July 5, 2022

Love Hockey? Volunteers Needed for 2012 USA Hockey Championships U12 Tier II Division

If you love hockey, there is a great opportunity to be a part of this year’s 2012 USA U12 Hockey Championships! Volunteer for PA Announcer, Scorekeeper, Clock, or Penalty Box at either the Ashburn or Reston locations. Times are flexible and the dates run from Wednesday March 28 – Sunday April 1st. Please see below for more information. Know anyone else who may be interested, pass this along!

NOVA Cool Cats Charity Hockey Game

Arlington County Fire Department vs. City of Fairfax Fire Department in A ROOFTOP CLASH!

WHO: Arlington County and City of Fairfax Fire Departments
WHAT: INAUGURAL Mid-Atlantic Charity hockey game to benefit the NOVA Cool Cats Special Hockey
WHERE: Kettler Capitals Iceplex
WHEN: Saturday, February 4, 2012, Noon to 3:00 p.m.
WHY: Raise money and awareness for NOVA Cool Cats, silent auction, door prizes and more…
HOW: Contact Randy Brawley, Head Coach at (703) 395-6278, madref@verizon.net
TICKETS: $5/Adult; Kids 12 & Under free

Bring the whole Family, Friends, and Co-Workers! All proceeds will be benefit NOVA Cool Cats, a Special Hockey program in Northern Virginia exists for the enrichment of the athlete with a developmental disability.

NOVA Cool Cats Special Hockey Inc.: Special Hockey Northern Virginia exists for the enrichment of the athlete with a developmental disability. In addition to physical hockey skills, the program emphasizes the development of desirable individual characteristics such as dependability, self-reliance, concentration, willingness to share and personal accountability. The game of hockey is used by Special Hockey Northern Virginia to develop within each player the characteristics that will help the player to be more successful both inside and outside a hockey environment. Male and females of all ages are welcome.

Capitals vs. Penguins: The Thrill is Gone (For Now)

Caps Celebrating 2011 Winter Classic Victory! (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

As the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins prepare for their third of four meetings in this 2011-12 regular season Wednesday night at the Verizon Center, I invite you to cast your minds back to the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011.

As one year turned into another, the Capitals and Penguins played two of the most anticipated games of the season. The Dec. 23 meeting in Washington, which Pittsburgh won 3-2 in a shootout, was the best regular season game of that term, full of skill and energy. Nine days later, the teams met again at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field in front of 68,111 fans in the Winter Classic. This time, the Capitals won 3-1, and the whole crazy, glorious business was captured for posterity by HBO’s cameras.

Their meeting in the 2009 Eastern Conference semifinals aside, it was the biggest stage for what the NHL hoped would be its answer to Bird/Magic and Brady/Manning: Crosby/Ovechkin. [Read more…]

Game 40 Re-CAP–Kings 5, Caps 2: Crowned With Thorns

How soon can Nicklas return?  (photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Here’s how bad it got for the Washington Capitals Monday night at the Staples Center: Much of the last two periods was devoted to a social media guessing game regarding Capitals beat writer Mike Vogel‘s least favorite musical acts. As entertainments go, it certainly beat anything the Caps served up on the ice as they fell to the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 — their second straight loss — and ensured that they would return home from their two-game California swing empty-handed.

The game started well enough, as Marcus Johansson potted the first of his two goals 94 seconds in when he finished off a 2-on-1 break by wristing a shot past Jonathan Bernier to give Washington a 1-0 lead.  But despite their early deficit, Los Angeles had the better of the puck possession, scoring chances, and shots, and their pressure finally paid off with 8:19 left in the first period when Kyle Clifford banged a rebound past Tomas Vokoun to tie the game. [Read more…]

Game 39 Re-CAP–Sharks 5, Caps 2: Bitten Again

Tomas Vokoun allowed four goals on 38 shots Saturday night in San Jose (Stock Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

A night that began with promise ended familiarly — with the Washington Capitals losing a road game to the San Jose Sharks, as has now happened 11 times (with a single tie thrown in for good measure) since October 30, 1993.

Not content simply to have the Caps fall to a disappointing defeat, the hockey gods saw fit to throw an extra wrench into whatever optimism Washington might have been feeling entering Saturday night’s game. Mike Green, so recently returned from a prolonged absence with a groin injury, did not return to action after taking a hit from Andrew Desjardins behind Washington’s net early in the second period. In all Green could only managed 7:11 of ice time, and only nine shifts. [Read more…]

GAME 16 RE-CAP: Rinne, Defensive Breakdowns Doom Caps Against Nashville

Tomas Vokoun got little help from his teammates in the third period of Tuesday night's 3-1 loss to Nashville. (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Despite an outstanding goaltending performance by Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals appeared to have secured themselves a place on the winning track when Troy Brouwer scored the game’s first goal with 4:46 remaining. But Nashville equalized just 28 seconds later through Martin Erat, and won the game with 24.3 seconds left when Erat used his quick hands to make a fool of Dennis Wideman before finding a streaking Colin Wilson to slam the puck into a wide-open net. Shea Weber added an empty-net goal five seconds later to complete a 3-1 Nashville victory in a game where the quality of play was not reflected by the very ordinary final score.

After a sluggish opening few minutes (the Caps found themselves being outshot 10-3 with just under eight minutes remaining in the first period), Washington made their way back into the game. They closed the period with five straight shots on goal, the last coming from Brooks Laich, whom Rinne denied with a pad save from point-blank range in the closing seconds of the period. Washington then outshot Nashville 15-8 in the second period and were only denied having the lead after 40 minutes due to the undeniable brilliance of Rinne, who finished the game with 39 saves, and the inside of the goalpost, which was all that kept out Roman Hamrlik’s attempt with just under five minutes to go in the second. So intense and disorienting was Washington’s pressure in the middle frame that at one point, Rinne was turned completely around and was facing into his own net as he and his defenders fought to clear his crease.

Rinne’s solid play continued in the third period as he denied several chances from in close. It was always going to take something special to beat the Finn and Brouwer finally provided it, skating onto a cross-ice pass from Marcus Johansson (who put in a solid shift with 17:35 ice time, the most of any Washington forward, and who had been cruelly denied a backhanded goal on an end-to-end rush moments earlier by Rinne) and wristing a shot over Rinne’s right shoulder.

Given the time  remaining and the solid performance to Tomas Vokoun at the other end of the ice, one goal should have been enough. But instead, the Capitals first line of Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Brouwer and the defensive pairing of Jeff Schultz and  John Carlson suffered a catastrophic breakdown on the very next shift. Apparently believing the Predators to be offside, the Capitals stopped skating momentarily  and allowed Weber to cruise down the right-wing side and send a cross to Erat for a simple game-tying tap-in.

Conversely, the game-winning goal could be chalked up to a moment of pure effort and anticipation from Wilson and shear genius from Erat. After Wilson chased down a loose puck in the far corner and shrugged off a check  from Erskine, the forward found Erat at the side of the net. Faced with Wideman and Vokoun, the Czech faked a quick pass to his right before dragging his stick to his left and slipping a pass to the stick of a charging Erat, who bundled the puck into the net.

That, for all intents and purposes, was that, though Weber eliminated all doubts with a slap shot from the neutral zone. The Capitals, who continue their road trip against Winnipeg on Thursday night, were left to rue the third-period breakdowns as well as the absence of Mike Green, the particularly poor performance of the Carlson/Schultz defensive combination, and the ongoing offensive struggles of  Ovechkin, which prompted some intense Twitter reflections from one member of the Russian media.

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