Capitals Insider: Winter Classic


Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 01/06/2011

George McPhee's impression of the Winter Classic and completed '24/7' series

Now that the Winter Classic is over and HBO's "24/7" series has aired in its entirety, Capitals General Manager George McPhee shared his perspective at KCI on Thursday on both the event and documentary-style show chronicling it. As he has said since news broke that Washington and Pittsburgh would allow...

By Katie Carrera  |  02:30 PM ET, 01/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 01/04/2011

NHL won't discipline David Steckel for collision with Sidney Crosby in Winter Classic

David Steckel and Sidney Crosby wait for the puck to drop in the first period. Crosby took issue with Steckel's collision with him late in the second period. (Toni Sandys/Washington Post) The NHL has ruled David Steckel's collision Saturday with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby incidental contact, reports ESPN's Pierre...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  02:57 PM ET, 01/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:33 AM ET, 01/03/2011

Capitals-Penguins Winter Classic scores big in NBC ratings

Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby under the bright lights of Heinz Field on prime-time TV = success. From Puck the Media: According to TV By The Numbers, the Winter Classic won the night in the coveted 18-49 demo with 4.56 million total viewers. CBS and Fox had more viewers,...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  07:33 AM ET, 01/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 01/02/2011

Winter Classic adds new chapter to Capitals-Penguins rivalry

(By Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) There were a lot of unusual elements to this latest contest between the Capitals and Penguins--- the Winter Classic hoopla, the rain, the outdoor ice rink and so on -- but one thing that remained unfettered in light of the special circumstances was these...

By Katie Carrera  |  02:36 PM ET, 01/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 01/02/2011

Winter Classic video: Capitals fans relish tailgating in Pittsburgh

Before the Capitals' 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night, fans were out in full force outside Heinz Field. And rain or shine, they all seemed to be having a pretty good time before the Winter Classic kicked off. Check out the video below: (Video by Evelio Contreras/The...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  12:54 PM ET, 01/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 01/02/2011

Winter Classic: Rain creates a showcase on slush

(By Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) For the Capitals and Penguins, one of the toughest parts of a Winter Classic that began with the thermometer showing almost 52 degrees and got a heavy dose of rain in the third period was adjusting to the ever-changing conditions. Capitals General Manager...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  10:49 AM ET, 01/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:01 AM ET, 01/02/2011

Semyon Varlamov shines in the Winter Classic

If there were any players who might have been the most impacted by the continually deteriorating weather conditions at Heinz Field for the NHL's Winter Classic, it was the two goaltenders. While Marc-Andre Fleury seemed to slide out of the net when making saves throughout the contest, Semyon Varlamov didn't...

By Katie Carrera  |  01:01 AM ET, 01/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:40 AM ET, 01/02/2011

David Steckel says collision with Sidney Crosby in Winter Classic was unintentional

The above video shows the end of the second period, when David Steckel turned up ice and collided with Sidney Crosby, which sent the Pittsburgh captain tumbling to the ground. No one was quite sure what happened on the play at the time, but upon looking at a review,...

By Katie Carrera  |  12:40 AM ET, 01/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:47 PM ET, 01/01/2011

Winter Classic: Capitals beat Penguins, 3-1

(By Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) Eric Fehr scored twice to help the Washington Capitals claim a rain-soaked, 3-1 Winter Classic victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins before 68,111 at Heinz Field. Semyon Varlamov made 32 saves for the Capitals, who moved to 8-0-2 in their last 10 regular season...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  10:47 PM ET, 01/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:10 PM ET, 01/01/2011

Winter Classic open thread: Capitals at Penguins

(Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) Under the bright lights at Heinz Field, the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins face off in a regular season game that means a lot more than two points for the coaches, players and the approximately 67,000 fans gathered here in Pittsburgh for...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  07:10 PM ET, 01/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 01/01/2011

Update on the Winter Classic ice surface

Dan Craig, the NHL's facility operations manager, talked about the Heinz Field ice surface on the NHL Network's pregame show and he said that it looks like the Winter Classic will "be in good shape." Here are excerpts from Craig's interview: Q: What's the condition of the ice as it...

By Katie Carrera  |  06:26 PM ET, 01/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 01/01/2011

Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau: Winter Classic means 'more than just two points'

As excitement has built for the Winter Classic, players and coaches have pointed to the fact that this still is just a regular season game -- worth two points for a win just like the 81 other regular-season games that a team will play in a year. But the Winter...

By Katie Carrera  |  03:42 PM ET, 01/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 01/01/2011

Winter Classic crews removing water from Heinz Field rink

The NHL ice crews have been working round the clock to remove water from the rink at Heinz Field after showers that began in the early hours of the new year continued through this morning in Pittsburgh. The good news, however, is that the showers have tapered off and all...

By Katie Carrera  |  02:35 PM ET, 01/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 01/01/2011

Capitals talk about early impressions of the Winter Classic atmosphere

None of the Capitals quite know what it will be like to walk out on to the ice surface under the Heinz Field lights this evening to take on the Penguins in the NHL Winter Classic, but they did come away with some first impressions on Friday. "When you walked...

By Katie Carrera  |  01:49 PM ET, 01/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 01/01/2011

Capitals look for another strong performance against Penguins in Winter Classic

The biggest lineup change for this evening's NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field will be the addition of Penguins center Jordan Staal, who will be playing in his first game this season under the lights against the Capitals after battling foot and hand injuries. Pittsburgh Coach Dan Bylsma said that...

By Katie Carrera  |  01:19 PM ET, 01/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 01/01/2011

Winter Classic update: Tom Poti out for Capitals

Some quick hits from today's morning skate at Consol Energy Center, with much more to come: *The Capitals' lines were the same as last week, with Tom Poti, who has missed the last two games after suffering a concussion Dec. 23 against Pittsburgh, out tonight against the Penguins. *Semyon Varlamov...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  12:48 PM ET, 01/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 12/31/2010

Winter Classic time change won't bother the Capitals

By the time the Capitals took the ice for practice this afternoon, the sun was shining down on Heinz Field, and after two previous groups skated, the quality of the surface wasn't nearly as good as it had been for the alumni players and the Penguins. Several players said the...

By Katie Carrera  |  05:30 PM ET, 12/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 12/31/2010

Winter Classic between Capitals, Penguins moved to 8 p.m. on Saturday

Updated, 4:50 p.m.: The NHL has announced that the Winter Classic has been moved to 8 p.m. on Saturday based the heavy rain expected to fall through the afternoon in Pittsburgh. The Capitals will hold an 11:30 a.m. skate Saturday at Consol Energy Center. The Penguins will skate beforehand, at...

By Katie Carrera  |  04:53 PM ET, 12/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 12/31/2010

Winter Classic: Transforming Heinz Field from turf to ice

(Washington Post photo illustration) The NHL and its ice guru, Dan Craig, turned the Pittsburgh Steelers' home turf into a Winter Classic-worthy hockey venue in just more than six days. Check out our Winter Classic ice graphic to see how they did it....

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  01:43 PM ET, 12/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 12/31/2010

Winter Classic weather: Bracing for rain

Washington Post photo illustration When the Washington Capitals meet the archrival Pittsburgh Penguins for the Winter Classic tomorrow, the visual spectacle at Heinz Field should be stunning. The actual game, though, could be really wet. Check our graphic on the Winter Classic weather and see how the elements can...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  01:13 PM ET, 12/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 12/31/2010

Dean Evason: Winter Classic ice surface is 'good'

With all of the concern about the weather conditions for tomorrow's Winter Classic between the Capitals and Penguins, a lot of the focus today is on the sky and also the ice surface at Heinz Field. After the alumni game this morning, though, Capitals assistant coach Dean Evason said he...

By Katie Carrera  |  12:40 PM ET, 12/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 12/31/2010

Caps-Penguins alumni play to 5-5 tie in Winter Classic showcase

The Capitals and Penguins alumni skated to a 5-5 tie, thanks to a goal in the final minute by Peter Bondra for the former Washington players that knotted the score up. It was a fun scene afterward, with former players still joking and chirping in the hallways of Heinz Field...

By Katie Carrera  |  12:07 PM ET, 12/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 12/31/2010

Greetings from the Winter Classic rink at Heinz Field

Apologies for my Blackberry photo-taking skills but the above is a picture from the Heinz Field press box of the Capitals and Penguins alumni warming up for their early-morning contest here on Pittsburgh's North Shore. At the time of this posting, it's 2-2 with goals by Alan May and...

By Katie Carrera  |  09:45 AM ET, 12/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:57 PM ET, 12/30/2010

George McPhee not worried about Winter Classic: 'This game will be played'

General Manager George McPhee said Thursday he had no concerns about the Capitals taking the ice at Heinz Field, nor doubts that the Winter Classic against the Pittsburgh Penguins will be played as scheduled this weekend despite the rainy forecast. "I'm not concerned. This game will be played," McPhee said....

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  07:57 PM ET, 12/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:02 PM ET, 12/30/2010

Boudreau: No partying for Capitals before the Winter Classic

Friday may be New Year's Eve, but it's also the night before the Winter Classic, the Capitals' biggest game of the regular season, and Coach Bruce Boudreau said he would be "extremely disappointed" if his players stay out all night. "If I have to say anything to the players on...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  07:02 PM ET, 12/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 12/30/2010

NHL has 'maximum flexibility' to play Winter Classic on Saturday if rain delays start

Update from the Capital Weather Gang, 4:30 p.m.: "Bad news. Weather models have generally trended wetter for the forecast for Pittsburgh between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. The GFS model (shown above) now indicates 0.5-0.75" of rain will fall on Pittsburgh during that time span (compared to 0.25-0.5" yesterday)...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  03:16 PM ET, 12/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 12/30/2010

Capitals hold practice at home before Winter Classic

The Capitals are in the home stretch before the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 against the Penguins at Heinz Field. They will travel to Pittsburgh later today, two days early as opposed to their usual schedule of flying out the day before. But Coach Bruce Boudreau doesn't believe that the...

By Katie Carrera  |  12:48 PM ET, 12/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 12/30/2010

Peter Bondra, Mario Lemieux lead Winter Classic alumni game rosters

Caps alumni Craig Laughlin and Peter Bondra practice their goal celebration. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post) The NHL has announced who will be joining Peter Bondra and Mario Lemieux for tomorrow's sold-out Capitals-Penguins alumni game, and, well, it's gonna be good: CAPITALS Peter Bondra Dino Ciccarelli Michal Pivonka Sylvain Cote...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  11:32 AM ET, 12/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 12/29/2010

Heard on HBO's "24/7": Capitals, Penguins talk hockey

We knew hockey players liked to have fun, but we didn't know quite how funny -- not to mention foul-mouthed -- they could be until the premiere of HBO's "24/7" series documenting the Capitals' and Penguins' journey to the Winter Classic. Check out our random quote generator here. Episode three...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  05:04 PM ET, 12/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 12/29/2010

Winter Classic lineup planning creates a headache for Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau

For the past few days and even weeks, the concern for some players has been making sure they're healthy in time to possibly play in the Winter Classic against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday at Heinz Field. During Tuesday's morning skate, nearly all players who have been nursing ailments or...

By Katie Carrera  |  01:37 PM ET, 12/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 12/28/2010

Sidney Crosby: Caps, Penguins 'bring out the best in one another'

Sidney Crosby was on a conference call with reporters around the NHL Monday to talk about his point-scoring streak, the Winter Classic and the rivalry with the Capitals. One thing he made clear was that even though he appeared in the first-ever Winter Classic during the 2008 season, the novelty...

By Katie Carrera  |  02:24 PM ET, 12/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 12/27/2010

Winter Classic ice crew bracing for rain

Despite well-above freezing temperatures and rain in the forecast this coming weekend in Pittsburgh, officials for the NHL's fourth annual Winter Classic between the Capitals and Penguins said there are no planned changes to the schedule. "We will do everything humanly possible to play this game on Saturday," NHL executive...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  04:26 PM ET, 12/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 12/24/2010

Winter Classic prep underway at Heinz Field

As soon as the Pittsburgh Steelers' game ended last night, Heinz Field began to morph into a hockey rink. Here's a live view of the setup courtesy of NHL.com: (Read more about the transformation over at the Early Lead.)...

By Washington Post Sports Editors  |  12:49 PM ET, 12/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 12/17/2010

Caps breaking in Winter Classic equipment in practice

At KCI this morning the Capitals will be breaking in their new, retro-look, equipment for the Winter Classic including the red pants, red helmets and new gloves. Both Semyon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth had new masks made for the Winter Classic as well and you can check out a video...

By Katie Carrera  |  10:15 AM ET, 12/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Big Chill at the Big House: Lessons learned for Winter Classic

To whet the appetite of Capitals fans looking forward to the Winter Classic, I visited the Big Chill at the Big House college hockey game Saturday in Ann Arbor, and if the New Year's Day game in Pittsburgh goes even nearly as well, fans are in for a treat....

By Matthew Rennie  |  09:46 AM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:19 PM ET, 12/10/2010

Winter Classic countdown: Former Caps continue the outdoor hockey festivities

Can't get enough of the outdoor hockey hoopla ahead of the Winter Classic between the Capitals and Penguins on New Year's Day? You're in luck. The Capitals and the Reston Town Center skating pavilion will host the Mites on Ice Outdoor Classic this Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m....

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  03:19 PM ET, 12/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:07 AM ET, 12/06/2010

Here's what the Winter Classic at Heinz Field will look like

(Click here for a larger image) The NHL today will unveil the above rendering of what Heinz Field will look like on New Year's Day, when the Pittsburgh Penguins host the Washington Capitals in the league's annual outdoor showcase. Looks like the Ovechkins, Backstroms, Malkins and Crosbys alike are...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  06:07 AM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 12/02/2010

Watch the preview of HBO's 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic

"You step on the ice and nothing else matters." Listen to players talk about their love of hockey and get the inside scoop as HBO's reality series, 24/7, takes to the ice to follow the Penguins and Capitals on their road to the Winter Classic. The series premieres Wed.,...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  10:27 AM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 10/02/2010

Caps unveil Winter Classic throwback uniform

The Caps today unveiled their uniforms for the Winter Classic, the New Year's Day showdown against the rival Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field. Alex Ovechkin and former players Rod Langway and Yvon Labre modeled the new (old) look at the Capitals Convention. Photo above is via the Caps (we'll...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  02:03 PM ET, 10/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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