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How Fast Does a Red Rally Balloon Deflate?

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That fast.

The Washington Capitals went up 2-0 against the Carolina Hurricanes, gave up 2, then another in the third. They kept fighting hard and Brooks Laich got that third goal back. A few minutes later it was overtime. Just over three and a half minutes in, after a couple quality chances for the Capitals, after 49 total shots for the Capitals…the Hurricanes scored. And just like that, the air went out of the Red Rally Balloon. Remember that thing? Yeah, no one else does, either.

When Justin Faulk score that goal in overtime, Verizon Center just went just dead quiet. Not a stunned silence, just dead. Gone.

There’s not much else to say. It all speaks for itself. Still, there’s some good commentary at Russian Machine, Japer’s Rink, Ed Frankovic and District Sports Page. Sick Unbelievable has a little bit about the future not looking all that bad if you need some cheering up. Once again, I think I got a few decent photos that you can see below or on flickr. I’d trade them for a win. Bah.

Caps Left Scratching Heads

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The Washington Capitals lost to a pretty unimpressive Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 1-0 last night. The Capitals didn’t look bad. There just wasn’t anything that good going on for them. By my count, in the past 206 minutes of game time over four games, the Capitals have scored a total of 3 goals, all coming in a single five minute, six second span. The Capitals. The Washington flipping Capitals. And then I remember, “Oh yeah, the Washington Capitals.”

If you really want to read about the game (and you might…some guy is reported to have been benched), check out On Frozen Blog, Japer’s Rink, Ed Frankovic, Russian Machine, and District Sports Page. Check out a few of my photos below or on flickr.

Where Did it Go?

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The day was doomed before it started. A few crummy emails were waiting for me at work first thing in the morning. I couldn’t shovel the negativity to the side faster than it came my office door all day. It rained before it was supposed to. Then came the game. Blech. The Washington Capitals lost to the New Jersey Devils by a score of 5-0 last night.

I suppose it could have been worse, but it could have been so much better. If you want to read about it, and I’m not sure why you would, these are some good places: Russian Machine, Japer’s Rink, and District Sports Page.

If you want to see pictures, I think I actually got some good ones. You can see them below or on flickr.

Brouwer Brings It and Ovie Rolls Out More Magic

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Before last night’s game I realized that the warmup music they were playing was what they used to play back in the go-go days 2009. Through Twitter, Jordan Greenberg (the guy that plays the music), told me they’ve been playing it all along. If this is true, I must be getting older and forgetting stuff. Hope I remember that can be a useful skill.

The game itself against the New York Islanders went through a number of phases. The phase where the Capitals were pretty much dominating, winning every battle for every puck, getting off lots of shots and giving up almost none, yet managing to end the period not he wrong end of of an 0-1 score. Second period was kind of the same…still winning almost all the battles, but it took eight minutes or so for the Capitals to register their first shot of the period. Um. In the third period, it felt a little bit like the game in Carolina last week.

Then the Islanders went up by another goal. A few more minutes passed and some fans started heading for the exits when Matt Hendricks took a penalty with about 7 minutes left. After that, though, the earth spun backwards and everything was right again. Troy Brouwer scored twice in the final few minutes to tie the game at two and I saw something I hadn’t seen at Verizon Center in quite a while…The fans didn’t sit back down after Brouwer’s first goal. The ones that were left. Or, at least, a bunch of them.

Overtime. Does anyone remember a game a year ago almost to the day? When Alex Ovechkin just couldn’t pretend he’s not a total, bitchin’ rock star from Mars and rolled out the magic in overtime against the Islanders? Well, it was kinda like that, but different. The result was right.

To read more better stuff, check out On Frozen Blog, Ed Frankovic, Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, Capitals Outsider and District Sports Page.

You can see my photos below and on flickr, but I highly recommend Tom Turk’s photos, too. Really great stuff! Russian Machine has a nice little collection worth looking at as well.

New Pads For A New Result

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More like this one, please. The Washington Capitals defeated the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 4-1 last night at Verizon Center. Of course, the sole Canadiens goal was scored by Rene Bourque. Shorthanded, too. But, you knew that. The Capitals came out of the gate hard in the first, Mathieu Perreault scored early and they just kept going. It was almost like the Capitals we used to know, but different, but the same result.  All it took was a game against the worst Eastern Conference team after three ugly losses. Or maybe it was Michal Neuvirth’s new pads. Or maybe the in game pauses for the pads to be adjusted. Whatever the reason, let’s hope it’s a sign that things have finally turned a corner.

Read more about the game by people that can actually write about games like Russian Machine, Ed Frankovic, On Frozen Blog, Japer’s Rink, and District Sports Page.  Look at my photos below or on flickr.

Discovering Rechlicz

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I don’t really have much to say to about the Washington Capitals losing to the San Jose Sharks last night. I’m a Capitals fan. It sucked. I couldn’t leave because, someday, the Capitals will come back in an ugly game like that to win and I don’t want to say, “Yeah, I left early.” It’s gotta happen sometime, right? The Capitals have been on the wrong end of that bouncing puck enough times, right? Sigh. It didn’t happen last night.

The only thing worth noting from my perspective was Joel Rechlicz. In his first period shift (singular) he was running around with more energy than anyone else wearing red and tried to get something going with anyone he was in shouting distance of in addition to buzzing around the Sharks net. The rest of the period, he was at the edge of the bench, yelling (what I assume were not nice words) at the Sharks and encouraging the Capitals forwards as they returned after their shifts (plural).  The guy was engaged. I don’t know what he said to get his second period misconduct, but he had an audience. Worse things could happen than for some of that attitude to rub off on the guys that get more than a couple minutes of ice time per game.

If you really want to read about the game anyway, try Ed Frankovic first, then the rest, like Russian Machine, Japer’s Rink, and District Sports Page.

I have some photos below and on flickr.

I Woke Up In A Great Mood; I Don’t Know What The Hell Happened

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The Washington Capitals played a pretty good game against the Winnipeg Jets for almost 58 minutes last night. Then, like Mike Damone in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” said, “I woke up in a great mood. I don’t know what the hell happened.” (All that’s new is old again or something not like that at all.) Everything was under control until a weenie penalty was called on Brooks Laich for playing the puck with a broken stick when the Capitals were already on the penalty kill. With Jets goalie Ondrej Pavalec on the bench for a sixth skater, the Jets got one back to cut the Capitals lead to one. Twelve seconds later, Dustin Byfuglien was dumping the puck into the Capitals zone from the redline when it deflected off Karl Alzner’s stick  and went the wrong way into the back of the Capitals net. Nothing going in the overtime and all of the sudden the Capitals lost in the shootout.

Sometimes it’s tough to be a Capitals fan.

Read some more from Ed Frankovic, On Frozen Blog, Russian Machine, District Sports Page and Japer’s Rink.  See my photos below or on flickr.

Check it Out, the Shutout

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So, where was everyone last night? Y’all missed out. I know it was the Florida Panthers, it’s hard to get up for those games and all, but, hey, your loss.

They were partying like it was 2009 in Verizon Center as the Washington Capitals pounced fast and never let up until after the final buzzer sounded on their 4-0 win over the Panthers. Brooks Laich played…and played well despite his knee injury just two days earlier. Tomas Vokoun stopped 42 shots against his former team (consisting of oh so many former Capitals) and Alex Ovechkin scored 2 goals. I guess if you need a negative for the night, it was that Ovechkin couldn’t finish the trick despite plenty of time and chances. Boo hoo.

Read some good stuff at Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, Ed Frankovic, or District Sports Page if you want to know more about this game.

I took some pictures and you can see them below or on flickr.

Can’t Quite Reach

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The Washington Capitals lost to the Boston Bruins by a score of 4-1 today at Verizon Center and Brooks Laich to a leg injury and Dimitri Orlov to a second puck to the face in a second consecutive game.  After Marcus Johansson’s third period goal for the Caps, my brother texted me “So much for the beautiful symmetry of 3-0, 0-3,” having done the 0-3, 3-0, 0-3 thing just a  few weeks ago.

I spent a fair amount of time talking to the guy that has the two seats next to me. He and I both got our seats in 420 in April 2008.

He’s thinking about not renewing for next year.

Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, On Frozen Blog, and Ed Frankovic share some thoughts on the game, but what else is there to say?

My photos are below and are on flickr. Thanks for looking.

Hatty For Matty

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I know others think they beat me to the punch on using “Hatty for Matty,” but I’ve wanted to use that as a title since Mathieu Perreault scored his first NHL goal against the Florida Panthers in november 2009 (one of my favorite photos) and I almost immediately thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to see this guy score a hat trick? A hatty for Matty? Aw, man, that’s lame, but I gotta use that some day, if he ever comes through with a hat trick.” So with respect to Mike Vogel (the first public use of “Hatty For Matty” I can find, but I suck at the Twitters, so maybe someone else got it in first), I gotta go with what I gotta go with.”

Pretty cool game. Nice to see the Washington Capitals rally without Alex Ovechkin in the lineup and play some dominating hockey against the defending Stanley Cup winners and generally dominating team, the Boston Bruins, at times. Of course, that use makes it even more frustrating when we spend so much time watching them fumble on getting the puck out of their end for super long stretches. A win is a win is a win, so no real complaints.  That’s about the limit of my insight that I’m willing to try and share. I’d just embarrass myself compared to Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, Ed Frankovic, and On Frozen Blog (who, by the way, featured one of my favorite photos of this season in a great post about statistics the other day and I missed it being busy with real life). And some pics and more at Capitals Outsider (but strangely missing their Young Guns II poster).

So, my photos are below and on flickr.

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