This was a game full of de ja vus. In the end, an Alex Ovechkin feed to Evgeny Kuznetsov for the breakaway that was shades of Game 6 of the Caps second round series in Pittsburgh last year that would be the difference. Kuznetsov came through with the overtime goal as the Washington Capitals defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 in overtime at Capital One Arena in D.C. In the midst of a season-long six game homestand following the all-star break and bye week, the Capitals have now won three of their last four games after a season-long seven game winless drought entering the break.
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:
Tuesday night Grubauer checked off another major accomplishment for a goalie; his first NHL Shutout. The final score was 3-0 Caps and Grubi faced a total of 18 shots.
First order of business though was Braden Holtby being recognized as the 2016 Vezina trophy winner with his family; Wife Brandi, son Ben, and daughter Bell.
Who doesn’t love a good Osh picture??
And of course there were a few rounds fought between the Avs and Caps.
We played a little hockey
and we celebrated a little hockey!
Congrats again Grubi!
What happens in Vegas.. hopefully doesn’t stay in Vegas.
On June 22nd, the NHL will hold its annual awards ceremony to honor the best players of the regular season. Hosted by Will Arnett from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Arnett, famous from the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie was quoted as saying “I’m excited to host the 2016 NHL awards because we all know in 2017 I’ll be celebrating the Leafs winning the Stanley Cup.”
Our very own Washington Capitals have quite a few finalists in the running for several awards:
General Manager Brian MacLellan for GM of the year.
Head coach Barry Trotz for the Jack Adams award (Top Coach).
Alex Ovechkin for the Mark Messier leadership award. Ovi has already won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard goal scoring leader award, this was his 6th time winning the award.
Braden Holtby is up for two awards.. The Vezina (Top Goaltender) & the Ted Lindsey award (Most Outstanding Player as voted by the players)
The Caps are up against excellent competition for each award, but as we think back to what an excellent season the Caps had, we really believe the Caps organization will see those awards coming home to DC!
The NHL awards will be aired on NBCSN at 7pm . Listed below are all the finalists for their respective awards. Good luck to all!
Vezina -Braden Holtby, Ben Bishop (Tampa Bay) & Jonathan Quick (LA).
Selke (defensive forward)-Patrice Bergeron (Boston), Ryan Kesler (Anaheim) & Anze Kopitar ( LA).
Norris (Top Defenseman)- Brent Burns (SJ), Drew Doughty (LA) & Erik Karlsson (OTT).
Lady Bing Memorial trophy (Sportsmanship)- Alexsander Barkov (FLA), Loui Eriksson (Boston) & Anze Kopitar (LA).
Masterton (Dedication to hockey/sportsmanship)- Pascal Dupuis (PIT), Jaromir Jagr (FLA) & Mats Zuccarello (NYR).
Calder (Top Rookie)- Artemi Panarin (CHI), Conner McDavid (EDM) & Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI).
Mark Messier (Leadership)- Alex Ovechkin, Shea Weber (Nashville) & John Tavares (NYI).
NHL Foundation award (Enriching Community)- P.K. Subban (Montreal), Matt Martin (NYI) & Mark Giordano (Calgary).
Ted Lindsay (Most Outstanding Player as voted on by other players)- Braden Holtby, Patrick Kane (Chicago) & Jamie Benn (Dallas).
Hart Trophy (MVP)- Patrick Kane (Chicago), Sydney Crosby (PIT) & Jamie Benn (Dallas).
Jack Adams (Top Coach) Barry Trotz, Gerard Gallant (FLA) & Lindy Ruff (Dallas).
General Manager of the year- Brian MacLellan, Jim Nill (Dallas) & Jim Rutherford (PIT).
The NHL draft will be held two days later Friday June 24th & 25th. Stay tuned to FICP for updates on the Washington Capitals picks in the 4th & 5th rounds.
The week after the draft:
Caps development camp starts Monday June 27th. Again stay tuned for updates and pictures of all the events taking place throughout development camp. Lots events coming soon and we’ll have it covered for you: STH Movie night at Verizon, Fan Fest, equipment sale, alumni game, and a final scrimmage on Saturday July 2nd at Kettler.
Here at FiCP we enjoy sharing different kinds of photos with you, our viewers. So if there is ever a specific photo of a player or player(s) you want to see just leave a comment below with your Instagram or Twitter handle and we will do our best to get it to you!
Now on to the fun stuff:
EX CAPS ROOMIES WARM-UP SHENANIGANS:
I SEE YOU:
ALL ABOUT THAT GOALIE:
WE LOVE THOSE ACTION SHOTS:
THAT SNEAKY BENCH FLOW:
Photos by: Brittney Marcum and Mel Abernethy
This gallery took FAR too long to post and I apologize for that, there were just too may awesome photos between Mel and myself. But let’s just get down to it:
Hope you enjoy our game gallery!
As always feel free to use our photos but please give credit where it is due.
Photos by : Brittney Marcum and Mel Abernethy
The New York Islanders made their first regular season trip to Verizon Center since being eliminated by the Capitals in round 1 of the playoffs last season. It was Military Night and Lance Corporal Josh Misiewicz, USMC, of the USA National sled hockey team, participated in the ceremonial puck drop. Also, the Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin returned to the lineup, as did Taylor Chorney after battling the flu.
The Caps had a slower start and had trouble clearing the zone. The Islanders scored in the opening minutes of the game. The Capitals have now surrendered the first goal in the last six games, going 2-2-1 in the previous five. Nice passing from Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie blasted one past Halak. Thomas Hickey showed that the Islanders still have some ill will against Tom Wilson when he made a dirty hit on the Capital winger.
· Mikhail Grabovski scored his ninth of the season, assisted by Josh Bailey and Travis Hamonic.
· T.J. Oshie scored his 16th of the season assisted by Nicklas Backstrom.
· Thomas Hickey for elbowing Tom Wilson.
SCORE: Game tied 1-1.
Second Period: Swede Scoring Streak
The second period started with a bunch of missed and blocked shots. Halfway through the period, both teams combined for one shot on goal. Then, Michael Latta got a breakaway but Islander goaltender Jaroslav Halak denied him. Halak also denied Latta on two following quality-scoring chances. The teams exchanged hard hits and chances at both ends.
· Andre Burakovsky scored his ninth of the season, assisted by Jason Chimera and Dmitry Orlov. Burakovsky now has a four-game scoring streak.
· Ryan Strome for hooking and Alex Ovechkin for Slashing.
SCORE: Caps lead Islanders 2-1.
Third Period: Ovi Time!
The third period was more of the second. There was big hits and quality scoring chances. The Capitals also blocked 33 shots and the Islanders 15. It is known that the goaltender is the best penalty killer. This was true in the final minutes when Braden Holtby denied the Islander game-tying goal in the final minutes of regulation.
· Josh Bailey scored his eighth of the season, assisted by Marek Zidlicky and Brock Nelson
Good hard battle for two divisional points. Maintaining the lead of the bunched up Metropolitan teams (At the time this is being written, teams 2-5 are separated by 4 points) The Capitals return to a normal-ish schedule. No more extended breaks.
Practice: 11:30am on Friday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex
Game: 1pm on Saturday at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Written by: Renee Garces
Photos by: Brittney Marcum and Mel Abernethy