Wednesday, the Foo Fighters, fronted by Springfield, Virginia native Dave Grohl, played the third of three “soft opens” at the newest and most impressive concert venue in Washington DC. The very next night, the 10-time Grammy winners officially opened the venue in support of their newest album Concrete & Gold. The show sold out in minutes over the summer.
The Anthem, managed and operated by IMP, is run by one of the last remaining independent concert promotion companies in the nation. IMP survives and does well in a business that is being dominated by big conglomerates like Live Nation and AEG.
Seth Hurwitz, the chairman of IMP and co-owner of the 9:30 Club, was the major force behind the $60 million concert hall located in the District Wharf – a built up neighborhood in the Southwest Waterfront area.
“This was designed for people to go and have the best time they can possibly have and for the performers to enjoy playing here more than anywhere else,” Hurwitz said to the New York Times in August.
During Wednesday’s show, Grohl, one of the most famous rock stars in the world, thanked Hurwitz during their two-hour, by-invite-only gig (which was only supposed to last one hour). I was lucky enough to be there and record the moment.
The Capitals took to the ice Thursday afternoon after the team’s 3-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins the night before. After giving up three goals while on the penalty kill, the Capitals spent over half their practice time going through special-teams drills.
Check out the photos after the jump, which include lots of smiling faces. Caps take on the Devils in New Jersey Friday night.
After participating in the 2011 Winter Classic in Pittsburgh and hosting the 2015 Winter Classic at Nats Park, Capitals fans learned back in May that the Caps would be playing in their first Stadium Series game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Naval Academy in March.
Thursday afternoon, season-ticket holders got an e-mail from the Capitals with information about ticket pricing for the game. Like the Winter Classic, Stadium Series tickets were not included as part of season ticket packages and have to be purchased separately.
Through the first four games, the Caps line of Andre Burakovsky, Nicklas Backstrom, and TJ Oshie has been stellar. At 5-on-5, they’ve scored two goals, allowed none, and posted a 56.4 shot attempt percentage, all while taking the bulk of the work against the opponent’s top line.
Burakovsky hasn’t registered a goal yet in four games, which isn’t a big deal, but Barry Trotz has identified an issue in the winger’s game early in the season.
Trotz said Burakovsky (0g, 2a) has been "pressing" a bit at times. "I would like to see him hit the net," the coach said. #Caps
— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikNBCS) October 12, 2017
Trotz is right. Through four games, Burakovsky has been one of the worst forwards in the NHL when it comes to getting his shot attempts on net.
Burly Capitals forward Tom Wilson was suspended twice during the preseason for unnecessary and dangerous hits, but he returns from his latest four-game ban Friday night against the New Jersey Devils.
And while all of us are excited to see Wilson back in the lineup, there’s one person in particular who’s geeking out more than the rest: TJ Oshie.
Thursday afternoon, Oshie, who gets butt-slashed by Wilson during warmups every game, tweeted a photoshop of the enforcer inserted into a Free Willy movie poster.
Wednesday night, the Washington Nationals lived to see another day after starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg had a masterful… no, *sick performance. Stras struck out 2016 MVP Kris Bryant three times and Anthony Rizzo twice. Michael A. Taylor put the game out of reach with an eighth inning grand slam.
In the first period of their rivalry-night game against the Penguins, the Capitals’ game entertainment crew put the final score on the jumbotron. The crowd cheered loudly.
The Pittsburgh Penguins were in DC visiting a friend, so they decided to play a hockey game against the Caps while they were here. This was the first meeting between the two teams since the Pens eliminated the Caps from the playoffs last spring. The game also happened to be played on CFTC’s birthday, so the Caps had plenty of motivation to pull out a win.
Pittsburgh opened the scoring early with a power-play goal from Kristopher “Kris” Letang. About halfway through the second, Patric Hornqvist made it 2-0 with a power-play goal off of his skate that stood because it wasn’t a distinct kicking motion. Late in the second, Christian Djoos DID THE THING to pull the Caps within one.
The Pens started the third with a power play and, guess what, they scored and went up 3-1. The Caps made it interesting late. Djoos made an aggressive pinch, received a lovely pass from Nick Backstrom, and then fed the puck to Alex Ovechkin in front to make the score 3-2. The Caps floundered during 6-on-5 to lose their first in regulation.
Penguins beat Caps 3-2.
The mess that has been Wednesday’s Caps-Pens game got a bit more lively with seven minutes remaining in #rego when Christian Djoos, playing in his first NHL game, set up a goal for Alex Ovechkin, playing in his 925th.
It’s Alex Ovechkin’s eighth goal of the season, and it’s made this game unbearably tense in the closing minutes.
You didn’t expect this Caps-Pens game to be tame, right? The first meeting between the back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions and the, um, back-to-back Presidents’ Trophy winners has been typically intense. For example, the greatest living player on this or any other planet, Braden Holtby, got a shoulder to the head from another player, whose name escapes me right now. That set off a series of buckwild mischief that I’ll now recap for you.
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