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Tara's Take: Washington Capitals vs Flyers Goaltending Analysis

By: Tara Wheeler
By: Tara Wheeler

I made a trip to the Verizon Center in Washington,DC to give my take on two of the NHL's up-and-coming goaltenders as they faced off in a conference rivalry.

My role at the Newsplex is mainly to handle the entertainment beat, which, in a place like Charlottesville, really keeps me busy! There's definitely no shortage of art and music to take in around here! However, I'm a sucker for sports, especially ice hockey. I've been an ice hockey goalie since the third grade (what, you couldn't tell?) and was the starting goalie for the Penn State Lady Icers in college. I figured, with the Main Street Arena now open for business, it would be fun to talk some puck here in Central VA.

A decade ago, the Washington Capitals were the red-headed step child of DC sports. Even the team's top athletes were denied entry to the city's exclusive night spots because no one knew who they were... Now, they play for sell-out crowds game after game, their roster boasts many of the greatest hockey players ever to take to the ice, and after earning the President's Trophy for the winning-est regular season (let's not talk about the Stanley Cup Playoffs...) they can't go anywhere without being asked for their autograph. DC is a sea of red jerseys. In just a few short years, the Nation's Capitol is on it's way to being the hockey capital as well. Could Charlottesville be next to embrace the sport?

Last night I was invited to the Verizon Center in Washington to give my take on two of the NHL's up-and-coming young goaltenders as they faced off in a conference rivalry. Here's a look at my analysis for OFB-TV. What do you think? Could ice hockey thrive here in Charlottesville? You can bet I'll be hitting the ice... won't you join me?

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