The day before the NHL trade deadline, Caps fans waited with baited breath to see if there will be any player movement by GM George McPhee and filed into the seats of the Phone Booth for a stint with the Carolina Hurricanes. If you were one of the thousands rocking the red at Verizon this evening, you got to see several of my twins' Pee Wee team mates accompany the Caps as honorary flag bearers on the ice this evening. Nice job representing boys!
These guys have worked hard all season and won the 2008-2009 CBHL Pee Wee A Regular Season Division Championship on Sunday! HM had to sell her tickets to see Cindy versus Ovie (Round Two) this Sunday as the boys will playing in the CBHL Playoffs in Yorktown. They'll definitely be facing some tough competition. Speaking of working hard, check out this story about another local player who is playing for the prestigious United States Air Force Academy. Not only is Matt Fairchild talented on the ice, he is an exceptional student as well - you have to be to attend one of our country's great service academies. HM wishes him continued success as a member of the AFA's Falcons team and as he serves our country in the future as an Air Force officer!
And a happy birthday to Alex Semin - who had a fantabulous game (wish I could say the same for the rest of the guys - defense, anyone) with a terrific goal scored while sliding to the ice on his knees. Sasha will probably be waking up with a slight headache tomorrow, but unfortunately not from post-game birthday cocktails. He took a nasty head-first hit into the boards in the second period, drawing a blatant boarding call on the Cane's Joni Pitkanen.
Tonight's game was one HM would like to forget as the Hurricanes blew away our home team with goals from Eric Staal, Matt Cullen, Chad LaRose and two from Patrick Eaves. And of course, the Canes have a goalie that has already won a Stanley Cup in Cam Ward. Unfortunately, the Caps were without Jose Theodore (down with the flu) and Tom Poti (supposedly bothered by that recurring groin injury - hope his absence is not trade-related).
So the Hurricanes won this one handily despite a third period goal by Sergei Fedorov (assisted by birthday boy Semin) with a final score of 5 -2. This the second loss to a Southeastern Conference team on home ice in so many days and a hard one for Caps fans to swallow.
By this time tomorrow, we'll know if George McPhee has made any moves - of course we are hoping he'll do something to beef up the defense. The clock is ticking....