23 April, 2014

Category Archives: National Hockey League

A House Undefended

Separate and distinct from the scoreboard verdict, there was a disquieting vibe to Super Sunday’s matinee tilt between the Penguins and Capitals. I sat down low in Verizon Center for it, and I didn’t like the vibe at all. This game is a special tradition on our hockey calendar. While there are a handful of […]

Game On!

An Awakening (Fleeting?)

Hi, hockey. Don’t think of you much these days. Not an insult, just how it’s going. My passion for you is dormant. ish. I’ve been in the unexpected and strange position of being involved in a few negotiations in my life – less than peanuts, compared to the deals that the greedy owners/greedy players/your libel of […]

Tweeted Pessimism from BobM

 

TSN, Sending Up Semin

We in Washington have, understandably, a conflicted view of Alexander Semin. To be sure, we’re aware of his numerous and infuriating faults: so often, he seemed invisible; so often, he seemed capable of so much more. Yet we’ve also had the best seat in hockey to witness his extraordinary exhibitions of sublime skill: the wicked […]

Paying a Price for Telling the Truth

New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella is a lot of things — hot-headed, fiery, bombastic, caustic, exceptionally intense — but also a Stanley Cup winner. He has become somewhat iconic in recent seasons for his post-game rants in the aftermath of adverse developments for his hockey teams, and another arrived Thursday night, when his Rangers potentially lost grit center Derek Stepan to an injury the byproduct of a knee-on-knee collision with Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik.

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 police for their role in beating two New York Rangers fans in the immediate aftermath […]

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.

We Want This (in the Worst Way)

‘The Hot Stove‘ last night dropped a realignment bombshell on us. Take a look: Christmas-pinch me: Could it really be that in the very same week Dale Hunter is returned to D.C. legacy-honoring leadership is emerging in realignment discussions, such that our Dick Patrick in particular would feel like a kid at Christmas? Even recently […]

The Toughest Poll of All

It’s a cliche, but it’s also a bedrock reality of professional sports: when a team’s results sour, in prolonged fashion, there are inherent limitations with how a roster can be manipulated to effect change; instead, it’s always the head coach who pays the ultimate price. Today, an awful lot of HockeyWashington is wondering: is it […]