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Caps, Canadiens remain tied after regulation

The Capitals went ahead 2-1 on Nicklas Backstrom's goal 47 seconds into the third period. Backstrom collected a back pass from Mike Knuble and beat Jaroslav Halak, and it seemed Washington was on its way to winning Game 1.

But Montreal came back at 7:34 on a goal by Scott Gomez, who charged down the left side and flipped the puck past Jose Theodore as defenseman Mike Green slid into the net.

That was all the scoring in the third period, and the teams went to the locker rooms tied at 2 at the end of regulation time.

By Gene Wang  |  April 15, 2010; 9:35 PM ET
 
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The way we let Gomez just drift through the neutral zone and then ultimately to the net to finish the play was the definition of a complete team defensive breakdown.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 15, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

well its a do or die PK.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 15, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

As BB said earlier, "Have faith."

Posted by: wocoliz | April 15, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

The way we let Gomez just drift through the neutral zone and then ultimately to the net to finish the play was the definition of a complete team defensive breakdown.

Posted by: tmac2yao

Which happened a lot in the reg. season and happened again in the playoffs and it cost us. Let's see if our PK comes through or not or else.. I honestly see us in trouble if we go to Montreal with a split. They'll be revved up to play and Halak is a fantastic goalie and gets stronger with more shots..

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Going into the last day it was either Habs or Rangers. Did anybody really want to face Lundquist? I know Halak has been great tonight but who between the two is more often going to steal a series? Ovechkin and Semin are both having very poor games especially Ovechkin. That won't happen for the entire series. Even if we do lose this one we can still come back and win in 5 or 6. If Halak has a bad game then the Habs will have to answer questions about if we will be seeing Price in the series.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

just frustrating. it should not be this hard to beat the canadiens if we're that much better.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Holy Crapioli

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I wanted the Caps to play Lundqvist. Lundqvist doesn't like playing the Caps.

Posted by: youaresquishy | April 15, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

We are pretty good against lundy

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

just frustrating. it should not be this hard to beat the canadiens if we're that much better.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 9:49 PM
________________

Everyone has said playoff hockey is different

Posted by: TimDz | April 15, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Good PK guys!

Posted by: Terptwin | April 15, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

YES THEO

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Great kill now let turn this momentum into a GWG

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Ok...Knubes get the OT winner.

Posted by: TimDz | April 15, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Let's make it happen, Alex!

Posted by: Terptwin | April 15, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh Theo Theo Theo. So happy this year is his contract year, because he is definitely playing like it.

Posted by: youaresquishy | April 15, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

END IT NOW OVIE!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't like how Ovie looks though. It does look like he's a little slow, and hurt, and it looks like it's bugging him.

Posted by: youaresquishy | April 15, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Theo looks strong

Posted by: TimDz | April 15, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Theo is saving our hides

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

As this game goes on, the Caps are getting slower and sloppier. Montreal is the aggressor.

Posted by: CDon | April 15, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Pretty wide open for an OT

Posted by: jdove80 | April 15, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Anybody know what's wrong with Corvo?

Posted by: Terptwin | April 15, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

If every shot you took was blocked you wouldn't you try to change something up?

Posted by: jdove80 | April 15, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

The Habs look strong. This is going to be a good series!

Posted by: JPDC39 | April 15, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

This is a confidence building game. We HAVE to win this.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Poti has played like cr@p tonight.

Canadiens seem to have the momentum right now in this game.

COME ON CAPS!

Posted by: dglelite | April 15, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

LOL. How could that not be a penalty on the Caps? I have to replay that one. It didn't look like he got any puck at all on that one.

Posted by: youaresquishy | April 15, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

wow we got away with murder on that break and didn't get called

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

wow blown 3 on 1

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

got away with one there - they could have called a penalty shot

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 15, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Gotta shoot if you have no pass

Posted by: jdove80 | April 15, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Caps get away with one, and the Backstrom doesn't do anything on a 3-on-1. Awful.

Posted by: CDon | April 15, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

ovie does not have any shots yet, when was the last game he did not have a sog after 3 periods

Posted by: RichC3 | April 15, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

@RichC3 Against Detroit in December.

Posted by: CDon | April 15, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

That was a pretty bad noncall right there. Caps got a huge break, considering Canadiens have the second-best power play. Huge.

Posted by: youaresquishy | April 15, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh my God, this is a marathon.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

O zone faceoff - do something with this!!

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 15, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

This is getting boring. What's going on? I hate the combination of a hot Habs' goalie and a scoreless Oview who is not being himself. Bad bad bad! Why aren't we scoring?

Posted by: caraveli | April 15, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Not only does ovi not have a shot...he doesn't have that jump in his step he usually has in a such a big game!?!?!

Makes me very nervous!

Posted by: dglelite | April 15, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I thought for icing they couldn't stop the play for Ads or ice cleaning.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

must....remember.....to ....breathe

Posted by: TimDz | April 15, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Caps are down to five "D." Is Corvo injured or is he in the doghouse? (He did score earlier!)

Posted by: Terptwin | April 15, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

theo has kept the caps in this as much as halak has for mtl

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 15, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Caraveli, how in the heck is this boring? Its overtime playoff hockey, I don't know how less boring it could possibly be.

Posted by: amorris525 | April 15, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Halak 45 saves, Theo 35 saves, as of 8:10 left in first OT. Imagine if Ovie had his usual 3 SOGs per period or whatever it is.

Posted by: youaresquishy | April 15, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Corvo is on the ice now I think. And I think the Versus people said he hurt his wrist earlier.

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

Super. way to blow that game

Posted by: jdove80 | April 15, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Of ALL people...

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

of course its plekanec.. i guess he can takl all he watns

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

turtlenec - carp

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 15, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh wow. Caps are still favored to win the series though at every sportsbook, just not by as much.

I wish Caps were playing the Rangers right now. Sad.

Posted by: youaresquishy | April 15, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Bloody he11. And it WOULD be Plekanec.

Posted by: wocoliz | April 15, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Looked too much for the streach pass instead of coming through the netural zone with speed.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 15, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

All that skating and circling in the defensive zone before making a bad pass up ice. Just get the friggin' puck out of the zone. You could see this coming from a mile away. The last 45 minutes of this game was owned by Montreal. Caps need to guard against being Sharks of the East.

Posted by: CDon | April 15, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Disgraceful.

Posted by: zmega | April 15, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

corvo didn't help theo on that one at ALL - he provided a nice screen though

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 15, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

jeez, go figure

Posted by: TheSmurfs | April 15, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

There is Corvo for you guys that were wondering where he was...

He was out there, playing his typically poor defense and, as a result, the Caps lose Game 1...

DAMMIT!

Posted by: dglelite | April 15, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

GODDAMNIT

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 15, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Disappointment all over again. I can't explain it.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

GOOD. Maybe next game they'll actually play.

Posted by: rh71 | April 15, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

better wake themselves up or its going to be a long series.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 15, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Keith Jones, the kiss of death.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 15, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

@zmega

It is disgraceful, all right. Gotta question the effort and concentration for half the second, almost all the third and the entire OT. A lousy 5-on-5 team scores two goals against the Caps. Washington whiffs on all PP opportunities. Recipe for disaster.

Posted by: CDon | April 15, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I hate this! Now I have to be on call all night with a crappy attitude!

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | April 15, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Painful. Extremely painful.

We have to win 4 out of 6 with 3 games in each city.

Advantage Montreal.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 15, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Greenie looked awful today!

Posted by: JPDC39 | April 15, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

amorris525: Boring in that the game is defensive with no scoring for such long stretches and none of our offensive stars has had an outburst.

What a great disappointment. The only hope is that it may wake the boys up. I really hate having Halak and no Ovie. Bad combination.

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

Well, maybe this will wake Ovie up to actually come and join the series.

How many years left on that contract?

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

It's just one game...and I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. The Caps need to make a statement on Saturday.

Posted by: Terptwin | April 15, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Caps are still favored. Don't panic.

If Ovechkin has a serious injury problem though, Caps chances of going far in the playoffs are diminished. That's what I'm worried about more than this one loss.

Posted by: youaresquishy | April 15, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Mike Milbury must just be chomping at the bit to get on the air right now. A poor game all around. O well if you were going to win in less than 7 you had to win in montreal anyway. Its just a little more important now.

Posted by: SFcapsfan | April 15, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

JPDC39 - Greenie was fine. Poti looked horrible, Corvo played his typical cr@ppy defense and Ovie really does not look right.

Posted by: dglelite | April 15, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

That was a waste of time. If the Caps don't do the little things right, we are going down. Makes me want to throw up. Ovie letting Gomez skate right by him on that second goal was a disgrace. I hope Bruce rips these guys a new ahole in the lockeroom.

C'mon Caps, handle your business!!!!

Lets go Caps!!!

Posted by: DCSPORTSFANATIC | April 15, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Is alex playing next game? anyone know why he didn't show up tonight?

Posted by: OhnoitsAlexo | April 15, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

OV was bad, Green was ineffective, Backstrom had the goal, but was otherwise sloppy, Semin was terrible. Just a lot of bad play from the top guys. I think BB needs to get BMo in there and move Flash from center.

Posted by: CDon | April 15, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Once again, the agony of Comcrap is killing me. Can't watch the game at work -- because Comcast amped their fee so much mid-contract year a few years back (while forbidding carriers to compensate for rate hike by placing CSN on a higher tier) that everyone was forced to drop it.

I hate Comcast with a passion.

That being reiterated, I really, really hope Caps can still win this in six or five.

Posted by: scrappledog | April 15, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Keith Jones doesn't know sh1t from sh1nola. I hate that windbag.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 15, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't have anything to say. I'm speechless. Our best players weren't our best players tonight. In fact, they were pretty much invisible. Yes Ovechkin was defended well but that should open up space for the other guys and no one stepped up. We missed a ton of good opportunities by going 0-4 on the PP and blowing a bunch of odd man breaks. Ovechkin and Semin were just flat out horrible, let's be honest.

I think the hockey gods just hate the Caps. They win it in OT, and it HAS TO BE PLEKANEC.

I know it's one game but going to Montreal even with a split may not be good. We had over 45 shots and only two got by. The defense was exposed and very sloppy and a breakdown cost us the game.. who couldn't see that coming with the way that's happened with frequency in the regular season? We've seen a bunch of OT goals go in on us by a breakdown.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

T-R-O-U-B-L-E

Pathetic game. They lost to a lousy lousy team by playing a lousy game outside the first period. Same old playoff Caps. Play one lights out period. Make a bunch of critical defensive lapses. And, lose. Poti is shameful. He must have had double digit turnovers. Ovechkin played one of the worst games of his career. They just are missing something come playoff time. Mainly defense. All three goals were preceded by terrible plays defensively. Completely avoidable by a competent defensive team.

They are so bad on the blue line the lone standout was a rookie playing his first playoff game. Kudos Carlson! Otherwise, it's not panic, but the Caps are in trouble - already.

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 15, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Caps specially OV came out flat may be just burned. Other than Theo nobody showed up. Poti was bad as could be. Make a adjustment make a room for OV he will lead team rest of them follow him. Bruce little guilty for this loss. CAps 4-1

Posted by: dugza | April 15, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Positive note. Both times these Caps won game one at home they lost the series. The lost game one at home to the Rangers.

Posted by: ablake70 | April 15, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

the Caps, the bigger and stronger of the two teams got outplayed by the Habs as the game went on...

I don't think they lost because of their defense, they lost because of their celebrated offense, mostly their PP didn't show up...

actually it was more like the Canadiens knew exactly what they had to do and went out and did it. I think BB got outcoached by Martin.

Posted by: joek443 | April 15, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

hold on, some guys had bad games, poti and corvo to mention a few, but the caps had what 47 shots. Halak was solid and so was theo, but should this game should have not gone to ot? the killer in ot was the 3-1 where backstrom got snuffed out.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | April 15, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Montreal plays a style of hockey that if their goaltending is on, they can beat us. Case in point the regular season and tonight. It is up to the coach to figure out what is needs to do. I think every caps forward needs to rush the net and get in Halaks face until he gets frustrated.

Something has to change!!!!!!!

Lets go CAPS!!!

Posted by: DCSPORTSFANATIC | April 15, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

That play the Caps made in the defensive zone in the deciding goal is indicative of the Caps often trying TOO hard to put pressure on other teams. They circled and circled like a bunch of Nylanders, then tried a stretch pass that failed, which led to a great opportunity for Montreal. If someone just lifts the puck into the neutral zone or carefully plays it up the board, the game continues.

It's not about changing their style of play, but it IS about being smart and knowing when to take chances.

Posted by: CDon | April 15, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

better wake themselves up or its going to be a long series.

Posted by: jdove80

Better wake up or it's going to be over. I knew Montreal was gonna be tough but there were a bunch of people saying it'd be easy. They are a lot better than I thought they were. We were horrible along the boards and sloppy with our passing. Halak is going to be the difference in this series and tonight he was the best player in the game.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 15, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Well there it is again, that sick feeling down deep. It has shown up every spring that the Caps have been in the playoffs since the 1980's.

Amazing how things turn. Now the Caps are in a must win situation for game 2. Otherwise they go to Montreal down 2 - 0. The Canadiens can play game 2 without a lot of stress because they at least have the split, which is what they wanted.

Even with all the shots on goal, I felt the Caps never looked "with it" all night. Damn.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | April 15, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

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