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Ovechkin, Caps avoid injury despite Baltimore’s ‘scary’ conditions

Sep 17, 2013, 11:54 PM EDT

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One could argue that the greatest preseason victory comes in merely avoiding injury, at least if you’re a player with a solidified NHL job. That seemed to be especially true for the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night, as reports that Alex Ovechkin barely avoided a collapsing piece of glass at Baltimore’s 51-year-old 1st Mariner Arena.

“Watching the replay, that was very scary,” Capitals coach Adam Oates said. “I think that’s what happens when you don’t play in a building for a while. But it didn’t happen again, so good for that.”

That would have been a pretty awful birthday gift for Ovechkin, who turned 28 today.

Even beyond the cascading glass, the arena – which hasn’t seen even a preseason NHL game since 2011, when the Capitals and Nashville Predators roundly complained about it – the conditions simply didn’t seem optimal for high-level hockey.

“You can’t hold the puck, you can’t shoot it.,” Ovechkin said. “Afraid to go to the boards because it’s too dangerous.”

In 2011, people spoke hopefully about drawing an NHL team to Baltimore full-time, but it would be hard to imagine even getting the Capitals back there very often (at least without significant improvements to the building).

Again, though, the bright side seems to be that there were no major injuries.

(Oh yeah, the Capitals lost 3-2 to the Boston Bruins in a shootout.)

  1. blomfeld - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Invite the infidel to the River Jordan and there where the current is strongest, push him in so that he may drown like the rat he is … Chronicles 37:8

    • goalieguy37 - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:28 AM

      go back to the elvis crap blomfeld.

    • jpelle82 - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      i know the bible pretty well and 1 Chronicles doesnt have a chapter 37 and neither does 2 Chronicles. is this the chronicles of blom?

  2. blomfeld - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Invite the infidel to a grand feast and there offer him a generous fare … laced with poisons. As he succumbs to God’s will, you may hurl stones and cedar logs upon him … Ezekiel 12:3

    • boardupthehouse - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:26 AM

      Take your god nonsense somewhere else. Hockey is a sport for cool intelligent people, not kooks

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        So that’s why blomfeld is so clueless, he still believes in those books from the stone age.

        It’s 2013. No one cares about your imaginary friends.

    • jpelle82 - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      once again, i dont know what ezekiel this is but its not the one from the Bible…blasphemy in poor taste.

      • blomfeld - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:02 AM


        according to comrade Lupy Nazi Philthy here, your books from the ‘stone age’ are nothing more than a bunch of ‘imaginary’ friends … such blasphemy eh ? :)

  3. ikillchicken - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:56 AM


    • ibieiniid - Sep 18, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      think i’ma be the scapegoat for the whole damn machine? shi–

  4. rockthered1286 - Sep 18, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    It’s a real shame that the city of Baltimore allocates their funding elsewhere and cannot come up with a game plan for either a new arena or improvements upon this one in an effort to lure hockey to Baltimore. It’s widely known in this area that a major portion of season ticket holders for the caps live out in Baltimore, Harford and AA county, all surrounding the city. From they view alone it would make much more sense to have a local team but alas… It would never happen. I cannot foresee the Caps franchise being okay with losing a bulk of their fan base to a new market team in their backyard. Look how long it took for DC to get baseball and there are STILL ongoing issues between Angelos and the Nats. But I guess only time will tell…

    • banshee950 - Sep 18, 2013 at 6:54 AM

      you seem like a knowlegable Baltimore fan, was this building the Baltimore Civic Center years ago? I was a kid in MD in the late 70’s early 80s and caught some Skipjacks and Blast games there. The game was not telivised in Boston and I doubt I’d remember what the place looked like anyway.
      Enjoy the Caps this season!

      • ibieiniid - Sep 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        that it was.

  5. capsfan19 - Sep 18, 2013 at 6:28 AM

    @blomfeld- invite the idiot that speaks of rediculous things to the stupid house.

    In any case, that was crazy! I forgot the boston player that went to the boards with ovi but they barely hit and just cracked the hell out of it! Thank goodness no one got hurt

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      If only blomfeld’s knowledge of hockey was as good as his knowledge of crappy music from the ’70s…

      • barkar942 - Sep 18, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        All of the stoners from the 70’s remember their music, love-in’s and who they got their sh*t from. 40 years later, their brains are like mush from all of the dope and can only remember their hallucinogen induced past. Guarantee you he is in one of those iconic Woodstock pictures of all of the morons covered in muddy feces!

  6. 8man - Sep 18, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    I live in Baltimore, am a Bruins fan and regularly see events at the arena. And I was there last night. The game is being rebroadcast on CSN later this morning. It’s a deteriorating venue and not just the building. Because there are no regular sporting events and only concerts, ice shows and circuses, they don’t have a real captive staff to maintain the facility. And it is over fifty years old.

    Last night’s game was an attempt to energize the potential fan base in Baltimore for the Caps. No one has illusions about luring any pro team at any level to that venue to play. The convention center needs to be expanded as well. The answer for an arena is something new in one of the surrounding counties. And even with that, I doubt this town could support a pro hockey franchise. It would have to be an AHL team.

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