The last time I saw the Washington Capitals play the Phoenix Coyotes, it was in the desert. The end result was better this time. A win. More goals, More entertainment. Things like rally balloons, fights, blood on the ice and bobble heads. I’ve got photos of them all below and on flickr, but as always there are better places to read about the game. Places like Japer’s Rink, Ed Frankovic, District Sports Page, Russian Machine and On Frozen Blog.
The morning of July 1, 2011 began with Boyd Gordon as the longest serving player on the Washington Capitals. By early afternoon, that was no longer the case when he signed a two year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. Never flashy on the ice, Gordon was reminiscent of the David Poile era Capitals, playing a hard working, blue collar kind of game (ugh to the hockey cliche), blocking shots on the penalty kill…
…and winning a lot of faceoffs for the Caps dating back to the 2003-04 season and threw his body into nearly each and every one of them. That will be missed, but will be tempered by the return of Jeff Halpern who signed a one year deal to return to the Capitals for the 2011-12 season.
Some of my favorite photos of Boyd Gordon from the 2010-11 season:
And all the rest of them from 2011-12:
The Washington Capitals were in Glendale Arizona on Valentine’s Day and so was I. The biggest disappointment was that I spent 11 hours in a car driving from San Diego, CA to watch them lose, but it’s a nice drive and I’m okay with that. I was hoping to see Paul Bissonnette go with John Erskine, but all we got were a few words exchanged before @BizNasty2point0 ran out of his two minutes of ice time.
The fans at Jobing.com Arena had some interesting signs, as you’ll see in the photos, but they don’t come close to topping what I saw at Staples Center last year. I wonder if I got any photos of them. Someday, I should put together a gallery of fan signage.
Notice that I’m not really saying much about the game? They lost. Ovechkin is still chasing…something. The usual suspects had a bit to say at Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, Kings of Leonsis, and we’ve got the Capitals Outsider box score going for us, which is nice.
You can see my photos here or on flickr.