Canadian rapper and songwriter Drake attended Game One between the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday night.
Sitting courtside, Drake wore a Humboldt Broncos jersey in honor of the 16 players and coaches who died last week as they bussed to a game.
The Washington Capitals are holding another giveaway for Game Two.
All Caps fans in attendance will be receiving red rally towels.
On Thursday, Michal Kempny took a hit from the Blue Jackets Josh Anderson which left his status for Game Two uncertain. He joined Jay Beagle (upper-body injury), and Travis Boyd (sickness), who were also out of the lineup heading into the playoffs.
The Caps had practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Saturday. Kempny, Beagle, and Boyd were all back on the ice. However, TJ Oshie was absent for a maintenance day, as reported by The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan.
Following practice, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz, Kempny, and Beagle all spoke to the media about what to expect from the lineup for Game Two.
Winnipeg Jets forward Patrik Laine is an elite goalscorer. Now he’s officially a savage troll too.
Friday night, Laine scored his second goal in as many games.
If the Washington Capitals are able to defeat the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round, they will play the winner of the Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins series.
Tonight that series took another wild turn as the Flyers defeated the Penguins 5-1 at PPG Paints Arena. On Wednesday, the Penguins won 7-0 after Sidney Crosby tallied his third career postseason hat trick.
Brian Elliott made 34 saves during Game Two, including a crucial second-period stop on a Crosby breakaway attempt, to lead Philadelphia to victory. Sean Couturier also had a goal and two assists.
Beloved Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson has been through a lot this season.
After a public falling out in Ottawa, the Norris Trophy winner will likely leave the only team he’s ever known during the offseason. He’s also still in mourning after losing his stillborn son, Axel Michael Karlsson, in late March.
With that context, the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, which saw 16 team members, mostly kids, die, hit especially close to home for the Swedish superstar.
Tom Wilson and Josh Anderson may have escaped supplemental discipline Friday, but the same cannot be said for Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri.
Kadri was suspended three postseason games by the Department of Player Safety for boarding Tommy Wingels.
On March 1, an Arlington couple renewed their vows at Boccato Gelato, the venue of their first date. The secret wedding was a complete surprise to their combined six children.
That story alone was sweet enough, but Catherine and Terry Bingham’s vows also have a connection to Capitals hockey.
Bob McDonald, who regularly performs the anthem for the Capitals, hosted the couples’ original civil ceremony in his kitchen on January 26.
It was the second ceremony McDonald has officiated over the past year.
SHL playoff sensation and Capitals prospect Axel Jonsson-Fjällby is done for the season. With a 6-2 loss to Skellefteå AIK, Jonsson-Fjällby’s Djurgården has been eliminated from the SHL playoffs semifinals in six games.
The 20-year-old Swede finished the postseason the same way he started it, scoring a goal midway through the third period.
The Capitals’ Tom Wilson and the Blue Jackets’ Josh Anderson have avoided suspensions from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety according to the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan.
Both players doled out dangerous blindside hits which injured players.
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