Caps Road Trip Roundup: Injuries, Controversy, and Intense Games

michael banner 2The Washington Capitals have recently concluded a four-game road trip with stops in Minnesota, Winnipeg, Colorado, and Montreal. FiCP takes a look at what was a roller-coaster type week.  Continue reading “Caps Road Trip Roundup: Injuries, Controversy, and Intense Games”

Caps Lose a Hearbreaker in Montreal

The Washington Capitals conculded their four-game road trip on Thursday night in Montreal as they took on Karl Alzner and the Canadiens. This contest was wacky. Right when you thought the Caps were out of it, they answered. Unforutnately they would come up on the short end by giving up two late goals to falter 6-4.  Continue reading “Caps Lose a Hearbreaker in Montreal”

Lars Eller: In the Capitals History and Photo Books

Lars Eller became the Washington Capitals hero over the summer. It was his sixth time skating in the playoffs – his second time for the Capitals. Those 50 previous games must have prepared him for the pressure cooker the Caps were in as they played one hard game after another. Eller just kept coming back for more.

You asked us for a photo gallery of our best Lars Eller photos. We are happy to oblige and add a little bit about why Capitals fans have come to admire this quiet man from Denmark. Continue reading “Lars Eller: In the Capitals History and Photo Books”

Oilers Walk Away with a Win in Debut for the Aussie

Nathan Walker made his Edmonton Oilers debut wearing #12 in a building where he scored his first NHL goal with our Caps. He was back at the Bell Centre in the media frenzied city of Montreal. Continue reading “Oilers Walk Away with a Win in Debut for the Aussie”

Heck of a Home Opener Photo Gallery

As you all know, the Caps had their home opener yesterday. And boy did they kick some Canadien butt!

The Caps once again held their annual red carpet right outside the main entrance of Capital One Arena, and the boys were looking sharp per usual:

 

And we know you all want to see Tom Wilson:

 

Then there was Nathan Walker…. the first Aussie to play in the NHL, so of course he was given the Newbie Treatment prior to warm-ups:

His proud teammates joined him moments later:

Then came the Intros:

And finally…. THE GOALS… ALL THE GOALLSSSS:

 

And in case you didn’t know the Caps won their 2nd game in a row 6-1… Tampa Bay you’re next.

 

Photos by: Brittney Marcum and Mel Abernathy

Preseason Game Two – Bowey Stands Out 

A select few players traveled to Montreal for the Caps second preseason game on Wednesday. Here was the lineup for both teams:


We were most interested to see how Jakub Vrana, Chandler Stephenson, Devante Smith-Pelly, Travis Boyd, Connor Hobbs, Jonas Siegenthaler, and Madison Bowey did when playing with Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, and Orpik. Here are our thoughts: 

Vrana – Jakub looked smooth, fast, and oh so competent. He scored the second goal in the first period. 

Stephenson – good at creating chances and continued to show his typical strength with blocking shots and physical play.

Smith-Pelly – we didn’t see as much from him the first two periods but then he did this: 

Boyd – he has good hands we just didn’t see enough to fully evaluate. 

Hobbs – he had some zip with Orpik. 

Siegenthaler – we expect and hope for a strong game from Jonas. He had a respectable game with a few good blocks and hits. We like him, just not sure if he is ready. 

Bowey – any doubts we had disappeared tonight. Maybe playing with Orlov during camp rubbed off on him. He was everywhere!! He led with TOI at 22:06 minutes. 

And all the rest…

So the first period was great to watch. Kuzy scored first and was a definite presence all night. Vrana had a sweet goal ending the period with a 2-0 lead. Copley was in for the second and let two Habs pucks hit the back of the net, 2-2.  He still looked steady in the net. The third period highlight was a heck of goal by DSM that put the Caps up a goal followed by a Tom Wilson goal to end it 4-2 in favor of the Caps. 

Caps and Bears are off on Thursday. Back to practice and camp Friday morning. More cuts should be announced the next few days as training camp thins out.

Caps-Habs: The Goalie Battle that Price Won

The Caps game out strong, with lots of fan support, right out the gate. And then, well the excitement kind of waned. It was fun though to watch two of the best Canadian and NHL goalies compete to protect their net: Braden Holtby and Carey Price.

Fans felt there might be a bit of a shooting problem but were still happy with the players net drive in the first five minutes. Tom Wilson drew a penatly from Habs McCarron for slashing. Most excitement was Carly breaking his stick on a failed shot. The Candiens would wind up first on the board with a wraparound by Lehkonen. 1-0 Habs by the end

And then there’s the fan who always gets so excited and tonight he finally caught the puck over the glass!

The second period gave fans some hope when Nick Backstrom scored, with help from Williams and Ovechkin, on the power play. The Habs answered a couple minutes later with a Jeff Petry goal with about four minutes left in the period. Montreal takes the lead 2-1. The Habs had more energy and got more shots off then the Caps by 14 to 8. The period was a general penalty fest with Washington taking three and Montreal with five.

The third period was pretty dismal. No penalties. No goals. Each team only has five SOG. Shout to “shoot” from the fans went unheard on the ice despite all the power play chances. Dan Winnik came close but it was just a high ping.

Holtby would save 23 of 25 SOG to Price’s 20 for 21. Congrats to Price who recorded his 250th win. Just wish it wasn’t here!

Thus ends the six game winning streak. The Caps need to figure this offensive play. Up next are the Philadelphia Flyers and that won’t be a skate in the park either.

Setup for Saturday Caps-Canadiens

The Caps have had a pretty slow week with a game in New York on Tuesday (4-2 win) and in Raleigh, NC Friday ( 4-3 win). They will face the Montreal Canadiens Saturday at 7 pm back in Washington. Montreal sits top of the Atlantic Division and fourth in the league.

They now are on a six game winning streak!! Wow things have changed.

The Caps got off to a sluggish start Friday night but they made up for it with a shootout win with TJ Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov snaking around Cam Ward. Philipp Grubauer was stellar in the net. They seemed to get better as they went with goals by Alex Ovechkin, T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams. Most likely Braden Holtby will be back in net Saturday.

Montreal lost to the Sharks 4-2 in a home game. Carey Price, who is on the hunt for his 250th win, was pulled Friday night and replaced by Al Montoya. It didn’t help the Habs though; although there is a bit of a curse here as the Habs have only beaten the Sharks once in six years (Canadian Press)

Prior to the insertion of Montoya against the Sharks, word was he would be in the net against the Caps. (Montreal Gazette)

CSN reports that Price is in Saturday (1040 pm Friday)

Both teams are traveling to Washington Friday night and both teams played a tough game Friday. The uptick is that Washington is coming in on a winning streak. Additionally, the Caps have home ice advantage. (Montreal Gazette)

Any way you look at it, Saturday should be a fun night for fans!  GO CAPS!

Caps-Habs Photo Gallery

Okay… so we’re a little behind in our gallery posts but today is catch up day! YAY!

First up in our series of posts today is Montreal.

Warm-ups:

The bad guys:

Game Shots:

A few pre-game moments…

Photos by Brittney Marcum and Mel Abernethy