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Capitals Rally to Victory at 2011 NHL Winter Classic Heinz Field Pittsburgh

 Capitals Rally to Victory at 2011 NHL Winter Classic Heinz Field Pittsburgh

Heinz Field NHL Winter Classic - Photo credit: Megan Herod

It was not the most picturesque of days, it was not the Winter Classic of 2010 in beautiful Boston with the ultimate outdoor weather conditions for a nostalgic outdoor game.  It was raining, dreary, a wet, raw Pittsburgh day for the perfect match-up of one of the best games in hockey history.  Over 68,000 hockey fans converged at the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2011 NHL Winter Classic.  The media surrounding the NHL’s crown jewel annual event has been unprecedented this year.  The Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins won over the attention of America with an HBO reality show series, 24/7.  The four part mini series took hockey fans old and new on a journey following the two teams, from the inside with a behind the scenes view of the months leading up to the most successful sporting event of the year, the 2011 NHL Winter Classic.  HBO’s reality TV series offered a backstage pass to the coaches and players lives and showed the differences in the philosophies of the two teams.

This is the fourth year the NHL has hosted a Winter Classic game on New Years Day and the second year that the Penguins have played in the mega match-up since 2008.  What made the 2011 NHL Winter Classic so dynamic was the matchup between the two teams, who are such long time rivals they didin’t even shake hands after yesterdays game.  To make things even more interesting, there was stark differences and drama in each of the teams in the month leading up to the event.  The Pittsburgh Penguins, led by Olympic gold medal and Stanly Cup winning forward Sidney Crosby, won 18 of the last 20 games leading up to the Classic.  The Capitals didn’t win a game from Dec 3rd to Dec 19th until they finally broke an eight game losing streak in Ottawa when they beat the senators 3-2.  The Capitals regained their composure and added momentum in the next week and a half putting them in good position, they won 4 out of the next 5 games.  Ironically the one loss they faced was to Pittsburgh, at the Verizon Center, in a nail bitting shootout.

 Capitals Rally to Victory at 2011 NHL Winter Classic Heinz Field Pittsburgh

Eric Fehr rejoices after scoring his second goal to lead the Capitals to a 3-1 victory at the 2011 NHL Winter Classic - Photo credit: Gregory Shamus

The Winter Classic was delayed due to the warm weather and rain from 1pm to 8pm yesterday.  Approximately 30,000 Caps fans and 40,000 Pens fans converged at Heinz Field for what was to be the most exciting game of the year, and the game did not disappoint.  The time change seemed to help, the overall TV ratings were reportedly up by 8%.  The first period the Pens started out hot with goal tender Marc-Andre Fleury stopping all 20 shots and getting an assist on Evgeni Malkin goal.  This would be the only goal for Pittsburgh on New Years day.  Mike Knuble answered with the first goal for the Caps in the second period.  The real star of the day was Eric Fehr.  He picked a high profile game to let the world know that he is a force to be reckoned with scoring both of Washington’s other goals to make the final score 3-1 Caps.  This was such an important win for the Capitals.  They  emerge victorious, the month long HBO special, that didn’t start out well, ended with the big win in front of  millions of hockey fans worldwide.  Not only did the Capitals steal the Winter Classic title from the Pens in their own backyard…literally, but they also presented themselves as a team that doesn’t need to rely on their star player to win games.  People are thinking this could be the year for the Caps to bring home the coveted Stanley Cup that has eluded our Nations Capital to date.

One of the best parts about the Winter Classic is the nostalgia of playing hockey outside in the elements where hockey originated.  And what old time hockey game would be complete without two bruisers squaring off and dropping the gloves.  In a fight that will be carried on hockey channels for years John Erskine unleashed the fury with Pittsburgh’s Michael Rupp.  These two hockey players fought it out old school style, blow by blow.  At one point it looked like Rupp had the upper hand as Erskine lost his footing.  The seasoned Capitals veteran regained his balance and landed some massive blows to the Penguins center.  The fight ended in a draw as the two exhausted players were subdued by the officials and the game continued to the applause of the crowd.  This is real raw hockey.

The word has trickled down from Ted Leonsis that the most exciting game in hockey, the NHL Winter Classic, will come to Washington, DC in the next two to three years.  Places being considered for hosting the event are Nationals Park, Fedex Field, M&T Bank Stadium, Camden Yards and RFK Stadium.  Nationals Park seems to be the favorite candidate with M&T Bank Stadium as a viable option possibly increasing the Capitals fan base. National Park holds 41,000 fans, RFK Stadium holds 46,000, Camden Yards holds 48,000  M&T Bank Stadium holds 71,000 and Fedex holds 91,000.  Caps fans have been trying hard to BRING THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC TO DC and it looks like we may get our wish.

 Capitals Rally to Victory at 2011 NHL Winter Classic Heinz Field Pittsburgh

Emme Porter, Bruce Porter Jr celebrating the 2011 NHL Winter Classic win

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If you were at the 2011 NHL Winter Classic you can send your photos to have them featured on our websites:  Email to Emme@EmmeGIrls.com with photo credit information

Washington Capitals Season Opener

EmmeGirls is pleased to staff Models for FanSpeak’s big Washington Capitals Season Opener Viewing Party. Coming on the heals of an exciting Washington Capitals Convention held at the Washington Convention Center kick off the season right with fellow Caps fans as the Capitals begin their journey for the coveted Stanley Cup! This year even HBO is in the mix featuring a reality show about the matchup of the NHL’s two marquee players Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby in the NHL Winter Classic. They will be shooting footage at Kettler Capitals Iceplex today, the home of the Washington Capitals and the Washington Elite Ice Skating School. EmmeGirls and the wonderful Capitals Fans tried hard make Fedex Field a Sea of Red and BRING THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC TO DC but in the end our beloved Capitals will have to bring home the win from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh against the Penguins. At least our boys are getting to play in this exciting cash cow event! This year Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom and the rest of the veterans look good and the word is that Bruce Boudreau is happy that the Caps signed Michal Neuvirth and Tom Poti with two year extensions. In the pre-season the boys have looked stellar, I think this may be the year for DC’s golden boys to bring the Stanley Cup to our Nations Capital!

Voice Your Passion” is the FanSpeak tag line. This Washington Capitals Season Opener viewing party features FREE BEER, Capitals Cow Bell Give-Aways for the first 100 attendees, Raffles for autographed gear and the beautiful FanSpeak Models provided by EmmeGirls. The Viewing party will be held in the party room at McFadden’s in downtown DC. The game starts at 8 PM against the Thrashers so sport your best Capitals gear, arrive early and enjoy the free beer, great hockey and live entertainment. EmmeGirls is a National Promotional Marketing Agency led by CEO Emme Porter. She is former Miss Massachusetts, Bella Vita Reality TV Star and three time member of the Washington Capitals cheerleading squad called the Red Rockers. EmmeGirls uses beautiful models, Search Engine Optimizations and Social Networks Management for advertising and branding. Call today 202 436 5114 and visit our Promotional Models website.

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Cap’s Take Down Penguins 5-4…How about a rematch at the 2011 NHL Winter Classic?

The Pittsburgh Penguins beat mother nature to come to Washington DC during the Snow-pocalypse of 2010, but would that foreshadow their beating the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center yesterday?  No way!

The infamous Ovechkin vs Crosby match-up perhaps out shinned even this year’s Super Bowl game!  It certainly had every fan in the National Hockey League talking.  Would Ovechkin’s Capitals be able to extend their franchise record-setting 13 wins, to 14, against the team that knocked them from competing for the Stanley Cup just last year?

The game did not disappoint; it was a seething rematch as far as Caps fans were concerned.  Things weren’t looking too good going into the 3rd period as Pittsburgh’s led 4-2, but the Capitals, led by their captain Ovechkin, were not going down with out a fight.  Ovi rallied his team for the 5-4 win.  If the final score of 5-4 is any indication of how Captain Alex Ovechkin will lead his Capitals…then DC may finally get it’s coveted Stanley Cup!

Sunday’s game sure makes you think an Alex vs Sydney match up for the 4th Annual NHL Winter Classic would be an epic outdoor game that would appeal to any hockey fan.  The prospects of getting a Winter Classic has every team in the league salivating.   Even though Pittsburgh has already played in one outdoor Classic, the match-up of these two team might be too big a ticket to turn down.

If NHL fans want the Ovechkin vs Crosby match-up for next year’s Winter Classic, then lets give it to them…right here in DC!  We can keep the ice frozen outdoors on January 1st in DC.  They keep the Verizon Center nice and warm and the ice stays frozen just fine.  So then you have to think, where to hold such a high profile game?

Many Washingtonians think the nostalgia of having hockey’s two biggest marquee players match-up on a sheet of ice at old RFK Stadium is appealing.  After enduring the extremely cold temperatures on December 29th at this year’s EagelBank Bowl, I would agree it would be the perfect venue; but the EagleBank Bowl is just the problem.  After moving the Bowl from before Christmas in 2008 to Dec. 29th this last year, I imagine they will hold that same date next year at RFK.  The NHL wants at least a week before the game to set up the ice and advertisements.  So RFK would appear to be out.

The thought of making Fedex Field a sea of red, as 80,000 Caps Fans pack into the Redskin’s own stadium makes my heart beat speed up.  Cheering the NHL’s biggest and sexiest rivalry of Sidney and Alex in front of this many fans would indeed be epic.  However, the word on the street is the NHL is wary to use a professional football stadium because it is in the middle of their official season.  So, another idea has emerged, using the Washington Nationals Stadium to hold the Classic.  It is a baseball field and as best I can tell, has no scheduling conflicts.  It would hold at least 41,000 fans, is Metro accessible and we could possibly set up more seats since an ice rink is much smaller than a baseball field.

Caps vs Rangers, Caps vs Penguins, Caps vs whoever lets bring the NHL Winter Classic to DC!  One thing is for sure, the NHL fans want their own Ovechkin and his Capitals in the next NHL Winter Classic whether it’s in our Nation’s Capital or not.  Click the photo to become a fan of BRING THE NHL WINTER CLASSIC TO DC BY EMMEGIRLS

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Washington a strong possibility for next NHL Winter Classic

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With the success of the first three outdoor pro-hockey games played under the name NHL Winter Classic it’s no wonder that every team in the league wants a spot in the annual game.
An exhibition game of this magnitude generates a lot of fans…and a lot of cash.  According to the New York Times, the 3rd annual Winter Classic featuring Boston’s beloved Bruins against the Flyers generated an estimated 8 million in ticket sales alone at Fenway Park, and 3 million in advertising revenue for NBC.  A bowl game and a parade had the ratings down in Philadelphia, but the Boston crowd was out in force; proving that there is room for even more growth.
The word on the street is that everyone wants the “Russian Machine” Alex Ovechkin in the next outdoor matchup.  If Ovechkin is what the Winter Classic needs, then let’s bring the game to DC!  Fedex field would be the obvious choice with a capacity to seat up to 80,000 hockey fans.  The NHL is said to have originally planned on having the Capitals play in this year’s Classic but decided against it because of poor national TV ratings.  Simply put, the Cap’s fans need to show their support!  Let’s turn Fedex Field to a sea of Red!
Let there be no doubt, hockey fans want Washington’s own Alex Ovechkin to play in the next winter classic.  Washington Capitals vs Rangers at Fedex Field on New Years Day 2011 sounds like a winner!  The new Yankees Stadium has signed a contract with a new college bowl game called the Yankee Bowl for the week between Christmas and New Year’s so that would appear to be out.  The new Meadowland opening next football season would like to host a Rangers vs Capitals matchup; Citi Field home of the Mets would like to as well.  An Ovechkin vs Crosby matchup at Fedex has been talked about but Pittsburgh already played in the Winter Classic in Buffalo two years ago.
One thing remains the same, no matter who you talk to, the name that keeps coming up is Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.  If the Capitals are going to play, let’s bring this game to DC!  You can become a fan of bringing the NHL Winter Classic to DC by clicking the photo of Alex in Fedex here:
 Washington a strong possibility for next NHL Winter Classic
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