Perks of an STH: An Evening with John Walton and Mike Vogel

Washington Capitals season ticket holders received an early gift on Friday before witnessing the Caps-Bolts win. To kick-off the holiday celebration theme around Verizon Center, Caps Radio Voice host John Walton and Caps writer Mike Vogel (Dump ‘N Chase) talked with fans about the fun they are having covering this exciting time.  Here is a sampling of some of the discussions.

Things started with John Walton promising that if the Caps make it to the man in redStanley Cup Final he will adopt the Man in Red motif and broadcast in red paint. We’ll be holding him to it!

Vogs joined the discussion straight from the coach’s pregame brief and reported that Brooks Orpik will be out and not skating for the foreseeable future. Coach hopes that he will make it back in time for the playoffs.

John spoke about the emergence of Nate Schmidt  post the Brooks Orpik injury, and the value he brings to the team on and off the ice. He said T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams were great additions to the team as well. He had high praises for the experience that Williams brings to the ice; he called him a “steal”. They also said that our defense is great. And Ovi is going to keep scoring but the others are scoring as well now too. It has taken some time for them to get the flow on the first line but they seem to be in sync now.

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Vogs and Walton talked about the strides Braden Holtby has made and the influence of the coaching style of Mitch Korn and Dave Prior and their relationship. Vogs said he felt that Holtby would have gotten to where he is eventually but Mitch was able to fast-track his success. He saw two things in Olie Kolzig: fire and competiveness. He thinks he sees that fire to win in Holby too.

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There was quite a bit of discussion about Tom Wilson and the match penalty he took in the Senator’s game and how they arrived at the three-minute penalty. They explained that it was a match penalty which is given out when there is  an intent- to-injure situation. The ref deemed there was, even though we now know it was an erroneous call. It started with a five-minute major for the team and five-minute power play for the team that was offended upon. Ten minutes of penalties would go on Wilson’s record. If you look at the score sheet it says ‘matched penalty 10 minutes.’ Ottawa should not have gotten a five minute power play with 4.40 left in the game. But Chris Neal body slammed Tom Wilson which the referees saw and declared that wasn’t an intended injury, which was a two-minute roughing minor so the two was subtracted from the five and that takes away and leaves a three minute power play. Something you don’t normally see.

See Vog’s article, “Why Tom Wilson Needs to Keep Being Tom Wilson” which provides more information about the play.

Talking about penalties, Vogs shared that the league has a tendency to adjust to the way players play, such as Chara. The refs at some point stop calling penalties and he thinks that Wilson needs to keep playing the way that he is playing. His hits are legal and he happens to be a big guy who hits hard. No one wants him to change, including his teammates.

Vogs and Walton spoke with fans for almost an hour and were great about answering questions. Be sure to tune in to hear Walton calling games and check out Vogs interviews on Monumental Network as well as his articles at Dump ‘N Chase.

Thanks to both of you for an insightful night.

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