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Pregame on the VC Scoreboard

Pregame on the VC Scoreboard

Last night, Robin and I took part in what has become our new tradition, celebrate our anniversary with the opening of hockey season. The Caps put on a show against the Bruins in their opener on the road and were coming home to face the Leafs. The only real question was if the Maple Leafs propensity for violence could put the Caps off their game and literally beat them into submission (especially without long time enforcer Donald Brashear). Coming back for our second year as season ticket holders, we greeted others who would be sharing our section for the next 42 games and settled into our now familiar vantage from the upper deck. Everyone loves the on the ice feel of the lower bowl, but sitting at the blue line in the front rows of the mezzanine means we have a great view of the whole ice and get to see every play develop from corner to corner. This meant that we had  a great view of the first two periods as the Caps precision passing and sound defense (yes, sound defense) gave them a 6-1. Unfortunately, it also meant we could clearly see the wide open passing lanes and poor positioning that allowed the Leafs to make the score much closer than the game seemed. All in all, it was a great night to be in Chinatown.

Yes she blinked, but we only took one cause we wanted to get dinner!

Yes she blinked, but we only took one cause we wanted to get dinner!

Opening faceoff at VC 2009-10

Opening faceoff at VC 2009-10

VC Rocking the Red

lVC Rocking the Red

Update: WeLoveDC used the opening faceoff as part of their Weekend Flashback 10/2-10/4/09! WeLoveDC loves my hockey pics, apparently even when I  take them with Robin’s pink camera.

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Ovechkin lays the lumber on Green

Ovechkin lays the lumber on Green

WeLoveDC loves my sports pics! This one appears in their 2009-2010 Caps Season Preview. This image is from training camp and shows how hard the team practiced. These two veterans? had no doubts about making the team, but even in a scrimmage they were trading hooks and slashes to get any advantage. Hopefully, they will play this hungry all season and make it to the finals so I can see Detroit lift the Cup here!

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Mike Knuble battles Sean Collins for the puck

Seen on DCist!

Dcist used this image from  Caps Training Camp for their recap of last nights game. Robin and I were at the Verizon Center for the game, sitting in the lower bowl because preseason games never fill up. The offense was fantastic! The Caps top line demonstrated some beautiful passing and finishing, and newcomer Mike Knuble showed why he was signed by scoring a goal off his leg in front of the net and a pretty wrister from the top of the slot. Alexander Semin flashed one of the most beautiful feeds I’ve seen in a long time on the powerplay, with a no look, behind the back pass right onto Ovechkin’s stick. Ov then easily beat Chicago’s (probable backup) goalie Corey Crawford. It was a great 1st night of the hockey season for us.

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Ovie skates with his new linemate Knuble

Ovie skates with his new linemate Knuble

Taking advantage of the fact that my new job doesn’t start until next week, I made my way back Kettler to watch the Capitals hold their second scrimmage of the year. Team A, which features the probable top line of Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Knuble with Jose Theodore in net, faced Team C featuring traditional grind liners captain Chris Clark, Brooks Laich, Matt Bradley, and David Steckel.

Ovechkin opened the scoring shorthanded, victimizing Mike Green and minor league goalie Jason Bacashihua with his patented shot through the defenders legs to the top shelf. After three full periods, the score was tied at two so the game was set to be decided by the shootout. In the sixth round, with both teams having scored once,  Boyd Gordon got one passed Calder Cup MVP Michal Neuvirth and Theodore was able to stone David Steckel to give team A the victory.

All in all, it was great to spend an afternoon watching free hockey from a team that may compete for a Stanley Cup this year.

Theo Smiles

Theo Smiles

Mike Knuble and Brooks Laich battle for a puck

Mike Knuble and Brooks Laich battle for a puck

Defenseman Tom Poti brings the puck into the zone

Defenseman Tom Poti brings the puck into the zone

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Rookie Dubuc takes the shot on veteran Theo

Rookie Dubuc takes the shot on veteran Theo

This shot was part of the weekend flashback on WeLoveDC for 9/11 – 9/13. Again, Chris got on too, with his picture of Laura Tsaggaris who opened for the Proclaimers.

Update: DCist used this photo for their article about the opening of Caps Training Camp.

Knuble leads Poti and Ovechkin as they skate their laps

Knuble leads Poti and Ovechkin as they skate their laps

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Skate! Harder!

Skate! Harder!

Today, Robin and I joined several hundred other Caps fans on top of Ballston Mall at Kettler Capitals Iceplex to see the first official practice of the 2009-2010 season. It was a festive occasion as fans cheered for great saves and goals, while the players skated hard in their drills. The autograph hounds were also out early looking to be one of the first to update their collection with one of the new prospects or off season additions. Groups A and C looked fairly solid, but Group B looked a little rough. For complete coverage, check out the Washington Post’s Caps Insider or one of the many (many, many) Caps Blogs. The Red Wings held their first scrimmage today, but unfortunately day trips to The Joe are out of the question until I become independently wealthy and get my own private jet.

Early Risers fill the Stands

Early Risers fill the Stands

He goes for the deflection

He goes for the deflection

Lisa Hillary Interviews John Carlson

Lisa Hillary Interviews John Carlson

Carlson signed for a short time

Carlson signed for a short time

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Hard hitting action is on its way

Hard hitting action is on its way

Its almost here! Yesterday I went to Caps Rookie Camp and got my first taste of hockey for the season. There was a decent crowd out at Kettler’s Capital Iceplex and the kids out on the ice were going at it hard. This is definitely one of my favorite times of year – baseball pennant races, college football has started, and hockey is coming!

Did I hear someone call me Simeon

Did I hear someone call me Simeon

Save!

Save!

Update: Season tickets came today, too!

Two Tickets for a whole season

Two Tickets for a whole season

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