Even after the dull loss at this afternoon’s Blue Jackets at Capitals game, Caps fans found a way to have fun. Shortly after the game, season ticket holders were invited down into the ice to skate freely.
The ice was packed with fans of all ages and all varieties of skating skills, from amateur to expert. Skaters also had access to the home and away benches, while those who preferred to not be on the ice relaxed in the seats.
Some special guests were on the ice, as well, like a few of the Red Rockers and Air Slapshot.
Not only did fans get the opportunity to skate on Capitals ice, they also were able to participate in a raffle. Some of the items given away were a Justin Williams signed puck (which yours truly won), a few other signed picks, some signed sticks, and a couple signed jerseys, one of which was signed by the whole team.
Overall, it was a fun chance for season ticket holders to get together and share in their love for the Caps and hockey, in general.
The Caps rolled out the red carpet for their home opener of the 2016-17 season. A ton of fans lined the border of the red carpet leading to the entrance of Verizon Center waiting to catch a glimpse of their favorite player. The one thing on people’s minds was “what are they going to wear?”So without further ado, your lineup for this coming season:
A few of the boys took some time to talk to Channel 7’s Julie Wright: (L-R Karl Alzner, Nate Schmidt, TJ Oshie, and John Carlson
Then we have the newbies; Lars Ellar, Brett Conolly, and Zach Sanford
Of course we could never forget our favorite Russians! Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, and the one and only Alexander Ovechkin
The Swedes; Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, and Andre Burakovsky all looked dashing.
The dapper Canadians, Brooks Orpik, Jay Beagle, Tom Wilson, and Justin Williams (We’re convinced Tom Wilson was a male model in a former life..)
And our solo German-born goalie, Phillipp Grubauer
Ok Friends – we are more than a little excited to welcome Emily Wright (@EmilyCello) to the FiCP family. Not only does she have some previous experience covering the Caps, but she also plays hockey and will be bringing us her personal twist (and sometimes twisted) take on all things hockey.
Monumental Sports hosted a movie night for their season ticket holders on Tuesday night. After spending the day at development camp we headed there. How exciting to go watch a movie in the same place you watch your favorite team play!!
Tuesday’s movie was Star Wars The Force Awakens. How fitting for me. My Dad took me to seethe original Star Wars in movie theaters at least 20 times when I was little and we also shared a love for hockey, I wrote an article on Father’s Day telling how my Dad had passed away last July and I became a season ticket holder for the Caps to be closer to my Dad, because his spirit is definitely in the Verizon Center! I could feel his presence tonight just like the force in Star Wars.
Monumental employees checked us in. All Caps, Wizards and Mystic season ticket holders were invited to watch a movie, take part in special themed events like storm trooper bowling, Jedi target training and a light saber ring toss. There; were hot dogs, mini slider hamburgers, popcorn, candy and drinks before the movie–all for free.. Specialty mixed drinks were available for purchase to those over 21 years old. We were all given blow up light sabers that lit up in blue and red, ’cause you are never too hold for a light-up saber!!. The telscreen played the movie for us as a few hundred people sat in the sections behind where the players benches are usually. Tuesday it was set up for Mystics basketball.
What a great opportunity to not only see a free movie, but to be at Verizon for a different setting. As I waited for the movie to start, I kept thinking about all the great moments Verizon center has seen from our Washington Caps hockey team. The one that stuck out the most tonight was Ovi scoring his 500th goal and how Verizon was rocking like I never had seen before . So many more great memories to come..
Star Wars the force awakens did not disappoint, it was action from start to finish and a few tears for me.If you haven’t seen it, I won’t give anything away! I can tell you that I can’t wait for the next Star Wars movie! i can only hope I get to see the next movie in a great venue like Verizon center again.. Hint hint ..Monumental network!
Saturday night’s game was only one part of the winning story. The entire Verizon Center came dressed in red and fans were full of hope and positive that their hockey team was going to win and not be eliminated.
At the Caps practice facility, Kettler Iceplex, fans put up signs saying “We Believe.” And fans shouted words of encouragement to the Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin as he ran to his car, “You got this Ovi!”
It seems like all over the DMV Caps fans were sending good thoughts and showing their RED pride to our team and it worked!
There are some great Caps’ traditions: the signs, RED faces and hair paint, “More Cowbells,” the Horn Guy, Man in Red, Unleashing the Fury with Wes Johnson, shouting “Red!!” during the National Anthem. Its letting the Ref know he’s not doing a good job with a rousing “Ref you suck” chant on those more challenging games of not getting penalty calls and even turning the chicken dance song into a version of “The Flyers Suck!”
Caps fans find ways to be creative to show their team pride. Young and old, they all rush get down to the glass for warm-ups to cheer our team on, show off homemade signs made to with a sense of humor or to let a player know they appreciate them.
This season we even had custom made t-shirts of players names and even their faces!
You better believe that even when the visiting teams fans start chanting for their team in OUR house, Caps fans drown them out right away!
From new fans just starting out, to those that have been with this team from day one, Caps fans are the best! We love our Washington Capitals and are so proud to show it in many ways!!
Keep ROCKING THE RED fans and sending those positive vibes!
This was a bad one friends. The Caps played well but just could get one in the net. T.J. Oshie missed his second consecutive game due to illness. It should help to have him return. Formen Cap’s player Troy Brouwer returned to the Verizon Center for the first time since being traded to St. Louis and was honored by the organization for his positive attitude while playing in Washington.
First Period: Solid Start
It was a pretty nice Good start for the Capitals. Goaltender Philipp Grubauer made some great saves early and the game was already more exciting than the Devils game from the night before. Even though neither team scored in the first, the game moved at a nice pace. The Capitals were the better team and outshot the Blues 10-8 at the end of the first period.
Second Period: Singing the Blues
The Capitals were 21-6-2 when tied after one period. Unfortunately, the guests from the Gateway City would dominate the second period. Just 4:45 into the period, Kyle Brodziak opened the scoring after Dmitry Orlov failed to get the puck away from the Blues. Colton Parayko added his eighth of the season later in the period. The goal would be challenged for offside but was deemed a good goal. Less than two minutes later, Vlamdir Tarasenko added his 35th of the season and the Capitals were down 3-0 by the end of the period.
Score: Capitals trail 3-0
Third Period: Allen Remained Unbreakable
A frustrating theme in this game was that the Capitals were not shooting the puck as much as they should have. Goaltender Jake Allen was able to see the puck and was able to collect the puck after every try from the Caps. With less than 10 left in the third, there was a big scrum at the Blues net. Alex Ovechkin danced a little with former Cap Troy Brouwer. Patrik Berglund added a fourth goal to seal the deal. The Capitals fellto the Blues 4-0.
This game was the Blues’ fourth straight shutout (a streak of 240:18 without allowing a goal).
Score: Capitals lose 4-0
Caps have Sunday off and morning skate of Monday at 10:15am at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
On Monday, the Caps host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Swedish Heritage Night at Verizon Center at 7pm.
We started this blog with a promise to be your eyes on the Washington Capitals and hockey in the area. We’ve been posting tons of player pictures for your pleasure on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Today we focus on some of the sights we have captured around Verizon Center. Enjoy!
We Caps fans are a passionate group. We also love our rockin’ red ensembles and our signage. As we walk around Verizon Center we meet a lot of people displaying that passion and we thought we would share some of those images while we wait for our next home game.
We aren’t sure why the Grinch showed up but thankful he didn’t steal the Caps win when they played the Habs on Saturday.
There were these signs…
… and then there were these, for which we have no comment.
And signs sharing the love for former players:
Cute kid signs, in Russian and upside down!
Fans are always great about bringing the Christmas Cheer. Nate Schmidt even personalized this sweater with a snowman!
Sometimes you might catch the dads hanging out in the section above you to watch the game. (Picture taken with permission of Lars Johansson.)
Happy Petra with her puck from Andre Burakovsky.
We don’t’ know what Verizon was thinking about Brooks Orpik here.
Your Washington Capitals Fan Club: taking donations for signed Caps balls to raise funds to help start a hockey school at Fort Dupont Ice Rink in Washington, DC.
And Santa came to sing the National Anthem.
Your Red Rockers.
Hope you like this imagery of our Friends in Cold Places. Keep checking back with us for more great practice, game day, and fan photos. And
Washington Capitals season ticket holders received an early gift on Friday before witnessing the Caps-Bolts win. To kick-off the holiday celebration theme around Verizon Center, Caps Radio Voice host John Walton and Caps writer Mike Vogel (Dump ‘N Chase) talked with fans about the fun they are having covering this exciting time. Here is a sampling of some of the discussions.
Things started with John Walton promising that if the Caps make it to the Stanley Cup Final he will adopt the Man in Red motif and broadcast in red paint. We’ll be holding him to it!
Vogs joined the discussion straight from the coach’s pregame brief and reported that Brooks Orpik will be out and not skating for the foreseeable future. Coach hopes that he will make it back in time for the playoffs.
John spoke about the emergence of Nate Schmidt post the Brooks Orpikinjury, and the value he brings to the team on and off the ice. He said T.J. Oshieand Justin Williams were great additions to the team as well. He had high praises for the experience that Williams brings to the ice; he called him a “steal”. They also said that our defense is great. And Ovi is going to keep scoring but the others are scoring as well now too. It has taken some time for them to get the flow on the first line but they seem to be in sync now.
Vogs and Walton talked about the strides Braden Holtby has made and the influence of the coaching style of Mitch Korn and Dave Prior and their relationship. Vogs said he felt that Holtby would have gotten to where he is eventually but Mitch was able to fast-track his success. He saw two things in Olie Kolzig: fire and competiveness. He thinks he sees that fire to win in Holby too.
There was quite a bit of discussion about Tom Wilson and the match penalty he took in the Senator’s game and how they arrived at the three-minute penalty. They explained that it was a match penalty which is given out when there is an intent- to-injure situation. The ref deemed there was, even though we now know it was an erroneous call. It started with a five-minute major for the team and five-minute power play for the team that was offended upon. Ten minutes of penalties would go on Wilson’s record. If you look at the score sheet it says ‘matched penalty 10 minutes.’ Ottawa should not have gotten a five minute power play with 4.40 left in the game. But Chris Neal body slammed Tom Wilson which the referees saw and declared that wasn’t an intended injury, which was a two-minute roughing minor so the two was subtracted from the five and that takes away and leaves a three minute power play. Something you don’t normally see.
See Vog’s article, “Why Tom Wilson Needs to Keep Being Tom Wilson” which provides more information about the play.
Talking about penalties, Vogs shared that the league has a tendency to adjust to the way players play, such as Chara. The refs at some point stop calling penalties and he thinks that Wilson needs to keep playing the way that he is playing. His hits are legal and he happens to be a big guy who hits hard. No one wants him to change, including his teammates.
Vogs and Walton spoke with fans for almost an hour and were great about answering questions. Be sure to tune in to hear Walton calling games and check out Vogs interviews on Monumental Network as well as his articles at Dump ‘N Chase.