Thought it was a good sign when I noticed this place had recently opened near Natural Stitches on Penn Ave.
Dinner at Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse before the game. Unreal food. Also, the Pens apparently frequent the place after victories.
Parking lots were seas of humanity. Even the cops were getting in on the action.
Katie O was everywhere.
More Katie O.
Caps players rolled up to a proper greeting.
More scenes from outside the stadium.
Like I said, she was everywhere.
Told this dude I'd make him famous.
We were all friends before the game.
This would have made a great WC jersey.
The line for the port-o-potty was crazy long.
Got some decent exterior night shots of the stadium.
Not sure what this was.
More stadium night shots.
Finally got inside to check out our seats. Awesome.
Iceburgh settled in for the game.
Fleury hits the ice for warm-ups.
Caps fans in our section were chanting "MVP" for Ovie.
We'll see if Ovie's slow start is just the prelude to a monster second half.
Home sweet home for the next 4 hours or so.
The players marched out side by side.
Mario came out for the ceremonial face off.
Waiting on you, Ovie.
"Not Jeff Jimerson" singing the anthem.
This relationship is doomed.
Opening face off!!!
Caps got some early pressure.
Staal didn't take long to start making his presence felt.
Erskine got under Mike Rupp's skin.
It's go time.
Rupp takes Erskine down but it wasn't over.
All in all, a very good fight.
Ovie went down on the shot. Dupes made sure he stayed down.
Ovie had a few remarks for the officials at the end of the first.
1st intermission entertainment provided by The Clarks.
Painted head guy made an appearance.
Looked like the Pens had tied the game, but...
no goal due to incidental contact with the goaltender.
Styx performed during the 2nd intermission.
They rocked the house.
Pens come out for the 3rd period.
Ovie celebrates a little too soon as another goal was disallowed after contact with the goalie.
Pens put on some good pressure in the closing minutes but couldn't get another past Varly.
Another early celebration?
Things got a little heated in the closing seconds.
Bylsma put Engel out to calm things down a bit.
Caps won 3-1.
Nice game played by the visitors. They handled the elements and ice conditions better than the Pens.
Not sure how anyone is complaining about the lack of handshakes when it looks like both teams are heading off the ice.
Geno got 3rd star.