It was a great day to be at Verizon Center, even if I am a Caps fan. The Rangers beat the Capitals 1- 0 on Saturday. This show is a set of images from the experience of going to Verizon Center.
One of the things that does not get recorded well in the sports section, is what it feels like to be at the game. You do not get a sense of the crowd coming in, the neighborhood or the tempo of the crowd.
I hope that this slide show gives you a sense of the going to Saturday's game.
There is a feeling when you go to the game that hockey is different than other sports. It is so physical and intense, that it drives the crowd into a frenzy. Hockey is personal.
I guess it is all the hitting. Plus, you have to play the entire game. Not just offense or defense. Maybe it is an intangible effect. These folks are into the game.
It is your city versus their city. You feel it. Suddenly, you need to win.
The best thing about the Rangers fans is that they are not Flyers fans or Penguins fans. But they are close. I think that the Caps fans are very good, but they don't hate the opponent the way these rival clubs do.
Caps fans are not insulting enough or rude enough. It something my brethren need to work on.
Overall, there are more folks dressed up in uniforms and body paint than any other sporting event that I have attended. Little old ladies in Caps jerseys. Old men in Rangers sweaters.
That is a great reason to come to the games, playoffs or not, is to dress up and paint your face.
The get ups put college basketball to shame. There, dressing up for the game is for the young kids. At an NHL venue, it is for one and all. Plus, the crowd does not stop. It is still cranked up after the game.
From football, to baseball and basketball, all the way to hockey, I would rank NHL hockey as the best sport to watch.