The Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings came into last night’s game as the last two remaining undefeated teams of the young 2011-12 NHL season. As they often have in past regular season games, they rose to the challenge on the scoreboard if not complete play on the ice. Although defenseman Mike Green was named the first star of the game for his four points and puck to the face, it was goalie Tomas Vokoun that made it look easy, stopping 32 of 33 shots. When a team scores on 28% of its shots, a goalie doesn’t have to be spectacular, but Vokoun certainly was.
Oh no, you don’t want to read about the game here, you want to go to the regular places like On Frozen Blog, Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, District Sports Page and so on. You come here to look at pictures and I have some here and on flickr.
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.
If 65 minutes of NHL hockey could be summed up in a single photography, this would be it. Washington Capitals forward Matt Hendricks (#26) falls after being tangled up with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Clark MacArthur.
The Washington Capitals game against the Toronto Maple Leafs was eerily similar to the last time these two teams met at Verizon Center. Once again, the Capitals got out to a big lead in the first two periods and then took their skates off the Leafs’ collective neck in the third period. The most meaningful difference was that they Capitals couldn’t get the extra point back, losing in the shootout.
There were bright spots, though. Mathieu Perrault scored two goals in the first game of his second recall from Hershey this year. The first two periods were very good hockey for the Capitals and they seemed to have learned their lesson from Saturday’s loss to the Thrashers. They crashed the net and got second chances on shots from the outside. See Perrault’s first goal: Perrault, Alexander Semin and Brooks Laich were on Maple Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson’s doorstop, between him and the Leaf defenders and Perrault scored on a tip in from a shot by Tom Poti at the point. Yeah, that’s how that works. Mike Knuble scored on his own rebound later in the first period. It was beautiful.
Then came the third period and I had that Damone from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” feeling: “I woke up in a great mood; I don’t know what the hell happened…” Anyone else hoping to get some kind of different insight than the expected post game interviews when HBO’s 24/7 premieres next week?
I seem to have written a bunch of words up there. Whoops. Check out the regular blogs like Japer’s Rink and Russian Machine Never Breaks for words that go together better. In fact, I think On Frozen Blog’s lede says it best: “Still a Work in Progress: Skating With Killer Instinct.” Look at my photos here and on flickr.