Apr 25

‘Leaf’ It to Mojo

Okay, I know the title is an awful pun, and apologies are in order. But! None of that matters, the Washington Capitals have advanced to the second round! Washington eliminated the pesky Toronto Leafs on the road in 6 games.

First of all, what an incredible series. Those young guns in Toronto are going to be lethal in the coming years. The Leafs gave the Capitals everything they could handle, and Washington threw it right back at them.

The Stanley Cup playoffs are where names are made, where unfamiliar names come into the spotlight. Tom Wilson is mostly known as a power forward. Wilson can fire up a team with a big hit, a fight, and even sometimes, score a timely goal. It is known that Wilson is a Canadian boy, born and raised in Toronto, and he seems to love scoring against his hometown team, because the noted power forward flexed his offensive muscle by scoring the game 1 overtime winner, and adding two more goals in the game 4 victory. Not usually what he’s known for, but we’ll take it.

Auston Matthews, obviously known for his unreal shot and goal scoring ability, had a bit of a slow start in the series. He really revved up his play in games 3 through 6, in which he scored in each game. It didn’t take Matthews long to make his presence known on the big stage.

Bounces. Bounces, bounces, bounces. One series summed up with one word. Bounces. It seemed like the Leafs were getting the benefit of every whacky bounce in the series. From Mitch Marner’s opening goal in game 1, to Auston Matthews’ goal in game 6 in which Nikita Zaitsev’s dump in caught the stantion and landed perfectly on Matthews’ stick. At that moment, I knew Toronto was going to get every single bounce.

Marcus Johansson. What a guy. When the Caps were down by a goal late in the 3rd period, Johansson basically told everyone at the Air Canada Centre, “sit down guys, I’ve got this” and he notched the equalizer with about 7 minutes left.

Overtime. So. Many. Overtime games. 5 of the 6 games included an overtime period. Definitely not ideal for one’s health. Anyways, in game 6, Johansson tied it, we were headed for overtime again. Imagine that. In the extra frame, it was ALL Washington. Toronto’s young guys were showing exhaustion, and took an icing. Not good for them. Evgeny Kuznetsov won the draw cleanly, and Williams collected it. Williams threw a puck on net from the right circle, and rebounded off Frederik Andersen’s pad. Rebound! Marcus Johansson cleans it up and pokes it home. Game over, series over.

Toronto has a hell of a team, and will for the foreseeable future. What a great group of guys, taking the best team in the NHL to six games, that’s incredible and they have a lot to be proud of. However, we turn to Pittsburgh, and look to (finally) get rid of those flightless birds.

Apr 24

Strange Weekend Comes to End With Keys Splitting Two Doubleheaders

When it rains, it pours. For the Frederick Keys, that proved especially true this weekend, as they lost both games of their doubleheader to the Salem Red Sox on Friday, then after another rainy day, they beat the Sox twice Sunday to split the strange four-game series.

The floodgates opened on Thursday night and, even though the tarp was on the field prior to the downpour, the outfield grass was deemed to wet to play. It was just as well – most of the fans had already left for the evening, although a few die-hards stuck around just to make sure.

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Perched at the Yard: Dan and Jon discussing everything happening in Birdland + NASCAR minute + Batting Practice


Apr 21

Thursday (4/20) Keys Game Postponed Due to Unplayable Field Conditions

The Frederick Keys game against the Salem Red Sox scheduled for Thursday evening has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions after a storm passed through the area. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 20

Keys vs. Salem Red Sox – Pregame Things to Know

Welcome back to Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick! The Frederick Keys are back home after a trip to North and South Carolina.

After a rough start of the season where they lost 4 of their first 7, they’ve won two straight and are now 6-7 on the season. They in for a tough outing tonight against Salem, who comes in with a 9-5 record. Read the rest of this entry »


Perched at the Yard: Dan and Jon talking hot topics in Birdland, NASCAR minute and movie minute

Apr 07

Caps and Wizards both win division titles

Image result for wizardsThe Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards will both be heading to the playoffs this year.  For the first time in history both the Caps and the Wizards won their respected divisional titles.  We follow the Caps extensively  you can find at BetPhoenix great NBA basketball predictions.  This is the first time in history that both the Caps and the Wizards earned divisional titles this season.   Read the rest of this entry »


Perched at the Yard: Dan and Matt talk about the opening series, Birdland radio, the Masters, and more!

Apr 06

Pretty Presidential

No, I’m not referring to the election nor the inauguration. This is news that people in the D.C. area will actually be happy about. As you may know, the Washington Capitals had a chance to lock everything up tonight. Home ice throughout the playoffs, the Presidents’ Trophy, the Eastern Conference, and the Metropolitan Division all belong to the Caps. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 03

No Olympics for the NHL

Late Monday afternoon, the National Hockey League released a statement where it said NHL players could not go to the Olympics in South Korea in 2018. Their main issue (or claim) is that player injury is way too big of a risk, while also not being in primetime television time slots. Read the rest of this entry »

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