Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Evolution of Dale Hunter, and Why His Maligned Calmness Is Actually a Key to Caps’ Success

Sometimes, the success of an NHL team is just as much about the reinvention of the coach as it is the system or the players themselves.  That’s something of the case for the Capitals’ Dale Hunter. Away from the NHL … Continue reading

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Backstrom Pleased About Green’s Game-Winning Goal

Nicklas Backstrom stood there quietly after the game.  His team had just won 3-2, and the game winning goal scorer, Mike Green, was talking to the media near Backstrom’s locker–too close, in fact, for Backstrom to be able to sit … Continue reading

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El Sombrero Rojo de las Capitales

To whomever thought to bring a red sombrero to a Capitals game on Cinco de Mayo: Well played! Continue reading

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What Happened on That Wideman-Schultz-Holtby Miscommunication

Ed Frankovic talked to Braden Holtby after the game about what happened on the Rangers’ second goal in the Capitals 3-2 win Saturday.  Hear about that and more discussion of the game in the video below.

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All in Our Army Are Now Sufficiently Scarred

This morning’s message is directed at all the newbies — those who’ve donned red just in the past 5-7 years of post lockout puck. Assuming you kept Jimmy Kimmel hours Wednesday night into Thursday morning and, at the onset of … Continue reading

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Skating in the District, 1940s-Style

I enjoy delving into the storied past of my adopted home of Washington, DC. The rare times that my love of hockey and DC history intersect? Well, those moments (like this one) are perfect for boosting a bleary-eyed blogger after three overtimes. Continue reading

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Caps’ Coaches Had Team Ready to Play in Game 3

It was over 100 minutes of blood and a whole lot of sweat, punctuated by brief respites where players could recharge, refuel, and rehydrate.
The happy ending for the hard-working Rangers—53-plus minutes for Ryan McDonagh—doesn’t negate the fact that the Capitals came to play, and their coaching staff had every guy on their roster ready to contribute. Continue reading

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Longest Game In Verizon Center History

Ted Starkey and I try to coherently dissect the Capitals’ 2-1 triple overtime loss after the game Wednesday.

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From Russia with Special Ops Snipe

He’s been pilloried by the press, massively maligned by the Blueshirt masses at the 12-minute mark of each period, dissected and demonized by virtually every prominent voice in our game. But the captain last night not only came up clutch … Continue reading

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