Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
After scoring two goals in 11 games (Caps' record during that stretch: 6-5) since returning from a broken pinky finger, Mike Knuble now has eight goals in his last 10 games. And their record in those last 10? 9-1. Not too shabby.
As Boudreau has said, "He's a moose in front of the net," as seen in this photo posted on Japers' Rink:
Of course, Knubullwinkle has been a veteran influence on his teammates.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
It's a little late, but here's a goofy interview with the
Anaheim Mighty Ducks Phoenix Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov:
"It's only game."
"In November months it is a minus 32."
"Eight months in the year snow."
Ilya probably gets along well with Ovi. Both seem to like have fun ... um ... I mean ... like having fun with the media. I'd love to hang out with them in Vancouver.
I was trying to start an "Illllll-yaaaaaa" chant tonight. Didn't catch on. I don't think many other people knew enough about hockey to know who the heck was in net for Phoenix.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Anyway, here's a look back from a tussle from a game last season:
For some reason, I don't see Matt Bradley rushing to Ovi's defense.
Which brings me to another thing. Prior to this season, all the Crosby lovers
Now, this season, Crosby "came into this season wanting to give the opposition something else to stress about" and has scored more goals than he has assisted in, and he's now "rounded out his game" (see post #21). Now his stats are eerily similar to .... Ovechkin.
Crosby: 32 goals, 31 assists
Ovechkin: 30 goals, 35 assists (playing in nine less games)
So he's wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy better now?
I. Don't. Get it.
Meanwhile, Penguins fans say the Capitals will never win a Stanley Cup because their defense sucks. Last season, the Capitals gave up six (6!) more goals total than the (Stanley Cup Champion) Penguins in the regular season, and so far this season, the Capitals have given up 138 goals in 49 games and the Penguins have given up 143 goals in 51 games. Break out your calculators and you'll see the stifling Penguin D has given up 0.01 less goals per game!
And last but not least, unfortunately the game will be shown in HD, so be wary of who they show in the crowd in the game:
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Now, when you are watching the game at home or happen to have tickets (like me), I challenge you to not have the urge to blurt out "Philllll Kessellllllllll!" anytime his name is mentioned or you happen to catch a glimpse of him whether live or on Comcast sweet
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I keep forgetting there should be three options with Matt Bradley:
B. Contain him
C. If A and B don't work, accept your beatdown.
JapersRink has links to various, um, recaps of the Ovechkin-Bradley-Downie incident.
Monday, January 11, 2010
I’ve been to every Capitals home game this season with one road game – with the Capitals Road Crew to the 8-2 drubbing on the Flyers in December in Philadelphia (this is foreshadowing).
We went down for warmups, and I got some great action shots of some Capitals drinking water and Gatorade.
For the national anthem, I felt relieved not to hear a single “Oh!” or “Red!” exclamation, but my shoulders sagged when the Atlanta crowd yelled “Night!” My Thrasher buddy said it goes back to the days of the Atlanta Knights.
There were quite a few Capitals fans, not as many as in Philadelphia and no big pockets of fans, just a scattering of 2-4 here and there throughout the arena.
Nothing news worthy about the game. The Caps won in an 8-1 snoozefest.
Seriously, when they were up 4-1 going into the third period, I was hoping the Caps wouldn’t allow a quick goal to get the Thrashers’ momentum going. But then Alex Semin scored (again), and then Dave Steckel (I was wearing my Steckel jersey and was especially happy for that), and then Tom Poti scored basically with half the net open, and finally, mercifully, Jason Chimera put an exclamation on it with his first goal as a Cap.
At the December game in Philadelphia, Mike Green and Thomas Fleishmann came out for the “Three Stars” announcement, and once again on enemy turf, Green came out as the third star, and Mike Knuble came out as the first star.
And now, on to the show:
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Too bad he didn't even see it (John Carlson's no-look shot in 20 frames).
To quote a movie (that came out when Carlson was six years old):
Mike: That was so fucking money. That was like the Jedi mind-shit.