Author Archives: Elisabeth Meinecke

Closing My Jaw: Capitals Win Southeast

Three gritty goals. One pretty goal. One empty-netter. It’s a ratio the Capitals will have to remember from here on out, because it’s almost “that” time of year, when making highlight-reel shots usually means you’re on the golf course. The … Continue reading

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Adam Oates’ Winning Coaching Philosophy: Be Professional

There are many ways we categorize coaches in the NHL: players’ coach, offensive-minded coach, defensive-minded coach—there’s a label for every situation. When a new guy steps into the head coaching position, he’s peppered with questions about his system, players’ positioning … Continue reading

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A Praiseworthy Triumvirate

What looked like a cool-headed decision by Matt Hendricks in the first period might well have been the reason the Capitals eked out their seventh straight win Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Late in the first period, Tampa’s … Continue reading

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Becoming Brothers

Calming, focusing, not panicking. That’s what it’s like in the Capitals’ locker room, according to goaltender Braden Holtby, in situations such as the first intermission Thursday, when the team was down 1-0 and had clawed its way back from a … Continue reading

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Reality Check

There have been two paragraphs haunting me this NHL season since I read them February 5 on Backhand Shelf. They come from an epic post by Justin Bourne about when teams realize they aren’t very good: Continue reading

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“You Wonder Why We Yell”

Forget hockey plays. What really worried the Capitals’ Joel Ward momentum-wise in the Capitals’ 5-3 win over Buffalo Sunday night was the minor power outage at Verizon Center at the start of the third period. “We were just glad it … Continue reading

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After Earlier Rejection, Oleksy Ends Up With First Dance

Finding someone to fight in the course of 60 minutes turned into a long-term project for Capitals Matt Hendricks and Steve Oleksy Tuesday. Down 3-0 in the third, Oleksy finally managed to locate a Carolina Hurricane willing to drop the … Continue reading

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