Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Caps Win in Blueland: Capitals 4 - Atlanta 2

First I must offer my apologies for not posting any new updates on the team we all know and love since the Buffalo downer on Friday. As the Capitals have defeated the Atlanta Thrashers twice since then, Hockey Mom has been busy entertaining my sister and her family (up from Atlanta no less) during the kids' Spring Break.

So as you great sports fans out there already know, Sunday's game finally saw the secondary scoring the Capitals have been waiting for. And tonight's 4-2 win saw the return of Flash (Tomas Fleischmann) who tallied a goal and an assist, along with his team mates Alex Semin, Viktor Kozlov and Sergei Fedorov. The Caps also saw a fabulous effort from young Simeon Varlamov, who stonewalled Ilya Kovalchuk and proved that he might be ready for primetime should his skills be required during the playoffs.

So now we just have to wait and see how the first round teams will match up. The New Jersey Devils lost to Toronto tonight, giving the Caps a solid hold on second place in the East. And talk about losing, HM thought they were showing NBA scores when I saw the Canes/Islanders final - Carolina shut out the Isles 9-0!

Next up for the Capitals, the Tampa Bay Lightning (again?) on Thursday. The Bolts will be minus some big guns on their roster as Vinny LeCavalier just had wrist surgery and Ryan Malone has a broken hand. Let's keep adding to that 106 points, huh boys?

During our tour of the great city of Washington today, I was lucky enough to run across the now infamous Caps fan Walter - a homeless gentleman who follows the team on the big screen outside of the Verizon Center. Walter was recently the subject of a post by Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog. We shook hands and he was so excited to tell me that he is always rocking the red, proudly displaying his Capitals sweatshirt that he says he "never takes off." That was quite a moment for my both myself and my boys as it really brings the plight of the homeless to light. And Walter with all of his enthusiasm and love for the Caps actually puts a face to the countless number of homeless men, women and children - who are increasing by the day as a result of the economy. I hope that my boys realize how lucky we are and that we all need to do our part to put an end to homelessness in this country.

I look forward to seeing you again Walter during the playoffs - you rock the red well!

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