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Caps trim deficit to 2-1 after two periods

After a delay to start the second period because of a goal camera in need of repair, the Capitals cut the deficit to 2-1 on Alex Ovechkin's strike less than four minutes in.

The puck had come free in front of the crease, and Mike Knuble was trying to push it past goalie Jaroslav Halak. As the puck squirted out past Knuble's skates, Ovehckin got his stick on it and poked it into the net for his fifth goal of the series.

The Capitals had a quality chance to tie the game midway through the period when Knuble again was in front of the net battling for a loose puck. But Halak withstood the bid, and Washington forward Eric Fehr was called for roughing when he entered the fray as the whistle blew.

The Capitals did not allow a shot during that power play, bringing the Verizon Center crowd to its feet in approval.

Washington again had to play with a man down a few minutes later, when Nicklas Backstrom was called for a high stick on Montreal's Josh Georges, but the Capitals staved that off and finished the period 3 for 3 on the penalty kill.

Washington outshot Montreal in the period, 11-10.

Don't forget to join me immediately following the game for a postgame chat.

By Gene Wang  |  April 23, 2010; 8:37 PM ET
 
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Comments

The Canadiens PK is doing a good job on the Caps PP (in fact both PK teams are doing well so far). Stop fretting about it, we are better 5 on 5 (supposedly) and thus should prevail.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 23, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Come on Semin!!!!! Let's go caps

Posted by: guer_j | April 23, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey Geno - when are we going to have live chat. It's so much better that clicking hte refresh button a thousand times.

Posted by: instinct227 | April 23, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

In fact, I don't mind if the Caps get more PP opportunities and don't score; at least it will upset the Canadiens rythm.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 23, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Flashy ! one goal , that's All

Posted by: guer_j | April 23, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

i think the canadiens have had more opportunities to score on OUR PP they we have.

They canadiens have no reason to fear us if they take a penalty.

This is it... dig deep, find that extra gear and go. Shoot from any and every angle and let's pick up the trash and close this baby out!

Posted by: natresgroup | April 23, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Not sure if y'all follow the Terps, but BB unwaivering loyalty to Mike Green reminds me of GW's relationship to GV. Neither player is perfect (actually, so far from it), but in the eyes of their respective coaches, they can do absolutely NO Wrong.

I don't get it. Carlson and Mike Green might as well be playing two different sports. Green is quite literally killing us :(

Posted by: tomfoley1 | April 23, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

How's Flash doing defensively? I would think he's doing OK since he's fast. We need all the speed we can get against these guys.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 23, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Let's please storm back in the 3rd for the 4th game in a row.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 23, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I feel like the pissed off navy guy in Top Gun walking around yelling "I WANT SOME BUTTS." Only I WANT SOME GUTS. Where is the Caps team from Games 3 and the 1st and 3rd periods of Game 4?????????

The APB is still out. Looking to see if the team is still in Montreal or perhaps still lost in the fog from Wednesday night.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | April 23, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a Green hater, but he's just not playoff caliber. I don't know why. He's gotten worse since the playoffs began.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 23, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

20 minutes left in regulation. Come on, Caps. Finish them off!

Posted by: wocoliz | April 23, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I think it's time to UNLEASH THE FURY!

Posted by: wocoliz | April 23, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

actually Poti has gotten the most ice time so far, about a minute more than Green and Carlson who got over 15 minutes...

Posted by: joek443 | April 23, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Come on Caps. Bring on that third period magic.

Posted by: Terptwin | April 23, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

This two game cushion has taken away the Caps' sense of urgency.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 23, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

IF Flash or Semin get a goal, it's a blowout

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 23, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

THIS ISN'T THE YEAR:

I hope I'm wrong. But here's my reasoning.

Watching the Pens the last 2 games, I see characteristics of a SC team. They control the puck. They don't give up many turnovers, they execute on the PP, they don't panic in their own zone or ice the puck very often.

We do the opposite.

OV, a turn-over and scoring machine. That's not gonna cut it.

We no longer have 2 scoring lines.

Hopefully they can fix the 2nd line, but the other mistakes they cannot. At least not this year.

To fix the PP in my opinion, remove SEMIN, replace with Fehr or Knuble. Take OVi off the point, in place for Laich, put Corvo or Carlson on the point.

They have to AT LEAST get the PP going if they're gonna have any shot at the SC this year.

On even strenghth, you guys won't agree with me, but I think we should swap Backstrom with Bellange or Morrison. If we can't get a 2nd line out of Semin's line, then split up our top 2 offensive players, Backy and OVi, and see what happens.

Or, bench semin or flash for walker/stechle. Those guys will at least finish their checks. Which is right now a lot more than what flash or semin are doing.

Sorry for covering a bunch of topics in one post. Had to get it all off my chest.

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

OH yea, and Green totally sucks. Need to trade him or another top 15 center or D-man.

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Guys are just kind of crusing around hoping their skill will get them through. Soon it will be 2 min left and they will still be down by a goal.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 23, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Better let it all out this period. whats the worst that could happen.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 23, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

OT win...i'm calling it now.

Posted by: kman2 | April 23, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

PP

Posted by: jdove80 | April 23, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Semin is due for a goal. Come on Alex!

Posted by: Terptwin | April 23, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

crowd noise is deafening...pathetic

Posted by: tomfoley1 | April 23, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

HAHA, I'd rather not be on the PP.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 23, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Yet another waste of space by floms.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 23, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

GOD DAMNET THIS TEAM PISSES ME OFF!!!

WAY TOO FKCIN CUTE!!!

They better change the line up on the PP!!

Thank you green. TAKE OVI OFF THE POINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Damnit Green, way to lose the puck.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 23, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Green is looking all outs of sorts

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 23, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

gotta do something with this PP

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | April 23, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Green is now equally useless offense and defense.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 23, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, Halak is the difference in this game

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 23, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Halak is going all-out on Semin... wow.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 23, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

SOMEONE BREAK HALAK

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 23, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Best PP so far, but Halak was sublime, grrr

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 23, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Best PP so far, but Halak was sublime, grrr

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 23, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

So far, the difference in this game is Halak. He made so many great saves on that PP.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 23, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Halak will steal this game. Green only continues to show why Carlson needs to be on that point. Green is lazy when it comes to handling the point. Let me hear him blame the ice there. Mmm hmm sure.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | April 23, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Knuble might have to be our hero in this one.

Posted by: Terptwin | April 23, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

What are we now 0-5 on PP. Let's call up the Bears.

Posted by: instinct227 | April 23, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Gotta crash the net. Halak on his game.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 23, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

timmyv38...I'm callin like it is. Take the red blinders off.

Green = not play off ready.

Semin = will never be playoff ready. Correction..NHL playoff ready. He'll kick butt in the KHL.

OVI = Still a turn over machine.

I wish it was a waste of space. But this is what i've seen through 5 games.

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Terptwin, I don't care who it is, as long as we HAVE a hero.

Posted by: wocoliz | April 23, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Semin may have been our best player two years ago against the Flyers in the playoffs.

Posted by: Satts | April 23, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

It's time for a 8-19-28 line.

Posted by: instinct227 | April 23, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Agreed Lloyd. The Caps need to be relentless in front of the net.

Posted by: Terptwin | April 23, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

floms, you're ignoring facts.

Semin = close to a point/game average in the playoffs.

Ovie = best scorer in the NHL since Lemieux.

Green has not lived up to his potential, true. But it's a little early to be aking a call like that.

So, once again, a waste of space - which every post of yours that I have seen has been.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 23, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

agreed instinct.

Posted by: Satts | April 23, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

What happened to going top shelf on Halak? I thought that was how we got him out of there the last time....

Posted by: LaureninGlenBurnie | April 23, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Yep, Halak is the difference in this one so far. LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: wocoliz | April 23, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how many of you are watching on VS or who their play-by-play guy is but he is only about 50% in naming players. On that last shift alone he called Knuble Green on the play on the wall in front of the bench then said Belenger instead of Bradley later in that shift. It is hard to watch with all the wrong names being said.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 23, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

What happened to going top shelf on Halak? I thought that was how we got him out of there the last time....

Posted by: LaureninGlenBurnie | April 23, 2010 9:22 PM

That has seemed to be his weakness. Haven't seen many high shots on him yet this game.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 23, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Thank you green. TAKE OVI OFF THE POINT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 9:13 PM
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AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've been screaming about this (to my non hockey watchin GF) for years now. When OV is down low on the PP, he demands sooo much attention thereby freeing up guys such as our fav Mike Green to tee off from around the circles instead of just inside the blue line. Yes, OV takes more of a punishment, but I don't think he gives an fcuk.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | April 23, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

sigh

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 23, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Gotta admit that Semin is playing much better this game

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 23, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how many of you are watching on VS or who their play-by-play guy is but he is only about 50% in naming players. On that last shift alone he called Knuble Green on the play on the wall in front of the bench then said Belenger instead of Bradley later in that shift. It is hard to watch with all the wrong names being said.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 23, 2010 9:23 PM

I'm watching on CSN, so not having that problem. At least the guy is picking players who have a number that looks almost the same though.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 23, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Shots from the top of the circles are a total waste of time. Halak is not going to let any in.

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

Come on guys, time is running out.

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

timmyv38 -

- Semin has 0 goals for how many playoff game?

- At least we both agree on Green

- OVi, will always be a step behind Crosby and Malkin, until he changes his game. He turns the puck over much too often upon entry, thinking he can beat the entire team. He's been goin it for 5 years. Sometimes he does score, yes, through a screen shot through the d's legs. But most of the time, especially playoffs, its a turn over.

Puck possestion is KING. He has every bit of talent to make a better play. Fedorov even told him he needed to utilize his teamates better.

Maybe he'll learn one day.

If he doesn't learn, he'll still get a ton of goals, but he'll never reach his true potential.

I love OVi as much as everyone. But it frustrates me seeing the same mistakes for 5 years.

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

timmyv38-

I will add- its more of BB's fault, for not correcting that aspect of his game.

And BB's style of play in general, is just way to casual on the defensive side. Its very 'loosy goosy' as they say. Great for regular season play and selling tickets. Not great for playoff hockey.

Not saying we can't make it past this round. But its hard for me to see this style of play get past 3 rounds.

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Man, I'm so pissed. They're playing like they don't care.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 23, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Still waiting for that final push from the Caps. Wondering when and if it will come. (By the way, Sloan has been awful tonight.)

Posted by: CDon | April 23, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

The Caps with 40 shots and 1 goal; Halak is playing nuts good, grrr

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 23, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

dude, that play right there was a perfect example. 3 canadian players down low, defended by 2 caps. Backs finally got back there. OVi and Semin? Right at the blue line floating around. Or should I say "covering the pass to the point"

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Come on!!! I'm giving up sex for this game!!!

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | April 23, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, they really seem like they want to go back to Montreal. Bad passes and lazy movement is really wasting a lot of precious scoring time. Oh well, at least I won't be getting on a plane in two days to go to Canada. Can't say the same for them.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 23, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Dont like that if they lose they have to win 3 road games in MTL to prevent another 7 game series.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 23, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

floms, Semin has continually had the same problem: his linemates are continually changing, and are doing nothing to help him. He has been the only player on the 2nd line creating offense at all this series. If Halak wasn't making such incredible saves on him, he would have at least 4 goals by now. Meanwhile, he has been playing great defense, killing penalties, and saving goals. He is definitely playoff caliber, he just hasn't had any help from his line.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 23, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Sunuva...we're going to have a game 6. Terrible game. I'm calling it.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 23, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Will it come down to pulling Varlamov?

Posted by: Terptwin | April 23, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

remember one of montreal's keys to the series... go down 3 - 1. so far it's working.

Posted by: natresgroup | April 23, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Montreal is packing it in, so the Caps can't attempt stretch passes. They have to dump, chase and win puck battles. A guy like Fehr should be playing some big minutes down the stretch on the first or second line because he forechecks well.

Posted by: CDon | April 23, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Guys, also give credit to Montreal.

They're not playing the same way they did at their place.

They're playing a solid, conservative defensive style game. They got 2 quick goals and bunkered down.

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

- OVi, will always be a step behind Crosby and Malkin, until he changes his game. He turns the puck over much too often upon entry, thinking he can beat the entire team. He's been goin it for 5 years. Sometimes he does score, yes, through a screen shot through the d's legs. But most of the time, especially playoffs, its a turn over.

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Actually Crosby had more give aways then Ovechkin. Ovechkin also had many more take aways then Crosby this season. Oh yeah he also had more assists then Crosby this year so I would say he is using his teammates. Malkin had less give aways but also much less take aways and missed more games then Ovechkin and had no where near the assists that Ovechkin did this season. People see Ovechkin go end to end on the hightlight reel and just figure he doesn't pass because he scores a lot.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 23, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Varly!! AAAARRRGGHHH!

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 23, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow another too many men on the ice call. Got to be kidding me.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 23, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

what a waste.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 23, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

at least we play better on the road then we do at home for this opposite series.

Posted by: natresgroup | April 23, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

And that completes the pathetic game.

Ridiculous.

We lost this game in the first 5 minutes.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 23, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

After tonight, I won't be surprised if this goes 7 games.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 23, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Caps have to get a couple early in Game 6. They've had awful lapses in concentration tonight, including this too many men on the ice penalty at the end of the game. Not sure what the hell Varly was thinking going back to the net. This is something awful. The Caps oftentimes just don't play like a smart team that's capable of doing great damage in the playoffs. Winning teams have mental toughness and don't make those kinds of mistakes.

Posted by: CDon | April 23, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Way to shoot yourselves in the foot guys.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 23, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Well, that's going to be a problem...

Posted by: Terptwin | April 23, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

UNFCKN believable.....

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I really hate this team sometimes.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 23, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

It should also be noted that great teams win their home playoff games. They don't choke them away like the Caps ALWAYS do.

Posted by: CDon | April 23, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

And back to Montreal we go. Argggggghhhh.

Posted by: wocoliz | April 23, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

pathetic suck azz performance

Posted by: JCB9 | April 23, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

AHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAH GOT DAMNET!!!!!

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Actually Crosby had more give aways then Ovechkin. Ovechkin also had many more take aways then Crosby this season. Oh yeah he also had more assists then Crosby this year so I would say he is using his teammates. Malkin had less give aways but also much less take aways and missed more games then Ovechkin and had no where near the assists that Ovechkin did this season. People see Ovechkin go end to end on the hightlight reel and just figure he doesn't pass because he scores a lot.

Posted by: icehammer97
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Was just getting ready to say about the same thing!

People like to nitpick OV - it's just the easy thing to do when they lose.

The prob with this team is their D, that's the bottom line, no pun intended.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | April 23, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

POSTGAME THOUGHTS:

The Caps are in BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG trouble. HUGE.

Ohhhh so now Boudreau waits until they're down a man with a minute left to put Carlson out there. Give me a break.

PANIC BUTTON NOW.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | April 23, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

PRACTICE THE PUCKING FLOWERPLAY AND MAKE IT A POWERPLAY

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 23, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Even if we win this series, we're going to get killed by a better 5-on-5 team down the road.

We should've been down 3 or 4 to nothing early in the game.

Montreal deserved the win and are unlucky to be down 3-2.

They are a more fundamentally sound hockey team.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 23, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Caps may very well win in Game 6. But this loss tonight, I think, tells you a lot about what kind of team Washington is, and I'm not so sure it's that pretty. Still not demonstrating the mental toughness and concentration they need to be champions. I mean, dropping two of three games at home to Montreal is disgraceful.

Posted by: CDon | April 23, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Why do they play terrible at home? The only game they won they had to come back from a huge deficit. That was really bad.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 23, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm amazed these guys couldn't close this series out at home tonight. It shows what a difference a hot goalie, just enough offense and a solid defense can do for you. Hopefully, three times will be a charm in Montreal.

Posted by: Terptwin | April 23, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

This thing is going seven games, and the Caps are in real trouble.

Posted by: CDon | April 23, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

The Caps did NOT play terrible. Halak was just sick in goal

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 23, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

they better bring it on Monday. It is gonna be tough to take 3 in Montreal.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | April 23, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Disappointing to say the least.

Posted by: wocoliz | April 23, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

This team is really frustrating to root for. Are they really ready to be champions? Let alone win a series in less than 7 games? Philly is resting and laughing right now!

Posted by: JohnWWW | April 23, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I don't get why this team cannot get motivated and play a full 60 minutes of hockey.....this was a sh*tty effort..pathetic underachieving bunch tonight...

Posted by: JCB9 | April 23, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

@CDON - right on. I hope they can win in MTL but don't see it happening. This team wouldn't know what a home ice advantage was if it stared them in the face like it did tonight.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | April 23, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Sloan needs to come out for Game 6. ShaMo or Erskine should be in the lineup.

Posted by: CDon | April 23, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

if we do somehow survive this series, how do we think we have any chance of winning the cup if we have NO IDEA how to play in the playoffs? I can't understand WHY ON F'N EARTH we can't get up to play a 60 minute game.

I'm not going to give Montreal credit for sh*t, we play our complete game I don't give a f***k what Montreal does. No team in the league can beat us if we played a complete game.

I'm sick of watching a team that doesn't realize how to play in the playoffs consistently. You have to win 4 games before you can take a break boys.

Posted by: natresgroup | April 23, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

- OVi, will always be a step behind Crosby and Malkin, until he changes his game. He turns the puck over much too often upon entry, thinking he can beat the entire team. He's been goin it for 5 years. Sometimes he does score, yes, through a screen shot through the d's legs. But most of the time, especially playoffs, its a turn over.

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Actually Crosby had more give aways then Ovechkin. Ovechkin also had many more take aways then Crosby this season. Oh yeah he also had more assists then Crosby this year so I would say he is using his teammates. Malkin had less give aways but also much less take aways and missed more games then Ovechkin and had no where near the assists that Ovechkin did this season. People see Ovechkin go end to end on the hightlight reel and just figure he doesn't pass because he scores a lot.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 23, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse
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Ok, but what about in the playoffs?

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

It wouldn't surprise me at all if we lose this series.

We got extremely lucky to win Game 2.

Montreal plays more fundamentally sound hockey in all 3 zones and we can't handle their speed.

We are a team that is already prone to defensive breakdowns and getting caught out of position. With Montreal's speed and sound style of play, it's completely within their ability to win the next 2 games.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 23, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

They made Halak look good a lot by not getting in front of him.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 23, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

They played terrible in the fact that they didn't crash the net like they did the last time they beat this goalie. They made a lot of pretty shots on net, but that doesn't help a whole lot.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 23, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Give credit to the Caps and Halak. Halak kept this from being a 5-2 game, and the Caps played well.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 23, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how much Bob Woods has to do with this, but I didn't like when they brought him up from the Bears. I don't care that he won a Calder Cup, the Bears had an all-star laden team.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | April 23, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

My observations...

1) This team did not play with any passion, conviction or urgency to win tonight.

2) Green has been atrocious in this series. He mishandles the puck on the powerplay and just seems distracted. I don't know if he is injured or what, but he needs to be taken off the powerplay unit.

3) The defense is awful. Corvo and Sloan need to be unpaired. I believe Erskine needs to be put into the lineup. None of the other guys except Carlson are playing on a consistent basis.

4) BB needs to put Scott Walker in the frickin' lineup. They have no extra grit in this lineup. Chimera-Belanger-Walker as the 3rd line was working prior to the playoffs. All this experimenting has gotten this team nowhere.

5) Instead of having some time off to rest, now you have got to go back to Montreal on Monday. Montreal has the momentum while the Flyers rest and wait.

This team needs to wake up! This is the playoffs not preseason.

Posted by: robostop10 | April 23, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

- OVi, will always be a step behind Crosby and Malkin, until he changes his game. He turns the puck over much too often upon entry, thinking he can beat the entire team. He's been goin it for 5 years. Sometimes he does score, yes, through a screen shot through the d's legs. But most of the time, especially playoffs, its a turn over.

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Actually Crosby had more give aways then Ovechkin. Ovechkin also had many more take aways then Crosby this season. Oh yeah he also had more assists then Crosby this year so I would say he is using his teammates. Malkin had less give aways but also much less take aways and missed more games then Ovechkin and had no where near the assists that Ovechkin did this season. People see Ovechkin go end to end on the hightlight reel and just figure he doesn't pass because he scores a lot.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 23, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse
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Ok, but what about in the playoffs?

Also, its where and how OVi turns it over that sucks. Its always at the blue line, which results in a rush the other way.

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

news flash....the caps did play terrible...they cant expect play like crap then turn it up a notch and beat teams...work ethic is still sub par...flash is brutal and semin shoots shoot shoots and does not want to do anything else

Posted by: wendel2 | April 23, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Caps should just slip into the playoffs like Pittsburgh does. They have no idea how to play as favorites. They've wasted home ice the last two years. Sad, sad outcome tonight. Caps talked a big game coming into this series. They said the loss from last year stung and they were ready to show everyone that they can take the next step. I haven't seen it yet.

Posted by: CDon | April 23, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

In baseball, the team with the better pitcher wins.

In hockey, the team with the better goalie wins.

What you can you do, Halak was better than Varly tonight....but just barely.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | April 23, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

The Caps did NOT play terrible. Halak was just sick in goal

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 23, 2010 9:44 PM

Did you watch the first 5 minutes of the game?

They should've been up at least 3-0.

Imagine if Montreal was better at even strength. They probably would have already won this series.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 23, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

also, what did they go, 0 for 4 on the PP again?

You can also point out and say that was the difference.

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I really don't see us going into Montreal and winning a 3rd straight game. If we do I'll be happy but I don't see it happening.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 23, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

First period was the difference. Wonder if the Caps will ever stop having horrible 20 minute stretches. No chance they beat Philly playing like this, should they manage to win one of these last two.

Posted by: McBride33 | April 23, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I really don't see us going into Montreal and winning a 3rd straight game. If we do I'll be happy but I don't see it happening.

Posted by: LloydChristmas |

That is my worry. Smells like another 7 gamer.

Posted by: jdove80 | April 23, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

It's so true. Championship teams play 60 minutes of hockey. They don't loaf around for the first half of a first period and then just expect that they have the fire power to come back.

Sloan needs to come out.
Green has been awful again this postseason. Cut his ice time.
Scratch Flash.
Give Fehr more meaningful minutes.

Posted by: CDon | April 23, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

As a hockey player growing up - even as a kid who played wing or center - BACKCHECKING was more than crucial. Crosby backchecks. Ovechkin does not. Until Ovechkin learns to backcheck he will be a step behind Crosby in that department. Sorry. It's not just an opinion - it's a fact. That may be a tough pill for some of you to swallow but it's true. There's no comparing whose better than who. There are certain things about each player that they may do better than the other. It's just the way it is.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | April 23, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Here come people pressing the panic button and saying we're in trouble. It's incredible.

They weren't ready to start the game, which is pretty surprising and disappointing at home which was the difference.

PP still blows and there hasn't been an adjustment to counteract the Montreal pressure. Halak was solid but not sensational. He made a couple good saves and the rest of shots were low and into the body. Made him look better he actually played.

Please sit 14...please. The guy is worthless. At least Semin backchecks and takes shots. He playing with noone on his line.

Disappointing but I'm really not worried. We'll take game 6 in their house.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 23, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

GODDAMNIT NOW THE SERIES IS ENTIRELY IN THEIR FAVOR! JUST CLOSE A DAMN SERIES! STOP THESE 7 GAME MARATHONS!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | April 23, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Great, now we have to wait till Monday night, a full day of work, to mull over what will happen in game 6.

I think I'm just gonna skip the game.

I wonder if pens fans when they watch their team, if its this much of an emotional roller coaster.

I don't think so. Watching the Pens loose last night, they were still in total control, even strenght, and were dominate on the PP. Very comfortable in their own end.

Somehow I think we have heart attacks every game, while the Pens fans don't.

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

As a hockey player growing up - even as a kid who played wing or center - BACKCHECKING was more than crucial. Crosby backchecks. Ovechkin does not. Until Ovechkin learns to backcheck he will be a step behind Crosby in that department. Sorry. It's not just an opinion - it's a fact. That may be a tough pill for some of you to swallow but it's true. There's no comparing whose better than who. There are certain things about each player that they may do better than the other. It's just the way it is.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | April 23, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Whatever. Ovie was fantastic tonight.

Posted by: McBride33 | April 23, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

@Moose33

I think we all should be worried because the Caps don't know how to play a complete game and because, quite frankly, Montreal has probably had stronger prolonged stretches of hockey. They just can't score. Imagine if they start putting some pucks in the next couple of games. There's plenty to worry about with this team, in both this series and (maybe) beyond.

Posted by: CDon | April 23, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Learn to kick a team when it's down. We let them back in and I expect their best effort in game 6 and probably have a game 7 in VC and that's not home ice advantage.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 23, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if pens fans when they watch their team, if its this much of an emotional roller coaster.

I don't think so. Watching the Pens loose last night, they were still in total control, even strenght, and were dominate on the PP. Very comfortable in their own end.

Somehow I think we have heart attacks every game, while the Pens fans don't.

Posted by: floms

haha last time I checked, no Caps fans killed their wives and set their houses on fire over a Caps game.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 23, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

OV is just much too fast for his teammates. They can't keep up with him...OV is killing us :)

Posted by: tomfoley1 | April 23, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Ovi was fantastic tonight?

He was a -1. On the ice for both goals against to put us in a 0-2 hole.

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

ARGH!!!! The only thing that would make me feel better is if the Pens loose tomorrow night.


GOD this stings. It makes me wonder why I watch. Why can't they just PUT A TEAM AWAY! If this series goes 7 games, I'm divorcing this team. Freaken 7th seed Flyers are sitting and resting. Unbelievable.

I'm pinning this one on BB. He's being out coached.

Yeh, I've pointed out Green, Semin, Flash, but still. BB can coach better then this. Its no secret what Montreal is doing.

Its text book "How to beat the Caps 101".

You better believe the Flyers have already wrote a few chapters in that book.

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the statement of Corvo and Sloan being unpaired. Corvo just wants to play offense and that leaves Sloan by himself, and he is not NHL caliber. If you have to play Corvo, stick Erskine with him to try to clean up his messes. Semin had a good game and is due.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | April 23, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

rachel,

Metropolit is correct.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 23, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Freaken 7th seed Flyers are sitting and resting. Unbelievable

yea, and made the playoffs in the last game of the season, in a shoot out no less. pisses me off too.

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

The stinkin' Flyers eliminate the Devils with ease, but the #1 Caps can't put away the darn #8 Canadiens in a home game when they had them on the ropes. I would say unbelievable, but unfortunately it is very believable. I would consider some fresh legs on Monday. Flash is MIA, and BMO has not gotten his game back which left him in late December. Green is nervous or something. I hate to say this, but the Canadiens should be the team up 3-2 in this series (Game 2 was theirs for the taking). Damn.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | April 23, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse


@rachel216
>>Real classy dude
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You were right, sorry about that.

Not sorry about the CH winning though.
But now, i'm very scared about next game:the Caps played very well and we were lucky the refs didn't see us playing with 6 players like you guys got busted for!

One things's for sure, the show is great! I was most happy about playing Washington.

Varlamov was very good, too bad for you Halak was better.

Sorry again: little frustration here.... but i still hate the guy:wish he was on my team.

Posted by: ronaldcajelais | April 23, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

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