Jay Beagle was the Capitals hero once again.
The Regal Beagle scored the Caps’ lone tally — a third period goal with 5:41 left in the game — during Friday night’s 1-0 snoozer against Detroit. It was Jay Beagle’s second game-winning goal in November and the eighth of his nine-year NHL career.
The goal was a masterpiece, if you count falling over and whacking at a rebound a masterpiece.
The Washington Capitals had a disaster scenario unfold during the first period of their game against the Detroit Red Wings. Four different forwards — TJ Oshie, Lars Eller, Andre Burakovsky, and Tom Wilson — went down the tunnel with injuries. Three of them — Oshie, Eller, and Burakovsky — did not return with what Barry Trotz termed as upper-body injuries. Oshie, Eller, and Burakovsky will all be reevaluated tomorrow.
Tom Wilson and TJ Oshie have a strange pregame routine they perform before every game. Wilson will slam or tap his stick into Oshie’s gluteus maximus. According to Dan Steinberg, the force of the slash is determined by how the team played previously.
Thanks to two dedicated Caps fans, we now have two more videos of the tradition being carried out.
Two games ago the Capitals’ 22-year old forward Tom Wilson led the team’s forward group in five-on-five ice time against the Winnipeg Jets with 15 minutes. This has not been the norm, as Wilson currently sits ninth overall among Caps forwards in five-on-five ice time, but it does highlight an interesting opportunity that the team has.
Wilson is a polarizing player, almost certainly the most polarizing to suit up for the Caps on a regular basis. The first round pick probably already sits in the “bust” column for many fans, and his unrelenting physicality draws the ire of 29 other fanbases.
But with the commitment of a new two-year deal, Wilson is here to stay. And despite a continued lack of results, there is a case to be made that now is exactly the time during that two-year window when Wilson should be seeing serious playing time — at least more than the 10.5 minutes per game he has seen to date.
On Saturday, the Washington Capitals hosted Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Verizon Center. There were so many great moments that evening that it’s hard to cover them all. But here’s another one.
Nicklas Backstrom’s Wish Kid for the evening was five-year-old cancer survivor Maeve, who is currently in remission. Before the game, Maeve and her newfound friend Addy, stood by the glass during warmups. It was at that moment Maeve first met hunky forward Tom Wilson.
Her reaction is priceless.
You guys, Tom Wilson and TJ Oshie have continued their odd pregame routine and I have the video to prove it. During warmups, Wilson will approach Oshie and whack the unstoppable shootout star in the gluteus maximus. “Just getting the boys going,” Oshie said to The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg when trying to explain the point of it. “I don’t know.” I don’t either.
Thursday night before puck drop, Wilson gave Oshie not one, not two, but three (!) butt slashes.
On Monday, Caps fans Nick and Jenn Passero published photos of their baby Troy Nicklas celebrating his first Halloween. Their adorable child, named after former Capital Troy Brouwer and Super Swede Nicklas Backstrom, wore a homemade Halloween costume of Tom Wilson sitting in a penalty box. The photos went so viral that even Pavel Datsyuk posted a copy of one of the images on his own Instagram.
November 8 is election day in the United States. And this year, the Caps are giving fans the chance to make another very important decision: What should the next Capitals bobblehead giveaway be?
Tuesday morning via Facebook Live, the Capitals revealed the three candidates for the bobbleheads and they are tremendous.
RMNB readers Jenn and Nick P. have always been enthusiastic Caps fans. For example, they named their recently born son, Troy Nicklas, after Troy Brouwer and Nicklas Backstrom.
On Monday, Jenn and Nick dressed Baby Troy in his first Halloween costume and this time, the parents thought an homage to Tom Wilson was appropriate. Now dressing up your baby as a hockey enforcer is cute, but it’s the final detail that makes this memorable. Jenn constructed a makeshift penalty box for Troy to wear and sit in.
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