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Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 01/06/2012

Caps approach philanthropy as a group effort

One of the greatest aspects of the Washington Capitals philanthropic initiatives is the large number of players who participate.

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Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Capitals are hearing crickets at Verizon Center

The Caps now sit second in their division, just a point ahead of the Jets, and an unimpressive seventh in the Eastern Conference. But I don’t need to tell you how the Caps are doing — you’re hearing it everywhere, and if you’re at games, you might be feeling it, too.

By Nicole Weissman  |  01:06 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 11/29/2011

Dale Hunter is Capitals storybook choice, but is he the right one?

I can’t help feeling like the Caps may have gone for the storybook choice in replacing Bruce Boudreau with Dale Hunter, not the sensible one. Hunter’s lack of NHL coaching experience is a serious concern.

By Nicole Weissman  |  09:28 AM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 11/15/2011

A concession on Capitals benching, scratching and bag skates

Though I’m a fan of discipline, I’m also a believer that the Caps’ players wouldn’t be where they are without extraordinary self-discipline. It may be time to sit back and let them play for awhile, and see whether the kinks work themselves out.

By Nicole Weissman  |  03:47 PM ET, 11/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 10/26/2011

Caps fans rock the... purple?

Seeing Bruce Boudreau step out behind the bench sporting a limited edition purple tie in honor of Hockey Fights Cancer was a tip-off that Saturday was going to be a very special night. The Caps went on to raise $28,225 in a silent auction benefiting Flashes of Hope.

By Nicole Weissman  |  10:08 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Same old Matt Bradley?

I spent all summer wondering whether any amount of truth in his criticism could justify Matt Bradley’s comments about Alex Semin, and trying to decide whether Bradley was the same guy I always thought he was. Now, seeing his apology, I realize he’s more that guy than ever.

By Nicole Weissman  |  04:14 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Hockey hits Capitol Hill

In a different kind of “Building America’s Hockey Capital,” the NHL is partnering with members of Congress and Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer on Thursday for the first ever Hockey Fights Cancer Day on the Hill.

By Nicole Weissman  |  12:19 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 09/28/2011

Why I’m a Washington Capitals fan

In the interest of getting back to what it means to be a “fan blogger,” I want to celebrate the beginning of Caps season by remembering why I’m a fan of this team.

By Nicole Weissman  |  01:55 PM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 07/22/2011

Mixed feelings about Caps’ offseason activity

Even Alex Ovechkin admits that he’s surprised by how active the Caps have been in free agency this summer. And frankly, I’m a little overwhelmed by all of it. And, if I can be frank again, I’m also feeling distinctly apprehensive.

By Nicole Weissman  |  03:51 PM ET, 07/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 06/22/2011

Caps community relations roundup

As promised, here’s a summary of recent community relations activities.

By Nicole Weissman  |  05:13 PM ET, 06/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 06/10/2011

Ovechkin leads fundraising in NHL-Autism Speaks partnership

This postseason, Autism Speaks has partnered with the NHL for an exciting fundraising campaign running through the end of the playoffs, and though Alex Ovechkin is leading the pack, I’m not sure I’m impressed by the overall results.

By Nicole Weissman  |  04:11 PM ET, 06/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 06/02/2011

A plea: add Detroit to the Southeast Division

The idea of shifting the Detroit Red Wings into the Southeast Division following the Atlanta Thrashers’ move to Winnipeg has me salivating already.

By Nicole Weissman  |  03:03 PM ET, 06/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 05/24/2011

Matt Hendricks and the Masterton Trophy

Though he was not selected as a finalist, Matt Hendricks was nominated for the 2011 Masterton Trophy. In the history of the Masterton, Hendricks’ brand of perseverance has been rewarded, though not recently. So was he a deserving nominee?

By Nicole Weissman  |  01:39 PM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 05/19/2011

Mike Green nominated for NHL Foundation award

Mike Green is a deserving nominee for the NHL Foundation Player Award. If he is honored with the award, Green would become the second Capital to receive it, recognition that could help the Caps position themselves as a leader in community relations in the NHL.

By Nicole Weissman  |  12:42 PM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 05/12/2011

Capitals season awards 2011

Because I’m not ready to let go of this season quite yet, I figured today I’d hand out a few awards. Doing this gave me a better sense of the depth of talent on this year’s roster.

By Nicole Weissman  |  03:43 PM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 05/05/2011

Caps must go the extra inch

Next year, I want the Caps to cross the divide from professional to elite, and I believe that requires exactly what Ovechkin exemplified the night he scored The Goal — blind, sliding on his back — against the Phoenix Coyotes in 2006.

By Nicole Weissman  |  02:00 PM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 05/03/2011

Time to trust Bruce Boudreau

Some fans may call Bruce Boudreau ineffective, but I see the effects of his coaching all over the ice, and I think he would make a great candidate for the Jack Adams Award for Coach of the Year, regardless of the outcome of this series.

By Nicole Weissman  |  02:01 PM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 04/27/2011

Chomping at the bit for a second-round foe

Like every other Caps fan (and Caps player, for that matter), Washington’s first-round win left me salivating at the prospect of who our next opponent might be. Which of the four remaining scenarios is most preferable?

By Nicole Weissman  |  02:25 PM ET, 04/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 04/21/2011

Boudreau’s waiting game

Last night’s overtime periods included some of the most finessed, controlled play I’ve seen from the Capitals, due in large part to equally finessed coaching from Bruce Boudreau.

By Nicole Weissman  |  01:52 PM ET, 04/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 04/20/2011

Five reasons the Capitals won’t lose this series

Last year, Caps players and fans alike were shocked when the team fell to the Montreal Canadiens in game seven of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Expect more from this year’s series against the Rangers.

By Nicole Weissman  |  09:42 AM ET, 04/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 04/14/2011

Notes from Caps-Rangers Game 1

A few quick and dirty (unlike last night’s game) thoughts on Game 1 of the Caps-Rangers series.

By Nicole Weissman  |  11:47 AM ET, 04/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Calling all Caps fan superstitions

When I go to Caps playoff games, I wear the first jersey I ever got - it’s an old white one, and it’s way too small on me. But it’s the one I have to wear.

By Nicole Weissman  |  01:13 PM ET, 04/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 03/31/2011

One D.C. native’s relationship with baseball

One D.C. Native’s confession that she’s never connected with baseball, and her resolution to change things to support the struggling Washington Nationals.

By Nicole Weissman  |  01:45 PM ET, 03/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/30/2011

How high is too high for ticket prices?

At $60 a ticket and $2,550 for the whole season, suffice to say the Caps standing-room only tickets are hardly going to open up this game to every fan.

By Nicole Weissman  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/18/2011

Limiting head injuries in the NHL: is it in our hands?

Most of us share a sense of loathing towards players like Trevor Gillies but in less cut and dry cases, are you willing to commit to protecting players?

By Nicole Weissman  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 03/10/2011

A night to celebrate

Instead of 20-game victory lap a the end of the season before claiming the President's Trophy, the Caps are still trying to find their stride, integrating new players with players returning from injuries to try to get the chemistry right.Last night was the first time I felt enthusiasm for the coming post-season.

By Nicole Weissman  |  04:30 PM ET, 03/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 01/28/2011

The implications of Semin's short-term deal

This week Alex Semin signed a one-year, $6.7 million contract to stay with the Caps through next season. On a Capitals Insider poll, 50 percent of readers are saying they’re happy with the deal because Semin’s offensive skills are an...

By Nicole Weissman  |  02:36 PM ET, 01/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 01/26/2011

Home-grown talent will pay off for Caps

One of the noteworthy things about this year’s two Super Bowl participants, the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, is that both feature a great deal of home-grown talent. According to ESPN, the teams are two of the four...

By Nicole Weissman  |  08:54 AM ET, 01/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Should Ovechkin clean up his act?

Last week I may have lost the faith of readers with my controversial post. This week I'm blatantly pandering with the only thing I know every Caps fan loves: some old-fashioned Crosby-bashing. Nothing too harsh, but at least now I've...

By Nicole Weissman  |  08:50 AM ET, 01/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Racial homogeneity in the NHL

Last week I was criticized for my statement that the Caps’ traditions lacked the time-honored quality that makes many team traditions so special. It bears mentioning that I am, in fact, a native Washingtonian, and it bears reminding that I...

By Nicole Weissman  |  03:30 PM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:39 PM ET, 01/05/2011

New Caps traditions must stand test of time

This weekend I had the pleasure of joining the Weiswerda family for a St. Louis Blues game (thank you!). I lived in St. Louis while I was in college, so I know a fair bit about the fans there –...

By Nicole Weissman  |  12:39 PM ET, 01/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/23/2010

24/7 Part 2: Hockey is hard

After watching Part 1 of this series, I criticized HBO for making every day with the Penguins a party, and every day with the Caps a nightmare. I'm happy to report that Part 2 was significantly more balanced, perhaps because...

By Nicole Weissman  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 12/16/2010

Caps-Penguins 24/7: Part 1

Last night was the first episode of HBO's 24/7 featuring the Caps and Penguins on their way to the Winter Classic. I liked it -- as stupid as it is, I care about these guys, and I value this opportunity...

By Nicole Weissman  |  08:56 AM ET, 12/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 12/14/2010

What are the Caps doing right?

'Tis the season, so I'm throwing the Caps a bone today. Lately the coverage for the Caps has been a real downer. In case you haven't been reading (and anyone trying to get into the Holiday spirit should probably take...

By Nicole Weissman  |  03:30 PM ET, 12/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 12/07/2010

Capitals top NHL in Movember

Movember is over, and I think the Caps may have found their calling as far as philanthropy is concerned. For some of the guys who tend to stay out of the public eye, it seems that a mustache was the...

By Nicole Weissman  |  10:17 AM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:11 PM ET, 12/03/2010

Skate with the Caps this Sunday for Community Day

This Sunday, Caps players Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Marcus Johansson, as well as assistant coach Dean Evason and, of course, Slapshot, will be on hand at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink. The event...

By Nicole Weissman  |  05:11 PM ET, 12/03/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 11/30/2010

Leonsis and fans evaluate "101 Signs of Visible Change"

Is there a sports franchise owner in the whole world as accessible and responsive as Ted Leonsis? In early October, Leonsis posted on his blog, “Ted’s Take,” outlining 101 to-do list items from the first 100 days following the formation...

By Nicole Weissman  |  04:00 PM ET, 11/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 11/24/2010

When to panic: A guide for Caps fans

Growing up in D.C., I’m well-versed in the roller coaster experience of being a sports fan. Have you heard? This is the year for the Skins! We signed [moody player who performed exquisitely for a different team] to a [large...

By Nicole Weissman  |  10:22 AM ET, 11/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 11/17/2010

Mike Green to host charity concert at 9:30 Club

On December 13, Mike Green is hosting a charity concert at the 9:30 Club. Do I like the idea? No, I love it. Sure, the concert features G. Love and Special Sauce, and I’m largely a country-and-show tunes girl (so...

By Box Seats blogger  |  03:47 PM ET, 11/17/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 11/11/2010

The new NHL All-Star game: A reality TV dream come true

I cam sum up in one word how I feel about the new All-Star game: Awesome. For those who haven’t heard, the NHL will be taking us back to the schoolyards of yore, with two sets of team captains taking...

By Nicole Weissman  |  02:50 PM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:07 AM ET, 11/10/2010

Can Brooks Laich really win Sportsman of the Year?

Readers of this blog know I love Brooks Laich. Unsuspecting fans riding Metro home from the game know I love Brooks Laich. Anyone watching the game within 15 feet of me at a bar, restaurant or apartment I will never...

By Nicole Weissman  |  12:07 AM ET, 11/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 11/04/2010

A few choice words about shootouts

I’ve developed a bad habit of shutting my eyes during shootouts. I’ve never been a fan of this high-anxiety tie-breaker – sudden-death overtime is scary enough. I think all devoted fans hate shootouts, and I’ll tell you why: they’re...

By Nicole Weissman  |  03:33 PM ET, 11/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 11/04/2010

When it comes to player leadership, how do the Caps measure up?

It’s not surprising that captaincy in the NHL doesn’t follow a logic fans can understand. Most recently, Chris Clark was retained as captain despite the fact that long-term injuries kept him out of large numbers of games.  When asked why...

By Nicole Weissman  |  08:28 AM ET, 11/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 10/29/2010

The case for chemistry

By Nicole Weissman With the Caps’ top line under producing so far this season (and yes, I know that this is highly relative), I can’t help but start to feel nervous that Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Knuble are at risk...

By Box Seats blogger  |  10:04 AM ET, 10/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 10/21/2010

Caps community relations updates

By Nicole Weissman Here are a few of the Caps’ recent and upcoming community relations happenings. Has anyone out there participated in any of these programs? Anything you’d like to see the Caps do to reach out to the community...

By Box Seats blogger  |  04:20 PM ET, 10/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 10/20/2010

That fateful season: was it worth it?

By Nicole Weissman Caps fans, you already know which season I’m talking about.  With the prospect of a lockout looming, whispers of a salary cap, and the Caps struggling even with a star-filled and pricey roster, we should have seen...

By Box Seats blogger  |  09:40 AM ET, 10/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 10/13/2010

Caps home opener fan quotes

By Nicole Weissman Since Box Seats is all about amplifying fans’ voices, I took my game to the streets of Chinatown and the halls of Verizon Center at this weekend’s home opener, asking fans:  Q: If you could say anything...

By Box Seats blogger  |  04:15 PM ET, 10/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 10/01/2010

Countdown to Caps Convention: Bondra & Kolzig

By Nicole Weissman I’m taking a break today from my three-part series on Caps players who make good role models for kids – the third part is coming next week. With the Caps Convention coming up on Saturday, I have...

By Box Seats blogger  |  09:00 AM ET, 10/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 09/28/2010

Caps players whose jerseys your kids should wear - Part 2

By Nicole Weissman This is part two of a three-part series on Caps players who make especially good role models for kids. These are guys who exhibit a combination of a strong work ethic, activism in the D.C. community, and...

By Box Seats blogger  |  03:46 PM ET, 09/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 09/14/2010

Hop On! Why the Caps Bandwagon is Good for D.C.

By Nicole Weissman There’s no denying the Caps are popular.  Regardless of what happened in the playoffs, we are the reigning regular season champions, and not one team in this league will look forward to facing us this year.  It...

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