A big shout out to my good friend Kardinal, who invited me to go to the Capital's hockey game on Thursday.
There's nothing like live sports. It also doesn't hurt that the Caps are on a tear and winning like there's no tomorrow.
In a town where a "winning" team is difficult to come by, it was nice to see a convincing victory rather than a nail biting squeaker. The game had a little bit of everything: great scoring, low penalties, an amazing blocked penalty shot, a minor fight, and a frightening injury where a player got accidentally knocked out on a board check.
Heward Hurt -- Ex-Caps defenseman Jamie Heward, who signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent last summer, was carried off on a stretcher in the seventh minute of the third period. Heward went into the corner after a loose puck and absorbed a hit from Ovechkin, who was not penalized on the play.
According to postgame reports, Heward has a concussion and he will stay overnight at Sibley Memorial Hospital for observation.
"He was moving his arms," said Lightning coach Rick Tocchet. "He was unconscious for about a minute and a half. So we made sure that we called his wife. I don't know for sure, but it seems that it's hopefully positive. We'll keep him overnight."
Once we got past that, everything was fine and the game resumed. The beer was cold, the seats were fine, the company was better, and a good time was had by all.
C-A-P-S! CAPS! CAPS! CAPS!