The Minnesota Wild and Washington Capitals played a pretty high energy game last night at Verizon Center. Perhaps what was most surprising was that there were no fights. The hitting was hard and tempers were definitely flaring, but no one threw down. For a short time I really thought I we might see Roman Hamrlik get into a rare fight by throw down with Setphane Veilleux after Veilleux used some nasty stick express his outrage over Hamrlik flipping him to the ice. But it was not to be.
What was to be was Braden Holtby pitching a shutout, supported with goals by Jason Chimera, Mathieu Perreault, and Alex Ovechkin (who is hungry for more, although I always seem to miss or mangle the focus on the “feed me” gesture). Without Holtby heroics in the first period, he may have just been holding on late. Getting out of the first period 0-0 was the best thing that happened to the Capitals all night, and they have Holtby to thank for that.
For reading, go where the words are like Russian Machine, Ed Frankovic, Japer’s Rink, District Sports Page, and On Frozen Blog. You can see my photos below or on flickr.
The Washington Capitals lost another one at Verizon Center last night, this time in the gimmick. Both the Capitals and their opponents for the second consecutive day, the New Jersey Devils looked like they wanted to play the entire game as both teams looked like they were running on fumes by the middle of the second period. At least the Capitals got to start the game with six natural defensemen playing D and all six of them were still taking regular shifts at the end of the game. Oh wait. That didn’t happen. If there was a bright spot, it looks like Brooks Laich could actually play defense if the Capitals really need it. But, if they need it, that’s not good.
If you really want to read about this game, try the usual places like Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, District Sports Page, and On Frozen Blog.
Also, read Stephen Whyno’s blog entry at the The Washington Times about Roman Hamrlik’s injury. He was checked into the boards in front of the Devils bench by Vladimir Zharkov and was doubled over in pain on the Capitals bench less than 30 seconds later. Photos of the check and Hamrlik on the bench shortly after are included in the photos below and on flickr.
Even if you couldn’t enjoy the game, I hope you enjoy the photos.
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 lost in another shootout. Go figure. It started well, with two first period goals for the Capitals and none from the Montreal Canadiens. But the Habs flipped that around in the second period. Same story as we keep seeing. In fact, after Mike Knuble scored his power play goal in the first…yes, a power play goal…the only real high point was early in the third period when Alexander Ovechkin upended rookie P.K. Subban at center ice. It was a thing of beauty and I actually got a photo that’s not totally blurry. Subban even took a stupid rookie retaliatory penalty moments later when he couldn’t leave Ovechkin alone.
Then, just a few seconds into that power play, Brooks Laich was hauled down by Roman Hamrlik and inadvertently got his stick in front of Lars Eller. Laich was called for hooking…and you know the rest. Thus, Dino Night was ruined. If you don’t read up at Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, or the others.
Last night was “Turn Back the Clock Night” in appreciation of former Capital Dino Ciccarelli and the Capitals wore their Winter Classic uniforms, which were modeled on the old time Capitals uniforms of the 1970s and 1980s. I’ll have some photos from warm ups tomorrow, but in the meantime, check out Caps Snaps, On Frozen Blog and @ikeastan on flickr up close photos.
My game photos are below and on flickr. Enjoy!