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Caps hit 11 straight



Feel free to correct me on any of these facts. The hour is late as I type, and my media guide collection is incomplete. But it seems that 11 straight wins is a significant accomplishment in D.C. sports history.

* The longest single-season winning streak in Redskins history is 11 games. It was accomplished twice, by the 1983 and 1991 squads. Both played in the Super Bowl.

(The Skins won 14 straight spanning the 1942-'43 seasons, including a world championship.)

* The longest single-season winning streak in D.C. United history is 11 games. That streak was put together by the 1999 club, which won MLS Cup. (Yes, that was in the days of shootouts, but MLS counted them as wins so I will too.)

* A couple D.C. baseball teams have won 10 straight in the past 75 years, including the 2005 Nats. But no D.C. baseball team has won at least 11 straight since the 1933 Senators, who made it to 13. That team also advanced to the World Series, the last time a D.C. baseball team did so.

* No Wizards/Bullets team has ever made it to 11 straight. Since moving to D.C., the franchise's best win streak is nine, accomplished twice. The first team to reach that mark was the 1978-'79 outfit, which advanced to the NBA Finals. That's the last time the franchise played for a world title.

* The Caps, of course, won 11 straight for the first team in franchise history Tuesday night. And the players were well aware of the significance.

"It's very special," Brooks Laich told Al Koken during the CSN post-game show. "We just talked about it in the [dressing] room, that no Caps team has done that in 35 years. We're on a roll right now and playing hockey is a lot of fun. I'm proud of our guys, proud of our coaching staff, and hopefully we can keep it going."

I mean, I'm not saying. I'm just saying.

(And no, I didn't doctor these images. Straight from Craig Laughlin's pen to your eyes, dear viewer. Thanks to RMNB for the second one. And thanks to @ParkerandParker for inspiring this entry.)


By Dan Steinberg  |  February 2, 2010; 11:01 PM ET
Categories:  Caps , D.C. United , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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Comments

These go to eleven.

Posted by: ThisGuy | February 2, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Alan May rocks. He's a great analyst for CSN, and he will hurt you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh13Nl3KtiQ&feature=PlayList&p=AF9AE1EBDC9DAC58&index=0

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | February 2, 2010 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Suppose Alan May gifted his Canadian Weatherbeaters to Matt Bradley?

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | February 2, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Every win in the streak is just further opportunity to expect a letdown.

I AM MAYBE WILLING TO ADMIT I AM A PESSIMIST, GUYS.

/channelling tr

Posted by: false_cause | February 3, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbVKWCpNFhY

Posted by: rubyx4soho | February 3, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse


Овечкин капиталов на рулон

Posted by: hessone | February 3, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

It's 1 louder...

Posted by: paperboy76 | February 3, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Getting way far ahead of my self but I like the symmetry of:

The 1974-75 Washington Capitals and the 1992-93 San Jose Sharks share the NHL's longest losing streak at 17 games.

The NHL's longest winning streak belongs to the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins who won 17 straight games.

These go to 18 anybody?

Posted by: plyons681 | February 3, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

The win streak is nice, but it doesn't matter. All that matters is whether we finally have what it takes to beat the Pens in a 7 game series in springtime. I really hope the Caps organization understands this. We won't be playing for the Cup if we can't beat the Pens. The team needs to be built with that in mind.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | February 3, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

So, that means the next milestones are the 14-game franchise unbeaten streak (the 13-0-1 run) and the 17-game Washington, D.C. winning streak, set by the 1912 Washington Senators.

It's definitely possible that the Homestead Grays had a winning streak in that range as well, but I don't know where that could be verified.

The longest losing streak, of course, belongs to the Washington Generals (2,499 in a row to the Harlem Globetrotters).

Posted by: Tank2 | February 3, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Every win in the streak is just further opportunity to expect a letdown.

Posted by: false_cause | February 3, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse
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The real let down is not even trying to get to 11 games or more in a row! How many times in life do you get to witness or be part of a team that gets this opportunity. That is why a lot of people were mad at the Indianapolis Colts for not trying to get a perfect season and practically gave the game away to the Jets on game #15 due to fear. The Colt's coaches and management should ask themselves how many times they will be part of 'History' again in their life time, just as the Capitals and their fans should just enjoy this moment and beyond. BTW, the last time the Capitals had a 10 game winning streak, they were trying all season to recover from an 0-7 start to their season (1983-1984), and they did not let down for the remainder of that regular season as they closed out with a 29-7-2 mark in its last 38 games. Sure, they eventually lost to the Stanley Cup representative Islanders, but they were only the 4th best team in their conference and definitely not the dominating team like this present version of the Capitals. Anyway, the point is that this team is so different, young and talented, thus there is nothing to really compare them against in Capital (or Washington Sports) history.

Posted by: JohnWWW | February 3, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I have to say that your coverage of the Caps is lame. At 9:30 am, the day after the team wins their 11th straight, there is absolutely NO coverage on the home page. :-(

Posted by: sfax | February 3, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

"We won't be playing for the Cup if we can't beat the Pens. The team needs to be built with that in mind."

That's why Knuble is here now.

Posted by: TheLeaver | February 3, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

The win streak is nice, but it doesn't matter. All that matters is whether we finally have what it takes to beat the Pens in a 7 game series in springtime. I really hope the Caps organization understands this. We won't be playing for the Cup if we can't beat the Pens. The team needs to be built with that in mind.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | February 3, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Yep, I agree. Let's go out, not try to win all of our games knowing that we have to beat one team to make it to the SC Finals.

Please, don't focus everything on one team. That is the type of mistake that causes let downs. Go out and win as many games as you can. Get yourself at the top of league to secure home ice throughout the playoffs to give you a better chance at making the ultimate dream come true.

Come on people, enjoy the frickin' ride. As a fan since 1974, I sure am. And when we hoist the SC, I will have so many tears in my eyes.

Let's go Caps!

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 3, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

"That is why a lot of people were mad at the Indianapolis Colts for not trying to get a perfect season and practically gave the game away to the Jets on game #15 due to fear. The Colt's coaches and management should ask themselves how many times they will be part of 'History' again in their life time,"

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Anybody who is "mad" at the Colts for this should go talk to Wes Welker and the New England Patriots, and ask them how good the view of Miami is from their couch.

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 3, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

The win streak is nice, but it doesn't matter. All that matters is whether we finally have what it takes to beat the Pens in a 7 game series in springtime.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | February 3, 2010 8:34 AM

Agreed - this is fun, but the real hockey season starts in April. Let's hope they're primed for a huge run in the Spring. They're not the '91 Skins till they're wearing rings.

Posted by: Kev29 | February 3, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

The streak is nice. But with this team, with this owner, with this GM, with this coach, it is all about the playoffs. If the Caps don't go very far, it will be a failed season.

Posted by: poguesmahone | February 3, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

AND New Jersey and San Jose lost last night!

I think the biggest shocker is the NATS winning 10 games in a row in 2005.

Posted by: goose33 | February 3, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Yep. Nobody's saying we shouldn't enjoy the current streak. We just need to put it in perspective. If people are reticient to fixate too much on the Pens down the road, I don't think the reticence is very realistic. How many times do the Pens have to end our season before we come to grips with the simple reality that, like it or not, we need a team that can beat the Pens if we intend to really do anything? The Skins won their last Superbowl because they built a team with the specific purpose of beating the Giants. The Sawx broke their WS jinx because they built a team with the express purpose of beating the Yankees. It wasn't just about beating a rival. It was about beating the team that clearly stood between you and the championship. I'm not sure how any Caps fan can say the Pens aren't that team for us.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | February 3, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

"I have to say that your coverage of the Caps is lame. At 9:30 am, the day after the team wins their 11th straight, there is absolutely NO coverage on the home page. :-("

I get the feeling that some people are just real close-minded about hockey around here. For some it's just football and basketball. Win the cup, and I still can't see that changing. Even for the coverage.

Posted by: jdwood84 | February 3, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

For the record:

1) Over the last 19 years, the Pens have ended the Caps season 7 times.

2) Even more telling, during that same stretch, the Caps made the playoffs 12 times. That means the Pens have ended 7 of the last 12 Caps playoff runs.

3) Only once has the outcome been reversed - the 93/94 season when the Caps beat the Pens in 6. That leaves an overall playoff record against the Pens since 1990 at 1-7.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | February 3, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

You mean 1-6, mbc.

Posted by: ImWithStupid | February 3, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

As soon as Joe B. started telestrating the number 11 on the screen last night, I knew that image would on the Bog this morning.

Geaux Caps!

Posted by: hithere1 | February 3, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

It was one of the rotating features on wapo.com's front page last night, including a picture.

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I have to say that your coverage of the Caps is lame. At 9:30 am, the day after the team wins their 11th straight, there is absolutely NO coverage on the home page. :-(

Posted by: JohninMpls | February 3, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Nope, 7 season-enders at the hands of the Pens:

90-91
91-92
94-95
95-96
99-00
00-01
08-09

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | February 3, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Woops. ImWithMyself on that one.

Posted by: ImWithStupid | February 3, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Just enjoy the ride. Its not like this team is always this good. Look, three seasons from now when we are perennially in the top 3 of the Eastern Conference (with a Cup in hand I hope) we can ignore the regular season and focus on one or two teams to beat in the spring to get back to the Cup Finals. For now though, let's enjoy this team and this streak and frevel in the clubs new found dominance. I too have been following this team since the early 80's and watched those overtime heartbreakers against PIT and NJ as well as the thrashing by DET in '98, and would like nothing more than to see the Caps win it all (except maybe another WS for the Orioles) but this is just fun. We have the world's best player, 2-3 other top 50 players in the league, BAckstrom, Semin - when he is on, and Green but it all comes down to the goalie. Goalies win or lose Cups and if Theodore keeps this up we have a real chance. Or if Varly comes back and is his old self even better. But, you never know so just sit back and enjoy this run because you never know how it will end.

Posted by: np2131 | February 3, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Beat the pens on Sunday!

And that will be the best win in the streak.
So let it be written...

Posted by: gconrads | February 3, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I get the feeling that some people are just real close-minded about hockey around here. For some it's just football and basketball. Win the cup, and I still can't see that changing. Even for the coverage.

Posted by: jdwood84 | February 3, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I think the tide is turning on this somewhat. The new arrivals at the Post aren't as stubborn about talking hockey as the old guard was. Wilbon and Kornheiser always found every excuse possible for limiting their sports coverage to football and basketball whereas the newer guys seem to be more rounded. Although he has already scaled back, I'll be glad when Wilbon joins Tony as an ex-columnist of the Post.

mbcnewspaper-Although I agree with the sentiment that they will probably need to beat the Penguins, there needs to be some perspective here. In the past the Penguins were simply the more talented hockey team and usually should have won the series that they did win. The Capitals of the past were generally a hard working overachieving bunch. Last year they were likely still too green and lacked the savvy the Penguins had gained from the year before. However, for the first time this Capital team is actually more talented than the Penguins are. The Penguins are strong down the middle but are very weak outside. They cannot match the depth the Capitals have and a deadline trade will not change that this year. In addition, this trend is only going to get stronger. The Capitals farm system is rated as one of the best in hockey while the Penguins farm system is rated as one of the worst. The times they are a changing.....

Posted by: croftonpost | February 3, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Agreed crofton. That's my whole point. Until recently, we repeatedly had teams good enough to get to the playoffs, but weren't good enough to beat the Pens. I think it's true that we now play a more Pens style of hockey, and this probably puts us on better footing going forward. But the fact remains that last year's series was just like the others, in that while we were competitive, the Pens made in-series adjustments that we couldn't answer. Our style of play was different, our talent level was different, but the result was no different.

I agree that we are moving in the right direction in terms of being able to beat the Pens rather than just compete with them. But until it happens, it hasn't happened. And I don't know how intentional the Caps organization has been about addressing this perennial heartbreak. I also know, as someone who's seen it a few times before, that the Caps flying high in the regular season while the Pens are trudging along means absolutely nothing come April and May, just like home ice advantage means nothing (the one time we beat the Pens in the playoffs, the Pens had home ice advantage).

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | February 3, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

mbcnewspaper-I know it's hard to do but patience and faith is all we have right now. As I stated before the Capitals are the more talented team now and I honestly believe that the talent will win out eventually.

Posted by: croftonpost | February 3, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

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