Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom Continue to Show They’re the Perfect Pair

michael banner 2Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin have been together for oh so long, but everyone knows that. Linemates or simply teammates, the duo had been through a lot and this past June they finally shared a moment together that they waited their whole careers for. While both players are dynamic superstars, they both contrast in personality. Ovechkin seems like the outgoing type while Backstrom is often quiet, but as the old saying goes “opposites attract.” The duo shined in the Capitals’ 6-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night at Capital One Arena to win their seventh in a row.  Continue reading “Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom Continue to Show They’re the Perfect Pair”

Tom Wilson Gets Ejected from His 400th NHL Game After Another Controversial Hit

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What started as a good game in a big milestone for Tom Wilson turned bad to the point of an ejection. The Washington Capitals game against the New Jersey Devils Friday night at Capital One Arena was Wilson’s 400th NHL and Capitals game of his career. Wilson became the 40th player in franchise history to reach the milestone. The 24-year old right winger (24 years, 246 days) became the fourth-youngest Caps player to reach the 400-game mark. Continue reading “Tom Wilson Gets Ejected from His 400th NHL Game After Another Controversial Hit”

Caps Look to Show Resiliency They Built During Stanley Cup Run

During the Capitals’ run to the 2018 Stanley Cup, the team faced many obstacles. One of those key obstacles was injuries to key players. In previous seasons those injuries would have daunted this team and the quote on quote “nail would be in the coffin.” Then came the 2018 Cup run where we lost Nicklas Backstrom for four games spanning across two series and unlike previous years, it didn’t phase the boys.

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The other key obstacle was Tom Wilson’s three game suspension in the Pittsburgh series. Although as we did with the Nick Backstrom injury, we played harder and stronger than ever before. We used that, “let’s do it for Tommy!” mantra which as we would find out later in the calendar year that it would help us just one more time.

When Tom Wilson was given his 20-game suspension, most hockey people concurred that that blow along with the aforementioned Stanley Cup hangover would be the demise of these Capitals. During the first month and a half of the year this was in fact the case. We went from five great games to five abysmal games in the blink of an eye but as is common with this team as of late, it didn’t phase them.

Once Tom came back into the lineup, a fire was ignited. The consistent PK and strong board play was back and things were looking eerily similar to the 2018 Finals. Then they get handed the exit of two key top six forwards; T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov to concussion-like symptoms.

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Although just like during the Cup run, nothing could stop them. Role players are stepping up and the stars are being stars. If you told me this would happen during the 2016-17 campaign I wouldn’t believe you. This aforementioned next man up mentality is surely contagious so here’s to it lasting for seasons to come.

 

 

 

The Evolution of Tom Wilson

When Tom Wilson was drafted 16th overall in the 2012 draft out of the Plymouth Whalers organization (OHL), initial reactions from both national and local media were of a highly-rated prospect with a huge physical presence. As most scouts and coaches know, those expectations also come with the thoughts that the player might be over-rated. Continue reading “The Evolution of Tom Wilson”

Welcome Zachary Range to FiCP

Please welcome our newest contributor: Zachary Range. This hockey fan is a native of Chevy Chase DC who has played the game of hockey since the age of five. He has played for the MYHA Blue Devils through the ranks, High school hockey at Georgetown Prep and collegiality for the University of Maine.

He is currently working in the Marketing Department of our Washington Capitals. He will be bringing a unique perspective to our reporting on the Caps – as a hockey player himself and a friend of the Capitals!!

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Go Caps!

Nicklas Backstrom Passes Peter Bondra for Franchise Points Mark in Capitals 4-1 Win Over Trotz’s Islanders

michael banner 2The Washington Capitals are on fire and teams are having trouble extinguishing them. Their latest victim was the New York Islanders, whom the Capitals dominated in a 4-1 win several hours after players reunited with their former coach Barry Trotz and presented him with his well-earned, well-deserved Stanley Cup ring.
Continue reading “Nicklas Backstrom Passes Peter Bondra for Franchise Points Mark in Capitals 4-1 Win Over Trotz’s Islanders”

Evgeny Kuznetsov Chills with Pheonix Copley Throughout Caps vs. Islanders Game

michael banner 2Evgeny Kuznetsov is the gift that keeps on giving and with Christmas coming up he’s not stopping anytime soon. This dude dressed up as a goaltender at a practice I attended in January. He’s also made me laugh and cry during 90% of his interviews. Sometimes he says things as an intention to be funny but other times he might actually be serious. Either way, aside from the ridiculous skills he flashes on the ice, he’s practically a cartoon character off the ice.  Continue reading “Evgeny Kuznetsov Chills with Pheonix Copley Throughout Caps vs. Islanders Game”

Barry Trotz, Lane Lambert, and Mitch Korn Reunite with Old Friends and Get Their Stanley Cup Rings

michael banner 2What would the site Friends in Cold Places be without the word friends? No, not just “in cold places”, that doesn’t make sense. What we love about this site is that we’re all friends. Our hockey team is our friends, other fans of the Washington Capitals are our friends and when players and coaches leave the Caps and face them on the opposition, there’s always special moment where they see their old friends again and there’s no love lost whatsoever. That’s what transpired hours before the Capitals concluded their New York tour in Brooklyn going up against the Islanders and the coach who led them to greatness less than six months ago. While we would’ve loved to see Barry Trotz behind the bench, looking to steer the Capitals ship towards more glory, he ultimately had to do what’s best for himself and his family. We missed him on banner night. We missed him during the highs and lows of this young season but on Monday night, the players got to reunite with him. Continue reading “Barry Trotz, Lane Lambert, and Mitch Korn Reunite with Old Friends and Get Their Stanley Cup Rings”

Caps Defeat Rangers at MSG to Win Fifth in a Row

michael banner 2The Washington Capitals had a quick turnaround after protecting their home ice with a 3-1 over the Red Wings Friday afternoon. After the game was over, the team headed to New York for a Saturday matinee affair with the Rangers at Madison Square Garden to kick off the Capitals’ annual dads/mentors trip. The Caps rallied and defeated the Rangers 5-3 to regain sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division which they’ll hold if the Blue Jackets fall to the Penguins Saturday night.  Continue reading “Caps Defeat Rangers at MSG to Win Fifth in a Row”

Caps Defeat Red Wings 3-1 on Black Friday

michael banner 2Don’t look now. Right when you thought Washington Capitals were going through a Stanley Cup hangover, the team has ripped off four wins in a row. On Black Friday, they protected home ice to deliver a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings.  Continue reading “Caps Defeat Red Wings 3-1 on Black Friday”