A major deadline acquisition, Carl Hagelin turned the Washington Capitals from decent to deadly. If only he could stay.
Capitals forward Carl Hagelin celebrated his daughter’s one-year birthday on Monday.
The Swedish winger posted a photo of his wife holding their daughter Blanche. The adorable baby smiled and clapped as a silver number one balloon flew high into the sky.
Carl Hagelin arrived in Washington, DC by way of the LA Kings after spending parts of four seasons in Pittsburgh. After all those changes, one Capitals fan went above and beyond to make sure Hagelin “felt at home” in Washington.
On Friday, Miranda brought a sign to Capital One Arena that celebrates Hagelin’s goal-scoring–and his golden flow.
“It’s the beauty of a $6 weave and lots of wood glue,” Miranda said of her latest creation.
Ahead of a game with major implications for both the Capitals and Hurricanes, Todd Reirden has shuffled his top six forwards.
Carl Hagelin has been promoted to the second line and will skate with Evgeny Kuznetsov and TJ Oshie. Jakub Vrana has been demoted to the third. Despite scoring, Vrana had the second lowest ice time among all Capitals players against the Flyers on Sunday and made a cameo with the third line for 1:37 at 5v5. He has 22 goals this season – second most on the Capitals.
The fourth line of Andre Burakovsky, Travis Boyd, and Nic Dowd stays intact.
A day after their 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild, the Washington Capitals practiced at MedStar Capitals Iceplex without star center Evgeny Kuznetsov.
“He was sick today,” Capitals head coach Todd Reirden said after practice. “So he came in today, was sick, and we sent him home.”
One more piece of late-breaking news for this busy Friday evening: the Washington Capitals have announced that Carl Hagelin will miss Friday’s game due to illness.
Missing Hagelin means Andre Burakovsky will be back on the third line.
The NHL trade deadline was on February 25. Since then, the Washington Capitals have won seven of eight games, taken hold of the Metropolitan Division lead, and generally looked awesome. The last few weeks have been a dramatic shift from earlier in the season, when the Caps looked just sorta okay. Something has changed.
There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?
Newly minted Capital Carl Hagelin spent years torturing his new team as a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In his first game back, Sidney Crosby said it would be “weird” to play against him.
But during the first stoppage in play Tuesday night, the Penguins played a tribute video for Hags, capturing his biggest moments as a Penguin.
Carl Hagelin may have made a short detour through LA on his way to Washington, DC, but before that, he spent nearly three years in Pittsburgh and helped them raise the Stanley Cup twice.
He was a ‘Caps-killer’ to his new team until recently, but to the Penguins he was “a guy who played [a] lot of important roles for us over the years,” said Hagelin’s former captain Sidney Crosby. “He had a great attitude every day. He was someone who always raised his level of play in the playoffs.”
Hagelin has faced off against the Capitals in six different playoff series, scoring six goals over 35 playoff games. His team has eliminated the Capitals in the playoffs five different times.
He’ll make his first return to PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday rocking the red. Crosby said it will be “Weird. Really weird.”
Newly-acquired forward Carl Hagelin scored his second goal as a Capital Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets.
The speedy penalty killer scored on a breakaway upon exiting the penalty box. The goal was assisted by Nic Dowd.
The stunning play would end up being the game-winning goal.
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