The deadline had passed. Last-minutes deals for Thomas Vanek and David Legwand were coming out on Twitter. Washington announced that Ryan Stoa was being called up.
I decide to take a walk—check in on the conference room for the required GMGM presser and whatnot. As I’m walking down the stairs, Sky Kerstein of CBS DC flies out of the room, running towards where the media keep their computers.
After seeing that things are generally calm, I head back to my desk. Almost the entire staff is standing in and around their cubicles. There’s a buzz.
My feet move faster.
“Did you see?" another intern asks me.
I sit down in my own cubicle and refresh Twitter. 2010 flashes back at me. It was the year I fell in love with hockey, the year the Weagle soared, the year I sweated under black mourning clothes in the spring sunlight.
With the overwhelming Canadian presence in the Capitals locker room, it’s not hard to find support for our northern brethren in the upcoming gold medal game between Canada and Sweden. Ignoring my All-American depression, I asked some Canadian Caps three questions after practice today about tomorrow:
What will be the final score?
Who will have the game-winning goal?
Have you any words of comfort for us poor Americans?
Final score: 2-0
GWG: Corey Perry, Empty-netter from Patrice Bergeron
1) George McPhee sometimes watches practice from a certain chair in the office that overlooks the ice. Do NOT sit in this chair. Even if it is very comfortable and conveniently placed.
2) Interview subjects will not always be where you think they will be. Find them.
3) When standing around awkwardly in the locker room, watch for sweaty projectiles (i.e. pads, jerseys, goalie pads).
While working during Sunday’s overtime win was an exhilarating experience, the tension wasn’t just on the ice.
Since starting this internship, I’ve only been around for practices as the team was mostly on the road. Sunday afternoon was my first test under game-time pressure. So while I was rooting for the Caps to bring a win home after almost a month without victory in D.C. (Jan. 10 vs. Toronto), I couldn’t help but be distracted by my own anxiety.
My boss, James Heuser, had assigned me with covering the visiting locker room after the game. It didn’t require that I actually open my mouth and ask questions, but I did have to put a camera in the face of the likes of Henrik Zetterberg and Jimmy Howard. That video would then go out to the world wide web.
Initially, things went not horribly. I white-balanced, the audio was fine, I hit record. Too wide on the shot, but I tend to go big when uncertain.
First came Zetterberg, then Howard and finally, Gustav Nyquist after scoring a hat trick in Detroit’s losing effort. That left Mike Babcock.
Now, if you go to the postgame notes, you’ll notice that the Red Wings’ coach is missing. See #2. Not my proudest moment, but it was my first time. I’m trying not to beat myself up too much. Here is the visiting locker room video: http://www.monumentalnetwork.com/videos/red-wings-postgame-locker-room-2-2-14
Besides that, I got to see the Caps beat the Red Wings, so the afternoon turned out alright.