Capitals Top 10 Moments of the Regular Season: #8 Ovechkin Scores Four Goals, Nathan Walker NHL Debut

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Our top 10 moments of the regular season continues. #8 takes you back to early October, the second Capitals game of the regular season but their first at home at the newly named Capital One Arena. What would Alex Ovechkin do for an encore to his hat trick Opening Night in Ottawa? Score four goals of course! Plus this contest marked the highly anticipated debut of Nathan Walker, who would become the first Australian-born athlete to play in the NHL. 2017 Home Opener 249

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Capitals Top 10 Moments of the Regular Season: #10 A Comeback to Defeat the Rangers

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Having Caps hockey withdrawals? We’re always here to help! Introducing a new weekly series where Friends in Cold Places writer Michael Marzzacco takes a look back at what he believes were the Top 10 moments of the regular season. Additionally, sometime down the road, Michael will rank his Top 10 moments of the playoffs so we can relive all the glory that comes with winning the Stanley Cup.  Continue reading “Capitals Top 10 Moments of the Regular Season: #10 A Comeback to Defeat the Rangers”

Rock the Road! Capitals Win All Three Games Away as Their Attack Gets More Deadly

Washington Capitals complete the road trip with three wins, a four-win streak, and ready to win at home! #caps

Playing away from home wasn’t a problem for the Caps, who faced three teams before meeting again with the fans in the hometown. Their attack has been more deadly and the defense looks more solid, though it does still need some additional caution. But anyhow, it’s a great improvement compared to the last few months. The team has been able to improve its season stats, with 240 goals. Combined with the 223 goals against, the Caps now hold a +17 goal differential. Continue reading “Rock the Road! Capitals Win All Three Games Away as Their Attack Gets More Deadly”

Road Trip Round Up for the Caps

The Washington Capitals conclude their long road trip in Buffalo, New York with a 3-2 win over the Sabres. This was by far the better game than the one prior in the Windy City. Overall, the Caps came up winning two of the four games.

 

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First game against the Winnipeg Jets was a wakeup call. Caps went on to lose 4-3 where Mark Scheifele went on to open up the scoring with a backhander pass Braden HoltbyNicklas Backstrom responded shortly after in the 1st period to tie things up. With goals later in the game from Andre Burakovsky and John Carlson, Caps thought they had this game in the bag. Sadly, complacency killed the Caps. The Jets tied the game with two late goals from Bryan Little and again from Scheifele. Stunned, Caps couldn’t pick their game back up and paid the price with an overtime goal from Winnipeg’s defensive tower Tyler Myers. Caps deserved that one for failing to close out the game they were winning in the first place.

 

Second game was against the Minnesota Wild, where the Caps played very well in their 5-2 win. Philipp Grubauer was named the starter and played great, making 32 saves on the night. The boys in red started the push early, scoring the first three goals in the first half of the game. Shots on net was a priority and shots on net they did with an end game total of 27, despite being out shot by the Wild with 34. Caps played a well bump-and-grind style of hockey, resulting in the win. Female-favorite Tom Wilson tallied his first multi-goal night with the early snipe and the empty netter.

 

Third game was by far the worst game this season and probably ever in history between the two teams. The Chicago Blackhawks absolutely wiped the floor and embarrassed the Caps with a whopping 7-1 end score. No one was on their game (or playing it), to include Holtby. Obviously, Holtby was replaced in the final period by Grubauer. Wilson did however hit his career high in season goals (10) and coach Barry Trotz hit his 1,500th milestone game behind an NHL bench as head coach. This game may forever haunt the Caps as it did the fans. On a side note, a group of Chicago fans felt it was necessary to racially taunt Devante Smith-Pelly when he was sent to the box for a minor penalty. Reporters stated that the fans called him the ‘N’ word and told him that he was playing the wrong sport, chanting “basketball” afterwards. Arena security quickly removed the pestering fans from the venue. The Blackhawks organization announced this morning that the four fans involved in the altercation have been banned from the hometown arena and are no longer allowed to attend a Chicago Blackhawks home game while expressing their intolerance for racism. A great move and response by the organization. There is no tolerance for racism in the United States nor in the sport of hockey.

 

Finally, the Caps wrapped up the roadie in Buffalo. The boys responded well, but barely got away with this one. Again, the Caps lacked the final twenty-minute effort. They allowed a goal with :03.3 seconds remaining from Evander Kane, who was uncontested and waiting on the backdoor of Grubauer. With an excellent performance from the ‘Berlin Wall’ and the Caps for getting shots on net, the boys squeaked by with a tight victory to closeout the trip. Alex Ovechkin scored his 34th goal, retaining his place among the NHL in goals on the season in first and putting him closer to his 600-goal milestone seven goals shy.

 

Caps return to Washington tonight and will host Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Capital One Arena. Puck drop will at 7:30 p.m. EST. Be sure to tune in and look out for us on Twitter @InColdPlacesDC and @Jurky88. Go Caps!

 

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Ovechkin Makes Impact in Tampa

Alex Ovechkin went to Tampa this weekend to do one thing: put on a show for the fans. Being selected by the fans worldwide to captain the Metropolitan Division team, Ovi was determined to make an impact for the division, the Washington Capitals and the DMV. Here are a few things he did during the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend:

 

 

  1. Winner of the PPG Hardest Shot Challenge. Shooting second in the order, Ovechkin opened up with a 98.8 mph slap shot. Later, P.K. Subban almost matched Ovi with a just-short 98.7 mph clapper. Already named victor of the challenge after everyone else shot and did not top Ovi’s speed, he decided that not hitting triple digits wasn’t enough. On his second attempt, he clocked in on a 101.3 mph bomb to become the 3rd forward in NHL All-Star history to win the challenge. Surprisingly, the forward to win it before Ovi was Caps alumni Sergei Fedorov in 2002.ovechkin_2018_nhlall        (Photo: NHL Network)
  2. Barry Trotz doesn’t know what Instagram is. This was quite a funny bit caught on Ovechkin’s live feed on his Instagram. He was doing a live feed behind the bench before taking the ice before warm ups where he passed coach Trotz on the way to the locker room. He told him, “Hey, I am live”, letting him know that he was recording him. Trotz ignored him and walked away with a slightly puzzled look on his face. Ovechkin then said on the feed as he giggled under his breath, “I don’t think he knows what Instagram is.”
  3. Assisted the first goal for Team Metro to… Sidney Crosby. Yes, Ovi delivered a dish pass to set up Crosby to open up the scoring of the Metro-Atlantic game. Caps fans don’t generally have the best relationship with Pens fans, but in this case there was an exception made. Rival fan-bases come together to root for their division team just once a season, and that’s pretty cool if you ask me.USP NHL: NHL ALL STAR GAME-SKILLS COMPETITION S HKN USA CA        (Photo: USAT Sports Images)
  4. Ovi and his back-checking lately. His defensive play has been a highlight for most Caps fans as of late and he displayed it for the world in the Metro-Atlantic game. He denied a breakaway from an Atlantic player preventing a sure goal. They still lost at the end of the game, but it was a very skillful move in an All-Star game as a forward.NHL_All_Star_Game_Hockey_36387-6e032        (Photo: Jason Behnken – The Washington Post)

 

 

Overall, this was a great weekend for Alex and his partner in crime Braden Holtby. Both seemed like they had a blast and hey, so did we at home watching. Now the two get to look forward to returning to business back in D.C., where they prepare to re-open the season with a tough round of games facing teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Vegas Golden Knights. As always, follow us on Twitter for game updates and rants @InColdPlacesDC and mine @jurky88. Go Caps!

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