It's almost drop-the-puck time for the Washington Capitals.
Saturday's season opener against the New Jersey Devils will have much fanfare due to the Caps' productive off-season which saw them bring back most of the core of a team that was one goal away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals and adding the likes of T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams, both of whom are expected to be difference makers. Anticipation is high for the Caps who some have picked to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
To capitalize on the excitement, CSN commissioned The Morrison Brothers Band, an up and coming local group that combines southern rock, country, blues and pop, to write a song for the Caps. The band is comprised of brothers Willie Morrison (lead singer) and Truman Morrison (lead guitar) and Matt Nolan (drums) and Kevin Nolan (bass). All four are born and bred in the DMV and are now living and recording in Nashville.
Here's a sneak peek of Ice On Fire (available on iTunes) which you will see over the course of the 2015-16 season during Caps pre-game shows including tonight at 6 p.m. during a special one-hour edition of Caps Pregame Live on CSN.
Four years ago, Capitals forward T.J. Oshie was the shootout king in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. This time around Gigi Marvin was one of the Americans who provided the extra-time heroics for Team USA at Pyeongchang, carrying the women’s hockey team to the gold medal.
Ironically enough, they both were the King and Queen of their high school’s dance back in 2005.
Marvin and Oshie both went to Warroad High School in Minnesota. They graduated from the same class in 2005. Nearly every high school in the country would wish for just one Olympian, this one got two legends in one class.
“It actually started after the game last Sunday against Rochester," he said. "I went straight from the rink to Urgent Care and then from Urgent Care to the ER. Never left the hospital until Friday morning. We had a successful surgery on Thursday night. Basically just a bad infection in her throat that had to be surgically removed. They had to surgically go in and kind of remove the bacteria and drain out the fluids. Everything went well. She’s doing well.”
Following the game, Boyd dedicated his performance to Hayden.
We spent a long, hard, and sleepless week in the hospital caring for Hayden. Beyond thankful for a successful surgery, her amazing mother, all the support and for being able to score 4 goals for our little girl tonight! pic.twitter.com/76HDDfKHqH
In the Bears' game Friday against Laval, Riley Barber dropped the gloves with Markus Eisenchmid. Barber was given an extra minor and game misconduct for instigating the fight in the final five minutes of the game. That penalty carries with it an automatic one-game suspension which Barber served Saturday. Here's a look at the fight.
Liam O'Brien had a pair of two-goal games over the week, scoring twice against Laval Friday and then two more against Toronto on Monday. Of his four goals, three of them were empty netters.
As the Capitals prepare for their Stadium Series game in Annapolis on March 3, Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley—a native of Perth, Australia—made a plea to see Nathan Walker recalled for the game. “I’ll have to put a quick shout out to the one Australian that’s playing for the Caps now, Nathan Walker. If you could just bring him up for this game, that’d be great. Because an Australian being in a hockey game is like a Jamaican bobsled team. It doesn’t happen very often.”
Brian Pinho was honored Friday in Providence College's Senior Night. He has served as captain of the team this season and as an assistant captain in his junior year. He spoke with The Cowl on what being a leader on the team means to him. "I think being a leader of this team is a great honor, but also a huge responsibility. I try to keep everything fun at the rink, while also bringing some intensity and competing hard every day.” You can read the full story here.
Goalie Adam Carlson, who was on loan to the Indy Fuel of the ECHL, was reassigned to the Kansas City Mavericks also of the ECHL. He started two games for his new team and turned aside 42 of the 48 total shots he faced.