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Dear Friends,

Happy 2020!

Our Prediction for the year ahead??

A GR8 year of big wins lies ahead the Washington Capitals!!

Unfortunately for us, we are taking a blog break. Our team has done some fantastic tweeting and posting photos on IG. However, life (meaning school and work) has made it nearly impossible for us to write.

We have also felt the pressure from another blog that has greater resources to cover every tidbit of Caps news. We don’t want to just repackage what NBC Sports and other first line media outlets report. Nor do we want just to repost what Caps’ players post. We don’t think you need to read the same news in four or five different blogs.

Our bread and butter has always been our photographs and first-hand reporting from MedStar (Kettler), Capital One, and on the road. Sadly, we also haven’t been getting to as many games as we would like and again, we don’t want to give you news you have already read or watched from the pros.

So we thank you for reading our articles and engaging with us these past four+ years. We will keep on tweeting because we can’t turn off the “Twitter King.” We will post photos on IG and Twitter when we can.

We hope to be back, especially when the Caps make it to the playoffs. We’ll see what happens then.

We have been blessed to have made so many great friends and look forward to seeing you around and talking with you!

Go CAPS!!!

Maggie and Brittney Marcum, FiCP Founders

Meet Michael Marzzacco

How’s it going Caps fans?

My name is Michael Marzzacco and I’m one of the newest writers at Friends in Cold Places. First a brief introduction. I’ve followed the Washington Capitals for the last 15 seasons and you may have recognized my name from the Caps blogs District Sports Page and/or NoVa Caps over the years.

While this is my first year writing on the FiCP team, I am set to embark on my fourth season writing about and covering the Capitals. Two years ago, I got my bachelor’s degree in journalism at Radford University. Since then, I moved back to my hometown in Northern Virginia.

When I’m not watching or writing about the Caps, I’m covering high school sporting events in Loudoun County for the Loudoun Times Mirror as well as blogging about the NBA’s Washington Wizards for the site Hoop District.

I’m looking forward to providing Caps fans and readers with unique in-person stories from practices and games as well as quality content and getting the story from all angles.

In a Tough Game, Capitals Beat the Blue Jackets by 2-1 (SO) and Holtby Wins “Duel” Against Bobrovsky

In a direct fight for the NHL lead, the Washington Capitals hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. The game also marked the clash between two of the greatest goalies in the present-day NHL: Braden Holtby and Sergei Bobrovsky. Holtby is the current Vezina Trophy winner and both are contenders for this year and thanks to them, the game was scoreless after two periods. However, the regulation and the overtime weren’t enough to unveil a winner between these elite NHL teams.

Before the puck drop in the District, Alex Ovechkin became the first player in NHL to wear custom-painted skates. The customized skates were for the Russian Heritage Night and they had the American and Russian flag. Ovechkin planned to auction them to raise money for the American Special Hockey Association. He wanted to play with them, but his request was denied by the league.

The first 40 minutes had no goals. Wilson and Anderson got a matching minors. The Capitals had three power play opportunities, but didn’t capitalize any of them, keeping the game scoreless. Holtby and Bobrovsky were the greatest names during two periods, it would change in the 3rd.

watermarked28(2017-03-23-2152)Just 41 seconds was enough to break the tie: Seth Jones made it 1-0 to Columbus. Some minutes later, defenseman Dmitry Orlov honored the Russian Heritage Night and tied the game again, now with goals, in 1-1. It was his sixth goal this season and his first goal in 11 career games against Columbus.  Since then, the Caps could manage to create good scoring opportunities and creating some pressure, but the regulation would end tied, just as the overtime.

In the shootouts, T.J. Oshie was the first one and converted, as the usual. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom were stopped, but Braden Holtby stopped all the three shots from Columbus and deservedly was named the First Star of the Game.

And one more thing before we close- Braden Holtby was terrific in the net tonight. Even when his lid went flying and he bounced back, shaking those locks of hair and smiling at the ref. We vote Holtby for the Vezina and just for the most hysterical goalie in the league to watch.

Check back with us on Friday for the complete photo gallery.