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An uneven strength: Caps power past Habs


*Capitals 6, Canadiens 3: Boyd Gordon has a hand in another shorty, this one by Mike Knuble, and Alex Ovechkin scores twice as the Caps head back to Washington with a 3-1 series lead. | Game story »

*Tracee Hamilton: Pair of Russians top an arena full of Habs.

*D.C. Sports Bog: Carey Price freaks out.

*Game 4 photo gallery »

*Shot chart (it's getting a tad crowded out there)

*Here's what Scott Burnside, Brian McNally, Ed Frankovic, RMNB, The Hockey Chronicles, Hockey Mom, Ryan O'Halloran, CapsBlog, NHL FanHouse, Corey Masisak, FFODC, Japers' Rink, Alex Ovetjkin, Storming the Crease and Rock the Red had to say. Whew.

*The other side: Caps take command | A game of inches? | Photos »

*Kicking it old school with Boyd Gordon, top-line center. (DC Landing Strip)

*Craig Laughlin autographs your TV. (RMNB)

The Caps have called off today's practice, but they will still have media ability, so stay tuned for some notes and quotes this afternoon.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  April 22, 2010; 5:46 AM ET
 
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On Price:
Maybe he was trying to show the fans and his teammates he actually cares. LOL. What an idiot. Just because you're losing and frustrated doesn't mean you can just start doing anything you want to do. Fine this idiot and I hope he plays in game 5 so we can "accidently" run into him. (okay kidding.) His acts were the very definition of a sore loser and unsportsmanship. Gotta learn to take losing better... you can't take it out on other people just because YOU'RE mad.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 22, 2010 6:33 AM

Posted by: rachel216 | April 22, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

I think the Caps have learned a nice lesson in keeping cool. From watching the Habs' antics in Game 3 to Price's flip-outs in Game 4, while Chimera, Backs, Carlson, Flash and others just stay cool is a nice way to reinforce that you can't lose it and win very easily.

Posted by: Justafan | April 22, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Price and Cindy Crosby should date so they can hold each other at night while they cry themselves to sleep.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 22, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Mike Green has 2 assists and is a +2. He averages more than 3 minutes more of TOI a game than any other player on the team. I like John Carlson too but he is averaging more than 6 minutes of TOI less a game than Green. How can anyone possibly blame Green or Schultz for the 1st goal. The Habs had the puck below the goal line and Green was protecting one post while Schultz protected the other. The pass came to the slot where BMo and Fehr were properly positioned but chose to slap at the puck rather than put a body on Cammeleri.

The other goal they were on the ice for was the PP goal in the 2nd. That goal was F'in luck. It bounced off the boards behind the net right off of Varly and was sitting inches from the goal-line for a tap in.

I for one am very happy with the style of game the Caps played in Montreal. They simplified their game. Dump and chase? Sure, why not? Good teams DO NOT win every period in the playoffs. Good teams rely on their goaltending at times. That's why goaltenders have won the Conn Smythe, even when they don't win the Cup like Giguere. The Caps blitzed the Habs as bad in the 3rd as the Habs did in the 2nd. The Habs knew they were going to be playing with fire if they did not win last night and the 2nd was a desparation period for them. Hopefully the boys can close them out on Friday.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 22, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Price and Cindy Crosby should date so they can hold each other at night while they cry themselves to sleep.

Posted by: lylewimbledon

hhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahaha

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 22, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

BTW the Conn Smythe has been award 44 times, on 14 occasions a goaltender was selected. That is a whopping 31.8%. That is remarkable considering the reality is only about 20 or so goaltenders touch the ice during th playoffs and 300+ players from every other position touch the ice. Those goaltenders were selected because they stole games, or periods when their team was flat. If the teams played solid defense and the goaltenders only had to make routine saves they wouldn't even considered for the award.

Varly did what he was supposed to do last night. He made some nice saves but if you want to see SPECTACULAR save where the goaltenders were hung out to dry watch some clips from last night's Bruins/Sabres game. Rask and Miller made unbelievable saves, I mean UNBELIEVABLE saves.

I do love our Caps.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 22, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

those were more than just "nice" saves by Varly in the second period last night... all the saves that Theo made in Game 1 were just "nice" saves, the kind that they're supposed to make

Posted by: joek443 | April 22, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

wow thanks for clarifying joe kim.

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 22, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

He had 3 nice glove saves. All from the outside. I am not all trying to take away his effort but they do not compare to the saves that Miller and Rask made. Did he keep the Caps in the game, absolutely. Probably more with his rebound control rather than having to come up with point blank saves. My point is every team that has done well in the playoffs have had their periods where they got dominated and their goaltenders held the fort. Why can't we as Caps fans expect that from our goaltenders at times and be happy with the win. There were many many times this season where our offense bailed out the goaltenders winning games 7-4 with a couple of the goals against being softies.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 22, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

A win is a win, and it is hard to complaint about BB coaching, all he does is pull wins when they should lose.

The score does not tell the real story. This series is far from over if the two teams keep on playing the same way as they have in the first four games. In paper the Caps should win easily, but on the ice is a different story.

Three out of four lines are producing, the second line being the exception. In my opinion the failure of the second line is a byproduct of BB system. The entire year BB has not being able to set a line combination for this unit; one can say that the second line is Semin and whoever does not fit on the other lines. It is ridiculous to expect this line to be very productive on individual talent alone; the three guys that play on this unit are good enough but they haven't had the time to mesh together and the result is individualistic play, they seem lost because they have no idea what to expect or look for on each other.

Thank goodness for our goalies, they have won the series for the Caps. I can't believe that people think the Caps are weak on this position. Don't count Theo out, I hope he gets a chance to play, I am comfortable with either goalie.

Posted by: nimes1 | April 22, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Both Gagne and Carter to have foot surgery. Wonder how that affects the next games in that series - and a possible Caps' opponent.

Posted by: saintex | April 22, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

We hopefully have seen the last of Theo this playoffs. No offense to Theo, but Varly has got to be the guy the rest of the way. Even if he loses tomorrow, I'd stick with the kid.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | April 22, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

It is a beautiful thing when your team has room for improvment and still leads a playoff series 3-1. It is something the coaches can use to motivate and maintain focus moving forward Friday.

Posted by: DBnMD | April 22, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Anyone know why Spacek was not playing for the Habs last night? I haven't waded through all the articles yet, but it might have been mentioned there.

So glad Caps won last night! Although I never feel completely sure of the win and at ease till the end of the game (in stark contrast to Monday night's game), at least it wasn't a "Cardiac Caps" game!

Yeah, Flash hasn't been playing great, but he'll bounce back. Semin is doing some really great work out there, and the goals will come when his line works together better. Greenie is playing well overall. Varley played great, which was a relief with all the shots on goal the Canadiens had.

Sometimes it's really tempting to call a player out for not always playing up to their highest potential and want to bench, or even trade him, as many people do here on the blog. But no single player is always going to be at the top of their game, every game. Look at how the team is performing as a TEAM, and celebrate the way the they compensate for mistakes in aspects of their game. (eg PK scoring short handed goals two games in a row.)

Theo has displayed a great attitude about not being put in net in Montreal.

And kudos to BB for keeping it real. He knows that for the first two periods things could have gone very poorly for the
Caps, and that the tide turned at the end of the second with the shortie, and that they won a game that (up until then) maybe they didn't deserve to win. Contrast that attitude with the sportscasters who praise the Redskins as a "great team" when they pull off a really crappy win.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | April 22, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

the first of those glove saves was in close, the one from Cammalleri.

both Boston and Buffalo are teams built on defense, I didn't watch the whole game but typically they don't hang their goalies out to dry that often.

I'm not the one who's not happy with the win. I don't expect them to dominate every period and sometimes your goalie has to come up big. I'm very happy with Varly's effort.

I'm not the one who decided to compare his effort to Miller and Rask's and said he wasn't as good as them.

Posted by: joek443 | April 22, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

We hopefully have seen the last of Theo this playoffs. No offense to Theo, but Varly has got to be the guy the rest of the way. Even if he loses tomorrow, I'd stick with the kid.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | April 22, 2010 9:59 AM

You're a disgrace. Seriously?

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 22, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Maybe BB should switch the top two lines to

Ovi-Belanger-Semin
Flash-Backs-Knuble

or

Ovi-Belanger-Flash (he's played RW before)
Semin-Backs-Knuble

Posted by: ablake70 | April 22, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I'm a disgrace because I think Varly is on top of his game right now and deserves to play the rest of the way out? Your a moron. Did you not see his saves last night? We would have been down by three goals after two if not for Varly. If Theo was in last night, I doubt we win that game. He is 0 and 3 in playoff games for the caps. Maybe your the disgrace?

Posted by: capsfansince74 | April 22, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I still wouldnt put it past BB to put Theo in Net Friday.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | April 22, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Joek: You began with goalie comparisons by comparing Varly's performance to Theo's. I simply chose to expand that comparison to two other goaltenders that played the same night. Boston and Buffalo do pride themselves on defense, but, yeah, they completely hung their goaltenders out to dry last night in the 3rd and OT.

I just want to say that I expect our goaltender to steal moments in games if this team plans to go anywhere. Just because Joe B gets distracted from a BS conversation by a save and yells SPECTACULAR, it doesn't necessarily mean it was. Varly did play a great game but it won't end up in highlight reels like some of his saves from last season.

Don't start pointing fingers either because that's when the fun stops on these boards. You know, "I'm not the one who..."

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 22, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I'm a disgrace because I think Varly is on top of his game right now and deserves to play the rest of the way out? Your a moron. Did you not see his saves last night? We would have been down by three goals after two if not for Varly. If Theo was in last night, I doubt we win that game. He is 0 and 3 in playoff games for the caps. Maybe your the disgrace?

Posted by: capsfansince74 | April 22, 2010 10:19 AM

I know the difference between "you're" and "your". 'Nuff said.

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 22, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

The Caps have won the last 3 games by a combined total of 15-9 (I took away the two empty netters or it would be 17). Why in the heck are fans discussing changing lines around. Do we have to average more than 5 goals a game?

A few years back the Caps went into Tampa and won Games 1 and 2 by a margin of 3 goals in each of the games. They came home and Bruce Cassidy changed up the lines for some reason. They lost the next 4. They were close games but they scored 9 goals in games 1 and 2 and total of 6 goals over the next 4 games, all losses.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 22, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

please don't say "Bruce Cassidy" ever again. My eyes just started bleeding.

Posted by: estherwagner | April 22, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't put it past BB to start Theo on Friday either. Whatever he decides to do, CAPS have to remained FOCUSED, show up for all three periods, and finish this on Friday. Do not give the Habs any hope. Sure as heck don't want to go back to Montreal...

Posted by: Section416akatheAlps | April 22, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Fanohock - watch the game highlights on here. The entire 2nd period he made one ridiculous save after another. At 550 on the video he makes a glove save that not many goalies makes. I think we lose last night with Theo back there.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | April 22, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

How did Knuble ever end up in Philly? He seems the opposite of their typical cheap shot artists - smart, thoughtful, patient, takes hits in the crease without complaint? No wonder they let him go.

BTW, someone on the Sports Bog referred to the Habs team and fans as the "Philly of Canada." My opinion has changed 180 degrees on this, and I think that poster may be right.

Posted by: zmega | April 22, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Something I don't understand - why are there so many people on here saying "Semin is a horrible playoff player!" In 25 playoff games, he has 23 points. That is consistent, especially for a player who is on a line that changes almost game-to-game. And before this playoff, he had 22 points in 21 games - how is a 1 point/game average bad? He just needs to be put with better linemates - he has consistently gotten 4-6 shots each game this series.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 22, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

BTW, someone on the Sports Bog referred to the Habs team and fans as the "Philly of Canada." My opinion has changed 180 degrees on this, and I think that poster may be right.
Posted by: zmega | April 22, 2010 10:47 AM |

Maybe not as prone to physical violence, but yeah, they do turn pretty much on any1 including their own Mothers.

I mean I see how they have abused Price & what that has turned him into.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 22, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

After getting totally pumped by an incredible win, I get a bit sick to read these boards to hear how the Caps aren't good in one way or another. Like the "They don't play right" classic, how you can tear down a team that finds so many great ways to win is beyond me.

So what if Montreal has played their hearts out and we've played...

We are a dominant team and we're ahead 3-1. We have taken control of these games when it mattered and taken control of the series.
Posted by: Justafan | April 22, 2010 6:15 AM |

Some DC fans aren't the sharpest tools in the shed. They rather worry about what happens in between than what the ultimate outcome is.

Nitwits like 443 rather get it "right" than win.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 22, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I think Semin is a ridiculous gifted player. When asked about Semin's assist on OV's score, BB said it was a shift change that had those two guys playing together, then he said "Those guys love to play together" - It begs the question: Why are they not playing together? I love Knuble but I think he will be just as effective playing with Laich and Morrison, while Semin and OV with Backstrum would be almost unstoppable. OV will be a much better player with Semin, I have noticed that with Knuble he does not go to the net as much and many of his shots are from the outside. Semin will be more effective playing with those two guys as their play is very similar. Semin is suffering from the constant changes on his line. However, it is ridiculous to say that the guy is not trying. He is among the leaders on shots-on-goals, unfortunately his line is too disorganized.

Posted by: nimes1 | April 22, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"How can anyone possibly blame Green or Schultz for the 1st goal."

I thought Schultz played well last night. I think Green has played better.

"Something I don't understand - why are there so many people on here saying "Semin is a horrible playoff player!"

Even the announcers said as something last night about Semin...he plays well "in space" but that shrinks come playoff time because of the intensity.

Semin is a fine player, but he needs to learn to adjust when the playoffs start, be more "intense" and realize he can't hold the puck as long as he is used to.

Last year I thought his biggest problem was he was somewhat of a pushover. I'm hoping this year he "comes alive" somewhere down the road and then this is all moot.

The Habs play solid defense, very much like the Devils of old because of thier coach. This does not suit Semin's style.

You just don't give up on a 40 goal a year player, but he needs to adjust and he's just not doing it. Not right now anyway.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | April 22, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

By the way, does anybody notice the double and triple team that Semins get? Pay attention at the next game.

Posted by: nimes1 | April 22, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

@timmyv38

I agree. The complaining about Semin is starting to get ridiculous. He has been hustling and creating opportunities but they just aren't going in. He has drawn a few penalties and made did some great back checking in game 3.

@fanhock1

You make a good point. Although I have been unhappy with Flash's performance it is probably not a good idea to mess with lines after the team has played it's best two games in a long while. Hopefully Flash can snap out of the slump.

On Varly, he did make a few spectacular saves in the 2nd period on very good shots. He was better than good that period. But, Miller and Rask were absurd last night, especially in OT. So while Varly was great in the 2nd period his performance was below Miller and Rask solely because how ridiculous each played. (sort of like comparing a guy who gets 3 goals in a game to one who gets 5 in a seperate game. The first guy played amazing but the second was just absurd. However, it doesn't take away from the quality of play of the first guy though)

Posted by: sgm3 | April 22, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

"Anyone know why Spacek was not playing for the Habs last night? I haven't waded through all the articles yet, but it might have been mentioned there"


Illness.

Posted by: MKadyman | April 22, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

You need the stats to win the Conn Smythe. Save % and shutouts are probably the two most important.

Giggy stole it that one year, as he was on the losing team, but had the better stats.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 22, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I agree. The complaining about Semin is starting to get ridiculous.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 22, 2010 11:17 AM

Delete "starting to get" from the above sentence to make it 100% correct.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 22, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Semin seems to be working hard, back-checking well. The shots aren't going in right now, but I think the issue should be effort and playing smart, which seem to be OK. His line just is not clicking. Before long, though, you have to expect that the shots are going in. I have no idea what happened on the extra man penalty.

Posted by: zmega | April 22, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Something I don't understand - why are there so many people on here saying "Semin is a horrible playoff player!" In 25 playoff games, he has 23 points. That is consistent, especially for a player who is on a line that changes almost game-to-game. And before this playoff, he had 22 points in 21 games - how is a 1 point/game average bad? He just needs to be put with better linemates - he has consistently gotten 4-6 shots each game this series.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 22, 2010 10:53 AM

logic and stats aren't appreciated here timmy. Semin is an enigma, must be traded, etc, etc.you know this!

Posted by: richmondphil | April 22, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I think the guy that needs a goal the most is Mike Green. IMO it is his lack of confidence that has hindered him the most so far. He seems to be a little tentative.

If he can get on one of those good rushes where he ends up scoring I think that would do wonders to relax him. Once he gets relaxed he will be play great because he is clearly giving a great effort on every night.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 22, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

RE; Snow Shower on Brian Gionta..I mean that Habs kid...


LOL!

Posted by: richmondphil | April 22, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

sorry, but the suggestion to take Noobs off the top line is just SILLY!!! And Flash should sit. Wasting a lineup spot so far.

Posted by: doughless | April 22, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

also, a couple of posts ago some clown said Matt Bradley wasn't doing anything in this series. where the hell do these clowns come from?

Posted by: doughless | April 22, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Fanohock - watch the game highlights on here. The entire 2nd period he made one ridiculous save after another. At 550 on the video he makes a glove save that not many goalies makes. I think we lose last night with Theo back there.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | April 22, 2010 10:42 AM

How many games would we have won if Green didn't goof up on the ice that lead to goals? How many games would we have won if Flash and Semin scored?

Wishing that Theo isn't playing anymore is ridiculous. What was his record again for the season? And if you knew anything you'd know that he's known for being a second half season performer.

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 22, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

capsfansince74
your post ID must really be a joke.

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 22, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

If you watch the TSN highlights, the Caps make the commentator eat his words when he rants about the Canadiens "caring" about the game more than the Caps. Hamrlik and Moore sure looked like they cared when they were fanning their b@lls while Matt Bradley skated past them behind the net and laid a pass through the crease on Chimera's stick. How's that for caring?

Posted by: Digitalman08 | April 22, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

@doughless

I don't think Bradley has done too much. His forechecking has been average at best. He hasn't made many plays that have led to scoring chances or even good rushes up ice. He has sort of been invisible. I think his linemates, Chimera and Gordon, have done significantly more.

However, I also mentioned that he may be doing things off camera that aren't noticed, such as being positionaly sound.

I don't think he should be benched or anything. Just making an observation.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 22, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

You "saw" it here - Root Boy rises again . . . on the Caps fan board

Posted by: Satchelass | April 22, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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