General manager Brian MacLellan built the team that brought the Cup to DC for the very first time, but what comes next will be even tougher.
Brooks Orpik’s contract with the Washington Capitals ends in July and his future with the organization is a virtual unknown. Will the unrestricted free agent re-sign, retire, or play next season elsewhere? Saturday morning, the defenseman showed he remained committed to the DC area despite all those lingering questions and put in some hard work to support a local rink.
Orpik and one hundred Capitals fans volunteered their time to help spruce up the historic Fort Dupont Ice Arena, the only public indoor ice arena located in Washington DC. This is the tenth consecutive year that the Capitals have organized this volunteer event at Fort Dupont.
“It’s been great, these volunteers come out consistently and we have both familiar faces and new faces and it’s really exciting to see a community that’s interested in helping other people get engaged in the sport,” said Brittany Greene, Community Outreach and Enrichment Coordinator for Friends of Fort Dupont.
The arena impacts the lives of over 3,000 kids in the area, many of them from under-served communities. Fort Dupont’s Kids on Ice program provides free and subsidized programs to teach children to skate.
Head coach Todd Reirden and the players who spoke with the media after the Game Seven double-overtime loss to the Hurricanes were exhausted, disappointed, and visibly upset.
But we’re here for the team when they win and we’re here for the team when they lose. Misery loves company. Let’s embrace the pain together, Caps fam.
The Capitals had plenty to celebrate with their overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes–and celebrate they did. After Brooks Orpik netted the game-winner he was mobbed by the entirety of his team.
According to Braden Holtby, there’s no one the team would be happier to see score the OT goal, and that certainly showed in their response. Here’s the breakdown of the
The Washington Capitals and the Washington Nationals had some crazy DC Sports Synergy at the exact same time Saturday night. Both teams essentially won their games during the same two minutes because of clutch plays.
Usually, DC Sports Teams are connected by futility, but since the Caps won their Stanley Cup, something else more fun is afoot.
I love it.
Brooks Orpik became the unlikely hero of Game Two after scoring the game-winning goal 1:48 into sudden death overtime.
While the goal meant a lot to the Capitals — they now carry a 2-0 series lead in their first-round series against the Carolina Hurricanes — watching Orpik score the pivotal goal made it mean even more.
After the game, they shared their thoughts on the veteran defenseman.
So, your overtime hero in Game Two is none other than two-time Stanley Cup champion, 38-year-old Brooks Orpik.
What a trip. Alright, let’s get into it.
Brooks Orpik was nominated by the Professional Hockey Writers Association for the Bill Masterton Trophy, the Washington chapter of the PHWA announced before practice Thursday. Devante Smith-Pelly was the Caps nominee last season.
Wednesday morning, the NHLPA released the results from their annual Player Poll, which surveys roughly 500 NHL players on everything from how good other players are, to skills, and arenas and fans.
This season, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin received the most love as the player with the best shot at a whopping 50.2 percent of the vote.
Others receiving votes in the category were Shea Weber, Patrik Laine, Auston Matthews, and Steven Stamkos.
Russian Machine Never Breaks is not associated with the Washington Capitals; Monumental Sports, the NHL, or its properties. Not even a little bit.
All original content on russianmachineneverbreaks.com is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)– unless otherwise stated or superseded by another license. You are free to share, copy, and remix this content so long as it is attributed, done for noncommercial purposes, and done so under a license similar to this one.