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In honor of the playoffs, here is a quick poem for your pre-game reading pleasure:
A is for Alzner, whose fiancée makes everyone cupcakes
B is for Braden, the young goalie who’s had a whirlwind year and will start against Boston
C is for Carlson who is in a devoted bromance with Alzner
D is for Dmitry, the youngster Russian defenseman who has a weakness for baked goods
E is for Eakin, the gingerest ginger that ever gingered
F is for fans, the over 18,000 that cheer on the Caps at home
G is for Green, who has come back from injury and is… not terrible.
H is for Hershey, where the Bears play and win lots of championships
I is for inconsistent and infuriating, the team’s style of play this season
J is for Jack Adams, the award Bruce Boudreau won his first year as head coach
K is for Kolzig, one of the greatest goalies the team ever had
L is for Laich, the team heartthrob and endless source of puns
M is for Matt Hendricks, whose one shootout move makes every goalie in the league look foolish
N is for Neuvirth, the Czech goalie that shares a striking resemblance to Hello Kitty
O is for Ovechkin, the captain and machine that never breaks
P is for Poti, even though no one knows where he is
Q is for the Quest for the Cup
R is for the red that is constantly rocked at Verizon Center
S is for Stanley, the Cup they’d love to raise
T is for toe-drag, Alexander Semin’s favorite move
U is for unleashing the fury
V is for Vokoun, who has four shutouts this season but is still injured
W is for Washington, the place they call home
X is for the exciting and nerve wracking postseason push
Y is for yes, the Caps have made the playoffs.
Z is for zone, of which all three need to be played better to continue the season.