The Washington Capitals held a full-practice on Friday morning. It was obvious the team was still pumped up from their shoot out win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night. Dmitry Orlov, who had the only regulation goal for the Capitals, was in especially high spirits, laughing and messing around with his teammates throughout the entire practice.
The team welcomed back Paul Carey, who earned a call up after a remarkable four-goal game the prior week with the Hershey Bears. Carey will stay with the team during the upcoming road trip as an additional forward.
Near the end of practice, Orlov took Tom Wilson down during a practice rush. The two slid along the ice as Orlov celebrated his accomplishment. Enjoy the photos!
On Thursday night, the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets were locked in an intense battle to capture the top spot in Metropolitan Division and the league. After much shooting, but no scoring in the first period, Braden Holtby was forced to make a brilliant save to keep the game scoreless.
Remember the mess that was the 2016 election? No, not the presidential election. We’re talking about the Caps bobblehead election.
After a dog-eat-dog fight to choose the Caps next bobblehead elect, Braden Holtby reigned supreme over Tom Wilson and Justin Williams (despite the fact that most of the Caps team, including the winner himself, voted for Justin Williams).
Months later, it seems that Wilson is still not over losing.
Wednesday afternoon the NHL announced their three stars for the month of February. And for the second month in a row, a Capitals player was selected as one of those three stars.
Caps netminder Braden Holtby was named the NHL’s third star of February. Teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov was previously named the first star for the month of January.
During the month of February Holtby was nearly unstoppable, posting an 8-0-1 record with a 1.88 GAA and a .928 save percentage. One of those eight wins was his 30th career shutout on February 7 versus Carolina, and he allowed two or fewer goals in all but three games during the month. Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews and Predators forward Filip Forsberg were the first and second star of the month.
Early in the second period, CSN Mid-Atlantic aired their nightly Thompson Creek Window Company’s Window Of Opportunity. On this night, they featured a clip from the Capitals’ morning skate which was incredible.
Head Coach Barry Trotz scored a goal on reigning Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby. And then he taunted his own goalie.
The morning after being traded, Kevin Shattenkirk flew to New York City for his first game with his brand new team. Shattenkirk brought along whatever he could fit on the flight and the clothes he was wearing on his body, checking into the team hotel later in the day.
While Shattenkirk’s jersey was freshly stitched before the game, the talented defenseman was missing several crucial warmup items. So it appears Braden Holtby gave Shatty one of his hoodies.
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