Wednesday night, Verizon Center was host to the World Cup of Hockey pre-tournament game between Team Sweden and Team Europe. During the first intermission, local youth hockey players participated in their normal mites on ice game. After the game ended, one of the tiny players was named the Mite of the Night and interviewed over the PA System.
That’s where things went very wrong.
During Thursday night’s taping of Jeopardy!, @jp_daddi0 alerted us to some important news: there were two Capitals fans in the audience. After a contestant answered a Daily Double correctly, a Jeopardy! camera shot to the crowd, revealing a male and female fan wearing the Caps’ third jerseys. That is awesome.
The Washington Capitals have lost 7 of 8 playoff match-ups all-time against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Late Thursday evening, TJ Oshie cut through all of that bad history and juju. Oshie scored a hat trick, which included the decisive goal in overtime, giving the Caps a 1-0 series lead over the Pens.
Naturally, Caps fans lost their shit.
The Washington Capitals’ loss to the New York Islanders Sunday afternoon, just 15 seconds into overtime of game three, was excruciating. One group of fans happened to capture their agony on video, and have shared their priceless results with the world.
Brett, Sean, and John had nearly destroyed their Fairfax, Va., basement celebrating Nicklas Backstrom‘s game-tying goal in the third period. During intermission they set up a webcam in the hopes of capturing an even more crazed reaction if the Caps could pull out an overtime win. Instead, they watched John Tavares chip a loose puck past Braden Holtby to give the Islanders a 2-1 series lead.
In the video below, you’ll see a broad range of reactions that perfectly encapsulate what it’s like to watch your favorite team lose an important playoff game.
Going into an opponent’s arena and rooting for the visiting team is a dangerous proposition. It can get you mercilessly harassed, mocked, or teased. It can get you killed.
One time, some angry Philadelphians threw a soda at my head and cursed me out. That’s what I get for wearing an Orioles jersey to Veterans Stadium. I should have known better, but I guess I wrongly assumed that a meaningless interleague game wouldn’t have fans quite so on edge.
On Saturday night, one very young, very cute Washington Capitals fan was unafraid. The wrath of cranky fans at Air Canada Centre meant nothing to him. He was brazen in his love for the Caps.
MSNBC shows a man at White House gate wearing a NB19 shirsey (Screen-capture by Ian Oland)
In the wake of the news that Osama bin Laden has been killed, people — particularly young people — gathered around the White House. Since game two of the Washington Capitals’ series with the Tampa Bay Lightning had just ended when the news broke, a good number of fans were in presence.
Here are the eery photos of Caps fans sharing the experience with each other.
Per The Washington Post, Tarik El Bashir is reporting that Michael Nylander and his $4.875 Million Annual Cap Hit has finally been removed from the Caps roster. He was assigned on a standard loan to the Detroit Red Wings AHL Affiliate Grand Rapid Griffins where he can still finish the year with over 230 Assists if he tries. Can I have a Hallelujah?
Though the Russian Machine firmly believes that George McPhee and Bruce Boudreau are mostly to blame for this bad relationship – meaning they bought expensive goods they never really needed in the first place and then played “hardball” when it officially backfired – we’re happy to see the hard-headed Nyles still has some pride left in himself and wants to continue playing hockey while collecting a weekly paycheck most of us don’t make in a year.
Look we get it. The Caps proved they could play without Nylander in 2007-08 when he was out almost the entire season with a rotator cuff injury. And we also get that when Nylander was healthy, he had one of the worst plus minuses on the team. But George, why did you give him a no-trade clause? Can you or someone in the organization please explain that?
Now some of you may say, “Hey, we had to get arid of Nyles because he basically ignored what Bruce coached him to do.” Okay, maybe that’s fair. If you don’t get what I mean, check out the dry-erase board graphics below the jump:
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