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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.

Caps Left Scratching Heads

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The Washington Capitals lost to a pretty unimpressive Philadelphia Flyers by a score of 1-0 last night. The Capitals didn’t look bad. There just wasn’t anything that good going on for them. By my count, in the past 206 minutes of game time over four games, the Capitals have scored a total of 3 goals, all coming in a single five minute, six second span. The Capitals. The Washington flipping Capitals. And then I remember, “Oh yeah, the Washington Capitals.”

If you really want to read about the game (and you might…some guy is reported to have been benched), check out On Frozen Blog, Japer’s Rink, Ed Frankovic, Russian Machine, and District Sports Page. Check out a few of my photos below or on flickr.

When The Mascot Falls, You Know You’re In For A Long Night

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The earliest sign of trouble was when Slapshot fell before making it halfway across the ice in his flag carrying pre game routine. It never really got any better after that for the Washington Capitals last night against the Philadelphia Flyers. There was some neat stuff to see like Alexander Semin hitting everything in sight and, um, ah, well…I think I got some decent photos. As usual, I don’t have much to say, but the headlines of some of the regular places you ought to be reading tell you pretty much all you need to know:

On Frozen Blog: A Night to Forget
Russian Machine: Lessons in Humility
Ed Frankovic: Goaltending Still a Major Problem For Caps
District Sports Page: Flyers Dominated Caps 5-1

DSP almost takes the prize for best headline, but I think they used a few too many words. Even though it’s what they always do, this time, they said it better than anyone else.
Japer’s Rink: Flyers 5, Caps 1

Like I said, I think I got some decent photos this time. On one of these rare occasions when I’m sitting downstairs somewhere near a net, the Capitals are going to score a bunch and I’ll be able to get the photos I really want to get. Really. Sometime. Until then…my photos are below and on flickr. I hope you enjoy them more than you enjoyed the game.

Caps Loss Makes 8 Year Old Girl Cry

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While all Washington Capitals fans were no doubt disappointed about last night’s 6-0 loss at Verizon Center to the New York Rangers, none may have been as devastated as my eight year old daughter.  When my wife dropped me off at the Metro garage to retrieve my car, my daughter begged to ride home in my car.  It was clear as day just how profoundly affected she had been.

“Why couldn’t they score just one eensy weensy teeny tiny little goal?”  By the time we reached my car, I heard all of these questions, statements and more:

  • “I know they won’t win every game, but just one goal.”
  • “Isn’t that Alex Ovechkin’s job? Or Alex Semin’s?”
  • “Even Nick Backstrom! He didn’t take any face-offs, so he should have been ready to score a goal.”
  • “I mean, come-on!”
  • “Know how bad it was? I wanted you and Mommy to turn the radio off in the car.”
  • “And, Daddy, when was the last time they scored a power play goal at home?”

I. Had. No. Answer.

I reminded her that she had fun.  That the CSN camera guy shot her again during warmups and the kids at school will probably soon fawn all over her again asking how she got to be on TV. I reminded her how she got to ride the zamboni on her birthday last year and was also given a puck during warmups at that game.  I reminded her how she’s been able to meet most of her favorite players, get their autographs, and Backstrom (her favorite) smiled at her.

While at this point in the season, many of us old enough to have children of our own have probably entered a state of resignation that the good old days that ran from Thanksgiving 2007 through the end of the regular season last spring are gone for now, but still hold hope for the post-season knowing that success there will make the regular season of 10/11 worthwhile.

My daughter knows this at some level.  She explained how it’s more important that the Capitals win in the playoffs than any single regular season game. “But the playoffs are hard. If they can’t win now…” her words trailed off. I don’t know if she has really understands what it means, though.

She reminded me of the purity of a child’s experience at a sporting event.  When paying attention to the game (instead of playing games on an iPod during a boring stretch), it’s all so immediate and consuming while I sit there in games like last night’s just feeling the hope for the evening drain and just wait for it to be over. It does not seem like it was almost three years ago when I took her to her second hockey game…Game 2 against the Flyers in April 08 and she screamed her throat raw in both “Let’s go Caps!” and “Flyers Suck!” chants.

It was tough to watch her go through this last night, but this is how children form bonds with their teams. I wasn’t much older than her when my dad took me to Game 1 of the 1979 World Series.  There are four things I remember about that game:

  1. The rain.
  2. Thinking my dad was going to get in a fight when he was pelted in the face with peanuts thrown by a guy a few rows in front of us who would not put down his umbrella and many people around us were tossing peanuts on him.
  3. The Orioles losing that game.
  4. Three dozen parking tickets on his car’s windshield after the game.

But I remember and those memories are indelible.  While I don’t pay a lot of attention to baseball these days, I still keep a small look on the Orioles out of the corner of my eye.  Someday, my daughter will remember this, too, and she will be better for it.

In other news, my six year old daughter apparently got herself engaged to a seven year old Rangers fan sitting in the row behind us in the third period. Yeah. It was that kind of night.

Read all the regular stuff about the game at On Frozen Blog, Russian Machine Never Breaks, and Japer’s Rink.  Look at my photos below or on flickr.  Thanks for stopping by.

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