Jeff Schultz takes on Sidney Crosby
If you would have asked me Sunday morning which Caps player would be most likely to end the second period jawing with Sidney Crosby, Jeff Schultz would have been off the board. Not an exaggeration; I almost certainly would have had him behind everyone besides Jose Theodore and Michal Neuvirth. Yes, Schultz would have been behind I-don't-speak-English Alexander Semin. Yes, he would have been behind Brett Leonhardt.
I mean, I'm not joking. Approximately, I'd have guessed Tom Poti, Brooks Laich, Shaone Morrisonn, Alex Ovechkin, Matt Bradley, David Steckel, Jason Chimera, Mike Knuble, Eric Fehr, Brian Pothier, Mike Green, Brendan Morrison, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin, Boyd Gordon, Tyler Sloan, Tomas Fleischmann, Jeff Schultz, off the top of my head.
But lo and behold, there it is. And not only did the two jaw a little bit; Crosby turned his head as he skated off, as if to say "Yeah, that's right, you got under my skin, and what of it?" An amazing moment in the progression of Jeff Schultz, officials having to stand in between him and one of the game's marquee stars. Hope he can come up with a quote on Tuesday that does justice to these images.
Speaking of images, I gathered up a few more favorites from Sunday's showdown. No, I didn't make it, although I did fall down in the snow multiple times while attempting to go to the corner restaurant. And no, NBC didn't really do a great job of capturing the fan element. But this is the best I can do.
In the same way I'd love to know what Schultz and Crosby were saying to each other, I'm just dying to know what was going on between Jordan Staal and these fans in the front row. At first I thought Staal was gesturing with his hand, in the universal sign for "Sorry, can't hear you, scoreboard buddy." Someone else suggested maybe he was displaying his ring. Either way, the gesture appears to have emerged a bit too soon.
Also, what is this man gesturing back? I mean, I could guess, but this is a family blog, and for the love of Laich, his young innocent son is sitting right there next to him. Surely he's not saying that, is he? And ok, maybe it's not his kid, but still.
Then there was this. You remember the slashing call on Jeff Schultz late in the third period? It was the only penalty handed out in that entire session. This image is crud, but you can see Schultz's stick, and you can see Matt Cooke's breaking timber, and the two are pretty obviously not related. Minor footnote now, but if the Caps had lost late in regulation, some fans might have lit themselves on fire.
Oh, and did you watch the end of Meet The Press? Granted, it's an NBC property, but still, this was David Gregory:
"Before we go, It is, of course, Super Sunday, and we all know what that means," Gregory said. "Sid the Kid vs. Alex the Great," came the fakeout. "The Washington Capitals take on the Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. It's the NHL on NBC at 12 noon, and yes, I'm so excited, because I will be there."
And he was. Famous fans are fine by me.
While Gregory was joking about the Super Bowl, Alex Ovechkin made his way into at least one ad, though it was only shown in the local market. The subject was sort of irrelevant; if you need a local sports star to add cachet nowadays, there's basically only one choice.
Another Super Bowl mention. This one entirely appropriate. I felt like my sports emotions had already been spent by about 3:30 on Sunday. Image by Cheryl Nichols; see more at Caps News Network.
And if you were curious what the mound of hats looks like after it forms on the ice, here's one example. That's a lot of hats, and it pretty definitely wasn't all of 'em. Image courtesy of Tim from McLean.
And two new t-shirts made their weekend debuts. The first was a well-timed addition; free wings yet again for Caps fans. Buy this at Russian Machine Never Breaks.
And the other honors the recent Snowvechkin. Can't remember where I saw this image; somebody help me out.
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