Brad Marchand is called a pest. That’s the polite way of saying he’s a miserable player of middling ability who’s mostly known for being a scuba-certified diving instructor and an insufferabe troll. He made that second part clear in Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Bruins, when Marchand attempted to emasculate Joel Ward.
In a season full of historic accomplishments, Alex Ovechkin had another in Boston on Saturday. The 28-year-old Washington Capitals captain became the 148th player in NHL history to score 800 career points.
Ovechkin, who was five points away of the milestone after the Olympic break, needed only four periods and change to reach the mark.
Ovechkin debuted for the Capitals on October 5, 2005, and is playing in his 658th NHL game.
Point number 800 was a beautiful, unstoppable one-time power play goal. Tuuka Rask never had a chance.
The Washington Capitals killed off a two-minute five-on-three Boston Bruins power play in the first period, which could have even been classified as a five-on-two advantage when Brooks Laich broke his stick. The Bruins managed seven shots on net in the first twenty minutes – three from the ever-dangerous Torey Krug – and Braden Holtby, who was tremendous, stopped them all.
Holtby did, however, have to make one ten-bell save. On himself.
Yes, it was the hardest save he made all period.
Photo: Robert Mayer
This has been the worst week of Nicklas Backstrom‘s professional career. After being one of Sweden’s best players in the Sochi Olympics, Backstrom was suspended from the gold-medal game due to a high level of pseudoephedrine in his urine. Sweden lost 3-0. Backstrom flew home without a medal to face the media during a press conference that got kind of uncomfortable at times.
Here’s a good way to put that mess in the past: score a goal in your first game back.
Photo: Robert Mayer
He also got two assists. Three-point night for the Great Eight. Deal with it.
The Florida Panthers had erased two two-goal leads on Monday night, but the Capitals had a chance to finish them off late in the third.
Exiting the penalty box, Mike Green was set on a one-on-zero breakaway. As he neared the paint, Florida goalie Tim Thomas fell– opening up the net for a layup game-winner with deadly casualness.
A month and three days ago, the Washington Capitals lost one of their best players when Mikhail Grabovski injured his ankle after being taken down from behind by New Jersey Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador.
It was a long rehab for Grabo. After missing 8 games, the Belarusian center returned in the Caps’ first game back after the Olympics. His first shift was basically a disaster.
One of our most read articles during the Sochi Olympics had nothing to do with hockey, which I guess at this point is business as usual. The day RMNB readers saw photos of Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson biking around Sochi in their suits, apparently a few ovaries exploded. Certainly, lulz were shared by all.
Hey, guess what, you guys. Since I love you, Friend of the blog Magnus Cadelin and I plundered the darkest corners of the Swedish interweb to find you more photos – and *gasp* – a GIF too!
It doesn’t disappoint.
Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson may have been devastated after Sweden’s 3-0 loss to Canada, but he accomplished a lot in his first Olympic tournament. He recorded one assist in five games and won a silver medal. That’s nothing to sneeze at. Teemu Selanne, the greatest Olympic scorer of all-time, has won three bronze medals and one solitary silver.
Johansson was one of the last players to receive his medal. He looked heartbroken as he accepted his prize from an IIHF official.
Photo: Capital Hill’s @md_dc
Saturday morning was a time for ceremonial hockey hardware to be awarded. Team Finland beat John Carlson and the US to take home the Bronze Medal in Sochi. Also, Troy Brouwer received some ridiculous 100 balloons from the Brouwer Rangers. About that last thing: on February 8, Brouwer netted his 100th NHL with an empty netter against the New Jersey Devils. With the Caps back from the Olympic break, Troy’s fan club presented him with his gift.