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Teddy Sears - Unbridled Hysteria at the Verizon Center

Saturday, 04.25.2009 / 10:33 AM / NHL Celeb Blogs

By Teddy Sears - Special to NHL.com

Blog 5 - Saturday, April 25

I was lucky enough to be at Friday’s game courtesy of the NHL. A special thanks to Liz Wodatch at The Caps for the hospitality (and the tour). This was definitely the night to be at the game, and THE night to be a Caps fan.

The Verizon Center was a sea of red and the energy was palpable. It was crucial that the Caps score first and when they did (a short-hander at that!), all hell broke loose. For a moment it was like being at RFK Stadium when the Redskins were in their heyday.

The whole place shook with unbridled hysteria, the kind that lives inside of you season after season. Pent up, dormant, waiting for the right time, the right night, the right moment. The arena absolutely exploded. The crowd collectively burst into a fury of emotions. Screaming, yelling, pumping fists and slapping hands. The entire place was on the ceiling, high on the excitement, the relief, the possibility, the beer, the peanuts. Who knows, who cares! The Caps scored again, and again the eruption. And again and again. They showed what they can do when they fire on all cylinders.


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Author: Teddy Sears | Special to NHL.com

Quote of the Day

That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.

— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4