A Stanley Cup Finals rematch happened on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Washington Capitals returned to the scene of the place where they captured their first Stanley Cup but the Vegas Golden Knights didn’t feel too well welcoming the Stanley Cup champs in their house. They got revenge in the rematch with a 5-3 win with the game-winning goal coming from….. Nate Schmidt. Continue reading “Nate Schmidt Makes His Old Team Pay, Caps Fall 5-3 to the Vegas Golden Knights”
When I think of Las Vegas, Nevada two things come to my mind: magic shows and the place where our hockey team, the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup. Tuesday night, the Caps and the Vegas Golden Knights will square off inside T-Mobile Arena for the first time since that June 7th night and there will be a whirlwind of emotions for the players, coaches and fans. Continue reading “The Pregame: Viva Las Vegas! The Caps are Back Where the Stanley Cup Magic Happened”
Remember all those times the Caps played the Golden Knights??
When the Road Crew and Fan Club flew out to Las Vegas and were really part of the VGK hype? Oh and we went to see Nate Schmidt because we felt like George McPhee stole him from DC??
The Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights faced each other for the 2018 Stanley Cup championship and the team from America’s capital city won for the first first time in its history, ending a long 44-year wait. For Vegas, even though runners-up, they had a great inaugural season. There has been a lot of talk about the amazing season the expansion team had so we thought we would compare the Caps first year and the Knights first year and what has changed over time. In the end, its hard not to be amazed by the accomplishments of the team from the desert even though they lost to their new rivals.
After the send-off for Games One and Two, the Washington Capitals fans made a beautiful party last night at Capital One Arena. The Caps won the franchise first home-win in a Stanley Cup match. And the Golden Boys lost their first two in a row.
There was a great deal of excitement Sunday afternoon at the Capital One Arena. The new kids in the league, the Vegas Golden Knights, were playing their first game in DC against the Washington Capitals.
And Nate Schmidt was “home.” Warm ups were full of cheers for him as he landed on Caps home ice. Signs welcoming him wrapped the rink. Fellow player James Neal seemed to be a bit confused by the excitement for Nate
The Knights have come to rely on Nate too. He led the team in on-ice time at 2232 minutes. He would also garner an assist on the Ryan Carpenter goal.
So how did the rest of the day go?
Chandler Stephenson got on the board fist, assisted by Jay Beagle and Matt Niskanen. The Knights answered with the Carpenter goal, ending the first tied 1-1.
Each team added a goal in the second; first Nisky (Kuznetsov and Orlov assist) and then Reilly Smith, ending 2-2 before the intermission.
The third period was lively as Nick Backstrom got on the board with a beauty of a wrist shot fed from Djoos and Burakovsky. But the Knights would come back with a second goal by Smith followed by the GWG by Alex Tuch. Final score: 4-3 to the guys in Gold.
In the nets for the game were Marc-Andre Fleury and Philipp Grubauer. Flower has never been a friend of the Caps and tonight was no different. We did; however, really love his mask! And while he didn’t play, we could see that Malcolm Subban has quite the career ahead of him (11 wins in his 16 games with Vegas).
The arena was more alive then we have seen in a while. We can understand how Gerard Gallant is likely to be named coach of the year for what he had accomplished with this new team.
The Caps also kicked off Hockey is For Everyone with an on-ice scrimmage by the American Special Hockey Association.
Amongst the many new things the Capitals will see and do over their first “roadie” through the bright lights of Las Vegas and T-Mobile Arena is a Golden Knights team which has surprised anyone who was “betting” on them to miss the playoffs .. no pun intended.
Among a familiar face in old friend and former Capital’s Nate Schmidt, the Caps will see a new one in big winger Alex Tuch. The hulking forward was taken 14th overall by Minnesota in the 2014 draft and was subsequently dealt to Vegas last June during the expansion draft and player movement spider web. With size and skating ability, Tuch can be a hard guy to contain at times and while still a rookie, the ceiling is high for the former NCAA product. His 14G’s and 14A’s for 28pts (37 gms) led Boston College as he became the first freshmen in 42 years to accomplish that feat.
Leaving for pro hockey in April of 2015, he has shown a knack for scoring at every level. While he may be a longshot for rookie of the year, there is no question, this player is in the league to stay. He is a contributing player to a Golden Knights team that has to have everyone’s attention by now. With 7G’s and 8A’s so far in 29 games this season the Caps will not be surprised by Tuch as advanced scouting will have been sure to flag him for his strength, which is get to the net. Tuch had registered a point in 5 straight games until being stalled on a current 4 game pointless streak.
The Caps will have their hands full with the likes of old FLA foe Jonathan Marchessault, sniper James Neal and others, but Tuch has the capability to make even more of a name for himself at any given time.
.. I also sense a Flower in the building… it’s a presence I haven’t felt in…
Go Caps Go
p.s. Check back later for more photos from the game as Brittney is in town and will have more Smiling Nate, Caps Road Crew, Caps Fan Club in Vegas and, we hope, winning Caps. Here’s a Nate preview if you missed it…
It’s official now.
No more Rumors.
Jill Sorenson confirmed.
We didn’t really think it could happen but there it is.
George McPhee took our beloved Nate Schmidt in the expansion draft.
Personally we are really really hot under the collar about this.
And pretty sick.
However, we only want the best for Nate and we know that GMGM will take good care of him for us.
Like Michael Latta before, we will follow after him and see how he does. It looks like we will be booking some cheap flights to Vegas to catch a glimmer of him playing.
Nate, you have been the best. You have lifted our spirts over and over. Your smile is infectious. You have a talent that is sure to grow and lead you toward new records.
We will miss you and hope that you will not soon forget us. Thanks for all the times you used our photos, including your profile pic. We’ll be out soon to take some new pictures for you.
Good luck buddy!
Wednesday is full of anticipation. Here’s what’s been happening so far. We’ll have a freash post following the Vegas Golden Knight draft and NHL awards.
Otherwise, here is what we have for day on Caps-specific stuff.
We do know when our first home game is though:
May be first former Caps player we think is signed – rumor has it
This should be fun!
CSN asks about fav save?
You can still donate in Oshie’s name:
Ovi hanging out again with pal Vitaly Fridzon. (Russian basketball star)
Getting ready for the NHL draft:
How about some ECHL news?
And some Bears:
Did you see the New Jersey by Adidas? No biggy.
Praying to keep Schmidt. Us too!
In case you were wondering: