Category Archives: playoff hockey

Managing, and Excusing, the Ever Repeating Loop of Mediocrity

“I hope the Caps win a Stanley Cup before I’m dead.” — Kevin Fletcher, age 7, Alexandria, Virginia, earlier this week, relayed by his father on Facebook. The definition of precocious there. Good luck with that, Kevin. This Henrik Lundqvist … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Front Office, George McPhee, Marcus Johansson, Martin Erat, Media, Morning cup-a-joe, Much-needed realignment, New York Rangers, NHL referees, playoff hockey, Print, Southeast Division, Ted Leonsis, Thomas Boswell, Washington Capitals, Washington Post, Washington the cursed hockey town, Winter Classic | 8 Comments

The Creation of a Culture for Winning

It’s a queer feeling, moving about Washington in this the season of the calendar of our perpetual discontent, and actually feeling good about the Capitals’ chances. This morning, well post cherry blossoms, I have a startling message to convey: We … Continue reading

Posted in Adam Oates, Alexander Ovechkin, Dale Hunter, George McPhee, Mike Green, Morning cup-a-joe, New York Rangers, playoff hockey, Steve Oleksy, Washington Capitals | 7 Comments

Up North, Reconvened in a Perfect Circle of Puck Cheer

Part springtime sinus relief, part faith statement celebration: I am weekending in New England, where vestiges of winter are still to be found, supporting the Bears, the Caps, and the region’s craft beer culture, in the irreplaceable company of my … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Boston Bruins, Hershey Bears, Mike and Marleen, Morning cup-a-joe, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, playoff hockey, Portland Pirates, Washington Capitals | 3 Comments

A Hardcore Hockey Fan’s Lament

Something unique has happened to me this hockey season — I largely stopped caring about the Washington Capitals, and hockey in general. Between an on-ice product that was less than inspiring to a coaching situation that was handled, from my … Continue reading

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Matty Perreault vs. the Big, Bold Boston Bruins

The Capital who torched the Boston Bruins most this year offensively was … Mathieu Perreault? Be honest. If you had to guess the team you thought an undersized NHLer not named Martin St. Louis would get a hat trick against, … Continue reading

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Helping Haters Hate Even More

Our pledge: If indeed the Penguins-Flyers series produces exquisite agony, night after night, a special set of schadenfreude for Washingtonians, we will screen-capture the finest representations of it. Why not start with last night’s epic chokejob by the Pens. This … Continue reading

Posted in Haters hating, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, playoff hockey, Schadenfreude | 1 Comment

Quality Content and Good Fun: WRC’s Embrace of DC’s Hockey Blogs

With five consecutive playoff appearances, the Capitals have helped deliver another rite of spring — local NBC web guru Jim Iovino’s spirited playoff survey of local media, heavy on blogger participation, to his credit. Jim is the managing editor of … Continue reading

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