Author Archives: Elisabeth Meinecke

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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Struck Midnight?

  I came to Verizon for the Caps-Rangers Sunday unsure that I’d find the team Mike Rucki got to see play Thursday—and apparently he is the Capitals’ lucky charm, since Rangers goaltender Marty Biron proved too great of a hurdle … Continue reading

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Alzner: I Knew That We Had the Personnel

What are Caps fans supposed to think at this point? Fresh off the team’s 4-3 comeback victory against Boston Tuesday, Karl Alzner stood in the locker room, patiently trying to help me make sense of the Gordian knot that is … Continue reading

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A Changing Storyline, Or More of the Same?

For only 18 games into the season, the Capitals have managed enough turnarounds and contradictions to rival the drama you’d get watching The Bachelor. (Before you ask, my roommates watch it. I just happen to be in the room.) The … Continue reading

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Mental Endurance

The Washington-New Jersey game, if it did nothing else Thursday, gave Capitals fans emotional whiplash, as it went from a lullaby to fireworks to a full-out penalty box parade within a 60-minute framework.   Before the ugly for the Capitals, … Continue reading

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Hairspray Can Be for NHL Players, Too; Also, Beagle Compliments Female Fans’ Hockey Knowledge

Even the most diehard Capitals fan could likely have learned something new at the Capitals’ Hockey ‘n Heels event at Kettler Monday evening. I’ve been covering the team for over three seasons now, and I had no idea, for example, … Continue reading

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Holtby’s Edge: Student of the Game

In Braden Holtby’s world, perfect scores do not always equal perfect goaltending. By the time Holtby spoke to the media moments after his team’s 5-0 win over the Florida Panthers Saturday, the goaltender had already analyzed what he needed to … Continue reading

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