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Gartner Tribute

Here's the Mike Gartner tribute video that was played on the jumbotron at Verizon Center before his No. 11 jersey was retired.

And here is the full pregame ceremony.

By Katie Carrera  |  December 28, 2008; 8:23 PM ET
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Posted by: cbs75 | December 28, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse lets finish the ceremony off with a big W

Let go CAPS!!!!!!!

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 28, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Laich!! Luv the grinder goal!!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | December 28, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Sweet 10 pt lead over CAR, full control over 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. Sweet!

Posted by: AMHV2772 | December 28, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Nice win for the Caps on Gartner night.

Don't know the Leafs' shots on goal, but has Theodore finally found his footing? Three goals against in the last two games.

Joe B

Posted by: rw-c | December 28, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

theo looked good - BB will go with him while he's hot. 2 more games like this (1 goal) and he can get his GAA under 3. could we call him three-or-less then?

Posted by: kdwiedel | December 28, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

rw-c: he stopped 23 of 24 (95.8%)

Posted by: kdwiedel | December 28, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I hope Bradley is ok. That made my heart flinch.

Posted by: oo7 | December 28, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

JT may finally be getting his act together. He still overplays his first block too much, but getting much better.

OV is in a class all by himself -- 2 hits, a post, and the gwg. What a shift.

Laich had a beauty of a game.

My prayers are with Bradley.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | December 28, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

ugh that bradley thing didn't look good. I hope matty b is okay

Posted by: _stevo | December 28, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

A great win on a night the Caps remembered one of the best. Thank you for the childhood memories Garts. #11 forever.

A solid effort by the team to follow up the ceremony. A good win - on to Buffalo.

Ice Breakers. Goal Shakers.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | December 28, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Just got home - slow start but a great end! :-) Glad to see Jose playing better. I must say, I still hold my breath with him ... I hope he continues to play strong so I don't keep worrying when we are up by two. Anyway, it was a great and it is wonderful to see another number in the rafters - yeah for the original MG!! :-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | December 28, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

There ain't noth'n more entertain'g than watch'n this team play! Yeah Caps!!!!!!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | December 28, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Got back also, some other thoughts/questions:

Did TV show the Steckel thing, and whether or not it was a high stick?

The 2nd leading shot taker for the Caps? Jurcina. Good game all around.

I could have sworn the shot OV missed just before getting the goal was one he connected on in mid-air, but the beer was flowing pretty well then.

Anyone have the number to Pothier's brain doctor? Bradley's gonna need him after that spill.

Overall, it was nice to get the win, but it was the classic scenario when a tribute is done, the home team who has to sit on the bench gets cold, and takes awhile to find their legs. Take the other 2 points Tuesday at Buffalo and get the mo going.

Posted by: Section117 | December 28, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

That was a well-deserved win. We did have a slow start, but once we got a goal, that was all we needed to light the fires and get the game going.

And the Gartner ceremony was very cool, too. :-)

But - WHAT THE HELL on the diving penalties?! I didn't see the one on Theodore clearly; my view was from the same corner where it happened, but diving -AND- tripping called, and a second diving -AND- interference? What's up with that?!

Posted by: irockthered | December 28, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

@Section117 - Good point on the team getting cold sitting on the bench. That makes sense, and explains the slow start to a large degree.

Posted by: irockthered | December 28, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

708 goals and that's the best highlights they could assemble? You could put a JOe Sacco highlight reel together that looked better than that.

...and they pulled out all the stops and got Wes Jarvis to speak.

Posted by: pattih | December 29, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, the ceremony was kind of on the fail side of things. To be fair though, Gartner playoff highlights are tough to find.

Thank you, I'll be here all week!

Posted by: Section117 | December 29, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the memories Garts!

Now to get Dino night.

Posted by: Rocc00 | December 29, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

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