February 5, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) skates with the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Around The Beltway: All Good Things Edition


Well, it was fun while it lasted.

The Washington Capitals’ winning streak, that is, which came to a little bit of a downer of an ending on Sunday night. Braden Holtby stood on his head against the New York Rangers but only got one goal of offensive support. That’ll happen sometimes against Henrik Lundqvist and company.

Still, if the Caps win three out of every four games and two out of every three on the road the rest of the way, everyone should be pretty happy by season’s end. Speaking of threes, Washington is smack in the middle of a rare three-day break between games in this compressed 2013 season. Let’s take the pulse of the media, fans and everyone else by going Around the Beltway:

  • Here’s a new angle: Maybe the Caps regret letting Bruce Boudreau go. Just kidding, I’m pretty sure someone has written something with similar sentiments before. Or lots of someones. Anyway, yes, Bruce has the Ducks playing pretty well. That still doesn’t mean the time wasn’t right for a change when Washington parted ways with him. Just saying. (Bleacher Report)
  • Cue Boyz II Men! Alex Ovechkin told Katie Strang that he did indeed get down on bended knee to propose to Maria Kirilenko. Also he’s saying the right things about playing right wing. (ESPN.com)
  • It’s up to Adam Oates to get the Caps going. Oh sweet, I loved watching him play. The way he used to set up Brett Hull, just think about what he could do for Ovi. Oh wait. He’s talking about Oates getting the team going with his coaching. Never mind. (Rant Sports)
  • Braden Holtby’s mom apparently gets as excited to watch his sister Taryn in her curling matches as she does rooting him on in goal. That’s, um, good to know. (DC Sports Bog)
  • Jay Beagle thinks the Caps’ female fans know their stuff, and that they often are more excited about attending games than male fans. That’s because guys are sometimes too busy worried if they look cool to really let themselves go. On an unrelated note, hairspray is apparently a must stock item for equipment manager Brock Myles and his assistants. (On Frozen Blog)
  • How about a big ol’ round table on the state of the Caps’ goaltending? You got it! (Japers’ Rink)
  • And, since we always like ending these roundups on a positive note, here’s a story about bonding with team and family, done in comic strip form. (Russian Machine Never Breaks)

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