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Afternoon roundup: Big win, praise for Theodore, 'Mr. Nasty'


(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)


Update from Tarik, who's working on tomorrow's story: Mike Green was not at practice this morning, but Coach Bruce Boudreau characterized the absence as a "maintenance day" and said the defenseman will play tomorrow against Pittsburgh. Goalie Semyon Varlamov did not practice for the third straight day.


Apologies for the link lateness, but here's a morning roundup, afternoon-style:

*Jose Theodore is superb (44 saves), Nicklas Backstrom and David Steckel score 46 seconds apart, Caps edge the Red Wings, 3-2. (Photos)

*Theodore gets a standing ovation.

*Postgame video: Ted Leonsis hugs Theodore, Matt Bradley talks about the victory.

*It's the Mike Wise and Tarik El-Bashir Show.

*Jeff Schultz, AKA "Mr. Nasty," is a "whole lot of nasty," says Matt Bradley.

*Mike Wise says Washington needs to add a nasty, veteran defenseman (in addition to "Mr. Nasty") in order to have the best shot at capturing the Cup. Your move, George McPhee.

*Game highlights:


*Detroit played like the powerhouse it is, but Washington managed to win anyway. (DC Examiner)

*Red Wings dominated, but NHL's top-scoring team ultimately prevailed. (Freep)

*A "deflating" loss for the Wings. (Detroit News)

*Vintage Jose. (NHL.com)

*Confident Jose. (Joe B)

*Second-Star Jose. (Puck Daddy)

*Leonsis to Theodore: "Kudos. Atta boy. Way to go." (Ted's Take)

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How does Mike Wise have any idea what this team needs? Forget for a second that he's right...

Posted by: DarkHorseCards | January 20, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

OK...Job fair is over....Red Wing fans can go back to Michigan now..

Posted by: SA-Town | January 20, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

the problem is so obvious that even mike wise can see it

Posted by: joek443 | January 20, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Tuesday Thoughts:

--THEO!!!--'nuff said!
--I think maybe the Caps didn't deserve to win that game....but I'm so glad that they did! Yes,the Wings were the better team for most of the game. However, as the Caps have (hopefully) learned from being on the wrong side of things in the past: It doesn't matter who's the better team for 20 minutes or 40 minutes; it only matters who's better for 60 minutes.
--GTFAW (Great Teams Find A Way)--naysayers might complain that Detroit was riddled with injuries or that JT60 had a career game, and thus discount the siginificance of the Caps' win. All this may be true, but DET never really took their foot off the gas. Hence validating the win as a significant test of the Caps' talent and team character.
--Bäckis!!
--Stecks!!
--I say unto any doubters that may be left in DC: Our guys are the real deal! C'mon folks: enough of the "Hockeytown USA blah blah blah Original Six blah blah blah Tradition of Winning blah blah blah Eleven Stanley Cups blah blah blah". Granted I don't hate Detroit like I do PIT; they do have a strong sense of history like MTL, but unlike MTL they don't take every opportunity to rub your nose in it. What is it going to take before the Caps are taken seriously?
--The two lessons that we can take from this are:

1) Theo can be the goalie we need for the playoffs.
2) The value of balanced scoring: when the big lines canceled each other out, it was ultimately our grinders who got it done.

On to Pittsburgh. I am personally hoping we get #4 back healthy for this one: we need to make Crosby pay every time he tries to hang out alongside the net waiting for a cheap goal.

www.die_pens_die.com

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 20, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Mike Wise is an ignoramus and should not have any opinion on what the Caps do or do not need.

Posted by: UnleashTheCaps | January 20, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

the last d-man you want on the ice when crosby or malkin is out there is Erskine... BB will try his best to avoid that match-up

Posted by: joek443 | January 20, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Steinberg's article on Schultz is pretty funny.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 20, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I think every Caps fan would love to see the Vezina Theo from 2002 (which is who showed up last night) on a nightly basis. Here's hoping...

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 20, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

look at all the goals the Great One used to score and compare them to the kinda goals Crosby seems to score all the time - the majority of them are lay-ups

when you're watching them on tv or from the stands, you scratch your head and shout "how could they be so wide open and where is the f@@#$$%%ing defense??????". That's what they do - they just have the ability to "disappear" from everyone, find the soft spot on the defense and anticipate where the puck will end up. Their skills arean't as obvious as that of Ovie when you watch them but they're just as effective and more

Posted by: joek443 | January 20, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

@Joek

Agreed on not having Erskine out there with Crosby or Malkin. What do you think, Shultz on Crosby and Poti or Alzner on Malkin?

Hopefully the D can keep them out of the crease.

Posted by: jsnyd1 | January 20, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Crosby doesn't play anything like Gretzky. Crosby's biggest strength is probably his ability to never, ever be knocked off a puck. He probably is the best skater in the league (note, not the fastest) and could very well be the smartest player.

Crosby has also scored tons of goals this year from his wrist shot, which he obviously has worked on quite a bit.

Crosby is more like Mario, than Gretzky.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 20, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

So Wise is trying to make nice. We rattled his cage, and his initial reaction was to tell us to f-off. But now he is making an effort. I think we should give him a chance - he has some things he can bring to the table. He may be able to do some more in-depth reporting. He may be able to get GMGM to talk to him a bit and others as well. You can be sure he won't express an opinion on hockey matters that has not been vetted first with knowledgeable hockey people.

Of course, if he turns on us again, I say we bury him.

Posted by: zmega | January 20, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Give the ire towards Wise a rest. I said it in the comments section of his story and I'll say it here:

Some people really take this too seriously. It's like Mr Wise verbally assaulted you or something, get over it already.
...
It's kind of funny that people b***ch, moan and complain about there's not enough coverage of the Caps and then when there is more coverage, you complain that they're Johnny-Come-Latelys and are disingenuous. Get over yourselves.

Posted by: jsnyd1 | January 20, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

With MAF out, is it safe to assume we'll see Johnny get the start or do they go with one of those young kids they brought up?

Posted by: Fro_ | January 20, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Ovie, you want to fight, you have the green light on Crosby. Kick his butt!!!

Posted by: jmcale57 | January 20, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm betting Johnny gets the start.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 20, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

@jsnyd1, there's no hate like New Media hate.

Posted by: LouLewis | January 20, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Staios? Phaneuf?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 20, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Theo played great.

Yes, Theo won the game for us, and any other goalie in the Washington organization would not have been able to win that game for the Caps...

Yes, I am pumped that the Caps fought through whatever Detroit threw at them and came away with a gritty gutsy 2 points...

NO- Theo is not our key to the cup.


Let's be serious...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 20, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Nothing more in this world I hate than the Penguins. NOTHING! (well, maybe the Boston Red Sox)...

Crush Crybaby Crosby into next year!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 20, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I think we come out very physical. The Pens Power Play is awful for some reason...

If we take a few penalties trying to set the tone, so be it. It's a chance worth taking...the Pens wont touch as because they know we will bury them. Not much different then the Flyers Sunday.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 20, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

@joek443:

With all due respect, you're missing my point.

I am saying Erskine is needed, not because he is the Caps' best d-man (whether he is or not is irrelevant) but because he seems to be the one d-man with both the mass and the meanness to knock Crysby back to Nova Scotia.

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 20, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Wise is he's proven he knows nothing about Hockey and could care less if the sport went the way of the XFL. However, when the Caps are doing well, and football season is over, he tries to give his ignoramus advice and basically repeats what he hears on CSN from Joe B and Locker adding NOTHING to the table.

...way to point out that the Caps need a gritty Defensemen (this has been a go-to topic going on 3 or 4 years now) -- what would they do without your brilliant commentary and insightful opinions on personnel and team chemistry matters?

Posted by: UnleashTheCaps | January 20, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect, it's Mike Wise. He's a sex addiction expert, not a hockey fan.

Wise does an excellent job overusing punctuation marks to repeat a point that many experts and fans alike have been making for the past two seasons. I'm sure George McPhee appricates the additional opinion of a true hockey legend like Mike Wise.

Posted by: HeShootsHeScores | January 20, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

@Uleash...

I agree...they have needed a Gritty Shutdown defenseman since Brendan Witt left (though they didn't need Brendan Witt at that time)...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 20, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I believe in Theo. Hope he can keep this up.

As for Mike Wise, well, with all due respect, it's just. . . Mike Wise. Not bothering to read or care anything about him or what his parakeet-size brain regurgitates.

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | January 20, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Enough with the whining about Mike Wise

Posted by: zeke00 | January 20, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

As for trade, how about Semin for Phaneuf. Semin scores a lot, but mostly providing assists for the opposing teams. Phaneuf, now THERE is a Mr. Nasty.

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | January 20, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Do we know which referees are scheduled for tomorrow? *Prays it's not McCreary*

Posted by: Raber | January 20, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

@Exile_in_Philly, you wrote:

"Semin scores a lot, but mostly providing assists for the opposing teams."

Show your stats to back up that claim.

Posted by: Steakum | January 20, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

As for trade, how about Semin for Phaneuf. Semin scores a lot, but mostly providing assists for the opposing teams. Phaneuf, now THERE is a Mr. Nasty.

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | January 20, 2010 2:10 PM

@Exile_in_Philly:

FTR, I made a post within the last month or so explaining why, although many Caps fans (myself included) would be delighted to see Dion Phaneuf in a Caps sweater, that is unlikely to happen.

For starters, the price we'd have to pay would very likely begin with #28, but would not by any means end there.

Yes, Sasha makes me crazy sometimes, but I still very much believe that his upside outweighs the downside.

Then there's the intangibles--do you really want to risk the possible after-effects to our team chemistry that trading away our best player's "best bud" would entail?

Yes, it would be great to get Phaneuf, but the price has to be right.

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 20, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

As if we didn't already know how bad NBC is for hockey, did anyone see this:

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/34946078/ns/sports-nhl/

Headline says Detroit rallied for a 3-2 win!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | January 20, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

@DevilsCaps - That's pretty bad editing. Someone has some 'splainin to do.

Posted by: zmega | January 20, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Crosby is more like Mario, than Gretzky.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 20, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

yeah, maybe if he was a half foot taller and 40 pounds heavier...

Posted by: joek443 | January 20, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino--who is "Sasha"?

And Crosby is more like Gretzky than Lemieux...Gretzky had no part of the physical game and had a great vision of the ice...very similar to Crosby's style.

Gretzky is still king of this sport!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 20, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Sigh--why are you guys debating whether Crosby is more like Mario or Gretzky. Or how Ovi compares to past greats. Relevancy??


Posted by: Capsyoungguns | January 20, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Because comparing players from different era's is important business.

Posted by: jsnyd1 | January 20, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino--who is "Sasha"?

And Crosby is more like Gretzky than Lemieux...Gretzky had no part of the physical game and had a great vision of the ice...very similar to Crosby's style.

Gretzky is still king of this sport!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 20, 2010 2:45 PM |

@SoaringCaps:

Sasha = #28

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 20, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Something I wrote for the Mike Wise article but also wanted to put here.

Yes, Detroit did out play us, but in the end the Caps won the game. They have also beaten Buffalo, NJ, Boston, SJ, and all the other top teams we have played at least once. This team has shown that it can compete with all of the big guns. The only two teams that are currently in the playoffs that we haven't beat at least once are LA (where we played a game similar to last nights only this time we were the dominate team) and Vancouver. Both of those games were on the road and both were games we outshot the other team. The only team we have a losing record against with more then one game played is NJ (who we are 1-2-1 against but outshooting them 130-114 on the year). As for the game last night Detroit outshoots thier opponents by a close to 2:1 ratio on many nights and yet they still right now are not in the playoffs in the west. They are a team that is defensivly sound but on offense, mainly due to injury, they are content to fire it on net as much as possible and hope to get the dirty goals. Yes they controled to puck well but they have been doing that for years. I think that the Caps actually do better sometimes when they are getting outshot. Look at some of the teams who have outshot them this year Philly (outshot 124-153 record 3-0-1), Toronto (outshot 120-135 record 2-1-1), Atlanta (outshot 97-106 record 3-0-0), and Detroit outshot 47-83 record 1-1-0). Those are the only teams that have played us more then once and outshot us on the season and the Caps record against them is 9-2-2. The Caps may be known as a high scoring team but even when they get outshot they have been very good this season. In fact our record in games we have been outshot is 14-3-3 so while being outshot is not a good thing the Caps have shown they can win even if the other team is shooting more and that it why I think that they have a very good shot at a Cup this year.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 20, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

@jsnyd1

Yeah yeah I hear ya'. Guess I'm just tired of the thread. And I'm not in the mood for Crosby luv at the moment.

I realize that we have the inevitable Alex the Great vs Sid the Kid debate and I personally hope Ovi kicks some b*%t tomorrow, but I really think that kind of comparison debate is unanswerable. Then when the thread turns to that other Mario vs. Gretzky who is greater debate--even more unanswerable--my eyes glaze over. I'm more interested in opinions on tomorrow's game.

Personally IMHO I think both Ovi and Crosby are great players, but different, not one better than the other. Both bring that something extra to their play, are able to raise the level of their play, can bring that to their teams, to the league, and to the history of the NHL. And someday in the future posters will be comparing the NHL"s new once-in-a-generation phenoms to both of them and some cranky person such as myself will ask "RELEVANCY!"

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | January 20, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Sutton suspended for his hit on Dupuis

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=306945

I doubt Don Cherry will blame Dupuis like he did when he blamed Green for getting hit by Koci.

Prick.

Posted by: Fro_ | January 20, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

How does Mike Wise have any idea what this team needs? Forget for a second that he's right...

Posted by: DarkHorseCards | January 20, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

because he reads this blog and all our comments!!!!!

seriously though, if you got upset at wise for his "its just hockey" comment, i think you take this way too seriously. i mean i love hockey and its not just hockey to me...but it is just hockey to the rest of the non hockey fanatic world...if you have a problem with that, you need to get over it and come back to reality.

so i dont think he was off base. that was the point he was trying to make.

hopefully the furry that is being unleashed here will create more hockey fans and interest in the game in general and thus more coverage.

Posted by: deadskin | January 20, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Sutton suspended for his hit on Dupuis

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=306945

I doubt Don Cherry will blame Dupuis like he did when he blamed Green for getting hit by Koci.

Prick.

Posted by: Fro_ | January 20, 2010 4:11 PM


@Fro_:

Are you kidding? Of course he will!

Remember: DuPuis is a French name, and we all know how much Mr. Cherry just Ø loves Ø Les Quebecois.

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 20, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Cherry will warn the Ranger's coach Torts about angering the hockey gods because his team ran the score up 8 to 2 against the Bolts. Somehow I doubt it.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | January 20, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know where to get those "Needs more Bradley" t-shirts that have been floating around?

Posted by: AMHV2772 | January 20, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

since he seems to have gotten less notice for the way things turned out last night, I would just like to say....... GO BRADS!!!

Posted by: doughless | January 20, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Agreed--great clutch goal by Brads to get the offensive going. "Opportunistic"--as Babcock described the Caps--is not necessarily the word I think of first for our 4th line but he and Stecks were just that.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | January 20, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

oh and here is the link to the "Needs More Brads" t-shirt

http://www.zazzle.com/needs_more_bradley_tshirt-235223952269232149

Posted by: doughless | January 20, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Just wanted to weigh in real quick on the Wise thing. Look, I hate the fact that the Post's columnists ignore the Capitals. How many columns can you write, after all, about Gilbert Arenas, Dan Snyder, and teams/players from other cities when we have a great team with an all-time great player in THIS city, RIGHT NOW.

So, I've got a chip on my shoulder for Wise, Wilbon, Boswell - the whole crew. That said, I'm glad to see Wise showed up for the game last night. And I'm glad we finally got a Caps column out of him. And I have enough faith in the product of the NHL in general, and the Capitals in particular, that if these guys keep showing up at the games, they'll come to the same understanding that the rest of us have: that this is the best show in town, by far, and that the team deserves the marquee treatment that the other franchises get but most certainly do NOT deserve.

Posted by: GrimReefa | January 20, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Mike Wise said nothing controversial or particularly insightful or unique that dozens of people haven't said before. Except maybe one:

It's nice to know if the Caps don't win the Cup this year it won't be from any poor coaching decision, unexpected injury, or poor player performance and that we can - at this point in the season - tie that albatross around GMGM's neck, thanks for your insight Mike. Stop by any time.

Posted by: austinsteve | January 20, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40

The name "dupuis" means "since". As in the expression "Dupuis quand" means "Since when".

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 20, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Wise may know nothing, but he is right. Caps have more cap space than any contender in the East.

www.nhlnumbers.com

If they can somehow move Poti, they will really be contenders.

As for the flames, thy have 4 defensemen that take up over $20million in cap, and all are signed long term. They will have to move one. Phaneuf and Bow make too much for us to take on. Sarich makes over $3million, that he is not worth. Best would be to go hard after Regher. He makes just over $4million. For the right package, I am sure he is getable. Calgary is in a freefall.

Flash, Pothier, and a 2nd?

Posted by: underpants2 | January 20, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Flash, Pothier, and a 2nd?

Posted by: underpants2 | January 20, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps are going to make a trade I would rather have it be Fehr, a D, and a pick. Both Flash and Fehr are FAs after this year and I don't think we can resign both but I do think that Flash is the better and more important player to the team. I think next year Flash will take over the second line center position.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 20, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Flash will be next to impossible to sign, with Backstrom up as well. No way we can keep him. Fehr won't command as much, and I think has less trade value.


Posted by: underpants2 | January 20, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

we can all scream all we want about how unhappy we are about the Caps coverage on here and elsewhere but nothing will ever change unless the Caps win the Cup... that simple so there's no use getting worked up about it

Posted by: joek443 | January 20, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

At the moment, the Panthers are down 1-0 to New Jersey. (That game sounds like a typical NJ Devils game.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 20, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I liked the "Mr. Nasty" article. Good job. Keep it up.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | January 21, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

@Capsfan75 said
The name "dupuis" means "since". As in the expression "Dupuis quand" means "Since when".

You are wrong, "depuis" means since when...dupuis means "of the well"...

Posted by: atybat | January 21, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Mike Wise doesn't know what he is talking about.

Posted by: jmy999 | January 21, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

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