A few travel day radio waves for you to kick the tires on…
-When you think of the Capitals playing in Boston recently, no doubt your first thought is Joel Ward winning Game 7 in overtime last April. However, Washington’s recent success at TD Garden extends well beyond Ward’s heroics. Dating back to March 10 of last year, Washington has won five of the six games played at the Garden, including Games 2, 5, and 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Overall, the Capitals have posted wins eight times in the last 12 meetings between the two teams (including postseason) heading into Saturday afternoon’s game in Beantown.
-Mentioned on the postgame Thursday about Steve Oleksy’s game-leading 27:55 of time on ice in Raleigh. That was amazing enough, considering his nine days of NHL service. But even more amazing, as pointed out by Mike Vogel on the flight up to Boston last night, Oleksy skated 25:07 at even strength Thursday at Carolina. That’s a stunning amount of ice time, without piling up minutes either on the power play or the penalty kill. The legend continues…
-Congratulations to former Washington farmhand Steve Pinizzotto, who made his NHL debut Thursday night for Vancouver against Nashville. Pinner skated 11:01 in his debut, and fought Kevin Klein at 2:28 of the first period to make his presence known. After an injury plagued 2011-12 season, good to see the former R.I.T. Tiger and Hershey Bears forward break through and make his NHL dream come true.
-It was a good time for a milestone Thursday from Alex Ovechkin. His 700th NHL point came in the third period with a power play goal that tied the game against Carolina at 2-2. From Elias, Ovechkin reached 700 career points in his 579th NHL game, the fastest a player has achieved that plateau since October, 2003 when Peter Forsberg picked up point number 700 in his 549th game. Elias also said this morning only Teemu Selanne (541 games) and Jaromir Jagr (557 games) got to 700 points faster than Ovechkin among active players. Alex also notched point number 701 on his primary assist on Mike Ribeiro’s game-winner.
-Down on the farm, good luck to the Reading Royals tonight as they host Elmira. Washington’s ECHL affiliate can clinch a Kelly Cup playoff berth tonight with a win, an overtime/shootout loss, or if Kalamazoo loses. The Royals are in first place in the ECHL’s Atlantic Division with a 40-18-3-3 record, good for 86 points and an 11-point lead over second place Elmira.
We’ll have full video coverage on MonumentalNetwork.com coming up Saturday here in Boston, as the Caps take on the Bruins at 1:00 p.m. 12:45 airtime on the radio side from the Garden on 106.7 The Fan and the Capitals Radio Network. Until then, have a great Friday.