New year, new helmet for Phillipp Grubauer.
The Capitals goalie will be rocking a new lid for the 2017-2018 season, and Caps fans can now check it out.
Goalie mask artist David Gunnarsson posted this picture on Instagram this afternoon:
Welcome to the 7th chapter of Philipp Grubauer's mask art saga🙏🏻📕. Every new mask I create for every goalie is totally unique, made in only one version and for only one person, the goalie👌🏻. Every new mask gets its own unique name, and the design is locked to only the owner of the mask🔓, and it will never be replicated🚫. Every new mask is not just a painting🎨, it is a story📕, told chapter by chapter, creating the story of the goaltender🥅. It is such an awesome feeling and honor to work side by side with a goalie for many, many years and evolve and create the mask art saga🚀. A saga to be remembered. Grubi's latest chapter has the same ingredients as his previous chapters, so it really feels like a genuine Caps and Grubi mask⭐️. But it is created in a new way🤔, here we have also used textile FX✂️ and sketch FX✏️. And the closer you come the more details you will discover🔍👀 and the mask transforms in front of your eyes...👊🏻🔥 @philippgrubauer31 @capitals #DaveArt #nhl @nhl #DaveArtTheCradleOfCreativity #DaveArtTheMaskNerd 🤓🙏🏻
It is, according to Gunnarsson, a one-off design.
(Calling it the "Desolation of Grubi" is kind of a weird choice, right?)
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CHICAGO—Four fans were ejected from United Center on Saturday night for taunting Devante Smith-Pelly as the Capitals’ winger sat in the penalty box.
The fans, according to a team spokesman, yelled “basketball, basketball, basketball” at Smith-Pelly, who is black. Smith-Pelly was in the box for fighting in the third period of an eventual 7-1 loss to the Blackhawks.
The taunts were confirmed by an off-ice official, the spokesman said, and the fans were subsequently removed from the arena.
Smith-Pelly did not speak with reporters after the game but is expected to address the incident at the team’s next media availability. The team is scheduled to practice Sunday at KeyBank Center in Buffalo.
Caps Coach Barry Trotz did not hold back when asked about the fans' comments.
“There’s absolutely no place in the game of hockey or our country for racism,” Trotz said. “I think it’s disgusting, and there’s no place for it. …It just shows ignorance.”
The Blackhawks responded on Twitter with an apology to Smith-Pelly, who is one of roughly 30 black players in the NHL.
February is Hockey is For Everyone month in the NHL.
Just about everything that could go wrong did for the Capitals on Saturday in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Caps were coming off a strong 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, but none of that carried over in the trip to Chicago. The Caps took on a Blackhawks team that had lost eight in a row, but Chicago quickly took control in the first period and never looked back.
Washington gave up 21 shots on goal in the first period and found themselves down 3-1 after the opening frame. Things did not get much better from there as they gave up another three goals in the final four minutes of the second.
Here are the three stars of the game.
1. Jonathan Toews: Toews opened up the scoring in the first period with a quick shot from the corner that caught Braden Holtby by surprise.
Later in the first, he recorded an assist as his pass sparked a breakout that led to Brandon Saad's deal that gave Chicago back the lead. The Caps tried to make a game of it in the second period, but Toews intercepted a pass from Brooks Orpik that led to a 2-on-0 with himself and Patrick Kane that Kane netted to give the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead and signaled to everyone that the rout was on. Saturday was only the second three-point night of the season for Toews.
2. Patrick Kane: Toews helped the Blackhawks take control early, but Kane helped provide the knockout punches in the second period. A bad pass from Orpik was intercepted by Toews that led to a 2-on-0 with Kane. Holtby made the initial save on Toews, but Kane was able to knock in the rebound for the goal.
Kane also added an assist on Artem Anisimov's power play goal which extended Chicago's lead to 6-1.
3. Tom Wilson: Before this one got out of hand, it looked like Wilson had erased the tough start for the Caps as he deflected a shot from Matt Niskanen into the net to get Washington on the board.
Saturday's tally was his third goal in two games and his 10th of the season, marking the first time in his career he has reached double digits in goals.