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D.C. Good Samaritan Tom Wilson nominated for King Clancy Trophy

D.C. Good Samaritan Tom Wilson nominated for King Clancy Trophy

Tom Wilson has been formally recognized for all his good deeds. 

The Capitals right-winger was nominated for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy by the Capitals organization for his involvement with Forty Three’s Friends, So Kids Can, Top Shelf Teammates as well as other initiatives, some of which he launched himself, according to the Capitals' website.

“He’s always one of the first in line to do stuff for charity,” said Capitals head coach Todd Reirden at a press conference on Wednesday. “Charity projects, started his own program this last year, just always willing to give back.” 

This season, Wilson started So Kids Can, in which he donated four tickets per game to Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic children across 20 games. Wilson took the recipients in the Capitals locker room following each game for one-on-one interactions. 

Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby participate with Wilson in So Kids Can, in which each athlete donates $50 (during the regular season) and $100 (during the playoffs) per win to a local nonprofit organization. 

This season, the group has been raising money for Heart of America, partnering with Hendley Elementary School to supply them with 75 laptops and 45 tablets. The players surprised the school in November by announcing that Hendley was the recipient of a So Kids Can and Heart of American Foundation makeover.

Since the 2013-14 season, Wilson has been a part of Top Shelf Teammates. Through this, he donated $10,000 to the Fort DuPont Ice Hockey Club. 

Three finalists will be announced on April 23, and the winner will be announced at the 2019 NHL Awards on June 19. The winner will receive $40,000 to benefit a charities of the winner’s choice, and two runners-up will each receive $5,000 to donate.

All nominees are nominated by their clubs, and the winner will be selected by a committee of senior NHL executives, led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, according to the NHL's website

The selection committee will chose their winner and subsequent finalists by examining the following criteria:

  • Clear and measurable positive impact on the community
  • Investment of time and resources
  • Commitment to a particular cause or community
  • Commitment to the League's community initiatives (Hockey is for Everyone, Hockey Fights Cancer, Future Goals, Learn to Play, NHL Green, etc.)
  • Creativity of programming
  • Use of influence; engagement of others

The last Capital to win the award was Olaf Kolzig for the 2005-06 season. The former goaltender co-founded Athletes Against Autism after learning that his son, Carson, was autistic. Additionally, he worked closely with the Children’s Medical Center after coming to D.C. in the late 1990s, purchasing season tickets to give to hospital patients and allowing them to be his special guests at games. He raised over $650,000 through multiple charity endeavors, all contributing to his receipt of the Memorial Award. 

Kolzig is the only Capital to have won the Memorial Award, putting Wilson in the position to be the second.


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Deja vu all over again: Why Brooks Orpik's game-winner felt familiar

Deja vu all over again: Why Brooks Orpik's game-winner felt familiar

In what seemed like a game of deja vu on deja vu, the Washington Capitals’ final goal of Game 2 against the Carolina Hurricanes confirmed that we truly have seen lots of this before.
Brooks Orpik’s Game 2, game-winning goal in overtime confirmed that history would repeat itself. Orpik also had the game-winning goal in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, though that time, the final score was 3-2.

Orpik has a history of game-winning goals, even before he played for the Caps. While he was a Pittsburgh Penguin, his overtime goal allowed the team to beat the New York Islanders 4-3 in overtime. This game-winning, slapshot goal was his first of the season, and man, was it important. 

Don’t sleep on Brooks “Secret Weapon” Orpik in the playoffs, folks. Saturday afternoon – and in past games and even for a past team – he was the unlikely hero. 


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Capitals seal fourth straight Metropolitan Division crown with narrow win over Canadiens

Capitals seal fourth straight Metropolitan Division crown with narrow win over Canadiens

WASHINGTON – For the fourth year in a row, the Capitals are Metropolitan Division champions. Washington clinched the division title on Thursday in a narrow 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens both locking their spot in first place and likely providing the death knell for Montreal’s playoff hopes.

The Caps faced a potential winner-take-all matchup on Saturday against the second place New York Islanders, but the win over the Canadiens, means there will be nothing on the line for Washington in the final game of the season.

Though not officially eliminated, the Canadiens' playoff hopes are on life support. Montreal sits tied with Columbus for the final wild card spot, but the Blue Jackets hold the tie-breaker and have two games remaining in the season. The Canadiens only have one.

Here are three reasons the Caps won.

The forecheck

Washington’s first goal was set up by a great play from Carl Hagelin to force the turnover off defenseman Christian Folin. Folin went to the corner to retrieve the puck, but felt the pressure from Hagelin who closed off the wall and cut off the pass. Turnovers are so devastating because it draws the opposition out of position as the players assume the puck is headed up ice. That left Lars Eller all alone in front of the net. Hagelin passed to Brett Connolly who passed to Lars Eller for the goal.

On the second goal, Paul Byron was at the blue line and ready to break the puck out of the defensive zone, but Andre Burakovsky came streaking in to steal the puck away. Nic Dowd was open in the high slot and he fired a shot past Carey Price to give Washington the 2-1 lead.

Lars Eller can’t stop scoring against Montreal

Elller loves playing against his former team. He scored the Caps’ first goal of the game and now has at least one goal in each game against the Canadiens this season. Eller has 13 goals in 2018-19 and 3 of them have come against Montreal.

Depth scoring

Alex Ovechkin is the best goal-scorer in the game, but even he can’t score every night. Depth production is so critical to a team’s success and is often overlooked, but Washington was not winning this game on Thursday without contributions from the third and fourth lines.

Washington's third line of Hagelin, Eller, Connolly continued its absurd possession dominance finishing the game with a 77.78-percent Corsi-For percentage. They also provided the first goal of the game. The fourth line provided the second goal on a night in which Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie and Jakub Vrana were held without a point.