Monthly Archives: December 2007

WJC Update: Early Dominance Against the Finns

You think the Tampa Bay Lightning have goaltender issues now? Their 2006 first-rounder, Riku Helenius, didn’t make it out of today’s second period against the United States at the World Juniors. U.S. 5, Finland 0. And it’s still early. JVR … Continue reading

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The Great Outdoors: On Ice-Covered Buffalo Wings and Frostbitten Big Lips

My New Year’s wish: that 64,000 of the expected 74,000 fans packing Buffalo’s football stadium tomorrow afternoon for the Winter Classic are Maple Leaf fans donning blue and white Leafs’ sweaters. Give the NHL credit when credit is due: the … Continue reading

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Radio Somewhere, Special, on a Special Saturday Night

Holiday partying during Saturday’s you’re-a-dolt-if-you-missed-that-one in Ottawa, I managed to catch Jonathon Warner’s post-game ebullience on 3WT making my way home, and thereby felt as if I hadn’t missed a thing. Confession: I’ve done a terribly poor job of touting … Continue reading

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Knee-Jerks @ Ottawa – 12/29/07

The Caps need to play more games in the Province of Ontario, eh? A crazy affair where both goaltenders took it on the chin. Great steal and stuff by Semin on the first goal of the game. Getting ahead in … Continue reading

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Worst vs. Best? Worst 8 / Best 6

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Fashion Week Comes Early

I’ve been looking for a little black Caps jersey for DC Sports Chicklet. (I want hers to match mine; I’m a cheeseball.) Gustafsson sent me a link to a website offering exactly what I wanted, and as I was browsing … Continue reading

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No Miracle: U.S. 3, Russia 2

What is it about no-name American rosters and their matchups against Russia? Ruegsegger, van Riemsdyk (tourney’s leading scorer), and Mike Carmen with tallies today, Carmen’s the game-winner, in the Americans’ 3-2 victory over Russia. Meanwhile, Sweden stunned the Canadians 4-3. … Continue reading

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Something Big Is Building in Chitown

The Hawks lost Martin Havlat to a groin injury this week, but otherwise, the end of 2007 may¬†be signaling the winds of most welcome change for the fate of this long floudering franchise. On Wednesday night a crowd of 20,511 … Continue reading

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Powering Past the Swiss: U.S. 4, Switzerland 2

Team USA today capitalized on Swiss penalties, scoring four times in extra-man situations en route to a 4-2 victory in WJC action. Colin Wilson scored a pair for the Americans, and Jeremy Smith earned his second victory in as many … Continue reading

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A Meditation on Capital Punishment

Sober, erudite analysis, arrived at by the deliberate accumulation of core facts and data, is generally the immediate casualty in the raw aftermath of a bitter defeat at the hands and skates of an undeserving rival. Armed with this sage … Continue reading

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