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.
Last Thursday, the Washington Capitals held their annual season-ticket holder party at Six Flags America and it was a bunch of fun. There were ketchup bottle cookies, dominant whack-a-mole performances, an Oshie/Yoshie meeting, and spur of the moment tattoos. Now the team’s releasing GoPro footage of some Caps and their significant others riding a roller coaster.
It’s mandatory viewing — especially because of how scared TJ Oshie is before the Superman’s first big drop.
Triple-threat Julianne Hough bought a fancy gyrocopter for husband-to-be Brooks Laich last week. The gadget is a DGI Phantom 3 and it’s powerful. According to DJI’s website, the flying camera’s top speed is 35 MPH and can travel up to 20,000 feet above sea level though it can only stay in the air for 25 minutes.
Laich broke the thing in on Tuesday while taking the couple’s two dogs, Lexi and Harley, on a walk.
Wednesday night, the Washington Capitals lost to the Carolina Hurricanes in the shootout 4-3. The biggest moments of the game included a fancy Alex Ovechkin goal and a mind-blowing shootout tally by TJ Oshie.
That wasn’t the only notable thing Oshie did. Midway through the game, according to @Canes_Gameday, the former Blue delivered a questionable hit to Joakim Nordstrom. That hit set off a small fracas, where the Canes’ Brad Malone tried to go after Oshie. Brooks Laich intervened and dropped the gloves with Justin Faulk.
I love Laich’s leadership here, but that face should not be punched.
On Monday, Reddit user /u/k_nasty posted something I and a large chunk of hockey fans did not know. Via Wikipedia, Brooks Orpik is named after Miracle On Ice’s Herb Brooks.
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