Category Archives: Washington Capitals

Mike Gartner flew by in a blur

Hockey card of Mike GartnerTake a stroll through the NHL’s all-time goal scoring leaders some time. It’s a worthy trip and a good chance to reconnect with some all-timers.

There’s Wayne Gretzky at the top, of course, with 894 career goals. Sitting 93 behind him is Gordie Howe, the only two skaters (so far) to reach the 800 mark. Next is the 700 club, headlined by Jaromir Jagr, Brett Hull, Marcel Dionne and Phil Esposito. The most recent member of the group, Alex Ovechkin, sits at eighth all-time with 706.

And two goals above him? That’s Mike Gartner, a lightning-fast, goal-scoring machine who might also be the quietest star of his era. Part of that is location — he spent the bulk of his career with the Washington Capitals while Gretzky and Mario Lemieux owned the league — and another is the unfortunate circumstance that led to him not being part of one of the most high-profile teams of all time. Continue reading

A brief history of the Captials’ ownership of Boston

The Bruins had a nice thing going recently. They’d won five in a row and they were just about back to full health (with just Charlie McAvoy out, and he’s reported to be on his way back soon). Solidifying one of the three automatic spots in an increasingly challenging Atlantic Division seems more likely now than it did a few weeks ago. Just about everything’s going well here.

Naturally, all this made the Capitals’ arrival in Boston perfectly timed.

For the 14th consecutive game, the Capitals had their way with the Boston. There are a number of reasons and explanations for all 14 of these losses, I suppose — timing, injuries, roster turnover, etc. — but it’s hard not to feel particularly victimized by goalie Braden Holtby and the indominable Alex Ovechkin. Continue reading