Brenden Dillon plays a sturdy and dependable game, but he sure got dusted in the playoffs.
Brenden Dillon has seen the highs and lows of the playoffs, especially this year.
Dillon scored his first career playoff goal (first in 71 games) in Game One of the Capitals-Bruins series. That tally, combined with Nic Dowd’s overtime game-winner, gave the Capitals a 1-0 series lead.
In the Capitals’ first 44 games of the season, Trevor van Riemsdyk played in only nine games. In three of those games, he received seven minutes or less of playing time. But with injuries forcing both Justin Schultz and John Carlson out of the lineup over the last two weeks, van Riemsdyk’s played in every game and been a steadying presence.
He’s also put up impressive numbers in a defense pairing with Brenden Dillon.
Brenden Dillon and Chris Wagner wasted no time taking their fists to each other’s face. Four seconds after the puck was dropped on the opening faceoff, the two players chucked their mitts onto the ice and engaged in a gentlemanly do-si-do.
Dillon won the fight, overpowering Wagner with a torrent of rights. The face-punching appeared to set the tone for the Capitals (if you ignore Evgeny Kuznetsov’s stick penalty 23 seconds after Dillon’s fight). The Capitals jumped out to a 3-0 lead after goals from TJ Oshie, Lars Eller, and Conor Sheary.
The New York Rangers ended the Capitals’ seven-game winning streak on Saturday night after a late goal by budding superstar Mika Zibanejad.
The goal came with 1:32 remaining in the game off a Brenden Dillon turnover in the Capitals defensive zone. The play garnered vitriol from some Caps fans on social media.
The Capitals-Rangers game started slow but ended with fireworks and a Brenden Dillon fight.
The violent encounter started after Brendan Lemieux decided to skate through Vitek Vanecek’s crease with seconds left to go in the game. The Czech goaltender put his arm out as if to tell Lemieux you are not welcome here. Lemieux clipped Vanecek and the Czech goaltender fell to the ice.
The Capitals didn’t appreciate that gesture too much.
What does the COVID-19 pandemic, Donald Trump’s impeachments, and Taylor Swift’s last two albums Folklore and Evermore have in common? These are all things that happened since Brenden Dillon last scored in the NHL.
Thursday, Dillon scored his first goal as a Capital and his first goal since December 12, 2019 (against NYR), as a member of the San Jose Sharks. That’s a 399-day goal drought.
The Washington Capitals shockingly signed Zdeno Chara away from the Boston Bruins on Wednesday to a one-year, $795,000 deal. The 43-year-old legend may not be what he used to be, but his new Capitals teammates are grateful they’ll never have to face him again.
Chara is the tallest player in NHL history and plays a physical, grueling game. The Norris Trophy winner is impossibly gangly and blocks nearly everything tossed his way. He also has a power game; he owns one the hardest slap shot in NHL history.
TJ Oshie and Tom Wilson were the first players to react to the news and they expressed their bodies’ gratefulness that they’ll no longer be as bruised and battered as before.
The coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on every major sport this year and rewrote the NHL’s calendar. 2020 has been so wacky that Christmas Day, usually occurring during the second month of the regular season, fell in the NHL’s offseason.
The Capitals and their significant others went all out to celebrate Christmas. The holiday marks one of the final days the families have with each other exclusively before Capitals’ training camp begins on January 3.
Here’s how they spent the holiday.
Brenden Dillon is now a married man.
Over the weekend, the Capitals defenseman got married to longtime girlfriend Emma Wittchow. The Capitals’ described it as a “beautiful intimate ceremony” held in Vancouver.
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