Last night, I attended my first Capitals game since 2014 with my eight-months-pregnant wife Ashley. It was very meaningful to me because it also ended up being my baby’s first game ever too. I wish all of you could have seen it kick my wife’s belly after Tom Wilson scored and the goal horn went off!
I only meant for the two of us to go to the game as fans (we bought tickets), but when the Capitals PR team found out, they insisted on credentialing us to give us both access upstairs. They also encouraged both Ashley and myself to visit before the game.
And that’s when something incredible happened.
On Sunday, Andre Burakovsky made hockey headlines when he got into a car that wasn’t his Uber. But it was where Burakovsky was going that showed his mind was still in the right place. The Swedish forward, who broke his hand days earlier, went to the Loudoun Top Golf to hang out and watch his friends drive golf balls. He will be there again next week, but this time with most of the Caps roster.
This upcoming Monday from 2-5pm, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic is hosting an event called Wish Upon A Par. For $125, you can purchase a ticket and attend the event, which includes 2.5 hours of play and unlimited food and nonalcoholic beverages. But hurry, I’m told general admission tickets are going very fast. The event also is offering a rare and semi-inexpensive way to hang out with your favorite Caps player during the event.
While The Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga is already planning a parade, Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg had some interesting thoughts after his team’s 6-3 loss to the Capitals.
Two nights earlier, Detroit played another Metropolitan Division superpower, the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Zetterberg was asked to compare the two teams.
When TJ Oshie dented the twine 14:18 into the third period, the 30-year-old winger put the Caps up 5-3. The goal marked Oshie’s 14th career two-goal game. It also pushed the Caps to an unheard of NHL milestone.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Washington Capitals became the second team in NHL history to score five-plus goals in ten straight home games. The only team who’s done it longer is the 1970-71 Bruins (11). That Bruins team featured three Hall of Fame skaters including Phil Esposito, Bobby Orr, and Johnny Bucyk. Think about that.
Last June, Braden Holtby, wearing a Rock The Rainbow Capitals shirt, marched in the Capital Pride Parade along with his wife Brandi and other members of the Caps organization.
Many fans, who were inspired by Holtby’s gesture, reached out to the Capitals online to sell the same pride shirt, wanting to show support to the local LGBTQ community too. The Capitals organization obliged ten days later and sales were brisk.
Thursday, in celebration of Hockey Is For Everyone month, the NHL, for the very first time, released pride shirts for every NHL team. Reader Jenn Rubenstein was the first to point out the Caps’ new merch item on our timeline.
Capitals fan Andrew Burk, who serves as the Vice President of Digital at FP1 Strategies, shared something amazing on his Twitter account Tuesday. Andrew and his fiancee Cassie were recently given access by his favorite hockey team to shoot their engagement photos at Verizon Center.
Like literally on the ice.
The 2016-17 Washington Capitals are the best team in the NHL by a country mile. Tuesday, the Capitals won their tenth straight game at home. Washington’s 80 standings points puts them seven points ahead of the next closest teams, the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Over the last two months, the Caps have gone on an absolute rampage through the rest of the NHL. We could use verbs like demolish, destroy, flatten, or level. Or adjectives like ridiculous, unmatched, or sublime. Yet even a 10,000 page Thesaurus would not have the words to describe how good this team has been lately.
On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons blew a 28-3 lead to the New England Patriots in the game’s second half. This crushing playoff loss prompted many on Twitter to label Atlanta as the NFL’s version of the Washington Capitals.
Warriors 🏀, Indians⚾ and Falcons🏈 all blew it. Who’s gonna be the NHL team?
— Emma (@Emmav6522) February 6, 2017
But since 2010, the Capitals have twice blown a 3-1 series lead. They were upset in the first round by the Montreal Canadiens after winning the President’s Trophy during the 2009-10 season. The Caps were eliminated in the second round by the eventual Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins after owning the league’s best regular season record last year.
We all have our ways of preparing for the annual playoff heartbreak. Here’s mine.
If you ignore the fact that there used to be a thing called “ties,” this is a very impressive statistic.
According to the fine people at the Capitals PR, the Caps’ 78 points this season are the second-most in NHL history through the first 53 games of a season. Who do they trail? The 2015-16 Capitals (40-9-4, 84 points) of course!
The Washington Capitals will celebrate Alex Ovechkin’s 1,000th point before the team’s nationally broadcast game on Super Bowl Sunday against the Los Angeles Kings.
Ovechkin will get a special gift, likely another golden stick, from the organization and the National Hockey League.
The Capitals are also giving out Ovechkin face cutouts (no, not our avatar) to all fans.
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