The Washington Capitals held an optional practice in front of a full house, Saturday. Half the team, including Head Coach Barry Trotz, was not on the ice. Everyone was energized and in high spirits from the 6-0 shutout against the Chicago Blackhawks the night before.
Instead of a puck, Daniel Winnik started the warm-up with a perforated practice golf ball. Later Braden Holtby and Nate Schmidt shared a silly moment after Schmidt and Dmitry Orlov put a shot past the netminder. Holtbeast playfully slashed Schmidt’s legs, whose dramatics ensued for a fun set of images. Holtby’s face after his payback was priceless.
Post-practice Matt Niskanen even tried to hide from the camera and we shared a laugh. It was a great welcome back to the hockey grind. Enjoy these snaps from the morning practice.
Monday afternoon the NHL announced its three stars of the week for the week ending January 15th. As part of that announcement, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has been selected as the league’s number one star. Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand and Carolina Hurricanes forward Brock McGinn were stars two and three.
Fresh off his 500th assist, Backstrom led the league in assists and point during the week of January 15th, with 7 assists and 10 points respectively. He is now 10th in scoring league wide, with 42 points in 43 games played.
This follows up Braden Holtby’s third star selection last week.
Capitals goalie prospect Ilya Samsonov had two strong showings over the weekend in KHL action, during which he kept Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the running against a pair of worthy opponents. Samsonov’s technical ability and athleticism were both on full display as he made 47 saves on 49 shots. These two appearances were his first since backstopping Russia to a bronze-medal finish in the World Junior Championships.
Sunday night, the Chiefs took on the Steelers for the opportunity to play the New England Patriots in the AFC Conference Championship. Midway through the second quarter, NBC showed a shot of the Arrowhead Stadium crowd in the lower bowl. There’s a bunch of Chiefs fans, a handful of Steelers fans, and hey, wait a minute!
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is a certified legend after tallying his 1,000th point last week. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have time for his people.
After tallying an assist in the Caps 5-0 win over the Flyers, Ovechkin met up with three members of the Montgomery Blue Devils hockey team in the Verizon Center parking deck. Of course he posed for an amazing picture.
Although the Caps won 5-0 against the Flyers in a matinee on Sunday, John Carlson had every reason to be bummed after the nationally-televised game. He suffered a lower-body injury and left after the first period, missing all of the goals that his teammates scored in quick succession.
Despite this, I’m sure he had the biggest smile on his face after this adorable greeting from his son Lucca in the belly of Verizon Center.
The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers played a mostly sleepy game through 40 minutes. Then the third period happened.
Washington exploded for four goals in five minutes. To complete the scoring, Nicklas Backstrom found Justin Williams with a no-look, between-the-legs pass. The tally gave the three-time Stanley Cup champion his 14th goal of the season.
It was Backstrom’s second stunning assist of the period.
While Alex Ovechkin is undisputedly one of the greatest goal-scorers of all time, he’s also become a very good passer. Sunday against the Flyers, Ovechkin authored one of the greatest assists of his career.
Do you get how big this is? The Caps had a 14-game streak in 2010, but this one has been so much more dominant. I’m trying to figure out how to impress upon you how special this run has been, and adjectives fail me. Mind-blowing, explosive, cataclysmic. Nope.
Here, lemme try this.
As you already know, Comcast Sportsnet is the exclusive rights holder of Capitals television telecasts. What you might not know is that they hold the same rights for all Philadelphia Flyers broadcasts as well. Both of these CSN outlets have their own Twitter accounts and, boy, were they busy today.
Through 40 minutes, the Capitals led the Philadelphia Flyers by only one goal. That’s unusual for the Caps of late, as they have been running roughshod over teams during their nine-game winning streak. That would change fast in the third period and the CSN Capitals Twitter account let their sister station, know all about it.
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