Lehigh Valley Phantoms Victorious over Hershey Bears in 2018 AHL Outdoor Classic (Photos)

Well the Bears dropped the Outdoor Classic game to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, losing 5-2. Sure, it’s not the way Hershey fans wanted it to go, but it was still exciting to get to see the game played outside at Hersheypark Stadium. Let’s hope the weather is this perfect in 5 years for the 85th anniversary Outdoor Classic. ūüėČ Read the full-game recap for more.¬† Continue reading

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Phantoms Beat Bears 5-2 in 2018 AHL Outdoor Classic

Photo: Sons of Penn

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms beat the Hershey Bears 5-2 in the 2018 AHL Outdoor Classic at Hersheypark Stadium Saturday night in Hershey. The Phantoms would jump out to a quick 2-0 lead and take that lead into the first intermission. Nathan Walker would cut the Phantoms lead in half with his first goal since returning to the Bears, but the Phantoms would answer just before the end of the second period, taking a 3-1 lead into the second intermission. Travis Boyd would cut the lead to 3-2 late in the third period but the Phantoms would add two empty net goals for the 5-2 win.  Continue reading

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Five Storylines Going Into Capitals-Flyers on the NHL’s Game of the Week


The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers clash for the second time this season when the Capitals close out a short two-game homestand on Sunday afternoon. The game will be televised on NBC at 12:30 from Capital One Arena. Here are five storylines heading into the game:  Continue reading

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A Look at The Bears Goalie Masks for the 2018 Outdoor Classic

Photo: Zack Fisch

If you’ve followed NoVa Caps over the years, you know we are big fans of the artists that participate in the Capitals and Bears communities. One of our favorite artists is Dave Gunnarsson, goalie mask artist for the Capitals and Bears.. We’ve done a number of pieces on¬†Gunnarsson, ¬†and also had the pleasure of interviewing him¬†on several occasions. Simply put, Dave is the best in the business and the Caps and Bears are extremely fortunate to have him as their artist. Gunnarsson has created dozens of masks for the Bears and Capitals over the years, and as luck would have it, the 2018 Outdoor Classic has brought us two more gorgeous masks from Gunnarsson’s workshop in Sweden.¬† Continue reading

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News and Notes from Saturday’s Capitals Practice: We Talking About Practice!


The Capitals got a nice break from the hokey grind for five days due to the bye week, and a handful of players even enjoyed tropical vacations. On Wednesday, the team was ready to take the ice and begin preparations for a back-to-back affair with the second-place Metropolitan Division New Jersey Devils and the Montreal Canadiens each on the horizon. Unfortunately, they didn’t get a chance to practice with a travel delay in their flight to New Jersey.¬† Continue reading

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When the Lineup Ain’t Working, Shake Em Up!


One of the first things you notice when attending a Capitals practice is the players skating around the ice before Barry Trotz blows the whistle to begin drills. Sometimes you’ll notice a bottom six forward sporting a top six red practice jersey and you wonder what Trotz was up to. Turns out after dropping two straight games Trotz took the forward lines from the Friday night’s game, tossed them in a blender before Saturday’s practice and came out with scrambled lines compared to the night before.¬† Continue reading

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Capitals Grant the Wish of 14-Year Old William Cody

The Capitals continued to make a positive impact on the community during Saturday’s practice as the team welcomed 14-year old William Cody as part of the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic program. Cody is a native of New Jersey that was diagnosed with leukemia in 2016 and is still in treatment, on the maintenance phase. On Friday, Cody met with Capitals owner Ted Leonsis to sign a three-day contract.¬† Continue reading

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Photos from Hershey Bears Morning Skate before Outdoor Classic

Ahhh, outdoor rinks are a beautiful site. The 2018 AHL Outdoor Classic is finally here! The Bears’ morning skate is complete, and it’s only a few more hours until puck drop. Who’s ready?!?¬† Continue reading

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Hershey Bears and Philadelphia Flyers Alumni Face off in Outdoor Game (Photos)

The 2018 AHL Outdoor Classic is being held at Hersheypark Stadium, and to celebrate the Hershey Bears’ 80th anniversary, they invited back some of the Bears’ and Phantoms’ greats for an Alumni Game. Bears’ fans got to see guys like Boyd Kane, Mitch Lamoureaux, Bryan Helmer, and Ray Bourque. Phantoms’ and Flyers’ fans saw John Leclair, Kimmo Timonen, Danny Briere and Eric Lindros return to the ice. It was basically a bunch of hockey legends back on the ice again.¬† Continue reading

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Canadiens Outhustle Sluggish Capitals for 3-2 Win

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Washington Capitals fell to the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 Friday night at Capital One Arena. After a scoreless and mostly lethargic first period, each side registered power play markers in the middle frame to make it 1-1 at the second intermission. The Canadiens would add a rebound goal midway through the third and and empty net goal late in the game before Lars Eller scored his 10th of the season. But it was too little, too late. The Caps will be off on Saturday but return to Cap One to host the Philadelphia Flyers Sunday afternoon. Puck drop is rooster-crowing 12:30 PM.  Continue reading

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