Game Seven Too Much for the Caps

What a night in Washington DC. It was a long fight to see who would advance to round two of the playoffs. The Carolina Hurricanes led by former Caps and LA Kings Justin Williams or the Washington Capitals led by defending champ Alex Ovechkin. After 60 minutes of regular play, a tied game pushed the teams into not one, but two overtime periods. The dream for the Capitals to repeat their success ended in a seventh game 4-3 loss. Continue reading “Game Seven Too Much for the Caps”

Capitals Game Day Watch for Caps-Wild On Friday (Update)

Even before the puck drops there is a chance for Caps fans to win some Alex Ovechkin memorabilia:

“The Capitals have partnered with NBC Sports Washington for Authentic Fan Friday! The first 500 fans to visit the NBC Sports Washington table at Section 423 will receive a limited amount of Ovi cheer cards.” (Caps Game info) Click here for a chance to win an original painting by Taylor Kampa Olson as a Caps Authentic Fan. Runs from 6 to 10 pm.

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Caps Sign Herndon-native Joe Snivley

The Washington Capitals have announced their new addition to the organization, Virginia-native forward Joe Snivley. He signed a two-year contract beginning on the 2019-2020 season. A hometown hero signed with the area’s professional hockey team, it doesn’t get more “storybook” than that.

Playing college hockey for Yale, Joe accrued 36 points (15g, 21a) in 33 games and set a collegiate career high in power play goals (5). Prior to Yale, Joe was drafted by the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL. He played 3 season with them, posting up 125 points (50g, 75a) in 159 games. He also represented Team USA at the 2013 Ivan Hinka Tournament (U-18) and at the 2014 World Junior Championship.

Interviewed at the press conference, Joe was asked what led him to signing with the Washington Capitals. “Signing for the Caps means a lot because it’s my hometown team.” He practiced and trained at MedStar Capitals Iceplex during his youth and was a part of the Washington Little Caps.

One of our own here in FiCP, Chris Cleveland, has seen him play and has had family play with/against him in the past. “I’m excited about this signing. The kid is good, really good. He’s a beast for how small he is, too.” Very stoked to have a hometown guy in the organization. An active player that comes to mind when thinking of a hometown player playing for his hometown NHL team is Detroit Red Wings’ forward Justin Abdelkader. He made his debut and stuck with them ever since. Maybe that’ll be the case here, we’ll just have to see. Congratulations Joe Snivley, and best of luck out there!

Capitals: Helping Make New Friends

FiCP was thrilled to play a part in bringing some Caps fans together. We love helping hockey fans meet and to see how the community builds friendships that last a lifetime. Our story starts in Texas and skates forward to the Capital One Arena!

Back in January 2019, Caps Fan Rob Dombrowski brought his wife and their seven-year old son and ten-year old daughter to their first hockey game at the Dallas Stars home game. Rob had it all planned out, where to park, what time the gates open, which section to run down to and it all worked to perfection.

Here is how Rob described the fun-filled night:

We were able to get right up against the glass, my kids proudly holding their signs they made “Drove 4 Hours to see The Champs” and “Our FIRST Game, #ALL CAPS” complete with players numbers and Ovechkin spelled out in Russian.  They knew that sometimes the players flipped warm up pucks over the glass, but all in all they were just so excited to be that close to the players that until that day they only had seen on TV watching Daddy’s childhood team, the Caps.
Growing up in Virginia I had been to plenty of games at the old Caps Centre, and was excited to have a chance to drive from Houston to Dallas over the holiday break to see our Caps.  Long story short, the really nice guy I was talking to turns out to be Gene Wu (@TheWuWu), who at the time was just another great Caps fan from the DC area there with his wife and son. 
About five minutes into warm ups, Alex Ovechkin came sprinting over towards us, jumped up into the glass, gathered a puck, looked over his shoulder at my kids and flipped the puck up and over the glass.  I just so happened to be filming with my phone in my left hand, and reached up with my right and snatched that ice cold puck out of the air and promptly handed it to my wide-eyed son who was just in shock!  We screamed “Thank you Ovi!” and he tapped the glass two times with his stick in a manner I can only guess was to say “you’re welcome.” 
I turned to my wife and said, “we can honestly just go back to the hotel right now, I don’t know how this night can get any better, even with a win!?”  It truly was an amazing moment we’ll never forget.
We talked to Gene for a few more minutes, and eventually had to go to our seats as the game was about to start.  Later that night, scrolling through Twitter, I saw a photo of Gene and Marcus at the game, and soon realized that I didn’t just meet a really nice guy, I met a really huge Caps fan with quite the following to boot”  

Fast forward to January 22, 2019, as I’m watching Ovi score his 3rd goal of the night, the camera pans the audience and who do we see?  Gene Wu and Marcus with his trademark Slapshot Mascot hat…my kids had their jaws on the floor and could not believe it was “our friends” from the game.  
Rob had tried to reach out to Gene on Facebook but had not been successful. And then he read our story: “Meet FiCP Capitals Fan of the Month: Gene Wu, aka Marcus’ Daddy, and he reached out to us for help meeting Gene. Rob was planning a February 2nd trip to the DC area to attend a funeral service for his mom’s best friend and brother’s Godmother, who battled cancer for years. Rob told us that “although this past year was rough, we all knew it was a matter of time and feel blessed that she is no longer suffering.” To his surprise, his mom suggested that they try and spend one day celebrating life and spend some family time together after the service and celebration of life has concluded.  His father passed in 2016, and his mother has had her own battles with cancer, even losing a kidney because of it.  Her suggestion ? For the family to go to a Caps game, so on Sunday February 3rd! It seemed like the perfect time to reunite with his new friend, Gene Wu.
We got in touch with Gene, who actually had not planned to attend the game, and yet he was excited to meet up with Rob and his family. Because that’s what Caps family does!

Funny thing- it really is a small world as Rob came to discover that Gene’s wife Vicki Wu used to teach at Park View High School, which is where Rob graduated from in 1993! Rob said:  “My brother, mom and me were just all in shock thinking what are the chances that at a random Caps game on the road in Dallas, I would end up meeting another Caps fan who turns out to be a Super Caps Fan who just happens to be married to someone that taught at my alma mater back in Sterling.”

We chatted for a while about some of the legendary teachers that my brother and I had who also were there when Vicki was there.  It was just a really cool moment.  My dad taught in Fairfax for over 30 years, I taught for 16 years before switching careers, and I can imagine my dad was looking down smiling at the whole situation and thrilled that his boys took their mother to a hockey game. Teachers seem to always have a way of finding each other in a crowd…”

A friend of Rob, who has seats behind the penalty box took a cue from himAnd his daughter Lauren wrote “I love Jakub Vrana” in Czech on a sign she made.  (Similar to the one with writing Ovechkin in Russian on their sign).  Guess who got a puck from Vrana that night during pre-game? If you guessed Lauren, you win.  Just goes to show what a classy organization with classy fan friendly players we have in Washington.

Gene also met up with FiCP write Bryce Jurkovac in Dallas. The Caps family is everywhere!!!

Caps Hang On to Defeat Kings 3-2

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After a complete dud Sunday night in Anaheim, the Washington Capitals bounced back in Los Angeles Monday night at Staples Center with a 3-2 win over the Kings. Thanks in part to two Alex Ovechkin office goals as well as a deflection from Brett Connolly, the Caps defended and held off a late rally from the home team.  Continue reading “Caps Hang On to Defeat Kings 3-2”

The Pregame: A Rematch in Hollywood

michael banner 2The Washington Capitals continue their season-long six-game road trip with the second half of the stretch Monday night at Staples Center where they’ll take on the Los Angles Kings. These teams actually met one week ago at Capital One Arena with the Caps coming on top 6-4. Since the win, which ironically capped off a season long homestand of six games, the Caps have gone 1-2-0 thus far on the trip.  Continue reading “The Pregame: A Rematch in Hollywood”

Alex Ovechkin Scores 40th Goal but Caps Fall to Ducks in Anaheim

The Washington Capitals were looking to build off a big win Thursday night in San Jose but they fell to the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Sunday night. Alex Ovechkin achieved another milestone, John Carlson added a goal too but in the end, the Caps couldn’t stay out of the box and the Ducks made them pay with three unanswered goals. The Ducks have swept the Capitals this season after they stunned them in December at Capital One Arena, overcoming a four-goal deficitContinue reading “Alex Ovechkin Scores 40th Goal but Caps Fall to Ducks in Anaheim”

T.J. Oshie Records 500th Career Point, Caps Tame Sharks 5-1

T.J. Oshie scored twice, earning a milestone 500th career point, to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night in the second game of their season-long six-game road trip. The Caps allowed a goal to begin the game but ripped off five unanswered to exact revenge on a Sharks team that stunned the Capitals’ in D.C. on January 22nd with a goal in the last second to tie it and then go on to win in overtime.  Continue reading “T.J. Oshie Records 500th Career Point, Caps Tame Sharks 5-1”

Caps End Homestand on High Note Before Falling in Columbus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals wrapped up their season-long six game homestand and kicked off a long road trip this week. On Saturday, the Caps overcame a 3-1 and 4-2 deficit against the Florida Panthers. They rallied to force the tie but ultimately fell short in overtime 5-4. The Capitals rebounded in the final game of the homestand on Monday night with a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings before kicking off a six-game road trip in Columbus where they were blanked by the Blue Jackets 3-0.

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Bring Out the Bird! Evgeny Kuznetsov Delivers in Overtime, Caps Top Avs 4-3

This was a game full of de ja vus. In the end, an Alex Ovechkin feed to Evgeny Kuznetsov for the breakaway that was shades of Game 6 of the Caps second round series in Pittsburgh last year that would be the difference. Kuznetsov came through with the overtime goal as the Washington Capitals defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 in overtime at Capital One Arena in D.C. In the midst of a season-long six game homestand following the all-star break and bye week, the Capitals have now won three of their last four games after a season-long seven game winless drought entering the break.

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