SKYDEX Technologies, Washington Capitals Raise over $100,000 to Benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors Through 2012-13 Courage Caps Campaign

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Washington Capitals’ President Dick Patrick, Monumental Sports and Entertainment Chairman Ted Leonsis and SKYDEX’s James Pitchford present TAPS Founder and President Bonnie Carroll with a check for the proceeds from the 2012-2013 Courage Caps campaign. (Photo: Business Wire) A check was presented to TAPS Founder and President Bonnie Carroll at Game 5 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers by Ted Leonsis, founder, chairman, majority owner and CEO of the Capitals’ parent organization Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), MSE COO and Capitals President Dick Patrick and SKYDEX Technologies representative James Pitchford. “TAPS is an invaluable resource for those our fallen heroes leave behind,” said SKYDEX CEO Frank Mendicino. “We are proud to be partnering with the Washington Capitals for the second year in a row to raise money to help TAPS provide survivors with vital services. Our mission at SKYDEX is to provide products that will protect American troops and save lives. TAPS’ mission is to help loved ones whose lives are shattered when a warrior makes the ultimate sacrifice. There is no more honorable or more important work.” “We are grateful to Monumental Sports, SKYDEX and thousands of generous Caps fans for helping us serve grieving military families,” Carroll said. “Their continuing dedication to honoring our servicemen and women and to supporting military charities is a powerful and greatly appreciated benefit to the military community.” Courage Caps are team-issued branded hats and T-shirts that went on sale March 10 to benefit TAPS for the second-consecutive season. TAPS received 100 percent of the proceeds from 2,774 Courage Caps and 1,858 Courage T-shirts sold this season. Last season, the Courage Caps campaign raised $105,700 for TAPS. source:

Washington Capitals 2013 Playoff Loss Is Sadly Reminiscent Of 2012 Playoffs

And so you take it for granted, sometimes, when you kind of expect that it’s going to go in every time when he shoots the puck,” Alzner said. “And then (the) playoffs is just a different animal.” Certainly is for Ovechkin and the Capitals. This is a team, for example, that earned the Presidents’ Trophy for most standings points in the league in 2010, but lost in the first round to the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens. A team that was swept in the second round in 2011. A team that wasted series leads of 2-0 and 3-2 against New York this season. With Ovechkin, center Nicklas Backstrom and defenseman Mike Green leading the way, the Capitals have played in nine playoff series – and won only three. They’ve never made it past the second round during that span. In seven Game 7s, they’re 2-5, including 1-4 at home. Alzner’s been around for three postseasons. He was asked if he questions the club’s ability to make a deeper run. “It’s funny you ask that,” Alzner began, with a bit of a chuckle. “A little bit.” Hearing his own words, Alzner continued: “I don’t know if that’s the right mentality.” And then he completed the thought: “I’m sure it’s not the right mentality.” When a similar question was put to Ovechkin on Tuesday – does he harbor doubts about achieving significant success in the playoffs? source:

Tom Poti won’t return to Capitals, plans to continue his NHL career

“I had all those questions answered for me and I know that I’m never going to have to worry about that injury again to that part of my body. It was a breath of fresh air to know that the year-and-a-half to two years of hard work that I put in paid off and I can continue my career.” Torn cartilage in his ribs in his back and whiplash that kept him from turning his head knocked Poti out for a while. By the time he was healthy, the blue line was well-established, so he finished the season with just 16 games and two assists. “It was a frustrating year as far as [injuries],” he said. That Poti has only played 37 games since the end of the 2010 season is not ideal, but he’s looking at it as being “well-rested.” “I haven’t played much hockey the past 2½ to 3 years, so my body feels great,” Poti said. “I don’t feel like I’m 36 years old. Never at one point during the season did I say, ‘Man, I feel old, or ‘I feel like I’m getting old.’ My legs felt great and everything felt pretty good.” Any team that signs Poti would be getting a veteran two-way presence on defense. If potential suitors want to ensure his groin is 100 percent, the Boston native said he’d have no trouble proving it. His offseason training regimen will be as normal, and he’ll do some off-ice work before resuming skating in mid-to-late July. Poti will become an unrestricted free agent July 5. At that point he’s hoping to join a contender, and the unbalanced playoff odds of the Eastern and Western Conferences will make a difference. “It’s definitely going to factor into my opinion because obviously the biggest void I’ve had is no Stanley Cup,” Poti said. source:

Rangers rout Capitals in Game 7

There were still nearly 35 minutes of regulation left, and yet the game felt finished. When it comes to style in NHL, goalies rule with their masks. VIEW PHOTOS . The crowd, so boisterous earlier, went silent for stretches as Washington’s fans contemplated another early playoff exit. Notes: The Rangers will open on the road against the Bruins, who beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime in Game 7 Monday. … Asham also scored in New York’s Game 3 victory. … Ovechkin’s longest span without a point this regular season was three games, something he went through twice: Feb. 14-21 and March 9-12. source:

NHL playoffs 2013: Top line disappears for Capitals

“I can just talk for myself, my effort,” Backstrom said. “That’s embarrassing.” Backstrom finished with a goal, two assists and a minus-2 rating. Ovechkin and Johansson each had a goal and an assist. The top line couldn’t get anything done in Game 7. “Nobody was pointing a figure that it was somebody’s fault we lose the game,” Ovechkin said. “It’s everybody’s fault. All the guys’ fault. My fault. Backy’s. it’s everybody. It’s not about one person or two people, it’s about the team. source:


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