.TV’s constant crashing), consider yourself lucky. The league’s best team had their biggest stinker of the year. After falling behind 4-0, the Verizon Center crowd — and this is insane to me — booed the Caps as they headed into the locker room for the second intermission.
But if there was one man who brought his A-game, it was Braden Holtby. Despite being given the night off by Barry Trotz, the Holtbeast made, in my opinion, the biggest plays of the night.
Hoo boy. I’m not gonna sugarcoat it, guys. The Caps got wubbalubbadubdubbed by the Florida Panthers. With approximately 35 thousand players missing due to various injuries and arbitrary suspensions, the remaining Caps couldn’t put the puck in the net for forty minutes, whereas the Panthers couldn’t stop scoring.
First was Jonathan Huberdeau assisted by Jaromir Jagr. Alex Barkov came second with a top shelf score on Philipp Grubauer. The second period saw goals from Trocheck and Huberdeau again, and if you noticed that none of those people are Capitals, good for you.
The Caps came back to life in the third, lifted by goals by Nick Backstom and Andre Burakovsky, but this was never a winnable game. Some dude got an empty netter, and that’s that.
Panthers beat Caps 5-2. The Caps have not won a game since January 19.
If there was one player who looked to be fully refreshed after the All-Star Break, it’d be TJ Oshie. Oshie spent the weekend in Turks and Caicos, then returned to DC in time to dangle around a Panthers defenseman and nearly scored early in the first period.
Later, despite his tiny size, Oshie destroyed Aleksander Barkov while Barkov tried to make a power move to the net.