When Washington Capitals right-winger Devante Smith-Pelly headed to the penalty box at United Center he was greeted by an unwelcoming surprise from a couple of Chicago Blackhawks fans. Typically a player in the sin bin would expect the occasional boo or fun-playful heckle but this particular group crossed the line in the most despicable way imaginable. Smith-Pelly was subjected to racial taunts including the chants of “basketball, basketball, basketball.” The Blackhawks and the NHL sent a message by banning the fans for life but unfortunately this is a problem for many athletes that still hasn’t been resolved today. To make matters worse, it’s not just the pros who have to deal with it. Continue reading “Devante Smith-Pelly and John Carlson Invite Youth Hockey Team to Caps Game for Sticking It to Racism”
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?”
For the most part, the Caps returned many of the cast of characters from the run to the Stanley Cup last season, however, on the forward front there is a big hole in the bottom-six forward corps. Specifically, there is a void on the fourth line after the Capitals lost blue-collar center Jay Beagle to free agency. It is a role that Nic Dowd looks to fill this season and so far, he’s done a good job. Continue reading “Newcomer Nic Dowd Faces Big Role Centering the Fourth Line this Season”
More Washington Capitals players have trickled into the DMV to gear up for the season and a chance to defend Lord Stanley’s Cup. No seriously, the keg stands are stopping and they’re getting back to business. A lot prospects took to the ice early on during Wednesday morning’s unofficial practice and were soon joined in by the vets including team captain Alex Ovechkin.
Today was no ordinary Friday, today was day one of the Washington Capitals 2016 training camp. The day was divided into three groups with Group White first, Group Red second, and Group Blue ending the day. There were a lot of new faces at camp so let’s run through those you might not be as familiar with.
# 61 Dan DeSalvo:
# 57 Nolan Laporte:
# 39 Christian Thomas:
# 59 Dylan Magonari:
# 46 Darren Dietz:
And then there were the goalies, SO MANY GOALIES:
And we could never forget those old familiar faces we’ve missed so much these past few months:
At the end of each session the players would participate in on-ice testing:
For the schedule of practices for the following week click here
What was built up to be the Sid vs. Ovechkin series has turned into something both teams would like to avoid. After Caps defenseman Brooks Orpik got suspended three games for his late hit on Pittsburgh’s Olli Maatta in game two, penguins defenseman Kris Letang delivered a late hit on Caps forward Marcus Johansson in game three. On Tuesday, the NHL handed Letang a one game suspension. Seeing the hit, he deserved a suspension of at least two games but since Johansson was not injured seriously and even came back in to play, the NHL saw no reason to make it more than one.
(Check out the hit and judge for yourself from a YouTube clip on SportsNet Canada below.)
Back to the game…the Caps dominated game three in every aspect except where it counted: the score. They outshot Pittsburgh 49-23 after getting 80 shots from the Pens in games one and two. Ovechkin FINALLY got a goal to shake the rust off and Justin Williams decided to finally show up and make things interesting in the final minutes of the game. If they play from here on out like they played in game three, they’re right back in the series.
The Caps finally showed sustained play throughout a game. The only problem was the Penguins took advantage of their scoring chances with their three goals. They didn’t need a lot of shots to go up 3-0 in the second. Washington needs more net presence like when Williams knocked in the second goal. The more bodies in front of Murray, the more you fluster him and get more opportunities to score.
- Alex Ovechkin ended his five-game goalless streak. Have the Pens awakened a sleeping giant?
- Niklas Backstrom (48%) and T.J. Oshie (64%) continue to dominate the faceoff circle.
- Braden Holtby continues to play well. Overall in the 2016 postseason, he’s 5-4 with two shutouts, a .949 save percentage and 1.44 GAA.
- The Caps defense needs to step up and help Holtby out after the Pens have scored eight goals in three games so far.
- The Caps power play is 1 for 10 and 10-10 on the penalty kill in this series.
Weather the Storm
The Pens are in good shape and are on the verge of going up 3-1 going back to Washington. But in order to do that, they’re going to have to limit the shots of the Capitals like they did in games one and two. The other factor is Kris Letang suspended for game four, leaving only four quality defensemen left for the Pens and that spells trouble. The Pens were 2-8-1 without Letang in the lineup this season. The Caps should be able to take full advantage of that and get right back in the series.
- Marc-Andre Fleury is back to full-strength but continues to sit on the bench. Why? 21-year-old rookie Matt Murray. In six career playoff games, he is 5-1 with a 1.79 GAA, .944 save percentage and a shutout. Fleury better be concerned as his starting job might be in jeopardy.
- The Pens are winning without their big stars showing up. Sidney Crosby still has not registered a point in this series. Evgeny Malkin only has a goal and assist.
- The Penguins are 0-10 on the Power Play and 9-10 on the penalty kill in this series.
Your starting goaltenders….Braden Holtby Vs. Matt Murray.
Puck drops at 8 p.m. at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on NBCSN.
C-A-P-S CAPS CAPS CAPS!
It’s almost time Caps Fans!!! We thought it necessary to get the fanbase even more hyped so we put together a short video of some of our favorite photos from the season:
In case you missed the announcement, The Washington Capitals will be facing The Philadelphia Flyers in the first round. Because the Caps are Number One in the league and won the President’s Trophy, they also secured home ice advantage for the duration of the playoffs, which means the first two games of each round will all be played at Verizon Center.
LETS GO CAPS!!!
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!
And remember to have fun!!!