It’s the most exciting time of the year and today was the first day of Caps playoff hockey!
The boys looked very good in the first period. Despite this Cammalleri scored the first goal. However Joe Corvo, of all people, ripped one in of the point. 1-1 to end the first.
The second period was less sparkling. The Caps were lucky to make it out of the second with out the Habs notching a goal seeing as they spent most of their time in the Caps zone. Our defenseman decided to play “Oh that other guy will get him” game at the same time. Still 1-1.
Third period the Caps ripped one off only a minute or so in, Backstrom tallying the goal. However Gomez tied it up not very long after. 2-2 at the end of the third.
… And then there was OT. Real OT. Playoff OT. After many minutes of heart seizing chances for both sides Montreal put it on a bouncing puck over Jose. 3-2 Montreal is your final.
But who is our Weagle Scout of the Game?
What can I say? The child is a freak of nature; he does stuff on the ice a defenseman his age shouldn’t be able to do. And, he was on tonight.
Weagle Jr Scout was Boyd Gordon holy wow was he on his game.
Overall an extremely mixed review for the first game but considering the games of day 1 this is going to be a good playoffs. I was expecting the Habs to give us a spot of trouble. They seem to do that.
So it’s not the end of the world that Ovie wasn’t super present, or that we lost the first game. Jose and Halak were both completely on their “A” game which might be the biggest deciding factor of this series. The question it which goalie cracks first?
Montreal 1-0 on the series.
See you kids Saturday.
That game was at times hilarious, at times tragic, and at times rather boring. Timmy Tomas freaking out on Chimera was mother loving HILARIOUS! My face when Boyd Gordon came on the ice for the shoot out: Priceless “Is that BOYD?” I said when he rolled on to the ice. That was the perfect cap to my regular season. I loved being at the VC and getting my free umbrella, rally towel, and ANOTHER Caps hat (which I don’t wear hats and I have a bunch of free ones I’ve picked up over the years lying around the house). I bought the Caps yearbook and a Backstrom puck because I need MORE random hockey crap.
Our Weagle Scout:
THE WHOLE TEAM
Guys we lost but gosh darn it they’ve given us the best season of hockey in my short life! I’ve NEVER had any expectations from this team. Back when half these guys weren’t on the team and they were in the black and gold jerseys I knew they had loads of potential but the problem was would it pan out or not? I didn’t care! The fact the boys finished first in the East and are going into the playoffs is more than I ever imagined! Two seasons ago we were barely making the playoffs! I’ve always been proud to call myself a Caps fan but these boys are heart breakingly good.
But, enough sissy effusions! We have a bunch of French Canadians to be kicking the butt of! NON! HABS! NON!
Here’s some pictures I took at warm ups usually I’d just through them on Flickr but I had a fancy DSLR camera I borrowed from a buddy so I’ll share them straight up:
I see your playoff moustache is coming in nicely, Jose.
I love how they have the exact same dopey eyed expression on.
I’m waiting for the magic playoff porno ‘stache! Do not disappoint!
He looks like a hate powered super hero.
“Another game, another bunch of rapid fan girls, uh my life is so hard! Whatevvver.”
Obligatory Green shot.
That shot is not quality but the look Tom Poti is giving Green cracks me up.
Obligatory Brooks shot
NEUVY FACE ON VARLY’S FACE!
Okay I’m sure I’ve tortured you all enough with picture time. Oh but one last one:
My sign for Jeff “Mr. Nasty” Schultz (ghetto tape job a last-minute emergency fix!)
Oh and sad Chronicles girls! Half the fun of seeing the Caps play the Bruins was to see our second favorite Slovak player Chara and he didn’t even play.
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That game started out sloooow. Nicki scored one in the first which was awesome but as Locker and Joe said they were playing like a high qualithy men’s league.
And, for a while in the second the Caps were playing how much can we fail in one 20 minutes span? The Thrashers scored two unassisted goals, one of those B-mo kicking in to our goal on us. Then as the second began to close…
The Caps went out. of. their. minds. Ovie scored, AND AGAIN! Ovie has his fifty goal on the same goal as Nicki has his 100th point. They’re going to have to to split the puck. Chimera scored!
And, Nicki SCORED AGAIN! 101 points!
BUT WHO IS OUR WEAGLE SCOUT OF THE GAME?
I can’t help it! He had a +4 night! Via Japers Rink Twitter: Schultz is now at plus-48. No one has finished a season higher since 2002-03 (Hejduk, Forsberg +52).
Overall all the kids are alright.
(Oh and UW Badger Blake Geoffrion received the Hobey Baker award today. WHOOOO!)
Caps swept their regular season series with the Pens by winning 6-3 tonight. Ovie broke his long goal draught with not only 1 goal but 2. Overall is was nice to see an inspired effort by the Caps pnce again.
Fleury started the game but was pulled and Johnny was put in, who put on a surprisingly good show. In our net Varly looked pretty good for the whole game for perhaps the first time since his come back from injury. Overall the Caps in general looked fairly good.
Our Weagle Scout of the Game:
That may seem fairly random but Schultz had a quietly REALLY awesome game. He was a poke checking fiend and was a PLUS FIVE for the night.
In fact the only minus for the entire Caps team was S. Morrison but no surprise there. That was a nice way to end the last ever Caps vs Pens game at Mellon Arena.
There is no question that was a less than spectacular performance from the Caps and a need to win attitude from the Bruins. You can’t much blame the Capitals for wanting to not wear themselves out or get injured with a playoff spot secured. Our (second) best defenseman, Green, was scratched and I can’t argue with the logic behind that.
All in all no particular Caps had a stand up game but none of them had terrible ones.
Our Weagle Scout of the Game is:
With a performance that probably secured him a spot as our playoff goalie, if there was any doubt coming into this game.
Some other notable Weagle lieutenants were Brooks Laich with his OT winner and Knuble/Ovie (Knublvection?) for some nice work to tie it up.
It feels like it’s been a while since we’ve been here. At home and at a normal time. Well the Capitals after going down a slippery slope of three very crappy games picked up the effort and began to look like a proper team again.
In big old news Ovechkin was named captain. Fourteenth captain in francise history, first European… blah blah like you didn’t all hear it a hundred times on Sports Nite and during the game. And, like you won’t read a million write up on other blogs. So I leave my opinon at; why I may not agree with the choice whole heartedly I have no major objections to the appointment of Ovie as captain.
So this game was much more like the Capitals we all know and love which is a great relief. And so, here is our:
Weagle Scout of the Game
I think maybe more interesting than the naming of the new captain was the move of Flash to center. He seemed to play well there and it was a nice click.
Though may I mention Alexander Semin nearly got this distinction with his two goals and excellent, more than excellent, play. He didn’t take one stupid penalty, got in the crease, and tallied two goals.
The past three days have been extremely mixed emotion with the Capitals. The many jibjab videos were highly amusing so I was feeling warm and fuzzy but then I found out that not only did the Capitals used to have the rights to the little brother of my absolute favorite defenseman in the NHL and in general favorite NHL player, Brent Seabrook, but I completely missed that out we had him and I found out that we traded him over the summer and I never ever knew about it. I am so angry with myself.
I got over it but, then Japers Rink tried to destroy my perception of Nicki. I won’t have it! I won’t listen; LALALALALALALALA!
And, then we played Buffalo tonight. I was very nervous to have the boys facing Miller again. But, Nicki immediatly scored and in the end four other players tallied goals making it a five goal win to the sabres two. Our defense, our DEFENSE, played really well except on the one goal. It was amazing to see.
Our Weagle Scout is:
Baby face Backstrom– look at him he’s all chess-y…