Happy Halloween Caps fans! How many of you are dressing as a Caps player for Halloween? Hockey players seem to go all out for Halloween with their costumes and as we’ve seen in years past, many Capitals players are exceptionally good at it! Here’s a look at what the team wore this year. Who do you think had the best costume? Continue reading “Caps Costume Contest: Which Players Did Halloween Right?”
Believe it or not, there was once a time when Washington, D.C. teams just couldn’t get past the second round and it didn’t matter the sport. The 1998 Capitals, who went all the way to the Finals, were the last Caps team to get past the semifinals. Whether it was May or October, there would always be a Washington Post article chronicling the drought and all the missed opportunities Washington teams had to just simply win one game to get to the conference finals in their respective sport.
There was also a generation gap since the 1991 Redskins Super Bowl title. Any D.C. fan born after that was used to the losing, the playoff choking, and the disappointment. Accustomed to it because we all knew that one day, things would go differently and all this suffering would be worth it. That one day came on May 7 in Pittsburgh of all places. Continue reading “Caps Road to the Cup Top 10 Moments from the Playoffs #2: The Demons Are Exorcised”
The season may not be underway just yet- but the boys are sure ready to get going and a few of our faves have even begun skating at MedStar Iceplex already! And we were more than ready to see them again!
Guys like Backstrom, Copley, Carlson, Gersich, and Eller are just a few that have returned to DC post-cup celly!
Even Nemo got in on the action today- suiting up for mini scrimmages and even taking sprints at the end of the skate with the guys- this is how you build a team friends!
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We finally had a chance to spend more than a few minutes at MedStar Capitals Iceplex aka Kettler) today and get a closer look at those Capitals who are participating in the unofficial #campnemo. Mark Nemish, the team strength and conditioning coach, has been on the ice with those players showing up for a bit of pre-training camp preparation.
Our top 10 moments of the regular season continues. #8 takes you back to early October, the second Capitals game of the regular season but their first at home at the newly named Capital One Arena. What would Alex Ovechkin do for an encore to his hat trick Opening Night in Ottawa? Score four goals of course! Plus this contest marked the highly anticipated debut of Nathan Walker, who would become the first Australian-born athlete to play in the NHL.
Last week, I ran a fan poll on Twitter asking you guys where you think Nathan Walker will be within the Caps organization this season. After one week with a total of 47 voters, the results are in!
55% voted that he would earn a spot amongst the Caps as a depth forward, much like he was in the beginning of last season and post-season. He brings a great two-way style of play for such a little stature at 5″9′. In the seven regular season games he played last year, he managed to score his first NHL goal from a bottom six position. When given an NHL playoff shot in the first round against the Blue Jackets, he had the primary assist on a critical goal scored by Alex Chiasson to help lift them past Columbus at their barn. If given an opportunity to a locked-in rotation spot, I believe he could contribute in many different ways on and off the ice.
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38% voted that he would go back to the Hershey Bears. After his performance in the NHL games he played last season, I find this option highly doubtful with the speed and intensity he brought to the club. If they do send him to the minors, however, he could also be a valuable asset to their top forward lines. He has decent numbers under his name so far through five seasons with them, totaling 61 points (43 goals and 58 assists) in 171 regular season games. With their loss of AHL veteran Chris Bourque, the Bears are on the search for potential replacements for one such as himself. I’m not saying he is the perfect replacement for Bourque, but he is definitely a talent and a sight to watch. With early development with the Caps, he can train to be a force in the American Hockey League.
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Finally, 6% voted that he would be traded before or during this upcoming season. He could be a part of a trade come the deadline if the Caps believe they can actually make a solid run at back-to-back Stanley Cups and if a player could help fill a current void at that moment. There are a lot of expiring UFAs and RFAs coming up this season who have not been signed to an extension throughout the league that could be crucial tools in a playoff run with the Caps, but it is too early to say what is needed. Other than that, I don’t see General Manager Brian MacLellan parting with him.
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Keep an eye out for the next Twitter poll!
Nathan Walker looks like he’ll be back in the Oilers line-up tonight when Edmonton continues it’s battle to get back in the playoff picture vs rival San Jose Sharks whom the Oilers disposed of in last years playoffs.
With Adam Larsson coming of the IR, the Oilers sent down Anton Slepyshev to AHL Bakersfield and that gives Walker a chance to get back in. Look for him to bring some of his energy on the 4th line.
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”
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
Historical night for Alex Ovechkin, Nathan Walker,and the Washington Capitals.
We don’t really know how to begin to describe the Caps Opening Night.
It began with the usual Red Carpet Event: we have loads of photos.
Then there was the welcome to Nathan Walker. The first man from Australia to play in the NHL. Lots of signs to celebrate! And before the end of the second period he scored his first goal. Devante Smith-Pelly grabbed the puck and made sure that Nathan was credited with the goal. Impressive.
Then we come to the first period when Ovechkin scored in 20 seconds: and Oshie in 46 seconds, followed by Ovi again in under three minutes. He was not done! Before the end of the period Ovi scored his third goal, making it six in two games. Moving on, he went ahead and recorded a fourth goal, just ‘cause he wasn’t done yet!
Evgeny Kuznetsov had four assists – he is well on his way to breaking his own record. We like this Ovi Kuzy Vrana line — a lot.
Braden Holtby was amazing in the net tonight. He had 38 saves.
And let’s not forget the emotional video honoring Karl Alzner. We admit, we got a little tearful.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 7, 2017
Oh, and the Canadiens did score a goal-just one.
It was an amazing night to be in DC. The Nats won tonight too! We’ll have a full photo gallery of the day up on Sunday.
Next game is Tampa Bay Monday at 7:30.