Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick and T.J. Oshie’s Return Power Caps to 6-2 Win Over Red Wings

For the second time in 18 days, the Washington Capitals hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Capital One Arena. Once again, the Caps protected home ice with a 6-2 win, their third in a row, to keep ahead for first place in the Metropolitan Division now up by five points on the Blue Jackets with a 18-9-3 record (39 points). The offense got a boost with T.J. Oshie‘s return after being out for over three weeks with a concussion. Oshie scored in this contest that also saw tallies from Brett Connolly, Travis Boyd, and Alex Ovechkin times three.  Continue reading “Alex Ovechkin’s Hat Trick and T.J. Oshie’s Return Power Caps to 6-2 Win Over Red Wings”

Caps Look to Show Resiliency They Built During Stanley Cup Run

During the Capitals’ run to the 2018 Stanley Cup, the team faced many obstacles. One of those key obstacles was injuries to key players. In previous seasons those injuries would have daunted this team and the quote on quote “nail would be in the coffin.” Then came the 2018 Cup run where we lost Nicklas Backstrom for four games spanning across two series and unlike previous years, it didn’t phase the boys.

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The other key obstacle was Tom Wilson’s three game suspension in the Pittsburgh series. Although as we did with the Nick Backstrom injury, we played harder and stronger than ever before. We used that, “let’s do it for Tommy!” mantra which as we would find out later in the calendar year that it would help us just one more time.

When Tom Wilson was given his 20-game suspension, most hockey people concurred that that blow along with the aforementioned Stanley Cup hangover would be the demise of these Capitals. During the first month and a half of the year this was in fact the case. We went from five great games to five abysmal games in the blink of an eye but as is common with this team as of late, it didn’t phase them.

Once Tom came back into the lineup, a fire was ignited. The consistent PK and strong board play was back and things were looking eerily similar to the 2018 Finals. Then they get handed the exit of two key top six forwards; T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov to concussion-like symptoms.

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Although just like during the Cup run, nothing could stop them. Role players are stepping up and the stars are being stars. If you told me this would happen during the 2016-17 campaign I wouldn’t believe you. This aforementioned next man up mentality is surely contagious so here’s to it lasting for seasons to come.

 

 

 

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 Begin Four-Game Road Trip with 5-2 Win Over Wild in Tom Wilson’s Return

michael banner 2The Washington Capitals began their four-game road trip on the right note with a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild. Tom Wilson scored and was penalized on the same play in his return to action. Andre Burakovsky, T.J. Oshie, and Dmitry Orlov (twice) also lit the lamp.  Continue reading “Caps Begin Four-Game Road Trip with 5-2 Win Over Wild in Tom Wilson’s Return”

The Capitals Gave Me and Allie a Birthday We’ll Never Forget

michael banner 2CAPITAL ONE ARENA – Me and my friend Allie have had some memorable birthdays from high school through our Radford days but not even our 21st could top what happened on Wednesday night at Capital One Arena. The Capitals came through and defeated the Penguins 2-1 thanks to T.J. Oshie‘s heroics but it was also a total team win with Alex Ovechkin getting a power play strike and Braden Holtby practically standing on his head. The whole day was incredible.  Continue reading “The Capitals Gave Me and Allie a Birthday We’ll Never Forget”

Caps Defeat Oilers 4-2

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The Washington Capitals protected their home ice with a 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. It was one of their better peroformances. The fourth line produced two goals, the penalty kill only let one in, and Alex Ovechkin made power play goal history.  Continue reading “Caps Defeat Oilers 4-2”

O what a Night-Oshie and the Caps take Down Pens in OT

The night started with lightups and loud, and we mean, LOUD fans. And thankfully the house was pretty red–hardly a Pens jersey could be seen! Well done friends!!!!

The game started like we expected, physical and fast.  Andre Burakovsky got things going with a little help from is friends Jason Chimera and John Carlson put the Caps on the board. The first period ended 1-0 Caps.

The second period started so slow we weren’t sure the were really playing. Fans thought there were lots of missed calls against Pens– probably right.

It was all good until the Pens (Ben Lovejoy) got one over on Holtby. Fans stayed loud and like the players, we weren’t giving up.

There was a lot of back and forth scoring; first Evgeni Malkin scored and then TJ Oshie got one past goaltender Matt Murry to even things out by the end of the second period. TJ came back in the third period, followed by Nick Bonino.

By the end of the third we were tied up again forcing the game into overtime.

The crowd could barely contain themselves.

OT started with a flurry of red nightsticks and horn blowing from Sam to get everyone one ready. Both teams clearly wanted the win, but it was Oshie who scored the game winning goal and the hats flew onto the ice!!!

The Pens challenged but nah- it was the Caps night.

We kind Of like this team a lot.

See ya Saturday for Game 2. Go CAPS.

Optional practice Friday at 12:15 at Kettler which means a handful of the tired players will be there. Pens will also be at Kettler for anyone interested…(be classy Caps fans)

Morning skate is scheduled for 10:15 Saturday followed by Game 2 at 8 pm.