February 18, 1984: The Horror

Kevin Hatcher and Rod Langway on the Capitals in 1984

The last time the Washington Capitals won 10 games in a row was nearly 26 years ago: February 18, 1984. In order to help us better appreciate the significance of this achievement in context, the RMNB staff has compiled this list of cool ’84 stuff.

  • Van Halen's Album 1984

    Van Halen's Album 1984

    Van Halen‘s album, conveniently titled 1984, dominated rock radio. Songs like “Jump”, “Panama”, and “Hot for Teacher” would provide the soundtrack for nearly all adolescent misbehavior for the next few months. 1984 would be Van Halen’s last album with David Lee Roth, who would be replaced by the original “Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar. Let’s not even talk about Gary Cherone.
  • Saturday night was the final night of the Winter Olympics held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. East Germany edged out the U.S.S.R. to win the medal count. The Soviets did coast to a gold medal in men’s hockey though. Russian Machine and all that, even back then. None of the countries in this bullet point exist anymore.
  • The advertising world was still recovering from the famous “1984” Macintosh commercial aired during the Super Bowl. The 60-second spot adopted the precepts and tone of George Orwell’s novel and was directed by Ridley freaking Scott, who had already directed Blade Runner (Deckard is NOT a replicant!) and would go on to create Gladiator.
  • Molly Ringwald, of Sixteen Candles fame, actually turned sixteen on this day. In case you’re under 25 years old, Ringwald was director John Hughes’ muse during a series of seminal teen movies that made it okay for red-headed people to go out in public without fear of angry mobs.
  • The Republican primary elections were only two days away. On his radio address, incumbent President Ronald Reagan gave a speech conflating crime and the “war on drugs”. Reagan’s draconian drug policy would become the status quo for the next two decades and make possible a million “soft on crime” campaign attacks. Reagan would go on to win 99% of all
    Kurt Russell doing his best Rod Langway impression

    Kurt Russell doing his best Rod Langway impression

    primary votes and win the white house in a landslide victory. Reagan also hated Russians, and we could find no record that he ever visited the Caps Centre for a hockey game.
  • In music, The Fixx played “One Thing Leads to Another” on Saturday Night Live. Even from a detached, anthropological perspective, they sucked.
  • Who didn’t suck was Boy George’s Culture Club, whose “Karma Chameleon” was #1 on the charts at the time.
  • Rod Langway, the Mike Green of his time, was well on his way to grabbing the Norris trophy. It is worthy of note that Langway’s moustache was not yet considered creepy in 1984. Less than one decade later, Kurt Russell would wear a prosthetic “Rodstache” to much success in the film Tombstone.
  • The lady who broke up the Beatles, Yoko Ono, celebrated her fifty-first birthday in seclusion, still mourning the death of her husband three years prior.
  • In early 1984, The Cap Centre was still two and a half years away from the stark, existential horror of Heavy Metal Parking Lot. If you’re not familiar with this historical document and its importance to our hockey team, watch it right now.

If you can think of more splendid cultural happenings from February 18, 1984, please share them in the comments below.

Photo used at top via the Washington Capitals Website.

Alex Ovechkin celebrates after he nets his 35th Goal of the year in a 3-2 Victory over Tampa Bay

Mike Smith looks like a dog on linoleum floor, Sasha shoots, Laich scores! (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) (Photo above: Mitchell Layton/NHLI via Getty Images)

Mike Smith looks like a dog on linoleum floor, Alex Semin shoots, Brooks Laich scores! (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez) (Photo above: Mitchell Layton/NHLI via Getty Images)

January has been a spectacular month for the Washington Capitals. With newly crowned Captain Alexander Ovechkin at the helm, the team has lost only one game. Entering tonight’s appointment with the Tampa Bay Lightning, their nine-game winning streak was imperiled. After all, it was the Bolts that handed Washington their most recent defeat, the only under the Russian Machines’s reign, and nearly demoralized the team (if not for some histrionics from Matt Bradley). Compounded by the teams’ history is the Caps’ tendency to play down against lesser opponents and give lackluster performances at matinee games. In spite of all these factors and the lack of my wearing the undefeated RMNB t-shirt, the Caps snuck past the Bolts with a 3-2 victory and finished the month of Janaury with an incredible 13 wins.

Let’s get these bullet points out so you can fall asleep watching the Grammys:

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Was Mike Green’s Suspension Too Harsh? Vote Below.

Since everyone is discussing on Twitter, please let us know what you think of the Mike Green suspension. What would you have done? Here’s the Russian Machine’s Take. Lastly, if you want to help Mike Green make up for the 81k he lost due to the suspension, please buy these autographed bobbleheads from his online store for $80!. We only need 1,000 of you to buy to make it happen. Easy.

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Come on, how could you suspend this guy?? (via facebook)

Come on, how could you suspend this guy?? (via facebook)

For raising an elbow on Michael Frolik during last night’s game against the Panthers, Mike Green will be suspended for three games [Tarik!]. The hockey powers that be in Toronto have said all season they were going to start getting tough on elbows and shots to the head, and apparently they’re starting with Canada’s best defenseman.

The angle of the shot broadcasted over CSN-DC made the hit look like nothing more than a stiff shoulder to Frolik’s dome. Seeing that view first will likely spark outrage of Caps fans, but the perspective below removes any doubt about the penalty’s provenance:

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Matt Bradley Checks a Florida Panthers Player Hard Into The Glass

Mike Green tumbles to the ice after knee-to-knee hit. (Photos via AP)

Mike Green tumbles to the ice after knee-to-knee hit from Dmitry Kulikov. (Photos via AP)

It would be one thing if the Caps squeaked another narrow win to keep their 9-game streak alive. It’s another thing entirely when the Caps secure that win in another blowout and without the presence of any their typical superstar antics. The 4-1 victory over the Florida (America’s groin) Panthers is owed mostly to garbage man Mike Knuble, who continues to find ways to score that look horrible in a highlight reel. So although the streak continues, this fan’s worries abound.

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

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Glory Days Grill Is Definitely Going Out of Business

In lieu of ordering, just hand the server these.

In lieu of ordering, just hand these to the server.

In olden times, victorious warriors would gather in the great mead halls to celebrate battles well fought. They would drink ale, swap war stories, consort with wenches, and tear into massive legs of meat. Our world today is not much different. Sports fans– proxy warriors themselves– return from high-scoring games to gather at a modestly priced, appetizer-crazy sports bar to drink diet soda, talk about the game, flirt with disinterested waitresses, and eat complimentary buffalo wings. Such is the tale tonight.

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Dmitri Orlov Scores “Funny” Goal, Laughs At Goalie

Dmitri Orlov celebrates his easiest goal ever. (Screenshot of video from uralvideosport.ru)

Dmitri Orlov celebrates his easiest goal ever. (Screenshot of video from uralvideosport.ru)

[Ed. Note: Capitals fans, humor us. With this post, we're just going to come out and say it: We here at RMNB are trying to build unrealistic expectations and create buckets full of hype for Capitals Defensive Prospect Dmitri Orlov. He's currently playing over in Mother Russia in the KHL, but that hasn't stopped us from keeping tabs on him. Fedor checks in with video of one of his more uhhh, let's say, easy goals. Also, if you haven't already, please check out our Getting to know Orlov Post & our post with updates on all the former Capitals Players playing in the KHL.]

Last night, I received an e-mail from my friend Evgeni Starikov, who is a huge fan of Metallurg Novokuznetsk. What did he tell me?

Basically, he gushed over Caps 2009 second-round pick and fellow Russian Dmitri Orlov and told me for maybe the 100th time that he’s been pretty awesome this season. Orlov’s been averaging 15:47 of ice time this year and has scored 4 goals already. In his last three games, he’s averaged 18:00 of ice time.

The last goal he scored was in game against Avtomobilist last night that was actually pretty funny. Please, please, please check it out the video here. (Fast forward in the video to 1:30. Orlov is #9)

Metallurg, his current club, won the match 4:0 and goalie Denis Franskevich was god awful. Orlov’s goal was the first of the night for Metallurg.

Another funny goal (not Orlov’s) came at 4:50 of the video.

Pretty nice for one of the worst teams in the KHL, isn’t it?

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Semyon Varlamov and his father Alexander.

Semyon Varlamov and his father Alexander.

[Ed Note: Below is a translated interview between Andrei Babeshkin and Semyon Varlamov’s Father Alexander that was published earlier this morning (go here for Russian Link). In the short Q/A they talk about what we should expect from Varly in the Olympics and the oddness of 2 Samara-natives being named on the Olympics Team. Check it out.]

At the end of December, Semyon Varlamov was named one of 23 candidates for the Russian National Team for the Olympics. But I was surprised. I thought that Bykov would include Eremenko instead of Semyon because of his experience and the KHL Team he’s playing for (he’s currently coached by Bykov on Salavat Yulaev). It seems that they talked with Vladislav Tretyak and decided that they will indeed count on Varlamov.

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Wings for Stevie K! Caps beat Ducks 5-1

Ovechkin scores a minute in - Caps Beat Ducks 5-1

Steve Eminger returns. No he still can't play defense. (Photos not by Stevie K)

Steve Eminger returns. No he still can't play defense. (Photos not by Stevie K)

I’ll admit it– wearing my undefeated Mean, Mean Russian Machine t-shirt tonight, I was a little worried about tonight’s game. It’s not as if the Ducks are a west coast powerhouse or that the Caps are missing players; it’s just that the streak has to break sometime. Why not tonight and against a lesser opponent, the kind the Capitals used to play down against.

It only took forty some minutes for the Capitals to wake up. The home team dominated the first period, but had only a 1-0 game to show for it. The second period was a sleepy affair, and gave the Ducks a chance to tie it up. But early in third period, the Caps reached deep into their bag of tricks and pulled out a game-winning goal from Shaone Morrisonn. Let me state that again: Shaone Morrisonn (0 goals in the last whole-bunch-of games) scored the go-ahead goal tonight. And that’s when the flood gates opened. Within less than three minutes, the Caps delivered two more notches. The Ducks tried to muster up some bluster with some good, old-fashioned hockey violence, but to no avail. Caps beat Ducks 5-1.

Bullets, anyone?

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Photo Dump Fail: Caps vs Ducks

Friend-of-the-blog Stevie K. is rinkside tonight at the Verizon Center. As you can see below, his seats are wicked close. He’s going to have a great view of Theo Varly Neuvi. Click on the photos to see them at full resolution! We’ll be updating this post all night long!

Warmups:

Money Seats!

Money Seats!

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