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Posted at 8:23 AM ET, 02/ 3/2011

Capitals leaning on penalty kill

By Gene Wang

Even as the Washington Capitals try to shake free of a goal-scoring rut that's been especially glaring on the power play, they have been able to compensate for that deficiency thanks in part to one of the most potent penalty kills in the league.

The Capitals rank second in the NHL in penalty killing at 86.4 percent, trailing only the Pittsburgh Penguins (88.6). Last season, Washington was 25th in penalty killing at 78.8 percent.

The spike in that category underscores the team's commitment to what Coach Bruce Boudreau calls "courage plays." With the offense scoring at nowhere near the clip it was last season when the Capitals led the NHL with 313 goals, players are making a more concentrated effort to get in the way of shots, and that selfless play has made a significant difference on the penalty kill.

"I think sacrifice is one of the main things," said defenseman Karl Alzner, who played 3 minutes on the short-handed unit in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to Montreal. "Going out there and trying to block every shot. Obviously you can't get them all, but doing your best to get in the way of all that."

Washington went 6 for 6 on the penalty kill against the Canadiens and has killed off 30 of its last 31 shorthanded situations, including 24 in a row. Montreal has the league's 12th-ranked power play, converting 18.5 percent.

The Capitals figure to have a more challenging go of it on the penalty kill against their next opponent on Friday, the Tampa Bay Lightning, which is ranked eighth in power play percentage (20.7). The Lightning are also in first place in the Southeast Division, five points in front of Washington.

"We believe in it," Coach Bruce Boudreau said of the penalty kill. "We've been getting good goaltending on it, and we've got at least eight players who can do it pretty well, eight forwards, and they understand the idea that they can't stay out for a minute. Sometimes you get caught out a couple times, but you get the puck 20 seconds and off, and we get quick changes so we have everybody fresh, and we changed the way we kill penalties from last year and the year before to the way we kill them now, and so far it's been successful."

By Gene Wang  | February 3, 2011; 8:23 AM ET
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, Karl Alzner  
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Comments

Honestly??!! Who CARES! Can't score...skating like you're in quick sand....this team has turned into the Buffalo Sabres.....

Posted by: joshu1 | February 3, 2011 8:42 AM | Report abuse

The Rick DiPietro hat trick... let in 2 soft goals and get knocked out all in the same game

Posted by: griz0615 | February 3, 2011 8:57 AM | Report abuse

With all of the great "concerns" I am still excited to watch this team during the rest of the regular season, hoping they get the best seed possible.

Then I am looking forward to watching them in the playoffs and will be watching while hoping they win their playoff rounds in any fashion that brings them a win.

I am also hoping that they pick up a 2nd line center before the deadline.

If they don't accomplish any of it, I will be disappointed, but won't be upset.

There are too many other things to be concerned about that how well a bunch of people I do not know move a piece of vulcanized rubber on the ice is no reason to get stressed out over.

I enjoy watching the Caps play, and I hope they win. But if they don't(which is the most likely with how they are playing), then oh well.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 3, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Until the team stops trying to make Sports Center's Top 10 plays, they are going to be mired in this offensive problem. A goal scored off a drop pass looks better on ESPN than a goal scored when crashing the net, but both count for 1 goal and the drop pass is a lot more dangerous. They have to move their feet on the power play and stop looking for the highlights.

What bothers me is this: in the *big* games (Pitt on 12/22, Pitt on 01/01, Hockey Night in Canada against Toronto), the team has looked good. The first ten minutes against Montreal, they were great. It's like they only care when the cameras are on. They're that annoying genius who sat in the back of Geometry, sleeping, and being a brat. Everyone knows the kid is a genius he's just not applying himself. If this team would apply itself, they would be very, very good. They've proven that.

Posted by: Matt23185 | February 3, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

although I understand your take on the matter and it makes complete sense...... "I" take this crap too seriously and therefor will continue to ride the roller coaster of emotion...ugh. They won't make a big splash (most likely because they're more than one piece away), the won't fire Boudreau...although they should (not because he's a bad coach but because the team is lost...and so is he,) and they won't make the playoffs this year. NEXT YEAR, however, with a few changes...they'll be back.

Posted by: joshu1 | February 3, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Caps will lose 4-3 in OT to Tampa, but will throttle the Penguins at home 4-1. Bring on hell week!

Posted by: SA-Town | February 3, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Okay, some thoughts based on the previous post:

1) Everyone wants us to trade for someone (including), but how do we know opportunities exist to pull the trigger when we want them to. Everyone is looking for a 2nd Line Center, but if a target does not want to come to DC (re: thinks we are overrated), why is that GMGM's fault? I am not saying he is the best, but we can't judge actions without knowing everything on the inside of a potential trade.

2) Funny how a team learning to be more defensive is still giving up 35-40 shots a game while boring their fans with no offense. Our goalies have been playing very well, why not open up the offense again to at least keep the fan base interested. I am afraid all the support will fade if they turn into the NJ Devils. Even when winning SCs, they could not sell out games. Heck, if we are more offensive, maybe the shots against will go down.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 3, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Why did it take BB two years before he changed up a terrible terrible penalty kill system????

Many on here were calling for a change long ago. And many on here suggested a more active and aggressive approach was needed. Imagine that.

Posted by: rblatch45 | February 3, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I think the big move the Caps need is to jettison Big Baby. He is clearly lost as to what to do, how to motivate the players, and how to get some consistency with respect to lines going. I would like to see a new coach who can inspire, teach, and discipline a group of lost and uninspired players. A coach who can cobble together a good checking line and teach some players to take the next step in their development would also be nice. A trade for a 2C can help, but BB would flip around a new center looking for that mysterious "chemistry" like water in a hot pan of oil. I have lost all confidence that Big Baby can take this team anywhere.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 3, 2011 9:46 AM | Report abuse

The same people that are pissed at Boudreau now were doubting the team last year because of soft D. This team is playing D, and getting good goaltending.

The eye-of-the tiger comes in April...Im not happy with the play right now either, but I will judge them on how deep they go in the playoffs...not on how many OT losses they have.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 3, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

SA-Town thinks the Caps are going to score 7 goals the next two games. Yeah, right! LOL!

Posted by: griz0615 | February 3, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

To those who think many of the posters here are too critical:

Ted, George, Boudreau and the players have all said they expect to contend heavily for the Cup. As such, we are judging them accordingly. If Ted said, "Our goal is to fill the seats and win a few games," I'd say, "You are doing great." But the goal is the Cup. As I said, we therefore judge accordingly, and this team no way seems Cup ready. In fact, the team seems to have taken a major step backward this year.

The fact that the general manager time and again says things like, "Our D is set when Poti comes back," when any hockey observer can see that it isn't, really makes you scratch your head. You really wonder if some of those people have any clue at all. I guess they must, though, since they are "In the game."

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 3, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

And yes, kudos to Dean Evanson taking over the PK and defense, improving both. I wonder what he could do as the head coach, hmm.... BB's aspects of the game plummet (PP and 5v5 scoring) and DE's aspects greatly improve, I just wonder if GMGM will change to DE if the Caps get embarrassed in the next 2 games, as I imagine they will. Pissburgh will be out for blood for the Steckel hit (no matter how unintentional the Caps think it was, the Pens have a very different take), and TBL are red hot, firing on all cylenders, having shut-out the Caps twice in a row.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 3, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

@ Joshu No not the Sabres They Have reincarnated into the Schonefeld Era Caps Cant Score but can Play somewhat decent Defense so we will miss the playoffs, Make the playoffs, miss the playoffs just a big vicious circle.

Posted by: koppleschloss | February 3, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I think the fans are sick and tired of the same quotes coming from Kettler. Where is the hunger? The fight? Now desperation? Leadership? GMGM better make some big trades and shake up the cloud these people are living in, otherwise - first round exit or worse, they may not make the playoffs!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 3, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Did people see this about Kuznetsov?

http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2011/02/02/prospect-watch-extra-evgeny-kuznetsov-turns-heads/

With how he is playing and with his agents recent hints about going to the NHL, I think, barring injury, there is an 80% chance Kuznetsov will be on the Caps when the season starts next year.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 3, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Providing he can stay sober enough for team flights, the K kid looks like a legit prospect

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 3, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

The stellar improvement in PK is one of the few bright spots in this season, it's unfortunate that it least appears to be coupled with a plummeting PP.

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 3, 2011 10:16 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

do you really want him here next year? Making this team younger isnt the answer. This team needs more veterans.

I know the kid is talented but I'd prefer a veteran that knows how to win playing on the top 2 lines than Kuznetsov.

Posted by: ThePat | February 3, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

The Capitals have not had many PP goals but they are getting the fewest PP opportunities.

I am happy about the PK - but if you don't draw penalties even with a good PP it will be an uphill battle.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | February 3, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Veterans can have little leadership skills, and some young players can be great leaders. Love him or hate him, Crysbaby is the leader of his team. Do the Isles have good leadership, nope. Do they have plenty of veterans, yup. Is Poti a veteran, yup. Is he a leader, umm, not so much. Yes, I tend to trust a veteran LEADER more than a rookie, but it depends on the veteran and rookie.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 3, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

@JimAllCaps

I didnt say a veteran like Poti, I said a veteran that knows how to WIN. No one in this locker room has a clue how to WIN, thats why we lose game 7's. No one knows what it truly takes. You keep putting young kids in an environment like that and this team will forever be a very talented team that is stuck in neutral or slides into reverse. If the coach had been a winner at the NHL level that would be enough. But has anyone in this organization(other than Knuble when he was a young young player and had no real impact), that includes players, coaches, scouts, management ever won at the NHL level????

Posted by: ThePat | February 3, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

do you really want him here next year? Making this team younger isnt the answer. This team needs more veterans.

I know the kid is talented but I'd prefer a veteran that knows how to win playing on the top 2 lines than Kuznetsov.

Posted by: ThePat

I do. I think he will be fun to watch and the sooner he starts playing in the NHL the quicker he will improve.

However, I would start him off with 4th line minutes while giving him a few shifts here and there on the 2nd line.

And when Semin gets hurt Kuznetsov could fill in on the 2nd line while Semin is out.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 3, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Least PP oppurtunities is due to not forcing the flow of the game. Teams that dictate play tend to draw penalties because the other team is over-matched. The Caps are not moving their feet enough to gain possession in the offensive zone (even on the PP), if they do gain the zone, they rarely cycle well and long enough to draw penalties, and since they do not have possession with a cycle, they do not clog the crease, which tends to draw penalties. That is how I come to the conclusion that either BB's new system is too passive (like his old PK) or the players have given up on him (which is so obviously true).

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 3, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Semin hurt in the future? How did you ever come to that conclusion? It's like saying Poti won't play for half the season, or something, sheesh.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 3, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Having someone on the team who could score a goal occasionally might be a good addition. Call me crazy ....

Posted by: zmega | February 3, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Semin hurt in the future? How did you ever come to that conclusion? It's like saying Poti won't play for half the season, or something, sheesh.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2

I know, it's a stretch.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 3, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Why did it take BB two years before he changed up a terrible terrible penalty kill system????

Many on here were calling for a change long ago. And many on here suggested a more active and aggressive approach was needed. Imagine that.

Posted by: rblatch45


Thats the irony of it isn't it. We call for specific systemic changes and get criticized for doing it by the likes of Lefty and his crew.

Then the Caps actually make those changes and it helps. So now that we're making other suggestions, we're suddenly again know-it-alls who would be "in the game" if we knew anything, and who are we to dare to pretend to know more. Blimey what a vicious cycle!

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 3, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Go back to the run and gun.

Keep the PK system in place.

Bench Laich.

Posted by: saltine182 | February 3, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I am shocked that BB doesnt read this board for coaching advice.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | February 3, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Having someone on the team who could score a goal occasionally might be a good addition. Call me crazy ....

Posted by: zmega


there are many ways to induce scoring on a team. It isn't necessarily done by adding skill players unless they also bring other attributes with them.

Its more about chemistry and system. Currently we have a team who isn't great on the forecheck. I'd start with that. Get more turnovers off the forecheck. Some of that will require dumping current players and replacing them. Its not easy to find a top 6 forward in this league who's great on the forecheck. But you know, maybe a guy like Bourque from Calgary could be an option. He's not a superstar but he's like an Andrew Ladd type. He can also play both wing positions. He does all the dirty work, he came in as a free agent and he's one of more underrated young players in this league.

Of course...McPhee coulda signed him 3-4 yrs ago too..

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 3, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I am shocked that BB doesnt read this board for coaching advice.

Posted by: capsfansince74 |

Hey I'm shocked that you've been a fan for 36 yrs and still argue in this fashion. You sound like a noob.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 3, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

sgm,

Kuznetsov starting on the 4th line?

Dude, he ain't a plumber. Start him on the 2nd line & get him PP time.

Posted by: Steve_R | February 3, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

actually, he prolly does read this board for advice. They improved their PK by going to a more aggressive system. Something that a lot of us mentioned 2 yrs ago and ever since.

They added a gritty player to their bottom 6 in Hendricks. And they're better for it.

They tried to add a tough guy but unfortunately, they were in charge of that decision so it backfired.

They're playing better defensively although that was prolly by necessity moreso than reading this board.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 3, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Of course...McPhee coulda signed him 3-4 yrs ago too..

Posted by: cstanton1

4 years ago not many players wanted to play in Washington in a half empty building. Bourque may have never wanted to come to DC.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 3, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

sgm,

Kuznetsov starting on the 4th line?

Dude, he ain't a plumber. Start him on the 2nd line & get him PP time.

Posted by: Steve_R

i disagree with that. Anytime you get a Euro in here who hasn't playing tightchecking hockey, start him on a 3rd or 4th line just to get him experience in a different role. He already has the offensive skillset. He won't be improving his defensive game playing on a scoring line.

Where do you think Joe Thornton and Vinny LeCav started? They played their rookie seasons centering their respective 4th lines. Even when Ryan Getzlaf got recalled in his first yr he got time on the 4th line. That's how you help young offensive players get a more wellrounded game.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 3, 2011 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Bourque may have never wanted to come to DC.

Posted by: sgm3

Probably still doesn't.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 3, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

"Hey I'm shocked that you've been a fan for 36 yrs and still argue in this fashion. You sound like a noob. " - cstanton1

Actually I think capsfansince74 sounds like a very enthusiastic fan. Like the type that would take a punch in the face for the team win or lose. Gotta respsect that.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 3, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Kuznetsov starting on the 4th line?

Dude, he ain't a plumber. Start him on the 2nd line & get him PP time.

Posted by: Steve_R

Everybody on the 4th line doesn't have to be a plumber, the 3rd line is the checking/defensive line. The 4th line is an energy line, and with the guys he would likely be facing when coming out on the 4th line, it would give Kuzentsov the best ability to get accustomed to the NHL when he arrives.

I'd be all for getting him a few shifts on the 2nd line, but I wouldn't want to give him 2nd line minutes immediately. Let him get adjusted to the NHL with 10-12 minutes a game to start off and then increase accordingly with how he is playing.

I would give him some PP time though.

There are many ways to do this, I'm only putting forth the way I think would be best. But there is more than one way to skin a cat.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 3, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

This team is playing D, and getting good goaltending.

The eye-of-the tiger comes in April...Im not happy with the play right now either, but I will judge them on how deep they go in the playoffs...not on how many OT losses they have.

Posted by: SA-Town |

me too. Their test is always the playoffs.

And with better team D and a better PK, they're probably a slightly better playoff team because of it despite their scoring woes.

They're just not in the same stratosphere of competitiveness that the better teams are in. Because of that, a playoff dent is unlikely. But I feel the same way about Tampa right now so..

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 3, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Chimera back on top line, Knuble dropped to 3rd line. This team is a disaster. BB cant keep the same line together for 2 games. Fire him already.

Posted by: ThePat | February 3, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is not on the PK for any minutes and it is the second best in the league. The Clown Prince is on the PP for most of the minutes and it is one of the worst in the league. "How about that" I just figured out what is wrong with this team.

Posted by: dull | February 3, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

And why did BB ever break up the Hannan-Green pairing after it was playing very well together?

Posted by: ThePat | February 3, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Well I can see why BB would drop Knubs to the 3rd with his total lack of hustle and net buzzing that Chim-chim had last couple games, err, wait isn't that reversed, oh well, nevermind, BigBaby is pro coach who knows what he is doing
serenity now, serenity now, serenity now

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 3, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

BB chooses his lines the same way the politicians in South Park choose who gets bail out money. If you dont know...YouTube it. =)

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 3, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Chimera back on top line, Knuble dropped to 3rd line. This team is a disaster. BB cant keep the same line together for 2 games. Fire him already.

Posted by: ThePat

With Semin coming back the lines do have to be changed up though.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 3, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Guys, this notion of gradually developing young guys is a foreign concept. Here we bring in talented young guys and immediately throw them to the wolves. Just ask MaJo. Then we criticize them when they don't perform up to expectations.

Sheesh, come on, get with the program.

Posted by: zmega | February 3, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Yeah put Chimera on the 4th line which is where he belongs. Knuble played a good game the other night on the 1st line. I think led he led the team in shots on goal, was going hard to the net. Got the PP goal. No reason to take him off the line.

Posted by: ThePat | February 3, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

The only line that will need to be changed is the 2nd so Semin's returns really has nothing to do with Knuble.

Fact is, this tubby individual disguised as the Caps coach has absolutely no clue how to fix this thing so he just keeps moving guys around causing less and less cohesion in the lines. ThePat is right, fire his a$$ already.

Posted by: PhilR | February 3, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

@ SeminAllOverTheIce
ROTFF

Posted by: DBnMD | February 3, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Not even Hadeed can clean up the mess that BB is making of the lines. ;)

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 3, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

cstanton,

The Caps have a huge black hole where the 2nd line should be. The scoring needs a boost & this kid (in my opinion) should be able to contribute next season (if KHL contract is bought out).

Nicky B playing bottom 6 wing under Hugs helped his development how?

Posted by: Steve_R | February 3, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Semin - (Fisher/Zajac) - Kuzzy

Would be a fun 2nd line to watch next year...especially if Kuzzy does in the NHL what he is doing in the KHL.

Just think, Russian Wonder Twins Power ACTIVATE...form of, a 2nd Scoring Line

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 3, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Who will get voted off Caps Island first - BB or Mubarak?

Posted by: MReilly9 | February 3, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

heres what I don't get. I have always been coached to believe that penalty kill is about desire, heart and willingness to sacrafice more and want 'it' more then the opposition. Our PK is great so there must be some players with some heart on this team, but when I watch the rest of the game I see many of the guys going through the motions and giving half-hearted effort during their shifts and then try and have 1 or 2 hard shifts. I get that it's a long seasona nd you don't have 'it' some games, but the majority of the team for 2 months. Something is very wrong in the locker room of this team. This team seems indifferent or confilicted about one or all of the following; leadership, coaches, upper mgt, chemistry, individual levels of commitment. Soemthing is not right in caps land.

example:
matt cooke cheap shotted by depietro.
depietro knocked out by Johnny.
You tell me if this would ever happen on the current caps team. Erskine, Hendricks, Brads and Ovi(when he feels like it-which is a major problem) step up for teammates but that is about it. Sack-up men and stop playing like scared teenie boppers.

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | February 3, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

@ capsfansince74

You sound like the character from "Network"
look it up, you'll get a kick....the only joke here is the fans who can't discuss hockey but yet feel the need to control the tone of this board. So get the f out.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 3, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I loved this post. What's up w/people who complain about the posters who are critical of the team?? I don't get it....they're like the Survivor contestants who champion and espouse their own "honesty and integrity" but denounce anyone who lies and connives as a means of playing the game.

Though I didn't see any comments from ya, cstanton, I'm sure you loved the Pens goalie one-punching DiPietro last night...Furthur proof (gratefuldid are ya listening??) that the Caps can take someone tough and turn them soft. Why didn't Johnson ever do that for us?? ;)

Posted by: vermontcaps | February 3, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

If BB would change PK to PP on the need for quick changes, maybe the team wouldn't look like it's skating in glue during most of the PP.
Kuznetsov is a subject for next year & the off-season (let hope we start that topic in June).
One key to an effective forecheck is the desire (key word) to smash the sh*t out of the defenseman and/or get the puck. Like a QB who gets hit on the release everytime, the d-man will start dumping it to avoid the hit or slowing down & let you beat him to the puck to avoid the hit. Remember when checking it is better to give than receive.

Posted by: chriscaps | February 3, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

And why did BB ever break up the Hannan-Green pairing after it was playing very well together?

Posted by: ThePat

because he wanted to give Erskine a break from playing with Schultz. Those 2 looked baaad together.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 3, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

@zmega...not sure if you're just being sarcastic but the Caps have had the following players play in Hershey : Beagle, Fehr, Gordon, Hendricks, Laich, Perrault, Steckel, Alzner, Carlson, Green, Schultz, Sloan, Varly & Neuvy...the exceptions have been ovie, Backstrom & now Johansson...hopefully he won't regress, but there is always a chance Johansson could be sent down this year or next to Hershey for some seasoning

Posted by: boomer44 | February 3, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

@zmega...not sure if you're just being sarcastic but the Caps have had the following players play in Hershey : Beagle, Fehr, Gordon, Hendricks, Laich, Perrault, Steckel, Alzner, Carlson, Green, Schultz, Sloan, Varly & Neuvy...the exceptions have been ovie, Backstrom & now Johansson...hopefully he won't regress, but there is always a chance Johansson could be sent down this year or next to Hershey for some seasoning

Posted by: boomer44 | February 3, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Boomer,

I don't think Hendricks played for the Bears

Posted by: Steve_R | February 3, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

@Steve_R

I believe Hendricks did play for the Bears -- in 2006-2007 and played for Bruce. I remember reading about him in "Gabby"

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 4, 2011 7:06 AM | Report abuse

We've known since last April/May that the Caps would only be judged on their playoff performance this season - or so we we're told. Now it looks like it's just that the Caps would not be judged POSITIVELY until they win a Stanley Cup. If success in the playoffs is how you determine the success of the Caps' season (as it is this season) - then save the criticism until they get knocked out.

Personally I don't care if the Caps get 110 points or 90, get 300 goals or 200, win the Stanley Cup or finish 8th in the East, as long as they make the playoffs. Then, AND ONLY THEN, should we be judging the success of this season.

We all knew the Caps were never going to be given credit for anything this regular season. They could win 82 games and we'd still hear "but it's only their playoff performance that matters". They can win a game 1-0 and be told they're not offensive enough, or 7-5 and be told they're not defensive enough. At the end of the day, I'll judge this season when it's over - in the mean time, how about giving the team some support rather than just moaning because you want to jump onto a different bandwagon now this one's slowed down.

Posted by: ajcb | February 4, 2011 8:32 AM | Report abuse

I meant "win the President's Trophy" not "win the Stanley Cup" - I do care if they win the Stanley Cup!

Posted by: ajcb | February 4, 2011 8:34 AM | Report abuse


About GM , BB , and future of our team - my point of what i think . More and more questions coming up about what going on with Caps top players ? In my opinion its a lock of effort , discipline , dedication , to play for 60 minutes every game ; Caps don't need to go to OT or SO , this is the way for losers only which let them to get a point in the standings . Caps are a better team , and if they continue to play like this - they will not going to reach the point to play and bring the highest trophy to Washington ! I honestly suspecting that best players on team playing with injuries , otherwise i cant explain why they suddenly became very average ,lost intensity , and if GM & BB ignoring it and steel forcing them to play with injuries - its very wrong , we all know that regular season not very important for teams with high expectations . We have so many good players in AHL Bears who will bee glad to replace the injured players until they healthy and ready to go for the playoffs , meanwhile the young kids from Hershey will do everything possible with a given to them chance to prove that they can do it on a regular bases - the whole organization and Caps FANS will win . Otherwise GM&BB got to go and the season is lost again !!!!!!!







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