Ever since the Washington Capitals bowed out to the New York Rangers in May, we’ve all been asking, Is it October yet? Well today it is, and here’s another reminder hockey’s coming soon: Hurricane Joaquin. I’ll let our bros at NOAA explain.
The NHL agreed last week to allow its players participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Up to eleven Washington Capitals could represent their countries in the two-week tournament, but the ultimate goal of Olympic gold just got a bit less awesome.
Chelyabinsk Region Culture Minister Alexei Betekhtin announced on Wednesday that gold medal winners on February 15th will receive a little something extra in their award: part of the meteor that crashed over the city a year before. According to R-Sport, only seven events will be awarding medals that day: the men’s 1,500 meter speedskating, the women’s 1,000m and men’s 1,500 short track, the women’s cross-country skiing relay, the men’s K-125 ski jump, the women’s super giant slalom, and the men’s skeleton events.
So no space rocks for hockey players.
Photo credit: @magaman
Since the Chelyabinsk meteor was so fun to cover, let’s do it again!
Shortly before 8PM local time (or during the first intermission of the Caps/Jets game), Twitter blew up with first-hand reports of a green-colored meteor falling from the sky. Fox 5 in Washington D.C. reported that their helicopter crew saw the burning rock from the air and it was visible for five to six seconds.
Photo credit: Vitaly Gubin / HC Traktor
Two days after a meteorite struck his hometown of Chelyabinsk, the normally-talkative Evgeny Kuznetsov was quiet. The Washington Capitals prospect and 20-year-old forward made no statement on Twitter. On Sunday, Kuznetsov let us know he was okay with a big breakaway goal in Traktor Chelyabinsk’s final game of the regular season, a 4-1 win over their biggest KHL rival, Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
Video below the jump.
Photo credit: KHL.ru
Last night’s meteor that struck Chelyabinsk, Russia, has damaged the Traktor Chelyabinsk’s arena. The KHL is doing an inpection now before a decision can be made whether Traktor can host the first round of the playoffs.
Press release via KHL’s Facebook page below.
We’re getting all kinds of information about explosions in Chelyabinsk, the city in the Ural region of Russia that hosts Evgeny Kuznetsov’s KHL team. Information is sparse right now, and we do not want to speculate.
Photo: Len Redkoles
The photo above is from a Caps-Flyers game in December 2009. It was Peter Laviolette’s first game as head coach of the Flyers. With the score tied in the first period, Philadelphia’s Dan Carcillo suckerpunched Washington’s Matt Bradley. Bradley was hurt, but the Capitals responded as they thought best.
They won 8-2.
I think of that game a lot. I think of how the team was done wrong and they found justice in the form of goals. Tons of goals.
RMNB started publishing the next week.
I’m done with thrown bracelets. I’m done with unruly fans. I’m done with penalty minutes you measure in hours. Done with late hits, working the refs, and ghost bears.
I’m done with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Tonight the Capitals will join me in this notion. With a win, the Caps can secure their first ever four-game sweep and advance to the next round.
Puck drop at 7 PM on CSN-DC.
|Team||Record||Possession||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Washington Capitals||56-18-8||52.0%||101.1||21.9% (5th)||85.2% (2nd)|
|Philadelphia Flyers||41-27-14||50.1%||100.5||18.9% (11th)||80.5% (20th)|
Photo: Jess Hall
Seemingly every NHL team gives away some type of postgame award to name their player of the night. Last year, the Caps gave away a ridiculous Abe Lincoln beard and top hat to the teammate they deemed played the most honest game. Other NHL teams give away ugly jackets, broadway hats, or WWE-style championships belts. Then there’s the weird ol’ Florida Panthers who this year have been giving away a Kevin Spacey-in-space hoodie.
Last week, Spacey came to an actual Panthers game wearing the hoodie honoring himself. That fun night inspired one creative couple to make a Caps version of the sweatshirt. I’ll let Jess Hall explain.
We need your help on something very important to us. Peter and I met at Frederick High School 15 years ago and to this day we both still live in Frederick, Maryland. We love it here.
We formed RMNB about six years ago. Since then we’ve done some cool things: generate big traffic, break news about a Russian meteor, sponsor a NASCAR racer, and even moonlight on the Capitals’ TV show — while never forgetting our roots.
Accolades aren’t really our thing, but this one matters to us. We want to be the Best Blog of Frederick and dethrone The Housewives Of Frederick County, who have won this award like a million years in a row.
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About six years ago, me and Peter started RMNB with low expectations. We just wanted to provide some alternative Caps coverage and have some fun. Along the way, several people joined us, and they had a transcendental and magical effect on the site — authors that would take RMNB in a direction we never thought possible. Fedor Fedin was one of those writers. I’m here to tell you that Fedor has departed RMNB. Yes, I’m sad too.
Fedor (pronounced all wacky like this) is a native of Moscow, Russia, and he was one of RMNB’s very first commenters. I’m still not 100% sure if he’s a Putin-bot or not, but Fedor made his first contribution to RMNB in the most Fedor way possible. He direct messaged me in 2009 and showed me a Russian-language interview with Alex Ovechkin. “Do you want me to translate it?” he asked.
A few months later, the teenaged Russian got a byline on the site. Since then, we have talked almost everyday.