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”
After John Carlson, Braden Holtby and Todd Reirden took part in the NHL All-Star weekend festivities in San Jose and the rest of the team enjoying extra time off with both the All-Star break and the NHL mandatory bye week, the Caps are back in action. The team practiced on Thursday afternoon at MedStar Capitals Iceplex and will hold a morning skate tomorrow morning (or today if you’re reading this now) to gear up for a Friday night tilt. The second half push begins tonight with the Calgary Flames coming to Capital One Arena. The Caps hope a break can help them snap their seven game winless streak, something we hadn’t seen in quite some time. Continue reading “The Pregame: Caps Are Back in Town”
MEDSTAR CAPITALS ICEPLEX – Remember that one time when Tom Wilson was suspended for three playoff games in the second round against the Penguins? This led to then-head coach Barry Trotz having to push some buttons for the right guy along the right wing spot. In a pivotal Game 5, Jakub Vrana got his turn on the top line alongside the budding superstars of Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Entering a third period with everything but the season on the line, Vrana scored and also added two assists. His goal, by far, was the biggest at the time. Continue reading “Top Line V: Jakub Vrana is Poised to have a Scoring Breakout”
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”
More Washington Capitals players have trickled into the DMV to gear up for the season and a chance to defend Lord Stanley’s Cup. No seriously, the keg stands are stopping and they’re getting back to business. A lot prospects took to the ice early on during Wednesday morning’s unofficial practice and were soon joined in by the vets including team captain Alex Ovechkin.
There are few things in life that make us (and we know many of you) smile than the looks of Braden Holtby. Today was no exception.
He was looking marvelous today at morning skate. Serene. Tranquil. Zen-like.
Whatever he is doing to keep in the zone and pucks out of his zone is working. Can’t wait to see more of him tonight when he blocks all those shots from the Golden Knights.
Wednesday afternoon, Coach Trotz said that the lines we have seen the last couple of days at practice will most likely be the lines for the playoffs. Of course, that could change with the return of Jay Beagle or maybe even Travis Boyd. Beags skated without the team on the Arlington Rink and could be ready soon. (more here) Boyd is still sick with no indication as to when he might be back.