23 April, 2014

Monthly Archives: April 2008

Varlamov: "I Am Ready To Spend a Year or Two in the AHL"

Tuesday’s SovetskySport published an interview with Russian national team netminder and Washington Capitals’ 2006 first-round pick Simeon Varlamov. Russia had just played Switzerland in an exhibition in Canada in preparation for the World Championships this week. Russia won 6-2, and Varlamov was in goal. Portions of the interview include: “At the team meeting before the […]

"Nej, tack"

With the World Championship tournament starting this weekend, Freelance writer and Off The Post author Risto Pakarinen has preview of Sweden and their coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson on the IIHF web site. Coach Bengt-Ake Gustafsson was hailed as a hockey genius in 2006 when he took his team to both the Olympic and the World Championship […]

Worlds Go Retro

This year’s IIHF World Championship Tournament is going old school, if only for one game. Fifteen of the sixteen participating teams will play one preliminary round game with retro sweaters. The sweater each country will wear was selected from what they considered to be a significant year for their national team programs. Belarus is the […]

Who Has More Hart?

He is now officially a finalist: ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Hockey League announced today that Washington left wing Alex Ovechkin is one of three finalists for the Hart Trophy, which is presented annually to the player judged most valuable to his team. Ovechkin joins Calgary’s Jarome Iginla and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin as the three […]

Watching Other Teams Flirt With the Stanley Cup

Watching the Washington Capitals get bounced from the playoffs was a bit like getting dumped, hard. The team and its fans may have recovered from the initial stomach-punched feeling, but it’s still hard to watch all those other teams flirting with the Stanley Cup. Nonetheless, we can all look back fondly on the good times […]

The Capitals' Top 10 Storylines for 2007-08

10. The Rebuild Is Over. Owner Leonsis uttered this proclamation during the preseason, later claiming that the season’s barometer for success would be qualifying for the postseason. Through the middle of November both seemed delusionally wishful thinking. But when the right guy arrived behind the bench, when the Caps’ skilled young core was encouraged to […]

NBC Sports: Paragon of Accuracy

NBC Sports continued its tradition of thoroughly vetting and verifying information during the Rangers-Penguins game today with the scroll on the bottom of the screen showing the top ten playoff points leaders. I must have missed the news that Ovechkin went to Montreal (somehow, I think they’d like that right now).

A Uniform of One Color for an Army's Offseason

The Capitals unveiled their new uniform look early last summer, but it’s this offseason that will fully showcase just how successful the makeover was. Saturday afternoon I stopped by the Kettler-Capitals’ pro shop to see a buddy there working a weekend shift sharpening skates and moving merchandise, and the movement of goods this spring, he […]

Making Big News on 15th St.

Saturday’s Washington Post has an editorial on, of all things, the Washington Capitals. This is not an op-ed on the sports page; this is an actual editorial in the paper’s A section. The last time we remember this occurring there was in the immediate aftermath of the team’s run to the Stanley Cup finals in […]

(Seriously) Working Overtime

Ever heard of a goalie making 100 saves in a professional hockey game? It almost happened last night. The Philadelphia Phantoms and the Albany River Rats last night played the longest game in the American Hockey League’s 72-year history. They went into five overtimes! The Phantoms’ Ryan Potulny scored at 2:58 of the fifth OT […]