Capitals Daily Update: Sanford Joins the Team in Optional Morning Skate


Following a big shootout win in Carolina, the Caps headed home. This morning the team held an optional morning skate ahead of their game against the Canadiens. Puck drop is at 7:00. 

What happened last night?
Last night the Capitals got a big come from behind win over the Hurricanes on the road. Trailing 1-0 in the second, the Caps got a power-play goal from their captain, Alex Ovechkin, to tie the game. The Caps grabbed the lead on a tally from Justin Williams. Carolina tied it at two just before the middle frame ended.

In the third, Nicklas Backstrom was called for holding and Teuvo Teravainen’s power play goal would give Carolina the lead just 40 seconds in. At 13:56, a shot by Dmitry Orlov was tipped into the net by T.J. Oshie. That tied the game at three. The game would require a shootout to decide the winner and goals by Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov would seal the game for Washington. Philipp Grubauer got the win.

Morning Skate
The Capitals have recalled Zach Sanford from Hershey. Sanford and Andre Burakovsky were first out on the ice this morning.

This move leaves the Caps with just $237 in cap space which was pretty much how much money was in my bank account back while in college.

The Caps had eight players out on the ice for the optional skate. Those players were Sanford, Braden Holtby, Nate Schmidt, Jakub Vrana, Daniel Winnik, Brett Connolly, Burakovsky, and Taylor Chorney. You can check out our game preview of tonight’s game here.

After Grubauer started last night, Holtby will indeed get the start tonight. One big storyline for tonight is the man in the net for the opposition. Carey Price was pulled from the game last night after giving up four goals to the Sharks. The Habs lost that game 4-2. Despite all of that, he will get the start tonight for Motreal.

As Price headed for the dressing room, he gave head coach Michel Therrien a glare. Hockey fans of the older generation who are reading this might remember Habs legend Patrick Roy’s infamous stare down.


Zach Sanford

Mike Vogel and John Walton take it away with their Two-Man Advantage

Game Links

Caps Host Habs on Saturday Night (Mike Vogel)


  • After struggling much of the season with the man-advantage, the Capitals have scored a power-play goal in six of their last seven games.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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