Sunday, April 4, 2010

Busy Week Ahead for Capitals

HM wants to close out this glorious weekend by wishing all you great fans out there a Happy Easter and Happy Passover! I am back from a wonderful trip to New York City, where I am pleased to report several sightings of my fellow Capitals brethren. My boys were apalled as I high-fived a jogger sporting a lovely red Caps t-shirt in Central Park out for a jog on a beautiful day and later struck up a conversation with a man and his young son in a Capitals Convention shirt. But then again, they're teenagers now so pretty much everything I do is embarassing.  Unlucky for them, HM has never met a stranger (especially when it comes to talking Caps hockey)! It's how I roll. And it just so happens that I didn't even have to miss the game against the Thrashers while I was out of Comcast SportsNet range. We caught the first part (including the thugnasty hit by Colby Armstrong on our beloved Mathieu Perrault - not nice) on the many screens at the flagship NHL Store and was thrilled to see the game on VERSUS back at the hotel. As you all know by now, Armstrong since got a two-game suspension for that hit and the Caps took the win.

And it wasn't pretty, but the boys won on the road last night against the feisty Columbus Blue Jackets (former home to Caps funny guy Jason Chimera). The Caps' 51st win, which saw goals from Alex Semin, Mike Green and Tomas Fleischmann along with another outstanding effort in net from Theo, set yet another franchise record in what's been a year of extraordinary milestones. In addition to getting one baby step closer to claiming the organization's first President's Trophy, Mike Green's goal set another career high for points with a total of 74 for the defenseman thus far this season. Despite all these fabulous accomplishments, former Flyer and current Blue Jacket, RJ Umberger, still thinks the Capitals are overrated. If my memory serves me correct, RJ, Washington has competed head to head quite well with Western Conference teams this season, but thanks for the vote of confidence.

Meanwhile, this last week of regular season action for the team is shaping up to be a busy one. The boys will take on the Bruins tomorrow night - Boston is coming off a close OT win over the Leafs yesterday, led by the hot hand of the milk-crate throwing Tuukka Rask. The Bs are fighting to keep their number six spot in the Eastern Conference as they are tied with the Flyers with 84 points. And of course Tuesday brings the last regular season meeting with our favorite team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, as the boys travel to the Burgh to face Crosby and pals. As always, it'll be a spirited affair as Washington has a shot at sweeping the season series against their bitter foes. Get ready for a great final regular season week of hockey Caps fans!

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