Halak’d! Habs Beat Caps 4-1. Series Goes to 7.

Halak's Glove Unstoppable.

The Washington Capitals have forgotten how to score. Except for Eric Fehr’s half-forgotten memory of a goal in the third period, the high-scoring Caps were completely impotent in their pathetic 4-1 loss to the Canadiens. You can chalk it up to Jaroslav Halak’s herculean 53-save night, the brownian motion of the Caps’ powerplay, or the ire of hockey gods at my shaving– it doesn’t matter. The Caps were found wanting in every metric.

We usually dedicate the segment of the game recap to highlights, but I can recall none tonight. This game was a 60-minute parade of sadness: the white team buzzing about sending ineffectual lobs at the net for King Kong Halak to swat casually. While the hockey tastemakers may spend the night picking players worthy of scorn, we’re going to cast a wide net. The whole of the Capitals roster failed to play up to level of the Habs.

Boo freaking hoo.

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Drunk Habs Fans To DC: This Is Our Year.

Drunk Habs Fans Taunt The Capitals
Photo by Paul Chiasson

Comcast SportsNet’s Michael Jenkins: The RMNB Interview

RMNB Interviews CSN's Awesome Anchor Michael Jenkins

A bearded Jenkins signs autographs for fans during a Fan Club event.

A bearded Jenkins signs autographs for fans during a Fan Club event last year.

As anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet in D.C., Michael Jenkins has brought oodles of personality to sports coverage in the area.  With his razor-sharp wit and Billy Madison-esque playfulness, Michael has helped transform CSN Washington into the go-to source for sports wisdom in the tri-state area.  And through his man-on-the-street segments, Jenks has become a cultural touchstone.

Michael joined CSN in September 2004 from KVUE-TV in Austin, Texas, and has since won two Capital Region Emmy Awards. He was named the 2008 winner for Best Sports Reporter and also won in 2005 for Best Sports Anchor. And if you have a memory as vivid as ours, you may recall that he grew an awesome playoff beard during the Capitals’ second season last year.

We spoke with Michael via email, asking him about his special perspective on area sports, the epic ascent of the Washington Capitals, and the genesis of his on-air style.  And because he couldn’t resist,  Michael also dishes on Kate Hudson, Mila Kunis and college French classes. Below the jump, check out our epic interview with Jenks which includes videos of some of our favorite segments he’s done.

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Samantha Casey, Mike Green & Nicklas Backstrom on the Cover of Northern Virginia Magazine

If you read our interview with Miss Virginia USA, Samantha Casey, last week, you were made aware that the beautiful blonde was sharing the May Cover of Northern Virginia Magazine with Capitals superstuds Mike Green and Nicklas Backstrom. Well, said cover has finally been released to the public via Northern Virginia Magazine’s Facebook Fan Page and we thought everybody should check it out. What do you guys think?

Also, if you’ve got a few minutes, make sure to check out Behind the Scenes action of the covershoot. It’s worth a look to see Green Life and Backie caked in makeup. One last thing, can someone hook us up with a copy of the magazine? Residing in Baltimore makes getting a hardcopy tough. If you can, shoot me an email.

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Statistics take a lot of grief, have you noticed?

“Statistics are poisoning hockey!”

There’s a hanging-chad quality to the amount of numerical arguments Caps fans have ready to defend Green’s defensive game.

The pro hockey writers use stats as a crutch to replace actually watching lots of hockey.

Let’s put the brakes on this disdain train and look at what really matters:bretmichaels

Bret Michaels suffered a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage and Puck Probabilities puts the Caps chances at winning this series at 92%. Fine, we’ll put aside Bret (and the fate of Rock of Love 9) for a moment and focus on hockey.

Do the Caps really have a 92% chance of winning the series?

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Curses! Caps Lose 2-1 To Habs. Fail To Close Out Series At Home.

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Golf Habs Golf? Sadly, Montreal's Skins Game Is Put Off For Another Day. (Photo via @katerstheace)

Golf Habs Golf? Sadly, Montreal's Skins Game Is Put Off For Another Day. (Photo via @katerstheace)

For the first 10 minutes of tonight’s potentially series-ending contest, the Washington Capitals went through the motions and were subsequently dominated in every facet of the game by the Montreal Canadiens. It wasn’t until our once-lost-but-now-found Russian Supernova, Alex Semin, made one of the most selfless plays of his NHL career with 11:20 left in the first period that the Capitals finally woke up and started playing hard. But by then it was too late. Mike Cammalleri’s wicked blast from the circles at 1:30 made it 1-0. Then five and a half minutes later, after a terrible defensive breakdown in front of the net, Travis Moen went short-side on Varly and scored his first goal of the series, the eventual game-winner. Despite peppering Jaroslav Halak with 15 medium range shots in the first frame (and 38 overall), the Capitals had way too many defensive breakdowns. And as Brendan Morrison so accurately surmised: “We made too many glaring mistakes.”

The Capitals lose to the Habs 2-1. Let’s make some excuses:

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Eric Belanger Is Chuck Norris Tough

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How tough are hockey players? After taking a stick to the mush in the first period, Eric Belanger ripped his own tooth out on the bench and then proceeded to take the next face-off. That’s insane. The AP furthers the legend:

Belanger says Saturday he “felt my teeth shatter, right away,” when Canadiens defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron’s stick hit him in the mouth in the first period of Montreal’s 2-1 victory at Washington in Game 5 of their playoff series Friday night.

Belanger needed some serious dental work at the arena, getting exposed tooth roots trimmed — then returned to the ice midway through the third period.

Explains Belanger: “I knew I was in trouble, but what are you going to do? It’s the playoffs.”

He expects to play in Game 6 at Montreal on Monday.

In summary, Belanger lost 7 or 8 teeth, including the one he ripped out himself.

Here’s the video:

#beardpact Day 9: Time To Say Goodbye To The Habs

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Game day has arrived once more, my fuzzy-faced friends. Four games have passed thus far. Some of us have been lectured by our bosses on our unkept visages, some have likely had significant others part ways (Not me, I actually got a number unsolicited the other day. Go beard!); but despite any misfortunes, the bearded ones persevere. As such we come to Game 5 tonight, with the Capitals returning home to the Verizon Center intent on closing out the series with the ‘Nads. From starting the series with a loss, the once-scraggly Caps have grown into a well-bearded offensive machine, even Nicklas Backstrom, whose face is forever frozen in time at age 13.
Let’s see how everyone’s faces are filling in today:
Blog aristocrat Ian Oland described his facial hair to me this morning as “getting more embarrassing by the day.”
Hangover isn’t the word to describe Peter Hassett’s current mental state. Aftermath looks about right.
Neil Greenberg continues to astound the masses with his preternatural ability to grow a beard on command.
In a surprise fill-in for Peter, who thinks his best friend’s wedding is more important than playoff hockey, your bewhiskered author for the day, Stevie K.

Game day has arrived once more, my fuzzy-faced friends. Four games have passed thus far, some of us have been lectured by our bosses on our unkept visages, some have likely had significant others part ways (Not me, I actually got a number unsolicited the other day. Go beard!); but despite any misfortunes, the bearded ones persevere. As such we come to Game 5 tonight, with the Capitals returning home to the Verizon Center intent on closing out the series with the ‘Nads. From starting the series with a loss, the once-scraggly Caps have grown into a well-bearded offensive machine, even Nicklas Backstrom, whose face is forever frozen in time at age 13.

Let’s see how everyone’s faces are filling in today.

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