Category Archives: Brooks Laich

Are the Capitals Finding Their Identity?

Going into Saturday’s game against Boston, the Capitals were in an interesting situation–they’d won, in overtime, against a division rival, but their penalty kill unit had let in two goals. In fact, the unit had looked anything but aggressive–a characteristic … Continue reading

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What Brooks Laich’s Injury Means for the Capitals, No GQ Magazine Call for Orlov

The Capitals lost 4-1 to the Boston Bruins Sunday, and they also lost a key piece when center Brooks Laich went to the locker room game with an undisclosed injury that kept him out for the rest of the game … Continue reading

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Washington Capitals in the Wayback Machine?

Watching tonight’s Washington Capitals game, as well as their recent victory over Boston, felt eerily familiar. The Caps’ roster was relatively devoid of superstars, they fought hard, beat a better team (vs. Boston) and lost a close one to a divisional rival tonight.

Without Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Mike Green, this Capitals team is surprisingly similar to the Capitals of almost a decade ago… a hard-charging team that delighted and sometimes frustrated its fans.

How so, you ask? Read on… and while these comparisons are far from perfect, consider them food for thought: Continue reading

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Looking for the Smiles to Come Back

It was odd to go into the same locker room at Verizon, the same media post game press room, stare at the home bench from the press box, and know Bruce Boudreau wasn’t going to be there last night. If … Continue reading

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Are Slightly Shorter Shifts Helping the Caps’ Third Line?

For the first quarter of the Capitals’ 2011-2012 season, there was much deserved attention around what started out as the third line of Jason Chimera, Brooks Laich, and Joel Ward.  Chimera is leading the team in goals, and, when giving … Continue reading

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The Final Note on Caps’ 2011 Preseason

Sunday night was the Capitals’ last preseason game before their home opener Saturday against Carolina, and the Caps managed a 4-1 win against a Chicago roster that left off several of the Blackhawks’ best players. Some notes on the final … Continue reading

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Dissecting the Caps’ Style: Tilting the Ice

Scotty Bowman emphasized speed for his Stanley Cup winning Montreal Canadiens. Herb Brooks preached conditioning for his 1980 Olympic gold-medal USA team. Up until last season, we thought we knew the playing style blueprint for Bruce Boudreau hockey clubs. But … Continue reading

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