Category Archives: HBO’s 24/7

A Midseason Moment Meriting Deep and Poignant Reflection

General Manager George McPhee met with media at Kettler Capitals late this week, in a bit of a State of the Capitals Union address. He shared significant reflections on notable topics, including the conspicuously terrific play of Capitals’ prospects at … Continue reading

Posted in Cody Eakin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, George McPhee, HBO's 24/7, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Prospects, USA Hockey, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town, Winter Classic 2011, World Junior Championships | Leave a comment

The Frenchie That Saved Washington

Weeks or months hence, perhaps even during a springtime parade, will we look back at the 34-second mark of period two in Ottawa December 19, and of that night’s second stanza more generally, both of which belonged to Matty, and … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, American Hockey League, Andrew Gordon, Bruce Boudreau, Eastern Conference, HBO's 24/7, Hershey Bears, John Carlson, Mathieu Perreault, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals, Winter Classic 2011 | 5 Comments

We’re in a Winter Wonderland of Existential Puck Purgatory

A week away from Christmas, my thoughts pucks are dark, wholly free of Yuletide cheer. It’s awful. I can’t recall anything quite like this since following this team from its inception — a moment when so much promise surrounding this … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich, Bruce Boudreau, Eastern Conference, George McPhee, HBO's 24/7, Media, Montreal Canadiens, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, NHL playoffs, Washington Capitals | 25 Comments

Deep Reflections on a Frozen Culture

HBO, the media outlet that’s cost us our season, begins airing tonight its malevolently intrusive documentary series ’24/7 Penguins/Capitals: The Road to the NHL Winter Classic.’ The first of the four-part hit-job on our standings standing airs at 10:00 Eastern, … Continue reading

Posted in Brooks Laich, Eastern Conference, HBO's 24/7, Media, National Hockey League, Pittsburgh Penguins, TV, Washington Capitals, Winter Classic 2011 | 3 Comments

Forget the SI Jinx, We’ve Got an HBO Curse!

As the minor penalties piled up high and thick on the guests at Verizon Center last night, and went uncapitalized upon by the hosts, a definite dread set in. It was 5-0 Caps in power plays earned through Monday’s night’s … Continue reading

Posted in Eastern Conference, Florida Panthers, HBO's 24/7, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Southeast Division, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town, Winter Classic 2011 | 12 Comments

Potentially a Landscaping-Altering — and Enhancing — Moment

In a Sports Illustrated column listing holiday gifts he’d give to each NHL club, what Darren Eliot offered the Capitals yesterday caught my attention: “A remote control to fast-forward the regular season because anything they do now is inconsequential. They … Continue reading

Posted in HBO's 24/7, Mathieu Perreault, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Other sports, Southeast Division, The President's Trophy, Verizon Center, Washington Capitals, Washington Redskins, Washington the hockey town, Washington the would-be sports town, Winter Classic 2011 | 9 Comments

Still a Work in Progress: Skating with Killer Instinct

Who knew HBO cameras would arrive in town this week to begin filming a horror movie? Monday night at Verizon Center was a drama that took a horrific turn for the hosts in the game’s final 10 minutes, when a … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Semin, Bruce Boudreau, HBO's 24/7, Hershey Bears, Jeff Schultz, Mathieu Perreault, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Nicklas Backstrom, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals | 8 Comments