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Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 02/20/2011

Open thread: Capitals at Sabres

By Washington Post Sports Editors

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Faceoff: 12:30 p.m., HSBC Arena; TV: NBC; Radio: 1500 AM

Update: 12:05 p.m.
Based on warm-up here's what the lineup should look like against the Sabres:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Johansson-Semin
Chimera-Perreault-Hendricks
Steckel-Gordon-Bradley

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Schultz-Hannan
Erskine-Sloan

Goal
Varlamov
Neuvirth

Scratches: Mike Green (inner-ear trauma) and D.J. King.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | February 20, 2011; 11:05 AM ET
Categories:  Buffalo Sabres, Lineups  
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Comments

Two points would be great ...

Go Caps!

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 20, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Here are all the scouts at today's game for those that want to know, from Mike Vogel:

Lotta scouts slated to be at #Caps-Buf game: Reps from ATL, TB, VAN, ANA (2), SJ, CHI, FLA, PIT, MON, NYR, CBJ, OTT, STL, DAL, CAR, EDM (2).

Posted by: ThePat | February 20, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: 08WashCaps19 | February 20, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

@pat

since you are a insider. what are those scouts looking for on the caps and no one one from blues is scouting.

Posted by: samb99 | February 20, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

GO Caps!! Need a win today and tomorrow in Pit

Posted by: rclow | February 20, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Any news?

Posted by: underpants2 | February 20, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Who's playing net? Scouts maybe there to watch: Semin, Schultz, MP, and Neuvy?

Posted by: underpants2 | February 20, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

@pat

To get a better understanding whether it is usual or unusual that so many scouts are at a game:

How many scouts are attending the other games?


@tominsocal:

Today it will be a Riesling, 2007, from Bockenau/Nahe

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 20, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

@samb

My guesses are Steckel/Gordon, Matty P, Schultz, Alzner, Laich and Semin(even though pokerface and I disagree on this).

@underpants2

I'd say this is an unusually large number of teams. I'd say normally about 7 or 8 sometimes it hits 10 teams, but that is basically half the league there today.

Posted by: ThePat | February 20, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Exactly where is Vogel stating that all of these scouts are going to be at today's game? Link?

Also, why do people still bother to listen to what Eklund says? WHY? If you are going to get serious about a "rumor" you are going to need to provide something with a hell of a lot more credibility than Eklund.

Posted by: KJ71 | February 20, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Pay no attention to Eklund rumors: His accuracy percentage is so bad that even a blind squirrel finds a nut more often.

A good rule of thumb is that if Eklund posts it, chances are it ain't gonna happen.

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 20, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

@pat

i wonder what the cost will be for Boyes out of STL. who are we looking for on those teams that are scouting us

Posted by: samb99 | February 20, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

@KJ71

just google VogsCaps twitter. and you'll find it there.

@samb

I dont really think we are going after Boyes. He might be a fall back option but not of high interest.

Posted by: ThePat | February 20, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

This year Vokoun has been the same as Varly in save %, worse than both Varly and Neuvy in GAA. In fact, significantly worse than Varly in GAA, and Florida is not exactly known as a run-and-gun team. Vokoun will be 35 this year. His huge cap hit would essentially prevent any other acquisitions by the Caps, such as a 2C. GMGM has said the Caps are happy with the young goalies, and the rumor about the Caps interest in Vokoun comes from the most unreliable source in the hockey rumor business.

It sure looks like a smoke screen to me. I could be wrong, but it would seem to be a dumb contract move of Poti proportions.

Posted by: zmega | February 20, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

i saw something that the caps were trying to get Volkon from FL

Posted by: rclow | February 20, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

GMGM said he is happy with the goalies... that means we are trading for one. How about Semin for Vokoun, Weiss, McCabe lol

Posted by: caps512 | February 20, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

@Pat, ahh thanks. Forgot about the twitter!

I think given the right club, Vokoun could/ would really shine. That said, the cap it, and it being an intradivisional deal both lead one to believe that it's more likely to not happen. I know anything can happen, but often teams really want to avoid trading big players within the division. Then there is the caveat FLA is purportedly to have a fire sale and basically start over. So who knows. The only thing I'm sure of about this is that Eklund is almost NEVER correct and has no credibility. Its been that way for years so why should it all the sudden change now. Even a broken clock is right twice a day ya know?

Posted by: KJ71 | February 20, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Today it will be a Riesling, 2007, from Bockenau/Nahe

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 20, 2011 11:36 AM

I'll be having grape juice and orange juice as I'll be eating breakfast during the game. I don't get to watch on TV, hopefully the streaming thing works. F all the people in the NHL who aren't letting these games on Center Ice like in the past.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

With all of those scouts, I think it is safe to say that Semin is available.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 20, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Tominsocal -

I've already emailed nbc sports and nhl.com to thank them for having hockey day in america. What a great way to celebrate hockey by making thousands of its fans angry?

I'm not happy about this at all.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 20, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

@natresgroup @tominsocal

I know its not the same but if your laptop and TV have an HDMI cord hookup, I suggest you do that. Just stream it from nbc.com and have it on your tv. I have done it a number of times for other sports and it works well.

Posted by: ThePat | February 20, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

... here it will be supper ...

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 20, 2011 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if the game will be on someplace other than NBC or NHL NEtwork in Canada? I'm in Houston, so NBC is showing the Red Wings/Wild game and not the Caps game. AND I have Center Ice, but I cannot find it anywhere! I really don't want to have to try to find it online.

Thanks!

Posted by: suzannepdc | February 20, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. Nevermind, I have the privilege to watch the game online on NBC. So glad I paid ot watch it on my TV!!

Posted by: suzannepdc | February 20, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

direct tv is showing caps/sabres on NBC

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 20, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the d*ck tease NBC. I hate you as much as vermontcaps hates schultz.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 20, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

direct tv is showing caps/sabres on NBC

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 20, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I got 3 more mins., then they are changing my game. I'm just annoyed that I cannot see the Caps game or turn on the Flyers/Rangers game on commericals. Sorta the point of having Center Ice.

Posted by: suzannepdc | February 20, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

and this PXP guy is so boring. sounds like a golf announcer.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 20, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

direct tv NBC just switched to wings/wild

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 20, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

maybe the following can help ?

http://atdhe dot me/

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 20, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

did Ovi go out last night? he seems slugglish

Posted by: rclow | February 20, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

you can watch the game at NBCsports.com, but i didn't pay the money for center ice to watch a game on the f'n computer. i'm sure this is just a ploy for NBC to promote their website, but it's utter crap to the fans. i'm not happy with this whatsoever.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 20, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

http://www.csnwashington.com/02/20/11/Watch-Caps-Sabres-Live/landing.html?blockID=414379&feedID=274

if you click on the "watch live" - it may prompt you to run a file (microsoft's silverlight) - i installed silverlight, closed the window and then went back and clicked "watch live" again. i'm watching online - same feed as the 'tease' earlier.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 20, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

so they took a commercial break on an icing?

Lazy PP again.

Posted by: O-V-P | February 20, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

ThePat: Thanks, but I'm not so tech savvy. I am watching on my computer on nbcsports.com. Certainly better than nothing, but they need to fix this. I pay a fortune to have cable and Center Ice.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

F all the people in the NHL who aren't letting these games on Center Ice like in the past.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

RIGHT ON!! I haven't seen a game since SJ and was really looking forward to today...now I can't watch it :(

@natresgroup

loved your comment about me hating ****55. I have to say I got excited reading the posts and speculation that we could be shopping the Big Oaf.

GO CAPS, THUMP THEM SABRES!!

Posted by: vermontcaps | February 20, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

hot goalie, hot goalie. Only against the caps...

Posted by: O-V-P | February 20, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I hate that they allow goalies to freeze the puck well out of the crease.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino,

Just because I am not watching the team does not mean I am not following the team. Considering I cannot watch the game, this is pretty easy. And if I choose to call the loser coach BigBaby on an open forum, I can. You, SGM, and any other BB apologists can have a BB love in for all I care. My opinon is that this team is going no where with a coach who has garnered no respect because he is an irrational blowhard. But you go on loving him

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 20, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Really good chances on that PP. Would have been a serious lift to bury one.

But once again, we are left with nothing but hope...

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

maybe the following can help ?

http://atdhe dot me/

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 20, 2011 12:47 PM
no i know why you did dot.me the old website was seized by our government, which I did not know

Posted by: rclow | February 20, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

they better get at lease one from this

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 20, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Sabres' strategy is to goon it up big time today.

Posted by: zmega | February 20, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

SCREEEEEN
THAT
GOALIE!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

There is no sense of urgency or focus, that's why they don't score. It's ho hum. That and it is all perimeter play pitch and catch.

Posted by: O-V-P | February 20, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

@rclow

... this is not the old website ;-)

it is

dot me

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 20, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The NBC is awful quality and why are there two windows?

Posted by: suzannepdc | February 20, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

a defender lifted the net there - delay?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 20, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

this PP stuff is just sad

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

@zmega

... and this is a very good strategy as the PP is not working ...

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 20, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

WOW
another PP?

This just hurts

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

at least they're working hard and drawing some penalties

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 20, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

less passing, more shooting on the PP

Posted by: wocoliz | February 20, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

They don't score here I'm turning this crap OFF!!!

Why the hell isn't Ovi down low on the PP?

Miller is out of his mind!

Caps need a victory today!

Posted by: ekbinion68 | February 20, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

FCK, I think that is correct. They will continue to goon until the Caps prove they can score on a power play. It could be a long game.

Posted by: zmega | February 20, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

screens, deflections,

BEAT HIM!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Geez, the Sabres are playing hockey 70s style.

Posted by: Terptwin | February 20, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Ted says we should decline the penalty.

Hot goalie indeed.

I guess with nbc stream we get Flo and those Progressive commercials all day. It's the Progressive money to NBC is why they aren't letting Center Ice show the game.

F em all.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

just plain frustrating watching this PP...

Posted by: JCB9 | February 20, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

This is getting embarrassing. BB can't even blame the PP drought on a more-defensively focused system. The league has figured out his AHL PP just like they figured out his AHL offense. We're 3 for the last almost 40 at this point. We're starting to become a league wide joke at this point.

Its time for BB to get his walking papers. Enough is enough.

We has an almost 2 minute 5-on-3 for god's sake.

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 20, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

news flash: passing the puck on the perimeter will not score goals!

Posted by: O-V-P | February 20, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

It looks like another "hot goalie" kinda day :(

Posted by: JCB9 | February 20, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Miller ain't hot, dat boy good.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The PP is not going to do anything until there is a guy permanently in front of the goal and the guys on the outside actucally move to open areas or exchange spots. If they arent moving and they have no net presence the PKers dont have to do anything but stand there. That is awful coaching that he hasnt changed anything since last April. And BB has done some good things but his unwillingness to change the PP is crazy.

Posted by: ThePat | February 20, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

i wish i know how to do an email bomb so i could tell NBC and the NHL how miffed I am about their choice to not show the other regional games on NHL center Ice. i would love some money back. it doesn't say anywhere that regional nbc games will be blacked out, just national nbc coverage.

oh yeah, and the PP is making me angry too.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 20, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

@rclow

... this is not the old website ;-)

it is

dot me

Posted by: FCKoe

like I said I did not know the old site was blocked. I've already bookmarked the new site. I hate these announcers

Posted by: rclow | February 20, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The caps make every goalie look good because they are allergic to the front of the net.

Posted by: O-V-P | February 20, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Miller *is* good, but he's been less than impressive this year with an almost .500 W-L record. Yet the Caps come to town and he's "hot" just like every goalie we play.

Every goalie we play can't be "hot," at this point the only constant in these repeated situations is The Caps.

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 20, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

The pp has sucked since the playoffs. Ted thinks pointing it out will make it better.

The players/coaches can't get it done. Either change something or shut up about it.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 20, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Zero movement on the PP. Looks like NBA basketball.

Posted by: zmega | February 20, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I have computer minimized now and TV on (PHI-NYR). They will probably pick up Caps game when we start 2nd period and other games are at break, so back to computer after that point.

Mar 6 at FL is a 5 pm game.
Mar 13 CHI is 3:00.

Those are the only Sunday games left. The FL game probably unaffected by this and the CHI game will probably be national.

People think, "OK, you can watch on your computer, no loss," but my one daughter is at work and I can't DVR for her.

The technology is there to show all the games on Center Ice (was done that way last year on the Sunday games). This is greed, in it's worst form.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Again, coaching issue. Boudreau's system including the PP has been figured out and he doesn't know what to do now. Completely stumped.

The opposition reads our PP better than the 5 guys we have out there. It's like an NFL defense knowing what is coming.

Posted by: O-V-P | February 20, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Screw NBC.

Also, this game has LOSS written all over it. Refs are going to even things up and the Sabres will start getting the PP chances very soon.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | February 20, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Zero movement on the PP. Looks like NBA basketball.

Posted by: zmega | February 20, 2011 1:15 PM

Exactly what I posted to Neil Greenberg. The PK plays zone defense and we play zone offense.

The PP (failure thereof) alone shows how this team isn't being coached.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Pathetic. Just... pathetic.

Backstrom looks like a lost baby out there wondering around trying to figure out why things aren't going right like rainbows and puppy dogs.

Ovechkin looks like he was out late. Bradley I just don't know. He certainly doesn't have the vim or vigor he had two years ago, or even last year.

I think we're just not a very good team. Period...

Posted by: rblatch45 | February 20, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

reports that New Jersey put in claim for souray

Posted by: samb99 | February 20, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

does anyone know if Ovi went out last night?
He always is terrible w/ a 12:30 start unless it's PIT

Posted by: rclow | February 20, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I am finally having my breakfast and with it, Welch's grape juice.

Rock the Purple!

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

That save by Miller on Backstrom on the 5-on-3 was an awesome save. That is the exact type of scoring opportunity you want to play for and the Caps got it. However, Miller just made a great save. The reason the Caps didn't score there wasn't because they played poorly, the actually had a great scoring chance, however Miller just made a better play than the Caps. Miller is a very good player, those types make very good plays sometimes. It happens.

On the 5-on-3 you can tell how not having Mike Green really hurts. Carlson does some good stuff, but his shot is not very accurate. On the 5-on-3 when the point men get in so close, you need to hit the net. Green usually picks corners with his snap shot, Carlson was missing the net too much.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 20, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Where would Ovi go out in Buffalo? Anchor Bar for wings?

Posted by: zmega | February 20, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Miller made a good save because Backstrom shot it into his glove instead of top corner or five hole.

Posted by: rblatch45 | February 20, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Accept right now that the next 5 PP's will go to the Sabres.

That way you will feel better about it when it actually happens...

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

What worries me is that Carlson already has 11+ minutes of ice time, according to Steve Kolbe (I'm watching NBC video while listening to the Caps radio feed online). He's young and strong, but how strong is he going to be in the 3rd?

Posted by: wocoliz | February 20, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Following the game via comments here (keep it up, folks!) and the boxscore. Time for BB to put JOHNNY E. ON THE PP!!! Get him and Ovi down low together and the pp will take-off...GUARANTEED!!

Posted by: vermontcaps | February 20, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

The problem coming up is that the Caps will be called for the next two penalties, barring egregious penalties by the Sabres.

How much do you want to bet that the next penalty will be an offensive zone hooking called on the Caps? Probably by either Semin, MP, Chimera or Laich. It won't be an egregious hooking, just a little tug that the refs will feel they are obligated to call.

The PK is going to have to shine.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 20, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

What are the odds the Caps have a new head coach this Tuesday afternoon?

Posted by: puckman | February 20, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

"That save by Miller on Backstrom on the 5-on-3 was an awesome save. That is the exact type of scoring opportunity you want to play for and the Caps got it. However, Miller just made a great save. The reason the Caps didn't score there wasn't because they played poorly, the actually had a great scoring chance, however Miller just made a better play than the Caps. Miller is a very good player, those types make very good plays sometimes. It happens."

---

You're not allowed to use the "hot goalie" excuse for an entire year. I'm sorry, it's been a year. 22 other teams this year have found a way to defeat the magical Ryan Miller and his greatness this year.

The ship has sailed on the excuses. It's time to put up or shut up. Miller also hasn't been screened at all, has clear vision on every shot, and actually knows where the puck is going to be coming from because we are that predictable. He knows what we are going to do before we do, just like every team that has figured out BB's AHL system.

The time for excuses is OVER. Every team has injuries, they just figure out how to man up and play through it. No team will be healthy 100% of the time, excuses are for losers...like the Caps.

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 20, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

sgm: I pointed out recently that I was finding Carlson disappointing, and it is offense that's lacking. Where's the player who scored the big goal vs Habs?

This is the problem with having so many rookies/2nd year players - the inconsistency.

All you have to do is look at MLB pitcher statistics age 21-25 or 26 to realize how much it is that young players must learn.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

anywhere were he could drink. I saw it in 24/7 he loves to party even on early start games. I don't think he will tomorrow, cause we play PIT

Posted by: rclow | February 20, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

For those with Center Ice who can't view the game, did you know that your Center I ce package qualifies you for the free NHL Game Center online from nhl.com? You should be able to get a promo code from your cable company to use when registering for the online game viewing with Game Center. I am watching this game today online at nhl.com, even though it's not on tv/center ice inmy area. Hope this helps someone and if it does let others know as well.

Posted by: kgain73 | February 20, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"What are the odds the Caps have a new head coach this Tuesday afternoon?"

---

Not as good as they should be if this team is serious about ever winning a cup. It's funny, Ted has this ability to point out all the things that are wrong (in his opinion pretty much only the PP), but has this stubborn refusal to actually hold anyone responsible for the continued and repeated failures.

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 20, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

@puckman 0.0% because BigBaby should have been given a short leash at the beginning of the season and is still here. When BB goes, so goes GMGM, so never.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 20, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

just what they needed

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Matty P! Love it!

Posted by: wocoliz | February 20, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

GOAL!

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 20, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Finally !!

Posted by: JCB9 | February 20, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Keep coming. The sabres are floating more than the caps right now. Score a couple quick ones before they wake up.

Posted by: O-V-P | February 20, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

god i needed to see a goal he's on my fantasy team

Posted by: rclow | February 20, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

That stanchion could save BB's job for another day.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

how the h*ll did hendricks know he could get the pass to come off the glass right in front of the net - awesome play by MP to be going to the net

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 20, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Make-up calls are the hallmark of bad officiating in any sport.

Posted by: zmega | February 20, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

And even worse than make-up calls are calls that don't make-up for mistakes, but just balance out the number of calls.

Posted by: zmega | February 20, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Perreault from Hendricks and Schultz.

Had you gone to Las Vegas and bet on that as the first goal, odds were 17,000,000 to 1.

Oh well. Just took Sarge's assist away. Just picture yourself about to cash in for $17,000,000 and they are about to hand you the money and then the change.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

enter 1 of 5

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Miller would have made that save.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

FYI... game is on free today at nhl.com

Posted by: BoudreauDaPumpkinHead | February 20, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

that was weak.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 20, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Make up calls are going to happen, then other teams will actually score on them, unlike us. That's why continually and epically sucking eggs on the PP like we do is so deadly.

Fire BB tomorrow.

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 20, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

oops says #23

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

OK, did you all see how the slot was completely clear? We go on PP...slot clogged. They go on PP...slot wide open.

BTW, you click a little icon lower right on broadcast and you get "full screen" picture on computer.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

"That was Easy"

Posted by: JCB9 | February 20, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

hannan should be fined for that

Posted by: thickman22 | February 20, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Re failure to score on the PP per sgm3:
"That save by Miller on Backstrom on the 5-on-3 was an awesome save. That is the exact type of scoring opportunity you want to play for and the Caps got it. However, Miller just made a great save. The reason the Caps didn't score there wasn't because they played poorly, the actually had a great scoring chance, however Miller just made a better play than the Caps. Miller is a very good player, those types make very good plays sometimes. It happens."

While Miller did make a great save, the main reason the Caps don't score on the PP is lack of quick puck movement and player movement, plus almost never any traffic in front of the goal. Standing around the perimeter passing for 2 minutes looking for the thread the needle shot is just not going to work.

Posted by: remy117 | February 20, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't what was worse...Varly weak goal he gave up or Hannan's incredibly weak job of trying to block the shot by Pominville.

Frustrating game.

Posted by: dglelite | February 20, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

wake up the CAPS will let um back in

Posted by: muthapucker | February 20, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

so the key is to actually score on the PP? aahh, it's start to make sense to me now this PP this. i thought you were supposed to use that 2 minutes to show how well you can pass like we were the globetrotters.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 20, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin just got interfered with.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | February 20, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Tom. We really don't give a rats ass about what you are eating, drinking or what the temperature is or whether mamma grizzly is looking after you.

Posted by: capper3 | February 20, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Remember Hannon was GMGMS ANSWER FOR OUR D!

Posted by: muthapucker | February 20, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

BB's head took up my entire computer screen

Posted by: BoudreauDaPumpkinHead | February 20, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

What a horribly weak 3rd and 4th lines. One of the worst of any playoff team or playoff bound team

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 20, 2011 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to hand out energy drinks during the intermission.

Posted by: wocoliz | February 20, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Actually, some of us enjoy hearing Tom's food/beverage reports.

Posted by: zmega | February 20, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Lookie here Mr. cstanton, any team that can boast Chimera on one of their bottom 2 lines is an awful good team. I mean he is a 1st liner according to our esteemed coach

Posted by: BoudreauDaPumpkinHead | February 20, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Caps actually got good energy that last minute. Good rotation.

capper3: Here's the link to my blog so you can keep up with my eating and drinking:

tomsblogforcapper3@yahoo.com

I'll post just for you when we decide what's for dinner.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow...just wow, good job Gordon

Posted by: BoudreauDaPumpkinHead | February 20, 2011 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Here are all the scouts at today's game for those that want to know, from Mike Vogel:

Lotta scouts slated to be at #Caps-Buf game: Reps from ATL, TB, VAN, ANA (2), SJ, CHI, FLA, PIT, MON, NYR, CBJ, OTT, STL, DAL, CAR, EDM (2).

Posted by: ThePat | February 20, 2011 11:17 AM
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But more importantly, which games are the Caps scouts going to? I'm trying to stay positive, but my Kool-Aid is getting saltier by the day.

Posted by: wocoliz | February 20, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Is it to early to start drinking if I'm on the west coast?

Posted by: BoudreauDaPumpkinHead | February 20, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

@BDPH, it's 5:00 somewhere. Drink up!

Posted by: wocoliz | February 20, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Even though there are some knowledgeable hockey fans on here I am surprised about all of those saying trade Semin. To me 40 goal scorers do not grow on trees. Semin will get better as he gets his hockey legs back. I still think Semin is a top ten winger in the NHL. Semins always unfairly gets blamed for everything that ills The Caps. Does not seem accurate to me. If we do trade Semin all of you will be complaining about his replacement. I think Semin also should be on the 1st line. He is not a 2nd line player. It should never have happened.

Posted by: pkme | February 20, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

OK, how many scouts say does each team have? EDM has two at our game which would indicate serious interest. Certainly though they can't have 2 at each game.

Also, if anyone knows, maybe a good idea for Katie to do a feature story, what all do these scouts do? Are these the same scouts that watch the Canadian MJ leagues? Or do we have different groupings of scouts? I would think we have a few Euro scouts, one or two each WHL, OHL and QMJHL, one or two US college, then you have US high school...you'd also want scouts watching AHL for potential trades, and then those who watch other NHL teams.

I can see a staff of about 20-25 scouts, some with specific assignments and some who rotate. And I'll bet they all have millions of hotel points for Super 8.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"You're not allowed to use the "hot goalie" excuse for an entire year. I'm sorry, it's been a year. 22 other teams this year have found a way to defeat the magical Ryan Miller and his greatness this year."

@VTDuffman

I was not talking about the PP over the entire year. I was only talking about that specific PP. The Caps had a glorious opportunity and Backstrom actually had a pretty solid shot too. Miller made a great save. I know the PP is struggling and it has to do with a lot of reasons, one of them being the lack of movement on the PP. But that particular PP produced some pretty good chances(unlike many of their PPs throughout the year), but Miller came up big. It isn't an excuse it's stating the fact that their player made a better play than the Caps player. It is possible for two players on opposing teams to both make a good play at the same time, but only one player can win that play and it is the one who made the better play of the two.

Duff Man... says a lot of things! Oh, yeah!

Posted by: sgm3 | February 20, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

TY wocoliz...Anchor Steam has been opened. It's not all bad, at least we have the 3rd period to look forward to, wait, that's why I'm drinking

Posted by: BoudreauDaPumpkinHead | February 20, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

mmmmm...Anchor Steam.

Posted by: wocoliz | February 20, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

pkme - I am not one of those that is screaming for Semin to traded, but I do understand the sentiment.

He is a talent, no doubt. But, for the playoffs, he is a liability with the timid game that he plays. Also, he is way too streaky to count in the playoffs.

If (and it is a BIG IF) they could get a player as a rental that is IDEAL for the playoffs and would put pucks in the net more regularly, I think you make that move.

Posted by: dglelite | February 20, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

"I was not talking about the PP over the entire year. I was only talking about that specific PP. The Caps had a glorious opportunity and Backstrom actually had a pretty solid shot too. Miller made a great save. I know the PP is struggling and it has to do with a lot of reasons, one of them being the lack of movement on the PP. But that particular PP produced some pretty good chances(unlike many of their PPs throughout the year), but Miller came up big. It isn't an excuse it's stating the fact that their player made a better play than the Caps player. It is possible for two players on opposing teams to both make a good play at the same time, but only one player can win that play and it is the one who made the better play of the two."

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I don't see the point in talking about it at this point. OK great, Miller made a Great save on a great play on one PP. Well, there were 4 PPs, and none of them scored, and there were other shots on that PP and none of them scored.

The PP is tragic at this point, when you're 4 for the last 40, who cares about one goalie making one good save?

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 20, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Zmega....Tom You 2 sound like big time losers..Get a life an email each other with your recipes and save us from your useless self serving drivel.

Posted by: capper3 | February 20, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I can't stand this schmaltzy crap.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | February 20, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Is it to early to start drinking if I'm on the west coast?

Posted by: BoudreauDaPumpkinHead | February 20, 2011 2:06 PM

I always say, it's 8 am somewhere.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

I wonder how many scouts the Caps have in total. I wonder how many total scouts the average NHl team has. I bet Toronto has a ton of scouts(has money to pay for it).

Posted by: sgm3 | February 20, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Zmega....Tom You 2 sound like big time losers..Get a life an email each other with your recipes and save us from your useless self serving drivel.

Posted by: capper3 | February 20, 2011 2:16 PM | Report abuse
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Just scroll past it. It's really not worth being a jerk about it.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | February 20, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

In his career Semin averages almost a point per playoff game.

Posted by: pkme | February 20, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Great PK!

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 20, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone think we could grab Dustin Penner?

PS tominsocal, chalk another fan up in regards to your menu updates

Posted by: BoudreauDaPumpkinHead | February 20, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

PKME - Semin probably averages the same point per game in the regular season too.

but just like the regular season, Semin's points come in bunches which skew the points per game arguement.

Case in point...he has looked pretty terrible since coming back from his injury, but he had one great game where he scored a hat rick and now he has averaged closer to a point a game since coming back...

Posted by: dglelite | February 20, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

BDPH: I might really have to make a Facebook page or whatever so fans like capper3 can keep up.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 2:31 PM | Report abuse

The capitals equate defensively responsible hockey with lazy hockey. Keep playing passive, clear the zone hockey and the sabres are inevitably going to score.

Posted by: O-V-P | February 20, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

well whaddayaknow

another PP for us

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

PP, this is probably your last chance. Make it count!

Posted by: wocoliz | February 20, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

... BoudreauDaPumpkinHead "PS tominsocal, chalk another fan up in regards to your menu updates"

... and here is another one ...

I think, I change to red wine:
Dornfelder, 2007, Bockenauer Felseneck ...

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 20, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

My wife just said that she would rather be "dutch ovened" by me that watch a Caps PP. Thats not a good choice by her :)

Posted by: BoudreauDaPumpkinHead | February 20, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

My boy Matty P strikes again! Woohoo!

Posted by: wocoliz | February 20, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

matthew again
yeah

Posted by: rclow | February 20, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I swear I just saw a pig fly past my window...

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 20, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

GOAL !


I think I will stay with Dornfelder ...

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 20, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

ahhhhhhh

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Well color me pink, nice goal!

Posted by: BoudreauDaPumpkinHead | February 20, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

replay looked like MJ may have gotten a piece of that one

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 20, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

FCKoeln: Is that German?

Seems like the closer he gets to Canadian soil, the better Perreault plays.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

@FCKoeln, I was going to the wine store after the game anyway. Now I know what to look for! :)

Posted by: wocoliz | February 20, 2011 2:39 PM | Report abuse

@FCK, looks like I gotta stay with the Anchor Steam :)

Hey capper3, what's your drink of choice?

Posted by: BoudreauDaPumpkinHead | February 20, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

This is a good example of how the whole idea of a power play that is significantly "worse" than last year is sort of misleading...

The type of power play goal that the Caps just scored is very similar to the type that they often got last year. Last year, it was either one of those where they break into the zone and score without setting up any kind of traditional "umbrella" or they would score right off of the faceoff. Even last year, when the power play was supposedly great, they weren't very successful when trying to "set up" a power play. They have always been very stagnant on set ups. The difference this year, is that they are not getting the goals off of faceoffs, and they are not scoring on quick transition plays and breaks into the offensive zone like the one they just got...

Posted by: aybee27 | February 20, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

TESTUDO!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Did you just see Schultz passively accept that glove to the face after the whistle? I bet CStanton just put his boot through his TV screen.

Posted by: zmega | February 20, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Didn't I read that Lindy Rupp is unsigned after this season?

Hmmm.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

... yes, it is - a special sort of wine (light red wine with a fruity flavour) ...

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 20, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

THE BRADLEY BLOCKING VEHICLE

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME!!!

GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: ekbinion68 | February 20, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

FCKoeln: Like rose?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

It's nice that Carlson is gettingn major props on national tv - atta boy, John!

Posted by: Section416akatheAlps | February 20, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

go clock, go...

Posted by: Section416akatheAlps | February 20, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

You can't have Hockey Day in America, and not feature CAPTAIN AMERICA!!!

TESTUDO!!!


Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

was Ovie being selfish there?

or was that just a strong clear?

hmmmm

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

WOOOOO!!!! Way to go Varly!

Posted by: Section416akatheAlps | February 20, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

always nice to win...

BUT WINNING ON A PP GOAL IS ESPECIALLY GRATIFYING!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 20, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

BIG sigh of relief. Nice win.

Posted by: wocoliz | February 20, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Love it. Caps win and it isn't even noon yet.

Capper3: Think I'll go have lunch.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Think I'll go have lunch.

Posted by: tominsocal1

what's on the menu?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 20, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Nice overall win...Still not enough goals...

But a PP goal
A Nice penalty kill in the third
Varly looked good
Defense played solid throughout

Way to go boys!

Posted by: dglelite | February 20, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Break out the Bloody Marys, tom!

Posted by: Terptwin | February 20, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

these are the types of games they need to be able to play and not panic or get to excited. last year against mtl - they pressed way too much and had no clue how to act in a close low scoring game.
provided they don't have a total collapse - this is the kind of game they'll get in the playoffs more often than not.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 20, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Think I'll go have lunch.

Posted by: tominsocal1

what's on the menu?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 20, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse
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Alphabet soup and Shirley Temples for all the juveniles on this blog.

Posted by: capper3 | February 20, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Alphabet soup and Shirley Temples for all the juveniles on this blog.

Posted by: capper3 | February 20, 2011 3:09 PM

was that in a juvenile whinning tone, sarcasm or just matter of fact?
lighten up just a touch

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 20, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Great effort by the Caps today!

Varly was *strong* in net. The team also played well in front of him. Good back-checking there in the 3rd.

Let's go get 2 more tomorrow night!

Posted by: Terptwin | February 20, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Nice win. Good overall game. The Caps outshot the Sabres by a lot.

Maybe one of the reason the Caps can't score is that they really don't have guys who are good shooters. Ovechkin is and Semin is when he is on. The problem with Semin is he always goes for the corner so he misses the goal a lot when he's off and those never lead to secondary scoring chances. Fehr has a good shot but he isn't here right now.

@tominsocal1

I know we talked about it before, but I think the 2nd goal for the Caps gives an idea of what some Caps players need to do when they come in on a rush such as a 2-on-1 or 3-on-2. They need to shoot for the far side goalie pad which causes a lot of rebounds to pop out on the opposite side for a chance for the guy coming down on the other side of the rush. Detroit does a magnificent job of this.

I'm fine with Ovie, Semin, Fehr and sometimes Backstrom trying to score, but when players like Chimera, Laich, MJ, MP, Knuble, Hendricks, etc. are coming down on those rushes, they really should try to do it. Laich can't score from more than 5 feet out so he should really stop shooting for the corner and start shooting for good rebound opportunities, IMO.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 20, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Good win I think, but I wouldn't know because I couldn't see it. One thing that stands out in the boxscore is the hits/blocked shots by our backline:

Hannan/****55: 42:45mins 0 hits 1 block

Carlzner: 40:12mins 0 hits 1 block

Erskine/Sloan: 29:09mins 2 hits 4 blocks

Posted by: vermontcaps | February 20, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

... no, it is dark red wine with flavour of blackberry, blackcurrant and raspberry sometimes with a taste of banana, tobacco or elder. It is a dry wine, with good acidity and often full-bodied

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 20, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Tom, is the doofus brigade still active? Is there room for people with no sense of humor?

Posted by: zmega | February 20, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Dimitri Chesnokov says the Caps asked about Kovalev(and two other teams did as well). He would probably cost only a draft pick.

For all of the uproar that would be caused if the Caps acquired Kovalev because he clearly isn't physical. He would significantly upgrade the PP, especially with his great left-handed shot. He is a very good QB on the PP.

Chesnokov speaks highly of him as a leader also. The Habs writers spoke highly of his leadership when he was up there also

I'm not saying to get him, but it would be a possibility.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 20, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

The constant complainers, no it alls, You know who you are, need to stick a sock in it for 24 hours.

Posted by: billd2 | February 20, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was 2 teams that just aren't very good. No real sense of urgency or push from either team. The caps met their match today.

Any team with jump or just a tad offensive power would have blown the caps off the ice today.

Posted by: O-V-P | February 20, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

he should be a last resort. If we go for a veteran with a Cup it should be one that plays C.

On another note if you see we have asked about Hemsky and Kovalev. They are both RW's. We have Knuble, Semin and Fehr. So one of those 3 would likely be gone. Everyone can do the math on that.


On the game, I thought we played pretty well. Could have been more physical in some areas of the game but we did what it took to win a low scoring game so I will take it. Also have to love Matty P playing well and helping his trade value :)

Posted by: ThePat | February 20, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Alphabet soup and Shirley Temples for all the juveniles on this blog.

Posted by: capper3 | February 20, 2011 3:09 PM

zmega: I'll bet if I go through my alphabet soup I can spell I-D-I-O-T.

sgm: Good point on the snipers. Neil has pointed out that rebounds and defelctions are 33% success rate as shots. When Semin misses, it usually ends up right away going the other way. He missed a million like that vs Habs and it killed us.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

other two teams on kovalev are pens and mtl. both with stronger gm leadership than the caps

Posted by: samb99 | February 20, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Capt Kirk: Thanks again for organizing the PHX tickets. We all had tons of fun on the trip even though Caps lost the game.

ThePat: I asked earlier, how many scouts do caps have and what are their assignments. Do you have any clue on that? I'm guessing 20-25 scouts total.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of the Pens...GO HAWKS!

Posted by: wocoliz | February 20, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

he should be a last resort. If we go for a veteran with a Cup it should be one that plays C.

On another note if you see we have asked about Hemsky and Kovalev. They are both RW's. We have Knuble, Semin and Fehr. So one of those 3 would likely be gone. Everyone can do the math on that.

Posted by: ThePat |

My guess is that it would be a plan B if the Caps are not able to make a bigger move because it would only involve giving up a draft pick. A much easier trade to make.

On having 3 RW already, Semin could possibly move to LW on the 2nd line then and the Caps could scratch Chimera. Since Chimera doesn't hit anybody anyways, replacing him with Kovalev wouldn't be any loss on the physical side of the game and you would replace hands of stone with great hands.

If the Caps are truly pursuing Richards that may be the reason they haven't made a move yet. Dallas may be waiting to see how they do in the recent games and also are waiting to see if they receive any better offers. The Caps could say there is a deadline to make a deal, but Dallas may call their bluff.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 20, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

ThePat:
i thought semin started out as a left wing and moved to the right to be able to play with ovi. if they picked up another right wing - semin might not qualify as one to be gone as he could move back to the left side if needed.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 20, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal

I dont know exact numbers that are actually fully employed by the team. A lot of teams have hockey guys that live in certain areas across the country. And if they need someone scouted they will ask that person to go do it for them. Then if they are serious about the player they will send someone out.

Posted by: ThePat | February 20, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal

I dont know exact numbers that are actually fully employed by the team. A lot of teams have hockey guys that live in certain areas across the country. And if they need someone scouted they will ask that person to go do it for them. Then if they are serious about the player they will send someone out.

Posted by: ThePat | February 20, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Capt Kirk: Thanks again for organizing the PHX tickets. We all had tons of fun on the trip even though Caps lost the game.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 3:42 PM

no problem.
if the coyotes are still around in 2 or 3 years when the caps come out - it would be fun if we could do it again - but next time with a win

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 20, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Guys Im not saying Semin is gone. But if we are looking at two highly priced W's. You still need money for the 2C that is all. Yes they could move him to LW. Plenty of options, but if they are looking at expensive RW's, some money needs to be going out to get the other piece(s).

Posted by: ThePat | February 20, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Good hard nosed game. Cant wait for Friday nite at home. But a win @ Penguins will really set a tone for the long roadie. Go Caps!

Posted by: ridgely1 | February 20, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"On having 3 RW already, Semin could possibly move to LW on the 2nd line then and the Caps could scratch Chimera. Since Chimera doesn't hit anybody anyways, replacing him with Kovalev wouldn't be any loss on the physical side of the game and you would replace hands of stone with great hands."

Good thinking there.

Actually, if I traded for Kovalev, I'd make them take Chimera along with the 4th Rd pick.

As we discussed, much of the cap issue can be fixed if you put Poti on LTIR. He's only played like 20 of 60 games this year so it's not a stretch to say he's injured. It would be very, very easy to sit him out another month (to fully heal) then put him a 2-wk conditioning stint in Hershey, just like when we brought Pothier back from the concussion.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

two teams are pens and mtl after kovalev

Posted by: samb99 | February 20, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"Actually, if I traded for Kovalev, I'd make them take Chimera along with the 4th Rd pick."

Definitely a possibility, may have to give a 3rd then to make them take Chimera but would be worth it.

@ThePat

I think Kovalev would be a 2nd option if the Caps are not able to acquire the 2nd line center they want.

Trading a 3rd and Chimera for Kovalev would not hurt the Caps at for the future and would actually give the Caps more cap room and flexibility next year.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 20, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

And, let's remember, as cstanton always points out, whatever McPhee ultimately does, he'll declare he got "the player he targeted."

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

"I don't what was worse...Varly weak goal he gave up or Hannan's incredibly weak job of trying to block the shot by Pominville.

Frustrating game."
Posted by: dglelite | February 20, 2011 1:47 PM

"Varly looked good
Defense played solid throughout"
Posted by: dglelite | February 20, 2011 3:00 PM

This is why half of you people here have no credibility. Let me guess, today you no longer want Boudreau to be fired. Next time the Caps lose, you'll call for his head.

Posted by: sabredc | February 20, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

whatever McPhee ultimately does, he'll declare he got "the player he targeted."

Posted by: tominsocal1

Absolutely true, but that's what every GM does and really what they should say. What purpose would it serve to say "well, we were really hoping to get somebody else but we had to settle for this guy". You don't want to have the acquired player immediately hating the organization.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 20, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Could someone post or link to a couple of diagrams (not joking ones, please, or at least not just joking ones) that show the difference between the Caps systems last year and this year, how players line up, where they go on the ice? I'm trying to understand the difference (and what makes the Caps look so boring this year). If not diagrams, maybe some clear description?

Thanks.

Posted by: BigMogilny | February 20, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

sabredc - You are an idiot!

When i said Varly's bad goal or Hannan weak job on trying to block that shot, I was talking about the PP goal...that particluar play...NOT THE ENTIRE GAME.

What was frustrating was our PP...the chances we had and lack of our ability to close out our opportunities.

As a whole...FOR THE ENTIRE GAME...Varly played well and the defense was solid.

As for Boudreau...I don't think a 2-1 game is a glowing endorsement for him. But I do hope that he keeps his job and takes them to the promised land. But I do think it is still debateable as to whether he has lost the team or not.

And for credibility, screw you...I have been a Caps fan sinc the late 70's, when my father took me to my first game. know more about he Caps than most on this board, including most likely you.

So if you want to come at someone...make sure you know who you are talking about.

Posted by: dglelite | February 20, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"I know more about he Caps than most on this board, including most likely you.

So if you want to come at someone...make sure you know who you are talking about."


Posted by: dglelite | February 20, 2011 5:21 PM

The gloves have been dropped. Well, sabredc, are you gonna go or are you just gonna slink back to the bench?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 20, 2011 5:36 PM | Report abuse

tominsocal1 - I love my Caps and will defend them to the end!

And I call a game...or play...as I see them!

I'm passionate,what can I say!

GO CAPS!

Posted by: dglelite | February 20, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

""I know more about he Caps than most on this board, including most likely you.

So if you want to come at someone...make sure you know who you are talking about."


Posted by: dglelite | February 20, 2011 5:21 PM

The gloves have been dropped. Well, sabredc, are you gonna go or are you just gonna slink back to the bench?"

There's a difference between having credibility and knowing facts about a team. I never said I know MORE about the Caps. But I certainly don't believe that people who hope for the Caps to lose (as has been done before on here) or people who pretend to be coaches on their computers have any credibility, even if they can spout off how many goals Guy Charron scored in 1978. People who come on here in October and call for Bruce to be fired because Perreault didn't make the cut and then call for Bruce to be fired in January because Perreault is not scoring goals... and then praise Perreault for a great game in February are jokes.

For the record, no - I haven't been a Caps fan since the 70s. I grew up outside of Hershey and was a Bears fan growing up. I was a Flyers fan when the Bears were their affiliate and became a Caps fan when the Phantoms became the Flyers farm team in 96 and the Bears hooked up with the Avs. But, I guess that makes me an idiot because I wasn't a Caps fan during the 70s.

Posted by: sabredc | February 20, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Awesome Caps win Pens lose... Can't wait for monday's game against our most hated rivals

Posted by: rclow | February 20, 2011 7:13 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: dorismlay | February 21, 2011 5:10 AM | Report abuse

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