Welcome to Caps 'Round the Clock, a blog covering the Washington Capitals and the NHL. In season, I update the Blog after every practice and on game day with Caps news and information, and then provide a recap and analysis after each contest. I also write a periodical Prospect Watch and weekly feature pieces on the state of the Men in Red and other things Capitals. And of course, I will post videos and tidbits from around the League and offer my two cents as the season wears on. In the offseason, I write a Report Card for each player, and will keep you updated on all the news about the Caps through the summer. I'm glad you're here, and hope you come back!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Handshake Line

Often lost in the exuberance of victory or agony in defeat among fans following Stanley Cup Playoff series is the handshake that players participate in after the final game is over.  For about a minute and 30 seconds, the players put away what just happened on the ice and shake hands with their opponents, congratulating them on a job well done and wishing them well as they move towards either the next round or the golf course.  Players are often seen laughing or smiling, no matter what side they are on.  This is one of the grandest traditions in sports, and is something the NHL prides itself on.
Take a look at the video of Saturday's handshake line between the Caps and Rangers, in which Alex Ovechkin makes peace with Marc Staal, Sean Avery doesn't bite anyone and Michal Neuvirth shares a laugh with Henrik Lundqvist:

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