The Resurgence of Andre Burakovsky

The NHL trade deadline passed in February without the Capitals moving Andre Burakovsky off the roster, much to the surprise of many fans and media outlets. For whatever reason, the Caps kept him in the lineup while sending playoff star Devante Smith-Pelly down to Hershey and the AHL. So did they make the right choice sticking with Burky? Continue reading “The Resurgence of Andre Burakovsky”

Braden Holtby and John Carlson Lead Metropolitan Division to All-Star Game Win

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby and defenseman John Carlson were well represented at the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose last week. With coach Todd Reirden at the helm of the Metropolitan Division, the trio contributed to wins over the Atlantic and Central Divisions to win the All-Star Game and split the grand prize of one million dollars. Continue reading “Braden Holtby and John Carlson Lead Metropolitan Division to All-Star Game Win”

Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom Continue to Show They’re the Perfect Pair

michael banner 2Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin have been together for oh so long, but everyone knows that. Linemates or simply teammates, the duo had been through a lot and this past June they finally shared a moment together that they waited their whole careers for. While both players are dynamic superstars, they both contrast in personality. Ovechkin seems like the outgoing type while Backstrom is often quiet, but as the old saying goes “opposites attract.” The duo shined in the Capitals’ 6-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night at Capital One Arena to win their seventh in a row.  Continue reading “Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom Continue to Show They’re the Perfect Pair”

Tom Wilson Gets Ejected from His 400th NHL Game After Another Controversial Hit

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What started as a good game in a big milestone for Tom Wilson turned bad to the point of an ejection. The Washington Capitals game against the New Jersey Devils Friday night at Capital One Arena was Wilson’s 400th NHL and Capitals game of his career. Wilson became the 40th player in franchise history to reach the milestone. The 24-year old right winger (24 years, 246 days) became the fourth-youngest Caps player to reach the 400-game mark. Continue reading “Tom Wilson Gets Ejected from His 400th NHL Game After Another Controversial Hit”

Caps Have Up-and-Down Week, Defeat Vegas Before Falling to New Jersey and Toronto

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Folks don’t blink. We’re back and the Washington Capitals are already charging forward into the 2018-19 season! This past week was an interesting one that began with a home game against the Vegas Golden Knights, a Stanley Cup rematch. Then the Caps quickly turned around to head up to New Jersey to take on the Devils in another back-to-back for the second week in a row (thanks schedule makers!) before coming back home to host Auston Matthews and the high-flying Toronto Maple Leafs offense who made the biggest splash in the summer by acquiring John Tavares. FiCP takes a look back at these games as we await for more Caps action to come on Wednesday night against the New York Rangers. Continue reading “Caps Have Up-and-Down Week, Defeat Vegas Before Falling to New Jersey and Toronto”

Congrats to Marcus and Amelia Johansson (update)

Former Capitals and current NJ Devil forward Marcus Johansson married long-time girlfriend Amelia Falk this Saturday in Sweden. The couple have know each other since they were young adults. They have a two-year old daughter Mila, who of course was in the wedding!

Good friend Nicklas Backstrom was in the wedding party and helped MoJo with some last minute adjustments prior to the wedding. Photo compliments of his brother, Martin, who plays for the Swedish Hockey League (SHL).

It was a simple family wedding for the couple. Andre Burakovsky filmed Amelia’s entrance and caught a tearful Marcus, holding Mika’s hand, as he watched her walk down the aisle.

The family, now united in marriage.

There was a beautiful first dance that melted our hearts- again BurkyPhotography on the job!

Update: Martin posted some more photos and we have added here! So adorable these two!

A couple weeks ago, some friends of Marcus’ came together to celebrate his pending nuptials. We were left with some images that we just can’t unsee!

We couldn’t be happier for Marcus. We asked dad Lars at the end of the 2016/17 season if he thought there might be wedding bells: he smiled and shrugged his shoulders saying ‘I think not soon.’ Here we are a year later wishing many blessings to Mojo and Amme for a long and happy life together!

Capitals Finish Up Regular Season Against NJ Devil With A Bang!

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Meeting for the final time in the regular season, the Capitals and Devils, gave a little preview into the playoffs. The Caps played a hard game which gave them an exciting win the the end of the season. Fans were ecstatic!!!

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Capitals Prepare for Final Regular Season Game Against Devils

Here we are friends – it is the end of the regular season for our Washington Capitals. They have one last game against the New Jersey Devils before they begin practice for the NHL Playoffs.

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Capitals Return: Officially 14 September

We’re excited!! Some of the Capitals and Prospects are working out in the early morning hours at Ketter Ice Plex in Arlington. However, they will officially return to work and training camp on 14 September–on the ice the 15th. This is when we will see how their summer workouts have gone and which rookie might get the nod for a regular slot on the roster.

In the meantime – players like John Carlson, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, and NJ Devils Marcus Johansson, are skating and getting their ice legs back. Today Ovi’s personal trainer was there to observe and work with Alex.

Also, Scott Murray – the new goalie coach and Barry Trotz were in the house. Murray working with Vitek Vaneck who is up from Hershey.

This is a great time for the guys to just practice some hockey while having a fun time. We hear the Kuzy has been quite the prankster – hiding Vaneck’s helmet and stick.

Also attending the impromptu skate are Jonas Siegenthaler, Sam Anas (Minnesota Wild prospect and Maryland native), and previously Philipp Grubauer and Braden Holtby.

Mojo was invited by Carly to join the skate as he packs up his house for the move to Jersey. We have to say we had mixed emotions seeing him on the ice…

 

 

Caps Week in Review: The Tumultuous Battle

Capitals’ head coach Barry Trotz often talks about the battle the Caps are in and the need to manage the puck. When the team struggled during their Western Conference road trip, he spoke about fighting through adversity. It seems this week the Caps are back in that spot with two tough losses in four games played since Sunday, March 20.

Pittsburgh Energy

The slide started with a 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. This was the team’s first of three away games. Although Washington looked strong when they took to the ice at Consol Energy, the Pens zapped their energy and quickly took control of the game. Pittsburgh outshot the Caps 31 to 18. It was also a night in which the Caps spent a good bit of the game fighting back Pens power plays. Coach would later say, “There’s no excuse for sloppy play.”

Ottawa Clinch

The Caps managed to clinch their spot as the number one team going into the Stanley Cup playoffs as well as the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference as the top scoring team in both. Coach Trotz shifted Justin Williams up to the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom in the hopes that it might spark back some of the energy left in Pittsburgh. The Caps scored quickly in the first period with a great goal by Mike Richards. The remainder of the game was pretty smooth skating; however, Ottawa outshot Washington 30 to 22. There were fewer penalties this game, but the tripping by Dmitry Orlov stood out with fans who continue to question Orlov’s inconsistency. On a high note-it was Holtby’s 44th win of the season bringing him a little closer to Martin Brodeur’s record of most wins (48) in a season. Caps win 4 -2.

Devils OT

The Caps were back to fighting for an edge in Newark on Friday night. The game was probably one of the slowest games we have seen in a long time. Scott Wedgewood was in for Corey Schneider and boy was he ever a wall. John Carlson returned to the defense lines and TJ Oshie stayed home sick so Stan Galiev was given the chance to play. It took until the last five minutes of the third period before we really saw any enthusiasm on the ice and even that wasn’t enough to score. It would take until overtime and a slap shot (assisted by Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera) by the much improved John Carlson to give the Caps the win and two points.  Caps barely outshot the Devils 26-22.

Blues – Yes the Caps were Blue for Sure

This one is hard to write about. The Caps came home Saturday to play the then number one team in the Central Division. Philipp Grubauer was in the net, giving Holtby a bit of a rest. Oshie was still out sick and his absence was felt. The Caps made it through the first period but the second was disastrous. Orlov got the blame again for keeping the puck out of the zone and by the end of the period St. Louis was up 3-0. The third period only got worse. Jake Alan was solid and blocked 32 shots from the Caps. Caps outshot the Blues 32 to 29 but lost the battle 4-0.

In Conclusion

 Having Carlson back is a good thing and helped to turn things around in his hometown of Newark. The Caps have been  pretty confident winning against Eastern Conference teams but even those games have been a bit shaky of late. And there is a growing concern about them playing against Western Conference teams –one that they will have to face if they make it all the way to the finals. Check our look ahead to see how we think this week is likely to unfold.