Before last night’s game, I was enjoying a delicious dinner with my family. We were discussing Game 7, amongst other things, and I turned to my father and said, “You know, this series has been such a tight affair. I’ve been kind of waiting for one of the teams to crack the other wide open.”
Yo, Caps, I didn’t mean I wanted the PENGUINS to do the cracking.
I would also like to point out that even though I didn’t mention it here (or maybe I did? Possibly I’ll check the archives?) about halfway through the first round I spent a good day telling anyone and everyone who asked or didn’t ask that Alex was injured in some way, shape, or form. I know this boy and how he plays very well, and something wasn’t right. Turns out, he had a groin injury. And while that might have been what slowed him down for parts of the first round, that did NOT seem to affect him for this series. Until maybe last night.
Possibly because of the blowout nature of the game, I handled the loss much better than I thought I would. I didn’t tear up until my mother told me that my uncle – who lives in Detroit – would have been able to get me tickets through work if the Caps and Red Wings had met in the finals. Which is assuming a lot, because there were still the conference finals even if the Caps had won this round, but still. Curse you, hockey gods!!
I almost enjoyed watching how amazingly, horrifically awful Michael had become. He was so bad, I wasn’t even sure what to say after some of his shifts. He better have an AMAZING playoffs next year or else Mr. Michael becomes Mr. Choker.
Ditto for Semin, but I never felt the same way about him, so it wasn’t quite the same.
Varly had been coming closer and closer to Earth with each game of this series, and last night he crashed. But that’s okay, Simeon. I’m not mad. You went above and beyond the call of duty by even getting Washington that far in the first place. Next year you’ll have a whole season to get ready.
I sort of hope he had a tantrum in the middle of the locker room and his translator had to rush to keep up and inform his teammates exactly what he was screaming about.
I’m very meh about the rest of the teams in the playoffs so I’m unsure of where my loyalties will fall. I’ve always kind of had a thing for Anaheim (due largely to Drew Miller), and I seem to have an affair with Detroit every year in the playoffs. I can’t explain it. Who knows who will steal my heart in the next round.
Alas, now that none of the teams I’m deeply attached to are in the playoffs, I have to start studying for finals. Ew. After I get those pesky little tests over I’ll do some sort of review of the Sabres. Perhaps the thought of returning to my true, #1 team will get me through the end of the year?
Today the Buffalo Sabres announced that Tyler Myers was signed to a three year entry-level contract. I know very little about Tyler, other than that he is redonkulously tall and likes me enough to be my friend on Facebook. I think. I should check on that. Either way, I’m excited that we made things nice and official. It’ll work out perfectly, Jaro can mentor him! Right, Darcy? Right?!
Game 6 is tonight. I hate this. I hate knowing that these stupid Capitals suck enough to choke away a 2-0 series lead and I hate that it’s happening against Pittsburgh. I hate it all. I hate knowing that even if they do, by some miraculous act of the hockey gods, win tonight, they’ll continue this alarming trend of acting like the Sabres and end up losing in Game 7.
Keeping with the trend of naming things I hate, I hate that Michael’s all, “Oh, uh, I have to use a lame new stick because they discontinued the kind I like so that’s why I suck.” Sure thing, Michael. I totally believe you.
If I were to list a thing I love, however, it would be that Alex is all badass and “Yo, we’re coming back and winning this game tonight. Chill the eff out people, I got this.” His press conference was funny Saturday night. I watched them all, and while his was definitely the most reassuring, Lars’s made me want to cry. Oh, poor, sweet little Lars. You deserve so much better. You’ve been such a good player in this series, the best one for the Capitals, in my opinion.
I can’t get over this notion I have that Dan Bylsma would make a good math teacher. I really want him to come to my school and teach me math. Actually, as long as he can add two and two he should be fine.
Boston thumped Carolina last night (to spark their comeback?) and Detroit beat Anaheim. Honestly, seeing Detroit win is a kind of comfort for me, along the lines of knowing that every time I see my grandmother she’s going to tell me I don’t eat enough, and Tiger Woods wearing red on the last day of tournaments. I can count on Detroit, just like I can count on those other things.
- Detroit was clearly out for revenge, as they thrashed Anaheim last night. Chicago also came back and won in overtime.
- Tonight the Caps and Pens play Game 4. I’m nervous, but I’m also a little annoyed with all these references to history repeating itself. Yes, I know, Washington always choked against the Penguins in the playoffs. But those were completely different teams. Didn’t Pittsburgh have Mario?
- A death threat was made against Alex yesterday, and while it was just a teenager, it still bothers me when people do that. Are there players in this league I really dislike? Yes. Am I going to threaten to kill them? No.
- My “got Ovechkin?” shirt came today. Heh. I’m putting it on for the game.
- A lot of the teachers at school are coming up with wacky quotes when discussing our finals with us. They’ve ranged from informing us that final exam day is a day of beginnings and emotional awakening, and telling us that final exam day is the big game our teacher, a.k.a. the coach, has been preparing us for all year. Please, teachers, just tell us where and when.
- One of the girls in my science class today overheard a kid asking who was still in the playoffs – he was actually asking about the NBA – and said Pittsburgh. I told her that Pittsburgh was going down, and she told me that first of all, they weren’t, and second of all, was I rooting against them? I told her that I’m kind of a huge Caps fan. She asked me if that’s who the Penguins were playing. I really hate when people try to be huge fans for a team and then have no idea what said team is even doing.
- It will be really interesting to see how Washington plays tonight. I just hope they play the way Simeon deserves. He has been absolutely crazy. Even my mother has fallen in love with him, which is a big deal. She doesn’t fall in love with players easily.
I realize it’s only Game 2, but still, consider this: the Pens win and they even up the series before heading back to Pittsburgh. Washington wins, and they capitalize on home ice and take a 2-0 advantage in the series going into the Igloo. As we learned against the Rangers, 2-0 leads in series aren’t safe, but these Capitals are a bit different than the Rangers.
A lot of people have been praising David Steckel’s line, and, um, I am too. They. Were. Awesome. They dominated on Saturday, and if the Caps keep getting support from players like that in this series, they’ll have a serious advantage. Coming in at a close second for Awesomest Stuff The Caps Did During Game 1 is the penalty killing. I’ve always worried about their penalty killing, but they were perfect on Saturday. Against Pittsburgh. That’s huge. If they can keep that up, it’ll be another huge advantage.
Also, happy birthday to Derek Roy! He and my mom are birthday buddies (just as Varly and my dad are birthday buddies), and every year she tells me to write him a letter and ask him to have a joint party with her. Mom, not the best idea. I doubt Derek Parties are the kind of parties you’re thinking of.
So, Caps, this is usually the game where I ask the Sabres to win for my mother (remember Drury’s goal with 7 seconds left, and then Max’s OT goal? Yeah. These are the kinds of things I used to be able to rely on the Sabres for on my mother’s birthday), but since that obviously won’t happen, could you do me a huge favor and get the W for her on her special day? I’d appreciate that.
P.S. Carolina shut out Boston last night, and Anaheim beat Detroit in the third overtime. I was thrilled Marchant got the winner, but I was crushed that it didn’t go to six extra sessions like I had hoped. And, Drew Miller, did you have money on the Wings, or something? Those are a lot of breakaways you missed on.
I know people are saying that since the Caps managed to win a 2-1 game when it mattered the most, they’ll be able to play with Pittsburgh, but honestly, I’m not so sure. I don’t think Washington will win this series, which means that all of those crazy Crosby fans will make it seem like the ONLY REASON Pittsburgh managed to win is because CROSBY IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD AND NO ONE COMPARES. Forget that the Pens have a great goalie and Evgeni Malkin, the player who I actually think is better than Crosby. Merely because the Penguins have Sidney, they’ll win. Trust me. I know these things. My grandfather is one of those Crosby fan boys. A Don Cherry type, if you will. All he does is get on my case and tell me that if I think Alex is better than Crosby, I clearly don’t know hockey as well as he thought I did. And then when I go and tell him that Malkin and Alex are the two greatest players in the league – I’ll relent that Crosby is third – and so Crosby isn’t even the best player on his own team, he leaves the room. Yo, Grandpa, just because Alex and Geno are Russian doesn’t mean they’re automatically below Sidney on the list. Being Canadian does not equal being the best. Last time I checked, Sidney wasn’t even one of the three finalists for the Hart. They’re all Russians. Um, so, yeah.
But I digress. I have faith in Washington’s goaltending, which is an odd feeling to have, but they don’t have as much experience as Pittsburgh and they need to get their defensive game down perfectly. The Penguins have a tad bit more offense than the Rangers did. Washington needs keep their power play clicking and make sure their penalty kill is solid. Alex needs to try doing a little less, Nicklas needs to keep up his fabulousness, Michael needs to start playing like Michael, etc. I just…don’t like this match-up. I don’t like it one bit.
That being said, I think this series could be highly entertaining. The regular season games between these two always were, and I can’t wait to see Alex lay somebody out. I also can’t wait to see if Michael really has returned for good. I have a theory that he had some sort of cold. He sounded really congested when they interviewed him before Game 2, and sounded less stuffy before Game 6.
Carolina vs. Boston will be almost as good as the Pittsburgh vs. Boston series I had been hoping for. It’ll be interesting to see if Carolina’s momentum can carry over.
My apologies to the Hawks fans reading this, but I think Vancouver’s going to come out on top for this one.
Finally, Detroit over Anaheim. I love the Ducks, but come on. It’s Detroit.
WOOO!!! The Capitals WON last night, everyone!! I can’t even remember the last time I got to see one of my favorite teams win a playoffs series. It’s been ages. *narrows eyes at Sabres*
The Caps looked like crap for the first two periods and I was so worried and I was trying to study while I was watching and it wasn’t doing any good. But then they won. SERGEI scored the game winner!! Oh, Sergei. Stop this right now. My crush on you is so inappropriate, and you scoring the series clincher did nothing to help it.
Alex was so over his interview with Chris – oh, I’m sorry, Christine Simpson - last night. It was funny. It made me laugh.
But he said a baaaad thing in the interview in the locker room. Alex, we told on Albert in third grade when he said “Jesus Christ” for a reason. It’s bad. Don’t say it, or we’ll tell on you and then the teacher will take you out in the hall and talk to you and you’ll have to sit out for ten minutes during recess. These are the lessons I take away from elementary school.
I have to make a poster tonight, and that’s it. It’s odd knowing I don’t really have to study. Okay, well, I do have a few quizzes coming up, but that’s what homeroom’s for.
I didn’t get a chance to mention it, but, uh SUCK IT, SHARKS. Everyone was getting on my case when I picked the Ducks to win but then they DID. Ha. See, people? Frostee is not as crazy as you all thought!
Upon reviewing my first round predictions, it would appear as though I guessed the correct winner for every series except the Vancouver/St. Louis one. I was just off on the games it would take. Like, really, really off. I really thought Boston would need six to knock out Montreal?
This whole, “Dan Girardi and Marc Staal are a couple” thing is highly amusing. Glen, I’m thinking if we didn’t already know about it the boys were trying to keep their love affair hush-hush. Way to completely out them.
CHRISTOPHER returned last night! Chris Clark, my BFFL, played last night. I may not have realized it until halfway through the first period, but at long last, the Capitals’ captain has come back! I also realized that he and I found each other and then lost each other way before I started calling players by their full first names instead of nicknames, so Chris = Christopher. FYI.
I’m really proud of myself, or ashamed of myself, depending on how you look at it. I skipped right over the Alex interview tot he Chris one when I went on the Caps’ website today.
Also, Alexander = Alexander Ovechkin. When I’m talking about Semin, I either call him Semie or call him Sasha in a rather disdainful tone. Just so y’all know.
I found a Russian I don’t like! (aside from Max, of course) Viktor Kozlov is lame. I’ve suspected it all season long, and this series confirmed it.
If any of the fans who were sitting behind the Rangers bench are reading this, those signs and those rain ponchos were absolutely brilliant. I loved them.
Alex, Geno, and Pavel are the Hart finalists. I totally heart Pavel, but I don’t really think he has a chance. Also, in a completely non-biased way (because nothing I ever say is biased on this here blog), I think Alex has the best chance to win this.
The Capitals, however, don’t appear to be the team that will win this playoffs series. It makes me sad, but it’s a fact of life.
Sucks for the New Jersey fans. I did think Carolina would win the series, but the way in which they won is really harsh.
My mom has a really funny – and COMPLETELY wrong – Swedish impression. She coined it when trying to lift my spirits after the Game 2 loss when they were interviewing Henrik, and when the handshake line showed him and Nicklas last night she did it again. It’s so bad. It’s so funny. I wish I knew how she possibly came up with it.
In gym we’re playing floor hockey and I recently discovered that the reason I’ve been sucking on left wing is that I’m actually a natural defense(wo)man. It’s wonderful. No one every wants to play goalie so all we have are these little blocks, and I did an excellent job defending the net. I was a +12, but I got yelled at every time I tried to join the rush. It was an interesting situation, as my gym teacher kept yelling at my partner and I to run around and get active, but whenever our forwards controlled the puck and I wanted to run down and help them, she yelled at me to stay put. Thus is the extent of damage Brian Campbell has inflicted upon me.
My phone exploded last night when they won. It’s very sweet of everyone who texted me. It’s very funny that people who work with my parents somehow got a hold of my number to congratulate me.
Pittsburgh is very close to Buffalo. My parents have been toying with my emotions about going to one of these games, because apparently they know people who could get tickets. I think they’re just doing it to crush me, as parents are wont to do, but, um, there’s a game Friday night next week. I get out of school at two. Just sayin’.
This post is very long and ramble-y. I’ll stop now. Time to make my seating arrangements. Just in case anyone was wondering, a dinner party with Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Aung San Suu Kyi, and Deng Xiaoping is actually really boring.
Dear Anaheim Ducks,
I really appreciate you winning the first two games of your series to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Not only does this mean I was right in believing in you and believing that you can win, it also means that when the Caps get knocked out by the Rangers, it won’t be the biggest first round upset. Thank you. It means a lot that you would consider my feelings in this way.
Dear San Jose Sharks,
Ha. Ha. Ha.
Dear High School Teachers Everywhere,
Yo, if you don’t want your students to go batshit crazy, I recommend you stop telling them that all these stupid projects and ridiculous workloads are “preparing us for college.” Assigning four projects and one test within a two day period in ONE CLASS is not preparing me for college, because in college I don’t sit in school seven hours a day, five days a week. Get over yourselves, it’s not like your classes are going to help us out in the “real world.”
You are one lucky son of a bitch. Thanks to my grandmother coming over yesterday and wanting to hear all about you, I am now no longer mad at you. See? Grandma’s just that good. She got me not hating you again, and it’s really bugging me.
Also, the ESPN show dedicated to you that you’ve been promising us for months doesn’t hurt. Tomorrow night, 7 p.m., folks!
P.S. What’s up with this whole “BenchGate” thing? You were really just trying to piss Torts off? Whatever. Win tonight, and all is forgiven.
Dear Scott Hartnell,
So, I was flipping over to Day In The Life last night, and, um, would you mind trying a little harder to be a tad less charming? You kind of seemed like a nice guy, and it’s making it very difficult to dislike you. Also, stop playing with your cats. It’s adorable. It must end.
Last year, I didn’t know what to expect when I started rooting for the Caps. I didn’t know a lot about the team and probably couldn’t even have named all the players. I didn’t know how they would handle the playoffs and didn’t know if they could survive a series.
This year, I know this team. I know this team even better than I thought I did. That’s why I’m worried. Some people are saying the Caps will have no problem with the Rangers, but I’m more on the side of those who say they need to be careful. That’s why I’m picking the Caps, but I’m saying it’ll take them six games. Everyone is making a bid deal about how Sean Avery’s going to get in everyone’s head but the only player I’m worried about is Jose Theodore. Avery could probably psyche him out, but Alex doesn’t really seem like the kind of player who would let him get inside his head.
I honestly don’t know if they can win the Cup this year. Let’s be honest, their goaltending is questionable, they need to cut down on penalties, and need to improve their penalty killing. But they have to at least win a round. I might cry if they don’t.
I also might cry if Semie and Staal don’t fight again.
If they do win a round, but then lose to the Penguins, I’ll jump off a bridge.
My other picks:
Boston (1) vs. Montreal (8)
Boston hasn’t been as fantastic as they were earlier in the season, but as shaky as they’ve been, Montreal has been worse. The only reason the Habs even made the playoffs is because Florida and Buffalo blew it.
Bruins in six.
New Jersey (3) vs. Carolina (6)
A few weeks ago, I was talking to my grandfather on the phone. He’s 90, and is easily confused by the standings. I was explaining to him what the Sabres needed to do to move into the playoffs, and what games other teams needed to lose. At one point New Jersey came up, and I told him that beating New Jersey would be tough because I thought they would win it all this year.
Now, after the season is over, I think New Jersey has kind of crashed and burned, and I really don’t think they’ll go far. I feel bad for Devils fans, but I’m no longer seeing a Red Wings/Devils final with the Devils winning.
Carolina in six.
Pittsburgh (4) vs. Philadelphia (5)
As much as I hate Philadelphia, I hate Pittsburgh more. That being said, Philly’s goaltending is even more questionable than Washington’s and Pittsburgh has been on a tear. It’ll come down to whether or not Philly’s defense can keep Pittsburgh away from Biron, and then if their offense can get to Fleury.
It’ll take seven games, and as much as I hate to say it, I think Pittsburgh will move on to the next round.
San Jose (1) vs. Anaheim (8)
Yes, I know that San Jose won the Presidents’ Trophy. But I also know that the Sharks are some of the biggest chokers I have ever seen. Anaheim’s been pretty good as of late, and I honestly think they could beat the Sharks if they tried.
Anaheim in seven games.
Detroit (2) vs. Columbus (7)
Apologies to the Blackhawks fans out there (and there are more and more of you every day), but I adopted Columbus as my Western Conference Team a couple weeks ago. They’re cute, and they made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. And I had to write an article review about an article on them for gym, so I know all about these little Blue Jackets. Detroit is a scary postseason team, but Columbus beat them 8-2 earlier in the year. They have Steve Mason, and Detroit has their entire offense and defense.
This series will go one of two ways. Either Columbus finds that spark that got them to the playoffs and upset the Red Wings in seven games, or Detroit sweeps them.
Vancouver (3) vs. St. Louis (6)
Honestly, I have watched very little of either team this year. Like, I think I saw two games from each, and the St. Louis games were back when they sucked. I know very little about either of these teams, other than Jay McKee players for the Blues and the Sedins play for the Canucks. Hey, didn’t that bald Swedish guy sign with the Canucks halfway through the season too?
St. Louis in six.
Chicago (4) vs. Calgary (5)
I feel kind of bad for Calgary. They had a 13-point lead in their division and then kind of crapped out. And, um, 0-42 on the power play to end the season? That’s awful.
Chicago, on the other hand, has been pretty darn good for most of the season. AND they finished off the season by shutting out Detroit. That’s pretty good, ‘Hawks. They’ll win this series, but – and don’t kill me, Cari, Kim, or Clare!! – I’m not sure how much deeper they’ll get. Making the playoffs alone is a huge accomplishment for them, and winning a series would be great, but they still are a young team, and they’ve kind of looked young at times this season. But still, they’ll be fine against Calgary.
Chicago in five.
But I’ll still be watching the Caps the most. Let’s go Caps! Woo!!!
Actually, I am still chuckling to myself. I think it’s because last night I accepted that the Sabres will not make the playoffs, so now I can just take a very casual stance on the rest of the season. I’ll still root for them, but I won’t freak myself out over the standings and points and games in hand.
I actually had a really awesome post all planned out for today, but then I got slammed with three hours of homework and a test next Friday in my HARDEST class. This test will involve Chinese agricultural inventions and how they evolved into that John Deere lawnmower you’ve got out in your garage, just to give you an idea. And my parents are dragging me along as a third-wheel to their anniversary dinner. I have no idea what they’re going to do when I leave for college. So, super-fast:
- Lydman is outrageously bad. I really couldn’t believe it. He stays out for the longest shift of his career and then coughs up the puck. I don’t blame Patty for that goal. I blame Lydman.
- Jason Pominville is so bad at hockey I couldn’t believe it. WHAT is going on with him?
- Two Canadian guys were sitting behind us and the more they drank, the more pronounced their accents got. Listening to them say “Timmy” was fantastic. Listening to them mispronounce “Kotalik” and “Tallinder” was not.
- That shorthanded goal completely changed the game. It was pretty quiet in there after that.
- That third goal was disgusting. I could not believe Patty let that in. He was just sitting in the left side of the crease while the Anaheim player walked in.
- We left before Goose rearranged Getzlaf’s face so I have no comment on that.
- There were two highlights to my evening last night: The first was hearing the drunk Canadians behind us call Giguere a slut at the beginning of the third. The second was seeing Miller and Patches up in the press box before the game started.
- Lala is now sick, and Enroth appears to be our started. This is the reason for the title of my post. It’s really funny when you think about it.
- Read this.
- I just want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes. It was really sweet of you guys. Jill, that deCAPitate thing was hilarious. Clare, you should start a business making those for stalkers across the nation.
I Don’t Really Feel Like Talking About The Dark Pit Of Despair That Is The Sabres So Instead I’ll Talk About Various Hockey Players I Love (Reason #43)November 17, 2008 at 4:55 pm | Posted in 65 Reasons I Love A.M.O., Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, Randomness | Leave a comment
First, a few Blackhawks videos I think you’ll enjoy. (I first found the links on My Safety Is Harvard)
This one is basically amazing. Mary Poppins? Harry Potter? Ellen? Eleven year-olds? OMG PKANE I LOVE YOUR TEAMMATES!
This one proves my theory that hockey players don’t wear shirts to bed. And it’s funny.
I didn’t watch the Anaheim Ducks game last night, and I don’t even know who won. I do know, however, that the Ducks happen to be amazing. That is because, Dear Readers, before the game we were treated to a video of the players at a shooting range. That’s right, a shooting range. Where they were actually holding guns.
Frostee’s Dad: I want to see Selanne with a gun.
Frostee: I can’t believe they let Chris Pronger out in public wearing those pants!
I think the Sabres need to start going to shooting ranges.
Okay, so today’s Reason is a really good one: My love for Alex Ovechkin encourages my studies. Not even kidding. The first example came last week, when I was trying to convince my mom that getting me an Ovechkin jersey for Hanukkah would make perfect sense (we’re a have-and-half family so we celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah). The jersey costs $149.99. If you order it online, there’s free shipping until November 30. If you divide the cost by the eight days of Hanukkah, it comes to $18.75 a day. I told my mother that I realized that this was still a little steep for a Hanukkah present (usually we get the bigger presents on Christmas), but when she took into account the 100.554 average on my report card, it was a GREAT gift idea. My love for Alex gives me a legitimate reason to use math in real life.
The second part of this is just that it made French a lot more interesting today. We’re reviewing nationalities, and I kept grinning/trying not to crack up when we were reviewing the pronunciation of “russe.” I also doodled away the class by decorating my notes:
(getting Switzerland and Canada in the picture was totally unintentional)
So..uh…yeah. That’s about it. The Sabres need to stop sucking. I think they should call up Gerbe or Mancari for the Boston game, even if just for a trial. Boston is, after all, very close to Portland. And Royzie needs a good benching.
Oh! I almost forgot to show you the TOTALLY AWESOME SHIRT my mom got me for $5 at Target the other day. You might want to sit down, since it’s pretty hardcore.
Now, I realize that this is not the way I spell it, but it’s the way it’s supposed to be spelled. It was my dad’s nickname first, and that was how he spelled it, and that was how I spelled it for a while when it was my nickname. It morphed into Frostee when I changed my AIM screen name and spelled it with the double-e instead.
So if you ever see some crazy chick walking around with that shirt on…it’s probably me.