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Caps call up Alzner

With Tom Poti sidelined with an eye injury, the Caps have recalled Karl Alzner for tomorrow's Game 7 against the Habs at Verizon Center.

It's unclear whether Alzner will play -- the Caps have Tyler Sloan and John Erskine available -- but it's possible Alzner will take Poti's place and skate alongside John Carlson.

Alzner and Carlson were the Bears' top defensive pair earlier this season.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 27, 2010; 1:52 PM ET
 
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Comments

better than sloan i guess

Posted by: _stevo | April 27, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Can he replace Green?- CHOKING DOGS!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

meh...

Posted by: richmondphil | April 27, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Too many people are sipping haterade.

Others are close to slitting their wrists.

Stop the madness.

It ain't over yet...

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 27, 2010 1:55 PM

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 27, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I hope Alzner knows how to eliminate space on the rush...

@lyle

Go to your Islander blogs.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 27, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Why not Sean Collins?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 27, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I like this much better than Sloan or Erskine. If the Caps are going to go down they might as well be playing their top players, and their top young players at that.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I just might - they have a lot more Cups than we do...yet I keep spending money in DC to support CHOKING DOGS!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I just might - they have a lot more Cups than we do...yet I keep spending money in DC to support CHOKING DOGS!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 2:00 PM

...which is exactly why you're not the sharpest tool in the shed...on the bright side, you are a tool

Posted by: Moose33 | April 27, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I still say put Erskine in. At least he attempts to eliminate space on the rush attempts to clear the crease.

He may fail half the time, but at least he tries.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 27, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

but we are going to disrupt Hershey...

BAAHAHAHAHAH Good, I hope hershey loses 4 straight, and we win...

Screw Hershey...

This move probably should have been done last week.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 27, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

POLL: does Boudreau sit Flash tomorrow night?

Posted by: doughless | April 27, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Put Flash on the 4th line. Give him like 5 minutes.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 27, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

We need ugly goals. Sit Flash, put in Walker

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | April 27, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

It's about freaking time. McPhee took this guy 5th, I assume to help us win a cup. He better be in the line up. Better late than never.

I fear for tomorrow night. I hope I am wrong, but as a Caps fan, hope usually doesn't get you anywhere.

Posted by: underpants2 | April 27, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

good god, the Caps stupidity never ceases to amaze me.

What this move tells me is that either Sloan or Alzner will be in the lineup. And that Erskine is not option#2, he's now option#3.

Sloan should be in the lineup.

If you go by merit, Collins should probably be called up. But he doesn't have Alzner's "status" within the organization. too bad, hope Alz never sees the ice.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Put Flash on the 4th line. Give him like 5 minutes.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 27, 2010 2:06 PM

You're alot more forgiving than I would be. That guy is dead to me. Seriously.

I don't dislike the MP idea.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 27, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

what would that accomplish, Flash on the 4th line is about as useless as Steckel on the wing.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

More shades of playoff's past......

I have tickets to tomorrow's game but am not going. If they win, then I'll just have to live with myself for watching it at home and "missing it live" - but will take solace in not having to deal with a 1+ hr metro/drive home; if they lose, I'll feel better than I would if I had to walk out of there, sit on the metro and stew...just like last year against Pitt when I decided not to go.

I feel that being a fan of this team for 30+ years entitles me to be negative - an improbable cup final in 1998 doesn't remedy, nor does it excuse, the futility of this franchise and the countless $$$ that I've spent over the years hoping that God really didn't hate Caps, and that it was just unfortunate luck - both remain to be seen.

For the new - and casual - Caps fans, this team is the best there is in the league and this series is a fluke; the savvy Caps fan knew it right away when those "comments" were made last month by a certain Columbus Blue Jacket, and if I were he, I would have my cell phone fully charged tomorrow so I can respond to all those callers who wnated me to go on the record for why I was right when I said that Caps "play the wrong way."

I'm done. 'Sorry for runing your day but take this with you: What is the purpose of 121 regular-season points when you're obviosly not primed to take the next step?

Posted by: Dave28 | April 27, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Not necessarily on the 4th line as a role player....just give him 5 minutes. Keep him away from any serious play...lol.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 27, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

It's about freaking time. McPhee took this guy 5th, I assume to help us win a cup. He better be in the line up. Better late than never.
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if thats the Caps reason for bringing him up, where he got drafted, its just par for the course around here. Alzner is a pimple on John Carlson's butt he's so far off the pace.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Put Flash on the 4th line. Give him like 5 minutes.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 27, 2010 2:06 PM

BB should have sat him last game. The last time he was sat he scored in the next game didn't he? We might need that goal tomorrow.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 27, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Sloan > Alzner

In fact, replacing Sloan with Mo really wasn't any upgrade. Tyler's improved his game lately, he's been playing well. No worse than anyone else for that matter.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I hate the thought that the season may be coming to an end tomorrow. Considering how the season went, it is hard to stomach a quick exit. I have been a fan since 1974 when my cousin introduced me to hockey and I think this would be one of the top five most disappointing seasons. Having said that, we need to be good fans and support them through the game tomorrow. Fan support is why they played for home ice advantage so let's give them a loud and proud Verizon Center. That is the only contribution we can make to move on to round 2. The rest is up to the team.

Posted by: Richmondcapsfan | April 27, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

At least Walker would be willing to go to the net. Caps did what they needed which is get in Halak's face once in Game 3 (5-1) win. Doesn't take a genius to figure out that he is going to stop pretty much everything he sees. I know it's a crazy thought but going to the net in the playoffs usually means good things.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 27, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Dave28,

lyle and spear are playing tennis later, if you can find someone else as disenchanted as you, and if you can stop them before they jump off a bridge, you guys can have one hell of a double match.

Afterwards you can all hold hands and cry about how much money you all spent.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 27, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

i surprised that Caps fans dog Tyler Sloan out the way they do. He is a 2-way defenseman that ain't bad in our zone and can chip in on the rush (or play forward).

Posted by: doughless | April 27, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

No matter what happen tomorrow night, (we will win) Mike Green NEEDS to go away, it bugs me that people say he is a top defence guy, he sucks, basic puck handling and he can't do it.

Posted by: bqts | April 27, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

you may be have some superstars dear caps fans, but you don't have THE SUPERSTAR. Chek this video made by habs fans and you'll realize that halak will destroy the capitals!!

http://www.hockey30.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&layout=category&task=category&id=3&Itemid=29


Posted by: maman2 | April 27, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

If we are going by AHL "production" then you would have Girouz and Aucoin playing for the Caps before calling up MP.

There are things such as speed, size, and skill that come into the equation. Alzner has usually played well in his first few games for the Caps and then regresses some.

Sloan sucks. The Caps don't need a guy missing attempted hip checks, he might as well just lay down on the ice.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

POLL:

Has Mike Green's D game improved, remained the same or regressed??

Posted by: doughless | April 27, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I can not believe anyone would be negative towards the team at tomorrow's game. If you are before the game, shame on you. I will say it again, we play the regular season to have home ice for a game #7. That home ice includes support from the fans that have been called some of the best in the NHL. Based on this blog, I ain't seeing those fans.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | April 27, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

definetly not the sharpest tool in the shed having cheered for the Caps for 36 years and watch them CHOKE like DOGS every Spring - hmmmmm I wonder what that makes you?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

A: a tool also

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

CTCapsPhan:

look at it as group therapy

Posted by: doughless | April 27, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

CTCapsPhan: That is because most of the people you see here don't even go to the games. After a good game at Verizon I usually come home to check out the balony put on this board during the game. It is the same people sitting in front of their computers on game day.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 27, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Is there anyone on the team whose game hasn't regressed since the Olympic break? Backstrom and Carlson, and that's about it. Everyone else has just been going through the motions and this series is the proof.

Posted by: spacecadetkid | April 27, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I will accept that, but I am hoping it doesn't show up at VC tomorrow night.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | April 27, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I'll tell you parasite, a fan. At least I'm not coming on the board BEFORE game 7 and declaring all is lost.

At least we agree that you are a tool.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 27, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

They may win in game 7, but they will choke soon enough because they are CHOKING DOGS!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Green's offensive game may have regressed in some peoples eyes, but while ATTENDING the games I have noticed that he is becoming more judicious about charging pucks in the offensive zone and opting to lay off so as to not get burned by an opposing rush. while he might not be the ideal "defensive defenseman" yet, I think he has really taken Yzerman's words to heart. i look for more improvement in his d-game moving forward.

Posted by: doughless | April 27, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Sloan sucks. The Caps don't need a guy missing attempted hip checks, he might as well just lay down on the ice.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

its funny, you accuse me of making sweeping generalizations and embellishments and now you conveniently leave off Sloan's good plays to talk about a missed hip check. tsk tsk

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Gotta find a way to change up my joo-joo before tomorrow nights game. They are 2 and 0 when I watch it in the living room.

Posted by: CheyenneWY | April 27, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Too bad about Poti. I'd have confidence in Alzner playing. He generally makes smart safe plays and isn't afraid to just clear the puck if he gets in trouble. Sloan was alright when he was in the lineup earlier in the series.

Posted by: Stu_c | April 27, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1

I am not sure why you believe Sloan is greater than Alzner, he is not. Maybe you are Sloan, who knows. But Sloan has not played well at all. Let's see what the kid we deamed so good, we drafted him 5th overall, can do for us.

Posted by: underpants2 | April 27, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

If Alzer plays, he should be paired with Carlson. They obviously have the chemistry together.

Posted by: CheyenneWY | April 27, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

CHOKING DOGS!

Posted by: lylewimbledon |

That really is getting to be quite obnoxious. In case you didn't read my earlier post that is loser talk. It is a 7 game series and until one team has won 4 games it isn't over. To suggest they've lost the series before it is over is giving up and that is what losers do. Winners think they will win and fight to the very end.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | April 27, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

This is hilarious. All of the people who are disgusted with the team have been fans for 20 to 30 years. My question is this:

You were fans when the Caps sucked, going year after year without a Cup or even a Finals appearance except for that 1 weird year when we didn't really deserve it. You were fans for years when we couldn't stop goals, score goals, or even really look at the goal without falling over. You were fans the years before Ovi, when we had no star.

And now that we have a good, exciting team, that wins games, that has a chance to win the Stanley Cup (maybe not this year, but maybe next year, though I'm holding out hope). NOW you decide to stop supporting the team and going to games? You only wanted to spend money when we weren't putting a winning product on the ice?

Are you stupid or do you simply enjoy bad hockey? Enjoy the team for what it is.

Bunch of gluttons for punishment.

Posted by: dwelkinor | April 27, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

@Dave28,

God bless you man, I'm right there with you. I haven't been a fan for 30 years (only 20), but I've seen this movie before and I know how it ends.

Posted by: geester1 | April 27, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I think they should replace

Mike " cant control the puck" Green wiht Alzner and
Jeff "I am to much of a p_s_Y to hit anyone" with Sloan.

Maybe we could get a few more players from Hershey that really want to win.
I love the caps, but they need to pull up the boot straps and realize they cannot win on simple talent, they need hard work. Habs came to play - thats what we need some heart and hard work.

"LET'S GO CAPS"

Posted by: tpatton2 | April 27, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I have tickets to tomorrow's game but am not going. If they win, then I'll just have to live with myself for watching it at home and "missing it live" - but will take solace in not having to deal with a 1+ hr metro/drive home; if they lose, I'll feel better than I would if I had to walk out of there, sit on the metro and stew...just like last year against Pitt when I decided not to go.

I feel that being a fan of this team for 30+ years entitles me to be negative - an improbable cup final in 1998 doesn't remedy, nor does it excuse, the futility of this franchise and the countless $$$ that I've spent over the years hoping that God really didn't hate Caps, and that it was just unfortunate luck - both remain to be seen.

For the new - and casual - Caps fans, this team is the best there is in the league and this series is a fluke; the savvy Caps fan knew it right away when those "comments" were made last month by a certain Columbus Blue Jacket, and if I were he, I would have my cell phone fully charged tomorrow so I can respond to all those callers who wnated me to go on the record for why I was right when I said that Caps "play the wrong way."

I'm done. 'Sorry for runing your day but take this with you: What is the purpose of 121 regular-season points when you're obviosly not primed to take the next step?
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wow, well said man. I'm with ya! I feel the same way. The fans that go on about how "negative" other fans are..i think following this team closely for 28 yrs entitles me to be however the hell I wanna be. Thats exactly how I feel. Thanks for putting that into words.

I was also visible in my comments on Umberger and what he said. He said nothing wrong and he said it with no agenda because what he said had already been bandied about in Caps circles for more than 2 yrs. We don't play the right way. That's what he said. He was dead on. And Bruce was smug and arrogant in his reply talking about how many championships he's won playing his way. Way to go bruce, keep sticking your head in the sand and believing your own hype. As much as hockey has changed, some elements are always constant.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Let's STOP fighting my bothers!!! We are on the same team, supporting the same team. Let's ALL wear RED tomorrow and let the team know that WE ARE THERE WHEN THEY NEED US! I am hurting just as you are, but let's give the team a chance and ROCK THE RED!!!

Posted by: riceldi | April 27, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Also, we put up 54 shots on Montreal last night. People (who aren't Caps fans) have been saying Halak had the best night for a goalie since the 80s. This means two things:

A) Montreal isn't playing that well. Their goalie is. (what defense gives up 50+ shots?)

B) We aren't rolling over and dying.

Lighten up and enjoy tomorrow's game, win or lose.

Go CAPS!

Posted by: dwelkinor | April 27, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I think we can start calling them "chokers" IF they don't win tomorrow. The way we've played at home this series doesn't give me any belief that they'd win tomorrow. We always look timid during game 7s. Very disappointing, I just can't believe we had two chances to put them away and couldn't do it. But it is very disheartening to know that essentially every series is over except this one and the Wings/Coyotes series. This stat has been scary me since last night: No #1 team has EVER been up 3-1 to an 8 seed and lost the series. Please don't make history Caps. I'll have my fingers crossed we eke it out tomorrow night. I just feel like Philly is a good matchup for us so it'd be a real shame if we don't get through and on the other hand PIT would play MTL which everyone thinks PIT would have it easy and blow them out. Just win tomorrow, and everything is forgiven. (Well kinda, still gotta learn to win a series in less than 7.)

Posted by: rachel216 | April 27, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Let's put all of this bickering aside and UNLEASH THE FURY

Posted by: geester1 | April 27, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Don't feed the trolls and if you don't want to support the team, so be it.

Life will go on without your support and so will the CAPS.

Remember when John Druce went off in the playoffs? Recall him.

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | April 27, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

SGM

What do you mean by "production" ? I never used that word. Are you talking about points or something? I said if you go by MERIT (not statistics), then Collins is the better option. He's just played better defensively.

Collins would be the only guy I'd call up from the Bears. And Andrew Gordon would be my #1 option at wing. He can play either wing. MP I'd be ok with, he seems like a good matchup for the Habs. Shifty, quick, tenacious playmaker.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Its like 1998. Montreal has the hotter goaltender. We dominated most of the night but Halak had an AMAZING game.

He has to do it again, on the road...which he has not done.

Tomorrow....we dominate.

Posted by: CheyenneWY | April 27, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Underpants

other than being a 5th pick, can you provide info to back your claim?? Having seen Alzner play most of his NHL games, i can comfortably say he is not top 6 on the Caps. Sloan and Carlson has similar numbers at Hershey in 08-09.

Posted by: doughless | April 27, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

The Caps need our support, not being told they are chokers. I don't see how anyone who watched last night's game with 54 shots on goal could say the Caps don't play with heart. Halak had a game for the ages that will probably be an ESPN Classic. Without Halak, the Caps would have finished off Montreal in Game 5 or 6. The fact that Montreal has given up 35+ shots a game in games they've won should tell us something about who is controlling the play.

I am a little concerned about the loss of Poti who has been our most steady defenseman throughout the season and is a bit of a security blanket for Carlson. I can't see BB playing essentially two rookies on our second defensive unit. More likely he'll play Sloan with Carlson and Alzner is insurance in case ShaMo can't suit up on Wednesday.

Posted by: wizfan89 | April 27, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

sorry, Sloan and ALZNER had similar numbers in 08-09

Posted by: doughless | April 27, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

He has to do it again, on the road...which he has not done.

Tomorrow....we dominate.

Posted by: CheyenneWY

Eh ask anybody and they'll say Halak stole game 5 for them as well. So yes, he can do it on the road. Especially if we sleepwalk the first 10 minutes.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 27, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

@Rach

I don't know how "good" a matchup Philly would be, BUT I SURE WOULD LIKE TO PLAY THEM!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 27, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I have been a fan for 30+ years too...and this series pretty much sums up the franchise. Expected to do big things in the playoffs, only to get beat on a fluke or by a "hot goalie".

I am so angry with how this season has gone since the Olympic Break. That break ruined us. We were blowing by people, but after we were winning 1 goal games.

Then in the playoffs, BB lack of "coaching" has gotten us into this situation. He keeps putting Green out there on the PP and they keep getting worse. The one PP Corvo was out there, they actually generated offense. Fleishman should be released, right now!

Every year, it's something different. Last year, they fought hard and the NHL took it from them.

Everyone in the world knew we needed goaltending, well now it's shined through. Theo ok in Game 1, weak in Game 2, Varley great in 1 of the 4 games he has played.

I am with you Dave, I would give my tickets away if I could afford to have them in the first place. The risk-reward is much higher watching it from home.

IF they win, great, you save 80 bucks in beer and you are happy. If they lose, you only have 20-30 yards to crawl into bed and hope you wake up tomorrow.

Awful, awful, awful...this franchise had a chance in '98, but Tikkenan missed an open net...then we were swept away...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 27, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1

I am not sure why you believe Sloan is greater than Alzner, he is not. Maybe you are Sloan, who knows. But Sloan has not played well at all. Let's see what the kid we deamed so good, we drafted him 5th overall, can do for us.

Posted by: underpants2 | April 27, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

umm, i don't need to SEE him in a game 7 situation. Nothing I've seen from him as a Capital or as a Bear leads me to believe he should be in our lineup this yr in this situation.

Sloan is a better option imo for many reasons:

1- He's already upto playoff speed. He didn't lose his spot in the lineup because he played terribly.
2- He's played better lately, he skates faster than Alzner does. He's bigger, stronger and more physical
3- Alzner hasn't impressed me and he's not upto playoff speed at this level. He'll look out of place having to suddenly step into a game 7 v the Habs.


so imo, all valid reasons.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I called it in past few post, bring on Alzner. He can play the D to free up 'I'm not Green, I score Carlson' and why not bring put Perrault or whatever his name is, that young center. Size wise he's the same as the Canadians and fast.

Posted by: flee001 | April 27, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

I actually made that broad, oversweeping comment because it was directed towards. I'm as pissed about last nights game as everyone else is so I decided to just have a little fun to see if you would catch it. And you did.

My thoughts are that Sloan isn't that good (based on his play over the season) and Alnzer has the best potential to play a great game (if he plays to his potential). Alzner has played some very good games for the Caps before, but he never sustained the success (he also wasn't given much of a chance to sustain the success).

Collins may be doing great in Hershey but from what I've read Alzner been playing well too. All things being equal, I would rather go with the top of the line pedigree. Ideally Alzner plays well and continues playing well in the playoffs like Carlson (I'm just trying to be optimistic even though almost all my inner thoughts and feelings tells me to be pessimistic about game 7).

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

wtf: I think we would do well against them. I thought b/c MTL had a bunch of small guys it would work in our favor but clearly it is not. I think lots of credit goes to MTL for our 1/30 PP.

I think NJ just really sucks and Philly played well enough to beat them. I don't see Boucher beating us 4 times. That's why it'd be a shame if we are ousted. I want to play the Flyers! (Plus they're without Gagne and Carter)

Posted by: rachel216 | April 27, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Rules for Game 7:

1) Come out blazing. No sleepwalking and spotting them a free early lead.
2) Shoot high on Halak, and crash the net for rebounds. Why we stopped doing this the past two games is beyond me.
3) The crowd must be relentless and must carry this team. We have a distinct home ice advantage at VC, the past 3 games of this series notwithstanding. Derisive chants of "Halllllll-ak" would be fantastic - anything to get in this kid's head. The crowd has their work cut out for them as much as the Caps do - it's easy to get pessimistic now, but we can't yet. If we lose, we'll have all summer for that. In the meantime, fight the battle in front of you.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | April 27, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

On the 5 on 3 powerplay last night...we tried the back door play like 6 or 7 times in a row instead of just shooting the puck on net. I saw Halak on two shots have problems with his glove.

Shoot glove side

Posted by: CheyenneWY | April 27, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Are some of you crying as you type these posts?

Some of this stuff is just too funny!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 27, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

And I hate "unleash the fury"......

Stop with all the "GOAT" and the Rock the Red...

Why don't we just win a game...then a few series before we get into all that...

and I have stayed a fan, because with their renewed young guns, I thought this team might be different...so I stuck with it...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 27, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

but we are going to disrupt Hershey...

BAAHAHAHAHAH Good, I hope hershey loses 4 straight, and we win...

Screw Hershey...

This move probably should have been done last week.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 27, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse


Seriously? Wow. Just, Wow...

Posted by: OverTheBoards | April 27, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

What do we think about giving Theo a shot at redemption against his former mates.

Posted by: CheyenneWY | April 27, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Yes, overtheboards, SERIOUSLY...

We are trying to win the Championship in the BIG LEAGUES, not the minor leagues.


And I don't care who plays at this point, I just want them to win and move on...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 27, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton and doughless:

In one of the games in which Sloan played, the first one I think, one of the speedy Canadiens came down the wing on his side. Sloan's pivot was awful and the speedy Canadien blew right by him. Personally I like the guy, but he seemed ill equipped to handle that situation even though he's a fairly good skater. And, notice I wasn't one of the people bashing him, but I can see where someone might have issues.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | April 27, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm suppose to be in class tomorrow night and my partner has our two STs for the game.

But, if anyone wants to give away their tickets to me, I'll take them and skip class. No problem. I know misery (Cubs, Vikings, Husker fan - finally got 3 in the 90s) and I'll happily sit in your seats and enjoy the game.

Wow. quitters abound.

In fact, since the disgust is SO great for this team, I'll take your tickets to the rest of the playoffs if the Caps win Game 7 - you won't need them, you hate them, and you can't suddenly turn back into fans, can you? Bandwagoners....

Posted by: saintex | April 27, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

@ Soaring -

going as far as to say "Screw You" to a group of prospects learning the game to hopefully someday fill a spot in Washington's roster is kind of insane.

No one in Hershey is begging to keep the players down that are there. The organization knows its role as and AHL affiliate and has done wonders as a farm club for the Caps.

I don't understand your need to come out and want them to lose four straight. I understand your argument about winning in the Big Leagues and not the Minors - but its not like the Bears are holding the Caps best players down to keep themselves ahead...

Posted by: OverTheBoards | April 27, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Collins may be doing great in Hershey but from what I've read Alzner been playing well too. All things being equal, I would rather go with the top of the line pedigree. Ideally Alzner plays well and continues playing well in the playoffs like Carlson (I'm just trying to be optimistic even though almost all my inner thoughts and feelings tells me to be pessimistic about game 7).

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

if you want to talk style of play, Alzner has a hard time playing a forward one on one. Its a strength issue. He can shadow the player but he struggles when it comes to separating him from the puck. He's also incredibly weak in the crease. Do you really want him on the ice for things like goalmouth scrambles? nothing hurts worse than giving up the clinching goal on a garbage play.

Collins is very strong on his skates. He doesn't get pushed around defensively, he plays a very simple defensive game. Eliminates the man, clears the puck. He can also play the point.

I have no idea if SC will be infallible. I just think he's a better option for all the reasons stated.

Either way, I think Sloan is a better option then either one of em because he's a known commodity. Some may not like him but I think that is based on his overall play from the start of the year rather than how he's played recently (even at the end of the reg season he played well), aside from a missed hip check. Which I doubt he'll try again in a game 7.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhh- the anonymity of message boards.

Ran into a couple Pens fans the other day at a bar. Good dudes- knew their hockey. We had beers for a while. They said they don't come across many Caps fans with whom they can stand to talk hockey.

It all makes sense now.

Posted by: Fro_ | April 27, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

(the caps to win)...I said "them"...just wanted to clarify...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 27, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse


@Dave28

That is the best post I have ever seen.

Posted by: bndra12 | April 27, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I'd take Sloan & Erskine right now over Alzner .. for sure. Face it, if Alzner was ready for the NHL, BB & company would have found a way for him to stay up. Sloan is 10 times faster than Erskine & that's what's needed in this round, plus we have Schultz who's also slow footed. (Nothing against Erskine or Schultz because they bring other skills besides skating). Sloan has played well both as winger & D, especially considering he's only played 1/2 the regular season games & has come in cold (and if you don't think that's a factor, you've never played hockey at a high level). Sloan also played two of the playoff games against Pittsburg last year and was a great addition. Seems the nit-pickers only pick on certain players and only watch for mistakes, ignoring the good plays (much like they did with Schultz last year). Wake up--- ALL players make mistakes - including Green, Carlson, Ovi, Poti, etc. etc. I personally expect alot more from players who've played the most in regular season & are earning top dollar.

Posted by: gogetem | April 27, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse


@Dave28

That is the best post I have ever seen.

Posted by: bndra12 | April 27, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

@Dave28

Are you really not going to the game? Have you sold your tickets already? If not, where are your seats? -- because I definitely would love to take them off your hands. (If you don't want to go, that's fine - you are more than entitled to have your own opinion, but there are others who will gladly use your tickets!)

Anyone with tickets too disenchanted to attend -- PLEASE shoot me an email (location, $) if you're willing to sell. asilversatellite gmail com.

Posted by: DCTexan90 | April 27, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1
Collins did not play Sunday in Hershey against the Rats. He was listed as "sick". Not sure if that's "sick" as in "cold/flu" or "sick" as in "we don't want to say what's wrong with him".

Posted by: tess2201 | April 27, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton and doughless:

In one of the games in which Sloan played, the first one I think, one of the speedy Canadiens came down the wing on his side. Sloan's pivot was awful and the speedy Canadien blew right by him. Personally I like the guy, but he seemed ill equipped to handle that situation even though he's a fairly good skater. And, notice I wasn't one of the people bashing him, but I can see where someone might have issues.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | April 27, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

appreciate the insight, and by no means am I plugging Sloan as being perfect. But the fact that he can skate, is big and strong, and has playoff experience recently, I still think he's a better option than anyone. I honestly wouldn't play Alzner at all this postseason unless we advance to the next round and you get to see him in action in an early game. To put him in in a game 7 coming in cold like this is crazy.

And he's not a PK Subban either so that comparison doesn't fly.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I hope I won't be sitting next to some of you all tomorrow night. If you're so disgusted with the team how about you give up your seats so some of us can get better ones?

Posted by: letsgocaps3 | April 27, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Are some of you crying as you type these posts?

Some of this stuff is just too funny!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr

hahahaha i thought the same thing.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 27, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Here's another problem. We have started 3 of the 6 games by giving up 2 goals in first 9 minutes. One of our targets for Game 7 ought to be to get through the first 10 freaking minutes without getting scored on. It would help the team settle down and have confidence.

Flash & B. Morrison haven't done anything at all for us. Latter finally got his healthy scratch last night, and I'm hoping Flash will tomorrow night. Let's try Scott Walker. What was the point of picking him up for playoffs if we don't even try him when the soft finesse players disappear, e.g. Semin & Fleischmann?

As for Perreault, he had 2 goals during his 2-game call-up at the end of reg season. Not sure why that didn't earn him a spot. I would like to see him, too, in the lineup tomorrow.

As for goalie, Varly may be tired. 5 straight games after sporadic action in 2nd half of reg season. I would switch to Theo. To the poster above who said it was glaringly obvious after last year that we needed to address goaltending, I agree. I told a friend of mine back then I would happily give Green & Semin for Henry Lundquist. My friend, who is NYR fan, was suprised. I wish we'd done something like that. Our goalies don't look strong at all.

Posted by: troyerlaw | April 27, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Bandwagoners....

Posted by: saintex | April 27, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

there's no bandwagoners here. Seems like most of the fans here who are expressing disappointment in how the team has played overall in the playoffs are longtime fans. I think having the lapses we did early in the series gave some momentum to the Habs and thats why this series is where its at. Win or lose tomorrow night, this team has underperformed so far. You can't always count on making up for past lapses. That's why its foolish to ever slack up in a series.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so is Walker in next game or what? He's a big guy, sit him right in front of Halak's crease everytime they get the puck in Montreal's end. Washington played a pretty impressive offensive game last night but the one thing missing was traffic in front of Halak. When you're getting that many open shots it's sort of tough to think that you shouldn't just fire the puck, but a bit more sending two guys to the net and passing back to the point for shots could be much more effective. Don't even need hard shots, just something on net with the potential to get through screened, or change direction going through the crowd. Just my opinion, but if a goalie is stopping everything they have a chance on, you sometimes need to setup situations where the goalie won't have any chance.

I'll use the 5 on 3 as an example. Instead of sticking Semin on the opposite side as Backstrom for the back-door pass that Montreal's waiting for. Put two forwards right in front of the net, then move the puck back to the point and just float some shots in there. It could just get blocked but there would be 4 players (possibly 5) in front of Halak so if it does get through anything saved would be just by luck. You could also do the same thing by playing the umbrella formation with Green on point, Ovechkin to the left side, Semin or Backstrom to the right, and the other two sitting right on top of the crease. Lots of ways to do it, but if they want to really simplify things on the powerplay, the first step is to plant guys at the top of the crease and get shots (even wristers) through from the point. If the goalie doesn't know where the puck is, pace of the shot doesn't matter.

Posted by: Stu_c | April 27, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

@troyerlaw

we are 3-1 in this series when BMO is playing. not saying he played great, but his experience is nice to have out there

Posted by: _stevo | April 27, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The Caps? Some wonderful players but no TEAM!

Posted by: Astyanax | April 27, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Yep, gotta go with Theo. Varly gave us a great spark but as BB said earlier, presciently, we are going to need both guys during this year's playoffs. Theo will be rested and ready. We need to come out in the first period with guns blazing and play tough D - no cheapie goals to spot them a free lead again.

If we score first and the crowd gets revved up, I like our chances.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | April 27, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

cstanton,

I agree with you on that one. I know it's longtime fans and I understand the stuggles. Lapses have killed in this series but it's not over yet and next week we might be talking about a 2-0 lead over the Flyers.

Halek is a man of two faces: 1.3 GA in three games + (1, 5, 6) and 9 goals allowed in games 2 and half of game 3. Something has to give and I hope it'll be him.

BTW, good commentary.

Posted by: saintex | April 27, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

@Dave28

Are you really not going to the game? Have you sold your tickets already? If not, where are your seats? -- because I definitely would love to take them off your hands
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scalper alert! hehe, j/k

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

As far as hip checks go ... I've seen a few Caps players go for the check & miss ...most recently Corvo lastnight ... but nobody's mentioning that one. It's a gutsy play, most players won't attempt ... but it's also very effective when the connection's made. Timing is critical, that's why many players in the NHL attempt and miss. No reason to make that a focus. I've seen Sloan make some incredible hip checks both last year and this year. He connects more than he misses if you're paying attention.

Speaking of getting beat, (cstanton & doughless) ... guess you missed Carlson getting beat at least twice lastnight ... the most glaring one when Lapierre undressed him in front of the net which resulted in a good scoring chance. Point is ... every player gets beat & no player has a perfect game.

Posted by: gogetem | April 27, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

i'll say this - as a longtime fan, i am not surprised in the least with how the Caps have played. On again, off again. Trends usually don't disappear overnight.

Frankly, I never find fault with this team if they play as a team and play their guts out. Win or lose, I'll support them.

But it bothers me to no end to see a team underachieve due to lack of effort. About as plain as I can say it. I'll watch game 7 and hope to see an entertaining hardfought game.

But if we lose, I don't want to spend the offseason reading about how we ran into a hot goalie or how a bounce here or bounce there was the difference, or how the refs screwed us, or how if we had just gotten past the Habs then we would have probably won the Cup.

that will drive me insane. And then I will drive all of you insane.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

@Stu_c

I like that idea. Have Green quaterbacking the PP from the center, just insde the blue, have Ovie on the left and Backstrom on the right and throw Laich and Knuble right in front of the net for screens/rebounds/deflections/tap-ins if the Habs defenders cover farther out. This has to be followed by a lot of shots and very little passing. Shoot quickly and often. Rebounds and defelctions are all about percentages.

It does leave the Caps more susceptible to short-handed opportunities but I think they have to take that risk.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so is Walker in next game or what? He's a big guy, sit him right in front of Halak's crease everytime they get the puck in Montreal's end

Posted by: Stu_c | April 27, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse


Walker is like 5'8"

Posted by: _stevo | April 27, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

They should put in Erskine. What could it hurt at this point? Just tell him not to cross the blue line, he should do fine.

I agree that Flash hasn't played well, but I don't feel that he is totally to blame for being ineffective. BB's foolish quest to prove that Flash is elite created unrealistic expectations. BB did everything he could to prove this guy's worth to the team. He put him on the top line when Ovi was out, gave him Semin's spot on the top unit PP, played him on the PK, even gave him more ice time than all forwards not named Ovi, Backstrom, and sometimes Semin. Sure he scored 23 goals but I suspect that Matt Bradley could have had that many given Flash's opportunities.

Look at November when he was paired with Backstrom-Semin/Knuble/Laich. Sure he scored PP and delayed penalty goals, but that line was a minus throughout the stretch.

I suspect that sometime around Dec/Jan a trade was proposed to send Flash, a prospect, and pick for a true 2C. That's probably when coach had visions of Flash as a great center. Nylander wasn't good enough for this team, but Flash is the second coming of Gretzky.

Flash is a good skater and passer, with a great shot. At best, he is 2nd line winger with above average, two-way line mates. BB should find a spot for him on the 3rd line or move him to the press box.


Posted by: ablake70 | April 27, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

that will drive me insane. And then I will drive all of you insane.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 3:29 PM

Haha. A little light through the curtains.

I like it.

Posted by: Fro_ | April 27, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

cstanton,

I agree with you on that one. I know it's longtime fans and I understand the stuggles. Lapses have killed in this series but it's not over yet and next week we might be talking about a 2-0 lead over the Flyers.
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the only good thing that can come out of this would be a gigantic wakeup call that finally gets this team playing aggressive proactive killer instinct hockey. I wouldn't bet my cable bill on it, but that would the best possible outcome of another inconsistent playoff start.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I had never seen an NHL game live (and not much on tv, either) when I moved to DC 25 years ago. Some friends took me to Caps game and I've been a "casual" fan for most of this time. My kids have grown up as Caps fans and have drawn me into it.

I am also a N.O. Saints fan. I was every bit as negative all football season and through the playoffs as some of the posters here. I'm still pinching myself, but they got it done. All that losing history amd all those blown opportunities didn't matter to this year's Saints.

If this year's Caps are as good as some of us believe (or want to believe), they will find a way to get it done tomorrow. Let's all save the wailing and gnashing of teeth for if/when this season gets prematurely terminated. Until then, let's geaux CAPS!

Posted by: NatsPark408Byrd306 | April 27, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so is Walker in next game or what? He's a big guy, sit him right in front of Halak's crease everytime they get the puck in Montreal's end.
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i think Walker is 5ft9/10 But he plays big. Problem is, he's not in the flow of a game either. Its really hard for a 4th line guy to suddenly come in and make a contribution when you've only played 2-3 games since the trade deadline.

He's good around the net and stuff but I think we have guys who are doing that anyway now with Fehr, Laich, Knuble etc.

I'd be more afraid that he's so eager to help out that he takes an aggressive penalty. Then Caps fans will call for his head esp if they score on the ensuing PP

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The doom and gloom from the Caps and fans is disheartening. What happened to "Don't Stop Believing!" Be positive and for once CRUSH THESE LITTLE CANADIAN GOOFBALLS! It's the playoffs and we're getting knocked around by these little elves. MAN UP!

Posted by: cappies | April 27, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

prob with Flash is, he's not able to complement his skill with enough strength and thats coming into play more prominently in the playoffs where space is more limited. He's not strong enough to be effective. BB is trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. And its costing the team. Also hurts my eyes.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

it's the playoffs and we're getting knocked around by these little elves. MAN UP!
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and you can't understand why fans are down?

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

CHOKING DOGS!!!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Every Caps fan needs to watch this in it's entirety:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxBUs7mB5ys

Posted by: btolley | April 27, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Green has disappeared AGAIN in the playoffs, offensively. Defensively, he is subpar anway, so you have to live with that. Bench the guy, for pete's sake! Put in Erskine. At least he will hit some people. They have been playing like wimps against a smaller team. Time to step up and knock them silly!!!

Posted by: la_terp | April 27, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

@_stevo

He's also about 200 lbs. Size is more than just height and for parking in front of the net I'd rather have someone shorter who can't be pushed around than someone a few inches taller with less muscle.

@sgm3

Yeah, it would need to be quick puck movement to the point and a lot of shots. Most important would be to not have them blocked by the high defender. With players on the left and right sides and the defenders stuck covering guys in front of the net a lot of shots that went wide would probably get retrieved by one of the guys playing the side positions, then quickly fed back for another go.

Posted by: Stu_c | April 27, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I say sit Flash and bring up Perreault. At least you can tell that kid wants it. Plays with fire every time he's called up. Plus, the Canadiens are small, so he won't get crushed as much.

Posted by: JD09 | April 27, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

if you didn't notice, Green was our most physical dman by far last night. He was mean, he was aggressive, he drew a penalty on a hit he put on Lapierre. Physicality-wise, he's light yrs ahead of the past 2 playoff seasons.

For whatever reason, he can't stop that puck from skipping over his stick. And schematically, Bruce has not been able to adjust his PP with the way Montreal has attacked it.

You'd think at 1 for 30, bigger changes would've been made at this point. I say throw Jeff Schultz in front the way the Bruins use Chara to completely screen the goalie. Let Schultz just stand around and jostle the D. Maybe we sneak a shot thru

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

@dave28 - i had a friend tell me he wasnt going tomorrow for the exact same reason. I told him he had been around too long to miss it. We could still go on to win the cup and he'd be glad he went. He would'nt budge. I feel very similar to you, but tomorrow I will watch my 5th game seven for the Caps. 1 at the cap center and now 4 in two years at verizon.

Cant decide if im excited or not.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | April 27, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

btolly, that is horrid. Good lord - I'd almost forgotten that...

If you want to rock and get ready for game time...nothing beats some Rock Sugar, baby.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr4HffbAUTk

enjoy.

Posted by: saintex | April 27, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

it's the playoffs and we're getting knocked around by these little elves. MAN UP!

I completey agree. We are treating Montreal as our equal and instead of taking the game to them, and pounding them along the boards, we're giving them space to operate and get looks on goal.

Now, I know we outshot them by a large margin last night, but we should have shut them down in 5 maximum.

And now, we play a game 7 - where anything can happen, and judging by history, one of the following will:

1. A brutal officiating call with give the Habs either a goal or power play at a critical moment of the game.

2. Hot goalie continues

3. Varly craps the bed and we can't blame it on him b/c he's still young and we should never have gone to game 7 anyways.

Too funny. The Buffalo Bills of hockey.

Posted by: Jaymagz | April 27, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

When the Caps win tomorrow I hope that all of the old school "True" Caps fans give up their season (and playoff) tickets so the rest of us can get better seats...

I am a "newbie" fan as I jumped on the bandwagon in 1998 during the playoff run... my first game was a reg season against the Flyer in 1995...I couldn't figure out why the whole Cap Center was screaming "Hextall" in unision... My second game was in 1998 against the Bruins... We lost the game but won the series...I was hooked... I went to like 6 games during that playoff run...including the ill fated games 3 & 4 against the Wings... I still remember being at the game 5 where we clinched against Ottawa and driving up to Maryland to meet the team until 2am on a work night when we won game 6 against the Sabres when JJ scored the OT goal... Simon, Bondra, Oates, Juneau, Zednick...they were my heroes... win or lose...I am a CAPS fan and I will always support the team!!!! go Caps!!!! Screw the ghosts of Tugnutt and Hedberg...we will prevail!!!!

Posted by: allCAPS | April 27, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

You do have to feel a little bad for Poti. He may be the only Cap who has overachieved expectations for the playoffs.

Maybe Gordon and possibly Fehr too.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

This will get you ready for tomorrow. Keep the faith:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJ5TjXXpAdE&feature=related

Posted by: capsfansince74 | April 27, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Sloan is a huge liability. Great skater with decent hands but makes very poor reads and decisions. Alzner is no John Carlson but has good speed, can move the puck up ice, and makes good decisions.

Walker might be slow, but he's gritty and will not be afraid to mix it up in front of Halak. We need to bump, screen, annoy, harass, and generally befuddle Halak in order to win. Even our best snipers have proven that they are mortal when Halak sees their shots.

I love the idea of bringing up Matt P. When he first comes up, he plays huge, usually scoring points in the first few games in which he plays. He's a goal scorer. His size is an issue against the Flyers in the next round but not against the Habs. He and Gionta will see eye to eye.

The Caps will win tomorrow night. Halak shot his proverbial load last night and his supporting cast is not enough for them to prevail. Stay positive, enjoy the game, and LETS GO CAPS!

Posted by: phknlwyr | April 27, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

for sure. Poti has been getting stronger as the playoffs progressed. Fehr impressed me with his willingness to mix it up. Looked like Dale Hunter in the crease yesterday. Gordo is Gordo. He's had some good shifts, and many unremarkable ones. I thought Belanger played very well last night. I didn't think he had it in him esp after the injury. He was fiesty and sandpapery. The way he charged into Cammalieri and then knocked him down along with Laich was nice to see. Our D can't clear the crease as well as our forwards can.

Schultz still plays a pretty timid game. He has no desire to finish a check on a winger coming down his side. For a guy with his reach and stride he should be able to do a better job of rubbing one out along the boards.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

When the Caps win tomorrow I hope that all of the old school "True" Caps fans give up their season (and playoff) tickets so the rest of us can get better seats...

I am a "newbie" fan as I jumped on the bandwagon in 1998 during the playoff run... my first game was a reg season against the Flyer in 1995...I couldn't figure out why the whole Cap Center was screaming "Hextall" in unision... My second game was in 1998 against the Bruins... We lost the game but won the series...I was hooked... I went to like 6 games during that playoff run...including the ill fated games 3 & 4 against the Wings... I still remember being at the game 5 where we clinched against Ottawa and driving up to Maryland to meet the team until 2am on a work night when we won game 6 against the Sabres when JJ scored the OT goal... Simon, Bondra, Oates, Juneau, Zednick...they were my heroes... win or lose...I am a CAPS fan and I will always support the team!!!! go Caps!!!! Screw the ghosts of Tugnutt and Hedberg...we will prevail!!!!

Posted by: allCAPS | April 27, 2010 3:59 PM

i wouldn't put you in the newbie category.

Posted by: beaupre33 | April 27, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

When the young girl holds up the "We Believe" sign after the Feds goal in that video, it almost brings me to tears. Sigh... that all seems so long ago. Things were supposed to get even BETTER.

Posted by: MarylanDChris | April 27, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse


prob with Flash is, he's not able to complement his skill with enough strength and thats coming into play more prominently in the playoffs where space is more limited. He's not strong enough to be effective. BB is trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. And its costing the team. Also hurts my eyes.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 3:41 PM

Exactly. I hate to pile on Flash, but I think he represents the biggest problem of this team.

Everyone focuses on the defense and goalies, but I think that's the least of our worries. If teams only needed a great defense and an elite goalie, Nashville and Buffalo wouldn't be booking tee times today.

The Caps need a strong 2C who can control the flow of the play. He doesn't have to be flashy, just a guy that can take some of the heat off Semin. I think BB's effort to find a place for Flash has made it impossible to address this need.

Posted by: ablake70 | April 27, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

ncluding the ill fated games 3 & 4 against the Wings..
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Wilson benched Klee and Witt. Pretty dumb moves at the time. The Wings had way too much room in our end of the ice. Phil Housley and Joe Reekie played like utter krap in that series. That was the weakest Wings team I've seen in the Finals. We could easily have taken them to 6 or 7 games had we dressed the right roster for the Finals. Our only offense was our 4th line of Hunter centering Simon and Berube. That's pretty sad. Our top 6 forwards didn't come to play and our D corps allowed the Wings to skate around at will. Tinordi was the only one trying to make a difference and he'd lost quite a few steps.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

@Dave28, cstanton1 disclaimer:

I'm not a scalper, but I personally wouldn't be attending the game...due to the fact that I live in Texas now. However, my father has shared season tickets with some friends for the last 30 years, and this year he got screwed and didn't get any picks for the first 2 rounds of the playoffs (and will be out of the country for the last 2 rounds). His 62nd birthday was last week and I would love to be able to call him up and tell him I got him tickets to game 7 tomorrow.

Posted by: DCTexan90 | April 27, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Putting Schultz as a screener on the PP would be interesting. He is enormous and would provide a great screen, That may be worth trying. You would think he could win some battles along the boards too.

I still am liking the idea of having two screeners on the PP (starting with Laich and Kunble) while having an umbrella formation with the other three. Have Green playing in the center, a few steps inside the blue line with Backstrom off to his right and Ovie off to his left. The purpose of this PP would to take any and all shot hoping for screen/defelction/rebound goals. To work, Ovie,Backstrom, and Green would have to cut down on the passing and take many shots, even if they aren't slappers.

Having Schultz be a potential screener in this sort of setup would work too.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Simon, Bondra, Oates, Juneau, Zednick...they were my heroes... win or lose...I am a CAPS fan and I will always support the team!!!! go Caps!!!! Screw the ghosts of Tugnutt and Hedberg...we will prevail!!!!

I got goose bumps

Posted by: CheyenneWY | April 27, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

This is a must win .... not just for the obvious fact that it's a win-or-go-home game .... but because it's the biggest game in the history of the franchise, IMHO. Losing this game would constitute nothing short of an absolute disaster in the realm of Capitals hockey, and would necessitate some sort of change/shake-up. The Boudreau-era Caps have proven their regular-season abilities beyond any doubt, but I have to think that a loss tomorrow, particularly under these specific circumstances, would be patently unacceptable to Ted. Changes would have to follow.

Jeff

Posted by: PensFan98 | April 27, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Dang. Bitter, party of 50 or more?? Old fan, bandwagon fan, you need to get a freaking grip. I defy you to try and play at that level in that arena. Did you not hear that crowd? Not saying it was excuse. But have a little more faith. I went to bed really mad last night, but I got over it. Tomorrow is another day, Scarlett. They are going to win.


PS - If you are not using them, can I have your tix for tomorrow night's gsme?

Posted by: ljo211 | April 27, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

I would be a bit concerned about Walker's lack of gameplay lately but he's a smart player with a lot of experience and if brought in for a specific role I think he'd do well. He's not a player who makes dangerous plays in his own end and is difficult to move when he gets in front of the net. At least against Montreal's defence. There's a risk that he might take a charging call or goalie interference, but I think it's worth it. Fehr has had a couple of goals but overall hasn't really given Montreal as much trouble as Walker would in my opinion. He's tough to play against and doesn't take a shift off.

But it is too bad that he hasn't been used so far because it is a lot to ask a player to step into Game 7. But if he's not being asked to do anything crazy but instead to cause problems in front of Halak's crease, I'd be comfortable putting him in. When he was in the Capitals roster I was really impressed but maybe that injury late in the year was worse than advertised. Either way, I'm really starting to think it's time to take a skill player who isn't producing (like Fleichmann) out of the lineup and put in someone with more grit who will drive the net and make smart simple plays. Maybe putting BMo back in and moving Steckel or Gordon to wing would work as well.

Posted by: Stu_c | April 27, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

About the discussion board....Apparently some fans love a little too much.

April 27th, 2010
Last night we became aware of a serious issue concerning specific discussion board users and i felt it best to temporarily disable the boards and deal with the situation offline.This decision had nothing to do with negative comments stemming from the game. As you can see, all criticisms of the team, front office and ownership that do not contain profane or abusive language remain in place.

As always, our discussion boards encourage the exchange of ideas and opinions. We also ask that these discussions do not take the form of threats against the team, front office, ownership or fellow fans.

Thanks for your patience while we dealt with this issue.
http://www.tedstake.com/

Posted by: ljo211 | April 27, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

After we finish the HABS off tomorrow when is our first home game against the Flyers??

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | April 27, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Saintex, you are my hero for this !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr4HffbAUTk

Posted by: btolley | April 27, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

*sigh* I hope we have an ending like the Feds goal last year. Though, I have a bad feeling it will be something like this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlThzE25AG4
or this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aglldG41Fg
or maybe this

Posted by: The_Spear | April 27, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

This should really inspire all the die hards:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO3X-hoqfB0

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

CHOKING DOGS!!!

Posted by: lylewimbledon

LOSER!

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | April 27, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Lyle - its kind of starting to get old - dont you think? We get it, you are gay for Tony Kornheiser.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | April 27, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

so gay for him! Also gay for a Stanley Cup- it's only been my entire lifetime...yet choke, cough, choke, choke, choke, choke.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"starting" to get old? ;o)

You'll have to excuse Lyle ... it appears he must have been dropped on his head as a child.

Lyle .... if the Caps win tomorrow, you gonna be around here Thursday?

Jeff

Posted by: PensFan98 | April 27, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

come on that link was funny - i don't care who you are!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I was pretty down about this series but then I was told I was to travel to DC tomorrow and I found tickets. I am in much better spirits now. Haven't been to a Caps playoff game since the Nedved incident (I've been living elsewhere a while now).


Caps better not ruin my excuse for having a beard, I am not ready to start shaving again.

Posted by: BorntoHula | April 27, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: capsfansince74 | April 27, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I will be around Thursday- they will find a heartbreaking way to lose at some point- probably by the Pens and Cindy scoring the winning goal.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

We will be alright tommorrow we made Halak look good with some of our shots I say play Alzner and please put Walker in for Flash We need grit.Go Caps

Posted by: ebarnes25 | April 27, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Either way, I'm really starting to think it's time to take a skill player who isn't producing (like Fleichmann) out of the lineup and put in someone with more grit who will drive the net and make smart simple plays
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in other words, mirror the balance that some of the other successful playoff teams have utilized. You're preachin to the choir

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Caps.
This is your chance to prove it to everybody.
Adversity builds character. And you have to admit, it wouldn't be the playoffs without Caps giving us heart palpitations (great to be alive!).
If anything, just do it to show lylewimbledon that you are not "XXXXXXX XXXX" as he has mentioned 100 times.
I'll be at work tomorrow game-time as it'll be 9am in Sydney when the puck drops. However, my heart will be in my mouth as I refresh the scores throughout the game.............

Posted by: ozcapfan | April 27, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"You were fans when the Caps sucked, going year after year without a Cup or even a Finals appearance except for that 1 weird year when we didn't really deserve it."

I have been a Caps fan before most of you were alive. Save the Caps. Dino's moment in "the limo." Caps vs. the Redwings in Cup finals.

I still love my team, and yes they are choking badly.

Still doesn't mean I will not support my team. The Habs are outplaying the Caps right now, what I am more concerned about is that they just might be showing the rest of the league how to beat the Caps on a regular basis.

The Caps need to step up and they just aren't. It also doesn't mean they won't next year either.

The Caps always seem to draw the "hot" teams in the playoffs. Crazy.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | April 27, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

@Capsfan

Thanks! - great link - most of his points still ring true today- weird but not really

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

again, i'd put Laing in there instead of Flash. Move Steck back to center, move Gordo to wing. Play Sloan.

end of my 2 cents.

and run over Halak in the 1st min of the game, take your 2 min charging minor, hope for a retaliation penalty, and score at will against Price.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

ncluding the ill fated games 3 & 4 against the Wings..
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Wilson benched Klee and Witt. Pretty dumb moves at the time. The Wings had way too much room in our end of the ice. Phil Housley and Joe Reekie played like utter krap in that series. That was the weakest Wings team I've seen in the Finals. We could easily have taken them to 6 or 7 games had we dressed the right roster for the Finals. Our only offense was our 4th line of Hunter centering Simon and Berube. That's pretty sad. Our top 6 forwards didn't come to play and our D corps allowed the Wings to skate around at will. Tinordi was the only one trying to make a difference and he'd lost quite a few steps.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. I get bitter when I hear people knocking the Caps in 98. We had a great team... Albeit I was REALLY a newbie then and did not appreciate the nuances of the game... I just called it "ill fated" because we lost and all those damn Wings fans showed up for games 3-4. That said...the Wings precision passing really gave us fits... from my novice perspective we were a dump and chase team that gave them too much space to get fancy. Remember game 1 when we had that 4-2 lead and Isa missed the open net to make it 5-2? That might have changed everything...

Posted by: allCAPS | April 27, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Ray, in this case, the Caps didn't run into a "hot" team. Yes, that does happen almost every year where a low-seeded team finishes the season really strong, and goes into the playoffs with a hot streak, hitting their stride, playing well together, etc. etc. However, that's not the case with Montreal. They limped into the playoffs. They lost 8 of their last 11, and if it weren't for the fact that several other teams also struggled down the stretch, they wouldn't have gotten in at all.

Anyway ... Montreal was anything but a "hot team" prior to the start of the playoffs. Just another reason why this whole series is so perplexing.

Jeff

Posted by: PensFan98 | April 27, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately PensFan98 is right. Montreal didn't get "hot" until they started playing the Caps. That doesn't count as running into a "hot" team.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Here's the thing. I 100% support this team and all the folks getting mad at us for being down on our team must be new to the caps.

If you can't be embarrassed by constant underachieving in the playoffs then you can't be a true sports fan.

I know this series isn't over and I would give a kidney to have them win. But how can you not get angry at their lack of ability to come out and play a 60 minute hockey game, a FULL 60 minutes, not 25 to 45 minutes after we're down by a couple of goals?

We sat thru the rebuilding process. We sat by as they traded most of our great players because we knew the future would be bright. We gave them the time to rebuild this team and to watch them just fall apart in the playoffs is a slap in the face to the fans that have been holding on strong for many years.

So don't you "holier than thou" folks take a stab at fans that are upset at the way this team has played. We have every right to be angry. The people that are angry have been thru this too many times and we're sick of it.

Trust me, I hope they win and I hope they win the cup THIS year but I feel like a guy who's been cheated on and lied to. I'm a sensitive little baby and I admit it. I just want my Caps to win and then we can all have a group hug.

Come on boys, show everyone why we're the best team in the league.

Posted by: natresgroup | April 27, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

lol

thats why i get a little irked when i hear fans talking about how we're gonna steamroll the Flyers. Under the premise (I assume) that the Flyers lack the Habs' speed. Its more than "speed" that is our issue.

this team has not earned any type of benefit of the doubt..

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Trust me, I hope they win and I hope they win the cup THIS year but I feel like a guy who's been cheated on and lied to.
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and she's been sleeping with the enemy

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

it seems the older fans know what i'm feeling having been through the heartache anger and bitterness. Go Caps?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Not sure if this is true, but they said on ESPN just before that Ovechkin has never scored a goal in a game 7.

Is this true?

Posted by: badgerb | April 27, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I thought Ovie scored a goal against Philly.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I meant Pittsburgh last year. But the game was already 5-0 when it happened.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

all montreal needed to avoid playing washington in the first round. washington who finished 33 points ahead of them and scored over a 100 goals more than. all montreal had to do to avoid playing washington in the first round(at least) was just win one of their last 3 games against 3 of the worst teams in the entire league, the islanders, carolina and toronto BUT they lost all 3 games and barely snuck in. however if you notice all year long against the better teams they played real tough and also routinely lost to the worst teams. figure that out?

Posted by: badgerb | April 27, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

this happened once before with montreal against the greatest bruins team ever that time

TWO ABSOLUTE IMPOSSIBILITIES

1971
Boston 78 games, 399 goals scored, 121 points
Montreal 78 games, 291 goals scored, 97 points

Quarter-final
Montreal Canadiens vs. Boston Bruins

L April 7, 1971 1–3 @ Boston Bruins 0–1
W April 8, 1971 7–5 @ Boston Bruins 1–1
W April 10, 1971 3–1 Boston Bruins 2–1
L April 11, 1971 2–5 Boston Bruins 2–2
L April 13, 1971 3–7 @ Boston Bruins 2–3*
W April 15, 1971 8–3 Boston Bruins 3–3
W April 18, 1971 4–2 @ Boston Bruins 4–3
*Montreal was down 3 games to 2 after 5 games
Montreal wins the series 4–3

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2010
Washington 82 games, 318 goals scored, 121 points
Montreal 82 games, 217 goals scored, 88 points

Apr 15 Montreal 3 at Washington 2 OT
Apr 17 Montreal 5 at Washington 6 OT
Apr 19 Washington 5 at Montreal 1
Apr 21 Washington 6 at Montreal 3
Apr 23 Montreal 2 at Washington 1*
Apr 26 Washington 1 at Montreal 4
Apr 28 Montreal ? at Washington ?

*Montreal was down 3 games to 2 after 5 games

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look at that comparison above thegreat bruins of 1971, who like the capitals scored over 100 goals more than the habs during the year and also had 121 points exactly. and led the habs 3-2 after 5 games. that was the greatest bruins team ever, the habs missed the playoffs the year before. no one gave montreal a chance in that series either. habs called up a rookie goalie from cornell and somehow came back and beat boston and went to win the stanley cup. a guy named dryden was the little known goalie they had brought up.

Posted by: badgerb | April 27, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

natresgroup: Well said. I get so sick of "real" fans calling out fans that are even just a bit pessimistic. Once we are a bit pessimistic and don't see the optimistic side, we are no longer fans and we should just jump off the bandwagon... I don't know if any fan can stomach another game 7 disppointment like last year. Well let's not hope it's a blow out. Tomorrow's their chance to right the ship and like natresgroup said, show everyone WHY they were the best team in the regular season, the team that scored the most goals and earned the most points and had the best home record in the league. Show that tomorrow and we'll all be feeling better.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 27, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Two things: 1) TSN has a poll up asking if Halak's performance is the greatest since the invention of the Red Line. Check it out and then vote for Theo (he's one of the choices). Halak, not surprisingly, is beating out Theo, Roy and Dryden, the last one being a stretch, IMHO.

2)How awesome was it that Lapierre got called twice for diving last night? The first one, I swear he threw himself into the glass to draw the penalty. Guy makes Avery look subtle.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 27, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

let's HOPE it's not a blow out.. wow

Posted by: rachel216 | April 27, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

if you look at the top 5 PK units so far in the playoffs, 4 of the 5 (Bos, Phi, Chi, SJ) have already advanced to round 2, and the remaining one is Montreal.


Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I hope the Caps win, will make for an entertaining series against Philly.

The only change required is a power play goal, otherwise they're asking for a close game.

Hey Jaymagz, I remember you were a big hater, glad you've fallen in line. haha

Posted by: LarryDavid | April 27, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

3 diving penalties against the same team in one game? give me a break! the first by lapierre was the only deserved one. gionta had the stick between his legs and tried to jump over the stick as he was being tripped. and the third was not a dive either.

Posted by: badgerb | April 27, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

This should really inspire all the die hards:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO3X-hoqfB0

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 4:32 PM

you've pretty much been a d-bag - but i'll even admit that under the context of your previous posts - this was funny

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 27, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

What's really annoying is that Habs fans are already salivating over the prospect of "greatest shocking upset in NHL history" - an 8 seed beating a 1 seed after being down 3-1. There is nothing I'd like more than to see the Caps' offense finally, finally click and explode for a 6-1 win, with a couple of pretty power play goals mixed in for good measure. God knows we're due.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | April 27, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

we got this. Montreal is gonna fold like a french soldier.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 27, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Well Dan Hellie of WRC TV4 just said on WTEM that the Caps have no heart and will loose game 7 ...how is that for postive sports media in this town arrgghh .....

Posted by: CBinDC1 | April 27, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Good luck, Alzner. I hope you play well tomorrow. Look forward to seeing you.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 27, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Or you could look at that and say teams with inept PPs have trouble moving on.

When it is only one matchup it can be difficult to determine whether that is due to good penalty killing or an inept power play.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Several of my co-workers are telling me the Caps will be okay tomorrow. I hope they are right.

I appreciate their desire to cheer me up and make me feel better.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 27, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

This should really inspire all the die hards:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO3X-hoqfB0

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 27, 2010 4:32 PM

yea, I got a kick out of that. You should be writing for David Letterman.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | April 27, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Not sure if this is true, but they said on ESPN just before that Ovechkin has never scored a goal in a game 7.

Is this true?

Posted by: badgerb

OV scored one of the only two goals against the Penguins in game 7 last year.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 27, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

This should really inspire all the die hards:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO3X-hoqfB0

Posted by: lylewimbledon

This definitely got a laugh out of me.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 27, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I've just finished listening to several audio clips of Boudreau from last night and this afternoon. He sounds confused, shell shocked, and depressed. Not a good sign.

Posted by: MKadyman | April 27, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

@cali_snowboarder

I love that the Habs fans are salivating at the prospect of winning and how much of the talk has been around how gret Halak was. The comparisons of Halak to Dryden and Roy may start to give them a little bit of arrogance and give the Caps more of a sense of underdog.

The Caps teams the past few years always seem to play their best when no one thinks they will win.

As bad as the last two games have been, one promising stat to look at is that the Caps have been 6-2 in elimination games the past two years.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Whether we win or not tomorrow is not the question: this team is not going much further than the Eastern Conf. Finals...that much is pretty clear.

Relay races is not how you win in the playoffs.

There is an interesting historical analog: when the Penguins final shredded their loser status, it took Badger Bob (who had taken the Flames there before) to do it behind the bench. We have Bruce "Hershey" Boudreau getting outcoached left and right by Jacques Martin (another wiley coaching veteran)...we need a "Badger" Bob who can calm these guys down, provide the inspiration to be great...

...I think Green and Semin should fetch a great haul of picks / players. Volchenkov, Hamhuis would be great additions to pretty much totally makeover the D with Alzner and Carlson as the other top 2 tandem.

It is time to do a mini-blowup, get a veteran coach (Keenan? Hitchcock?? I dunno) and then I still believe we will win atleast 4 cups in the next 10 years.

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | April 27, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Favorites? You call us favorites??? Has anyone seen the banners in Montreal? Anyone seen ours? We’re mutts…fighting dogs..and tomorrow we take what we got coming to us…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjlw4Edt-e8&feature=related

Posted by: SA-Town | April 27, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

@SA-Town

I don't think the outcome of games in the 30's and 40's have any influence on who wins tomorrow.

Otherwise, how did the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees a few years back?

Posted by: sgm3 | April 27, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse


MKadyman
I've just finished listening to several audio clips of Boudreau from last night and this afternoon. He sounds confused, shell shocked, and depressed. Not a good sign.
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BB knows his head will roll and it should. He has no answers, and his behavior in game 5 did not inspire the team, but infact made theme play super-tight which carried through to game 6. He is nervous and showing it. Gr8 and Super19 have to lead here -- we need someone other than the funny fat guy to be the inspiration. This hump maybe Game 7 to some: on talent alone this should be a laugher, but seldom is life purely about talent. It is about the moment and being able to play in the moment. Finding your center. A vast majority of the 54 shots were nervous pokes into the body of Halak - they were not quality, calm, sniper-like chances. They were hurried, nervous. Which is what Boudreaus is right now -- it IS about leadership, and not talent.

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | April 27, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Disappointing to read all the venom directed at the Caps from Ted Leonsis on down. I have to admit that I am not a confident camper going into tomorrow's game but that's because I've tasted this disappointment before. But I'm not suddenly calling for everyone's head or thinking that the game is already lost. I wouldn't mind seeing Alzner and Carlson reunited as blueline mates and the lines reestablished as they had succeeded all year. But win or lose, I'd love to see Volchenkov skating in a Caps jersey next year.

Posted by: McKinley2 | April 27, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow, talk about massive group therapy!

As a fan of 30+ years, now raising a child who has become a fan at the same age (7)I did, I'll gladly take any disenchanted fan's tickets. Yes, this series is disheartening and IF/IF they lose, it raises legitimate questions about team composition, coaching, GM, the whole lot. I don't though subscribe to blowing it up. Big picture I still see some Cup runs with subtle adjustments in the Forwards (more grit, less sizzle) and the add of a no-kidding nasty D-man or two. Coaching change? Not sure, but BB would definitely be on a shorter leash. Yes, Mike Green is this generations Paul Coffey, but in time Carlson and Alzner are going to be the stalwarts.

Don't lose hope guys and girls. We see an effort in Game 7 like we saw in Game 6, and I think things are going to be OK.

For those who are lucky enough to go tomorrow, bring it loud and strong! Go Caps!

Posted by: rnscaps | April 27, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Disappointing to read all the venom directed at the Caps from Ted Leonsis on down. I have to admit that I am not a confident camper going into tomorrow's game but that's because I've tasted this disappointment before. But I'm not suddenly calling for everyone's head or thinking that the game is already lost.

Posted by: McKinley2 | April 27, 2010 6:51 PM

nicely put! i feel a lot of frustration and disappointment - but not anger or bitterness

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 27, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

@McKinley2: well said

Posted by: Rhino40 | April 27, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I didn't like how BB jump up and down after the 2nd game ot win. They were down by 3 and lucky to come back. Why not pump your fist in the air and walk back to the locker room. I didn't like his tantrum after the too many man on the ice call. I don't like what I hear from him after games. Players sometimes follow the lead of their coach. Knuble is one guy who the players should look to. He is an even keel guy. I like what he said after game 6. You can't get frustrated. He is right. I still think they win tomorrow and beat the flyers in the next round. After that, I don't know.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | April 27, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Too many people are sipping haterade.

"Others are close to slitting their wrists.

Stop the madness.

It ain't over yet...

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 27, 2010 1:55 PM"

One of my favorite posts of the day. I was ready to give up reading this blog and the posts because of all the hate. Glad to see some people have a grip. I do understand the disappointment--any Cap is disappointed the Caps didn't put round 1 away before now - duh. But the hate? please, get a grip.


Posted by: dccitizen1 | April 27, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

At the end of the game last night, a couple players skated right for the locker room, while others went straight to the goalie. I took that as a very bad sign.

IMO, guys must always go their goalie no matter what.

Posted by: LarryDavid | April 27, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

At the end of the game last night, a couple players skated right for the locker room, while others went straight to the goalie. I took that as a very bad sign.

IMO, guys must always go their goalie no matter what.

Posted by: LarryDavid | April 27, 2010 7:05 PM

maybe theo was already heading for the locker room

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 27, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

man, I love Ovi more every day. The man has so much class.. I cant believe so much crap he has to repeat answers to..

We all knew this was going to be a tough series.. or I think those who paid attn to the season did.. I dont know why anyone is surprised.. I still have faith in the Caps and their ability to pull this off because they are going to play with tons of motivation.. and a tingue of desparation..

and Backstrom is going to pull this off.. I just know it..

Posted by: kmr2r | April 27, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

ok I meant tinge..
I think

Posted by: kmr2r | April 27, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Which year was it when Gonchar fumbled the puck and Straka skated in all alone and ended the game in OT and then a few years before that, Nedved finished us off? Then you have Esa missing the empty net in the finals. Recently, Poti putting it into his own net and also Knuble ending the game in OT. Only fond memory I have of a playoff loss is when Hunter checked Turgeon in the playoffs, during Turgeon's goal celebration. Where is Hunter when you need him? Maybe these are some of the reasons long time cap fans are so bitter. Yeah, we have seen how the up 3-1 story has ended before. I think a win here in game 7 and then a trip to the finals would be the therapy I need and many others to finally forget some of these heart breaking Caps playoff moments.

Posted by: StanleyCap | April 27, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I went to the Bears game on Sunday and I was really impressed with Alzner's play. He chipped in two assists and was solid. #7's smart, focused and confident on the ice. Let's hope that translates at VC if he's given the chance to play tomorrow night.

@Tess, are you on here today to share your view on #7? I think you've seen him play the most out of anyone on the board.

Posted by: CapsSighting | April 27, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I think a win here in game 7 and then a trip to the finals would be the therapy I need and many others to finally forget some of these heart breaking Caps playoff moments.


Posted by: StanleyCap | April 27, 2010 7:16 PM

at this point we can only hope - but my vote is for what you've said above

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 27, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Which year was it when Gonchar fumbled the puck and Straka skated in all alone and ended the game in OT and then a few years before that, Nedved finished us off? Then you have Esa missing the empty net in the finals. Recently, Poti putting it into his own net and also Knuble ending the game in OT. Only fond memory I have of a playoff loss is when Hunter checked Turgeon in the playoffs, during Turgeon's goal celebration. Where is Hunter when you need him? Maybe these are some of the reasons long time cap fans are so bitter. Yeah, we have seen how the up 3-1 story has ended before. I think a win here in game 7 and then a trip to the finals would be the therapy I need and many others to finally forget some of these heart breaking Caps playoff moments.


Posted by: StanleyCap

One bright spot, how about coming back down 3-1 in series vs flyers. In game 7 down 3-0, ends up going into overtime. Larry Murphy springs Dale Hunter on breakaway, and Hunter beats Hextall to win series.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | April 27, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

@StanleyCap
"Only fond memory I have of a playoff loss is when Hunter checked Turgeon in the playoffs, during Turgeon's goal celebration. Where is Hunter when you need him?"

I love Dale Hunter and wish we had someone like him on the team now, but that is certainly not a moment of his career I remember fondly and I certainly doubt he does.
My fondest memory of a Capitals playoff loss is Mario losing it going after Todd Kryger in frustration and getting booted.

Actually Schoenfeld taunting the Igloo in the same series (not sure they lost the game but they lost the series) would be my favorite Caps moment in a lost playoff game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCuLZRGzQjg&feature=related

Posted by: BorntoHula | April 27, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Whether we win or not tomorrow is not the question: this team is not going much further than the Eastern Conf. Finals...that much is pretty clear.

Relay races is not how you win in the playoffs......

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | April 27, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

*****

I disagree with this.

It depends who you play and who you match up well against.

The road might be paved with breaks if they get a dose of confidence out of this game 7 and they will be a hard out after that...the old saying once burned....

Hey last year the NBA Orlando Magic looked pathetic in the 1st round against the Sixers. Lots of similarities with that team and the Caps.

They overcame that - then played better against Boston (another 7 gamer) a better opponent.

Then they beat their Penguins (the Cavs - they were the only team to beat them in Cleveland last year) before losing the finals to the best team (Lakers)

It is all about matchups. Great teams lose when pressed by teams that match up well with parts of their game. The universe is not equal.

The Caps normally have best PP and Montreal is normally 2nd best. The Habs penalty killing was among the best all season. If we played 82 games against Montreal we would never have 121 points.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | April 27, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Step away from the edge folks. You people are depressing. I am over the loss last night and ready for full 60 minute effort tomorrow. How about all the new/old Caps fans that can't deal with it go back to being Skins fans.

Posted by: 104_CapsFan | April 27, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

@BorntoHula - i watched the vid - very entertaining and i miss shonny also. i do remember the mario/krygier incident but for reason i don't remember that shonny incident. thanks for sharing. we could use a few of the old time caps on this team (Ridley, Miller, May, Rouse, Hunter, etc. Caps never replaced Tinordi and Witt which was a mistake. Witt was tough to play against in the playoffs. Just ask Jagr. Our D is too soft for the playoffs. Schultz could be a +100 and I still wouldn't be happy with his play. He plays way too soft for his size and screens his own goalie. Hit someone for crying out loud! Say what you want about Erskine, too slow, drops his stick, at least he hits. Habs are probably glad he is sitting out this series because they can can have a picnic in front of Varly.

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

I'm predicting Green to have a great game tomorrow. At least defensively, and possibly offensively. Nothing for Semin or Flash though.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | April 27, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Caps will come out flying tomorrow. There will be Caps hockey the likes of which we've never seen.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 27, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

To all the haters:

Hello all idiots,

The caps are playing the same brand of hockey they played all season, actually better. They are averaging 40 shots a game and have given up less than 30 in 5 out of 6 games. Unfortunately Broduer is playing for Montreal in Halek played for the Devils. To Mike Wise- who only writes negative and all the hating fans what other teams have had 33, 38, 39, 42, 51 and 53 shots on goal. We cannot help spectactular goaltending. You all can make a case against the struggling power play but isn't that canceled out by holding the 2nd best power play in the league to 2 goals in the series. How can you people ask for better efforts than those offensive performances. You, only complain cause of the capital L, then quit going to the games and please give me your season tickets cause I have not missed a caps game since i was 5 win or lose and i know good efforts when i see them. People have got alot of nerve complaining when our team has 53 shots on the road. Losing Poti, is devastating though.

Posted by: wstwd73 | April 27, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Born to Hula,

Dont forget our best defenders of all time: Scott Stevens, Kevin Hatcher and Rod Langway

Posted by: wstwd73 | April 27, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Hula this is why i have argued for Carlson and Alzner to be up for years. Did you see Green shove the guy 4 times in front of the net in game 2 and Gomez did not budge and then the puck deflected in off of him. Yet, i have seen Carlson put numerous guys on their buts with one solid check.

Posted by: wstwd73 | April 27, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Caps Fan 104 has it right!

Posted by: wstwd73 | April 27, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to you newer fans, but it's hard for us old timers to be positive. We've watched this movie before and usually the ending sucks. I really hope I'm wrong. I'm glad some of you believe so strongly, but I for one just can't walk that path again. There have been too many years of heartbreak. Maybe somehow these Caps will pull it out...

Posted by: kcbrichmond | April 27, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Alan May said the Caps will win tomorrow so that's what I'm going with. Let's go Caps!!!

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 27, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

"This is your time. Their time is done. It's over. I'm sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the (Habs) have. (And Halak and Pleckanec) Screw 'em. This is your time! Now go out there and take it!"

I would love to annihilate the Presidents trophy, but let's make good use of our home ice.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | April 27, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Hula this is why i have argued for Carlson and Alzner to be up for years. Did you see Green shove the guy 4 times in front of the net in game 2 and Gomez did not budge and then the puck deflected in off of him. Yet, i have seen Carlson put numerous guys on their buts with one solid check.

Posted by: wstwd73 | April 27, 2010 8:57


and you think Alzner's going to do a better job than Green in that capacity?

Carlson yes, Alzner no. His strengths are his poise, using his stick to break up passes, knowing where to be. Its not getting leverage to box forwards out and its certainly not his aggressivness or physicality.

If Alzner wasn't a high pick, we wouldn't be talking about him in such high terms.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious reading the Flyers boards. They are all rooting for the Habs because they think the Bruins will be an easier series. Caps against the world.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 27, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Hershey and Albany in OT tied at 5 in Game 3. Hershey leads 2-0, round 2.

AGordon w/another goal and assist. Now has 9 goals in 8 games in the playoffs.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

My line combos for the Caps last stand at Verizon (until the next round)

Oveckin-Backstrom-Semin
Flash-Belanger-Knuble
Laich-BMo-Fehr
Chimera-Gordon-Bradley

Green-ShaMo
Carlson-Schultz
Erskine/Sloan-Alzner


-The top line may not have a true net presence, but they are the only combo that can pass accurately and has shown sustained pressure in the Habs zone. Also, with Semin and Ovi on the same line, the Habs will have to pick their poison. That leaves Backstrom all alone in front of the net. I know Semin hasn't scored since Game 7 of the Rangers series, but he's always a threat.

-Since we know BB is not going to bench Flash, I think putting him with a good defensive forward like Belanger, and a gritty forward like Knuble might...get him in the lineup.

-ShaMo is a good cover for Green. Unlike Schultz, he will throw a check instead of letting the shooter have a clear lane.

-Carlson gets walked around a bit, but he doesn't get caught up ice as much as Green. Also, he is quick to recover from his mistakes, which might help Schultz.

-I'd like to see Walker play but I don't know how effective he would be. He hasn't played at all this series and I don't think it is reasonable to expect him to be the difference maker at this point.

Posted by: ablake70 | April 27, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Bears win 6-5 in OT. Beagle got the GWG with an assist to Collins (I think.)

As for Alzner:

Carlson yes, Alzner no. His strengths are his poise, using his stick to break up passes, knowing where to be. Its not getting leverage to box forwards out and its certainly not his aggressivness or physicality.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 27, 2010 9:30 PM

cstanton1--that's a good assessment of Karl. He's very sound positionally, doesn't get rattled, makes a good first pass. He doesn't carry the puck very often, and he gets muscled off the puck in the corners pretty easily. And he and Carlson did very well together in Hershey because Carly is an offensive dman and Karl is much more stay-at-home. I do think he's better than Jeff "deer in the headlights" Schultz. Still haven't figured out how Sarge made it to the bigs.

Posted by: tess2201 | April 27, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

good heavens. What a brilliant bunch of experts. How do they do it without you?? Go Caps. Go Karl. Go Everyone.

Posted by: jerseygirl15 | April 27, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

phoenix suns....

Posted by: beachhotel | April 27, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Ouch! The Yotes just pulled a Capitals tonight with a rugged game 7 home loss. I've got to hand credit to them though on a surprising great season and series! I don't think many predicted them to go so far against the Wings.

Come on Caps!
Let's learn from these games and finish the Habs off tomorrow night. I don't want to face another heartbreak so early on. I feel like I'm repeating myself.

If not for yourselves, win it for Olie! It's the most entirely random thought, but I was just watching a clip on Kolzig and his run to the '98 Cup Finals.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | April 27, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Well in the other game 7 the team that could have clinched in 6 won big time so lets just hope that happens again tomorrow.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 27, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Well in the other game 7 the team that could have clinched in 6 won big time so lets just hope that happens again tomorrow.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 27, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Well with tonights games I am 7 for 7 on my playoff predictions for the first round on NHL.com. Come on Caps I want 8 for 8.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 27, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Well with tonights games I am 7 for 7 on my playoff predictions for the first round on NHL.com. Come on Caps I want 8 for 8.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 27, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

LETS GO CAPS!
pingpong ball lyle can die of aids for all Caps fans to see.

We will see the team into the 2nd round.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 28, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

And to think we've had a team for 35 years and this is all the intelligence we can come up with. There's got to be a better board out there somewhere. The panic and paranoia is unreal.

Just a question here, if we win Game 7 and sweep the Flyers which I predict will happen (read the injury list before you critisize) then where will all the paranoia land? Oh that's right, we'll play the Pens, nevermind.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | April 28, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Have sat by and read most of the entries over the past 12 hours or so....

I get it...we have a cruddy history....

For those following the boards, I give the following prediction:

Game 7 final...Caps 5 Habs 2....

4-2 going into the final minute plus...Habs pull the goalie and the Caps get an empty netter to ice the game...

Posted by: TimDz | April 28, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

We have a painful history, but now it's time for that to all change. A Game 7 victory in a hard-fought series could result in a strong run towards the Cup. So come on Caps fans, let's get behind this team. You want a good song to get pumped up for tonight, check out the new song by Sick Puppies called War...let's do this

This is war
And it's on tonight
So get up and fight
Get up and fight
You had all your life
To run and hide
Now step up, now step up
Let's do this

Posted by: JDintheSD | April 28, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

CTCapsPhan: That is because most of the people you see here don't even go to the games. After a good game at Verizon I usually come home to check out the balony put on this board during the game. It is the same people sitting in front of their computers on game day.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 27, 2010 2:23 PM

I know you didn't mean it this way fanohock, but I take offense to that. I'm a displaced Caps fan living on the West coast. Grew up for 18 years of my life in the DC area, then had college and moved out here. If I were working in the DC area, I'd be a season ticket holder.

As long as you're a Caps fan, just be supporting the team in any way you can. I hope as many people can rock the red at VC tomorrow as possible and it's a shame I can't be one of them.

Posted by: Raber | April 28, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

C'mon boys... let's get after 'em early tonight and win the series. To the fans going tonight, yell until you can't yell anymore. To the worrywarts, hang strong until it's over. If we lose, we'll have all summer to kvetch and moan about what should have been. In the meantime, let's carry this team and may the seventh man be deafening...

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | April 28, 2010 3:06 AM | Report abuse

my lines:

Oveckin-Backstrom-Fehr
Flash-Belanger-Knuble
Laich-Gordon-Semin
Chimera-Steckel-Bradley

Posted by: Michael01a | April 28, 2010 5:56 AM | Report abuse

Because Alzner is better than Sean Collins....? Green needs to sit he's been painful to watch so has Schultz

Posted by: velo_matt | April 28, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Why on earth would you put flash on the second line? He's garbage in the playoffs Matt P should be called up and Flash should sit...

Posted by: velo_matt | April 28, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

I hope Poti is rethinking that visor decision. That's what it's there for, to protect the eyes. They are now mandatory in the AHL, training the young'uns to wear them in anticipation of the NHL instituting them in the near future.

Posted by: farmgirl19C | April 28, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

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