Todd Reirden is Named Coach of the Metropolitan Division for NHL All-Star Game

Todd Reirden has done a good job guiding the Washington Capitals in their quest to back-to-back and that effort was rewarded by the NHL on Saturday morning. The league officially announced who the head coaches are for each division for the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose, California. Reirden will coach the Metropolitan Division which features Capitals defenseman John Carlson and goaltender Braden Holtby.  Continue reading “Todd Reirden is Named Coach of the Metropolitan Division for NHL All-Star Game”

Jill Sorenson Gets a New Gig

One of our all-time favorite Capitals beat reporters, Jill Sorenson, has a new job. And it isn’t in sports! She revealed to us this morning that she is starting an exciting new career as Director of Marketing and Business Development in the commercial construction industry. Jill told us “This is an awesome move for my career, a great professional challenge, and so amazing for my family life.” Continue reading “Jill Sorenson Gets a New Gig”

Our Thanks to Jill Sorenson

We met Jill Sorenson through the Caps Fan Club. She had come to speak to a group of die-hard Caps fans about the 2015/16 season and the skinny on players. She shared her personal stories about covering DC Sports since 2000, when she worked with legend  NBC’s George Michael. She graciously agreed to meet with us as we were launching this blog and was one of our first, and favorite, interviews of all times. Jill’s story continues to be read by fans month after month, even though the interview was in December 2015.

Today she confirmed what had been only rumored last week. CSN has decided not to continue their relationship with her. We are saddened and angered by the decision. As are many fans and others who cover the Washington Capitals.

Jill became a grand supporter of our little endeavor, understanding what it is like to be the new kid on the block and to be women working in a predominately man’s world of sports coverage. She encouraged us to keep going, even when we might have to fight for our place. She told us to be ourselves and cover the Caps in a way that is natural for us.

img_6293She then introduced us to other women in the hockey world – bloggers and players. Over the years since we first met, she always greeted us warmly and supported us on Twitter as we continued to carve out our niche of three women running a hockey blog which expanded to include a couple of guys and a few other women who write when they can.

And then there is the Jill who we watched provide insight into the lives of the Washington Capitals. Her stories were heart-felt and full of mutual respect as players opened up their homes and their personal lives to her. And you could see the respect she had from many of her co-workers at CSN and around Kettler and Verizon Center. Our hope is that she will land on a local network where she can continue to interview players and interact with fans as she has for so many years at CSN.

We can’t say enough about this wonderful lady. We wish her, and her family, nothing but the best. We so greatly appreciate the doors you opened to us Jill and the friendships (Wendy) we have made because of you. We can’t wait to see you back on the air, doing what you do best – covering DC Sports!!

Maggie, Brittney, and Mel

May there always be work for your hands to do
May your purse always hold a coin or two; 
May the sun always shine on your windowpane; 
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain; 
May the hand of a friend always be near you; 
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

FiCP Welcomes Another Writer to the Team: Arianna Howard

Arianna is a senior in high school who intends to become a NHL Play-by-Play Announcer. She has been on her school’s newspaper for three years and has been a fan of the Capitals for six years as well. 

Her favorite Caps player is either Tom Wilson or Andre Burakovsky, but Michael Latta will always have a spot in her heart.

 She plans on attending a D.C college to get a degree in Sports Broadcasting Journalism, and hopes this will be an opportunity to get experience.

Arianna will be writing game recaps, covering some Maryland hockey, and special articles on NHL-related topics. We can’t wait for you to read her stories!! 

For Love of Holtby: Caps Strongest Edge

Braden Holby – The Holtbeast – The Washington Capitals Number One Goalie

91 saves on 93 shots in three games!

The accolades continue to grow for the Caps acrobatic steadfast goalie. With a shutout in the first game of Round One and a stellar performance in Game Two of the 2016 Playoffs, the expectations are high for his performance. The Caps need him to stay healthy and strong every night he is between the posts. We can never capture enough of those special Holtbeast expressions: here’s a few to remind us all why we love this guy.

We’re pulling for you Braden!!

Caps Shutout Flyers in Game One Victory

Playoff hockey time! The Presidents’ Trophy winning Washington Capitals went to battle with the 2nd Wild Card Philadelphia Flyers. The game began with a moment of silence for the passing of late Flyers owner Ed Snider.

First Period: Too Many Penalties

The Capitals and Flyers started their first playoff series in eight years. The theme throughout the first period was that the Capitals were shorthanded too often. Defensemen John Carlson (hooking) and Brooks Orpik (illegal hit to the head and interference) each spent time in the penalty box. Thankfully, the penalty kill and Braden Holtby were successful at keeping the Flyers off the board. The teams were scoreless after the first period.

Second Period: Captain America gets it Started! 

Evgeny Kuznetsov blocked a shot with his ankle less than three minutes into the second. The Caps’ power play did everything but score on their first opportunity. Halfway through the period, the Flyers did not have a shot on goal in the second. The Caps went on the penalty kill for the fourth time and were successful. Just 19 seconds into the Capitals’ third power play, John Carlson scored the first goal of the series. Marcus Johansson and T.J. Oshie collected the assists on Carlson’s goal. The Caps lead 1-0 after two periods of hockey.

Third Period: Beagle Seals the Win! 

The Capitals went on the power play less than three minutes into the period after there were too many Flyers on the ice. Sam Gagner got assessed a double minor for hi-sticking Brooks Orpik but the Caps were unable to get an insurance goal on the extended power play. Brayden Schenn cleaned out Mike Richards but no call. Tom Wilson and Wayne Simmonds dropped the gloves with less than seven minutes left in regulation. With 3:24 left in regulation, Jay Beagle double the Caps’ lead. Johansson had his second assist of the night on Beagle’s fourth career playoff goal. The Capitals defeat the Flyers, 2-0, and Holtby’s third playoff shutout. One down, 15 to go.

As expected, a Capitals and Flyers series is fueled by the rivalry and is incredibly physical.

What’s Next?

Practice: The Capitals are scheduled to practice at 11:30am at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Friday.

Game: Game Two is on Saturday at 7pm at Verizon Center.

 

Caps Tame the Wild

This win is the Capitals’ 45th win of the season, which matches their number of wins in the entirety of last season. The Capitals still have yet to lose two consecutive games in regulation. This season may have its bumps but it is still amazing.

First Period: Another Slow Start
The game started slow for both teams but the Wild would out-shoot the Capitals, 9-2, in the first 10:04. The Capitals would not get another shot on goal until 15:05 courtesy of Evgeny Kuznetsov. Penalty trouble was a theme in this period as the Caps took three penalties. The penalty kill was successful for the first two penalties but on the third, Minnesota’s only power play shot-on-goal got through Braden Holtby. It is now seven consecutive games that the Capitals have allowed the first goal.

GOALS: Mikko Koivo scored his 13th of the season (assisted by Ryan Suter)

PENALTIES: Brooks Orpik (holding); Matt Niskanen (roughing); Tom Wilson (tripping)

SCORE: Caps trail 1-0.

Second Period: Career High for Orpik

49 seconds into the second, defenseman Brooks Orpik scored his career-high third goal of season. The Caps looked to not repeat the first period. But Nino Niederreiter got the Wild their lead back with a breakaway goal 5:05 into the second. Defenseman Taylor Chorney could not get to Niederreiter to take away the puck. The Capitals were trapped in their own zone for a lengthy amount of time during this period. Minnesota’s goaltender Darcy Kuemper made an amazing save on Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin late in the second. The Caps outshot the Wild 13-10 in the period but the Wild had a 22-16 overall lead.

GOALS: Brooks Orpik scored his third of the season (assisted by Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin); Nino Niederreiter scored his 12th of the season (assisted by Ryan Suter and Jason Pominville)

PENALTIES: None
SCORE: Caps trail 2-1.

 

Third Period: The “O” Factor.

The Capitals came out shooting while the Wild got away with some penalties. The Burakovsky-Kuznetsov-Williams line had a fantastic shift in the Wild zone. Goaltender Kuemper deniedWatermarked Photo 2 (2016-02-26-2340) Burakovsky and then took a delay of game penalty for intentionally knocking the net off its moorings. Alex Ovechkin did what he does best,
score power play goals. Ovechkin is the first player to reach 40 goals this season and he is the tenth player to have eight 40-goal seasons. With about five minutes left in the game, Dmitry Orlov scored the eventual game-winning goal. Holtby secured the win by not letting the Wild tie with the extra attacker.
GOALS: Alex Ovechkin scored his 40th of the season (assisted by Matt Niskanen and Nicklas Backstrom); Dmitry Orlov scored his seventh of the season (assisted by Andre Burakovsky and Evgeny Kuznetsov)

PENALTIES: Darcy Kuemper (delay of game)

SCORE: Caps win 3-2. Watermarked Photo 3 (2016-02-26-2340)

Notes: 

Marcus Johansson is a new dad (baby girl) and so is newly acquired defenseman Mike Weber (baby boy). There was no John Carlson (lower body injury) or Michael Latta (flu) in the lineup. Minnesota’s Darcy Kuemper made his first start against the Capitals. 

WHAT’S NEXT?
Practice: 11:30am on Saturday at Ketter Capitals Iceplex.

Game: 12:30pm against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.

Written by: Renee Garces

Photos by: Brittney Marcum 

Pregame Coyotes Visit Capitals

GAME TIME IS 7 pm ET

Washington Capitals: 43-10-4

Arizona Coyotes 27-25-6

After a hot and cold game on Saturday, the Washington Capitals are back on the ice at Verizon Center to face one of the lowest ranking teams in the league, the Coyotes. Washington is the first stop for the Glendale team on a five-game road trip. The Caps have won their last three games and eight out of their last 10.

Coyotes

The Coyotes have had an up and down season. They fell to St. Louis  in a 6-4 loss with goals scored by Shane Doan, Kevin Connauton (his 3rd), and two by Max Doomi. They are an unpredictable team for the Caps to face.

Oliver Ekman-Larsson leads the team in points, with seven in his last five games. He suffered an injury in Saturday’s game and it is not clear if he will be in on Monday.

Shane Doan leads with goals (22) with three goals and an assist in his last five games.

 Capitals

On the Caps side of the ice, the Coyotes will be facing an unpredictable team in which any player could fire off the scoring shot. In the last game nearly every player had a shot on goal and every player is there to support the other.

Evgeny Kuznetsov leads the Caps in points (60) and assists (43).

Alex Ovechkin leads in goals (38) and continues to inspire the team to excel.

Kuzy, Ovi, Brooks Orpik, Dmitry Orlov, and TJ Oshie had a remarkable night against the NJ Devils on Saturday. The defensemen of the team have stepped up their game but they can still improve their protection in front of Braden Holtby.

Injury Report and Team Scratches

Jay Beagle: Yes, he is improving and skating now with the team, but he isn’t quite ready yet.

 

Stats from Hockey Reference and NHL.com