Caps-Islanders Game Opener 

The Capitals played the Islanders twice during the preseason, defeating them both times. On October 9, the Caps shutout World Cup of Hockey stellar goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Clearly the Isles were shaking the rust off earlier this month. Cal Clutterbuck caused the normal stir for the Caps with his hard-hitting abrasive style of play. Expect more of that.

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Jason Chimera Red Carpet 2015

It was a bit of fun as former beloved player Jason Chimera and the boys squared off a few times. Don’t expect it to go that way on Saturday. However, the Caps will likely honor his last seven years with the team. Even though he isn’t walking the red carpet this year, fans are sure to cheer loudly for his return.

Last game Andre Burakovsky, Lars Eller, Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie notched goals. In the opening game in Pittsburgh Andre was the big star. Expect more of the same Saturday. watermarked92016-10-10-0812

 

 

 

And yes, we are sure there will be fighting. The question is whom has more penalty minutes by the end of the night: Justin Williams or Tom Wilson?

Enjoy the night. It’s time to celebrate the return of hockey to DC!!

Thank you Chimmer!

Whatever you called Jason Chimera: Ice Cheetah, Chim Dawg, Chimmer or Jason, he will be greatly missed by Caps fans everywhere.

A player like Chimera wasn’t going to sit idle for long as a free agent.  So now we get to play against him when those boys from Brooklyn visit Verizon Center this season for our first home game.

Its a part of hockey no one likes, even the players stress out over it. But business will always come first to hockey; before friendships, locker room leadership, community ties and family.

I just want to say thank you Jason Chimera for your role on the Washington Capitals hockey team. I spend every game waiting anxiously for your warm-up routine of running your teammates into the boards for fun. Some nights it was a gently tap, a handshake or a puck tossed at them. But nine times out of 10, it was a great big ol’ hit against the boards, to where everyone around watching warm ups would laugh and take video or pictures of the team bonding going on before a game.

Your interviews are always entertaining; from you and Joel Ward imitating Mike Vogel and John Walton, throwing your socks or tape on a player being interviewed,or  being kissed by Kuzy on the head and saying it’s usually on the lips. Your yelling from across the room randomly during other players interviews. And your wonderful sense of humor.

During exit interviews at the end of the past season, Chimera broke down and cried at the fact he may be facing an uncertainty of coming back to DC to play after free agency. Well that uncertainty  came true today. I believe Chimmer will do well for the Islanders; it’s a new beginning for the Chim Dawg.

I’m so impressed with Chimera’s speed on the ice, his gritty style of play, standing up for his teammates and his milestone season of scoring 20 goals.  There’s a lot of fight left in this Chim Dawg!

We love you Chimmer and we thank you for giving us Caps fans your best each and every time you played.. We will miss your personality here in DC,  and we wish you the best of luck in New York…just not too much luck when you play the Caps…

I know we are all looking forward to Chimmer’s highlight video the first time he visits Verizon Center next season. I’m sure it will include a a grey Mike Vogel wig, socks being thrown, and a big kiss from Kuzy.. .On the head… Not the lips . And then we will see him do what he loves the most: play to win.

Thank you Jason Chimera!  You will be greatly missed by your fans in DC.   We will always root for you no matter where you go.. We love you Ice Cheetah!

 

What Caps Fans Say About Keeping Chimera

During Caps Development Camp and Fan Fest we had a chance to ask the fans what they thought about Jason Chimera. One young lady, Lily, said it best:


For the most part, the fans we spoke with seemed to think his days are numbered. Everyone love Chimera, but similar to Brooks Laich, many think it is time to move on.


We think Jason has locker room value. This has been one of his best seasons and he still has the speed and power the Caps need. However, we know this is a business and it all comes down to $$$ and for that alone, we think we will be writing a farewell piece.

What do you think? 

Caps In – Caps Out: Change is Coming with UFAs and RFAs

Change is coming to the Caps this week. Between the draft, trades, and upcoming unrestricted free agent (UFA) and restricted free agent (RFA) signings and free trades; the Washington Capitals will be doing what they can to create four solid scoring lines. We also expect to see the Caps adjusting the defensive lines to add scoring power on the other end.

So what is all this talk of RFA and UFA?  In simple terms, UFAs are for older, seasoned players and RFA’s are for the “young guns” of the team. And everything hinges on the players status by the end of 30 June. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) of 2013: Continue reading “Caps In – Caps Out: Change is Coming with UFAs and RFAs”

Chimera: Pros Outweigh Cons for Washington Capitals to Retain

The Washington Capitals will consider signing UFA Jason Chimera in the coming weeks. FiCP votes YES.

 

Jason Chimera in one of three unrestricted free agents* that the Washington Capitals’ will consider signing over the summer—or not. The Caps’ community love this guy, but do we love him enough to want to sign a 37 year old third-liner for another couple of years. We don’t question his ability because of his age; however, it surely is part of what management is thinking about as they consider the upside and downside of keeping him on the Caps roster.

So a little background. Jason was signed by the Caps in 2009. He previously played for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers. He makes $2 million a year – a sizable hit to the salary cap but not outrageous—unless the Caps want to bring in someone and pay them more. That’s probably one for the con column.

His penalty minutes are actually down! In seven years with the Caps he has had 350 minutes compared to the 372 with the Oilers in five years. This season he has spent less time in the box than in his entire career. So while some will point to penalty minutes – we think he has it under control. Ok with the exception of a stick thing in the playoffs…

And since we are talking playoffs—he was a bit of a no-show in the scoring department when the team needed him most: against Pittsburgh. He had an assist the first game of the second round but after that his production tanked. In all fairness, the third and fourth lines weren’t the heavy lifters in the series so we can’t count him down too much for the Pens win.

Why We Say, “Sign Him Up.”

Like a fine wine, this left winger gets better with time. He  had one of his best seasons in 2015/16. He ended the regular season with 40 points. His previous high was 42 in the 2014/15 season.

Chimera is a clutch player in the truest sense of the word. He pulls out all the stops when the Caps are in need of that extra push. As a Washington Capital, he has 11 game-winning goals in the regular season and another six in the playoffs.

Being a clutch player also makes him one of the fastest and toughest players on the team. Never thought of as an ‘enforcer,’ Chimera is a brute on the ice. His Corsi average for control of the puck suggests that when the Ice Cheetah is skating, the team is controlling the puck.

He is one of those ‘seasoned leaders’ we hear the upper management talk about. He brings a tenacious desire to win tempered with the ability to make the guys laugh and lighten up at just the right time. With 951 regular season games, this guy has seen it all.

Is that enough you ask? The Capitals need leadership in the locker room. They need someone to lighten things up when they are down. They need someone who wants to win with THIS team more than just about anything. We think Jason Chimera has proven himself to be an asset and if they can afford to keep him—they should.

*Unrestricted free agents in the NHL are players without contract renewals who can consider offers from other teams without the last team they played with placing any restrictions on them.

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough Caps Win 4-2

The Capitals visited Denver, Colorado and a familiar face in Semyon Varlamov Friday night in the first of their back-to-back games. The team was one Swede short after an announcement came earlier in the day that Nicklas Backstrom would be sitting out due to an upper body injury. In his place was Stan Galiev who…. Caps were coming off a tough SO loss to Philadelphia and the Avs were in fight mode as they try to clinch their own playoff spot. The combination of these made for an exciting game.

First Period: Lots of Pipe

The speed of the first period is something we like to see from the Caps on a regular basis. Within the first two minutes Marcus Johansson made an excellent attempt on Varlamov that unfortunately hit the pipe, Richards would do the same thing not long after. Justin Williams would head to the box at 4:43 for a tripping call on Avs Blake Comeau. Caps managed to limit the bad guys to 1 shot on the PP while Jay Beagle had a great breakaway that yet again hit the pipe next to Varlamov. Jay Beagle headed to the box for a Hi-Sticking call against John Mitchell at the end of the first, Avs would have a power play going into the second. Varly faced a whopping fifteen shots, while Holtby faced only seven. End of period score: 0-0

Second Period: All the Goals…

The fourth pipe hit came from TJ Oshie at 3:31. Shortly after, Tom Wilson laid a hard (legal) hit on Nikita Zadorov that left the defenseman down for a few minutes but he ultimately left the ice fully coherent with the help of trainers and teammates. Varlamov continued to be stellar in goal for Colorado; robbing Johansson with a sprawling save.DSC_0090 All the shots finally pay off when Jay Beagle sneaks one past Varly with no helpers for his eighth of the season and first since March fourth at 8:50. Blake Comeau received a hooking penalty after a hook on Jason Chimera. Not long after the boys show they still got it when Ovechkin scores his 45th of the season via Johansson and Kuznetsov. And with the third goal of the night just two minutes later Jason Chimera scores his 19th of the season with help from Richards and Carlson. The second period ended same as the first with a penalty call against Matt Niskanen for hooking on Gabriel Landeskog. The power play for Colorado resulted in a goal from Jerome Iginla his 20th on the season. Shots continued to be lopsided with a final shot count of 30-13 Washington. End of 2nd score: 3-1 Caps.

3rd period: That’ll do Caps, That’ll do.

The third period began with just as much speed. Colorado defense were on top of their game; saving a puck that nearly crossed the line after a series of shots the pulled Varly out of his crease. Chris Bigras heads to the box for a Hi-Sticking call on TJ Oshie. Not for lack of trying, Caps could not get one passed the Avs killer defense and seasoned goaltender. With the FIFTH pipe of the night, Carlson just misses. Gabriel Landeskog makes it a one goal game with the help of Soderberg and Comeau. This was Landeskog’s 20th goal of the season and his 100th career NHL goal. To no avail Colorado pulled Varlamov at 2:19 for the extra man. TJ Oshie scores on the empty net to put the nail in the coffin. Your final shot count is 47-19 in favor of the Caps. Final Score 4-2

 And your Washington Capitals win another one. That’s another record in the books with 55 wins in a season. Braden Holtby is now just one win away from tying Martin Brodeur for most wins in a single season (48).

Next up:

 Tomorrow night Caps will take on the Phoenix Coyotes at 10:00 PM on CSN

Sunday will be a day off and the team will return to Kettler for a 10:30 am practice on Monday morning.

Introducing Flickr!

By now you all know how much we love our photos here at FiCP, but sometimes we have a few too many photos to put into a gallery on the site. That being said we have decided to share our galleries via Flickr! We are so excited to share all our wonderful photos with you in a simpler format that everyone can view, even from their phones. 

 Here is the link to our new site: 

https://www.flickr.com/gp/139128575@N06/9Co3y1

Please leave us feedback, we would love to know what you think we can do to improve or any other photos you might like to see. We will be moving all our previous galleries to the Flickr page this coming week and we hope you will enjoy taking a look back at this season’s best photos as much as we do. 

As always feel free to use any of our photos and share with everyone if you like what you see.

Thank you to everyone for the continued support, we would be nowhere without you all. 

  
 

I Like It, I Love It; Caps Best Preds in Smashville

 

On Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals took on the Nashville Predators. Andre Burakovsky was celebrating his 21st birthday and Mike Ribeiro was celebrating his 1,000th NHL career game. Marcus Johansson was finally back in the line-up, while Stanislav Galiev was a healthy scratch yet again. Brooks Orpik and Jay Beagle are both still out due to injury.

PERIOD 1- Whistle while you work…

This period seemed to start out very similar to the last couple games. The Caps were called for a few penalties, as were the Preds. The Caps scored first and on just their third shot of the game. Preds had some great opportunities, but ever the awesome tendy, Braden Holtby kept them at bay.

GOALS-Jason Chimera scored his 14th goal assisted by Tom Wilson

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PENALTIES-Nate Schmidt called for holding, Mike Fisher called for tripping, Justin Williams called for hooking, Craig Smith called for tripping, and Marcus Johansson called for hi-sticking

SCORE-Caps lead, 1-0

PERIOD 2-Penalties can kill

This period started out quietly, and stayed that way until about five minutes in. The Caps scored and seemingly took the crowd out of it. At least until the Preds got one past Holtby on the back to back power plays caused by too many men on the ice. There goes the shutout. It started to get pretty heated in the last few minutes but nothing amassed past one goal each.

GOALS-Tom Wilson scored his 5th goal of the season assisted by Marcus Johansson, and Filip Forsberg scored assisted by Craig SmithIMG_9150

PENALTIES-The Caps were called for 2 consecutive bench minors of too many men on the ice (Burakovsky and Marcus Johansson served the penalties)

SCORE- Caps lead, 2-1

PERIOD 3- Mojo magic

The Caps were testing Pekka Rinne early, but he stood tall and kept the Caps off the board until a lucky bounce gave them a two goal lead. A beautiful save by Rinne gave way to another Caps goal as a rebound was put in past the Nashville netminer. A couple of deflections past Holtby gave the Preds some life. A late PP gave the Caps the victory as an empty net goal was scored when Nashville pulled the goalie.

GOALS-Justin Williams scored his 17th of the season assisted by Evgeny Kuznetsov, Marcus Johansson scored his 14th of the season assisted by Justin Williams, Roman Josi scored assisted by Calle Jarnkrok, Filip Forsberg scored his second of the night assisted by Mattias Ekholm, and Alex Ovechkin scored his 31st goal of the season, an empty netter assisted by Nicklas Backstrom.

PENALTIES-Mattias Ekholm called for tripping, and Matt Niskanen called for interference

SCORE-Caps win, 5-3

Caps are now 39-9-4 with 82 points. The third line has been fantastic! Tonight was no exception. With the re-entry of Marcus Johansson, that line showed why they must be feared! They are fast, feisty and can score. The Caps are showing more and more why they are a team to be taken seriously.

UP NEXT-the Caps next game is Thursday against the Minnesota Wild at 8pm on CSN.

No home practices until they return home this weekend.

Happy 21st Birthday to Burkie and Congratulations to Kuzy on 100 NHL career points!

Written by : Ashley Reid

Photos by: Brittney Marcum

Caps-Islanders Photo Gallery

Welcome to our first official gallery post! We have so many wonderful photos that are going to waste so we thought you might enjoy the opportunity to see them!

We are so excited to share and if you have a specific player you would like to see more of please let us know and we will do our best to cater to you. Also, feel free to use any of our photos, we just ask that you give credit or leave our watermark in the bottom.

Photos by: Brittney Marcum and Mel Abernethy

Without further ado:

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The boys wore special camo jersey’s for warm-ups to support USO Metro and Defending the Blue Line