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Clark Likely Will Play

Bruce Boudreau wouldn't say for sure, but Chris Clark prepared during the morning skate as if he's going to suit up for tonight's Game 7 against the Rangers at Verizon Center. If does get in, he'll be the right wing on the fourth line with Boyd Gordon at center and Eric Fehr moving to the left side.

More in a bit.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 28, 2009; 10:21 AM ET
 
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I think this is a better choice than Nylander. I think the team will rally around the Captain via Brash's suspension. Let's hope our guys can bring home the victory!

Posted by: CentralPACapsFan | April 28, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

I will post again for everyone:

PRACTICE UPDATE:

I have sources at practice saying that Bruce Boudreau is not running practice today.

He is a genius...He is sending a message, that this is your game..not mine..we have worked hard all year, and nothing Im gonna do is gonna send you to the 2nd round...

Im guess he has a speech planned, and will address the team right before the game...

I love it!

Posted by: SA-Town | April 28, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

LETS GO CAPS!

Posted by: apollak8 | April 28, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I passed up tickets to the game tonight because I have a superstition that the Caps always win when my parents both go and I watch at home

Posted by: apollak8 | April 28, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I have a Clark home jersey that, due to Chris' injuries, has never been in VC while he was on the ice. It'll fianlly happen tonight. It's a sign. Rags are goin' down. You can all thank me later.

Posted by: ModestProposal | April 28, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

cappies, To your question about online feeds: ustream.com, justin.tv, or atdhe.net. Be careful with the last one though, because the feeds aren't as "protected" as the other two (viruses, cookies, etc). With the first two, just go to Sports; Hockey; and there should be a feed or two. With the last one (better quality, but more risk), just go down to the time the game starts.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 28, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

The boys will be unbelievable fired up and focused because the "gut punch" that we felt as fans last year was nothing compared to the one the players felt, I guarantee it.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 28, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

To all Capitals fans in Miami:

I am on business travel for my second straight game 7. I hope this one is better than last year. I am gathering a group of Caps fans that are also in Miami this week to watch the game at a local bar. I spoke to the owner (Mike) and he is going to show the game. Mike is a nice gentleman with a small set of adjectives that he uses with great frequency.

Miami Caps viewing information: Mike's at Venetia Restaurant and Irish Pub. Located at 555 N.E. 15th Street, Miami, FL, 33132. Mike's in on the 9th floor poolside. 305-374-5731. http://mikesvenetia.com/

I hope to see more Caps fans tonight. If you see a dark blue golf shirt and very little hair, please say "hi".

Go CAPS!!!

Posted by: crooks_c | April 28, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Nogloveqvist.

Posted by: 1-20-09 | April 28, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Good start to the day! The Rags are staying at the Park Hyatt on 24th Street, and the bus taking them to the morning skate broke down. Hope that's not all that breaks down for whining, crying [expletive deleted] today.

Posted by: Gumpper | April 28, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I am excited about the game, but bitter to be on travel. My roommate from college has season tickets and could have hooked me with a ticket. Oh well.

Posted by: crooks_c | April 28, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Now I don't feel so bad about wearing my road jersey!

Posted by: snakegriffin | April 28, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Great news. Rally round the Captain! It'll be great to see what he can do with a healthy wrist.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 28, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

crooks, good idea, hope it works for you. I'm in Milwaukee. Up here, it's all college hockey. The AHL Admirals have a real tiny fan base here, and most NHL fans go with the Preds because they're the Admirals parent club. I have yet to see another Caps fan in this city. I wish there was something going on up here for Cap fans but alas I'm all alone. My wife is learning the game though, and the kiddies will soon be old enough to teach the game

Posted by: JS26121820 | April 28, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Too bad my Clark shirt is white...

Posted by: oo7 | April 28, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Sonyask: Let's try to say hello before the puck drops tonight - I usually get there early to watch warmups. I'll be in a red Ovechkin jersey (like half the crowd)!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | April 28, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

The Rangers have resorted to desperate measures and called up an additional Russian player for tonight's game, Nogolov. It's gonna be Nogolov vs. Varlamov.

All joking aside what I'd like to see is Torts completely blowing his cork and throwing a Gatorade bucket on the ice with 5 minutes left in the Rangers season and them hopelessly behind.

Aside from us moving on to round 2 that would really make my day.

Posted by: ranndino | April 28, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

@SA-Town, today is a morning skate, not a practice and coach rarely runs these.

Posted by: Graveysgrl | April 28, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

@Graveys

Are you sure the coach doesn't run morning skates or even get on the ice for most of them?

I thought he does...If Im wrong...then sorry for the post...

Posted by: SA-Town | April 28, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

DevilsCapsGal -- You bet -- I'll be there and I'll find you. I'll be in a Backstrom jersey, like a quarter of the crowd.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 28, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

apollak8-

I totally understand! At the beginning I went to a bar to watch the games with friends but after two loses I couldn't go back. Should have known it was cursed, turns out it was owned originally by a Ranger!! Went to MSG for a couple but the past two I have watch at my apartment so that's where I have to go! If I have to watch solo I'll do it, whatever helps. My entire neighborhood will be able to hear me anyway so I'll still be loud and proud, heckling my current city one way or another :)

Posted by: mrszilla | April 28, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I want to thank Ron the fan from NV who has made us all realize what a bunch of hoodlums - from their coach on down to their fans - the NY-ers are.

Felons & their apologists.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 28, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Henrik not a "god"?
Alex Ovechkin raised some eyebrows Sunday when he said Lundqvist can't always be a god, but the Rangers weren't biting Monday.

"I don't think any of us care about what he is talking about," Rangers center Scott Gomez said. "We just care about what is going on in here. We know what we have to do. They have their game plan, and we have ours. Talk is cheap. It is what goes on tomorrow."

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 28, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Gumpper-

Thats awesome! Wonder if the bus driver is a Caps fan...

Posted by: mrszilla | April 28, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Enough is enough. We don't need the jumbotron to tell us what we have to do and when we have to do it. It's simple: get there early and remind New York why, when Washington gets behind a team, it's scary to be an opponent. That means: SHAKE THE DARN BUILDING. Don't sit down, don't just stand, BOUNCE; stomp like you've never stomped. This game isn't about The Caps vs. the Rangers anymore. No, it's been turned into something about us. NOW it's about US (the Fans) and the Caps versus the Rangers. We have been challenged by the New York Media and the Rangers, we can either fold or we can intimidate. What are each and every one of you going to the game gonna do about it?

Posted by: Matt23185 | April 28, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

SA-Town:

VERY interesting update. I bet you are right in your interpretation. Yes, BB must be a genius. I would have them there practicing from 6 am on, and would have conveyed to them nervousness, lack of confidence and, yes, taken away ownership.

Posted by: caraveli | April 28, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

BB wasn't at practice because he's filming another cupholder ad with Arlington Motors.

Too busy to chat about the game much today. See you all there. My one request: PLEASSSSSSE don't let this game go to OT.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 28, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Torn between "rockin the red" and breaking out the circa 1988 game worn, autographed Bengt Gustafsson home jersey. Thoughts?

Posted by: WhiskeyRobber | April 28, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I want to thank Ron the fan from NV who has made us all realize what a bunch of hoodlums - from their coach on down to their fans - the NY-ers are.

Felons & their apologists.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 28, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

And all people from DC are homophobic people that spit on players and coaches and do nothing but whine about NY

Posted by: JK111 | April 28, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

My one request: PLEASSSSSSE don't let this game go to OT.
Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 28, 2009 11:42 AM |

Don't let fear consume you! New team, new era.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 28, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Sonyask: And my husband will be with me in a red Backstrom jersey! LET'S GO CAPS!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | April 28, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I'm with Matt23185, everyone going to the game better SHAKE THE BUILDING from the puck drop through each of our goals!!!

Posted by: apollak8 | April 28, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

LETS GO CAPITALS!

Posted by: mjwies11 | April 28, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Oh god JK, don't start with this again. Positive Caps energy in here only, if you can't do that then don't say anything

Posted by: apollak8 | April 28, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

everyone, follow the same exact schedule, location, meal, clothes etc. that you had going for games 5 or 6. Just want to make sure the hockey gods are satisfied, no need for bad luck. I will sit infront of my TV and yell at it as usual so no big change on my end.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 28, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

@appolak8

superstition is such a burden to bear. You can put it down - nothing you wear, no place you watch (other than Verizon center) can possibly affect the outcome. So enjoy the game and let go!

That being said, I'm making it a point to go to the bar where I watched game three. It's good luck! Let's go Caps!

Posted by: WritingLight | April 28, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Matt23185-

After reading your post I almost jumped out of my seat and yelled :) very good pep talk!

Posted by: mrszilla | April 28, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

And all people from DC are homophobic people that spit on players and coaches and do nothing but whine about NY

Posted by: JK111 | April 28, 2009 11:46 AM |

Kind of hard to be homophobic when you are gay...so I guess I am not included in all the people from DC?
What a tool

Posted by: hart2014 | April 28, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

@WritingLight

Sports superstitions are part of what makes the playoffs so exciting and nerve wracking! I went to game 1, I rocked the red and had my 1998 Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 ticket in my pocket. Didn't work. Once I stopped rocking the red, and I watched the game at home, they won. If it ain't broke don't fix it. :)

Posted by: apollak8 | April 28, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

hart2014 you again miss my illustration of ridiculous overgeneralization. Some moron talks about NY in broad strokes, calling NYers "felons", this coming from what has long been called the murder capital of the US

so i merely return the favor

besides the fact that only one Ranger and coach is from NY and that is Callahan who is from Rochester yet everyone seems to think anything any Ranger does is "typical NY." Its all just a bunch of ignorance and I'm glad you called me out on my statement hart because my statement has the same validity as Rocc00's

Posted by: JK111 | April 28, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

LOOK FELLOW CAPS FANS: Stop provoking and JK111 and engaging him in argument. We had more than enough of that yesterday. Today is game day, concentrate on that.

Posted by: apollak8 | April 28, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

@apollak8 - same reason I am not going out to watch the game tonight at the great hockey bar here in Houston. They have won every time I have watched the game from the comfort of my own home.

GO CAPS!!

Posted by: suzannepdc | April 28, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

YOU HAVE WHAT YOU HAVE IN LIFE,
OR EXCUSES WHY NOT!

GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: forbespd | April 28, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

to be honest, i'm here to talk hockey and i love hockey

the issue is that there are way too many xenophobic comments to get through it all. I have to tell you, on Rangers boards there is a lot of smack talk going on too, but its about the team. This intense and irrational dislike of NY is really silly and thats all I'm trying to point out.

Also, I never thought bulletin boards were supposed to be insulated cheering sections for teams. I'm here to add a perspective that perhaps you don't have being the fan of a different team. After all, I've been at MSG for all 3 home games and am a very objective fan and would love to discuss hockey. These ideas of good versus evil, or whining or whatever take away from your credibility of discussing what is happening on the ice.

Do I believe the Rangers are going to win tonight? Lets just say I don't have a great feeling in my gut but I don't give up on my team.

I've been on your boards for about 2 weeks and added quite a bit to your discussions from a Rangers perspective. If you wish to live in a world where everyone agrees with everything you say, I suggest you move to a country that encourages that. Do I expect to turn a board of Caps fans into NY loving Rangers fans? No, I know a little better than that. But I do feel that if you make nasty, vitriolic statements against not just a team, but an entire geographic area that is mostly baseless, you should be prepared for responses that point out the errors of your ways.

Posted by: JK111 | April 28, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

But I do feel that if you make nasty, vitriolic statements against not just a team, but an entire geographic area that is mostly baseless, you should be prepared for responses that point out the errors of your ways.
Posted by: JK111 | April 28, 2009 12:19 PM |

Wow - where do u get that?
felons as an analogy for Avery, Dubi, Orr's play.

If you were as smart as you perp yurself to be, you would have gotten it.

You said if the shoe was on the other foot. Well here u go:
if I intend to abduct your child but the courts don't see it that way but you & your neighbors see me doing it - is it still not a crime??

I think the Caps fan here understood the felon moniker.

If Brash is thrown into 'jail' what do u call the three hooded intentions of the Rags?
Non-intentional?

LETS GO FELONS!!

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 28, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

LET'S GO CAPS!!! YOU CAN WIN THIS. YOUR FANS ARE SUPPORTING YOU ALL THE WAY. GAME 7, THERE'S NOTHING LIKE IT.

Posted by: capsfan2007 | April 28, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

@JK111: If you've realized your inability to sway our opinions about your team and your views, why do you bother continuing with your "protecting your team" campaign? Hate to break it to you, JK111, but unless they're paying you to do what you're doing, you're not accomplishing anything being on this message board and they don't give a rats behind about your "valiant" fight. Feel free to pat yourself on the back, buddy, 'cause you're the only one who cares about what you have to say. You can go now. You're dismissed.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 28, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Let's Go Caps! ROCK THE RED!

Posted by: blackandred777 | April 28, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

As a Ranger fan, I just wanted to stop in and see what everyone thought about Brashear and his typical goon antics. He is nothing more than an absolute cheapshot artist, yes, he is probably the toughest guy (still) in the league, but give me a break, going after Betts? Perhaps Orr should cheapshot Oveckin tonight and knock him out of the playoffs for the year...how would that be? And, yes, the Caps are by far a better team than the Rangers and yes, if it hadn't been for lundquist(excluding the last 2 games-lol) we'd have probably lost 4-1 in the series..i'll give you that, but that's why you plays the games right? hopin lundquist shows up tonight.

Posted by: mpc63 | April 28, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

As a Ranger fan, I just wanted to stop in and see what everyone thought about Brashear and his typical goon antics. He is nothing more than an absolute cheapshot artist, yes, he is probably the toughest guy (still) in the league, but give me a break, going after Betts? Perhaps Orr should cheapshot Oveckin tonight and knock him out of the playoffs for the year...how would that be?
Posted by: mpc63 | April 28, 2009 1:23 PM |

Ok I can see stupidity has afflicted NYC just like the swine flu.
Read what Laraque has to say & what most hockey players know: difference between goon & enforcer is that Orr is a goon & Brashear is a enforcer.
Keep your head on a swivel when u are on ice.
From what I've seen Orr has made several attempts to run us (ahem Semin clothes line - game 5 & I was there holmes)...& he definitely can't hit anything moving faster than a manequin. If that's all you got, no wonder he didn't want to fight Brashear.

Check out youtube for all the times Orr has try to follow the enforcer code with Brashear. It's not pretty on your side btw. That's why your chimp has to run around gooning it up.

While your at it- googling swine flu, @ the same time try to find a way out of stupidity.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 28, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

the fact that you even attempt to draw an distinction between orr and brashear as players ("Well one is a goon and another is an enforcer") made me laugh out loud

i can't wait for brashear to not be resigned, go over to pittsburgh and for you to say he's a goon and that whatever goon the caps replace him with is an enforcer

i don't agree with the whole Orr taking out Ovie thing, and I'm not a proponent of that type of play, you get your best revenge by winning the game, but seriously, your argument about a distinction is just sad

Ok Caps fans, now time to disagree with me solely because I root for another team....come on....

Posted by: JK111 | April 28, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse


the fact that you even attempt to draw an distinction between orr and brashear as players ("Well one is a goon and another is an enforcer") made me laugh out loud
Posted by: JK111 | April 28, 2009 2:02 PM |

And THIS is why we think NY-er know nothing about hockey esp. u 111.

I hope your chimps - Orr & Avery - do get to run wild tonight. That way u can see how they're too slow for the Caps anyhow & usually get a face of glass.
Or in Avery's case, swing wildly @ some1's head.
@ least Brash can hit a moving target.
By your very definition, he only connected & that's why he's in jail.

While your chimps run loose & cowardly.

But then we know most NY-ers talk big but run like chickens. ps - there's not many bridges here in the District, we've made it easier for yous.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 28, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse


UNLEASH THE FURY!!!!!

We, as Caps fans, need to all be up on our feet THE ENTIRE GAME...THIS IS OR GAME TO WIN AND OUR TEAM TO GET BEHIND!!!!

Posted by: dglelite | April 28, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

UNLEASH THE FURY!!!!!

We, as Caps fans, need to all be up on our feet THE ENTIRE GAME...THIS IS OUR GAME TO WIN AND OUR TEAM TO GET BEHIND!!!!

Posted by: dglelite | April 28, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Be loud. Be proud. Be positive.
Beat the Rangers and move on to Round 2.
Clark coming back should help. Brashear will be missed but he would be well rested for future Series.

Posted by: jeremybozz | April 28, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

@dglelite: Be careful with the whole standing up thing. The NHL may end up with another letter from the Rangers claiming the fire safety hazard the Capitals' fans caused with standing up the entire game. I wouldn't put it pass them either for complaining that the Capitals' fans were too loud. While they're at it, they might as well ask for their money back. Ooo, even better, they could ask for a do-over.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | April 28, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

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