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.
Tuesday night, the Washington Wizards pulled out a thrilling 101-99 victory over the Chicago Bulls, and one popular Capitals player was there to cheer them on.
21-year-old left wing Andre Burakovsky had lower bowl seats to watch John Wall hit a game-winning jumper with five seconds left in the game.
Earlier on Thursday, teen idol Andre Burakovsky had a bold prediction for the evening’s Blue Jackets game. “It’s going to be a really fun moment for us to end it,” Yung Dre said of Columbus’s nearly historical winning streak.
Then Burakovsky put his hockey stick where his mouth is.
It’s 2017, you guys!
All night, Capitals players have been sharing their photos, celebrating the new year. As Washington is the only team in the NHL to play both on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, many of the players stayed in with their families.
Here’s what they posted and the translations.
Monday afternoon, the Washington Capitals visited MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to deliver some holiday cheer for those in need.
Players divided into groups and distributed blankets, kid’s club packages, and hats collected as part of the team’s recent drive for Ellie’s Hats. There were also balloons, cupcakes, gifts, and a photographer which was all made possible from funds raised for Hope for Henry. Finally, the players and patients also brushed Capitals-themed canvas paintings in conjunction with Tracy’s Kids, a pediatric art therapy organization. The paintings will be autographed and auctioned off during the Capitals game on December 29.
Consider Ovechkin gave Burakovsky a back rub while the two worked on their canvas paintings. The pair joked around constantly. In certain brilliant photos captured by Chris Gordon, Ovechkin would look at Burakovsky and the Russian machine’s face would resemble the heart-eyes emoji.
Check these out.
Ahead of last night’s game with the Philadelphia Flyers, Andre Burakovsky did an interview with Sportsnet’s Sophia Jurksztowicz.
Jurksztowicz reported that Burakovsky was, amongst his Capitals teammates, the MPP – most popular player. She also got a tip from TJ Oshie about one of the things Burakovsky is relentlessly teased about inside the locker room.
Ladies and gentlemen, Andre Burakovsky scored a goal in an actual hockey game! This is big news because Burky has been goal-less in the last 26 games. After scoring two goals on opening night, Burakovsky was unable to dent the twine. In an effort to mentally reset his forward, Barry Trotzscratched Burakovsky for three games coming into tonight’s contest.
With one simple flick of the wrists, Burakovsky felt joy again.
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