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Boudreau on power play: 'We're just off'

Alex Ovechkin's struggles weren't all Coach Bruce Boudreau sounded a tad bit concerned about this morning. He was also expressed some worry about his team's power play, which took 10 shots but finished 0-for-4 on Thursday, extending its stretch of futility.

Including the final two games of the regular season, the NHL's top-ranked power play is in a 0-for-11 funk, and is 4-for-26 (15.3-percent) in the Caps' past eight games.

"We're just off," Boudreau said. "It's hard sometimes to put a finger on it on exactly what it is. We're missing by a half a second here, positioning-wise there, and Montreal is doing a great job. They obviously scouted the power play really well and made adjustments and they did a great job killing yesterday."

With exception of a 4-2 Caps' victory on Jan. 5, all of their games against Montreal this season have been decided by a single goal, including two in overtime and another in a shootout. In the five meetings, the Caps scored three power play goals on 19 opportunities, while the Habs' second-ranked power play, which at times looked dominant in Game 1, has struck six times on 20 chances.

Boudreau reiterated this morning that he plans to stay the course with his lineup. But, if the power play continues to struggle, look for some changes to personnel/assignments on the power play.

Some other notes and quotes from today's optional practice:

*I counted 15 Caps on the ice this morning, including the five who did not dress last night. Among those exercising their option not to skate were Jose Theodore, Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green.

With so few on the ice, it was impossible to discern any potential changes to tomorrow's lineup.

*Boudreau denied rumors that Ovechkin is playing through an injury and has brought over his Russian personal trainer, Dmitry Kapitonov, to help him deal with the ailment.

"He's done that every year," Boudreau said of Ovechkin inviting his trainer to Arlington. "He brings him in, and it's Ovie's way of saying, 'I want to be a 100-percent prepared. Not a 100-percent healthy.'

"He's a 100-percent healthy so we'll get that out of the way," Boudreau added. "I heard a couple of people say last night that he might be playing hurt. No, we're making excuses for him. He just didn't have a great game, and every human being, no matter how good you are sometimes you don't have a great game. We should leave it like that and see how he goes the rest of the series."

*Hal Gill on Montreal's defensive strategy: "We want to play in their face as much as possible. It's not about killing them or running them through the boards. It's about not giving them time and space."

*Mike Knuble on Boudreau saying his best guys weren't the Caps' best guys Thursday: "There is no use in sugarcoating it. If we're going to do well, you need your best players to be your best players. It is a pretty blunt assessment and sometimes you can't sugarcoat things. When you're in the playoffs you need to be going all the time, but it's alright, though. It's early on in the series and everybody in our locker room has complete confidence in what we've done and what we can do going forward. It's not always on our top guys either. Everybody has to play better right from our top guys on down. We can be better."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 16, 2010; 3:58 PM ET
 
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Comments

It's not panic time, but it is sure as he*l gut check time.

Posted by: zmega | April 16, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

So glad Knubs is on the team, you know he's going to bring it every game. Hopefully the rest of the players follow suit.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 16, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

On Ovi's health.

A couple of my co-workers reported listening to Sports talk radio and a caller reported sitting behind the Caps bench and noticing that Ovi was throwing up. You read it right.

If that report is correct, Ovi's health was not all that great last night.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 16, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75 - I don't buy it. If OV was that sick,don't you think the reporters, TV announcers, etc would have noticed.

Posted by: dezlboy1 | April 16, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, there is no way it would be missed by everyone covering the game. I watched the game on TSN, and Pierre McGuire is between the benches. He definitely would have seen/reported something.

Posted by: Aldred15 | April 16, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Alan May is on Comcast now. I respect how honest he is. He called out Ovi for lack of effort and the entire team for bad strategy in bringing the puck out of their own end of the ice. I'm losing confidence in Laughlin, who was sugar-coating things last night after the game.

Posted by: zmega | April 16, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

You know who is rocketing up my list of favorite Caps? Jason Chimera. The guy goes all out all the time. I hope GMGM is able to hang onto him. He's an amazing third liner.

Posted by: Aldred15 | April 16, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

To Aldred15:
Just to ease your mind a bit here is a link to when each players contracts years are up and what they make:

http://www.nhlnumbers.com/overview.php?team=WAS&season=0910

To put your mind to rest though he is under contract for the next 2 years.

Posted by: caps28fan | April 16, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I think the flu is going through the Caps locker room.

Backstrom was out of practice monday with what sounded like the flu.

In the game last night it looked like half the team was ready to pass out from exhaustion by the middle of the 2nd period.

Tarik reported earlier today that a large number of players opted to not skate in todays practice.

Would sure explain why the team looked so flat last night...

Posted by: WazzuBrian1 | April 16, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I also heard a caller on the LaVar Arrington show today say he was at the game and saw Ovie puking on the bench...

Posted by: WazzuBrian1 | April 16, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

All due respect to Laich and Semin, but the Caps paid 2.8 million for 2 seasons for Mike Knuble for this time of year and the PP was it's most lethal this year when Knuble and Flash was on the ice with 19,8,and 52. That needs to be the 5 getting the first 60-90 seconds on the PP. We need guys on the ice that are going to be quick with their decisions with the puck, because the window of thinking with the puck is diminished in playoffs!!!! Even be good with both Knuble and Laich on ice at same time, our best chances last night was when both Fehr and Knuble were in front of the net. GO CAPS!!!!!!

Posted by: BBDwrestling | April 16, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, when i get the flu, I'm laid up for the better part of a week. Hopefully the boys are on the mend if they are fighting the flu. Saw a video of OV from today. He seemed to be okay.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 16, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what was wrong with Ovy, but I'd really like to see him moved off the point and down low on the PP. Boundreau at least needs to do it from time to time.

Posted by: thomas20 | April 16, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Hal Gill on Montreal's defensive strategy: "We want to play in their face as much as possible. It's not about killing them or running them through the boards. It's about not giving them time and space."


This is PRECISELY how to stop the Caps. I hope Boudreau and the players can adjust. They definitely need to change how they bring the puck up the ice against Montreal or any trapping team. The few games the Caps have looked really awful this year have been against teams that play really tight in the neutral zone.

Posted by: butcherbaker | April 16, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I tried to stay away from reading CI after the Caps dropped the first game because as usual the dumbest remarks by the least knowledgeable people will be blasting out of this blog, alas, I am bore so I read:

Tarik: "Indeed, Michael Cammalleri, Jaroslav Halak, Brian Gionta and Tomas Plekanec were great. Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Mike Green and Tomas Fleischmann (nine total shots, combined minus 2), on the other hand, were not."

Notice that Tarik bunches Semin along with OV, Green, and Fleishchmann as players that had a COMBINED 9 Shots with a minus 2 rating. Tarik the leader of the morons and anti-Semins. If he had watched the game he would have noticed that Semin had 6 shots on goal and a zero +/- rating. He could have replaced Semin's name in this group with Backstrom and the statement would still be almost the same with the exception then that it would have been a minus 3 rating with 9 shots. As a matter-of-fact Only Fehr had Knuble had more shots than Semin, each of them had 7, but Knuble had a minus-1 rating.

Then there are the morons who think that Semin did a disappearing act when in fact he was all over the ice shooting from everywhere and playing once again with a made up lines of team-mates as opposed to the Knuble line where he plays with OV and Backs through out most of the year.
May suggest you put down some of that beer or whatever you smoke and pay a bit more attention to the game?

To say that Green did a disappearing act is to not have watch the game. The guy had a very good defensive game. Did he make mistakes? YES. Did anyone on this team played without a mistake? NO. Quit basing someones performance in one or two bad plays, it is an idiotic thing to do.

To those who think they know if a player is playing with heart or not. How do you know that? By watching a window of an entire play on your TV? Have you realized that you are not seeing the whole picture? Well you are not.

I don't know where to cry, laugh, or be P.0. about some of the comments made here.
but ...

Posted by: hock1 | April 16, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Knuble hit the nail on the head with his comments here. I feel very confident that they can play the way they did this season just by reading between his words. The guys know.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | April 16, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

O.K., This Flu thing is ridiculous. And it should stop. The Caps were just off for a game. If this was the regular season we would not be analyzing everything so deeply, or creating fictional accounts of Ovi vomiting on the bench.

Ridiculous.

I imagine that Ovi bent over after a long shift, was catching his breath, and spitting. Do any of you actually play sports? Really, I can't believe I am even commenting on this...a new low...but it seems to be out of hand with the posts.

Chill out people. For the love of god. You are just making this harder for the players to stay focused and do their jobs. This is Game One. Save the panic for later.

Posted by: eyechip | April 16, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I sit five rows from the ice, dead center. When he's not skating, OV is maybe ten, fifteen feet from me. He was not throwing up. He was/is not sick. He floated last night. Period. He had a horrible game and looked a lot like Jagr when he floated thru his last year here. Ov needs to answer the bell for a big game -- now. He doesn't need excuses being made up for him.

Posted by: caps1974 | April 16, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

If Backs was sick it's not far fetched that other team members were too.
I'm not panicing just yet . Les Habs played a decent game last night, and still it went info over time. Theo played consistent that's all we really need, the flood gates will break, the flood gates will break....


Posted by: guer_j | April 16, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Pens gave up a quick goal. I figured this was gonna be a tough series for them.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 16, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I second the recommendation to move Ovie from the point on the power play. He would be a much greater threat on the sideboards or in the slot.

Posted by: rw-c | April 16, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Fleury is not having a great game, again.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 16, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

That looked like a knee on knee hit by Orpik on Spezza.

But watching the Pens/Versus broadcast, you would think it was the cleanest body check ever delivered.

Watching the Pens lose might make me feel a little better.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 16, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Just some thoughts: Did anyone think BB was maybe outcoached last night? Montreal seemed to have a game plan and even though they were hammered with shots in the 1st, they appeared to stick with it. Alot of Caps seemed to be standing around, not moving their legs, especially on the play when Gomez skated through them like they were mini mites. I did think Chimera played great, and Belanger was great on face offs and also threw the puck at the net a lot, which is always a good strategy during the playoffs. I think I would try to get Walker in tomorrow for more grit. Some may disagree, but I thought Erskine had a good playoffs last year, it wouldn't bother me seeing him. Damn Crosby.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | April 16, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I hope we see some checking in the Caps next game like I am seeing in PIT vs. SENS. Nice physical game right now.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 16, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Sutton might be in serious trouble here, that looked like a head shot.

Leopolds body went totally limp on contact.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 16, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Clean hit on Leopold. Pens fans don't agree. Love it!

Posted by: gonchpup | April 16, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Leopold should've kept his head up. I like how when someone gets hurt, people immediately think there should be a penalty.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 16, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I agree that there is no need to panic, Caps fans. 47 shots on goal, wasn't it? Not bad for a team that didn't bring their best. Get the powerplay going again and all will be fine in DC. As for moving Ovie? I think he is at his best when on the point - plenty of room for lateral movement, screened shots, etc... (more options). Plus, you have Green, Poti, or Corvo on the opposite side, Backstrom and Semin along the boards and Laich or Knuble in the crease. Move Ovie and you have to move the others or switch up the units. #1 powerplay in the league. Leave it alone.

Posted by: gonchpup | April 16, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I think they need to repair some of the doors at Mellon arena. All kinds of guys are busting through the zamboni and penalty box doors it seems.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 16, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

The powerplay suffered when they put OV in front of the net instead of the point. He's just not a net crasher.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 16, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

the Caps got a gift from the officials in the OT last night when they had a breakaway and was taken down by Green. In a regular season game, they could have easily called a penalty shot, they didn't even call a penalty.

then a couple minutes later the Caps got a three on one with Backs carrying the puck and Ovi trailing the play and they didn't even get a decent shot off it. what would Bossy/Trottier, Gretzky/Kurri or Lemieux/Jagr would have done on such a break? they would have buried it and ended the game.

Had Backs/Ovi buried it and ended the game like they were supposed to, imagine what the Canadiens and their fans would be saying right now? they'd be IRATE about the non-call on the breakaway.

Posted by: joek443 | April 16, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

If you want to see what playoff hockey should look like, turn on Sens vs Pens. Yeah, I would rather have Sutton than Corvo and he cost the Sens less.

Posted by: StanleyCap | April 16, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that will make me happy about last nights loss is another Pens loss. :D

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 16, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

I don't think Ovie was on that 3 on 1 rush. The Caps were in the middle of a line change and I'm pretty sure it was Chimera with Knuble and Backstrom. The guy on the opposite side of the rush was left handed.

Yes, the other groups you mentioned were likely to bury many odd man breaks. But I am sure they also missed odd man breaks in OT as well.

It was not a well executed odd man rush by the Caps. It happens.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 16, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Last night's game? Giveaways. What's that all about?
I saw some exhaustion on the bench in the third, Chimera looked like he was bent over for 5 minutes, but they played all out, full speed in the first, with maybe a tad too much, do you think?
The best news, as someone already noted, all season (except for that 1 little slide) they came back after a loss lights out. Lets Go Caps

and go Sens, too!

Posted by: bluejeener1 | April 16, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

When our D get it they nearly always just ring it around the boards, rather than try to put it on the guy's stick. Carlson, Green and sometimes Poti are the only ones who try to make a pass - so our forwards waste tons of energy just running around, chasing the other team. Just like Bylsma said. And Corvo is the worst of them all.

I am so frustrated right now - for three straight offseasons our weakness in our own end - and lack of good puck-moving D - has been the worst-kept secret in the league. and GMGM's answer is Corvo. WTF.


Posted by: govtimbo | April 16, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

aww, man.
Ottawa just completely beat Fleury, and Crosby saved the goal. As Alex would no doubt say, Sick Move.

Posted by: bluejeener1 | April 16, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

@ sgm3

I'm pretty sure Ovi was on that 3 on 1 rush... he was the trailing guy in the middle, don't know who the third guy was on the other wing but he was there on the rush.

Posted by: joek443 | April 16, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Credit where its due, Crosby is making a diff for his team. He has been hustling all night on both ends of the ice.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 16, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Crosby is a great player. Anyone who thinks he isn't is in denial.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 16, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

I'm almost positive the guy in the middle was Knuble.

I don't know if there is a replay to go check, but I remember thinking to myself "where was Ovie on the play".

Then looked closely at the replay to see where he was and noticed it was Knuble in the middle (the Versus announcers talked about Knuble being an option on the play) and Chimera on the wing.

It is possible I made a mistake, but I feel pretty confident it was Knuble and Chimera with Backstrom on the rush.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 16, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

For anyone who thinks BB was outcoached last night would they please be specific about how he was outcoached. Players standing around, not putting forth their best effort etc. is not on the coaching staff. Line matchups, line changes, PP format and stuff like that is on the coaching staff.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 16, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I think Ovie has to stop trying to pin point his shots in the upper corner right now and just concentrate getting them on net.

Once he gets his rhythm back then he can go back to pin pointing them, but he has been off on his shot for a while now and missing the net leads to no rebounds and often clean break outs for the defending team

@govtimbo

Corvo played pretty well last night. He has been considered by most hockey writers to have been one of the best playing Caps last night along with Theo and Belanger.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 16, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Nice play by Crosby to set up the winning goal. Not sure how Letang's shot was missed by Elliot, but he must have been screened. Needless to say, Pittsburgh is not going to go quietly in this series.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 16, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Here is the issue - you fans have made several of these players multi-millionaires, WAY set for life, by paying $150 per ticket or so, plus incidentals.

Now why should they go out there and knock themselves out, risking injury? They already proved that they are a pretty good team, good enough to sell out the arena every time they go out there and skate around, and take a few whacks at the puck.

Only a certain sort of team can win the playoffs - one willing to take on the other team, end-to-end and wire-to-wire, outlasting them if necessary, to emerge victorious. This year's Caps may not have that special quality - for some reason, already sufficiently self-satisfied - do not need to win title - life is good enough already.

Posted by: Satchelass | April 16, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Crosby was absolutely amazing in tonight's game. It's ridiculous how good he is.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 16, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Only a certain sort of team can win the playoffs - one willing to take on the other team, end-to-end and wire-to-wire, outlasting them if necessary, to emerge victorious. This year's Caps may not have that special quality - for some reason, already sufficiently self-satisfied - do not need to win title - life is good enough already.

Posted by: Satchelass | April 16, 2010 10:18 PM |

It was one game. Jesus Christ.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 16, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Crosby played like a guy who wasn't gonna let his team go down 2 games to none and I would expect to see the same kinda effort from Ovi tomorrow night.

if not, either there's something physically wrong with him or he's not the player we all thought he was.

Posted by: joek443 | April 16, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Crosby did play great and deserves all the credit for that game.

But that game was awful to watch. It felt like a Devils/Stars game from the late 90's. Very few scoring chances from either team, very few shots except from the point. A lot of clutching and grabbing and very little flow to the game.

It is that style of hockey that drove a lot of fans away from hockey. I know it works to win games when the refs let things go, but I think the refs need to call things tighter in the playoffs to make for a more wide open and exciting game for the good of the game. Games like those will drive some fans away.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 16, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

From previous thread;

Ovi has had a shadow on him in nearly every game, by far better teams than the Habs, and he still manages to produce, or at the very least register shots. I am convinced that he is carrying some kind of injury.

You are one of the smartest hockey people here, and I respect very much your comments, agree with you most of the time, but I think you should re-watch that game if you have it taped. I was there and watched it again last night. He is not skating with his usual gusto...which always involves "shadows."

Posted by: eyechip | April 16, 2010 1:59 PM |

I don't think so. I think the Habs did a much better job shadowing Ovechkin..and that guy would be Pyatt. He was all over Ovechkin, and whenever Ovi tried to break into the offensive zone, he ran into a defender. So basically, he had two guys on him the whole time.

I'm not trying to make any claim whatsoever towards Ovi being 100% or not, because for all I know, he isn't, but the Habs did an absolutely amazing job smothering him all night. Of course, it's Ovi's job to get away from them and score anyway, but that doesn't mean we should slight the job of Pyatt or the Habs d-men.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 16, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

We may hate the Pens, but credit where credit due: Crosby was sick good tonight. Related, we don't have to boo him every time he touches the puck. He hasn't done something dirty here like Briere or ruined the team like Jagr. We hate his team, and maybe him, but he's a talented young fellow. (And let's hope that Chimera separates his head from his body in the second round.)

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 16, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Yeah, I pointed this out to my friend who I was watching the game with. But man, was that 3rd period awesome, when both teams decided to not sit back on their heels and wait.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 16, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

I thought Hal Gill was supposed to be a terrible d-man, a pylon... no??

Posted by: joek443 | April 16, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Sackless, oh I mean Satchlass, you are a tool. Every fan that thinks the players don't care is an idiot. Ovi wears his friggin' heart on his sleeve. He's more pissed, upset, and mad than any fan. Did anyone see the look on Knuble's face immediately following the game that was in the printed post? I did, it looked like he wanted to puke. Sackless, you are lucky as hell that people like me, and everyone else that shows up at the stadium, helps pay the players salaries. The fans that go to the game help to put a phenomenal team on the ice that you can complain about.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 16, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

joek: He will be a pylon on many occasions before this series is over.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 16, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Hal Gill isn't a very good defender at all.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 16, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I guess Duncan Keith sucks because he was on the ice for a fluke goal scored by Dumont? If it was any player other than Carlson these days fans would be all over them and say they should have stepped up at the blue line.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 16, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

actually Hal Gill kinda reminds me of Joe Reekie... both of them know their limits and don't try to do much. they just kinda stand there and make you beat them, they seldom beat themselves.

I remember Jagr talking about Reekie once when he was still with the Pens. Jagr said Reekie was one of the toughest d-men he ever played against for those exact qualities that I mentioned.

Posted by: joek443 | April 16, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

joek: I totally agree with that. He has a huge wing span which makes him difficult at times. Once he has to transition because someone is blowing fast him he's done. He blocked 9 shots I believe. He could become even more of a pylon if a fake shot is presented and then move in when he becomes flat footed to block the shot.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 16, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

I've seen Hal Gill get turned inside-out one too many times. Hell, Ovi has turned him inside-out quite a bit himself.

Hal Gill is just one of the defenders who float through the regular season, playing a marginal role, and then is able to focus come playoffs. Scuderi isn't a very good defender in the regular season, but I would sure as hell love him defending me in the playoffs if I'm a goalie.

Pronger is like this too, except on a superstar level. Floats through the regular season to play good playoff hockey.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 16, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Blackhawks lost. 2-1..well 4-1 really, but two empty nets.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 16, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

The Bears won again tonight 3-2. They were actually trailing until the last half of the second 1-0. They have adjusted to tight playoff hockey just like the Caps will.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 16, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

I like Pekka Rinne, the dude is 6'5"... my kinda goalie :)

Posted by: joek443 | April 16, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Well, the Hawks fell too. The 4-1 score does not tell the story of the game. Two of the goals were empty netters. So far today the home teams in game 2 are evening up the series' and I suspect our Caps will do the same.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 16, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

The only thing I'll say is what a difference Mike Knuble is from the "loping Giraffe" known as Victor Kozlov. Knuble cares and fights to score and doesnt' shy away from the net...while Kozlov was a gifted perimiter player and never wanted anything to do with conflict.

WE needed more Knubles and less Kozlov's. That's why I think Morrison and Walker should be put in the line up on Saturday and let some euro's sit.

GAME ON!

Posted by: Jaymagz | April 16, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Sorry richmondphil didn't see your post. I'm going back and forth between VS and the games on center ice since VS is joining them in progress. The cool thing is when you watch the regional broadcasts they tend not to give updates so I can record 2 games at a time and pretty much watch all of them from the start.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 16, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock

I definitely find myself gravitating towards this Yotes game more than the Avs/Sharks game. It's interesting to see all the 1st games and so far all of the 2nd games be within 1 goal. (empty nets don't count)

Really tight playoff race this year.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 16, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Great game between Det and Phx. Wild second period. 5 goals in with 6 minutes.

Posted by: scropion | April 16, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

holy crap..this Yotes/Wings game...

Posted by: richmondphil | April 16, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

I am watching the Yotes game and have no idea what the live score is because I am at the 11:00 minute mark of the 1st on my DVR. My son and I are record the Sharks/Avs too and plan to watch it after the Yotes game and hope we don't see a score.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 16, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I won't ruin it for ya fanohock1, but the 2nd period...whoa. These teams aren't messing around.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 16, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

This Red Wings-Coyotes game is classic. I looked at the Chicago Tribune article about the Hawks game and the fans in most comments are complaining that all Chicago teams suck and are saying the Hawks' playoff run is over. Sounds like CI last night!

Posted by: Steph22 | April 16, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

isn't it amazing how phoenix seems to have a better ice surface than DC??

these two teams are playing some crisp hockey

Posted by: joek443 | April 16, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

joek443:
probably because phx does not share their arena with the nba's suns. Ted needs to learn from these things and put some priorities in order for next season

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 17, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

In Verizon Center's defense they have to share the facility with the Wizards, Georgetown, and multiple concerts. The Phoenix Suns have their own stadium, US Airways Center, which is actually in Phoenix. I think the Coyote ice is disrupted much less.

I am finally in the 3rd, that 2nd period WAS nuts.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 17, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Did Ted get the nod to purchase the Wizards and Verizon? Even if he does, Georgetown probably has an agreement in place so until that expires the Hoyas will have those stupid 1pm games on days the Caps play at 7pm.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 17, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

The Detroit announcers, at the point in the game I'm at, just said the ice is horrible.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 17, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

@hock1

It's not just Tarik that lumped Semin in with Green and Ovi for last night's debacle of a game. Granted Semin took a penalty which luckily was not costly. But he certainly appeared to put in effort and got chances in OT, even though he couldn't convert anything.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 17, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Yeah and I am glad all you government workers and beneficiaries, all feeders off the public teat, down there in Disneyland on the Potomac, where there is never a recession like for the rest of us in this once-great land, are able to put up a righteous ruckus at all the Caps games . . . at $150 or more per seat . . . I would like to help, but I do not wish to waste my life with meaningless and worthless activity (like most govt jobs), and my business has gone under due to such as the immigration policies that you all support, that ruined my market.

So I am a "tool", fanohock?

. . . at least I have a tool . . . heh heh heh . . . and although I may not always succeed, I am willing to take a risk and use it, unlike you lame govt workers and Beltway Bandits - go get a real job someday (if you can get anyone to hire you for a profit-seeking endeavor - best wishes on that one)

. . . and by the way, as you probably failed the GED, the name is spelled "Satchelass" punk

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

I must admit that I do NOT feel sorry for the Black Hawks for being down 2-0. For all the hating that they've been doing on the Caps since the "infamous" hit, I'd be just as happy that they didn't advance.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 17, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

@CapsFans75, the Hawks have only played one game.

Posted by: Steph22 | April 17, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

@Capsfan75

Actually tonight was the first game of the series, so it's just 1-0 Preds leading the series.

@Satcheless

Lol? Are you serious? Did you really just use a game of hockey as an excuse to conveniently display your disdain about certain political ideas and regions? Not to mention that you couldn't even do it without retarded generalizations. Maybe hockey isn't for you.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Also...I'm sorry, but I can't but help to laugh at you for telling us your business went under.
There are tons of businesses, probably within the same vein as your failed project which you opened up with a huge loan (see..I can make dumb generalizations too), which CAN pay back their bank for their stupid loan for their stupid business idea and compete with all the "illegal aliens" our government and government employers support.

L-O-L.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

@richfill

Lol . . . sort of . . . now go to sleep - past your bed time - tomorrow, at least the evening, will be a tough ordeal

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

@richierich

no - no loan - better to avoid debt if possible - "the borrower is slave to the lender" (bet you do not know where that came from)

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Oh, the "I'm older than you, you're just a kid" internet rebuttal. Great point.

Tell us again how your business went under because of illegal immigrants.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

"the borrower is slave to the lender" (bet you do not know where that came from)

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 12:55 AM |

No, unlike Satchelass, who apparently is the only one who graduated from high school, I don't know where that came from because they don't cover it in our GED class.


Anyways, you sound like a real winner. Want to discuss this over a beer or two in DC? You can tell me how your business plan works.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse

@rp

"older than you just a kid" . . . "rebuttal" - huh?

I did not say that . . . at least if you are going to castigate me, do so on a sound basis . . .

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse

"yotes" has got to be the worst nickname for any team ever

Posted by: butcherbaker | April 17, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Lol..like the worn-out phrase, "past your bedtime" doesn't imply that you're proclaiming some false sense of superiority and seniority over the anonymity of the internet.

Don't you have a Tea Party rally to be at?

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

@rp

no, not at all - it just occured to me that those of us still paying attn to this chain of comments, are doing so at 1AM on a Sat morn - somewhat curious I thought

yeah! T parties - right on! Ron Paul for Prez - close down the Fed and shrink FedGov

@butcherbaker

yes - "yotes" is weird - should be "yoties"

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

"discuss over beer in DC" . . . sounds nice, but, I must wonder . . . you are not a homo, are you? I do not wish to meet homos. I like chicks. You know, their feminine qualities, including (but not exhaustively) their breasts, hips, lips, hair, voices, etc.

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

I am a flaming homo. I just want some sound financial advise on how to run and sustain a business.

You can help me with that, can't you?

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 1:26 AM | Report abuse

@Steph22

How'd the Hawks get so behind in games played?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 17, 2010 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Sackless: Really, the cost to go to a Capitals hockey game is $150 per ticket? Do you have to sit with your nose on your glass. If not, you can get into a regular season game for $35 on a week day.

Maybe your business went under because you stay up all night getting drunk? I'm up watching hockey tonight because I have a job all week that doesn't allow me to stay up to watch the west coast games.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 17, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

@rp

In that case, have you sufficient means to pay my consulting fee?


@allCapsFans

Incidentally, before bed tonight (ok this morning), in honor of richmondphil the flaming homo, all Caps fans are encouraged to listen to Black Sabbath play "Fairies Wear Boots".

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

@ultimatefanohock

"Maybe your business went under because you stay up all night getting drunk?" ha ha ha I will forgive you for having a job all week cuz you made me lol!

$35?!! Now that is more my price range . . . but then I cannot stick my nose on the glass . . . so I don't know if that is really a good deal. I want to bang on the glass when the siren goes off.

And again, the name is SATCHELASS! I may not be the most continental Washingtonian, but at least I have the common decency to spell your name right enough . . .

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Capsfan75: I swear I heard on NHL Home Ice that the Harlem Globetrotters were playing at United Center on Thursday. Not sure why they didn't start Wednesday.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 17, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Now that the Sharks won in OT all the teams that were expected to win Thursday won today. Hopefully the Caps will follow the lead. I'm hitting the sack because I went to the game last night and then worked all day. Have fun watching infomercials sackless. BTW you have not spelled my post name properly yet. I on the other hand have spelled you post name the way it should be sackless, like nothing hanging.

Sorry I stooped low fellow Caps fans. Have a good night.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 17, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse

@Capsfan75

Hawks/Preds first game was today.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Incidentally, before bed tonight (ok this morning), in honor of richmondphil the flaming homo, all Caps fans are encouraged to listen to Black Sabbath play "Fairies Wear Boots".

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 1:34 AM |

Me being a flaming homo aside, if this is supposed to be a slight at Black Sabbath, you fail because they are the greatest band ever.

FAIRIES WEAR BOOTS AND YOU GOTTA BELIEVE ME...

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 1:57 AM | Report abuse

but at least I have the common decency to spell your name right enough . . .

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 1:42 AM |

No you don't. You have tried to come up with some clever nickname every post.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

. . . aw, fanohock, you are just sore cuz I put you hi-falutin government drones in your place - be assured, reality will assert itself, eventually

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 2:03 AM | Report abuse

@richphil

. . . now stop this nonsense this is two times in a row - about the name, that was for fanohock.

And about Black Sabbath, why do you keep being uncharitable and assuming the worst, in the absence of definitive evidence? "Fairies Wear Boots" is one of my favorite songs these days. Along with "Halo of Flies", by Alice Cooper - check that one out some time.

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 2:06 AM | Report abuse

I'll pass on the Alice Cooper. I'll stick to the Black Sabbath and Black Flag, thanks.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Unrelated, but to all you Kovy haters (tom, I'm looking at you, haha), watch replays of Kovy in today's game. He was all over the place offensively, contributed defensively, and was just physical and downright wild tonight. Wild in a good way...like what we get out of Ovi 99.9% of the time.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 2:24 AM | Report abuse

Oh, you miss out richphil - Coop is a creative theatrical genius.

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 2:26 AM | Report abuse

We need an ongoing chat forum for use during the games, for those of us that have to watch through cameras, for example. We can commiserate, exult, or gloat together, whichever is appropriate.

There was one for Maryland Terps basketball that worked real well.

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 2:32 AM | Report abuse

No one has the flu. You people are unreal. The Caps had their butts whipped and will bring a better effort tonight.

Posted by: hessone | April 17, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

man, the Flyers and NJ series is pretty exciting. I hope we dont get the Flyers (if we make it through round 1). NJ seems to have their hands full.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 17, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Another great series is Chicago and Nashville. Those teams are all over the place. And as much as I hate to say it, Crosby had a great game last night. Those deeks before the assist were crazy. Sutton should have taken Crosby out instead of letting him dance around like that. That loss was all on Sutton.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 17, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

LET'S GO CAPS! I think tonight's a must win. I think they'd be in huge trouble if they went to Montreal down 2-0. If we can go there with a split, I think things will be okay because I think we can get one up there. But tonight we NEED to win, period. Ovechkin needs to play better which won't be hard to top game 1.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 17, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Agreed! You don't want to go to Montreal down 2-0. A lot of series were tied in game 2 yesterday. This better be another one.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 17, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Rachel216 - Hey, if our boys can play as "poorly" as they did the other night and still put up 47 shots in an overtime loss, imagine what they will do when they bring their A-game. I see no reason they can't win both up there even if we are down by two. I really believe we have something special this year. The KEY being fulfilling roles and playing the system... that is how we were able to put together that incredible winning streak. Our talent is unmatched.

Posted by: gonchpup | April 17, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: tess2201 | April 17, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

All credit to MTL's D on that 3 on 1 - hell of a play, not too many guys in the league you'd rather have with the puck on their stick than Backstrom in that situation [and correct, that was Chimera going to far post]. Spacek is one hell of a d-man. As is Markov.

Actually, watch MTL's D - esp. Markov and Spacek, they put the puck right on their forwards' tape. Our forwards run around chasing, just like Bylsma said. GMGM's answer was Corvo.

And for those writers saying how well Corvo played - who coughed it up in OT where they busted in on transition, odd-man rush with puck on Plekanec's stick? WTF is Corvo playing ahead of Carlson, again?

Posted by: govtimbo | April 17, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

I stand corrected - it looks like Carlson has moved ahead of Corvo. And TEB did give credit - sort of - to MTL's D [Spacek in particular is really good, as is Markov]. Sometimes you have to give credit to the other team, I don't think OV played badly they just played better. And they get paid for a reason.

But it's not that their "veteran" TEB - it is that all of their D skate well, and make quick, accurate passes. Kind of a key quality for your d-men to have.

Posted by: govtimbo | April 17, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is the greatest goal scorer in the game right now. He is nowhere near the greatest player.
It's one thing to score in game 57 of the regular season but the playoffs are a different story when space becomes limited. Ovi is a one trick pony coming down the left wing. His moves are so predictable.
We will probably get by the Habs on talent alone but that is not guaranteed.
The next time #8 plays defense will be the first time. But there is no glory in defense so don't hold your breath.
He may come out and score 4 goals tonight but until he commits to being a two-way player we will never win The Cup.
Don't be a hater.

Posted by: markfromparkville | April 17, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Okay - about to head to Penn Station to grab the train to DC for the game. Been too long since I was at the Verizon Center!

Rock the red tonight!

Posted by: KurtNYC | April 17, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

mark what on earth are you talking about - OV was like +whatever for the season, you don't get that without being two-way. He almost led the league in plus-minus, what other forward - other than Federov in his prime was the best player on a great team - has ever done that?

Ridiculous.

Posted by: govtimbo | April 17, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

@govtimbo

Yes, Corvo did make the turnover in OT. But you have to look how he played over the entire game and not point out one mistake to say he played horribly.

After the turnover, then ShaMo got beat which led to the 2-on-1. So ShaMo made the mistake directly preceding the goal. Does that mean ShaMo had a horrible game last night too?

Every player is going to make a few mistakes a game. The better players just have a higher ratio of good plays to gbad plays.

Over the course of the game Corvo played well and had significantly more good plays than bad plays. I thought all of the defenders did that except for Poti.

I'm glad to see that BMo is back in tonight. I wonder if he may see some point time on the PP to throw a changeup at the Habs.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 17, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Tomorrow's headline at the Post.......Playoff flu strikes the Caps ( again ) .....gotta have some kinds excuse for losing game 2.......GO Habs........

Posted by: jerryc57 | April 17, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

"I'm not shoot and score " should be the headlines.

Posted by: jerryc57 | April 17, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Did game 2 happen already or are you habs fans just psychic? Shouldn't you be practicing your clever "Tay-oh" chant?

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 17, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

@markfromparkville, no need for me to say that you only come around to say something negative about the Caps, but that's all you do. Disappear for long stretches and then dis the players at the pinnacle of this particular sport. Like this Habs fan who just chimed in, some idiots don't want to have some respectful discussion about aspects of both teams, they just want to be a "hater" as you say.

Posted by: Justafan | April 17, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Hey, jerryc57 - I left you a comment on the earlier blog about Ovie, in which you were sounding off on him.

Posted by: gonchpup | April 17, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

The Caps best players admittedly did not play their best in game one while Montreal played the best that they probably can and the result was still only 3-2.

Can Montreal continue playing "the best they can" for a few more games with no letdown?

We know the Caps best players can play better and any combination of the two: Caps better and Montreal less than perfect should tilt that score.

Losing 3-2 in OT in a game when the best players were not playing like best players is not the ideal result but not the end of the world.

Bring on Game 2.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | April 17, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

" Give me puck " I open "....

Posted by: jerryc57 | April 17, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Gotta go......Gotta life......till 7:00 tonite...Go Habs.............Tay-oh........

Posted by: jerryc57 | April 17, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

jerryc57 - And for you... "Give me brain, I stupid".

Posted by: gonchpup | April 17, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

yesisaiditfirst - Exactly...

Posted by: gonchpup | April 17, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Yeah gonchpup - Montreal . . . a bunch of Roman Catholic socialists . . . how can they think they are so hot? . . . not only take they pleasure in licking the boots of an evil man, but socialists besides! Hard to say which is worse . . .

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The NHL playoffs are a new season. You can forget the regular season because you have to fight tooth and nail for 28 games to win a Stanley Cup.

All predictions, expectations and hopes of 4 and 5 game series along the way are all a fantasy.

The Montreal Canadiens, winners of 24 cups in their storied history, came in on Thursday and pissed into the Presidents Cup. Their players don't care how many points the Caps had during the season.

I am very curious to see if the Caps have what it takes to fight for the cup. They got pushed around by Pittsburgh last year and we'll see if they have what it takes this year.

Posted by: rs12 | April 17, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

yeah - they PISSED IN OUR CUP!!!

I say, time to kick their collective arse back up to the hole they crawled out of!

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

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