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Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 12/24/2010

Winter Classic prep underway at Heinz Field

By Washington Post Sports Editors

As soon as the Pittsburgh Steelers' game ended last night, Heinz Field began to morph into a hockey rink. Here's a live view of the setup courtesy of NHL.com:

(Read more about the transformation over at the Early Lead.)

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | December 24, 2010; 12:49 PM ET
Categories:  Winter Classic  
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Comments

The Caps have two games (Carolina and Montreal) before the WC. Let's think about that.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | December 24, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

well who is to blame for the loss last night?
a BB
b GMGM
c Don Cherry
d Santa
e Satan
f All Canadians

Posted by: wendel2 | December 24, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

g dark siders
h penguins :D

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 24, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I was at the game, and it was sure a good one. We absolutely without a doubt outplayed the Pens...The Crosby goal was a terrible gaffe...can't leave that guy alone in front of the net! But other than that, I can not complain about that effort.

Ovie, Backs, and Semin need to get it together. They are the only thing holding the team back at this point. Great game caps...keep that kind of game up!

on another note...on my way down the steps towards the parking garage I passed this guy in a suit...I look again and I am like "Is that Boyd Gordon?" He kinda shrugged, but then I looked again and I saw his walking boot...don't know why, but recognizng him in a random hall out of unifom made my night.

Posted by: capscoach | December 24, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Forgot...except for that one play in the first, we did a GREAT job nuetralizing Crosby...something no team as been able to do for quite some time.

Crosby hardly had a chance after that goal. I think Alzner was tasked with shadowing him.

Posted by: capscoach | December 24, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas all.

Posted by: zmega | December 24, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas, CI posters. Talk with you on Sunday!

Posted by: nicety251 | December 24, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

vermontcaps do you really think that BB is going to give out ice time based on merit? Okay, I guess you think Santa is real.
As for Hannan, I would agree he had a really rough time learning the system. Often he was out of position. I thought he looked good last night. IMO he will continue to improve in our system. I think Erskine is great but, he is TOO slow. We all love his heart and toughness but, He isn't better than the top 5 d-men (Poti is #6 and BB will not bench him). Sorry, no matter how tough DJK and Erskine are they aren't great players. We didn't get pushed around at all last game. You don't have to drop the gloves to be a tough player.

Posted by: chriscaps | December 24, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Forgot...except for that one play in the first, we did a GREAT job nuetralizing Crosby...something no team as been able to do for quite some time.
---------------------------

Gee he stil got a goal and an assist, if that's your idea of "neutralizing" someone, I bet you're one of those people who believe in moral victories too.

Posted by: joek443 | December 24, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Well, I looked over some of the comments over the last few threads and it really amazes me that constant critics of the Capitals cannot simply say that last night's game was awesome. Hits were about even at 35-33 Caps, and it went to a shoot-out.

Critics also want to keep saying the Pens had back to back games. Well, look at the darn schedule for the two teams before spouting off. The Pens had a game last week Wednesday and then played at home Mon and Wed before playing us on Thursday, so they had 3 games in the previous 8 days before yesterday. The Caps had a game Sat, Sun, Tues, and yesterday which means they played 4 games in 6 days. Neither team had an advantage in regards to rest.

How anyone can walk away from yesterdays game and not appreciate it is beyond me. The Caps and Pens played an unbelievable game. I am a coach in the High School system here in MD and one of our assitants is a guy who was one of the linesman in yesterday's game. Today while out at Giant getting last minute junk I ran into him and he was wiped out. I asked him if the game was as fast as it looked and he said it was crazy and brutal. He also said he was impressed with the determination in a regular season game.
He was miked up by HBO so maybe we'll hear some from him next week during 24/7.

Ovi and Backstrom do need to start scoring but we are definitely watching different games if some of you think they didn't play well, or didn't work their tails off.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 25, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

@Capscoach. I was at the game too and that is up their with Game 1 of the Pens series for loudest I have heard the phone booth. I do disagree a bit about the Crosby goal. While I feel it is important to focus on him he was hardly in front of the net. His skates were on the goal line and he was at the line for the goalie trapazoid which means the middle of his body was 6' from the near post. http://cdn.nhl.com/images/upload/2010/08/net_diagram_rev.jpg (Diagram of trapazoid area). So he was at least 6 feet from the net and at a near impossible angle for that tip in. Now being that as much as we dislike him he is a world class player and got the goal but that position on the ice is far from dangerous 99% of the time and with other players in front of the net who were much more important that was less of a play where our D failed and more just a great play that very few if any could have stopped.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 25, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

vermontcaps do you really think that BB is going to give out ice time based on merit? Okay, I guess you think Santa is real.....I think Erskine is great but, he is TOO slow.....You don't have to drop the gloves to be a tough player.

Posted by: chriscaps | December 24, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Merry Xmas, chriscaps.....

a. Ice-time in the NHL should be based on performance; if not, then it's based on reputations and favoritism......that's just but one reason why BB must be canned

b. Erskine too slow? You're sounding like someone who just started watching the game in the post-lockout "era", it's time to come up w/a different reason to justify his benching.

c. The Caps have got to be the toughest team in the NHL, no matter how tough is defined, correct?

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 25, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

I'd love to bring Iginla in here and their salaries are very similar. I know he's older, but I think he still has a couple good years in him and he could be a great leader for this team. Not to mention he's a pretty tough player on top of being a scorer.

Posted by: CAPSHOCKEY2 | December 24, 2010 8:43 AM

@CAPSHOCKEY2:

Not sure that I'm ready to agree with you on trading Sasha Minor, but since the Flames are my second favorite team, it would be extremely cool to have Iggy as that elite 2C we've been clamoring for.


Posted by: Rhino40 | December 25, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

@fanhock

people like joek, chriscaps, and vermont caps can't see anything they don't want to see. It was a GREAT game by the Caps. If the Caps were on their 2nd game in two nights, they would not let that be an excuse for us...ever! If Nuevy had played like MAF...he would have been deemed the ONLY reason the caps won. If we had played the way the Pens played that night, Joekk, and all the others would have called that the most undeserved win of the season. You can't win with people like that...they are only happy if they are miserable. The only thing the Caps have to improve from that game is their top line...If we play like we did at that game, and Ovie,Backs and Semin start producing, we will be the best team in the league again.

Right now the Pens are probably the best in the league. We made them work harder than just about any team has for quite a while. I mean look at their line up...is it really surprising they are as good as they are?

Posted by: capscoach | December 25, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Heitz Field seems to have a good layout for hockey. I can't understand why they keep holding the Classic in baseball stadiums with the totally convoluted sightlines and the weird crooked angle of the rink. I would consider spending the $ to see it at Fedex but probably not Nats Stadium.

Posted by: congero | December 26, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Anyone seen the weather report for Pitt on 1/1/11...50s and rain...not very wintery!

Posted by: NatyBG | December 26, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

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