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D.C. vs. NYC: Lose Some, Win Some

Taste that, New York. (By Frank Franklin II - AP)

Interesting day in the D.C.-NYC sports rivalry, if you can call it that. On the one hand, the all-powerful evildoers from the Bronx swoop in, unannounced, to yank the hometown kid away from the local ball club, giving the New Yorkers the 842 highest paid individuals in world history. That's a win for New York, which is faster brighter bigger smarter richer, and a loss for D.C., which just wanted one little reason to get excited about its modest little team.

Then, a few hours later, the scrappy hockey team with the bald hayseed coach, the minor-league blue line and the injured goalie goes to America's greatest sports arena in its greatest city, falls down 4-0, and is on the verge of a second straight disaster. More casual glory for New York, eh? Instead, after a fiery speech from the balding coach, D.C. mounts a furious and thrilling and pretty much impossible comeback, ties it with a single-handed effort from the best player in the league, wins 5-4 in overtime with a rare goal from No. 26 on his 26th birthday, and dogpiles on the ice while the coach chuckles happily from the bench, all proud papa like yet again.

That was for the Nats. (By Frank Franklin II - AP)

Any neutral sports fan has to wince at the Tex signing, and any neutral sports fan has to smile at the Ovechkin-led comeback that spewed wide-mouthed childlike full-body glee all over the Garden. That's a win for D.C., which is....well, which is the underdog, anyhow. Give us that.

"That's all I kept talking about in the room, is if you believe in it, it can happen, it can happen," Bruce Boudreau said after the game. "Between the second and third [periods], the coaches and I were talking, and we said, 'If we can get one in the first five minutes, you know, I think our players will believe that something good's gonna happen.' And it did, and we did. So it was fun."

"So It Was Fun: The 2008-09 Washington Capitals Story." Boudreau's next answer was interrupted by a burp; "excuse me," he said, which was excellent manners. Then he discussed the timeout during which he had verbally blistered his guys with some words that Miss Manner might not have okayed.

"I just said, 'This is not gonna happen again, we're not gonna die, we're gonna keep battling and we're gonna succeed,' " the coach explained, and he could have been talking to the Nats' fan base. "Just keep believing, keep believing. And, you know, I mean, you say those things. You never know if they're gonna happen."

But sometimes they do, evidently.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 23, 2008; 10:43 PM ET
Categories:  Caps , Nats  
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Wait, why are you up?

Posted by: Section117 | December 23, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

one of these times bruce will leave the bench and join the dogpile

Posted by: ovyscaps | December 23, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

@ovyscaps: I want to see that. :)

Posted by: kittypawz | December 23, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

bald hayseed??! bald hayseed??! Hey now! That "bald hayseed" has been the best thing to happen to Washington, DC in a VERY long time! No cutting on Boudreau!

As for the dogpile suggested by ovyscaps: I'd put my money on him needing that "really big... cupholder" when THAT happens, but it'll be great to watch, won't it?

Posted by: irockthered | December 23, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

go choke on a calzone, new york fans...go Caps, go DC!!!!

Posted by: Andoy | December 23, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

"You say those things. You never know if they're gonna happen."

Unexpectedly profound.

Posted by: jen-s | December 23, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Unreal. I am still amazed at what I saw.


This Game will be for the ages.

Posted by: lightshow | December 23, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

wow, steinbog writing a bit of actual prose. good job (well except for that ny is smarter crap. dc has three things on ny. we're smarter, cleaner and smell better). dear editor/powers that be: unleash the steinz.

Posted by: PindarPushkin | December 23, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

@kittypawz: Not quite rolling around on the ice, but - around 1:38 (couldn't find anything shorter in my quick youtube search).

Also, I have an inkling of what could make him do so again. (Hint: it would require a pretty big cupholder.)

Posted by: dinasaur | December 23, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

And THAT ladies and gentlemen was a perfect example of why Ovechkin is an MVP.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | December 24, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

I'd like to hear Steve Kolbe's recap of the Capitals' goals, especially Morrisohn's...Kolbe is a beast! Does anyone know where I can find it?

Posted by: JCB9 | December 24, 2008 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is the example that proves you don't have to go out and spend megabucks o find a defining leader for your team IF your front office is good enough to draft such player(s).

The Nats followed Teixeira around like a puppy dog in what became a hideous display reminiscient of a jilted lover begging his girlfriend to come back with the promise of a new piece of jewelry.

Maybe now the Nats can concentrate on what they promised Washington they would do, namely identify, draft/trade for and develop Mark Teixeiras of their own who like Ovechkin will want to stay in DC rather than go to New York.

Posted by: leopard09 | December 24, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Boudreau > Zorn

- J. La Canfora

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | December 24, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

"...yank the hometown kid away from the local ball club..."

I thought you were comparing NYC to DC, not NYC to Baltimore since that's where Tex grew up and watched MLB games as a kid.

Sorry, nitpicking I know, but just blowing off steam from my hatred of the Yankees, the system that allows them to do this, and all things NYC in general.

Either way, I don't see him being welcomed back to the region with open arms from fans of either team. Both teams will be better off without him and that salary though.

Posted by: dugly2ugly | December 24, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

"one of these times bruce will leave the bench and join the dogpile"

Not to worry ovyscaps, he will be doing that at some point in mid to late June!

Posted by: redskins91 | December 24, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect to Ted and GMGM and their strategy, they clearly won the lottery with Ovechkin.

Nobody else is capable of what Ovechkin is capable of. He is changing the World around him, he believes, his teammates believe...

just ask Shawn Morrison...

Posted by: CodePoetry | December 24, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

bald hayseed?

the guy from canada coaching the team?


the guy from buffalo writing about them?

Posted by: metatext | December 24, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: rachel216 | December 24, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Terrific win in the Apple, but come on, if it was a "game for the ages" it should be worth more than 2 points.

Ya gotta walk before you can run.

Posted by: caphcky | December 24, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

New York, America's greatest city? Only if you think filth, pollution, overcrowding and chaos are great.

Posted by: poguesmahone | December 26, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

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