What a way to start: four goals in eight shots.
The Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets broke the seal on firing season in the NHL, showing some teams are short on patience even in a lockout-delayed year.
If there hadn’t been a lockout, Capitals fans would have had this date marked on their calendars for months; since the day Alexander Semin signed with the Carolina Hurricanes, to leave Washington. Semin returns to D.C. for the first time tonight, as the Hurricanes storm into the Verizon Center for a 7 p.m. puck drop.
Alex Ovechkin is welcoming Alexander Semin back to town as an old friend. The rest of the Washington Capitals have a more complex view of their former teammate.
It almost sounds strange to say, but the Capitals are trending upward for the first time this season after two consecutive wins against a divisional opponent. Injured Brooks Laich told the Junkies Thursday, that winning streak is something the Capitals ‘desperately, desperately needed.’
While Washington hasn’t been able to brag about a championship pro team other than World Team Tennis’ Kastles or soccer’s D.C. United during the past decade, we’ve still had our share of unforgettable moments during that time.
No progress in talks between NHL players and owners on a new collective bargaining agreement just turned counterproductive, with the league officially cancelling the first part of the 2012-13 regular season.
With the 2012 NHL season hanging in the balance, the Nationals have moved into the spotlight as D.C.’s hot team, but what if this season never gets played at all? And what if this was finally the year for the Caps to hoist the Stanley Cup?
Many sports fans in the area may not have noticed (or if they were without power were not able to notice), that NHL Free Agency hit over the weekend, which means it’s time to start the countdown until Alexander Semin parts way with Washington, D.C., perhaps once and for all. Despite a debilitating reputation throughout the league, with a thin Free Agency class Semin stands out among the elite available.
Capitals GM George McPhee is faced with finding the perfect coaching candidate for his players, a blend between Boudreau’s up-tempo style and Hunter’s protect-the-net mindset, but with free agency approaching and less and less candidates available, the head coach vacancy becomes increasingly more worrisome.