This was a game full of de ja vus. In the end, an Alex Ovechkin feed to Evgeny Kuznetsov for the breakaway that was shades of Game 6 of the Caps second round series in Pittsburgh last year that would be the difference. Kuznetsov came through with the overtime goal as the Washington Capitals defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 in overtime at Capital One Arena in D.C. In the midst of a season-long six game homestand following the all-star break and bye week, the Capitals have now won three of their last four games after a season-long seven game winless drought entering the break.
The Washington Capitals will host Salute to the Military Night on Thursday, February 4th. The night will honor some 500 servicemen and servicewomen who will represent those who have proudly served their country . This is the 14th year the Caps have joined the NHL in this very special tribute.
During warmups, Caps players will wear camouflage jerseys that the Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation are auctioning off between 1 February and the second intermission of the Caps-Islanders game. Proceeds from the auction, which includes many other great items, will go to USO-Metro and Defending the Blue Line. Click on the link below to donate directly to the participating organizations or click HERE to participate in the auction.
- USO-Metro helps members of the military and their families cope with the “stresses and commitments that go with their service to our country.” Their efforts include bringing hope to our wounded service members. They are there with families who suffer a loss as a result of one’s service, standing with them in their sorrow.
- Defending the Blue Line is dedicated to: “ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey.” It was established in 2009 and your giving helps support the children of the military members in the US and Canada play hockey through the purchase of “hockey equipment, game tickets, cash grants, and summer camps.”
From the Washington Capitals, here is how the night will unfold:
Lance Corporal Josh Misiewicz of the U.S. Marines will participate in a pre-game ceremonial face-off with John Tavares of the New York Islanders and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. Lance Corporal Misiewicz is a member of the USA Warriors sled hockey team and the USA National sled hockey team.
Military District of Washington’s U.S. Army Band Quartet, featuring M. Sgt. Caleb Green (Ret.), will perform the national anthem, while the U.S. Army Honor Guard will present the flags. The Capitals youth hockey flag tunnel and mites on ice will be comprised of players from Navy Youth Hockey.
The second intermission will feature the USA Warriors hockey team in a skills exhibition. During the game the Capitals also will play a tribute video and honor a service member from each branch of the military.
In addition, Courage Caps and T-shirts will be sold starting at $20 at the MSE Foundation table at section 104 on Thursday and at the Team Store and stands throughout Verizon Center. This season Courage Caps are sponsored by Telos Corporation, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.
Be sure to take time to shake the hand of the servicemen and women in attendance. And if you haven’t already, pick up a t-shirt or Courage Cap and sing loud and proud with M. Sgt Caleb Green(Ret)!!
Check back with us Thursday night for photos from around the Verizon Center.