One week before Capitals Training Camp begins, hockey made an early return to D.C. for two World Cup exhibition games. On Tuesday night, Team USA hosted Team Finland at Verizon Center, and the place was rockin’ the red, white, and blue once again.
Caps faithful cheered on their American Stars, while booing some others (Patrick Kane). One little girl next to me shouted, “You treat girls badly!” Washington’s very own TJ Oshie opened up the scoring in the first period, bringing Verizon Center to its feet, followed by Ryan Kesler‘s and Derek Stepan‘s second period tallies. Even way under capacity, the phone booth was rockin’ nonetheless.
The next evening, Team Sweden and Team Europe went head to head. Many Caps fans rocked the blue and yellow to support Nicklas Backstrom, but both he and Team Europe’s Philipp Grubauer received warm cheers during pregame introductions. Europe took the lead early and kept it throughout the night.
The Swedes may have lost the game, but that didn’t stop them from leaving a golden impression with the fans here in D.C.
Jacob Markstrom just gave a kid his stick. pic.twitter.com/oCbz5dl9Nh
— Sheena (@CAPLDY) September 14, 2016
I got to spend a little time at each game this week. Below are some of my favorite shots from both nights.
To view the images full screen, click on the first image and then scroll through the rest of the gallery.
Photos: Amanda Bowen
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