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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Mts Centre
Forget the scoreboard-watching, forget the math. It's very simple for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday against the Winnipeg Jets.
After giving up a goal 23 seconds in to the second half of back-to-back games, players cite fatigue and want to move on. But going into Saturday's game at the Winnipeg Jets, they know the value of a good start.
Mike Knuble was already in the penalty box for holding. Then, Brooks Laich sent the puck sailing over the glass from the defensive zone.
Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec tried to distance himself from the hype over Friday night's matchup with the Washington Capitals.
The video board at MTS Centre's message was clear before Friday night's showdown: "The loudest fans in the NHL are ready for the biggest game of the year." Biggest game of the year for both the Washington Capitals and Winnipeg Jets.
Tomas Vokoun was understandably frustrated about his game earlier this week following a rough performance — four goals on 21 shots — against the Philadelphia Flyers. The veteran Washington Capitals goaltender said he knows himself pretty well — and that getting right back between the pipes to atone for his mistakes might not be the best thing.
After three tight-checking games against defensive-minded teams, the Washington Capitals were not eager to open things up. Coach Bruce Boudreau said his team didn't want to "run-and-gun." Players talked about playing good defensive hockey.
Mathieu Perreault remembers the 2009 Calder Cup-clincher well — maybe not for the right reason.
Eric Fehr was with the Capitals when it happened, but he was living in Winnipeg. When it became official that the NHL was returning after a 15-year absence, the celebrations were hard to contain.
It was an atmosphere out of a fairy tale. The Winnipeg Jets were back, playing their first NHL game at MTS Centre since transforming from the Atlanta Thrashers.
The NHL returned to Winnipeg with a cold reminder of the challenge that lies ahead.
Hockey fans in Winnipeg seem to have forgiven Gary Bettman.
The fans came, they cheered and they screamed "Go Jets Go" as a 15-year separation between Winnipeg and NHL hockey ended Tuesday night as the Jets made their return with a 6-1 win.
The Jets fans came, they cheered and they screamed "Go Jets go" as a 15-year separation between Winnipeg and NHL hockey ended Tuesday night when the Jets made their return.