Vroom Vroom Party Starter: Caps Take It to the Ladies

Remember a week ago when Jose Theodore was talking about his position with the Capitals vs the Avalanche? Of course, he got it handed right back to him in the form of a 4-1 loss against his former team. But for all the faults of the Avs management, they wouldn’t make him do this:

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That is a screen cap from the new Scarlet Caps website, “the official Web site dedicated to the Caps’ female fanbase.”

Is this what the female fanbase wants? I’m sure some do, because there are all kinds of people in this world and all, but come on, Jose as the bad boy of the band?
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I’m sorry, which one is he? The bad boy? The sensitive one? The one who lets in too many goals and needs a hug? The one who needs hair restoration solutions, even with a full head of hair?

A few of the other Caps were subject to the same treatment. Here are the highlights:

Come on, Sergei, no.
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Subtle. Very subtle.
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Vroom Vroom, Party Starter!
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There is something deeply disturbing about all this, such as the guys had to all share the same bad leather jacket.

I Don’t Miss Theo

The Washington Capitals started their season on the road in Atlanta last night, with Jose Theodore getting the start. And I have to say, Theo is proving right off the bat why I don’t miss him. This picture should tell you everything you need to know. That looks familiar. Or how about this stat: 4 goals on 17 shots. Yep, the Theodore era continues somewhere else.

Now, you may be saying that Peter Budaj didn’t do that much better, letting in five on 20 shots, and you may have a point.

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But I saw a lot of good from Budaj the other day, and several goals that were not his fault. There were defensive gaffs, along with the holes down low that go along with “fire wagon hockey,” which is what the Avs are subscribing to (until they get lit up one too many times and go into a defensive shell again).

I don’t miss Jose Theodore one bit. One playoff series is not enough to win me back from a season and a half of high priced mediocrity, which is what the Caps fans may be experiencing right off the bat.

I’m with Jibblescribbits on this one.

Pens vs. Caps: What a Finish?

The game on NBC was exactly as billed, right until the end. Backstrom puts it in his own net? Like that? That was put in with purpose. Not just a small mistake, but a hard shot directly into his own net. A mistake like that is a learning experience, but more so when it absolutely costs you two points. The reactions of Huet and Ovechkin were the dead on for the situation, frustration after a hard period of hockey, a tough fought game, and then your own player ends it for you. There was no direct, on ice blame towards Backstrom, but there didn’t need to be.

Still, what a game.

Crosby vs. Ovechkin: Huge!!!!

JP at Japers Rink found this image, which puts Sidney Crosby squarely in the class of football hero when compared to Alex Ovechkin, size wise:

I mean, he’s huge, right? Aside from a poorly done photoshop job, anything else strike you as odd?

Like the fact that the Penguins played the Capitals in the Winter Classic and no one noticed? Even the CBC thought it was the Sabres, but no. Silly us. I mean, that is a Winter Classic jersey, right? They haven’t worn it since, right? Ah, NHL.com. How you amuse me.

Pens vs. Caps: Final Thoughts

I had a great time at the game, even though I wasn’t in my favorite seat location at a game. I have some final thoughts on the game, most of which I’m sure other people have already thought of:

How bad must you be if you are the backup goalie for the Caps, and you aren’t being put in after Kolzig lets in four goals on eight shots, or even five on fifteen? Brent Johnson, backup to the stars.

I realize Brashear and Laraque are not going to fight every night, but come on, there was checking and bad blood, and neither one was close to the action.

Sidney Crosby was in a box seat with Mario Lemeiux. We saw him on the jumbotron.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Alexander Ovechkin is a completely one dimensional player. His lack of defense will cost the Caps in the end, and it makes him look lazy. I don’t expect the guy to be out there killing penalties or anything, but when the puck comes near him, and he doesn’t even reach for it, because it’s going the wrong direction, you have to wonder what is going through his mind. Sure, he forechecks a little, but he certainly doesn’t backcheck. I did see him skate backwards a few times tonight, but it must have felt as strange to him as it looked to me. And I’m not the only one. The players were chipping the puck around him with confidence, knowing he wasn’t going to do anything about it. No wonder Penguins fans feel like they were juked when AO won rookie of the year.

It was my last time, most likely, taking in a game at Mellon Arena. It was kind of sad to realize as we were leaving the game. Versus showed the artist sketches of the new arena, and it looks like just about every other arena out there. Boring.

So, that’s a game. Hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. But I kind of doubt it.

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