As the new kids on the block, we had to ask ourselves that very question. And obviously, we think not. There are some great blogs out there, each with a different style or way of presenting information. On this Thanksgiving Day eve, we are thankful for the bloggers who have come before us and paved the way for quality reporting on social media.
JAPERS Rink is the big daddy of us all. Hosted by SB Nation, they provide daily coverage of Caps practices and games. If you follow them on twitter they also link you to all the articles written about the Caps. One-stop shopping at its best. Then there is Russia Machine Never Breaks. They have been writing all things Russian players since 2009. They were the first blog we ever followed and probably who inspires us the most to just have fun covering hockey. They are the best place to go for translations of articles and what Russian players really said! And then there is the blog that got us started and through which we found our own style. NoVa Caps provides a forum for fan to write articles and share their passion. They also recap games and repost nifty articles. Also new on the scene is Washington Capitals Loyal Fan Club Page over on Facebook which reposts great articles from all the outlets and bloggers. Continue reading “Is There Such as Thing as Too Many Caps Blogs????”
The Caps squared off against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday with Jason Chimera facing his hometown team. Former Caps player Matt Hendricks –Hendy-retuned to the Oilers tonight. It was good to see him again…right??? Before the game even started we had a near catastrophe when Justin Williams tumbled on top of goalie Braden Holtby during pre-game stretches. All was good though as Williams got up laughing.
Here are the highlights of the game, along with more great pictures.
Today we wish our dynamic center a joyous Happy Birthday! Nicklas Backstrom turns 28 today. It’s hard to believe that one of the original Capitals Young Guns is inching closer to 30!
Nicky was drafted by the Caps in in 2006 and with every passing year he has continued to develop into one of the top scoring centers in the league. He ranks first on the Capitals franchise assist list (427) and fifth in franchise points (572). Nickey consistently earns an average of one point per game per season. He has played for his home country of Sweden in three World Championships (2007, 2008, 2012), two World Junior Championships (2006, 2007) and two Winter Olympic Games (2010, 2014) capturing a silver medal in 2014. This one-time carpenter comes from a family of hockey players. No doubt he will be celebrating today with his partner Lisa, their beautiful baby girl, and his visiting family. Best wishes to you Nicky!
The Caps practiced at Kettler Iceplex this morning in preparation for their match with the Edmonton Oilers at 7 pm tonight. The line-up appears to be the same as that for their last game on Saturday:
Michael Latta (see photo above) was the only player working on faceoff drills. Given his 88 percent win on the faceoff last game, we can expect to see more of him in the faceoff spot tonight.
Looks like we caught coach explaining to Andre Burakovsky that he is going to get a little more time to “clear his head.”
Stanislav Galiev gets the nod again tonight–in for Burky.
T.J. Oshie is back in the lineup tonight–did we ever doubt he would be? After a maintenance day to recover from some hard hits Friday, Oshie was back on the ice at morning skate.
And then there is Nate Schmidt…does this guy ever not smile? Today we saw that behind that smile is a man with some power. Note the broken stick and his ever so sheepish look.
And lets not forget, today is Nicklas Backstrom’s 28th birthday. We wish him well and a night full of points!
Coming into the game tonight the Caps are 13-5-1 against the Oilers 7-12-1. Caps are 21-10-2 at home against the Oilers. This is the second and last meeting of the season for these two teams. Should be a fast-skating night to see if now that the Caps know they can score first if they have figured out how to win two in a row! Stay tuned for highlights later tonight.
What to Watch for Tonight:
John Carlson: One point away from passing Rod Langway’s record of 202 for eighth place in goals earned by a Cap’s defenseman.
Justin Williams: Three points to go to reach 600 career HNL points.
Welcome to a new blog for fans of the Washington Capitals that promises to bring you great photos and articles about all things hockey. Not only will you find the best pictures of your Capitals players but watch for pictures of the Hershey Bears and local hockey teams in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) region. We will be hitting the road to bring you stories about fans traveling out of the area and of your favorite team on the road.
We are big fans ourselves and we our at most most Caps=related events. If we can’t make it, we would love to have some of you follow the events for us. Just let us know you are going and we can collaborate. If you have that special photo with a Caps player, let us know and we will share it with other fans. If there is a story you would like us to write on – just send us a comment and we will do our best.
We are here because we have so much fun being a part of the Caps community and that love has spread to a general love of hockey in the DMV. We hope you will catch the Red Rocking Spirit with us as we travel meet with friends from cold places.
Saturday night (Nov 21) in Chinatown would be the first cold night of the season in the Nation’s Capital and a night for a big win for the Washington Capitals as they snowed over the Colorado Avalanche.
The First Period was full of excitement. The Caps finally broke through and scored first against the Avs. Mike Vogel tweeted out that the last time they scored first was when Justin Williams lit the lamp—just as he did Saturday. At 7:15 in the game, Captain Alexander Ovechkin showed the world he is back with a rocket goal that put the Caps up 2-0. In rapid succession John Carlson racked up the third goal for the night with a snap shot assisted by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson. With 42.1 seconds left in the first, Nate Schmidt fired one in to end the first period 4-0 Caps.
The Second Period started a bit sluggish with the Avs Cody McLeod getting the upper hand on Braden Holtby. The Caps failed to score on a power play opportunity four minutes into the period. After a knock down fight between Michael Latta and Chris Wagner, the Caps failed again on their second power play opportunity of the period. The Avs would bounce back on a one-man advantage after Kuztnezov found himself in the sin bin for closing his hand on the puck. The second period would end with the Caps maintaining a two-point lead (4-2).
The start of The Third Period was delayed because of a problem with the goal light behind Braden Holtby. The Caps would have another chance to score on the power play after a tripping call on Nathan MacKinnon. This time Kuzy made good on the man advantage with assists by Chimera and Niskanen. (5-2 Caps). . The other highlight of the period was a sweet wrist shot by Dmitry Orlov: his first goal of the season! And the magical goal scored with the disappearing puck is sure to be part of the weekend highlight reels. It seems only Orlov and the ref knew where the puck was. Holtby would let one more slip by him bringing the score to 6-3, but still with a good Caps lead. Finally, Karl Alzner would seal it all up with his second goal of the season at 16:16 with a little help from his friends Oshie and Ovechkin. Caps take the win 7-3.
The night was amazing; Lots of scoring, lots of fights, and lots of screaming by the fans. The Caps finally scored first and then kept on scoring. Before the night was over 14 players combined for a grand total of 19 points (goals, assists). Also, for the first time in 23 years four Capitals defensemen scored a goal in a game. It was also the first time since 2013 that seven different players scored seven goals. The game was the icing on the cake of a record breaking week in which Ovechkin broke the record scoring a total of 484 goals to become the all-time high Russian-born scorer in the NHL. Now we look forward to preparing to face the Oilers on Monday night.