On Monday we found out that the Alzners, Oshies and Winniks are vacationing together in the Bahamas during the Caps’ bye week. Tuesday night, we found out it’s not just the three couples and their kids. The Backstroms and Johanssons are with them, too.
In a post calling it the “Best Valentine’s Day we’ve ever had,” Taylor Winnik shared a photo of the whole 20-person crew, including some unidentified friends or family members, hanging out on the beach at Atlantis Paradise Island.
Monday afternoon, former Capitals forward Michael Latta had some kind words for his “dad” and former teammate, Nicklas Backstrom.
Over the weekend, Backstrom became the fourth player in Caps history to record 700 points, joining Alex Ovechkin (1,017), Peter Bondra (825), and Mike Gartner (789). According to the Caps PR, Backstrom also became and the eighth-fastest active player to reach 700 NHL points (708 GP), trailing Sidney Crosby (497), Jaromir Jagr (557), Ovechkin (579), Evgeni Malkin (580), Patrick Kane (696), Jason Spezza (700), and Joe Thornton (706).
After the Washington Capitals played the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night, Nicklas Backstrom took time to meet with a family who has been through a tragedy. The father, Bryan K., explains.
In late December, tragedy struck my family suddenly, and unexpectedly when my beloved 15-year-old son Jake took his own life. He had been struggling with anxiety and depression for the previous three months since entering high school and we were actively working with doctors, therapists, and the Loudoun County Public School system to try and help him. But sadly, we lost him.
Jake loved playing and watching hockey. On December 7, 2016, Jake and I went to our last hockey game together. The Capitals played the Bruins. Here’s a photo of Jake from the game.
After defeating the Anaheim Ducks 6-4, the Washington Capitals tied a NHL record for offensive prowess during a time in history where goalscoring is down.
The Caps tied the 1970-71 Boston Bruins for the most consecutive home games with five or more goals (11). Saturday marked the Capitals twelfth straight victory at home.
Rookie Zach Sanford scored the record-tying goal after tallying his first NHL goal late in the third period.
Over the last 11 games, the Caps have scored a ridiculous 6, 5, 5, 5, 6, 5, 6, 5, 5, 6 and 6 goals. That’s 60 goals, you guys.
Here are all of Caps tallies from tonight.
Don’t look now. Nicklas Backstrom is now a point away from the league-lead in points.
In the first period, the Caps scored three goals and Backstrom tallied two points (one goal, one assist). He registered career point number 700 on TJ Oshie’s opening salvo, which was also Oshie’s career point number 400.
Lost in the hubbub of all the Caps’ dominant wins, Nicklas Backstrom has crept into the league leaders in points.
During his last 18 games, Backstrom’s been arguably the Caps’ best player, tallying seven goals and 20 assists. The Caps’ first-line center now trails Sidney Crosby (60) and Connor McDavid (60) by only three points. Ahead of Saturday night’s games, Backstrom (57) sits in a three-way tie for third with Brad Marchand and Brent Burns.
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.
TJ Oshie may never score an easier goal.
After a brilliant saucer pass by Nicklas Backstrom, Oshie was sprung on a breakaway against Tuukka Rask. Oshie, who looked behind himself to confirm he really was that open, deposited the puck five hole. He had no celebration after scoring because that was way too easy.
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