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these aren’t your same, old capitals

No offense to the current edition of the Washington Capitals, but when it comes to the postseason, the “Rock the Red” era Caps haven’t accomplished anything yet. Conversely, even though Adam Oates is a first-time coach who has yet to guide a team through a full 82-game season, his system is a proven winner — having helped the New Jersey Devils advance to the Stanley Cup Finals one year ago. So while Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green are […]

the waiting is over for the capitals and caps fans

I’m not going to lie — this is quite possibly my favorite time of the year. Sure, the Washington Capitals have built a reputation as regular season champs who flame out of the postseason in horrific fashion. I get that. I fully understand that there are a certain number of D.C. sports fans out there who believe it’s only a matter of time before the Caps find a creative new way to break our hearts. And I don’t blame them […]

can the playoffs start already?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXkGJtY4A4E During my post on the 10 reasons why Adam Oates was the perfect hire for the Washington Capitals, I made a reference to the Hall of Famer’s demeanor — specifically in contrast to former Caps coach Bruce Boudreau. For those who missed it, here’s what I said: How many times did cameras capture former Caps coach Bruce Boudreau looking as if he was on the verge of an aneurysm? While Gabby was beloved in this town for wearing his […]

10 reasons why adam oates was the perfect hire

(photo by Brian Murphy) Don’t look now, but the Washington Capitals are officially the NHL’s hottest team. 1. Adam Oates is like a good parent. One of the best pieces of advice I received when I was about to become a first-time parent was to think back to when I was a child and replicate the things my parents did well and improve upon the areas that they weren’t so great in. It’s simple, but it’s been highly effective as […]

caption this 28: former capitals edition

(courtesy photo) Ladies and gentlemen, back by popular demand, it’s time for another round of “caption this.” The game is fairly simple, as you hopefully know by now. I supply the photo and you bring the witty reader-submitted captions. You might not win any cool prizes, but you’ll be formally recognized for being better than your peers and will get some love here on the blog. Here’s my humble offering for this photo to help get folks started: Sadly, the […]

after terrible start, caps are once again champs

The Washington Capitals once again find themselves in familiar territory — as Southeast Division champs for the fifth time in six seasons — after a thrilling 5-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at the Verizon Center Tuesday night. While consistently finishing atop one of the worst divisions in all of sports isn’t necessarily breaking news, it’s how they got there this time around though that makes it so special. Let’s not sugarcoat this — the Washington Capitals were a train […]

dear caps fans, please proceed with caution

(photo by Brian Murphy) When you set the bar low, it’s much easier to step over it. That’s all I can think as the Washington Capitals head into their final five games of the 2013 season. Now, for those D.C. sports fans who aren’t familiar with my body of work, I’m someone who considers myself a pessimist by nature. I’m the type of person who tends to expect the worst at all possible times, which enables me to be pleasantly […]