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Capitals' closeout fail


(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)


A collection of morning links:

*Canadiens 4, Capitals 1: Washington fires 54 shots at Jaroslav Halak and manages only one goal as Montreal knots the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at 3. | Game story »

*Mike Wise: "Heading into their fourth elimination night at Verizon Center in three years under Boudreau, the Capitals have lost something that was theirs since last fall. The power. Knowing confidence of a team apparently ready to make the transition from very good to great. It's gone."

*Bog: Questions and confusion | That's cold.

*Photo gallery and shot chart and more links after the jump...

*Reviews of Everybody Loves Jaroslav from Pat Hickey, Brian McNally, Mike Vogel, FanHouse, Ed Frankovic, Habs Inside/Out, Japers' Rink, Alex Ovetjkin, RMNB, CapsBlog, Storming the Crease, NHL.com and Hockey Chronicles.

*Roy MacGregor: "Really, though, what on earth was the winning-est team in hockey, a team that took the Eastern Conference's regular-season crown by a remarkable 18 points, doing losing, again, to a team that surely went through more convulsions in a single season than any NHL club in history?" (Globe & Mail)

*Not quite seven reasons there's now a Game 7. (Puck Daddy)

*Scott Burnside: No, really, how did this happen? (ESPN)

*Here's how (highlights):


In summary, to quote Caps GM George McPhee, "Another [expletive] Game 7." Stay tuned for updates from today's optional practice at noon.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  April 27, 2010; 5:44 AM ET
 
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come on caps.
time to prove the doubters wrong.
we need to win and win big.
bring it on guys.
prove the nay-sayers and critics wrong.
all the way from australia

Posted by: ozcapfan | April 27, 2010 5:55 AM | Report abuse

We've put together too great a season and too great a team to end it now. We put forth a great effort and ran into an incredible goaltending performance. Let's dig deep and win another.

Posted by: Justafan | April 27, 2010 5:58 AM | Report abuse

the boys have to come out on the blitz.
you fans in DC have to be reeaall LOUD.
Yes, we need to be intimidating.
C'mon Caps fans, get there and cheer so loud that the Habs are scared to go hard - it'll give the boys some adrenalin as well.
Wish I could be there - but I'd be a nervous wreck for sure.
Go Caps

Posted by: ozcapfan | April 27, 2010 6:12 AM | Report abuse

After Caps won game 4 I was pissed at their PP (Semin and Green are main failers on PP) while some Caps fans told me to chill out.

Yet nothing changed - Caps can't get a PP goal even if HALAK goes away - I guaran-damn-tee you that.

BB didn't use his call-ups and now it's TOO late, any AHL'er could fail under the pressure of game 7 or not gell with some passengers.

Regarding game 6 - Semin singlehandedly took out Backstrom and later Ovi out of the game with his predictable shots on Halak.

No matter how game 7 goes, the only one packing his bags should be Semin - total nonfactor and worst player of series. Flash can improve and hes not that expensive also.

Posted by: Hazz | April 27, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

@Justafan

I agree. I hate to see this season end like that, with a first round playoff exit after blowing a 3-1 game edge.

Come on, Caps!

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 27, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

For tomorrow's game, it would really help if the Caps could score the first goal. 3 home games so far and MTL has scored the first goal every game and also really early, like 5 minutes within the game starting. We need to come out and win the first period.

Can MTL really take 3/4 games from the Verizon Center? Well they probably could b/c they've almost taken 3/3 so far if not for our game 2 comeback. I don't know, I have serious doubts about this team being able to win a big game. Could all us Caps fans take ANOTHER game 7 loss? That'd just be way too much.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 27, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

It should have been 1-1, but two soft goals by Varly (I'm sure this has been discussed, but I'm a bit late to the party after this one). Now what? Go back with Theo or chance a signature Varly game 7 meltdown? We need to fix our goal tending situation this off-season.

Also, I love how some of these guys (Green in particular) looked to the rafters after taking totally predictable, non-challenging shots. It was obvious that we needed Fehr type goals last night, but continued to take the same glove side-high shot with little to no traffic. I don't get it...

Lastly, and again I'm sure this has also been discussed, our power play is worse than one could ever imagine. How with 1:15 on a 5-3 you cannot at least come close to scoring is beyond me.

Caps out in game 7. See you next year :(.

Posted by: kkd76 | April 27, 2010 6:45 AM | Report abuse

Can anyone remember the NY Islanders and Billy Smith?? It's getting scary, they better score early. MTL is the closest thing you can get to the New York Yankees! MTL is hungry and it's been a long time since they've won. Caps have a serious history of choking and the fans are anxious. Can't wait to see what happens it should be intriguing.............

Posted by: tramanus | April 27, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Well, looks like BB better start answering the Mike Green questions. Last night the Blackhawks advanced in six.

Why is it that the Caps can't play a playoff series unless it goes seven. I'm getting sick if this.

Posted by: jwash4472 | April 27, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Shoot the damn puck and look for rebounds instead of being cute and trying to pick spots.....absolute BS!!

Posted by: PhilR | April 27, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

@fanzee71 (From a previous thread)

Except what coach can we hire who'd be an improvement over Boudreau?

He's certainly way better than Hanlon, his predecessor.

Unfortunately, we have only two "data points" on how coaches have performed with our present personnel.

Which coaches are better? Scott Bowman, certainly. But he's not available but would he ever consider a job change if the current crop of Red Wings get too old? Don Bylsma, most likely.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 27, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Despite everything that is going against the Capitals right now, it's not over as some think it is. I have followed hockey for way more years than I care to admit and I have seen this scenario a number of times where the team that supposedly did not have the momentum won game 7. Montreal may have the series momentum but once the puck drops Wednesday night that goes out the window and game momentum takes over. Remember, Montreal will need to win three games in the Verizon Center to win this series. That is not an easy task.

One thing this group has proven is that they are resilient. Montreal will get the Caps best game of the series Wednesday night. It will not be like the Game 7 against the Penguins last year for no other reason than that game will be in the back of their minds. They will not repeat that performance. They will not want to deal with that garbage again all offseason.

I may be wrong but I think the Caps will win Game 7 and move on against the Flyers. I'll dine on roast crow Thursday morning if I'm wrong.

Posted by: croftonpost | April 27, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Well I said it before but all you bleeding hearts got your feelings hurt when I said we would be headed for an early exit in the playoffs. Last night we played hard but every shot we took except for maybe 10 were either to Halak's chest or down low where he is strong. Knew he was strong there from game one but I guess that hasn't sunk in yet. Star players are not accountable for anything on this team, thats obvious with how Boudreau gets upset if you ask a question about their play. OV's stick skills can be atrocious at times. Flash, Semin, and Green disappear when it comes to big games. They are non-existent except when Flash and Semin are giving the puck away to the other team because they are scared to get hit. If the caps dont get out of at this round at least BB's gotta go....

Posted by: CapsFan44 | April 27, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Flyers are enjoying every second of it - they now have a week of rest and will be fresh to take any team that wins game 7.

Hey BB needs to give his "stars" Semin, Flash, Green and Corvo some rest again from training - they don't need to practice and it's only PO why not let every passenger play?

Posted by: Hazz | April 27, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

CapsFan44,

Maybe if Chimera, Laich, Knuble, or Fehr could create some traffic in front of the net like they are paid to do then the more skilled players could score a few. Halak had a clear view of the overwhelming majority of the Caps shots last night. Traffic in front of Halak is infinitely more important than the stick skills. If traffic is created then I'll take my chances that pucks will hit the net as a result.

Posted by: croftonpost | April 27, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Could all top three seeds in the east really all bow out in the first round???

Posted by: PhilR | April 27, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

We are in big trouble...

This is why I said to sell the farm to get Neidermeyer and Turco in here. We needed a TRUE leader with experience...

But NOO, all of you were so concerned about Hershey winning Calder Cups...who CARES ABOUT HERSHEY!

Green is clearly not a leader, with another defenseman with leadership qualities the pressure would be off Green...

Theo and Varley are too inconsistent. Now we roll into game seven ready to flip a coin to see who starts. Varley was terrible in Game 6...

Don't give me that "hot goalie" crap...that is the number 1 reason I have heard for 30 years in Washington...well, we ran into a hot goalie...

Sick of it...and very disappointed right now...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 27, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

@croftonpost,

Or if any of those four could elevate rebounds the puck would hit the net as well. Happened more times than I can count last night...rebound shot right back into the pads......then the cuteness began of trying to place shots!

Posted by: PhilR | April 27, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

"Game 7 is Wednesday night. The next 48 hours of adjustments from Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau and staff are critical; even more critical will be how the Capitals players react in their fourth Game 7 in three postseasons ... in which they have one advancement and two eliminations." (Puck Daddy). To which one must add: "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." That is what this team has done since BB took over. They refuse to acknowledge that defense, if not wins Cups, plays a big part in winning. Not just their own defense but that of the team they are playing. BB hasn't adjusted the teams' game EVER. Yet he and his "Young Guns" keep playing like it was a regular season game and rely on run and gun, free wheeling offense that doesn't anticipate a tight checking, agressive,-trapping, smothering defense. Teams don't usually play like that during the regular season as it takes too much out of you and is not consistent with the new NHL Offense first way of pleasing a "new" audience/fan base. But Cup teams that are successful shift the emphasis to defense and how to overcome defenses. This team doesn't do it - it just leaves Ovechkin to take a headman pass, without support and skate into three or four men, shoot into the defender from 30 or 40 feet with no one charging the net for rebound or thwere to screen the goalie. He doesn't play defense, doesn't go into the corners to fight for the puck, but rather glides around cherry picking, playing offense first rather than play defense and take hinself out of an offensive opportunity.

Posted by: CapCenter105 | April 27, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Dr. Heimlich, please report to the Verizon Center.

Posted by: stwasm | April 27, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Can't believe I'm saying this but agree with SoaringCaps....we should have done what it took to get a veteran leader on D like Niedermayer in here at the trade deadline.....now Turco on the other hand...not so sure about that one!

Posted by: PhilR | April 27, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

PhilR...

I only say Turco because he was the "best" available...you have to admit, our goaltending has always been a weakness...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 27, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Maybe we should have listened to and hired RJ Umberger...he warned us a little over a month ago...that we were heading towards disaster...

My only problem with BB is he plays favorites.

Fleishman should not be in game 7.

Take Steckel out too.

I would dress Walker (who I don't like) and BMorrison. Those two guys provide leadership.

This game will all come down to goaltending. And you know what, it always does... :(

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 27, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

I agree with putting BMo/Walker in and removing Steckel and Flash. BB's favorites need to sit.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Agree that "Falsh" must SIT!! Would like to see Walker get in there but not sure about BMo....guy just hasn't impressed me at all......as far as coming down to goaltending, I say get Theo back in there and see if he can get back to standing on his head like January and February.

Posted by: PhilR | April 27, 2010 7:40 AM | Report abuse

The Caps did not storm the net enough. Plain and simple. We need to screen their Halak and muscle rebounds into the net. THAT is a formula for winning Game 7.

Posted by: jimpierobon | April 27, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

@Croftonpost.....All teams follow the play of their leaders, which in our case tends to be our "best players". They may be paid to get rebounds but I guess by your statement they are the only ones responsible for getting rebounds and putting them in the net. Not semin who will go only to the outside because he is scared to get hit if he comes in the center. Not flash who always seems to be behind the net when a shot is taken rather than in front of it. No these guys shouldn't help out Knuble and Laich who get beat up in front of the net on a daily basis. Although last night they weren't getting the pucks up.

Posted by: CapsFan44 | April 27, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Phil..

We can go on "impress" points (no offense). We need guys with experience. Steckel as much I think he is great for us for years to come, he is not what we need right now.

Walker is clearly the least talented guy on the team, but he brings grit and experience to the table...

Goaltending decision...hmmm, I am not sure there is a better answer... ?

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 27, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

jimpierobon...

I agree, which is why Fleishman should NOT be allowed in the Verizon Center on Wed.

Walker, Chimera, Bradley, Fehr (if it's not his "time" of the month), Knuble, and Laich will do that every shift...

Get those guys in and involved.

Also, put Corvo or Carlson in for Green on the PP...move green to wing for the PP...try something different!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 27, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

How do you stop that frustration before game 7, how do you convince them not to carry that into another game?

"I don't know. Your guess is as good as mine."...

Did BB say that or was it Glen Hanlon? When Hanlon said something similar, he was let go as coach!

Posted by: puckman | April 27, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

The Caps did not storm the net enough. Plain and simple. We need to screen their Halak and muscle rebounds into the net. THAT is a formula for winning Game 7.

Posted by: jimpierobon

Agreed. If they don't do this on EVERY shot, they may as well not even leave their house on Wednesday. That is the only method that will work. Shots from the circles and point will not go in and we'll have another game that is over 8 minutes into the first period. sigh...

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 27, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

BB better be working on his best motivation speech he's ever given. Maybe he needs to watch Miracle on Ice and get some ideas from Herb Brooks.

As for scratching Flash, sadly it won't happen. Bruce does not that to his pet players.

Posted by: puckman | April 27, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Maybe they will give away sweet season ticket holders again to really get the crowd fired up. Was that the worst fan giveaways in history? It's game 5, we have a chance to close the team out, and they give away this crap. How about a red towel? Or a pom pom for christ sake. All part of root for a loser organization.

Posted by: underpants2 | April 27, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Also, BB says glory follows Carlson. I guess we don't want any of his glory on our 1 for 31 pp. We would rather leave Green and OV on the points where they have been completely uneffective.

Posted by: underpants2 | April 27, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

PhilR said "Could all top three seeds in the east really all bow out in the first round???"

Yup. See 1998, the Caps' only Cup Finals run.

Posted by: koalatek | April 27, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Halak played well, but the loss had more to do with the Caps. He could see the shots all the way. How did the Caps score? A deflection with traffic in front of the net. Does that tell you anything Caps?

So, they can continue to do things the same way and hope for different results. Or they might want to change things. I suggest changing some things. From simple changes like getting traffic in front of the net to radical like sitting flash and bringing up Perrault to center the second line.

They still have an opportunity to win tomorrow night and they have home ice advantage. Home ice advantage doesn't work anymore? It just worked for the other team last night. :)

Let's Go Caps!

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | April 27, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

IF we are to be out of the playoffs in the first round and BB doesn't get fired this team will suck next year. Guys will start losing faith in his system. Run and gun offense only works during the regular season. In the playoffs the best offense is a good defense. Which out D is mediocre at best. Carlson, Morrison, and Corvo are our best D. I dont care what you say Schultz is not as awesome as BB thinks he is. He has the best +/- because he is on the ice with a line that has combined to score over a hundred goals. Pair him with any other line he is average at best. Green still has a lot to work on. I think Erskine should get PT. He was our best D in the playoffs last year. Sad BB doesn't think he is good enough. He really brings that physical presence.

Oh well...Happens every year

Posted by: CapsFan44 | April 27, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

SPOTTED - #91 wearing a santa outfit landing at Dulles for Game 7 heroics.......

Posted by: adamkatzen | April 27, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Ease up....peeps. No way the Habs beat us three straight. This is why we won the President's Trophy....home ice! VC needs to be like Bell was last night. Back to desperate hockey....with desperate fans!

We win Weds. by creating more traffic, taking an early run through the crease and winning more puck battles. That sucker (Halak) would play like that again for years. He's had his one glory game.

We'll take care of them on home ice and roll to the SC Final......Boston and Philly suck and we've got the Pens number.

Rock the Red...Unleash the Fury!

Posted by: jarresm | April 27, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

We are clearly the better team in this series however, that does not mean diddly squat right now. The Canadiens should be ashamed with the way they played last night (minus Halak of course).

Two things need to happen Wednesday...maybe 3 or 4...Get physical! Why is that midget team out hitting us? Get traffic in front of the net...Halak was not screened well last night. Take out Flash and put WAlker in for some grit. I say Theodore comes in for Varly...This should have been his series all along. Those two goals in game 2 were not his fault. Theo has a much better ability to rebound durring a game than Varly and if the Habs strike first we can not afford Varly getting all flustered.

Posted by: capscoach | April 27, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

It's a shame because I do think we have the Pens number too. Seeding means nothing in the playoffs. 50+ shots vs 22. Plain and simple, Halak won that game single handedly. Anyone who says different is completely insane.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 27, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

The Caps are just shooting to shoot. Most of those shots hit Halak in chest. Where is the screener in front? The redirections? The bang-bang play? The goal that went in last was because of a redirection and traffic in front.

It also seemed the players were taking a extra second to pick the perfect spot to shoot, which allowed Halak to get in position.

This team is very capable of finishing this but it makes me nervous when they say we just need to shoot more, rather than passing to get Halak to move side to side. Even a goalie in the "zone" will have trouble going side to side on quick shots.

But if they come out as hungry as they did last night and get better goaltending, Caps win.

Posted by: AMHV2772 | April 27, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

The story of this series is that the Habs have risen to the post-season moment, while the Caps have not.

George McPhee's quote says it perfectly.

What in the world is this series doing at a Game 7 where now anything can happen?

Sadly, the Habs have all the momentum back and the Caps have played like crap on home ice, all the pressure is on Washington.

Even if they do eak this series out, they better use this as a wake-up call.

We all love the Caps explosive offensive hockey, but you've got to do more than simply outshoot your opponent in order to win in the postseason.

Posted by: p1funk | April 27, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm not convinced BB has it in him to make strategy adjustments. He seemed like he was grasping for straws in his post game interview.

Even with all the "Rock the Red" bluster, I would expect the crowd at Verizon Wednesday to be the most nervous group ever. Do Semin and Green, etc contribute, or does this get ugly like last year's Game 7 vs. Pittsburgh?

Like it or not Montreal has outplayed the Caps in most areas this series. If the Caps don't put the puck in the net early (and often), frustration could set in quickly. The team seems bewildered....

Posted by: kcbrichmond | April 27, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

If I'm the coach, here is my motivational speech ...

"Crash the ******* net. Get in front of the ******* net. Obstruct Halaks ******** vision. I want traffic! If we have the puck in our offensive zone, there better be somebody in front of the ******* goalie .... every single time, every single shift .... no exceptions. None!"

I am really perplexed at the team's lack of willingness to do this more consistently. It's really an important component of playoff hockey, and when the Caps have done it, they've often found success.

Posted by: PensFan98 | April 27, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Well i think they are shooting a lot to create rebounds and beneficial bounces, which did just not happen last night. Halak had a LOT of juicy rebounds last night, it's just that no cap was anywhere near the puck once it deflected of Halak's pad.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 27, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I have the answer.
See the stats:
1) Habs 3 - 2 Caps
Shots 38 - 47
Hits 24 - 37
Penalty 4 - 4
Giveaway 6 - 15
Takeaway 6 - 7

2) Habs 5 - 6 Caps
Shots 24 - 37
Hits 16 - 28
Penalty 4 - 4
Giveaway 7 - 10
Takeaway 4 - 12

3) Habs 1 - 5 Caps
Shots 27 - 36
Hits 19 - 22
Penalty 8 - 5
Giveaway 4 - 1
Takeaway 5 - 2

4) Habs 3 - 6 Caps
Shots 39 - 38
Hits 30 - 17
Penalty 5 - 4
Giveaway 10 - 9
Takeaway 12 - 2

5) Habs 2 - 1 Caps
Shots 28 - 38
Hits 23 - 26
Penalty 5 - 6
Giveaway 9 - 12
Takeaway 5 - 3

6) Habs 4 - 1 Caps
Shots 22 - 54
Hits 20 - 14
Penalty 7 - 6
Giveaway 3 - 5
Takeaway 4 - 3

The answer is:
Caps outshoot Habs --> no effect
Caps outhit Habs --> no effect
Caps are worse on GA-TA --> clear effect. Caps win in case of less GA than Habs, or (TA-GA=+)

So, control the puck - don't let any Giveaways. This means accurate passing in the neutral zone and aggressive forecheck are required.

Posted by: Michael01a | April 27, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Ultimate choke job: best team in regular season, up 3-1 on the #8 seed, etc.

Team is just not built for playoff hockey.

Finesse guys like Semin, Flash, and Green fail in the playoffs. It's the reality.

McPhee has failed once again. What a miserable career as GM he has had. Yet, he's still employed. And don't start giving him credit because he drafted Ovie.

Posted by: beerpongking | April 27, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Very disappointed. Don't even have the heart to read through all the posts. Even though this team should not be in this position and it's an utter embarrassment to be even playing a game 7, we, the team and everyone associated with the organization needs to stay positive because there is one more game to play, at home.

Can't give up hope since winning the president's trophy has enabled us to come home for the deciding game even if past game 7 records are not stellar. We have to believe they can pull this out.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 27, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm betting Theo will get the start tomorrow..

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 27, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Finesse guys like Semin, Flash, and Green fail in the playoffs. It's the reality.

Posted by: beerpongking

What about Crosby, Malkin, Gretzky, Lemiux, Fedorov, Yzerman, Datsyuk... not so sure about that.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 27, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Keep reading about home-ice advantage and how it's going to play a role.

2008 vs. Flyers:
Lost Game 2
Lost Game 7

2009 vs. Rangers:
Lost Game 1
Lost Game 2

2009 vs. Penguins:
Lost Game 5
Lost Game 7

2010 vs. Canadiens:
Lost Game 1
Lost Game 5

The Caps have lost two home games in every playoff series they've been in under Boudreau. They're just 7-8 in those 15 home games.

Course, if you really are an optimistic sort, you'd say that Montreal already won its two games this series at VC.

But to suggest that Washington will win Game 7 because they are at home is laughable.

Posted by: writered21 | April 27, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Everyone on here hates Sid the Kid but at least he shows up for the big games...Where the heck has Ovi been

Posted by: hart2014 | April 27, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Lloyd...

Crosby, Malkin-- have Letang, Orpik and Gonchar.

Gretzky had Messier, Kurri, Coffey, Kevin Lowe

Fed/Yzerman- Had lidstrom, Chelios, Draper, Maltby.

We have nobody of that caliber...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 27, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Craig Anderson posted a 51 save, 1-0 OT win over the Sharks and they came back and won the next game 2-1 and the series 4-2 ... it's not over, not two years in a row in a game 7 at home.

Start Theo on a hunch is what BB will do.

Posted by: flee001 | April 27, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

writered21,
while you have the stats out why don't you do them for the last what, 85 years?

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 27, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

people keep throwing stats out as if it's going to affect the next game. sure.

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 27, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

McPhee has failed once again. What a miserable career as GM he has had. Yet, he's still employed. And don't start giving him credit because he drafted Ovie.

Posted by: beerpongking

Really beerpongking? This team and organization is deep in large part to GMGM. When the Caps come home and win you still going to call for his head? It sucks, I have no job right now so plenty of time to think about these games but as a fan you have to, HAVE TO, have faith and hope.

Posted by: flee001 | April 27, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I like George...but he did fail this team. As I have said a million times...we needed a D-man with experience.

All the stat geeks told me how bad Pronger is, how bad Niedermeyer is, or how bad Phaneuf is...

But you know what, there is a stat that can't be measured...experience.

Niedermeyer has won at EVERY LEVEL and EVERY TROPHY...Pronger has a cup and has been to another...AND right now as bad as Pronger is...he is moving on in the playoffs.

Goaltending Goaltending Goaltending...everyone in the world said it was our weakness, well...now, it's coming to the forefront.

Lastly, I have never been a schultz fan...I am pretty sure I can lead the league in plus minus if I was on the ice with OVIE, Backs, Green, Knuble (and sometimes Semin)...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 27, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

pretty disappointed about the game myself don't quite understand the doom and gloom. seriously go watch something else.

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 27, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I would prefer 24 good shots over 55 below average shots. Last night was like a stat building exercise for Halak. Guy made 2 or 3 good saves and the rest were literally shot into him. Panicked play all night by Caps negated the fact that they had the energy to win the game. Caps will win 7 but they have to learn that frenetic end-to-end does not win in the playoffs, control the puck, play solid D and let your size and skill find the opps.

Posted by: charlievox | April 27, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

SoaringCaps

The initial statement had nothing to do with their counterparts, it simply had to do with finess players finding success in the playoffs. I pointed out finess players that had success, nothing more. If there are/were other factors, that is out of scope for the discussion.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 27, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

CHOKING DOGS!!!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Hot goal tender wins, period. The Caps shot into Halak like crazy and I agree that the Caps need to put on net and not try to pick corners. Guys like Walker and Knuble need to get in front of net and get rebounds, there was no traffic, no crashing the net ... crash the net for gods sake and power play ... just decline when you get them BB.

Posted by: flee001 | April 27, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

no gloom beaupre...

angry...just plain angry...

this could have been avoided on many fronts...

but, I understand the game too...I'm just pissed!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 27, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

The Caps have been too cocky, played too many head games. Boudreau himself is the worst offender. He talked about the importance of a 5-game series before this one started, made a big deal about spying, constantly jabs at Jacques Martin. He couldn't even help himself last night when asked about diving. He's just firing the Habs up, acting like #8 when he's #1. Sometimes it's best to just shut up and get your team ready. Speaking of which, the Caps have lost every first period so far. Ovechkin has been just as bad. The stupid spraying of the little kid in the name of preparation just pumped Montreal up even more. And was Halak's hand shaking enough for you last night Ovy? The Caps have behaved like jerks and are paying for it now.

Posted by: DrPuckenstein | April 27, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Personal rant (aren't they all?) ... how many consecutive BB commercials do I have to endure in a row ... especially that printing 'inspiration' one. Maybe he should have printed a bunch of 'Play D' posters. (And ironic that the blue he prints World Champions in is the Pens alternative color)

Posted by: flee001 | April 27, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

CHOKING DOGS!!!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

flee001 - Good one!

Posted by: puckman | April 27, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

no gloom beaupre...

angry...just plain angry...

this could have been avoided on many fronts...

but, I understand the game too...I'm just pissed!

Posted by: SoaringCaps

haha i hear you. I've been saying for two years that we needed a veteran defenseman to stabilize the d corp. Last year everyone kept blaming the goalie when glaring mistakes lead to goals by the D. And the last two years I was disappointed that we haven't gotten one. I'm glad we got Knuble and Morrison etc. but it's still not a defenseman.

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 27, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

"Capitals' closeout fail"

This team is FAIL.

Posted by: Firepelosi | April 27, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

The Caps 54 shots were not just all from the outside. They had 8 to 10 glorious scoring opportunities. Halak made some great saves on those but on many the Caps player failed to cash in.

Knuble and Laich had some wide open rebound opportunities and failed to get the puck more than an inch off the ice. Flash was, well just Flash and he threw it into Halak's chest.

I saw how some announcers criticized Fehr for the goalie interference penalty at the end of the second. I thought it was a great play.

If Halak is on like that then during the second period a guy like Chimera or Fehr should just make a bull charge on Halak during a rebound attempt. He may get an interference call but it also may get Halak to start worrying where the hard crashing forwards are coming from. At that point you have to try anything to get the goalie out of his rhythm.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm reading all these posts and trying to figure out if many of you were actually watching the games at all? If you think the defense is the problem in this series... you are right... if you mean Montreal's defense. The real problem is the 1 for 30 on the powerplay. If the Caps were just 4 for 30 (13.3 percent, or about half of their regular season efficiency), the series would have been over a while ago. The Caps need to have at least one, if not two, big players standing on top of the crease for the entire 2 minutes, but unfortunately, they don't have the personnel that are willing to pay the price to do it.

Posted by: cainoo7x | April 27, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I'm reading all these posts and trying to figure out if many of you were actually watching the games at all? If you think the defense is the problem in this series... you are right... if you mean Montreal's defense. The real problem is the 1 for 30 on the powerplay. If the Caps were just 4 for 30 (13.3 percent, or about half of their regular season efficiency), the series would have been over a while ago. The Caps need to have at least one, if not two, big players standing on top of the crease for the entire 2 minutes, but unfortunately, they don't have the personnel that are willing to pay the price to do it.

Posted by: cainoo7x | April 27, 2010 10:00 AM

i was happy for like a second to see Flash at the top of the crease.. only to yell at him later for not flicking in that pick instead of trying to control it more before putting it in..

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 27, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

@cainoo7x

I agree completely.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I think the Caps will crush the Habs at home in a game 7. Really, I do. I don't think Halak is that consistent to be that good 3 games in a row. I think the Caps will finally see it's do or die. That being said, they lose in Philly, game 6; Philly 4-2 series win. I hope I am right about game 7 here, and very wrong about game 6 in Philly.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 27, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

*pick = puck. i need some food.

the whole game they never seemed to settle the puck. they'd take a billion shots which either hit halak or went right for his glove. on most of halak's glove saves; they either went right into his glove, or he just had to move it 3-4 inches. they are taking too long to shoot or shooting it off too quick.

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 27, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

@cainoo7x

It doesn't really help that they NEVER shoot on the PP. They just pass it around for two minutes or until Green or Ovie fumbles the puck outside of the zone. 2 man advantage last night and what??? 0 shots? I agree that they need to get some traffic in front of the net. But wasn't that the "adjustment" BB made after game 1??? These guys just don't seem to get it.

Posted by: Firepelosi | April 27, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

You know, since the Canadien fans were burning Ovechkin jerseys and stomping on them outside the Bell Centre, I hope the Caps do beat them in game 7. Just to break their hearts.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 27, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I think it hurts the Caps to play in the Southeast and play the bulk of their schedule against AHL-level teams like Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa, and Florida. Does anyone really believe they would have won the prez trophy if they played in the Atlantic, or even the Northeast?

Every other playoff team in the East had something to play for heading into the last week of the regular season; while the Caps were on cruise control for the last month and half (if not longer.) Teams like Montreal, Philly, and Boston have had to play for their lives before the playoffs even started and I think we’re seeing the results of that.

Check with NJ and Buffalo if you don’t believe me. I still think the Caps can win on talent and home ice alone; but we shouldn’t be surprised at what we’ve seen through the first 6 games.

Posted by: penquinn | April 27, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Anybody know how Poti's doing?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 27, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

For BB not to have figured out the PP problem by now is inexcusable

Posted by: TBDog | April 27, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

A few changes I would make:

- Start Walker
- Put Carlson on the PP
- Stating the obvious but need people in front of the net to set screens. You can shoot 150 times on Halak, but if he sees the shot, he saves it.
- need the first goal tomorrow - cant come back from behind every game.
- need Varly to play out of his mind.
If we lose to the Habs in another game 7 collapse - we become the Chicago Cubs of the NHL. Cursed

Posted by: capsfansince74 | April 27, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Breaking my heart. But I am confident that the boys will be back in form tomorrow night, just so they can win in front of their fans (yeah, they could have done it on Friday). Note to BB -- Theo, we need him NOW.

Posted by: ljo211 | April 27, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

OK ~ I keep getting told not to panic.....is it time to panic now???

Posted by: colleenc | April 27, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

@ penquinn....perhaps the SE division is bad for the Caps. Its 24 games played and Carolina played as good as any eastern playoff team against the Caps.

Every other eastern team plays 20 games against the southeast...have to count that the Caps don't play themselves but all those other teams get 4 Caps games to play and most of those lost them.

So the SE is not a good enough excuse to lose and Vancouver has the same problem in the NW division.

I think Atlanta would have made the playoffs if they had even won 2 games against the Caps...so dominating teams (even if you are really dominant) will appear like a free ride when it really is not.

I would trade 6 Florida games for 6 NY Islander games any day.

I also rather play the Rangers or Flyers than the Habs....the devil you know is always better...

Tampa and Carolina were tough outs this year..the Caps crushed Atlantic Div teams except for NJ.....does that make NJ any better off right now.....its nonsense.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | April 27, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

does anyone know what is going on with the Caps discussion boards? They are "temporarily shut down"

Posted by: colleenc | April 27, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

The key for the Caps is to score the 1st goal and to gain the confidence that Halak can be scored on. It was pretty clear that his early saves on Semin and Green were huge confidence builders when the Caps came out very strong. On the other end, the Caps have to make sure not to give up the first goal on a PP or odd man rush which has happened in each of the first 3 home games. The Caps fans will be a bigger factor in Game 7.

Posted by: wizfan89 | April 27, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

@penquinn

I couldn't disagree more because you are only talking about 8 more games out of an 82 game schedule. The Caps played 24/82 games against the other 4 teams in the southeast. Other Eastern Conference teams played 16/82 against those teams. Bu then you have to throw the Islanders and Maple Leafs into that mix and with those teams. The Atlantic got two more games agaisnt the Islanders and the Northeast got 2 games against the Maple Leafs. Then the Caps only played 6 more games against "easy" teams than the other divisions.

That is a 7% difference. Not very much and basically insignificant in terms of preparing a team.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully Kettler will be overflowing in red for the optional, (which shouldn't be very optional if they really want to finish the deal tomorrow night) I think it'll mean something if today (and tomorrow if they are at kettler unless they do their pregame skare at VC) fans are out there en mass to give them a shot in the arm to know this town is still behind them. Doesn't matter how and when you win the 4 games, you survive and advance and who knows, that team goes on a roll!!!!

Posted by: BBDwrestling | April 27, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Anybody care how Poti's doing?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 27, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Can somebody throw a burning LaPierre jersey on the Canadiens bench on Wednesday? What a poser!

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 27, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Quickly browsed post game comments. Just as I expected most of this amateurish analysis is based wholly on the score. People are trying to find things that just aren't there. Just like I said last night (and Boudreau and Ovie said the same thing) the Caps played a great game and did everything they could. We dominated every aspect of the game, won a great majority of puck battles and played extremely hard. You can look for things all you want, but it would just be based of frustration. Sometimes you have to give credit to the opposing goalie. Halak was incredible last night and was the only reason we didn't not only win this game, but destroy them. They could barely get out of their own zone for the last 2 periods. It was total and complete domination by the Caps, but Halak was just in the zone. We can't possibly play better than we did last night. No team can. We just have to hope that he doesn't have another insane game like this.

On blaming Varly. Sure he could've played better, but it's very tough for a goalie to stand there without anything to do (testament to just how well we played, so all the crap about our defense not being good enough in this game is ridiculous) and then face a really good shot. Also, just like Boudreau said it's not clear how much he's at fault for the goals 2 & 3. It looked to me like he was screened by Gordon who went down to block the shot on the 2nd & on the 3rd Lapierre's shot was just perfect. Right into the top corner & extremely hard. Was in & out of the net in a flash. Also, I'm not 100% sure, but it looked to me like it deflected off our D-man's stick & changed direction a little bit. If that's the case that shot becomes humanly impossible to stop because of how fast it was.

Anyway, my hope is that we don't panic and play as well as we did in this game and hope that Halak does not put on another otherworldly performance (he seems to get better and better the more shots he faces). That's really all we can do.

I will even say that had Montreal not panicked & pulled him in favor of Price (and then let Price start the next game) we might have already lost this series. The game in which he allowed 3 quick goals and got pulled Halak didn't play badly at all. If you look at every one of those goals individually he had zero chance on all of them similarly to our only goal last night.

Posted by: ranndino | April 27, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

@cainoo7x

It doesn't really help that they NEVER shoot on the PP. They just pass it around for two minutes or until Green or Ovie fumbles the puck outside of the zone. 2 man advantage last night and what??? 0 shots? I agree that they need to get some traffic in front of the net. But wasn't that the "adjustment" BB made after game 1??? These guys just don't seem to get it.

Posted by: Firepelosi | April 27, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I agree that the 5 on 3 was a complete disaster. No shots is completely unacceptable. However, I thought they were a lot more proactive with their powerplays later in the game, but by then Halak was in the zone. There were a lot of rebounds. The Caps didn't get to enough of them, and the ones they did get to they flubbed the opportunity. It seemed to me that last night, Brooks Laich (and not just him) was almost like another Montreal defender because he would corral a rebound and then stuff it right into Halak's pad or glove so he could freeze it.

Posted by: cainoo7x | April 27, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Can I just take a minute to say, "closeout fail."? ... What is this, a frat party? Give me a break.

Posted by: MarylanDChris | April 27, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Good points yesisaiditfirst and sgme; but I wasn't only saying it hurts the Caps in their game-to-game mathups. The Caps won the division by 38 points (19 games.) They finished the season - about the last 2 months of it - with nothing to play for other then the Pres Trophy which means nothing. The other 7 East playoff teams have been playing "playoff hockey" for the last month. For Montreal, the first round was not the beginning of them playing meaningful games; they've been playing meaningful games the entire 2nd half of the season. Anyone know when the Caps clinched the division; then home ice throughout? Games after those dates meant nothing - which again, I think hurts them in the playoffs.

Posted by: penquinn | April 27, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

@ sgm 3

Also the Colorado Avs of the late 90s and early 2000s and Detroit every year actually kept themselves fresher for not being chased for division titles. Fatigue is more of an issue than who you play to get there. I am beginning to think its how you handle pressure. Some guys do it better.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | April 27, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I said all along we don't match up as well against Montreal as we did with most others teams. That might be all it is. I was hoping we would not have to face Carolina, Montreal or NJ in the playoffs....make them go away.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | April 27, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Well, Lets just throw everything out. All the regular season games, the first 6 play-off games. It comes down to one game and who wants it more. I think we have a bigger,better line-up. I can see Theo starting tomorrow. Lets be REAL fans and support the team.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | April 27, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

ranndino,

Varly had something to do in the first period. He had 10 shots to save and only saved 8 of them. The Caps need to get an early lead in game 7.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 27, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

So the Caps appear in choke mode and they shut down the message boards on their website, presumably to avoid the heat? Very Snyderesque.

Posted by: poguesmahone | April 27, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

funny how a loss last night has changed the tone here. Boudreau, yet again, fails the logic test. Flash has completely sucked and continues to get a sweater, but a veteran scrapper like Scott Walker is chilling in the press box. I am not saying that Walker is singlehandedly going to be the Caps savior, but given what Flash is doing why would you NOT start the guy?? he has been in this situation before and he can be a physical presence in a series that yet again highlights that the Caps aren't yet willing to consistently up their physicality when it counts MOST!!!

Doesn't even seem like Boudreau has given any thought to strategic line changes during the game. seems like he is just throwing guys out there.

Posted by: doughless | April 27, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm as disappointed as anyone, but, to me, it's very simple: their goalie was the best player on the ice last night.

This happens every year. Ward, Gigeure, Kolzig, Osgood, Khabibulin - They all led made the big saves, teams got chippy one goal leads, and then played lock down hockey. That doesn't happen to us because of our offensive prowess, but we still couldn't score - that's goaltending.

I love these Caps. Fun to watch, exciting, but they're not committed at the defensive end of the rink.

Two things - Still one game to go. Let's hope we bring some Randy the Ram intensity. Secondly, I hope Umburger isn't right.

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | April 27, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

And probably the most glaring difference between the Caps and three quarters of the rest of NHL teams: the Caps LOVE to demonstrate how well they pass DURING the power play. i thought you were supposed to SHOOT the puck?? help me RichmondPhil, i guess i just don't understand the game. ;)

Posted by: doughless | April 27, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I think it hurts the Caps to play in the Southeast and play the bulk of their schedule against AHL-level teams like Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa, and Florida. Does anyone really believe they would have won the prez trophy if they played in the Atlantic, or even the Northeast?

@penquinn,

Running the numbers, it wouldn't matter which div in the East the Caps played in, they'd still get the Presidents this year.

98 points vs the East
31 vs Atl, 1.55 avg points per game (20)
27 vs NE, 1.35 avg per game (20)
40 vs SE, 1.66 avg per game (24)

If the Caps played in the Atl: 97 points
If the Caps played in the NE: 96 points

Posted by: Steve_R | April 27, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

One thing I want to say about the PP. It seems that Montreal is very aggressive against the point men when the puck is up top. This doesn't really give the point men time to shoot so the screen that is setup is wasted.

I'm no coach but I would think by putting someone in the high slot would force the defenders to collaps a bit more to cover that man. If they don't collapse a one time pass to the high slot from the boards for a shot would work.

I actually saw this happen a couple times last night when Semin got a shot off. Consequently, I though that was probably one of Halaks best saves on the night, right pad. Don't be fooled by all the flashy glove saves, almost all of those shots were placed in the glove and Halak made them look good.

I don't want to sound like I'm taking anything away from Halak because he did make the saves, no matter how easy they were but probably 45 out of 52 shots were nothing to be worried about.

Just fing win tomorrow, that's all I ask.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 27, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

@randino

total agreement with you: the game I watched, the Caps won almost every battle (I was surprised) and while they did launch quite a few pointless shots from the outside almost every single one of those was shot with some kind of traffic in front of the net. Also they have at least ten great, great scoring opportunities.

You can't panic and you can't force a win. You create the conditions and you don't get desperate. The only thing I'd change is maybe Stecks comes out (he's a little too slow for this quick team) and tell the team not to warm Halak up with easy shots. Hold on and wait for better moments. Also - we were shooting high glove side on him in games 2 and 3. He's solved that problem it looks like, we've got to try something else.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | April 27, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

@penquin

That may be true. That is always the argument of what is better, more rest or playintg playoff hockey going in? I really don't know if there is one right answer and it is probably more of a team to team type thing.

The Caps need to re-learn how to play on the PP and how to bury golden scoring opportunities.

I do agree with everyone on here who said the first 10 minutes will be crucial. I beleive the Caps will come out hard but they are going to have to get something to show for it. Or we could see them lose all confidence and start playing like cr*p. If the Caps come out hard and play well in the first they will have to get at least one goal and hopefully two because Montreal will come back and get scoring chances.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

@ - poguesmahone, that is disheartening to hear. As a dual Caps/Skins fan, the nice thing was how different the Caps front office does things as compared to the Redskins.

Posted by: The_Spear | April 27, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I was absolutely horrified by last night's PP opportunities. Typically a team with this type of firepower is a guarantee to score on a 5 on 3. But Us? When it truly counts? Choke. This is unbelievable. I have a very bad feeling about tomorrow night. I've seen this movie before, I know how it ends.

Posted by: geester1 | April 27, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

The Caps had 18 shots on the powerplay yesterday. They were shooting. On a couple of occasions Halak was flopping on the ice as well as a couple of Habs defensemen. Halak has stolen two games in a row from us. He won't steal three, no way. The Caps will win by a large margin tomorrow. The score will be about 5 or 6 to 1 Caps.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 27, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

@ doughless I do think Flash should get a rest. He's been completely invisible.

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | April 27, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Let's face it, GREAT TEAMS put away teams that are of less talent in the play-offs!! They DO NOT allow a team like the montreals and lesser teams to hang on till game 7's. They also will have a POWER PLAY that is a force!!This reminds me of the 70's power plays..where the hell have the players gone to, we are looking for the pretty goals to often. No team that I can recall has won a series or cup if they can't score on power plays...so that spells a loss at this rate...You can cheer and lead the place with the voice, but if the players play uninspired, the only thing will happen is you lose your voice!! Until the CAPS can defeat teams in play-offs that they should dominate every game THEY STILL have NOT made strides towards being a Detroit, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, old Isles or the Chicago's we are NOT dominate...people regular season means nothing when it is play offs..People on ice need to step up...GREEN,SEMIN, FLIECH,even Ovie and Backstrom have disappeared in this last 2 games as well as Kunuble... Montreal is out playing out hitting out hustling in every way these last 2 games..and Varly has now given up 4 soft long shots..in game 5 he comes ready to play we probably win in OT. This is not whining this is all facts analyze the games people..it's good to be homers but look at the play, Camalleri has the same amount of goals as Ovie...Till CAPS can be a force on PP and kill PP they in play offs ,we will always be a good team not a great team.. your STARS can not disappear in the play-offs as ours have in game 5-6 PERIOD.. HOT GOALIE .. B.S.I could stop many of these shots hell they shot most of them at his chest / stomach area, as well as long shots..Hope they can play as they did during regular season again in game 7, if they play as in 5-6 well what is the first Tee time for them..Time to become a great team and PLAY like one..we will see tomoorow

Posted by: cw7thmd | April 27, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

If the Caps lose game 7, Boudreau should go. I hear a big gigantic Verizon Center-sized toilet flushing...

Posted by: geester1 | April 27, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

they were shooting into Halak's chest on many of their tries.

Posted by: doughless | April 27, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I am disappointed right now -
however I am a CAPs fan and I BELIEVE in this team. Seems the HABS are a little cocky right now - based on post game interviews last night.
I agree with all other posters - Caps must score the first goal tomorrow. I will be Rocking the Red and rooting for the home team!

Posted by: Slammo | April 27, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

If we lose tomorrow here is my vote for the new coach.

http://www.lfpress.com/sports/columnists/morris_dalla_costa/2010/04/27/13731611.html

Hunter would make these guys go to the net.

Posted by: caps512 | April 27, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

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