Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Youngsters, Pictures and Brawls

- Around the local "papers" today: the Caps are focusing on puck possession, new faces making a difference and familiar ones stepping up (like Mike Green), and Eminger is still hanging in there.

- Check out my new very favorite picture, courtesy of the Washington Times:

It make me laugh for some reason, but I don't know why. Great picture.

- Speaking of which, send me your pictures! If you have any funny, interesting, or just stunningly good pics from any of the Caps home games (preseason or otherwise) send them along to capsfan82 [at] hotmail [dot] com - I'll pick one or two to post here after each game so everyone can see the excitement of a Caps game live...or at least what fabulous photographers we have among our loyal ranks!

- And finally the Caps travel up to Philly tonight but apparently won't be bringing the A team, although our Russian trio will make the drive up to watch the game. That is a road trip I would love to be on...can't you just picture Semin asking "are we there yet?" over and over?

Since we're going up to visit the evil ones, might as well talk about this crazy hit from last night's preseason tilt between Ottawa and Philly:

Dean McAmmond has been released from the hospital with a concussion and will meet with Ottawa medical staff today. Don't forget this is the same guy who was on the receiving end of Pronger's hit in Game 3 of the Finals. Downie received a match penalty for his efforts, which warrants an automatic indefinite suspension and a playdate with the league's disciplinary gurus.

Chris Neil says Downie doesn't back up his hits with his fists. Brian McGrattan has vowed revenge. Good...because these two teams need more bad blood between them (although we've got Brash now so the Flyers are decidedly less tough).

So - thoughts? Was it a dirty hit? How long should Downie be gone for? How long will he be gone for? How do you suspend a player from the NHL if he probably was going to play in the AHL anyways? Discuss.


Dan, Jr. said...

That picture of our new guys makes me laugh too. And I do know why. It looks like a view of the Star Trek - Next Gen crew on the Bridge of the Starship Enterprise.

Chris & Sarah said...

Ah.. Question.

Now that Brash is playing here in DC, does that mean there's no more bad blood with Ottawa for him?

Murshawursha said...

That's a tough one to judge. It looked pretty bad, but I'm not sure it was Downie trying to kill him so much as a guy egtting a little overzealous in trying to deliver a highlight-reel hit.

CapsChick said...

Dan: YES! Thank you. I couldn't figure out why it was both hilarious and somewhat familiar, but now that you mention it that's totally what it reminds me of. :)

Chris & Sarah: Another question. Now that Pothier and Brashear are on the same team do you think Potsie still tries to kill Brash every now and then?

Murshawursha: I somewhat agree - it looks really brutal but it's hard to say for sure. 20 games, though, eh? That's...a lot. I'm not sure I agree. Maybe I do. I don't know.

Add NHL disciplinary officer to the list of jobs I wouldn't want to have...