19 April, 2014

Monthly Archives: March 2012

In Defense of Braden Holtby

The Braden Holtby bashing has already begun, thanks to Tuesday’s loss to the Sabres where Holtby was pulled after allowing 3 goals on 18 shots. That’s bad, but people are also blowing it out of proportion:  using Holtby’s performance Tuesday as vindication that it was the wrong decision to start him, that  he doesn’t belong […]

Hold Off On Unleashing the Drama Just Yet: Caps Still Just 2 Points Back

They’d lost 5-1, and had only five games left in the regular season. They were desperate for a playoff spot, and every win counted. They’d had a season full of “blown wins and devastating losses,” to quote one journalist. Guess who? The 2011 World Series Champions, the St. Louis Cardinals. Ironic, no?  My friend and […]

Some Redemption Served

They filled two very different roles Sunday night, but Alex Ovechkin’s and Braden Holtby’s roller coaster seasons both hit high points against the Minnesota Wild. Ovechkin had the crowd chanting his name at least twice, once stopping a Wild breakaway on a Caps’ power play and also when he made it 3-0 in the third […]

How You Blow a 3-0 Lead, Ovi’s Two Goals, and Was Brooks Laich’s Fight a Good Idea?

Your most burning questions about the Caps’ 4-3 overtime loss to the division rival Winnipeg Jets on Friday answered: –Should people be concerned the Caps blew a 3-0 lead? –Chemistry: Perreault and Ovechkin –Brooks Laich dropped the gloves for the second time this season: right or wrong call at that point of the game?

Are the Capitals Finding Their Identity?

Going into Saturday’s game against Boston, the Capitals were in an interesting situation–they’d won, in overtime, against a division rival, but their penalty kill unit had let in two goals. In fact, the unit had looked anything but aggressive–a characteristic that usually worked well for the Capitals with the man down. But what started out […]

The Kind of Yelling That Works

Three things Capitals fans should take away from Thursday’s 3-2 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning: Apparently, Dale Hunter knows how to get the room to respond. This is important, since it was what players had stopped doing for Bruce Boudreau and ultimately one of the reasons Boudreau was let go. Alex Ovechkin told […]

Standing Tall In SRO

Last June, I wrote about my friend Kathryn who bought Standing Room Only (SRO) season tickets. I finally had a chance to experience SRO, at Friday night’s (disastrous) game vs. New Jersey.

Has Sense of Urgency Kicked In Yet for Caps?

“But we’ve still got 18 games. There’s a lot of hockey left. Sometimes you’re gonna lose hockey games. That’s the way it goes. So we’ve got to rebound.” That’s what Brooks Laich told media members after the Capitals’ 5-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Friday. But, while the Capitals gave up four fewer […]