After a disappointing road trip, the Caps are back home at Verizon Center for five straight games. Tonight they’re matched up against salty Twitter user/long time rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Heading into tonight’s matchup, Coach Trotz has several lineup tweaks – though there’s no word yet on if #TopLineBeagle is back to being a #BottomLineBeagle. We can only hope.
Meanwhile, the Penguins come into tonight’s affair on three days rest after beating the tar out of the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1 last Saturday. In contrast, this is the second game of another Caps’ back-to-back series. The flightless birds from Pittsburgh currently sit second in the Metropolitan division, two points above your Caps, and did some of that damage without Sidney Crosby to start the year. Sid The Kid is back though and has ten goals in 9 games. Tonight should be a barnburner.
Puck drop is at 7:30 on NBCSN. Pierre!
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So… that was a pretty banner. K, got that out of the way.
The game got off to a furious start. Within the first minute, Chris Kunitz got sprung for a breakaway, which was brilliantly broken up by Dmitry Orlov. The Pens came on too hot and puck went the other way. Nicklas Backstrom delivered a tasty saucer pass over Trevor Daley’s stick and sweet sweet Andre Burakovsky fired a wrist shot into the back of the net. One paragraph for fifty-nine seconds
Later into the period Tom Kuhnhackl did a bad thing, which led to some pushing and then Tom Wilson got punched in the shoulder because I don’t know.
The second period was boring until the Caps got hit with an unlucky too many men penalty and Patric Hornqvist deflected it past Braden Holtby.
Late in the frame Evgeny Malkin took advantage of so effuppery by Orlov and TJ Oshie in their own zone. Geno was in all alone and Braden kicked the puck in with the back of his leg.
But Backstrom was at it again. In the third, he made a drop pass of the dead gorgeous vanity, once against to Burakovsky, who tired the game at two.
The game went to a heart-stopping overtime, but that led to nothing.
TJ did his thing in the shootout. Malkin responded. So did Letang. Nicky put the shootout into extra frames. Phil the Thrill won it. Pens beat Caps 3-2 (SO)
At 7:55pm, the Pittsburgh Penguins began their Stanley Cup banner ceremony. It took 22 minutes to conclude.
“Only two teams have won more cups than the Penguins in the last 50 years,” the Penguins narrator said as I contemplated the meaning of life. “Four cups, 15 scoring championships. In the city of champions, this is the franchise of champions.
There were player and owner introductions. There was a speech. There was a tribute video. There were glow sticks. There were fog machines.
The Capitals head to PPG Paints Arena Thursday night to begin another meaningless 82 game slog. They’ll be playing in the same place that used to be called CONSOL Energy Center, which was a stupid name, before the bottom dropped out of the coal market. Now the Uptown Pittsburgh rink has new a corporate-backed tongue twister emblazoned on the side so you be super super aware that PPG ain’t no glass company. They also make sniffable goods.
Before the game, the Penguins will raise a banner honoring their 2016 Stanley Cup championship. For the benefit of Caps fans, the Stanley Cup, also known as just “the Cup,” is a trophy awarded annually to the winner on the National Hockey League’s postseason.
The Caps roster is largely intact from last year’s squad which dominated the regular season and younger players like Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky, and Dmitry Orlov look poised to improve. Let’s see what happens. The puck drops on NBCSN at 8:20. Liveblog and recap the night away with us.
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|Washington Capitals||56-18-8||52.0%||101.1||21.9% (5th)||85.2% (2nd)|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||48-26-8||53.0%||100.6||18.4% (16th)||84.4 % (5th)|
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be raising their 2016 Stanley Cup championship banner on Thursday against the Capitals. And now they’re rubbing it in.
According to the Penguins Twitter account, all four of their Stanley Cup banners have been redesigned and reprinted. They are larger and, I’m assuming, more ostentatious than ever. Three of the banners have already been raised to the rafters while the fourth will be raised in front of the Caps on opening night.
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ home arena has become the “PPG Paints Arena” which will host the Washington Capitals for the season opener next Thursday. The Penguins released the new name announcement on Twitter and for some strange reason, the CSN Philadelphia channel for the Flyers thought they could throw in a super cute joke about their 13–3-1 record against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
Jumping to the defense of the Pittsburgh Penguins is not something I feel okay doing. It’s a backwards, bizarre, dirty feeling but after reading this series of tweets, I think it’s safe to assume we were all thinking the same thing. “Who the hell does CSNPhilly think they are?”
During a bitter playoff series last season with rival Pittsburgh, Braden Holtby showed an incredible amount of class when he gave his stick away to a Penguins fan battling cancer.
“It’s what we play the game for is to create positive influences on people,” Holtby said that day. “The Penguins are doing a great thing having him as their guest and luckily we got to share a little part of that and hopefully make his day a little better.”
On Tuesday, Holtby was back in Pittsburgh to practice with Team Canada ahead of his country’s final World Cup of Hockey exhibition game against Russia. This time he had kind words to say about the Pittsburgh organization and it’s definitely a thing you’re not going to enjoy reading.
Former Capitals draft pick Thomas DiPauli has signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
As a 2012 fourth round selection who attended college, the Capitals had until August 16 to sign him before he became an unrestricted free agent.
It became clear Thursday that DiPauli did not intend to sign with the Capitals and instead would chose the Stanley Cup champion Penguins as his landing spot.
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