Monthly Archives: December 2008

Mike Gartner Number Retirement and Caps / Leafs Game Open Thread

Mike Gartner Number Retirement and Caps / Leafs Game Open Thread Continue reading

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Hockey’s Greatest Week

It’s the most wonderful time of the hockey year. This year-concluding week is a special one for our sport. With some subtlety but unmistakably NHL games are taking on greater importance, as the standings begin to reflect less of a pack mentality. Continue reading

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Another New Years Day Television Postcard for Hockey?

In meteorological circles, it’s still a bit early to get excited, but the advance weather forecast for Chicago on News Years Day looks rather hockey idyllic: a high of 31, with intermittent snow showers. Given the success of last year’s event in snowy Buffalo, and given the appeal of this season’s matchup between Original Six squads Detroit and Chicago, both of whom are enjoying terrific seasons, NBC and the NHL could be looking at a followup winner come Thursday. Continue reading


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“Has the Voice”? I Wish I Did

I got an email from Ralph yesterday leading up to the Capitals/Sabres game in which he said, “My opener on MSG-TV tonight calls Ovechkin ‘everyone’s favorite man in red’. ” (The opener is the intro voiceover/video pimping the broadcast and the game matchup. Locally on Comcast SportsNet, Joe Beninati handles the duties rather than hiring outside talent.) Though he didn’t have a link to a video clip, he sent me the basic script:
The Christmas presents are opened…
And the Sabres have barely had time to clean up the wrapping paper.
This morning…they’re off on their “sleigh” to the Nations Capital…as the long grind of the NHL season continues.
Tonight…Washington…and everyone’s favorite man in red.
No…not him. (shot of Santa).
HIM. (shot of Ovechkin). Continue reading

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Boxing Day Knockout Punch

YouTube clip of Alexander Ovechkin’s goal against the Buffalo Sabres on 26 December, 2008. Continue reading

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Helmer 2 Helpers, AO Dazzles, Throws Salt on Wound: Caps 3, Sabres 2

Helmer 2 Helpers, AO Dazzles, Throws Salt on Wound: Caps 3, Sabres 2 Continue reading

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Caps / Sabres Boxing Day Open Thread

Caps / Sabres Boxing Day Open Thread Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from OFB

Among his collection of seasonal songs on ‘James Taylor at Christmas,’ Taylor covers Joni Mitchell’s classic ‘The River.’ It’s a lament of lost love, and its narrator expresses a longing for the care-free serenity of a frozen river, for skating.
We at OFB wish all of you only the prosperity of love and all the joys of the season, and if you’re fortunate enough to have as well a frozen river nearby, skate it for us. Continue reading

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On Frozen Pod – Christmas With Lisa Hillary

Welcome to the debut of On Frozen Pod, our new monthly podcast. Each month we’ll seek to bring you a fresh, lighthearted side of some of the leading voices covering hockey in Washington. For our debut episode we were thrilled to sit down with Comcast’s Lisa Hillary and learn a little about what Christmas means up in Canada to the Hillary family, her aversion to dating hockey players, her enthusiasm for playing quarters out in public parks, and what tracks she has on her iPod. Continue reading

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Reinforcements and Resiliency: Caps 5, Rags 4

Caps spot the Rangers 4, Storm Back in the 3rd, Win in OT Continue reading

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