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How much would fans pay to bowl with Ovechkin?


How much would fans pay to bowl with Ovechkin?

As we all know, sports fans will go to great lengths to get an up-close glimpse of their favorite players. On Saturday night at the Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Caps fans donated nearly $302,000 toward charity in the Caps’ fifth Casino Night.

While game-worn skates autographed by Alex Ovechkin and a framed autographed puck set each fetched $1,950, and an autographed canvas print of Braden Holtby went for $1,850, the most popular fund raisers were four real-life experiences with Caps players.

Bowling with Ovi (winning bid: $11,250):  Four fans will bowl with Capitals forwards Stanislav Galiev, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin and defenseman Dmitry Orlov at Lucky Strike Lanes in Washington, D.C. The group will enjoy bowling plus appetizers and drinks.

Cooking with Oshie and Alzner (winning bid: $11,000): Four fans will join Caps forward T.J. Oshie and his wife, Lauren, and defenseman Karl Alzner and his wife, Mandy, in a cooking lesson withaward-winning chef RJ Cooper. Cooper will lead participants in a cooking demonstration in the kitchen of his Washington, D.C., restaurant, Rouge 24.  After the lesson, fans will enjoy the meal they created together. Winners also received a certificate for a 16-course jaunt menu at Rogue 24. 

Beer, food tasting (winning bid: $10,200):  Four fans will enjoy a chef’s tasting dinner and brewery tasting tour at The Arsenal at Bluejacket in Washington, D.C., with goaltender Braden Holtby, forwards Jason Chimera and Justin Williams and defenseman Matt Niskanen. Dinner and tasting was donated by The Neighborhood Restaurant Group.

The money raised will benefit Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation., which supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards.  In its five years, the Capitals have raised more than $1.5 million for charity through Casino Night.

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3 reasons the Caps beat the Red Wings

3 reasons the Caps beat the Red Wings

Not much separated the Washington Capitals and the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. A late 2-on-0 goal for Brett Connolly proved to be the difference.

Here's why the Caps ultimately walked away with the 1-0 win.

A first period goalie interference call

Andreas Athanasiou thought he had given the Red Wings a first period lead, but Barry Trotz challenged the call for goalie interference. The review showed that Tyler Bertuzzi clipped Philipp Grubauer in the head with an elbow right before the shot went in. Given how long it took the Caps to get going in this game, it is fair to say an early deficit would have been hard to overcome.


Killing off a full two-minute 5-on-3

Two man advantages are hard to kill. Killing off a full two-minutes at 5-on-3, that's a tall task. With the game still scoreless in the second period, T.J. Oshie and Lars Eller were both assessed penalties giving Detroit two-full minutes at 5-on-3. The Red Wings managed four shots on goal, but Washington was able to successfully kill off the penalty and keep the game scoreless.

Philipp Grubauer

There were few players who had strong efforts on Tuesday, but Grubauer was phenomenal. Even when the game felt sleepy in the first two periods, Detroit still managed 28 shots on goal, all of which were turned aside by the German netminder. When Washington finally took the lead in the third, the Red Wings woke up and began pushing the offense, but Grubauer was in the zone at that point and could not be beaten. His best save came in the third period when he stared down a breakaway from Athanasiou and extended the pad to deny the shot.


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Tarik's 3 stars: Grubauer, Caps shut down the Red Wings

Tarik's 3 stars: Grubauer, Caps shut down the Red Wings

It wasn’t pretty but the Caps eventually got what they needed in Detroit: two points.  

After a sleepy first 40 minutes, Brett Connolly scored midway through the third period and then Philipp Grubauer made sure it stood up at Little Caesars Arena, where Washington eked out a 1-0 victory Thursday over the scuffling Red Wings.


Tarik’s three stars of the game:

1-Philipp Grubauer, Capitals

For much of the game, Grubi was left to fend for himself. Good thing for the Caps he was up to the task. The German netminder, who has been one of the NHL’s top goaltenders since Thanksgiving, turned aside 39 shots, including three stops on a pivotal 5-on-3 penalty kill in the second period.

2-Brett Connolly, Capitals

The Caps didn’t get many Grade-A opportunities vs. Jimmy Howard. But Connolly buried one of the few they got…on a 2-on-0, set up by Jakub Vrana in the third period.

Connolly’s goal was his 15th of the season in his 63rd game, equaling the career-high he set a year ago in 66 contests. Vrana, meantime, has three goals and five assists since getting scratched 12 games ago.

3-Lars Eller, Capitals

Eller didn’t record a point, but he was all over the puck in Motown. The veteran center finished with a game-high six shots on net. He also had a key backcheck against Darren Helm, on a shorthanded breakaway, in the first period.

Eller was good in the dot, too, winning eight of 12 faceoffs.

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