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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Bruce Boudreau says Capitals aren't dwelling on first place

By Katie Carrera

Although Washington has a two-point hold on the top spot in the Southeast Division and are two points behind Philadelphia, which has two games in hand, for the lead in the Eastern Conference Coach Bruce Boudreau said he doesn't believe the Capitals are getting too far ahead of themselves.

"I don't think we're dwelling on first place or any of that stuff," Boudreau said. "We all saw what happened last year. At the same time, you want to be as high as you can [in the standings] but we're not going to dwell on that. Philly's two points ahead and they've got two games in hand and they're going to start winning again pretty soon."

A handful of players skated briefly this morning, none more than a half hour and Mike Green skated for less than half that time. But as the grind of the regular season continues there was a businesslike approach to what the Capitals still want to work on.

Although they will face an unfamiliar and young Edmonton Oilers squad for the only time this season on Wednesday, the Capitals want to treat the game with the same kind of urgency that they played with to get four points over the last two days in Florida.

"I think we need to come with the same mindset that we came with in the last two games," Matt Hendricks said. "We looked at those four points as desperate points. We wanted those points. Obviously we had a lot to look forward to in getting those points. First place was on the line, but we want to stay there now. I think that's going to be our mindset going into tomorrow night that every point is crucial."

Boudreau didn't offer any additional update on Michal Neuvirth and Nicklas Backstrom, both of whom left in the middle of Monday night's game against the Lightning and did not return. Neither player skated today but we should know more about their availability tomorrow.

"Today was an optional," Boudreau said. "They chose not to take it. They got treatments and we'll see how it is tomorrow."

By Katie Carrera  | March 8, 2011; 2:30 PM ET
 
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Comments

@hunterforcoach

"Maybe he now reads tmacs and stantons posts. (Hell, Ted did !)"
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You can include your name w/tmac and cstanton as posters Ted has read and dislikes, but being as modest as you are I can understand why you didn't mention yourself. Forget the Caps, huntsy, I want to "hoist the big ugly" for YOU!! :)

As for your comment to me, it's good to have a ring-wearing veteran in Arnott but, truth be told, Stecks was starting to grow on me. Yeah he looked awful in his 2 fights and he played with the emotion of a dead fish, but he sincerely looked like he was trying to adjust his game to the physical rigors of the NHL. Glad to have Arnott, but surprisingly saddened a little to see one of my favorite whipping boys go.

Best of luck, Dave Steckel.......



Posted by: vermontcaps | March 8, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Probably will see Holtby start tomorrow!

He earned it even if Neuvy is healthy.

Posted by: digster1013 | March 8, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin Conspiracy:

Some people have said that Ovechkin’s drop off in production this year is due to drinking or staying out partying all night. Others argue that he’s out of shape. I have a theory too. I think it’s due to the MO factor, or rather the lack thereof. No, not MO as in MOJO, MO as in Mama Ovechkin. In years past we heard of visits by MO and he was scoring goals like it was going out of style. This year no MO visits and a big drop off in production. Coincidence? I think not.

:)

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 8, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

For all those who ragged on Boudreau for his comments yesterday about dives and Downie and Stamkos - here it is the BB 'quote du jour':

"Philly's two points ahead and they've got two games in hand and they're going to start winning again pretty soon." -BB

Is this giving the Flyers too much credit?

If this comment were the other way around wouldn't it be classless to suggest a hot team will cool off...then why not be just as outraged when we suggest a team is better than they played recently - is it because it would be classless to suggest that "Flyer's suck"? (even if they do) ...ha ha

I'm kidding - he calls them as he sees them and yes Bruce does have class after all.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 8, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Probably will see Holtby start tomorrow!

He earned it even if Neuvy is healthy.

Posted by: digster1013 | March 8, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

...and my bulletin board material for the Oilers - of course we will see Holtby its Edmonton! Rest Backstrom too, and let Schultz sit out. Give MaJo a rest for blocking the shot the other night. Lets call up Fahey and MP and give Arnott a day off to move his junk from New Jersey too!

I'm sure they thought of it.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 8, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Matt Perl
#backstrom in hard cast coming out of doctors office in south dupont. Uh oh. #caps

Just saw this on Twitter, guy worked for ESPN for 4 years as well as MASN so this isn't just some random person saying this. Let's hope things aren't as bad as that sounds

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

@yesisaiditfirst, we can only make 4 roster moves other then ones needed for injuries so we aren't going to be calling guys up to give guys a day off.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer97

not sure whether i buy that or not, but that is gonna suck if it true

Posted by: _stevo | March 8, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I still think Boudreau calling out players by name is inappropriate. I have no idea if it worked or didn't work last night. Generally though is MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL, a head coach doesn't call out another team's player by name unless there's some kind of dirty hit involved.

What we see today (giving the other team credit) is more like what we're accustomed to in sports.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 8, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Lets call up Fahey and MP and give Arnott a day off to move his junk from New Jersey too!

I'm sure they thought of it.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 8, 2011 3:17 PM

This is a family blog and I certainly find comments about "Arnott's junk" inappropriate.

:)

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 8, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal - What Scotty Bowman would have done is say that players are diving on that team so the refs would pay more attention or the other team might be extra careful.

If the Lightning players felt that maybe the refs would be watching out more it probably gave them one more thing to think of on top of the losing streak, Stamkos slump, and Roloson's inconsistency.

Some coaches can get away with it...but BB is bad at it.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 8, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

If Backstrom is out, I think we should add Fehr who apparently is healthy and shift 21 over to 2C for the meanwhile and occasionally use 90 there also, but making sure we keep continuity on the 3rd and 4th lines. No Matty P!!!!!!

8, 44, 28
16, 21, 22
18, 90, 25/83
26, 15, 10

Posted by: MattBradley10 | March 8, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I still think Boudreau calling out players by name is inappropriate.
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I do too. As I watched the game last night the thought occurred that he knows he has to stick up for his players, because Coly Campbell and the boys in stripes certainly won't - but I still think calling out a specific player, by name, was bad form.

I just can't see a Terry Francona [or Joe Torre for that matter], or a Mike Babcock, Scotty Bowman, Jacques LeMaire, etc. doing something like that. In a regular season game, no less.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | March 8, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Fake Quote of the day -

"Tommorrow we play bottom team Oil Cans of Edmonton. If we lose, what does it matter?" ---Alex Semin

Posted by: SA-Town | March 8, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Calling out players happens in playoff series all the time.

Especially when players hang around the goalies crease or players dive. The coaches scrums get lively and verbal barbs go back and forth from team to team, and coach to coach.

Billy Smith and Ron Hextall were always singled out...we call out Sean Avery and Matt Cooke - the point is its rarely an elite player doing anything wrong.

Some coaches stir the pot by inciting the media to help them - aka: Tortorella

Its actually (IMO) just as classless to continually second guess the refs - yet everyone does it.

The Kings GM actually called out the video review guy when a call didn't go his way earlier this year.

Then in the NBA if Mark Cuban is your owner.....

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 8, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

is backstrom is out we should just bring up matty p for just one game since he always is good for at least 2 points in his callups

Posted by: _stevo | March 8, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

@MattBradley - I like those 1st and 4th lines a lot - but what about switching #'s 22 and 18 - having Fehr and Knubes on the same line is just too much concentrated slowness on one line, would be my fear. But 18 creates a lot of chances with his wheels; I'd love to see him with someone who can finish.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | March 8, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Lets not put #16 up on the 2nd line right away - get him adjusted to playing first.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 8, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Did Backstrom re-hurt his injured hand or hurt the other hand?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 8, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I still think Boudreau calling out players by name is inappropriate.
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No one was saying that it was inappropriate when Bylesma was doing the same thing with Neuvy on HBO. It didn't work out how he wanted but no one was talking about it being inappropriate.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Timbo: Not to "dwell" on this, but one thing to say, "Hartnell always gets away with running the goalie" or "Pronger never gets called for his elbows" or "Manning always cheats when he draws the defense offsides." It's almost a compliment. But calling out someone for diving is just lame. Especially St. Louis. He's been a great player for a long time. We've all seen the scars on his face. And by saying "every two seconds," you are calling out the refs as well. If this problem is really that bad, McPhee should be calling New York and speaking to Frazier or whoever is Chief Ref these days.

Not to dwell on it though.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 8, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

@BetterOffWithFedorov

Mamma Ovechkin has been in town plenty of times this season.

Posted by: CapsNut | March 8, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

that was a terrible sentence

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 8, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Just read BREAKING CAPS news at
http://blogbyjake.com/?p=23

Backstrom has broken hand and hard cast.

Blogbyjake is the go to spot on the web for breaking sports news and commentary.

Spread the word.

Posted by: CaptGash | March 8, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

No one was saying that it was inappropriate when Bylesma was doing the same thing with Neuvy on HBO. It didn't work out how he wanted but no one was talking about it being inappropriate.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 3:50 PM

He didn't call Neuvy a diver, which in a way is saying you are "less of a man." He said Neuvy could be gotten to, or whatever it was. And that wasn't a quote for the press, it was a private quote that made public due to 24/7. And we all knew as soon as we saw it on TV it wasn't the brightest thing to say, and we said so at the time.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 8, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

BB's quote about Stamkos was inconsequential on the outcome of the game, just as expected. People overreact to non-stories like this in all sports because it gives the talking heads on tv, radio, and journalism something to talk about when they are trying to fill time before a game.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer - but Bylsma walks on water and turns straw into gold...and every player in the NHL wants to play for him.

What Bylsma did was coach his team on how to beat Neuvy - it wasn't really for public consumption.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 8, 2011 3:58 PM | Report abuse

@tom, how about the many coaches who talked about Sid and how much he dove when he first got into the league. I know that there were many, many coaches that did so. Are all of them wrong. I am not saying BB should have done this but saying doing so is somehow inappropriate is just making too much of nothing.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

People overreact to non-stories like this in all sports because it gives the talking heads on tv, radio, and journalism something to talk about when they are trying to fill time before a game.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Bingo!

The stupidest comments by BB were the ones written on the white board "keys to game 3" in the 2009 playoffs against Pittsburgh. The part about being unbeaten in the last 7 games against them...again it wasn't for public consumption but the media loved it.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 8, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer - that's not true, I've thought for awhile Bylsma's a good coach [going to Russia to visit Geno after Gonch got moved - very smart] and I don't get HBO [mistake!], but once I heard he said that about Neuvy my respect for him plummeted.

@tominsocal - hilarious, as always dude.

Great point on Hartnell btw - how is it that, we as fans and observers know Hartnell runs the goalies, but Maguire, Milbury, etc. act like's a complete freak accident, EVERY time it happens?! It is mind-boggling, to say the least. "One in a million, doc, one in a million."

Posted by: Timbo_1 | March 8, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

@BetterOffWithFedorov

Mamma Ovechkin has been in town plenty of times this season.

Posted by: CapsNut

Well, then she's not doing her job. :) I didn't realize that. Thanks for the info. I hadn't seen it reported anywhere and in the past that seemed to get quite a bit of coverage.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 8, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Let's face it, BB opens himself up for ample criticism whether it be comments to the media or the mismanagement of team personnel. If Backstrom is indeed in a cast, and it happens to be his already-injured hand, what does that say about BB?

I know that I pointed out Orpik's broken finger and how the Pens were simply shelving him until he healed properly, and I questioned why the Caps weren't doing the same. (Remember, playing "hurt" is how the Caps demonstrate to the league how "tough" we are, instead of relying on the old-standard of fighting majors).

If Backstrom is out until after the playoffs start, BB should really be made to account for why he didn't handle one of our "star" player's injury similar to the way Orpik's was handled by (arm)Pitts. I'm sure Orpik will be ready to go come playoff time; will Backstrom?

After all, it's not like we don't have healthy, motivated players on the pine who are chomping at the bit to get in games. BB should rue the day he decided to play Backstrom at all costs rather than throw DJK a game and shift a few players around.

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 8, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

We need confirmation on Backie injury before I go and jump off my balcony.

I'm not a doctor, but broken hand and fractured thumb are two different things.

Maybe he tried to not fall on the thumb and it hurt the hand. Hopefully we get an update.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 8, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Why would Backstrom be in S. Dupont when their team docs are in Arlington.

Posted by: jp14710 | March 8, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Breaking news on Twitter

Backstrom broke both of his hands and his foot got run over by a car today...he is day-to-day.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 8, 2011 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Depending on the cast Backstrom might be able to play even with a hard cast, in the playoffs I would hope they let him rest now. I played with a goalie that won a championship game with a broken glove hand and had a cast on. Depends on exactally how and where it is broken if it is.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

vermont: It wouldn't have been simply Boudreau's decision for Backie to play. The team doctor, McPhee, BB and Backie himself would have all weighed in.

You would think as a minimum the doctor would have said, "There's not much risk to make it worse." I know I broke a fibula once and the doctor said I could walk on it "as much as I could stand" (there was swelling, no pain) because it couldn't be made worse.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 8, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

...If Backstrom is out until after the playoffs start, BB should really be made to account for why he didn't handle one of our "star" player's injury similar to the way Orpik's was handled by (arm)Pitts. I'm sure Orpik will be ready to go come playoff time; will Backstrom? ...

Posted by: vermontcaps

Getting a little carried away aren't we? Dude, the guy wanted to play, the medical staff obviously didn't have objections, so you kinda gotta let the guy play.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 8, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Mama O is in town, but she is NOT attending games....only Uncle Misha seems to show up

Posted by: ophelia2 | March 8, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

"I know that I pointed out Orpik's broken finger and how the Pens were simply shelving him until he healed properly, and I questioned why the Caps weren't doing the same. (Remember, playing "hurt" is how the Caps demonstrate to the league how "tough" we are, instead of relying on the old-standard of fighting majors)."

@vermontcaps

For the love of god, all broken bones are NOT EQUAL. You have no idea what the severity of the break Backstrom suffered or of the exact location of the break. Those two components are very important in determing the extent of an injury.

If BB told Backstrom to ignore the doctors and play through an injured thumb that was much more susceptible to re-injury, then BB would deserve a lot of blame for that.

However, the thumb may have been absolutely fine and the 2nd "break"(if there is one) may not have been the result of the previous break. They could be completely unrelated.

The fact is that you(and everyone else on here) know nothing about the extent of Backstrom's previous injury and know nothing about this supposed current injury.

Could the 2nd injury been caused because Backstrom was more susceptible to injury due to his first injury? Sure. Could the injury have been caused because Backstrom doesn't get enough calcium which leaves his bones more susceptible to injury? Sure.

But either way, you have no knowledge whatsoever what happened and are already throwing criticisms of people without knowledge of anything. That isn't very respectable.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

yeah twitter also had confirmation of dustin penner being traded to the habs on deadline day too

Posted by: _stevo | March 8, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

yeah twitter also had confirmation of dustin penner being traded to the habs on deadline day too

Posted by: _stevo | March 8, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

And Knopka (sp?) going to the Ducks for a second.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

And Knopka (sp?) going to the Ducks for a second.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 4:29 PM

Just for a second? No longer?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 8, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I think it's just as lame for us to still be harping on Boudreau for calling out specific Lightning players for diving. For a sport that almost requires blood and fighting and broken teeth, it's almost like you guys decided to don your Easter bonnets early and your dainty silk gloves to sip tea and eat watercress sandwiches poo-pooing over it. Big effin' deal. Quit being a bunch of Crosby's whining about it and move on. We won. Geez, pick your pair off the floor, ladies. We got more hockey to watch.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 8, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

And now that I'm thinking about hands, who didn't love Chris Stewart's beatdown of Derek Dorsett last night?? I recall an "anti-fighting" discussion that occured on these threads (after the Gillies incident/suspension was handed down) and someone (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE) tried to use Stewart's injury to make his anti-fighting argument. Good to see Stewart is a hockey player who wants to win at all costs, and despite his recent broken hand there he was throwing 'em with the leagues 5th busiest fighter, a smallish pit-bull in his own right.

NHL hockey is not for the faint of heart, and the pacifist fans who dominate CapsNation would be well-served to recognize that. Yes, ****55 is in my mind as I write this.....


Posted by: vermontcaps | March 8, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

this just in: backstrom is in a full body cast - he'll be a game time decision

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 8, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Wait Vermont is against BB letting Backstrom put his hand in danger playing with a slight break and at the same time is praising a player for putting his hands in danger in a fight. BTW as Avs fans if they liked Stewart fighting since that killed their season.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 8, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

this just in: backstrom is in a full body cast - he'll be a game time decision

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 8, 2011 4:39 PM |

Hahaha

Posted by: SirPelleas | March 8, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Btw, did Bylsma not know that HBO 24/7 was in the room? He did. Did Bylsma not have any input on what the final cut of each episode was? He would have. McPhee indicated that they had approval on the episodes. Now, granted McPhee said put on whatever you want, the organization had some say in the content. So, excusing Bylsma's comment dismissing Neuvy and his ability to tend goal is without merit. He knew it was going to come out and he said it anyways. Let's get off it already. Boudreau and his team won. If they didn't, then yeah, have at it with calling him every name in the book for making that comment and then losing. Boudreau knew what he was doing/saying and what kind of impact it would have on the players. Who gives a flying frig about the commenters and their dainty ears going, "Ooo, the horror! I do declare Mr. Boudreau is not being very gentlemanly-like with casting aspersions on Mr. Stamkos' and his exemplary skating on the ice." It's Boudreau's comment likely got into the heads of Stamkos and Co as well as the referees. I say, "Brilliant." Well played. C'mon, Edmonton, we're waitin' for ya'!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 8, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

BB should rue the day he decided to play Backstrom at all costs rather than throw DJK a game and shift a few players around.

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 8, 2011 4:11 PM

vermontcaps -- you are very funny. I know it's unintentional, but these DJK references make me laugh every time.

Posted by: MadCap1 | March 8, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Getting a little carried away aren't we? Dude, the guy wanted to play, the medical staff obviously didn't have objections, so you kinda gotta let the guy play.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 8, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse
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a. "the guy wanted to play"....what professional athlete doesn't want to play through injuries?

b. "the medical staff obviously didn't have objections"...did they confirm an injury, and that being a fracture?

c. "so you kinda gotta let the guy play"...I guess so when it's the golden and chosen ones who run the show

Being thin down the middle, and with the playoffs fast approaching and teams playing with more intensity and desperation, it seems assinine to play our #1 center when a slash, fall, or jam against the boards could exacerbate things.

I've said many times that BB doesn't care about his players, only those he views as his meal ticket. If BB really cared about Backstrom, he would've either shut him down or played him sparingly until fully healed.

Anyone who excuses or condones BB's handling of Backstrom's injury is NOTHING MORE THAN AN ENABLING APOLOGIST! I'll be curious to see if the BB worshippers still defend him after we get ousted from the playoffs and Backstrom never suited up...what then?

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 8, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer

You don't know what you're talking about when it comes to Stewart's injury. The day after it happened, I listened to their GM express disappointment in the injury BUT NOT HOW IT WAS RECEIVED. He flat-out said they didn't want/expect Stewart to change his ways. Killed their season? Ha! I bet you think they traded him away because he "ruined" their season by breaking his hand in a fight, yes??

Have you ever heard of Cam Neely, Keith Tkachuk, Gary Roberts, Rick Tocchet, man I could just go on and on...

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 8, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who excuses or condones BB's handling of Backstrom's injury is NOTHING MORE THAN AN ENABLING APOLOGIST! I'll be curious to see if the BB worshippers still defend him after we get ousted from the playoffs and Backstrom never suited up...what then?

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 8, 2011 4:57 PM

Well, hopefully DJK is prepared to slide into that 1C Role and take us to the Cup.

Posted by: MadCap1 | March 8, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

wow . . . derailed

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | March 8, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

@LeftCoastCapsFans....when I read your posts I hear Milbury's voice in my head doing the narration. :) That said how could a Milbury ever live on the left coast...

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 8, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I also love that this "breaking news" was based on a post linking to a source which was blogbyjake. You can't get much more reputable than that. I refused to click on the advertised link and haven't seen any comments on the supposed story so I am going with the assumption that the story was false, until I hear a story actually confirming these rumors.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

What about the full body cast? Are you ignoring those rumors too?

Even if he dies (is that upper- or lower-body injury?) they will prop him up like El Cid and send him out there.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 8, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

@SA-Town

Breaking news on Twitter

Backstrom broke both of his hands and his foot got run over by a car today...he is day-to-day.
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So that's and upper and lower body injury.

Posted by: ttenner | March 8, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

@vermontcaps

Anyone who excuses or condones BB's handling of Backstrom's injury is NOTHING MORE THAN AN ENABLING APOLOGIST! I'll be curious to see if the BB worshippers still defend him after we get ousted from the playoffs and Backstrom never suited up...what then?

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Gotta be the most ridiculous thing I've seen on these boards in a while. The guy has been playing, and well, for several games since the previous injury, it was a key game for playoff positioning, and you know absolutely nothing about his situation going forward. Way to reinforce your blowhard credentials yet again.

Posted by: yosemite_sam | March 8, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

@SA-Town

Breaking news on Twitter

Backstrom broke both of his hands and his foot got run over by a car today...he is day-to-day.
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So that's and upper and lower body injury.
__________________________________

That's just an "ouchie" but I think he'll need a "maintenance day".

Posted by: ablake70 | March 8, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to vermontcaps, my identity crisis is finally over.

Signed

ENABLING APOLOGIST

Posted by: ttenner | March 8, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Even with two broke hands and a snapped foot, that's no excuse for skipping today's optional skate.

Posted by: ttenner | March 8, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Even with two broke hands and a snapped foot, that's no excuse for skipping today's optional skate.

Posted by: ttenner

Good point. But you must also mention how he was was being rushed to the hospital for dialysis as well. He is on the short list for a kidney transplant.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Even with two broke hands and a snapped foot, that's no excuse for skipping today's optional skate.

Posted by: ttenner

Typical soft Euro! Sidney Crosby would resurrect himself just to go to morning skate.

Posted by: ablake70 | March 8, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Typical soft Euro! Sidney Crosby would resurrect himself just to go to morning skate.

Posted by: ablake70 |

That was very funny. I must give credit where credit is due. Well done.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal:

ROFLMAO...You are in rare form today, sir!

Cheef is still Colonel and CO, Doofus Brigade, while Mike Milbury and Don Cherry serve as Doofuses Emeritus.

But wait: wouldn't the plural of the Latin Doofus be Dooofi or Doofae or Doofen or Doof%$d@vn^&pur or something like that?

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 8, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Even if he dies (is that upper- or lower-body injury?) they will prop him up like El Cid and send him out there.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 8, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Like the movie "Weekend at Bernie's" hilarious - call it "Morning Skates with Bruce"

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | March 8, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Just saw this on Twitter from John Walton (voice, etc. of the Bears):

"Lots of D.C. folks wondering, but yes, Perreault in the lineup here tonight. If there's anything up with Backstrom, no one here knows of it."

Hershey is on the road at Portland, ME tonight.

Posted by: wocoliz | March 8, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and happy Mardi Gras, everyone!

Posted by: wocoliz | March 8, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Rhino: Report from the field...the Doofus Brigade, Company G (Green bashers) are in retreat!

yesisaid...: And I can imagine some here would criticize if the dead player took his option and didn't skate.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 8, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Folks: Sorry if this seems off-topic, but the rule I usually follow is "read everything before posting anything", and I am also working, so...

Thoughts about last night's game:

1) While I remain concerned about the continued offensive doldrums, I was happy about the win last night.

2) I think both Ovie and Sasha Minor are beginning to understand that their job is not just to "score more goals", but to score them when it matters the most. Great shake & bake to fake Rolo out of his pads on the game-tying strike. And Ovie? well, he just would not be denied--I guess he's finally getting that SO monkey off his back.

3) Bäckis hurt: not a good thing. Also, Neuvy should see an opthamologist ASAP--metal fragments in the eye are no joke. I hope they'll both be OK.

4) Yes, I agree that for Clouston not to have sent Stamkos and MSL was probably a tactical error, but a win's a win.

5) Cannot say enough about Holtby. While I'm not saying we should rush to anoint him as #1, I felt he showed a very impressive level of composure and poise in the shootout than even veteran 'keeps don't always display. Totally relaxed as each shooter bore down on him, he looked so chilled it almost seemed like he wasn't ready...his body language seeming to say:

"Yeah, right. Whatever. You will not score..."


...and then he stoned everybody, with the denial on Lecavalier being the sweetest: strength against strength.

Boy definitely needs a nickname. Just one problem with that, though: The Standard NHL Nickname Convention (that of adding "-y" or "-ie" to the player's last name) clearly won't work for BH70. "Holtbyy"? "Holtbyie"? Um, No.

"Höltz-ster"? Just no.

Instead, I propose his nickname be "Goose", after one of the most fearsome relief pitchers in MLB history: Rich "Goose" Gossage.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goose_Gossage

Then again, perhaps Braden Holtby could simply be called "Dr. No." instead.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 8, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and happy Mardi Gras, everyone!

Posted by: wocoliz | March 8, 2011 6:02 PM

Heavens! I guess that means I should tip one or two tonight!

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 8, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I just ran into Scott Hannan in the parking garage of the Whole Foods in Old Town. Instead of playing it cool and just saying "Hey man, good game last night!", I acted like a 13 yr old girl meeting the Back Street Boys. I yelled "Hey Scott!" like he was my boy or something and then proceeded to stumble over every word I tried to say about being a long time Caps fan and loving the way they have been playing recently. Fortunately he was cool about it and said thank you and shook my hand before I had an opportunity to make even more of an @ss out of myself. I wish he had just given me the "Paw to the Jaw" that tominsocal references as I approached him and saved me from my own embarrassment.

Posted by: eorr53 | March 8, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

@vermontcaps: wait a minute---didn't Bruce Boudreau allow John Erskine to play with a broken foot during the playoffs (was it?) three years ago? So, what kind of coach is he? Does he get kudos for allowing #4 to play, or do you want to criticize him for that too?

Posted by: dccitizen1 | March 8, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

tominsocal1, here are some suggestions for tonight (I'm drinking a Sazerac as I type this):
Mardi Gras cocktails you don't drink from hand grenades: http://wapo.st/hzNtgH

BTW, Matty P just scored to put Hershey ahead 1-0.

Posted by: wocoliz | March 8, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Colorado and Minnesota, is that the best matchup that VS can come up with?? Why not Pitt and Buffalo???

VS stinks, they had better do everything they can to get back on a REAL network.

Posted by: joek443 | March 8, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

eorr53: You mean you didn't tell him that I had named his move the "paw to the jaw?" He would have liked that!

liz: It's nice that they give nutrition facts with the recipes.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 8, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

tom, there are some things it's better not to know. ;) Oh, and the Vieux Carre is tasty too.

Posted by: wocoliz | March 8, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Way to reinforce your blowhard credentials yet again.

Posted by: yosemite_sam | March 8, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse
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Everyone here is a blowhard. Some, like sgm and capscoach, just happen to blow harder than others.

Get with the program or get lost, yosemite samantha, but don't get your panties all in a bunch because I verbalized what's percolating in the backs of peoples' minds.

Get well soon, Nicky B., as we're gonna need ya come playoff time. If unavailable, people will know in what direction to vent their disappointment, frustration, and anger: BB.

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 8, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Here are tonight's Rooting Instructions (Tuesday March 8):

OTT (53 points) @ NJD (64 points): This is sad. Just sad. Go Sens.
TOR (67) @ NYI (60): The Leafs are only 5 points out of 8th seed and might actually make the playoffs(!!!). Go Leafs.
EDM (89) @ PHI (86): I know the numbers say there isn't much chance, but an Oilers win holds Philthy at 86 Points. And a close-fought contest leaves the Oil both tired and jet-lagged for the tail end of the back-to-back agains the Caps tomorrow night. Go Oilers.
BUF (72) @ PIT (84): Yes, I know I'd like to see the Leafs make it into the postseason, and a BUF win makes that more difficult. But its the Penguins, dammit! Go Sabres.
BOS (84) @ MTL (79) : This is a toughie--I want the Caps to gain ground (i.e., a BOS loss), but I want revenge on the Habs too. Probably the best possible outcome would for a meteor to hit the Bell Centre. Oh, well. Decisions, decisions... Go Habs.
CHI (80) @ FLA (61): Suffer, B330+c#! Go Blackhawks.
COL (60) @ MIN (75): Rules say root for the Avalanche, but I do like to see Theo do well: Go Wild.
VAN (93) @ PHO (78): Rules 3 & 4 are in conflict here, but I'm still pulling for Vancouver. Also, as amazing as thier run has been this year, I want the 'Yotes to leave Phoenix to return to Winnipeg. IMO the franchise should be renamed the Winnipeg Wolves, thus ensuring that Sarah Palin will never root for them. Both ATL and PHO are in financial trouble and may have to move; I for one hope its PHO not ATL b/c if ATL relocates, then CBJ or DET moves to the East. I do not want the Red Wings in the Eastern Conference. But I digress. Go Canucks.
NAS (75) @ SJS (82): Barry Trotz still creeps me out. And I grew up in the Bay Area. Still... Go Preds

If the current status quo holds through the end of the regular season, Caps face MTL.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 8, 2011 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I want the 'Yotes to leave Phoenix to return to Winnipeg.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 8, 2011 7:04 PM

you want my only chance to watch the caps every three years or so to move? to winnipeg? do you know how far winnipeg is from here?
i demand a retraction - unless, of course, you live in winnipeg.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 8, 2011 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Boy definitely needs a nickname. Just one problem with that, though: The Standard NHL Nickname Convention (that of adding "-y" or "-ie" to the player's last name) clearly won't work for BH70. "Holtbyy"? "Holtbyie"? Um, No.

"Höltz-ster"? Just no.
Posted by: Rhino40 | March 8, 2011 6:34 PM
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In Hershey he is called "Holts".

Posted by: tess2201 | March 8, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Which reminds me--Holts was on LaVar and Chad this afternoon talking about last night's game, etc. Here's a link to the audio if anyone wants to check it out:

http://bit.ly/ickNMB

Posted by: wocoliz | March 8, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

In Hershey he is called "Holts".

Posted by: tess2201 | March 8, 2011 7:16 PM

BraHo? jk :)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 8, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

@ Rhino40: Wishing for meteors on the Montreal game and the Pitt game. Go, Caps!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 8, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Sheldon Souray with a KO of a Portland player at 15:17 of the second period. He is definitely willing to stick up for his Hershey teammates.

Posted by: wocoliz | March 8, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Aren't folks getting too far ahead of themselves "speculating" what's going on with Backstrom? On top of that, second-guessing the decision to put him in the lineup? First off, let's let it play out the way it is (I heard last night that he wanted to go back in) and see if he really is injured. And blaming Bruce for an injury on the ice is just plain stupid. Decisions are not made unilaterally. Doctor's input, x-rays, player performance, etc... all factor in. If folks are blaming the coach because Nick got hurt, they are obviously just anti-Bruce and trying to bolster their cause.

Posted by: gonchpup | March 8, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I really wish I had Center Ice tonight. I just can't get excited about the Avs/Wild.

Posted by: wocoliz | March 8, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

"Everyone here is a blowhard."

No, vermon, not everyone.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | March 8, 2011 8:14 PM | Report abuse

A random twitter doesn't convince me that Backstrom was in DC, let alone at the doctor's, let alone in a cast.

Most of the buildings in the Farragut Square/Dupont Circle area are pretty nondescript and close together. Unless the guy was standing in the lobby of a medical building or in the corridor outside a doctor’s office — it would be pretty hard to tell that someone was coming out of a doctor’s office. And I think any Cap going to a doctor’s appointment would be going by car — whether taxi or someone driving them. I’d be very surprised if Backstrom would have been walking down the street after a doctor’s appointment long enough to be recognized, let alone long enough for someone to see a cast. Especially since the weather wasn't exactly balmy, so Backstrom probably would have been wearing something with long sleeves.

Posted by: miseaujeu | March 8, 2011 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I'm not saying I'm buying the report or not, but Backstrom, on the street, with a cast on his hand, doesn't sound that difficult to see.

Certainly doesn't require the CSI crew to discern.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | March 8, 2011 8:26 PM | Report abuse

The Chara-Pacioretty hit that occured during the MTL/BOS was scary. Hopefully, Pacioretty will be OK. Hate to see things like that happen.

Posted by: nicety251 | March 8, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: nicety251 | March 8, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

That was a vicious hit.

Posted by: Doom_and_Gloom | March 8, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

@stevie_in_gp

Must be Nicky's hair that makes him stand out.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 8, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75

I assumed it was that Backstrom just wears his hockey jersey everywhere he goes so it is easy to spot him.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 8, 2011 10:58 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3 et al. -- I pictured Nicky in a nondescript hoodie on his day off. Possibly with the hood up.

Posted by: miseaujeu | March 8, 2011 11:04 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino

-Guy Boucher is the coach of the Lightning.
-DET will never be moved out of the West.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | March 8, 2011 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey Caps fans, I've decided to shut up for the rest of the season. So you won't be seeing me here anymore until then. I know most of you probably don't care, but whatever.

Peace, and good luck.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | March 8, 2011 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes, I just wanna jump through the tv and pull the remaining hair out of Jellow Man’s head. No offense to Rask, but how can you not go with the best goalie in the league when we’re going into our hated rival’s barn for the first time since our set-to with them? Additionally, with the Sabres and Islanders coming to town Thurs. and Fri. (and with a couple days off since Pitts) you’d think it would make sense to go with Thomas tonite and give Rask one of the later games. Whatever. That decision aside, Julien should’ve pulled Rask after the first period, down 2-0 and him giving up juicy rebounds on EVERY SHOT! The weak goal he allowed in the 2nd was the nail in the coffin.

Even worse, nobody followed Boychuk’s lead and tried to smash any teeth. I wish he would’ve cleaned Subban’s clock, and it was unfortunate that he had to eat a few from Ryan White (who probably just earned himself a spot in the lineup for the rest of the year); but good fight anyway, Jonny, and get some ice on that face. McQuaid, Thornton, Lucic, Campbell, Horton….where’d you go tonite? (I know where Chara was, but he had to leave early. Glad to hear Pacioretty is conscious and moving all his limbs, but the hit didn’t warrant 5 and a game. I think that’s the first time I’ve ever seen a major given for interference.)

With physical play in mind, I still don’t know what the B’s are doing with Seguin, and he looks totally out of place on the 4th line. When we fell down 3-0, it looked liked Campbell and Thornton tried to get something going but instead of engaging as well, Sequin stood meekly on the outside of it all. (He kind of reminded me of that guy in D.C.. Scultz I think his name is.) Anyway, Sequin should be down in Providence, getting good minutes in key situations and learning the ways of the professional game.

Despite it all, we still could’ve won the game if not for our woeful pp. ANOTHER 0-FER, JELLO MAN, WAKE UP!! If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that Julien is trying to model the pp after that of the Washington Capitals. I know the Caps are a good team to emulate in some regards, but the pp isn’t one of them. GIVE #22 SOME PP MINUTES DOWN LOW AND I GUARANTEE IT’LL START CLICKING AGAIN!!

All in all, a night to forget.

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 8, 2011 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Darn, did it again....wrong paper

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 8, 2011 11:22 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock

How come every time I throw a good punch back, you never respond? Maybe you're on the floor ?

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | March 8, 2011 11:30 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil: you are correct about Boucher--Clouston is OTT coach--sorry about that. Also, hope you're right about DET, because such a realignment would leave CHI as the only Original-Six team in the West.

@Capt_Kirk_in_AZ: I apologize...truly. No, I'm not from Winnipeg, but I'd like to visit there one day. That said, Winnipeg and Quebec City are the only major Canadian cities without an NHL team.

So let me modify that to say that, while I'd like to see Winnipeg have a team again, I hope it's not at the expense of the Coyotes. I still don't want DET in the East, though--maybe CBJ instead.

Another good name for a new Winnipeg team would be the Vikings or the Norsemen on account of the fact that the area boasts the largest Icelandic community in the world outside of Iceland itself.

@Lefty: Meteors....LMAO...

@vermontcaps: Maybe you're partly right: everyone here is a blowhard (perhaps even me), but some are more blowhard than others...

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 8, 2011 11:30 PM | Report abuse

vermontcaps:
it's ok. boston ran into a hot goalie, just one bad day and their grit didn't do them any good tonight.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 8, 2011 11:31 PM | Report abuse

@Capt_Kirk_in_AZ: I apologize...truly.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 8, 2011 11:30 PM

thanks - i wasn't upset - i forgot to include the sarcasm symbols in my response earlier :)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 8, 2011 11:40 PM | Report abuse

They are praising the heck out of Holtby on versus.

Posted by: Dizruption | March 8, 2011 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to get Cody Eakin on the PP next year. A goal and and two assist on the PP tonight in the WHL.

Posted by: dull | March 8, 2011 11:48 PM | Report abuse

vermontcaps:
it's ok. boston ran into a hot goalie, just one bad day and their grit didn't do them any good tonight.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 8, 2011 11:31 PM | Report abuse
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Just having some fun with the Bruins. I can't think of a better rooting situation I've grown into, as I don't think it's possible I could've taken to another team like I have the Bruins. I'm still married to the Caps, but living in New England 15 yrs...what can I say? I have no problem with divided loyalties and proudly wore my jersey in the Fleet Center at the infamous "toe in the crease" playoff game. I watched the remainder of the game in the nearest bar, but that's a story unto itself. (Was then at the next reg. season game vs. Caps in Boston when Tinordi, Hunter, Berube, Kolzig (though laughing throughout w/Dafoe) engaged in a line brawl and all got ejected....yeah, give me some CapRuins hockey!!)

Calling up Ryan White and playing him tonite certainly paid big dividends for the Habs. His fight w/Boychuk was huge and totally got the vengeful crowd into the game. Despite the instigating penalty, he endeared himself to the faithful and probably (definitely?) earned himself a longer look-see.

The Bruins had their chances, and I would say it was lack of execution moreso than Price being hot. But on to tomorrow night for us and I can't remember who we're playing, but whoever we are, they're going down.

"Put him in coach
he's ready to play, today...

Put him in coach
he's ready to play, today

Look at him, he's DJ King,
right wing...."

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 9, 2011 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Katie,

I am glad the Caps are not dwelling on the standings. They do need to just "Take 'em one game at a time".

We fans do like to check-out where the Caps are, though. So could you get the folks at WA-PO who make the NHL Standing page include a new column: "WIR" (Wins In Regulation)? This is the first tiebreaker for playoff seeding and, therefore, a fairly important piece of information.

I believe the Caps currently hold that tiebreaker over most, if not all, the other top teams in the Eastern Conference.

...but how would I know for sure?

Thanks,

Kevin Olson
Manassas, VA

Posted by: noslok | March 9, 2011 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, vermon? The Bruins?

I'm glad you have no problem with divided loyalties (and after a whole 15 years!).

" . . . but instead of engaging as well, Sequin stood meekly on the outside of it all. (He kind of reminded me of that guy in D.C.. Scultz I think his name is.)"

You "think" his name is . . . Did you even misspell it on purpose?

AND

"I know the Caps are a good team to emulate in some regards, but the pp isn’t one of them."

Ha! Perhaps the most positive thing you've ever said about the Caps as a whole you THOUGHT you were saying on a Boston blog.


Pathetic.

(and, in the end, borderline psychotic)

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | March 9, 2011 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Oops. Actually the tiebreaker is Non-shootout wins (NHL.com uses "ROW" Regulation plus Overtime Wins).

Something like that would be really helpful.

BTW. Here's how the Caps stand in that category:

Philadelphia 39
Boston 37
Washington 34
Pittsburgh 34
Tampa Bay 32
NY Rangers 28


Thanks again,

KO

Posted by: noslok | March 9, 2011 1:59 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: jayneburch9 | March 9, 2011 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Ok, somebody needs to catch me up as I have been out of town since the Tampa game and really don't have time to go through all of these back threads to get info.....

I heard that Neuvy had a piece of metal removed from his eye, will he miss any time???

What is Backstom's status? Rebreak the thumb?

Posted by: PhilR | March 9, 2011 7:19 AM | Report abuse

@jayneburch9

Nobody cares.

Posted by: Doom_and_Gloom | March 9, 2011 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Ha! Perhaps the most positive thing you've ever said about the Caps as a whole you THOUGHT you were saying on a Boston blog.

Pathetic.

(and, in the end, borderline psychotic)

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | March 9, 2011 1:57 AM | Report abuse

C'mon, stevie boy, you don't really think I thought I was posting on a Bruins site, do ya? And as for the "most positive thing" I've said about the Caps, well, you apparently read as well as capscoach's 8th graders.

FREE DJK TONIGHT, SOMEONE'S GOING DOWN!

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 9, 2011 7:53 AM | Report abuse

@fanhock

I was a Caps fan from day one. I occupied a seat many times during the 72 game loss season.

Tampa is no where near being a Cup team. Are you kidding ? As for the Flyers, do you want to play that nightmare in a play off series? I don't. They're "play off animals." I did not see the post about me "being a Flyers nob hugger". I do remember sitting in my building for scores of games while Flyers fans burned it down during celebrations. They always go deep. I actually hate the Flyers. You jerk, but I
tip my hat to their 40 year effort. It way surpassed ours.

My criticism is that us old timers have seen dozens of Cup teams play in our building (many in our old division). They all have a common theme. They play with energy, grit, character, and grace. We are missing most of that ! That's the coaches and the GM's fault.

Hock,
I doubt you were there when Potvin, Bossy and company filleted us alive for years. You weren't there to see how Bobby Clark played and why he's a champion, despite his horrible disease. Were you ever in the building to see Mario and Casper repeatedly kick our asses? Doubt it. I've seen Cup winners from 20 feet away for too many hundreds of hours, you've watched them on TV or read about them.

Just because our GM got castrated on the way from Vancouver, and our coach looks like a fool when you set him aside LaViolette, Danny B, and Torts, doesn't mean that I have to just take it. I'm going to criticize MY TEAM when I feel they are not on a path to yank the CUP out of the Flyers, Pens, and Wings grimy hands.

If you can't see the CHARACTER holes in this team, then you're a "GMGM nob hugger"

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | March 8, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Nope, I wasn't at the Capitals Center in those days. I was at Chicago Stadium watching the Blackhawks, or at the run down Amphitheater watching the Chicago Cougars of the WHA. I was watching those teams before the Capitals even existed. I did watch Bobby Hull (before he bolted for the Jets), Stan Makita, Tony Esposito, Keith Magnuson... so what's your point?

I married a MD girl back in 1988 and we're still going strong. I adopted the Capitals at that point and we came home to her house on leave from the military in the winter so I could see Capitals games. Hunter, the way you talk about this team is like you hope and pray that they are unsuccessful so you can stay on your soap box. BTW, the Hawks need to be blown up now because they lost to a hot goaltender and bottom feeder yesterday that the Capitals only beat because the Panthers suck.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 9, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

a. "the guy wanted to play"....what professional athlete doesn't want to play through injuries?
[lots omitted]
...Anyone who excuses or condones BB's handling of Backstrom's injury is NOTHING MORE THAN AN ENABLING APOLOGIST! I'll be curious to see if the BB worshippers still defend him after we get ousted from the playoffs and Backstrom never suited up...what then?

Posted by: vermontcaps

I hardly know where to begin. So, the Caps are being very careful and not rushing players back from injury except Backstrom? I don't think so. I have issues with Boudreau, but I'm not going to blame him for things he isn't responsible for. If you want to get upset at someone over this then I suggest you point it in the appropriate direction of the medical staff.

OBTW, should the Caps get ousted from the playoffs, with or without Backstrom, I suspect I'll have plenty to say about Boudreau and his future. I wanted him fired earlier, but it's too late now.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 9, 2011 8:42 AM | Report abuse

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