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One More Note on the Brashear Story

Good morning. Please excuse this brief pause in our Caps-Pens coverage for one more note on Mike Wise's story on Donald Brashear. I asked Mike to post a video to wrap things up, because we've still been getting emails and comments from people who were moved by the story and wanted to talk about it. Mike spoke to Donald about the reader response, and, well, just watch the video. (Mike's not soliciting video replies on this, but feel free to post one if you'd like.)

We'll have some updates from the morning skate a bit later, and plenty more tonight when Game 5 kicks off at 7 p.m. at Verizon Center.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 9, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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Still a great story. Thanks.

Posted by: uncatim | May 9, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

History repeating itself....

Posted by: bhound69 | May 9, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations!, jmu capsgirl, if you graduate today.

Posted by: uncatim | May 9, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

One of the most moving stories I've ever read. A great piece of work.

Posted by: ridgely1 | May 9, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse


With two first names, you must be from some hot bed of hockey like Arkansas. Why don't you post your own picture so that we can judge who's uglier (a point relevant to what discussion?). Finally, where's your Pulitzer?

Posted by: NorthFork1 | May 9, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

I read that today (May 9) is Victory Day for the Russians, considered one of the greatest holidays there. That was after World War 2.

May it be Victory Day for OUR Russians on the Caps as well.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 9, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

(From last story)

Orprick should just shut-up. What nerve he has! This the same guy who's tried to take out Semin a few times this series.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 9, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse



Kudos Wise, it was a beautiful story and I'm so glad that Brash is getting a positive experience from all this.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 9, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

They actually got Brashear on WTEM yesterday. He invited people to email him.

Posted by: MKadyman | May 9, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of how the series turns out- Ovechkin,Semin,Green,and Backstrom need to worry about getting their names on The Cup and not about how many broads they can get back to Greens hot tub.
It's no secret that these 4 are out on the town way too much during the season. With the playoff games being every other night maybe all those late nights are coming back to haunt them.
If I were BB,no morning skate would be optional next year. The Red Wings played a 3OT game last week and every player was at the morning skate the following day.

Posted by: markfromparkville | May 9, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

The great thing is there's no time to dwell on last night's game. Right back at it tonight and hopefully the Caps win.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 9, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Thanks much, mrszilla. I appreciate it. Wise's story was indeed moving and well done. It undoubtedly took a terrific amount of work--and diplomacy--to make the contacts that he made to paint the complete picture that he painted. I was slightly disappointed that he didn't mention Brash's commitment to the Fort Dupont Hockey club, the oldest minority hockey program in the U.S. The program was started many years ago and is still run by a wonderful guy, Neal Henderson, who does it completely out of the goodness of his heart. Willie O'Ree visits there pretty much every year as part of his work for the League. Brash is taking some steps to exorcise demons that most of us can only wonder about, having not personally experienced them.

Posted by: NorthFork1 | May 9, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse


I see your point. I haven't heard of the boys being "out on the town" during the playoff season.

It does seem that almost all of the post season practices (and morning skates) have been optional. Overall, the boys have been more faithful at attending the morning skates than the practices.

The Caps should study the Penguins' practice schedule for this year (and as teams go deeper in the playoffs) practice on a similar schedule and model themselves after a winning team.

A friend of mine had gone to both a Caps practice and a Pens practice and reported that the Pens worked harder in practice. This friend has a really great opinion of Bylsma and what he's done for the Pens.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 9, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse


You should be ashamed of yourself.

Posted by: Terptwin | May 9, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

How long can the crumby coward colin campbell put off a decision on Ovechkin, if there is to be such a decision?

Posted by: uncatim | May 9, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Hi Lindsay.

Thanks for your hard work during this playoff run. Your team has done a great job of keeping us entertained and informed.

I've been trying to submit report of abuse on this blog. Could you let me know what the new e-mail address is?

Apparently, is incorrect. (Or, perhaps that mailbox is full?)

Posted by: Terptwin | May 9, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

See the above post re. abuse of this blog. Apparently, the URL is incorrect.

Posted by: Terptwin | May 9, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Ollie Jokinen is the ugliest guy in the world. Some people know nothing about hockey and even less about ugliness.

Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | May 9, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse


LOL. Sometimes a little humor helps put things in better perspective.

Posted by: Terptwin | May 9, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

both teams have won two at home; who has the advantage? The Caps are back home, home crowd advantage and all. No predictions tonight, but if the Caps can't get up for this one than the series is pretty much over. Would be tough to see em lose 4 straight, but I don't think it's gonna happen. I understand the Pens fans are happy, but you're supposed to win your play-off games at home, so I don't see where they think they have a strangle hold. Past history? That means nothing. Best of three with two at home; I still like the Caps chances.

Posted by: reesem37 | May 9, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

That email address for abuse goes straight into an inbox for every article, LTE, blog, and story that the Post features. Don't expect anyone to read it especially on weekends.

If they make Tarik drive his own car to Pittsburgh do you think that they would hire a guy to sit around monitoring posts? When I saw Tarik's comment that he had to drive back to Washington this morning I couldn't believe it. He is covering the Washington Capitals and not woman's soccer.

Posted by: MKadyman | May 9, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

@ Terptwin: Thanks very much. Not sure why the "report abuse" email doesn't work. I'll look into it, but in the meantime, feel free to just email me directly ( and I'll take care of it

@ MKadyman: Nobody "made" Tarik drive. That was his choice, and most of the Post's staff who went did the same. Flying to Pittsburgh from D.C. is a pain and takes longer than driving.

Posted by: Lindsay Applebaum | May 9, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Come on guys! Have a sense of humor and understand irony when it comes to Wise. I don't get why people get mad. He has interesting and very insightful analyses in his columns--always finding the human angle to a story. His posts and videos are FUNNY and he has great comic presence and timing in his videos. He is funny. He challenges, engages, teases, prods, cajoles, pushes etc. but does not attack or belittle. Why do people get so defensive? I think he livens things up and gets you thinking if you don't get defensive. It's great that Tarik invites him to the blog.

Posted by: caraveli | May 9, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

more of live scoreļ¼š

Posted by: nowgoal | May 9, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

funny stuff

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | May 9, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

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