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Friday The 13th of Firsts

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Years from now, when I talk to my daughter about last night’s game, we won’t remember that it was a critical Washington Capitals victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. We won’t remember the near epic collapse that had some striking similarity to the time when the Capitals gave up a 4-1 lead to the Toronto Maple Leafs little more than a year ago.

I’m not sure what we will remember….

It could be Karl Azlner’s first fight in the NHL. Or maybe it will be Troy Brouwer’s first hat trick in the NHL. There is an outside chance that we will remember that we sat next two friends of mine by pure happenstance for one period. But, if I really had to guess, it will probably be that she dropped her iPod, a gift from her grandparents,  down a flight of concrete stairs in Verizon Center. And that it didn’t break, crack, or suffer any other meaningful damage. Instead, it suffered just a tiny dent in a corner that may have already been there for some time.

Anyway, read about the game at Russian Machine, Japer’s Rink, Ed Frankovic, and District Sport Page. Look at my photos here and on flickr.  Thanks!

These Capitals Sure are Tricky

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Wow. What a wonderful way to welcome a weekend (albeit an awful alliteration) for the Washington Capitals. A hat trick (maybe? maybe not?) for defenseman Dennis Wideman. Four power play goals for the team. Two blocked shots by Alex Ovechkin (and an attempted third block on the same shift). Luck in net when the Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel couldn’t decide how he wanted to score an easy lay up with the puck sitting 6 inches in front of a wide open net and no Washington Capital within several feet of him. And if you look through my photos below, you’ll see that coach Dale Hunter did a Fonzie impersonation.  Just, “Wow, man, kick ass rock and roll.” (Note: The link is to a song from my younger days that has nothing to do with anything Capitals or hockey related. I just love the line and wanted the excuse.)

For real takes on the game, check out On Frozen Blog, Japer’s Rink, Russian Machine, Ed Frankovic and the all the regulars. For photos, look at mine below or on flickr.  Thanks!

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Why The Capitals Beat The Leafs

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You can read all the recaps you want at those other blogs (when they’re posted) about the Washington Capitals victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at Air Canada Centre.  They’re probably going to talk about Alex Ovehckin’s first hat trick since I don’t know when, Matt Hendricks’ dangle, and a bunch of other things, but none of them are likely to mention the underlying reason it was over before it started (I mean, in addition to the Maple Leafs being the Maple Leafs).

The Capitals had some extra help behind the bench.  Bruce Power to the rescue.

Shoot, it Went to a Shootout

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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.

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