Yesterday was Fan Appreciation Day at Verizon Center for the Washington Captials. The highlight each year is the “Jersey Off Our Backs” ceremony where each player gives their jersey to selected fans. While the ceremony was taking place last night, it looked like Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin (with or without help from Eric Fehr, Semyon Varlamov, and Nicklas Backstrom) hatched a plan to prank rookie Marcus Johansson. Ovechkin and Backstrom were to distract while Semin attached Johansson’s fight strap to his pants. Just before Semin could finish, Johansson caught him.
A thirty second video of photos from the incident below:
The Washington Capitals gave up the first goal again yesterday afternoon, this time to the Ottawa Senators, but they scored the next and final three goals of the game to end their brief three game skid. The worst moment of the game came when the Senators Milan Milachek cross checked Karl Alzner into the board headfirst from behind and Alzner lay on the ice nearly motionless for a few moments. There was much relief through Capsland when Alzner continued taking a regular shift through the rest of the game after a brief trip to the dressing room.
I was alo glad to finally be able to capture an image I’ve been waiting for all season…an image of Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson on the ice at the same time.
Hopefully the Capitals are able to keep up their winning ways. Read more better stuff at Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, The Peerless, and watch some TV at On Frozen Blog. See too many of my photos below or on flickr.
The Washington Capitals hosted the NHL leading Vancouver Canucks last night at Verizon Center in Washington, DC and came up just a little short. It was not the Capitals best recent game, but it wasn’t their worst either. Three things to note: 1) The Canucks looked good. Really good. Good like last year’s regular season Capitals. 2) While the Capitals may not have played well enough to win, they got the short end of the officiating stick for the second consecutive game. 3) Eric Fehr took it in the right shoulder when he collided with David Steckel in the third period. Hopefully it’s not too bad, but it did not look good. Will @AndrewGordon10 be on his way back up to the big club? Will Brian Willsie make a rapid return? We’ll find out on Sunday.
I have nothing else to say. Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, The Peerless and the rest do, but not me. I have photos. You can see them below or on flickr.
The Verizon Center in Washington, DC was filled with happy fans for the first time in about a month. The home team Washington Capitals slowly put their foot on the gas and never let up, defeating the sliding New Jersey Devils by a score of 5-1.
Andrew Gordon was the fun story of the game. After spending a few minutes at the bench long before warm ups began, he had a smile on his face all night. Scoring his first career NHL goal on the Devils’ future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur in the first period was well deserved for a guy that went to the net and banged it in. The follow up kiss he gave Marcus Johansson on the bench was one of the oddest hockey moments witnessed in Verizon Center in some time. but just added to the feel good nature of events.
I’m sure you can find better commentary and analysis at places like Russian Machine Never Breaks, Japer’s Rink, On Frozen Blog and the others. I have some photos here and on flickr. Enjoy!
Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (#30) sprawls to protect his net from Washington Capitals forward David Steckel (#39) and Matt Bradley (#10) during their NHL ice hockey game at Verizon Center although both Capitals would score later in the game
The Washington Capitals left last year’s Vezina Trophy winning goalie Ryan Miller sprawling last night getting three past him from Nicklas Backstrom, Matt Bradley and David Steckel. Alex Semin added an empty netter to seal the win at 4-2. Coach Bruce Boudreau mixed up the lines last night putting Backstrom on the second line centering Semin and Laich while moving up rookie Marcus Johansson to center the first line with Alex Ovechkin. I thought there was a lot to like about these lines aside from the fact that Ovechkin continues to be mired in…something. Despite the fact that the Capitals seem to be *gasp* making do without Ovechkin hitting the scoresheet in a meaningful way, am I alone in wanting some more Ovitine about now, please?
Anyway, you know the deal, not much worth reading here, just photos below and on flickr. If you want to read, check out Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine Never Breaks, the Peerless and all the rest of the Capitals based blogs.