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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 […]

10 random thoughts after capitals crush maple leafs

With just five games left in the 2013 season, the Washington Capitals are hitting their stride at the perfect time. Don’t believe me? Just ask the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were blown out in a hurry during a thorough 5-1 beatdown at the Verizon Center Tuesday night. With that in mind, here are 10 random thoughts after the Capitals picked up their eighth-consecutive victory: At the start of the game, this affair had a ‘ho hum’ kind of vibe. Washington […]

fortunately for the caps, they knew when to walk away

The Washington Capitals defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 Thursday night, but that shouldn’t surprise anyone who has been paying attention to hockey over the last couple of weeks. While it can often be difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when a season turns for the better or worse, one seemingly innocent transaction has obviously changed everything for these two franchises. Since March 25, when it was announced that forward Alexander Semin had signed a 5-year, $25 million extension with Carolina, […]

dear experts, please continue to write off the capitals

Seriously, have I told you how much I’m enjoying the second half of the 2013 NHL season? Because of the Washington Capitals’ pitiful 2-8-1 start and the fact that they play in the Southeast Division, easily the worst division in all of professional sports, everyone rushed to write them off. Well, a funny thing has happened since then — the Capitals actually learned how to play in first-time coach Adam Oates’ system and they once again resemble a competent hockey […]

how adam oates saved alex ovechkin (and the caps)

(photo by Brian Murphy) Don’t look now, but the Washington Capitals are officially the NHL’s hottest team. A team that was all but dead and buried earlier this season has officially gotten it’s act together and is now playing some inspired hockey thanks, largely, to two key individuals — coach Adam Oates and captain Alex Ovechkin. Since their pitiful 2-8-1 start, the Capitals have gone 18-9-1. Best of all, Washington seems to be peaking at the perfect time — riding […]

why are caps fans so opposed to the martin erat deal?

(photo by Nick Wass) A crazy thing happened this week, when it was announced that the Washington Capitals had made a last-minute trade with the Nashville Predators — Caps fans, almost universally, were irate. Once the news broke that Capitals general manager George McPhee had traded away top-prospect Filip Forsberg for veteran forward Martin Erat and minor leaguer Michael Latta, the majority of D.C.’s hockey-loving fanbase seemed completely distraught over the move. But why was everyone in town so cranky […]

george mcphee drops a bombshell at the deadline

(photo by Brian Murphy) I think we can all agree on one thing — Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee made a bold move. I’m just not sure how many people believe it was a good move. Nearly two hours after the NHL trade deadline had passed, the Capitals finally announced they had acquired winger Martin Erat and minor leaguer Michael Latta from the Nashville Predators in exchange for highly-touted forward Filip Forsberg, the team’s first-round pick (11th overall) in […]