It took 16 games, but Kevin Shattenkirk has finally scored for his new team.
And it happened off a crafty new wrinkle to the Caps power play.
Monday afternoon, the NHL announced that its players will not participate in next year’s Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Hours later, the NHLPA responded, calling the decision “extraordinarily disappointing.”
Tuesday afternoon, Alex Ovechkin had his chance to respond and confirmed he’s still planning on playing for Team Russia in the 2018 Winter Games.
Ovechkin also spoke about his belief that yesterday’s release was a bit of gamesmanship by the league.
“Next year’s schedule is not out there yet,” Ovechkin said.
On Monday, the Capitals took to the ice at Kettler for their annual team photo. Everyone came out fresh, cleaned, and groomed for the photo, except for Justin Williams and Andre Burakovsky, who came out well poofed.
We have broken down each look — from ultimate dad to the very special Holthair, Holtfade, and Holtbeard.
The Washington Capitals held a full-practice on Friday morning. It was obvious the team was still pumped up from their shoot out win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night. Dmitry Orlov, who had the only regulation goal for the Capitals, was in especially high spirits, laughing and messing around with his teammates throughout the entire practice.
The team welcomed back Paul Carey, who earned a call up after a remarkable four-goal game the prior week with the Hershey Bears. Carey will stay with the team during the upcoming road trip as an additional forward.
Near the end of practice, Orlov took Tom Wilson down during a practice rush. The two slid along the ice as Orlov celebrated his accomplishment. Enjoy the photos!
Tuesday night, the Caps scored a goal against the Calgary Flames that the NHL credited as Kevin Shattenkirk’s first as a Washington Capital. We broke down the video like the Zapruder film and suggested that Nicklas Backstrom may have gotten a piece of it at the last second. Well, upon further review it seems the NHL is in agreement:
Please note NHL’s scoring change re #Caps third goal last night vs. Calgary. It should now read goal by Backstrom from Shattenkirk & Oshie
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) March 22, 2017
We’ll have to wait a little longer to see Shattenkirk’s first goal as a Washington Capital, but in the meantime we can bask in the glorious season that Backstrom is having.
The Washington Capitals started sluggish but found their spirit late in the second period. TJ Oshie scored his 30th goal of the season, then, right before the buzzer for the second intermission, a trio of Caps swarmed the net to make it 3-1.
Whose goal it is matters, but not a whole lot, right?
This just in. The Department of Player Safety has suspended Kevin Shattenkirk two games for his charge of Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel.
Shattenkirk left his feet to deliver a hit to Gravel’s head.
The NHL Department of Player Safety has announced that Caps defender Kevin Shattenkirk will have a hearing to discuss his hit on Kings defender Kevin Gravel in third period of Saturday night’s game.
It could be Shattenkirk’s first suspension.
After falling 4-2 to the San Jose Sharks Thursday, the Washington Capitals needed to come out to a quick start against the Los Angeles Kings. They got exactly that with Jakub Vrana’s first-period powerplay goal.
The tally was made possible by a picture-perfect slap pass by Kevin Shattenkirk.
With the Washington Capitals on a late second-period power play, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk tried a dangerous pass. Shatty, while executing a 360-degree spin at the point, sent a blind, no-look pass to the center of the ice. The puck was immediately intercepted by Jannik Hansen.
Shattenkirk more than made up for the turnover.
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.