After another disappointing loss at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks on Friday (and yes, the Sedin twins were mesmerizing on the ice - my twins kept commenting how "sick" their passing was), the Capitals looked a bit lethargic in the opening period of yesterday's game against a struggling Senators club. On a day when many were focused on the NFL's big stars (Mark Sanchez and Tom Brady showdown), the Capitals' brightest star, Alex Ovechkin, was again held scoreless. But the boys got a bit more zip in their step in the final period, when Brooks Laich lit the lamp against the Sens' Brian Elliott. Laich's tally marked a team-leading fifth time that he scored the Caps’ first goal of the game. And mere seconds later, Milan Michalek cross-checked Karl Alzner dangerously into the boards. As Alzner left to get checked out, his defensive partner John Carlson gained revenge on a power play blast from the blueline. Thankfully, Alzner returned and had an assist on Jason Chimera's marker, giving the Caps a 3-1 victory (and certainly adding more fuel to the hot seat that's sizzling under Sens coach Cory Clouston). It certainly wasn't the prettiest victory, but nice to be back in the win column for sure.
On another note, Hockey & Heels is back on February 9 and tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. Tickets fly out the door faster than shoes at the Nordstrom Once Yearly Sale so ladies, sign up for Club Scarlet and get them early!
The event will take place on Wednesday, February 9, at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington and is exclusively for Scarlet members. Tickets to Hockey ‘N Heels cost $100 and will include a ticket to the event on February 9 and a ticket to the March 1 game against the New York Islanders with a special pregame happy hour in the Dewar’s 12 Clubhouse at Verizon Center. Ladies, you can sign up for Club Scarlet at ScarletCaps.com. The Scarlet Web site has been totally redesigned - check it out for the latest news, social media, blogs and events!
The first two sessions are on-ice demonstrations which will include current and former Capitals. The ladies will have an opportunity to use both sheets of ice and learn how to shoot, pass and catch pucks during the course of the evening. While the ladies wait in line for the on-ice demonstration, they will be able to see and try on different hockey equipment.
The third session will be with Caps’ strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish explaining to the ladies what fitness routines the players go through. The fourth session is the famous film talk with coach Bruce Boudreau (always complete with his signature dash of salty humor). Gabby will help the women understand how to dissect and analyze different aspects of the game. The fifth and final session will be a chalk talk with Capital alum Alan May.
Meanwhile, the boys travel to Philly for a Tuesday meeting with the Eastern Conference leading Flyers - always a spirited affair with that bunch. Check out the shenanigans that went down during yesterday's Flyers/Rangers match up as thugnasty Scott Hartnell and that sneaky little Danny Briere punched Brandon Prust from the bench: