Strong Turnout from Thursday’s Capitals Optional Practice Prior to Traveling to Tampa


The Washington Capitals held one final practice on Thursday morning before taking off for Tampa Bay for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Although it was optional skate, there was still a lot that went on. If you couldn’t make it to Kettler Capitals Iceplex, NoVa Caps has you covered from Thursday’s heavily attended optional. 

Jakub Vrana, Brett Connolly, Andre Burakovsky, Alex Chiasson, Shane Gersich, Travis Boyd, Nathan Walker, Lars Eller, Devante Smith-Pelly, Tom Wilson, Chandler Stephenson

Michal Kempny, Christian Djoos, Jakub Jerabek, Madison Bowey, Matt Niskanen

Braden Holtby, Philipp Grubauer, Pheonix Copley

Andre Burakovsky was a full participant in the optional skate sporting a normal white bottom-six forward jersey. He continues to make progress as he’s now a step above Wednesday when he wore a light blue non-contact jersey.

G’Day Nate! Read more about Nathan Walker’s incredible journey here and meet one of his biggest fans here.

You could see the energy that Tom Wilson showed during practice as he makes his return to the lineup Friday night for Game 1.

Happy (early) Birthday to defenseman Jakub Jerabek, who will turn 27 on Saturday.

Jakub Vrana working on puck handling.

Vrana working on puck deflections.

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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