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Latest Mike Ribeiro Items
Superstar could play with grinders again vs. Sabres as Adam Oates seeks spark.
Sometimes it's hard to forget about a goaltender's night. A few big saves but a couple of goals, and there are bigger problems to worry about.
Oates made it well-known to his players when he arrived that the Caps were a team of opportunity. "He's an honest coach. He said that from Day One that hard work's going to pay off around here," Matt Hendricks said. "Do the systems correctly, work hard at what you do and you'll be rewarded."
When the Washington Capitals are on, they're a thing of beauty to watch.
In an odd bit of serendipity, Tom Poti on Saturday found himself in the same place he was two years and seven days earlier.
If Braden Holtby hasn't done enough to lock down the No. 1 goaltender job and lock it down hard, one can only wonder what people were watching the last time hockey was actually played.
When the Washington Capitals' season ended in 2010 with a stunning first-round loss to the Montreal Canadiens, general manager George McPhee faced the question. After Bruce Boudreau's run-and-gun Caps dominated the NHL for most of the regular season, it was all over in seven games. No Stanley Cup, no nothing. If the best team in franchise history can't win it all, how soon until the "window of opportunity" closes on Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and the Capitals?
With a large diamond stud earring in his left ear and a gold chain around his neck, Mike Ribeiro "looks like a rapper," in the words of coach Adam Oates. But the most important piece of jewelry Ribeiro owns is the ring on his left hand.
Brooks Laich has made it well-known that while he's fine with protocol and trainers doing their job, he'd rather fight through an injury than be forced out of a game. The Washington Capitals forward hasn't missed one since March, 30, 2010.