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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to one of the greatest nights of the season. The Washington Capitals are holding their annual Halloween Party at the Russian restaurant Mari Vanna.
Technically, Halloween is this Wednesday, but since the Capitals will conclude their four-game road trip in Montreal Thursday night, they decided to hold the jamboree this evening. The team, perhaps strategically, also made Monday an off day.
This year’s costumes are awesome once again. Let’s review!
On Friday the Capitals shook up their lines following Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Most notably, Jakub Vrana earned a promotion to the first line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Andre Burakovsky replaces Vrana on the second line after a strong couple games on the fourth line. Burakovsky scored his first goal of the season Thursday night in Edmonton.
On the blue line, Madison Bowey works his way into the line up, as Christian Djoos misses out with his first healthy scratch of the season.
Not-a-goalie Christian Djoos made a highlight-reel save during the first period of Wednesday night’s game against the New York Rangers.
As chaos reigned supreme in front of the Capitals net, the Swedish defenseman kept a Rangers’ shot from dribbling over the goal line.
The happiest day of the Capitals regular season happened on Saturday when they participated in the annual canine calendar photoshoot. Partnering with Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, the guys posed with dogs up for adoption, as well as their own family-owned pups.
This year’s shoot was more relaxed, with each Caps player sporting their own style with a special guest: the STANLEY CUP! And what’s better than tiny puppies in the Cup? Not much.
Capitals players John Carlson, Brett Connolly, Nic Dowd, Lars Eller, TJ Oshie, Alex Ovechkin, Matt Niskanen, and Chandler Stephenson all posed with their own dogs. Nicklas Backstrom, Madison Bowey, Travis Boyd, Andre Burakovsky, Pheonix Copley, Christian Djoos, Braden Holtby, Dmitrij Jaskin, Michal Kempny, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, Devante Smith-Pelly, Jakub Vrana, Nathan Walker, and Tom Wilson took their photos with dogs available for adoption through Homeward Trails.
Since the calendar began in 2014, the Caps have raised almost $250,000 for Homeward Trails. A limited number of calendars will be available for $20 at the November 21 game against the Chicago Blackhawks. The calendar will be sold online and details will be announced at a later date.
While the official photos won’t be seen until the release, we hope these adorable photos will hold you over until then.
After the shortest offseason in franchise history, the Capitals got back to business on Wednesday.
Before their banner raising and 7-0 beatdown on the Boston Bruins, Capitals players walked a red carpet outside Capital One Arena. There was a remarkable turnout from fans who crowded F street in anticipation.
As Lexuses dropped the guys off at the corner of 6th and F, they were escorted down the rug with fans chosen by the team. The Caps spent time signing autographs and taking quick selfies with the fans. Some of them, including Craig Laughlin, Alex Ovechkin, and TJ Oshie, were even wearing their Stanley Cup championship ring.
Last season, TJ Oshie brought in the most cheers as his arrival was announced. He brought on the same excitement this season but Lars Eller also received a massive reception from the crowd. The scorer of the game-winning Stanley Cup Final may be one of the most popular players on the team, for good reason of course.
Nothing has changed with this well-dressed group of weirdos — some players wore custom suits (we’ll have more on John Carlson’s ditty later). Ovechkin also wore another classic blue suit. Never change, Ovi.
Check out all the photos from the event below.
With Redskins football on TV and most of the Bruins stars playing an exhibition in China, the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins played a sleepy preseason game on Sunday featuring mostly prospects. In fact, the Capitals sent only five players that could be considered regulars from last season.
The result was the Capitals ended up having the most demure of alternate captains.
Andre Burakovsky, for what I can only assume is a career first, wore an A on his jersey along with Brett Connolly and Christian Djoos. No one wore the captain’s C out of respect to Alex Ovechkin (who ironically was at the Redskins game).
The three Caps have a combined 661 games of experience in the NHL.
Four more Capitals players returned to MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Wednesday with rookie camp and training camp nearing.
Jakub Vrana, Christian Djoos, Axel Jonsson-Fjällby, and Vitek Vanecek joined 22 other teammates on the ice for the team’s informal skates led by strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish.
Have you ever heard of “the Djoos effect”? I think no one has. Until today.
During his day with the Stanley Cup, Christian Djoos invited fellow native of Gavle, Caps superstar centre man Nicklas Backstrom to share the joy with him at their old rink, Gavlerinken Arena. But during the interviews, conducted by host Henrik Harrysson from center ice, things got a bit awkward for the rookie Djoos.
Friday, Nicklas Backstrom received the Stanley Cup from teammate Andre Burakovsky at his Gavle home overlooking the Baltic Sea. Rookie defenseman Christian Djoos joined the veteran center at his welcome party for the championship trophy.
Backstrom and Djoos, both former members of the SHL team Brynäs IF, first participated in a ceremony at Gavlerinken Arena. Because it was Djoos’ day with the Stanley Cup, he walked the trophy into the arena.
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