End of an Era: Bolts beat Caps 1-0 (Shootout)

Patrick McDermott

Photo: Patrick McDermott

Whimper. The Washington Capitals put in a perfunctory effort in their final game of the 2013-14 season. Hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning at home for Fan Appreciation Day, the Caps showed very little intensity in a goalless defeat.

After forty minutes, the Caps had hardly mustered just seven shots– a season lowJay Beagle was back at Alex Ovechkin‘s flank. Braden Holtby was overworked but perfect. The third line was better than everybody else. The team couldn’t reach a result in #rego or overtime, so we went to the shootout for the 21st time– a new league record.

That last paragraph could’ve applied to dozens of Caps games this season. Fitting it all happened today; just another reminder what you don’t want out of your hockey team.

To the Washington Capitals of 2013-14: I’m not mad. I’m just disappointed.

joe b tbl

Joe B suit of the summer. H.A.G.S., guys. L.Y.L.A.F.

For the sake of good record-keeping, here are your shootout bullets.

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov snaked, but was too slow.
  • Matt Carle beat Holtby five hole-tby. (Sorry.)
  • Alex Ovechkin got fancy but didn’t find the net.
  • Michael Kostka had nothing.
  • Nick Backstrom went wide. Game over.

Changes are coming. That’s for sure. How many and whether they’ll be for the better are yet to be determined. The Caps could become a modest, defense-first team– and might deal away the offensive core that they’ve mostly wasted since 2011. Or they could go all-in on Alex Ovechkin and reload a crash-the-net team that would be eminently fun to watch.

This is my official vote for the latter.

Either way, this is the end of this. Whatever’s next, it won’t ever feel like this again. The roster, the coaches, the front office– the sword of Damocles looms above them all. A shining new era is tip-toeing nearer.

Now, for you, gentle reader of RMNB, let me offer my sincerest thanks. This place could have just been us shouting into the void, making jokes for no one in particular. Instead, everything we’ve created has felt like a collaboration– an open exchange of ideas and a community with which to share them. I may not know you personally, but I consider us kindred anyway. You and me– we’ve been through the meatgrinder together this season, having a blast nonetheless. I’m glad to be with you, here at the end of all things.

So what’s next for RMNB? In a word… MOAR.

And it starts pretty much now. Big stuff. Stay tuned. Crash the net. Caps forever.

peter and georgia

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett
  • Jack Conness

    It’s been real guys. It’s been awesome finding RMNB and this kickass website we all participate on. From the highs and to the many lows, it has been a long season but I wouldn’t root for anyone else. I am happy we all get to keep a nice and usually peaceful open discussion on here and I would like to thank RMNB and everyone who comments.

    Now after my quick moment of tranquility, LETS MAKE SOME BIG CHANGES WASHINGTON! I WILL BE CHECKING TWITTER ALL DAY TOMORROW FOR THE ADAM OATES AND GMGM FIRING! GO CAPS!

  • GregV

    Proud of Holts today. Grateful to you guys for keeping me smiling in a season woefully barren of reasons to do so. Looking forward to what’s ahead!

  • Jimmie

    Thank you, Peter, Ian, and Awesome Hockey Gang. I’m still a n00b to the ways of hockey, but between RMNB and Japer’s Rink, I’m learning a ton and having an awful lot of fun. I appreciate you guys and am rooting for another meteor-sighting in the off-season.

    GM-signing! I meant GM-signing. Right. That.

  • Rob W.

    So many feels happening right now, whirlwind of emotion
    http://mashable.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/One-Direction.gif

  • Matt Lauer

    Thanks for all your effort in the recaps, Peter. Always good-humored and thoughtful, and great way to bring fans together. It will be interesting indeed to see what happens over the summer. Part of me is excited, part of me is nervous. Come what may.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    BANNABLE OFFENSE

  • Scott Mallon

    this is how hard it was for me to say goodbye to our playoffs

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCFDjIOwSVM

  • Myan

    What a disappointing but fitting way to end this season. Thanks to you guys and gals of RMNB (contributors & commentators) for making this season bearable. I’m excited to see what the summer brings!

    On another note, if any commentators are not renewing season tickets for 14/15, please let me know. I’m looking for a pair of seats and I am sure we can work something out if you would be kind enough to transfer the seats to me.

  • Zach Evans

    Thanks for a great year guys. It’s awesome to see how much RMNB has grown and how amazing it has become!! Couldn’t be more proud of you guys and y’all are great at what you do. Here’s to a good offseason, and hopefully a great season next year. Thank you Ian, Peter, Chris, Fedor, Igor, and Rachel. I hope everyone has a great summer!!

  • alchemistmuffin

    Okay, you know the drill, blow everything up, and start over from scratch. Feels like it’s the only way. Start young in my opinion is the only way to get back on track in 2014-2015 season.

    PS: I’m not mad, I’m not disappointed, IM ABSOLUTLY FURIOUS!!!!! This isn’t going to get better if the team stays in Southeast mentality.

  • Jared
  • Bilal

    I honestly have to thank you RMNB. If it weren’t for you guys, I would wither be a depressed pile of crap, or a rage monster. But you guys actually made being pooped on by a team we thought was going somewhere, fun.

    Anyways, I can not wait for the coming days. Im going to throw a party once Oates and GMGM are finally gone

  • BPThomas

    That dogs face sums up my feelings on this season perfectly.

  • alchemistmuffin

    I can see GM getting the pink slip. As for coach, I have a feeling he’s here to stay. Unless we get on wrong foot during preseason or regular season.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    haha I still need to see this

  • Marky Narc

    #TeamLeBlanc

    Good bye Adam Oates. I never liked you. You always seemed resentful that you were traded here, and now you’ve run a decent team into the ground. It’s going to take a season or two to dig out of the hole you’ve led the team into. I wish you the best of luck coaching whatever SPHL team hires you in the summer.

    Good bye George McPhee (maybe), you were an odd one. You did some great stuff, you did some good stuff, you did some truly awful stuff. I don’t know why you couldn’t seem to find that one je ne sais quoi to push the team over the playoff hump. Maybe management was forcing you to do things you didn’t necessarily want to do. It doesn’t matter. Safe travels.

    Good bye Jaroslav Halak. I hate you now just as much as I did in 2010. Too Fresh, indeed. Go to hell.

    Good bye Grabo (or maybe, hopefully not!) I do hope you resign – and it’s looking like you might! – but you also said you wanted to contend for a Stanley Cup. So who knows. But I’d love to see you again, if you know what I’m sayin’.

    Good bye Dustin Penner. I’m sorry you got relegated to the fourth line. It wasn’t your fault. You just have a very, stupid coach.

    Am I forgetting anyone? RMNB and everyone else who comments here: thanks for providing laughs, good debate and conversation, support, and camaraderie through this s***show of a season. Have a great summer and I’m already looking forward to the draft and training camp in the fall.

    <3

  • 70Caps

    What are peoples’ ideal line combinations? (with current injuries taken into account) Obviously, beagle should not be playing with ovi, but who besides him deserves to be on the fourth line if Kuzy and Wilson are not?

  • Sarah Schanze

    Thanks so much to you guys and all the articles you write and things you cover. You’re the only place I go to for Caps-related stuff, and even though this season summarily sucked, there is, as always, next year.

  • 70Caps

    Still a shutout for Holtsy right?

  • Chris Cerullo

    GEORGIA!

  • Scott Mallon

    Grabovski – Backstrom – Ovechkin
    Kuznetsov – Johansson – Brouwer
    Chimera – Fehr – Ward
    (Take your pick) – Beagle – Wilson

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Yes. 1.00 save percentage.

  • John Clear

    I for one refuse to believe that the season’s over and will continue to check RMNB daily. nobody burst my bubble please.

  • Scott Mallon

    Defensive lines are too shambled to make any educated guess beyond the top two pairings of Alzner and Carlson, and Orlov and Green, while I would like to see an actual top 4 defensive defenseman with either Orlov or Green on separate lines. I wanted to know where the hell Nate Schmidt has been.

  • 70Caps

    This leaves Penner, who everyone says should be higher. I dont think those are necessarily bad lines, just maybe some skill on the fourth line? Even though that’s totally contrary to what a fourth line is..

  • 70Caps

    They still do stuff in the off season.

  • Scott Mallon

    Penner is not re-signing (most likely), so that doesn’t really matter. I purposefully neglected to include him.

  • Myan

    I don’t think Penner will re-sign. He has no reason to.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    WE DO ALOT OF STUFF

  • 70Caps

    I mostly meant for the last couple of games, sorry I didn’t say that.

  • ATPinDC

    Thanks for all you guys do! I sincerely hope Rachel will be giving a full recap of her Fehrsie jersey moment. How very cool for her!

  • alchemistmuffin

    Oates, probably he’s here to stay. I just can’t see him leaving in my opinion. On the other hand, GM, he’s going to get the boot. If he is given the new contract, then the problem becomes the entire organization, and the president.

  • Scott Mallon

    penner should have been on the top line on the lw as a net crasher to get all the loose change the top line has neglected to collect this year, as he was in anaheim, with grabo down the middle on the second line, johansson on that wing, and kuzya on the fourth line considering adam oates would refuse to play him anywhere else because he’s a left handed player and you can’t break up the third line because they are the only players to which adam oates’ system is designed for.

  • Sarah

    A reminder of what you don’t want for your team?
    Bah, I grew up with the Mavericks pre-Cuban. I was a wee little lassie when that team was being built around… uh… Roy Tarpley. The only positive thing was my father, a former addiction counselor, telling my brother and me: “Never, ever do cocaine. Not even once… You could wind up like the Mavericks.”
    It scared the living hell out of us, I can tell you that. And that is all to the good, since learning not to do drugs is important. But when that’s the only good thing you get out of your team you are officially having a bad run.
    And that, dear friends, is why I refuse to be downbeat on the Caps despite all the confusion this season. This is a talented and hard working group whose worst “scandal” is f—ing Zyrtec D. [crotchety old lady voice] Don’t talk to me about hard times, these ain’t a patch on the hard times we used to have…

  • Scott Mallon

    we should all personally write letters to bob nicholson begging him to take control of the franchise, all while sealing the envelopes with our tears.

  • Guest

    A LOT*

  • bskillet

    Awesome job guys, see you back in October for a Stanley Cup Year!!!!

  • JenniferH

    First off — THANK YOU SO MUCH RUSSIAN MACHINE NEVER BREAKS!!! I LUFF YOU GUYS!!! This is my first full season as a Caps fan and I’ve been happy to share it with this fantastic place and all of you and all of the regulars here and I love it so much. MUAH! MUAH! MUAH! MUAH!

    Secondly, I’m bummed the season ended this way, so early, I’m bummed the season went this way, but hey, at least Holtby went out swinging and shining and with a technical shut-out making it #4 so go Braden! After all that Oates and co. put him through this season, I am thrilled that he has ended the season on a high note and I hope very much that it’s a sign of what the next season will be like. He had his sophomore slump and weathered through it and has come out stronger and hopefully better for it.

    With fingers crossed, big changes will be coming and, like you, I hope that crash the net style hockey that plays to the best of our team is coming. I’ve been saying all along that we have the pieces, we just need the right maneuvering to get them in the right position and the Stanley Cup will be in our hands! HUZZAH!

    Looking forward to what you guys have planned in the off-season and I know that it will be awesome. Thank you Peter, Ian, Chris, Igor, Fedor and Rachel for making the best blog on the web.

  • Scott Mallon

    dude, a gm would more than likely bring in a new coach.

  • JenniferH

    Aww, this is one of the first things I remember reading on your blog and I knew then that this was the blog for me. :sniff sniff:

  • Marky Narc

    It’s possible. Though I’m inclined to think that if a new GM is brought in, they’d want to revamp the coaching staff with all their own people. Who knows.

  • Jimmie

    I am officially a “JenniferH from the Comments” fan.

  • Marky Narc

    ALLOT

  • PWong

    To the RMNB crew, through the darkest moments of this season I could always count on coming here for a relieving laugh and some hopeful thoughts for the future. Thanks and keep it up! PS-MOAR PODCASTS

  • ATPinDC

    Alot is confused…

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    This is my official request for a party during the Winter Classic as I will be in DC for that. And I’ll be a married woman by then. Woe to all that missed out on the chance to ice my pucks. But seriously folks, this blog is the only reason i loved hockey this year. Everything else stunk like poopies. Thanks to you all for your camaraderie, friendship, support, and laughs. see you tomorrow.

  • JenniferH

    Aww, you’re making me all verklempt. Thank you. :)

  • JenniferH

    A million high-fives for this. Make that a billion.

  • JenniferH

    Congrats on your upcoming wedding. That’s long enough away, maybe I can corral my hockey family into planning a trip then too!

  • Shea Angus

    Defence wins championships. Going back to the high flying team is a mistake. Sure they were fun to watch, but they never won. This offensive core needs to be traded and we need to overhaul the team. Ovi is not a Captain, and I do not believe he should be the player this team is built around. It won’t happen, but Ovi should be moved. GMGM has had more then enough time to build a Cup winner and he hasn’t, and Oates’ mismanagement of players alone is worth firing him over. We need new people and a new identity if we are going to win a cup! Love to hear what everyone else thinks, and thanks to the guys at RMNB for making this year a little less horrible.

  • Alex Hughes

    Thanks to RMNB for making this dismal Caps season bearable. You gained a lifetime reader this season in me and you guys are the best in the NHL.

  • alchemistmuffin

    I’m hoping this would happen, but my guy feeling is that it might not happen. It feels like veterans have full backing for Oates to be retained in some way, especially Ovi (even though he threw him under the bus, Ovi didn’t look phased)

    I am praying for both to be sacked tommorow morning while I change the decoration to Kings gear since I had the unfortunate task of hosting the playoff watch party. (And my friend is a die hard Kings fan)

  • RESmith

    Wait everyone! There is still tomorrow, Black Monday. That is going to provoke a bit of discussion before we all depart to catch up on our summer reading… Any predictions? At least we are not Toronto. I think Dave Nonis and Randy Carlyle are no-brainers to be gone.

    But, yes, thank you, RMNB, for all you guys have done. As others have said, this is by far the best forum for Caps fans and you have built that through a good mix of analysis and timely humor. And of course, you’ve been very open and approachable to readers which has fostered this amazing community of Cap fans to be a part of.

  • Diller M

    I love you guys and I love the caps! Didn’t listen to Walton for this one, washed my pollen stricken cars with the kiddos (Jennifer am I right about the pollen? They have no idea). Glad it ended this way so no one can point toward this last week and give Oates another chance, this is how it should end for him. I’m glad they didn’t get to 91, I’m glad all the shoot outs wins didn’t cost them. I’m excited to see what comes next and where we will go, this is what being a fan is all about.

    A note to all. We are all frustrated. Don’t quit being a Caps fan because this sucks right now. This sucks nowhere near as much as the low lows, we are not far and this should be an interesting off season. No longer sad and alone, I will sit with all of you by my side until we hoist the cup, or Peter and Ian get tired of writing this blog. Until then, see you all right here.

    LET’S GO CAPS!

  • Alex Hughes

    It’s time to make drastic changes in my opinion. Time for Mike Green to get traded, I think a change of scenery is both good for him and the Caps. MOJO needs to go, I think he is the most overrated Cap and frankly have never thought much of him, The D needs to change with Alzy, Carly, and Orly the only people staying. Grabo must be resigned, he was great when he wasn’t hurt. GMGM and Oates need to go, they weren’t even on the same page with each other. Big changes should and will be made.

  • Alex Hughes

    And so the sun setteth on another Caps season, this the most disappointing season during the time I’ve been a fan.

  • Alex Hughes

    Am I the only one who thinks MOJO is atrocious and extremely overrated.

  • Catherine__M

    Aw thanks, lads. You and the community you’ve built are the best. Win or lose, it’s fun here. You’re (usually) realistic and always informative while remaining positive and entertaining. And inclusive. All of that . ♡♡♡

  • Bilal

    I live in Toronto, so I hear a lot of Maple Leafs news, and Brendan Shanahan, the new prez in TOR, said Nonis is staying

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    There’s going to be so much to read about. Imagine the changes!!!!!

  • alchemistmuffin

    This is what I am hoping in terms of the staffs this off season.

  • Matt McNeely

    It’s been real, RMNB and community. Here’s hoping for better hockey next year.

  • Jonathan Garcia

    Thanks, dudes and dudesses, for everything. Don’t let the long summer getcha down.

  • RESmith

    Yeah, I forgot about Shanahan taking the president job there. So I am guessing that Carlyle is taking the full blame for the Leafs’ collapse then?

  • Seth Malaguerra

    Great work this season, RMNB. As much as everything stank on the ice this year you guys were all a fan could ask for in a hockey blog.

  • Bilal

    Pretty much. I mean one big reason the leafs collapsed was that Bernier got injured. reimer was good at first, but Carlyle started throwing him under the bus. That put Reimer’s confidence down and he just started sucking afterwards. Also Dion Phaneuf sucks……..

  • RESmith

    I don’t think MoJo is either overrated or atrocious, just miscast as an offensive forward. I’ve always said he reminds me of Marco Sturm, who was an extremely fast two way player who game was slightly tilted to the defensive side. Could play center but was better on the wing.

  • RESmith

    Yeah, it two teams now and all I’ve heard is that the hype has never came close to reality of Phaneuf’s poor defensive play.

  • RESmith

    “Terminate! Terminate!”

  • Sarah

    Wait, holy crap, what does “Oates has one year left on his contract” mean…. a hint that he’ll be back??!? My cheery attitude has all been based on the assumption that he’s going. I’ve been thinking that the joy and renewal in Dallas could easily spread to DC just in time for me to move back.
    If…if the Caps are telegraphing that this is not the case I will go cry.
    (deep breath) Either way, though, thank you RMNB for everything.

  • VeggieTart

    I have to wonder what drugs Ovi was on when he said he wanted Oates to stay.

  • Roy Schue

    Oates’ coaching was horrible and stubborn. He needs to go

  • Bilal

    One more thing, starting next year, Phaneuf is making 7 million dollars a year for 7 years. Again, glad we aren’t the leafs :D

  • VeggieTart

    For me as well.

  • Seth Malaguerra

    Oates has one year left on his contract -> Oates will be back next year is looking at things glass half empty. Try, Oates only has one year left on his contract, which is not-so-bad to pay off after he’s relieved.

  • RESmith

    I can’t speak for Oates, but when Al Koken was giving his behind the bench interview with Calle Jo and Blaine Forsythe and finishing it with thanking them for always being available and willing to talk, it had the air of unspoken finality to it. Calle’s face, in particular, had a kind of sadness to it that looked like he knew he wasn’t going to be back.

  • VeggieTart

    If a game goes scoreless to the shootout, both goalies get the shutout.

  • Joey Doukmetzian

    Link to this??

  • Catherine__M

    No drugs. Just refusing to air dirty laundry in public (possible mere feet from the coach in question) and not being branded a “coach killer” for the third time.

  • GraboviMyBozak

    Funny how Carly said compared to the Bolts, he’d pick the Caps 10 out of 10 times. It’s true, we’re a much better team. I think we don’t have enough valuable hard working guys. Laich, get well soon.

  • Kuzgretz92

    If Oates is gone i think that means the next coach would change ovi back to lw its a lot easier for him to play LW because of his right handed shot and his 5v5 play would improve jus imagine his 5v5 production when he played lw and if they kept the 1-3-1 pp

  • VeggieTart

    I felt from the beginning that Penner was a rental.

  • GraboviMyBozak

    It depends if he actually tries. If he just floats around again, expect -25 next season as well.

  • Barrett

    I agree with trading MoJo. He’s not particular good as a center and seems to play better on the wing, but there’s no spot for him on a team so deep with wingers – the Ducks might need help after this season.

    I disagree with trading Mike Green. I would go after a defensive minded defenseman (Matt Greene, Brooks Orpik, Douglas Murray, Willie Mitchell) that are veterans and not afraid to toss their weight around to pair with him and a lesser tier of the same type to pair with Orlov on the 3rd pairing. That gives you three puck-moving defenseman to pair with three stay-at-home defenseman.

    Give Grabovski the money to stay. Easiest decision for this offseason.

    Wave bye-bye to George McPhee, Adam Oates and the rest of the coaching staff.

  • Sarah

    Thanks for both your takes, that was the heart of my question… it could mean either one, and not living in DC right now I didn’t feel like I could read between the lines properly.

  • MuzzMuzzington

    So glad this season ended with a Classic Oates system game. Add it to the stat of games not own when scoring 2 or less goals.

  • John Clear

    LOL first year with RMNB so i didnt know. im so very sorry… ill be here anyways, all year long. come hell or high water. or you know, the eastern conference dungeon.

  • Bugs Fire

    Why is nobody considering a scenario of Oates losing his job early next season instead of the summer? Not that I like their style, but it worked well for Flyers.

    I am happy to be wrong, but isn’t that a possibility that new GM will need time to find new coach and so they may let Oates linger for a little longer?

    I know it happens sometimes that a team finishes just a few points out of the playoffs, but it’s maddening to know that all Caps needed was for Orlov not to do the boarding thing and for Ovie to score at least some shootout goals? Or for Caps to show up in Nashville and run over the Devils that were playing with 9 forwards? When the team misses playofs by such a small margin, you can pin it on almost anyone! Sad, sad, sad.

  • JenniferH

    My poor windshield! It seems worthless to bother cleaning it. It only takes two seconds to be pollen-covered again!!!!

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    I think he’s very tradeable

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    I don’t agree, and slogans like “defense wins championships” don’t really hold up to scrutiny.

  • Shea Angus

    Perhaps that is not always true. But a lot of the teams that win, are very good defensive teams, and I would look back at the so called “high flying” days to show that although we were one of the best, if not the best offensive teams, we could not win.

  • http://batman-news.com tominsocal1

    Just my opinion, or maybe not just my opinion, but I feel McPhee has assembled a hodgepodge squad and then Oates “made the worst” with it. Did you read Katie’s article? First he chased off the goalie coach, and the goalies were disjointed all year. Then we had the fetish (er, obsession) with “handedness,” which, first of all, meant trading Forsberg, before maybe he needed to be dealt, and continued on with players out of position; on the wrong lines; being in Hershey when they should have been up; being up when they should have been down. Of course we don’t have to get into the way Oates just threw guys randomly under the bus, do we?
    I believe the talent is better than the output. That said, gioven Ovi and Backie, I also feel George did a rotten job of assembling a “supporting cast.”
    Given what we have read in Katie’s article; what I have heard from those connected to insiders; and my own experience of having followed the NHL since a 7-year-old in Detroit in 1964, I can’t see Either McPhee or Oates either coming back OR getting another quality job any time soon in the NHL. Really, I can see Oates before McPhee, if a GM wanted to deal with Oates’ truly weird obsessions, but I can’t see anyone touching McPhee, not with a ten-foot or even twenty-foot pole, not given how he has alienated not just player agents (as reported by Katie) but many other peers, other GMs (what is confided by insiders) as well. One need only listen to any McPhee press conference to hear the arrogance dripping out of the side of his crooked mouth. I have asked people who specialize in the field (my own daughter a Ph.D.) and others and he gives off the classic look of someone who constantly lies. Go ahead, question that, amek fun of that, but watch him talk, he doesn’t look at the questioner, his face gets contorted when he answers questions, and his mouth and entire face take on a totally unbalanced position.
    The sooner both of these men are out of town, replaced by experienced and competent individuals, the sooner we can begin to rebuilt this team. Hopefully, sometime early tomorrow, this process can begin.

  • Jayleigh

    Since you said it best, JenniferH, I’m just going to add, “What she said.” Love you guys!!

  • ChrisN

    Now we can finally say that this disaster filled season is over, MAYBE NEXT YEAR!!! Also, my face after this game… (Its the summary of the whole season)

    http://gph.is/LSFU7m

  • liquid8d

    Beagle back on front lines, Ovechkin in the shootout.. was this Oates just giving a big eff you?

  • Redbird530

    You guys are the best. Caps forever, Russian Machine forever.

  • H70

    I’m a fairly new Caps fan (my 2nd season). If not for RMNB and fellow fans, I would’ve given up completely by now. But instead, I’m already looking forward to October!

  • Diller M

    Could not and did not are very different things. We very well could have won if circumstances had been a little different. The team had an identity, and executed it well, we just ran into some bad puck luck at a horrible time, and a young team didn’t know how to handle it. Not to mention 08-09 when a few bounces earlier in the series and we would have sent the cup champion pens packing ( not a defensive team btw). Since we choose to follow the team, why not hope for an enjoyable experience rather than a stale tight checking low shooting snooze fest.

  • H70

    I was wondering the same. Would’ve loved to see Grabo in the shootout instead.

  • VeggieTart

    I had to upvote you for saying “verklempt”.

  • VeggieTart
  • VeggieTart

    No one who knows the Caps at all would argue that Ovi is to blame for Oates leaving, if he does. There is plenty of documentation to show that Oates screwed himself.

    Of course, a lot of people either hate Ovi or are totally clueless about the Caps.

  • Catherine__M

    True. But if he answered “no”, that would certainly become a story which would fall in line with the story of BB’s exit (if he’s even to blame for that). Truth and media narratives aren’t usually the same thing, unfortunately.

  • Owen Johnson

    Thank you JenniferH for sharing the comments section with me this season and defending the HoltBeast with me through the worst of times. We were right all along :-p

  • Owen Johnson

    +1 for moar punk rock!

  • Owen Johnson

    Adam Oates? According to tominsocal1 that’s George McPhee’s son.

  • Owen Johnson

    Thank you RMNB for making this season bearable. I know it wasn’t always easy, but you did it. Thank you to all my fellow commenters who have commiserated and celebrated with me this year. I may never have met most of you,but you guys are ok in my book. As amazing as this blog is anyway, it is the amazing comments section that puts this blog over the top.
    Even without the comments, this blog is still awesome. I started reading this blog in March of 2010. I was still a new to the sport. I followed the team on and off growing up, but never really got into it. I started getting interested during the Penguins series (funny story, my friends and I had a viewing party for Game 7, This was during the height of my college drinking days, but I was still a pretty responsible drinker. The game was so bad I drank a whole 6-pack in the 1st Period) but it was this blog that truly got me hooked.
    Anyway, sorry for rambling. This game was boring. I expect the next week to be more interesting with all the potential firings. So in the meantime, go Bears! Go Ducks (I guess)! And go team USA in Brazil this Summer!

  • JenniferH

    Thank you right back Owen! We’ve been in solidarity on HoltBeast throughout the season and have had each other’s back.

    We were right all along Yup, we were! :D

  • Shaun Phillips

    Sign Penner too.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Ovi’s shootout attempt looked like a big fu as well.

  • Shaun Phillips

    Fire Oates this week to convince Penner and Grabo to resign. Trade Mojo and/or Brouwer for D. If Brouwer’s not traded, Wilson needs to be in Hershey next season so he can develop his actual hockey skills.

    Penner – Nicky – Ovi
    Kuzya – Grabo – Brouwer/Wilson
    Chimera – Fehr – Ward
    Latta – Beagle – Laich

  • Shaun Phillips

    Cause Ovi has class unlike the coach he’d be blasting. I think the other guys (Brouwer and Alzner) have said all that needs to be said lately.

  • Shaun Phillips

    I’m hoping a quick firing of Oates and GMGM will let them convince Penner and Grabo to resign.

  • VeggieTart

    I suppose he could have shrugged or deflected the question with something like, “It’s not up to me.”

  • Eddie

    “Either way, this is the end of this. Whatever’s next, it won’t ever feel
    like this again. The roster, the coaches, the front office– the sword
    of Damocles looms above them all. A shining new era is tip-toeing
    nearer.”
    Or we could have a Hanlon Era all over again. I’ll believe it when I see the results. Until then, they still have my faith and fandom, but they’re going to have to earn a certain respect again.

  • Catherine__M

    I see where you’re coming from but everyone would still know that means “no”. Part of the media’s job is to dig up dirt and air things that people would rather keep secret. They’re really good at it. And media savvy players who *don’t* want their stuff aired just tend to lie to get people to shut up and go away. In this case, though, I think he left a lot of room to read between the lines. The rest of the interview is here: (emphasis mine)

    “It’s not about me or [Nicklas Backstrom] or somebody else. It starts on top, and if they want to change, they have to change,” Ovechkin said. “If they want to talk to me about it, I will talk, but I’m not going to say something like we have to change coach, we have to make trades or we have to do something with George.

    “If it’s going to happen, I’m going to talk to the team or somebody out there. I’m not going to say it in the media,” Ovechkin continued. “I respect everybody in this organization. They do lots of things, and I’m not going to say bad things not to their face.””