News from Friday’s Heavily Attended Capitals Optional Practice

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It was another packed house at Kettler Capitals Iceplex as many fans and players showed up for an optional skate. 21 players participated while only six didn’t. If you couldn’t make it out to the rink in Arlington on Friday morning, NoVa Caps has you covered. The Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights continue the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday night with Game 3. 

Capitals fans once again came out in droves to support their team.

Jay Beagle, Travis Boyd, Andre Burakovsky, Alex Chiasson, Brett Connolly, Lars Eller, Shane Gersich, Evgeny Kuznetsov (day-to-day, upper-body), Devante Smith-Pelly, Chandler Stephenson, Jakub Vrana, Nathan Walker, Tom Wilson

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

Braden Holtby, Philipp Grubauer, Pheonix Copley

Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, T.J. Oshie

John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov, Brooks Orpik

Evgeny Kuznetsov, who left the first period of Game 2 after a hit along the boards from Brayden McNabb, fully practiced and participated in the drills.

Kuznetsov looked good at practice. What was different was that he didn’t have his left hand on his stick when he received passes.

Despite that, he seemed to be okay out there. Head coach Barry Trotz said that he’s still “day-to-day” but will be a “game-time decision”. He hasn’t been medically cleared yet.

Braden Holtby picking up where he left off from “the save”.

Alex Tuch can’t figure out Braden Holtby, but Brett Connolly can.

Tom Wilson trying to go fancy on Holtby.

Pheonix Copley had some reps against the big boys. Here he is against Tom Wilson.

Jakub Vrana cam.

Finally it was time to stretch and wrap up practice. Listen to this crowd!

As Copley and some of the forward scratches took their skate at the end, some of the lights went out above the bleachers.

High school students have finals too and one wants the Holtbeast to save her grades!

Mitch Korn, Holtby’s mentor, must be proud of how he’s performed this postseason.


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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