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Boudreau: 'I'm not ready to go home yet'

Defenseman Jeff Schultz won't play today, so the Caps' lineup will remain the same, Coach Bruce Boudreau just confirmed. Seems like the right decision to me considering they played their best game of the playoffs Thursday in Philadelphia (despite suffering a crushing 4-3 double-OT loss).

If you can't remember the lineup click here.

I'm sure you're aware the Caps are playing for the right to keep going, and that even if they stave of elimination this afternoon, the odds are still stacked against them. In fact, only 20 teams (out of 223) have ever come back to win a best of seven series after trailing 3-1.

The Caps are also 4-19 in elimination games (1-5 in games when down 3-1).

Asked what message he had for his players this morning, Boudreau said: "I'm not ready to go home yet. That's pretty well it. Just think of it as a game. We just have win one game. We had to do it all the way down the stretch, so it's not something foreign to us."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 19, 2008; 11:45 AM ET
 
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go baby!!!!! i got game 7 tickets!

Posted by: capscla | April 19, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Nothing to lose. Go Caps!

Posted by: Leeguru | April 19, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

But if the Caps win today, then the odds that matter (if they matter) are how many teams came back from down 3-2. No reason the Caps if they play like they did last game each of the last 3 games don't come away w/ 3 wins.

Posted by: Alex | April 19, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Play with the same intensity as last game. Have Huet make one or two more clutch saves (or at least, not allow a goal within the first 30 seconds or last 1.5 minutes of the period). Stay out of the box. Crush that little SOB Briere, just once, please! Shoot the puck instead of passing during the PP. And Jurcina -- please don't turn the puck over in your own zone! Do all that and the Caps have a good chance of winning this one. Let's send it back to Wachovia Center and humiliate the Flyers at home to send it to a 7th game back here! Let's go Caps!!

Posted by: Puckdawg69 | April 19, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Win or lose (preferably win) Briere must be incompacitated somehow...please.

Posted by: #37 | April 19, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many teams have won 11 of their last 12 to make the playoffs on the number.

Gotta go. Running late.

Posted by: old time hockey | April 19, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Good luck boys!!!!

Posted by: Brad | April 19, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

There is a huge downside today though. It's having to listen to those idiot announcers on NBC. Let's see if that retard comes up with "50% Flyers fans" again today, or how many times they'll botch the Caps' names. Of course, Richards and Briere will be the main topics, just as I'm sure they'll squeeze in Cindy Criesbaby a few times. After all, they want their bonus from the League for mentioning that name. :)

Posted by: Puckdawg69 | April 19, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

is there anywhere to watch the game on the internet via a stream anyone knows about?

Posted by: chris larry | April 19, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: honed | April 19, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Flyers won 3 in a row. Why can't we, with 2 at home (like them in their run)?

Posted by: mk | April 19, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I liked the quote in Tarik's article this morning --When told that only 20 teams have come back from 3-1 down, defenseman Steve Eminger said, "Why not 21?"

Posted by: uncatim | April 19, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

wow this rulz....(at work, but just have to be on call!) THANKS!

Posted by: chris larry | April 19, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

man; i hate the nbc broadcast; so flyer's biased

Posted by: Anonymous | April 19, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

OFB says not as many flyers fans as expected

Posted by: uncatim | April 19, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Semin is feeling feisty again. today. That's a good sign.

Posted by: tess | April 19, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

to whoever is interested, here's the mediaplayer link of the game:

mms://a352.l2168662744.c21686.n.lm.akamaistream.net/d/352/21686/v0001/reflector:55384

Posted by: mauree | April 19, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

huet lookin' good!

Posted by: honed | April 19, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

mauree, you da man, thanks!

Posted by: fullright | April 19, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

BACKSTROM!!!!!

WHAT A PASS!!!


COOOOOOMMEEEEEEEE OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON


Posted by: mauree | April 19, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

lol

Posted by: honed | April 19, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I love seeing Semin and Backie together. Wow!

Posted by: tess | April 19, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I can't sit down her at home and watch the game. Gotta stand.

Posted by: nadir | April 19, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

ATTACK! ATTACK!! ATTACK!!!

Posted by: uncatim | April 19, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Caps are pounding everything that moves. Love it!!

Posted by: tess | April 19, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

What a first period. Amazing hockey by the Caps.

Posted by: mauree | April 19, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

That was the best 20 min all series

Posted by: honed | April 19, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

The Donald had a hell of a period. Hammering every one along the boards.

Agreed...best 20 minutes so far.

Posted by: nadir | April 19, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Looks like our boys are learning to play playoff hockey, and it looks like they're having fun doing it.

I know we're stuck with the announcers, but can't NBC train/hire cameramen who have some idea how to do hockey?

We need to get a three goal lead.

Posted by: Hook | April 19, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Keep fightin Caps!!!!!!!

Posted by: chris larry | April 19, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

The one thing that the Caps haven't capitalized is the PP after getting a goal on a 5-on-3 PP. They seem to shut down and play sloppy. That is where they need to really turn the screws.

Posted by: nadir | April 19, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

update from Tarik

Posted by: uncatim | April 19, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Great first period. Too bad they fouled Ovie or it would have been 2-0.

On Backstrom, on Kozlof, on Green and Ovechkin!
On Semin, on Gordon, on Fehr and Morrisonn!
To the top of the crease,
Plant Briere to the wall!
Score forwards, score D-men, score for us all!

Go Caps!
Go Caps!!
Go Caps!!!
Go Caps!!!!

Posted by: Joe B | April 19, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin blowing up some flyer into the bench is priceless, he's like a video game. My only concern is you know the Flyers going into game wanted to wait out the first period storm. To only be down 1 is almost a small victory for them. The Caps need that same intensity for the next 40 minutes to win this game.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 19, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

After an extremely shaky 1st two minutes, during which Huet saved our bacon with at least 3 OUTSTANDING SAVES, the boys played their best hockey of the year. I mean reg. season AND playoffs. We're talking extreme intensity here. We're talking aggresive, take - no - prisoners hockey. Aw, MAN!! If we can sustain this mind set, the Flyers will have won their last game two nights ago. KEEP IT UP, GUYS!! LET'S GO CAPS!!

Posted by: Puckguru | April 19, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I've been an Eric Fehr fan since the first time I saw him at Piney Orchard. I believe he's a potential 30 - 40 goal scorer each year. However, there's one thing about him I absolutely detest. And, that is his blattant REFUSAL to stand up for himself, and BE A MAN!! Whenever the pushs and shoves begin, or whenever a few punches are thrown, there is Eric, covering up and shying away. He does it every time. As I said in an earlier post, I'll never forget the way he allowed an opponent to REPEATEDLY POUND HIS FACE INTO THE ICE in the final series which catapulted Hershey to winning the Calder Cup. His cowardice was repulsive and disgusting. And, it still is. Grow up, Eric. BE A MAN!!

Posted by: Puckguru | April 19, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

omg Brash is finally playing hockey
lets get 1 more caps

Posted by: wendel | April 19, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

@PUCKGURU
U R WAY OUT OF LINE GURU
GO TO KETLER AND SAY THAT TO HIS FACE
U BACKSTABBING GUTLESS JERK

Posted by: wendel | April 19, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

MATT COOKE FLOATING AGAIN COSTS US A GOAL SIT THAT DOG

Posted by: WENDEL | April 19, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Now the only interesting stats for comparison:

How many teams have come back from 3-2 with 2 games left?

How many times have the Caps won back-to-back games?

This team has cut its teeth on coming back. This is nothing new.

Posted by: ryptide | April 19, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

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