Above, are highlights from the Caps Pens Alumni Game where the two-period exhibition ended in a 5-5 tie. One of my favorite All-Time Capitals, Peter Bondra, tied the game in the final few minutes with a wicked slap shot from the middle of the circles. In Bonzai’s post-game scrum with the media, he revealed that the scrimmage actually got quite intense.

“Early in the game I know what to expect. When the game went on – the old guys actually brought [the intensity level] up. They started hooking, [playing] old-time hockey. There was chopping at the skates. One guy broke a stick on my leg.”

We’re still awaiting word for if that guy was Mario Lemieux. Paul Mulvey (2), Alan May, and Mark Lofthouse also scored for the Capitals, while Ron Francis, Jay Caufield, Rob Brown, Rod Buskas, and Craig Simpson tallied for the Pens.

For more coverage of the first real event on the Winter Classic ice (sorry, media guys), make sure to check out On Frozen Blog and Capitals Insider who’ll be there all weekend.


Alan May

Alan May looks to score as Rick Tocchet smiles in the background.

Peter Bondra, going against Paul Coffey, skates into the offensive zone. (Photo credit: ESPN)

Peter Bondra shows Paul Coffey that he still has some moves.

Mario Lemeiux looks to go up ice at the Caps Pens Alumni Game

Lemieux looks to start the break-out.

Don Beaupre gets beaten glove side

Craig Simpson scores glove-side on Don Beaupre. Nothing new there!

Yvon Labre

Yvon Labre shares a laugh with the Pens bench.

Dennis Maruk

Brooks Laich, err I mean Dennis Maruk, looks for a pass in the Neutral Zone.

Mario Lemeiux goes into the zone being guarded by Sylvain Cote

Sylvain Cote defends Ron Francis. GET YER STICK UP, COTES!

Peter Bondra celebrates his GTG

Peter Bondra celebrates his GTG.

Players salute the 10,000 fans in attendance

The players salute the 10,000 people in attendance at Heinz Field.

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Of course. Mario has to be front and center.

  • I have now written and deleted two comments because they would have invoked the wrath of the hockey gods. Yes, I am that superstitious. But FTR, tomorrow I hope to come back and write them. After the big game.

  • Adam

    Great photos, thanks. Where’s Dino???

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