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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals and Verizon Center, both owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, are the first professional sports team and venue to preview the professional sports fan engagement app, Skybox, built specifically for Google Glass. Developed by APX Labs, Skybox brings a whole new level of engagement to fans attending a live event. As the first professional sports team and venue to preview a fan engagement app on Skybox for Google Glass, the app allows Capitals fans to stay connected at the game by referencing real-time stats, playing in-game highlights, instant replays and more.
Big time punches being thrown here.
Miller with a great, stretching blade save on Mikhail Grabovski.
The Sabres won in a shootout 2-1 and Miller was great again.
from Katie Carrera of The Washington Post,
Nine of the 13 contests that remain in January will take place away from Verizon Center, testing a squad with a 7-8-4 road record. And this three-week stretch also includes four sets of back-to-back contests — they only had seven in the first three months of the season.
That many games in such a short period of time gives the Capitals an opportunity to either get back on track or further succumb to their mistakes before the NHL takes a break of roughly two weeks for the Sochi Olympics next month.
“We have to start winning games now,” said Marcus Johansson, who will line up as third-line center against Tampa Bay after the latest round of line changes from Coach Adam Oates. “We’ve lost some in a row here and even though I think we’ve played pretty good it’s the wins that count. To get a good roll on a stretch like this is really important.”
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
“Four guys out there didn’t do their job, maybe they decide to celebrate New Year’s too early right before the game and they didn’t see headshots [from] Neil against me,” Ovechkin said. “He fell on the ice, it was kind of embarrassing to see.”
“I saw him, I felt like he going to hit me shoulder to shoulder I was ready for it but he hit right in my head, right in chin,” Ovechkin said. “I ask referee, ‘Why you didn’t see it?’ He was two feet from me he said ‘I didn’t see it’. The league try to fight through [headshots] but I think the referee didn’t see it at all.
“I step in there, come up from the corner and he just hit me straight up in the chin,” Ovechkin said. “It was, I think, bad hit and I think league have to look at it.”
more and watch the hit below...
Some fancy stickhandling by Turris.
from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,
The agent for Capitals goaltender Michal Neuvirth has confirmed he would like to see his client traded.
In a phone conversation on Monday, Patrik Stefan, who has represented Neuvirth since the Capitals drafted him in the second round of the 2006 NHL draft, said it’s time for the Capitals to let Neuvirth play somewhere else.
“All Michal wants to do is play,” Stefan told CSNWashington.com. “He’s 25 years old and he knows he can play. He’s been working hard at practice, but from my side, he’s my client and I ask Washington that if he can’t play there then give him a chance somewhere else. It’s time to move on. He’s been in the stands for a week. Hopefully, something is going to happen sooner or later.”
And of course, the fight starts when Marcus Foligno goes after Wilson.
13:49 Buffalo Marcus Foligno: 2 minutes, instigator
13:49 Buffalo Marcus Foligno: 5 minutes, fighting
13:49 Washington Tom Wilson: 5 minutes, fighting
13:49 Buffalo Marcus Foligno: 10 minutes, misconduct
from Katie Carrera of the Washington Post,
“I’m a little nervous,” Boudreau said of returning to Verizon Center on Monday night to face the Washington Capitals for the first time since they fired him on Nov. 28, 2011. “It’s a little scary because I love going to that building and everything about it, and now you’re on the other side.”
It has been 756 days since the Capitals fired Boudreau, hockey’s gabby everyman turned NHL head coach who ushered Washington back to the playoffs with a high-flying offense built around unleashing the talents of then-young stars Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green.
But even though he took over the helm in Anaheim just two days after he was dismissed, Boudreau still watches every Capitals game thanks to the modern marvel that is DVR.
He can’t help but want to see Ovechkin reclaim his place as the league’s most dynamic scorer, he said. He wants to see how Backstrom continues to mature as a world-class center, how Green finds his way after all the injuries, whether Brooks Laich can fully regain his health, how up-and-comers such as Marcus Johansson, John Carlson and Karl Alzner establish themselves in the league.
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