Caps Outshine Flames in 4-2 Win

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The Washington Capitals were back at Verizon Tuesday night meeting the Calgary Flames. Calgary is hanging on to the wild card slot and hoping a win will move them a little closer to clinching a spot. The first line was back to the Ovechkin Backstrom Oshie combination. We were hoping to see Nate Schmidt slide in somewhere, but unfortunately, he was scratched again with the return of Brooks Orpik…

Holtby in the net because after all it was Holtbeast Bobblehead Night!!

 

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The Caps came out hard – shooting and all. Caps and Flames were four-on-four as Kuznetsov and Troy Brouwer shared a seat in the box.     However….Kuzy bounced right back as the clock ran out and with a little help from Burky got the boys on the board 1-0. The Flames matched the Caps with a goal by Sean Monahan. Although the Caps were leading in SOG midway through the period, the teams ended with the Flames having 11 shots and the Caps with 10 for a very competitive game.

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Back to the second period – not as strong a start for either team. after five minutes the Caps had three shots putting the Flames in a defensive posture. The Caps had a close call but Elliott in the net pushed back as the ref waved off what could have been a Burky goal. Caps finally went on the powerplay with Michael Stone hooking. By this time the Caps had plenty of almost a goal moments and twice as many SOG as the Flames. Unfortunately the Caps couldn’t make it happen.

But then again, TJ Oshie did score his 30th goal of the season and his first time scoring 30 goals in a season ever!!  And he just turned 30. The magic number!!  And Kevin Shattenkirk recorded his first goal as a Caps player. Second period ends with the Caps up 3-1.img_8193

watermarked(2017-03-21-2154)Third period got off little fan fare; three shots between the teams after five minutes. With less then five minutes left in the third Brouwer scored his first goal against his former teammates closing the gap to 3-2. Not to be outdone, Alex Ovechkin scored his 29th goal of the season ending the game 4-2 in the Caps favor.

Congrats to Braden Holtby on his 300th game, a bobblehead, and a great game with some amazing saves. Winning feels good and to win against a team like the Flames feels even better!

Photos by Mel Abernethy

 

Washington Capitals Week Ahead: 7 – 13 November

The Caps have three games on the schedule for this week: one at home and two on the road. After a busy week with a fifth win in a row and the events surrounding Hockey Fights Cancer, the week ahead may give them a bit more family time and time to bond on the road. We’ll keep an eye out for line changes after Ovi, Backy, and Oshie were reunited for a successful win on Saturday.

Game Schedule

Tuesday, 8 November, San Jose Sharks at Verizon Center, 7:00 pm on CSN-DC

Friday, 11 November, at the Chicago Blackhawks,  8:30 pm on CSN-DC

Saturday, 12 November, at the Carolina Hurricanes, 7 pm on CSN-DC

Practice/Morning Skate (Schedule subject to change)

Monday the Caps have a day off.

Tuesday Morning Skate at Kettler Caps Iceplex, 10:30

Wednesday Practice Kettler Caps Iceplex: 11:30

Thursday Practice Kettler Caps Iceplex, 10:30 am (Could be cancelled for travel)

Friday Morning Skate likely at United Center in Chicago

Sunday, we likely a day off as has become the tradition.

Special Events

Tuesday the nation votes for its next president and Caps fans vote for their next bobble head!!  Per the Caps press release your candidates are:

Braden Holtby (squirting a water bottle), Tom Wilson (as Wilson from “Cast Away”) and Justin Williams (with bed-head), and they’re all winners.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Nov. 8, fans may cast their votes on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram using one of the following three hashtags: #VoteHoltby, #VoteWilson or #VoteWilliams. Voting will end at 9 p.m., during the Capitals’ home game against the Sharks.

Who to Watch

 

Zach Sanford turns 22 on November 9. Be sure to send him lots of birthday wishes on his twitter: @zachsanford21 or Instgram @zachsanford.

Ovechkin: Count down to 1,000 career NHL points. He has 977 as of 11/7.

Ovechkin: One goal away from matching Jaromir Jagr’s 19 regular season overtime goals and two from taking the lead in one more category. (as of 11/7)

Ovechkin: Three goals away from a new career high 200 power play goals (977 as of 11/7)

 

AND US!!  We’ll be live from Carolina on Saturday and Lily will be providing some information on the Blackhawks game after her visit on Friday. Stay tuned friends – we are everywhere for you!!

Give blood … Play hockey!

imageI used to see that saying all the time: give blood play hockey! And I would think, I’m too scared to give blood where they put a needle in your arm for what seems a long period of time!

I decided to finally volunteer to give blood last summer after my dad passed away. The Caps were sponsoring one of the blood drives at Kettler Caps Iceplex.  I scheduled an early morning spot so I wouldn’t stress over giving blood all day.

I had some incentive to go.

1.  When you give blood you receive a bobblehead and a Caps t-shirt..

2. I got to go to the same ice rink the Caps practice. Since I live in Annapolis, MD I don’t get to Kettler quite as much as I would like. And even though it was July and Caps practice was a month plus away;  I knew it would be good to go there to feel near my Dad, and

3.  It’s always good to volunteer and give to others!

I checked in at my time slot and was called back to the testing area to see if my blood pressure and iron levels were healthy enough to give. I met so many nice people throughout the testing process, which took only 20 minutes.

I was still in shock over my dad passing away and told my testing nurse about him. She was so kind and let me cry to her as I talked about my dad.  She shared my story with the nurse drawing my blood.  My story even made it to the blood donor coordinator. They all came over to me and let me share my memories with them.  I told them I was so nervous, but I knew my dad was with me as my strength to be there!

In a matter of 15 minutes, I was done. I hardly felt a thing. All I felt was a sting in my arm where the needle went in to start drawing the blood.  As I was giving blood, my view was the ice rink with Caps logos everywhere and Saturday morning ice skaters learning how to skate. It was such a nice backdrop to focus on while being so afraid.

After giving blood, I rested for 15 minutes to make sure I wasn’t lightheaded. Then I was able to have some water, juice, and snacks while I filled out a questionnaire about my experience.  I sat at a table above the ice rink  where the Caps practice most days. With banners in the background of Yvon Labre, Rod Langway, Mike Gartner & Dale Hunter;  I knew my dad was with me. Those were the same players my dad taught me about and we both rooted for. What an experience to have. Truly special!

Now I go every time the Caps have a blood drive. This Saturday’s blood drive will be just as special . I hope too that if you may have been fearful of needles and giving blood  that maybe I helped change your mind .

When you come down to it, you are helping save a life!

We would love to hear about your experiences and see pictures with your Dmitry Orlov bobblehead!  Tag us in them and we will add them to our story on Sunday!