As you all have probably heard, Dmitry Orlov signed a shiny new deal with the Caps today, extending his tenure in Washington by six years. We here at FiCP couldn’t be happier but rumblings around the Kettler Capital’s rink today were a mixed bag of emotions. Some people, like us, were extremely happy the Caps signed this dynamic D–man, while others were a bit more skeptical.-
The doubts that arose were not so much if he is skilled enough to continue with the Caps but more so the length of the contract. The doubts are not unfounded though; A lot can change for a player in six years and being so young, Dima definitely has a little growing to do. The same people were cautiously optimistic about TJ Oshie’s recent eight-year deal with the team, wondering if his point production and contributions would be that of last year for the following eight.
Only time will tell what becomes of the two…
The Details of the Deal:
Six Years: 30.6 Million
Average per year: 5.1 Million
Here are some of our favorite photos of Dima from over the years:
By now you all know that only one of the duo that makes up the Caps Roomies received a qualifying offer by today’s deadline. That person was Tom Wilson.
We here at FiCP are having an especially hard time coming to terms with the loss of Michael Latta so we thought we’d share some of our favorite moments from this past season with Latts.
So many memories with Latts from this season but our favorites came after practices when Michael would take a few moments out of his day to talk to fans. He will be greatly missed by us and we are sure by you as well. We wish him all the best in his future career and hope to see him back on the ice even with another team.
The night started with lightups and loud, and we mean, LOUD fans. And thankfully the house was pretty red–hardly a Pens jersey could be seen! Well done friends!!!!
The game started like we expected, physical and fast. Andre Burakovsky got things going with a little help from is friends Jason Chimera and John Carlson put the Caps on the board. The first period ended 1-0 Caps.
The second period started so slow we weren’t sure the were really playing. Fans thought there were lots of missed calls against Pens– probably right.
It was all good until the Pens (Ben Lovejoy) got one over on Holtby. Fans stayed loud and like the players, we weren’t giving up.
There was a lot of back and forth scoring; first Evgeni Malkin scored and then TJ Oshie got one past goaltender Matt Murry to even things out by the end of the second period. TJ came back in the third period, followed by Nick Bonino.
By the end of the third we were tied up again forcing the game into overtime.
The crowd could barely contain themselves.
OT started with a flurry of red nightsticks and horn blowing from Sam to get everyone one ready. Both teams clearly wanted the win, but it was Oshie who scored the game winning goal and the hats flew onto the ice!!!
The Pens challenged but nah- it was the Caps night.
Pens waiting for the review in OT
We kind Of like this team a lot.
See ya Saturday for Game 2. Go CAPS.
Optional practice Friday at 12:15 at Kettler which means a handful of the tired players will be there. Pens will also be at Kettler for anyone interested…(be classy Caps fans)
Morning skate is scheduled for 10:15 Saturday followed by Game 2 at 8 pm.
This was a bad one friends. The Caps played well but just could get one in the net. T.J. Oshie missed his second consecutive game due to illness. It should help to have him return. Formen Cap’s player Troy Brouwer returned to the Verizon Center for the first time since being traded to St. Louis and was honored by the organization for his positive attitude while playing in Washington.
First Period: Solid Start
It was a pretty nice Good start for the Capitals. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer made some great saves early and the game was already more exciting than the Devils game from the night before. Even though neither team scored in the first, the game moved at a nice pace. The Capitals were the better team and outshot the Blues 10-8 at the end of the first period.
Second Period: Singing the Blues
The Capitals were 21-6-2 when tied after one period. Unfortunately, the guests from the Gateway City would dominate the second period. Just 4:45 into the period, Kyle Brodziak opened the scoring after Dmitry Orlov failed to get the puck away from the Blues. Colton Parayko added his eighth of the season later in the period. The goal would be challenged for offside but was deemed a good goal. Less than two minutes later, Vlamdir Tarasenko added his 35th of the season and the Capitals were down 3-0 by the end of the period.
Score: Capitals trail 3-0
Third Period: Allen Remained Unbreakable
A frustrating theme in this game was that the Capitals were not shooting the puck as much as they should have. Goaltender Jake Allen was able to see the puck and was able to collect the puck after every try from the Caps. With less than 10 left in the third, there was a big scrum at the Blues net. Alex Ovechkin danced a little with former Cap Troy Brouwer. Patrik Berglund added a fourth goal to seal the deal. The Capitals fellto the Blues 4-0.
This game was the Blues’ fourth straight shutout (a streak of 240:18 without allowing a goal).
Score: Capitals lose 4-0
Caps have Sunday off and morning skate of Monday at 10:15am at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
On Monday, the Caps host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Swedish Heritage Night at Verizon Center at 7pm.
The Washington Capitals are looking to end their Pacific Division road trip on a high note on Saturday as they meet the San Jose Sharks. After starting off sluggish last game, the Caps roared back in the third with three unanswered goals and got a point in their 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
The Sharks have been hanging in there to keep their heads above water and in the playoff hunt. Currently, they sit as the seventh seed in the conference, third in the crowded Pacific behind the Kings (84 points) and Ducks (83 points). With 15 games remaining and a possible 30 points on the table, the Sharks are capable of rising up with some help from the other teams in the west.
The Caps have won two of three on the road trip, only dropping their last game to the Kings 4-3 in overtime. Holtby struggled early but steadied the ship against the Kings and looks to be the starter on Saturday night. The Caps definitely need to start off games better than they have lately. In the last 4 games, the Caps have been outscored 7-0 in the first period.
The Caps roll into San Jose looking for win number 50. The last time the Caps played the Sharks, Alex Ovechkin was benched for one game due to waking up late and arriving late to practice. The Caps proceeded to play their worst game of the season and lost 5-0 on home ice and gave newbie goaltender Martin Jones a shutout.
Fortunately for Washington, the Sharks are struggling at home this season with a 12-15-3 record for a league-low 27 points. The Caps need to take advantage of this and continue a winning trend in San Jose after snapping their 20 year losing streak in San Jose in 2014.
The Caps have the trio of Kuznetsov, Backstrom and Ovechkin with 68 points, 62 points and 61 points respectively. Braden Holtby has 15 games to win seven more and tie Martin Brodeur’s single-season win record. His current season record is 41-8-4 with a 2.25 GAA and .922 save percentage.
Alex Ovechkin has not scored in four straight games for the third time in his career.
San Jose Sharks Pregame
Joel Ward is probably not thrilled to see the Caps. He is in the midst of a season-high eight game scoreless drought and probably wants nothing more than to snap out of it against his former team. This game will feature some great players on both sides. The San Jose duo of Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton have 64 points apiece while defenseman Brent Burns has matched a career high with 60 points this season.
Martin Jones looks to be the net minder starter with a 33-18-4 record, 2.29 GAA and a .918 save percentage this season. The third year goaltender has cemented his status as San Jose’s starting goalie.
Brent Burns had nine points the last five games before it was snapped the other night.
The New York Islanders made their first regular season trip to Verizon Center since being eliminated by the Capitals in round 1 of the playoffs last season. It was Military Night and Lance Corporal Josh Misiewicz, USMC, of the USA National sled hockey team, participated in the ceremonial puck drop. Also, the Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin returned to the lineup, as did Taylor Chorney after battling the flu.
First Period: Gritty Start
The Caps had a slower start and had trouble clearing the zone. The Islanders scored in the opening minutes of the game. The Capitals have now surrendered the first goal in the last six games, going 2-2-1 in the previous five. Nice passing from Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie blasted one past Halak. Thomas Hickey showed that the Islanders still have some ill will against Tom Wilson when he made a dirty hit on the Capital winger.
· Mikhail Grabovski scored his ninth of the season, assisted by Josh Bailey and Travis Hamonic.
· T.J. Oshie scored his 16th of the season assisted by Nicklas Backstrom.
· Thomas Hickey for elbowing Tom Wilson.
SCORE: Game tied 1-1.
Second Period: Swede Scoring Streak
The second period started with a bunch of missed and blocked shots. Halfway through the period, both teams combined for one shot on goal. Then, Michael Latta got a breakaway but Islander goaltender Jaroslav Halak denied him. Halak also denied Latta on two following quality-scoring chances. The teams exchanged hard hits and chances at both ends.
· Andre Burakovsky scored his ninth of the season, assisted by Jason Chimera and Dmitry Orlov. Burakovsky now has a four-game scoring streak.
· Ryan Strome for hooking and Alex Ovechkin for Slashing.
SCORE: Caps lead Islanders 2-1.
Third Period: Ovi Time!
The third period was more of the second. There was big hits and quality scoring chances. The Capitals also blocked 33 shots and the Islanders 15. It is known that the goaltender is the best penalty killer. This was true in the final minutes when Braden Holtby denied the Islander game-tying goal in the final minutes of regulation.
· Josh Bailey scored his eighth of the season, assisted by Marek Zidlicky and Brock Nelson
· Alex Ovechkin scored his 29th of the season, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie.
· John Carlson for delay of game.
FINAL: Caps win 3-2.
Good hard battle for two divisional points. Maintaining the lead of the bunched up Metropolitan teams (At the time this is being written, teams 2-5 are separated by 4 points) The Capitals return to a normal-ish schedule. No more extended breaks.
Practice: 11:30am on Friday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex
Game: 1pm on Saturday at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Written by: Renee Garces
After having only one game in the span of two weeks, Caps fans were practically salivating for some hockey. Thanks to a massive blizzard, two of the Caps recent home games had to be postponed and rescheduled. With the All Star Games, most of the team was on vacation. Braden Holtby, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov were in Nashville to represent the Caps, along with head coach Barry Trotz. On Tuesday, the boys got back to work taking on the Florida Panthers, who are having a pretty awesome season themselves.
With Braden Holtby getting the night off, Phillip Grubauer got the start.
Same with Al Montoya, who started over Roberto Luongo. Alex Ovechkin (suspended) and Marcus Johansson (upper-body) were out giving Stanislav Galiev and Zach Sill the sweaters for tonight.
First Period: Penalty Parade
The first period was full of penalties committed by both sides. There were eight penalties in total; however, only the Panthers scored despite the Caps peppering the net with 16 shots on goal.
• GOALS- Jonathan Huberdeau scored his 9th of the season, assisted by Jaromir Jagr. Aleksander Barkov got his 14th of the season, assisted by Nick Bjugstad.
• PENALTIES-Erik Gudbranson called for hooking, Barkov called for illegal stick, TJ Oshie called for hooking, Shawn Thorton called for goaltender interference, Dmitry Kulikov called for hooking, Backstrom called for holding, Dmitry Orlov called for slashing and Bjugstad called for interference.
• SCORE-Caps down 0-2
Second Period: Cats Control
The second period looked almost exactly like the first; lots of penalties, no Caps goals, Panthers score twice. Despite lots of offensive prowess, the Caps could not puncture Montoya. The Caps had 11 shots on goal with nothing to show for it. The boys are definitely showing that they have enjoyed a few too many days off recently. The Caps had six takeaways and 16 giveaways in their 40 minutes of play. Not something you want to do against another hot hockey team.
• GOALS-Vincent Trocheck scored his 15th goal of the season, unassisted. Jonathan Huberdeau scored his second goal of the game, which is also his 10th goal of the season.
• PENALTIES-Logan Shaw called for tripping, Jason Chimera called for boarding, and Derek Mackenzie called for a double minor for hooking and unsportsmanlike conduct.
• SCORE-Caps trail 0-4
Third Period: Dent the Twine
The third period definitely did not continue in the fashion of the previous two. The Caps finally put two past Montoya, both within the first two minutes of the period. Seeming to spark a fire under the team, the Caps looked like their old selves. With just over nine minutes left, Huberdeau tried to complete his first career hattrick but couldn’t convert on the attempt.
• GOALS- Backstrom scored his 17th of the season, assisted by Kuznetsov, Burakovsky scored his 8th of the season, also assisted by Kuznetsov, Quinton Howden sealed the deal with an empty net goal with 1:53 remaining in the game
• PENALITES- surprise, no penalties.
• FINAL SCORE-Caps lose 3-5
You could definitely see that the boys were not in the swing of things tonight. They had more than ample opportunity to put this game away early but just could not get anything past the stellar net mining of Montoya. Caps had 38 shots on goal versus the 19 from Florida. The power play was 0-8 in a penalty heavy game, and for a team that has the best PP in the league, that is not acceptable.
Note: Taylor Chorney left the game with flu-like symptoms, will see what tomorrow brings for him.
Caps are now 35-9-4 and 2-2-1 in their last 5.
Their next game is Thursday at home against the Islanders at 7:30pm on NBCSN.
Practice scheduled at Kettler for 1130 am Wednesday.
Morning skate scheduled for Thursday at Kettler at 1030 am.
The Washington Capitals return to the ice after being snowed out of two games (Anaheim and Pittsburgh) this weekend. The Flyers missed their game against the Islanders and then proceeded to lose to the Bruins on Monday. The Caps have won their last two games while the Flyers have lost their last three. This is the last game for both teams before the All-Star break.
The Caps remain in the solid lead for the Metropolitan Division and the Eastern Conference. With 46 games played they have 73 points, technically three points ahead of the Blackhawks with 70 points. The Hawks have played 52 games so the Caps have a lock on first place going into the break.
Michal Neuvirth is the projected goalie for this match, the second this season between Washington and Philadelphia. Read our column from January 25 about Neuvy and his journey from DC to Philly. He was reportedly moving slowly after the Monday game but has said he is fine at practice on Tuesday. Steve Mason missed his second day of practice following “maintenance day” on Monday.
Everyone is holding their breath in anticipation that John Carlson could play on Wednesday. He has missed 12 games with an upper-body injury and has skated with the team during practice for the past week.
Brooks Orpik continues to skate before the team practice and is working with trainers to prepare for his return. Coach Trotz had hoped Brooks would be back before the All Stars but it looks more likely that he will return after the break. He has missed 32 games.
Jay Beagle’s recovery is coming along. It could be another three weeks before he returns to the game following hand surgery. He too is skating with the trainers before team practice. He has missed 10 games.
Caps Roll Call
Braden Holtby, who leads the league in wins (30), is expected to be defending the crease on Wednesday. His 2.01 goals against average ranks third in the league. Backing him up in the net is Philipp Grubauer who is a strong goaltender and someone in whom the coach has great confidence. He has had to step in for Holtby in recent games.
Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov were the stars of the game against the Blue Jackets. Nicky had three shots that brought two goals for the team while Kuzy had four assists that contributed to the team’s 6-3 win. We can expect more WOW moments from both these guys on Wednesday.
It’s hard to single out potential stars for Wednesday when this is a team in which everyone contributes to its success. Keep an eye on Jason Chimera, simply because…he is amazing!
Extra Photos from practice:
Karl Alzner, the Iron Man, is three points away from 100 NHL points and with this game passes Bob Carpenter (422) for the longest consecutive games played in franchise history.
Nicklas Backstrom with three goals will pass Kelly Miller (162) for the 12th place of Capitals goals scored
Claude Giroux leads the Flyers in overall points (37) with 14 goals and 23 assists. He was scoreless against Boston on Monday; however, he has tallied two goals and two assist in his last five games.
Jakub Voracek has been leading the team in the past five games in points (5) with one goals and four assists.
Wayne Simmonds was the first star of the game against Boston, despite the loss. He had nine shots with the two goals scored by the Flyers. Keep a watch on him in the scoring zone.
Jan 27 Morning Skate at 10:15 am
Jan 27 Philadelphia at 8 pm at the Verizon Center on NBCSN
Feb 2 Panthers at 7:30 pm at the Verizon Center on NBCSN
Feb 4 NY Islanders at 7:30 pm at the Verizon Center on NBCSN