Oh Season of Giving

I started giving blood after my dad passed away in July 2015. I was already signed up for the blood drive before my dad was even sick,  so after he passed two days earlier, I went to Ketler to give blood in honor of my dad.

As soon as I got inside the ice rink I knew I was in the right place.. .all of my dads favorite players were honored with banners at the end of the rink: Dale Hunter, Rod Langway, Mike Gartner & Yvon Labre.

 My appointment today was for 730am and as I left Verizon Center last night after the Caps beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1, I contemplated not coming because it meant I had to get up at 530am on a Saturday!  But then I thought about the person who might need my blood donation and how they may not even have the option to wake up early or late on a Saturday, and it all made sense.
After giving blood, you are directed to the snack area to replenish yourself before heading out on your way. There is a survey to help Inova Blood services better serve us . One of the questions is how to get more people to not be intimidated to donate. I answered to assure people they were helping others and with the great service here you don’t have to be afraid of needles!!

 

 With Thanksgiving teo days ago and living in a time where being kind to one another is not reported on as much as the unkind stuff, it’s important to remember we should be kind and give more than we receive.

 If your unsure or afraid of giving blood, don’t be. I was in your shoes not too long ago, unfortunately it took me too long to realize it’s not about me. It’s about what I can give to help!

 Next blood drive is in January!  I’ve already signed up!! How about you?! Come join me!  You won’t be sorry!  Oh and did I mention the Marcus Johansson bobblehead! 😉

 Happy season of giving year round!!

Healing Caps

Right before the Caps played the Devils up in New Jersey we happened upon Jay Beagle, Marcus Johansson, and Brooks Orpik playing a little 3-on-3 at Kettler. From our perspective, all three looked to be in pretty good shape. Beags hand recovery must be oming along well as he was holding the stick and shooting with no problem. MoJo and Orpik skated with speed and did not seem to be in any discomfort.

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We take this as positive steps toward the three of them returning to the game very soon. We imagine we will see Johansson next week, maybe Orpik too. We would expect at least another week before the team wants to take a chance on Beagle’s hand. We’ll keep you posted.

 

Caps Cruise Past Rangers

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The Washington Capitals came home to greet the New York Rangers  for a 5pm puck drop at Verizon Center. Mike Richards made his home debut as a Washington Capital centering for Brooks Laich and Stanislav Galiev. Michael Latta and Zach Sill were healthy scratches.

richardsRichards was phenomenal tonight and is starting to mesh with the team—he had two shots and two minutes in the sin bin.

First Period: It’s Not the Start, It’s the Finish.

The Capitals and Rangers started out hitting and moving. Justin Williams knocked the stick out of the hands of Ranger captain Ryan McDonagh. There is a saying that the goalie is the best player on a penalty kill. This was especially true during the Capitals’ first penalty kill of the game for Braden Holtby.

Marcus Johansson lost a faceoff and Ranger Chris Kreider deflects a McDonagh shot. Capitals trailed 1-0. 

ovi goalDerick Brassard held Evgeny Kuznetsov’s stick and the Capitals go on their second power play…and Capitals’ captain Alex Ovechkin scored his 27th of the season and ninth straight goal-scoring game against the Rangers. Fellow Russians Kuznetsov and defenseman Dmitry Orlov collected the assists on Ovechkin’s goal.

End of the first, Capitals and Rangers tied 1-1.

Second Period: Swede Points

The second period was much better for the Capitals. The Rangers continued their penalty trouble and the Capitals capitalized.

Dylan McIIrath took a slashing penalty and the Capital Swedes Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson connected for Johansson’s 12th goal of the season.

A few minutes later, Justin Williams tipped-in a Taylor Chorney shot to build the lead to 3-1. Andre Burakovsky got the secondary assist on Williams’ 14th of the season so all three Swedes collected a point in the period.

Ranger Chris Kreider ruined the fun with his second of the night. Capitals keep the lead 3-2 with less than four minutes to go in the period. And with that goal, the boisterous Rangers fans became rather quiet…

Goaltender Braden Holtby took himself out of the game with two minutes left in the second period, reportedly for dehydration—a common problem for the goaltender. Philipp Grubauer came in for the relief.    Grubs in

Third Period: Justin Williams’Hat Trick!

Justin Williams tipped-in another shot this time by Evgeny Kuznetsov for his second of the night and 15th of the season. It was a great set up by Andre Burakovsky for his third multi-point game in the last four games.

Before the period was over, Williams took advantage of the empty net for his third goal of the night. This was the second career hat trick for Justin Williams.

The Rangers (and their fans) thought they scored with 54.2 seconds left but it was overturned for offsides. The Capitals end the game victorious, 5-2, over the Blueshirts of New York.

Thanks to two amazing goalies the Caps keep bouncing back and have a firm lead Division, Conference, and the NHL. Get well Braden, there is no one quite like you!

With 12 consecutive home wins for the guys Rocking the Red, they are one shy of a franchise record. The Capitals are the only team to not have two consecutive regulation losses yet this season. We are still waiting to hear when John Carlson and Brooks Orpik will rejoin the team.

What’s Next?

Day off on Monday.

Morning skate Tuesday at 11:30 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night at 7pm at Nationwide Arena.

Written by Renee Garces

Photos by Brittney Marcum

Let’s Talk About MoJo

Marcus Johansson is a key member of this 2015-2016 Caps team. Let’s get that out of the way right now. We at FiCP have been rooting for Marcus even when some have thrown him under the bus. Those saying he needs to be traded clearly haven’t looked at his stats as of late. Last night against the Bruins, Johansson knocked in the game winning goal (GWG) bringing his goal total for the season into double digits (10), the 7th Cap to do so this season. His number of GWG’s on the season now ranks sixth in the league and is second to only Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks.
Marcus has been such a flexible player for the Caps, most recently moving in to play center in the absence of Center Jay Beagle. In several interviews he was asked about the face-offs he now has to take (normally Jay Beagle’s job) and said that it is something you have to practice. He has put his all into being the best player possible as the Caps struggle with missing players.

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The Numbers:
Marcus has 10 goals on the season, three of which have come in the last five games. Two out of those three goals were GWGs. His number of assists sits at 15 making his point total 25. Marcus has a current shot percentage of 13.5 with a total of 74 shots so far this season.
We will keep you updated on new stats for #90 as the season goes on.

Written By and Photos By: Brittney Marcum

Caps Zap the Bolts

botls ovi.jpegWritten by Renee Garces

Photos by Brittney Marcum

It was an electric night in the phone booth as the Washington Capitals battled the Tampa Bay Lightning to take the lead and the win. The game started out defensively, no shots on goal until Alex Ovechkin gets one at the 6:23 mark. Tampa Bay forward Alex Killorn scores on the Bolts’ first shot on goal, 1-0, at the 8:18 mark of the first period.

The speed of the game only increased from there.

Caps captain Alex Ovechkin was fired up for the game, hitting and shooting the puck. At the 6:54 mark of the second period, Andrej Sustr makes it 2-0 Tampa. Bolts captain, Steven Stamkos, ended his longest ever goal drought with a blast past Braden Holtby, 3-0. For the first time this season, Holtby was pulled from the goal crease  and Philipp Grubauer comes in relief. bolts grub

On the power play, thanks to a Stamkos slash, Ovechkin takes a pass from T.J. Oshie and puts the Caps on the board, 3-1.

bolts oshiIn the third period, Matt Niskanen just destroys J.T. Brown in open ice. A big save by Grubauer denies the Bolts, and then  Oshie rips one past Bishop, 3-2. On the power play, again, Ovi buries one and the game became tied 3-3. Marcus Johansson scores his sixth of the season on the power play and the Caps suddenly have a 4-3 lead with 5:44 left in the game. MoJo’s goal happened because of beautiful passing from Oshie and Ovechkin. bolts maruc

Oshie ices the win with an empty net goal, assisted by Nicklas Backstrom and Ovechkin. With that assist, Backstrom collects his 600th NHL point. Caps win 5-3 and now, because they have a game in-hand on the Dallas Stars, have the best record in the league.

Milestones

bolts chimerA career milestone for Jason Chimera, who played in his 900th career NHL game tonight.

 

boltsnichNicklas Backstrom picked up his 600th career point in 605 games.

Alex Ovechkin with his two PP goals and two assists had his 101st career multi-goal game.

Upcoming

Caps will hold practice on Saturday at 11:30 at Kettler IcePlex.

Next game: Sunday 20 December NY Rangers. Game time 7 pm. View on CSN-DC, NHLN-US, and MSG

Monday 21 December Carolina Hurricanes at 7 pm. View on CSN-DC and FoxSports-CR

Read more by Renne on her personal blog, Between the Blue Lines