Capitals

Beninati: Injury Concern After Rout

Beninati: Injury Concern After Rout

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

By Joe Beninati
Capitals Play-By-Play

The first period was gold for the Capitals tonight, all except for one injury incident concerning their netminder. Jose Theodore was thebeneficiary of the four goal explosion of the opening frame, but he was not around to see the finish of a 7-2 win.

Theodore suffered an injury in the opening period which nagged him throughout the second. Rather than risk it any further, the Caps kept Jose in the locker room for the third period.This team is in attack mode right know. They came out in the opening 20 minutes and went to a level the Islanders could not match. Alex Semin was the best player on the ice in the first half of the hockey game. Not only did he display his awesome array of skills, but he hustled on the back check, made the smart plays in the neutral zone, and was an all around stud.

John Erskine was extremely physical in the opening 30 minutes of this game. We always recognize Erskine for his ability to crunch people along the boards. Tonight he was moving very well, skating hard to open space, and being a much more lively threat on offense than normal.Almost everyone joined in the scoring party against the Isles. New York goalies Rick DiPietro and Dwayne Roloson had little chance in this game. The Caps were flying through the neutral zone at top speed, giving the Islander defenders one headache after another.

But there was no laughing matter back in the opening period. Isles blueliner Jack Hillen was smacked in the face with an Alex Ovechkin slap shot. The puck was rolling when Ovie blasted it, so it rose very quickly and Hillen had no way to avoid the damage. He was taken to a nearby hospital and we all hope for the best for him.Michal Neuvirth came off the bench and looked sharp in the third period in goal. You'd have to assume he'll get the starting job against the Ducks Wednesday at Verizon. By then we should know more about the health of Theodore. For now the hits keep coming as the D.C. win streak had grown to an impressive seven straight.

Quick Links

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

MORE CAPITALS PLAYOFF NEWS:

Quick Links

Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

las_vegas-sign-no_caps-stanley_cup_final.jpg
Twitter/City of Las Vegas

Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

MORE CAPITALS PLAYOFF NEWS: