Bonzai Delivers a Last-Minute New Years Eve Dagger!

With the Alumni Pittsburgh Penguins clinging to a 5-4 lead and with Caps’ netminder Don Beaupre pulled for a sixth attacker this morning, old no. 12 seriously dampened the New Years spirits of the hosts with an equalizer strike!

“BONZAI!!!” I stood up and shouted, fists pumping, from my third row perch in section 122. The 275 or so surrounding blue- and black-sweatered Pens’ supporters in the section didn’t take too kindly to my show of exuberance.

And that’s the way the Alumni game ended; while thousands of home team supporters screamed for a shootout, the overwhelming majority of the game’s players played in a non-shootout era, so a tie seemed a fitting outcome. It was also a most unexpected one — that was one Hall of Fame-loaded aged Pens’ roster, while perhaps fittingly, the Caps came to the game with a rag-tag band of lunch-palers. And don’t let any ‘Burgher try and tell you that his squad didn’t want this exhibition win in the worst way; Mario and Bryan Trottier and Larry Murphy and Paul Coffey were double- and triple shifting in the final frame to try and better the Caps again. Not today.

Making the final all the sweeter.

The Pens went ahead on a power play goal with about 5 minutes remaining . . . and then quite conspicuously, the game suddenly was played with a running clock! Classic Penguins’ cheating. Figures. And let’s consider the way this Winter Classic weekend is suddenly unfolding. The Hershey Bears last night carried off a gigantic upset of the Baby Pens, 1-0 at Consol Energy Center, with Braden Holtby earning the shutout. Now we have our Alumni Caps doing us proud. Omen for the big game?

Overcast and cool conditions greeted Caps and Pens alumni this morning

The Capitals News Network's Dave Nichols and his wife Cheryl brought a little Red Army flavor to Heinz Field Friday morning

About 12 hours early I wanted to New Years Eve kiss these proud patriots in their historic Army garb

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1 Response to Bonzai Delivers a Last-Minute New Years Eve Dagger!

  1. sonja says:

    If I might add … the Washington Little Caps (U14) soundly trounced Crosby’s old team (Cole Harbor) 7-2 earlier this week. There is a nice youth hockey tournament going on which includes young Pittsburgh teams, young Washington teams and the teams that both Crosby and Ovechkin played on when they were young. You can read more about it here –

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