Category Archives: NHL playoffs

Caps Learned Their Lesson About the 2-Goal Lead

The atmosphere is one of importance. The crowd noise reverberates through your body like the music at a rock concert. You can tell the players feel it—they’ll strain a little bit harder, focus a little more intently. It’s playoff hockey. The … Continue reading

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Posted in 2 Points, Adam Oates, NHL playoffs | 4 Comments

Pride, Regret, and Questions

If we are of mixed emotions about the end of this hockey season — proud and uplifted by a Capitals team of unlikely cohesion and stunning sacrifice, but also exasperated by the frustration of banishment earlier than forecast, again — … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Braden Holtby, Dale Hunter, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Front Office, George McPhee, Hockey hearts, Joel Ward, Morning cup-a-joe, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, Washington the cursed hockey town | 26 Comments

Showers of Playoff Victories Bring a Flowering of Faithful Fans

The Big Guy’s blog, from earlier today — a must read. Jives with what we’ve seen about town, ever since the Caps bettered the Bs. And should Fate smile our way Saturday night, we can only imagine what this town … Continue reading

Posted in New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, Puck Sodas, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 7 Comments

An Evolution, and Event, To Savor

Of the NHL’s 30 member clubs merely five remain alive in the quest for Stanley, and one of them is ours. That’s a remarkable and wonderful thing, relative to the Capitals’ standing of just two months ago, but better still … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Dale Hunter, Mike Green, Morning cup-a-joe, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, Nicklas Backstrom, Washington the hockey town | 9 Comments

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

A Stick Foul into Immortal Infamy

Humans’ impulse for empathy is a great and powerful instinct, but there are times when it is banally misapplied. Sports are, in the biggest picture context, virtually meaningless pursuits, but we do invest billions in their architecture, to say nothing … Continue reading

Posted in Ed Frankovic, Hockey blogging, Joel Ward, Media, Morning cup-a-joe, New media, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, Print, The curse of Washington hockey, Washington Capitals, Washington the cursed hockey town | 35 Comments

All in Our Army Are Now Sufficiently Scarred

This morning’s message is directed at all the newbies — those who’ve donned red just in the past 5-7 years of post lockout puck. Assuming you kept Jimmy Kimmel hours Wednesday night into Thursday morning and, at the onset of … Continue reading

Posted in Eric McErlain, Morning cup-a-joe, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, Washington the cursed hockey town | 5 Comments

From Russia with Special Ops Snipe

He’s been pilloried by the press, massively maligned by the Blueshirt masses at the 12-minute mark of each period, dissected and demonized by virtually every prominent voice in our game. But the captain last night not only came up clutch … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, Russian Machine Never Breaks | 8 Comments

Another Pack of Pucksters Makes Round 2 Picks

Dear Jim Iovino: Wise men publish elevated flattery directed at beautiful women. Kinda surprised we were the only ones going with Caps in seven in round one. But we’re even more surprised to see the overwhelming majority (all but one!) … Continue reading

Posted in Media, NBC, New media, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, OFB, TV, Washington Capitals, WRC | 1 Comment

A Rare Elation To Savor

This morning, we know no Curse. How often have we been able to say that? To what extent does victory like last night’s serve as lasting balm over the scabs and scars from so many springs, that have marred and maimed our … Continue reading

Posted in Boston Bruins, Braden Holtby, John Walton, Mike Vogel, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL playoffs, Washington Capitals | 14 Comments