Category Archives: Verizon Center

Hitting the Reset Button

I never slow down to peek at roadside car wrecks, but I am going to blog a bit about our barely moving wreck of a hockey team. I’m here with a good deal many more questions than answers, and a … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Dave Steckel, George McPhee, Matt Bradley, Mike Green, Stanley Cup, Ted Leonsis, The curse of Washington hockey, The Red Army, The Young Guns, Verizon Center, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 28 Comments

What Reunification Means To Us

Patrick Division 2.0 we’re calling it. Our collective heads are still spinning over the dream-like developments of the past 72 hours. It was just this past Saturday night that word broke — exploded, really — that the NHL’s Board of Governors would consider a proposal brought to them by the commissioner that would reunite the Capitals with their natural rivals in the Mid-Atlantic and obliterate — forever — the Southeast division. Not long after we in Washington got home from school and work Monday night it was a reality. Continue reading

Posted in Much-needed realignment, National Hockey League, The Great Old Patrick Division, Verizon Center, Washington the hockey town | 14 Comments

Questions for a Hockey Club at a Crossroads

Yes, there are important, impact veteran additions to the Capitals roster for 2011-12, and yes the club likely will be backstopped by the finest talent they’ve had in net since Olie Kolzig more than 10 years ago. Yes, the Capitals … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Bruce Boudreau, Dave Steckel, Ice, John Carlson, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, NHL playoffs, Tomas Vokoun, Verizon Center, Washington Capitals | 3 Comments

The Cook Who Guards the Visitors’ Bench

Author’s note: I first met Shawn, the subject of this piece, through fellow OFB contributor Tara Wheeler last season when she and I would cover games together. He often makes chocolate truffles (as you’ll read about below) and brings them … Continue reading

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From Sweat to Sanctuary in 30 Hours

The visiting team’s locker room at the Verizon Center is a dull one- gray, boring, and otherwise uninviting. However, it was recently transformed into temporary quarters for the Dalai Lama’s visit, according to CTV Washington. Continue reading

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A Warrior Moment To Remember for the Red Army

The Capitals may or may not go on to enjoy a prosperous and lengthy run in the 2011 NHL postseason. This morning, all we know for sure is that things are a heck of a lot better in late April … Continue reading

Posted in Bruce Boudreau, Comcast SportsNet, Jill Sorenson, Mike Green, Morning cup-a-joe, New York Rangers, NHL playoffs, Verizon Center, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 5 Comments

Kudos for Caps Fans

Twitterlove for Caps fans from Caps players Continue reading

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Washington, the Hockey and Now Fast-Beer-Dispensing Town

What a week it’s been for beer! Saturday afternoon’s Caps-Kings matinee brought the hockey game debut of bottoms up beer dispensing in front of section 114 at Verizon Center. “Magic happens at section 114” Ted Leonsis wrote in almost poetic … Continue reading

Posted in Puck Sodas, Verizon Center, Washington Capitals, Washington the hockey town | 4 Comments

Potentially a Landscaping-Altering — and Enhancing — Moment

In a Sports Illustrated column listing holiday gifts he’d give to each NHL club, what Darren Eliot offered the Capitals yesterday caught my attention: “A remote control to fast-forward the regular season because anything they do now is inconsequential. They … Continue reading

Posted in HBO's 24/7, Mathieu Perreault, Morning cup-a-joe, National Hockey League, Other sports, Southeast Division, The President's Trophy, Verizon Center, Washington Capitals, Washington Redskins, Washington the hockey town, Washington the would-be sports town, Winter Classic 2011 | 9 Comments

Giving Thanks for Being in the Nation’s Hockey Capital

In the spirit of the season, I offer a list of 10 things I’m thankful for while commissioned in the Red Army this fall. (10) The Moxie of Matt Hendricks. The longshot training camp candidate won a checking line center’s … Continue reading

Posted in Alan May, Alexander Semin, Comcast SportsNet, Foster Hewitt Memorial Award 2010, Hockey Hall of Fame, Matt Hendricks, Michal Neuvirth, National Hockey League, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ron Weber, Ted Leonsis, Verizon Center, Washington Capitals, Winter Classic 2011 | 3 Comments