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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.

Caps vs. Devil wears Prada (3-2 SO)

14 Nov

Better late than never, no? With Hugh Grants “Pop Goes my Heart” blaring in the background infused with baby wails; I recall that late and cold night.

The Caps did part two with the christmas ornaments Devils in the Phone Booth this past Saturday. You read that right, folks. The Caps played the Devils back to back. Don’t ask me why, Gary Bettmen’s the one with all the crazy scheduling ideas.

the second game went down as you might expect; the Devils were tired and angry. The Caps were also tired and angry, just about different stuff. The Devils were angry about losing and the Caps were angry about accountability. Different messages, same vein, eh? At any rate, the Caps came out strong in the first making it 2-0 via Speedy feet Chimers and Brouwer.

The Devils decided that just wouldn’t do as they came back with a presence in the second and third periods to make the score tied at 2-2 by Skyora and Carter. While the Devils had it going on, clearly, the Caps were about as mobile as my Great Grandmama in a wheel chair. Not so much. They recorded just 2 shots on goal! I’m pretty sure my high school’s A team could do better than that.

If you thought the second was drier than the Grand Canyon, you’d be wrong. The third period was icecapades lead by, your favorite, #6 Dennis Wideman! Someone give that man a sticker, preferably sparkly. The Caps and Devils had a total of 9 shots on net. Either they were really tired or the defense was spectacular. I’m just going to go with the first due to our recent issues…

With no score in the last 20 minutes of regulation; the Caps were headed to fan favorite, Overtime! Overtime was even more depressing as both team only recorded one shot on net and no score resulted. You know what that means folks, Shoot out.

Was this the part where I switched to watch Pineapple Express because Shootouts always make me super nervous? I can neither confirm nor deny this. Either way, the Devils ended up with one more goal via David Clarkson with the fourth shootout goal.

All in all, it was a decent game. I wasn’t impressed with the second or third perod but considering they had worked their butts off the night before and were dead dog tired, I give them a pass. Also, a pat on the back for Wideman. Really great job, you workhorse. And a pat on the back for the other hard workers, you know who you are.

Flightless Fowl vs. Caps (3-2)

18 Oct

*Sheepish look* yeah, this game was Thursday, but for some of us academically minded in high school, we have extra curricular to attend (aka Model UN) and AP Gov tests to study for. So I was really busy, and unfortunately didn’t get to post anything on this game or the game against the Senators. But no worries, my biased opinion is here to [insert verb here] you. You’re welcome.

The game we had been waiting for. Our arch nemesis, the Pittsburgh Penguins (I’d call them what they really are, but kids may read this) at Consol Energy center. If there was ever a game of the season to anticipate, it would have to be this one. The players looked pumped and ready to kick some serious Penguin ass. Or at least a certain number 8 did.

After the ceremonial puck drop by Ovechkin and Malkin (It was to benefit the wives/girlfriends and kids of players who died in the tragic Lokomotiv plane Crash) the players got in formation and the puck dropped. Per usual, we didn’t win the faceoff and the Pens easily grabbed the puck and took an early (and soft) goal on Voukon at 2:27.

Luckily Voukon was able to make it work and staved off the goal hungry Pens throughout the first period despite the two power plays they managed to grab. The score going into the first intermission was 1-0, Pens.

My first thought was “Well, fiddlesticks. We can’t even beat a team without their top player.” Luckily, I have very unprecise predictions. The Caps came back and absolutely dominated the second period with Brooksie adding a tally at 9:58 and tight checking. Let’s just say I was getting a little cocky going into the third period.

Oh boy, that was a stupid of me.  We got off on a good foot that period, with Knuble scoring at 1:20. But the plot thickens, At 5:54, our lil’ Jay Beagle decided to get in a fight with an NHL heavy weight, Aarron Asham. Does anyone else smell that reek of disaster? Not only is this Beagle’s first year playing in the NHL, but it was his first NHL fight. Can someone tell the class how many ways that was a really bad idea? Well, as one might suspect, on the second punch Beags was dropped. I can respect that, I truly can. What I can not tolerate is Ashams dirty gesture afterwards. the GTS or Go to sleep gesture.

“Hey everybody, let’s just make fun of a really big issue in the NHL (one of which his Captain is suffering from, I might add). It’s going to be so funny!” I was, at the very least, livid. A very wobbly and bloody Jay Beagle was escorted off the ice by the ever so gentleman like Karl Alzner and John Carlson.

Oh no, the drama didn’t end there, but I’ll address that later. The game moved forward as Ovie served Beags minor penalty for roughing while Asham served his major for fighting. Knubles wrister held its own in the second, keeping us tied at 1-1.

When we came back in the third, ready for action, Jay Beagle hadn’t returned from the inner depths of the locker room. Caps fans feared the worst as play continued in the third with Ovie scoring just :40 seconds into the period. sadly, the scoring didn’t stop there. The Pens finally capitalized on a power play (at the worst possible timing, I might add) when James Neal snapped in a goal, Vokoun didn’t see that sucker coming. We were tied, 2-2.

We finished out the period with a minor penalty on troy Brouwer, holding and the scoring remained the same. Then, there was overtime. Yeah, that thing of where I have to stay up past my bedtime (don’t judge) and don’t get to see Ovie score (he should dominate in that area…).

Overtime was a wee bit lackluster, as Dennis Wideman came out of no where and just sewed this baby up at 2:48 with a nice lil’ wrister. Don’t you wish all games ended so nicely?

Remember that drama I was talking about? It’s here, it’s shemale, it’s bitchy! (overboard? I don’t think so…) So there was this brilliant Pens fan who decided she would tweet Alzner and say ” #JayBeagle83, don’t you mean RIP?” hahaha, NOT. Can we say taking a big ass step over that line? Alzner and Carlson decided to handle this matter, eloquently, by telling her “to screw yourself mutant” (personal favorite) and “To shake her head” (paraphrasing, of course). All I can add to this lovely dialogue is, she deserved it. Justice served. Hockey style.

The never ending game: Caps vs. Lightning (6-5)

11 Oct

Ah, the lightning. A team we remember so fondly from April. Ya know, that team that kicked our derrieres 4-0 in the series? Such fond memories. All sarcasm aside; this game was, in a way, redemption for last years abrupt and painful second round Playoff exit.

Game day went per usual; Brucie decided to do some line switcheroo’s which landed Matty P the center spot on 4th line and Mojo on 2nd line center. No other major changes happened, except Brucie gave the go ahead to Vokoun. But considering he announced it Saturday, it wasn’t a huge surprise.

And then there was game time, if there was any a game where I wanted the Caps to kick some tuchuses (other than against our usual bitter rivals) it would be against the Lightning.

The puck dropped at 7:10 and they were off! It was a hard-fought battle  along the boards and in each respective blue zone. Both teams were fighting tooth and nail, they both had something to prove.

The Lightning had to prove they are just as good, or better, than one of the best, arguably, teams in the league. The Caps had to prove they had better talent and ability than the team that embarrassed them 4 straight games in a row.

Apparently the Caps were having a hard time communicating their message, as the Lightning struck first a little over 2 minutes into the game. the Caps hoped the old saying “Lightning never strikes the same place twice” holds true after Johansonn made it a tie game at 4:49 with a nice wrap around assisted by, my favorite, defenseman Karl Alzner.

Sad to say, that saying didn’t hold true because at 8:35 Gervais of the Tampa Bay Lightning let in a soft wrister against Voukon. caps fans all around Twitter were furious, making their thoughts clear on Voukons goal keeping abilities. But the mob was silenced when Dennis Wideman got a nice little tip in with a little less than 5 minutes remaining.

The second period was like the eye of the storm, in the sense of scoring. Both teams only got one goal apiece; Tampa with Dominic Moore at less than a minute into the first period and Troy Brouwer a few minutes later at 3:42.

But the scoring didn’t stop there, the Caps and Lightning continued to see-saw back and forth. In fact our loveable announcer, Joe B, commented that “whomever gets the puck last will probably win” seeing as a goal was almost routinely scored when a team got the puck.

After Chimers scored early in the third with assists by Joel Ward and Brooks Liach, respectively, the Caps got a little behind the 8 ball and allowed Tampa to score twice, almost consecutively, and we were soon trailing 4-5 in the third. But who was it t save the day? Chimers! He swooped in on his Flash Gordon feet and had a wrist shot so spectacular you would’ve thought the Hockey Gods were smiling down on him. After Jason saved the day and tied this baby up, we finished out regulation with a few penalties and ready to head to Overtime.

As if our third period play hadn’t overshadowed enough, we spent most of the OT killing off stupid penalties like the usual hooking by Sahsa (bad Sasha!) and yet again, a too many men on the ice penalty by our vet winger Knuble. Luckily, and with help from our now hot goalie, we killed off our penalties and OT. it was time for he shootout.

As all hockey fans know, the shootout can be pretty intense. Like your heart rate gets faster and you hide your head with a blanket except for the occasional peak, kinda intense (maybe that’s just me). But the Caps knew what they were doing, their line-up consisted of the usual Ovie and Semin. But who was first? That honor would fall to our kind hearted Bruiser, Matt Hendricks.

Hendy was ready to showcase his hidden talent with a beautiful deke that would fool anyone (or Maybe Roloson needs to get some glasses with his AARP membership) and gave us the edge over Tampa, 1-0. Tampa was not able to match as Nate Thomas managed to give a weak wrister which sent the Verizon Center to its feet. Rocking that gorgeous Red. Ovie came out and played like a rock star, sending us 2-0 over Tampa. So close!  Voukon managed to stand on his head when it mattered most and denied Dominic Moore a to tally. Still 2-0. The Phone Booth was so quiet you could hear Semins skates slice the ice as he rushed the net, looking for a place to lay the biscuit. And he did, Semin with a classic wrister.

The lamp lit up and everyone went crazy! We did it! We beat the infamous Lightning 6-5 Shootout style. That’s how we play hockey in Washington. And that’s how the Caps get payback.

Can we expect a similarly exciting game in the Consol energy Center? Sure, Sid the Kid won’t be there. But the intense rivalry is still the same. I predict a rather low scoring game with lots of checking. And, of course, a Caps win. But that may be my bias creeping in…

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