Caps Hang On to Defeat Kings 3-2

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After a complete dud Sunday night in Anaheim, the Washington Capitals bounced back in Los Angeles Monday night at Staples Center with a 3-2 win over the Kings. Thanks in part to two Alex Ovechkin office goals as well as a deflection from Brett Connolly, the Caps defended and held off a late rally from the home team.  Continue reading “Caps Hang On to Defeat Kings 3-2”

The Pregame: A Rematch in Hollywood

michael banner 2The Washington Capitals continue their season-long six-game road trip with the second half of the stretch Monday night at Staples Center where they’ll take on the Los Angles Kings. These teams actually met one week ago at Capital One Arena with the Caps coming on top 6-4. Since the win, which ironically capped off a season long homestand of six games, the Caps have gone 1-2-0 thus far on the trip.  Continue reading “The Pregame: A Rematch in Hollywood”

Caps End Homestand on High Note Before Falling in Columbus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals wrapped up their season-long six game homestand and kicked off a long road trip this week. On Saturday, the Caps overcame a 3-1 and 4-2 deficit against the Florida Panthers. They rallied to force the tie but ultimately fell short in overtime 5-4. The Capitals rebounded in the final game of the homestand on Monday night with a 6-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings before kicking off a six-game road trip in Columbus where they were blanked by the Blue Jackets 3-0.

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It’s Caps Bobblehead  Voting Time!!

Finally, a vote we don’t have to stress over. Ok we admit, we are undecided which of the three options are our favorite. Tonight is the night to cast your vote for the next promotional give-away bobblehead on March 21st. Use the hashtags #capselectionnight and #voteholtby #votewilson or #votewilliams on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram to cast your vote(s). You have until 9 pm

Here are your options:

Braden Holtby (squirting a water bottle) – so so many pictures we couldn’t include them all!

Tom Wilson (as Wilson from “Cast Away”) Who can forget this memorable getup from Halloween last year with rommie Michael Latta. (A vote for Tom is a vote for Latta in our twisted minds)


Justin Williams (with bed-head) And then there was the moment when JWill reveal his inner self for the entire world. He even had his mom shaking her head. And yes, LA Kings votes are acceptable…right???


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VOTE NOW! VOTE OFTEN! VOTE YOUR FAVORITE!!

Leader of the Pack- Justin Williams and the Washington Caps

Justin Williams has a special leadership quality about him. He knows what it is like to win–his name has gone on the Stanley Cup three times. CSN-Mid-Atlantic, in their “Capital Gains” series gave us a mic’d up look at the man on the ice–chirping at players on both teams! He may look calm on the outside but one look into those eyes and it’s evident he has come here to win again.

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We watched him slip into the natural role last season, almost as soon as he arrived. After all, the Caps brought him to DC, along with T.J. Oshie, because he understands the level of effort it takes to win and how to pull the team up after a loss and move forward to the next game.

If Capitals really want to embrace a Will Over Skill mentality, it will take Williams, Oshie, Backstrom, and Ovechkin (and even Schmidty) to lead the team past a round two loss and all the way to the finals. They all remember what it was like to be the Young Guns and now have the chance to mentor the newest players, like Zach Sanford, and to encourage them to play hard and have fun while doing what they love.

Happy Birthday to one of our Favorites: Justin Williams

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Birthday boy Justin Williams (No. 14) joined the Washington Capitals in July 2015 and we were there for his first day! img_5307

We have long been big fans of Willy – having watched him win two Stanley Cups with the LA Kings in 2014 and 2012. Stick (as his friends in LA called him) was also part of the Cup-winning Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. We knew he would bring a special brand of leadership to the Caps franchise, after all he has played in 1,000 games to date.

Justin Williams didn’t disappoint. He ended the 2015/16 season with 52 points (22 G and 30 A). His teammates often referred to his leadership in the locker room. He has a winning smile and a positive attitude that spreads to this teammates.

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At 35  we aren’t sure how long he will continue to play but we hope he has a long run and that many of those years will be spent with the Washington Capitals

Have a ROCKING RED Birthday Justin!!

 

USA-Finland World Cup of Hockey 2nd Period Around  the Glass

Second period started with USA power play but no conversion. 

Ryan Kesler fires a powerful shot past Finland goalie Pekka Rinne. USA leads 2-0.

 In a blink of an eye Derek Stepan slides one in the net with a John Carlson assist! 3-0 USA

Penalty called on Jack Johnson for cross check gave Finland the man advantage. USA held them back–no score–still.

Caps played a tribute to Oshie from the Olympics- lots of cheers!    

Only excitement for a while was a tiny scrum with Osh behind the Finland net.

And we were treated to the Red Rockers showing off their dancing skills. We highly recommend more of this in Caps regular season.

Any who- second period ended with USA controlling the ice and the game 3-0. 

A Letter to LA Kings Fans about Michael Latta..

Dear Los Angeles,

You may not be aware of this but your team just acquired a true gem in Michael Latta. Latts, as we here in DC call him, is one of the hardest working players around and won’t ever stop fighting (literally and figuratively) for the team. Latta was a fan favorite here and we want to clue you in on some things you need to be aware of before day one of training camp in El Segundo…

1. Latts is the nicest guy you’ll ever meet and he is always willing to stop for a photo with fans. He is also very humble when it comes to meeting fans and talking about his game.

2. He’ll stick up for his teammates… (Click the link)

3. He makes a great friend..

4: He makes really excellent funny faces

5. He loves his family.

 

7. He has a really cool dog named Waltertumblr_nv1bzjlQR41qm6joao1_1280

6. For some reason he REALLY likes ketchup…latts ketchup

As sad as we are to see Michael go, we really do wish him ALL the best with the Kings and hope he will be given the chance to be the incredible player we know him to be.

All this being said, please please PLEASE take good care of our boy. Ask him to take photos, tell him how amazing he is, and know that there are so many fans in DC counting on you to make him feel at home.

We love you Michael LAtta and hope you go on to do GREAT things that we know you are capable of.

Love, FiCP

Photos by Brittney Marcum (BamitsBrittney93 on IG)

Caps Third Period Surge Not Enough to Beat LA

Tonight, the Washington Capitals took on the LA Kings at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. This was the first game back in LA for Mike Richards and Justin Williams. After downing the Anaheim Ducks in a shootout on Monday night, Braden Holtby got the start again for the Caps. Jonathan Quick got the start for the Kings. Michael Latta, Stanislav Galiev and Nate Schmidt were the Caps scratches again.


PERIOD 1-
Well that escalated quickly…
Yet again, the Caps were in the hole early by allowing the opposing team to score first. They seem to enjoy their trips to the penalty box so they kept that trend up too. Holts had some awesome saves, but could not stop them all. The Caps lack of offense combined with the severe lack of defense allowed the Kings to take a 3-0 lead early in the game. LA had 14 shots on goal to the 6 the Caps had.

PENALTIES-Jay Beagle called for tripping, Evgeny Kuznetsov called for high sticking, Mike Richards called for slashing, Nick Shore called for slashing, Mike Weber called for fighting, and Dwight King called for fighting.e

GOALS- Vincent Lecavalier scored, assisted by Tanner Pearson, Jake Muzzin scored, assisted by Tanner Pearson, and Milan Lucic scored, assisted by Jeff Carter.

SCORE-Caps down, 0-3

PERIOD 2-Sloppy Second

The Caps picked up the pace early in the second period. However, LA had some very impressive and extensive offensive zone time which seemed to dampen the little bit of energy the Caps had. The Caps spent most of the second in their own zone. Tom Wilson tried to get the boys amped by fighting Kyle Clifford, but the ensuing haymakers did more to Wilson’s face than they did the Caps confidence.

PENALTIES-Tom Wilson and Kyle Clifford both called for fighting, each getting a five minute majors.

GOALS-None.

SCORE-Caps still down, 0-3

PERIOD 3-The ties that bind

This is the period that Caps have been trying to play all game. They had 10 shots on goal before the nine minute mark. The Caps had some excellent offensive zone pressure. They finally punctured Quick when they got a good garbage goal from Oshie. Some intense pressure and smart passing got the Caps their second goal and second wind for the good guys. With the ice tilted in their favor, the Caps added another goal to tie it late in the third to take it to overtime.

PENALTIES-Dwight King called for holding, and Mike Weber called for holding.

GOALS-TJ Oshie scored his 20th of the season, assisted by Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom scored his 18th goal of the season, assisted by Alex Ovechkin, and Dmitry Orlov scored his 8th goal of the season, assisted by Justin Williams.

SCORE-Caps and Kings tied, 3-3

OVERTIME-After knocking Drew Doughty down with his power shot, Ovi almost ends it about 40 seconds in to OT but is stopped by Quick who was deep in his crease. LA tried the same but was denied by Holtby. There was a lot of very fast back and forth, up and down the ice before Jeff Carter went top shelf on a sprawling Holtby to give the Kings the victory.

SCORE-Caps lose, 3-4.

The Caps lost their 14th game of the season. Womp womp. This was actually a much closer game at the end than anyone who watched the first two periods would have thought. The Caps erased a three goal deficit to force overtime, and then gain a point. For those of us who were capable of staying awake, that third period was a treat to see.

Caps are now 49-13-4 with 103 points. 

The Caps get to say “Hey!” to their old teammate Joel Ward in their next game on Saturday against the Sharks in San Jose. This is another late night game with a 10:30pm start time for us on the East Coast.

Caps Look to Take the Crown in LA

This is the second and final regular season match up between the Los Angeles Kings and the Washington Capitals. The Capitals took the first game against the Kings by a score of 3-1 on February 16 at Verizon Center.

Your confirmed goaltending match up for this evening is Braden Holtby against Jonathan Quick. Holtby continues to prove he is one of the best goalies currently playing. As it stands right now Holtby has 41 wins, seven away from tying and eight from becoming the new record holder for most wins in a single regular season as a starter (48) which currently sits with the great New Jersey Devils netminder Martin Brodeur.

The Capitals are currently in the drivers seat and have complete control over the Metropolitan Division and the league with 102 points; 14 points ahead of the second place Dallas Stars, who have captured 88 points. I know most Caps fans have fear and concern in their minds because the Caps are playing so well and their playoff history makes it hard to be confident.

But look at the team now compared to every year before this season. Now tell me, when at ANY point has ANY hockey team looked as good as the 2015-16 Washington Capitals? The team is winning and is strong and confident. The community support for the Caps and the team’s support for the community is at an all time high. If that doesn’t motivate a professional athlete, then I don’t know what does.

The goalie is the key to a teams success. They are the fuel for the team. Without them, the team doesn’t run. Holtby has helped this team get to where they are now. It’s time for this team to finish the season strong and be ready for playoffs. Things will change when the playoffs start but the Caps should be ready this time. With veteran presence and the team in the top five of nearly every statistical category, Caps fans should be ready for a different type of playoff team come April.

ashleyThis story is written in memory of the recently fallen Officer Ashley Guindon of the Prince William county police department, Her sacrifice and dedication haven’t gone unnoticed or unappreciated. Thank You to all the brave men and woman who work endlessly to keep to community safe!