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Caps Win, Schultz Injured

The Caps clinched the Southeast Division title tonight with a 3-1 win over Florida, but they lost another defenseman.

Jeff Schultz left the game in the second period with an injury the team wouldn't even classify as being "upper body" or "lower body".

Must be playoff time.

Schultz is the second D-Man to go down in recent days. Shaone Morrisonn suffered an "upper body" last Tuesday and is week-to-week.

The Caps are off on Sunday, but they're going need to recall a defenseman from Hershey. I'm assuming it will be prospect Sami Lepisto, but it also could be Josef Boumedienne. Stay tuned on that one.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 5, 2008; 11:51 PM ET
 
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Congrats to the CAPS...hurry back guys...we need you!!!

Posted by: mike b | April 6, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

You said the "P" word.... Loving it!! Hopefully Schultzy will heal quickly. From what I hear, the Caps will open up on Thursday night. Let's Go Caps!!

Posted by: Don-Ald | April 6, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Schultz took a puck to the foot. Looked like it was head-on. As soon as it happened, he came off the ice grimacing, stayed on the bench for a few and was sent down the tunnel.

Posted by: keef | April 6, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Will the Caps continue to keep practice open to the public during the playoffs?

Posted by: Bubba | April 6, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Keef I didn't know what happened. Maybe it's a good sign (not broken foot) that he was out there for the Shirts Off?

Posted by: mauree | April 6, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Fantastic game.

Once the Caps found their game again in the mid-second period, the game was theirs from then on.

Sucks about Schultz, though. I'd like to see Lepisto, personally, simply because he has experience on the line this year, and he played well while down here, too.

Is there any news on Morrisonn, yet? I'm afraid he got what Lecavalier got from Cooke in the last game.

I don't know about everyone else, but I'm hoping for Ottawa in the first round, so let's get some support to Pittsburgh in the game tomorrow.

Gotta love them Caps!

Also, awards:

Ovechkin: Hart, Art Ross, Rocket Richard, and Pearson
Backstrom: Calder
Boudreau: Adams
Laing: Masterton

Anything else?

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | April 6, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

from the previous:

Thanks, guys. It sure was good - just saw the replay. Too bad. Anyway, we won - that's all that matters! :-)

mauree:
So you heard BB's interview? The only other one was with Clark. He praised the team and the fans (and the red out), and basically hinted (after being asked) that he may be back for the playoffs. The rest of the time was spent giving fans game jerseys, the guys clapping for the fans, etc..

RE: Brooks, I did see him at the jersey give away and he was on his own. While he was not limping, he did seem to be moving gingerly. I don't recall seeing him back in the game, but maybe he was?!? Regardless, I hope he is OK. He's been big for the Caps this season ...

Posted by: Boo! | April 6, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Brooks Laich did comeback for at least one shift.

Posted by: uncatim | April 6, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

I was told Brooks is going to be fine.

Posted by: Tarik | April 6, 2008 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Boo -

Brooks definitely returned in the 3rd after limping off. He looked fine when he was back on the ice.

Didn't see what happened to Schultz though. Did anyone else?

Posted by: Jordana | April 6, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Tarik

Posted by: uncatim | April 6, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Tarik and everyone else - glad Brooksie is going to be OK! :-)

Posted by: Boo! | April 6, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

I hope it's Boumedienne who gets called up. I don't think Lepisto has enough experence to handle the NHL playoffs.

That felt so good to say. PLAYOFFS.

Posted by: Tyler | April 6, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Here is a link to what canadians have to say about Ovechkin. They were all hoping todays game was going to be broadcasted on CBC. Ovie is loved by everyone. And I love how CANADIANS are slamming Crosby as a PENZY.

Enjoy:

http://www.globesports.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080404.wspt-ovechkin-04/CommentStory/GlobeSportsHockey/#comment1899225

Posted by: Danny | April 6, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

The Redshirts are coming! The Redshirts are coming!

Posted by: Kurt | April 6, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Anyone notice how the Bruins tanked their game tonight?

If they had won they would have moved past Ottawa up to sixth. But apparently they were to scared to take on the Caps!

If the Flyers lose tomorrow it will be Caps-Ottawa, and Pittsburgh has to win to get the number one overall seed. I'm expecting Philly to pull a Boston and lay down so they don't have to play the Caps either.

Gotta love it, but there's still 16 wins to go. In the immortal words of Winston Wolf, "Let's not start ------- each other's ----'s just yet."

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | April 6, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Liked the comments on that...

"MJ M from Fort McMurray, Canada writes: I love NHL Hockey, I watch alot of games on the centre ice package, the league has alot of young stars in it, but only one superstar...Alex Ovechkin.

"THe skill he plays the game with, the flare, the hitting, are great, but the overwelming 6 year old joy he exhibits on and off the ice makes him the only player in the league I would drive 500 miles to see play against anyone.

"The league continues to make Sidney Crosby the star, but it's not close. AO won the rookie of the year award over Sidney and the difference now between the two is even greater. Sidney whines and cries, gets his points, his team did better with him out of the lineup(Malkin may be their best player). AO does an interview and is asked about a dirty hit on him and he smiles and says it's all good, he called it a "hockey moment" and thanked the fans for their support. He takes me back to the days when my son played Major Atom rep hockey and they would practise and play for hours. We would have to drag them off the ice.

"Alex Ovechkin makes hockey Pure again."

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

I sure hope Schultz is healed by the first playoff game. It is bad enough that Mo is out, but if Schultz joins him, a Caps D reliant on two of the following three - Erskine, Eminger and Jurcina - playing top-four D minutes will be in trouble against a playoff opponent with even a semi-potent set of scoring forwards. We'll start seeing the Caps D running around again in their zone - something we haven't seen much of in 2008 with a mostly healthy D corps.

Posted by: Monty | April 6, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

I sure hope Schultz is healed by the first playoff game. It is bad enough that Mo is out, but if Schultz joins him, a Caps D reliant on two of the following three - Erskine, Eminger and Jurcina - playing top-four D minutes will be in trouble against a playoff opponent with even a semi-potent set of scoring forwards. We'll start seeing the Caps D running around again in their zone - something we haven't seen much of in 2008 with a mostly healthy D corps.

Posted by: Monty | April 6, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Enjoy it, fellow Caps fans. Savor it, because it hasn't happened often. From the ruins of 6-14-1 to a division title!!Saturday was the kind of game the old Caps would have found a way to lose. Those teams in the 1980s and 1990s had plenty of talented players and good guys. But at the moment of truth, something would always go wrong. A mistake, a bad call, a shot off the post, etc. This team seems to be different. I still can't believe how far they've come. With the exception of the win over Buffalo that put our boys in the 1998 Cup finals, this is my happiest moment in 25 years as a Caps fan. I'm not worrying about the playoff matchup or injuries for at least 24 hours. I'm going to enjoy the moment.

Posted by: Florida Al | April 6, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Enjoy it, fellow Caps fans. Savor it, because it hasn't happened often. From the ruins of 6-14-1 to a division title!!Saturday was the kind of game the old Caps would have found a way to lose. Those teams in the 1980s and 1990s had plenty of talented players and good guys. But at the moment of truth, something would always go wrong. A mistake, a bad call, a shot off the post, etc. This team seems to be different. I still can't believe how far they've come. With the exception of the win over Buffalo that put our boys in the 1998 Cup finals, this is my happiest moment in 25 years as a Caps fan. I'm not worrying about the playoff matchup or injuries for at least 24 hours. I'm going to enjoy the moment.

Posted by: Florida Al | April 6, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Here's what the print version of SPORTS page looks like. Do you think Beaudroux is happy?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/print/sportsfrontimage.html

Posted by: Dezlboy | April 6, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

Here's what the print version of SPORTS page looks like. Do you think Beaudroux is happy?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/print/sportsfrontimage.html

Posted by: Dezlboy | April 6, 2008 1:44 AM | Report abuse

Here's what the print version of SPORTS page looks like. Do you think Beaudroux is happy?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/print/sportsfrontimage.html

Posted by: Anonymous | April 6, 2008 1:46 AM | Report abuse

From the other thread, for the Brooksie block, he did take it in the leg and was back on the ice a shift or two later but didn't appear to be 100%.

Posted by: keef | April 6, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

From the other thread, for the Brooksie block, he did take it in the leg and was back on the ice a shift or two later but didn't appear to be 100%.

Posted by: keef | April 6, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

The Bruins didn't tank their game tonight, that's just how they play. They don't really take risks and play to win, they play to not lose

Posted by: nhcaps | April 6, 2008 1:53 AM | Report abuse

"Enjoy it, fellow Caps fans. Savor it, because it hasn't happened often. From the ruins of 6-14-1 to a division title!!"

Actually, it's never happened - not once in the 91 year history of the NHL :)

Posted by: HolyOlie | April 6, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

ovp bbia

Posted by: mrbill | April 6, 2008 4:46 AM | Report abuse

Here's a great post to all the OV naysayers who bash the Caps for playing in the weak SE Division.

When comparing Ovechkin's season to others, one has to take the following factor into account. Washington is in the most watered down division in the NHL.

==============
OK, sounds like a good argument. So I took a look at the numbers.

So far Ovechkin scored 22 goals in 31 games against the 'weak' southeast division teams. That's 0.71 goal per game.

He scored 43 goals in 50 games against rest of the league. 0.86 goals per game.

Which means, had he not play against the southeast division teams all season, he would have scored more than 70 goals, not 65.

So there!

Posted by: Drew | April 6, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

Its Party time in Billingham!
In this tiny piece of England,my house was rocking till 3am last night,watching the boys,silence all the doubters and critics!
We were all in red too here!..lol..!
My phone hasnt stopped beeping,as my pals,work mates and family,have woken,checked scores to see that my beloved Caps,have pulled off an amazing "smash and grab!
Its amazing to see the level of intrest and support for the team over there! It must be awesome for you,to be part of it all too,Tarik,as you have always tried your best to keep up the stories and features,when intrest wasnt so high.Now it seems its sky high,your week will have certainly got busier mate!
All the best!
Johnny Drummond,England-Caps Country

Posted by: Johnny Drum | April 6, 2008 7:37 AM | Report abuse

OK, so here we are-Now what?

Here's why I feel good real good about this club. Number # 1: Word out in the league is that NO ONE wants to play the Caps for all the reasons we already know and have seen during the last 2 months !

Now to move forward, of course Huet will have to stand on his head and Ovie and friends will have to score goals.

But here are the real keys that should make everyone feel good and comfortable.

1) Bruce Boudreau: He has won championships at every level he has coached and will NOT be out-coached. In 17 seasons behind the bench, he has seen it all! In the last 6 years, his worst win percentage was .562 ! Amazing numbers! The guy just knows how to win and you can't teach that !

2) Fedorov: Beyond Federov the hockey player, he has "been there-done that" and won an MVP and a Stanley Cup. So when the young guys get excited, he will know how to calm things down. He will also be able to counsel not only the young Russians, but the team as a whole. The guy is rich and really doesn't need this, but you can tell when someone is comitted and having fun again. Watch for him to carry the team and have a great playoff run. The guy looks like 28 and not 38 !

You heard it here first: Look for AT LEAST 2 series! Trust and believe and feel good!
.

Posted by: Ron. C | April 6, 2008 7:53 AM | Report abuse

We did it! I'm so proud of this team! Lets be sure to sell out these games today so we don't have any foreigners in our "red drenched" crowds! Great atmosphere the last 3 games. WE CAN DO THIS! LETS GO CAPS! (I noticed Schultz came out in the suit for the jersey giveaway - lets hope he heals quick, and Mo for that matter too!)

Posted by: Chris | April 6, 2008 8:07 AM | Report abuse

@Drew
Nice stat.

Ovie would have easily gotten 70, and potentially 80, if he had been in Boudreau's system for all 82 games. It'll be fun to watch what he can do next year. But first -- The Playoffs!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hook | April 6, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

notes from the game:

It was loud, but I've seen it louder. Ironically, a playoff game against....

Ottawa

I say if its Ottawa, we own them. Season Sweep, no Alfredson. They should make tee times. So confident am I, that I will be giving away my first round tickets to hobos or 828. Bring me the Pens!

(note: free ticket offer for hobos and 828 may not be available when my hang over lifts.)

Posted by: old time hockey | April 6, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Who am I rooting for today? I know we have had recent success against Ottawa, but I think they are still a better team than Philly. Do I need to root for the dreaded Pens?

Posted by: Jason | April 6, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

There is a huge party tonigh, last night, the night before!!!!

awesome job... hope its ottawa, but i dont care... the caps are en feugo right now

see u guys on thursday

Posted by: 828 | April 6, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Huh ... watching NHL on the Fly and they said that the Caps have a better shot against Philly than Ottawa. At first they said the Sens swept the Caps, but then they corrected that and said, despite the Caps sweep, the Sens would be harder to beat because of their skill game (they said Ottawa has the edge - that no other team matches up with the Caps better). I don't get it ... we've swept them (when they were hot), they have not been playing well lately AND they just lost their captain - why would the Caps be better off playing Philly than them?!? (And oh, BTW, we are 2-2 against Philly.) What do ya'all think about that?

Posted by: Boo! | April 6, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

A month ago my feeling was the Caps were much improved with the trade deadline additions and BBs new system. I just wanted to see them get some playoff experience but didn't have high expectations. Watching what I have the last month, the playoffs aren't about experience anymore - these guys have the talent, the heart (Hart?), and the drive (Uncle Feds) to bring it to anybody in the East. I'm going to my first playoff games next week and I'd looking to go to a lot more, Here's to Summer Hockey!

Posted by: TheCapitalist | April 6, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

@Ted - I guess this really does mean the rebuild is over?

Posted by: TheCapitalist | April 6, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I hope it's Boumedienne who gets called up. I don't think Lepisto has enough experence to handle the NHL playoffs.

That felt so good to say. PLAYOFFS.

Posted by: Tyler | April 6, 2008 12:32 AM

I completely agree. Plus Lepisto was terrible when he was called up this year. He took way too many penalties and we can't have that in the playoffs.

Posted by: GoUnited | April 6, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Can someone remind me: is it 2-3-2 or 2-2-1-1-1 for playoff schedules?


Posted by: old time hockey | April 6, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

2-2-1-1-1

Posted by: GoUnited | April 6, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Let's get this song played during the playoffs for luck! Long time Wash DC metal band Darkest Hour have a great tune here - http://www.myspace.com/letsgocapsmusic

Posted by: Let's Go Caps - fight song | April 6, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

I really don't care if we play Ottawa or Philly.

Ottawa is in deep trouble as Alfredson, their Captain and leader is out indefinately. You don't replace 40 goals, 89 points and a plus 26.

Also out is gritty tough Mike Fisher who had 23 goals and Kris Kelly.

Their goaltending is suspect and their dressing room chemistry is a mess.

As for Philly, we'll demolish them with team speed and Biron the goalie is average at best and always gives big rebounds.

Their best player Simon Gagne is out with a concussion and Daniel Briere hurt his knee the other night, so he can't be 100%

Anyway, like I said, I really don't care who we play, we will win that first round !

Posted by: Ron C. | April 6, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

The 2007-2008 Washington Capitals Spelling Guide

Owner: Ted Leonsis
GM: George McPhee
Head Coach: Bruce Boudreau

C: Nicklas Backstrom
C: Sergei Fedorov
C: Brooks Laich
C/RW: Boyd Gordon
C: Dave Steckel
C: Michael Nylander

RW: Viktor Kozlov
R/LW: Tomas Fleischmann
RW: Matt Bradley
RW: Eric Fehr
RW: Chris Clark

LW: Alex Ovechkin
L/RW: Alexander Semin
L/RW: Matt Cooke
LW: Donald Brashear
LW: Quintin Laing

D: Shaone Morrisonn
D: Tom Poti
D: Mike Green
D: Milan Jurcina
D: Jeff Schultz
D: John Erskine
D: Steve Eminger
D: Brian Pothier

G: Olie Kolzig
G: Cristobal Huet
G: Brent Johnson

Posted by: Emily Post | April 6, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Nice work, Emily P.

Tarik - Thank you for all your wonderful coverage during the regular season. Looking forward to all the scoop during the post-season!

So happy to have all my playoff tickets here to gaze at in wonder and admiration. Hope to see Ottawa in Round 1!

Posted by: Jill | April 6, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

lol Emily

@Boo!
The playoffs change everything, the Sens can do good there.

The only upside on playing Philly would be that our boys seem to play better with a tougher opponents. Having said that, I'll cheer LOUD for the Pens to win - Philly is hot right now, Biron (despite what Ron C says) is making good saves but worst of all: they're a dirty team and can injure our boys. Let them and the Pens kill each other on the first round.

Posted by: mauree | April 6, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Francois Bouchard's team is out of the Q playoffs, and now the Caps have signed him to an amateur tryout.

He'll be in the lineup for Hershey today.

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | April 6, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

It's playoff time bruises tend to not hurt as much and injuries tend to heal a lot faster at this time of year.

Posted by: DC FURY | April 6, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

@Mauree:

You say Philly is hot? Since March 1, they have played exactly .500 hockey. Won games they should have lost, and lost games they should have won. Their highlight? A four game win streak........

Let's look at the stats for goalies who have played at least half the team's games.

As for Biron, he ranks 14th in the NHL concerning save percentage, and 24th concerning "Goals against average."

Now if we look at Huet, he ranks 5th in the NHL for save percentage and 10th for Goals against.

I'll take Huet any day of the week because success starts in the net!

Anyway, did I mention I hate the Flyers? They are gutless, but if you look at who built them, Bobby Clarke and Paul Holmgren, you'll understand why.

Bobby Clarke was a cheap shot artist who always hid behind the Flyers bullies of the 1970's, and Holmgrem always dropped his gloves against little guys and slashed and cheap shotted his way through the NHL!

So why would anyone expect anything different from these fellas
.

Posted by: Ron C. | April 6, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

@Ron C

Have you watched their last 3 games? I did. That's why I said they're hot. They're flying our there, and hitting hard. Don't let the last loss with the Pens fool you, Fleury was the hero that night. And Biron is making very good saves. Of course I'll take Huet over him too, the guy's incredible.


Posted by: mauree | April 6, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Call up both of them

Posted by: Whiter Mage | April 6, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

wow, most of my message didn't get cut off at all. I pointed out that Lepisto could use some playoff experience, and that Boomer was probably a better go to - but in the playoffs, I'd rather have an extra d nearby just in case.

And that we didn't call anyone up after mo got hurt.

Posted by: Whiter Mage | April 6, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: beanboy66 | April 6, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

We will be playing Ottowa. The pens want that #1 seed. They will maul Philthy today, and again in the playoffs.


When I got my playoff tix off Ticketmster last night after getting back from the game, the secret phrase I had to enter for the security check was "russian richard." Coincidence?

That was a great crowd last night. in all my years going to Caps games, i don't think I've EVER seen so many CAPS fans. I didn't see one single Florida fan. So what if they're bandwagon fans. That just means we have a bandwagon worth jumping on.

Posted by: Baildog | April 6, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

@ mauree:

mauree writes: " Have you watched their last 3 games? I did. That's why I said they're hot.."

mauree, They played Jersey on Friday who had nothing to gain or lose. They beat the Islanders in a shoot out who were already out of the playoffs and not interested, and they lost to Pitt. That's far from being "hot."

Now if you want to talk about hot.....there's this team in Washington...
.

Posted by: Ron C. | April 6, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I don't think we lose regardless of which first round opponent. But, I'd just as soon not have to sit at the rink with all those Philly fans. It was a joy last night to face a Florida team and have nothing but 100% Caps fans in the arena.

Go CAPS!

Posted by: Sec. 105 | April 6, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

beanboy66:
I could not open your link.

Baildog:
I thought Pitt and Philly split their last two? I think the game could go either way ... that is, unless Philly throws it so that they don't have to play us! ;-)

Ron/mauree:
Is part of what mauree is saying that Philly is tough as in physically tough (i.e. bullies) and not just in terms of how good/hot they are?!?

Posted by: Boo! | April 6, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: keef | April 6, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

AH!!! Nice ... :-) Thanks. Keef!! :-D

Posted by: Boo! | April 6, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

THANKS for the LISTING of how to spell the player's names!!! We should do this periodically during the season. There are a lot of FedErov and EmMinger and OlLie bashers out there that could use this!

And in case you're wondering why I used Capitals instead of Bolding, it's because my HTML skills are non-existant.

I got into an email argument with Scott Cullen at TSN.CA over the PowerRankings they have (the Caps are currently ranked by him at 15th BTW). He uses the full year to determine "rank", just like Ron C. did above.

Statistics are funny. Based upon statistics, the Caps should be out of the playoffs, shouldn't have won against Carolina, certainly shouldn't have swept Ottawa.

Over the past month, 4 teams have turned on the afterburners: our fabulous Caps, Montreal, and the despised Pitts and Flyers.

Montreal was a midling team that was getting progressively better.

Pens seemed to just wake up and decide they wanted to win the conference, and I frankly credit Malkin for that. I think he's a much better player than Sindy is.

Philly woke up late to fight to stay in the hunt. I think they're the most vulnerable of the hot 4, but still. They've always been a hard hitting, cheap shot hockey team.

I guess that's why statisticians keep in business. How many different ways can you spin performance? Ask a statistician.

Posted by: Greg S. | April 6, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Greg:
I thought they moved up to 12 last week?

Posted by: Boo! | April 6, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

To people at the game yesterday:

From my couch last night, the booth actually seemed relatively quiet during the first two periods (unless Flash or Feds was scoring) -- certainly compared to the Carolina game. Was that the case, or was tv failing to convey the real atmosphere?

Posted by: Hook | April 6, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

@Boo!/Ron
Mostly physically yes, but they're playing good too. That's my opinion anyway. But the bad thing is, they're playing dirty. I don't like Crosby but last game they were really dirty with him and I'd hate if they do that with any of our boys.

Boo! I wanted to ask you: last couple of games when calling Bruce name, from the TV it sounded a bit like booing to me. I think that's also why Bruce didn't understand at the beginning... what do you think?

Posted by: mauree | April 6, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Greg, I've got it saved so I'll just drop it in when I start to get queasy reading misspelling after misspelling. :)

Posted by: keef/Emily Post | April 6, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

FedOrov was on fire last night!

Posted by: Sec. 105 | April 6, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

@Hook

I think it was definitely a more quiet crowd than the Carolina game. I think there was just a tense atmosphere once the game was tied with most knowing what the Kitties did the night before.

Once Feds got the winner, the crowd was a lot more exuberant with clears and hits. Then when Semin potted his, the whole place started to amp the volume up.

Posted by: keef | April 6, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know what days we play if we start against Ottawa, Philly etc. I know the potential matchups but I'm trying to find out if we start Thursday, Friday etc.

Thanks.

Posted by: Esa Tikkanen | April 6, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Not able to get to many games living down in Fredericksuburg, but I got tickets for the first playoff game. If its against Philly my two seats won't go to a black and orange sweater.

Posted by: billd | April 6, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

12 hours later and I am still physically and emotionally spent from this past week. My wife and I were soaking up this great moment at VC last night. I agree with BB's remark about how loud it was last night and that the fans were just as starved as the players were about getting into the playoffs. The desire to see this team claw all the way back from last to first in the division is a true story book tale. Damn right the rest of the Eastern Conference playoff contenders are scared to play the Caps. We are going to do some major damage in the postseason and I believe we can go to the finals and take home the cup this season. It won't be easy, but it never is and that is why this is such a great sport. I have faith in BB and the Caps.

On a separate note, that game winning shot by Fedorov was a thing of beauty. He wants to be back in the playoffs so badly he took it on his shoulders and with a rocket, scored. The rest is history. At the conclusion of this season, the Caps are going to be rewarded with many awards and trophies. Definitely lookin' forward to "Rockin' the Red" this week at VC. 16 wins Caps.

LET'S GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: the highlander | April 6, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Great win, Caps!

The Caps are confident, we fans are confident, but Bruce will make sure the team takes it one game at a time, just like he did with this incredible season-ending run.

There must be a lot of new Caps fans who took the poll at http://capitals.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=359323

I won't spoil the poll for you, but you'll be surprised how many thought certain defensemen scored 20 goals for the Caps.

Posted by: Joe B | April 6, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

So will Mike Milbury (NBC studio announcer) be man enough to eat his words from last week about the caps not making the playoffs (said Caps had their shot and blew it during the weekend from hell). Doubters doubters everywhere. Bet he doesn't mention what he said last week, but jumps on the bandwagon instead.

Posted by: Hook | April 6, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Not just Milbury. What's with Melrose never giving the Caps any love?

Posted by: King Gus | April 6, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Boy Fleury is playing out of his mind. If he continues to play like this (which I don't think he will) then the pens will be extremely tough to beat

Posted by: GoUnited | April 6, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

@ GoUnited

Lepisto was terrible when he got called up?! Did you start watching hockey like 3 months ago? Lepisto was not just not terrible - he was excellent for a rookie D and even Boudreau said that on numerous occasions.

Posted by: ranndino | April 6, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

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