Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Wednesday Roundup

You can give me back my belts and shoelaces now.

Nearly 36 hours have passed since Monday night's collapse (the Caps', not mine) and despite Dave Fay's cryptically dire (or was it direly cryptic?) proclamation that "[s]ome club officials are hoping it was just a game that was lost and not a lot more[,]" the sun has risen both mornings and the Caps still, so far as I can tell, intend to play the rest of the games that remain on their schedule. And I think we may have set a personal record for comments-to-posted-words ratio with yesterday's Roundup that featured clearly-frustrated and emotional thoughts that ranged from the Caps' need for depth down the middle to requests for the abolition of questionably-used pronouns.

With most in Capland feeling a little down (especially given this rainy Tuesday morning, I figured I'd throw a couple of "feel goods" out there. The first is from the Philly Inquirer and has the added bonus of trashing the Flyers while complimenting the Caps:
You'd think that given how awful the Flyers have been, the players would understand the significance of public relations. Saturday was a disgrace. Kids representing the High Five Club stood at the tunnel exit to greet the team upon its entrance onto the ice. Most of the Flyers ignored them. The only player who actually high-fived every kid was goalie Antero Niittymaki. After the game, Washington's Alex Ovechkin skated over to a young fan wearing a Flyers sweater and gave him his stick. Donald Brashear also gave sticks to fans. The Caps get it; the Flyers don't. If the players weren't told the kids were there in advance, then shame on the marketing department. If they were told, then shame on the players. This team needs to cultivate good will, not ill will.
The second collection of Caps-related kind words comes from a Versus producer still basking in the glow of Monday night's show, via F.O.R. (Friend of Rink) KB:
Alexander Ovechkin in my mind deserves any accolades he gets now and in the future. Tell me another athlete in another pro sport who would stick around 2 hours after his practice (on Sunday) to do the interview/translation for [Elbows] Malkin. And when I asked him if we were the only reason he was hanging around, he answered: "Why wouldn't I?". He's got phenomenal talent, and just loves every aspect of the game of
I can never get enough of this stuff, especially with the borderline character assassination that followed the Briere hit. It's nice to be able to root for good players who are also good people.

Stat of the Day :
  • "Jaromir Jagr had 11 shots on goal -- but no points -- in the Rangers' 3-1 win in Philadelphia. It was the 14th time that Jagr reached double figures in shots on goal in a regular-season game, the most of any active player.

    "Jagr is in his 16th NHL season. But believe it or not, the player who stands fourth on the list of active leaders in 10-shot games is in his second season in the league: Alex Ovechkin, with nine. Between Jagr and Ovechkin are Peter Bondra (who made his 2006-07 debut with Chicago on Tuesday night) with 13 and Paul Kariya with 12." - ESB
Daily Awards

  • Hart: Jarome Iginla (2G, including game-winner 2A, +3, 4 SOG)
  • Ross: Jarome Iginla (4 points)
  • Norris: Chris Pronger (2G, including game-winner, +2, 5 SOG, 3 blocked shots, 2 hits)
  • Vezina: Evgeni Nabokov (W, 36 saves on 37 shots against)
  • Richard: Jarome Iginla, Jason Spezza, Marc Savard, Chad Kilger, Joe Pavelski, Sergei Samsonov, Chris Pronger (2G each)
  • Calder: Joe Pavelski (2G, including game-winner, +1, 6 SOG, 3 blocked shots)
  • Aiken: Manny Fernandez (L, 4 goals allowed on 13 shots against in 23:35 of work)


JP said...

I asked this question over on SeSo, but figured you guys are smarter (not dumbed-down by all the Thrasher fans) and might have an answer:

Can someone (perhaps someone who was watching) explain to me what Jordin Tootoo did to earn the third star in this game? (Thanks, DK, on the pointer)

Anonymous said...

1) He played a little over 3 minutes. Geez he musta been a buzz saw out there for those 3-4 shifts to merit a star! LOL
2) Maybe he has a relative/sympathiser at ESPN? Its not the first time this has happened there.

JP said...

But it was the official three stars - not just ESPN's picks.

Further confusing matters, the three stars were chosen by "Nashville Media", yet the writer for the Tennessean didn't have Toots as a star (and yes, I know there's more than one media outlet in Nashville).

Why is this bothering me so?

Tyler said...

Maybe he got Tootoo confused with Jarko Ruutu? OK, probably not. I've just always wanted to type that.

JP said...

Tootoo-Ruutu-Cheechoo would be a sweet line.

Anonymous said...

1) Oh, chosen by the Nashville media. Nuff said!

JP said...

Not really. In fact, far from "'nuff." There were more deserving Preds, at least from a stat-line perspective.

Anonymous said...

1) Perhaps we are over looking the possibility that Tootoo was instrumental in setting up the winning goal
2) He very well may have been the one who flawlessly opened the door from the bench to allow David Legwand on to the ice!
3) Those folks in the Nashville media are very savvy!

John said...

Thanks for the pick-us-ups...definitely a 15+ year fan of the Caps, it never gets easier when we blow a game (or series) to the Pens. Not to sound like a Red Sox fan, but it seems like a curse to me.

Some more nice things said about the Caps - I was in Philly suburbs on Saturday and watched the Philly CSN broadcast game and those guys were all positive about the Caps and our future.....not sure how much longer we can use phrases like "no recognition Caps" - they are being noticed.