Happy Birthday Latta (All the Reasons we Love Latts in Photos)

Happy 25th birthday to our favorite Cap! (Oh who are we kidding, he is our favorite everything.)

This one goes out to our dedicated Michael Latta Fans!

We have had the privilege of getting to know Michael a little bit this season and have had a lot of fun taking pictures of him for you.

There is serious Latts.

There is roomie Latts.

There is shooting Latts.

There is silly Latts.

And last but certainly not least, there is son Latts.image1 (13)All we can hope for is that we will see Michael back on the ice come October. He is a restricted free agent which means it is time to negotiate a new contract. We think Michael has what it takes as a solid fourth liner. Trotz has said he brings a spark to the game (which is why we have nicknamed him Sparky)and you see that every time he is on the ice. He even took to fighting a bit more at the end of the regular season — much to our surprise.

Latta is good on the face off. Sparky has the right juice for a fourth liner. He isn’t overly expensive at this stage of his career. We need to see more ice time for him so that he can become the solid player the Caps need in their next run for the Cup. We recommend the Caps sign him up for another two years. And yes, we would take him over Mike Richards or Stan Galiev.

Happy Birthday Michael, and we really enjoyed getting to know you this season!

 

Caps NHL Playoffs Round2 Practice in Photos

The Washington Capitals hit the ice again in front of a crowd of excited fans on Tuesday.

We had a lot of fun capturing the best players the league:

Tom Wilson was all coy skating by himself on the ice while he waited for his teammates to join him.

Evgeny Kuznetsov thought it was hilarious to shoot his puck at the camera while Wilson egged him on.

Coach Trotz was getting in some shots today as well as carting around a net that looked strangely like our little icon!

 

The Caps Fan Club hung signs to celebrate the Caps success in Round 1 and outside the Capitals prepared for excited fans to meet their favorite players.

We captured a bit of it on video for your viewing pleasure:

Caps practice again Wednesday at 1030. Morning skate on Thursday likely, and then it’s on to Round 2.

So Many Smiles 

Game three for the Caps was anything but boring, in fact it was down right dirty. Of course we are talking about the Flyers and their fans. One even went as far as throwing a memorial bracelet for the late Ed Snider at Dmitry Orlov who was getting treatment for injuries sustained during a hit from Bellamare, who has since been suspended for game four of the series. All of this being said we know how hard it is once the game is over, you just want another game! Well to hold you over until 7:00pm we have ANOTHER gallery for you featuring all your faves (excuse the high volume of #46 photos in this one).

So enjoy our game two gallery here, and let us know what you think!

Caps Fans are Playoff Ready

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Thumbs up from Michael Latta for our ROCK THE RED car. #FreeLatta

 

Washington Capitals fans have been waiting all year to get to the playoffs and their excitement and energy was amazing during Game One. Fans came out Saturday to encourage the players during an optional morning skate.

 

 There are a few changes for those of you looking to get player pictures and autographs. The area in front of the Kettler Offices is now barricade to give players easier access to their cars.

 

In some cases the staff is actually bringing the cars up for the players. On the lower garage level there is even a police officer to escort them to their cars.  They aren’t’ being rude friends, they are game focused!! And we want that right?

The Fan Club has hung signs at Kettler and fans are there to support the team. We at FiCP believe that we have some of the best fans in the NHL and we love meeting you at practice and games. We have quiet fans who show up for every practice and quietly watch from the rafters. And we have some crazy enthusiastic fans who scream and yell when they Caps come out of the team room.

We even saw a car from Pennsylvania that was Rocking the Red. We couldn’t help but wonder how they survive in enemy territory!

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How ever you chose to do it – KEEP ROCKING THE RED!!

Get Hyped!!

It’s almost time Caps Fans!!! We thought it necessary to get the fanbase even more hyped so we put together a short video of some of our favorite photos from the season:

In case you missed the announcement, The Washington Capitals will be facing The Philadelphia Flyers in the first round. Because the Caps are Number One in the league and won the President’s Trophy, they also secured home ice advantage for the duration of the playoffs, which means the first two games of each round will all be played at Verizon Center.

LETS GO CAPS!!!

The Engine That Could

As many of you know, we here at FICP are partial to having fourth liner Michael Latta in the lineup for the Caps. He is not only an excellent forward for the team, he gets chippy when he needs to and stands up for his teammates. The past two games Latts has had the opportunity to play in he’s gotten in scuffles with opposition. And we’re ok with that!

First was Scott  Mayfield:

Next challenger was Clayton Stoner:

According to HockeyFights Michael Latta has had eight fights this season and has won five of those (62.5%)

Down to the Numbers: 

Michael Latta played 43 games during the regular season and recorded an NHL career high three goals and four assists. Third behind his roomie Tom Wilson (163) and Captain Alex Ovechkin (53), Latts ended the season with 50 PIM, 18 minutes less than his previous season with the Caps. Before his NHL career, Latta played 52 games for the Caps AHL affiliate Hershey Bears where he earned 14 goals and 20 assists accompanied by 134 PIM in the 13′-14′ season. All this to say Michael Latta knows how to play some hockey and given the chance we think he could be a great asset going forward for the Caps in the playoffs.

The Fourth Line Mash-Up:

This season has been a battle for fourth liners on the Caps. Between the additions of Daniel Winnik, Mike Richards, and a few extra players “just in case,”the fourth line has been a constantly changing force. The usual suspects include:


 Daniel Winnik (26), Michael Latta (46), Mike Richards (10), Jay Beagle (83), Stan Galiev (49), and the occasional call-up from Hershey. With ice time being split between this many players it’s crucial for players to step up their game and show the coaches just what they bring to the team.

Photos and Article by: Brittney Marcum

The Boys Are Back in Town; Practice Photo Gallery

THE BOYS ARE BACK!!

Caps returned from their week long road trip to a full President’s Day crowd at Kettler today. The guys seemed to be in good spirits following a loss to the Dallas Stars Saturday night. The result of a packed practice? AWESOME photos to share. Please let us know what you think, and as always feel free to use our photos with appropriate credit! Enjoy!

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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

 

 

 

NHL Injury Role Call—December 28, 2015

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Caps Join the Player Injury Roster

We are about mid-way through the 2015/16 season and we are starting to see the player injury count rise around the NHL. The Washington Capitals, with the exception of Brooks Orpik, have had their bumps and bruises and until last night none of our players had missed a game for an injury.

John Carlson’s consecutive game streak (412) ended after warmups and he concluded that he just couldn’t come back and play. He is out with an ‘upper-body injury’ which we hope won’t leave him sidelined for long.

And then there was the Michael Latta fight. Stepping up to defend a bruising to teammate Justin Williams, Sparky took on Nicolas Deslauriers, who issued a strong beatdown in return. Latts left the ice and is reported to have an arm injury. Still waiting for more details.  Continue reading “NHL Injury Role Call—December 28, 2015”

Alles Gut as the Caps Go on Holiday Break

This was the last Capitals game before the holiday break. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer was in the net and solid early in the game. He kept the Hurricanes from scoring first.

latta  Michael Latta put in a rebound from an Andre Burakovsky shot for the Capitals first goal of the night in the first period. Even though the Canes outshot the Caps, 12-7, this was a better first period for the Caps than in recent games.

In the second period, Jason Chimera deflected a John Carlson shot to make it 2-0 Caps at the 12:49 mark. Kris Versteeg put the Canes on the board 2:18 in the third. And…Marcus Johansson, while battling for the puck in a corner, loses his helmet but keeps battling.  chimer

The Canes pulled Cam Ward for the extra attacker with two minutes left in regulation.

Unfortunately, the Caps got a too-many men penalty and the Canes went on the power play, which was a 6-on-4 with the empty net. Capitals hung on to a 2-1 lead to defeat the Hurricanes.

Big nod to Philipp Grubauer.

Have a happy holidays, Caps family.