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.Â 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.Â 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 soâ€¦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!
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?Â None come to mind.Â As an idiot that brings a camera to nearly every game, I have a list of shots that I want to take.Â 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.
You can’t ask much more from your goalie than to give you a chance to win.Â When the goalie allows just two goals on 36 shots, he’s done his job. Unfortunately, the Washington Capitals gave him nothing to work with as they were shut out once again, this time by the San Jose Sharks. Stop me if you’ve heard this story before this year.
Overall, it was bit of a lackluster game, which was sad, because the second half of the game was one of my rare opportunities to see how the other half lives by sitting downstairs.Â There wasn’t much hitting, or really any intensity at all from either team.Â Â If there was one thing that I walked out of Verizon Center with, it was a once popular Twitter hostage: #NeedsMoreBradley. If you want to read more about it, visit Japer’s Rink or Ed Frankovic. I don’t think anyone else had it in them to write anything tonight.
On a programming note, my next Capitals game will be in Phoenix next week, followed by Anaheim two days later.Â Hopefully I’ll get photos and be able to post in a timely manner. We’ll see. For now, look at some of my photos from this game below or on flickr.
Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (#30) sprawls to protect his net from Washington Capitals forward David Steckel (#39) and Matt Bradley (#10) during their NHL ice hockey game at Verizon Center although both Capitals would score later in the game
The Washington Capitals left last year’s Vezina Trophy winning goalie Ryan Miller sprawling last night getting three past him from Nicklas Backstrom, Matt Bradley and David Steckel. Alex Semin added an empty netter to seal the win at 4-2. Coach Bruce Boudreau mixed up the lines last night putting Backstrom on the second line centering Semin and Laich while moving up rookie Marcus Johansson to center the first line with Alex Ovechkin.Â I thought there was a lot to like about these lines aside from the fact that Ovechkin continues to be mired in…something.Â Despite the fact that the Capitals seem to be *gasp* making do without Ovechkin hitting the scoresheet in a meaningful way, am I alone in wanting some more Ovitine about now, please?
Anyway, you know the deal, not much worth reading here, just photos below and on flickr. If you want to read, check out Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine Never Breaks, the Peerless and all the rest of the Capitals based blogs.