Ovechkin’s Favorite Stanley Cup Photos

Ever since The Washington Capitals won the final round of the NHL playoffs, he and the Stanley Cup have been fast friends. These are the photos Ovi or his wife Nastya have posted beginning with the first night.

We did it!!

Then there was a little hotel celebration!

After a few days, he sent this message of gratitude to George McPhee, Ted Leonsis, and the fans:

Ovi brought his boy Stan home with him for some family time on

And then there was Bedtime With Stanley…

A little trip with Braden Holtby to NYC for some Cup Stands with Jimmy Fallon.

PARADE!!

They were not pretty amazed by the crowds.

After a bit of sharing with the fans all over Virginia and Washington, DC, Alex and Nastya headed for Russia where they spent time with family and friends…and everyone in Moscow!!!

Of that time Ovi has this to say:

His parents and his wife:

And what would a celebration be without his buddies Dmitry Orlov and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Ovi relinquished the Cup to Michal Kempny, but you can bet he will be hanging out with his little friend when Dima and Kuzy have their days!

Caps And Fans Party Down Constitution!!

Photos by Brittney Marcum

It’s a PARTY as only the Stanley Cup Champions Washington Capitals could throw!!

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Capitals Weekend Practice: Ready for the Final Run

The Washington Capitals touched down in Las Vegas Saturday afternoon. First they held a crazy practice at Kettler Ice Plex, got cheered on by fans, and walked a runway to their cars. We have pictures!

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And They’re Off! Caps Players Head to Vegas to Chase Stanley

After today’s practice the boys were set to leave for Las Vegas in hopes of bringing home a two game series lead. But before they could leave on their five hour journey across the country Caps fans had to give them a proper send-off and that is exactly what we did. Two hours and a very red photographer later we ended up with some great photos of the boys that we KNOW you will love. So without further adieu;

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Knights Inaugural Visit to DC- A Golden Experience

The Vegas Golden Knights visited for  the first time in the team’s existence and they did not disappoint.  If you have paid any attention to our posts of late you will know that we still have a huge empty space in our hearts where Nate Schmidt used to be. Today we were able to fill that void for just a brief period, and he brought friends.

Erik Haula #56

Deryk Engelland #5

Malcom Subban #30

James Neal # 18 (he threw the puck to this little man during warm-ups!)

David Perron #57

Marc Andre Fleury #29

William Carrier #28

And last but MOST CERTAINLY not least… our boy, Nate Schmidt #88 but #1 in our hearts…

A Caps Fan’s Guide to Vegas

A month ago I made the last-minute decision to fly to Vegas for the Caps first ever game against the newly established Vegas Golden Knights. I have to say that I was a little nervous as I had never been to Vegas. So if you are anything like me hopefully this post will help you out if you decide to make the trip (which I would highly recommend for anyone at least once.)

The Airport:

When you get off the plane and head towards the terminal, you immediately know you’re in Vegas. There are slot machines and Liquor stores right there in the baggage area so you can get a head start before you even leave the airport. There are several different areas to exit for taxis etc.

The Hotels: 

I stayed at The Luxor which is towards the very end of the strip, making it a little bit cheaper than other options. Would I recommend it? Not necessarily. It was a nice enough place but the room smelled old and felt a little on the dirty side. For a place with a casino and so many bars you would think the room would have at least a mini-fridge, that was not the case. There was no fridge, no microwave, and a key for me- no late night room service. Me being me I decided to explore the other hotels for myself, which was pretty easy because from the Luxor you can take pedestrian bridges and tunnel type areas to get to neighboring New York New York, Excalibur, or MGM Grand.

There is also a tram that runs up and down the strip but I chose to travel by foot or taxi instead. So my conclusion was that the closer you got to the busier part of the strip, the better the hotels got. My favorite by far was The Bellagio which is about a 20-30 minute walk from my hotel at the other end and a 15 minute stroll to the T-mobile Arena where the Knights play.

The inside was decorated beautifully and the inside didn’t smell of smoke as soon as I walked in which is a huggeee plus for me. They also had several amazing smelling restaurants, and who could forget the iconic Bellagio Fountains out front of the massive hotel? 10/10 from me for sure, and worth the few extra bucks to splurge.

Hockey Stuff: 

The Knight’s practice facility, City National Arena at 1550 S Pavilion Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135 is around 20-30 minutes in a car- or twice that length by bus. The facility itself is absolutely beautiful and gives Kettler a run for its money. Once you get there and go in the main entrance head to the right and the Knight’s rink will be there, along with their team store/ pro shop. One thing you all might be interested to know is that there is a full bar at the top of the practice rink.. the food is delicious and worth the drive alone.  I took my Nikon DSLR in and got some excellent shots of Schmidt and the whole team.

T-Mobile Arena:

The arena is so close to the strip you can walk there after a day of exploring. If you go through New York New York and follow the signs to T-Mobile and The Park you will end up right on the walkway to Toshiba Plaza directly outside the main entrance. The doors open 90 minutes before game time giving you PLENTY of time to explore the new arena and get whatever food you want before puck drop. The seats are comfortable- WAY more so than Capital One Arena..

The Caps or  away team will warm-up in the 9-13 sections end of the arena and ushers are really great about letting you know where you can and cannot stand to watch the warm-ups. We stood all the way in front behind Holts and only had to scoot over when those that owned the seats walked in. Overall a really great arena! You can park in any of the casino lots nearby- New York New York is the closest if you’re looking to be in and out.

 

I hope you enjoyed my guide and let me know if you have any other questions, I will answer them the best I can!!

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

The Many Faces of Nate Schmidt…

As you all know by now, I made the trip to Vegas to see our favorite Nate Schmidt. I met up with the wonderful Caps Road Crew to yesterday to see the Vegas Knights practice, and well, to say it was a success would be a huge understatement… Just take a look at these photos we snapped when he saw us in the stands with the masks of his face on.

The entire practice Nate was all smiles and his teammates were more than happy to give him flack about it.

If you liked these photos- stay tuned for more coming later!

Tarik and the Turkeys..

Last night Tarik El-Bashir of NBC Sports Washington DC, had the chance to lace up and referee the Mites on Ice game during the first intermission. But this time there was a twist- all the kids were dressed up like turkeys and Slapshot himself was on the lookout for fresh turkey meat!

We knew this would be good so of courrseee we took photos!

Enjoy and have a wonderful Thanksgiving from all of us at FiCP!

Nicky B. The Big 3-0!!

We just wanted to take a minute and wish our favorite Swede a very happy birthday on this Thanksgiving! We all know how awesome he is on the ice. But let us not forget what a great husband / father he is too!

So Happy Birthday Nicky! We hope it is a great one!

Here are a few shots from his last day in his 20’s!

We Like Winning Better: Caps Move onto Denver

Ok, there really isn’t anything good we can say about the Capitals-Predators game on Monday. So we have decided to focus on the positive aspects of the Caps, including winning against the Pens and Islanders. Lets hope they learn from their mistakes and come out crashing the net and shooting like nobody’s business in Denver on Thursday.

niskanen hiWe do want to welcome back Matt Niskanen who returned to the ice after missing 13 games with a hand injury. Unfortunately in his 20 minutes of play, he didn’t have too much to show for it except two minutes in the box for holding. You can tell from the following video that he was not feeling great about the game, for a number of reasons:

Looking back, the Caps played well against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Winning against the Pens is always a boost to the team and to the fan base. And there were some great moments that night:

And then we had the shootout win against the Oilers. Now this wasn’t a fabulous game either with Dmitry Orlov scoring the only goal in regulation and TJ Oshie winning it in the shootout with the only puck in the net.

The Caps managed to hold back Connor McDavid to three shots and zero goals, so there was that! Ju Jhar Khair earned his second NHL goal and first of the season against the Caps; his error also opened the door for Orlov to score.

Braden Holtby (and to be fair, Philipp Grubauer) has been doing his darndest to keep the Caps in the game, he often looks alone when the opponents come crashing our net. He had 29 saves against the Oilers,

The Caps are still getting way to many penalties and Tom Wilson is involved in too many fights to actually be helping the team. Don’t get us wrong – we love Tom– we just want to see him play more then we want to see him sit.

We need to see more from Alex Ovechkin but the team can not put so much pressure on him to be the deciding factor in winning or losing. Ovi has 13 goals

Meanwhile, TJ Oshie is second in the league right now with power play goals (six) and he has a total of nine goals in 19 games, leaving us wanting a LOT more from him.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov (17), John Carlson (13) and Nicklas Backstrom (11) lead the team in assists. Odd that Nicky’s numbers are lower but great to see Kuzy and Carly producing so much for the team. Especially good to see Carlson looking more like the player we knew before his injuries and great the he is holding up with all the extra ice time with Nisky out.

With Niskanen back we hope to see the defense for the team step it up more. He is a great leader and encourager. We have some young guys who are finding their groove, especially Madison Bowey. Unfortunately, Christian Djoos left the game with an apparent upper-body injury. We should hear more at practice on Wednesday.

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The bottom line to all this is, we the fans like winning better. Who doesn’t? And we get that the Caps will loose a game here and there. What is disconcerting for us is that they are now 19 games into the season and they still haven’t found the missing identity Coach Trotz often refers to. And for us, that is his responsibility. We can’t help but wonder what is going on between the locker room and the ice. We just hope they rediscover their magic soon. For now, they are in a wild card place in the standings. It is still early friends, but we would fell a bunch better if they moved up a tad bit more in the standings. Are we right?

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