With DJ King in the Washington Capitals’ lineup last night against the Ottawa Senators, I’m sure you can imagine how thrilled my seven year old daughter was. 🙂 It was cool having her tell me every time he took the ice for his 6 minutes 58 seconds of ice time. Maybe he can get some more time next time. After all, he was credited with as many shots as Dennis Wideman, Jeff Halpern, Brooks Laich, Mike Knuble, Karl Alzner, and Roman Hamrlik combined and they had a total ice time of 104 minutes 28 seconds. Just sayin’.
It wasn’t the best game the Capitals have ever played, but it was far from the worst since Verizon Center became the place to Rock the Red. Any connection to the not very fancy stats above? I don’t know. Other people may have some opinions on that. People and blogs like The Peerless Prognosticator, Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, Ed Frankovic, and DC Sports Page. I just take pictures and make odd observations… Like, did anyone else notice the chest bump Alex Ovechkin and Tomas Vokoun shared after the game ended? Is this what replaces the shoulder bump Ovechkin and Nick Backstrom used to do but haven’t done yet this season? Has anyone else noticed this stuff? Anyway, I hope you enjoy my photos below or on flickr. I can’t wait for the new camera (by Thanksgiving, I hope).
My seven year old daughter’s favorite Washington Capital is DJ King. I’m not sure why and neither is my wife, but that’s okay. We don’t care why. Before every game, she asks, “Is DJ King playing tonight?” In pre-game warm ups, she’ll sometimes spot him and start jumping up and down yelling, “I see DJ King! I see DJ King.” It’s just really cute.
Why does it matter? The Capitals annual season ticket holder party was at Six Flags America tonight. As she was waiting in line with me to get John Carlson’s autograph, King walked by to his autograph station (shared with Troy Brouwer). I pointed him out to my daughter and she just watched him walk by with that look that little kids get. I asked if she wanted his autograph…and she went off with my wife to get his autograph. It really made her day more than words can really say. I think it was a bigger deal to her than when Alex Ovechkin asked her “Do you feel pain?” when he signed her cast at the Caps Convention last year. It was cool. I’m happy for her and wanted to say thanks to DJ King on her behalf.
The Washington Capitals wrapped up their 2011-12 preseason schedule last night against the Chicago Blackhawks. Some stuff happened, but it was the preseason, so unless you’re a guy fighting for a spot on the roster what does it matter? I have a lot of photos below of some of those guys on the Capitals, like Mathieu Perreault, Dimitri Orlov, DJ King, and Jay Beagle. And the Verizon Center crew must have been having some preseason issues, too, as seen by “Windows Error Recovery” on the scoreboard. I hate it when that happens. Like I said, a lot of photos. I think there are about 105 here, which is WAY, WAY, WAY too many. I really don’t like it when there’s more than 20. I also took too many last night and my fancy new system for semi-automating the process has some more kinks to work out. On the other hand, that I output 105 processed photos this quick is something I can marvel at. No one else will. Or should. Anyway, some of the photos might look a little funny because of it, too, but with it being preseason, I can tolerate that for now. See the photos below or on flickr.