Caps Fans Salute Jay Beagle Tuesday Night (Tribute Video)

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)”

Capitals Defeat Canucks 3-2 with Alex Ovechkin Achieving Another Milestone

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”

The Pregame: Jay Beagle Returns to the District

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”

Nicklas Backstrom Records 600th and 601st Assists in Caps 5-2 Win Over Vancouver

The Washington Capitals kicked off their four-game road trip the right way, defeating the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night 5-2. Nicklas Backstrom notched his 600th assist in the most fitting way possible, on an Alex Ovechkin power play goal.  Continue reading “Nicklas Backstrom Records 600th and 601st Assists in Caps 5-2 Win Over Vancouver”

Capitals Rebuilding Every Game 

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Injury/Illness 

Penalties

Poor Defense

Ugly

Frustration

Cleanup

These are the words we are hearing after another loss for the Capitals on Thursday night. We really aren’t sure who this team is right now. As Coach Trotz said earlier in the week; they lack an identity.  Continue reading “Capitals Rebuilding Every Game “

Hockey Goes International: Canucks and LA Kings in China

Is there anything better than waking up to hockey in the morning? Only hockey with the LA Kings and Canucks in China!!

The NHL, ever looking to expand its market, set up an exhibition game in Shanghai to test the waters. It’s a bit of a challenge as Vice Sports reported, there aren’t even words in Chinese for things like ‘puck.’ But that’s ok- we are sure the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics will get the hang of it just like we have.

We captured some screen shots and tweets for those of you who missed the game. You can try again on September 23 at Huaxi Wukesong’s Le Sports Center in Beijing. Set your clocks; the game is at 0330 on NBCSN. You can live stream it too. 

Here’s how the Canucks got ready to play in a new climate:

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The LA Kings took the lead in the first period:

Back to the second period and the Kings were again first on the board:

The Canucks made it a One-goal game 

And eventually Pearson would scored his second goal of the game for a 4-2 lead:

Followed by an empty net for 5-2 finish.

Quick brought some excitement to China in this first of two games. Hope he lit a fuse and we’ll have a new following from China!!

Here are the shots we grabbed off the NBCSN app.


Caps-Canucks Win: Crazy for Kuzya

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First Things First: Celebrating Alex Ovechkin; Family Matters

On January 14th, the boys were back at it. After having a few days off, the Washington Capitals took on the Vancouver Canucks at the Verizon Center. The Great 8 was honored with a pregame ceremony dedicated to reaching his 500 NHL goal plataeu. A video of NHL greats and Hall of Fame inductees saying kind words of congratulations and encouragment was shown before Ted Leonsis presented Ovi with a gold hockey stick engraved with his career milestones on the shaft and his historical 500th goal on the blade. Ovi’s mother and father were on the ice with him for this special occasion, along with his fiance Nastya Shubskaya. Yet again, the Verizon Center erupted with applause and cheers for Ovi.  After an awesome moment for the Ovechkin family, there was still a game to be played…ON TO THE FIRST PERIOD! Continue reading “Caps-Canucks Win: Crazy for Kuzya”

CapsNucks: Update from Morning Skate (with photos)

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Canucks forward Emerson Etem said after skating this morning: “Tonight we have to make sure we don’t just focus on one key guy. The Caps have so many weapons.” That pretty much sums it up Caps friends—no one really knows what to do with the Washington Capitals. They have become the team that adjust to any given situation. That makes it hard for other teams to plan ahead. Enjoy the game tonight and don’t forget:

IT’S AN ALEX OVECHKIN CELEBRATION NIGHT!!

Bring your signs and light up the place for him.

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Ovi will be looking for you tonight….

 

Your Projected Lineup for Tonight

Ovechkin         Backstrom       Oshie

Burakovsky     Kuznetsov       Williams

Chimera           Johansson        Wilson

Laich               Sill                   Galiev

Defenseman Parings

Alzner             Niskanen

Schmidt           Orlov

Ness                Chorney

Braden Holtby in the net

Injury Report and Team Scratches

Jay Beagle is recovering nicely from hand surgery. We don’t expect him for another four or five weeks. Even Beags is skating now and working with the trainers before practice starts.

John Carlson is still day-to-day. He is skating before team practice. Should be back before the All Stars.

Brooks Orpik is on the Long-term Injured Reserve list for an undisclosed injury. Like John, should be back before the All Stars.

Mike Richards continues to skate with the team during practice. He is a healthy scratch.

Michael Latta is a healthy and an injury scratch—maybe more precautionary than anything. This is his second in a row.

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We know he’s not playing tonight…but we know how much you love him!!

 

Canucks Update and Line up

Vancouver held an optional morning skate at Verizon this morning with both goalies and nine or 10 players. the projected lineup is:

D Sedin           H. Sedin          Dorsett

Baetschi          Hovat              Vrbata

Burrows          Vey                 Etem

Prust                Crackall           Virtanen

Defensemen Parings:

Edler               Tanev

Hutton             Weber

Bartkowski      Biega

Goalie: Believed to by Ryan Miller, back from injury.

More Milestones Coming:

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Chimera keeping everything in perspective…

 

Jason Chimera is ONE assist away from an NHL career 200 assists.

Braden Holtby, with 128 career games won is ONE win away from passing Don Beaupre (128) for second place on the Caps franchise list.

Michael Latta is two games away from a career 100 NHL/Capitals games played.

Brooks Laich is three games away from passing beloved Rod Langway’s 726th games played for eight place in the Caps franchise.

Karl Alzner, the Iron Man, is four points away from 100 NHL points and five games short of passing Bob Carpenter (422) for the longest consecutive games played in franchise history.

Next Games and Practices

Jan 15: 1130 Practice at Kettler Capitals Ice Plex

Jan 16: Morning Skate at First Niagra Center

Jan 16: 7pm Buffalo Sabres (CSN+, 106.7, and Caps Radio)

Jan 17: 5pm Rangers at Verizon Center

Caps and Canucks Preview

The Vancouver Canucks weapon in its last game against the Washington Capitals was goalie Ryan Miller. It took Alex Ovechkin four attempts before he finally got a puck past Ryan to take the lead in the third period. At the other end of the ice, Caps own secret weapon, Braden Holtby had 23 saves. It was the magic duo of Jason Chimera and Jay Beagle that caused the most problems for the Canucks. Unfortunately, half of that team will be missing Thursday night.

Caps Outlook

The Caps are on another winning streak (4) and coming off the high of celebrating Ovi’s 500th goal. IMPORTANT: Caps to honor Ovechkin during a pre-game ceremony tonight at 7:00pm. They have a lot to celebrate beyond their captain’s success. They are number one in the NHL, number one in the Metropolitan Division, number one in the Eastern Conference. Alex Ovechkin is the league leader in goals with 26 and Braden Holtby leads in number of wins (27). They have had a three-day game break with two days of hard core practice.

can marcusMarcus Johansson returns after his two-game suspension. We assume he is still in the center spot which has served the team well in Jay Beagle’s absence.

As of now Andre Burakovsky, Tom Wilson, and Michael Latta are expected to be in the lineup Thursday despite each of them have a few ‘tweeks’ over the past few days. That is unless Latts is a healthy scratch and Stan Galiev is in. Check with us as we get closer to puck drop.

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Missing Players

Jay Beagle is recovering nicely from hand surgery. He remains on the injured reserve list and has another five weeks to go before he can skate with the team. He has missed six games.

John Carlson is still day-to-day but he has been skating in the morning before practice. Not sure when he will rejoin the team .

Brooks Orpik is on the Long-term Injured Reserve list for an undisclosed injury. He has missed 28 games and there is no timetable for his return to the game but he has begun to skate with Carlson before practice.

Mike Richards is skating with the team during practice and getting his legs and strength back. Caps announced that he will play a game before the All-Star break.

Canucks Watch

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At the mid-season point the Canucks are fighting to win a few more games and get above the line for at least a wild card spot as we get closer to the playoffs. They come to Washington with a 17-16-10. As Coach Trotz has said, “They come hard. They’re a hard team, forecheck hard they’ve got a good power play.” As a team that is jockeying for a spot in the Pacific Division, the Caps can’t afford to underestimate the Nucks or to be complacent.

Ryan Miller is expected to return to the net after a groin injury that sidelined him on December 20.

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Daniel Sedin (22) ranks 11th overall with 19 goals and 21 assists. His brother Henrik Sedin (33) is eighth in the league in terms of assists with 27. Daniel scored two goals in his last game and Henrik had two assists.

Practice Updates in Photos 1/13/16

Today, I bring you the photos that were supposed to be here yesterday, had I not forgotten my camera battery at home.. Ah, the life of a photographer/student/employee/blogger. 

Let’s get down to it.

Mike Richards is fitting in nicely with the team during practices. Today he was working with teammate Tom Wilson and Coach Lane Lambert before practice was in full swing, working on shots from all angles. 

 
Tom Wilson was back on the ice after leaving early yesterday with a lower-body injury as a precaution.  

Always with the tongue out

Now here are some extra photos from today we thought might interest our followers. Since we missed photographing yesterday we figured we’d bring you a twoffer and include some photos of the visiting Canucks! 

 

Holtbeast getting in some shot practice as well
  
Poor Burkie looked so confused this morning…
 
 
Our favorite Swedes were having a grand ol’ time
  
The Sedin twins and the Vancouver Canucks took practice at Kettler today
  
Canucks back-up goalie, Jacob Markstrom