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Syd Butler - We have Ovie, but don't lose sight

Wednesday, 04.15.2009 / 11:28 AM / NHL Celeb Blogs

By Syd Butler - Special to NHL.com

Blog 1 - Wednesday, April 15

My name is Syd Butler. I currently live in NYC, play bass in Les Savy Fav (www.lessavyfav.com) and run the Indie label Frenchkiss Records (www.frenchkissrecords.com). I'm honored to be a celebrity blogger for the Washington Capitals for the second year in a row.

I've been a Caps fan since my dad and uncle took me to a game when I was 8 years old. I spent many nights in High School choosing a Caps game rather than just another night out. Some of my favorite early memories are of the ''solid'' years with Super Scott Stevens, the dangerous Dino Ciccarelli and cigarette-smoking Al lafrate (He was known to even smoke in the locker room!). My enthusiasm never wavered throughout the ''transitional'' years with the beloved Peter Bondra and heroic Olie Kolzig. I admit, I was one to shed a tear when Joe Juneau scored to take the Caps to their only Stanley Cup Final.

To fill those empty, (Caps-less) Summer months, I started playing hockey while in collage, at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). So now I can indulge my hockey-fever all year round. I especially look forward to spring, hockey’s ''second season''. Of course, I am always hoping for the best for the Caps, but this year feels different. We're coming off a fantastic season (SE Division champs again) the feeling in my gut is that we could do some serious damage if we stick to a couple principles.

Last year, I felt our departure was premature. The loss in Game 7 overtime to the Flyers on a stupid penalty was a nightmare, a bitter pill to swallow. Besides weighing on me all last summer, it is a loss that still haunts me as we enter the Playoffs. I know this year we have a couple Achilles' heels, but overall we are a stronger, deeper, more experienced and mature team and I know this is going to serve us well.

Some of our obvious strong points are...Ovie, Ovie, Ovie!!! He is again the focus, but the Rangers would be foolish to discount Backstrom, Green, Semin and now Laich who have all really stepped up their game and had record years. And let’s not forget ''the silent captain'' Fedorov. He's won the Cup 3 times, and after spending a full season here in Washington (and drinking with friends at the Russian House). I hope that his quiet guidance will not fall on deaf ears. There is also Theodore, who has gone from amazing to so-so and back, but hasn't lost a first round Playoff and I don't expect he will this year.

My advice to the Caps overall is something that impresses me the most about our GREAT 8, ALWAYS REMEMBER TO SKATE SKATE SKATE!

As far as our first series goes, what’s tough for me as a fan is I currently live in NYC. I don't hate the Rangers. They are a classic solid team with a lot of history. But I have yet to see them play with the heart that this Caps team has.

We know the Caps have it in them to be the winners of the Stanley Cup. I'm growing the beard and rocking the red. Let's go Caps!


Also, some of my favorite links discussing the Caps:

Caps ready for second season
Backline drivers
This hockey is a whole new game
Five Russian Capitals find comfort zone in D.C.
The hot seat
Blame stops here
Fretting a missed opportunity...
Handicapping the Caps
Stanley Cup Journal: Who's hurt? In the playoffs, who knows
Varlamov good to go
Two Different Styles Converge



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