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Caps 4, Red Wings 2

It sure seems like Alex Ovechkin lives for the third period. With his two goals 1 minute and 16 seconds apart he broke the 2-2 stalemate with Detroit for his NHL-best 16th and 17th third-period goals and also reclaimed the league's goal-scoring league from Philadelphia's Jeff Carter with 33 tallies.

"Maybe it's luck," Ovechkin said of his third period success. "I think in the first two periods I did not have a lot of chances and I was still kind of sleepy. I skated around and missed the puck and felt kind of frustrated. I had more chances in the third period and scored a goal and it helped me."

Ovechkin wasn't the only one who noticed a slow start in the afternoon game. Coach Bruce Boudreau split up his first-line of Ovechkin-Sergei Fedorov-Alexander Semin late in the second period because of their early ineffectiveness.

"I didn't think him or Semin were very good. That's why I broke them up," Boudreau said. "But Alex is one of those big, great game guys and if he's not having his greatest game you just keep throwing him back out there and throwing them back out there, and eventually usually something positive happens."

*The positive thing in this case was Ovechkin's seventh game-winning goal, which is tied for second best in the league.

On to the rest of today's notes and quotes...

*In addition to Ovechkin's knack for scoring crucial goals late in the game it was the Caps penalty killers that came up big. They held the top-ranked power play unit in the league (Detroit converts on the man-advantage 27.2 percent of the time) to just 1-for-5 today.

*Sure, the Caps still gave up one power play goal for the 10th straight game but the penalty killing late in regulation that ultimately sealed the game in their favor. What started as a 6-on-4 with Viktor Kozlov's hooking penalty became a 6-on-3 just 13 seconds later when Brooks Laich was whistled for a delay of game. For all the attention Washington's penalty killers have received lately this was real trial by fire.

"They have so many different options of weapons out there you just kind of got to stand in front of the net and hope it hits you," said Jeff Schultz, who was on the ice for the full 1:25 of 6-on-3. "We were fortunate that guys were sacrificing their body."

*The Capitals blocked five shots during that 1:38 stretch from Kozlov's penalty to the end of the game. Tom Poti led the effort with three blocks while Schultz and Dave Steckel each had one.

"We've gone over as a team what we need to do (on the penalty kill) and the No. 1 thing was sacrifice in the dying moments of a game and we really showed that," Schultz said. "It showed throughout the whole game, but really in the last minute guys were jumping in front of everything."

*Speaking of Poti, he was second among Caps defensemen with 20:38 of ice time in his first game back after missing 15 contests with a groin injury. He said the delay of game call at the end of the game bounced off a Detroit player's stick before it sailed over the glass.

*Nicklas Backstrom recorded two nifty assists to snap a four-game drought since he recorded three assists on Jan. 14 against Pittsburgh. Boudreau moved Backstrom off Alex Ovechkin's line to the second, with Tomas Fleischmann and Eric Fehr, to give him a little more space to work with.

"There's a lot pressure playing with Alex," Boudreau said. "It happened in the playoffs last year, too. So we moved Nicky down a little bit, where he doesn't get all of the attention and the line doesn't get all of the attention. I think he responded."

*Several players they were thrown off a bit by the game's 12:30 p.m. start, but added that tomorrow's early game against Ottawa shouldn't come as a big shock to the system. With three games in four days, Boudreau was asked if he was concerned about the team's preparation.

"I'm not sitting in there saying: 'Hey it's a 9 o'clock curfew be in and watch the Brady Bunch tonight,'" he said. "But at the same token as professional athletes, who make a lot of money a coach says it to make the coach feel better.... I think we're pretty good about that at least I don't notice it."

*Jose Theodore has started seven straight games, going 4-2-1 with a .919 save percentage during that stretch.

*The win snapped the Caps four-game streak of scoring just two goals per contest and gives them a 20-3-1 record at Verizon Center. Last season, Washington finished with just 23 home wins.

*Mike Green's goal was his 14th of the season but just the fourth even-strength goal he's scored.

*Detroit's Ville Leino, who was named the Finnish Elite League player of the year last season, scored his first NHL goal with the opening tally in his first NHL game on his first NHL shot.

By Katie Carrera  |  January 31, 2009; 4:35 PM ET
 
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first?

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | January 31, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

SICK goals by Ovi!

Posted by: ralph4100 | January 31, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

And a sick first NHL goal in his first NHL game by Leino.

Another really FUN game to watch. Another complete effort, though they did look tentative from time to time.

Posted by: Greg S. | January 31, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Does Green's goal count as even strength? The wings had a delayed call pending against them.

Posted by: patrone | January 31, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

opita,

Is Semin your favorite player?

I'm partial to Green and Nicky. When one of them does something dumb, I tend to yell (at the tv for away games, or from 426 at home games), for them to get their heads out of their a@@es and get back into the games. You, however, seem to make a point to justify away whatever penalty Semin takes. Doesn't matter how dumb (my opinion: see Sen's game), you don't call Semin out.

In your opinion, has Semin taken a bad penalty this year? Just curious.

My opinion: Semin needs to be sat for a game. But I'm not the coach, let's see what Bruce does.

Posted by: Steve_R | January 31, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it counts as even strength because there was not a man advantage.

Posted by: eggseronius | January 31, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Update:

Is anyone more excited than me about the beginning of the stretch run? Getting closer!

Looking Ahead: Really really Good News UPDATE!!!

The last 21 games of the season the Caps schedule includes:

13 games against division foe
4 against Atlanta
3 against Tampa
3 against Florida
3 against carolina (2 at home)

2 games against the Maple Leafs

1 against the Bruins (A)
1 against the Penguins (H)
1 against the Flyers (A)
1 against the Predators (A)
1 against the Sabers (H)
1 against the Islanders (A)

Looking good for the stretch run! All we need is a veteran puck moving defensman.

Posted by: windjammersouth | January 31, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Theo should have been second star.

Posted by: mauree | January 31, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm a big semin fan and can acknowledge his mistakes, but sitting him for a game would be stupid. he still produces more than 1 ppg and plays a vital role in our offense.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 31, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

So let's talk Jose ... decent saves % today, but were those two goals softies? Did he make any monster saves?

dcsportsfan1:
Keep in mind - depending on what they do, they could bring Alzner AND Varly up.

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 31, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from the game...

The 3rd period was unbelievable. We really earned it and I had a bad feeling going into it after we gave up that power play goal late in the 2nd due to our Mensa society member Alex Semin.

I agree with you Steve R-- bench Semin for a game. He is a great talent, but this is the third game in a row he has taken a selfish penalty... and two of them have cost us goals. He needs to be taught a lesson because he clearly doesn't get it. These are the kind of penalties that demonstrate a lack of understanding for the long-term goal of winning the game... he tries way too much to make up for the moment instead of thinking about the game in general.

And those penalties at the end of the game were atrocious. The delay of game penalty on Brooksy was the only legitimate call. Kozy's was questionable at best and Poti's was flat out blasphemy.

But you have to love this team's resiliency despite getting screwed over by that 7-on-3 (the seventh being that blowhard Devorski)

Posted by: zloss126 | January 31, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Great game, I thought the PK looked great considering they were up against the best in the league. There were a bunch of Wings fans in 424 but only one bad apple so that didnt interfere with the game too much. All in all had a great time.

Posted by: ludeman95 | January 31, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

"after we gave up that power play goal late in the 2nd due to our Mensa society member Alex Semin."

HA! Now that's funny. And unfortunately for us, also true as of late.

Posted by: DaleDUI | January 31, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Boo-Theodore made numerous ten bell saves. From the 2nd period on Det dominated the neutral zone and had plenty of quality chances. I thought Theo stole the game in the first 10 min of the 3rd period.

Posted by: bulldog23 | January 31, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

FYI.

This team plays down/up to opponents level of play (ALWAYS). Tomorrow might not turn out as expected!

Posted by: 555Mass | January 31, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

there's that statement that doesn't even make any sense again.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 31, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

bulldog23:
OK ... but did he let in softies?

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 31, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

no he didn't.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 31, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Steve_r

I don't have a favorite player. I love hockey in general and the Caps in particular.

I suppose your question about Semin was sparked by my comments during the game where I defended Semin. I think he is a great player, one of the best in the league and some argue the most talented in our team. But this is a team sport and not one player can take or stop us to the Cup.

I have seeing every player make bad and good plays, I might yell "sh!t" or something to that effect when they make a bad play but I don't call for their heads and start acting irrational because of it. During the game, there were people calling for Semin's head because of his penalty. I reviewed that play many times in slow motion, and I posted what I saw. There were good plays by both Semin and the Detroit players. There were two hooks, one was called and the other wasn't.
In no way I would blame Semin for his play during that episode. Of course, I had the benefit of the slow replays to really see what had developed, and many of the posters did not. However, I think they jump too fast at condemnation of players.

The same way for Schultz, many people call for his head and ignore some of the good plays he does. During the game I posted a great play on his part that even our so called play-by-play guy missed. He cleanly stole the puck from Dutsyak, and passed to OV. What you would hear by the so-called play-by-play guy is that OV stole the puck which was not true.

I disagree with you that Semin needs to be scratched. Who is going to replace him? Should we sit OV? He makes his shares of mistakes and giveaways at the blue line. Who is going to play better than this two guys?? I don't know. I don't see it.

I can see why you are partial to Backstrom and Green. They are excellent players, but they also make their share of big mistakes.

If you look at my posts, you will see that I don't dwell on players mistakes; remember, some of these "mistakes" are just plain excellent plays by the opposition, while others are caused by the player reacting and trying to make a play when there is none. I never been able to understand the idiocy of some people refering to a particular play as "cute" or "lazy".


Posted by: opita1 | January 31, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Really? He didn't? I have not seen the highlight reel yet, but they did not look unstoppable at VC. I hope I'm wrong, but when have I ever been wrong before? ;-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 31, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

ovechkin has the most giveaways in the league, bench him for a game so he learns his lesson.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 31, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Leino stayed at half deke, before he completed his 360 and stuffed it past theo's left pad. if anyone could be faulted on this, it could be semin for not poke checking the poke, and he actually sort of screened theo. it was a great goal.

the second one, maybe he could've stopped but personally i'm not going to pick hairs here. He played a great game , giving up one to a great play and giving up another on the PP.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 31, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

He might have let a couple "softies" in but he made 27 saves, numerous ones on the pk, so unless he only made 24 and we lost 5-4, I'm not complaining

Posted by: ludeman95 | January 31, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Just got home from the game, and I must say the team was awesome for the 3rd, which made me all the more merrier because it got the red wing fans sitting in the seats in front of me stop yelling in my face.
I don't quite agree with pulling Semin for a game, because he does have that strange ability to perform when he feels like it, sadly that seems to be a rarity. I'm hoping Bruce can think of some way to give him the kick in the pants he needs, sooner rather than later.

Posted by: abuddy2004 | January 31, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Richmondphil
I agree on your last post, except that I think Theo was impatient and tried to poke the puck away rather than hold his position. Actually, if he had been Semin he would have been condemned for trying to do a cute play. (lol)
In any case. Great play by Leino, and except for this play I have to say Theo had a great game.

Posted by: opita1 | January 31, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I guess my point about Theo is, until he plays consistently well - i.e. high saves %, low GA, big saves and no softies - I will be nervous when he is in goal. He needs to be able to do it all, and to do it all more often than not, before I will stop holding my breath when the game is close. Hate to say it, but that's the way I feel. :-/

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 31, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Semin's propensity to reach out and hook is getting to be a real problem. Have you ever coached a kid in basketball who was darned good but when he missed a shot or thought that he had been fouled would automatically reach in and foul whoever stole the ball from him? That is exactly what Semin is doing.

Posted by: MKadyman | January 31, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Boo
I hear you. Theo makes me nervous, but I am getting more confident. I think he had an excellent game, although, as I have said, I think he was out of position trying to make a play during the first goal.

Posted by: opita1 | January 31, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of the play by play guys, could they interrupt their yacking when some play needs comment? And, we don't need a third man in the booth.

Carrying on in a cranky mode, why does that family behind where Lisa does interviews at the end of the game keep sticking an unhappy toddler in front of the camera?

Posted by: Bartolo1 | January 31, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to go out on a limb and declare myself a Semin fan. That would explain the two Semin jerseys I have and my constant whining that we not trade him until I get at least two years out of those expensive things. I'd rather he get the kick in the pants versus getting traded. Just not sure. But I'm a new hockey fan/Caps fan, so what do I know? Would him being benched help him realize he needs to shape up? I want to say yes but would defer to you guys who probably know more about hockey than I would. As much as I love having him play, I feel bad when he mucks things up and he seems to have been doing that lately. =/

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | January 31, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Thats been going on for a couple years now, soooo annoying

Posted by: ludeman95 | January 31, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

the baby that is

Posted by: ludeman95 | January 31, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

And as far a Theo's Save % and GAA, He's got more wins then quite a few good goalies,

-both detroit goalies
-Maf
-Carey Price
-Marty Biron
-Nikolai (the Bulin wall) Knabibulin

So If he gives up 10 and the Caps score 11, who cares, a win is a win is a win.

Posted by: ludeman95 | January 31, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

"Speaking of the play by play guys, could they interrupt their yacking when some play needs comment? "

Bartolo.
NOW YOU ARE ASKING FOR IT! LOL

Posted by: opita1 | January 31, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

You can't sit Semin for a whole game, but the coaches can take away ice time. Maybe sitting for a power play or two would motivate him to not repeat his stupid mistakes. Speaking of which, I think that first Red Wings goal was on him. He either needed to knock Leino down or get out of Theodore's way. Instead he just kind of stood there and let Leino score.

I thought the Fleichmann/Fehr/Backstrom line played very well today. I'd like to see that combo stick together for a few games.

Posted by: spacecadetkid | January 31, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

A great game and a great win. I thought the PK was fantastic - it's great to have Poti back - and JT60 was outstanding. Well played, all around.

Semin. The fact of the matter, penalties not included, is that he has become totally gunshy for some reason. The only shots he takes are slappers from the circle in open ice, period. And those are few and far between - he picked up a puck right in front of the net in the first and simply did not shoot. I don't know what the answer is but I'm sure BB has some plan.

As far as the absolutely childish inputs that Semin is point-a-game player - he may be right now by the stats (and clearly his fantastic first 15 games are keeping him ther) but he's never been for a whole season and he won't be this year at this pace - or the daft posters that bring up the AO has more turnovers (he does) than Semin can stop. Semin isn't AO, he doesn't score like him, he doesn't play like him, he isn't him. Let it go.

It'll be another early go tomorrow - revenge on Ottawa, I hope.

Posted by: saintex | January 31, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

no reason to get condescending saintex, right now you look like an ass.

you're right, AO isn't semin.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 31, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

and just to wonder about the injury bug from earlier this season, and to compare it to the NJ Devils, I watch the Pens - Devils last night and they reported that the NJD first line has been together for 42 consecutive games and the second line for 35 consecutive games. Wow.

Posted by: saintex | January 31, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Of course BB can bench Semin for an entire game. There's no guarantee that we'll be a lesser team for that one night just because the great Alexander Semin gets to ride pine. Bench his sorry ass, embarass him in any way you can because he apparently thinks he's above any kind of repercussion. He hasn't changed anything about his game with regards to bad penalties. Frankly, I can't recall him ever taking a "good" penalty.

It was good to see Backis on the 2nd line today. He played much better, more relaxed. Too bad Fehr didn't bury one of his 3 great chances today, he may be running out of time.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 31, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm a big semin fan and can acknowledge his mistakes, but sitting him for a game would be stupid. he still produces more than 1 ppg and plays a vital role in our offense.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 31, 2009 5:40 PM

Big Picture, apparently you don't see it. Bench him now, watch it pay dividends later. Right now Semin has no fear of anything. He can take bad penalty after selfish one and not suffer any consequence. Why would he change?

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 31, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

@Saintex

Those stats are amazing, I only wish...

Posted by: ludeman95 | January 31, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

alex semin is 24 years old. he is supremely talented but seems a bit immature. but hey, what 24 year old from siberia who's in a strange country with tons of dough wouldn't be a bit immature?
his play today was frustrating but i'm going to go out on a limb and say he will be strong tomorrow.

each player is different. some players get benched and come out hungry and mad...others sulk. i think semin needs to know that if he does dumb things or plays too cute, his ice time will be cut. i dont think he deserves a benching because, lets face it, he can be a game changer. BB seems to have a good handle on how to manage these guys, so i think he's in good hands. lets remember, semin showed up strong in the playoffs last year.

i see no scenario where he gets traded unless you are talking about for a guy like phaneuf...i.e. young cornerstone dman. and that aint happening.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | January 31, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

i see the benefit of benching a player to teach him a lesson, but the bottom line is that it's not going to happen to someone as vital as semin.

you will not see him be a healthy scratch.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 31, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

@richmond

It's not condescending...calling someone an ass might be. Trite comments about AO leading the league in turnovers and that means he needs to be benched while discussing Semin is an elementary tactic. If you don't like it, don't say it. AO scored twice in the third, his turnovers didn't cost a goal (though it has in the past) and Semin did nothing but sit on the pine in the box - again - while a goal was scored. As I said in the post, I think BB will sort it out and I proposed nothing about whether he should skate or sit.

Love,

ass

Posted by: saintex | January 31, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Boo,
Maybe Theo over played the initial shot ont he second Redwing goal thus getting himself out of position when it was blocked but other than that he was great.

Stopped a breakaway midway through the third with a great save.

Steve R
I'm with Richmond Phil. I can't agree on benching Semin. Too valuable to sit.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 31, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

the comment on AO's turnovers was sarcastic, and i thought pretty obviously so. in retort to opita's long comment. I mean...re-reading it, i don't see how someone doesn't interpret the sarcasm, but it is the internetz.

bottom line is that semin is too vital to be benched for a game, and that is what I was referring to. if you think BB needs to teach him something, well...that's pretty obvious to. that lesson is not going to be learned from being a healthy scratch.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 31, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

i mean, if I don't think semin needs to be benched, why on earth would i legitimately think ovechkin needs to be benched?

players like that don't become healthy scratches for a lesson.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 31, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Holy awesome Batman.The PK looked great - holding the top PP in the league to 1-for-5 and staving off that 6-on-3 in the end? Job well done, PK'ers, and thank you.

Could we please stop taking stupid penalties? Of course, Devorski was the ref, which always spells trouble all by itself.

Come on, Semin. Shoot the puck or pass it, don't hang on to it till it gets stolen from you. Sometimes his play looks like a petulant child's.

Fehr's gotta bury some of those chances - and one he almost did. Isn't he about where Flash was last year?

Flash-Backstrom-Fehr=win and keepers

Ovechkin-Fedorov-Semin=not win and keepers

Nylander had a really good game. So did Backstrom - I'd see a really good takeaway or steal or defensive play, look up and it was Nicky. Great stuff.

Hope we have enough left in the tanks for tomorrow, and that they'll play tomorrow the same way they played today.

And I get lunch on a coworker on Monday :)

Posted by: kittypawz | January 31, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

We sure have turned into a critical bunch of fans. I guess this is what winning breeds, higher expectations. I am going to avoid further Semin bashing and say something positive, and Im not going to talk about Fehr. **grunt**

On the note...I am sufficiently pleased with Theodores play, he has be pretty consistent and he is no longer giving up that momentum killing, soft, team deflating goal we had to overcome in so many of our earlier games. Kudos to BB and the team for a solid overall performance and as for tomorrow, my song is the same....

GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 31, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Don't bench Semin, he needs to shoot more and some tough love from his teammates about the hooks. This is where Ovie needs to step in (even Feds) and let him know he can't keep doing that. Clark is the captain but when you're scratched (again) hard for him to tap him on the shoulder on the bench and just tell him to keep it clean. He will clean it up he's been guilty a time or two but some of his calls are a little soft. SHOOT it Sasha!

Theo was fine tonight, neither goal was a soft goal. The first one was a great improvised move that was very unorthodox and caught Theo and Semin off guard, the 2nd he might've been "overplaying" the first shot but it's on the PP and a fortunate bounce around the crease lands on Franzen's stick. If that's a soft goal a lot of goalies since the start of last year's playoffs are letting in too many softies since Franzen suddenly turned into a goal scoring machine and a lot of the goals are off rebounds or trash bounces in front of the goal. I wouldn't call Laich's goals softies either, so I'm not going to call Franzen's soft.

We should beat Ottawa tomorrow at home, need a strong performance going into Tues now BIG game against NJ who's won 8 straight.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | January 31, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

i love theo and semin.

this is what i conclude.

go caps, beat the senators.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 31, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Anybody see Doug Gilmour being honored before the Leafs game. He went straight James Cagney with the suit, all he needed was the Fedora. Real sharp.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 31, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

richmond,

I went back and read it again, and you're right. I didn't think about it as much as I should have. I will say I'm really tired of the comparison and it sets me off. I'll focus my energy on trying to find out the the final 21 games of the season. Apologies.

Posted by: saintex | January 31, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

@Dave
Declaring "first" is an internet yellow card and in bad taste.

Game was great. I seriously love this weekend; back to back games where I don't have to wait up all night. I miss watching games at 7pm

Posted by: trunkenmath | January 31, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

it's all good.

we are all rooting for the same team here.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 31, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

@trunkenmath
Was more just me being surprised I beat home the write up I figured people would've jumped on it quick maybe it literally went up just before I pulled the page up. Enough trolls do it I figured I'd score the empty netter this time ;)

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | January 31, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

The Devils don't play again until we see them at the Rock on Tuesday. A win tomorrow and a big win in Jersey puts us up three. We must win tomorrow.

I love that AO copped to being sleepy. If anyone sees him on the town tonight, put him in a cab and send him home.

Of course, I was sleepy, too, but I didn't have to play. My beer seemed strange at noon.

It's SB Sunday tomorrow and we need to sort out some energy early in the day.

Go Caps.

Posted by: saintex | January 31, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Let him go on the town tonight...I'll take 2 goals in the 3rd every game from now until the end of time. I definitely had 2 beers at the Chophouse pregame and it just felt weird, nixed it for the game. Wish I had tix for tomorrow, I guess there are worse ways to spend a Sunday rolling out of bed to watch a Caps game then have enough time to get ready for a SB bash.

PP needs to work on zone entry, spend far too much of the 2 minutes getting set up in the zone finally.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | January 31, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

So for what it's worth on a booze-soaked Acela club trip:

Leino's goal was for the highlight reel. Pretty sure JT didn't see it coming, but I won't fault him for that or the other goal (the pass to Samuelsson was broken up and he was screwed as a result).

4 Blocked shots (and a +2) for Schultz. Yeah, send him to Hershey.

Semin's penalty was dumb, but benchable? Genius. That said, the second line did well, so might as well keep it going and spread things out.

Not Steckel's best game in the world. Gordon filling in tomorrow would be fun to watch.

Anyway, going to watch Zack and Miri, keep the booze flowing a little more and hope the boys don't play down to Ottawa tomorrow.

Posted by: Section117 | January 31, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

From what I read it seems that a lot of you go to the games because you live in or around DC. I for one live in Virginia Beach and am at the mercy of Comcast. Does anyone else feel that Joe and Craig flap their gums WAY to much and miss alot of the game due to talking about stupid stuff? I for one just wish they would just announce the game for crying out loud!!!

Posted by: CapsFan21 | January 31, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan21

totally agree. I really enjoy their chit chat, probably the funniest and best of all, but not during the actual play.

Pens just tied it at 4 from 4-2. Matt Cooke is playing really well.

Posted by: mauree | January 31, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

mauree:
Did you see the hit that put Cooke out? I was not able to find it ... I was wondering if it was really that bad?!? BTW, just sent you an email - you're good to go!! :-D

RE: Joe and Locker, I've said it before and I'll say it again - I like 'em. They are certainly better than most duos that I have heard out there. Maybe I am just used to them but I actually get a bit annoyed when one of them has a sub. Go figure. Call me kooky if you must, but that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 31, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Pens lose, hehe

Posted by: ludeman95 | January 31, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

@Boo

I must have missed that hit, I'm working/watching games.

You got me tickets! I'd jump up and down and dance except *cough* it's not the manly thing to do :))
*high five*

Hey, Pens just lost (they played well though)... who knows, maybe on March 8 we'll nail their coffin and final hopes for playoffs... that would be the icing on the cake of victory.

Posted by: mauree | January 31, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

117,

"Semin's penalty was dumb, but benchable? Genius."

As an isolated part of the 2nd period, no. As part of a pattern, yes.

Posted by: Steve_R | January 31, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Fehr during third period? Seems that he was missing in action since his shot on goal with about 9 minutes left to go. I normally don't expect second line forwards to disappear that soon.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 31, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

mauree:
The hit was a couple of weeks ago, I believe. He was suspended for a a couple of games. Oh and as long as you don't scream "YIPPPEEEE!!!", you're good. ;-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 31, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Same here about Joe B and Locker, I do just fine watching the game, I don't need them to tell me who has the puck or what's going on, it's TV people, if you need that turn 1500am the voice of Capitals hockey, Steve Kolbe

Posted by: ludeman95 | January 31, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

i love that the Penguins are in a mess...

Posted by: rachel216 | January 31, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I know it's mean, but I like going over to Pensblog to read all the Eiyore, woe is me comments, haha

Posted by: ludeman95 | January 31, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

it's still a stupid suggestion to bench semin.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 31, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Interesting development in S. Jose: there was an high stick (with blood) on Cheechoo by Kane (CHI), going unnoticed. After 3 minutes of no stoppage of play the Blackhawks scored. After the goal, the refs reviewed the high sticks... voided the goal, 4 minutes penalty and the Sharks just tied now. Never saw that happen.

Posted by: mauree | January 31, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse


I think a big part of Semin's problem is that he's got a reputation around the league now amongst the referees (at least it sure seems that way to me). He has a rep as a diver and a guy who gets frustrated and commits a lot of dumb stick fouls. Both were in display tonight..... he got tripped up (but tried to embellish, as usual) and the ref ignored it, and then he swiped with his stick in response and got called for the penalty. Some of the calls on him recently have been marginal, but when you make a point of showing up the refs by acting like you've been shot any time someone touches you, you're not really doing urself any favors. Not to mention his perfection of the ridiculous move where he hooks someone, drops his stick and then lifts his arms up like he didn't do anything, which only serves as a big red flag that says "Hey, I just hooked this guy.... in case you missed it."

Posted by: chombie13 | January 31, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Stupid is such a strong word ... neither our Steve nor his suggestions are ever stupid. Now, he may be wrong, but never stupid! ;-) In all seriousness, I really don't know how I feel about benching Semin. If it would make a difference then I would actually be all for it. But Semin is a complicated dude ... I don't know what it takes to get through to him. Seems to me that when he has gotten sloppy in the past he has responded to peer pressure (even if it meant an iPod having to be sacrificed by Ovi in the process). So he may just need to be mentored by his fellow Russians ... and to grow up a bit.

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 31, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

chombie13:
"but when you make a point of showing up the refs by acting like you've been shot any time someone touches you ..."
HA! No doubt!! Who was it who said that he looked like he had been beheaded when he drew that penalty against Pitt last time? Too funny! Last season I said he was a (drama) zarina ... well, he has certainly not given up that crown!

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 31, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

for crying out loud, there are still a lot of people on semin's case? you are showing your ignorance. I think opita did a good analysis of the play. I taped the game, reviewed the penalty semins took, and I concur with everything optia said. Don't be lazy, do the same and then you will see what happened. what a bunch of dumb asses.

as for those two mouth blabbers on tv. get rid of them. it is like taking your mother-in-law to the game and having to listen to all her pains while attempting to follow what is going on the ice.

to the guy who said it is tv and insinuated you don't need a play-by-play guy. you might not because you don't care much about the game, but for those of us who appreciate the game and tv is the only way to see it, it means a lot to have a good play-by-play man. The game is fast, the view is just a window of the ice, and at times the camera doesn't show clear who is on the play. don't be an idiot.

Posted by: superX | January 31, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

@mauree - Wait, they WHAT?! That's one for the Officials Association... I thought penalties had to be called when they happened, not after the play continued...

Posted by: irockthered | January 31, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

mauree, That's weird! And in answer to your question, I had to work today. Haven't seen the game yet, but as soon as the DVR is free, I'll be watching it!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 31, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Boudreau stops thinking like an idiot and he keeps Steckel on the ice rather than making him a healthy scratch. Everytime he's scratched I think Boudreau is losing his mind. Don't ever scratch Steckel over Chris Clark! Steckel was probably the hardest working forward in that game.

Posted by: blanknerc | January 31, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

@mauree - When did the Blackhawks get possession of the puck? Was it immediately following the hi-stick, or right before they scored, or something in between?

Posted by: irockthered | January 31, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

CHI had possession for most of the 3-4 minutes after the penalty.

The commentators checked the rules: if it's a double minor (not just minor) and it's an high-stick (not hooking or another penalty), then the linesman can make the call, and if it's really a penalty, the goal will be disallowed.

Btw, CHI is playing an incredible game against the Sharks... these boys are frigging fast. Sharks are intimidated believe it or not. CHI up 3-1.

Posted by: mauree | February 1, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

IRTR:
The call was heavily reviewed - it was legit. But I don't think it would have been if blood had not been drawn.

superX:
Most people would acknowledge that Semin is one of the best in the league. I think the frustration that you are reading is a result of him not playing up to his potential. Someone who is THAT good knows better than to take senseless penalties.

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 1, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

@Boo

correct, if it was just a minor and not a double minor, the goal would have been good. It does make sense, cause you need something "big" to disallow a goal.

CHI up by 2 anyway.

Posted by: mauree | February 1, 2009 12:13 AM | Report abuse

mauree:
Yup, I read your post after mine ... you type faster than I do! :-) As much as I don't want CHI to win, I hope SJ loses - I want the Caps to catch their home record!! ;-) BTW, who is in goal for CHI?

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 1, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Khabibulin is on the net for CHI.

Posted by: mauree | February 1, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

That makes it easier to cheer for the Hawks ... ;-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 1, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Kaberle's broken hand might make us look elsewhere for D help. Wonder if a Steckel for Pronger trade is still available.

Or if the Pens would give us Malkin for Nylander.

Or if Joe Boumedine is available to sign.

Posted by: gtydings | February 1, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

@Boo

oh yeah, if Huet was on net I'd cheer for the Sharks, record or not.

Speaking of their GT situation, if they place one of those two goalies, they'd have 5M to spend and add to their roster... these boys are going to be contenders.

Posted by: mauree | February 1, 2009 12:44 AM | Report abuse

why was my answer to boo not posted?

Posted by: superX | February 1, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

(trying for the second time to post this answer to boo)

@boo

My frustration is that there is a lot of people who are trying to hung this guy whenever he gets a penalty, falls, shoot or doesn't shoot, etc. On the last game, the penalty that he took was not a bad penalty it was just an unfortunate one - actually there were two hooks but only one got called, the first hook was by Hossa which made semin fall and in turn hooked Hossa while playing the puck. You will have to see it in slow motion to appreciate the play the two detroit guys and semin did during that minute while fighting for the puck. you will also see that set of events that led to the penalty was started by Green not getting the puck out of the zone. On the last thread opita has a detailed play-by-play. But that is not to say that semin has not made some bad plays, every single player has done that. It irritates me that people are saying that this guy made a dumb play when it is clear if you see the video that it was far from that. For the most part I ignore those comments, but this time it seems that they went overboard. If anyone wants to really complaint about penalties, they should have b!tched about those in the last 2 minutes of the game.
As far as he not playing up to his potential, I have to disagree. I think he is playing hard, and as well as he knows how, but I also think the whole team is too. Do some of the players make mistakes? Sure. Do they sometimes get outplayed? Definitely. But that does not mean they are lazy, irresponsible, selfish, immature, or any other derogative adjective you want to use. Heck, we might not have the best players at every position, but we have a great team, lets cheer them on.

Posted by: superX | February 1, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

superX:
Must not have been very nice ... thanks, WaPo! ;-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 1, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

got it. you can say ass but not "b!tch" as in complaint.

Posted by: superX | February 1, 2009 12:57 AM | Report abuse

gtydings, Boumedienne is in Europe playing for the Finnish SM-liga.
And I completely think the Pens would give us Malkin for Nylander. We take a player with a worse shooting percentage than Steven Reinprecht off their hands and give them a bald veteran Swedish center with sick puck handling skills to be a calming influence on Crosby. What's not to like?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 1, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

to the guy who said it is tv and insinuated you don't need a play-by-play guy. you might not because you don't care much about the game, but for those of us who appreciate the game and tv is the only way to see it, it means a lot to have a good play-by-play man. The game is fast, the view is just a window of the ice, and at times the camera doesn't show clear who is on the play. don't be an idiot.

Posted by: superX | January 31, 2009 11:22 PM

Man I'm touched to have such a long response to my statement:) Don't care much about the game? Don't appreciate the game? Man you could'nt be more wrong. All I said was if you want a play by play calling of the game, turn on the radio. Your not going to get it from Joe B. and Locker. I, who A)care very much about the game and B)appreciate the game just as much, don't need anybody to tell me that Green just passed the puck to Ovechkin, watching #52 pass it to #8 tells me that. Go watch some baseball if it's too fast for you. And I'm the idiot (insert hammer hitting head here)

Posted by: ludeman95 | February 1, 2009 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Must be these new glasses, but 55 looked really solid today. He's decept-effective. It's like he's yet another zebra, with a stick, just in your way all the time when you're attacking. Kinda cool, really, and I feel silly for dogging him earlier in the season.
Still wish he'd demolish a crease crawler now and then, but props to Shultz.
When there's a trophy for Most Frustrating Talent, 28 will need some mantle space.
As for 8: Ottawa--and we fans--probably should learn the Russian word for "Sir".

Posted by: redlineblue | February 1, 2009 1:01 AM | Report abuse

And I'm the idiot (insert hammer hitting head here)
Posted by: ludeman95 | February 1, 2009 1:00 AM

well if that is your honest opinion of yourself, then who am I to argue?

Posted by: superX | February 1, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

redlineblue, Gospodin, maybe? Not 100% on the pronunciation.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 1, 2009 1:05 AM | Report abuse

@redlineblue

To me Schultz was getting owned out there. He made two good plays, but he always, always gave the puck away when pressed and hit on.

either you need new glasses, or I do :D

Posted by: mauree | February 1, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

to the guy who said it is tv and insinuated you don't need a play-by-play guy. you might not because you don't care much about the game, but for those of us who appreciate the game and tv is the only way to see it, it means a lot to have a good play-by-play man. The game is fast, the view is just a window of the ice, and at times the camera doesn't show clear who is on the play. don't be an idiot.

Posted by: superX | January 31, 2009 11:22 PM

That was your ASSumption of me there guy.

Posted by: ludeman95 | February 1, 2009 1:11 AM | Report abuse

ludeman95,
is pass your bed time. you are making a big deal out of nothing. you are not witty enough for me to waste my time.
good night.

Posted by: superX | February 1, 2009 1:17 AM | Report abuse

SuperX:
DOH - you squeeked through ... WaPo has falied me again. ;-)

I totally hear what you are saying and get your frustration. Before I say anything else, just keep this in mind - I love Semin, I think he is incredibly talented and sometimes he absolutely blows me away. In fact, in some ways he is even more skilled than Ovi (and didn't Ovi say Semin had sick hands?). When he's hot, he's hot and no one can touch him. So Semin gets big props from me (so much so that I am just waiting for his jersey to arrive).

However, Semin still frustrates the heck out of me. His immaturity shows when he takes those sloppy penalties. He's gotten much better about it (I have not seen him throw a puck this season!) but he still does it (ex: turns the puck over and ends up with a tripping penalty trying to recover from his own mistake). He also has a penchant for taking penalties at the end of the game or during other very critical junctures. That, to me, speaks of the need for discipline, which comes with maturity. Lastly, he has been known to dive or overexaggerate the penalties that he has drawn to the point that I wonder if we are in the Twilight Zone and actually watching a soccer game.

This is what I mean when I say he is not playing up to his potential. Not that he's not playing hard, but that he is doing things that he should not be doing while he is playing hard. No one expects anyone to be perfect, but Semin has some patterns that are a bit disconcerting. Again, he has gotten much better about it, but it is still prevalent enough that people take notice. Not just people here but also those who know a thing or two about hockey. BB has made comments about it, the commentators on the post-game show were discussing it today, etc.. So I think it is a valid issue.

I guess I could sum it up by saying that I don't believe anyone wants to throw the baby out with the bath water, but they are ready to get rid of the bath water once and for all.

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 1, 2009 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Oooh man you got me, I guess I'll go crawl into bed now because the big bad interwebz man told me to. Go join Wilbon and you two can watch some nice slowwwww basketball together since hockey seems to move too fast.

Posted by: ludeman95 | February 1, 2009 1:27 AM | Report abuse

ludeman95

The play by play isn't for people like youy and me. It is for brand new fans like my brother in law. I personally couldn't give a rats ass when Brenden Shanahan or who ever it was gave Laughlin a face washing. If you have direct tv flip over to the devils channel and listen to Mike Emrick some time. He is good and was inducted into the hall of fame today for being damn good at what he does. You won't hear any grab assing going on there.

Posted by: CapsFan21 | February 1, 2009 1:47 AM | Report abuse

No direct tv here but I have heard of what a great job Emrick does. I guess today's commentary got off track more than the usual. I tried to record the game so that I could watch it when I got home from seeing it in person but my Dvr would'nt cooperate. Heh would'nt you know, it's getting replayed on Csn right now, haha

Posted by: ludeman95 | February 1, 2009 2:05 AM | Report abuse

I just became a fan of superX! Semin has been my favorite player since I got into hockey...uhm, 3 months ago, and lately, I've been reading line after line of insults to the poor guy. Thankfully, players don't read these blogs (do they?). I don't think Semin is an idiot. He's not dumb. The losses we take pretty harshly is probably a thousand fold for the guy. I think he knows when he messes up. No need for us to call him out on it like he doesn't know. Can't wait 'til I see them play the Kings and the Panthers next week. I'll be sitting behind their benches. Sweet!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 1, 2009 2:07 AM | Report abuse

I'll be watching for you in your Semin? jersey.

Posted by: ludeman95 | February 1, 2009 2:12 AM | Report abuse

All- you know most of the comments about the game are fair but I think you all are missing something very big and I'm surprised nobody has mentioned it yet. Clark our Captain mind you just got another healthy scratch! Against the Stanley Cup Champs. This is like the 2nd or 3rd time he's been a healthy scratch in the past 4 or 5 games. What "Contender" scratches their Captain? BB can try and say "Oh it was just his turn" but I'm not buying it, something else is going on. I can't remember the last time a NHL team has scratched their Captain. Seems really odd to me. Sorry to say but if Clark is now on the list of players being scratched then it's time to hand the "C" over to the MVP. If BB ever scratches him, it'll be the last scratch he has as coach of the Caps.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 1, 2009 3:28 AM | Report abuse

wow, some of you all are being pretty harsh on semin! give the kid a break. he DOES need to be disciplined for the kinds of penalities he's taking, but you don't bench a guy for an entire game when he's got such talented hands and nasty-wicked shooting skills. give him some extra drills in practice. make him write sentences if you have to (bad sasha- no hooking) but you don't sit him for an entire game. utter madness. =)

Posted by: spinner-33 | February 1, 2009 6:09 AM | Report abuse

If a goalie has a high save percentage AND a high GAA, wouldn't that mean the defense allowed a high number of shots on net? To me, the number of short handed goals says something about the penalties the team takes, as well as the effectiveness (or not) of the PK. That tends to make me more nervous than Theo's current play -- Since the wake up call against the Rangers in December, I think he's kept us in several games where the PK and offense haven't been clicking on all cylinders.

Posted by: miseaujeu | February 1, 2009 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: tess2201 | February 1, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Sorry if any of this has been said, I haven't read through this post. I was at the game and the crowd seemed a little subdued during the first and second, maybe because of the four or five thousand Red Wing fans their. Seemed to me the crowd really got into it after the 3rd goal with the Unleash the Fury vid. I wonder if that's what pumped the Caps for their fourth goal?
Re Semin. Any one notice Bruce put him back out immeadiatley after he came out of the penalty box?

Posted by: billd2 | February 1, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

@Mauree: Here's how I made it 1/2way back from calling Schultz a pylon: Instead of watching -him-, watch what goes on around him. He gets...Tangled Up, over and over, with what the other guy is trying to do. Attackers end up in stalemates with him, or herded into small-scale 1-on-2s. It's like he dilutes attackers' game.
Think that's why BB has 55 out there for 90-secs of 2-men down, against the guys with the Cup?
(Cripes, I cant BELIEVE I'm selling...Schu-u-ultz!)

Posted by: redlineblue | February 1, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Boo, I don't really think Semin "dives" he skates on the "edge" all the time, so close to falling. That's why he makes the moves he does. It makes it easy to knock him off his skates.

Posted by: billd2 | February 1, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

@redlineblue

all right, let's watch his moves today. I'll try to be unbiased :D

Posted by: mauree | February 1, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

For those of you saying "no way we can bench Semin, he's too talented" - tell Bob Woods that. It wasn't long ago that Bob Woods scratched Chris Bourque for a game after taking a major penalty that ended up costing the Bears the game. Semin has done the same - I don't think that anyone is "too talented" to be scratched to send a message.

The one thing is that we're in the middle of a five-games-in-seven-days stand, and the next one after Ottawa is at New Jersey - hello four point game? I can see both pros and cons to scratching Semin in this scenario. Having Semin fresh for New Jersey and with a figurative bootprint in his tush might have its benefits, but then, Bruce is going to have to manage everyone's ice time very carefully if he doesn't want them all gassed for New Jersey and then Los Angeles.

There's arguments to both sides, and I lean toward, if not scratching him, then pushing down his ice time for a game to make a point, but don't say he's too talented to be scratched, because nobody's above that.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 1, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I might be naive, but how about, instead of scratching him, work him out on the ice and both him BB and Feds have a long talk on how to stay focused and avoid stupid penalties, while at the same time being more effective back-checking?

Posted by: mauree | February 1, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I think 28 noticed himself on the third line yesterday, and I hope/trust that 91 or another teammate has uh Reminded Semin that his Dumas penalties gots to stop. If those messages don't penetrate, I don't think BB would or should hesitate to scratch him.
Nice to be loaded up front!
Two points for Fehr today.

Posted by: redlineblue | February 1, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Anyone going to the game need some post-game skate tickets? I'll be going to the game but I can't use my pair of season-holder tickets to skate on the Verizon Center ice after the game (1st session immediately after the game.) (free)

So if you're going, and can bring 2 pairs of skates, leave an e-mail address here and we'll arrange to have me hand them off at the game.

Better be quick -- We're leaving about 11:15.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 1, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

LeftCoastCapsFan:
No offense (seriously) but if you had been watching Semin for more than a few months, you might relate better to what I am saying. Anyone who chucks a puck while flat on his rearend out of frustration like a four year-old having a temper tantrum is not a mature, disciplined player. I'm not saying that he would do that now, but he did do it not once but a couple of times last season. The good news is that he has improved, is doing those silly things less and less, and is bound to become that mature, seasoned player. Once he does that, given his skill and raw talent, he will be unstoppable.

ludeman:
"I'll be watching for you in your Semin? jersey." Was that directed at me? If so, what's your point?

miseaujeu:
I would agree that high saves % and GAA equates to poor defense. If memory serves, that was Olie's situation a couple/few years ago - he was playing well but the D was non-existent.

billd2:
I completely agree with that, but he also dives. It is the dramatic effect stuff that I am referring to.

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 1, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Did you guys see how good Rask was in goal last night? Holy moly that guy can play. As good as Thomas is, Rask looks like he's gonna be a monster. Talk about a scary tandem.

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 1, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Kitty:

The idea of scratching Semin today to send him that message and hopefully getting him extra pumped to right his wrongs against New Jersey is an interesting take. However, perhaps facing the team that had capitalized on one of his boneheaded penalties might be good for Semin. I am hoping for a great show from Semin today against the Sens.

I wish there would be a sure-fire way to help out Semin at this point. I do think demoting him to a second or third line yesterday was a good move by BB. Whether he did it because the first line was not producing or not, BB made that demotion pretty much directly following that penalty by Semin. I think a good long talk, diminished ice time, or benching for a period or two might be a good wake-up call for Semin.

I love the guy,and more often than not he takes my breath away by his skill level rather than by his "selfish penalties." Its just that, yeah, I think every player needs a wake up call every once in a while....its a long season, and its pretty much dead in the middle of it, and all I can say is his patterns have not really taken effect until this far in....he seemed golden/improved and maybe more aware and cautious at the beginning of the season (up til his injury)...This has been a great season from him so far, and I think if the Caps can help Semin find the type of smarter player he was at the beginning of the season, then great!!!

Go Semin! Go Caps!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | February 1, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

@-Boo-

Nah that was directed at LeftCoastCapsFan, he/she said they would be at the upcoming game vs. the Kings. I asked if they would be in their Semin jersey since that was his/her favorite player. Sorry for the confusion :)

Posted by: ludeman95 | February 1, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

ludeman95:
Got it - thought there was a hidden message! ;-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 1, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Datsyukian: (dǎt-SŪK'-ē'-ən) (adj.) 1.) Of or pertaining to a Detroit Red Wings' forward with really, really "sick" skills. 2.) Great, but not quite Gr8 enough.

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 2, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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