Hurricanes and Islanders First Night Battle

The NY Islanders did that great thing and swept the Pittsburgh Penguins in round one. The Carolina Hurricanes took seven games to defeat the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals. The two meet in New York Friday night for the first game of round two. The puck drops at 7 pm on NBCSN. Continue reading “Hurricanes and Islanders First Night Battle”

Capitals, Hurricanes, and Islanders: Linked in Playoffs

It is always hard when your team exits the Playoffs before you are ready. This year it is a strange sensation to have the Caps out in the first round. Gone are the cries of: “It always happens.” No more can we blame the “DC Sports Curse.” We have tasted what championship winning feels like. We wanted to go back-to-back, partly because it sounded cool to do and partly because we wanted to shake up the NHL and their constant bragging about the Pittsburgh Penguins. Continue reading “Capitals, Hurricanes, and Islanders: Linked in Playoffs”

We’ve Never Been Here Before: Capitals Game One Round One Playoffs

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Round One as the NHL Stanley Cup Defending Champions, not just the Washington Capitals.

It feels different. We want to win like we did last summer. We have the taste of victory. Continue reading “We’ve Never Been Here Before: Capitals Game One Round One Playoffs”

Capitals Start Final Push for Playoffs

With ten games left in the regular season it’s time to get really excited or really nervous about the Capitals remaining games. As this goes to press, the Capitals are on top of the Eastern Conference and the Metropolitan Division. The challenge for them to hold that position is the New York Islanders, led by their former coach Barry Trotz. Their playoff rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, are nipping at their blades in the hope of upsetting the balance.

The schedule for the run up to the Playoffs is maybe one of the toughest the Caps have had in a long time. The Tampa Bay Lightning come to Capital One Arena on 20 March and after their match-up in Florida, it is clear the Bolts will be a challenge, now and in the playoffs. The Carolina Hurricanes want to jump above the wild card line and have to get through the Capitals to do that. That could mean two more tough games for the men in red. Although the Caps beat the Philadelphia Flyers the last two times they met, one should never underestimate the tenacity of them. Additionally the Devils, Panthers, and Canadiens always seem to have a surprise up their sleeve and can’t be discounted when it comes to playing the Capitals. Finally, the last regular season game is against the Caps newest rival- the Islanders. It’s almost like playing themselves because of the Trotz Touch.

Nervous is what we do in the DMV. That said, we have no doubt that the Capitals will clinch a playoff spot. Although the schedule ahead is a tight one, the players are really stepping it up. Alexander Ovechkin is on the brink of his eighth season of 50 goals or more. Nicklas Backstrom is on tap for his fourth season in a row of 20 plus goals and sixth season in a row of 50 assists or more. Tom Wilson is having his best season in six years of NHL play. Sprinkle in Evgeny Kuznetsov, TJ Oshie, Jakub Vrana and some great defensive play starting with goaltender Braden Holtby, and we still have faith that the Capitals will be making it to the final round.

The fun is now. The push is now. Let the excitement build and let’s go ALL CAPS as they finish up the regular season!!

Capitals Pay Tribute to Former Coach Barry Trotz with Video and Standing Ovation from Fans

When the game between the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders went to a pause for a commercial break, all eyes inside Capital One Arena were transfixed on the video board above center ice. A tribute video was played honoring Barry Trotz, the coach that guided the Capitals to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup and won the hearts of Washington as the first coach to guide a D.C. sports team to a championship for the first time in 26 years.  Continue reading “Capitals Pay Tribute to Former Coach Barry Trotz with Video and Standing Ovation from Fans”

The Pregame: Barry Trotz Returns to D.C.

The Washington Capitals are back home looking to snap a three-game slide when they host the New York Islanders for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop. This contest isn’t just your ordinary Metropolitan Division matchup, however, instead it marks the return of an important figure that led the Capitals to championship greatness. Barry Trotz coached the Caps for four seasons, ending his tenure with the first Stanley Cup in both the history of the franchise and the coach’s resume. When the season ended, the two sides between Trotz and General Manager Brian MacLellan didn’t reach an agreement on an extension which allowed Trotz to walk and take a coaching job at the island.  Continue reading “The Pregame: Barry Trotz Returns to D.C.”

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”

Top 10 Capitals Games to Look Forward to This Season

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The dog days of summer are almost over and soon enough Capitals players will return to the ice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex to begin training camp. Players have already stopped partying and started training as they gear up for a chance to defend the Stanley Cup. Here are the top 10 games to look forward to this upcoming season.  Continue reading “Top 10 Capitals Games to Look Forward to This Season”

Barry Trotz and Family Celebrate Daughter’s Wedding

Friday, Barry and Kim Trotz celebrated their daughter Shalan’s marriage to LeBraun “Lebo” Premo, a senior developer for Venture 360. #Shabraun, as the happy couple are lovingly called by friends shared their vows in a simple private ceremony in Maui.

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Dad, Barry was seen earlier in the week arriving at the airport, presumably for vacation. The families did have time to relax and unwind from a hectic Capitals season and move to New York before the festivities began.

Sister Tiana was Shalan’s maid of honor, brother Tyson a groomsman, and Nolan carried the rings for the couple. LeBraun’s brothers were his best men.

The newlyweds will host a wedding reception back in Nashville on 25 August L.A. Jackson’s, a restaurant/bar known for great burgers and cocktails.

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Congratulations to the Trotz and Premo families!

Capitals Stanley Cup DVD: A Great Trip Down Memory Lane

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Like many of you, I’ve spent my summer binge-watching Capitals playoff and Stanley Cup Finals games from this past spring, reliving and soaking in every single moment. However, I was waiting for the Capitals and the NHL to release a DVD commemorating the entire run. On July 31, that DVD came out.

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