Category : capitals

no easy answer for these washington capitals

(photo by Joe Sargent) Well damn. So much for the fairytale ending for the 2013 Washington Capitals. With forward Brooks Laich returning to action for the first time this season, and with the added bonus of a healthy defenseman Dmitry Orlov making his debut this season as well, the hope was that these two players would bolster the lineup and provide a much-needed spark to a team in a season-long slump. That, of course, didn’t happen as Washington dropped a […]

caps shouldn’t be satisfied beating bad teams

(photo by Greg Fiume) When it comes to hockey, I am a traditionalist in the purest sense of the word. To me, places like Quebec and Hartford are much more deserving of franchises than most locations below the Mason-Dixon line. Shootouts are terrible and should be removed from professional hockey as soon as humanly possible. And while some might see it as barbaric, I don’t ever want to see a day when fighting is completely eliminated from the sport. Naturally, […]

capitals are on a roll, thanks to their role players

(photo by Rob Carr) Don’t look now boys and girls, but the Washington Capitals continue to inch their way towards respectability. The playoffs are still unlikely and there’s still plenty to improve upon (namely the 28th-ranked penalty kill unit in hockey), but Washington appears to be heading in the right direction after a sluggish start to the 2013 season. Consider this: no team in the Eastern Conference has won more often than the Capitals over the last 10 games, who […]

braden holtby epitomizes the 2013 washington capitals

(photo by John Woods) Well, at least the Washington Capitals like to keep things interesting. Most reasonable hockey fans knew this would be a season of transition as the Capitals essentially had to learn first-time coach Adam Oates’ system on the fly. Considering they didn’t have the benefit of a standard offseason thanks to the lockout, it wasn’t a stretch to envision these players needing some time and in-game experience to learn how to embrace offense once again after the […]

caps fall flat against flyers, ovechkin gets trolled

(photo by Tom Mihalek) Some nights you’ve got it and some nights you don’t. Well, it took all of 23 seconds Wednesday night to see that the Washington Capitals didn’t have it against the Philadelphia Flyers, who cruised to an emphatic 4-1 victory at Wells Fargo Center. During the course of an 82-game season, games like this are bound to happen. Sometimes the energy level isn’t there thanks to back-to-back games. Or maybe the players find themselves emotionally drained after […]

holtby and capitals give reason to celebrate

(photo by Clyde Caplan) One of the reasons the Washington Capitals hold such a special place in my heart is because, growing up, it was a family tradition to spend my birthday at the rink watching the Caps in action. Even now, all these years later, I still can’t help but scan the schedule when it’s released to see which home game is closest to my birthday. Some seasons it’s an otherwise mundane Wednesday night game against a doormat like […]

as ovechkin’s role changes, his production improves

(photo by Clyde Caplan) The Washington Capitals snapped a five-game losing streak to the New Jersey Devils in impressive fashion — cruising to a 5-1 victory at the Verizon Center Saturday. The win was vital for several reasons — first and foremost, it marked the first time this season the Caps actually defeated a team in one of the top eight seeds in the Eastern Conference (they were 0-7-1). After all, it kind of goes without saying you can’t really […]