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Open thread: Capitals vs. Bruins

By Lindsay Applebaum

The Washington Capitals (8-4-0) look to finally steal one tonight from goalie Tim Thomas and Boston Bruins (7-2-0), who dominated the teams' first two meetings. Chat about the game in the comments below, or join the conversation on Twitter with beat writer Katie Carrera (@kcarrera). See your tweets here by using #caps.

Faceoff: Verizon Center, 7 p.m.; TV: CSN; Radio: 820, 1500 AM.


By Lindsay Applebaum  | November 5, 2010; 6:55 PM ET
Categories:  Boston Bruins  
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Comments

Let's face it, so far this season Tim Thomas and the Boston Bruins have OWNED US!!!

...payback is overdue, a loss tonight would mean mental hell in the playoffs, we only have one more game against them after this in the regular season.

Montreal looked decent against us in the reg. season last year and hurt us bad in the playoffs.

...can we afford to have Boston in our heads this season?

I'm prolly puttin' too much stock in this game huh?

yeah...smh

GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

WTF. So far this year who has Thomas NOT owned

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

@Hamma

I hear you, but we are supposed to be THE offensive JUGGERNAUT!!!

NO
TEAM (or goalie)
CAN
OWN
US!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

god bless Neuvirth

...and his posts and crossbar.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Umm the team defense is better with SOMEONE in the middle

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Ok, thats it, shoot the puck aiming at the spots where he has the least padding.

Lets get the backup in!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

5 on 3 need one here

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Last year we SUCKED 5 on 3

I hope that changes.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

@wtf. We suck again.

Looks like it is just the two of us tonight.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Hendy seemed to get upset about something?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

No problem Hamma!

@hiFive

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Only three shots against in the first that is a good number.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

WTF was wrong with Ovie on that last shift?

His line was racing down the ice looking for the "headman" pass, and he circles back...

...turnover...

CHANCES FOR THEM!!!!

...merciful whistle!

WTF!?!


nice effort overall in the period
Thomas is IN THE ZONE!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

@wtf_e_fehr. It looked to me like that hit the shift before got him right in the head. Maybe he is a little woozy. Hopefully not a concussion.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I miss the in-game chats. this twitter stuff is no fun.

Posted by: sargeantmofo | November 5, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

The hockey gods have blessed us!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

SLOAN!!!!?????? or Knuble

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Sloan from Flash?

You can't tell thats not Divine Intervention.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Mike Green

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

We have now scored more goals on Thomas then the rest of the league combined.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

F'ING TESTUDO!!!!!!!!!!!

2-0 suits me just fine!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Semin shorty!!!

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

This is a beautiful thing thus far.

BEAUTIFUL!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

WHAT THE HECK had gotten into Jeff Halpern!?!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

We now have as many short handed goals this year as we did last year.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

I have a new idea for the game Sunday. For the start of the first period have the scoreboard say it is the second.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

the motion has been properly moved and seconded...

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

We really need a shut-down third period. Don't give them anything.

Posted by: zmega | November 5, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Those were largely 2 periods of championship-caliber hockey.

Ovechkin still needs to improve his backchecking effort and defensive awareness. He got away with a couple of his typically casual backchecks where he doesn't get inside positioning.

The Caps need to prove that they can play this kind of hockey consistently. They need to be the team that makes less mistakes instead of always playing loose and wide open waiting for other teams to make the mistakes.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 5, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

We chased Thomas!

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Have to stay out of the box guys

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe this is happening again. They are just incapable of playing with a lead.

Posted by: zmega | November 5, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Looks like they didn't listen to tmac

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I just threw up on your floor.

...just look at your floor right now!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Bad penalties will do this to you.

Chimera's was particularly bad.

Still, good test to see if they can get back to what they were doing most of this game.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 5, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Thomas?

Posted by: instinct227 | November 5, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

wtf is pissing me off.

get the shot on goal

w
t
f
?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

@instinct227 he gave up 3 goals and the B's needed a spark.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

This sux.

Posted by: zmega | November 5, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Three goal given up again in the 3rd. Come-on Caps!!!!

Posted by: instinct227 | November 5, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

lol... back to the drawing board.

We were ahead and giving up odd-man rushes all period.

Still, a lot to build on from those first 2 periods, win or lose this game.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 5, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't think i have ever seen the Caps tossed from the faceoff circle as much as they have been tonight. Is there something they are consistently doing to cause it?

Posted by: ebolean1 | November 5, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Neuvy got caught cheating there. Also I forgot to add along with having the 1st say 2 on the board we do the same thing in the 3rd. BTW did anyone else think the trip on Semin started that play and the two guys hitting each other only made things worse. It seems the refs have put away their whistles after letting Boston back into the game.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I WAS WATCHING THE WIZ, THINKING THAT WE HAD THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

@ Ice
Thanks.

Both goalies pulled after 3 goals lol.

Posted by: instinct227 | November 5, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

@tmac The third goal is the only odd man rush I remember this period. While I agree they have not played well this period Neuvy looked like a rookie in the third. The second goal was not tipped and it didn't look like he was screened either and it was from the point and while the 3rd goal was a 2 on 1 he cheated way too far to the pass and got beat.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Okay, got the lead back...

Critical to see if they got the message. Watch the next few shifts to see if they play smart defensively.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 5, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Captain America!

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

CAPS Hero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: instinct227 | November 5, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

WTF - indeed!!!

Posted by: ebolean1 | November 5, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

icehammter97

There were multiple odd-man rushes before that goal in this period, not even counting the Bruins' PPs.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 5, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

specifically, 3-on-2s...

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 5, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Semin has been one of the caps best players recently, but BB puts him back on the second line. What is he thinking??? Now we will have 2 lines not scoring.

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | November 5, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

that outta do it!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

eventually we hit the empty net

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Escaped this one after some dumb hockey in the 3rd.

But, 2 brilliant periods to start this game. Build off that.

Backstrom was probably happy Ovechkin shot on that earlier 2-on-1 with the way his shot has been off recently.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 5, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Glad Holtby came in and got his first win

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

and by OUTTA, I MEAN OUTTA HEREEEEEEEEE!

GO CAPS!

WAY TO HANDLE BIDNESSSSSS!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | November 5, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

But yea... Neuvirth seems fatigued or something... made some uncharacteristic plays recently. It may be mental fatigue as much as anything else. Understandable I guess.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 5, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

And tonight was a shining example of why Semin could be our best PKer.

And the goal wasn't even the main reason.

His anticipation, athleticism and stick skills are second to none among our forwards.

Backstrom has the anticipation and stick skills but he's not as long or as athletic and doesn't use as long of a stick.

The risk with Semin is that he takes a bad penalty and we go down 2 men or that he tries to do too much.

When he's focused and making the right decisions, his natural abilities shine through as a defensive player.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 5, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I still think Halpern would've been a good signing.

He would've come cheap, he was available, he's a veteran and he gives you a little bit of everything. He's a better player than Belanger. I know we didn't sign Belanger, just sayin...

If I were McPhee, I would've signed him and gotten rid of Steckel or Gordon. I like Gordon over Steckel despite the back issues.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 5, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

So I guess they can't just give us an easy game to watch...they have to go make it stressful.

I think that was the best two periods we have played all season! The third...well yeah...not sure benching Nuevy was the right call as Holtbys legs were probably really cold by then, and that is quite a pressure situation!

They did everything right against Thomas...bugged him, put pressure on the Bruins, blocked shots in their zone!

The refs let a couple go in the third...and one seemed to lead to a goal...at least it looked like (i didn't get a great look) Semin was taken down and then our two players collided leading to the break away...but I might be wrong on that one.

BB...let give him some credit today guys...he had them playing the right way, adjusted the lines...If he fixes this new...we can't hold a lead thing we'll be set!

Posted by: capscoach | November 5, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh...and Nuevy looked a little devestated...the guy shouldn't be too hard on himself.

Posted by: capscoach | November 5, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Short of a legit 2C, we could've let Halpern and Johansson rotate between 2C and 3C and used Gordon/Hendricks as the 4C.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 5, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Still very impressed with those first 2 periods. Structure, discipline, defensive awareness by the forwards, good forechecking, keeping things outside in the d-zone, better gap control in the neutral zone, etc...

If the Caps can play that way more consistently, I'll be optimistic about our chances.

Ovechkin seems to be thinking a little more about defense but it's still too inconsistent. The day he becomes consistently smart defensively and demands it from his teammates is the day this team goes to another level. He's still too much of a risk/reward player. Minimize the risk, even if it means sacrificing a small amount of offense. His sense of defensive transition is lacking and it's particular frustrating to see when we are winning games.

Posted by: tmac2yao | November 5, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Off topic but just watched the highlights in the Habs/Sabres game and Tyler Myers got undressed at least two times in the highlights. Is he hurt or is this just another Calder winning having his game go to #)$% after winning it? Given the trend maybe we don't want Neuvy winning it.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow Chara was -4 tonight.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Larry Murphy said it was a great 50 minutes of hockey for the Caps. To be honest I didn't think they played well for much of the third at all. Yes they scored a goal plus the EN goal but even after they got the lead back the rest of the period seemed to be in the Caps zone.

Posted by: icehammer97 | November 5, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I agree that overall the Caps played a solid 50 minutes...lets not forget that Boston is a pretty awesome team! When Bruins start playing right it is a hard fought battle even when we also play right.

Posted by: capscoach | November 5, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

POSTGAME THOUGHTS:

OKKKKKK Caps we get it - you can stop letting these third period leads slip away. Funny joke hahah har har. First this team had trouble with starts - now they get good starts and now have trouble with the finish - sort of.

All kidding aside - a solid effort for the most part with the exception of that early 3rd period.

Neuvy will rebound. I'm only on him for that second goal. He looked like he had plenty of time to square up with Horton - it just got through. Nice job by Boudreau and gutsy to put Holtby in there. Kid held his own.

Kudos to the team for settling down and getting back to not only attacking but staying out of the middle on that trapping team. They did that so well for the first two periods and in the third they got cute a bit trying to beat it.

You live and learn but a nice win for this team and thank you Captain America with your blast from the point.

Bruins - bye. Bring on the Flyers. It's been a two point night.

ICE BREAKERS GOAL SHAKERS

Posted by: Jonathan6 | November 5, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Jeebus, what did I miss?

Something crazy, from y'all's comments (and the game recap).

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 5, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

It was a real glass half full/empty game. Beating the Bruins was great, scoring 5 was great, Semin is playing great. But they came out really flat for the 3rd, took some quick penalties as a result, and could well have lost the game. I don't think SC winners can play so loose when they get a lead, much less against a good team. SC winners strangle an opponent with their defense when they get a multiple goal lead, forcing them to take chances and then taking advantage. I think this is a problem that BB has to address.

Posted by: zmega | November 5, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

tmac: I don't have the stats to prove, but my guess is Semin has never committed a penalty while Caps were shorthanded.

In addition, don't have stats, but I'll bet in his career, while Semin playing shorthanded, the Caps have more goals scored than allowed. I think I saw stats from last year no opposition PP goals while Semin playing.

As much credit as I gave Neuvy for our wins early on, this makes two straight games where he fell apart in the 3rd. You just have to give him a game off. Look, there's one guy named Brodeur who can play 70+ games. Every other goalie (maybe except Miller) needs the break. Let Holtby play vs Flyers since we might also need him to fight.

OK, real blame tonight is I had red wine and radishes through 1st and 2nd and the dinner was ready start of 3rd. 4 lamb chops to go with rock the red wine (Kendall Jackson zinfandel). Each lamb chop I eat, Boston scores. After it's 3-3, I leave the last lamb chop on the plate and leave the table and sit back down in family room sofa (next to the nook table where I was eating) and start eating chocolate with the wine and Caps score.

It was 7 bunches of radishes for $1 if you can believe it at Vallerta Market. Plus 4/lbs limes for $1. OK, so I have 6 bunches of radishes left for Sunday and future home games and you can bet that's the end of lamb chops.

Plus, most important, a lesson I've learned, NEVER I REPEAT NEVER eat carrots (orange) while Caps are playing Flyers. I learned that the hard way in '08 playoffs.

4 lbs limes for $1. Imagine how many margaritas I can make with that plus tequila is pretty cheap here in socal. As they say, you gotta play the cards that's dealt. Wine is pretty reasonable too and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale so that means I can belly up to the card table all night long.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 5, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

zmega: Well, truly, we've lamented all summer, that we lack a #2C and a #1D.

So, you are up 3-0 entering the third. Is this the time to throw out the Ovi line? Not really. A line with Flash? No. With Semin? He plays great D shorthanded but ES he is too concerned with offense (like the whole team). The 4th line you can put out but they are limited skill wise. 3rd line? Well, we have a 3rd line, bit it isn't REALLY a 3rd line.

My point, long-winded, is we don't have a shutdown center to lead a shutdown line. We also have very capable defensemen like Green and Schultz who are good - but young. And they aren't overly physical.

OK, let's play a new game show, "NAME THAT LINE-UP!"

Moderator: "You are the coach of the Washington Capitals. It's game 7 of the SCF and you are on the road, leading 3-2, in the 3rd period, five minutes remaining, facing a defensive zone draw, even strength, coming out of a commercial, all players pretty much rested, and you expect the opposition coach will put out his best players. Which five Caps do you send out?"

Ha! That's a tough one!

In tomorrow's episode, an easier task, you are President of the United States and you must pick your cabinet. (Hint on this one - select Rachel Maddow and YOU LOSE!!!).

Anyway, this game was funny, was like Caps-Wild last week, only the Bruins were the Caps and we were the Wild.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 5, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from the game. A few notes..

It's really cool to see Semin play live. You appreciate his and Backstrom's puck handling when you're sitting there watching them. Shout out to Section 118.

The crowd was pretty displeased with the refs. A lot of changes at face-offs, too. We couldn't figure out why on some of them.

Also, Holtby had me nervous. I guess he was nervous, too. According to the dreaded Twitter thread after Boudreau told him that he was going in, he said "Pardon?" He looked like he was nervous until the team was in front of the net.

Had a great time. Going back on Sunday. Missed you guys on CI, though.

Posted by: nicety251 | November 5, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

While Semin is usually a good PK'er, I have seen him get an occasional short handed penalty. A Delay of Game once and a goal tender interference vs the Blackhawks last year. (He had a breakaway but couldn't break in time and crashed into the goalie.)

Anyway, his shortie tonight was entertaining! And glad he's doing well.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 5, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

I think Flash is deserving of some praise now. He is improving at faceoffs(see goal #1), is driving to the net more, and playing better defense. I especially like how Flash plays when he is paired with Laich and Knuble. It is like he knows he has to play a different style of game and he has done it well.

On the faceoff thing, it took Crosby and Backstrom three years to become good at it. Flash is improving, but he needs time just like all the other players.

IMO, Flash played very well the past three games with Knuble and Laich. They generated a good forecheck, often turned momentum with a good shift, and played a good all around game. If only Laich and Knuble can start learning how to finish, I really have liked how that line plays.

In addition, I think the Fehr, BGordon, Chimera line was great again(excluding the incredibly stupid penalty on Chimera which was just stupid).

People want to criticize the defense for the 3rd period, but the 1st two goals were PP goals(with the 1st penalty being completely stupid). While the 3rd goal happened when two Caps ran into each other(that happens sometimes). The Caps held the Bruins to 18 shots, the least amount they have had all season.

Yes, there are problems to fix, but the overall play has been encouraging, IMO.

The one play I really hated was when it was tied 3-3 and Green and Schultz had the puck and were looking to make a clear and a rush up the ice, but they kept on turning back when it wasn't wide open and that lead to a turnover and about a minute of zone time for the Bruins which luckily did not lead to a goal.

Green has to learn to make the simple play sometimes and just dump it out of the zone if no pass is available. He is getting better at making the right decisions but he still needs to improve more. I believe he will.

Posted by: sgm3 | November 6, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Tom, you have expressed very well the cause of the uneasiness I am feeling. I just don't see the ability to shut a team down at a key time, to keep them continually chasing the puck in their own end. Personnel is clearly an issue, maybe coaching/system too.

Posted by: zmega | November 6, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

One last point for tonight, which, for most of you, is the first point for today, but not for me, because, for me, tonight is still today, whereas for the bulk of you, today is tomorrow, except that, from your point of view, it's just simply this morning.

And now, to my point:

With limes being so cheap, we are in prime margarita season. OK, any day is a good day, but it's always better when you have fresh ingredients ON SALE (kinda like when the other team cuts guys due to cap and you sign em cheap). Anyway, I have el Jimador and Camarena (think that's the name) and am wondering what the tequila experts have to say. I like em both maybe the Jim a little spicier and the Cam a little sweeter. Also put Sauza Commemorativo into the taste taste and it came up a little harsh.

Here's a good one:

one shot elJimador or Camarena; three shots Paul Newman virgin lemonade; one lime squeezed; one splash Cheri's prickly pear cactus syrup. Pour it all over ice stirred, not shaken. Drink and make another.

BTW, if anyone hasn't had Cheri's prickly pear cactus syrup, go to the website and order. You don't need to drink (alcohol) to buy this. No, I don't own stock. This is a mom-n-pop place in Tucson and the product is fantastic. You can use the syrup as sweetener in all kinds of apps and you can look up prickly pear cactus syrup as very healthy. God knows I'm 53 in 19 days (18 for most of you) and still alive! Also they sell jelly that makes fantastic sauce for shrimp cocktail that we got and learned about product at restaurant (fantastic place) at Mesa Verde National Park.

Sorry to have rambled off topic I always tell them at work if I talk to much throw a stapler at me to shut me up.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 6, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Good analysis of the game!

The Caps ended up letting Boston getting back in the game because they had trouble killing the penalties in 3rd period. They ha nearly killed the first one and let the goal in near the end. And as for the second one, a pretty quick shot.

I have noticed the third line is getting a lot of shots, having plenty of energy but having trouble "finishing". (Of course, that's been the third line this year.) The second line seemed to have the same problem (but at least they were the ice when Sloan scored.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 6, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

sgm: One point, perhaps to contradict your post a bit (NO!!! HE DIDN'T CONTRADICT ME??!! NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!), but, from where I watched - from sofa first and second and nook table early third and sofa again last 10 mins - the Caps played decidely different at the start of the third.

For first two periods, grerat clearing indirect and forcing Boston to make turnovers. (Am I making this up or did others see it?). Then third period to start we were like the person who looks around and asks, "How the he!! did I get here?" and then turns and runs before I get caught.

In the words of Joe Biden, there was a "FUN-DA-MEN-TAL" difference between Caps end of second and Caps start of third. Like, quit making indirect clears and start trying stretch passes (which is opposite to how to play when you have the lead and should be conservative).

We need a vet leader we can put out when everyone gets nervous. Scott Stevens would be great but I'll settle for a reasonable facsimile.

Hats off to Gordo - Caps are 7-0 with him in the lineup. Bet anyone a dollar he plays vs Flyers. OK, I'll bet anyone $10K.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 6, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

this is from the game recap
"It was Sloan's fourth goal in 75 career games and first since Nov. 6, 2009."

i'll be watching him closely the first week of november next year.
with a little patience and some more ice time (around 25m a game) - i think he could get 20.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 6, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

this should prove that semin is a beast - ovi with 0 hits and semin with 2

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 6, 2010 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Caps Fan 75: I'll take your word (that Semin has taken a penalty while playing shorthanded), but I would have bet he hasn't. Clearing the puck? Goaltender interference playing Hawks last 3/13 when ovi got kicked out? I'm going to cehck the boxscore on that one.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nhl/boxscore?gameId=300314004

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE MEMORY! CF75 has correctly recalled where Semin got a 2-min minor for goalie int and it was when Caps were short for 5 due to Ovi infamous hit on Brian Campbell!

I was in the Valencia, CA Best Western as we were doing househunting in prep to move and game came on 9:30 am Sunday morning. Perhaps I didn't remember as it happened like 10 am for me and I usually haven't started drinking by then. Had I been drinking, I would have remembered due to that association thing. That wa a weird day went to breakfast came back to hotel first thing I saw turning on game was Ovi getting kicked out. Caps were lucky to catch up favorable officiating in 3rd.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 6, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

So Semin commits one penalty (in how many years? games? )while playing in the penalty killing unit and he is a liability? Give me a freaking break. He led the Caps in short-hand goals last year, has + rating, and it is probably the best player this team has had in a long time. The problem with Semin is not his play but the coach reluctance to provide him with a set of steady line-mates, he has been playing with the biggest handicap you can give this type of player - lack of cohesiveness in his line - he is quick, smart, and he needs line-mates that can keep up with his play. As for his penalties, I would say that most of them come because of his aggressive play and not because of stupidity - I can live with that.
BTW. I think Green is learning some of his move from Semin. On Semin’s goal, did anyone appreciate the quick return pass from Green? That is something that only one other player does consistently on this team, and his name is Semin.

Posted by: hock1 | November 6, 2010 2:53 AM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1: it wasn't the lamb chops. I was wide awake for the first two periods and coaching the Caps via my brain waves. Worked great, but then I sort of fell asleep at the beginning of the third period. I realized what happened and finally got a message through to Carlson.

On your "Name That Line-up" game, are we using only current Caps?

Posted by: dccitizen1 | November 6, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

I liked period one except for the ineffective 5 on 3. The second I loved. The Caps bought into a defensive system that will work well in the playoffs. I hated the third: stretch passes and OV floating again. At what point does the coach punish his captain for not playing his system? Or did BB give OV and Backis the green light to try run and gun again? One way or another BB needs to improve his coaching. I hope Holtby starts the next game because Neuvy looked devastated on the bench. The kid takes loses too much to heart. And the third goal was on Alzner. He should cover the pass or take the puck away from the shooter. But love tapping the shooter and not in position to stop a pass leaves a goalie hanging. Hopefully, BB can give Neuvy a pep talk and the Caps can learn from how well periods 1+2 went versus P3 when the B's lived in Cap's zone for the most part.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | November 6, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Oh, Can we please go back to the old open thread or just dump the open thread altogether? It seems quite a few people do not want to use a twitter account, including me.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | November 6, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

And the Caps seem a much better team overall with Bradley, Gordon, and Green in the line up. The first two are good forecheckers and play responsibly in their defensive zone. Green is a play-maker and moves the puck out of the zone better than most all other blueliners. I look forward to Poti being back in the line-up, too.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | November 6, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

@hock1

I agree that a lot of the Semin penalties I've seen are ones of aggressiveness, when he's trying to get the puck, etc. I can live with getting penalties if they're because of trying. (He probably took more "stupid" penalties when he was young and immature.)

I vote for leaving him on PK.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 6, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

dccitizen: Current Caps.

JIM: I don't blame Alzner. It was essentially a 2 on none as he was behind the play. That was bad luck and good play by Boston I thought.

btw, I have only ever had good things to say about Gordon. It's arguable whether he's better to keep than Steckel, but he's a better value 800K vs 1.1.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 6, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

"Moderator: "You are the coach of the Washington Capitals. It's game 7 of the SCF and you are on the road, leading 3-2, in the 3rd period, five minutes remaining, facing a defensive zone draw, even strength, coming out of a commercial, all players pretty much rested, and you expect the opposition coach will put out his best players. Which five Caps do you send out?"

Poti/Green
Ovi/Backstrom/Semin

Is that too simplistic?

Posted by: dccitizen1 | November 6, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

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