Category Archives: Semyon Varlamov

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

Another Rematch with Another Old Rival

For the second time in three years the Washington Capitals open the NHL postseason against the New York Rangers, an old Patrick division rival. Of the first five playoff series Alexander Ovechkin and the rebuilt Caps since first qualifying for the postseason together in 2008, four have come against old Patrick foes.

Correspondingly, those bitter rivalries have been freshly renewed by the showdowns. That’s how hockey hatred is developed. In the sorta old days, you first had to best your Patrick foes in divisional play before advancing toward Eastern conference supremacy. There is a bit of that feeling to all these Patrick division springtime reunions, albeit spread out over a couple of seasons. Continue reading

Posted in Michal Neuvirth, National Hockey League, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, Semyon Varlamov, Washington Capitals | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Snapshots: High Winds With Some Sunny Skies in Washington

Last night’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes was summed up best by Matt Hendricks when he described it as one that got away. The team had ample opportunity to capitalize on some key chances but were never able to finish. It was that inability to see a play all the way through that ended up costing the Caps a win. Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Semin, Bruce Boudreau, Carolina Hurricanes, Dennis Wideman, National Hockey League, NHL, Semyon Varlamov, Washington Capitals | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Washington’s Biggest Mistake

Capitals General Manager George McPhee has made some absolutely gorgeous decision this season. Whether it be the trade for Scott Hannan, picking up Marco Sturm off waivers or acquiring what appears to be the team’s new locker room leader, Jason Arnott, for almost nothing, GMGM should be in the running for GM of the year. To bad his most recent decision, to send Braden Holtby back to Hershey, is his worst of the year and one that could really hurt the Caps in just a few weeks. Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Braden Holtby, Hershey Bears, Michal Neuvirth, National Hockey League, NHL, Semyon Varlamov, Washington Capitals | Tagged , , , , , , | 19 Comments

An Exchange with the Red Wings Blogosphere

In the interest of hockey, making fun of ourselves, and just promoting good diplomatic relations up north, OFB was pretty stoked when one of Detroit’s hockey blogs, The Production Line, reached out last week and suggested doing a Q&A between … Continue reading

Posted in Braden Holtby, Bruce Boudreau, detroit red wings, Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, Winter Classic, Winter Classic 2011 | 4 Comments

The A’s Grueling Grind, and a Carousel of Goalies

The Hershey Bears (39-21-1-4) dropped a shootout decision in Portland, Maine, last night. Let’s just hope their bus driver is fresher than the skaters he’ll convoy through week’s end. When John Walton told me last weekend that beginning Saturday night … Continue reading

Posted in American Hockey League, Braden Holtby, Brett Leonhardt, Dmitry Orlov, Hershey Bears, Hockey roadtrips, John Walton, Prospects, Semyon Varlamov, Tim Leone | 2 Comments

The Heart Transplant Patient Is Doing Just Fine

No. 1 defensman already out. No. 1 netminder knocked out early from a laser to the ‘noggin. No. 1 center shelved early on as well. No problem. There were about 30 compelling reasons to expect the Tampa Bay Lightning to … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Semin, Braden Holtby, Eastern Conference, George McPhee, Hockey hearts, Michal Neuvirth, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Nicklas Backstrom, Semyon Varlamov, Shootouts, Southeast Division, Tampa Bay Lightning, Washington Capitals | 17 Comments