The Washington Capitals game against the Buffalo Sabres was another thriller that ended with an overtime victory, this time off the stick of Alex Ovechkin. It was a milestone night in several ways. Jason Arnott scored his 400th goal in the NHL, it was the 100th consecutive sellout at Verizon Center for the Capitals, and it was the 1,757th and final game in referee Bill McCreary’s NHL career. It also saw a Capitals defensive pairing of Sean Collins and Tyler Sloan…who managed to be nowhere near the ice for the combined nine goals.
It was also fan appreciation night and the Capitals gave their jerseys to fans. I’ll have some photos from that up later today [update: a bunch of them turned into video].
Read about it at the places that know how to write about games like Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, and Ed Frankovic. Look at my photos here or on flickr (and check out @ikeastan‘s pics, too!)
Last year, I had the sudden opportunity to grab a couple photos of NHL referee Bill McCreary under Verizon Center. My daughter was strapped in and about to go for a ride on the Olympia (“Olympia” just doesn’t have the same ring as Zamboni) during the first intermission of the game between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals. I heard someone yelling, turned around and McCreary was describing ice conditions and relaying player complaints to the Olympia operator and spoke briefly with Comcast Sport Net personality Alan May.
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I thought, “Hey! That’s Bill McCreary!” and then thought, “I have a camera.” Only two photos and they’re not really good, but I have them. Thought I’d post them in honor of McCreary refereeing his final NHL regular season game tonight which will also be at Verizon Center in Washington, DC.