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Posted at 7:00 PM ET, 12/26/2010

Open thread: Capitals at Hurricanes

By Washington Post Sports Editors

Michal Neuvirth Semyon Varlamov is in net for the Washington Capitals (20-12-5), who are hoping for a bit more than a moral victory tonight against the Carolina Hurricanes (15-14-4) in snowy Raleigh.

Faceoff: 7 p.m., RBC Center; TV: CSN+; Radio: 820, 1500 AM.

Click here for a live game summary.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | December 26, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  Carolina Hurricanes  
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Comments

where is everybody?

Posted by: ebolean1 | December 26, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

i was duped into posting in the lineup thread again.

i will never learn...

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | December 26, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

The Twitter box is gone. I guess the editors listened to everyone.

Posted by: nicety251 | December 26, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Good ol' Matty P. I want Semin to stay.

Posted by: nicety251 | December 26, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

No Neuvy. WTF?

Posted by: sca187 | December 26, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhh Gleason. Dirty POS. This could get ugly and I think maybe it should. Nice head shot f*g. Someone needs to beat the snot out of him...

Posted by: sca187 | December 26, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

That has to be a 5 and a game for a hit to the head. The original contact broke the half shield of Matty. Easy hit to the head call there.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 26, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Can't find it on Comcast in Arlington. Channel please?

Posted by: navboss | December 26, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Almost wish he hadn't gotten a game misconduct. I wanted to see someone kick his a*s tonight.

Posted by: sca187 | December 26, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

@navboss:

Channel 21 or 856 (hd) in Arlington

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | December 26, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

They STILL didn't get the call right! Boarding? No... Shot to the head? Yes...

Posted by: sca187 | December 26, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

It is on Comcast Plus navboss, no idea what that is in Arlington.

I have never seen a half shield break in half like that.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 26, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Thx DevilsCapsGal

Posted by: navboss | December 26, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I sure hope there is more of a reaction to that hit after the 3 min pp is over. The entire team should have been on top of that dude. Carlson just sat there as if nothing had happened. Glad Hendricks was on the ice, otherwise likely no one would have acted.

Posted by: kkd76 | December 26, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Fios channel 334 in se va

Posted by: Dizruption | December 26, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Almost wish he hadn't gotten a game misconduct. I wanted to see someone kick his a*s tonight.
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Next time they play the canes, BB better have King in the lineup or he oughta be sent back coaching in the minors before he gets one of players killed.

Posted by: joek443 | December 26, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

By the way NHL.com's box score has it as 5 minutes for charging not boarding.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 26, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

The only reason that hit was so bad is because Gleason hit so hard it broke the half shied which is was cause the blood and nose injury. As for playing King what good would he have done. Gleason is gone and all sending King out would do is give them a slow forward to skate around. Having a fighter around helps when guys are taking straight runs at guys but that was not what that play was and having King playing would not have changed that at all.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 26, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

The only reason that hit was so bad is because Gleason hit so hard it broke the half shied which is was cause the blood and nose injury. As for playing King what good would he have done. Gleason is gone and all sending King out would do is give them a slow forward to skate around. Having a fighter around helps when guys are taking straight runs at guys but that was not what that play was and having King playing would not have changed that at all.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 26, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Ovie is coming up with a new type a pass, the deak pass, it is when you try to deal have it taken away but someone behind you gets it like it was a drop pass and scores.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 26, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

What's the word on the injury to MattyP? Am watching this on StopStream and am already tired of hearing the announcers whine about how unfair Gleason's penalty is and how poor Carolina has to play the rest of the game without him.....

Posted by: RedRedRed | December 26, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Having a fighter around helps when guys are taking straight runs at guys but that was not what that play was and having King playing would not have changed that at all.
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I guess it must have a dang coincidence that Gleason happened to take a run at the only goal scorer of the game at that time, huh??

Posted by: joek443 | December 26, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I agree that there has to be some kind of deterrent. Not necessarily King, but a TEAM deterrent. If someone ran one of my boys I would have HAD to jump in and get some shots in. It's called team solidarity. GMGM's only positive signing this summer was Hendricks. Character guy... As a whole, this team needs a bit more character.

BUT, we ARE winning and that's not such a bad thing...

Posted by: sca187 | December 26, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Merry Christmas Mr. O...

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | December 26, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

it's been a while

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 26, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Retaliating against Gleason accomplishes little. Take out Skinner with a major hit and you get the Canes' attention, and other teams as well. Go after the other team's talent, especially young talent, when there has been a hit as dirty as this one.

Posted by: zmega | December 26, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

The Pens lead the league in points and in penalty minutes... that's not a bad combination.

Posted by: joek443 | December 26, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

OVIE!!! i don;t care if it's his 1st or his 13th in 38 games. I love when ovie scores!

Posted by: capsfan387 | December 26, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Blech!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | December 26, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I guess it must have a dang coincidence that Gleason happened to take a run at the only goal scorer of the game at that time, huh??

Posted by: joek443 | December 26, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

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He went after the guys who had the puck at the time and had just gotten rid of it. I don't care who had scored the goal for the Caps if you are taking runs at Matty and not guys like Ovechkin or Semin or Green then he would have to be dumber then paint.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 26, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Come on Caps, get some ice time in the Canes' real estate...

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | December 26, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Seem to be having more trouble than usual with the line changes.

Posted by: RedRedRed | December 26, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

@joek443 having to kill off that many PPs is playing with fire.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 26, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

The only thing consistent about a BigBaby team is its inconsistency 3-1 over the Canes and a quick goal and two bad penalties = clownshoes. Oh and 2 posts, this should be Canes ahead by a couple, honestly. I also get sick of watching the Caps play quick break and not possession hockey, which works fine against weak teams (i.e. Sens, NJD, and Canes) but looks silly against good teams (i.e. Boston, Philty, Pissburgh, and Atlanta).

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | December 26, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

unrelated to tonight, but rain and 50 degrees in pittsburgh on the 1st is not good news.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | December 26, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

The Caps just cannot buy time in the Canes' zone. Note how the opposition spends so much time in the Caps zone and the Caps get a shot on a break once in a while, but rarely get time in their opponent's zone for grind, cycle goals. They over-rely on fast break goals, which are so rare in the playoffs. Wrong system, wrong coach.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | December 26, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

@JIMALLCAPS2. Yes the Canes have hit a bunch of posts but by the same thought during the losing streak the Caps were hitting at least 2-3 pipes a game and were causing other teams to get lost of penalities. As for the system looking silly against good teams it didn't look bad against the Pens in the SOL or the last time in Boston which even with the loss had our most dominating period in many years.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 26, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

A good period here and there does not win a playoff series, Icehammer. The Caps have the talent to be dominant, but a system that cannot hold a lead because the Caps play for the big play, not consistent, persistent possession hockey.

The Caps remind me of Jack Pardee's Univerity of Houston's Cougars in the late 80's, early 90's. They could put up a ton of points against weak opponents, but come the big games, they could not get their defense off the field.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | December 26, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

still not sure what happened to 85 - sure looked like it could be a broken nose - plenty of blood anyway. :^(

Posted by: ebolean1 | December 26, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Pretty flat performance by both team, particularly the Caps early in this period.

Understandable to an extent but let's see if we can finish strong or continue to get lucky as we have been.

Posted by: tmac2yao | December 26, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I think part of the flat and sloppy play has to do with both teams not being on the ice at all of two days with x-mas. That is something that players at this level don't have often.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 26, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

having to kill off that many PPs is playing with fire.
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Right as opposed to having guys outta the lineup because our lineup has too many wimps??

Like I said the Pens lead the league in PIMs, they have a different philosophy about taking care of their own. And they're doing just fine.

Posted by: joek443 | December 26, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom is the new Fleischmann.

He's had a number of golden chances and yawning nets that he hasn't been able to finish on this season.

He's had that issue to an extent throughout his young career but there have been a bunch of them so far this season.

Posted by: tmac2yao | December 26, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The Caps are definitely too soft overall, mentally and physically.

Posted by: tmac2yao | December 26, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Right as opposed to having guys outta the lineup because our lineup has too many wimps??

Like I said the Pens lead the league in PIMs, they have a different philosophy about taking care of their own. And they're doing just fine.

Posted by: joek443 | December 26, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

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Caps didn't have too many PIMs and were in about the same place last year at this time. Looking at such a small sample size can greatly skew results to whatever you are trying to prove.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 26, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

McPhee!!!!!

Heh.

Posted by: tmac2yao | December 26, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom is the new Fleischmann.
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Flash has 11 pts in 11 games with the Avs... maybe it was the coach, not the player.

Posted by: joek443 | December 26, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Not a pretty game, but it is about time we got a sloppy win.

Glad to see Ovie get one...the look of relief on his face was priceless...and i'm sorry, but I have been saying it for a while, that Backie looks terrible...way worse than Ovie.

We needed to draw more penalties...us getting stuck on the PK in the third is what gave Carolina all that momentum.

Cam Ward looked pretty good. Caps went to the net a lot, and a lot of the Carolina shots were not high quality...though they did hit pipe a couple times.

I feel like the Caps play sloppy against sloppy teams...they play tight against the more disciplined ones...they can't just match lesser teams...they have to practice good hockey even when they can get away with less.

Get better MP! Man that was a lot of blood. Gleason better get a suspension.

Posted by: capscoach | December 26, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Caps didn't have too many PIMs and were in about the same place last year at this time. Looking at such a small sample size can greatly skew results to whatever you are trying to prove.
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You want a bigger sample? How about one playoff series win and 3 game seven losses at HOME in 3 years??

How's that turn the other cheek Ghandi philosophy workded for this team???

Posted by: joek443 | December 26, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Flash has 11 pts in 11 games with the Avs... maybe it was the coach, not the player.

Posted by: joek443

or maybe it was the fact that he was being forced to play center (GMs fault) and he gets a lot more ice time on the Avs...man you are funny!

Posted by: capscoach | December 26, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

what a blowhard

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 26, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Happy for the Cap's players that they got the win. BigBaby's system in feable. They gotta get a coach who can make his talented team earn possession and play with an attitude.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | December 26, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

maybe it was the fact that he was being forced to play center
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Right, kinda like Shanahan deciding to play 3-4 defense even though he doesn't have 4 LBs who can play... both BB and Shanahan were forced to make those decisions.

Posted by: joek443 | December 26, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that was some adrenaline rush there at the ending! Green was a beast tonight. He blocked 4 shots and logged a whopping 29 minutes. And, what more can you say about Varlamov's effort? True, he got a little help from the posts - but he simply was "cat-like" with great lateral motion.

While the Caps won, I'm more concerned about Perrault. He took a violent hit there in the 2nd. It appeared he was speared by his own broken stick. I imagine he sustained a broken nose. Does anyone know anything else?

Posted by: Terptwin | December 26, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

@ joek443

and who did BB have to choose from? Call up MP while Flash was still on the team uses up a roster spot. It's not like BB has a plethera of centers at his disposal! He was working with what GMGM gave him.

Posted by: capscoach | December 26, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Perreault has a broken nose. Day-to-day. Availability will depend on his ability to breathe. Said it was a combo of his stick breaking when he raised it to defend himself and his shield snapping

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 26, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

as Sean Connery once said in the movie the Untouchables, if they send one of yours to the locker room, you make sure you send one of their to the IR!!!

Posted by: joek443 | December 26, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer97 - Thanks for the update. While I was able to watch the game on SportsSouth, I only received the Hurricanes' perspective. Their announcers were pretty upset about Gleason's dismissal. Maurice "didn't care for it at all." The videos show Gleason stayed on his feet and followed through with his elbow after the collision. It was a tough call. Let's hope Matty wears a cage next time. Get well soon, buddy!

Posted by: Terptwin | December 26, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

@Terptwin He probably will while the nose is still broken but after that it will be back to the half shield just like he had today. Now in all of the years I have been watching hockey I have never seen a half shield snap in half like Matty's did tonight. I think if he hadn't had the freak shield break it would have been a 2 at the most but the freak accident caused it to look much worse then it actually was.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 26, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Right, kinda like Shanahan deciding to play 3-4 defense even though he doesn't have 4 LBs who can play... both BB and Shanahan were forced to make those decisions.

Posted by: joek443 | December 26, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

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Yeah cause BB can play with only 3 centers on 4 lines, one line can just have three wings. No connection between the two at all.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 26, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

No, actually BB and Shanahan are more alike than you think... they are both coaches who try to fit their players into their "system" more so than coaches who try to make the best of what they have.

I'm all for having a system but it has to be FLEXIBLE.

Posted by: joek443 | December 26, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Funny how trashing the team/coach/gm can be such great sport for some when this team weathered an 8 game losing streak yet stands within 3 points of the NHL lead.

This was a solid road win for the Caps coming off an emotional outing against Pittsburgh. Awesome feed by Semin to Perreault, 2 points for Ovi, and finished in the win column a center short. Coulda been prettier, but to take the road sweep of a team that knows us well is another feather in the Caps' cap.

Posted by: Justafan | December 26, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

How is only having 3 natural centers on the roster a system issue. BB may have some system issues but using Flash playing center as an example shows that you are just looking to make issue with something BB has done and calling it his "system."

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 26, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Funny how trashing the team/coach/gm can be such great sport for some when this team weathered an 8 game losing streak yet stands within 3 points of the NHL lead.
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Because you lose 4 straight in the playoffs and you will be out playing golf.

The best thing that has happened for this team this year is the fact that they're being challanged by Atlanta and Tampa within the division.

Posted by: joek443 | December 26, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Sure would like to see Backs break out of his funk soon.

Posted by: CHEQM8 | December 26, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

POSTGAME THOUGHT:
Not a bad victory for having to travel the same day of the game.

POWERPLAY: Looked a lot better and had it not been for Cam Ward - this game would've been over early.

PENALTY KILL: Stood tall and got the job done.

VARLAMOV: Nice strong and solid effort. He definitely deserved to get back in net for a little bit. Gotta keep both goalies going.

DEFENSIVE SYSTEM: The Canes announcer recognized what the Caps were doing tonight. The Caps are banged up but they are playing a more neutral zone defensive game that will take them far in the playoffs. This team is continuing to learn and adapt - not to mention work through the injuries.

PERRAULT: Not a fan of Gleason but in hindsight it was a solid hit. It happens. Hope Perrault can breathe ok through the nose and can get back at it soon.

LINE CHANGES: Just when you think this achilles heel goes away - BANG. It cost them the first goal and then they also took a penalty later in the game. This has to stop completely. The coaches and players need to communicate better. They're lucky it didn't bite them in the ass.

A win is a win. Back to DC as the Habs come to town. The Caps will need to be ready. Habs fell to the Islanders tonight and will want to get back in the W column Tuesday.

It's been a two point night. ICE BREAKERS GOAL SHAKERS.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | December 26, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer97, terptwin,

They posted a picture on Japers on what Matty looks like at the moment. Picture was courtesy of a John Carlson tweet.

At least he's smiling in it, despite the bandages.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | December 26, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Link to the picture of MP here:

http://plixi.com/p/65868938

Posted by: CapsFan75 | December 26, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

And it's also posted within the Russian Machine Never Breaks blog as well:

http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/2010/12/26/caps-beat-canes-3-2-perreaults-proboscis-pummeled/

Posted by: CapsFan75 | December 26, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

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