On Tuesday night, Jay Beagle returned to Washington but this time in a Vancouver Canucks uniform. The longtime fan favorite who spent 10 seasons with the Capitals ended up signing with Vancouver during the summer and many fans were sad when learning of Beagle’s departure. Whether you marveled at his hard work ethic on the ice or were touched by Beagle’s kindness toward the Caps fanbase, Tuesday would certainly be an emotional night for both Beagle himself and the Caps organization as a whole. Continue reading “Caps Fans Salute Jay Beagle Tuesday Night (Tribute Video)”
The Washington Capitals defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena. Coming off the break, the Caps have won two of their last three games to pull closer in the Metropolitan Division race. Their record improves to 28-18-6 and thanks to losses by the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins, they are now in second place just two points behind the first place Islanders. Continue reading “Capitals Defeat Canucks 3-2 with Alex Ovechkin Achieving Another Milestone”
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 Washington Capitals kicked off their four-game road trip the right way, defeating the Vancouver Canucks on Monday night 5-2. Nicklas Backstrom notched his 600th assist in the most fitting way possible, on an Alex Ovechkin power play goal. Continue reading “Nicklas Backstrom Records 600th and 601st Assists in Caps 5-2 Win Over Vancouver”
The Vancouver Canucks visited The Capital One Arena on Tuesday night. It was the perfect way to get over the cold of the past week…right???
The Capitals would extend their home winning streak to TEN with a 3-1 win.
Grubi was in the net. He was great. And the defense kept Boeser from scoring!
Ovechkin, Backstrom, Smith-Pelly
Vrana, Kuznetsov, Wilson
Connolly, Eller, Oshie
Stephenson, Beagle, Burakovsky
When the Vancouver Canucks visit the District tonight they bring with them a strong nucleus of young players in Bo Horvat and Jake Virtanen and seasoned vets Henrik and Daniel Sedin. But it’s Calder trophy favorite (with Charlie McAvoy) Brock Boeser that the Caps should be concerned about.
The 6’1″ 190 lb. winger was taken in the 1st round of the 2015 draft (23rd) and is already considered one of the Canucks best players, if not the best right now. He has scored an incredible 22 goals and added 18 assists for 40 points in only 39 games! He did play a few games last year and when you combine the two, he has scored now 26 goals in his first 48 games as an NHL’er. Some guy we know here that wears number 8 had 36 on his 50th game. Boeser is in some good company. He can shoot the biscuit.
Just in case you say nobody could have predicted how good Boeser would be, I have someone close to our hearts that would say otherwise. Capitals winger TJ Oshie,who is part of the University of North Dakota alumni with Boeser, says he is not surprised at all with the hard working former Fighting Hawk.
The two trained together last summer and Boeser is quick to note the help that Oshie provided. For the record, in my opinion you can’t find better guy than TJ to model your conditioning,athleticism and approach to the game.
Boeser is scoring from everywhere which means…he’s got a shot that can beat a goalie straight up. Of his 22 goals this year (tied for 5th in the NHL), only 6 have come on gravy time with the PP. He is driving his own success and making those around him better. The clear sign of a great player. Time will tell if he wins the Calder or not, and I still think it’s Charlie McAvoy but what is not in question is the need for the Capitals to pay close attention to number 6. With only 1 goal and 1 assist in his last 4 games you know he is looking to bust out again.
Go Caps Go
The Capitals will meet the Vancouver Canucks in the first of three roadtrip games tonight. The Nucks are having a bang of a start to the season by Western Conference rankings. The Capitals, not so much.
So we start with the dreaded news that Nicky Backstrom might not be in the game tonight. He is “ill”
The lines from this morning looked like this, but Coach says they could change. All depends on Backy’s status.
Holtby in the net.
Watch twitter for updates.
Anders Nilsson in the net for the Canucks. He has two shutouts already this season.
Vancouver’s projected lineup:
Daniel Sedin—Henrik Sedin—Jake Virtanen
Sven Baertschi—Bo Hovat—Brock Boeser
Sam Gagner—Alex Burmistrov—Thomas Vanek
Derek Dorsett—Brandon Sutter—Markus Granlund
Ben Hutton—Chris Tanev
Michael Del Zotto—Erik Gudbranson
Derrick Pouliot—Alex Biega
They are most concerned with keeping Ovechkin cornered and blocking his ability to shoot. And of course- beating Braden Holtby!!
This game was a little dull at points, making Caps fans wonder if this would be a night of celebration or another disappointment. As you know by now the Caps pulled out a 3-0 victory over the Canucks and Braden Holtby played a huge part in that. He was Stellar in net and looked more solid than in his past few appearances. Goals came from the likes of Ovechkin, Williams, and Wilson. Holtby earned his 25th NHL shutout,
Here are a few sights from the game itself:
Coach Trotz appears to be trying something new–again–with the lines. For the Oilers’ game, Coach moved T.J. Oshie to the second line and moved Andre Burakovsky up to the first. And we know how that game went with all the penalties, missed opportunities, a single goal by Alexander Ovechkin, and a 4-1 loss.
This sparked shock and horror to many fans as the Caps lost two straight games in regulation – something they hadn’t done since March of 2015, according to Mike Vogel. From what we are hearing and reading, Caps fans are feeling as if something is off.
And now we are hearing from reporters at the Vancouver practice that Trotz has really shifted the lines again.
Ovechkin Backstrom Williams
Johansson Kuznetzov Wilson
Burakovsky Eller Oshie
Sanford Beagle Connolly
So we have Tom Wilson moving up to the second line and Oshie moving to the third and a big switch up with Williams moving to the first line. We have gotten used to seeing Backstrom move back and forth between the top two lines, so this is no great surprise. But quite frankly, this latest move has many of us scratching our heads.
We get that Trotz likes to keep things fluid and keep the players from becoming complacent. We get that he likes to reward those that play hard and demote those whom he thinks haven’t shown enough enthusiasm for the win. We just aren’t sure what these changes indicate, if anything.
- Is he hoping to spark Wilson into a more offensive player by paring him with Mojo and Kuzy? He still leads the team in penalty minutes and has only had six SOG.
- Is there a chemistry there that we aren’t seeing or that coach hopes to create?
- What will Williams bring to the first line that is missing? Leadership? He hasn’t exactly been heating up the ice with SOG or goals.
We have said it before, and we will say it again: IN TROTZ WE TRUST!
They pay him the big bucks to figure this stuff out. We know something is off and it is up to him to find the way back to the kind of winning we saw last season. We have to remember that he knows things about the team which we are not privy to and so for now:
Breathe Friends – Breathe. And hang on until we see how things go on Saturday.
Today, I bring you the photos that were supposed to be here yesterday, had I not forgotten my camera battery at home.. Ah, the life of a photographer/student/employee/blogger.
Let’s get down to it.
Mike Richards is fitting in nicely with the team during practices. Today he was working with teammate Tom Wilson and Coach Lane Lambert before practice was in full swing, working on shots from all angles.
Now here are some extra photos from today we thought might interest our followers. Since we missed photographing yesterday we figured we’d bring you a twoffer and include some photos of the visiting Canucks!