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

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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

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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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Paroled by Playoff Puck

For me, Saturday afternoon and evening finally delivered long elusive fun at being a hockey fan in Washington, at the very end of the regular season. For me, fun with hockey is when the present and near future offer promise. … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Semin, Boston Bruins, Braden Holtby, Dale Hunter, Florida Panthers, George McPhee, Michal Neuvirth, Morning cup-a-joe, Much-needed realignment, playoff hockey, Semyon Varlamov, Southeast Division, Washington Capitals | 6 Comments

Boxed in, with but Hope and Wishful Thinking the Only Guide Ahead

Monitoring the NHL trade deadline Monday afternoon was a lot like riding the Red Line in early rush hour Monday morning: there was very little movement. The more I thought about where the Caps stood at 3:00 yesterday afternoon the … Continue reading

Posted in Dmitri Orlov, Eastern Conference, Entry Draft, Evgeny Kuznetsov, George McPhee, Morning cup-a-joe, NHL trade deadline, playoff hockey, Washington Capitals | 1 Comment

‘It’s a Team That Lacks an Identity’

On at least three occasions during Monday night’s national television broadcast the NBC Sports studio tandem of Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick explicitly alluded to the Capitals lacking any discernible identity. It’s a sentiment I began expresing on this blog … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Eastern Conference, George McPhee, Joel Ward, Morning cup-a-joe, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, playoff hockey, The curse of Washington hockey, Washington Capitals | 15 Comments