21 April, 2014

Monthly Archives: December 2008

Mega CapsMix 2008 – Full Audio

You may recall our CapsMix 2008 and Son of CapsMix posts from the end of last season. We’ve revisited those posts and improved on them. In fact, you may want to bookmark this post’s permalink for future reference.
Here are all of the songs mentioned in those two posts as one mega-list in an embedded player.

Peerless Prognosticator's Plea: Go See Live Hockey

Most of our readers are already hockey die-hards and Capitals converts. But if you need a little nudge to get off the couch, check out The Peerless’ paean to seeing a game in person. Because he’s right: “There is nothing — nothing — like live hockey.”

My 10 Favorite Storylines of 2008 (Part I)

Reflecting on a very special year for hockey in Washington, I sought to identify those stories and moments that really caught my eye, were real standouts. Some are honors/achievement related, some are related to the ongoing evolution in hockey media, still others are just moments that caught me off guard and made me smile. I’ll share five of my favorite recollections from 2008 with you today and five more tomorrow.

Demons Exorcised: Caps 4 / Sabres 2

Demons Exorcised: Caps 4 / Sabres 2

Caps @ Sabres Open Thread

Caps @ Sabres Open Thread

Kugryshev Gets Candid

We already know our Russians are dynamic both on the ice and in interviews, but we may not have seen anything yet. In his blog on IceDaily.com, Dmitry Kugryshev writes candidly about his play in the World Junior Championships, the death of Alexei Cherepanov, the callup of Varlamov, and his desire to play in the NHL. He also responds directly to message board comments on his size and strength.

The Caps Could Break The D.C. Drought

John Aloysius Farrell: These Caps play a game of hockey, based on raw talent, young legs, and crisp passes, that Washington fans have not known. You can take that from me, who fell for the team in its beginnings (remember Ace Bailey? Guy Charron?), and recognized far too many of those grizzled old-timers–starting with Yvon Labre–who showed up to honor hall-of-famer Mike Gartner, whose jersey was retired last night.

Images from Retirement

Here are some images — still and moving — from Mike Gartner’s number retirement.

A Hall of Famer Confers Greatness on a Rebuild

For Mike Gartner’s night of honor the Verizon Center filled early and filled conspicuously red. The Hall of Famer who wore no. 11 for 10 seasons here stood at center ice near 7:00 last night and informed the hometown fans that the team competing before them today was as strong as any Caps’ team “in decades.” Mike Gartner, he who skated during the ‘Save the Caps’ campaign of dark yesteryear, came back home to Washington last night and delivered a very important message: this was a very different organization from the one he grew up in.

Gartner's First Team Victorious Over His Fourth Team: Caps 4 / Maple Leafs 1

Gartner’s First Team Victorious Over His Fourth Team