Chandler Stephenson finally graduated from the Hershey Bears to give the Caps a glimpse at the future of their fourth line.
April 6, tragedy struck the hockey world when a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos crashed, killing 15. In the wake of the horrible accident, the hockey community has rallied around the Humboldt community. Hockey players everywhere left their sticks out for the night to honor the victims, while the surviving Broncos have been invited to Stanley Cup Final games and the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.
Recently, the NHL announced another way the league will show their support for the community: Caps forward Chandler Stephenson will bring the Cup to Humboldt on August 24.
Monday afternoon, the Capitals released the details of their next blood drive. The drive will take place on July 14, from 7am-5pm at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Fresh off the franchise’s first Stanley Cup and and a day after a Championship Parade, the Capitals cleaned out their lockers and met with the media one final time before heading home for the summer.
Instead of talking about what went wrong, Capitals players talked about everything that went right and realizing a dream they had as a kid.
Gone were depressing images. This year, the Caps had ALL the smiles.
Don’t believe us? Check out these photos I took below.
Before the Capitals won their first ever Stanley Cup Final game on home ice, the team took a skate at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
With a full house packed with fans, the Capitals looked loose and were having maybe the most fun they have had all season. The looseness might have gone the wrong way, when a Dmitry Orlov snapshot deflected up into the Capitals office windows. No one was hurt by the falling glass, but I am sure the window has been better days.
EDM artist Kygo performed two huge shows at The Anthem on Monday and Tuesday. Kygo’s second show had a bit of a Caps flavor.
The night after the Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins and advanced to the third round for the first time in two decades, Kygo held up a custom-stitched number 91 Caps jersey to the crowd.
After a disastrous play by Alex Ovechkin midway through the first period led to a shorthanded goal against, the Washington Capitals were on their heels once again in Game Five of this first-round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Later, after being outshot 16-1 in the final frame of regulation, things looked dire for Washington, with the team possibly headed to Columbus on the brink of elimination. In a series full of missteps, the Capitals had blown the lead four of the five games.
Nicklas Backstrom, joined by other veterans, had a word with the team before overtime, the fourth time this series has required at least one extra period.
“We had to be better,” Backstrom said of his message to the team.
Thursday during the Capitals morning skate, Barry Trotz made one tweak to his lineup ahead of Game Four.
Jakub Vrana was demoted to the team’s fourth line while Chandler Stephenson, AKA Lil’ Steve, was promoted to the second line.
A terrible tragedy happened north of the border that every hockey family has nightmares about.
The Humboldt Broncos, a member of the 12-team Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, was involved in a traffic accident Friday with 15 fatalities, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The under-20 team was on their way to play a game against the Nipawin Hawks when the bus was T-boned by a transport truck.
The game was canceled.
Chandler Stephenson just had the greatest shift of his hockey career. With the Capitals down 2-0 early in the second period, Stephenson scored twice on the same shift to tie the game by himself.
Stephenson proved in the AHL he can score in bunches, and tonight he just registered his first career multi-goal game.
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