January 27, 2013
caps game day

I’m baaaaaaa-aaack.  The Caps are looking for their first win this afternoon against Buffalo.  Washington is bad hasn’t looked quite right this season, with players thinking through the game rather than skating.  Everyone’s learning a new system, and some growing pains are expected.  A shortened training camp was not helpful, but the Caps need to start winning, not start making excuses.  A 4 game losing streak this year is more like a 7 game skid in a full season, so not good.  A quick note: I couldn’t actually watch the last game (L-Devils), but we I’m going to believe that taking a team into overtime was a good sign.  Baby steps.

What I’d like to see:

More top line production:  Backstrom has 2 assists, Ovechkin has one.  The only young gun (still in DC) with a goal is Mike Green.  Our leading scorer is Joel Ward.  That’s great for him, but not what you want to see.

Ovechkin level somebody: does this need explaining?

A win, dammit.

What I don’t want to see:

An early deficit; score early, score often.  Get the fans back into it.

A deflated fan base: give the players some energy, As Thom Loverro (@thomloverro) put it: “Did I wander into a #Wizards game? It’s like a mausoleum in Verizon Center..”   Adherance to WIDWTS #1 would help a lot with this.

Another loss, dammit.

Go Caps!

April 16, 2012
caps game day

Let’s do this, ladies and gents.  After two nail biters in Beantown, the Capitals return from Boston with a tied series, some defensive momentum, and a confident goalie.  

Let’s start with the defense.  Each game has been close and tightly played, and it seems to be working in the Capitals advantage.  Game 1 was lost on an odd man rush, something the Caps had held in check the first 61 minutes.  They won Game 2 by playing even better defense, eventually putting a second goal home after some great cycle work.  The Capitals seem determined to hold the league’s second-best offense in check, and unlike the team who lost so many lopsided affairs in the regular season, they are.  This may be the best post-season hockey played by a Washington squad since Ovechkin came to town.  The goals will come when the top line isn’t facing Zdeno Chara, possibly the best defenseman in the league, and one who directly counters Ovechkin’s signature moves with his exceptionally long reach.  For now, I love the effort he (and all his teammates watching the C on his sweater) are putting out.  Ovechkin is reveling in the contact, seeking out Chara and his linemate Seidenberg for collisions akin to train wrecks.  I’m not worried about the offense at all, they’re playing the right way and will eventually be rewarded.  If you expected Tim Thomas to turn into a sieve, I’m sorry.  

Pittsburgh can keep their 4-goals-and-a-loss games to themselves, I’d much rather see the Caps play buttoned up and win.  It’s still a long way to go before we can look ahead, but for now lets enjoy a team that looks like it has finally learned how to play playoff hockey.

Some other quick notes:

  • would love to see Joel Ward earn some of that money we’re paying him
  • Braden Holtby is turning in yet another great performance by a Capitals   untested young goalie
  • great to see Backstrom score
  • if you’re reading this and going to the game, you could do worse than RMNB’s signs and masks for some Tim Thomas mockery.  In case you’ve forgotten, Tim Thomas snubbed a certain resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Regardless of your political leanings, this could make for a hilarious crowd picture.  And if it bother Free Citizen Timmy, well, that offense could turn around faster than expected.

As always, 
Rock the Red and UNLEASH THE FURY!!!

From the Washington Post, courtesy of The Washington Capitals 

March 24, 2012
Backstrom update

From the Washington Post: “The Capitals’ star center has been cleared for full participation in practice with no restrictions”

And there was much rejoicing 

January 18, 2012
caps game day/KILL RENE BORQUE

Karma, bitch!  After a dirty elbow to the noggin of the Caps best player during the first half of the season, Nicklas Backstrom, Rene probably thought he could rest easy in the Western Conference, safe from the like of Matt Hendricks and John Erskine.  HE WAS WRONG.  He has since been traded to everyone’s favorite riot town, Montreal (sorry, Vancouver), where he gets to face Backstrom’s brothers-in-arms.  Backstrom has been out since the hit with a concussion.  Get well soon Nick, everyone else: you know what to do.

There’s an actual game against the Canadiens tonight too, hopefully the Caps will score more than they did last night when they lost 3-0 to the Islanders.  Fight begins Puck drops at 7:30 GMT-5.

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