Category : capitals

caps thrive with their backs against the wall

(photo by Clyde Caplan) I’m not going to sugar coat it — the downfall of the Washington Capitals could very well be their inability to close out a wounded opponent in the final seconds of a game that was all but over. Allowing forward Brad Richards to net the tying goal with 6.6 seconds left in regulation when the New York Rangers were essentially on life support is the kind of gaffe that team’s rarely ever rebound from. And yet, […]

dale hunter isn’t impressed with alex semin

The Washington Capitals head back to practice today in hopes of bouncing back from their 2-1 triple overtime loss to the New York Rangers. While the team put up a helluva fight in the 20th longest game in NHL history, there is also plenty that can be improved upon. Case in point, players like enigmatic forward Alexander Semin should probably dedicate a little time and energy between now and Game 4 into ensuring he avoids foolish penalties — like being […]

nothing good comes from triple overtime

(photo by Clyde Caplan) At this point, longtime fans of the Washington Capitals would rather have their spouse cheat on them than see their favorite hockey team play in another triple overtime affair. That’s because the Capitals have ventured into triple overtime four times in franchise history and sadly, all four games have ended in heartbreak and disappointment.* *Quick sidenote: My poor wife took cold medicine at 9 p.m. because she’s been under the weather and wanted nothing more than […]

why aren’t caps better at home in playoffs?

(photo by Clyde Caplan) It’s no secret that the life of a D.C. sports fans isn’t exactly filled with lollipops and rainbows. The Nationals have yet to qualify for the postseason since relocating from Montreal, the Wizards have been a doormat for as long as anyone can remember and the Redskins have hosted just one playoff game since moving into FedEx Field back in ’97. Basically, locals fans have been forced to put all of their proverbial eggs in the […]

ovechkin defeats rangers, bad coaching

(photo by Clyde Caplan) When it comes to playoff hockey, a win is a win. So I fully realize that fans should be thankful when the Washington Capitals emerge victorious against the top-seeded New York Rangers 3-2 in Game 2 of their second-round series. But at the same time, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things this team could/should do better. Blindly praising a win without looking at any potential problem areas is a recipe for disaster moving forward, and there […]

why hunter’s system is like brazilian jiu-jitsu

(photo by Clyde Caplan) It’s no big secret that the Washington Capitals under coach Dale Hunter look drastically different than they did during the glory years under Bruce Boudreau. Back then, the Capitals never really cared about the opponent or what their gameplan was, they were confident in their abilities to trade goals with whoever happened to be on the schedule that day. When they were on, the Caps were a powerhouse offense that struck fear in the heart of […]

wait … what the hell just happened?

(courtesy photo) Holy shit. Seriously, what else can you say after witnessing the Washington Capitals miraculously emerge victorious in the most tightly-contested playoff series in the history of hockey? Not only did they somehow defeat the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins (with a rookie goalie in net!), but they did so thanks to the efforts of two veteran players who both found themselves in the coach’s doghouse at various points during the regular season. Too often during the Alex […]