We’ve gotten used to elite goaltending in Washington — to the point that it might be taken for granted that Braden Holtby is in line for his second straight Vezina Trophy. This would be a big deal not just because it’s a prestigious trophy at an elite position, but also because it would make him the first goalie to win it back-to-back since Martin Brodeur did so in 2007 and 2008.
Even more impressive is that in the modern era of the trophy (since 1981) it’s only been won back-to-back by Brodeur, Patrick Roy, and Dominik Hasek — arguably the three greatest goalies of all time.
But by no means is it a slam dunk. Holtby’s toughest competition is Sergei Bobrovsky from the Columbus Blue Jackets and Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild. The race is close, with Holtby and Dubnyk currently neck-and-neck.
A visual approximation of Nate Schmidt happily snoring.
We finally have evidence that Nate Schmidt is not perfect.
Tuesday, Schmidt’s longtime friend and former roommate, Travis Boyd, shared this information with The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan.
As you probably know, the Toronto Maple Leafs placed former Capital Brooks Laich on waivers at the very beginning of this season. The Leafs then ultimately made the decision to demote him to their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.
Laich’s career with the Marlies started strange. The team played their first two regular season games and Laich did not play in either. I surmised that he was probably not happy with his demotion and now a few months later we have more evidence to back that up.
Tuesday morning the Capitals announced that they have called up forward Travis Boyd from AHL affiliate Hershey Bears. This is Boyd’s very first NHL call-up in his second season playing with the Bears.
In 53 games with Hershey this year, Boyd has registered 43 points (11 goals and 32 assists), good enough for second on the team in points. He recently represented the team in the AHL All-Star Game along with teammate Chris Bourque.
At the end of Development Camp last summer, Barry Trotz promised Boyd an opportunity to make the Capitals out of Training Camp. Nearly six months later, Boyd has finally earned a look from the big-league team.
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.
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