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from Homer McFanboy,
John Buccigross is an exception to the rule.
While ESPN has largely ignored professional hockey, the former NHL 2Night co-host has gone above and beyond to show the NHL some love. His weekly column on ESPN.com is a must read for any diehard, so we asked him to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions about the Washington Capitals. Thankfully, he agreed to play along….
When it’s all said and done, where will Alex Ovechkin rank among the league’s elite? You’re already on record as saying he’s the best player in Capitals history, but will he be mentioned in the same breath as Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux as one of the best to ever play the sport?
“I think that will depend on how prolific his goal totals end up being,” Buccigross said. “He has already proved to be one of the more unique players in NHL history. Really, who else compares? If he approaches 800 goals that would be interesting, but I wonder with Ovechkin’s style of play if he can have a long career. Either way he will go down as an NHL great and a player teenagers will grow up talking about and comparing subsequent players to.”
from Rory Boylen of the Hockey News,
Here are two tilts I always get up for because the potential for them to grow into something more than just another game is teetering on the edge of all-out war.
Detroit vs. Columbus
These are the culprits from the Friday game I alluded to earlier (and if you haven’t seen Steve Mason’s stacked-pads save on Henrik Zetterberg, two words come to mind: Dear Lord). The Red Wings, so dominant for so long in the barren Central Division, finally have a foe similar to that itch you can’t reach in the middle of your back. The Blue Jackets aren’t deep, they aren’t overly talented and they definitely don’t have much experience past the first 82 games of a season, but they have a hard-working team, a Ken Hitchcock system and this special kid named Mason.
more and a look at Philadelphia/Washington too…
from Bolts Report,
Washington’s Mike Green made NHL history on Saturday becoming the first defenseman in league history to score a goal in eight consecutive games.
Green, who leads all defenseman in goals, notched his 22ndh of the season at the 5:33 mark of the second period with a power play marker
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
Mike Green said if he thought about the history he could make tonight, the game itself might not be as fun.
And, really, Green said, isn’t fun what playing in the NHL is all about?
“I just want to go out and play and do what I’m doing right now,” the Capitals defenseman said. “Whatever comes from it is great. I’m just enjoying myself.”
And scoring goals.
A tally against the Lightning at the St. Pete Times Forum and Green, 23, from Calgary, becomes the first NHL blueliner to score goals in eight consecutive games.
continued and a little note stating Lightning employees must now pay $30 per month for parking.
From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News:
“Right now,” [Mike] Green told the Washington Post recently, “if it’s on my stick, I’m shooting it.”
The question that needs to be asked now, though, is if Paul Coffey’s record of 48 goals, the hallmark for markers by a defenseman in one season, is going to be in jeopardy in the next few seasons? Are we looking at a defenseman who is capable of becoming the first 50-goal scorer in NHL history?
Don’t laugh; it could happen. Green is only 23 years old, which means he could still be five years away from hitting his peak as a player. And look at what he’s doing already.
from Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post,
Independent co-producers Gemma Hooley and Chris Nelson have spent most of the last eight months trying to show a different side to the game, seen and heard through the eyes and the voices of Capitals veteran forward Brooks Laich and rookie defenseman Karl Alzner….
“There is very little sports on NPR, and certainly not much hockey,” said Hooley, a 40-year-old South African who narrates the features. “Chris and I thought there were so many stories that could be told, and we thought we could do it with sound. We’re not interested in the games in general. We just thought we could follow two players through the season on and off the ice and explain the game in a thoughtful way, especially what it takes to play at this level.”
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Jose Theodore didn’t know the rule, and neither did Coach Bruce Boudreau. So here it is: No. 25.2, which states, “No goal can be scored on a rebound of any kind (an exception being the puck off the goal post or crossbar, then the goalkeeper and then directly into the goal).
So that’s why Ryan Callahan’s decisive in penalty shots on Wednesday was allowed to stand after it hit the crossbar, bounced off an unsuspecting Jose Theodore and back into the net.
Theodore said it’s a lesson learned.
“To be honest, I thought when it hit the crossbar, when it comes back out that it was a no play,” he said. “So I didn’t really ... I didn’t know where the puck was, but I knew it wasn’t going in. I didn’t really try to get out of the way because to me it was a no goal. Obviously, I was wrong. It’s a lesson I learned.”
continued and watch the SO goal below…
from Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times,
The ice was disgusting,” Poti said after the game. “Every game here, it is an embarrassment. That’s why so many guys get hurt with groins. It’s a shame, to be honest with you.”
And while coach Bruce Boudreau and defenseman Mike Green said the ice wasn’t particularly worse than other games, the subject of ice conditions was a touchy subject Monday at practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.
Poti said he wasn’t going to talk about the ice anymore since he “said his piece” about the subject already. Sergei Fedorov said he didn’t feel comfortable talking about the playing conditions because he and his teammates were told not to discuss it.
“We just had a meeting. We’re not really allowed to comment… because we don’t wanna say something that will cause a problem,” he said. “We know for sure people who work and try to make ice better are working very, very hard, so let’s keep it that way.”
added 7:41am, On Frozen Blog has more on the ice conditions…
The Washingon Capitals claimed Staffan Kronwall off re-entry waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.
The 26-year-old defenceman was placed on waivers by the Maple Leafs on Thursday.
Capitals goalie Brent Johnson will have hip surgery next week and is expected to miss up to two months.
The decision to have the operation was made Thursday. The Capitals said Johnson could be out six-to-eight weeks.
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