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Posted at 3:19 PM ET, 12/10/2010

Winter Classic countdown: Former Caps continue the outdoor hockey festivities

By Lindsay Applebaum

Can't get enough of the outdoor hockey hoopla ahead of the Winter Classic between the Capitals and Penguins on New Year's Day? You're in luck.

The Capitals and the Reston Town Center skating pavilion will host the Mites on Ice Outdoor Classic this Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Former Caps Peter Bondra and Alan May will be in attendance to skate with fans and sign autographs. Here's more from the team's news release.

Speaking of outdoor hockey, we're looking for fans (likely in a chillier town than this one) who set up their own hockey rinks every year. Have you mastered the art of freezing water in your backyard? Send me an email: lindsay dot applebaum at wpost dot com.

By Lindsay Applebaum  | December 10, 2010; 3:19 PM ET
Categories:  Winter Classic  
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lindsay...john buccigras who writes for espn sets up his own backyard rink each year and writes about it

Posted by: _stevo | December 10, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

this team needs to have its pride hurt - four loses in a row is a start.
they clearly can play the way BB wants them to - they can do it for 20-40 minutes a game right now
i have no idea if BB has 'lost' this team or not - but one thing that stands out to me is - no one has to answer for their play.
cutting ice time for those 'not buying' into the system would seem to me the fastest way to have a player 'get' the message.
if that means losing while giving the 3rd and 4th line 18-20 minutes and the 1st/2nd lines 14-18 minutes - then so be it.
these guys need earn the minutes they get.
so for me, the ball is in BB's court

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 10, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Let's throw Alan May out there, at least he has heart.

Posted by: CAPSHOCKEY2 | December 10, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's throw Alan May out there, at least he has heart.

Posted by: CAPSHOCKEY2 | December 10, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Icehammer are you a caller on 106.7 The Fan right now during Caps hour?

Posted by: nicety251 | December 10, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

CAPSHOCKEY2

Nice attempt at the triple unassisted post... However, there can only be ONE!

Posted by: FLDave | December 10, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

He's well past the immature 18 year old he was when he came into the league and developed into a real leader.
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So what about the temper tantrum he threw on the ice a few weeks ago right before the winning streak? That was just an isolated incident right?

Furthermore, who frickin cares? If we do what we're supposed to do then I don't care what he or the Pens do. We are a better team than they are and we will have our winning streaks this yr too. If we worry more about what we do and correct that there aren't many teams that will beat us in a 7 game series.

I really really don't like what I saw last night. This team as currently assembled very well could win the Cup. The problem is I'm beginning (I could actually be there) to believe that we need a new leader in order to reach our ultimate goal. Who knows maybe we come out really strong and have a good effort against Colorado? That would be nice but if the effort & execution remain the same I'm afraid BB will have to go.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | December 10, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Riddle me this: how many times have the Caps lost to the Pens during the losing streak...? None last I checked.

And why is Sid being discussed here? Take the Sid is great crap to the Pensblog please. He has no bearing on how the Caps are playing.

Posted by: Steve_R | December 10, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

@Steve_R - thank you.

Looks like we just recalled Fahey. Not sure if another D is down or not.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | December 10, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

@ nicety251

What part of Mississippi are you in/from??

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 10, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

pokerface,

Another flu victim?

Posted by: Steve_R | December 10, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

The good news is that Fahey is willing to stand in the high traffic areas and redirect pucks on net. The bad news is that he is redirecting the pucks on our net.

Posted by: chriscaps | December 10, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Hattiesburg, MS. Central MS. I'm from there. Haved live here since 2004.

Posted by: nicety251 | December 10, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

@ Icehammer are you a caller on 106.7 The Fan right now during Caps hour?

Posted by: nicety251 | December 10, 2010 4:18 PM

I am in Gulfport, last nine years. Originally from Maryland

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 10, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

The wins will return, but the sad part is no lessons will have been learned. BB and GMGM both went with the spin last spring that the early exit was all because of the "hot" goaltender. Maybe as leaders of the club they should have been saying "Obviously we weren't as prepared as we thought to make a real run at the Cup, therefore we will make some changes in the offseason and prepare to come back with more resolve next season. We want to win the Stanley Cup and no one in the organization is safe or will stand in the way of that goal". Unfortunately I never got the feeling they really believed that. BB certainly never thought he was guilty of being outcoached. The mindset was: It was all just a fluke that the Habs won, and had the power play clicked there wouldn't have been an issue.
Unfortunatley the lack of changes in the summer are now showing the results during the season. Yes they'll start winning again, yes Ovie will score goals again, but there never seems to be any lesson learned from any adversity. The flu will be the convenient reason for the recent poor showings.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | December 10, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

@Capsfannmiss
Let me guess...are you stationed at Kessler?

Posted by: nicety251 | December 10, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunatley the lack of changes in the summer are now showing the results during the season. Yes they'll start winning again, yes Ovie will score goals again, but there never seems to be any lesson learned from any adversity. The flu will be the convenient reason for the recent poor showings.

Posted by: kcbrichmond


i said as much earlier.

why would anyone think that this trend which has occurred numerous times over the past few seasons would suddenly end on its own without some major change or intervention? in 2 weeks, this will be again, an afterthought. In the minds of the Caps, their coach, and some fans.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

@ @Capsfannmiss
Let me guess...are you stationed at Kessler?

Posted by: nicety251 | December 10, 2010 5:40 PM

Thats the most logical guess, but its not right. Not in military.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 10, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

so you were wrong....all day and none of the caps or coaches gave excuses for the bad play.

Posted by: capscoach | December 10, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

well obviously they read this blog constantly and wanted to rob Phil of the satisfaction of being right!

it must've been the 2nd or 3rd time I posted how Semin had not racked up a single hit this year and then he goes out and gets 3 in one game. He may not speaketh ze english, but he can sure read it!

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

i love how no one actually comments on the content of the blog entry they just go on their rants that they are continuing from the last entries, and will continue on the next entries as well.

Good to see Bondra getting back involved in DC, you want heart look no further then Bonzai. I'm going to the alumni game in ittsburgh just for that man. I miss him.

Posted by: capsfan387 | December 10, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Good to see Bondra getting back involved in DC, you want heart look no further then Bonzai. I'm going to the alumni game in ittsburgh just for that man. I miss him.

Posted by: capsfan387 | December 10, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

here here, Bondra was a good Cap and a class act

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 10, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

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