Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: the Caps welcome back fans with a stinker, Mike Green celebrates 400 games, Joel Ward honors a fallen friend and more.
Your savory breakfast links:
- Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's loss from us, Vogs, Caps365 (Oates, players), NHL.com, Capitals Voice, Puck Daddy, WaPo (gamer, column), Wash Times, CSNW (gamer, blog, Joe B.), DCEx, Frankovic, Peerless, DSP (and more), Puckhead, Hockey Shopped, RMNB and Caps By Puck (pics), and for the view from the other side, the Winnipeg Sun, Winnipeg Free Press and our friends over at Arctic Ice Hockey.
- Relive the magical game-opening Matt Hendricks tally from last night that was so cool it almost didn't look like it was on purpose. [RMNB]
- Before the game Craig Laughlin made the excellent point that, in order to avoid going 0-2 to open the season, the Caps' stars needed to be their stars. Funny thing, that. [CBS DC]
- Alex Ovechkin: "We know what we have to do." (Caps fans: "Then DO it.") [CSNW]
- After he and Joey Crabb each got tagged for yelling at the refs, Mike Ribeiro had plenty to say post-game about the officiating and the lack of high-sticking calls (understandably, given his history) [Puck Daddy, Wash Times (and again), WaPo, CSNW, DCEx]
- The lack of a preseason warm-up is going to have more of an impact on the Caps than other teams. Wait...last night wasn't a preseason game?? [Wash Times]
- Congratulations to Mike Green, who (finally) appeared in his 400th career game last night. Seems like just yesterday we were watching him do this, doesn't it? Sunrise, sunset... [CSNW]
- And a warm welcome to Joey Crabb, who emerged from the press box to make his Caps debut last night. [CSNW]
- Alan May dishes about the lockout, the Caps buzz in DC and his six hockey-filled DVRs. Jealous. [WaPo]
- They may not be the wholesale changes of the last lockout, but the NHL has put some new rules into place. Learn all about them so you can sound smart at the next game or at cocktail parties. [WaPo]
- With fewer games to play - and by extension fewer points to go around - the shootout is likely going to take on even greater significance this year. The Caps are ready for it. [Sick Unbelievable]
- McKeen's unveils this month's top goalie prospects. Spoiler alert: the name at the top of the list may look familiar. [The Goalie Guild]
- Because there can never be enough sports talk in the District, 1580 AM is switching from unimportant stuff like government and business to 24-hour sports chatter. [DC Sports Bog]
- Incredibly touching story about Joel Ward, as he dedicates this season to the memory of a close friend. [Wash Times]
- The Caps are glad that the fans are back... [Caps OT, Caps Outsider, Wash Times, Ted's Take]
- ...and the fans are (mostly) glad that hockey is back... [Caps Outsider, DSP, RMNB (and again)]
- ...but perhaps the gladdest of them all that the fans are back and hockey is back are the folks who make their living off of Caps fans before and after hockey. Feel the love, people. [NBCW, WaPo]
- Twenty-nine different words to describe Mike Ribeiro, all of them safe for work... for now. [Sick Unbelievable]
- Finally, happy 52nd birthday to Timo Blomqvist and happy 34th to Scott Hannan.