When Braden Holtby’s shutout streak ended at a nice total of 169 minutes, the Capitals suddenly found themselves in a tie game.
“Don’t worry,” Evgeny Kuznetsov probably said, “I’ve got this.”
“But Kuzy,” Brooks Orpik probably said, “you never score anymore.”
Then Kuznetsov spit into the ice, grinned, and said, “watch this.”
So watch this.
Nicklas Backstrom was already the Washington Capitals’ franchise leader in assists. On Saturday, Nicky registered his 500th career apple, making him the second-fastest Swede and the 139th player of all-time to reach that threshold (68 of those players are in the Hall of Fame).
The enormity of the moment was not lost on his teammates. After Oshie one-timed Backstrom’s pass into back of the net, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin celebrated, raising his arms with glee. As he approached his teammates’ goal hug, Ovechkin suddenly remembered Backstrom’s milestone and picked up the puck.
We know this because we found footage of that fateful moment from the overhead goal cam.
Friday night, the Washington Capitals held another team-building event. This time the Caps threw some rocks and curled north of the border in Ottawa. According to the Capitals, Jay Beagle, Nate Schmidt, Brett Leonhardt, and Tim Ohashi won the match.
But I want to point you to what happened afterwards. The Caps’ three Russians, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov, explored a nearby hockey store in the capital city. Outside the building, there was a giant advertisement of Alex Ovechkin. So naturally the trio had to take a video in front of it.
Nate Schmidt is a great hockey player who should play in every Capitals game. Recently, however, ya boy Smitty has been scratched for Taylor Chorney, after the latter scored the game-winning tally in the Capitals’ New Year’s Day victory.
Well, time to put down the Chorn Horn and ride Schmidt Scooter to Goaltown, USA.
On Thursday night, the Capitals broke the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 16-game winning streak, stopping them from tying the NHL record for most wins in a single season. More importantly,
defenseman Jesus Schmidt scored his first goal since January 7, 2016.
“It’s been weighing on me,” Schmidt said when I asked him about his recent rough road, with two straight healthy scratches. He then laughed heartily at his misfortunate. “It’s been a little tough lately. You just got to stick with it. … When they call your name, just be ready!”
On Tuesday, RMNB reported that Alex Ovechkin and his wife Nastya Ovechkina were auctioning off a game-used stick to help raise the money needed for a Russian baby’s emergency surgery. The pair decided to help raise the funds needed for the two-month-old’s operation through a stick auction on Nastya’s Instagram, where the starting price was $300 USD.
That night, Ovechkin scored a historic goal. Ovechkin tallied his 19th career overtime goal, tying him with Jaromir Jagr for the most OT goals in NHL history. Nastya announced today that the auction for the OT stick, in combination with other fundraising sources, was successful in raising the money needed for the baby’s emergency operation in Denmark. The highest bid for the stick was 103,500 rubles (approximately $1,741.29 USD) from a bidder who wished to remain anonymous.
Tuesday night at Verizon Center, Alex Ovechkin gave the Capitals a thrilling 6-5 overtime win. He also accomplished some more history. The one-time goal, which was beautifully assisted by John Carlson, was Ovechkin’s 19th overtime tally of his career.
Not only is that a Caps’ franchise record, Ovechkin is now tied with with hockey fossil Jaromir Jagr for the most OT goals in NHL history.
The Washington Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs just engaged in an instant classic.
After taking an initial 1-0 lead, the Capitals would comeback three separate times (2-1, 4-2, and 5-4) before winning in overtime. The Caps’ 6-5 OT victory would end the Leafs’ winning-streak at five games.
Let’s celebrate by re-watching all the of the goals.
Tuesday morning, Nastya Ovechkina announced a special opportunity to land her husband’s game-used stick from tonight’s game on Instagram. It benefits a great cause.
“Dear friends, we are starting an auction,” she wrote. “Alex’s signed game-used stick! The starting price is 300$. All the raised money will go to support a child, who needs an emergency surgery! Give your prices in the comments.”
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