Regardless of tonight’s outcome, this will be the final game CSN Washington covers this postseason. Therefore, this is the final Joe B Suit of the Night.
In case you’re wondering, Beninati brought out his A game for the telecast. He wore a handsome navy suit with a red tie, white pocket square, and a vertically striped blue dress shirt. Check out all of Joe B’s suits this season.
I hate feeling my own feels. The Caps just turned my insides to mush with this two-minute video dedicated to Bensten “Bman” Schone. As you’ll recall, Bensten is the six-year-old Caps fan who was struck by a car after accidentally sledding into the road. He’s been slowly recovering from a brain injury ever since.
If you watched the Caps’ pre-game show tonight like I did, you saw some science. While Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin gave a preview of the Caps’ match-up with the Stars tonight, we saw some magic on live TV.
Craig Laughlin literally absorbed an entire Slurpee into his head.
Bondra scores late in the game. (Photos by Chris Gordon)
This year’s NHL Winter Classic has not had much buildup. Aside from the game, there isn’t much going on. The lack of an official alumni game — which had become a tradition at Winter Classics — angered and vexed many fans. Washington cancelled this year’s Caps Convention, saying they wanted to focus on Winter Classic events and has been hyping its former players all year long, with this season being the team’s fortieth anniversary. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, and Caps owner Ted Leonsis have all given competing answers as to why the event didn’t occur. Nevertheless, a group of former Caps, media members, and As Seen on TV people like NBC’s Washington Amelia Segal, took to the Nationals Park ice on Tuesday afternoon as part of an informal skate that came together in the past few weeks.
“I guess we all unfairly assumed that there would be one,” Alan May, who played in the game, said of an official alumni game, noting that Rod Langway and numerous former Blackhawks and Capitals expressed interest. “There’s nothing that can be done about it.”
I was watching Joe Buck on The Tonight Show a few years ago. Buck was telling Jay Leno that he got so bored with commentating that he asked his friends to text him ridiculous words to work into the broadcast. If he couldn’t do it, he would have to face the consequences of those friends.
With that in mind, I sent this request to Caps color commentator Craig Laughlin:
@Laughlin18 You have 7:02 left in the second period to say some variation of "biscuit in the basket" on live TV and prove you see my tweet!
Last night CSN Washington shared another episode of On The Road With Locker. It was again a slam dunk of comedy– unintentional or not.
The segment begins with Laughlin declaring he would drive into the desert to find Wile E. Coyote and The Road Runner. Sure. Instead he arrived in Sedona with the television crew, and he started playing a xylophone.
During Friday’s first intermission, Craig Laughlin and the rest of the Comcast Sportsnet crew presented Joe Beninati with a birthday cake. In typical Locker form, however, the cake from Clyde’s had been destroyed before arriving in front of Beninati, who is celebrating his 49th birthday.
“We had a little accident, everybody,” Laughlin said laughing. “You know what my mom says? ‘It’s always the thought that counts.'”
Laughlin tipped the cake over to the camera.
“I can read it,” Laughlin continued. “It says ‘Happy Birthday.’ There was ‘Joe B’ below that, but… this is sort of what happens to you [in your life], right?”
“That’s my story in a nutshell,” Beninati deadpanned.
Later, Laughlin struck a match and lit a candle on the cake. As he blew out the match, the candle on the cake sitting in his lap was blown out.
First, Caps legend Peter Bondra joined Joe Beninati and Craig Laughlin in the TV booth. Then Laughlin’s daughter Courtney, who was hired by CSN Washington in the fall, got inside and took some photos with dad. This is great.
Before morning skate on Saturday, Florida-based Caps fan Jenna (@oddwomanrush) ran into CSN Washington color commentator Craig Laughlin. That’s when some social media magic happened. I’ll let Jenna explain.