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Inside the Owner's Box: In need of divine assistance

Yahoo! Buzz Digg Newsvine Reddit FacebookWhat's this?By Ted Leonsis for USA TODAY
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, who made a name for himself as an executive with AOL, is sending USA TODAY his playoff journal as the Capitals begin their postseason run with a series against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Day 8: Thursday, April 17

"On my way to the airport to fly down with some friends and partners to watch game 4 of the NHL playoffs; I have decided to leave my wife and daughter behind; but will join my son at the game. My wife and daughter will watch on television—in the safety of our own home.

This is a pivotal game in the series—with a win tonight, we make it a three-game series —and we would have home-ice advantage— no matter how you look at it—we will have to win one game in Philly —so it might as well be tonight.

The keys to our winning this game remain pretty simple — keep the puck in their end, be productive on the power play, stay out of the penalty box, and step up the pace of play; with more shots on goal—with traffic in front of the goalie. It sounds trite—but it is true. Execution is hard; but we know what we have to do to be successful."

Above is the latest from Ted Leonsis. Enjoy...
I kind of get the impression that Ted really doesn't understand what playoff hockey is all about and that's not a bad thing.

The Flyers played their poorest game last night and found a way to win. That's what good teams do.

On to Washington 1pm.
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April 18, 2008 10:37 AM ET | Delete
I have the feeling that Ted decided to buy the team as a good business venture and is learning what hockey, especially the playoffs, is all about, instead of being a "puck head" who was fortunate enough to have the means to buy a team playing the sport he loves. Hopefully he'll learn what it takes and appreciate the brutal artistry that is the Stanley Cup playoffs and why the cup is the hardest trophy in sports to win. The Caps played their best game of the playoffs last night and found a way to lose. That's what inexperienced teams do
April 18, 2008 3:47 PM ET | Delete
Actually, if I understand correctly Leonsis had been a fan of the team prior to purchasing the Caps (I believe he was a season ticket holder). I believe that he has learned, after throwing a bunch of money at Jagr in hopes that he could buy a Cup, that you build with youth (and it doesn't hurt if you get lucky and win the Ovechkin lottery) coupled with adding some key vets. The Caps are not ready to win a Cup yet, but I'm betting they will in the next couple of years.
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