Category Archives: Jason Arnott

Referendum Hockey Is Here

We are going to learn a great deal about the DNA of the Washington Capitals over the next 36 hours. Immediately before them is an enormous if suddenly unexpected task: attempting to gain, on the road, viability in a series … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, American Hockey League, Bruce Boudreau, Calder Cup, Hershey Bears, Jason Arnott, Marcus Johansson, Michal Neuvirth, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL playoffs, Nicklas Backstrom, Tampa Bay Lightning, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 28 Comments

A Bad Matchup Indeed — for New York

This Rangers club was supposed to be a bad matchup for these Capitals. Big up front, racsally around the net, opportunistic offensively, a good defensive club backstopped by a premiere netminder. Turns out, the Capitals are a very bad matchup … Continue reading

Posted in Dennis Wideman, Eastern Conference, Jason Arnott, Jason Chimera, John Carlson, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Marcus Johansson, Michal Neuvirth, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, Washington Capitals | 11 Comments

OFB TV: Game 1 Impact Dissected

We visit with Baltimore WNST’s Ed Frankovic in the postgame last night to assess the impact of the Capitals’ game 1 triumph. Jason Arnott gets love, but Ed also makes an important observation about the resiliency of this Rangers’ club … Continue reading


Posted in Ed Frankovic, Jason Arnott, Mike Green, New media, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, OFB TV | 1 Comment

I’m Naming My Next Dog Lou Lamoriello

Seldom are overtime triumphs in the NHL postseason secured with slick, tick-tack-toe playmaking and virtuoso conversion. Most often, it’s a turnover in a lethal part of the ice, a bizarre deflection off a skate, maybe a bad line change leading … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Semin, Bruce Boudreau, George McPhee, Jason Arnott, Michal Neuvirth, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, NHL playoffs, Sudden death hockey, Washington Capitals | 9 Comments

Maybe, Just Maybe, the Stars at Last Are Aligning

I know as well as anyone in this town what this morning is supposed to represent . . . and optimism isn’t encoded in it. These are the NHL playoffs after all, and our local entry in them is a … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Bruce Boudreau, Dennis Wideman, Eastern Conference, George McPhee, Jason Arnott, Marco Sturm, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, Washington Capitals | 4 Comments

Memo to the Revisionists: It Was a Tale of Two Seasons

How will you remember the 2010-11 Capitals’ regular season? I ask because at least one prominent person in town – the team owner — thinks that to date I’ve judged his team too harshly on the campaign. My critique began near the end of last summer, when I observed management execute a largely passive approach to roster improvement in the offseason, while East rivals Pittsburgh and Philly aggressively improved. Not that I’m a throw-mad-money-at-free-agents kind of guy; never have been, never will be. But if you’ve just been vanquished in round one, as the Caps were last April, and you sit on your hands all summer, rest assured your conference peers will gain ground on you.

Through about 50 games into 2010-11, there was plenty of ground-gaining, you’ll recall. For instance: the Caps, having won the Southeast division title just a year ago by 40 points, trailed the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Southeast in late February. That’s ground-gaining alright. And it’s not as if Tampa in the offseason acquired Bobby Orr and Mr. Hockey in their prime. Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Bruce Boudreau, Dennis Wideman, Front Office, George McPhee, HBO's 24/7, Jason Arnott, Marco Sturm, Marcus Johansson, Mike Green, Mike Knuble, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Scott Hannan, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals | 16 Comments

OFB TV: A Talk With Royalty

We get a chance to talk with Jack and Adam from Kings of Leonsis after the Caps 5-4 OT victory against the Buffalo Sabers. We talk about the ongoing goalie battle, Ovi and Arnott and the play of John Carlson. Continue reading

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More One-Goal Drama, Further Climbing up the Standings

You didn’t want this one preserved on the DVR, but the bottom line is that a Mike Green-less Capitals club has scratched and clawed its way through a litany of one-goal victories of late to reclaim first place in the … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Boyd Gordon, Bruce Boudreau, Eastern Conference, Florida Panthers, Jason Arnott, Marco Sturm, Marcus Johansson, National Hockey League, Scott Hannan, Southeast Division, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals | Leave a comment

Another OFB Young Gun Gets a FoxSports Shout-out

We like to remind admirers of our Lis Meinecke that she hasn’t been on the new media hockey beat for two full years, which makes her callout by this afternoon all the more special. Way to go Lis!

Posted in Hockey blogging, Jason Arnott, National Hockey League, New media, OFB, Washington the hockey town | 2 Comments

Watch Your Back, Philly et al.: Caps Are on the Move

New Capital Dennis Wideman said Tuesday after a 2-1 overtime win against the Islanders that it was the type of game that could turn things around, good news for a team hoarding untapped potential for much of the season. Thursday, the team started proving him right, beating the St. Louis Blues 3-2 at Verizon. Even better, the second line combination of Jason Arnott, Brooks Laich, and Alexander Semin has everyone salivating over early-achieved chemistry and its production capability.
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Posted in Alexander Semin, Brooks Laich, Bruce Boudreau, Jason Arnott, Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals | 8 Comments