So first things first: The Washington Capitals (an occasionally visiting teams) practice most mornings when they are in town on the top deck of Ballston Common Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203. You can enter the complex via the parking garage either from Glebe Road or N, Randolph Street. You will know you are there by the Caps player banners which hang from the rooftop. Continue reading “Navigating Kettler Capitals Iceplex for Autographs: A Photographic Tour!”
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.
Pens waiting for the review in OT
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.
We knew it was coming but it sure is great news that Capitals goalie Braden Holtby has been nominated for the Vezina Trophy. The Trophy is awarded to the player who the NHL managers vote as :the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position.”
Also nominated are Ben Bishop (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Jonathan Quick (LA Kings) .
We’re kind of partial to the Holtbeast but these other guys are pretty good too! Her’s some of our favorite shots from this season:
By now you all know how much we love our photos here at FiCP, but sometimes we have a few too many photos to put into a gallery on the site. That being said we have decided to share our galleries via Flickr! We are so excited to share all our wonderful photos with you in a simpler format that everyone can view, even from their phones.
Please leave us feedback, we would love to know what you think we can do to improve or any other photos you might like to see. We will be moving all our previous galleries to the Flickr page this coming week and we hope you will enjoy taking a look back at this season’s best photos as much as we do.
As always feel free to use any of our photos and share with everyone if you like what you see.
Thank you to everyone for the continued support, we would be nowhere without you all.
The Minnesota Wild had lost six straight games and had not won at home since the turn of the calendar. The Capitals had not won in the last eight games at Xcel Energy Center. Birthday boy Mike Richards was a game decision but he was in the lineup.
First period: Penalties Galore
Braden Holtby continued to be the best goaltender in the league. The Capitals killed off a slashing penalty to Justin Williams early in the first. Alex Ovechkin draws the first Wild penalty and the Capitals went on the power play. The teams had 53 seconds of 4-on-4 hockey after a penalty negated the power play. With 6:02 left, the Wild had 9 seconds for 5-on-3 and another power play. The Capitals penalty kill was perfect during the period. With six seconds left, Wild Folin took a penalty and the Capitals went on the power play.
PENALTIES: Justin Williams (slashing); Nate Prosser (roughing); Oshie (interference); Matt Niskanen (hooking) and Christian Folin (holding).
Second Period: Ovi hat trick!
The Capitals started the second period with 1:52 of power play. Unfortunately, they did not score on that power play but Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin would score his first of the game shortly after. Early in the period, Tom Wilson spent a few seconds in the Wild bench (none of the Wild players helped him out, a linesman did though). The Caps power play is scoring again! Ovechkin scored his second of the night and is now the NHL’s leading scorer (33) passing Chicago’s Patrick Kane. But Ovechkin wasn’t finished, he would score again to complete his 14th career hat trick. The Wild would challenge for offsides but would end up losing not only the challenge but their time out as well.
GOALS: Alex Ovechkin scored his 32nd (Assists: T.J. Oshie & Nicklas Backstrom), his 33rd (Assists: John Carlson & Nicklas Backstrom) and his 34th of the season (Assist: Nicklas Backstrom).
Charlie Coyle scored his 15th of the season, assisted by Miko Koivu and Zach Parise
PENALTIES: Thomas Vanek (slashing); Dmitry Orlov (slashing) and Charlie Coyle (Tripping)
SCORE: Caps lead 3-1
Third Period: Out of Control Wild
Michael Latta and Zach Parise exchanged pleasantries early in the third. The Wild decided to start roughing up the Capitals younger players. Matt Dumba crunched Andre Burakovsky into the boards and a scrum ensued with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Justin Williams. Williams would be the only one in the penalty box. Ryan Suter would score for the Wild on the following power play. Then Mikael Granlund injured Kuznetsov by hitting him in the face/head area with the butt end of his stick. Kuzy would head to the locker room and Capitals PR later announced that he would not return to the game. Jason Chimera, the Ice Cheetah, scored an empty netter in the final minute of regulation. With three seconds left in the game, Granlund scored and Braden Holtby was visibly furious. There was clear goaltender interference as Zach Parise had his glove on Holtby’s pad. But the refs, as they were all night, missed the call and the goal was deemed good. The Caps were victorious, 4-3.
GOALS: Ryan Suter scored his seventh of the season. Assisted by Matt Dumba and Zach Parise. Jason Chimera scored an empty net goal, his 15th of the season. Assisted by Tom Wilson. Mikael Granlund scored his fifth of the season, assisted by Zach Parise and Thomas Vanek.
PENALTIES: Justin Williams (cross checking) and Jarret Stoll (tripping).
SCORE: Caps won 4-3.
The Capitals now have 40 wins and 84 points. Alex Ovechkin got a hat trick and they leave Minnesota with 2 points. Unfortunately, Andre Burakovsky’s point streak ended at eight games. Let’s hope Kuznetsov is healthy and everything is going to be okay.
Practice: The Capitals have Friday, February 12, off.
Game: The Capitals will visit the American Airlines Center to play the Dallas Stars on Saturday, February 13 at 8:00 .
On January 12, Scarlet Caps hosted Hockey N’ Heels. Although there is some controversy about the event name, it is an opportunity to bring more women into the hockey fandom. This event taught all aspects of the game including: face-offs and slap shots, player nutrition, information about equipment. It’s an amazing opportunity to learn from the pros and to make new friends.
I’ve been to Hockey N’ Heels in the past and have been impressed with what I learned from players, coaches, and even the other fans I met. As this wasn’t my first rodeo, I was the resident expert in my group of friends (or so I labeled myself), which included the ladies from FiCP: Brittney, Renee and me, as well as my mom. My mom even got interviewed by Fox5 and was on the 11 o’clock news. She thinks she’s a big shot now! Once we checked in we were put into four different groups– we naturally Rocked the Red as the Red Group. Continue reading “Photos From Behind the Scenes of Hockey N Heels”
The cost for parking at Giant Center is $9.00 The parking lots are right outside the arena; Very reasonable compared to what you pay at Verizon Center.
If you choose to eat outside the arena, there are plenty of options like two of our favorites: Cocoa Diner (590 E Main St, Hummelstown), Soda Jerk Diner & Dairy Bar, and several fast food restaurants.
Inside the arena there are many delicious options as well. My personal favorite place to eat is Arooga’s Wing Shack. They have boneless and bone-in wings with many sauces to choose from. Other food selections include: Pizza, Italian cuisine, a nacho bar, and of course your arena favorite beer, hot dogs and popcorn.
There really are no bad seats inside Giant Center. If you are coming with children or those who prefer not to be around alcohol there are several “Alcohol Free” sections located in the arena including sections 116 and 216.
You can definitely do the drive up and back to Hershey in one day but if you choose to stay overnight in Hershey there are a vast range of options. For those seeking a true getaway the best option would be the one and only Hotel Hershey—a 4.5 star resort style hotel complete with spa facilities, a full restaurant, and access to The Hershey Country Club and their three beautiful golf courses. For those looking for something more affordable there are too many choices including Hilton and Marriott which have several hotels right in Hershey alone.
Feel free to ask the usher which section to go down if you’d like to take photos during warm-ups. They do allow them but some season ticket holders like to sit in their own seats for warm-ups and you don’t want to block their view.
Getting Player Autographs & Pictures
Perhaps the best part of Hershey is how accessible the players are. After games you can pretty much get a photo or autograph from any player you’d like. Just go out the main entrance and turn right, go past the season ticket holder entrance and take the set of stairs that leads down to another smaller lot. At the bottom of the stairs walk straight, past the media entrance, until you see a smaller set of stairs on your right hand side. Wait at the top of those stairs for the players as they come out. If you don’t know who a player is, feel free to ask those around you. This is the highlight of every Hershey trip for me. The guys are more than willing to stand and have conversations with fans post-game, but remember if they are with their families especially young children try not to keep them too long. It can get cold out there so bundle up!
Last but certainly not least, if you are looking for a great photo opportunity, the Bears mascot, Coco is always walking around the arena to take photos with fans young and those young at heart!