2011-12 Year-End Review: Mike Green

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The Caps had to manage without some of their stars, who were sidelined with suspensions and injuries at times throughout the season. Among them, there is one star they’ve already learned to make do without. We have seen Mike Green at his best, we’ve seen him put together a dazzling 82-game season. But unfortunately, since he’s been playing in the NHL full-time, we’ve only seen that once.

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2011-12 Year-End Review: Cody Eakin


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In a difficult season, it’s good to have someone like Cody Eakin around. He is young, filled with hope and enthusiasm. We gotta use that up quick before the real world inevitably crushes his spirit.

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Three guys, one cup. (Photo credit: ria.ru)

On Tuesday afternoon in Moscow, a giant double-decker bus adorned with World Championship logos ambled down Tverskaya Street (Moscow’s version of Broadway). Members of Russia’s championship team, including Capitals superstars Alex Ovechkin and Alex Semin, were honored for their third IIHF championship in five years.

After the players waved to fans along the parade route, the bus arrived at its first destination, Manezhnaya Square, and the gold medal winners were escorted to a stage and cheered on by an estimated 4,000 fans. The players shared stories on the mic, a band played (but not this song– bummer), and the team was honored by a few ministers of sport.

Then it was off to their next stop: Novo-Ogarevo– and Vladimir Putin’s summer home.

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Karl Alzner’s Dogs Can Escape Crates

Despite his strong play throughout the season, Karl Alzner might be more famous lately for his dogs’ bad behavior.

A month ago, as Alzner and his fiancee Mandy left for Game Three against the Rangers, they decided to leave their dogs out of their crate for the night. Of course, that was the night that the game went into triple overtime, and when the two returned at 2 AM, their dogs Charlie, Murphy, and Duncan had trashed their home.

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2011-12 Year-End Review: Jason Chimera


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Jason Chimera had a pretty good year by any standard. He set a new personal scoring record, became an important depth player for the team, and generally used his speed to make opposing players look silly whenever he was on the ice. Though we’d rather see Chimera still playing hockey than throwing out pitches at Orioles games, we couldn’t have asked anything more from the speedy winger this season.

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2011-12 Year-End Review: John Carlson


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The real question is, which is the real John Carlson? Was it the John Carlson who stumbled through the regular season, seemingly unfamiliar with the concept of ice hockey? Or was it the solid young defenseman that showed up in time for the playoffs, once again becoming one of the mainstays of the Capitals’ blueline?

For all our sakes, we are hoping it is the second. Sophomore year is over; it’s time for John Carlson to come out of the slump.

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RMNB Party Five: Skate or Die!

Illustration by Ian Oland.

It’s only been the offseason for a couple weeks, and we already miss you guys. So we had a thought: why don’t we all get together, share some laughs, and watch maybe the last hockey game  of the year?

So. Saturday, June 9, 7 PM. Come to Front Page VA to watch Game Five* of the Stanley Cup Finals with us. Front Page will have some TVs tuned to the game, specials for the hungry and thirsty among us, and a small army of service staff waiting at your beck and call.

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On Thursday during a press conference in his hometown of Krasnoyarsk, Alex Semin was asked when he would be hanging out with his BFF, Alex Ovechkin, during the summer*. Semin replied,”I don’t know yet, he is traveling with his girl.”

Ovechkin’s girl, Russian tennis star Maria Kirilenko has been in Paris preparing for the French Open since early last week. As soon as Team Russia won their gold medal at the 2012 World Championships, Ovechkin did what any great boyfriend would do and flew out to Paris to support his queen.

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While Caps prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov still hasn’t signed off on a new deal with Traktor Chelyabinsk, his hometown KHL team showed their appreciation for his recent comments that he would stay in Russia for another two seasons by raising his jersey to the rafters of Traktor Arena.

Kuznetsov, who was married at the sports complex a year ago, will now have his red #92 jersey hang with such Cheylabinsk stars as former Russian national team coach Vyacheslav Bykov, IIHF HOF’er Sergei Makarov, Sergei Mylnikov, Andrei Sapozhnikov, Igor Varitsky, and Danis Zaripov.

Viktoria Voynova of the local Cheylabinsk TV channel OTV believes that despite his young age Kuzya is deserving of the honor.

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2011-12 Year-End Review: Troy Brouwer


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Troy Brouwer did a lot of hitting this year. To be specific, he hit two hundred and forty-seven times, leading the team in this category and landing in the top ten hitters in the NHL overall for the second year in a row. Shockingly, he also found time to do other things in between destroying opponents, such as score, and hold dogs.

We are in favor of players who can multitask. You can stay, Troy.

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