It took three tries and they made it interesting, but just twelve seconds into overtime, Brooks Laich and the Washington Capitals finally gave Dale Hunter his first victory as an NHL coach by beating the Ottawa Senators. Upon leaving Verizon Center, my friend and I were agreeing that winning is so much better losing. Lets hope it continues. And let’s hope the ice doesn’t suck so much in the future, too.
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).
The Washington Capitals gave up the first goal again yesterday afternoon, this time to the Ottawa Senators, but they scored the next and final three goals of the game to end their brief three game skid. The worst moment of the game came when the Senators Milan Milachek cross checked Karl Alzner into the board headfirst from behind and Alzner lay on the ice nearly motionless for a few moments. There was much relief through Capsland when Alzner continued taking a regular shift through the rest of the game after a brief trip to the dressing room.
I was alo glad to finally be able to capture an image I’ve been waiting for all season…an image of Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson on the ice at the same time.
Hopefully the Capitals are able to keep up their winning ways. Read more better stuff at Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, The Peerless, and watch some TV at On Frozen Blog. See too many of my photos below or on flickr.
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WASHINGTON, DC – October 11, 2010: Washington Capitals defensemen John Carlson (#74) and John Erskine (#4) check Ottawa Senators forward Nick Foligno (#71) during their NHL ice hockey game at Verizon Center.
The Washington Capitals beat the Ottawa Senators in last night 3-2 on an Alex Ovechkin goal with 32 seconds remaining in overtime. The game was pretty lackluster, but it’s nice to see Eric Fehr driving to the net on almost every shift. You can read the regular game recaps at Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine Never Breaks, On Frozen Blog and all the others, so I won’t bore you with that stuff here. Just my photos to look at, either here or on flickr.