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Ovechkin Can’t Shake the Blues

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Even though it was Dale Hunter’s debut as the new coach of the Washington Capitals, all I could think about on the way home was the blinding visibility of Alex Ovechkin’s frustration standing in stark contrast to the chants of “OH-vie! OH-vie!” we heard for the first time this season just last week.

On Frozen Blog posed the question late last night “has Hunter solved the Ovi/breakaway frustration?” Despite a first period assist we got to see him spin around killing the air with his stick at the end of one shift where he couldn’t make anything happen. A little more than five minutes into the third period he ended another shift skating back to the bench screaming an obscenity loud enough to be clearly heard in the 200 level on the south side of the Verizon Center. Then, just in case we couldn’t hear it the first time, he yelled it again. That seems more Great Frustrate than Great 8 to me.

Hopefully, things turn around soon. As a ticket buying fan, I miss the fun. A lot. Of course, pretty much everything gets forgiven if we’re still going to games in June. In the words of Joe Strummer, “On the road to rock ‘n’ roll, there’s a lot of wreakage [sic] in the ravine.”

You all know where to go to read about all the game, what went right and what didn’t. On Frozen Blog, Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, Ed Frankovic, District Sports Page, and so on. My photos are below and on flickr.

Capitals Beat The Blues

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The Washington Capitals beat the St. Louis Blues last night by a score of 3-2 and won a second consecutive home game for the first time since…since what seems like a long, long time ago.  The game winning goal was scored by Jason Arnott to give him two points in two games as a Capital.  The best news of the night was how the power play was working. They didn’t score and the Capitals only had a single power play on the night, but it looked a lot better than it has a terribly long time.  In many ways, the Capitals look like a team that has turned a corner. In this second game after the trade deadline, the new players (Arnott, Dennis Wideman, and Marco Sturm) appear to be inserting themselves into the team makeup in good, good ways. The chemistry is visibly different.  Players are talking to each other more during stops in play.  They’re patting each other on the backs when they do good things. They’re smiling. It looks good.

Read more about the game at Japer’s Rink and Russian Machine, check out the Capitals Outsider box score, and see more photos at On Frozen Blog (yeah, weird, ain’t it?) and from BridgetDS on flickr. See my photos below or on flickr. Thanks!

 

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