Caps Players Share Their Olympic Vacation Plans (Video)

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Before the Washington Capitals left for Olympic break, I asked the non-Olympian players what their predictions were for Sochi. That was great, but I also asked them where they were going on vacation.

Some players were heading home, some were heading back to Hershey, and then others — whom I will not name — might have fibbed a bit about where they were actually going.

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Before Saturday’s game, I visited Kettler Capitals Iceplex and asked players for their Olympic picks. With the Caps sending five players to Sochi (Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson, Martin Erat, and John Carlson), I wondered where Washington’s non-Olympians would place their allegiances.

I figured that since the RMNB staff was able to put its own biases aside when we made our predictions, maybe the players would do the same and maybe even offer some hardcore, dispassionate hockey analysis.

Nope. Not even a little.

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2014’s New Years Wishes for the Capitals

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Welcome, everyone, to 2014. A long year stretches out before us, and now seems the appropriate time to express our hopes and dreams for the Washington Capitals. Join me, if you will, below the fold for maybe the dumbest four and a half minutes of your day.

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Is Tom Wilson a Power Forward or a Sideshow? (Video)

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Tom Wilson has 3 fights in his first 9 games and little else. Is he going to become a bona fide NHL player or not? If so, what is holding him back?

My impression so far is that Tom Wilson’s job is to play a few minutes a night and maybe get into a fight. That might make him a fan-favorite, but I want to find out if he’s capable of more.

Let’s talk about Wilson, the efficacy of fighting, and what we expect from big, physical rookies. Plus: a bulldog cameo and the time I got in a fight over a candy cane.

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In case you weren’t following closely over the summer, we’ve made this short video to get you up to speed on everything you missed. We’ve got comings (Grabo) and goings (Hendricks), changes to the rulebook, realignment, coaching staff changes, an engagement, a baby got Backstrom, and a little bit of Bailamos.

Puck drop is soon, so get ready.

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This story was inevitable. Russia’s strict laws regarding gay people and the upcoming Sochi Olympics have put some of our favorite players in awkward position. Luckily, Alex Ovechkin acquitted himself perfectly well during media time on Monday. Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk did not fare as well. This is going to get worse before it gets better.

Note: My opinion is my own and does not necessarily reflect all of RMNB.

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The Perfect Game …Recap (Video)

A 6-5 overtime road win on a Saturday in the springtime. That’s the recipe for the ideal game recap — at least as measured by pageviews. Over the weekend I crunched some numbers to figure out what kind of recap stories get lots of readers and which get sucked in the abyss never to be read or spoken of again. What I discovered was summary evidence against the people who say the Internet thrives on negativity.

Wins drive views.

Also, my dog is in this video. Subscribe to the RMNB YouTube channel, as we’ll have a lot more stuff coming soon. Including, eventually, coverage of Actual Hockey.

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My Favorite RMNB Moments of 2012-13

petercellyThe way the Caps got bounced from the playoffs was not very pleasant, but watching how they got there was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life as a sports fan. In the spirit of gratitude, I thought I’d share my favorite moments of the season– on and off the ice.

Note: This summer we’ve been working on adding new kinds of stories to RMNB. This video is just one example of that. We’ll be experimenting with more video and other exciting stuff soon. It’s a big step for us, and we appreciate any feedback you have. Also, go ahead and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Thanks!

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Unleash the Futility:* Panthers beat Caps 3-0

Florida Scores. Ugh.

Slumber party. (Photo credit: Jacquelyn Martin)

There’s no way the Capitals can lose four in a row, especially if three of the four are held in the friendly climes of Chinatown. Against the Florida Panthers– improbable. With eight powerplay opportunities– inconceivable. Shut out– should be impossible.

Prepare to have your minds blown.

We were scoreless until one second remained in the second period. Michael Frolik plopped a loose puck into a wide-open net. Halfway into the third period, Steve Bernier shoved in another loose puck after two failed attempts. Mike Santorelli converted on a late-game powerplay in a similar breakdown. That’s it. That’s the whole dang scoring recap. You didn’t even see a Capitals player in this paragraph, did you? Panthers beat Caps 3-0.

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