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Clark lifts Caps in shootout

Chris Clark scored the decisive goal in the 11th round of the shootout to give the Caps a 5-4 victory over the Isles. Here's what Clark had to say about his "move," singular:

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 11, 2009; 10:40 PM ET
 
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Thanks, Lindsay!

Posted by: wocoliz | November 11, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells

Posted by: uncatim | November 11, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | November 11, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Awesome game! Congratulations to all the Caps, and especially to Semin for his two goals. Fehr had a shot that looked like it was thrown behind him and through his legs to score. Definitely a highlight reel goal. Flash's goad was sweet. Poor Jose, a really bad first 7 minutes of the game, but I'm glad BB pulled him out. Varley stood on his head. The shoot-out was just amazing.

I didn't see Jurcina board for the penalty that gave the Islanders the opportunity to tie up the game so I don't know if it was b.s. or not.

Greenie had a lot of energy and some great moves. Backstrom was a passing star, as usual.

Sweet, sweet win!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | November 11, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Lots of praise to go around but I'm so happy to see Chris Clark starting to contribiute on the scoresheet on a nightly basis. I have been pulling for him to return to some sembelence of his fromer abilities for awhile now. I think he's finally there.
Kudos to Chris and the caps management for being patient with him.

Posted by: Riddler1 | November 11, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Great win...I sort of wonder why we are EXACTLY even with the NY Islanders, but their goalie, Roloson, was friggin great for the game, the Caps were really buzzing and wouldve put up 7-8 goals if he hadnt been so sharp...The shooutout and specifically Varly was transcendent...good win...

Is the Nylander link real?
i checked it
it seems like nothing...

i really hate being patient about this, but i want it to be over with...

Posted by: cotelloer | November 11, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

@MetalCapsFan - It's Eklund so you can't trust it. Until I see Tarik say it or the Caps say it I won't get too excited.

Game was exciting, feel sorry for Theo because he has played well, Semin looked like a man on a mission and the refs are retarded.

I didn't see the penalties on Stecks or Juice but the refs didn't seem to catch Roloson blatantly trip Laich or that ridiculous hook on (I think it was) Fehr during the PP.

Here's to 1st in the East.

Posted by: pkendrick | November 11, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Eh, Eklund has only been wrong on his E5s 2 or 3 times in his history, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on THIS one (only haha). Here's a link from RDS which was referenced in the last thread:

http://www.rds.ca/hockey/chroniques/286023.html

It's in French, so have to use the translation tool. Let's hope some or all of this is true!

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | November 11, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Eklund is the least reliable blogger...RDS is the least reliable mainstream hockey media source...

Posted by: Hatfield223 | November 11, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Bringing in Foppa would be a big mistake, unless he is CHEAP. Keep the cap space and stick with home cooking. The Skins are the ones that make the big splashes with bringing in high profile free agents. See where that got them.

Posted by: crooks_c | November 11, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

The Juice penalty was legit. The refs missed the roloson trip and the hook on fehr but made up for one on a penalty early in the third on a ticky tack call on the Isle. A 5-on-3 would have been nice.

Semin could score 60 goals if he took shots rather than toe drag around people.

Posted by: Moose33 | November 11, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

ken beatrice always used to say that foot injuries put just as many athletes into retirement as knee injuries... forsberg is done

Posted by: joek443 | November 11, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

@pkendrick

"Game was exciting, feel sorry for Theo because he has played well"

are you serious? seriously? seriously?

mark tonight's day as the beginning of the end of jose theodore - varly was incredible! lets see him get a run of games now and see where the caps can go...

Posted by: RAJSTAR | November 11, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

@Moose33 LMAO - you are very right about Semin. Toe drag is old and people know he'll do it EVERYTIME. Keyshawn always wanted the damn ball - Semin needs to shoot the dam puck. Oh and he scored twice tonight when he did.

OK POSTGAME THOUGHTS:
A great job by the team to settle down after giving up the early goals. I didn't see the first two Isle goals so not throwing Theo under the bus but still the breakaway is one I think he needs to stop - even for his confidence. Varly came on and played strong. A great job tonight and in the shootout.

WOWOWOWOWOOWOW - Chris Clark becomes the hero. Amazing. What an awesome shootout. Varly did a great job not committing to early. Good stuff.

It's too bad about the penalty on Juice. That was a hell of a shot to tie the game. Again Caps have to stay disciplined.

Hopefully Nylander is finally gone and maybe we can make some moves on the blueline. Erskine - just not feeling him anymore. His toughness is the only strength. No speed or even a shot when you need it.

It's been a 2-point night. Back to the phone booth for a WILD Friday night.

ICE BREAKERS GOAL SHAKERS.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | November 11, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm one of those who think Varly needs to play more often but this isn't the beginning of the end for Theo...

I would like to see the playing time split equally and go from there

Posted by: joek443 | November 11, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

@FloridaCapsFan (From previous thread)

Yes, I am happy about Semin's performance.

I finally no longer feel like the mother of the bad kid.

I figured something was wrong with him since it's not characteristic of Semin to have this long of a dry spell for either goals or assists. (And I was proved right.)

Positive comments of appreciation go a long way for improving productivity. (Bruce earlier on Semin playing with injuries.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 12, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

So I think Varlamov earned the start on Friday...

Posted by: blindskateluke | November 12, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Eklund is the least reliable blogger...RDS is the least reliable mainstream hockey media source...

Posted by: Hatfield223 | November 11, 2009 11:42 PM

Eklund is frequently wrong, but he goes live with rumors that "reputable" sites would never even commit to print. No attempt to be an apologist here, but Eklund's site serves its purpose as he has no qualms about floating stuff since he shouldn't be held to the same journalistic standards as, say, Capitals Insider. That's why it baffles me when people get so agitated whenever Hockeybuzz is mentioned, especially considering there are a lot of great bloggers on that site who are not in the runor business. If you want the facts, after the fact, go to TSN, but if you want an inkling as to what MIGHT be happening behind the scenes (and is in all likelihood being talked about unofficially), then Ek gets the job done.

In any event, I think it's fairly safe to figure that the official news about Nylander will arrive tomorrow. Remember there's a several hour time difference between cities in the KHL and here and they will be open for biz shortly. So, get ready to celebrate people!

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | November 12, 2009 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Varly was scheduled to start on friday regardless according to Joe B.

I thought BB's comments on Semin were interesting.. basically said he showed what he can do when he's motivated

BB clearly has favorites on the team and I don't think Semin is one of them

Posted by: joek443 | November 12, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

SEMIN is great
he completely took over the third period (no goals, but i mean, roloson WAS playing great)

it's a testament to the caps, even without ovechkin, to be able to put up 4 even when a goalie is playing that amazing

also, Favorite part of the night, the backs/knuble/flash line keeping it in their zone for like 2 mins which led directly to the flash goal on the PP, that was a clinic in cycling and out-working the other team...

Posted by: cotelloer | November 12, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

@RAJSTAR - Yes I am serious. Look at his stats. He has been playing well and making some big saves. He just didn't have it tonight.

Posted by: pkendrick | November 12, 2009 12:42 AM | Report abuse

@pkendrick

i thought you meant he had been playing well that game - my bad. his numbers have been good this year and better when compared to varly...however, you cannot ignore the records, which is ultimately how a goalie is valued.

6-1-0 says alot doesnt it?

@joek443

im not saying theps done playing. what im saying is there is a point in every season where a "shift" occurs. maybe tonight will be that night when we are able to look back in a few weeks/months, etc.

Posted by: RAJSTAR | November 12, 2009 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Theo didn't have it last saturday either but it's hard to lose when they score 7 goals for you.

Posted by: joek443 | November 12, 2009 12:49 AM | Report abuse

The record debate is flawed, one cannot take any one stat alone in the evaluation of a keeper. Consider a HoF goalie on a crappy basement leaky D team vs an goalie on a Team that scores 4 goals a night and keeps the puck in the other end of the rink?

HoF is going to hold the line, but Hockey is a team game and even if he saves 48/50 shots a night, if his team doesn't score at least 3 goals he will get a loss. Whereas average guy could give up 2 or 3 a night on 20 shots and he will have a pile of wins.

Posted by: trunkenmath | November 12, 2009 4:08 AM | Report abuse

Stats do only tell part of the story. The Islander's goalie for example had I thought a great game, but in the end they lost. He kept them in the game and possibly winning. Theo had a couple of games like that too for us. I like the flexibility of having both goalies, with either one of them ready to be hot. And one or two more prospects in the minors. After years of drought we are raining goalies. I am happy also not push our young goalies too hard. I would have been nervous to have the season rest of Varly and Neuvy's shoulders--having Varly share it with Theo is good for his development and Neuvy is getting lots of Bears ice time can only be good for him.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | November 12, 2009 7:36 AM | Report abuse

http://news.sport-express.ru/2009-11-12/330827/

Here's Google translation:

Director General of the Minsk Dynamo Alexander White would not confirm information about the transition team of the Swedish striker Michael Nylander. "Where did you get such information? No contract with Nylander we have not concluded - quoting the White Pressball. - I will not deny, that player is in our interests. Like many others whose names I can not call you . But at this moment appeared in the Internet information about allegedly already an accomplished transition Nylander in "Dinamo" untrue ".

Posted by: CodePoetry | November 12, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

So, get ready to celebrate people!

Not so fast... Nylander's saga continues...

Posted by: CodePoetry | November 12, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

@ CapsFan75: *offers champagne glass to CapsFan75* It's fitting that we should toast our boy Semin. =) Couldn't have been more proud of his first goal in the first freakin' 8 seconds of the game and then the second one was just...open palm to any naysayers of his abilities and skills. He's human. Sometimes you're on and sometimes you're not. Last night, for the most part, he was ON. Yay, CapsFan75. So happy for him and for us. =)

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | November 12, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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