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Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 01/ 2/2011

Winter Classic video: Capitals fans relish tailgating in Pittsburgh

By Washington Post Sports Editors

Before the Capitals' 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night, fans were out in full force outside Heinz Field. And rain or shine, they all seemed to be having a pretty good time before the Winter Classic kicked off. Check out the video below:

(Video by Evelio Contreras/The Washington Post)

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | January 2, 2011; 12:54 PM ET
Categories:  Winter Classic  
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So I have been gone for a few days now, so if I repeat what others have said I apologize.

Man it felt good to beat Pitt in front of 40,000 of their own fans on national television.

Did anyone notice that Milburry kinda disapeared after the caps took the lead? interesting.

Camera coverage was HORRIBLE! most people that don't like hockey say they can't follow the puck...well NBC proved them right...a shame since the classic is a chance to bring in new fans.

Extended Crosby's pointless streak...yay!

Erskine looked great in that fight!

Why no hand shake at the end? Was that mentioned anywhere, b/c every other classis ended in a handshake.


can we PLEASE now wait until BB scratches your lover boy before we freak out on him? He could have played Poti last night like you assumed but he didn't. I am sure the guy will get scratched eventually (a day off wouldn't kill him)but until he starts making regualr appearences in the press box, can we please let that rant go?

Go Caps! Lets bring it to TB!

Posted by: capscoach | January 2, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse


did you see my two posts to you on the last thread? There is presently peace in Caps-land :)

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 2, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

However I don't think NBC which is owned by Comcast which also owns Versus can afford to lose hockey so will probably outbid everyone and get the deal.

Posted by: joek443 | January 2, 2011 12:07 PM

Technically, Comcast does not own NBC yet. It is still waiting for final FCC and SEC approval, but it is believed to be approved. However, the process has been delayed and it could be delayed beyond the point of when the new deal negotiations are in place.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | January 2, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Can somebody tell me what Ovi was carrying on the back of the paints? A gps or what ?
Was the only player having that ?

Nice game and great win.

Posted by: enrinat | January 2, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

One thing that does seem apparent is that if you shut down Crosby, the Pens do not have enough secondary support to score goals. During their 12 game win streak, Crosby was scoring and scoring a lot. During our 5-0-1 run, OV,Backstrom and Semin have not been scoring and we are still winning.

Kudos goes to our secondary players for bringing it every night.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | January 2, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

It looks to me like the Caps try to match Alzner with Crosby, especially when the Pens are on the PP. Alzner has the fundamentals to stay with Crosby.

Posted by: zmega | January 2, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

zmega: Wouldn't that be Carlson and Alzner vs. Crosby? They are linemates.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 2, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

OV was mic'ed for "sounds of the game" -- they played a short, weak segment in the 3rd

I still cannot believe the Oprik and MAF jailhouse "scrum" on MP -- could they find a smaller Cap and could have Oprik have looked a bit more like a love-sick Lab on MP's leg? Oprik is a grade-a punk

I still do not think the Cap's top line has bought into this defensive system (sometimes, but not often). When they do, I see better results for them as they were the only negative (+/-) guys in the game for the Caps

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | January 2, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from Pitt. Watching it again on NHL network. That team cannot score without crosby, and that town never saw an opposing crowd like that last night. You could see it in their faces, they were stunned.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 2, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Canadien viewers had overall better camera work and commentary. I'm glad that I can watch on NHL Network.

Posted by: nicety251 | January 2, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

@vermont....yup, I saw your comments...Cheers!

did anyone mention the lack of a handshake at the end? Every other year they did that.

Also Mike Milburry did not have anything to say after the Caps took the lead.

As far as Malkin...he cheered harder when he scored his own goal than the caps did when they won the game. Pitt should be ashamed of the way they handled themselves in the last 2 minutes. It was a big game and the Caps had a nice celeration.

Posted by: capscoach | January 2, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Chriscaps - sure, they are out as a pair. But I noticed Alzner on Crosby a lot the last two games - more than would seem to be just a random occurrence - and he was having good success. To state the obvious, checking Crosby is no easy task, given his quickness and strength on his skates. I think solid fundamentals are the only way to have a chance against Crosby, and I think Alzner is the most fundamentally sound d-man we have.

Nicety, I heard somewhere that viewers in Ontario and Alberta were blacked out for all or part of the Winter Classic, to enable telecast of games of local teams.

Posted by: zmega | January 2, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Caps fans. How many times have your beloved Caps teams been listed on the Stanley Cup trophy? Oops!! Sorry!

Posted by: paulcapor | January 2, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Someone should let the guy from California, MD know that he wasn't the only Caps fan in town on Friday night. Just go down to downtown at the first night they had in Pittsburgh or where I was, in Station Square bar/restaurant district. TONS of red white and blue up there representing early and often.

Posted by: BBDwrestling | January 2, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"Caps have no cups" = the rallying cry of the frustrated Pens fan. If you deem us so inferior, it really must suck to have to lose to us. Especially on national, prime time television. And also, when we get to the promised land, are you going to leave that chant alone, or are you going to rub it in that you've got three and we've got only one? The excuses and retreads get old - each year is a new year and a new opportunity, and your time is up. LET'S GO CAPS!!

Posted by: EddieP1 | January 3, 2011 8:14 AM | Report abuse

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