Scenes from Wednesday’s Capitals Optional Practice


After dropping Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, numerous Washington Capitals players hit the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for an optional practice on Wednesday. If you couldn’t make it out this afternoon, NoVa Caps has you covered with what went on!

Jay Beagle, Andre Burakovsky, Alex Chiasson, Brett Connolly, Nicklas Backstrom, Shane Gersich, Travis Boyd, Jakub Vrana, Chandler Stephenson, Nathan Walker

Jakub Jerabek, Madison Bowey, Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby, Philipp Grubauer, Pheonix Copley

Nicklas Backstrom continues working towards returning to action. He practiced in the optional on Wednesday. Read more here on how Backstrom looked.

On the other side, defensemen Jakub Jerabek, Madison Bowey and Christian Djoos worked on puck handling and shooting.

Nicklas Backstrom, Shane Gersich, and Travis Boyd took part in this unique puck handling drill. This drill involved a bit of light contact and some stick checking.

The practice ended with breakaways. Here’s Andre Burakovsky vs. Pheonix Copley.

The Capitals will be back at Kettler Thursday for a morning skate prior to Game 4.

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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