Today's game will actually be a doubleheader for HM as my boys' team will take the ice at Verizon Center for a game in the hours before the big boys take on the brusing Bruins tonight at 7 p.m. The Caps, coming off the shootout win over the Leafs where they blew a 3-1 early lead, will certainly have their work cut out for them against a surging Bruins club. Boston goaltender Tim Thomas has been on fire as of late and is seemingly regaining his Vezina-winning form, which was absent for much of last season. Now Hockey Mom must admit to being a big Timmy Thomas fan, the guy is the true definition of the term "journeyman" and has travelled the globe to get a shot at playing the game he so loves. That said, should he dress tonight for the Bs, here's to Timmy having a rare "off-night." Thomas has led his team to a 6-1 record thus far this season, which includes a 5-2 drubbing of the Sabres on Wednesday night. That game marked the first time this season that he allowed more than one goal to cross his crease in a single game. The Capitals are going to have to create plenty of havoc in front of his crease to beat that hot hand. The Bruins have beat the Capitals twice already - let's hope the third time is a charm for the home team. Boston forwards David Krejci and Nathan Horton lead their team in scoring stats, while the hulking Milan Lucic doesn't trail too far behind his mates with 9 goals on the season. On the home bench, Tyler Sloan and Marcus Johansson are expected to be off of the injured list but the boys will still be without the services of Massachusetts native Tom Poti.
In other news, a big congrats and toast to Brooks Laich, who is Sports Illustrated writer Michael Farber's nominee for Sportsman of the Year. Not only does this dashing forward change tires, he also answers the door personally for Halloween trick-or-treaters and poses for countless pictures after returning from a late night flight from Calgary. *HM got this information from one of the aforementioned trick-or-treaters.
Speaking of Halloween, those thugnasty guys in the orange and black sweaters that Caps fans love to hate will be paying a visit on Sunday. Here's a shocker for you - Flyers' Dan Carcillo (who was also involved later in the altercation that got team mate Daniel Briere suspended) took down the Rangers' Ruslan Fetodenko last night with an elbow to the face. Though no call was made on the ice, Carcillo may be chewing his nails today to see if there is any additional discipline handed down as he is the epitomy of a "repeat offender."
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While we're sharing videos - just in case you missed this one - Sidney Crosby actually dropped his mitts against Dallas Stars player Matt Niskanen is a game that turned out to be Fight Night in Dallas. The Kid actually got a few good blows in - how epic would an Ovi/Crosby fight be?
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