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Boudreau: 'We Just Have to Do More'

This morning's pregame skate at Madison Square Garden was short on news but long on good quotes.

First, the news. Coach Bruce Boudreau declined to discuss the lineup, though he did say there could be some changes to the forward combos and defensive pairings. Jeff Schultz (undisclosed injury) did not skate and captain Chris Clark (wrist) stayed on for additional work, which like means both of them are out.

"I'm not going to tell the lineup in the playoffs," Boudreau said. "I'm just not going to do it. I might change a guy here or there. But we did that every game. Everybody has played with everybody, so it's not a big surprise."

On to the quotes:

Boudreau on Playing at MSG
"Every team that comes into this building is excited to play in New York and at Madison Square Garden," he said. "I don't think we're alone there. Even though we've lost both of our home games, I would much rather play at home than on the road."

Boudreau on Game 2
"We played a pretty good regular season game, but not good enough to win in the playoffs," he said. "You have to do more in the playoffs to succeed than you do in the regular season a lot of the time. We just have to do more. We can't play at the same level as we did in the regular season. New York has ramped it up, and we have to be able to meet that. I don't know if we did or we didn't last game."

Boudreau on Ovechkin
"You just have to talk to him," he said. "He's a guy who wants to do everything. Sometimes he has a tendency to try to do everything by himself and that's something, we just have to talk to him and say, 'Okay Alex, you've got 19 other guys here to help you.'"

"But it's his personality to want to do everything so hard and so well. You can't fault him for that. Sometimes you just have to reel him in a little bit."

Boudreau on Being Down 2-0
"They have a chance to put a large stake in our hearts today," he said. "We know what that means and we know what we're up against. We just have to weather that storm."

"When you've been successful all year long and you haven't been put in a position ...," he added. "Now you're facing adversity for the first time, they're probably a little surprised. But pros and winners will adjust to that. They will make the necessary adjustments. If we feel sorry for ourselves, then we're in trouble. To win the Stanley Cup, every team is going to have to go through something. And this is something we'll have to overcome."

Boudreau on Ovechkin Scouting the Rangers
"I don't think he had a pen and paper and was writing down line combinations," he cracked. "I can understand. I've gotten into the same arguments with people when I've wanted privacy in my practice, so I can understand what John was going through."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 20, 2009; 1:16 PM ET
 
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Comments

And we shall overcome. LET'S GO CAPS!

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | April 20, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

First

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 20, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

dang

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 20, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

LOL ...Now everyone has to read carefully to see if its StanleyCup1907 or StanleyCup19O7..lol BUT AT LEAST THEY ARE READING! L0L

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | April 20, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

You know what I notice from BB here. In past quotes he's been more likely to snipe a little bit (i.e. Fonzi for his whining about calls). Note he's being diplomatic about Ovie's antics. Methinks he realizes Ovie's personality is coming back out, a big game is coming, and he's going to stand aside and enjoy

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 20, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

5th

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | April 20, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

What is the deal with "first"? Seriously. Leave the space for posts that actually mean something.

Posted by: snakegriffin | April 20, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

How come people who post these "first" comments never post anything of value? Rhetorical question.

We will win tonight. I have a gut feeling.

Posted by: ranndino | April 20, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

snakegriffin, good idea!

SC1907 can no longer post :)

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 20, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if OV scores tonight will he do the HOT STICK dance !!!! haven't seen it since the ICE AGE!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | April 20, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I guess I wasn't the only one asking about line changes. I wonder who is with who tonight.

Posted by: pkendrick | April 20, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

In OV next life he is coming back as a mascot!!! Hell why wait that long he can start in a week! I will get him a job with the Nationals!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | April 20, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

i agree with Bouds on one thing about this series: they have been playing pretty good regular season hockey. as he said, can't win in the playoffs playing regular season hockey.

Posted by: doughless | April 20, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh god Stanley. You work for the Nats. No wonder you don't know anythnig about sports.

Posted by: pkendrick | April 20, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

what, no goalie questions?! After the goalies being the overriding ofcus for, oh, 3 weeks now, I expected at least a "Who will start?" and a "I'm not going to tell!"

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 20, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

But it's his personality to want to do everything so hard and so well. You can't fault him for that. Sometimes you just have to reel him in a little bit."
Quote by BB.......START REELING BB ...he has the bait half way down his throat!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | April 20, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

redbirdie:

thank goodness no goalie questions. the whole topic has been beat and wrongly focused on.

Posted by: doughless | April 20, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Good call RedBirdie

Tarik - which goalie stayed on at the end?

Posted by: pkendrick | April 20, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Kozlov and Flash have been nonexistent, BB might try out Fehr on the top line to get some bodies infront to start. I'm sure he will go to 8, 19, 28 at some point tonight if they still can't score.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 20, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Of course he's right that regular season hockey isn't gonna cut it anymore. What bothers me is that he has to say it. I hope he just said that as media fodder, and that he didn't have to give the team that lecture. The fact he has to is concerning to say the least.

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 20, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Koz has no business on a top line after Saturday

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 20, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tess2201 | April 20, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I think they gotta get Brashear in there just to muscle some pople around.

Who would sit if he plays? Nylander?

Posted by: adamkatzen | April 20, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

You might as well pull the goaltender. Starting from the opening face off......and play at EVEN strength!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | April 20, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

doughless, I think the goalie questions been beaten to death (and, honestly, I thought Theo was getting whcked around in the media way before it was warranted. Season wasn't even over and people, like ESPN, which does nothing for hocky, is acting like he just ran oevr a bag of kittens for fun), but I figured today of all days would be prime goalie madness day, seeing as neither goalie has won, but the rookie did only let one goal through.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 20, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

adam - I don't know about sitting Nyls. I don't remember yelling at him as much for doing stupid things with the puck like I did all year. He is a Vet with playoff experience and I think he should be out there.

I do think that getting Brash in could definitely help. He is a big hitter who can wear down the Rangers D on the forecheck and things will open up for us in the offensive zone later in the game.

Posted by: pkendrick | April 20, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I make funny jokes. Ha ha. Sorry, my Mommy says I have to get off of our computer now.

Posted by: StanleyCup19O7 | April 20, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

But it's his personality to want to do everything so hard and so well. You can't fault him for that. Sometimes you just have to reel him in a little bit."
Quote by BB.......START REELING BB ...he has the bait half way down his throat!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | April 20, 2009 1:35 PM |


And I know what it's like to have things halfway down my throat, believe me.

Posted by: StanleyCup19O7 | April 20, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Is it possible to block people with an IQ below 70 (i.e., StanleyCup1907 -- surprised he can even spell that. Probably had help) from this blog? Stupid comments are so boring.

Posted by: bucknelldad | April 20, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

We played a pretty good regular season game, but not good enough to win in the playoffs," he said. "You have to do more in the playoffs to succeed than you do in the regular season a lot of the time. We just have to do more. We can't play at the same level as we did in the regular season. New York has ramped it up, and we have to be able to meet that. I don't know if we did or we didn't last game."


Here's an idea!: Score more goals than them.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 20, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I want to see the World Championship Line.

Ovie-Feds-Semin
Flash-Backstrom-Koz

Make it happen Bruce, weve never lost with this combo!

Posted by: greener1 | April 20, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Don't feed the trolls.

Posted by: snakegriffin | April 20, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Nylander has been hustling in these first two games a hundred times more than in the regular season. Hopefully Fehr/Flash can finish 1 or 2. Im not saying Nylander is the greatest but his line is playing the way all of our lines shoudl. Cycle, pass, shoot. We arent going to score 4 goals on every shift.

Posted by: ohaque23 | April 20, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I like Feds centering Ovie and Semin. Why have him on the team if we're not going to use his Cup winning experience by expanding his role?

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 20, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Lets take a look at the other dud you have on this team SIT OUT SEMIN...hum 2 GP 1 PT 4 PIM 7 Shots That gives OV AND SEMIN 1 goal 1 goal 26 shots. Was Semin on the bench too watching the NYR

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | April 20, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

the all russian top line gets too cute

Posted by: doughless | April 20, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't like Ovie and Semin on the same line. They tend of get fluffy bunny cute when they're out there together.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 20, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I like OV's enthusiasm and his leadership. I think he sometimes tries to do it all himself because the other guys aren't stepping up and showing enough effort and energy. These 19 other guys are the ones feeding him the puck, constantly trying to set him up - probably not what they had in mind for 'team hockey'. I think OV would be perfectly happy to have no points tonight, as long as he makes a good contribution in other areas that result in his team getting chances and points.

Posted by: theshawn | April 20, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Live from MSG: Morning Gamesmanship from Ovechkin

Interesting moment early on when Alex Ovechkin came out and sat on the Caps bench to watch the Rangers' skate for a few minutes, but was ushered away on someone's orders. Ovechkin, who hasn't scored a goal in the first two games, was told he could sit in the stands, but he went back into the locker room.

Coach John Tortorella plead innocent. "This is the first I heard of it," he said. "Ask me a question about the game, not that -----"

Asked about the incident, Ovechkin said, "Tortorella... just to ---- him off." Why was he told to leave? "I guess because they're afraid of me."

***
Speaking of gamesmanship, the Rangers stayed in a midtown hotel and skated first. The Caps went on ice at 11:30. If the Rangers skated in Westchester, the Caps could have been on at 10 or 10:30. One Capitals insider said the change had nothing to do with Torts' team concept. "He just wants up to cut down on the players' pregame naps. He did it to us in when we played them in the playoffs in Tampa, too."

***
In the first pre-game skate at the Garden in two years (I thought four, but was corrected: the Rangers skated once here during the back-to-backs against Atlanta in the 2007 playoffs), Rangers captain Chris Drury was on the ice with Ryan Callahan and Markus Naslund and---unlike after previous game-day twirls in this series---declared that he would play tonight. Didn't really think, otherwise though, didja?

Note: The Rangers did skate here at least once in the Renney regime, when they arrived from the road, but not on a game day.

Appeared to be the same lines and D-pairs:

Avery-Gomez-Antropov
Naslund-Drury-Callahan
Korpikoski-Dubinsky-Zherdev
Sjostrom-Betts-Orr

Rozsival-Redden
Staal-Girardi
Mara-Morris

***

Caps coach Bruce Boudreau did not revel his choice of goaltender. I'm guessing Simeon Varlamov, but...

Quotes from players and coaches coming up....

Posted by: NYRangersfan4life | April 20, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

From the Previous thread: ASHLAS1: If the "clutch and grab" era was so bad why were there more goals being scored? Players like Lemieux and Jagr were also hooking specialists who created scoring chances. In today's game Semin is sent to the box for the same infractions.

At the risk of being booed out of here too, the softest superstar the league ever had was it's greatest player. Wayne Gretzky was not a big man, and always had someone on the ice that had his back. He was a phenomenal player but if we're going to call superstars soft, you have to call out the Great One. In this era where players like OV, Malkin, and even Crosby, are willing to throw a check, I don't know if Gretzky would be that same superstar, no one will ever know. One thing I do know is that his records will never be touched because our greatest players, and they are great players, can only muster between 110-120 points a season now. They will never catch the Great Ones stats at that rate.

By the way I am a huge Gretzky fan, I was lucky enough to experience his entire career.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 20, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

just an observation, but after experiencing both rangers and flyers fans this season; i find RANGERS fans (and new yorkers, in general) MUCH MORE IRRITATING. seriously rangersfan4life, go hang out with your Rag NY a-hole buddies. we don't need you media coverage here.

Posted by: doughless | April 20, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

We're all guessing, NYR...

Thanks for the post.

Posted by: Greg S. | April 20, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

@ASHLAS1: How old are you Pens fan? We did have Jagr and he didn't help us get anywhere. He had an all-star cast around him to boot.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 20, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

What's with the "no show" stuff on Ovie in the playoffs? Does he not have 10 points in 9 career playoff games? Terrible numbers I'm sure.

All the time for talk is done, see you after the game.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 20, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

All the time for talk is done, see you after the game.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 20, 2009 2:09 PM
Dave Stay please only 2 games left!!!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | April 20, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

obligatory troll post.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 20, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm done with BB, have been for a couple months now. His team isn't ready when it needs to be. This conversation about ramping it up, not being the finesse team but getting dirty, didn't we hear all this LAST year? And yet again, they aren't prepared. That's the coach, plain and simple. His luck has run out, now we need a real coach, a total hard ass.

Posted by: soloman5000 | April 20, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

lol.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 20, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Caps in 7.

Posted by: StanleyCup19O7 | April 20, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Lundquist outcoached Boudreau. Let's get him and fire BB.

In other news Hradek said on XM that he had 2 reliable Caps sources and most of Caps players didn't believe Jose could carry them in playoffs. He said maybe BB heard that and decided to go with Varly.

Posted by: CodePoetry | April 20, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

"I don't like Ovie and Semin on the same line. They tend of get fluffy bunny cute when they're out there together." - Redbirdie

You may call them what you wish, but that is the only way they are going to score. Shooting from downtown is not going to make it. You need to make Lundqvist move and keep him guessing. In my opinion, of course.

@greener1
I like your line combinations:
Ovie-Feds-Semin
Flash-Backstrom-Koz

But I would probably would exchange Feds and Backstrom, either way, I think those are good combinations.

Posted by: opita1 | April 20, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock1, totally right about Gretzky, put up huge points but a very soft player, someone always had his back (Messier, Semenko, McSorley, etc.).

I've always wondered what kind of #'s Forsberg, Federov, etc. would've put up playing under the same rules.

Posted by: govtimbo | April 20, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

@sc07

Sorry man, no I don't have tix tonight like I did for Games 1 and 2 (I wish I did), but I have to watch the game out tonight so I won't be able to give you a play by play. I'll do a post when I get back tonight.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 20, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

@soloman - give it a rest about BB, he's a great coach, the Caps dreadful before he arrived. Not his fault Jose was totally outplayed Game 1, or that Lundquist is a great big-game goalie.

Now if you want to discuss GMGM, well that I can get on board with...

Posted by: govtimbo | April 20, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Brashear in tonight...Mark my words.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 20, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

words marked.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 20, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

When is the World Championship games begin?
My money is on Team Russia led by Ovie, Semin, Fed, Koslov and Valamov.

Posted by: 555Mass | April 20, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

lets have this conversation after Varly faces the number of breakaways JT has had to face. i ain't saying JT is the man, but Varly has how many NHL games under his belt?? has he ever played in a playoff game?? At MSG?? we'll see how he handles it. personnally, i think this was handled all wrong. if Varly folds, what is the backup?? all this blame JT stuff is bunk. he let in 2 softies. how has the rest of the team played?? nothing wrong with being a fan, but lets at least be honest about the way the Caps have been playing.

Posted by: doughless | April 20, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Sacrebleu!! Brashear in tonight?? Sacre Dieu! Please forgive him for he does not know what he is saying.

Posted by: opita1 | April 20, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

i would welcome Brash in the lineup.

Posted by: doughless | April 20, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

@doughless

I didnt want Varly in last game either, but he is and we have to deal with it. Varly until he flops or rises now, i guess...

Posted by: richmondphil | April 20, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

"i would welcome Brash in the lineup."
Yes. As a Rangers' fan I am sure you would.

Posted by: opita1 | April 20, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

no rags fan hear. the fourth line has at least been willing to muck it up a bit. what is wrong with suggesting that Brash may be able to help in some dirty-goal work?? didnt he score the first goal last year against the Flydonkies???

Posted by: doughless | April 20, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

opita:

your line suggestions worked real well during the regular season. aside from Flash, who in the two lines you suggest are going to take the heat in front of the Rags crease?? i expect a much deeper analysis of hockey strategy from you.

Posted by: doughless | April 20, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

LOL...flydonkies...

Posted by: richmondphil | April 20, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Theo let in two softies that costed the Caps the game.

Varley let in one two-on-one and did not cost the Caps the game, because the Caps had no offense.

There is a difference, no matter what resumes/stats might say at this point of the season.

Posted by: wesvenis | April 20, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

555 i bet you wont be saying that if caps win tonight

Posted by: madboost35 | April 20, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm getting really, really nervous. I hate this situation we're in. Not to be all negative but by the end of tonight, this thing could be over. ;(

Posted by: rachel216 | April 20, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

@doughless

I can understand your point of view about Varly, but at some point, these young goalies need to get some game time. If we kept saying a guy was unseasoned, then no one would ever be seasoned. And quite frankly, we know what Theo can do, so why not give the kid a chance? There's no guarantee that Varly can carry this team, but you get no assurances when Theo is backstopping, either.

Posted by: CDon | April 20, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

This is the playoffs, you dont do that to your #1 goalie.But since it has already been done, it better be Varlamov. He played better, and it should be him until he has a real stinker.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 20, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

i am not knocking Varly. i like him and look forward to his future with the Caps. you are right, Varly needs experience. maybe this sounds crazy, but i think the goalie thing is bad as it relates to team psychology and the psychology between the teams. don't know how JT's head works, but you gotta wonder what kind of performance he will muster if they turn to him again after BB bailed on him.

i hope none of this matters.

Posted by: doughless | April 20, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised they've allowed the troll to continue his useless existence on this blog. As much as I love the Capitals and Tarik and Company's job on reporting, I don't think I could stand reading people's comments any longer. Apart from the intelligent humor and statistical genius that many of you show, it's the rejects like SC1907 that continue to kill this blog for me. I guess until that troll leaves, I'll just read the articles and not bother with furthering my education of Capitals ice hockey. The troll can go eff himself. What a sad existence to have being him.

Rock the Red, Capitals fans!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 20, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I think Varlamov probably has this series on his plate. I don't see going back to JT. TeB brought up a very interesting pointin the chat about Lundqvist, particularly in game 2: he faced a lot of shot but quantity is not quality. I think Semyon in game 2 falls into that category also - I think the Rangers had one good scoring chance and they made the most of it. Varlamov hasn't seen a ton of quality chances and until he has, we don't know how this will work out. Now, I know everyone will say that goal was not his fault - and I agree - but all season long and as the playoffs started, the knock on JT was that he didn't make those saves that steal games: the ten bellers. And that is true. But, Varlmov hasn't yet, either. He's had one chance and didn't quite get there. Yep, we had no offense but I think a 0-0 game for 2 1/2 periods favors the Caps style more so that a 1-0 game where the Rangers can simply lock down and put five guys around the net - which is what they did.

My wish for the rest of this series - and I think the Caps win - is no more backdoor goals. I've learned that the single defender takes the pass and lets the goalie see the puck and stop the stop. Didn't happen in Game 2 as Poti stayed on the puck and left Semyon out to dry. Please, no more.

Posted by: saintex | April 20, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Saintex, you I think, indirectly hit a key point about this game.

We need to score first. If not, Rangers will turtle back into that pseudo-trap system and protect the net like they did.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 20, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

LeftCoastCapsFan: I just wish the troll had something meaningful/intelligent to say, you know? I wouldn't mind him that much then, but everything he has to say is meaningless, pathetic, and just plain moronic.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 20, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Post mods probably don't do much about trolls because trolls = page views = ad $$$.
Of course, it probably also helps Caps Insider on the blog rankings.

Posted by: koalatek | April 20, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Steinz has some new Caps-related posts up at the Bog today. A couple of funny little tidbits, too.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 20, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I liked NYRangersfan4life insights, why did you insult him like that doughless? He doesn't seem to be a troll.

Posted by: mauree | April 20, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Please guys, lets not start mixing the Kool Ade yet. Remember we are trying to build a " CONSISTANT" winner like Detroit. If we win the Cup this year, and end up like Tampa two years later, what have we gained? Memories? Like the Flyers, they are living off memories that are 30 years old. We needed a strong goalie, I feel we found that on Saturday. what we are lacking is a force " IN FRONT" of the net. I believe we are one of the most talented teams in the league. Now we need some nastyness, and I don't mean toughness like Brasheer. We need someone who will get dirty in front. When we get that piece... WATCH OUT !!

Posted by: SeattleRob | April 20, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

@leftcoast
If you leave you let that pathetic excuse for a human win. Punks like him don't deserve to win anything. That's the bad thing about the internet is it allows people to hide. I doubt he'd ever walk around the concourse at the Phone booth with a shirt or sign on him that says "I'm StanleyCup1907". I know I would fly in from Colorado to be there if he did.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 20, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

We need to score first. If not, Rangers will turtle back into that pseudo-trap system and protect the net like they did.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 20, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

This is Torts MO. Form a semi circle in front of your goalie so no shots get through and capitilize on a couple of the chances you will have all game and win 1-0. So boring but effective against teams that don't crash the net.

I think one of the Caps players said it in an interview a couple days back. Don't take the first shot, fake and go around the ranger who is doing snow angels on the ice. Their players go down so quickly.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 20, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

While I would like to see the Caps pull the series out, I just don't see it in the cards. They entered the playoffs without the momentum like they had last year. I just have this feeling that they are toast. I would like to have them prove me wrong.

Varly should get the start. I don't care if he is a rookie. JT is slow side-to-side and his reaction time is friggin slow. You cannot count on him to make the secondary save. Seems like the Caps play better defense in front of Varly as well.

If there is one thing they need to do, and have talked about how they need to have done it all year, is getting someone standing in front of the net. This high slot stuff has to go. They talk about screening the goalie, but they never do.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | April 20, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

No way Theo is back in net after what Varly did in game 2. If he did go back to Theo and we lose he will face incredible criticism. If we lost with Varly not so much. BTW, mark my words, CAPS in 6. Not dreaming, we're the better team all around with Varly in net.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 20, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

What happened last year going into the playoffs WITH momentum?

This whole going in hot or cold is such BS. It doesn't make any difference what so ever. It's how you play when you get in that matters.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 20, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

i agree: Varly has to start. but, saintex is right when he says Varly hasn't been tested. i for one hope he kicks Ranger butt.

mauree:

2 games of annoying Rags fans at the Phone Booth will do it to anyone.

Posted by: doughless | April 20, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I think we finished the season on an 10-3-2 run. I'll take that. No team can hope for a 12-1 run to finish the season. It's hard to believe that a bad two game, important games, just shuts down a lot of fans. A win tonight and we can all pick ourselves back up, dust off, and get ready for Wednesday. If this comes back to D.C. at 2-2, Verizon will be madness. And I predict it will be madness....

Posted by: saintex | April 20, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The Rangers don't have the most prolific offense in the world so chances are Varly won't be very tested in this series but that's a great way to bring him in. Theo wasn't very tested either and gave up 4, Varly 1. We have a better chance to win with Varly in net period. Plus on NHL Live, EJ said that he knows somebody who knows the Caps very well and that some players have said that they don't feel Theo gives them a chance to win. Not good when your team doesn't have confidence in you. Much less the coach, fans internet guy etc.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 20, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

www.capitalskremlin.com

Posted by: laxhoss | April 20, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"Please guys, lets not start mixing the Kool Ade yet. Remember we are trying to build a " CONSISTANT" winner like Detroit. If we win the Cup this year, and end up like Tampa two years later, what have we gained? Memories?"

It doesn't have to be an either/or proposition, i.e the cup or a first round flame-out.

Personally, all I wanted to see in the playoffs this year was some progress. Unfortunately, I don't know that I'm seeing any, which doesn't bode well for the "future." but who knows?

At this point, all I want is a win tonight. We can go from there. But as far as "progress," We at least made it to game 7 last year. Who knows if we can do that this year?

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 20, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Of the many subsets of Capitals fans that exist, I think two in particular are most clearly represented:

1. Those not used to the Caps losing. They became fans somewhere around March 2007.

2. Long-time fans who curl up into the fetal position each April crying "why hockey gods, why?! Why do you torture me like this every spring?!"

I fall firmly into cap 2. I'm trying to stay positive, but I'm convinced the hockey gods hate the Caps and all of this has been a cruel tease. Once again, I haven't a clue as to why the hockey gods have been angered so, but apparently they ahve and I'll have to spend another april crying. le sigh. Comes with being a Caps fan.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 20, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

CAPS in 6, mark my words starting tonight.

Was, was it over when the German's bombed Pearl Harbor? HELL NO! And it ain't over now! Who's with me?

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 20, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

i gonna drink heavily and hope for dirty goals.

Posted by: doughless | April 20, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Dough's strategy is spot on.

Posted by: wesvenis | April 20, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

there is no april curse in effect; quite simply the Rangers are outworking us and are willing to pay a higher price. Which is why now prior to game 3 you start seeing comments from our esteemed coach about how "we need to do more" and that "playoff hockey requires a greater effort than regular season hockey".

duh

way to get em prepared for the playoffs Bruce!

Posted by: maven1918 | April 20, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

pokerface1208: I hope you're right. But it all starts with one. They can't be looking beyond. They've got to take it one game at a time.

In the back of my mind I feel like they will come back... just knowing this team, they'll find a way.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 20, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

@ pokerface, that is easily my favorite part of the unleash the fury video, I'm not sure if anyone will ever be as funny as John belushi

Posted by: doncosmic | April 20, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Instead of blasting the Caps for playing so poorly, why don't you just recognize the fact that the Rangers have played their A-game (defensively, at least). It is obvious that they do not present much of an offensive threat, so they have done what is needed to shut us down. Hats off to them up to this point. The Caps have played "good" hockey and now need to pick it up from here. 2 losses by 1 goal to a well-coached team with a top-notch goalie, and everybody is pannicked and pointing fingers. The Caps are getting their chances, getting many SOG and many more blocked by NY. It's not that the Caps can't play, it's just that the Rangers are making the most of their efforts.

Posted by: gonchpup | April 20, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I think this 2-game deficit the Caps have found themselves in is a problem that can only be solved by.....F STREET.

Posted by: Kevin9149 | April 20, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

pokerface, I'm with you! Gimme a Hell! Gimmie a YEAH!

Posted by: ejohnsto | April 20, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

i gonna drink heavily and hope for dirty goals.

Posted by: doughless | April 20, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

great strategy, hopefully you are not really simeon varhlamov.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 20, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I totally understand the Caps fans who've been around for 30+ years and been heartbroken every season. I'm a Cubs fan, and I know the feeling. But, and I mean this nicely, this team and these players aren't a part of that past - this isn't a group who's been stuggling through five or six consecutive seasons with early playoff exits. Yes, they lost in seven great games (OT) last year to a team what was probably their equal - at least by points. The bounces haven't worked in the first two games but we're all hoping to sort it out tonight. Until this series is over - or this playoff season - it ain't over. Based on NHL history and this series setup, the Caps still have a 1 in 4 chance and I'll take that....

Posted by: saintex | April 20, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Lets go Caps!!!

Questions-

1. What was the percentage the caps make the playoffs last year, and win the division, after they fired their coach?

2. What's the percentage a d-man scores in 8 straight games!? Or gets 30 goals!?

This team is all about defeating the odds. Its when they play their best.

THEY WILL NOT GO DOWN WITH OUT A FIGHT AND IT STARTS TONIGHT!!!!!

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Posted by: floms | April 20, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Dougless,
I think Opita has given his views of what he would do. I don't agree with everything he says, but I think he is right in that the need is making Lundqvist move and keep him guessing. Another body in the crease is not going to help open space for the puck to go in. I agree with Opita on that.

Posted by: hock1 | April 20, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Instead of blasting the Caps for playing so poorly, why don't you just recognize the fact that the Rangers have played their A-game (defensively, at least). It is obvious that they do not present much of an offensive threat, so they have done what is needed to shut us down. Hats off to them up to this point. The Caps have played "good" hockey and now need to pick it up from here. 2 losses by 1 goal to a well-coached team with a top-notch goalie, and everybody is pannicked and pointing fingers. The Caps are getting their chances, getting many SOG and many more blocked by NY. It's not that the Caps can't play, it's just that the Rangers are making the most of their efforts.

Posted by: gonchpup | April 20, 2009 4:00 PM

the Rangers have been playing their A game since the trade deadline. They know how they need to play to win and they're doing that and have been doing that. The Caps don't know how to play obviously since they have not been playing an A game for 2 months now.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 20, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I agree the Rangers are playing great, and the Caps have not in the last two months, although, meaningless statistics might show otherwise. But, I think the Caps are capable of winning the series. I would suggest OV and Semin in the same line, we don't need to spread the firepower, I would not mind inserting Clark even if it is in the fourth line, definitely let Brasheer sit, we don't need another slow poke, and, until proven otherwise, Varly at goal.

Posted by: hock1 | April 20, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

There we go baby! Caps in 6!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 20, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

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