Capitals Daily Report: Connolly Gets Recognized

The Capitals got a thrilling win last night in shootout fashion to remain atop the NHL and the Metropolitan Division. Their win over the Blue Jackets was the Caps’ 30th home win of the season and their first home win in shootout fashion. Not looking back, the Caps held a practice today at Kettler and will welcome the Arizona Coyotes tomorrow night at Verizon Center. 

PRACTICE
This morning Washington recalled Paul Carey from Hershey to give the team an extra forward.

“Any time you can get some Stanley Cup experience in you whether you’re with the team or playing on the ice it’s a great opportunity, so I’m looking forward to the possibility of that,” said Carey.

He’ll be with the Capitals for their game tomorrow night and the five-game road trip that follows. “I packed accordingly,” Carey added.

Even with the callup, there were no changes to the lines, but Carey was still on the ice practicing with the team on Friday.

Forwards
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Defense
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Brett Connolly is the Capitals’ nominee for the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy that’s awarded by the NHL to a player who exhibits perseverance, dedication and sportsmanship.

“It’s hard to pass up an opportunity to play on a good team and a team that’s ‘all in’ to win the cup,” Connolly said. “I knew that I had to come in here and earn my spot, earn my ice time. Looking back at it, I’m happy that I did it. To come here with such a good group of guys and a great organization, and to be successful this year, it’s been a lot of fun.”

METROPOLITAN DIVISION STANDINGS

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The Caps victory last night helped separate them from Pittsburgh and Columbus a little more in the tight Metropolitan Division standings. Each club has nine games left. Tonight the Penguins will host the Islanders while the Blue Jackets will host the Flyers on Saturday afternoon.

SHAVINGS

  • With their win over the Blue Jackets last night, the Capitals tied their franchise mark for home wins in a season with 30. This was the third time they’ve won 30 home games with the previous two coming in the 1985-86 and 2009-10 seasons.
  • For the second straight year, Braden Holtby tied Olie Kolzig for most home wins for a Washington goaltender in a season with his 25th win last night.
  • Holtby is the first goaltender to win 25 home games in two straight seasons since Martin Brodeur did so in an NHL record three consecutive seasons (2005-08). (Elias Sports Bureau)

DAILY LINKS
Home Ice Advantage Tie-Breaking Status
Caps Take 2-1 Shootout Win Over Jackets (Mike Vogel)
POSTGAME NOTEBOOK: Caps 2, Jackets 1 (SO) (Mike Vogel)

INTERVIEWS
Brett Connolly

Paul Carey

CAPITALS IN THE COMMUNITY
The Capitals and the MSE Foundation raised over $67,000 for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue through the sales of the 2017 Capitals Canine Calendar. Read more here.

Speaking of beloved canines, Ovi spent part of his Friday shopping for his Black Lab “Blaick”. (Video from @nastyashubskaya)

 

By Michael Marzzacco

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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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