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Caps Rally To Down The Hawks Without Ovi in OT!

By Rodger M. WoodEven without their best player in the lineup, the Caps showed in an afternoon matinee that they could skate with a Western Conference team NHL soothsayers predict will play them in June for the Stanley Cup.

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After Caps star winger Alex Ovechkin was banished to the dressing room on a questionable game misconduct for boarding at 12:16 in the first period, the Caps fell behind to the Black Hawks 3-0 by the end of the second period.Coach Boudreau must have said more between periods than “just go to the net” because the Caps came out fired up in the third period, scoring three goals and tying the game3-all in a matter of 2 minutes and 16 seconds.On Caps power plays, Brooks Laich scored first at 05:29 and Nicklas Backstrom second at 07:32. Eric Fehr tied the game up ar 3-3 at 07:45, with a well deserved assist going to David Steckel, who worked the puck out to Fehr from behind the Black Hawks goal.On a spectacular 3 on 1 play. Backstrom scored the game winner for his second goal of the game at 03:10 of overtime.Commentators, Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury, who have been heard casting aspersions against our Russian Caps, admitted the Ovi’s boarding call wasquestionable, and at worse, maybe two 2 minute penalties.Milbury said NHL referees and players are “confused” by the inconsistent boarding and head shot calls this season.Just the same, our Caps showed they can beat the best even on a day when they are handicapped by the absence of our Ovi.Way to go Caps!Caps photos from the Carolina game Wednesday, March 10th are accessible to you here.Bookmark and ShareCreative Commons LicenseCapitalpowerplay.com images by capitalpowerplay.com is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Flashback Friday: Donald Brashear vs. Zedano Chara 2008

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Only a short flashback to April of 2008 for today’s image. Zdeno Chara eyes Donald Brashear as they square off. Frustration mounted as the Capitals were on there way to a 10-2 romping of the Bruins. I was lucky enough to have been invited by a friend who came across an extra ticket directly behind the penalty box and it turned out to be the perfect location for this image.Judging the fight, I would say it was more of scrap, but by the look in Chara’s eyes, one would have thought it was an all out brawl.I originally posted this to my personal Flickr account and it has become my most viewed image with over 4700 views. Apparently fights may be more popular than even Alex Ovechkin, as the my favorite image of “Ovi” (our header image on The Capital Power Play) has ten times fewer views on Flickr than this image. Go figure?Also of interest for Zdeno Chara fans, there was a good article about him in Bicycling Magazine this month. See it here.Bookmark and ShareCreative Commons LicenseCapitalpowerplay.com images by photobythom.com are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

Caps Still Sign Autographs

By Rodger M. WoodCollectors Corner will focus on Washington Capitals autographs, photos, sports cards, game used sticks, jerseys, and other Capitals hockey memorabilia from the present back to the Capitals’ inception in 1974.There will also be an occasional article about my Detroit childhood collecting of Red Wings and other NHL teams’ memorabilia in the 1950s.

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In olden days the Washington Capitals players were very generous to their fans. They always had enough time to sign cards, photos, team pictures, everything you’d ask them to sign at the Tyson Corner practice facility, before or after the game outside the waiting room at the old Capital Centre, at the hotels they stayed at on the road, or requests by mail. They never said “no” to my three children or their young friends.The Capitals were truly our hockey team both on and off the ice, and we loved them despite their lowly win-loss record for the first ten seasons.Last week at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, I thought I’d test our present day Capitals to see if their attitude toward the fans had changed with the great success they’re realizing this season. I was worried in these days of “high cost autographs,” our present day Caps might have changed their attitude about signing an autograph for their fans.

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I was hoping Brooks Laich would sign an 11×14 canvas photograph and other Capitals would sign some 4×6 photos I had taken for my young grandson’s “TJ” sixth birthday presents.After practice, Capitals players, Brooks Laich, Quintin Lang, Nicklas Backstrom, Jeff Schultz, and Brian Pothier came over to sign autographs graciously for all who wanted them. They turned out to be just like the good old Caps after all.I was pleasantly surprised – and they made TJ a very happy little boy when I gave him his birthday presents this past Sunday. Thank you very much!

March 15, 2010 - 1:41 am

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Flashback Friday: Henri”The Pocket Rocket”Richard

By ThomAs we start getting our feet wet with this blogging thing, we thought we would add “Flashback Friday.”  Every Friday we will try to highlight a player from the past.  Could be a former Capital as we slowly scan some of Rodger’s film negatives or just a player we find interesting.  Sometimes, it might just be some interesting memorabilia.For the first Friday, we are going to start with an authentic autographed Henri “The Pocket Rocket” Richard postcard sent to us by a friend.  Henri Richard finished his career the same year our Washington Capitals were born.Rodger grew up watching “The Pocket Rocket” play against his home town Red Wings and I may even have seen him play against the Caps as I attended several games with my father in 74.  Not likely though as he only played 16 games that year.Watching the Capitals vs. Lightning tonight and another goal for Knuble!  18 goals in his last 22 games.

All the Caps Back for Spirited Practice Sunday, except the Two Alexes

By Rodger The stands were filled at the Kettler Center Sunday to see the Washington Capitals practice for a couple hours.

Niklaus Backstrom, and Tomas Fleischmann, were back at practice but Captain Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin stayed over at Vancouver for Sunday night closing Olympic ceremonies.

It looked like all the Caps are healthy – during the three games preceding the Olympics, Jason Chimera, Shawon Morrison, and Tom Poti were injured and the Caps felt their absence, losing three games in a row.

Coach Boudreau worked the boys hard again, but did spend a large portion of the practice working on plays to clear out the puck out of the defensive zone.

After a pretty grueling practice, Brooks Laich, Bryan Pothier, Jeff Schulz, and Quintin Lang still had time to sign a bunch of autographs for a large number of admiring fans.

See more pictures here and here

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