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Caps get into Carey Price's head in Game 4

The Caps have not only taken a 3-1 series lead against Montreal. Apparently, they've also gotten to Carey Price, who came unraveled in the third period.

After Jason Chimera scored to make it 4-2, Price flipped a puck toward the Caps' celebration in the corner, hitting Jeff Schultz. Then, after Nicklas Backstrom's empty-net goal, Price, from the bench, reportedly took a swipe at Backstrom with his stick.

Price earned an unsportsmanlike penalty for each gesture.

"It's just frustration," Price told reporters. "It's not a good move. But let them know you're there. I didn't mean to actually hit him, but it's over."

If the Caps weren't in Price's/the Habs' heads yet, they are now.

Anyway, check out my gamer about Semyon Varlamov's stellar night and Tracee Hamilton's column here. When you're done, come on back for a few quick leftovers before I head out:

*So how exactly did the Caps manage to have too many men on the ice for about 10 seconds late in the second period? Here's how:

"If you look at the play, [Alexander] Semin came to the bench and was sort of waiting for Eric [Fehr]," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "And Eric went on, assuming that Semin was going to come off. But he just stood there. Then the puck came to him and decided to keep playing, not knowing that Eric had come on the ice. It was a probably a communication thing at that point."

That mix up actually ended up turning the game in the Caps' favor. Because Mike Knuble scored a shorty just before the end of the period.

*The Caps continue to dominate the faceoff circle, winning 60 percent of their draws tonight.

Boyd Gordon (assist) won 8 of 12 and Nicklas Backstrom (goal, two assists) won 12 of 19 to lead the Washington, which has held an edge in the faceoff circle in all four games.

By the way, Boudreau is starting to look like a genius for turning to Gordon, isn't he?

*The Caps still aren't getting enough production from the second line, and that could become a problem. Semin notched his first point of the playoffs, but still has gone 11 playoff games without a goal (his last came in Game 7 of the NYR series). Laich didn't have a point and neither did Eric Belanger.

*The Habs' 33 shots after two periods was their highest total through 40 minutes this season. Yep, the Caps were outplayed that badly early. (See shot chart here.)

The wireless here is giving me (and everyone else) problems, so I'm calling it a night. Practice tomorrow is at noon.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 22, 2010; 12:19 AM ET
 
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Comments

"The idea of sitting Semin is idiotic and doesn't even deserve a response."

Posted by: sgm3 | April 22, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Agree. And I think Flash deserves more time, he did score 23 goals this season and is still a scoring threat. He'll likely breakout of his slump at some point this playoffs

Posted by: T-ROB | April 22, 2010 12:34 AM | Report abuse

the only thing idiotic is giving Semin a free pass because he plays well in one period out of 12 so far. He played well in the 3rd. Before that he's been way below his potential.

And re: Flash, puke. What was Bruce thinking put him on the ice in a defensive situation at the end of the game? He feebly waves at the forward blazing by him to score that last goal. Semin is dynamic enough that it would be hard to bench him.

but Flash? We wouldn't miss him out of the lineup one bit.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 22, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

as dumb as it was to put Flash out on the end, it was smart to put the Bradley checking line after we took the lead. Too often after we score we have a letdown, and the only line that seems to play consistently well is our 4th line. They should get the next shift after every lead we take.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 22, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse


"The idea of sitting Semin is idiotic and doesn't even deserve a response."

Posted by: sgm3 | April 22, 2010 12:04 AM |

Agree. And I think Flash deserves more time, he did score 23 goals this season and is still a scoring threat. He'll likely breakout of his slump at some point this playoffs

Posted by: T-ROB | April 22, 2010 12:34 AM |

Yeah lets replace Semin & Flash so we can put a bunch of grinders on with a combine 10 goals all year.
That should make Les Habitants even more scared of us now.

Oh lets disregard what Semin & Flash brought to the team this year...in effect disregard all 82 games in the regular season.
Lets sit them down for the playoffs & discount their body of work cause I am sure Walker & Steckel will strike fear into Les Habitants!

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 22, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

I think Flash should be sat for one game - he WILL come out of his slump at some point, but I think he needs to sit before it will happen. As for Semin, he has been playing very well, but without good linemates. He needs someone on that line who can play in front of the net and create traffic - something neither Flash or Belanger is going to do much of. I would love to see Fehr on that line, with Belanger and Semin.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 22, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Yeah lets put the grinder out there all 60 minutes.
Lets see the score get reversed.
Lets see knuckdraggers turn back hockey evolution.
Lets prevent wins with a prevent offensive crew.

The name of the game is to outscore the other team nitwit.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 22, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

timmyv38 that was not towards u btw!

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 22, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Flash can sit Semin CANT. It doesn't matter if hes put in "1 good period" so far. An 84 point, 40 goal scorer does not sit in playoff games. Why? because its practical to think the next game out he's going to light the lamp at least once. He's getting his shots, and one will go in. Semin, while off, has still not been a PROBLEM, he's been even all series and was +1 today. BB has also carved up that line 3 out of 4 games.

Seriously, Semin is a top 30 player in this league when on, you dont bench him even if he brings that to the table half the time...

Posted by: BACKS | April 22, 2010 12:57 AM | Report abuse

semin & flash still have to be accounted for by the opponent - other teams must commit bodies and energy defending them.
just because they are not scoring does not mean that they do not contribute. have they played better? yes.
should they be benched because they are not scoring? - i'm not sold on that as a reason to sit them

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 22, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

I figured that, Rocc00 - was wondering who it was towards though.

With Semin, the point I have been making was pretty much proved tonight. What happened when he was put with good linemates? He gets his 1st point. He simply needs to have a good winger on the 2nd line, which is not Flash at this point. Sit Flash, let him get his head back into the game, and bring him back - he will be better than ever.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 22, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm really wondering - who are the Habs going to put into goal Friday? They've obviously gotten into the heads of both Halak and Price - especially Price, from his conduct tonight. I wouldn't be surprised if Price is suspended for the next game, if he did swing his stick at Backstrom. Can anyone confirm/deny that?

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 22, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

timmyv38 -

1) if you sit Flash -who do u play Walker?

2) in Tarik's post above, didn't Price admit his guilt?

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 22, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

My eyes tell me that we've only played well in our own zone for close to 60 minutes in one game.

In the others, we either lost or got bailed out by our offense and goaltending.

A better even-strength team would have done a lot more damage against this inconsistent defensive effort.

The sad thing is that we know that a big part of the defensive shortcomings are related to lack of effort. They showed in Game 3 that it is within this group to play with more intensity and a greater sense of urgency in their own end.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 22, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Pavel Datsyuk only has 3 goals in the last two (this year and last) playoffs and in the last game took to penalties. Do you think anyone in Detroit is talking about sitting him? I know he is much better defensively then Semin or Flash but he is also their second best player by far. Having him on the ice gives Zetterburg and his line more room to score which is exactly what has been happening.

I forget who said it about but sit Bradley? Did you not see him outwork the Habs down low and set up what turned out to be the game winning goal and back breaking goal? Walker may have done the same thing but Bradley has been playing well and should not be sat.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 22, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

BB has also carved up that line 3 out of 4 games.

Posted by: BACKS | April 22, 2010 12:57 AM

i think a lot of players would complain if they had their linemates changed as often as semin has. he appears to be willing to play whatever role is asked of him. does he play harder/better when he is on with ovi & backstrom? i wonder what ovi's numbers would look like if he and semins roles were switched with ovi on the second line for the majority of the season. i think semins number would be up some and ovi's would be down some. one of the reasons, imo, that this is not (and never will be) done is because ovi and backstrom come through in the clutch when they play together. if you sit semin, he could sulk - give him his minutes and he will produce.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 22, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

sit flash and pick steckle, laing or walker any pick gives u an honest effort and way more defensive strenght and willingness to engage on the cycle

Posted by: wendel2 | April 22, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

timmyv38 -

1) if you sit Flash -who do u play Walker?

2) in Tarik's post above, didn't Price admit his guilt?

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 22, 2010 1:12 AM

1) Put Fehr on the 2nd line, Chimera on 3rd, Steckel/Walker on 4th.

2) Was that in reference to the puck shot at the Caps? Or to hitting Backstrom?

Thing is, I didn't see the game - heard some on the radio, but was with friends at the time.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 22, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Price, from the bench, reportedly took a swipe at Backstrom with his stick. Does reportedly now mean "he did it and the camera picked it up and showed he did it?"

The question is now who plays in goal for the Habs in game 5. Halak can't like giving up 9 goals in a game and a half but Price showed tonight that he has no composure and the fans at DC can really get to him in game 5.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 22, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Anyone seen this interview with Price before the season http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJgX5Ur-9E4? Notice the hat he is wearing.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 22, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

timmyv38,
I could see moving Fehr up to that line, but the line he is currently on seems to have good chemistry. i think the second line just needs a better center, or like other have said, someone who screens and crashes the net

Posted by: T-ROB | April 22, 2010 1:26 AM | Report abuse

@ icehammer97

-Pavel Datysuk has a reputation as a playoff choker, but I doubt if anyone would bench him.

-Price hit Backstrom with his goalie stick from the bench. CSN showed the replay.

-I would like to see Ovi and Semin switch places too. I'm interested to see if Ovi could get that line going. Of course, this will never happen.

Posted by: ablake70 | April 22, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

i watched closer when they showed the replay of backs EN'er - as he skated past mtl's bench you could see a goalie stick come out and (imo) tap backs on the rear/upper legs.
it in no way looked like a swing of the stick they way a 'slash' would happen.
backs even looked over his shoulder and was smiling.
i guess it is a big no-no to make any kind of contact from the bench with a player on the ice - i don't see how this could result in any kind of suspension. it might draw a fine but you never know with campbell. flipping the puck after the chimera goal was probably more dangerous than the swipe at backs was

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 22, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Fehr's line wasn't very good tonight, looking at the numbers. It's not the 2nd line center that's the issue, it's the winger across from Semin - who, as I said, needs to be someone who can crash the net and create traffic. On the Caps, the 3 who are best at that are Laich, Knuble, and Fehr. Knuble should stay on the 1st, unless Laich is moved there and Knuble is moved down to the 2nd. Laich wouldn't be the one for the 2nd - that pairing already has failed miserably. To me, that means the best solution is Fehr.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 22, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

@ timmyv38

The reason why Laich didn't work on the 2nd line is because Laich wouldn't go to the net.

Posted by: ablake70 | April 22, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

ablake70, exactly. Which is what the 2nd line needs - and right now, that's Fehr or Knuble.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 22, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

How about those Nats? It's like being an Oriole fan again (I can no longer bear to watch - does that make me a bad fan?) in the National League . . . can the Nats make enough money in DC to survive?

Posted by: Satchelass | April 22, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Something I think would help the PP - put Knuble on the 1st PP, he is much better than Laich at creating traffic in front of the goalie. Let Ovie and Green take the points, Semin and Backs play along the boards to set up the shot, and Knuble play in front of the goalie to screen him and put in rebounds.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 22, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Fehr's line wasn't very good tonight, looking at the numbers. It's not the 2nd line center that's the issue, it's the winger across from Semin - who, as I said, needs to be someone who can crash the net and create traffic. On the Caps, the 3 who are best at that are Laich, Knuble, and Fehr. Knuble should stay on the 1st, unless Laich is moved there and Knuble is moved down to the 2nd. Laich wouldn't be the one for the 2nd - that pairing already has failed miserably. To me, that means the best solution is Fehr.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 22, 2010 1:32 AM

It might be worth a shot. I also love the energy Chimera has had in these playoffs, and he was effective playing with those guys late in the season, so I might give him a shot up there too. His speed and strength could open space for Semin to make passes and pick up shots trailing the play.

It'd require breaking up a 4th line that's playing pretty well, but it's another option.

Posted by: Brashnir | April 22, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

@ timmyv38

I would like to see Fehr on the 2nd line, but he plays RW. I think BB just needs to put Brooks back on the 2nd line and tell him to charge the net. I don't know if Brooks is a bit nervous after his injury or if he is in his "I'm a finesse forward"
mode again.

Posted by: ablake70 | April 22, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

I honestly am not too worried about our PP. Power Plays can go on hot and cold streaks just look at LA right now. The Caps' PP had a streach during the season where they were 1 for 18 on the PP. What did they do after that? 7 PP goals in the next two games (7 for 18). Now we will never get that many PPs in a game in the playoffs but if that happens again in the next series we could have 7 next series which would be big trouble for whoever we play. I would rather our PP be cold against a team we can dominate 5 on 5 then to have this happen against a team like the Pens who are better 5 on 5. Let them get their bad run out in the first round and be great for the second, and beyond.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 22, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Tellin ya, if there were no Bruce Boudreau, someone would have to invent one . . .

Posted by: Satchelass | April 22, 2010 1:55 AM | Report abuse

I don't get it, why am I always hungry, lately? I am not sure what to eat next . . . worried about gettin fat, then no chicks will love me.

Posted by: Satchelass | April 22, 2010 2:12 AM | Report abuse

people, welcome to Cap Watch, third shift

Posted by: Satchelass | April 22, 2010 2:14 AM | Report abuse

too bad Chipotle don't work third shift - I'd go there, where "life's peachy keen, wit rice n'some beans"

Posted by: Satchelass | April 22, 2010 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Just watched some stuff on Carey Price on Youtube. Luv Montreal but their hockey fans are dirtbags turncoats.
Make some of the Caps haterz here tame by comparison or @ least look like them too LOL.

yeah we don't need to get in his head, his own fans have already.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 22, 2010 2:19 AM | Report abuse

can't get to sleep - too excited about latest Caps victory - gonna eat some more food . . . somethin, don't know what - already ate too much ice cream, had my beer of the day, ate some chili, what, do I have to make an omelet again? . . . too much work . . . I am gonna go get the mineral water now - that should help

Posted by: Satchelass | April 22, 2010 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Semin played MTL only twice this season due to back injury in November. He had 2 goals, 1 assist but his line (Flash and Laich) were on the ice for nearly all of the 5 on 5 goals against. So that answers my question of why those three aren't playing together.

I'd like to see the SOB reunited again come Friday only because on his assist Semin seemed to draw attention away from Ovi. I'd also like to see what happens when you move Ovi to the second line and put Semin on the first. ...but I know neither of these things will happen.

Posted by: letsgocaps3 | April 22, 2010 2:34 AM | Report abuse

I took some Cialisa, and no longer know what to do with myself.

I drank Pernod, and boogie some mo'

Posted by: Satchelass | April 22, 2010 2:47 AM | Report abuse

half the population must be clinically depressed, schizophrenic, or bipolar - sales of the drugs for treatment (if you want to call it that), from only Eli Lilly, are 3, 4, 6 billion $ per year!

If the Caps do not win the title, I might consider becoming a customer.

Posted by: Satchelass | April 22, 2010 2:56 AM | Report abuse

Cialisi heh heh $1.6 billion in sales last year - man that's a lot of chemical erections goin around . . . I guess some people take that stuff after all . . .

Posted by: Satchelass | April 22, 2010 3:08 AM | Report abuse

So I went to the doctor, see what he could give me

he said "Son, son, you've gone too far.

'cause smokin' and trippin' is all that you do."

YYEEEAAAAHH!!!

Posted by: Satchelass | April 22, 2010 3:56 AM | Report abuse

@icehammer97

Re: the Price swipe at Backstrom--no "reportedly" about it. CSN replayed the goal and you could see Price lean out of the bench with his stick and "swipe" the back of Backstrom's legs as he skated by the bench. I used "swipe" vs "whack" because it didn't look like it was that hard a shot. Locker was quite worked up about it, calling for the Penalty.

Posted by: hockeydad | April 22, 2010 5:15 AM | Report abuse

I believe Carey Price hit the nail on the head when he said "but it's over." One more game Friday and then wait for who ever is next.

Posted by: real8 | April 22, 2010 5:19 AM | Report abuse

I just re-read Mike Wise's asinine column from the other day, calling for Theodore to play instead of Varly. Can't stop laughing...

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | April 22, 2010 5:20 AM | Report abuse

Cammalleri calls out Price:

"When we act out in these ways -- and we've all done it, we've all been part of it -- it's the mentality as a group and it's about us being accountable to one another," Montreal forward Mike Cammalleri said. "It's not one guy, it's not two guys, it's our maturity level as a group, maybe. It's not OK to be doing that. To beat these guys, we have to focus 100 percent of our energies, and anything that distracts us from that will be working against us."

Posted by: Justafan | April 22, 2010 6:09 AM | Report abuse

After getting totally pumped by an incredible win, I get a bit sick to read these boards to hear how the Caps aren't good in one way or another. Like the "They don't play right" classic, how you can tear down a team that finds so many great ways to win is beyond me.

So what if Montreal has played their hearts out and we've played

We are a dominant team and we're ahead 3-1. We have taken control of these games when it mattered and taken control of the series.

Posted by: Justafan | April 22, 2010 6:15 AM | Report abuse

(My post got cut off a bit)

So what if Montreal has played their hearts out and we've played

We are a dominant team and we're ahead 3-1. We have taken control of these games when it mattered and taken control of the series.

Posted by: Justafan | April 22, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

My post got cut off because the less than symbol in conjunction with something else is cutting it off. I'll try and get my brilliant ideas out some other time.

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

Maybe he was trying to show the fans and his teammates he actually cares. LOL. What an idiot. Just because you're losing and frustrated doesn't mean you can just start doing anything you want to do. Fine this idiot and I hope he plays in game 5 so we can "accidently" run into him. (okay kidding.) His acts were the very definition of a sore loser and unsportsmanship. Gotta learn to take losing better... you can't take it out on other people just because YOU'RE mad.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 22, 2010 6:33 AM | Report abuse

So Plekanec said: "our goalies are better than theirs." Haha how's that looking now? Yeah Price & Halak look better than Varly now. They'd be having nightmares about Varly. ;)

Posted by: rachel216 | April 22, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse

@timmyv38,
I think the reason they have Laich on the 1st PP unit is that he can take the draw if Nicky is tossed. That would be the only advantage over Knuble in my mind.

Posted by: _Mark | April 22, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Laich is on the first PP because he is a left stick. Bruce is very particular about having left/right balance, and we have three right sticks on the 1st PP unit even without Knuble.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 22, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

The Flyers have a 3-1 lead in their series but they've been hit with some bad news.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=318893

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 22, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Carter and Gagne both having surgery bodes very well for the Caps in the next round if they were to meet. Without Carter it would be very difficult for the Flyers to produce enough offense to keep up with the Caps. Thanks for the link fanohock1....

Posted by: PhilR | April 22, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Good point igor_k17

Posted by: _Mark | April 22, 2010 7:46 AM | Report abuse

I am a good american and I regert doing this but after last night I am very mad with the AHHHH people who think they are one hair above the smell of dog CRAP so here I go ....

A BIG DOUBLE MIDDLE FINGER TO ALL CANADAINS WHO DISREPECTED THE OLD GLORY THE RED WHITE & BLUE OUT NATIONAL ANTHAM . I TRUELY HOPE EVERY SINGLE LAST ONE OF YOU SMELLY FRENCH " CALL THE UNUNTED STATES WE NEED THEIR MICKY MOUSE TO PROTECT US " WELL LIKE I WAS SAYING " WAIT HOLD ON I AM SHAKING LIKE HALAK " I HOPE YOU NO GOOD MF STEP IN A HOLE AND SPRAIN YOUR ANKLES TODAY AND WHILE YOU ARE FALLING YOU STICK OUT YOUR HAND TO BRACE YOURSELF AND YOU BREAK YOUR WRIST !!!!!!! DON'T MESS WITH USA AND WE WILL SEE YOU FIRDAY NIGHT IN WASHINGTON DC YOUR P@@@Y A!! NORTH OF THE BOARDER SLAGGOTS !!! YOUR BEST PLAYER IS A MEXICAN

Posted by: terryreece | April 22, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Alex Ovechkin drinks Carey Price's tears.

Posted by: mozartbooks | April 22, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

If you want to bench someone how about starting with mike green what in the world is a matter with him . I hate to say this but some opposing player needs to knock him on his canadain butt and wake him up !!! or is it he can't play with the canadains because its against his countrys rules WTF ... now theres a seat that needs to be taken on the bench .. that young stud Carlson is playing 10 times better then green ....man wake up

Posted by: terryreece | April 22, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

If you want to bench someone how about starting with mike green what in the world is a matter with him . I hate to say this but some opposing player needs to knock him on his canadain butt and wake him up !!! or is it he can't play with the canadains because its against his countrys rules WTF ... now theres a seat that needs to be taken on the bench .. that young stud Carlson is playing 10 times better then green ....man wake up

Posted by: terryreece | April 22, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

we should be relieved that Price didn't have the balls to try something like this...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vyp1tNasFvw

Posted by: joek443 | April 22, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

"Caps were outplayed that badly early." Did anyone else see it this way? I sure didn't. Perhaps shots on goal are not the best indication of overall play. If anything, I would say it was more event through 2 - with caps blowing it open in 3rd.

Posted by: kkd76 | April 22, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

You know what's wrong with our team? They don't know how to do anything but win.


It's tough, but live with it.

Posted by: Justafan | April 22, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

"It's just frustration,"

Don't worry, the Caps will end your frustration Friday night.

And we WILL NOT "boo" your national anthem either. :P

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | April 22, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

"Caps were outplayed that badly early." Did anyone else see it this way? I sure didn't. Perhaps shots on goal are not the best indication of overall play. If anything, I would say it was more event through 2 - with caps blowing it open in 3rd.

Posted by: kkd76 | April 22, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

the second period was the worst period they've had so far in these playoffs... yes they both scored a goal but it could have turned ugly real easy if not for Varly.

as soon as Knuble scored that shortie, you pretty much knew they would win the third and the game.

Posted by: joek443 | April 22, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

how often does the winning goalie of a 6-3 game get to be the first star of the game? that pretty much tells how badly they were outplayed for the first 40 minutes.

Posted by: joek443 | April 22, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Root Boy Slim would love these play offs. Boogie Till You Puke,People. Finish the ill tempered overmatched Habs Friday. DC will rock.

Posted by: ridgely1 | April 22, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

@kkd76

I thought the Caps were badly outplayed in the 2nd and, during the period, thought the effort was poor. But it could have also been due to Montreal playing a great period and the Caps taking a few bad penalties. But Montreal definitely dominated the 2nd period.

On a side note, I know most people here like Joe B and Laughhlin and I like them most of the time, but their call of the game during the 2nd and 3rd periods was some of the worst announcing I've ever heard.

In the beginning of the 2nd they went on for over 2 minutes of playing time about some dumb old story. It was 1-1 in game of a playoff series, the puck is hanging around the crease and they are basically ignoring the play. This happened for most of the 2nd period and then in the 3rd period when it was tied 2-2 they kept on doing the same thing. Good plays and close calls were happening on the ice and there was no mention of them from either Joe B or Laughlin.

I like hearing little tidbits and such, but in close games they have to mention them and move on to the game. I really have no interest in hearing Laughlin tell a story in a close playoff game. Save those for blowouts.

I know they do similar things a lot, but last night it seemed significantly worse or maybe it just finally pushed me over the edge getting annoyed by it.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 22, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

We've had a couple of stinker 2nd periods (games 2 & 4) and an utterly great one last night.

Posted by: Justafan | April 22, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I didn't think so, at least in the first. If you look at scoring chances vs. shots, the Habs had more shots, but the Caps had more quality chances - a lot of the Habs' shots came from the outside perimeter and a good goalie will stop those all day long. It was fairly even in the first. We fell apart in the second, and Varly kept us from going way way down. Then we got the shorty at the end of the second, and rolled in the third.

Posted by: kittypawz | April 22, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Whoops, I mean an utterly great one Monday night.

Posted by: Justafan | April 22, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

I agree with @kittypawz that we really did not get dominated in the first; the second, though, was another story.

We were standing around.

I'm not turned off in any way by Locker and Joe B., but there was a great open-ice hit by Ovi that was left un-commented on because they weren't paying attention (maybe to open the 3rd?).

Posted by: Justafan | April 22, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Mike Green has 2 assists and is a +2. He averages more than 3 minutes more of TOI a game than any other player on the team. I like John Carlson too but he is averaging more than 6 minutes of TOI less a game than Green. How can anyone possibly blame Green or Schultz for the 1st goal. The Habs had the puck below the goal line and Green was protecting one post while Schultz protected the other. The pass came to the slot where BMo and Fehr were properly positioned but chose to slap at the puck rather than put a body on Cammeleri.

The other goal they were on the ice for was the PP goal in the 2nd. That goal was F'in luck. It bounced off the boards behind the net right off of Varly and was sitting inches from the goal-line for a tap in.

I for one am very happy with the style of game the Caps played in Montreal. They simplified their game. Dump and chase? Sure, why not? Good teams DO NOT win every period in the playoffs. Good teams rely on their goaltending at times. That's why goaltenders have won the Conn Smythe, even when they don't win the Cup like Giguere. The Caps blitzed the Habs as bad in the 3rd as the Habs did in the 2nd. The Habs knew they were going to be playing with fire if they did not win last night and the 2nd was a desparation period for them. Hopefully the boys can close them out on Friday.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 22, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

To joek443 and all others who want a "perfect"game

As a long time fan of the CAPS (since beginning) and former 10 game plan holder and concomittant attender of playoff games (usually getting refund after 1st round), I cannot tell you how many games the CAPS outshot theier opponents and outplayed them in both regular and playoff seasons and LOST!! Save your criticisms for when they lose and are down 3-1 (not going to happen this year).

Posted by: adhardwick | April 22, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

@ adhardwick

why don't you read what I wrote before you start writing?? I said they were outplayed badly in the second and everyone who watched the game knows that... when did I ever say I wanted a perfect game, idiot??

Posted by: joek443 | April 22, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Re: Joe B and Laughlin. I'm a big fan of this pair, but I have to agree with you regarding last night's game.

They went on far far too long about something that wasn't even related to the game. And play was proceeding. It was very annoying. This is playoff hockey.

JUST CALL THE GAME! We don't need to be entertained by anything else.

Cordially,
RBlatch

Posted by: rblatch45 | April 22, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

MG had a good game last night. Had a nice rush/assist on one of the early goals. I thought he was pretty solid all around.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | April 22, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I don't think sitting Semin at this point does anything. This guy does what he wants. He decided he wasn't going to play in Hershey because he had "Military Service" That should have been a "Red Flag" that this guy beats to his own drummer. I keep saying this but he's a less talented Jagr. Even more concerning is that he is not a playoff performer. Great, he gets 40 goals this year. But what really counts the regular season or the playoffs. Unless he comes busting out for the balance of the playoffs, this player is a regular season phenom who disappears when it gets rough and tumble in the postseason. Trade him at the draft table and get a steady performer.

Posted by: diner99 | April 22, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I also love having Joe and Craig call the game, but I agree that last night they were getting silly and stopped calling the game. It was annoying, but better than having Millbury call the game!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | April 22, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

>>>>You know what's wrong with our team? They don't know how to do anything but win.
It's tough, but live with it.

Quoted for Truth :)

Still, if everyone didn't spend all day kvetching about everything the Caps are doing wrong (except winning), then they'd spend all day talking about how great they are, and arrogance isn't all that appealing either. Just win, baby! :)

I don't see them trading Semin since they signed him to an extension through next year. I do think they need to find a true 2nd line scoring center, whether in Hershey or by draft (does Nicky have a brother? :D), cause this "2nd line center by committee" of Flash, B Mo and Belanger just isn't going anywhere.

Posted by: blackjack65 | April 22, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the NHL will discipline Price before or after Game Five. Two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in one period? Hitting a player on the ice with his stick while he's sitting on the bench?

Posted by: greggwiggins | April 22, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

It is my understanding that hitting someone from the bench is an automatic suspension (they'll probably rule he didn't actually touch him, though).

All this back and forth about the quality of the Caps play is pointing out the difference between a #8 and a #1. The #8 has to play 60 mins of really good hockey to win, the #1 has to play 30 mins of good hockey to win.

Posted by: ds_kelly | April 22, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Not an NHL rules expert, but would think that two unsportsmanlike conducts in one game would result in some discipline for Price. If he'd injured Backstrom with his two hand chop after the empty netter, would this be receiving more attention? I actually hope that Price is back in net as Halak gives Montreal a better chance in Game 5.

Assuming we can close things out in Game 5, BB needs to seriously think about makign changes with the second line. Possibly moving Laich back to the 2nd line who works well with Semin will get him going. Knuble needs to stay with the 1st line so the Caps can't simply have Semin play with Ovie and Backstrom to get him going. Love the production we're getting from both the 3rd and 4th lines, but think we'll need some goals from Semin and Fleischmann if we are to advance in the playoffs.

Posted by: wizfan89 | April 22, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

@ diner99: Quit your whining. Semin is playing well. No need for you to be the old man sitting on his porch, eager for the neighborhood kids to hit a baseball into your yard and prompt you to repossess it and sneer at them like the crotchety moron you seem to come off as with your comments on Semin. Quit being such a doubtin thomas, hack.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 22, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

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