Category Archives: Matt Bradley

Striving Still for Serial Killer Status

This morning I am thinking a great deal about the New Jersey Devils, a great deal about the Detroit Red Wings, and a great deal about Matt Bradley. Winners win, and losers lose, and they do so in our sport … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Dale Hunter, Dave Steckel, George McPhee, Matt Bradley, Morning cup-a-joe, New Jersey Devils, NHL playoffs, The curse of Washington hockey | 5 Comments

Hitting the Reset Button

I never slow down to peek at roadside car wrecks, but I am going to blog a bit about our barely moving wreck of a hockey team. I’m here with a good deal many more questions than answers, and a … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Dave Steckel, George McPhee, Matt Bradley, Mike Green, Stanley Cup, Ted Leonsis, The curse of Washington hockey, The Red Army, The Young Guns, Verizon Center, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 28 Comments

Toss Me a Hoodie, for Hockey’s Here at Last

Across the Mid-Atlantic winds of change seemed to sweep away summer last night. Vacationing on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, I took the dog for a walk this morning in layers of clothing, attire I hadn’t needed since early last spring. It … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Bruce Boudreau, Dave Steckel, Matt Bradley, Morning cup-a-joe, Training camp, Trap hockey, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 1 Comment

Ex-Cap Matt Bradley Goes on Air, Calls Out Caps Culture

Matt Bradley is now a Florida Panther, but yesterday he went on sports radio in Ottawa and reflected rather thoughtfully, and rather provocatively, on his time in Washington, and most especially with respect to reasons why the Caps may have … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Semin, Bruce Boudreau, Matt Bradley, Media, NHL playoffs, Radio | 14 Comments

Hard Hat-Wearing Brads Turns the Tide

Bradley fights against Pittsburgh. Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Hockey Heroes, Matt Bradley, Matt Cooke, National Hockey League, NHL, Old Time Hockey, Pittsburgh Penguins, Video Clips, Washington Capitals | Tagged , , , | 10 Comments

More Caps-Pens: Backstrom on Coming to Ovie’s Defense: “I Was Just Trying to Back Up My Boy There”

In addition to Andrew’s excellent game write-up of the Caps 3-0 shutout of Pittsburgh yesterday (in the first of the city’s doubleheader of  losses) , I wanted to add a few quick notes from talking to Nicklas Backstrom and Matt … Continue reading

Posted in Matt Bradley, Matt Cooke, Nicklas Backstrom | 4 Comments

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

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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

Caps Care Casino Night: Best Dressed, the Guy Who Beat Ovechkin in Bowling, and the Advice John Carlson Didn’t Take

Events like the Capitals’ Casino Night, which raises money for Washington Capitals Charities, are a chance for the guys to interact with their fans. Alex Ovechkin played Wii bowling. Jeff Schultz was a staple at Rock Band (literally a staple – the main move he made around the room was switching from drums to guitar).

It’s also a chance for reporters to ask serious questions about fashion, eating, and motherly advice. As always, the guys were good sports.

There were two main areas to the event – a foyer, where silent auction items were displayed (including a Crosby jersey–one bid was for 2 cents), and the ballroom itself, where the food (including a nitrogen ice cream bar), band, and most of the gambling was. Browsing the silent auction table left forward Tyler Sloan as our first unsuspecting victim.

“Which of you guys, [do] you think, has the biggest fashion budget?” I asked.

“Ovie probably spends the most money, or [Alexander] Semin,” Sloan said. “That doesn’t mean that he looks good.”

“There’s a big difference,” Matt Bradley explained later. Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, John Carlson, Matt Bradley, Tyler Sloan, Washington Capitals | 3 Comments

Matt Bradley, Always the Gentleman (Sorta)

Some memorable things happened in 1998. Google was founded. Windows 98 launched. James Cameron produced Titanic.  We were all swaying to Celine Dion (admit it). And Matt Bradley, playing in the OHL, won the William Hanley Award as the league’s … Continue reading

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Found: Alexander Semin, the Hockey God

Want the biggest indication Semin’s game is changing? He stayed out of the penalty box on a night when the Capitals got called for five. Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Bruce Boudreau, Matt Bradley, National Hockey League, Southeast Division, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals | 5 Comments