Hi, I’m Ian Oland. I’m the chauffeur and horse-musher of this very fine Caps bandwagon. I spent all afternoon with my hammer and nails, extending out the cab a few more feet. I heard a few more people would be joining us tonight.
First, we must travel to Secaucus, New Jersey, to pick up former Capital, 2007 Hall of Fame defenseman, and three-time Stanley Cup champion Scott Stevens. The former Conn Smythe Trophy winner currently works for NHL Network as an analyst. He filled out his playoff bracket and picked our Caps to beat the Kings in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Photo credit: Gregory Shamus
After a year of build-up and three glorious episodes of HBO’s 24/7, the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins finally met at Heinz Field in front of 68,111 loud, screaming fans to compete in the 2011 Winter Classic. Much like the 39 games before and the 42 games to follow, this game counted the exact same amount in the standings: two points.
But both you and I know it meant waaaaaay more than that. You could see it in how the Caps played, celebrated and spoke after the game. This was the biggest game they had ever played in their NHL careers. And it showed.
At 8:17pm the first puck dropped. It would then take over twenty-two compelling game minutes to see the 2011 Classic’s first goal. In the second period, Marc-Andre Fleury made a routine stick save along the ice on Alex Ovechkin. Kris Letang then took the rebound and alertly flung the puck up ice where he found a streaking Evgeny Malkin. The Capitals’ defense, caught on a bad change, allowed Malkin to go in all alone on Semyon Varlamov. Malkin went five-hole and the the Penguins took a 1-0 lead.
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