Carl Hagelin is like Game of Thrones. Compelling stuff, but woof on that finish.
In the hours leading up to Wednesday’s rematch between the Capitals and Rangers, the Rangers organization called Tom Wilson’s role in a line brawl on Monday “a horrific act of violence.” Rangers players said Wilson had no respect for the game or its players. And the team said the Department of Player Safety’s George Parros should be fired after choosing to fine, not suspend the Capitals forward. The Rangers essentially painted themselves into a corner, where there had to be retribution in Wednesday’s game.
And retribution there was.
The Rangers and Capitals opened the game with a line brawl. All six forwards on the ice fought. Before the game was five minutes old, the teams dropped the mitts six different times.
The Washington Capitals are a family. They’re also a very silly and weird bunch.
Thursday, before the Capitals’ morning skate began, Peter Laviolette called his troops over in a huddle. According to The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir, it was to congratulate Conor Sheary on his new two-year extension with the team.
To show his appreciation, Alex Ovechkin pretended to make it rain.
The Washington Capitals were blessed by the Hockey Gods Thursday night against the Penguins.
Kris Letang’s sticks broke during two of his final four shifts of the game. The stick breaks led directly to Capitals goals, including Tom Wilson’s game-winning power-play tally.
Ignore what our dear Capitals posted on Twitter. Kris Letang’s broken sticks were the first star of the game.
Carl Hagelin finally caught a break.
Coming into Thursday’s game against the New York Rangers, Hagelin had fired 16 shots on net — sixth-most on the Capitals — and scored exactly zero times. To put this in proper perspective, 17 different players on the Capitals have scored at least one goal this season — most in the NHL. Hagelin was the only Capitals player who had played every game this season and not put the biscuit in the basket.
That is until now!
On Thursday, Hagelin scored in the second period against the New York Rangers.
The Washington Capitals held their first day of training camp on Sunday. Nearly every player on the team’s roster was present except for the quarantining Zdeno Chara, who the Capitals signed to a one-year contract on Thursday.
The Capitals conducted physicals with players and also fulfilled obligations for media, including taking bio photos and gathering b roll footage for next season.
It gave us a first look at our boys in Capitals uniforms for the first time in the new year.
The Washington Capitals rang in the New Year with their family and closest friends. On social media, they shared lovely new year wishes, beautiful family photos, and kinda dumb quotes.
Here’s what you missed while you celebrated day one of 2021 yourself.
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.
Henrik Lundqvist was one of the Capitals’ prized signings over the offseason, but weeks later, Hank had sad news to share. On Thursday, the future Hall of Famer announced he would be unable to play next season due to a heart condition.
“Today is a pretty tough and emotional day for me,” Lundqvist said. “For several weeks now, I’ve been undergoing several different tests related to a heart condition and after lots of discussions with doctors around the country and finally receiving the last results this week, I, unfortunately, won’t be unable to join the team this year and [will] continue the process to fix these issues.”
Two Capitals’ players particularly shaken by the news were Nicklas Backstrom and Carl Hagelin, who both were looking forward to going into battle with Hank next year. Backstrom has played with Lundqvist on the Swedish National Team, but never in the NHL, while Hagelin was a teammate and one of Hank’s best friends on the Rangers.
Capitals stars Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson, and TJ Oshie returned to MedStar Capitals Iceplex for optional workouts on Thursday, but they weren’t the only new three stars in the building.
Carl Hagelin was spotted skating in new hockey equipment that appears to be new for the 2020-21 season.
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