Caps top Pens 4-3 in Shootout at the Verizon Center; Talk still Swirling of a Matchup for Winter Classic
After last night’s nail biting game at the Verizon Center, I feel that everything is right in the world again. With a win 3 out of the 3 times the Capitals have faced the Penguins this year, I am confident that our Captain Ovechkin can lead us past Crosby and his Penguins to win the Stanley Cup.
Coming off an Olympic Gold Medal winning shot and the 2009 Stanley Cup in his back pocket; Sidney Crosby has engraved his name on hockey all in less than a year. I know every Washington hockey fan breathed a sigh of relief when the Capitals sent him home with an overtime loss and a considerable dent in his invincibility factor.
Neither Crosby nor Ovechkin scored in regulation play, each had 1 assist. Pittsburgh decided triple teaming Alex was their best line of defense against the great 8. The Capitals team showed their depth, tough playing Mike Knuble scored the first goal and got the surprise nod from coach Bruce Boudreau in the shootout. Knuble, reportedly not happy about being put in the pressure situation had no time to be nervous and did a quick fake and buried the puck in the top shelf for the winning goal! Coach Bruce said he was “acting on a hunch” and just “thought he (Knuble) would score.”
“I don’t know how often you get down 2-0 in a shootout and you come back,” said Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau. Jose Theodore stopped all three shots after the first two goals in the shootout and is now 17-0-2 in his last 19 appearances. He continues to show why he is one of the premiere goalies in the NHL. The boys in red play tonight in North Carolina and the word is, Jose gets the night off and Varlamov will be in net.
Amid this backdrop, of course the talk is swirling about the matchup of the NHL’s two marquee players and two feuding teams for the next NHL Winter Classic. Pittsburgh has already played in one Winter Classic, but the ratings were down for the 2010 Winter Classic in Boston and the league would like to keep this cash cow going.
The District has officially gone on record as saying that an “NBC poll shows 89 percent are in favor of the Winter Classic coming to D.C.” and that, “this winter shows that the District of Columbia has a winter climate that compares with any other city in the Northeast.”
There is no doubt that hosting the NHL Winter Classic would be the best thing to happen to DC in years and if the Winter Olympics in Vancouver’s unseasonably warm weather this year is any indication, we have the technology to make it happen. National’s Park is the place, with capacity to hold 41,000 plus. Come on Caps Fans, Let’s Unleash the Fury and Tell the NHL “WE WANT OUR WINTER CLASSIC!”
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