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Vokoun and Caps Shut Door on Pens

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In the history of Pittsburgh Penguins – Washington Capitals rivalries, there have been many memorable games that have been and will be discussed and remembered for years. Last night’s game probably was not one of them. That’s kind of strange considering it had more than a couple memorable moments and was a shutout. Alexander Semin missed some that he really should have had. Alex Ovechkin forgot he’s supposed to shoot more intend of looking to pass to his partners, Tomas Vokoun forgot where his crease was, Matt Hendricks had a great fight early and a great shift late…The list doesn’t seem to end, yet the game will be largely forgotten pretty quickly as just another game in the middle of the season.

You know this isn’t the place to read about the game. Those places are Russian Machine, Japer’s Rink, District Sports Page (they have photos, too), Ed Frankovic and the rest. You come here to look at pictures, or sometimes go look at them on flickr.

A Surprise For Me At the Caps Game

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The Pittsburgh Penguins came to town for a game with the Washington Capitals. Since I was the only one in my family that could go, I got the bright idea to sell all my tickets and buy a reasonably priced second row seat on StubHub. The ticket I bought is not one I would buy again. Not even sure I’d sit there for free if offered. A great view of the front of the net where the Capitals shoot twice…when someone in the first row is kind enough to not be sitting in his or her seat. I suppose if the person had an invisible head, that would work, too. This isn’t just a taking photos thing, it’s a regular CSS thing.

Whether anyone is in front or not, the view down the other end is pretty nonexistent because of the distortions looking through plexiglass at an angle. I’ve sat in the first few rows in a few places around Verizon Center and they’ve all been better than this one particular seat.

So, I think some things happened down at that end. Like all three goals were scored down there. Some pretty great hits. And John Erskine put a pretty good beat down on Aaron Asham down that way, too.  Wish i had seen them.

To top it all off, my friends up in the seats I’ve had for a while were texting me about the wonder Penguins fans that bought my tickets there. Maybe I got what I deserve. :shrug:

I did get a few decent photos, I think. Ones worth sharing, anyway. Hopefully, no one steals them, prints them and sells them. That would make them different from this photo of Eric Fehr I took at the Winter Classic.

See, a print of that photo, which was signed by Fehr, was up for auction at the Home Game Auction stand outside section 108/109 at last night’s game. No one has ever sought sought and no one has ever received permission to use that photograph for any type of commercial purpose.

The guy manning the table told me it was okay because it had the NHL license sticker on it and if I had a problem to take a card and call their office in Texas.

I take photos at the games because it’s like an OCD thing. I can’t not do it. I don’t exactly have a use for them after I take them, so I share them here or other places like flickr so people that like looking at them can look at them or reshare them. So that people that like writing about the Capitals can include them in their blogs. I don’t share them so that businesses or people can take them and use them to put money in their pockets. In fact, I specifically say that while my photos are free to share, they may not be used for commercial purposes (read: put money in your pocket).

Home Game Auction was selling a print of one of my photos at the Capitals-Penguins game at Verizon Center last night without my permission to use it. It was in Item # 14300-3V10021A-V025-5G3 (or something very similar to that, see the photo below). I could offer all kinds of speculation as to how that came to be, but I won’t. I could go off on an internet rant, but that’s not what I want to do, either (and I hope this doesn’t come across that way).

I’m just incredibly disappointed. And feel betrayed.

People ask me pretty frequently if they can buy prints or high resolution copies of my photos. I tell them that they can’t buy them because I can’t sell them. Among other things, the logos are the property of the teams and the league and I can’t sell images of them without their permission. That’s cool. I get that and I’m fine with it, so I don’t.

Internet 101 is probably something like “If you put something on the internet, someone is going to take it and make money off it.” I’m not okay with that, but I know that’s the way the world is. It would be one thing to find a print of a photo I took of Eric Fehr with a fake signature on eBay. It’s quite another to find it for sale (or up for auction) in Verizon Center at a Capitals game. Complete with a hologram sticker from the league that is supposed to ensure that it is a properly licensed item from the NHL, which it was not.

Like I said, I do have photos to share below and on flickr. Feel free to use them and share them, but please don’t steal them. If you don’t understand what that means, ask. It’s really simple.  Thanks!  If you want to read about the game, check the usual suspects like Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, On Frozen Blog (although they only have something about the fight up now), District Sports Page and the rest that I’m to tired to type now.

See Ya, Semyon

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All of you know this, but the Washington Capitals traded Semyon Varlamov to the Colorado Avalanche today for the Avalanche’s first round pick in next year’s NHL entry draft and their second round pick in 2012 or 2013.  My favorite photo of Varlamov is of “The Save,” of course, from Game One of the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Two years on, it’s still my most viewed photo on flickr.

Some of my favorite Varly photos from the 2010-2011 season:


The rest from last year below:

Was That the Last Time?

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My family has left Verizon Center a lot happier than we did Sunday night following the Washington Capitals 3-2 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Two of their NHL Eastern Conference Semifinal playoff series. We’ve also left feeling a lot worse (at least some of us). But this is the first time since Game Five of the 2009 Semifinal Series against the Pittsburgh Penguins that we haven’t known if it was the last time we’ll leave Verizon Center until the fall. I realized this as my friend Daniel that sits next to us uttered an expletive and hoped out of his seat and down the stairs before I had a chance to open my camera bag when Vincent Lecavalier scored the overtime game winner. I didn’t have the time to process that thought last night with the subsequent events of the evening, but it’s hit me pretty hard today.  I have no fear. Alex Ovechkin said that the Capitals will win two in Tampa. Since I’ve got nothing else, I’ll take it.

More thoughtful thinking stuff can be found in the usual places like Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, On Frozen Blog, and Ed Frankovic. I still can’t get enough of the Capital Outsider box score…it’s just missing “Fire, fire, fire.”

My photos are here and on flickr.

Capitals Work and Win

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The Washington Capitals gave the city of Pittsburgh their first disappointment on Super Bowl Sunday by defeating the Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin-less Penguins 3-0. Despite the victory, there were several scares for the Capitals. In the first period, defenseman Mike Green took a puck to the side of the head and late in the third period, former Capital Matt Cooke took a cheap shot at Alex Ovechkin with a knee on knee hit.

As usual, others like Russian Machine, Japer’s Rink, and On Frozen Blog, have much better write ups because they’re good with those word things…and don’t forget to check out Capitals Outsider box score. Look at my photos below or on flickr.

2011 Winter Classic Part 2

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My second batch of Winter Classic photos. This is the good stuff for Washington Capitals fans. There are still a few others that you may enjoy viewing and they will be added in coming days. When they’re all done, I’ll have one more post with all of them and also a “best of” that just hits the high spots. Thanks for your patience. As usual, you can see them here or on flickr.

Some other places to see Winter Classic photos are Capitals Outsider, On Frozen Blog, CapsSnaps had some great practice day photos, and some assorted fanpost photos at Japer’s Rink.

2011 Winter Classic Part 1

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The NHL’s 2011 Winter Classic was held at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 1, 2011.  The Pittsburgh Penguins hosted the Washington Capitals in a rain delayed outdoor hockey game in a football stadium. Wow! It was incredible in every way.

I took too many photos to sort and select from.  The first bunch of 42 is here and they cover up through Evgeni Malkin’s goal that opened the scoring in the second period.  The good stuff (if you’re a Washington Capitals fan) should be posted tomorrow.

So much has been written already…but I haven’t read any of it yet so I don’t even know what where would be good to link. I have some suspicions, though.

You can look at the photos here or on flickr.  Once I have them all done, I will create a “best of” gallery that should be easier to get through. Thanks for your patience!

Classic – Pics Are Coming…

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I took a lot of photos in Pittsburgh this Winter Classic weekend in Pittsburgh. Churning through them now and they’ll be posted when they’re posted…hopefully a decent sized batch late tonight, probably another tomorrow night, and an odd image here and there over the next few weeks.

Just totally blown away and still recovering from everything.  What an amazing experience at every level!

Penguins Keep Capitals in Check This Time

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The Washington Capitals played hard against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night, but couldn’t quite close.  The first lead they had was after the first shooter in the shootout, but promptly lost that lead when the Penguins first shooter, defenseman Kris Letang, got one past Michal Neuvirth. Six rounds later, it was over with the Penguins heading home as winner in the Winter Classic preview.

There is nothing useful I can say about this game, which is fine, because Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine Never Breaks and others have and will say plenty better than I could anyway.  I took some photos and you can see them below or on flickr.

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