On Tuesday night, Jay Beagle returned to Washington but this time in a Vancouver Canucks uniform. The longtime fan favorite who spent 10 seasons with the Capitals ended up signing with Vancouver during the summer and many fans were sad when learning of Beagle’s departure. Whether you marveled at his hard work ethic on the ice or were touched by Beagle’s kindness toward the Caps fanbase, Tuesday would certainly be an emotional night for both Beagle himself and the Caps organization as a whole. Continue reading “Caps Fans Salute Jay Beagle Tuesday Night (Tribute Video)”
The Washington Capitals defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena. Coming off the break, the Caps have won two of their last three games to pull closer in the Metropolitan Division race. Their record improves to 28-18-6 and thanks to losses by the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins, they are now in second place just two points behind the first place Islanders. Continue reading “Capitals Defeat Canucks 3-2 with Alex Ovechkin Achieving Another Milestone”
Tonight will be an emotional night for Caps fans as they welcome back a center who brought a blue collared work ethic on the ice and a good heart off the ice. Jay Beagle was an integral part in the Capitals success. In 10 seasons, he played 471 games finishing with 116 points (51 goals and 65 assists). It ended in the best way possible, hoisting the Stanley Cup. Continue reading “The Pregame: Jay Beagle Returns to the District”
On Monday night, the Washington Capitals took on the Vancouver Canucks to begin a four-game road trip. Prior to the game, one of our favorite Capitals players finally got to receive his Stanley Cup ring. Jay Beagle had been a longtime fixture with the Capitals almost as long as Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom had. A key component on the fourth line and face-offs on the ice and a personable guy among the fans off the ice, it was great to see Beagle finally get his ring. Continue reading “Jay Beagle Gets His Ring and We Couldn’t Be Happier”
Game 7’s have not been kind to the Washington Capitals blah blah blah. We already knew that. But something was different about this team. The Caps dominated Game 6 at home to stave off elimination and went back down to Tampa, a place where they did win two out of three games in that series, with a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in 20 years. Meanwhile, Capital One Arena opened their doors and held a watch party allowing fans to catch the game on the videoboard. Continue reading “Caps Road to the Cup, Top 10 Moments from the Playoffs #3: A Game 7 Road Shutout to Advance to the Finals”
Even though Jay Beagle missed games this season due to a hand injury sustained in a game against the Buffalo Sabres on December 30th, he played 57 games scoring 8 goals and 9 assists. Those statistics don’t do justice for the role Jay Beagle plays on this team.
When training camp started last September, Jay Beagle had a newly signed three-year contract with the Caps and seemed ready to have one of his best seasons with the team. Continue reading “2016: A Season of Injuries for Beagle”
New Year’s Eve in Raleigh: Puck Drops Early (6 pm)
Photos by Brittney Marcum
After a rough game Wednesday, the Capitals overpowered the Sabres in the third period for their ninth win in a row. It was not without a cost though as Nicklas Backstrom left the ice with an undisclosed injury, as did Jay Beagle. Beagle will need surgery according to Coach Trotz and will go on the injured reserve list shortly.
Michael Latta and Nicky are expected back with the team in Raleigh; however, it seems that John Carlson may be out a bit longer after reviewing the results of his MRI. Players will be called up from Hershey to fill gaps or be on hand should any player not make it to the ice on Thursday. Expect some line shifts as a result.
There was no morning skate.
According to CBS Sports, the Caps franchise record for consecutive wins is a “14-game run from Jan. 13-Feb. 7, 2010. They’re also opening a five-game trip seeking six consecutive road victories for the first time since Feb. 20-March 15, 2011.”
Alex Ovechkin leads the team with 20 goals. With his last two goals against Buffalo he is now within five goals of 500 NHL career goals.
A goalie has not been announced for tonight’s game at time of posting.
Braden Holtby leads the league in wins (24). Yup, we just keep changing the number on the same sentence!
Backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer could get the nod tonight. In the seven games he has been in the net he has four wins, two losses, and an OT loss. He should be strong in the net against the Canes should Trotz give him the opportunity.
Andre Burakovsky finally scored a goal in the third period of the Buffalo game—his first in 25 games. It will be interesting to see if he will break loose now with that monkey off his back!
The Caps have shown no mercy to the Canes in their two games so far this season ending 4-1 in October and 2-1 earlier this month.
Cam Ward should be in the net for Carolina. He has lost three of his last five games and overall has won 11 of 27 games played this season.
Justin Faulk (27) leads the team with 14 goals and 14 assists and as a defenseman he can be expected to play an offensive game against the Caps. He also leads the league in power-play goals. He hasn’t scored on the Caps in the last 15 games played against them.
Eric Staal (12) scored two goals in the Canes game against the Devils Tuesday breaking his scoring drought. However, he hasn’t scored in seven straight home meetings with Washington,
Holtby, with 125 career games won is four games away from passing Don Beaupre (128) for second place on the Caps franchise list.
The Capitals start a five-game away stretch on 31 December:
Sat Jan 2, 2016 Capitals Blue Jackets, 7:00 PM CSN-DC
Tue Jan 5, 2016 Capitals Bruins, 7:00 PM CSN-DC, TVAS
Thu Jan 7, 2016 Capitals Islanders, 7:00 PM CSN-DC, TVAS, SN360
Sat Jan 9, 2016 Capitals Rangers, 1:00 PM CSN-DC, SNE, SNO, SNP
Caps Daily Glass Bump: Pregame 20 December 2015
Photos by Brittney Marcum
Washington Capitals held practice at Kettler Capitials Iceplex on Saturday in front of a huge crowd of fans. After practice, they signed autographs and talked to fans before rolling out to NYC to meet their rivals, the NY Rangers on Sunday. They did not have a morning skate today and according to Brooks Laich, spent the morning walking the streets of NYC.
And they were alllll smiles. Must be Schmidtfuence on the team.
The buzz on Saturday was all about Coach Trotz pulling Braden Holtby on Friday in the Caps-Bolts games. Apparently Trotz was more upset with the lackluster performance of the players than the three goals that got by his top goalie. All was good on Saturday as the Holtbeast practiced his moves and later signed autographs for fans.
Keep an eye on Evgeny Kuznetsov who has six goals and eight assists in the 14 road games he has played.
Holtby is still the top goalie in the league for goals-against-average and save percentage and has eight wins on the road this season.
How many goals and points will Alex Ovechkin and TJ Oshie rack up tonight? Ovi “ranks tied for eighth in the NHL for games with two or more power-play goals. “ (capitalstoday.monumentalnetwork.com)
Ovechkin is nine goals away from 500 NHL career goals.
Line-up looks to be the same.
What About Those Rangers and their Goalie?
Unlike the Caps, the Rangers held practice in Westchester this morning. The phrase of choice on social media for the NYR is: “rock bottom.” Watch to see if they can pull themselves out against their archenemies.
Henrik Lundqvist and Magnus Hellberg participated in practice this morning. Looks like King Henry will get the nod. Rangers report: ”tonight will be the first time in franchise history that both dressed goalies are Swedish-born.”
Rangers’ defenseman Kevin Klein skated this morning but will not be back in the line up. He has been out with an oblique strain since their game against Caroline Hurricanes November 30th and could be part of the Rangers D problem.
After tonight the Caps will head to Carolina December 21st before returning home for a post-Christmas game against the Atlantic Division leaders—the Montreal Canadiens.
FYI: There will be no home practices until December 26.