First, a little mood music:

Now, where were we? Ah yes. The Washington Capitals have just broken the consecutive win record set by Craig “Pig Pile” Laughlin and the the 1983-1984 team. It’s a historic night for the organization, the boys, their dads, the coach, and their fans. But it would not have been possible without the marvelous game given to us tonight.

The Bruins have been bruised this season. Their reputation for low scores and anemic defense might have lu11ed some into false optimism, but not us. We know how Boston wanted badly to end their losing streak, and they sure showed that passion in the first period. The visiting Caps trailed 1-0 going into the first intermission, and the fans were already atwitter with bad tidings. Someone must have said something stirring in the locker room, as the Caps of the 2nd and 3rd periods were a who11y different creature: one with hustle and an unerring determination to win. Mike Knuble, Brooks Laich, and Boyd Gordon scored crucial goals that propped up the team for this momentous win. Caps beat Bruins 4-1.

God help us; they’re going to celebrate in New York City.  Bu11ets!

  • Goalie Jose Theodore shut the door halfway into the first period and was thenceforth perfect. Jose saved 41 shots tonight, tied for his second best a11 year, but this was his finest hour. Jose was relentlessly quick with his pads and hungry for Boston’s pucks a11 game. So let’s a11 fi11 up our mugs with some Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter and enjoy this video of Theo’s best save of the night.
    Jose, congratulations on another epic win. While there have been doubters, we have never been among them. You waited patiently for your time in the crease, and once there you were been nothing short of superb. We11 done, try the surf’n’turf. Vezina, anyone?
  • Junior waste engineer Brooks Laich hooked up the GWG tonight, validating once more our theory (shared by Japers’ Rink) that the rock star antics of our top scorers is rea11y a smokescreen for grinders like Laich, Knuble, and the man in our next bu11et point.
  • I hereby apologize for being smug about Boyd Gordon in the past. Even tonight I was critical of the bottom line. We11, this team is so fantastic they have humbled me again. Gordo’s insurance goal started the celebrations early tonight across a11 Caps country. And it was an ugly one -a sneaky redirect- to boot. The trash goals contrast with the Russians’ storybook shots wonderfu11y. I’m actua11y growing to prefer the nasty ones.
  • El Capitan Alex Ovechkin could not get a puck past
    Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin Celebrate Consecutive Win Number 11. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin Celebrate Consecutive Win Number 11. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Tim Thomas tonight. So, for the FOURTH time this season, Ovie waited for the dude to clear out before scoring. Alex also got the team’s blood pumping by answering a knockdown from John Boychuk with a barrage of blows (but no penalties). Since sporting the C, Ovechkin has become the kind of player every coach would want on his team: aggressive, cooperative, spirited, Russian.
  • Tom Poti deserves distinction for his hardhat-worthy job tonight. Two assists, a stealthy reverse pass behind the net, and too many exce11ent PK shifts: the only thing Poti lacks is an awesome nickname. Please share any ideas below. Here, let me get you started: Chi-POTI-lay (that was horrible).
  • Even in a marquee game like this, they can’t a11 be happy stories. Your boy, Alexander Semin, grabs tonight’s Bad Boy Bu11et for surrendering six penalty minutes. Little Sasha’s box time usua11y fo11ows crimes of passion, and we can understand how the importance of this game could get to his head. But come on. These were egregious, sloppy, and ultimately lazy penalties that could have been avoided if Semin anticipated moves instead of panicking. If the PK unit (yeah, I’m looking at you, Chi-POTI-lay [it’s not catching on, is it?]) weren’t so primed tonight, Alex could have cost the Caps the win and the record.

Celebration is in order. Put on Holy F*ck’s “Lovely A11en” again. Finish that Gonzo and have another. Dap it up with the person nearest to you wearing red. If it’s a Russian Machine t-shirt, give him or her a hug. The Washington Capitals are the winningest team in the National Hockey League, and they’re the best they’ve ever been. We’re not documenting a successful season here; we’re documenting the path to a championship. Respecfully, I don’t want to hear any more talk of a Spinal Tap “This one goes to eleven” streak.

This one does not go to eleven. This one goes to June.

Bottoms up.

Shirt remains undefeated 9-0-0

The shirt remains undefeated! 9-0-0

Savannah Morrissey (@savvymomo5) wears RMNB Portrait Shirt into Enemy Territory in Boston. Awesome!

Savannah Morrissey wears her RMNB Shirt into Enemy Territory in Boston. Awesome!

  • J_D_P

    To be fair to Semin, the referees were horrible tonight and he really deserved maybe 1 of the 3 penalties. He deserves much more credit for constantly being a threat on offense.

    Props to Semin

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Russian Machine Never Breaks

    JDP, which of Semin’s penalties did you think was legit? The hooking after Theo’s miracle save looked pretty straightforward. I’ll have to see the others again.

  • Hale

    I agree with JDP. Sometimes people just look at the penalty out of context, particularly when it’s Semin. Yes, it was all unfortunate, but his second one likely saved a goal, much as the penalties by Knuble and Ovi did, with Knuble’s resulting in a penalty shot.

    I think part of it was realizing what the refs were going to be calling for the night. I saw similar Bruin infractions not called. Look how surprised Backs was with his penalty in the first minute or so.

    Semin’s high stick was clearly inadvertent; 9 times out of 10 that play of his works.

  • Elyssa

    Lol, while the Poti nickname is totally lame, I have to admit my friend Stacey and I called him the EXACT same thing at the last home game on Sunday so you’re not alone in your attempt at nickname generating…haha it just seems logical right? Maybe it’s because Verizon Center is always flashing Chipotle at us in the arena? I don’t know, but I think he needs something a little more epic than a burrito restaurant…

  • Peter

    Hale,

    I’ll grant you this much: a penalty to stump a goal-scoring chance is usually a good idea. But JDP was saying these weren’t penalties at all, and you’re saying they’re smart penalties. Either way, I’m happy if it redeems Semin. I’m a huge fan, and I usually have to smack the other RMNB guys when they talk trash about him.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com Russian Machine Never Breaks

    Elyssa,

    You have just made my day. VIVA TOM CHI-POTI-LAY.

    (Yeah, definitely lame.)

    Got a better idea?

  • Elyssa

    I’m trying to think of something, but after reading this I texted Stacey about the fact that you came to the same nickname conclusion as we both had and she also got a huge kick out of it. So we’ve collectively made each other’s days :oD There just isn’t a whole lot of words with “Poti” in it, but I truly think he’d be insulted to be named after burritos…not very intimidating…

  • sonja

    Hah! Just found you folks from OFB … great writing!!

    Hmmm … well … a couple of things. Yes, Semin did actually commit the infractions for which he was penalized. BUT … so did a lot of other players on both teams and no whistles. So that was odd. And more than a little frustrating for fans.

    As far as Chi-POTI-le’s nickname. I think it’s hilarious and those burritos are definitely imposing; they’re HUGE!! But if they’re not imposing enough you could riff on them and call him Da Bomb, because when wrapped in all that aluminum foil those burritos look like bombs? It’s a thought anyway … something will make itself collectively known for him and it will be right.