I would be lying if I tried to say that I wasn’t holding out a little bit of hope that someone on the Washington Capitals would make former Capitals Matt Bradley bleed, preferably by Alexander Semin going all bongos on him. And I’m sure I wasn’t the only one. Instead Semin scored like he just didn’t care in the Capitals 3-0 victory and Panthers fans everywhere were left thinking #NeedsMoreBradley. You know what? It’s probably better that it worked out that way. But, you know what? I still want to see Bradley bleed a little bit at Verizon Center. And so do you.
It was also the return of former Capital Tomas Fleischmann who was traded to the Colorado Avalanche last season and signed with the Panthers an unrestricted free agent over the summer. We were treated to vintage Flash, complete without the closing sizzle. I have personally always wanted to see him do well and hope he does so…against other teams, not the Capitals.
And Jose Theodore returned as well, but he sat on the bench. :yawn:
Of course, it was the first time goalie Tomas Vokoun faced the Panthers since leaving them for the Capitals in the off season. Shutting them out must have felt nice.
It was probably the most complete game the Capitals have played this season. But you don’t come here to read my thoughts about things like that. You go to places like District Sports Page (and their photos), The Peerless, Russian Machine, Japer’s Rink, and Ed Frankovic.
You come here to see photos from the games and that’s what I’ve got below and on flickr. Hope you enjoy!
The Washington Capitals concluded their four game homestead with a fourth loss, bringing their current skid to 5 games since they saw the win column. While it was one of the best games the Capitals have played in this down period, they didn’t appear to be play with desperation until late in the third period which was, uh, too late. Again.
A few things were interesting to note during the game. For players on both teams, skating away from everyone else seemed to be the same as an express trip to falling to the ice. While the puck didn’t seem to bouncing any worse than usual at Verizon Center, I don’t recall seeing so many players fall for no reason on a single night. In some ways, it was a reminder at, on the whole, how much better the ice at Verizon has seemed to be this season compared to the past. It’s been a Monumental improvement. Except for the falling tonight.
What was fun to watch was Tomas Fleischmann’s return to DC…skating for the team he was traded to just a couple weeks ago. His stats line was similar to a normal Caps game when he played for us and was in the box for Matt Hendricks’ third period power play goal. Nice to have Flash back? I always kind of liked him (not that I was able to use him on a fantasy team last year when he was really hot or anything), but like everyone else, wished his flashes of scoring were more than just flashes. But we have Scott Hannan now, so we have that going for us, which is good.
Read more about the depressing loss at Japer’s Rink and Russian Machine, and I’m sure On Frozen Blog will have some good stuff later in the morning, too, because, you know, they always do. 35 photos below and on flickr.
Oh, and my wife is wonderful despite I lost the symbol of my love for her and will probably never find it…but if you see it, please let me know. Looks like this one.
WASHINGTON, DC – November 3, 2010: Washington Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth (#30) follows the puck after making a save against the Toronto Maple Leafs during their NHL ice hockey game at Verizon Center.
In an uneven performance against the skidding Toronto Maple Leafs, the Washington Capitals scraped out a shootout win Wednesday night. After a 3 goal outburst in the second period, the Capitals gave it all up and more in the third before Alex Semin scored a nifty powerplay goal to tie it all up at 4…and then he scored the shootout clincher after overtime.
Something I haven’t seen mentioned elsewhere yet (I could have missed it) was how Tomas Fleischmann’s stick went flying into the crowd in the first period. During the TV time out that followed, linesman Brian Murphy assisted Fleischmann exchange another stick with the fan for the one that went flying. Flash scored with that stick in the second period. Maybe Fehr should take some notes?
It may also be worth noting that Colton Orr looked like he was having too much fun during his prolonged fight with DJ King. Or maybe he just likes fighting so much he can’t help but smile?
You don’t want to read about the game here. Many others like Russian Machine Never Breaks, Japer’s Rink, On Frozen Blog and all the usual suspects have already done it…and probably done a better job than I could do right now.As long as you’re here, and probably the only reason you’re here, is to look at the pretty pictures. See them below or on flickr.
WASHINGTON, DC – October 23, 2010: Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin (#28) celebrates scoring his third goal of the night with Brooks Laich (#21) against the Atlanta Thrashers during their NHL ice hockey game at Verizon Center.
Number one NBA draft pick John Wall was a guest in Ted Leonsis’ box last night to watch Alex Semin score three and notch his first hat trick of the 2010-11 season last night against the Atlanta Thrashers. In a game that was in doubt until Tomas Fleischmann scored the game winner in overtime, Alex Semin was the star of the show with three goals, two coming off assists from AHL call up Matthieu Perrault. Mike Knuble put on another penalty killing clinic in the third period, at one point tying up all five Thrashers skaters deep in their own end during a Thrashers power play. The Capitals power play looked better, but kept sputtering despite the partial return of Mike Green. Alex Ovechkin was very quiet playing in his third consecutive game without any points…the first time he has done that since 2008, but he did throw a nice check that sent Thrashers’ forward Andrew Ladd head over heels into the Thrashers bench.
Read recaps at Japer’s Rink, The Peerless, Russian Machine Never Breaks and all the other regular Capitals blogs. Some of my photos can be seen here or on flickr.