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

Posted in Dmitri Orlov, Eastern Conference, Entry Draft, Evgeny Kuznetsov, George McPhee, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL trade deadline, playoff hockey, Washington Capitals | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Dave Steckel, George McPhee, Matt Bradley, Mike Green, Stanley Cup, Ted Leonsis, The curse of Washington hockey, The Red Army, The Young Guns, Verizon Center, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 28 Comments

‘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

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Eastern Conference, George McPhee, Joel Ward, Morning cup-a-joe, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, playoff hockey, The curse of Washington hockey, Washington Capitals | 15 Comments