Washington Capitals

Related Stories:

Sports

Hockey

Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals Sun Jul 15 2018 21:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- "Every character actor, in their own little sphere, is the lead."-- Dabbs GreerIn the post-championship haze of celebration, it is easy to forget the contributions of players who might have played support roles in the path to victory. &n
Braden HoltbyThe greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it.  Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.-- EpictetusWhen Braden Holtby won ten of 14 decisions in his first NHL season, including eight of his
Philipp GrubauerThe soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.-- Emily DickinsonPhilipp Grubauer was the ninth goaltender picked in the 2010 entry draft, going in the fourth round and the 112th player taken overall.&
Brooks OrpikWhen I'm playing, I'm never through. It's unfinished. I like to find a place to leave for someone else to finish it. That's where the high comes in.-- Miles DavisWhen the 2016-2017 season  ended, Brooks Orpik was not the oldest d
Dmitry OrlovI am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.-- James JoyceDmitry Orlovs development as an NHL defenseman has not been linear.  Taken in the third round o
Matt NiskanenSlow but steady wins the race.-- AesopComing into this season, Matt Niskanen was one of 26 active defensemen to have appeared in at least 700 games and recorded 250 points.  Not an exclusive club, but not one of wide membership,
Michal KempnyIf you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.-- Lao TzuMichal Kempnys hockey journey until this season was not especially notable.  He came up through the ranks in his native Czech Republic, represented t
Christian DjoosThe beginning is the most important part of the work-- PlatoSo, you make your NHL debut on home ice against the defending Stanley Cup champions, you score a goal on your first NHL shot attempt, and you record an assist on another goal.
John CarlsonThere comes a time when all the cosmic tumblers have clicked into place, and the universe opens itself up for a few seconds, to show you what is possible.--Terrence Mann in the film, Field of DreamsJohn Carlson came into the 2017-2018 sea
Madison BoweyAt times it is folly to hasten at other times, to delay. The wise do everything in its proper time.-- OvidIt is an article of faith in the NHL that defensemen take longer to develop than do forwards.  That is something Washingto
Tom WilsonThe one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do.-- HoraceTom Wilson has a well-honed ability to get under the skin of opponents.  His talent for goading opponents into
Jakub VranaWithout continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.-- Benjamin FranklinThe number 13 has hardly been unlucky for Jakub Vrana.  He was taken by the Washington Capitals with th
Chandler StephensonNothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.-- John KeatsChandler Stephenson took each rung of the developmental ladder in its turn.  Drafted by the Washington Capitals in the third round in 2012 (one spot ahead of Ph
Devante Smith-PellyLuck is not chance, it's toil; fortune's expensive smile is earned.-- Emily DickinsonWhen the sun set on July 3, 2017, the third day of the 2017 free agent signing period, Ales Hemsky signed a one-year/$1 million contract with the
Alex Ovechkin There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.-- Salvador DaliIn our prognosto for Alex Ovechkin last September we wrotetime plays no favorites, and Alex Ovechkin is no exception.  His const
T.J. Oshie If there is no struggle, there is no progress.-- Frederick DouglassIf the NHL had an effort-per-pound statistic in the NHL, T.J. Oshie might be among the league leaders.  He is absolutely fearless in playing above his size (511/19
Andre BurakovskyAdopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.-- Ralph Waldo EmersonAndre Burakovsky scored a goal in his first game, in his fourth shift as a Washington Capital in the home opener to the 2014-2014 season.  In retrospect,
Evgeny KuznetsovAmbition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.-- Bill BradleyEvgeny Kuznetsov has spent a good part of his career a bit behind himself, trying to catch up with his considerable talent.  It started
Lars EllerYou must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.-- Henry David ThoreauIf one looked at the career statistics of Lars Eller coming into this season with the Washington Capitals, one might conclu
Brett ConnollyTwice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good.-- PlatoWhen Brett Connolly signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Washington Capitals In July 2016, he arrived as a player with things to prove.&am
Alex ChiassonThe secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.-- Benjamin DisraeliA journeyman in sports is that player who is reliable, who can fill in when needed, but rarely has the skill set to have a guaranteed spot in the lineup
Jay BeagleTrue happiness... is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.-- Helen KellerJay Beagle had a career year in 2016-2017 13 goals, 17 assists, 30 points, a plus-20, 12 even strength goals, four game-wi
Nicklas Backstrom"Paralyze resistance with persistence." -- Woody HayesEven now, with a championship on his resume, there is a nagging tendency to take Nicklas Backstrom for granted or lose him in the lineup of great players of the last decade.&n
The parade is over, the parties are (largely) winding down, and the non-stop high octane celebrations are dwindling.  Now is the time to acknowledge those for whom the Stanley Cup in Washington is no small measure of sweet satisfaction.And i
When the Washington Capitals awoke on April 26, 2018, they had escaped a tough foe in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Columbus Blue Jackets.  But that evening they would face once more perhaps the most bitter, most frustrati
The difference between winning and losing, success and failure, joy and despair might be thinner in hockey than in any other team sport.  The Washington Capitals and their fans could testify to the veracity of that statement.  For y
On October 9, 1974, the Washington Capitals took the ice for the first time, dropping a 6-3 decision to the New York Rangers.  It took 3,700 more regular season and playoff games, but 15,947 days later, the Washington Capitals may now add St
The Washington Capitals hosted the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final at Capital One Arena on Monday night.  They gave Vegas more than they could take and Caps fans all that they could want in slamming the Golden Knights
Three games into the Stanley Cup final, and the Washington Capitals are in a place they have never been a two games to one lead in the last playoff series of the season, win or lose.  Capitals Nation is hoping for the win part of that phrase
For the first time in almost 20 years, the Washington Capitals hosted a game in the Stanley Cup final.  The last time Washington hosted a Stanley Cup final contest was June 16, 1998, a night on which the Detroit Red Wings ended the Caps drea
The 2017-2018 Capitals are like a hamburger.  Hear me out.  You see a lot of places these days offering gourmet burgers on their menus.  You know the onesits locally sourced wagyu beef patties, truffles, artisan go
The Washington Capitals played as gritty a game as they have ever mustered in the postseason in Game 2 of their series against the Vegas Golden Knights.  They were rewarded for their effort with a hard-fought 3-2 win over the Knights to brin
The Peerless Prognosticator is ON THE AIR!!!On Monday night, two teams that have never won a Stanley Cup will embark on what could be a 16-day trek on the final leg of their respective journeys to a championship.  Only one will reach that de
Washington CapitalsEastern Conference ChampionsFor the second time in the history of the franchise, that phrase can be uttered.  The Washington Capitals punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup final with a 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightnin
There will be a Game 7.The Washington Capitals kept their hopes of a Stanley Cup alive on Monday night, forcing a Game 7 in their Eastern Conference final series with a 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at Capital One Arena.First PeriodThis was a
Now, I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a hockey game by taking a hit for his team. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard take a hit for his team. Men, all this stuff youve heard about the Caps not wanting to fight, wanting to
Things started poorly right out of the gate for the Washington Capitals in Game 5 against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.  They dug themselves an early hole and ran out of time before they could climb out of it, dropping a 3-2 dec
The Washington Capitals had an opportunity to take a stranglehold on their Eastern Conference final series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night at Capital One Arena.  When the final horn sounded, the Caps lost their vise-grip on
Round 3s Game 3 look-back at the Washington Capitals puts us in a mind of the cinematic triumph that is Meatballs. That American screen classic featured one of the truly great inspirational speeches in film, offered by the legendary comedic genius, B
The Washington Capitals have had a difficulty history in the postseason, as even the most casual Caps fan knows.  One of the noteworthy facts of that history is what happens in Games 1 and 2, and what follows.  More to the specific
The Washington Capitals completed their mission on Sunday night, sweeping Games 1 and 2 in Tampa after a 6-2 win at Amalie Arena.  The Caps broke on top, fell behind, and then they scored five unanswered goals to secure the victory.First Per
The Washington Capitals opened their Eastern Conference final series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on a positive note, scoring a pair of goals in each of the first two periods, and then closing out the Lightning, 4-2, at Amalie Arena in Tampa.&
The Peerless Prognosticator is ON THE AIR!!!And here we are in the rarefied air of the NHL's version of the final four.  For the Washington Capitals, it is the first trip to the conference final in 20 years and just the third such trip in 43
Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.-- AristotleThe Washington Capitals did something on Monday night they have not done in 20 years, clinch a spot in the NHL conference final.  They had to beat a team they had not defeated i
I'm not looking for the best players.  I'm looking for the right ones.-- Herb Brooks in MiracleTwo years, two Presidents Trophies, two second-round exits.  Washington Capitals fans could be forgiven if they thought this team was not
Battle Deep breath Calm downThat was Braden Holtby after the Washington Capitals defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-3, to take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.  Holtby was a tower of strength for the Caps in the face
I'll tip my hat to the new constitutionTake a bow for the new revolutionSmile and grin at the change all aroundPick up my guitar and playJust like yesterdayThen I'll get on my knees and prayWe don't get fooled again-- Pete TownshendWell, here we are.