Tuesday morning, the Capitals announced that then will be hosting a new charity event this month, the Wish Upon a Par golf tournament. Wish Upon a Par will be held on Monday, February 20, at Top Golf in Ashburn, Virginia. Tickets are now on sale and include food, two and a half hours of golfing, a silent auction, and the chance to win various prizes. VIP tickets are also available. All proceeds will go to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation Mid-Atlantic.
Capitals players in attendance will include Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky, John Carlson, Taylor Chorney, Brett Connolly, Philipp Grubauer, Marcus Johansson, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, TJ Oshie, Nate Schmidt, Justin Williams, Tom Wilson, and Daniel Winnik. Alumnus Rod Langway will also be in attendance.
In what Steve Buckhantz called “one of the best regular season games” he’s ever seen, the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Washington Wizards 140-135 in overtime, snapping Washington’s 17-game home winning streak.
With three seconds left and the Cavaliers down 120-117, LeBron James caught a three-quarters of the court inbounds pass and nailed a fadeaway three over Bradley Beal, while Caps owner Ted Leonsis looked on. In overtime, Kyrie Irving nailed another three over Beal to seal the win for the defending champions. Capitals’ skaters John Carlson, Brooks Orpik, and Andre Burakovsky were all in attendance during their off day to support the Wizards.
Barry Trotz believed injured defenseman John Carlson would be ready to play after the All-Star Break. Judging by this round of call-ups, he still may not be able to.
Monday morning after the All-Star Weekend concluded, the Capitals announced two promotions from AHL Hershey, prospect defenseman Christian Djoos and forward Chandler Stephenson.
Stephenson returns back to the club after appearing in two games last week. Stephenson suited up for Jay Beagle Tuesday after the Caps center could not play due to the stomach flu. Stephenson also got a jersey on Thursday after TJ Oshie returned home due to a family emergency.
Meanwhile, for Djoos, this is his first promotion to the NHL. The 22-year-old left-shooting defenseman has tallied 26 points in 35 games this season with Hershey, which includes five goals and 21 assists. Djoos was a seventh round pick in the 2012 entry-draft. His father Par played 82 games in the NHL during a hockey career that spanned 16 seasons.
On Sunday, January 15, John Carlson left the Capitals game against the Flyers with a lower-body injury. He has not played since.
At Monday morning’s press availability, head coach Barry Trotz announced that Carlson might not play again until January 31, after the All-Star Game break.
Head coach Barry Trotz just announced that defenseman John Carlson is doubtful for the Capitals’ next game against St. Louis.
Last Thursday, Carlson left practice early. According to CSN Mid-Atlantic, Trotz described that injury as a lower body issue which required some “maintenance.” On Sunday, Carlson was unable to finish the Caps’ 5-0 thrashing of the Philadelphia Flyers. Carlson left the game in the first period. Later, the Capitals announced that Carlson was questionable to return after suffering a lower body injury. It’s unclear if Carlson aggravated the original practice injury or when the injury occurred.
Although the Caps won 5-0 against the Flyers in a matinee on Sunday, John Carlson had every reason to be bummed after the nationally-televised game. He suffered a lower-body injury and left after the first period, missing all of the goals that his teammates scored in quick succession.
Despite this, I’m sure he had the biggest smile on his face after this adorable greeting from his son Lucca in the belly of Verizon Center.
Tuesday night at Verizon Center, the Washington Capitals hosted regular-season game number 37 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The stakes were low, but by the end of the night, it felt like the Caps had won a playoff series.
Between the Russian hat trick of goals (Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov all scored) to the team’s multiple improbable comebacks, the Caps really wanted to win and their celebrations reflected that.
For instance, when John Carlson scored to tie the game 5-5 late in the third period, the Caps started to punch each other.
The Washington Capitals and the Toronto Maple Leafs just engaged in an instant classic.
After taking an initial 1-0 lead, the Capitals would comeback three separate times (2-1, 4-2, and 5-4) before winning in overtime. The Caps’ 6-5 OT victory would end the Leafs’ winning-streak at five games.
Let’s celebrate by re-watching all the of the goals.
Barry Trotz shook up his defensive pairings a few weeks ago and in doing so he reunited John Carlson and Karl Alzner as the Caps shutdown defensive pair. Carlson and Alzner have skated just over 3,000 minutes together in their career, but only 212 of those minutes have been during the Trotz regime.
But 128 of those 212 minutes have come since the recent reunion. The pair has been Trotz’s first choice to shutdown the top offensive players on the Caps’ opponent any given night. Unfortunately for the Caps, the reunion isn’t going very well. The Caps are getting outplayed when they’re on the ice. This pairing either needs to be broken up or have the difficulty of their assignments reduced.
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