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It is a good year to be a Capitals fan, and even better when you can sometimes get playoff tickets. I meant to post about it, but I was at Game 7 last Tuesday against the Rangers and wow what a game it was. That win was their third in a row and completed a comeback from being down three games to one. I went with T ... who had last gone to a hockey game with me back in 1998 for a playoff game between Washington and Ottawa. The Game 5 playoff clinching victory, in fact. So with this Game 7 win, he's 2-for-2 in playoff series wins. For both of us, this was the first time going to a Game 7 of anything.

I was also at Game 1 against the Penguins on Saturday. A coworker had two tickets without a home (one upstairs, one downstairs) and sapphireblue was nice enough to let me go to that one as well. And it was so worth it. On the aisle in Section 113, and behind some Penguin fans who were not obnoxious (not like when the Rangers were in town). We chatted a bit during the second intermission. They pointed out to me the suite where Mario Lemieux was watching the game. The hair definitely helped in confirming his identity from a distance. I returned the favor, directing their attention to Ted Leonsis's seats behind the benches ... though not everyone can identify Ted immediately, but I figure more saw Lemieux regularly during his hockey career than watched Ted during his tenure at AOL.

Tonight, they went up 2 games to 0 after winning Game 2 at home. All 3 other playoff series in the NHL are 1-1 after the first two games ... and 6 more wins gets them into the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since that 1998 season. I'll keep watching and cheering.

- Pookah


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May. 5th, 2009 08:45 am (UTC)
You know, if this series goes to anything less than 7 games, you'll have a very sad Ceri to deal with...

As a proxy for her, I have to say 'go Pens!' :)
May. 5th, 2009 10:45 am (UTC)
I have realized something as a PENS fan...

They only win if they're doing shitty for the first half of the game.

What's up with that?
May. 5th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC)
I think its pretty obvious actually. When they com out playing really hard in the beginning, they don't have the stamina to see it through to the end. But I do have to say, that first 5 minutes of Period One was breathtaking... some amazing playing, and goal-tender saves.

I think they need to be a little less frenetic in the beginning though, and then hit like a freight train in the 3rd.
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