The Washington Capitals have been on Christmas Break ever since Monday’s thrilling 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.
So what has everyone been up to? I’m glad you asked.
Those meddling kids are at it again.
After Brooks Laich posted an update on his Instagram Tuesday showing him traveling back to LA for the Holiday Break, Laich’s liney Michael Latta and Laich’s former liney Tom Wilson started begging for a follow back again.
Christmas has come early, you guys.
A little old lady almost paid the ultimate price for a show of bravado between Caps forwards Brooks Laich and Nicklas Backstrom when they raced each other up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial last month.
Let me set the scene: Earlier in November, some Caps fans bid on the opportunity to tour the nation’s capital with Caps players on Segways. That tour happened on November 22 when Laich, Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky, and Marcus Johansson set out to cause a ruckus while trying to avoid any career-threatening injuries.
Photo: Angela Weiss
Last week, we broke the news that Brooks Laich was snubbing Tom Wilson and Michael Latta on Instagram. Basically, Laich’s linemates were so desperate for an Instagram follow that they started commenting on his photos with fans.
“Can a liney get a follow back,” Latta begged in one Instagram post.
“Still waitin’ on a follow back from the left winger of the hottest line in hockey,” Wilson typed.
Last Wednesday, 106.7 The Fan’s Sports Junkies told Laich about our story in their weekly segment together.
“Is that honestly a headline? I had no idea,” Laich said laughing.
Photo: Brooks Laich
Begging for a follow is a hallmark of social media. Capitals forward Brooks Laich already has a big online fanbase (being engaged to a Hollywood superstar has probably helped), but he’s not excepted from those requests.
Tom Wilson and Michael Latta, who have gained notoriety of their own thanks to their off-ice hijinks) took follow-begging one step further by doing so in the comments of Laich’s own Instagram post.
Over the summer, Capitals forward Brooks Laich proposed to his girlfriend, actress Julianne Hough. Since they began dating, Hough has become a Caps fan favorite, frequently stopped on the Verizon Center concourse for photo requests, which she happily obliges.
Brooks Laich, who has quietly been one of the Caps’ most productive players this season, finally scored his first goal of the season. He deflected a Dmitry Orlov shot past Tuukka Rask with the back of his calf.
Photo by Amanda Bowen
Brooks Laich doesn’t have any points yet in the 2015-16 season, but if he continues to play how he has so far, he will help to solidify the Caps bottom six. It’s only been four games, so the point here is “he’s played well in four games.” There is no bigger narrative attached because the sample size is so small.
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