The Washington Capitals gave up three goals in the first 12 minutes of their game tonight against the Calgary Flames on Hockey Night In Canada. Braden Holtby was sensational in net. The defense was to blame on every Flames goal. Caps head coach Adam Oates did not care about this fact, however, and decided to pull Holtby after Steve Oleksy accidentally deflected a Calgary shot into his own net. We can only assume it was to jumpstart his team.
As Holtby skated off the ice, he hurled obscenities towards the bench (or, possibly, Oates). He was not a happy.
On October 24, 2013, In Game Recap, By Peter Hassett
Photo: Derek Leung
The Washington Capitals got their road trip off to a rocky yet successful start in Winnipeg on Tuesday. The hope was that the Caps could feed at the trough of Canada’s weaker teams to kick off their jaunt and maybe get back to .500. No better team to feed on than the Edmonton Oilers.
Alex Ovechkin wrapped up a sleepy first period with his 10th goal in 10 games: a quick wrister off the faceoff. Joel Ward crashed the net in the second to tip in John Carlson’s shot from the blue line. Nick Backstrom finished a great series from Ovechkin and Johansson early in the third to make it 3-0. Native son Jason Chimera wowed his family and friends with a gorgeous skill goal in the final 10 minutes.
Justin Schultz got a garbage goal in garbage time to bust up the shutout.
The Washington Capitals released a behind-the-scenes video on Tuesday that gives us a peak behind the curtain of the upcoming Caps Dog calendar, which benefits the Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Every dollar from the sale of these keepsakes will go to making a pet’s life better, which is why on December 3rd, you will buy one when they go on sale. They’ve be available through the Capitals’ team stores at Verizon Center and Kettler, as well as online.
Because I love you guys, I have collected some of my favorite stills from the new video. If you ask me, the best pic is the one where Grabovski stares deep into that dog’s soul. Or Hula Holtby.
On October 19, 2013, In Game Recap, By Chris Gordon
Happy times! (Photo credit: Patrick McDermott)
Finishing up their longest home stand of the season, the Washington Capitals took on new look (!) Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday. Facing a bunch of weak teams, the Caps didn’t do well in their last four games of their five game set at Verizon Center, posting a record of 1-3 and falling to 2-5 overall. Yesterday, Adam Oates had enough and went all “Screw everything! YOLO!” on the lines. Erat to the second! Fehr on the fourth! Grabo on the third! Other things! Par-ty!
No offense in the first frame. In the second, though, power play powerhouse Joel Ward rifled one top shelf on Sergei Bobrovsky to give the Caps the lead. Washington added to it about six minutes later when Brooks Laich popped in the rebound after Steve Oleksy’s inexplicably fancy stick work. The Caps took it home in the third with tallies from Troy Brouwer and Alex Ovechkin. Garbage goal for Artem Anisimov late. Wee! Caps top Jackets 4-1.
Ovi and his not-yellow laces. (Photo credit: Chris Gordon)
October marks Hockey Fights Cancer month in the NHL. On Saturday, the Washington Capitals had their own special night at Verizon Center to raise awareness and money for cancer research. Yes, that’s why you’re seeing lavender literally every where on your TV screen tonight. The color represents all forms of cancer and is the official swatch of the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer month.
The jerseys, based off the team’s game-issued home red sweaters, feature a Hockey Fights Cancer patch on the front, and on the back features the players’ names and numbers in lavender twill instead of the traditional white. Their helmets this month also feature a Hockey Fights Cancer decal on the back.
The best part of the players getup, however, was the other stuff. Players such as goaltender Braden Holtby used lavender tape on their sticks. Alex Ovechkin, who always wears bright yellow laces, joined his teammates by wearing pink ones.
RMNB’s master photographer extraoridnaire, Chris Gordon, was on the scene and snapped photos of warm-ups. Check them out below.
Ovi poses with Hook, a one-eyed pitbull mix. (Photo credit: MSE Foundation)
The Washington Capitals may have authored a convincing 4-2 victory last night against the Edmonton Oilers, but there was still lots of hard work to do at Kettler Capitals IcePlex today. And by hard work, I mean putting on glittery outfits and posing for photos with puppies. This year’s Caps Dog Calendar, done in association with Homeward Trails, is going to be one to remember (and also may fetch hundreds of dollars on eBay).
There was pushing. There was shoving. There were face washes and head-patting too. Pugilists Karl Alzner and Mike Green were sent to the box along with Alex Ovechkin. Two Oilers’ players, Luke Gazdic and Brown, also served time for roughing.
Holtby did send a message to the Oilers, but found a more subtle way to deliver it. As Taylor Hall went for a deflection goal a few minutes later, the Holtbeast told the former first overall pick to get the hell out of his crease.
Sami, holding up her iPhone 4, took a front-facing photo of her three friends: Brenna (front row to the left), Zoe (second row to the left), and Danielle (second row to the right) as they rode the Superman rollercoaster. In the background, Caps players make silly faces. Braden Holtby looks apprehensive, Eric Fehr shows off his pearly whites, Tom Wilson gives an enthusiastic thumbs up, and little old Connor Carrick (who I trust was tall enough to ride this ride) manages to lean his head just above Fehr’s.
Study this photo. Look at it carefully. It has more layers than one of my website comp PSD’s (and no, I didn’t name the layers).
Danielle, who emailed us the group’s photos and kindly gave us permission to publish, was really excited. “It was really cool to see what happened to Sami’s photo,” Danielle wrote. “Because later on when we were visiting the players autograph tables, they knew exactly who we were from the roller coaster and mentioned that they saw the picture on Twitter.”
Tuesday was Zoe’s birthday. (Happy belated birthday, Zoe!) Danielle tells us that many players made a big deal about it.
The girls got autographs from Mike Green, Aaron Volpatti, Connor Carrick, John Carlson, Eric Fehr, Joel Ward, Marcus Johansson, and hahahabest Ovechkin.
Below are the rest of their photos from the night. Looks like a great time.
On Tuesday night, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby had his own weird autograph moment at the Caps’ annual season-ticket holder party at Six Flags. Hotlby’s thing was cuter than Alzner’s though. Holtby signed a baby.