Saturday, 13 July 2013

Post Caps Development Camp Interviews

After the final scrimmage of the Capitals Annual Development Camp at Kettler Capitals Ice Plex, I caught a few player interviews and asked Caps radio play by play star, John Walton a few questions. Here they are:

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Breaking Down George McPhee's Comments From Day 1 At The Caps Development Camp

Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee talked with the media yesterday between afternoon Development Camp practice sessions. He made some comments that didn’t go over well with Caps fans. Raise your hand if you’re surprised. Ok, I thought so.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Caps Lose Game 6

The Caps came into a matinee game 6 at Madison Square Gardens knowing that a win would send them straight to the Eastern Conference Semi Finals, where a series with either the Boston Bruins or the Toronto Maple Leafs would await them. However, it would not be easy - both the New York and Washington sides had won every one of their home game in the series, meaning that the Caps would have to break the trend to end the series early and send the Blueshirts over to the fairway. 
Recap is below the jump:

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Caps Win In OT, Push Rangers To Brink

With the series tied at 2-2 after both the Caps and the New York Rangers both winning their games at home, the best of seven returned to the Verizon Center for a match where it was all to play for. The game itself was a tight, intense affair and ended in fitting fashion, with an overtime goal from Mike Riberio took the W for the Caps:

McRibz reels away after scoring the game winning goal
Full recap is below the jump:

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Tentative Play Cost Caps

I'll just come out and say it, I don't like the way the Caps played at Madison Square Garden. Whether its the crowd, the ice, or they were too relaxed after a 2-0 series lead, the Caps had some serious issues when playing in New York City.

I'll start with stupid penalties:

Remember at the beginning of the season when the Caps struggled off the the drop of the puck in game one of the season? Well, a lot of that was thanks to some stupid penalties. This is the playoffs and if the Caps want to have any chance of winning this series, those dumb penalties have to stop. I'm looking at you Chimera! That interference penalty to end the 2nd period on an OFFENSIVE RUSH was a game changer. The Rangers game out in the 3rd period and scored a goal one minute into the period after surrendering a 2 goal lead late in the 2nd period. Blame: Jason Chimera.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Caps Take A 2-0 Series Lead

High blood pressure. That was the common phrase for game 2 from the phone booth in DC. Three periods couldn't pick a winner so a fourth was needed and the Caps dominated the extra period from start to finish. Don't believe me? The Caps outshot the Rangers 8-0 and scored a game winning goal on the eighth shot in overtime.

For a full 60 minutes, neither the Caps or the Rangers scored a goal. The battle was mostly along the boards or as Pierre McGuire put it, "Behind the icing line." Seriously Pierre? The, "icing line?" No one calls it that. Technically its still the goal line. You could also call it the goal line extended like in lacrosse and no one would mock you. The icing line? No, just, no! NBC didn't stop there though, they filed a complaint that the Verizon Center was too loud. I'm proud of you Caps fans! 

Anyways, 60 minutes of high octane action wouldn't cut it. The game went into OT and Mike "Game Over" Green finished off the Rangers 8 minutes into OT. Henrik Lundqvist finished the game with 37 saves and played an outstanding game. He even earned first star of the game. Some of the saves he made where something that I can't explain. However, if you want an explanation and some great entertainment, maybe @CapitalsJesus can help. This hysterical account opened up just prior to the game. It is worth a follow as it has provided me plenty of entertainment during the game. 

The Caps take a commanding 2-0 lead on the series after this afternoons 1-0 OT win. The series moves to Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday May 6th, 2013 at 7:30. I hope the guy that harassed my dad and I outside of MSG when we watched the Caps beat the Rangers 3-2 in a shootout on March 24th, 2013 is there and cries when we lose. That drunkard deserves it (haha)!

Until Next Time,
Will Hirsch 

Friday, 3 May 2013

It's Nice to be Important, but It's More Important to be Nice.

Game one went well.  Alex Ovechkin demonstrated a little more of his MVP-ness, Marcus Johansson did that really cool break-away thing, Jason Chimera was bear-hugged into the boards by Karl Alzner, oh and Holtby--and the crossbar--made a few great saves.  That's all fine and dandy if this were a post-game analysis, but that's not my intent.  I'd like to talk to you today about manners and hockey etiquette.

I was lucky enough to attend game one, and it was a very fun time for the most part.  Sure there was an annoying Rangers fan sitting a few rows ahead of me, and sure he danced when they scored their one goal...but he wasn't hurting anyone.  Cue the obnoxiously loud guy a few rows back.

I'm not trying to say that it's wrong to yell during a sporting event, or that fans shouldn't encourage a rivalry with each other--I myself shouted "Rangers Suck" across my college campus at a guy in a blue sweater--but it is wrong when the vocabulary takes a hurtful, if not hateful, turn.

I won't say the word that this man was shouting, or allude to it, but it was used very liberally.  He threw it around like Brock Lesnar throwing around 3MB.  He is a very vocal and obnoxious minority of Caps fans, and of hockey fans in general.  He wanted to be noticed and he wanted to make the entire game about him.  As the cool-minded majority, we need to report that kind of abusive and hateful commentary when it springs up.  It's fans like him that give hockey fans everywhere a bad name.