What did you expect from the first period of Friday’s Caps game in Chicago? Did you expect two goals from Jay Beagle?
No you did not. Shut up. SHUT UP.
Get ready for a mean pair of beagle.jpgs.
Thursday night, Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions rolled through Verizon Center. Before the show, several of the most famous gymnasts in the world, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, and Gabby Douglas, participated in a photo op while holding up several of Washington’s team jerseys.
Raisman, a big hockey fan, held up a Caps jersey with her last name and the number five stitched on the back. Rod Langway’s number was taken out of retirement in honor of Raisman being a member and captain of both the 2012 “Fierce Five” and 2016 “Final Five” US women’s Olympic gymnastics which won gold medals in their respective team competitions.
It was a close game with the Florida Panthers. For a long time, the Caps pushed but were held at bay by FLA goalie Roberto Luongo. And then, down one goal in the third period, Washington erupted for three goals in less than five minutes.
Coming back from commercial while the Caps were down 1-0 to the Florida Panthers, CSN’s Jill Sorenson conducted a short interview with a short, tough, special little girl named Addy Flint. Addy was enthusiastic about her favorite player, one Trance Jazz Oshie. The interview concluded and we returned to play.
Then TJ Oshie scored.
You guys, Tom Wilson and TJ Oshie have continued their odd pregame routine and I have the video to prove it. During warmups, Wilson will approach Oshie and whack the unstoppable shootout star in the gluteus maximus. “Just getting the boys going,” Oshie said to The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg when trying to explain the point of it. “I don’t know.” I don’t either.
Thursday night before puck drop, Wilson gave Oshie not one, not two, but three (!) butt slashes.
Caps dad TJ Oshie showed off his fatherly instincts at a recent practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. According to reader Autumn Hall, Lauren Oshie and her daughter Lyla came to watch the team’s skate along with Mandy Alzner and her daughter Stella. Towards the end of the practice, TJ skated over to the glass where the two families were sitting and something adorable happened.
Late in the second period, Oilers’ goaltender Cam Talbot did his best Tim Thomas impersonation, punching TJ Oshie in the head several times after the Caps winger crashed the crease.
Saturday night, TJ Oshie was spitting blood after taking a high stick to the mouth from Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad. Zibanejad was given a four-minute double minor.
For years, the Edmonton Oilers were in the cellar of the standings, raking in high draft picks like fall leaves. Last offseason, the Oilers rebuilt their rebuild, trading away number one selections Taylor Hall and Nail Yakupov while signing Milan Lucic to a seven-year contract. Connor McDavid, a generational talent with just 45 games of NHL experience, was given the C.
With the new captain, the youngest in NHL history, and a half billion dollar new arena, the Oilers have now won five of their first six games in the 2016-17 season, holding the top spot in the Western Conference and placing second in the NHL.
“It’ll interesting to see how they do this year because I think they have all the talent to be a much better team than they have been recently, with McDavid leading the way especially,” Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen said Tuesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “It’ll be for sure a different Oilers team than it’s been the last couple years.”
Five games into the regular season, the Washington Capitals have accumulated seven out of a possible 10 standings points. On Monday, Head Coach Barry Trotz subtlety changed the lines to try and create more offense.
Andre Burakovsky has been bumped to the top line along with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin while TJ Oshie has been shifted down to the team’s second line with Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson.
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