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We Love The Playoff

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Jay Beagle scored and Ian Oland from Russian Machine Never Breaks tweeted this last night. Somehow, that led to me finding this and if you don’t watch it, I don’t think we can be friends.

The Washington Capitals clinched a playoff berth with their 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers last night (and a loss by the Buffalo Sabres to the Philadelphia Flyers). That was good. Really, really good.

The Washington Capitals lost goalie Michal Neuvirth after former Capital Marco Sturm fell on his leg. That was bad. Really, really bad.

The Washington Capitals got goals from both Alexes for the first time since, uh, the last time they played Florida (and Jay Beagle and Brooks Laich knocked in goals of their own, too). That was good.

The Washington Capitals let a 3-0 lead slip to a 3-2 lead in an all too familiar manner. That was bad.

The Washington Capitals scored a fourth goal before the Panthers managed to score a third goal. That was good.

The Washington Capitals power play was not very powerful. Again. That was bad.

The Washington Capitals penalty kill was very successful. That was good.

The Washington Capitals had lots of trouble removing the puck from their zone. Again. That was bad.

The second season begins sometime next week. I wonder if this team has found their identity.

Read more insightful thoughts at the regular places like On Frozen Blog, Japer’s Rink, Ed Frankovic, District Sports Page, and Russian Machine.

Oh, and what’s this? After missing 80 games with concussion like symptoms, the Capitals Outsider Box Score has returned!

My photos are below and 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.

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.

Hendy’s Happy For Vokoun’s Victory

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I would be lying if I tried to say that I wasn’t holding out a little bit of hope that someone on the Washington Capitals would make former Capitals Matt Bradley bleed, preferably by Alexander Semin going all bongos on him. And I’m sure I wasn’t the only one.  Instead Semin scored like he just didn’t care in the Capitals 3-0 victory and Panthers fans everywhere were left thinking #NeedsMoreBradley. You know what? It’s probably better that it worked out that way.  But, you know what? I still want to see Bradley bleed a little bit at Verizon Center. And so do you.

It was also the return of former Capital Tomas Fleischmann who was traded to the Colorado Avalanche last season and signed with the Panthers an unrestricted free agent over the summer. We were treated to vintage Flash, complete without the closing sizzle. I have personally always wanted to see him do well and hope he does so…against other teams, not the Capitals.

And Jose Theodore returned as well, but he sat on the bench. :yawn:

Of course, it was the first time goalie Tomas Vokoun faced the Panthers since leaving them for the Capitals in the off season. Shutting them out must have felt nice.

It was probably the most complete game the Capitals have played this season. But you don’t come here to read my thoughts about things like that. You go to places like District Sports Page (and their photos), The Peerless, Russian Machine, Japer’s Rink, and Ed Frankovic.

You come here to see photos from the games and that’s what I’ve got below and on flickr. Hope you enjoy!

This Blog Will Need More Bradley

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Since the Washington Capitals moved from the Capital Center USAir Arena to MCI Center Verizon Center, has the team had any player that spilled as much blood in the team’s name than Matt Bradley?  None come to mind.  As an idiot that brings a camera to nearly every game, I have a list of shots that I want to take.  Matt Bradley’s bleeding face was one of them. Although such a shot is still a possibility with Bradley now part of the Florida Panthers, who come to town often enough, it just won’t be the same if the blood is staining another uniform.

Even when Bradley’s face wasn’t bleeding, it was always displaying some kind of interesting expression and really made for one of the more regularly interesting players to photograph, even from the cheap seats where I spend most of my time.

 

And the rest from 2010-11.

Slide Continues, Spreads to Fans

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The Washington Capitals continued their slide last night, getting shut out at home to the Florida Panthers 3-0.  You’ve all heard the story before.  The Capitals dominated the first and almost all of the second period, gave up a goal late in the second, and just couldn’t get anything going in the third and gave up a couple more.  We didn’t like this movie when we saw it before and we don’t like it now.

There was one thing that I really liked seeing, though.  Mike Knuble put on another display as a one man penalty killing machine tying up the puck and all five Panthers skaters (well, almost) in their own end for a bit.  It was something to watch against the Thrashers in October and something to watch last night.

Personally, things only got worse from there. Sometime in the second period, I remember fiddling with my wedding ring as I’ve been doing since I first put it on just over nine years ago.  Later, as my Red Line train was pulling up to Fort Totten, I realized that it wasn’t on my finger any more.  As the subway cleared out on the rest of the ride, I checked all around, but it didn’t turn up, so I’m pretty sure it fell off somewhere between Section 420 of Verizon Center and Gallery Place Metro. I walked down the stairwell behind 420/421, through the alley between VC and Clyde’s and up 7th ST to the Metro entrance at 7th and G.  It looks like this.

It’s kind of funny as my wife and I both knew that I would lose it someday, but I always figured it would be when I was fiddling with while my arm was hanging out a car window, leaning over a balcony railing, over the side of a boat or something like that…and that I would do it in front of her.  Whoops.

We’ll be calling Verizon and our guest services rep, but if anyone happened to find it, please give me a shout.  Thanks!

Like always, my recap doesn’t do much for someone that wants to know what really happened at the game, so check the regulars like Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine Never Breaks, Ed Frankovic and such after looking at some of my photos or on flickr.

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