From new shirts to our limited edition ugly sweater, there are a lot of RMNB items that would be make great Christmas presents this holiday season. But the greatest stocking stuffer may very well be what I show you next.
The NHL has up for sale not one, but two (!!) Alex Ovechkin signed pucks. But here’s the twist. Ovechkin has included an inscription of RMNB (Russian Machine Never Breaks).
Columbus head coach and NHL person most likely to self-describe as “deplorable” John Tortorella is in the news today.
First, he completely and instantly rehabilitated his gruff public image through a Q&A session with Kristina Rutherford of Sportsnet. Here’s how the interview ends:
JT This is the last question for you, Kristina. Out of the game, I’m private. So we’re done.
KR We’re done?
JT We’re done.
KR All right, well I’ve really enjoyed talking to you.
JT I’m not trying to be rude but I have to catch a plane.
Boom. Problem solved.
Then the consensus greatest coach in the league owned all you effete, latte-swilling, stat-loving nerds.
Sunday night, the Washington Capitals played the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The best moment of the night was at the beginning of the second period when CSN Mid-Atlantic cameras found adorable Cash Niebergall and the rest of his family in the stands. Alex Ovechkin had bought tiny Cash and his family tickets for the game. Ovechkin planned to meet with them afterwards.
“One of the assists for this should go to our friends at the Russian Machine Never Breaks for the heads up to the Capitals organization to let them know about [the family],” former NHL enforcer Alan May graciously said, giving our tiny blog a huge shoutout over the air.
But then Alan’s shoutout quickly turned to chirping.
Last night the Washington Capitals eked out a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on the back of a last-minute (literally) Jay Beagle goal. Outshot 45 to 27, it felt like the Caps were increasingly under siege as the game progressed. And indeed they did forfeit a 2-goal lead, for the third time this season.
But the underlying numbers could’ve been worse. Here is the shot attempt chart at five on five (unadjusted.)
So… that was a pretty banner. K, got that out of the way.
The game got off to a furious start. Within the first minute, Chris Kunitz got sprung for a breakaway, which was brilliantly broken up by Dmitry Orlov. The Pens came on too hot and puck went the other way. Nicklas Backstrom delivered a tasty saucer pass over Trevor Daley’s stick and sweet sweet Andre Burakovsky fired a wrist shot into the back of the net. One paragraph for fifty-nine seconds
Later into the period Tom Kuhnhackl did a bad thing, which led to some pushing and then Tom Wilson got punched in the shoulder because I don’t know.
The second period was boring until the Caps got hit with an unlucky too many men penalty and Patric Hornqvist deflected it past Braden Holtby.
Late in the frame Evgeny Malkin took advantage of so effuppery by Orlov and TJ Oshie in their own zone. Geno was in all alone and Braden kicked the puck in with the back of his leg.
But Backstrom was at it again. In the third, he made a drop pass of the dead gorgeous vanity, once against to Burakovsky, who tired the game at two.
The game went to a heart-stopping overtime, but that led to nothing.
TJ did his thing in the shootout. Malkin responded. So did Letang. Nicky put the shootout into extra frames. Phil the Thrill won it. Pens beat Caps 3-2 (SO)
Only a few hours remain until the puck drops for the Capitals’ first game of the regular season. After their most recent second-round playoff exit, a summer of speculation ensued. The most nebulous question: How does this team
finally make a deep playoff run?
While there’s no definite answer, RMNB’s own Pat Holden, Elyse Bailey, Spenser Smallwood, and Chris Cerullo sought to answer a few questions I posed about the Caps’ chances at a Cup. See what they have to say, and, as always, feel free to argue with them in the comments.
If you’ve stayed tuned to RMNB over the summer, you know that in addition to a new, mobile-friendly design, we’ve added a whole bunch of new writers to the team — six, to be exact.
With the season getting started this week, we wanted to officially introduce the newest contributors, many of whom you’ve probably seen in the comments or already writing great content about the Caps elsewhere. They’ll join the returning RMNB crew of writers, photographers, artists, and translators you’ve come to know and love/tolerate.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is suffering from post-concussion syndrome after an incident at practice last Friday. Wednesday morning, in his second straight day of skating, Crosby participated in some non-contact drills with Bryan Rust ahead of the Penguins’ full practice.
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