Category Archives: John Erskine

A Tale Of Two Teams

So where was this Capitals team for the first month of the season? Two goals in the first 3:10, which chased Panthers’ starting netminder Jacob Markstrom. Then two more on Scott Clemmenson to make it four goals on their first eight shots. Three points each for Ovechkin and Ribiero, plus ratings handed out like Halloween candy, and a confident performance by Braden Holtby just one bounce shy of a goose egg. Continue reading


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Erskine on Asham Fight: Whatever Happened With Beags, It Happened Between Them

The John Erskine vs. Arron Asham fight in the first period of Thursday’s Caps-Pens game seemed self-explanatory: it looked like retaliation for Asham’s lambasting of Capitals forward Jay Beagle in October and his classless gesture afterwards. But Erskine, after Thursday’s … Continue reading

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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

The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody

After John Erskine and Jared Boll dropped the gloves Thursday, a quality fight’s memory got lost in the aftermath of Erskine leaving the game in the next period as an injury “precautionary” measure, according to Bruce Boudreau, which forced the … Continue reading

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Mr. Hat Trick Strikes Again Against Tampa

Alexander Semin certainly seems to have the Lightning’s number this year. In two games he has six goals against them and last night he scored his three in just over four minutes. It took his goal total of the year to 17 and also gave him his third hat trick of the season. He scored the fastest natural hat trick in the NHL since Bobby Ryan did it in 2:21 in Jan., 2009. Continue reading

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Mike Knuble: Goat No Longer

Let us sacrifice more goats, I say. (But not Goat.) Mike Knuble had, by my count, at least three quality scoring chances in tight on Henrik Lundqvist just in Tuesday night’s first period, and as all of them went unlit … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Incompetent officiating, Joe Beninati, John Erskine, Karl Alzner, Mike Green, Mike Knuble, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, New York Rangers, The Great Old Patrick Division, Washington Capitals | 7 Comments

Late-Night Gamewatch Duty Falls Upon the Young

One of the virtues of having undergraduate associates is that they can be assigned to monitor West Coast games while we old geezers hit the hay around period two for work in the morning. Take it away, night owls: 1st … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau, Colorado Avalanche, Craig Laughlin, Joe Beninati, John Erskine, Jose Theodore, Lisa Hillary, Washington Capitals | 2 Comments

The Habs Spoil a Wonderful Family Reunion

It was very much a family affair at Verizon Center on Friday night. The Red Army family endured a rare evening of frustration and torment from the home team’s missed opportunity after missed opportunity, culminating with the Capitals’ 3-2 defeat to … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, John Carlson, John Erskine, Mathieu Perreault, Matt Bradley, Montreal Canadiens, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Washington Capitals | Leave a comment

A Warrior’s Will Wins It

“Tremendous intensity to this game, right from the start,” Versus’ Joe Micheletti informed viewers. I remind: once upon a time this was a Patrick division rivalry game. And the intensity was not unlike what we saw twice earlier on Versus this … Continue reading

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The Startling Progression of John Erskine

We talked to John Erskine about his powerfully strong performance in the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs Continue reading

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