Thursday, October 2, 2008

Off to the Land of the Flyers...

As the Capitals get ready to face the Flyers for a second time this week, Hockey Mom will be headed to Philadelphia for the boys' first major hockey tournament. Unfortunately the Caps lost their first matchup against the thugnasty Flyers but here's hoping that won't be the case as the men in orange visit Verizon Center tomorrow night. Of course last night's game was physical - Flyer's bad boys Riley Cote and Steve Downie both dropped the gloves (I know - shocker!).

The Caps have had a fabulous showing in the pre-season thus far. The puck drops "for real" next Friday against the Atlanta Thrashers and Coach Boudreau's team will go head-to-head with one of the coach's oldest pals, fellow former AHL bench boss John Anderson. Meanwhile, the Capital's roster got a little slimmer today with Sami Lepisto, Grant McNeill, Tyler Sloan and Simeon Varlamov being sent to Hershey. Chris Bourque and Karl Alzner are still in the mix fighting for a permanent spot.

Speaking of fighting, we got a pre-tournament e-mail from the team's coach. There were some post-game sidebars taking place involving some smack talk and shoving after last week's game and the coach wanted to make sure the kids are all on the same page with the rules. HM loved how he phrased this: "Represent yourselves, your parents, your team, and your club well . . . speak softly, but carry a big stick"! How great is that? So we have our big sticks packed and are ready to road trip. Thankfully we have a team mom who booked our team in a hotel that hosts a free happy hour every night - we'll need it!

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