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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Backstrom participates in drills

By Gene Wang

The Washington Capitals practiced at Verizon Center this morning following their team photo session, and the most conspicuous player on the ice was center Nicklas Backstrom.

Wearing a no-contact orange jersey the morning after missing last night's 5-0 win against Edmonton with a broken thumb, Backstrom participated in some drills but watched a good portion of practice from the bench.

Backstrom is listed as day-to-day.

Defenseman Mike Green, who has been dealing with head trauma, skated during the first part of practice but departed after approximately half an hour. The all-star soon after came back to the bench to watch practice.

Ailing goalie Semyon Varlamov skated briefly before practice but did not take part in drills with the rest of the team.

By Gene Wang  | March 10, 2011; 12:30 PM ET
 
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Comments

"If you cause a player to be injured, then you have to be responsible for the play...if there is any carelessness or recklessness involved."
-Colin Campbell on Ovi after the Brian Campbell hit.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | March 10, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

@Richmond..

Exactly!


I actually wish the ref would have kept Chara in the game...he would have gotten his payback...

Then this would all be swept under the rug.

The game should police the game. If the league doesn't do their part, the legal system gets involved, then we have a mess.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I want to be clear, that if you put this hit in a vacuum, I'd say what was issued on the ice, 5-minutes and a game, was the right call. However, given what Campbell had to say about Ovechkin and some other suspensions last year, it is painstakingly clear that in this situation the league has chosen to ignore it's own set precedents and look consistently inconsistent in its' rulings once again. The NHL's credibility is all but a sliver of old hockey tape now.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | March 10, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

SoaringCaps - BUT... every game might end up like the recent Pens/Isles game.

Posted by: gonchpup | March 10, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

The players can generally do a better job of policing themselves, things just got a bit out of control in that game. Some of this responsibility falls on the coaches as well.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | March 10, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

"Wearing a no-contact orange jersey the morning after missing last night's 5-0 win against Edmonton with a broken thumb, Backstrom participated in some drills but watched a good portion of practice from the bench."

Just like those soft Euros...only playing in 313 straight games. Everyone knows a real man would have played at least 314 straight.

Then to top it all off, it sounds like he is being lazy at practice and using the ole "I broke my thumb and got it rebroke 2 weeks later" excuse to not get hit and not do all the drills. Trade him asap while he still has minimal trade value.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | March 10, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Let em heal - we have already made the playoffs essentially...no need to rush these guys back.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 10, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Gene, if you're watching the blog, does it look like Green has a plan and goes off at a predetermined time? For example, it was reported that he left about 30 minutes into the practice. Did he leave because he wasn't feeling well, or did he leave because the medical staff said let's skate for 30 minutes, get off, and assess how you feel before you head home for the day? Inquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Big guys like Chara and Ovi shouldn't be forced to hold back because they are bigger and stronger than most. It's an advantage they have that has helped them get to the NHL. Telling them to hold back is like telling a fast skater to slow down so Schultz can catch him.

The league needs to me consistent with discipline. If a hit is dangerous, it should be penalized whether it's Ovi, Chara or MSL delivering it.

Posted by: ablake70

Yet that is exactly what the league did to Ovi, but has done nothing about it for Chara. Ovi was nailed all last year for his suspensions, and it undoubtedly altered his game. Chara has no incentive to change his decision-making on that play in the future, and even moreso, he isn't forced to alter his game at all, which I love. The same type of game that Ovi was forced to alter.

The NHL is a joke.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | March 10, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil2

I hate to pull out my tinfoil hat, but I believe the league has it in for Ovi.

Posted by: ablake70 | March 10, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I was going to give Chara the benefit of hte doubt -until I saw the photo of his arm/hand up around Paciorety's(sp) head.

That's uncalled for. Plus, there was another Bruins defenseman in front of him and the puck was nowhere near them.

I hope Chara gets his, but I'm not volunterring for that job.

Posted by: jwash4472 | March 10, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

phil,
I totally agree. The NHL is not consistent with its calls... but my biggest issue is them punishing the result instead of the act (which this is not the case here). The act was punished by the refs... in Ovi's instance, he was punished by the result... the act was only going to get him 2 minutes.
So, I am just looking for consistency in the NHL - treat eveything the same. I have seen a lot of hits that were worse than Ovi's on Campbell, but no calls were made - Hossa last year only got a 5 min major, then came back to win the game for Chicago. It doesn't matter who the player is, just be consistent.

Posted by: _828 | March 10, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil2

I hate to pull out my tinfoil hat, but I believe the league has it in for Ovi.

Posted by: ablake70 | March 10, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

If you go to NHL.com right now the first thing you see is OVIE. The league loves Ovie. Maybe too much. However, I will agree that it also has a vested interest in any play that Ovie is involved in. IMO The league is tougher on him to avoid an appearance of favoritism. They also want him to stop hitting as much and score more highlight reel goals. Sadly the hitting often leads to those goals...

Posted by: allCAPS | March 10, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil - well played on Chara! Agreed. The Air Canada play might get the NHL to take notice: to have one guy make these decisions is absurd.

@icehammer - (from two earlier threads) Maybe 3 pts for a win would be good. Agreed that length of time shouldn't matter. I'm thinking we could just abolish the shootout: the 3 pts would be motivation enough. I'd keep the 4-on-4 OT.


Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 10, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

@SoaringCaps

So just who on the Canadiens (or for that matter in the NHL) can strike fear into the heart of Chara?

Seriously, I want to know because I can't think of anybody in the NHL who is bigger AND stronger than Chara.

Posted by: CapsNut | March 10, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

phil,
I totally agree. The NHL is not consistent with its calls... but my biggest issue is them punishing the result instead of the act (which this is not the case here). The act was punished by the refs... in Ovi's instance, he was punished by the result... the act was only going to get him 2 minutes.
So, I am just looking for consistency in the NHL - treat eveything the same. I have seen a lot of hits that were worse than Ovi's on Campbell, but no calls were made - Hossa last year only got a 5 min major, then came back to win the game for Chicago. It doesn't matter who the player is, just be consistent.


Posted by: _828 | March 10, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I might be reading this wrong but it seems like you are saying that Ovi was suspended because of the outcome but not during the game. Against both Gleason and Campbell Ovi got a 5-minute major and a game misconduct, as well as the suspension.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=357385

Bettman trying to justify head shots - laughable.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 10, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Last night's score made it painfully clear that the reason behind the lack of offense this year has been Backstrom. He comes out of the lineup, Caps score 5. Yeah, that must be the answer. What else could it be? Keep Backstrom out the rest of the year and the Cup is ours!

Posted by: pebowers | March 10, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

fanohock1

Ovi got a 5-minute major and a game misconduct after Campbell had been on the ice for a while. Originally, he was only going to get 2 minutes. But because Campbell was hurt, they bumped up his "sentance" (punishing the result and not the action). After the game, because Campbell was hurt, they gave him a suspension.
However, with this Chara hit, they are doing none of that.

Posted by: _828 | March 10, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

pebowers,
Don't get ahead of yourself there. The Caps just played the worst team in the NHL on it's (Oilers) second tough game in 2 nights, 3000+ miles away from home.

Posted by: _828 | March 10, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

more random thoughts regarding Chara

A good play by the league, imho, would've been 7-10 game suspension with a statement that they didn't think Chara intended to injure but that he still bears responsibility. If he meant no harm, then it's basically his tough luck - after all, it's also Paccioretta's bad luck also. People will take note and be more responsible and they already use that logic with stick fouls. And Campbell's statement with Ovechkin does apply.

The problem is if NHL gives him a 10 game suspension and states that it WAS intentional, how do they justify ever allowing him to return at all? If it was intentional (and I think it's possible) then it's borderline homicidal.

BTW, I saw Dale Hunter do something very similar to Joe Neuwendyk long time back, but at a slower speed. (Still, JN was pretty badly shaken up and missed a few games if I remember correctly.)

There was no ambiguity about the intention because DH actually grabbed JN's head and guided the side of his head into the edge of the glass thing. Pretty brutal and pretty much a permanent black mark for me on DH. (Sorry fans of his...) He might be a good guy/"warrior" and all that but that was not a moment he could be proud of at all.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 10, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Ha, funny thing - I was looking for a youTube clip of the Hunter play and instead found this post on a Hockey forum (someone remembers the play and has some pretty hard feelings about it);

http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=888414

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 10, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

pebowers - I hope you are kidding. I believ the five goals were against EDM. Might be bigger reason.

Posted by: ballgame21 | March 10, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Happier random thoughts (away from that brutal stuff):

@icehammer - I like the idea of Fehr up there on top line. I'm guessing that Knuble means a lot to the team in the locker room and I guess that does matter.

I'd like to see us rotate players and keep things fresh. I'd have

Ovie Backs Fehr
Ovie Majo Sturm
Ovie Backs Knuble
Ovie Backs Sturm

Laich Arnott Semin
Knuble Arnott Semin
Semin Arnott Fehr

Chim Majo Sturm
Chim Majo Fehr
Chim Laich Fehr
Chim Laich Knuble

Also, no reason not to platoon some guys. We'd be insane to play Sturm in every game, for instance, why blow his wheels?
Maybe rotate Fehr/Laich/Knuble/Sturm in and out. Also, give Backs and Majo both some nights off as well.


Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 10, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

@ Yogi: The tribe will speak and call Backs and Majo useless and lazy if they so much as take a few minutes to catch their breath. =P

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 10, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

@LeftCoast

Well Backs is a proven slacker: kid barely gets into the league and he's already taking time off just because he's got a broken bone or two.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 10, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see us rotate players and keep things fresh. I'd have

Ovie Backs Fehr
Ovie Majo Sturm
Ovie Backs Knuble
Ovie Backs Sturm

Laich Arnott Semin
Knuble Arnott Semin
Semin Arnott Fehr

Chim Majo Sturm
Chim Majo Fehr
Chim Laich Fehr
Chim Laich Knuble


Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 10, 2011 2:40 PM

Sounds like the normal line pairings that Boudreau uses say by the end of the 1st period in most games.

Yogi, btw, if you could somehow get Chimera out of the rotation (he can squeeze the cheese on Sloan's nachos) most of us would be happier.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 10, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

If Ovi was disciplined because he is one of the key figures in the NHL, how do you explain how Crosby escaped discipline for his incredibly reckless and brutal hit of his face on Steckel's shoulder in the WC?

Posted by: Justafan | March 10, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal - I'll see what I can do on Chimera. If Chimmy's a right hander, will have to put him on Sloan's left in the pressbox. At the game, the video shots of him (when they score goals or whatnot) make him look like one of those comic book villains. Perhaps if he had a cape or a mask...

I'm guessing BB has a line-juggling app on his iPad. Would like to get one for myself. Good thing the new one has a gyroscope built in.

I like Backs and he's earned his spot - no doubt about it - but it sure was fun watching Majo out there with Ovie last night.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 10, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

@Justafan - re: Crosby's cowardly hit

No doubt - just like Green's unspeakable attack on Stepan's shoulder with his jaw! I think Stecks was just to stoic - didn't hold his shoulder or complain and the league took no action against Crosby.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 10, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer - Jack Blatherwick [in the US hockey Hall of Fame, Herb Brooks' legendary strength and conditioning coach for U of MINN and the 80 Olympic squad] would dispute some of the advice you were given last thread, however well-intentioned it may have been.

This short article cuts to the chase of Blatherwick's contention [that unfortunately, many of our coaches are giving misguided advice]: http://www.dphockey.com/articles/articlejack17.htm

Key graf: "Distance work might even be counterproductive for an athlete whose sport requires speed and explosiveness. The neuromuscular patterns (habits) of quick feet are trainable, but so are the habits of slowness.

"Middle age folks have taken up in-line roller skating as an aerobic activity. However, young hockey players should never do this type of training over long distances. Instead, in-line training should be done with the same interval guidelines as ice skating. Keep the work intervals short enough to avoid fatigue and the rest intervals long enough to allow recovery. Otherwise, without rest, after 30 or 40 seconds, the muscles are too fatigued to skate with good technique, and you are practicing slow feet, inadequate knee bend, poor extension, and excessive use of the arms and shoulders."

Posted by: Timbo_1 | March 10, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Yogi: Actually what Boudreau has is a slot machine device in his office. He pulls the handle and it cycles and whatever three players it says is how he puts together a line.

That's why he liked having Perreault because if it ever came up "Three Alexes," he could put Ovi, MP and Semin.

Three Alexes btw (all with smiling gap-tooth) also wins you the jackpot.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 10, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

@SoaringCaps

So just who on the Canadiens (or for that matter in the NHL) can strike fear into the heart of Chara?

Seriously, I want to know because I can't think of anybody in the NHL who is bigger AND stronger than Chara.

Posted by: CapsNut | March 10, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse
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Great point, capsnut, nobody on the Canadiens would've responded to Chara directly. But around the league, the only players I can think of who MIGHT give Chara cause for concern are Jon Scott, Boogaard, and Steve MacIntyre....all behemoths in their own right.

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 10, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

To clarify on my esoteric discussion of Jack Blatherwick [as of last year he still consulted with the Caps] I am most defiantly [and definitely] NOT using Chimera as an example of hockey quickness; kind of the opposite, actually. Just like football no longer tests the 100 yd. dash [and IIRC linemen get tested in the ten], mere end-to-end speed, while pretty, doesn't matter all that much, relative to other hockey attributes. OTOH, hockey quickness, or burst, explosive starts, whatever you want to call it - Zach Parise, Carlson, Ovie, Semin, MSL, Green, [Orlov too, from what I saw at Kettler] - these are absolutely essential in today's game, IMHO - especially once the pace of play heats up, ie., the playoffs and international play.

Some lucky souls have both - Green, Ovie, Malkin, Stamkos, MaJo, Feds in his prime [and Kuzzy, from the looks of it] but this isn't essential - hockey quickness is. I.e., Plekanec over Scott Gomez, despite Gomez winning end-to-end. Or, Backstrom - he's much quicker than he looks, but he'd never win a race against Chimera, end-to-end - but who cares.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | March 10, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

So just who on the Canadiens (or for that matter in the NHL) can strike fear into the heart of Chara?
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I saw Chara try to run Ovie through the end boards when the B's played here a few years ago - I swear you could hear the hit [not just the boards, the impact from the actual hit] - 20 rows up. Ovie actually knocked Chara back a little, but the whole thing was like watching a damn train wreck. All I could think was, thank the Lord I was not on the receiving end of that!

Posted by: Timbo_1 | March 10, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

4 paragraphs. 1544 characters remaining. No profanity or personal attacks contained therein.

Why is my post being "held for approval?"

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 10, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Why is my post being "held for approval?"

Posted by: Rhino40

Probably because you picked the wrong team ;-)
Definitely Flyers over the Leafs. No one wants Toronto to make the playoffs.

Posted by: ablake70 | March 10, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Chara hit:

I saw it once. Reaction: There is going to be a heated debate about this, but only Chara knows for sure. Not sure what the NHL is going to do.

A criminal investigation!? Give me a break. Whacking Brashear over the head yeah I can see that, this no.

One poster said he knew exactly where he was on the ice at all times. I recalled a couple of personal similar situations. I knew the turnbuckle was coming up soon and disengaged. So, I didn't know exactly where it was, fairly close, but not exact. So, there you go two players saying different things.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 10, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm already sick of Chara

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 10, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

One poster said he knew exactly where he was on the ice at all times. I recalled a couple of personal similar situations. I knew the turnbuckle was coming up soon and disengaged. So, I didn't know exactly where it was, fairly close, but not exact. So, there you go two players saying different things.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 10, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Is it a not a two way street?

In the Montreal game doesn't Pacioretty have a responsibility to also know the danger of not backing off in that situation. (and he was skating forward) He kept coming and Chara closed the angle until it was gone.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 10, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

"So just who on the Canadiens (or for that matter in the NHL) can strike fear into the heart of Chara?
Seriously, I want to know because I can't think of anybody in the NHL who is bigger AND stronger than Chara."
Posted by: CapsNut | March 10, 2011 1:50 PM

What scares a defenseman more than anything else? I doubt it is bigness or strongness. I think they are most scared of being beaten. So, I think Ovi can "strike fear" into Chara. So can Stamkos, Crysby, and a dozen other guys.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | March 10, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Is it a not a two way street?

In the Montreal game doesn't Pacioretty have a responsibility to also know the danger of not backing off in that situation. (and he was skating forward) He kept coming and Chara closed the angle until it was gone.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 10, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I'll have to look at it again to see if he had the opportunity. If Pacioretty had his head down or was looking at his pass he might not have seen it coming. Once engaged it can be surprisingly hard to keep your wits about you and do a hockey stop. Your first thought is to maintain balance.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 10, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

@ CapsNut

Was Gill not available, because that would have been pay per view worthy. Andre the Giant vs Hulk Hogan vintage 1983.

Posted by: nfb987 | March 10, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Just checked, Gill was out. So we'll have to wait until March 24th for the throw down.

Posted by: nfb987 | March 10, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it wouldn't be so great ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFrX-dLQ_pQ

Posted by: nfb987 | March 10, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: fwg214 | March 10, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

@SEMIN...

That's funny...but soft Euros CAN play 313 games in a row because most of them (not including Ovechkin) are PERIMETER players...


And who on the Canadiens would take a run at Chara...anyone on the team....

I am no where near his height or weight, but I would make it a mission to get one on him...and trust me, I could make him feel it....


TO ALL...

Policing the game within the game is what kept it honest. In the older days when there were no helmets, there were fewer head injuries...because if you did that or got your stick up, you were going to pay.

Remember Talbot and Cooke started the Isles/Pens fighting, and the Isles took care of business AND beat the tar out of them on the scoreboard!

And the Isles are 7-4-2 since they started standing up for each other, and take the 2 Caps wins out...they have a great run going!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Here are tonight's Rooting Instructions (Thursday March 10):

BUF (72 points) @ BOS (84 points): 8th seed BUF can help solidify the Caps' hold on 2nd seed with a win tonight. Go Sabres.
PHI (88) @ TOR (68): TOR can keep the Caps within 2 points of top spot in the East by knocking off PHI. Go Leafs Go.
OTT (55) @ FLA (63): Easy choice. Go Sens.
MTL (81) @ STL (69): I do not like Green Eggs and Habs. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am. No Habs No...Go Blues.
MIN (77) @ NSH (76) : MIN has more points, but I still want Theo to win and Barry Trotz still creeps me out. Go WIld.
CGY (81) @ PHO (79): Rules # and #4 are in conflict, but the Flames could use a reward after knocking off the Stars in the shootout last night. Go Flames.
VAN (93) @ SJS (84): Unlikely that VAN--though riddled with injuries--will be caught in the race for the Northwest Division lead...let alone President's Trophy. Go Canucks.


If the current status quo holds through the end of the regular season, Caps face NYR.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 10, 2011 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe people are complaining about the league not suspending/fining Chara for his hit on Pacioretty...funny, if not embarassing. Face it folks, the injury, and not the act or play, is what's driving the conversation.

I guess when someone trips another who falls awkwardly into the boards and sustains serious injury, people here will complain about that to. I'm surprised we haven't already seen mandatory changes to blades following the Malarchuk and Zednik mishaps.

Chara handled the situation with dignity and class, and he's THE MAN! Those complaining about him or the league would probably find more enjoyment in the college ranks or the leagues in Sweden.
posted by vermontcaps.

Chara with class? The **** did NOT even apologize at the first opportunity and now is muttering the lolexcuse that HE DIDN'T even KNOW that he was hitting Pacioretty.

He also BLAMED Pacioretty for "jumping" into it when HE was the one using his arm to FORCE Pacioretty into the stanchion. Besides, it was INTERFERENCE. The puck was long gone.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | March 10, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey Caps fans, I've decided to shut up for the rest of the season. So you won't be seeing me here anymore until then. I know most of you probably don't care, but whatever.

Peace, and good luck.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | March 8, 2011 11:11 PM
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Well, you made it almost two days. :)

Posted by: wocoliz | March 10, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

My two cents regarding Chara and the Pacioretty hit:

1) Regardless of whether he intended to smash Pacioretty into the turnbuckle, Chara did deliberately put his hand/arm up to Pacioretty's head and pushed outwards towards the boards/glass. To me, that is at least intent to put the guys head into the glass and therefore intent to injure, and therefore also reasonable grounds for a suspension. Had Chara kept his arm down and just used his shoulder to rub out Pacioretty into the wall, probably the injury does not even happen.

2. The NHL has said that it does take severity of the resulting injury into account when assigning punishment. Case in point, Ovechkin's suspendable boarding offense on Campbell. Had Campbell not broken his collar bone, Ovechkin probably doesn't even get a penalty on the play, much less a suspension.

Posted by: piratusus | March 10, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

It's quite a debate but I think I would have to suspend Chara for a couple games at least. He throws the hit on Pacioretty knowing exactly where he is on the ice and he knows the glass is there. Obviously it's not a vicious hit but you have to think a guy that's played in so many NHL games should know better than to throw that hit. Maybe he mistimed it by a split second and what turned out to be a savage injury could have been nothing. BUT it's a stupid hit in probably the worst area of the ice to hit somebody that's streaking down the boards. I'd do a 2-4 game suspension personally.

Posted by: TimeForACup | March 10, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Well, you made it almost two days. :)

Posted by: wocoliz | March 10, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse
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Nice catch, wocoliz! Some people bring the best in others out....I just seem to bring others out.

And by the way, slurpeesarecool, Chara's playing pretty well tonite

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 10, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

@seminallover

Come on ! Backy plays a patsy - cake style of hockey that is OK if you're that talented and a #1 center. But this guy supposedly idolizes Peter Forsberg. I sure wish he played like that guy. We might even have beaten the Habs. I like Backy, but his stats in games 5,6,and 7 for the past three years are not "Forsberg like".

Backy's softness has got to be counteracted with some real bad asses on the wings, or we are not going to hoist the big ugly !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | March 10, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Fehr scores from the slot !!!!!!!!!!

Could Arnott and Hendricks be infecting the entire team with the "play off hockey bug" ??????

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | March 10, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

@piratusus

My own observation was that the officials were going to give Ovi a 2 minute penalty but when they saw that Campbell was hurt, gave him the 5 minute major and the game misconduct. And so there was a suspension due to being a "repeat" offender. I actually feel the other two hits (on Kaleta and on Gleeson) where he had earned the 5 minute majors were a little "iffy" as to whether they were worth 5 minute majors. I had assumed they'd be the normal 2 minute variety but...

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 10, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40

Ted doesn't like CI. He's putting major heat on the Post to clean up the site. And Lord knows your takes need to be "cleaned up"

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | March 10, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40

Ted doesn't like CI. He's putting major heat on the Post to clean up the site. And Lord knows your takes need to be "cleaned up"

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | March 10, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Just checked, Gill was out. So we'll have to wait until March 24th for the throw down.

Posted by: nfb987 | March 10, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

You've got to know, nfb987, Gill would never confront Chara, not even if Hell froze over. A pay per view event...huh?

The Habs, if he's healthy, will bring up Alex Henry for the game (remember him?) if they want to target Chara specifically . White looked good in his call-up fight vs. Boychuk, and with Moen and even Subban....it'll be a good game for sure!!

Go Bruins, kick Habs a@@!! And on that note, McQuaid just beat the tar out of Gaustad....Boston hockey at it's best!!

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 10, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Backy's softness has got to be counteracted with some real bad asses on the wings, or we are not going to hoist the big ugly !
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I bet you miss work if you get a paper cut.

Posted by: joek443 | March 10, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching the Bruins game, the bastards just took the lead. Anyhow vermont, your homer broadcasters are a joke. Chara cross-checked Leopold at the goal line and sent him head first into the boards and they questioned the penalty. That boarding call coming right after the WWE move should result in a suspension since it is showing a reckless trend.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Here they go, complaining again because the Bruins just earned their 2nd 5-3 PK situation. Marchant took the Sabre down by tripping him with his feet. Sorry, not a check, it's a trip.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, there you go Sabres.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2011 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom crawled out of his grave in time to make it to practice.

Posted by: Doom_and_Gloom | March 10, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the Bruins broadcasters definitely have their homer glasses on. McCormick didn't cross-check Chara, Chara elbowed him in the face when he tried to finish his check on Chara as he got rid of the puck. Obviously the "guys in the truck" didn't see it the way the homer broadcasters did because the replay was never shown. You can bet that if there was something to show Chara getting wronged they would have shown a replay. I guess the Bruins TV team is going to act as if the Bruins are now the victim in the Montreal incident because they are complaining about every call against their team.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Is it a not a two way street?

In the Montreal game doesn't Pacioretty have a responsibility to also know the danger of not backing off in that situation. (and he was skating forward) He kept coming and Chara closed the angle until it was gone.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 10, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

To a certain degree you have a point. Pacioretty put himself in a vulnerable situation by going to the outside. Anything can happen when you're approaching the turnbuckle. He could have just as easily gotten his skates tangled with Chara with similar results. However, there was no reason to suspect any contact by Chara. The puck had long gone, any impedence by Chara results in an interference penalty. On the other side I suspect most people would have been okay with it just being a penalty had Chara not gotten in that little shove at the end. It really raises suspicions. He was looking straight ahead (at the linesman?) at the time. Anyhow, I'm right back where I started only Chara knows for sure.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 10, 2011 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Sabres just beat the Bruins 4-3 in OT.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2011 9:46 PM | Report abuse

@Hunterforcoach:

I have no idea what your talking about, saying that "[my] take needs cleaning up...".

FTR, I disagree about this "The Caps Are Entering A Dark Forest Of Doom and Despair" crap. Yes, PHI and BOS are where they are for a reason, nothing should be taken for granted, and a lot of hard work is ahead of our boys if they are to "hoist". But it's Philly, düüüde, not Mordor. So chill the f out.

I also completely disagree with you about Bäckis...simply because I am right and you are wrong. Just because he isn't destroying every opposing player that comes within range does not make a Nicklas Backstrom "soft".

Quite the contrary. Dishing out hits at the right time is far more useful than just hitting for its own sake. Nick is smart, defensively responsible, sees the ice well, and is plenty strong enough when it comes to hanging on to the puck along the boards. He just hadn't been catching many breaks when it came to scoring until just before he went out hurt.

And if you were actually paying attention (instead of constantly baying at the moon for the heads of BB, GMGM, and every player whom you dislike), you would know this.

In the final analysis: Forsberg was then. Bäckis is now, and from where I (not to mention the Caps Organization and most of the NHL) sit, this is not necessarily a bad thing. Only time will tell.

Bottom line: Being an abusive blowhard that seldom misses an opportunity to bad-mouth the Caps and insult everyone who disagrees, doesn't make you a hockey expert.

If Ted actually were exercising the level of pressure on CI that you claim (which I seriously doubt), then it would be your posts--not mine--that would be suppressed.

You've been SERVED.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 10, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Final thought on the whole Chara thing. Watch this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjb9Xy2UnWc

That hit had no suspension, no fine, no penality on the actual play. Now what is the big difference between that hit and the Chara one? No one said a thing during that hit. No one said Jack Johnson was a dirty player who knew what he was doing.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 10, 2011 10:41 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock

The Bruins have, by far, the worst broadcasters in the game. Brickly lacks personality, and Edwards is a moron. I often mute the volume when watching.

Conversely, Joe B. is smooth, and Locker is, well, colorful. I think the Caps tandem is one of the best, if not best, in the league. My only complaint with the telecasts is I wish they'd show the national anthem.

@icehammer

About 2 weeks ago, Lucic rubbed-out Tyrell in TB. Granted, he had the puck (which why no interference) but the play and result (minus injury) was virtually the same. Chara had nothing to do w/Pacioretty being in that place at that time, and he would've made the same play had Pac tried to get around him anywhere else on the ice.

Chara isn't going to change his ways as a result of the whole thing, but I sure bet Pacioretty will take the inside route when trying to get around Chara near that partition next time around (or else give-up on the play entirely).

Hockey how its always been played in the NHL....

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 10, 2011 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey Caps fans, I've decided to shut up for the rest of the season. So you won't be seeing me here anymore until then. I know most of you probably don't care, but whatever.

Peace, and good luck.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | March 8, 2011 11:11 PM
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Well, you made it almost two days. :)

Posted by: wocoliz | March 10, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm not going to let some goonery-lover get away with the "Chara did not nothing wrong" line. But no more generic trolling from me.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | March 10, 2011 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Chara isn't going to change his ways as a result of the whole thing, but I sure bet Pacioretty will take the inside route when trying to get around Chara near that partition next time around (or else give-up on the play entirely).

vermontgoon

Watch the WHOLE sequence, especially when Pacioretty was in his own zone. Pacioretty initially was leaning to forward to clear the puck from the zone. He was somewhat off balance and his momentum carried him to the outside. It's NOT that easy to then slide to a halt and then turn to the inside.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | March 10, 2011 11:37 PM | Report abuse

vermontcaps goon. Giving up on that play means letting the opposing team keep possession in the zone and thus risk giving up a goal. ANY defensive responsible forward would NOT allow that.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | March 10, 2011 11:40 PM | Report abuse

BTW, if Chara wanted to mop up any business with Pacioretty, he most certainly could have engaged him in a FAIR FIGHT at any time. I would not have a big issue with him dropping the gloves. Pacioretty was not too smart in giving that shove.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | March 10, 2011 11:45 PM | Report abuse

BTW, if Chara wanted to mop up any business with Pacioretty, he most certainly could have engaged him in a FAIR FIGHT at any time. I would not have a big issue with him dropping the gloves....

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | March 10, 2011 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, you just proved to me that you know virtually nothing about the fighting culture of the NHL. Chara drop the mitts with Pacioretty? That's ridiculously funny

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 10, 2011 11:49 PM | Report abuse

@slurpee

Additionally, ANYONE who thinks Chara could've/should've engaged Pacioretty in a "FAIR FIGHT" has no business posting here, as you've clearly got no understanding of the NHL. Feel free to not renege on your promise to stay away.

Goodnight and good riddance

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 10, 2011 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, you just proved to me that you know virtually nothing about the fighting culture of the NHL. Chara drop the mitts with Pacioretty? That's ridiculously funny
Posted by: vermontcaps | March 10, 2011 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I don't know much outside of a forum poster illustrating some things about "The Code" in the past. But if Chara wanted some "moral victory" it seems like a possible course of action.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | March 11, 2011 12:02 AM | Report abuse

@slurpee

Additionally, ANYONE who thinks Chara could've/should've engaged Pacioretty in a "FAIR FIGHT" has no business posting here, as you've clearly got no understanding of the NHL. Feel free to not renege on your promise to stay away.

Goodnight and good riddance
vermontgoon
You can voice all the personal hate you have against me. I'm guilty as charged for drawing the ire of people here.
Your "win" only applies to me not knowing about the fighting culture. Fine, you beat down that premise, but not the other ones. You know more with regards to fighting and such, hence I won't counter IN THAT REGARD. But you're little "Pacioretty could have went to the inside" is unbelievable...

These screens shows that when Pacioretty played the puck, BOTH he and Chara were well to the outside of the neutral zone faceoff dot. The reason he was there in the first place WAS TO PLAY THE PUCK. There was no "choice" like you make it seem. It was either play the puck or let Chara keep it in the zone.
http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/5972/pacioretty4.png
http://img859.imageshack.us/i/pacioretty1.png/
http://img854.imageshack.us/img854/5509/pacioretty2.png
You tell me how he was supposed to "let up" while on skates trying to win a footrace for the puck that was located initially far to the outside in the first place.

Chara initiates contact here:
http://img826.imageshack.us/img826/6210/pacioretty3.png
Pacioretty traveled about the width of two Bruins players into the stanchion.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | March 11, 2011 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Let's be honest, GMGM has completely stacked this roster. 3 good goalies? Man, that's a luxury to keep them fresh.

Personally, the more I see of Braden Holtby, I think I'd like to see Neuvy as #1 and Holtby as #2. It's early, tho.

My sleeper pick to get hot is MoJo90. His speed is dangerous and he is very creative with the puck.

Count me as a Perreault hater. He gets knocked off the puck bc he's pint-sized, and is a step late on D.

How far this team goes depends on coaching, and the team's toughness down the stretch.

Posted by: XCountryTrevor | March 11, 2011 1:05 AM | Report abuse

XCT: A Matty P hater? Isn't that a little over the top? Getting knocked off of the puck isn't due to lack of effort, he's just a small man. He is quick, and has great hands. It's been mentioned many times that playing wing might be the answer to him solidifying his place in the NHL, if not with the Caps surely somewhere else. Again, he has the skill, speed, and desire but his size is killing his ability to play an NHL schedule as a center.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2011 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Man, every game Tampa has played this week, the Caps, Hawks, and now Senators are all the 2nd day of a back to back for the visiting team and after a day off for the Lightning. Yeah, the Caps played the Oilers the night they played the Flyers but that game was the 3rd in 3 nights for the Caps. Hopefully Craig Anderson can go again tonight and shut down the Lightning. He is making Colorado look foolish for trading him. Even when the trade went down it didn't make much sense. Anderson's svt pct was right at 90% when the trade went down, not great, but acceptable at the NHL level. Now he has Ottawa winning games they have no business winning. Meanwhile, I don't think Ellis has won a game yet with Colorado.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2011 7:15 AM | Report abuse

If OV put that hit on Pacioretty, would he have gotten suspended? I think he would have. I think Chara should probably have been suspended, if nothing else to make an example for people to be more aware of their surroundings and hits on ice. Just my opinion. I'm all for fighting and hitting but you can't be a careless idiot about it.

Posted by: Doom_and_Gloom | March 11, 2011 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Well D and G Chara was penalized last night for boarding. He cross-checked Montador (I thought it was Leopold last night) in the back, at the goal line and it caused him to go face first into the boards. It only resulted in a 2 minute minor, and I don't believe Montador was injured beyond limping for a short time on the way to the bench. However, now he is showing a trend of being reckless. There have been suspensions when a minor wasn't even called, Kubina got three games yesterday, so the league should be looking at this hit from yesterdays game and considering action. Of course the Bruins broadcasters tried to say that the referees were just getting back at the Bruins. It sounded like a bunch of parents watching their kids play last night.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2011 8:13 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: PhilR | March 11, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse

@fanohock1

Yes, definitely over the top. I don't actually hate the guy. But in my mind, he was clearly the weak link as C. A move to wing would be good for him...but the transition from C to W would probably take some time.

And Perreault's D is honestly awful. On so many goals I've looked at, he's a step late and they get a pass/shot off. Bottomline, he's a liability as this team transitions effectively to a D-minded team.

Posted by: XCountryTrevor | March 11, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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