Category Archives: Marcus Johansson

Two Young Centers, Two Stories of Struggle with Consistency

The Washington Capitals’ Marcus Johansson and Mathieu Perreault are in a unique situation. Despite coming from completely different backgrounds and being in two totally different places in their careers, both are faced with the exact same problem, proving they are worthy of the second line center job.
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Readers React: On Thoroughbreds Being Asked To Be Clydesdales

I’m highly suspicious of the likelihood that the actual jockey for the great Secretariat, Ron Turcotte, is an OFB reader; nonetheless, a commenter identifying himself as such had over the weekend what I regarded as the best reflection related to … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Semin, Cody Eakin, Columbus Blue Jackets, Eastern Conference, Evgeny Kuznetsev, George McPhee, Jason Chimera, Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault, Matt Bradley, Matt Hendricks, Mike Knuble, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Southeast Division, Tampa Bay Lightning, Trap hockey, Washington Capitals | 16 Comments

Apprenticing in a Pivotal Pivot Position

In the postgame visitors’ locker room at Wells Fargo Center Tuesday night Jason Chimera approached Marcus Johansson, his linemate in overtime of the Capitals’ 3-2 loss to the Flyers, and patiently and supportively explained to the rookie the imperative of … Continue reading

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OFB TV: A Sunday Sigh of Relief

The Caps were in the midst of another troubling winless streak entering play Sunday and thorugh two periods were looking as if they would extend that streak to four games. But a key turnover and an ill-timed penalty by the … Continue reading

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A Sunday Skate Outdoors with the Pros

How about receiving an early Christmas card? Thanks to the Washington Capitals, we have some very seasonal images from a skate at the Sculpture Gardens Ice Rink at the National Gallery of Art that a band of Caps took earlier … Continue reading

Posted in John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Marcus Johansson, Nicklas Backstrom, Outdoor hockey, Sculpture Gardens Ice Rink, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town, Winter Classic 2011 | 3 Comments

Sunday’s Skate at the Sculpture Garden

If you don’t have plans for Sunday, you may want to head downtown for a fun event with the Caps.

Washington Capitals players Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Marcus Johansson along with assistant coach Dean Evason and Caps mascot Slapshot will skate at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink for Community Day on Sunday, Dec. 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is an opportunity for the players to skate outdoors less than one month before the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. 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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Down on the Farm, All Beat Up and Gutting Out a Weekend-Salvaging Win

It’s a much different looking Hershey Bears hockey club in the first quarter of its two-time Calder Cup defense. For one thing, cornerstone components of those two Calders are gone: Michal Neuvirth, Karl Alzner, and John Carlson have graduated to … Continue reading

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We Got Slightly Atwitter Over Marcus Johansson Yesterday

It is the season for families to unite, convene in good cheer and warm embrace and, over seasonal spirits and large-portion meals, share a year’s worth of trials and triumphs, and spiritedly debate politics and sports, and soon thereafter rupture … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Dainius Zubrus, hockey blogging, John Carlson, Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault, Media, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, New media, Nicklas Backstrom, Twitter, Washington Capitals | 8 Comments

OFB TV: Could the Caps Be ‘Zubrus-ing’ Marcus Johansson?

We leave the Caps’ 4-2 triumph over Buffalo with a “big-picture” concern related to rookie Marcus Johansson, and my colleague and mentor warmly remembers my 21st birthday of last week.

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