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Caps trail Canadiens after one period, 2-0

Hoping to avoid having to play a Game 7 in their first-round series against Montreal, the Washington Capitals came out firing tonight and tested starting goalie Jaroslav Halak early and often. Halak was up to the challenge, turning away several quality chances in the first two minutes.

Buoyed by the outstanding play of their goalie, the Canadiens struck 7 minutes 30 seconds into the game on a goal by Mike Cammalleri on the power play. Cammalleri beat goalie Semyon Varlamov with a wrist shot as Capitals defenseman Shaone Morrisonn was in the penalty box for cross-checking.

Then less than two minutes later, Cammalleri scored again, and the Canadiens had the Capitals scrambling.

Entering the game, Washington Coach Bruce Boudreau hinted he would be making some line changes, and that's exactly what he did by shuffling, among others, Eric Belanger to the first line at center with Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble.

Regular first-line center Nicklas Backstrom moved to the second line with Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin, who had 40 goals during the regular season but has not scored in the playoffs.

The Capitals, who were unable to convert on a 5 on 3 power play that lasted for 1:15, outshot the Canadiens in the period, 18-10.

Be sure to join me immediately after the game for a postgame chat.

By Gene Wang  |  April 26, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
 
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Comments

why is this entry not the most recent??

Posted by: kman2 | April 26, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Playoff Mike Green looks an awful lot like playoff Joe Thorton...zero urgency in their game and when they try to amp it up they are completely lost. God im sick of ring ding babying this guy. Needs to get out of his head and play!

Posted by: Todgak | April 26, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

We need a dang in-game chat. This switching from post to post is not as fun or as immediately cathartic.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Caps will NOT win this series without Semin, Green and Fleishman stepping up and Knuble, Chimera and Laich crashing the net. Simple as that. Ovechkin and Backstrom cannot carry this team on their shoulders. We need more support. Come on Caps. Let's get one back in the second. At least make it a game. LET'S GO CAPS!

Posted by: jmarks09 | April 26, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Caps need to Unleash the Fury!!!!

Posted by: elicea | April 26, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm no expert, but it seems to be a lot of this is on Boudreau, he has made hardly any strategy adjustments this whole series to combat the Habs play.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | April 26, 2010 7:54 PM

And the few adjustments he has tried to make have been largely ineffective.

Again, Montreal has dictated the play in all 3 zones for the majority of this series.

They could match us on the shot chart if they wanted to take as many wild, long-distance shots and take as many risks, offensively.

They are playing smarter and a more complete brand of hockey with an emphasis on defense and avoiding risks that are the staple of Capitals run-n-gun, no discipline hockey.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 26, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I really think Laich is deserving of the same criticism as Semin. Laich is trying but is producing nothing. That rebound chance he had on Semin's early shot was pathetic. He has to put that in.

Laich has done almost nothing this entire series. Same as Semin, Flash, and Green. I am a fan of Laich's but he needs to produce.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 26, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

I picture this going just like last game. MTL will now go completely defensive and Halak will make a thousand saves with no traffic in front of him.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 26, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

we need more players crashing the net....halak is giving us huge rebounds...why aren't we stepping up in front of the habs defense and trying to jam them in? SO FRUSTRATING!

Posted by: KRI819 | April 26, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

because unless your name is Laich or Knuble we're a largely perimeter team.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Even if we find a way to win this game or this series, it doesn't change the fact that there is something fundamentally wrong with this hockey team.

Ted needs to take a serious look from the GM on down in the off-season if he truly believe in building a generationally great hockey team.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 26, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

yeah Green has been turning it over but at least he has some fire in his eyes when he comes back hard to make up for the mistake. Semin turns it over and his shoulders sag.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

This is so frustrating. The Caps CHASED away Halak, and now he's the Great Barrier Reef.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 26, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Get it together boys are you're going to have a lot of questions to answer... and not to mention a crappy flight home.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 26, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

One stinkin' goal from 4 of the top 7 point producers!?

Posted by: visionof75 | April 26, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Semin just whiffed on a shot off a nice pass from Backstrom. So there it is. That was a chance.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Laich has done almost nothing this entire series. Same as Semin, Flash, and Green. I am a fan of Laich's but he needs to produce.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 26, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

laich hit everyone in the last game and tonight he already got into one scrum and on the last play he finished a check hard that cause Semin to get the pass which he promptly missed the net on.

overall laich's record is pretty clean.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Almost rather not have a PP

Posted by: jdove80 | April 26, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Yep. He needs better puck placement on his shots. Absolutely way off.

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Semin just whiffed on a shot off a nice pass from Backstrom. So there it is. That was a chance.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:09 PM

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 26, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

One stinkin' goal from 4 of the top 7 point producers!?

Posted by: visionof75 | April 26, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

they don't operate well in high traffic areas -- i.e. the playoffs.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

The Caps are going to find shots in the middle of the Canadiens PK because the forward play the point aggressively. Semin has to convert on those opportunities.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

They're shooting the puck like a dart game: bull's eye right into Halak's logo.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 26, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Carlson needs to get out there on the PP.

Why does BB insist on the sending the same guys out there and expecting a different result - madness.

Posted by: snoopylad | April 26, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

ANOTHER KILLED POWER PLAY.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 26, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

1-28 on PP. how is that even possible.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 26, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

It's frustrating because shots from the slot are wide open on the PP, but the Caps refuse to go there, and when they do, Semin misses the chances. He just shoots it into Halak's chest.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Bruce should just issue a humble apology letter to Umberger for being so arrogant.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Again another PP - gone and no Carlson. I'll beat it to death. Carlson before Green and/or Corvo.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | April 26, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

dive?

Posted by: jdove80 | April 26, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

the crowd doesn't need to get mad a penalty is called.. we won't score on it anyway.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 26, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

my question is....why didn't Boudreau put in Theodore after the 2nd goal? You could easily argue that of the 4 goals Montreal has scored in these past 2 games, 3 of them have been save-able

Posted by: kman2 | April 26, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

oh boy. not another pp lol.

Posted by: visionof75 | April 26, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Lapierre ragdolls Sarge and Green shows his grit.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

This is the third year that the caps have been in the playoffs and each year it seems like we are not taking the necessary steps forward. The chemistry of the team is wrong. Boudreau was quick to yank Theodore but meanwhile Varlamov is suffering the same fate. It's not the goaltending Bruce, it's your players. They have wilted under the pressure of the playoffs

Posted by: diner99 | April 26, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

How many perimeter shots are the Caps going to take before they decide to crash the net?

HALAK WITH ANOTHER DAMN SAVE.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 26, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

another turnover by Semin on the PP

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

That is a game-winning, series-winning, series-defining save from Halak right there. Enough to frustrate the Caps, I'm sure, from here on out.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

again....

Posted by: jdove80 | April 26, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

why don't we just put Bradley on the wing on the PP, at least he battles and wins the puck.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

when it rains it pours for this team...but this is a hellish drought....
Halak is playing like vintage-Hasek

Posted by: kman2 | April 26, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Semin with another shot right into Halak's chest. If he knows Halak is sliding over, then shoot to the back side of the net--where he was coming from.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I'd be ok with runnin Halak even if you take the penalty

Posted by: jdove80 | April 26, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Another PP - no Carlson. Just sayin. Halak is playing like a beast. Green hits the post. Not good.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | April 26, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

ALL 4 HABS swarm Laich after the whistle. Shows they got their minds set right for a game like this.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

game over. halak's not giving anything up.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 26, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Ovie...are you kidding me?

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 26, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Don't yell at the Refs Bruce, they gave you a 5 on 3, and then a dive on Metropolit.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | April 26, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Caps are going to be stymied because they'll get mentally frustrated. That's why the need an ugly goal. They have to see one go in.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Weal shot by Ov on that breakaway...Goota go forehand and pound it through him.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | April 26, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I'd be ok with runnin Halak even if you take the penalty

Posted by: jdove80 | April 26, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

no one on the caps has the guts to do that

you prolly need a Carcillo or Lappy to do that. We're a buncha nice guys. You know what happens to nice guys.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

That's not an advantage for the Caps.

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Don't yell at the Refs Bruce, they gave you a 5 on 3, and then a dive on Metropolit.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | April 26, 2010 8:19 PM

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 26, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm officially on the Carlson-on-the-PP bandwagon. Hell, even Corvo. Green's not generating. And he hit the post on that shot that actually beat Halak.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Don't yell at the Refs Bruce, they gave you a 5 on 3, and then a dive on Metropolit.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | April 26, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Bruce will cry about the one call he doesn't get. Maybe he wants another 5 on 3.

Schultz with a golden opp to drill Lapierre down the wing and he peels away.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah well that explains why they are watching and the Caps are playing.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 26, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Ted's PR folks are working hard on the next press release.

Titled "We ran into a hot goalie"

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

I guess the water bottle/hand shaking comments kinda pissed off Halak?...

Posted by: kcbrichmond | April 26, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

That offside call there is the prime example of paying attention to details.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

lets go Sabres!

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

omg Belanger's first real hit of the playoffs.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Great backcheck by Fehr on that play. Awesome, he was on his back and still got up and caught up to catch the trailing fwd

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

That looks like an awful call from the official.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

we don't even look like we want to be playing in this game.

Posted by: vm114 | April 26, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

BS Call on Green. A trip??? Really?

Posted by: Jonathan6 | April 26, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

gee, hitting does work! Can't blame Green on that, Kostitsyin drew that penalty with 2 strong hits. that was a makeup call i think. Slight trip or slewfoot i guess

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Montreal has done their share of diving in this series. I wonder if that played into the previous call against them.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 26, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

And now when the Caps are getting chances, they're not even putting the puck on net.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

funny. i feel pessimistically negative when we're on the PK and the same feeling while on the PP.

Posted by: visionof75 | April 26, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Green is playing hard at least.

I can accept mistakes made while playing hard.

Schultz btw is still in reg season mode. Haven't seen anything from him that shows he wants to be involved.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

And now a PK. Just plain ugly, even if by some miracle they win they are just delaying their failed playoff season. They dont have what it takes to win.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 26, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

bout time this catatonic team showed some emotion

thanks Laich!

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

slew foot by green .....more stupidity

Posted by: wendel2 | April 26, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

it only takes one. i have faith

Posted by: bigschu8 | April 26, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Sure Boudreau you put Carlson out to PK. But no PP - you're telling me hasn't earned it? Dumb. Wake up you Curly look-a-like and play him on the PP.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | April 26, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Martin is playing his rookie D-man on the PP. Wish BB would do the same.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

semin flash and ov for crosby

Posted by: wendel2 | April 26, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

stupd semin loses another puck on the end boards in our end, didn't even try to engage, just waved his stick at it

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

No one was in front of the net there on Backstrom's shot. OV had to plant himself there. That's the kind of goal that has to be rebounded in. That's what makes for successful hockey. Golden opportunity blown, in addition to two bad shots from the slot from OV that, had he fielded the puck cleanly, he should've converted.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Semin shouldnt be allowed inside our blueline, he has no idea what to do. His effort on the offensive side though has been pretty good and he's actually kinda cycling the puck. Pretty strong on his skates when he wants to be

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

hundred bottles of ripple wine bottles on the wall, one down ... lol

Posted by: hock1 | April 26, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Green LOSES THE PUCK for a Habs fast break. COME ON!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 26, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Fehr is an absolute idiot.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | April 26, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Caps looked like an undisciplined game four Habs.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 26, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

There. Fehr got the goalie interference someone here was calling for. Not sure that really helps at this point, though, because if the Caps go down 3-0 heading into the third, this thing is most definitely over.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

i like to see that from Fehr

pretty ain't cuttin it

again though, no help from his pvssy linemates Flash and whoever else it was. Fehr was on his own getting swarmed on.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

hundred bottles of ripple wine bottles on the wall, one down ... lol

Posted by: hock1 | April 26, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

not sure what that is but i'm guessing thats what your mama got plastered on when she conceived you?

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

that wasnt exactly showing composure

Posted by: bigschu8 | April 26, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

What's the old saying? Defense wins playoffs. This Caps team will not win a Game 7 unless they play for 60 MINUTES and tighten up on defense. It's not even about the awful power play, but Caps can't even score on even strength. We better have the period of the season in the third or I'm worried about our chances in Game 7.

Posted by: jmarks09 | April 26, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

the refs shoulda gotten someone on the retaliation, fehr took a lotta shots after the fact

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

That is way to play. Show grit and put our great PK team one man down.

Posted by: hock1 | April 26, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Habs cover more defensive ice with 3 guys than we do with 4 or 5.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 26, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

pls don't show BB's face anymore.

Im starting to dislike him like I used to hate watching Norv on the sidelines

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Caps outplayed Montreal in this period, so your only hope is that it carries over to the third and they finally break through.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

That is way to play. Show grit and put our great PK team one man down.

Posted by: hock1 | April 26, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

isn't your way just to bend over grab your ankles and squeal weee weee weee!!

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, cstanton and hock. Can you take your garbage elsewhere?

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

33-13 in shots and not a thing to show for it

Posted by: jdove80 | April 26, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

not sure what that is but i'm guessing thats what your mama got plastered on when she conceived you?

Posted by: cstanton1 |
Oh you recognized yourself? LOL.
Yes I have a mama. Did you ever find out on what street is yours working, crack-baby.

Posted by: hock1 | April 26, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Caps outplayed Montreal in this period, so your only hope is that it carries over to the third and they finally break through.

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

they did but so what you know. Its been pointed out time and time again that this team thinks it can slack off for a period and then turn on the jets. And eventually it catches up to you.

How many times has Bruce glossed over the fact that his team wasn't ready to play at the start of a game just because they turned it on and pulled out the win.

they got that msg loud and clear coach!

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

100 bottles of ripple wine on the wall, 10 down and ... LOL.

Posted by: hock1 | April 26, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

The Caps just are not a good playoff team. Decade after Decade another disappointment. They never seem to be able to close a team out when they have them on the ropes. Great and exciting regular season team but they stink in playoff hockey minus 1998. If the HABS win this game the Caps are done for this year.

Posted by: pkme | April 26, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Hock1 careful not to get jizz all over your Semin jersey.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

they still have 20 minutes. I am very down on them right now but have no choice but hope they can find a way to win. Good teams do and they have done it before. Bruce needs to show some composure and the team will follow. Lead us Knubes.

Posted by: bigschu8 | April 26, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

From other post:

Maybe Ovi shouldn't have jested about Halak's shaking hand....doesn't seem to be shaking now. I hate those kind of stupid comments.

Posted by: ralCapsFan | April 26, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, cstanton and hock. Can you take your garbage elsewhere?

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

he'll be better once his meds kick in.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

The Caps really woke up in that period.

They didn't score - but were worthy of like 7 goals for.

More importantly they didn't give up any either.

Eventually Montreal will get tired - all that hitting and emotion early catches up and we need one error from Halak.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | April 26, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, cstanton and hock. Can you take your garbage elsewhere?

Posted by: CDon | April 26, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

he'll be better once his meds kick in.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 26, 2010 8:51 PM

Still hallucinating? I am just answering to your stupid remarks. Put that bottle down, do yourself a favor. You are not smart, or witty, enough to keep this up.

I will "try" to ignore your dumb remarks I promise if you just slow down... I promise. Put that bottle down it will help.


Posted by: hock1 | April 26, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

We need Feds in the house.

Posted by: didnik | April 26, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I have never posted on this blog, but I read it every game. I do not know why some of you think that we will lose tonight and on Wed. This team will not lose this series. Whe might not win the cup, but this series will be ours.

Posted by: capsfan788 | April 26, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Game set match - Game 7 Wednesday night.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | April 26, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

It seems that way Jonathan6, but it is not over until the final whistle.

Posted by: hock1 | April 26, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Why are Semin and Flash on ice with a minute left? Unreal. Is there any accountability with BB? wtf?

Posted by: Fletch22 | April 26, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

This is a Captastrophe. I said it at the time, but yanking Theo -- the keeper who got Washington here -- for a few bad minutes was a deplorable decision. This team looks lifeless. Still, they could win Game 7, but I put the odds somewhere around 50-50. Just a terrible night for Caps fans.

Posted by: scrappledog | April 26, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

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