The Pregame: Jay Beagle Returns to the District

Tonight will be an emotional night for Caps fans as they welcome back a center who brought a blue collared work ethic on the ice and a good heart off the ice. Jay Beagle was an integral part in the Capitals success. In 10 seasons, he played 471 games finishing with 116 points (51 goals and 65 assists). It ended in the best way possible, hoisting the Stanley Cup. Continue reading “The Pregame: Jay Beagle Returns to the District”

The Pregame: Caps Are Back in Town

After John Carlson, Braden Holtby and Todd Reirden took part in the NHL All-Star weekend festivities in San Jose and the rest of the team enjoying extra time off with both the All-Star break and the NHL mandatory bye week, the Caps are back in action. The team practiced on Thursday afternoon at MedStar Capitals Iceplex and will hold a morning skate tomorrow morning (or today if you’re reading this now) to gear up for a Friday night tilt. The second half push begins tonight with the Calgary Flames coming to Capital One Arena. The Caps hope a break can help them snap their seven game winless streak, something we hadn’t seen in quite some time.  Continue reading “The Pregame: Caps Are Back in Town”

Top Line V: Jakub Vrana is Poised to have a Scoring Breakout

MEDSTAR CAPITALS ICEPLEX – Remember that one time when Tom Wilson was suspended for three playoff games in the second round against the Penguins? This led to then-head coach Barry Trotz having to push some buttons for the right guy along the right wing spot. In a pivotal Game 5, Jakub Vrana got his turn on the top line alongside the budding superstars of Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov. Entering a third period with everything but the season on the line, Vrana scored and also added two assists. His goal, by far, was the biggest at the time.  Continue reading “Top Line V: Jakub Vrana is Poised to have a Scoring Breakout”

Jay Beagle Gets His Ring and We Couldn’t Be Happier

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On Monday night, the Washington Capitals took on the Vancouver Canucks to begin a four-game road trip. Prior to the game, one of our favorite Capitals players finally got to receive his Stanley Cup ring. Jay Beagle had been a longtime fixture with the Capitals almost as long as Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom had. A key component on the fourth line and face-offs on the ice and a personable guy among the fans off the ice, it was great to see Beagle finally get his ring.  Continue reading “Jay Beagle Gets His Ring and We Couldn’t Be Happier”

Alex Ovechkin is Back, Setting Good Examples for Prospects at Camp Nemo

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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.

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Capitals Inconsitency and Missing Identity 

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Everyone seems to be frustrated with the Washington Capitals inconstant play. And while there is frustration, there is also an understanding that the team is still adjusting to a summer of roster changes. And then there is the rookie element.

Coach Trotz hit the nail on the head in his post-game comments following the loss to the Panthers Saturday. The team doesn’t have an identity yet and they are really struggling to find a way to make it all click. By his own admission, he can’t get a handle on the mistakes and which players need to get some consistency back. Hearing that from the Caps coach is troubling. Continue reading “Capitals Inconsitency and Missing Identity “

Pre-Flyers Practice Photos

The Capitals had a full practice this morning and they remained in good cheer. Could it be that practice is sandwiched between a visit to Caps MedStar yesterday and skating with Seth from TAPS after practice today that has put them in a positive mood.

Lets start with our goalies. Coach Mitch Korn started their practice early this morning with a little one-on-one with Holtby.

The team went through normal warmup routines and practice shots.

There were a few odd moments – like what kind of a move was Mojo making? Even Ovie seemed confused.

marcus-squatBut then even Ovi had is awkward yoga style shot move…

ovi-leg-shot We know that the coaches are constantly looking at ways to help each player improve their game and today that even included goalie coach Mitch Korn spending time with Ovechkin.

But we have to say that much of what we saw today had to do with the players pushing themselves and pushing Braden Holtby in the net as they prepare for the firepower of the Flyers.

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In the end, Hotby looked pretty happy and we are feeling good about the Caps in Philly.

But, the one thing we don’t want to see tomorrow is this:

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What You Lookin’ At?; A Gallery

This is the kind of photo gallery I look forward to posting for you guys. I love the pictures that relay the way I see practice every day. I hope you enjoy!

The connection I make with each player from behind the lens is one of my favorite parts of being a photographer.

 

Shoot Holtby shoot!!!

Nothing but D-Men

 

Photos By: Brittney Marcum