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Boudreau: 'It's Capable of Being Done'

Only two Caps went on the ice this morning (in warmups, no pads): Brooks Laich and Donald Brashear, whose six-game suspension ended yesterday. But it doesn't sound like Boudreau is in a hurry to put Brashear back in the lineup with the Caps facing elimination tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.

"It would be pretty tough at this point," Boudreau said.

Update: Thanks to the reader who pointed out that Brashear posted this update to his Twitter account: "just arrive in Pittsburg for game tomorrow. Suspension is over, hoping to b in the line up for the game"

Some other notes from Boudreau's media session:

Been There Before
Under Boudreau, the Caps have faced elimination seven times (when including Game 7s). They are 5-1 in those games.

"It is capable of being done," Boudreau said this morning. "In the two overtime losses, we put the puck in our own net. In the one regulation loss, it's easy to say that was [goalie Simeon Varlamov's] only bad game of the playoffs. So we're right there."

"You can count chances and count shots," he said. "They may have outshot us and that. But we know by now that tomorrow's game will be determined in the third period or in overtime. That was our best game of our series for sure, but it's not as good as we can play. We haven't reached the pinnacle. We can go better. I know the character of this group."

Boudreau on Poti
Tom Poti has been involved in a couple of difficult situations the past two years in the playoffs -- he was in the box for the overtime goal in Game 7 against Philly and, of course, accidentally steered the puck into the net in overtime last night. But Boudreau said Poti's been around long enough to not allow that to affect him tomorrow.

"That's not something that's going to affect him," Boudreau said. "It's not his first year. He's won games for us single-handedly. So I have no problem with Tom's [state]."

Boudreau's Combo Philosophy
Boudreau went back to the Alex Ovechkin-Nicklas Backstrom-Viktor Kozlov combo in Game 5 and the trio responded with a solid performance. But it's unclear if Boudreau will use the line tomorrow at Mellon Arena, where Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma will have the last change and thus a better chance of getting the matchup he wants.

"You can load everybody up, but it's not hard on the road to cover one line," Boudreau said. "It's an awful lot harder at home when we've got the last change and it's easier to load up and put them against who you want."

Got the Wrong Man
I mentioned this last night, but it came up in a conversation this morning I had with Boudreau. The refs, in Boudreau's opinion, nabbed the wrong player for the tripping penalty in overtime. And that, he said, could have had an effect on the winning goal.

"It's the quirk of things, how things happen," Boudreau said. "It was a definitely a Fedorov trip, not a Jurcina trip. And if Jurcina is on the ice and not in the box, then we don't have Fedorov on defense. [Malkin] probably doesn't go by Jurcina."

"It was a bad call," he added. "The ref has to pick up the right guy. Juice didn't touch him. He tried, but he didn't."

I'll check in again from the morning skate tomorrow morning.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 10, 2009; 1:03 PM ET
 
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Comments

Can someone give me a couple examples of goals we've scored off the opposing D man?

I can think of three that have gone off ours, but I'm sure there's more than that

I also think it's easier to remember our losses due to this problem and not our wins.

Posted by: Osfan092589 | May 10, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

just a small town girl....

Posted by: woodsidej1 | May 10, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

It's been a year long problem to have a bunch of goals go in off our own D men. Varly isn't alone in this Theo had to deal with it a lot as well. I thought Varly played pretty well last night, no real fault of his on any of the goals. He'll be fine.

Ovie is now leading the league in playoff points (17, goals (10), and +/- (+8)...he's also 3rd in hits. He can lead this team, but we need everyone to step up tomorrow night. I know Pitt won here last night but you can bet they want to end it at home and now have to come back here for a Game 7 that Crosby's Pens have never experienced yet.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | May 10, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

OK, BB make me a believer, not crazy about no practice, but you are an awesome coach. And please, someone help out OV and Backstrom to win a game on offense. Secondary scoring would really help the Caps come back.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | May 10, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Hope BB puts brash in the line up the team plays with more confidence with him in there

Posted by: t-bone67 | May 10, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

@ Osfan092589

Not a defensmen, but Semin's goal that hit the Ranger's Callahan in the stick and shoulder before getting by Lundqvist.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | May 10, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

This team has everything it needs to win except one thing... A Voodoo Priest to remove the hex on this franchise. Cut the head off a live chicken or something, but we have to get the hex off us. This year it's goals off our D men, twenty years ago it was four overtime games we lose. We are the Chicago Cubs of hockey.

Posted by: SeattleRob | May 10, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

we're a long way from the cubs

Posted by: woodsidej1 | May 10, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I remember before he got injured Semin was on a ridiculous scoring pace with Malkin. He was doing everything.

WHERE IS THAT SEMIN???

ALso I am convinced that Green is hurt, he doesnt have that jump in his stride.

Posted by: mikejc80 | May 10, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

@ JIMALLCAPS

Sometimes the rest is more important then the practice time. They just played back to back games, and with travel and O.T.
I agree that the rest is more benificial.

I did not think Feds should have been on the "D" after we tied the game. Was someone hurt?


Posted by: Capsfannmiss | May 10, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

2 questions on D-men:

1. Why was Fedorov on D while killing the penalty? I can see putting him back there when you are trying to tie the game, but even with Jurcina in the box, they still had Erskine, Poti (on the ice), Pothier, Green and Morrisonn, no?

2. What's up with Alzner? He was sent down, but I didn't see his name on the Bears box score. Hurt? Got lost on the way? No money for the tolls?

Posted by: perspective6 | May 10, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

(paraphrase) -- they nabbed the wrong guy, it could have had an impact on the game winning goal being scored... wa-wa-wa -- the head coach is competing with the media and fans for most whining in a playoff series.

GO PENS

Posted by: bellamay08 | May 10, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

bellamay,
funny how we forget about bylsma and cookes whining after games 1 and 2 and orpick after game 4. you know what, it works in this league, which is sad. if you are going to call a penalty, which it was, call it on the right guy at least.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 10, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

What I witnessed after the game ... a few, yes, only a few .. drunk Caps "fans" yelling gross profanities at happy Pens fans ... these slobs can not recognize a good hockey game. I am no saint but you all should be sent home. Crosby is great player .. get over it. You are lucky to be able to afford a ticket. It's sports ... get a life.

Posted by: hockeypuck777 | May 10, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Osfan092589: The ones that I remember are

-two goals scored by us (Kozlov was one of them) on Varly in the Sabres game that was eventually won in OT by the Sabres.

-the OT "winner" by the Bruins off Morrisonn's skate

Probably a lot more that I just can't remember. The two most recent ones are the most painful.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Osfan092589: Oops, read your question incorrectly, in that case, I can't remember any, really. I can only remember the goals we've scored for the other team. I can't remember anyone scoring for us, the only time I remember was last year against Tampa Bay, it deflected off a Lightning stick and went in, other than that I can't remember any. It sucks.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I heard people talking about the possible offside on Malkin/Poti's goal, can anyone clear that up? I can't bear to watch the video of it.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Considering Green and Semin have been no-shows and we lost 2 OT games due to our own sticks, we're actually in a good spot to be able to steal one in Pitt and bring it home for game 7. I still like our chances.

Posted by: visionof75 | May 10, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

can't point to one of gabby's days off that was followed immediately by a rebound.

usually it was 1)bad game, 2) day off, 3)flop, 4) targetted practice, 5) rebound.

Posted by: am_jim | May 10, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

jesus, I hate pens fans. I really really do.

Posted by: oo7 | May 10, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

@perspective6 - Alzner was hurt last night; I don't have any detail other than that, but I'll try and find it.

Posted by: irockthered | May 10, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

A message from Brash:

donbrashear87: just arrive in Pittsburg for game tomorrow. Suspension is over, hoping to b in the line up for the game

I wish he could've go there and destroy some Pens, Orpik in particular, but, yeah, it would be hard for him to jump in after a long break. On the other hand he wouldn't be worse than Beagle, would he?

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 10, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

five games and the difference in scoring is two goals up for the Pens. If you say those are the two OT goals then you can see just how close this series has been. One more tomorrow night in Mellon and then back home to the finale. See everyone there....

Posted by: saintex | May 10, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

"On the other hand he wouldn't be worse than Beagle, would he?"

Have you even been watching this series?

Posted by: spacecadetkid | May 10, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Many have asked why Feds was on the ice during the PK. Boudrean clearly said in the post game interview that it was simply because they were 1 defensman short (Jurcina in the box) and the D that jumped off short shifted because he was tired. Feds had just gotten back on.

Fact is though folks if the whistle is blown on the interference call is made the Pens don't score on the rush. As painful as it is I just watch Gordon get dumped again on the DVR. He would have EASILY been the first one to the puck that Steckel shot wide, but when he turns to go to the puck off the boards he is greeted by a Pen that sends him to the ice. Kunitz then grabs the puck uncontested, takes some strides the neutral zone (because Gordon is now behind him and Steckel is on the other side of the rink) and passes the puck to Malkin. We all know the rest.

All we are asking for as Caps fans is for the calls to go both ways. I am not for one second claiming that Federov, not Jurcina, Federov tripped Malkin, because he did. Just make the right call on the Pens. I believe it was their WBS call-up (43) that interfered too. Why? Because he was a minor leager that couldn't read the play. Gordo did, but then was interfered with by the player that had no idea what to do.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 10, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I was at the game and I'm as heartbroken as anyone, by I'm sorry, fanohock, I can see easily why they made the call on [Fedorov]/Jurcina but not on the interference on the other end.

Malkin was headed straight for goal and was completely tripped on the play. In OT, when the refs should be stingy with the calls, they could not possibly let that one go.

The interference on the other end? yes it's interference but but it's OT in the playoffs and not a call that's usually made in those cirumstances. Coulda been, but not mandatory like the trip.

Posted by: Sonyask | May 10, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, and last night a Red Wings fan (Hockeytown) I think, came on here and punked SC87 by reminding him that the Red Wings won the SC last year 4-2. It was just nice to see SC87 be at a lack of words for a response.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 10, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

And who's ragging on Beagle? From where I sat last night he looked great. A nice surprise.

Posted by: Sonyask | May 10, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Sonyask: I was there too, for the 38th time this year, win or lost, and EVERY penalty in OT should be called if it results in giving or taking away a reasable scoring chance. The interference on Gordon gave the Pens the entire left side of the ice. It has to be called.

On the other hand I am extremely happy that the Capitals have said nothing about it.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 10, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

@fano

I disagree about the Gordon thing. That's not an OT playoff penalty in my book especially in last night's game when they only had 4 minor penalties total. It would not have been consistent with the way the rest of the game was officiated. It might be a penalty in another game, maybe. We had a chance to end that PP with no issues but blew it, they got a lucky deflection and it was enough for them. The officiating was exactly how I'd want it last night. It was our own play that cost us the game, not the refs.

We aren't done, win tomorrow night and it's a one game series at home in VC. I like our chances.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | May 10, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

fanohock, I didn't reply to the Wings fan because I didn't care. I'm not a Pens fan, I'm just cheering for them right now because they have the two best players in the world.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

lol Donald Brashear spells as good as he plays hockey.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

@spacecadetkid

Oh no, did I miss Beagle's hat-trick?

But seriously, I didn't mean that Beagle plays bad, he is ok. Brash can go and bring physical play, lay some good hits, and Caps need it. They've been outhit in these series. I don't expect Brash to score, and nobody expects Beagle to score either.

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 10, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

fanohock, I didn't reply to the Wings fan because I didn't care. I'm not a Pens fan, I'm just cheering for them right now because they have the two best players in the world.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 5:06 PM

Stop drinking the pens kool aid. The BEST player in the word is leading the playoffs in points and goals. No coincidence his assists are about even with his goals.

Crysby and Malkin were kept in check last night. And if you are going to be such a dingdong to suggest that Malkin "scored" the game winner, then that just cements your ignorance.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

@SC87

Which fan are you, grammar nazi?

Watch out your spelling now 'cause you have a keyboard. Brash is using sell phone, big difference.

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 10, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

cell phone

See, I have a keyboard too. :-)

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 10, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Crysby isn't even in the running for the Hart. So by those standards, he's not even the 3rd best player in the league. Ovy, Malkin, Datsyuk and THEN Crysby. If he's lucky.
LMAO

I might have believed that you were rooting for the Pen(i)s because Crysby is a whiny canadian, but now I know you are a Pen(i)s fan because you are a Malkin sniffer as well. I don't get your hatred fro the Caps, considering you are a senaturds "fan". Maybe it's just jealousy over the FACT that the Caps have the most dominant player in the game.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

lol Donald Brashear spells as good as he plays hockey.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 5:09 PM

Run along, Pen(i)s troll.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey SC87, its Twitter, people write in shorthand form on there because there's a limit on the amount you can write in a post. And seriously, constantly inundating a board for a series where you have no rooting interest with asinine comments is a lot more pathetic then having poor grammar.

Posted by: nhcaps | May 10, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I've been a little too depressed to spend time here, so I don't know how much attention's been paid to it...

But throwing stuff on the ice is completely classless. I know folks think it's justified because of the penalties, but fans always see penalties through their own home-colored lenses. It's idiodic

Posted by: Sonyask | May 10, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

SC87: lol, you're a Sens fan. Shouldn't you be on a Senators blog discussing your offseason that started long ago?

Maybe the next time you'll come is when the Sens are actually good again. That may be a while.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

nhcaps: you're exactly right. The Pens are not even his first team and he's on a blog bragging like a 12 year old.

SC87: You're not even a real fan of the Caps or Pens yet you're on here. Hmmm, let's see, would I be hanging around a Hurricanes blog if the Caps weren't in the playoffs putting up useless comments? No, cause I actually have a life.

If you're gonna be an opposing fan of the Caps, then could you at least put up something intelligent?

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Please understand; the guy's a troll. Trolls put things on message boards to bother other people. They don't do so to be intelligent. The idiot is obviously doing a very good job at what he set out to do, because he's bothered people. You respond, so he's happy. Want to make him happy? keep responding.

ignore it.

Posted by: Sonyask | May 10, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, is anyone able to get off of the "Crosby is a baby" thing? Did he complain more than he should have as a rookie? Yes.

He was the only Penguin teams had to shut down that year and he got the living hell beat out of him at times. I distinctly recall everyone's favorite Hatcher (not Kevin) knocking his front teeth out with a cross check. Problem was, he overreacted to instances of much less seriousness.

Now? He's matured physically and emotionally over the last four years. He's a different player. In that time, he's learned to play a some responsible defense, dropped the gloves couple times, and battled through injury spells.

Really, what has he said or done over the course of this series that prompts anyone to pull out the "cryer" tag at all?

Posted by: El_Steve | May 10, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

"Really, what has he said or done over the course of this series that prompts anyone to pull out the "cryer" tag at all?"

Well, he complained about the hats being thrown on the ice (to the refs), and then he actually told the media that that was why he was talking to the refs after the third Ovi goal....I mean, that could have been him just representing his team's wishes, but there were two times when he would have served best to keep his mouth shut....when he was talking to the refs, and then the media.

But, whatever, when it all comes down to it, he is an amazing player on the ice, but off the ice I just do not think he has done all that much to really earn my respect or appreciation (and I have followed how he has handled the media outside of Caps games).

Go Caps!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | May 10, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Really, what has he said or done over the course of this series that prompts anyone to pull out the "cryer" tag at all?

Posted by: El_Steve

Where were you all series long? THE HATS. Part of me thinks he just likes being a baby. He makes it really easy for people to call him a baby.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Also forgot to add: he'd be better off complaining ABOUT the hockey game, but to complain about HATS? That's just crazy and totally unnesessary.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I agree on many of the weaknesses of the team (defense, Green's performance, etc.), but I think there is something about the difficulty of the team as a whole to jell together and maintain an overll momentum.

We seem to have too many breakdowns, unexpected periods of sluggishness, lack of coordination & ebbs & flows. It usually takes us too long to figure out a new team or situation and adapt to it. Looking at the Penns, it seems to me that there has been a consistency of style and effort. I didn't see any mysterious & sudden gaps in momentum as in the Caps. They also have more reliable combinations (like the Malkin-Crosby duo) that balance the various skills on the team.

Maybe something like a great defensive player or gritty center could be the glue that holds the team together. Maybe there are two different teams in one -- D & forwards; fast and slow players...I don't know what--that are not coming together as a team. There is something that from February on is making it hard for this team to click together on a high performance level.

Having said this, I still think we will win the next two games but my confidence has taken a blow.

Posted by: caraveli | May 10, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

For several days you people have been replying to this dork. Don't you understand that he/she thrives on this? If you ignore her she will go away. But no you guys will keep replying and she will keep posting.

Posted by: MKadyman | May 10, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

caravelli: true, it was hard to know why the Caps seemed like they were skating through mud in game 4, and why they looked incredible last night. They obviously need to work hard to win, which is why there is some hope for tomorrow night's outcome.

Posted by: Sonyask | May 10, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

lets be honest here, of the 15+ periods of hockey so far, the caps have dominated maybe 4, the penguins dominated probably 8, with the rest being too close to call.

Poti makes the right play and gets an unfortunate bounce in overtime. If he doesnt get to the puck, crosby has a tap in goal as he is wide open to receive the pass from malkin, and the game would be over anyway.

Ovie, Crosby, and Malkin are proving once again that they are the three best players in the world. (with all due respect to pavel d)

Enjoy this unbelievable hockey series with the stars proving why they are stars, give the penguins some credit for playing great hockey, and quit making excuses. Usually the team outworking the other team 5-5 gets more power play opportunities, and it should be that way.

The Penguins are a deeper team and a little ahead of the Capitals on the road to the cup. It could be worse, you could be a hockey fan in Tampa or Pheonix!

Posted by: hockeyguru | May 10, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Tomorrow my attitude will be: just watch and hope, not to overly excited. I just feel like something is bound to go our way. Someone above said it. This series has been very close, 4 games by 1 goal. 2 games went to OT won by PIT on goals by us. That is the reason why I feel we can get a win tomorrow, plus this series is destined to go to 7, right?. I'm very hopeful, but cautious. I'm praying for a game 7. It's too early for the season to end, it would almost be as bitter as last year. I'd be fine if PIT beat us by scoring themselves in the OT, but it's really hard to swallow those two OT games. I hate the torture.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Actually Malkin is not in the running for the Hart (Even though he's a finalist, and would be a great choice). Why, you ask, because there is NO WAY the NHL awards Malkin the Hart. If the NHL were to award Malkin the Hart they would have to admit Crosby is not even the MVP of the Pens. Malkin's a great talent that will always play second fiddle to Crosby in Pittsburgh even though he is neck and neck with the REAL best player and MVP of the NHL, Ovechkin.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 10, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

By the way SC87. You are the definition of a bandwagon fan. If the Pens are not your favorite team as you claim you have no right to come in here and take stabs. If you are a fan of hockey and want to add insight, that's cool. We've had a few pop their head in here and give their "no dog in the fight" input, and I can accept that. It is really good to see what someone thinks that isn't here as:

A. a Biased about the Caps like me
B. a Biased about the Pens because they are a fan
C. a Bandwagon Caps fan that resorts to saying we suck every time things look bad
D. a goon that hops in just to tick people off (Cheef, SC1907, SC87, etc etc etc)

The points the Buffalo fan (by the way I will hate the Sabres forever because of Briere, sorry) made in here early were valid.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 10, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

El_Steve: Absolutely. Crosby has an officials ear every face-off. Watch him, he complains about every whistle. He had the nerve to ask whey there was a whistle blown when Varlamov mask was laying 5 feet from his head. I'm not saying that Crosby's crash of the net was against the rules but why complain about a whistle for an automatic stoppage for the safety of the goaltender? He complained about too many hats on the ice too, that was classic.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 10, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

In terms of Crosby's whining -- not only the hats -- after the play in OT last night where we knocked off Varlamov's mark, Crosby spent a good solid minute talking to a ref about something. I couldn't believe how long the conversation was going on. That's what prompted the CROSBY SUCKS chant. And no sooner did that end when we had the two no-calls on them (well, maybe one -- Semin's fall probably wasn't a penalty) and the tripping call on Jurcina-should-have-been Fedorov. He's such an effective lobbyist that when he quits hockey, he'll have a lucrative career in this town.

Posted by: jhamond1 | May 10, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is an awesome offensive force. Ovechkin is also a show boating, egotistical, immature player who frequently takes runs at players, some who are his own "friends" and fellow countrymen. He never ever digs in corners, rarely backchecks and doesn't crash the net. He couldn't even win the scoring title this year, when all he has is offensive skills. He is purely one-dimensional. Yet he will be handed the MVP because of his goal scoring. So you Craps fans can have your ape faced MVP. You call him the "Great 8", I call him the "Great Ape". This series is done and your Craps will be teeing off Tuesday morning.

Posted by: Caps_r_ProfessionalLosers | May 10, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Caps_r_ProfessionalLosers: Yeah, Ovechkin is totally one dimensional. He had 56 goals and 54 assists.

As far as looks go, I say Malkin looks more like an ape.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

^blah blah blah blah

Posted by: jogabonito | May 10, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

my last post was directed towards "Caps_r_ProfessionalLosers"

Posted by: jogabonito | May 10, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is an awesome offensive force. Ovechkin is also a show boating, egotistical, immature player who frequently takes runs at players, some who are his own "friends" and fellow countrymen. He never ever digs in corners, rarely backchecks and doesn't crash the net. He couldn't even win the scoring title this year, when all he has is offensive skills. He is purely one-dimensional. Yet he will be handed the MVP because of his goal scoring. So you Craps fans can have your ape faced MVP. You call him the "Great 8", I call him the "Great Ape". This series is done and your Craps will be teeing off Tuesday morning.

Posted by: Caps_r_ProfessionalLosers | May 10, 2009 7:01 PM


Run along, troll.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216

I'm hoping for the best tomorrow, even though I'm not expecting anything.

Before the season, I was hoping to get to Round 2. But this is such a bitter way to lose a series, after being up 2 games to none and to Pittsburgh, an obnoxious, overhyped, whining team with a bunch of douchbags.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 10, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

The one-dimensional comment is both funny and reeking of ignorance. Spoken by a nitwit who drinks too much kool aid. If Caps fans wanted, they could call Malkin and Crysby one dimensional, since all they do is contribute assists. Maybe if they could score as many goals as they have assists, then maybe people would see things your way.

Ovy is the best player in the league, the most dominant player, hands down. Time for the penwhine losers to finally admit that fact.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216

I'm hoping for the best tomorrow, even though I'm not expecting anything.

Before the season, I was hoping to get to Round 2. But this is such a bitter way to lose a series, after being up 2 games to none and to Pittsburgh, an obnoxious, overhyped, whining team with a bunch of douchbags.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 10, 2009 7:15 PM


You hit the nail on the head. And their obnoxious, whining, dooshbag fans can eat a fat one.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Does it embarrass anyone else that the Capitals' coach makes completely nonsensical statements like, "It's capable of being done"? I mean, you have to wonder whether a guy as inarticulate as Boudreau has the mental capacity even to coach a sports team effectively.

Posted by: sonsofcain | May 10, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

It's funny the way that all you have to do is go down in a series and the trolls come out of the woods.

Pensblog shows you how obnoxious the Pgh fans are, and then a bunch of em come here to prove it.

let's ignore them, thanks.

Posted by: Sonyask | May 10, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Chase4

Crosby scores goals, he just doesn't take a million shots on goal because he is not selfish and wants to improve the play of EVERYONE around him. That's why he and Malkin are both better than Ovechkin.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Let's just call this Penguins Insider, and a bunch of out of towners can write everything they want.

Posted by: Sonyask | May 10, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

I don't want this to sound like I'm looking forward to off-season moves but just as an observation.

Anyone else notice in this series that Pitt is taking advantage of the mobility (as in not mobile) of the caps defensemen? Everytime they dump the puck in, either a pens player gets there first or at worst our Dman and their forward get to the puck at the same time. After this happens, the pens block off all available outlet passes and we get stuck in the zone.

I'm not sure if there is a fix for this at this point. It's great that the caps are the biggest team in the NHL but the blueline is not quick which is more important than laying lumber on people all the time in today's NHL.

Also Varly can help this situation by playing the puck a bit more. Again, not sure if this is something that can be instituted at this point. The only way the Caps are going to win is to outwork the Pens - all 4 lines - and I'm not seeing it consistently.

Having said that, the Caps seem to play better and work harder with their back against the wall so we'll see what happens tomorrow night.

Done ranting.

Posted by: Moose33 | May 10, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

hockeyguru: I totally agree: "15+ periods of hockey so far, the caps have dominated maybe 4, the penguins dominated probably 8, with the rest being too close to call." And this is just my point: why are we not capable of dominating? And don't tell me it in because the Pens are better. We do it even more with weak teams.

I don't agree that the Pens are a deeper team, though I am open to hearing others' reasons for thinking so. We have lots of scorers on all lines; star power balanced with solid grinders who also score; a Norris trophy finalist among defenders etc. In fact during our first wins, reporters and Pens fans thought that the reason for our success was that, unlike Pittsburgh, we had lots of secondary scoring.

All I see is that the Pens are more capable of playing a full 60-minute game and maintaining momentum; are more aggressive in forechecking, crashing the net,controlling the puck and clearing the puck from their zone and seem to have more consistent energy. Why this is, I don't know. They were not like this for most of the season (though they were like this last year). What made the difference in their turn-around this year and (as I see it) the Caps' running out of steam from March on?

And whoever doubts Boudreau's ability on the basis of his grammar or practice preferences is insane. He is a brilliant coach with a perfect sense of timing on what to say or do when. Bringing Varly in when he did is one example. He is the reason I still think we will win tomorrow and maybe the series.

Posted by: caraveli | May 10, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I've been to both cities and from my experience Pittsburgh is a nicer city with nicer people.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I've been to both cities and from my experience Pittsburgh is a nicer city with nicer people.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I guess you didn't get the memo, noone cares what you think. Go jump off a bridge. That will be my one and only response to you toolbox.

Posted by: Moose33 | May 10, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Chase4

Crosby scores goals, he just doesn't take a million shots on goal because he is not selfish and wants to improve the play of EVERYONE around him. That's why he and Malkin are both better than Ovechkin.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 7:42 PM


HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAA! All you trolls have is the UNFOUNDED selfish claims. Pretty sad, actually. Crysby and Malkin have fewer goals because they are not goal scorers. Ovy had 56 goals and 54 assists. Some selfish puck hog. He plays better D than either of your two boys. Crysby is no better than the FOURTH best player in the league.
I don't blame you for being jealous that the Caps have the best player in the world. He can score, he can assist, he can hit, he can play defense. 3 of those 4 Crysby can't do. He is not even the best player on his team. The 2008-2009 Hart Trophy runner-up (Malkin) is head and shoulders better.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

The Penguins have more depth than the Caps. The line of Cooke, Staal, and Kennedy is a dominant grinding line that wears down the likes of Semin and other soft players. The Penguins are getting much more secondary scoring than the Caps and that's why they are the better team. Varlamov is done, his confidence is just too rattled right now for him to win another game.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Crosby scores goals, he just doesn't take a million shots on goal because he is not selfish and wants to improve the play of EVERYONE around him. That's why he and Malkin are both better than Ovechkin.

Posted by: SC87

I laugh when everyone always says the reason why Ovechkin has so many goals is because he shoots a lot. If its that easy, then why don't everyone shoot more? Oh yeah, it isn't that easy.

SC87- I wouldn't be at all suprised if you were just lying, you've probably never been to Pittsburgh or Washington D.C. What a loser you are! I feel sorry for you Sens fan!

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I've been to both cities and from my experience Pittsburgh is a nicer city with nicer people.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 7:47 PM

Nicer city??? hahahahahaha
It's Shamokin, only bigger.

And we don't care what you think of us. Especially penwhine sniffers.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

SC87, Who leads in +/- in the playoffs? I'm willing to bet you won't answer me because you don't want to admit anything is wrong with your top two players? Which one of your top two players is a minus?

By the way, good LIE about being to both Washington and Pittsburgh. Like anyone on this board really believes that.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse


The Penguins have more depth than the Caps. The line of Cooke, Staal, and Kennedy is a dominant grinding line that wears down the likes of Semin and other soft players. The Penguins are getting much more secondary scoring than the Caps and that's why they are the better team. Varlamov is done, his confidence is just too rattled right now for him to win another game.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 7:54 PM

You mean Jordan stool who FINALLY scored his first goal in the playoffs? The same could be said for Kennedy and Cooke, I believe.
Soft=crysby and malkin

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Where was Ovechkin when Crosby won his Hart trophy in his second season, the youngest player to ever do so? Where was Ovechkin last year when Crosby was in the Stanley Cup Finals? Crosby is a goal scorer. Just look at his playoff numbers. 9 goals in 11 games. That amounts to 67 for a complete 82 game season. Crosby can score goals, just look at his juniour numbers.

Just give it up, Ovechkin does not play a lick of defense. Every knowledgeable hockey fan knows Ovechkin just waits for teammates to do all the dirty work and then get him the puck.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse


Ovechkin is an awesome offensive force. Ovechkin is also a show boating, egotistical, immature player who frequently takes runs at players, some who are his own "friends" and fellow countrymen. He never ever digs in corners, rarely backchecks and doesn't crash the net. He couldn't even win the scoring title this year, when all he has is offensive skills. He is purely one-dimensional. Yet he will be handed the MVP because of his goal scoring. So you Craps fans can have your ape faced MVP. You call him the "Great 8", I call him the "Great Ape". This series is done and your Craps will be teeing off Tuesday morning.

Posted by: Caps_r_ProfessionalLosers | May 10, 2009 7:01 PM
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There are no friends UNTIL the series is over... Your here talkin' sh!t & the series is still going on... Let's see what happens when Brashear hits the ice & completely changes the feel of the series & your wondering what happened, you probably didn't see the Rangers series when he was scratched for a couple games, did you??? btw... Penguins taste just like chicken!

Posted by: tony325 | May 10, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

SC87: What do you think your Senators need to do to make the playoffs next year?

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

How am I lying? I've been to both cities to see some baseball games. The people in Washington were not nice, I'm just stating the truth.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

SC87, once again, I'm waiting for you to answer the plus/minus question.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

SC87, Who leads in +/- in the playoffs? I'm willing to bet you won't answer me because you don't want to admit anything is wrong with your top two players? Which one of your top two players is a minus?

By the way, good LIE about being to both Washington and Pittsburgh. Like anyone on this board really believes that.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 7:57 PM

Never mind +/- Ovy leads in points(17) and goals (10).
10 goals , 7 assists. Such a selfish puck hog. /sarcasm

Fans of inferior players need a new act.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

How did you get there? What hotel did you stay at? What hotel did you stay at in Pittsburgh? What roads did you drive to get there?

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

tony325

Hahahahahaha Brashear changing the face of a series! I actually fell off my chair laughing! He plays 2 minutes and apparently he changes the game! LOL!

rachel216

The Sens don't have to do much. We were one of the best teams in the second half this season (better record than your Caps) after we hired Cory Clouston as head coach. The Sens will be in the playoffs next year.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

How am I lying? I've been to both cities to see some baseball games. The people in Washington were not nice, I'm just stating the truth.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 8:00 PM

Who cares?

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Plus/minus is the most irrelevant stat in hockey. Mike Green was one of the top plus players in the regular season but he is a terrible defenseman. It has nothing to do with the individual, just the team.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

sc: Yeah, Crosby is a goal scorer as in scoring goals from 5 feet from the net. Ovechkin is the very definition of a goal scorer, Sidney is not. Ovechkin creates his own shot, while Sidney reacts. Have you ever seen Crosby score goals the way Ovechkin does? His shot isn't even close to Ovechkin's shot.

"Ovechkin does not play a lick of defense."

So when did Malkin or Crosby start playing defense, I must've missed that.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Hmm.. that's cool the Sens had a better record. They really sucked early on so how could they not have a better record? 36-35-11 is still pathetic. Sens suck. And they will suck next year as well.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Crosby is a two-way player while Ovechkin is not. This series is showing it. While Crosby did not have a point yesterday he was great on defense and he works the boards like no other player in the game today.

I didn't say he was a better goal scorer than Ovechkin, just a better overall player, which he is and which is why GM's said they would start a team around him before any other player.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

"rachel216

The Sens don't have to do much. We were one of the best teams in the second half this season (better record than your Caps) after we hired Cory Clouston as head coach. The Sens will be in the playoffs next year"

HAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Right.

Never answered my question why you hate the caps so much, penguins sniffer.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

How am I lying? I've been to both cities to see some baseball games. The people in Washington were not nice, I'm just stating the truth.

Posted by: SC87

Sure you did you liar. =)

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

LOL when the Sens were making the playoffs for 13 straigth years where were the Caps? Oh yeah, in the basement! HAHAHA! Sens will have a better record than the Caps next year. The Caps might not even make the playoffs if they're going to be starting Varlamov.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Why do I hate the Caps? Because all their fans are bandwagoners and because your team is mostly russians who cream themselves after they score a goal.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Right, I'd ask any GM in the league, and I know they would take Ovechkin over Crosby, guaranteed. So answer this for me: exactly how is Crosby a two way player? At least Ovechkin uses his size to hit people and be physical. Crosby? He doesn't hit anyone maybe it's cause he's a little wimp.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

SC: But you said you liked Malkin, he's Russian. You seriously don't make any sense. Oh yeah, did you see the way Malkin tried to jump into the glass after his goal in game 3 that made it 2-1? Wow, what the hell was that? That looked so stupid. What a donkey.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Crosby is a two-way player while Ovechkin is not. This series is showing it. While Crosby did not have a point yesterday he was great on defense and he works the boards like no other player in the game today.

I didn't say he was a better goal scorer than Ovechkin, just a better overall player, which he is and which is why GM's said they would start a team around him before any other player.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 8:10 PM

Still wrong. LOL.
Got a link to that BS about what the GM's said?
Crosby plays No defense, can't contain anyone and generally just cherry picks.
He's overrated and you can't admit it. On the ice for 2 caps goals, which meant he was being lazy and trying to cherry pick again, waiting for some other hard working penguin to pass him the puck.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

The Caps might not even make the playoffs if they're going to be starting Varlamov.

Posted by: SC87

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! And who's your goalie? Brian Elliot, or Alex Auld? Hey didn't we score like 7 goals on those two combined! Haahahhahahahhaa. We made the friggin' playoffs with Jose Theodore. Do you know how stupid you sound when you say that?? Hahahhaa!!

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Why do I hate the Caps? Because all their fans are bandwagoners and because your team is mostly russians who cream themselves after they score a goal.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 8:13 PM

Like the Penguins fans BEFORE they got cindy? Right. Look it up, genius. Bandwagoners. HAHAHAHAHAHAA! The Russians beat your weaker canadians AGAIN today in Worlds. LMAO.

Too bad most hockey fans disagree with you,. No where is it said that a player shall not celebrate a goal. Grow up, crybaby. You and the crybaby pens are a perfect fit.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

SC87, still don't have an answer from you. I want you to list who leading and who is minus. Don't try to step around the question with the "plus minus is the most irrelevant stat crap." Plus you haven't answered my question about where you stayed, how you got to Wash, Pitt, etc. Once again, it's obvious you can't handle the truth and just spewing things that work for you. Grow up, come back when you're older than 16 and can talk maturely.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

LOL when the Sens were making the playoffs for 13 straigth years where were the Caps? Oh yeah, in the basement! HAHAHA! Sens will have a better record than the Caps next year. The Caps might not even make the playoffs if they're going to be starting Varlamov.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 8:12 PM

The Caps once made the playoffs for 15 straight years. Something your crappy team has never done. The basement? Something the Senaturds are used to residing in yearly. LMAO. Better record than the Caps. You surely are showing your ignorance.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Provide a link, penguins sniffer, regarding the GM's stating that they would builda team around crysby.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

BEARS FORCE GAME 7 TUESDAY NIGHT WITH 3-0 WIN
05/10/2009 - BEARS BLANK BABY PENS
Hershey Forces Game 7 with Shutout Win

Lets hope we can do the same.

Posted by: samb99 | May 10, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

SC: Yeah, it's pretty cheesy for you to say that the 36-35-11 Sens will have a better record than the Caps next year. You're just being completely absurd.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

To be fair (because I CAN handle the truth), some hockey magazine did a survey at the beginning of the year of general managers, and I believe crosby did win out over Ovechkin over who they would pick first. However, that was at the BEGINNING of the year $1. Since then, I'd like them to take that poll again and see what it says. Although I wouldn't be surprised if Crosby would win again because a lot of people believe the most important position to start a team with is center (once again, I don't mind admitting the truth, unlike SC87).

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

YEAH BEARS! I LOVE YOU NEUVY!

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

By the way, I guarantee the reason why SC87 isn't responding is because he's busy looking up hotel names in DC and Pitt and street names in the cities so he can make it "look" like he's visited.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Penguins fans are all going to be enjoying hot carls tomorrow night because the Caps are going to win.


Posted by: dkw9s | May 10, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

To be fair (because I CAN handle the truth), some hockey magazine did a survey at the beginning of the year of general managers, and I believe crosby did win out over Ovechkin over who they would pick first. However, that was at the BEGINNING of the year $1. Since then, I'd like them to take that poll again and see what it says. Although I wouldn't be surprised if Crosby would win again because a lot of people believe the most important position to start a team with is center (once again, I don't mind admitting the truth, unlike SC87).

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 8:34 PM


I can admit the truth as well. And if there is a link to such a claim, I would conceed that sc1907 is correct. Unlike the penwhine sniffers, who can't admit crysby was voted as the biggest whiner in the league.


btw, 3-0 B's in the 2nd.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

dfe1: lol, that is so funny. The reason I don't believe him is because he isn't a fan of Washington D.C, so it beats me why he would spend time coming here to watch a baseball game.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Whoever said Crosby cherry picks doesn't watch him play or doesn't pay attention. That's just a big facepalm statement right there.

The Senators goalie is Pascal Leclaire and we have one of the best D prospect coming in next year (Erik Karlsson) who is superior to any prospect the Caps have in their system.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

BEARS FORCE GAME 7 TUESDAY NIGHT WITH 3-0 WIN
05/10/2009 - BEARS BLANK BABY PENS
Hershey Forces Game 7 with Shutout Win

Lets hope we can do the same.

Posted by: samb99 | May 10, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

SWEEEET! a) great news for the bears and b) good omen for the caps since they have been like freakin twins this series...

LETS GO CAPS AND LETS GO BEARS!

Posted by: mrszilla | May 10, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Pascal Leclaire sucks.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Whoever said Crosby cherry picks doesn't watch him play or doesn't pay attention. That's just a big facepalm statement right there.

The Senators goalie is Pascal Leclaire and we have one of the best D prospect coming in next year (Erik Karlsson) who is superior to any prospect the Caps have in their system.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 8:54 PM


You can't provide any proof that he doesn't cherry pick. LMAO. Leclaire

The Caps organization is superior to the senaturds'. Have fun in the lottery competition next season.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

given that bears don't play till tuesday why not call up giroux and aucion to make our 4th line. Sit out flash and beagle. giroux auction and clark. I feel like bruce pulled out JT he needs to do something that is truly game changing. create some speed and energy. get some more skaing and pressure. this is the pens defense. we still have not exposed them. On a seperate note have you all seen bfyuglen play this playofs with chicago. Wow if ever those trade rumors were true on the Nylander front. I would have traded fehr and nylander for buff.

Posted by: samb99 | May 10, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow, take off your Caps goggles Chase4 and realize Ovechkin is the one who cherry picks. I'm not even going to argue with you here because anybody knows Crosby is the better defensive player between the two. By a wide margin.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey all. I decided I'm over beating myself up for picking Caps in 7. I really thought it out. ANd I always forget the name of the brown haired talking head on VS, he put it best and I've never heard him say something so forcefully and passionately. Caps in 7. There it is. I'm saying it or something... we had had alot of vodka shots by then... the real stuff creeps up on you - whoa. Anyhow, I didn't scan every single news site for any bit of info, instead I read about Russia's back to back WC golds (though my hometown coach was on the other side... hey Green was last year!) Read a bit about plans for 2010. Backstrom better be on Sweden with HILLER not Henrik in net - but still say it will come down to Canada and Russia AGAIN. Bykov is an amazing coach and he stocks his team with a perfect blend of NHL and well now KHL players. Back to my point, I feel calm going into tomorrow. Glad the boys got the day off, hope they found some relaxation and comforts of home if needed. This Caps team isn't a team to worry about on the road. They rise to the challenge. Perhaps that was a problem? Rangers series was a joke - they played one guy and they figured out how to score on him regular season. And Rangers were beat by their own teamate(s), he hem, who's not getting an invite to KHL but will probably need one... Take care all and LETS GO CAPS!!

Posted by: hannah8 | May 10, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

good news for caps fans. even if we dont come back and win this series, we can take heart in what our future brings, and take pity on what pittsburghs future holds:

09-10 pitts has $47M of salary cap space committed, to 15 current NHL players. they have 9 UFA's this year that they will probably need to replace. that includes guerin, satan, fedotenko, sykora, adams, boucher, gill and scuderi. maybe they can resign some of these guys, but you think they will take pay cuts? so they have to replace 9 nhl players w/ maybe 9-10M in cap space to do it. one decent free agent will cost 4-5M. i'm sure some of their young guys can step up, but 9?

so who's gonna play d for them? 35 year old oft injured sergei gonchar, orpik, eaton (32). they've got a couple young guys like goligoski, but he's an RFA and probably looking for a raise. they traded their first and second round picks in 08 for hossa and gill. two guys who wont be with the club next year. things might be pretty bare down there in wb.

meanwhile, the caps have $44.6M in salary for next year, with three NHL UFAs, koz, feds and brash. if any of those guys are coming back, its at a discount. they've got RFAs in fehr, jurcine, schultz and mo. i think fehr is gone and perhaps mo. either way, the caps control their destiny. they have plenty of cap space to sign a big name d man (bowmeester) and maybe add a forward. meanwhile, we know alzner will be up and maybe a couple of bear forwards. the year after that, theo comes off. depending upon what they do w/ nyls, they may have addition space w/ semin and backs are RFAs.

so the best years are ahead for the caps, while the pens may struggle given their cap situation and lack of a restocked farm system. but first things first, lets take these next two..

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 10, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

@SC87: I'm not sure Leclaire will have as much success in Ottawa; the Sens play a more open, less defensive style than he was accustomed to. Still a hell of goalie.

@fanohock1: As for my posting here, I grew up in Virginia as a huge Redskins fan and since moved to Buffalo (got hooked on the team for the Cup run in '99), so I use the WaPo to stay connected with my favorite team. As I mentioned, I love this series because of the sheer amount of talent an skill on display. Although I'd prefer he end up a Sabre, the Caps would be wise to look into Bouwmeester. He'd solve a lot of issues. As would Pronger, were you interested in a single season rental.

BTW, aside from getting into something with Ovechkin after a hit near the Sabres bench, what did Briere do to the Caps? I don't seem to remember anything. Besides, he's Philly's injury problem now.

Posted by: AppleScience | May 10, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

That's cause Leclaire sucks. Why else would he be bouncing around teams?

Posted by: rachel216 | May 10, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

for the love of god, stop talking to the trolls.

Posted by: oo7 | May 10, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Well... I'm coming in with some positive information from Hershey: Shut out the baby flightless waterfowl 3-0.
I am SO glad I don't have to multitask tomorrow night. Game's at 7, right?

Posted by: 4RBears | May 10, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

SC87 I'm still waiting. I think I've got SC87 figured out. Ask him a question that puts his "two favorites" in a bad light and he won't respond! He can't handle the truth.

By the way, was at the game last night and guess who was cherry picking? Malkin! That's right, one of SC's favorite players! Imagine that! And guess what, sometimes cherry picking works, so what's wrong with it?

Chase 4

Here's the link for the article on picking Crosby first.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=252046

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

@dcsportsfan

The safe retreat for losers: wait till next year!

Your evaluation is weak -- no GMs losing sleep over you being a risk to their job.

Posted by: dan_comet | May 10, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Apple Science, I can't speak for others, but a lot of CAPS people don't like Briere because the next game they played after Ovi hit him, he got one of the Sabre defensemen to shield the referee and then he speared him in the groin. I think we all can agree that Ovi's hit wasn't good and could have caused a lot of damage if he had done it at full force. But I know I felt it was a cheap way to "GET BACK" at Ovi. But I guess because he's small, he can't really hit him, so that was the next best thing.

But I have to say I really enjoy fans from other teams who come on here and talk CONSTRUCTIVELY.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

@Chase4

You're an idiot on the cherry-picking issue. Crosby is one of the hardest back-checkers in the league. Watch on any back check and he is down low. That's one of the reasons he is regularly joining the rush late and that he rarely gets breakaways. You can't get a breakaway unless you are cheating up ice a la Othugkin. Be a homer -- that's fine. Just don't be a homer who says idiotic things.

Posted by: dan_comet | May 10, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that really gives me any hope for tomorrow is that in the last two years, when the Caps were on the brink of elimination and couldn't screw around anymore, they are 5-1, and the one loss was an OT loss on a bogus power play. Let's hope they find another gear tomorrow.

The only other thing I want to say is that as much as we all might point to a play or two that have us down 3-2 instead of up 3-2 or done already, the fact remains that the Pens have forechecked our BUTTS in the last three games. We have not done a good job figuring that out, and it's why we went from up 2-0 to down 3-2.

Posted by: jhamond1 | May 10, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

@Dan_Comet,

You might have missed my post, but I was at the game last night, and guess who was doing the MOST cherrypicking? Malkin. That's right. And if it works, why is it such a bad thing? Or is it only a bad thing if Ovi does it? Also, a center's responsibilities are COMPLETELY different than a winger's.

Take a lesson from the Sabre fan that's on here, try to talk constructively without a chip on your shoulder and maybe we'll stop thinking you're 16.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

@mikejc80

Like the rest of us, I'd like the pre-injury Semin back. Overall, he had a good year and a good series against the Rangers. For this series, he had 2 assists in Game 1 and been mostly silent since. In Game 1, Orpik slashed him in the face on his first shift. Semin needed stitches but was back. It seems that Orpik (the hypocritical prick) has spent all series doing stuff to Semin. Cross checking; etc. and Boudreau was upset. One fan (who's not even a Semin fan) believes that Semin got slashed in the hand which is why he's having more problems shooting. I noticed Semin had missed Friday's morning skate. Bet he was nursing something.

Yes, I'm crazy enough to be a Semin fan. Maybe since I have a kid just like him. (A year younger and some similar characteristics.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 10, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

jhamond, I agree with the forechecking issue. I think it's because our defensemen aren't exactly the quickest, except for Green who is obviously injured. But last night they did do a better job of getting the puck to the open man quickly and making a couple of passes in our defensive zone to get it out. It didn't always work, but it worked a lot better than in the other games.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

@ jhamond1

Good post! Good Analysis!

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 10, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

@dfe1

I said nothing about Malkin cherry picking. He does sometimes. I answered a ridiculous accusation about Crosby doing it.

As for talking constructively, I try to make a constructive point here and there, but I also try to respond to the utter stupidity. I am amazed at the incessant whining and the baseless remarks. My apology if that bothers you, but I enjoy pointing them out. That said, I haven't noticed you saying anything stupid. Just some of your fellow Caps fans, probably the same ones chucking things on the ice.

No hard feelings on my part. Just trying to spice things up a little.

Posted by: dan_comet | May 10, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

CapsFan75,
If Semin is injured, then we have to give him credit for keeping on playing--remember during the season when he was injured and didn't want to play until he was 100 percent. I do remember Semin shaking his hand after a play, so he probably was slashed. And putting Orpik on him to bother him is working, so you've got to give the Pens credit.

My main beef is that Semin isn't able to draw a penalty no matter what the infraction. He could probably have blood dripping from his face because of a high stick and the refs still wouldn't call it. And yet they're always quick to call a penalty against him. He just a reputation, and I guess it's going to take a while before it goes away.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

given that bears don't play till tuesday why not call up giroux and aucion to make our 4th line. Sit out flash and beagle. giroux auction and clark.
Posted by: samb99 | May 10, 2009 9:03 PM
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Are you insane? Do you realize that Giroux and Aucoin played Friday, Saturday AND Sunday? And you want them to drive/fly to Pittsburgh and play Monday? Yea, they'd have real fresh legs for the game. Idiot!

Posted by: tess2201 | May 10, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

@tess2201

lol

Posted by: dan_comet | May 10, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

despite that nasty back injury and subsequent slowdown in PPG production, Semin still finished near the top in the NHL in PPG.

If anyone cared what I thought (which they don't), my guess is that Semin is suffering from a wicked wrist injury, possibly even broken. And probably thanks to an Orpik slash.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 10, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

@dcsportsfan1

Good analysis of the monetary situation for the Caps. Even though the farm system for the Pens doesn't look that bleak at the moment, given that Wilkes-Barr is battling it out with Hershey in the playoffs, a series so eerily similar to the Caps current series. If that trend continues, the Caps should be good tomorrow and there will be a Game 7.

I figure buying out Nylander after this season would screw us up for Cap space in future years. As for Theodore, just let him be the expensive backup -- at least he's only signed for this year and next. As subpar as he was, he did better than Huet who is backup for Chicago and Kolzig who's done. Thank the lord we didn't sign Huet to a three year deal.

Our GM should make a resolution. No more long term contracts for guys over 32. Generally, stick to 2 years or maybe 3 in exceptional cases.

I'd say, do what we can to keep Semin and Backstrom. (Neither of them are old.) I'm not ready to give up on Schultz just yet.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 10, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

dan_comet, well I know from my standpoint that spicing things up seems a little immature to me, especially on a caps message board. You said you haven't noticed me saying anything stupid, and I'd like to think that I don't, and I really try to be objective. Let's face it, people are going to say somethings that are stretching the truth, whether here or on a pens board or any team's message board for that matter. Like for instance the interview I saw with a Pens beat reporter. He said that NO ONE in Pittsburgh would ever want Ovi. EVER. And I have to laugh and say do you realize that you SHOULD have had Ovi? That you should have had the #1 pick, and I'm guaranting you that the Pens would have picked Ovi. I'd like to know what the Pens fans would have thought of him then.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

@dan_comet Crosby cherry picks, its plain truth. The awesome "shot tracker" the Post is producing for Crosby and Ovechkin bears that out. Just look at where his shots come from. Personally, I don't really care that he gets his goals by cherry picking, I just think its somewhat amusing that, despite the facts, people try and claim he doesn't. I think its because, deep down, they know that its a heck of a lot more exciting to watch someone like Ovechkin snap off those scorchers that make goalies wet themselves.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/caps_nhl/includes/oviecrosby.html

Games 2 & 4 all he did was cherry pick, game 5 was slightly further out. Game 1 & 3 were more spread out.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 10, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

no need to call someone a idiot. if you analyze this carefully. we are getting nothing from flash or beagle. people rise to the occasion. these are athletes not couch potatoes. please control your language.

given that bears don't play till tuesday why not call up giroux and aucion to make our 4th line. Sit out flash and beagle. giroux auction and clark.
Posted by: samb99 | May 10, 2009 9:03 PM
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Are you insane? Do you realize that Giroux and Aucoin played Friday, Saturday AND Sunday? And you want them to drive/fly to Pittsburgh and play Monday? Yea, they'd have real fresh legs for the game. Idiot!

Posted by: samb99 | May 10, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@RedBirdie

Amen to that! Semin finished near the top in Points per game in spite of that back injury. Yes, your theory of Semin having a nasty wrist injury (or even his wrist broken would not surprise me). I'm sure it was caused by Orprick (don't you love my name for him).

@dfe1

Yes, it seems that the refs rarely give Semin a break when it comes to penalties. Case in point -- the Backes hit vs St. Louis. Not to mention some of the stuff Orpik has done. I have visions of Semin getting seriously injured someday (and no penalty called).

Sometimes it seems that the only way Semin could satisfy all the fans is to put up MVP type statistics (and stay healthy).

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 10, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I've been to both cities and from my experience Pittsburgh is a nicer city with nicer people.


Just a response from someone who has lived in both cities... I was in Pittsburgh for a year. Hated it. Moved to DC and love it. I've lived in NYC, OKC and in Connecticut as well. DC really is the best city I've lived in. And, while Ovi is a multidimensional player, Crosby just parks his butt in the paint waiting for a rebound. There is skill in knowing where to wait, but how do you compare him to Ovi. Just look at where the two of them scored goals from.

Posted by: zisme | May 10, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75, funny, I have the same name for Orpik. (Man, did you read Thomas Boswell's column today?! He's not an Orpik fan at all)

Honestly, the refs aren't going to give Semin a break until someone pops his head off and its rolling down the ice. A which point, of course, it will be too late because its going to take a freaking death in hockey to get the NHL to reevaluate the uneven officiating that has marred this entire season. And "uneven" is being polite about it.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 10, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I just want to say, I've really been impressed with Semin this season. He's really matured as a player (Fedorov's influence? Apparently, Semin idolizes him), and he's finally showing the supreme skill that makes hockey guys like Bruce gush when talking about him. He played well against the Rangers, and I'm willing to give him a pass on most things right now because I'm that convinced that if this was the regular season, he'd be on the IR with his arm in a cast. Instead, he's out there toughing it out because that's what you do in playoff hockey.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 10, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

@RedBirdie, yeah, I think that the refs just have it out for Semin. That's the only explanation for it. I feel sorry for the guy, and I can only hope that eventually, with time, refs will start calling penalties against him.

But I'm not going to blame the officiating on what's happened so far in this series. If everyone was playing up to their potential, it wouldn't matter. But just like we found out about Carter and Richards, I bet we're going to hear about ALOT of bad injuries.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

@RedBirdie,

Great minds think alike! You and I on Orprick! I did read the Boswell column. Like Boswell, I've been more of a baseball fan than any other sport -- until now. Until Ovechkin and Semin and company came along.

How'd you come up with RedBirdie as a screen name? It makes me think of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, my longtime favorite team. (After that, it's the Orioles and Nats.)

I guess I see myself in Alex Semin, also. Ovi reminds me of an old friend of mine from my first job out of college who was a government whiz kid and ended up being my mentor there and later my boss on a later job. (Well, he was also named Alexander and was born in September.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 10, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

@dcsportsfan1

I agree with the breakdown. Problem is Backstrom and Semin will be expensive. I think the Pens and Caps will be in very similiar situations in the future. backs and sasha have proven to be stars and they will need to be paid like it when their current contract is up.

Semins not taking less than 6mil
and I cant see Backs taking much less either...

Posted by: hardyboys0 | May 10, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

@dfe1, yeah, that Caps injury roll call is going to be beastly. And I thought last year's was pretty bad, what with Mo's broken jaw and Gordo's torn hamstring leading the way.

Anyways, wanted to share this with everyone:
http://www.ontheforecheck.com/2009/4/29/858952/nhl-announces-hart-trophy-finalists

it's yet another way to model how valuable players are to their team. Mike Green tops the list. Three other Caps are in the top 5. Crosby doesn't even make it. Of the 3 Hart finalists, Malkin is the lowest ranked, at 8th. Dats is tops at 2nd.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 10, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

@dfe1

On Carter and Richards of Philly. I wonder if the Pittsburgh cast of characters was responsible for their injuries to some degree. At one point, I had thought that the Flyers were safely the 4th seed for the playoffs but they ended up in 5th. They seemed to have run out of gas at the end of the regular season. While I refer to the Flyers as Philthy, since they are a very dirty team, I was rooting for them against the Penguins. I do not particularly like the Flyers but they're an improvement over the Penguins who are obnoxious, dirty, and overhyped. (No, I did not come up with Philthy as the term for them. Someone else here on this board did.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 10, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75, "RedBirdie" refers to my given name. but it works well for a Caps fan! It just happens to be my default screen name. I also happen to be a baseball fanatic and grew up reading Boz's columns.

I think Semin and Backstrom might consider "hometown" discounts. Semin being Semin, I don't see him going somewhere without another strong Russian. He and Ovie seem pretty tight, I can see Semin panicking slightly at having to start over in a new city with a new team and a new coach without that safety net, and deciding that staying in Washington for less is a best option. And Nicky? What elite center wouldn't want to spend his career setting up Ovechkin?! Again, he and Ovie seem very tight.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 10, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

why is Tarik even discussing the possibility of Brashear being back in the lineup? Unless Bruce smokes weed, it ain't gonna happen. This series is all about speed right now, Brashear is the slowest player in the nhl with the exception of maybe Boogaard. You don't add "toughness" in the 6th game of a series, its pretty irrelevant at this point. Nothing Brashear is going to do will intimidate the Penguins, not to mention he's too slow on the forecheck to be any help. Even our top line guys have a hard time getting to the Penguins defense on the dump-in.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 10, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

But I'm not going to blame the officiating on what's happened so far in this series. If everyone was playing up to their potential, it wouldn't matter. But just like we found out about Carter and Richards, I bet we're going to hear about ALOT of bad injuries.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

every team has injuries. Even the Canes have some of their better players playing with bad backs and on one leg. Today Erik Cole finally had to exit because of what looked like his recurring back injury. Injuries are no excuse. They played without Gonchar and didn't miss a beat because Boucher is a very strong defensive player. Its about depth. We lose Fehr and we put in Nylander? come on

we need as much speed in the lineup and the speed has to be combined with some aggression to be a factor. Nyles isn't speedy nor is he aggressive. Beagle is decent but the coach has no faith in him so he doesn't give him much ice time and his linemates therefore dont' get much ice time so we can't roll 4 lines.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 10, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Please, Ovechkin's lame wrister's can be stopped if the defenceman got out of the way so the goalie can see it. If a goalie sees that without anything in the way he'll stop it, it's just a wrist shot.

Ovehckin doesn't even have the best shot in the league IMO. That would belong to Ilya Kovalchuk who snaps wristers past a goalie's glove like no other.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

The one-dimensional comment is both funny and reeking of ignorance. Spoken by a nitwit who drinks too much kool aid. If Caps fans wanted, they could call Malkin and Crysby one dimensional, since all they do is contribute assists. Maybe if they could score as many goals as they have assists, then maybe people would see things your way.

Ovy is the best player in the league, the most dominant player, hands down. Time for the penwhine losers to finally admit that fact.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Ovy's the most dynamic exciting player but Malkin has been more effective in this series with his playmaking and lack of turnovers. How many times in this series alone has Ovechkin made a bad careless pass or get easily stickchecked as he flies into the offensive zone. Malkin on the other hand has been able to set up plays on almost every rush. He's caused more problems for us on the rush than Ovechkin has caused for the Penguins. And frankly I don't think their defense is any better than ours. We have issues with Mike Green and his turnovers but they have Mark Eaton doing almost the same thing.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 10, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

my guess is Orpik doesn't go after Semin quite so much (and perhaps no resulting wrist injury?) and Kunitz never would have cross checked Varly's neck had Brash been in the line-up.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 10, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

@RedBirdie

So, Red Birdie refers to your given name. Even though I can't think of a name off the top of my head that sounds like it. (Bert? Robert?)

I've read Boswell's columns alot over the years, also.

I figure the more introverted guys, like Semin, would want to stay with their closest friends. My old friend, Alexander, the same one that Ovi reminds me of to some degree, had a very introverted close friend (like Semin).

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 10, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Its easy for Malkin to playmake that goal when the refs refuse to call the most obvious interference of the entire playoffs....And where was Malkin the first 2 (and most of the third) game? Sleeping? In Russia?

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 10, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

it wouldn't discourage Orpik one bit because Brashear cannot intimidate Orpik unless he just grabs him and beats him up. And Brashear will never do that in the playoffs because his coach won't want him giving the Penguins a 5 minute PP. Brashear can skate upto Orpik and glare at him all he wants, Orpik knows he won't do anything. In the reg season its a different story maybe unless its a critical point in the game. But in the playoffs, Brashear's intimidation is fairly useless unless he can somehow hit Orpik the way he hit Blair Betts. Which he won't since the NHL will come down on him extra hard if he hurts another player right now. His hands are tied.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 10, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75, no think of a bird with red on it, that also happens to be a common-ish name. I'm a girl, if that helps. (Robert is close, however)

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 10, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

The Pens have been the dominant team 2 OT wins or not.They've been stronger,quicker to loose pucks and have had the most best chances to score.I feel fortunate that the Caps still have a shot to somehow turn around this series.

Posted by: hotrod2 | May 9, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

agreed

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 10, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie. The Capital who was "interfered" with before the OT winner clearly dove. It was just two guys colliding into eachother.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Its easy for Malkin to playmake that goal when the refs refuse to call the most obvious interference of the entire playoffs....And where was Malkin the first 2 (and most of the third) game? Sleeping? In Russia?

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 10, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

how about the dozen other plays he's made over the past 3 games? You're picking out one play to discount the rest. Malkin has consistently given our entire team a huge headache with his ability to stick handle at top speed and set up plays deep in our zone. I agree he was fairly ineffective the first two games. Now that he's woken up, he's in a totally different gear. And the difference between him and Ovy is that Malkin has been able to maintain puck possession when he gains our zone with speed. Ovechkin has been losing the puck a lot, and been making very careless passes. As has Semin for that matter. Our top guys are not playing like our top guys. And anytime your 3rd line is your best line, you're in trouble. We had to freakin break up our 3rd line to bolster the rest of our lineup. Yeah. Crazy.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 10, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

cstaton, a couple of things. I agree that every team has injuries and it's no excuse. I've said at the beginning of the series that I've always thought the Pens had more depth, and I didn't think we would be able to pull it off.

In regards to Ovi and Malkin, I'll have to admit I wasn't super impressed with Malkin until game 3 when he "woke up" and I was like, wow, now I understand the hype. However, since I was at last night's game, Malkin wasn't really impressing me until the end and overtime, when he seemed to turn on a "switch" and take it to the next level. I'll admit that Ovi sometimes doesn't show up, but I think in these playoffs, he's been doing a great job. He's had to change the way he plays, and he's doing a good job of it. I know what you mean about some of Ovi's passes being picked off, and that bothers me, too. It's something I hope he works on in the offseason, that and his play along the boards. But last night, Malkin and Crosby also had a lot of passes picked off. Also, and I'll say this until I'm blue in the face, the Pens only have to worry about shutting down Ovi. The Caps have to worry about shutting down two players.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

SC87: You and every other idiot that says the +/- is a useless stat are completely wrong. The +/- is one of the deciding factors in the Norris trophy recipient. The experts say that stat is what keeps Lidstrom in the running this season because his points totals (especially goals) are below Green's.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 10, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

@dcsportsfan1

I agree with the breakdown. Problem is Backstrom and Semin will be expensive. I think the Pens and Caps will be in very similiar situations in the future. backs and sasha have proven to be stars and they will need to be paid like it when their current contract is up.

Semins not taking less than 6mil
and I cant see Backs taking much less either...

Posted by: hardyboys0 | May 10, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Sign Backstrom, trade Semin. And hope you get back something in the Semin trade that strengthens the team. We also have guys like Perrault, Bouchard, Osala waiting in the wings to crack our top 6. Trading Semin opens up room for one of those players, and you get rid of an enigmatic highly-skilled but very inconsistent player. You never know what you'll get from that guy. So far this series he's sucked. And you don't pay any player a ton of money who has sucked for an entire series IMO.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 10, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

please, just ignore SC87. don't engage him, don't legitimatize his posts with replies, don't acknowledge that he even exists.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 10, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Also, and I'll say this until I'm blue in the face, the Pens only have to worry about shutting down Ovi. The Caps have to worry about shutting down two players.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

The Pens SHOULD have to worry about shutting down 2 players also. Lucky for them, Semin has shut himself down.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 10, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

The only other thing I want to say is that as much as we all might point to a play or two that have us down 3-2 instead of up 3-2 or done already, the fact remains that the Pens have forechecked our BUTTS in the last three games. We have not done a good job figuring that out, and it's why we went from up 2-0 to down 3-2.

Posted by: jhamond1 | May 10, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

another fan who gets it. good post jhamond

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 10, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

fanohock, a defenseman can be awesome and play on a terrible team thus making his plus/minus very low. But that is not a good reflection of his abilities. Sometimes people are traded and their plus/minus goes up because the team they were traded to is better. I'm not saying it's completely irrelevant but a lot of the time it is. Just like Green's +/- this year. This series has shown that he is terrible on defense so his +-/ from the regular season is not a good indication of his defensive abilities.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

cstanton, the Pens don't have to worry about Semin. The guy is terrible. So soft, so predictable, gives the puck away all the time. This guy is another reason why the Caps are losing.

Posted by: SC87 | May 10, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

actually, the Pen should also be worried about shutting down Green, and even Backstrom to some extent. But something's obviously wrong with Green as well, which neutralizes that threat, and Semin's injury essentially neutralized Backstrom as well when they were on the same line. The Penguins made a mistake in game two when they focused too much on just Ovie and not on shutting down his linemates, too. Fedorov still has it and they didn't shut him down, which started 2 of Ovie's 3 goals. Lucky for the Pens, the injury god is smiting the Caps.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 10, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

cstanton, agreed, it would be nice if the Semin of last year's playoffs, or even the Semin of round one vs. the Rangers, was around for this series. Although I'm not gung ho on trading him. I think he will take a discount to stay with Ovi.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

SC87:

That is hilarious what you said about Ovechkin's wrister. Many people have said that his wrist shot is faster than most slap shots.

Also a guy who may have a better wrist shot is Semin, its a laser.

Posted by: mikejc80 | May 10, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

@SC87: Ovechkin just won his second consecutive Rocket Richard. Don't you think if the best goaltenders in the world could stop his lame wrist shot they would? The back-checking, cherry picking arguments are rediculous. Great players (Ovechkin, Backstrom, Crosby, Malkin, Datsyuk...) go to open space when their team gains possesion. THAT is why it appears they are Cherry picking. As a coach I teach hockey players that at the age of 14. The stand out goal scorers get it, the role players don't. By the way, there is nothing wrong with cherry picking if you drag a defensman with you into the neutral zone. It still remains a 4 on 4.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 10, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

fanohock, don't you just love the fact that SC87 won't answer my question? Doesn't that tell you a lot about him/her?

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Semin's wrist shot is the very definition of "sick."

Jame's Mirtle made a good point about Ovie's killer shots the other day. His release is otherworldly.

"I'm sure I'm not the only one who's seen Alex Ovechkin shirtless in the dressing room – and there are plenty of pictures out there for the curious. Unlike some of hockey's all-time great snipers, he's not built with Popeye-thick forearms and a barrel chest.

And yet he sure shoots like it.

Ovechkin was the difference in Game 2 for the Capitals, but more to the point, Ovechkin's shot was the difference. He scored three terrific goals – two perfect one-timer blasts and one seeing-eye wrister up high – on shots that only a small fraction of the best players in the world have a hope of making.

It reminds me a bit of when Tiger Woods first came on the scene in his sport, and at a fraction of his current size was belting the ball further down the fairway than players who had 40 pounds on him. Ovechkin's not blasting the puck using brute force – it's technique, like the perfect golf swing, and it's beautiful to watch him pick the corners at full speed.

It's genius at work."

read the whole thing here: http://www.fromtherink.com/2009/5/5/865325/ovechkins-incredible-release

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 10, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie, thanks for finding that about Ovi. That's a great read and so true.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

I stumbled upon this Lou Holtz quote today:

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."

I love the quote and found it pretty appropriate for Game 6.

Posted by: Osfan092589 | May 10, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Brasher needs to play in this game. Give him a few shifts and if he is ineffective then don't play him. But, the last game aside, the Caps have lost in the toughness department this entire series and the last for that matter. We lose if Ovechkin is our toughest player during the game and that's been the case.

Pretty only gets you so far in the playoffs and Brashear is far from pretty. Think Varly would get crosschecked in the throat with Brashear suited up? Whomever said it's too late for him to have any sort of intimidation factor is completely wrong. They need him now more than ever. Who said he is going to be matched up against Malkin and Crosby anyway? Hell, I wouldn't even care if he did bc I'm tired of the Pens camping out in front of our goal without getting touched. The goal of the series thus far was the "three whacks" goal by the Pens last game. THREE Pens in front of our goal not getting touched by three Caps. Sums up the reason we are now down in this series more than anything!

Posted by: rphilli721 | May 10, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Dfe1, thanks. I find Mirtle to be a bit bi-polar at times, but his writing and analysis are usually of high quality.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 10, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Just finished watching the World Championship final and tonight I'm celebrating Russia's 2nd straight title, once again beating Canada in an unbelievably tense game.

The commitment the Russians showed in this game and the semifinal is what we need from our guys. Hope that this win will give an additional emotional boost to our Russians and we'll beat the Pens tomorrow night!

Beating Canada in the final always feels amazing. Incomparable feeling! Will be even better if Russia beats them in the Olympics next year when all the teams will have their best players available. What a great tournament that will be. I might even have to take a trip to Vancouver for that.

Posted by: ranndino | May 10, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I think the top 3 teams going to Vancouver next year are Russia, Canada, and Sweden. IMO, if Russia doesn't win it, Sweden will. I mean, they get what seems like half the Detroit Red Wings, plus Nicky, and Lundqvist in goal. That's one scary good team.

Canada will field a good team, but I think Russia and Sweden are probably a hair better and don't have the absolutely insane pressure Team Canada will have to win on home ice, particularly after their poor showing in 2006.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 10, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Here is a little history lesson for all you Caps Fans:
Your Capitals playoff history vs Penguins:
1992 - Lost to Penguins
1994 - defeated the Penguins (good job losers)
1995 - Lost to Penguins
1996 - Lost to Penguins
2000 - Lost to Penguins
2001 - Lost to Penguins
2004 - drafted the Great Ape, possibly the ugliest hockey player in the NHL
2009 - Lost to Penguins (yup that is what is going to happen)

Also, you guys have ZERO cups. Any comment I see regarding Pens fans being "bandwagon" fans is quite possibly the funniest thing I have ever seen written here because for Pens vs Caps games there would be more Pens fans there than Caps fans there, including myself many times!!

Don't bother directing responses to me on this because I am not coming back and wasting my time reading this lame blog full of stupid and ridiculous statements from Craps fans. See ya LOSERS!!! Pens in 6, take it to the bank!!!

Posted by: Caps_r_ProfessionalLosers | May 10, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Please don't come in here and give "history lessons" like we were born yesterday. Yes, yes, I know its very fashionable to crow about how Pittsburgh has no bandwagon fans (despite the facts) and brag about your Cups (because what transpired in 1992 has, exactly, what relevance to today's conversation?), and generally make utter fools of yourself by bleating out nonsense that inevitably ends with "CRAPS SUX!!!!!!!!! GO PENS!!!!!!!!!!!"

Yipee, yeehaw, now, please, move along unless you're going to actually contribute to the conversation. Should you need directions, I hear Hooks Orpik is a good blog, but severely lacking in comments. Maybe you could help start some conversations over there.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 10, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Interesting, Barry Melrose in discussing Scott Walker's sucker punch on Aaron Ward, which resulted in a, ahem, broken orbital bone: "I'd be surprised if it results in a five game suspension."

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

The idiot that was StanleyCup1987 is SC87. It would stand to reason that he got banned under his original alias and created a new SN to continue his stupidity. I wish the Capitals knew what we go through as fans defending their honor on these message boards. Stupid Pens fans. Let's be nice to them though, even after it's said and done, they're not exactly the smartest of people. Not much goin' in the 'Burgh so all they have are their moments of ballgrabbing fame. *snicker*

Capitals, let's do this! GOOO Caps!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 11, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

LeftCoast, I agree, he/she's definitely the same person. What's great is SC87 doesn't talk to me now because I asked him to tell the playoffs plus/minus of Ovi and his two favorite players, Crosby and Malkin. It's amazing how he shuts up when something might not be as good about his favorites.

By the way, here's a great link from Coaches Corner. I think Cherry must be bipolar because he's back to liking Ovi again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXiarb94ck0

Posted by: dfe1 | May 11, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

They win on 2 caroms.
It's better to be lucky than good I guess.

But luck comes in 3's & those were their last lucky break.

It's going 7 games & in the Caps favor boys & girls.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 11, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

facts are a mere minor inconvenience to posters like SC87. Who needs facts when your gut is telling you something entirely different? If you tell yourself the same lies over and over again, you eventually start to believe it. SC87 not only believes the lies, but he's been down black & gold kool-aid by the gallon.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 11, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

@RedBirdie - Would that be "Robin?" ;-)

That'd be my guess, anyway...

Posted by: irockthered | May 11, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

they should have 2 different posts here, 1 for fans who have actually laced up the skaates, and 1 for the casual fan who really has no clue but still likes to spout off at the mouth.

Ovie has probably the best wrist/snap shot most of us have ever seen. Kovalchuk and Kovelev are close behind. Mike Bossy might have been close with todays sticks.

Ovie is a winger and RARELY is in the corners. Malkin and Crosby are centers and win WAY more battles in the corners and along the boards then most other centers in the game.

Malkin LED the league in takeaways this year. Tough to do that if he was cherrypicking like some on here have said.

Crosby isnt afraid to go to the net, and he knows thats where you go to score the tough goals. (compeletely right by the way)
Has Semin crashed the net?

The third line of Stahl, cooke and kennedy is probably the best third line in the league. Stahl is only going to get better too.

None of us know who is hurt and who isnt, but there is no one taking a regular shift in this series who isnt banged up with bumps and bruises. It's Freaking Playoff hockey at its best!

And lastly, D Brashear is NOT going to make a difference. The Penguins would rather see him in the lineup than a skilled player capable of actually skating and scoring. The Caps will be better off not dressing him and Boudreau knows that.

Posted by: hockeyguru | May 11, 2009 12:44 AM | Report abuse

hockeyguru, agree Malkin let the league in takeaways, but Saturday's game, he was cherry picking a lot. And as I said before, I don't see anything wrong with that because it works sometimes. They probably know it's going to work against the Caps, so why not have Malkin do it? and I don't need to have Ovi going into the corners, but you can win battles along the boards as a winger, and I think that's something Ovi needs to work on.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 11, 2009 12:49 AM | Report abuse

And also, I don't want to see Brashear in the lineup. Big mistake.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 11, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

Don't bother directing responses to me on this because I am not coming back and wasting my time reading this lame blog full of stupid and ridiculous statements from Craps fans. See ya LOSERS!!! Pens in 6, take it to the bank!!!
Posted by: I am SC87 & Us PENZIES FANS ARE @55 LICKERS| May 10, 2009 11:35 PM |

This has got to be the most hilarious post I've seen yet from Sucksburgh fans.
I'm going to yell something @ the Caps blogsphere & run away like a little pansie.
I signed up during my plenty o-spare time cause I have no future prospects in Sucksburgh.

Buwahhahahhaaa.
No wonder there's a bunch of 17 year olds being arrested for death threats up there.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 11, 2009 12:57 AM | Report abuse

And lastly, D Brashear is NOT going to make a difference. The Penguins would rather see him in the lineup than a skilled player capable of actually skating and scoring. The Caps will be better off not dressing him and Boudreau knows that.
Posted by: hockeyguru | May 11, 2009 12:44 AM |

Is that why they came out in game 3 & hammered us all over the boards & have basically parlayed the physical play into a 3-2 lead?

I would think a Kunitz hack to Varly's head & Orpik's liberties on Semin would have been dealth with by Brash. Oh well, I guess the Penz will win because they are better @ FIGURE SKATING than we are.

& some Caps fans like FIGURE SKATING APPARENTLY.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 11, 2009 1:01 AM | Report abuse

they should have 2 different posts here, 1 for fans who have actually laced up the skaates, and 1 for the casual fan who really has no clue but still likes to spout off at the mouth....
The third line of Stahl, cooke and kennedy is probably the best third line in the league. Stahl is only going to get better too.
Posted by: hockeyguru | May 11, 2009 12:44 AM | Report abuse

So u must be the latter cause you spelled Staal wrong.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 11, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Rocco00, you don't know if i'm a Caps fan or a Pens fan, All I have written to far is facts. Say something that actually shows you know something about the game and maybe people on here will pay attention to what your saying. Otherwise, you're just spouting off at the mouth.

Posted by: hockeyguru | May 11, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

hockeyguru, if I had to guess, I'd say you're a Pens fan or at least are rooting for the Pens over the Caps. But I appreciate intelligent answers and not just garbage like SC87 and the others like to spout.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 11, 2009 1:23 AM | Report abuse

dfe1. Thank you

Posted by: hockeyguru | May 11, 2009 1:31 AM | Report abuse

There are crappy (no pun intended) bandwagon fans of both teams. It simply isn't interesting to read anything posted that is completely irrelevant to the games being played. There are also great fans of both teams (and all teams in the nhl)

Thank you dfe1.

Posted by: hockeyguru | May 11, 2009 1:37 AM | Report abuse

seriously??? (gaping mouth, on): Did sidney crosby really complain about people throwing hats on the ice after Ovechkin scored a hat trick? For some one who seems to think as much about having calm thought out answers this seems unbelievable. Is an old man who wants no fun in hockey? Warn the children of Pittsburgh to stay off his lawn.

SportsNation EJ Hradek: I think they're really misinterpreted by fans, especially those fans who don't appreciate Sidney and aren't fans of his. After the game, he was asked about speaking to the referee after the hats were throw, and his point was, after several minutes, there were a couple of waves of hat-throwing. Crosby asked the official if they could make an announcement to stop throwing things so they could get back to playing the game. I just don't read it that way. It had been a long celebration, and the Penguins wanted to get back into the game. I think people tend to want to jump on every little thing Crosby does. I'm not on that bus.


Me neither, EJ.

Posted by: El_Steve | May 11, 2009 1:40 AM | Report abuse

they should have 2 different posts here, 1 for fans who have actually laced up the skaates, and 1 for the casual fan who really has no clue but still likes to spout off at the mouth.... hockeyguru
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Wouldn't that be splendid? I think it'd also be nice for some people who think they're "guru's" at something to have to prove it before they can claim it. Gee wouldn't the world be nice? The problem is this is the internet where it doesn't take alcohol to have courage, all it takes is a computer, a screen name and an imagination. Every post on here is about how more valid somebody's point is than somebody elses and how Sidney is this and OV is that. Personally the Celebrity Apprentice was more entertaining but it does seem as if we have a lot of Joan Rivers' on here and a lot of Annie Duke's as well. Regardless of which team you like one is going to win and the other will lose. Right now one thing that can't be disputed is that we are down 3 games to 2 and if we don't score more goals then the Pens then we will be golfing and the Pens will be moving on. All the media and Pens fans will say that we suck and history is just repeating itself. While my opinion is no better than anybody elses I will say that IMHO the #1 thing this Caps team lacks is a consistent "killer instinct". It only comes out when we faced with "go home or win". That's how we made it to the playoffs last year, that's how we forced a game 7 against Philly, that's how we came back to beat the Rangers and that's now how we have to be in order to move on. The problem is, this is like playing Russian roulette, one of these times when you pull the trigger then end is gonna happen and you won't get another chance to pull the trigger. Whoever has more of the "killer instinct" will win, that's an opinion for now but will prove to be fact in Game 6.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | May 11, 2009 3:31 AM | Report abuse

@dcsportsfan

The safe retreat for losers: wait till next year!

Your evaluation is weak -- no GMs losing sleep over you being a risk to their job.

Posted by: dan_comet | May 10, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

and the first option for those who have nothing to say is to respond w/ insults. if my evaluation is weak, you tell me how the pens will replace 9 NHL FA's using probably $9M in cap space. like trying to fit 10 lbs of sh!t into a 5 lb sock. particularly since you gave up two of your top picks this year for guys who wont be on your team next year. i'm not trying to be a GM and i'm sure shero's a bright guy, but the facts are facts. enjoy falling short again this year...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 11, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

@ hannah8

You bet your hat Henrik will be in goal for Sweden in 2010 Olympics. That's because Hiller will be busy playing for his country, which is Switzerland, not Sweden!

Americans and geography... I can maybe understand confusing Slovakia and Slovenia, but Sweden and Switzerland or Australia and Austria (which happens all the time too)? Please.

Posted by: ranndino | May 11, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

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