Category Archives: Knee-Jerk

Knee-Jerks and Notes: Vancouver, 10/26

First thing’s first: Captain Chris Clark, who took a brutal, undeflected Alexander Ovechkin slapshot directly to his head in the third period Friday night, is in reasonably good shape. According to the team, he suffered no broken bones, no concussion, … Continue reading

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Knee-jerk Reactions: vs. N.Y. Islanders, 10/18/07

The Islanders were up, and the Caps, well, it’s hard to say if they were up or down. Was it a bad game, or is this their real level? There seemed to be some sloppiness, and the late collapse is … Continue reading

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Knee-jerk Reactions: The First Five

So far, so weird. The Caps’ first five games of the season have been something of a bell curve, with the downwards slope starting somewhere during Monday’s matin?©e in Nassau Coliseum. The Caps are capable of playing solid defense, and … Continue reading

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Knee-jerks: @ New York Rangers, 10/12/07

And it turns out that gravity is still in effect for the Capitals. After an excellent start, the Caps turned in two poor periods against a powerful Rangers team, and somehow managed to only lose by two goals. D.C.’s team … Continue reading

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Knee-jerk Reactions: @ New York Islanders, 10/8/07

There are games where your offensive superstars win you the game with dazzling puck-handling and twine-seeking missiles. There are other games that are won with grinders: hard-working, dedicated players doing a sometimes-overlooked job. Put this one firmly in the latter … Continue reading

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Jerks from the Stands – 10/6/07

We (and when I say “we” I mean “mostly Empty Maybe”) have been doing the knee-jerks for a year now. They focus on the play of the team, the effort of individuals and the overall game as viewed mostly from … Continue reading

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Knee-jerk Reactions: Season Opener @ Atlanta, 10/5/07

Interesting game, one that saw the Caps dominate the first period, coming out of the gates hard. Things evened out, but that’s the way you want to start out the season, especially one with so many expectations: get a win, … Continue reading

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Knee-jerks: Preseason vs. Ottawa

The Caps final preseason game ended with some good news and some bad news. As always in this space, the bad news first: A loss, against the Eastern Conference champs who did not dress a full reular season cadre. The … Continue reading

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Knee-jerk Reactions: Preseason vs. Philadelphia

Channel 1000 popping up, strange bounces, shaky goal-tending, and a furious comeback featuring 5 straight goals — doesn’t sound like your typical preseason game. It’s the preseason, as we keep being told, so it doesn’t mean anything in the long … Continue reading

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Knee-jerks: The Washington Capitals’ New HD Home

The Capitals played a strong 44 minutes tonight, redeeming a shaky third period with Nicklas Backstrom’s OT gamewinner. In addition to the team’s home-ice debut, fans also got a taste of the the Phone Booth’s new HD screens and multimedia … Continue reading

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