Just by her Caps jersey alone, TJ Oshie’s daughter Lyla is #babygoals. But on Thursday, she took her general perfectness to the next level by kicking the tar out of a Pittsburgh Penguins poster on camera.
The first round of the playoffs did not go as expected. The leading contenders from the west, the Kings, the Ducks, and the Hawks, all got ousted. As a result, all our predictions look even stupider than they normally would. Yey. Fun. Let’s do it again.
Photo: Patrick Smith
About two weeks ago, we previewed the special teams matchup that loomed between the Washington Capitals and their First Round opponent, the Philadelphia Flyers. Special teams ended up playing an important role in more than one game of that series, so wise men and women will take note of this preview as well.
In the Caps/Flyers preview, we outlined the Caps penalty kill as well as the Flyers power play and PK. The Caps do not alter their PK from team to team, so another breakdown of that will be unnecessary, but you might want a refresher on how the Caps kill penalties. There will be similarities and there will be differences, so buckle up.
Twenty years ago, I remember staying up until the wee hours of the morning hoping the Caps could dispatch the Pittsburgh Penguins in the playoffs. Instead Petr Nedvěd ripped a pedestrian shot through traffic to beat Olie Kolzig. After nearly 120 minutes of hockey that night, the Caps lost. The next day I failed my middle school quiz.
Now we’re here. The Caps have lost seven of their eight playoff series all-time against the Pens, but this team is a different breed. The Caps, who “ain’t afraid of no ghosts,” must go through the second best team in the East and the team that has had its number so many times in the past to reach their ultimate goal. The franchise’s first Stanley Cup.
We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Lots of Caps fans will throw on a jersey, wear a hat, or sleep under a logo-emblazoned comforter to show support for their favorite team. Other fans are more extreme – such as RMNB reader J.R. Ebling. Earlier in the season, Ebling told us his story about how he had Alex Ovechkin autograph his wrist at a season-ticket holder event. Later he had it tattooed onto his body.
I recently met Caps super fan Paige L. She also has a Caps tattoo, but it’s not what you think. It’s so subtle and brilliant, I wanted her to share her story.
Three years after being relegated to third-string duty under Adam Oates, Braden Holtby is now a finalist for the the top award at his position. Wednesday night, we learned that the league’s general managers, who vote on the award, named Holtby as one of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy for his performance in the regular-season. The honor is given “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position.”
Tuesday night, TJ Oshie and Karl Alzner went to the Washington Nationals game along with their wives Lauren and Mandy, both of whom are pregnant with their couples’ second children. Lauren posted a selfie that her husband TJ took on her Instagram account.
Photo: Patrick Smith
Thanks to the NHL’s obsession with attempting to create divisional rivalries, the two best teams in the Eastern conference will meet in the second round of the NHL playoffs. The Caps and Pens are all set to square off and the winner will be heavily favored to advance to the Stanley Cup.
The Caps went 2-3-0 against the Pens this season, with two of those losses coming during the final three weeks of the season, and one of them being a 6-2 thrashing.
We’re going to look at how both of these teams perform at 5-on-5 and what that may be able to tell us about the upcoming series.
The Capitals have defeated the Flyers (finally), so now is the time to secure your tickets to the Caps vs the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round. For the first time 2009, we’ll see Alex Ovechkin vs Sidney Crosby in the playoffs. I’m so nervous I could vomit.
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Brayden Schenn gets punched during 2014 preseason (Photo: Geoff Burke)
The NHL Department of Player Safety has suspended Philadelphia Flyers pest Brayden Schenn three games for his head shot on TJ Oshie in Game Six of the Capitals-Flyers series.
(1/2) Philadelphia's Brayden Schenn suspended 3 games for charging Washington's T.J. Oshie. Video: https://t.co/b9bVwMOESN
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) April 26, 2016
Since the Flyers season is, ya know, over, Schenn will serve his suspension at the start of the 2016-17 regular season.