Caps Continue Win Streak After Beating Jets…Again!

Thursday’s 4-3 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets was nothing short of chaos. The mayhem that occurred in a little over 60 minutes was enough to have Capitals fans on the edge of their seats constantly and displayed the type of determination that the team is currently sporting.

Though the Caps left the first period with a 1-0 lead, there was definitely room for improvement. Maybe it was coming off of the long Western road trip, but the boys lacked their typical energy, and it affected their performance. The Caps gave up possession far too much and were nowhere near as aggressive as they should be when working with a team with as much speed as the Jets.

Passing, however, was remarkable and led to Nicklas Backstrom scoring his first goal of the season, late in the period. The largest problem of the game at this point, though, was most definitely the referees. What else is new, right? At the very beginning of the period, there were two times where roughing should have been called on the Jets: when Tom Wilson was shoved while heading to the bench and when Andre Burakovsky was pushed directly into the Jets bench. As well, after Brett Connolly was sent to the box for tripping, a Jets player literally shoved his stick into a Capitals’ skate blade, but wasn’t penalized. Overall, the Caps needed more energy and the refs needed to pay more attention.

Barry Trotz must’ve agreed, because the second period was ten times period. T.J. Oshie scored within the first two minutes and set the pace for the rest of the period, amount up the energy. The Caps were far more aggressive, and it was the Jets who were taking the penalties. In the first period, the boys had only four shots on goal, while in the second period, the Caps had three shots in the first two minutes alone. Alex Ovechkin was the next up to score, ten minutes in, bringing the score up to 3-0 for the rest of the period. Offense was incredible and the Caps were taking advantage of absolutely every rebound. This energy, aggression, and the great hits throughout those twenty minutes were the kind of Capitals hockey we want to see.

It was in the third period that we realized tonight was almost an exact repeat of Tuesday’s game. The Caps 3-0 lead quickly turned into a 3-3 tie, due to tiny little mistakes. The superstitious who follow the Capitals circle on Twitter may blame this on the fact that Alan May blocked Ian Oland, a writer for Russian Machine Never Breaks who enjoys teasing May relentlessly, for posting a wonderfully edited photo of the former Caps player on Twitter. The last twenty minutes featured penalties galore, on both sides. The first two Jets goals were scored within three minutes of each other, and the tying goal came about five minutes later.

It wasn’t until overtime that the Capitals truly cracked down. With less than two minutes in the sudden death period, Ovi scored from his office and made the Verizon Center go wild.

While there were times where the game lagged, this is what we like to see from the Capitals and I certainly hope this energy and perseverance continues.

Following Hockey for the Love of Hockey

We started this blog a month ago today because we love hockey and we love the Washington Capitals. We had contributed to another blog but it wasn’t our cup of tea. So we banded together a group of women who love hockey and here we are! As far as we know, we are the only all-female blog covering hockey, or at least the Caps, out there.

There are some great blogs reporting on the Caps, like Russia Machine Never Breaks and Japers Rink, who write in-depth statistical analysis of each game and season. We aren’t them. We love reading their material but we didn’t think you needed another place to come read what others are already doing a great job covering. We will give you a quick shot of stats but tune into them for the full range of data. And yes, we will even retweet the good stuff by them in case you missed it.

britBrittney, our primary photographer is at practice nearly every day. She has a way of capturing the player at just the right time. And now that they are used to seeing her, they almost pose for her. We chat with them after practice and are getting to know them a little better. Feel free to ask her to take your picture with a player if you see her outside of Kettler. Or if there is a specific player you’d like to see more of just let us know.

We have met some great people hanging out at Kettler. It’s where we met Renee who does a fabulous job summarizing the games for you. Ashley has just started writing with us and we look forward to the stories she shares. Both will be writing more in the weeks ahead about Caps-related events.

We have a great time with the Caps Fan Club who are at Kettler nearly every day too. We have adopted an adorable little mascot who brings a smile to our faces every time we see him. We have met other people, like Jill Sorenson, who follow the Caps and will be bringing you more stories about women in hockey as a result. And then there is you: the fans who come up for the first time and we get to talk to you about how best to meet a player or get your picture. We talk hockey on all levels with the ladies at the rink and will do our best to represent you here.

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We are open to adding other writers to our team. And you don’t have to be female to contribute. We are looking for people to cover other hockey happenings in the area–youth hockey, college hockey, and Wounded Warriors. Simply send me a message on the blog or DM us on Twitter or Facebook and we will get back to you.

Check us out on Twitter (@incoldplacesDC), Facebook, and Instagram for updates, including practice pictures and game-day notifications.

We hope you are enjoying our contribution to the hockey world and if there is a story you would like us to cover or photos you would like us to get, please let us know. We are here because we want to share our love of hockey with you!

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Is There Such as Thing as Too Many Caps Blogs????

As the new kids on the block, we had to ask ourselves that very question. And obviously, we think not. There are some great blogs out there, each with a different style or way of presenting information. On this Thanksgiving Day eve, we are thankful for the bloggers who have come before us and paved the way for quality reporting on social media.

JAPERS Rink is the big daddy of us all. Hosted by SB Nation, they provide daily coverage of Caps practices and games. If you follow them on twitter they also link you to all the articles written about the Caps. One-stop shopping at its best. Then there is Russia Machine Never Breaks. They have been writing all things Russian players since 2009. They were the first blog we ever followed and probably who inspires us the most to just have fun covering hockey. They are the best place to go for translations of articles and what Russian players really said! And then there is the blog that got us started and through which we found our own style. NoVa Caps provides a forum for fan to write articles and share their passion. They also recap games and repost nifty articles. Also new on the scene is Washington Capitals Loyal Fan Club Page over on Facebook which reposts great articles from all the outlets and bloggers.  Continue reading “Is There Such as Thing as Too Many Caps Blogs????”