Category Archives: Winter Classic

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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When Animals in Orange Attack

Last month I intimated that the reconstitution of the Patrick division represented something very special for Capitals fans. But by very special I didn’t mean always uplifting. Dateline, Philadelphia, January 5, 2012. Three Philadelphia Flyers fans are wanted by Philadelphia … Continue reading

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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

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Mathieu Perreault Suffers Bloody Nose for Good Cause in Classic Win

It was, above all, an everyman’s Winter Classic in 2011. A game touted as Sid vs. Ovie was instead dominated by a player who had yet to truly find his offensive stride this year. Eric Fehr had only 13 points … Continue reading

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Day 1 Guide at Heinz Field: The Ice, the Players, and the New Start Time

Mike Green said after the Caps skated Friday afternoon (by 5 pm, it was still in the 50’s) that he probably skated in weather this warm before as a kid, but never with his full gear on for a full … Continue reading

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Gearing Up for the Winter Classic

Comcast’s Corey Masisak offered an informative and should-be-read piece on NHL.com recently about the equipment-preparation side of the Winter Classic. We wanted to add in a few details from a conversation OFB had with the Capitals’ head equipment manager, Brock … Continue reading

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Winter Classic 2011: A Mother’s Dream Is Realized

Two years ago, John Carlson’s mother, Angela, teared up watching Patrick Kane take the ice for the Chicago Blackhawks in the Winter Classic. John and Kane had the same billeted family when they were playing hockey in London, and Angela remembered reflecting on how excited Kane’s parents must be to watch their son play in the Classic. Continue reading

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