Monthly Archives: February 2012

Caps Find a Way to Win Post-Deadline

By 50 minutes into an NHL game, you’ve begun to draw conclusions about the teams you’ve just witnessed. And it’s (hopefully, if you’re a reporter) left you with questions: one team overall exhibited fairly solid play, fairly good energy throughout … Continue reading

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A Team That’s Tough to Play Against

In hockey, a litany of countries have left their trademark on the sport: you play a Russian style; you pass like the Swedes; you check like a Canadian. But are you as tough to play against as an American? In … Continue reading

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Boxed in, with but Hope and Wishful Thinking the Only Guide Ahead

Monitoring the NHL trade deadline Monday afternoon was a lot like riding the Red Line in early rush hour Monday morning: there was very little movement. The more I thought about where the Caps stood at 3:00 yesterday afternoon the … Continue reading

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On Frozen Blog Trade Deadline Extravaganza

Yes, we’re one day away from the 2012 NHL trade deadline, and many eyes are on the Capitals over the next 24 or so hours. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll admit that speculation on who to sell is … Continue reading

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What Winning Looks Like

“The guys were blocking the shots and paying the price,” Michal Neuvirth, who stopped 30 of 30 shots, told the Caps’ Mike Vogel after Friday’s game against the Canadiens. With a quote like that, you hardly need to be told … Continue reading

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Hitting the Reset Button

I never slow down to peek at roadside car wrecks, but I am going to blog a bit about our barely moving wreck of a hockey team. I’m here with a good deal many more questions than answers, and a … Continue reading

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‘It’s a Team That Lacks an Identity’

On at least three occasions during Monday night’s national television broadcast the NBC Sports studio tandem of Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick explicitly alluded to the Capitals lacking any discernible identity. It’s a sentiment I began expresing on this blog … Continue reading

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A Peek Inside What Caps Players See in Hunter

People can dissect the Dale Hunter plus/minus comment regarding Mike Knuble to their heart’s content; the odd call up (twice) of Joel Rechlicz; and the equally odd call up of Braden Holtby; it’s all fair game for analysis (and when you figure out a logical answer, please give me a call). But the other side of the coin is to figure out if the guys feel they’re growing under Hunter’s tutelage.

Caps Casino Night isn’t really the venue for asking serious hockey questions, but Karl Alzner, Matt Hendricks, Jay Beagle and Mike Green were accommodating nonetheless. Alzner also had some interesting insight into what Hunter’s locker room directives are like between periods in-game (since HBO 24/7 isn’t there to show us). The guys’ comments don’t answer a lot of the aforementioned questions, but they provide an interesting angle to consider in the current state of the Capitals. Continue reading

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Of Hope and Stating the Obvious

Nothing you read here will likely be new to you, nor will it come as any kind of revelation, to be honest. The Caps aren’t in a great state right now. Confidence is low, points are being given up, and … Continue reading

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Questions You Get to Ask Only at Casino Night

Caps Casino Night has got to be one of the most fun events for a journalist to cover, simply because you probably couldn’t get away asking these questions without feeling guilty on an average day at Kettler. Unsuspecting victims for the evening included Mike Green, Jay Beagle, Karl Alzner and Matt Hendricks (who was fresh off a guitar performance on Rock Band).

Oh, and apologizes in advance to Detroit Lions fans. Continue reading

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