Ovechkin and Boudreau speak to media (March 31, 2010)
2010 team photo (March 31, 2010)
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
2007: Bryzgalov was on waivers and Capitals were the first in the list to pick him up, but George McPhee passed on him.
2008: (Capitals Insider) In a surprising move, the Caps have signed free agent goaltender Jose Theodore to a two-year contract. The team had been discussing a three-year contract extension with Cristobal Huet, but the sides couldn't close the deal this afternoon.
Okay, first of all, I am not saying that GMGM was totaly wrong on not picking up Bryzgalov for whatever reason he had. The goalies are of special species, you never know what's going to happen to them. Even the greatest, like Patrick Roy, had the games when they could let 8 goals in. I'd say Marty Brodeur is the luckiest because he played all his life for a defense first trap team, a.k.a. NJ Devils. The history has shown though that George McPhee had missed big on Bryz.
This year Bryzgalov competes with Alex Ovechkin for MVP. Imagine if he could be with Caps last year. Could he win a duel vs. Fleury? The answer is "Yes he could", and Alex Ovechkin and the Caps could have their names on the Stanley Cup instead of Pens.
Oh well, GMGM had a miss, but its like in that saying "Even the sun has its dark spots".
Sportsnet.ca feed during 1st intermission:
If I were George McPhee or Bruce Boudreau, I'd be checking now how healthy Michal Neuvirth is because both Caps goalies can't stop the puck....
Numbers-shnumbers, who cares about Jose numbers if Caps will lose to Pens in the second round?
How quickly things can turn from great to ugly...
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
washcaps: POST VIDEO: Ovi, Perreault, Green, Knuble on the loss to Calgary - http://bit.ly/9MdKbq
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Our field reporter Emily:
The Ovechkin Project: From Olympic Glory to the Stanley Cup, a Russian Hockey Genius' Modest Bid for World Domination
Author(s): Damien Cox; Gare Joyce
Alexander Ovechkin possesses something more than talent for the game of hockey. He is a nonpareil. He stands utterly apart on the ice-and off. The culture of hockey favors the soft-spoken and the modest-bland is better than bold. And the culture of the game is founded on the collective rather than the individual-no one is bigger than the team or the game. Ovechkin, however, is an iconoclast who has never come across a convention that he believes should limit him nor held an opinion that he hasn't seen fit to announce.
In The Ovechkin Project, two of North America's best-known hockey writers, Gare Joyce and Damien Cox, tackle the tale of the world's most mercurial hockey talent today. Ovechkin has, since the day he entered the NHL, taken the league and the hockey world by storm, brought a new era of commercial success to the U.S. capital and generated a remarkable rivalry with Canada's golden boy, Sidney Crosby. He is the most compelling figure in the game, and Joyce and Cox will show how Oveckhin came to be the star he is today, one of the few hockey players in history to truly transcend the sport.
Together, Joyce and Cox probe Ovechkin's impact on the sport and offer a behind-the-scenes look at the NHL's most prolific goal-scorer:
- His elite sports pedigree, growing up in the Russian minor and junior systems and representing Russia in the World Juniors.
- Why he negotiates his own contracts, and how he did the deal for his 13-year, $124 million extension in 2008
- What it was like to score what some say is the greatest goal ever
- What it's like to be such a young leader, taking his hockey team from worst to first in their division in just three short years.
Number of Pages: 320
Book Popularity Rank: 95,647
Release Date: September 21st, 2010
List Price: $26.95
Ovechkin, Belanger and Coach Boudreau speak with the media about facing th Calgary Flames (washcaps)
Well, that's a good litmus test on NHL and Colin Campbell. Let's see how hypocritical NHL will react to an identical 'little push'. All the bets are that nothing will happen.
That's what Colin Campbell will say: "But Mike Fisher didn't break Kaleta's clavicle! It's ok to push people into the boards if they won't break anything"
From the previous post:
Campbell knew Ovie was behind him, in fact took a second look just before the hit. He in no way prepared himself to be hit (or even shoved?), which seems to be commonplace these days in the NHL. There was a time in hockey when D-men would 'lunge' towards incoming hits with their shoulder, mitigating much of the impact.
Are we really going to remove all responsibility from players who have the puck in terms of awareness? Can you hit anyone anymore?
Reader's comment from The Spin
I think with Kaleta it looked more like a dive to get Mike Fisher out of the game. Just like with Campbell and Ovechkin there's a quick look back at Mike Fisher and then perfect dive into the boards. No lunging back at Mike Fisher. Mike Fisher pushed him directly from behind, Ovi did it sideways. You can see Kaleta going head first and then making an acrobatic move and going to the boards shoulder first.
NHL Archive: "Mike Fisher is ejected, Kaleta appeared to be fine until he saw the penalty call and appears to have embellished, something he is known for. From a game between the Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres on Friday, March 26th, 2010 at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York."
Now NHL has opened a whole new can of worms, see more diving that will lead to more game misconducts. If they extend it the playoffs the players will intentionally dive to take the opposing team player out of the game.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Red Line Ep. 6 Crusin - Eric Fehr
Ovechkin wasn't a big fan of my stick, so I figured if Ovechkin scores that many it's worth a try. I tried Ovechkin's stick and in the first game on the first shift I scored.
So now when I score and go to the bench Ovi says, "It's the stick, it's the stick" :-)
I bet there are a lot of Ovechkin fans in Manitoba because of Eric.
Paul Kukla asks: "Someone Want To Count The Crosschecks?"
Ok, Paul, I counted three and one more after it was over.
The refs missed all of them since the cross-checks were coming from NHL's poster boy. And what's up with picking on a smaller Zetterberg? Why not to try Todd Bertuzzi? Last year it was Malkin (6'3") who tried to beat up Henrik and he couldn't! Go, Zatta!
But pay attention before Wednesday, this is how Crosby scores the goals nowadays. Have to say, obviously the guy is smart, he figured he has no chance to score like Ovechkin because his wrister and slapshot are non-existent. So he goes to the net and starts shoving the puck, cross-checking people, that's the only place where he can score to keep up with Ovi. The only way to stop him is to play him physical, cross-check him like he does to others and when the ref is not looking (easy to say), hit him hard and often and he will disappear.
Here's an observation from the last game by Mats Wennerholm, Feb. 8, 2009, Aftonbladet:
I think that the game was decided at the end of the second period yesterday, when Washington actually went in to play physically against Crosby. I don't know how many hits he received in a single sequence. After that he almost disappeared from the game.
Monday, March 22, 2010
After I read Dan's post I got curious. First of all I realized that I didn't pay attention to Google translation. The last name (Цинман) should've been translated as Tsinman. Datsyuk has the same letter in his last name: Дацук. Here's what I've found:
Vladimir Tsinman. Photo courtesy gazeta.ru
CELEBRATE THE NATION’S “CAPITALS” WITH THE RELEASE OF NHL WASHINGTON CAPITALS 10 GREATEST GAMES COLLECTOR’S EDITION
ON DVD MARCH 23, 2010
Warner Home Video Showcases the Washington Capitals Hockey Club in a 10-Disc Collector’s Set DVD Featuring the Greatest Games, Moments and Players in Franchise History!
BURBANK, CA – (January 26, 2010) – The rich history and passionate fans of the Washington Capitals have aligned the club with the nation’s capital. Since their inaugural NHL season in 1975, the foundation of the Capitals has been forged by a succession of legends throughout the years including Dale Hunter, Olaf Kolzig, Peter Bondra, Mike Gartner and present league MVP Alex Ovechkin. Now for the first time, Warner Home Video (WHV) and the National Hockey League (NHL) are teaming up to honor the Capitals with the release of NHL Washington Capitals 10 Greatest Games Collector’s Edition DVD on March 23, 2010. Loaded with memorable games, this 10-disc collector’s set is the perfect addition to the Washington D.C. sports fan’s DVD library. The NHL Washington Capitals 10 Greatest Games Collector’s Edition DVD will skate into D.C. stores for $49.98 SRP.
Whether it was overcoming their rival Philadelphia Flyers in Game 7 of the 1988 Eastern Conference Final, beating the Buffalo Sabres to advance to their first Stanley Cup Final in 1998 or witnessing Alex Ovechkin’s four-goal performance after suffering a broken nose, the Capitals have experienced many incredible victories and legendary performances throughout its rich history. Capitals fans will get to relive many of these unforgettable moments in the NHL Washington Capitals 10 Greatest Games Collector’s Edition DVD. This 10-disc set will allow fans to witness the original broadcast games in their entirety for the first time on DVD!
“The Capitals franchise is filled with remarkable history and many memorable moments and WHV is honored to release a DVD that will celebrate its greatest games,” said Don Polite, WHV Executive Director, Partner Brands Marketing. “D.C. hockey fans of all ages will get to relive the 10 greatest games in team history in their original broadcast forms and experience the excitement the organization has brought to the city in its 35-year history.”
Caps Captain speaks to media after hard Monday morning practice
CALLING ALL SINGERS AND CAPITALS FANS TO COMPETE IN SING-OFF AT ESPN ZONE
Winner will sing the national anthem at an upcoming Caps game
ESPN Zone and the Washington Capitals will host their annual Star-Spangled Sing-Off at 8:30 p.m. on Monday, March 22. Singers of all ages are invited to compete for the chance to sing the national anthem at a Capitals game.
In the opening round of the competition, contestants will sing 30 seconds of any song other than the “Star-Spangled Banner.” A panel of judges will narrow the field to five finalists, who will advance to the second round and each sing the national anthem in its entirety. The judges and fans at the event will cast their votes and choose a winner to sing the national anthem at the Verizon Center on Friday, April 9.
Singers can reserve their spots in the competition by emailing their contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, to sign up on Twitter, DM contact info to @ESPNZoneDC.
Monday, March 22, 2010
8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
555 12 St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
at 1:14 PM
Give the credit where it's due, or something like that. :-)
Well, I am really reluctant to put Don Cherry's comments here because he and Mad Mike are like the weather on Everest, you never know what's gonna be next, but I appreciate him not forgetting Ovi's taking helmet off. That's it, I am agreeing with Don Cherry! :-)
And I am happy GMGM let Matt Cooke go... It's now Pens problem...
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin scores a first period goal past Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Antero Niittymaki in an NHL hockey game Saturday, March 20, 2010, in Tampa, Fla.
Fleischmann and Semin also scored, Backis got an assist.
After morning skate Ovi said, "Hockey is a physical game. I don't want to go and play differently. For me it's just a suspension. I don't want to change nothing."
But... Coach Boudreau noticed that "Ovi looked tentative early, kind of "I don't want to get in trouble, but he got more comfortable and had a couple of good hits in the third".
On a few shifts Ovi looked tired. That's understandable because he didn't play two games and it takes a bit to get back in gaming shape.
washcaps: POST VIDEO: Ovechkin, Theodore and Steckel on the win in Tampa
Ovi blamed the building, he said it was too hot.
Doesn't matter, hopefully Ovi will unleash the fury on Wednesday. :-)
1 goal, +1, total ice time 22:52, even 15:51, PP 06:40, 7 shots on goal, 3 attempts blocked, 3 missed, 1 hit
A year ago Ovi had his 50th goal scored vs Tampa
"Sticks of Fire" goal celebration (March 19, 2009)