Author Archives: Bryan Hailey

About Bryan Hailey

I have been a Washington Capitals fan for over thirty years. Some of my favorite memories are rocking the red with friends while cheering the Caps and rooting against their Patrick/Metropolitan Division rivals.

Sparking A Dying Fuse: How to Put The “Power” Back In The Capitals’ Power Play

As the Capitals teeter on the edge of another customary mid-winter swoon, one of their special teams’ units got a head start. The power play, once a vaunted powerhouse, has been sputtering for better than a month.

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The NHL’s Coaching Abuse Scandal: Is the League Going Soft Or Positively Evolving?

Despite all the exciting hockey being played on the ice, the National Hockey League has unfortunately been in the news lately as much for things happening off the ice. A scandal surrounding coaches’ actions and behaviors is beginning to unfold. … Continue reading

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The Evolution of My Hatred for Brooks Orpik

Brooks Orpik: Man. Myth. Legend. Villain? Brooks Orpik retired this week as a Washington Capital fan favorite, but he wasn’t always celebrated as such. In fact, during his 11 seasons as a Pittsburgh Penguin, I despised Brooks Orpik. It wasn’t … Continue reading

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That Next Morning Feeling: Was It Real?

Photo: @nastyashubskya Yesterday was amazing for Caps fans. Celebrating the Stanley Cupiversary allowed us to revel in the goosebump-inducing moments of June 7, 2018: Devante Smith-Pelly and Lars Eller excelling in clutch moments. A weird scoreboard clock issue and Nick … Continue reading

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Hello Game 7, We Meet Again: The Washington Capitals Look To Build On Recent Successes In The “Decisive Game”

Photo: NHL via Getty Images Game Seven. The two most exciting words in sports. Two words dripping with anticipation. Two words which can both elate and deflate. Two words that, for Washington Capitals fans, are fraught with danger.

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Recalling The “Easter Epic”

Photos: Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images When the Stanley Cup Playoff schedule drops each Spring, many Washington Capitals fans rush to the calendar with questions. How does my work schedule align with game days? Can I travel to some games? Do … Continue reading

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Nova Caps Mailbag: Your Questions About Tampa Bay, The Slingshot Formation, and Brooks Orpik’s Stickwork

In the midst of a busy stretch of games, including some so-called measuring stick contests, we dipped into the old NoVa Caps mailbag to answer your questions.

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Scoring Depth Abounds; The Capitals Are On The Cusp Of Having Seven 20-Goal Scorers

It is no secret the Washington Capitals are loaded with offensive talent. The team lights the lamp with regularity, currently sixth in the National Hockey League with 244 goals and seventh with a 3.38 goals per game average. Obviously, any … Continue reading

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“Absolutely. I Love The Caps.”: Joe Snively Is Coming Home

Joe Snively, the Yale senior forward and Herndon, Virginia native, who recently signed a two-year entry level contract with the Washington Capitals, met with the media via conference call Monday afternoon to discuss signing with his hometown team. Snively, 23, … Continue reading

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Do The Capitals Have A Dmitry Orlov Problem?

Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images The Washington Capitals seem to once again be warming up at the right time. Winners of four straight games, and seven of their last nine, Washington has reclaimed first place in the Metropolitan Division. As … Continue reading

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