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.
We shot a bunch of videos this morning. Most are on twitter, but not all of you follow us there. It’s a good thing to follow us on Twitter @incoldplacesdc and Instagram @friendsincoldplaces for great photos and videos.
A few days ago Friends in Cold Places offered me a ticket to the last Caps game before the Playoffs begin and I accepted. I was excited because for once I would be attending the game as a fan and not working it in the PWC Club. Continue reading “Caps Fan For A Night”
Coverage by Chris Cleveland
After a day off and a respectable 3-2 win over the Senators, the Caps were back on the ice at Kettler for practice. They have two more days before the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series on Saturday. Our Twitter King, Chris Cleveland was there to catch some highlights for us.
The Capitals were on the ice at Kettler late Sunday morning following a big win over the Sabres on Saturday night (5-1). Everyone was there, at least at the start of practice.
Tom Wilson came out. Skated around a bit. Hit a few pucks at our photographer Brittney. Skated off. Came back and talked to the trainer and left again after about three minutes. Coach said later it was a ‘maintenance thing ‘ for him and he was fine. We aren’t as convinced as he sure looked like something was bothering him. Let hope he is in for practice at Nationwide Arena on Monday.
We had a chance to watch Michal Kempny with John Carlson- a likely pairing for future games.
Moving toward Monday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Trotz said Jakub Jerabek is still on hold pending resolution of a visa issue.
Taylor Chorney is likely to make his debut Monday in a CBJ sweater.
Lines during practice today do not necessarily mean same lines on Monday…
The guys were in visibly good moods today, it was great to see them all smiling.
There are just too many good ones not to share..
The capitals held a long and vigorous practice at Kettler Ice Plex on Wednesday.
Matt Niskanen made an early appearance and warmed up with his teammates. However, he didn’t practice with the team. See our post for more about practice.
Here are some of the better tweets of today: Continue reading “Caps: Best Tweets and IG of Wednesday 3 Jan”