Category Archives: Semyon Varlamov

“Unfamiliar Territory” — Also, Intolerable

Can a legitimate Stanley Cup contender lose any hockey game by a touchdown — and to a middle-of-the-pack outfit at that? “Unfamiliar territory” is where the Caps are these days, according to the head coach after Sunday night’s preposterous 7-0 … Continue reading

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Giving the Hosts the Blues for a Change

The Capitals got four goals in last night’s game against Jaroslov Halak that they probably would have preferred to have had in last season’s playoff series against him, when Halak was with the Habs. Halak now guards the cage for … Continue reading

Posted in Bruce Boudreau, D. J. King, Dallas Stars, National Hockey League, Nicklas Backstrom, Scott Hannan, Semyon Varlamov, Washington Capitals | 4 Comments

Mr. Hat Trick Strikes Again Against Tampa

Alexander Semin certainly seems to have the Lightning’s number this year. In two games he has six goals against them and last night he scored his three in just over four minutes. It took his goal total of the year to 17 and also gave him his third hat trick of the season. He scored the fastest natural hat trick in the NHL since Bobby Ryan did it in 2:21 in Jan., 2009. Continue reading

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Washington Capitals 2010-11: The Moment Is of the Essence

We kid ourselves, don’t we, if we think for a moment that with the puck-drop tonight in Atlanta all the agony of last April will forever be vanquished? That all of our collective scar tissue will be healed. Forget about … Continue reading

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A Strong Preseason Concludes with a Dud; Next Up, the Second Preseason

With their uninspired and emotionless effort Sunday, in which they suffered their first exhibition setback in the preseason’s final game, the Capitals avoided flirting with the Preseason’s President’s Trophy (among teams playing just six games). That can only be a … Continue reading

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Worlds-Weary, and Grumpy

Russia beat Canada at the Worlds in semifinal play yesterday. Ain’t that just swell? Don’t you just feel all warm and fuzzy for our Russians competing over there (wherever they are)? I only know about the result because I accidentally … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Hershey Bears, IIHF, John Walton, Morning cup-a-joe, Olympic hockey, Semyon Varlamov, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals, World Championships | 5 Comments

Suddenly, It’s a Short Series Again

We’ll get to Boyd Gordon’s remarkable shorthanded, late second period heroics in a minute. But first, you can see the way this whole thing in the East is setting up, can’t you? The Caps are all but certain to move … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Boyd Gordon, Jason Chimera, Matt Bradley, Montreal Canadiens, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, NHL playoffs, Semyon Varlamov, Washington Capitals | 29 Comments

A Change of Fortune and Fate in the Crease

Well, who has the goaltender controversy now? And, how’s that Caps’ defense look right about now? For a team that was rather thoroughly maligned for its defensive play upon arriving in Montreal on Sunday, the Capitals in game 3 gave … Continue reading

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On Goalies and the Widened Reddening of the Region

Jose Theodore may yet redeem himself this postseason — perhaps as early as tonight, in game 3 — but his getting yanked yet again before the Capitals could complete a playoff-opening homestand is a highpoint in the horror that has … Continue reading

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About Last Night: A Young Gun Takes Head-Hunting Punishment, Refs Hardly Care

Aesthetically, it wasn’t pretty last night, and Atlanta played a playoff-style road game — meaning, they were more than content to keep it choppy and ugly — but the Capitals remained patient, received solid if unspectacular netminding from Semyon Varlamov, … Continue reading

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