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Castro is dictator and the Caps are on a win streak

7 Nov

Two good tid bits of news, tonight folks; I finished my history homework and the Caps won. Talk about a productive night.

In between learning all about how not to run a country, Alex Ovechkin was busy doing what he does best; scoring. He put the Caps ahead mid way through the first, and if there’s one thing that the Caps have been good at lately it’s winning. They’ve won their last four in a row, resulting in a rather impressive win streak.

The Caps waged battle against the Wild, who ended up being 2-1 in the Second, while I waged battle against Brower trying to get through the Cuban revolution. The Caps apparently thought they had this one in the bag and boy were they wrong! The Wild took advantage of their lapse in concentration and exploited it to the fullest it with two nobodies (at least I ain’t heard of ’em). The Caps were down 2-1 and I was looking at Batist’s reign going down in flames.

Luckily, the Caps were ready to win it in the third just as I was getting to the formation of communism in Cuba. The Caps had a lot of good shots on net with a few close calls, most notably Brouwer (almost like the author of my textbook, so close), Mojo finally sinks one in the back of the net. I think we all wiped our brow off with that one.

THe Caps continued to keep us on our toes as did Brower, who brought up the valid point that communism and dictatorship are like potatoes and potAtoes. The same shabang. The Caps got a penalty on Erat late in the third (cause anyone else a coronary?), but luckily they were able to keep the Wild at bay for the rest of the third and OT before going to the shoot out.

Boy, were the goalies phenomenal tonight. Harding looked like some crazy goalie out of hell and so did Holtby. Save after incredible save, kudos to the both of them. The shoot out looked like it would go on indefinitely, but luckily a Nick Backstrom goal made it rather short and sweet making it a Caps win and making this history buff very happy indeed.

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How I became a Caps fan

19 Jun

Since I’m basically the worst hockey blogger on the planet Earth, in terms of punctuality and timing, I thought I might as well tell you how I got addicted to this fast paced, rough and tumble game.

I’ll be honest, I was never much of a sports girl. I loved Barbie’s, clothes, and hiking with my dad. While he (and his side of the family) love Alabama Football, I could just never get into it. To me, it was about as interesting as watching grass grow. I remember going to Single A baseball games with mt grandma and mom in Lynchburg (go Wildcats!), but I was bored to death the entire time not to mentioned confused.

I didn’t even watch hockey until I was 8 (or so), when my dad took me to a Caps game because it was free admission for Girl Scouts (Oh yeah, I was a hardcore Girl Scout, guys. I was Cookie Diva 4 years running). I don’t remember a single lick about that game other than it was cold, I got a free hat, and the seats were purple.

I had basically written off all sports and wanted to be a flutist (I have AWESOME career plans, guys). That was until 8th grade when I wanted to do more with my dad and he was watching a Caps game, so I plopped down on our leather couch with my pooch and watched a bunch of guys in red skate around with sticks and a puck. Boy, was I confused! Luckily, my dad patiently explained the game, penalties, and what people were doing and I caught on. I remember I used to only watch the 2nd period and go to bed, but as my curiosity and love for the game grew, I started watching it in its entirity.

I slowly learned the roster, Niklas Backstrom being the first guy I could spot with Ovie and Sasha following closely behind. In fact, I called my first icing in a game against either the Devils or Islanders. Not bad, eh? It’s been 3 Cups, so about 3 years, since I fell in love with the game and I’m still learning and expanding on my knowledge.

Hopefully one day I can help someone else learn to love the game themselves. In memory of Fathers Day this past sunday, I’d like to thank my dad for getting me into hockey, putting up with my stealing the sports section and taping all the Caps articles on the walls, driving me all over the place to get to my Schools team’s games, and thanks for occasionally editing my articles and correcting my spotty grammar.

CAN YOU HEAR US?! Oh, wait…that was last season

5 May

The Caps are actually playing…well. In the second round. Yes, this is for realz. Crazy business, I tell you! Even though I’m not Hunters biggest fan (he takes a bit to warm up to), he has really proven his style of play in the post season. And I must say, I’m most impressed.

If you’ll remember last year during the playoffs, game 4 ended in tears #IsItOctoberYet? hashtags, and much gnashing of teeth from Caps fans as the Lightning, of all teams, very well butchered the Caps in 4 games.

A memory the Caps hoped to erase today winning game 4 against the Broadway Blueshirts tying the series at 2 a piece. Considering New York got 1st in the East this season and the Caps got 7th (talk about role reversals, eh?), this has been a good series.

There have been some ups and downs, game 1 was a bit of a bummer, late nights, I’ll take a 3 OT and a Pepsi, please. These teams seem to favor multi-OT games, remember the “Chimeracle on 34th St.”? And, of course, some awesomesocks goalie matchups. Can you believe the Caps “rookie” goalie is the only goalie in the Eastern Conferance Playoffs to have not lost two games in a row? Yeah,  me either.

It isn’t just Braden “brick wall” Holtby leading the Caps to victory, but the other players have really stepped up. The defense is more present and in the zone helping ward off goal-hungry Rangers with the puck and the offense has done a great job of pressing the attack and putting shots on net, which lead to goals.

Good win today boys (and thank the hockey gods you guys kept in regulation), just keep doing what you’re doing and you never know, you could be invited to the White House this summer.

PS- Go check out @TheDugsSports blog (http://capsbasketball.blogspot.com/)It’s a great Caps blog and I write pregames for him.

what the Caps defense was really doing Sunday afternoon…

23 Apr

We all know something happened during sudden death that fateful Sunday aftrnoon. Was it a defensive collapse? Signals crossed? Well, I’m here to tell you what REALLY happened.

After Mojo had his so-close-lose-your-breath-near goal, the defense decided that their pregame Lasagna was wearing thin and a trip to Arby’s would be a better use of their time than helping out Holtby in his end. It went a little something like this;

Hamrlik: Wides, bro, I’m stahving. Wanna go grab some Arby’s?

Wideman: OMG great idea, Hammer! Let’s ask Mojo if he wants some!

Hamrlik: Yoo, Moj, want some Arby’s? They have a coupon deal going on with their curly fries

Johannsonn: No way, brah! I’ve been wanting that curly, deep-fried perfection since the second! Count me in

Backstrom: You guys hitting Arby’s? cause, man, I could kill for one of those chocolate pastry thingys. Like my mama used to make ’em!

Holtby: Uhh guys, there’s this giant on skates coming towards me…help?

Ovechkin: You go to Arby’s? SICKK)))))get me a mocha shake, boys!

Holtby: Mocha shake?!

*Seguin gets the puck and scores*

Hamrlik: I guess we can’t go to Arby’s now…I really wanted a reuben too *sad face*

That, Caps fans, is how it went down. If the guys can plan their lunch dates after the game, we have a real chance at winning. LET’S DO THIS THING, CAPS! And, get your Arby’s later. Please.

Lucky game 601

23 Nov

Tonight was another successful game for the Caps, with a 4-3 OT win against the Winnipeg Jets. While the win was great, as usual. Some other aspects of the game could be considered just as sweet.

After receiving a press pass the other night; Semin came out ready to show Boudreau nachos were not to his liking. Semin tallied first just over 5 minutes into the period via a beautiful pass from Ovie. How’s that for effort, Bruce?

While Chimera didn’t score on his 600th game, he made sure his 601st game counted! After Winnipeg scored to tie the game at 13:21, Speedy Feet came in just 12 seconds later as the Caps regained the lead.

Near the bottom of the second, Niklas Backstrom scored with 3:08 left, to have Washington regain the lead yet again after Winnipeg’s Wellwood scored at the bottom of the first. Not a bad 24th birthday present, eh Nicky?

The Jets tallied again, making it a tie game at 3-3, which eventually lead to OT. Caps fans best friend, I assure you. To quote Joe B “Pavelec will be seeing some more of Washington’s number 25 tonight, I’m sure” He couldn’t have been more true as Chimera scored lucky number two of the game with 1:52 left in OT.

Not only did Chimera get the GWG, he now leads the Caps with 8 goals. It may not have been Chimera’s 600th game, but number 601 will sure be one to remember.

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