Originally written February 03, 2013 on On Frozen Blog:
Separate and distinct from the scoreboard verdict, there was a disquieting vibe to Super Sunday’s matinee tilt between the Penguins and Capitals. I sat down low in Verizon Center for it, and I didn’t like the vibe at all. This game is a special tradition on our hockey calendar. While there are a handful of other games this day, Pittsburgh and Washington own Super Bowl Sunday, and as such, NBC is sure to cover it. For almost a decade preceding today, this was also one of the league’s fiercest and most anticipated rivalries. But today didn’t feel like Caps-Pens of the recent past. Not at all. Yes, there were again legions in black and gold sweaters descended upon Chinatown. Yes they were a boisterous lot at every Penguins tally. And did we ever hear from them when Chris Kunitz thrust and twisted a serrated dagger in the home club with just 8 seconds left, securing himself a hat trick. A cascade of caps — many adorned with the logos of Pittsburgh sports franchises — littered the Veri...
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