Welcome to Capitals Corner, my name is Alan Zlotorzynski, and I will be your voice of reason for all things involving hockey in the nation’s capital. I'm an "old school" Caps fan from the days shortly following the arrival of hockey in D.C, and consider myself to be a bit of a Caps hockey historian.
I'm as comfortable discussing Yvon Labre, Guy Charon, and Dennis Maruk, as I am Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, and Nicklas Backstrom. Yes, I am a die hard, but my articles are fair and firm. As I sit here watching the Toronto Maple Leafs paste a second consecutive 4-1 deficit on the boys, I can't help but think that the Washington is heading for troubled waters.
However, that’s an article for tomorrow. Tonight, I want to tell you what you can expect from me, and Capitals Corner.
I will provide in depth analysis, as well as my opinions of the team's play on the ice, as well as the front offices decisions off it. I’m not a homer, and consider my articles non-biased, as well as an honest assessment of the current state of affairs with the Caps. I will write with accuracy, and use many stats to back up facts.
When analyzing most sports, especially hockey, numbers always provide answers to the many unanswered questions about how well, or right now in the case of the Capitals, how bad a team is playing. The Caps are suffering a complete on ice meltdown, as the Leafs now lead 5-1, but who's counting.
I will also help you get to know the players better by providing first-hand knowledge, as well as information from the many reputable media outlets I research on a daily basis. I will provide brief previews of each game, and brief re-caps as well.
I can't wait to write to the recap for what is now a 6-1 Leafs lead. Things are starting look a lot like they did on a Sunday night in December last year during a game vs. the Rangers in Madison Square Garden.
I was a Capitals featured columnist on the Bleacher Report for over a year, until I acquired the same title for the Baltimore Ravens. I provided live national coverage for last year's Winter Classic vs. the Penguins, and have written several stories that were syndicated on other national media outlets.
I've been able to establish a few contacts along the way, which helps deliver a higher quality product. My goal is to have you wanting to visit the capitals Corner from all of your Washington capitals hockey needs. I will also provide in-depth coverage of the organization from top to bottom. This means coverage of the Caps top minor league affiliate, the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. While not as in depth, I will also provide coverage of the South Carolina Stingrays, the Caps "AA" affiliate of the East Coast Hockey league.
I also enjoy hockey history, and will occasionally write an article about Capitals teams from seasons past. Just because the boys from D.C have yet to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup, doesn't mean different eras of Caps history aren't worth remembering.
Like any good writer should, I thrive off your comments, and opinions. Please feel free to leave your comments, as I promise to always reply. If you have a question about the capitals, or have an idea about an article you would like to see, please feel free to drop me a line at the email address listed in my bio.
In the words of Jim Carr, who was the radio announcer for the Charlestown Chiefs in the 1970's hockey cult classic, Slap Shot, “If you’re going to give your comments, please do so within the boundaries of good taste".
Carr was begging radio callers to be polite to Chiefs player/coach Reggie Dunlop (Paul Newman), as he was appearing on Carr's phone in radio show. The irony here is that Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau appeared in the movie as an extra.
With five minutes remaining in the contest versus the Maple Leafs, Boudreau’s team is getting blown out by five goals.
Washington is simply not playing good hockey, and lack discipline. Following tonight’s game, Washington will have won once in their past seven games. Since the second period of the New York Islanders game back on November-5, the Caps have been outscored 27-11, and are 3-5-1 in November, after a 7-2 mark in October.
There is obviously much to debate and talk about, and I will get started tomorrow with a look as to why Washington is struggling so badly after the best start in franchise history.
Until next time, keep rockin-the-red Caps fans. Check that, As I sign off, former Capital David Steckel, kicked the extra point to make the score 7-1. Steckel netted the first shorthanded goal against Washington this season, and like I said earlier, there is much to discuss deep in Capitals Corner.