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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