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Fehr, Erskine 'Questionable'

As I mentioned earlier, Eric Fehr did not skate and is questionable for Game 3 with an undisclosed injury. Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't say what exactly is ailing the winger, but he did say it's something that has hampered him in the past (so I'm thinking shoulder).

"He'll be back soon," Boudreau said. "I don't know if he'll be back tomorrow, but he'll be back soon. He's day-to-day."

Asked whether he would consider recalling a forward or simply turn to Michael Nylander, who has been a healthy scratch since Game 3 of the Rangers series, Boudreau said: "We're going consider all the options at this point. Mike is a good player. We have faith in him if we put him in."

John Erskine, meantime, could miss a second straight game tomorrow. Boudreau said he does, however, expect the rugged defenseman to travel with the team. The Caps also appear to be taking Tyler Sloan and Karl Alzner to Pittsburgh with them, which means they'll have seven healthy 'D'.

A couple of quick notes:

Kunitz Controversy
As far as Chris Kunitz's cross check on Simeon Varlamov, Boudreau and Alex Ovechkin were still pretty upset this morning. Boudreau said he hadn't heard from anything from the league yet.

"It happened so quick you sometimes don't realize it," Boudreau said. "But if you look at the clip and slow it down, I mean, he's aiming right for the throat. We'll see I'm sure the league will have seen it and they'll decide."

Ovechkin was angry, saying: "I think it's dirty and I think the league have to do something about it. It's cheap shot. It's not good for hockey. If league doesn't suspend him for a couple games, I don't know what's going to happen. I think it's cheap shot. [Brashear], six games ... Kunitz have to get some."

Boudreau said Varlamov was not injured, which Varlamov confirmed for me as he walked out of KCI. When I asked him where he got hit, he pointed to his neck, right behind his ear.

I asked him if Kunitz should face a suspension, he grinned and said, "I don't understand what you're saying," before walking away.

Brash Signing In Russia?
According to a report out of Russia that suspended enforcer Donald Brashear is flying to Russia next week to sign a contract in the KHL. Here's the link.

Boudreau said he was unaware of the report.

"That's news to me," Boudreau said. "To me, it's a total fallacy because I haven't anything about it."

With an early morning trip to Pittsburgh awaiting me, I'm cutting out of here early today. Katie will handle the blog for the rest of the day and write tomorrow's story.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 5, 2009; 12:54 PM ET
 
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Lundqvist makes Fleury look like Swiss cheese

Posted by: sroessle | May 5, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Here're two videos of Chris Kunitz's cross check on Simeon Varlamov, second one in slow motion:

http://alexovetjkin.blogspot.com/2009/05/varlamov-gets-check-to-neck-by-chris.html

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 5, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Brash in Russia, that is funny. First.. ;)

Posted by: hbcapsfan | May 5, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

> Lundqvist makes Fleury look like Swiss cheese

That's so true. You can appreciate how good Lundqvist is only now.

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 5, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

@Tarik

Any way the Post will take a couple hundred of us to Mellon to provide our valuable insight on the game?

I think many of us could write a nice story on Caps fans treatment at Pens games.

Compelling and rich!

Posted by: SA-Town | May 5, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Syomin and Varlamov have the same English tutor. Good for them!

Posted by: redlineblue | May 5, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Ha @ Varlamov. Read: "I'm not getting involved."

Hopefully Fehr's okay to play soon. Injury news is never good.

We'll see what happens with Kunitz. I'm not expecting the NHL to actually do anything, seeing as how it was a Penguin involved. The NHL is too busy kissing their asses to hold them to the same standards as other teams. Do I think he needs to be suspended for a game or two? Definitely - it's a cheap and dangerous shot with apparent intent to injure a key player. I just don't think it'll happen.

Me? I'm thinking about Game 3 in Pittsburgh more than anything else. We've got some cleanup work to do if we want to at least split these next two games. (I know darn well a sweep is too much to ask of the hockey gods, so I won't.) I think Game 3 is important for us - if we can take Game 3, the momentum stays with us and Pitt is digging themselves out of a mighty, mighty hole.

Posted by: kittypawz | May 5, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

BB might not even know because it's between GMGM and Brash.

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 5, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Brought over from earlier thread:

@oldtimehockey: Hockey experts on these boards have suggested everything from Green be moved to forward to benched and have Alzner play in his spot. Rediculous.

@Rocc00: Ovi's had a bounty on his head since his rookie season, I know you know that. All I have to say is if someone takes a cheap shot at Ovi and he is laying on the ice I better see the other 4 skaters turn it into old time hockey and beat the crap out of everyone in a Pens jersey. I hate the way Cooke and Kunitz take liberties on Ovi. Ovi can handle himself and had a nice message for Kunitz near the end of the 1st. Again though, if a cheap shot results in Ovi laying on the ice, I don't care if we end up down 5 on 3 killing a pair of 5 minute majors, the other boys better step up for him.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 5, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Kunitz should get 1 or 2 games. The league MUST protect it's Goalies. If Varly had been injured he would get 5 games like Brash did for the hit on Betts. But he's ok so I don't think they'll do anything. Betteman will do everything in his power to make sure this series goes to as many games as possible. He knows how much the Pens need Kunitz. Total BS if he doesn't get at least 1 game.

Posted by: ZMANN84 | May 5, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"If league doesn't suspend him for a couple games, I don't know what's going to happen."

That sounds like a veiled threat, and I am very much in favor of it. I would hope, though, that Ovie concentrates on scoring and lets somebody else take out that dirty, cheap punk.

Posted by: christiansonm | May 5, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, that Sport-Ekspress story is pretty light on details. All it says that HC Chekhov's general manager, Aleksei Zhamonov, told the paper of an upcoming contract-signing with Brashear. It's probably just your regular KHL trash-talk... Besides, why would Brash sign with the WORST team in the Chernyshev division, currently 82 points behind 2007 Champs Ak-Bars?

Posted by: grahamdumas | May 5, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Be prepared for the toughest game yet.

Bettman, "Must....reach....7...games.."

Posted by: richmondphil | May 5, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the slow-mo of Kunitz cross-check for the first time....

He really might get suspended...

Like I said, he sucks anyway, and having him in the lineup is subtraction by addition.

Posted by: SA-Town | May 5, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Again though, if a cheap shot results in Ovi laying on the ice, I don't care if we end up down 5 on 3 killing a pair of 5 minute majors, the other boys better step up for him.
Posted by: fanohock1 | May 5, 2009 1:21 PM |

Agreed - if the NHL doesn't police it, then lets roll Old time hockey baby!

That sounds like a veiled threat, and I am very much in favor of it. I would hope, though, that Ovie concentrates on scoring and lets somebody else take out that dirty, cheap punk.
Posted by: christiansonm | May 5, 2009 1:23 PM |

Unfortunately, some figure skating fans here cheered the Brash band & said it was good for the team.

The Penz already said they were going to go after the younger guys like Varly before Game 2.
We have to keep making them pay.
4-0 is the sweetest form of submission.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 5, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

*is praying the caps don't come out sleepy tomorrow*

Posted by: Raber | May 5, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

"I asked him if Kunitz should face a suspension, he grinned and said, "I don't understand what you're saying," before walking away."

I love our crazy "I don't speak English" Russians :)

Someone asked Semin some questions once, and he looked at them and smiled and said, in English, "I need to go get a translator."

(hey, how do I bold or italicize text? is it just html code?)

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 5, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

If Varly gets throat-chopped again, and no penalty gets called again, i want to see blood on the ice.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 5, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I was looking at the video of the hit again and Kunitz goes out of his way to hit Varlamov. It's not like a d-man pushes him into Varly, he skates through the crease on his own. Should be suspended at leasst 2 games. Campbell will mess this one up too.

Posted by: jwash4472 | May 5, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone from Hersey here know if Varly's gf is American/from Hersey?

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 5, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: richmondphil | May 5, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

If Kunitz isn't suspended the Caps should assign someone expendable to butt-end him in the mouth next game.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | May 5, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree that it looks as if the Pens are taking advantage of Brash's suspension to take a lot of liberties. There needs to be blood on the ice the next time that happens, if the NHL doesn't do something about it, and I'm sorry, that will probably be the case.

Posted by: kittypawz | May 5, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Varmalov is just doing the old Reagan "I can't hear you" trick :)

Posted by: dcunitedfan3 | May 5, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I love Aucoin and would like to see him up tomorrow.

With respect to Nylander, I need to disagree with most posters. I agree entirely that he needed to come out of the Rangers series, and it's good he did. He's a better match for the Pens, though, where speed and finesse are effective. He's great on puck possession, and when he began to go at net right at the end of the season, good things were happening.

I'm afraid Fehr wasn't doing much these playoffs. Aucoin would be an upgrade, but I think Nylander could do fine.

Posted by: Sonyask | May 5, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty bad if the league says they are going to crack down on running the goalie, then doesn't follow through with any punishment for crosschecking a goalie in the neck. They have been doing an okay job of getting better dealing with headshots but still haven't done much to protect goalies from taking cheap shots. With the Pens down 2 games I don't expect the NHL to do anything here. They don't want this series to end in 4.

Posted by: Stu_c | May 5, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNhrdc_yC_g

Dont forget Kunitz had a hit on Timo in the Philly series that was probably reviewed by the league already..

This could be a "strike two," situation.

Posted by: SA-Town | May 5, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone from Hersey here know if Varly's gf is American/from Hersey?

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 5, 2009 1:37 PM
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I can't swear by my answer, and I don't remember who told me this, but I'm pretty sure she's Russian.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 5, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Time for the caps to call up McNeill, our heavyweight of the future, this team plays better knowing that someone on the ice has a role to fill when things get to testy, we need more grit than scoring right now with both erskin and brash out,

Posted by: t-bone67 | May 5, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

@ SA-Town

I was about to bring up the same point. That hit on Timonen was absolutely vicious and Kunitz got away scott free. I still can't believe Kimmo got up from that right away and played the rest of the game. My respect for him grew even more. Great player who gets little attention for being as good as he is. Kunitz is a dirty little punk.

Posted by: ranndino | May 5, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

kunitz will not get suspended. and it's a joke. talk about a head shot to an unsuspecting player. the puck wasnt anywhere near his stick. again, since varly didnt get hurt, there will be no suspension.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 5, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

If he doesnt speak much English (we all know he and Semin can a bit) i doubt his GF is American. Also he has lived his whole life in Russia as a semi-celebrity. I cant imagine he has trouble with the ladies. Look at Ovie, he gets who ever he wants and i would exactly call him a "looker." Varly is a pretty boy, those hot Russian tennis player should be all over him

Posted by: QuintenD | May 5, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

@ grahamdumas

As I've said in my last post Vityaz Chekhov is a team that is known for signing goons, so Brashear's signing with them would not be surprising in the least. Vityaz sucks as a team and the only way they attract fans in the blue collar town of Chekhov is by making their team into the Chiefs from Slap Shot.

Posted by: ranndino | May 5, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

from NHL.com

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Ovechkin was hoping for more, but Pittsburgh Penguins wing
Chris Kunitz will not be suspended by the NHL for his late-game hit to the neck area of Capitals goalie Simeon Varlamov seconds before Sidney Crosby scored his third goal of Game 2 with 30.4 seconds left in the third period.

League officials confirmed that the tape has been reviewed.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 5, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I am actually starting to think that we need to bring up an enforcer from Hershey. The absence of Brashear is making the Pens think that they can do whatever they want. I'm glad to see that Boudreau and Ovie are as pissed off about that play as I am. Kunitz will be a marked man in game 3 if he's not suspended.

Varly was in a completely vulnerable position, down on his knees, totally unable to defend himself and Kunitz hit him as hard as he could in the only unprotected spot there is on a goalie. Absolutely disgusting.

Versus analysts pretended like it never happened and NHL Live analysts rolled their eyes when a caller brought it up today. They said that there was no reaction from the Capitals, no one was talking about so they doubt the league is even reviewing it. This is unbelievable!

I'm curious to see if last night's NHL on the Fly mentioned the episode at all. Haven't watched it yet.

Posted by: ranndino | May 5, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Of course it's not. Bettman needs 7 games and Crosby got a hat trick right afterwards. If a non-call penalty appears to have caused the goal, it would make his hat trick seem arbitrary. (well, it still is since they lost) NHL is already labeling this game as a "classic" or whatever, they are not going to tarnish it.


Kunitz better be eating ice next game.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 5, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I think we all need to stop worrying about this hit, and worry more so about how our defense absolutely stinks without Erskine there. Crosby gets 3 garbage goals by sitting in front of Varly collecting rebounds. I have no idea why our team is letting Crosby sit in front of our net. He is too good for us to let him do that.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 5, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

@ dcsportsfan1

Incredible! They reviewed it and no suspension is forthcoming. Good work NHL. I don't wanna hear any whining or anything about suspensions when someone on the Caps "suspends" Kunitz by sending him to a hospital.

He's exactly the type of player the NHL always talks about. Someone who has no regard for his fellow professionals' well being.

Posted by: ranndino | May 5, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

@ richmondphil

Watch Boudreau's post game interview. Someone asks him about exactly that and, as usual, he gives a good answer. I was mad about us not clearing players also before I listened to him, but his analysis makes sense to me. On all 3 of the goals we were playing shorthanded, on the last one down by 2 actually since the Pens replaced Fleury with an extra attacker. The 3rd would have never happened if not for Kunitz's BS.

Posted by: ranndino | May 5, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I dont get why we would have sloan or alzner sit in the stands when Hershey is playing......

Posted by: wendel2 | May 5, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

The second one was even strength, but that does make me feel a little bit better. Still, even if it is a 6 on 3 somehow, you really should not ever let someone sit in front of your goalie. That should the first priority, then the slot, points, etc...

And I am just going to point this out, just to point it out, Green was on the ice for all 3 goals. I know it's not just me who feels this way, but I think he is seeing way too much ice time.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 5, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie:
yes - just html and i think only the italics and bold work <i> and <b> - use the /i /b to close the tag

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | May 5, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=421557

"Can you imagine if he gave (Varlamov) an injury, what are we going to do?" Ovechkin said. "If it's not going to be called it's going to be a terrible decision and I'm going to be (mad) about it."

Great! The last time Ovi got mad Montreal broke his nose and he scored 4 goals.

Posted by: yucatanyeti1 | May 5, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

For those calling for vengence on Kunitz, let's be a little reasonable. First, its totally legit to crash the goalie. Sometimes, it works. We can't deny that Huet took such a beating from the Flyers last year that it affected his play. Last night, Crosby's first goal was basically caused when he ran into Varly's glove while he was trying to catch it, and he dropped it. Goal. So, Kunitz crashing the net is what it is. The added chunk to the head was penalty worthy. I saw it when it happened and didn't think anything of it. Goalies get hit in the head. It happens. Should Kunitz get a couple extra shoves? Absolutely. If we had an enforcer, should someone challenge him. Sure. But threatening to injure the guy is a complete waste of effort. First of all, unless you are head hunting, you can injure yourself if the kneeing or boarding attempt goes wrong. And, if you are head hunting, you'll get caught and possibly suspended. Second, unless he actually hurt Varly or someone saw it at the time, let it go, get him next time. You don't win points running around trying to avenge every little stick infraction or hit. Maybe finish the checks, give him a couple pokes to remind him they're watching, but outright running him would be stupid.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | May 5, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I dont get why we would have sloan or alzner sit in the stands when Hershey is playing......

Posted by: wendel2 | May 5, 2009 2:29 PM |

are you serious?

I like the Bears and all, but uhhh...let's worry about making the actual NHL team the best it can possibly be. Plus. both of them are signed to the Caps, not to the Bears.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 5, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Its official on NHL.com......The tape has been reviewed and Kunitz will not be suspended

Once again another example of Colin Campbell inconsistency

Posted by: CapsFan44 | May 5, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

but outright running him would be stupid.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | May 5, 2009 2:31 PM |

Oh, really??????!?!?!!!?!?!

Posted by: richmondphil | May 5, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Did Boudreau split up Green and Morrisonn last night? It seemed to me like he did. If so, I'm going to have to trust coach that he is on the case and is going to get Green settled down.

Posted by: LouLewis | May 5, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

rantdino:

perhaps you should strike your "goon" reference in talking about Brash. someone might slip up when talking about twits and reference you.

Posted by: doughless | May 5, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Colon Campbell, you sorry sack of $#!^, yet again you prove your bias and worthlessness.
See? No Brashear means massive liberties are taken.
Take em out. Take em all out.

Posted by: oo7 | May 5, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Oldtimehockey.......if you think that was legal you are an idiot. i'm sorry but if brashear crashes pitts net and just happens to cross check Fluery in the head on his way through he would automatically be suspended, injury or not because he is labeled an enforcer. Kunitz gets nothing because he is labeled a "good" player.

Yea goalies take a lot of punishment but a blatant cross check to the head to a forward or goalie is unacceptable. If you think that should have been let go then Brash should be on the ice right now. Thats rediculous that you would try to justify that.

Posted by: CapsFan44 | May 5, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

The best revenge is on the scoreboard. Play it smart, boys. Win the games. And let Pittsburgh go golfing while we move on to the cnference finals.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 5, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Kunitz is gonna have a big fat target on his back tomorrow night and I'm totally fine with that. I just hope they take care of business without putting us at a disadvantage.

Posted by: ModestProposal | May 5, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

richmond phil yes i am serious.....if they are playing fine but to sit when hershey plays makes no sense....it is like a 2hour drive so why have them misss games if they arent needed. If games are not on the same night let them commute ahl players are capable of a 2 hour trip to play

Posted by: wendel2 | May 5, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

wendel2

Sloan wasn't in the stands. He was on the ice.

Alzner and Sloan are here because Schultz and Erskine are both injured. We were playing with 6 d-men. That's not a good thing in the playoffs.

Posted by: Greg S. | May 5, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Chris Kunitz will not be suspended by the NHL for his late-game hit to the neck area of Capitals goalie Simeon Varlamov.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=421557

Posted by: sepumd | May 5, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I don't really give two craps if the Bears win the Calder Cup.

As I said, Alzner and Sloan are both signed to the Caps, not to the Bears. They are signed to the Caps to make the Caps better when they can. Not to make our farm team better.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 5, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't legal, shoulda been called, possibly suspended, but stuff happens. I agree that no one should be advocating taking out a player. Kunitz should suffer some great, clean hits, but he's not worth penalties and possible suspensions on our guys. Focus on game 3.

Posted by: Sonyask | May 5, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

on espn.com, the poll asks "what was Monday's most compelling storyling?"

46% Ovie and Crosby hat tricks each

21% LeBron accepts MVP award

33% Kobe and Lakers lose game 1 at home

So tell me why an NHL story is more compelling than two NBA stories??

Yeah, NHL rules!!

Posted by: rachel216 | May 5, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

wendel2, Pittsburgh is more than 2 hours away.
The majority here are concerned about the Stanley Cup, not the baby pens.

Posted by: oo7 | May 5, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

@Greg S.

Not to mention Poti was potentially hurt as well.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 5, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't seem stupid at all. He got away with it and it got them a goal. Why not? Maybe they can knock him out of the playoffs for good if they do it again, and the Caps' problems in goal are well-known. If Varly's out, what do they have? Theodore. It gives the Pens a much better chance of getting out of this series.

Expect them to continue to try everything dirty on Varly and try to take him out. Our guys are going to have to step up and be ready to defend the kid, and take a penalty to do it if they must.

Posted by: kittypawz | May 5, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau said he wanted an extra d-man available in case of a warm-up injury. Not often, but sometimes a guy comes out for warm-ups and can't go. That is about 45 mins before game time. No way can Alzner say get from Pittsburgh to Hershey if BB decides tomorrow at 6:15 that he isn't needed for the game. Always good to have two extra healthy players, one forward and one blueliner.

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 5, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

You're right Kitty; Kunitz's intent to injure move was a plus for the Pens. Expect more.

Posted by: Sonyask | May 5, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

> Goalies get hit in the head.

Yes. They even get hit in the head by the puck. But this was a CROSSCHECK to the NECK.

This could be a very serious injury because there's no protection there. He could've break Varly's neck like Bertuzzi did to Moore.

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 5, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

you !@#!%#@! pig, Campbell. What a disgrace.

That makes me sick. Kunitz has a price to pay over the next couple of games.

Posted by: AyresGoober | May 5, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

tess2201: Oh, sure. Take the high road and promote sportsmanship, common sense, & common decency. What kind of world would this be if everyone behaved like that?

Posted by: uncatim | May 5, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

@wendel
Caps next three games: Wed, Fri, Sat
Bears next three games: Wed, Fri, Sat

Sloan and Alzner can't be both places at once. If BB wants them traveling with the Caps, then that's where they'll be.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 5, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

saintex" "I'm not sure I get the "tell BB" comment." = joke in that we should be giving tips to BB, but the point sure felt so right to me.

AyresGoober: "Kunitz has a price to pay over the next couple of games?" I hope not. This sounds like the perfect mindset for more stupid penalties.


Posted by: caraveli | May 5, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Tess, don't take my harsh comments about the Bears wrong!

I love the Bears and all, but the Caps is the team that matters. If Sloan and Alzner are here to help us, then so be it.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 5, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

uncatim: Just trying to balance out all the testosterone that's been flying around the blog today. :)

Posted by: tess2201 | May 5, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

does anyone have the link about the death threats to Ovie from the pens message boards?

Posted by: _stevo | May 5, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil: No worries. I understand completely. I've been following minor league hockey long enough to know that the parent club comes first. While I'd love to have Sloan and Alzner in Hershey, I know they can't be both places at once. So good for them...they get a chance to be in the spotlight. Hope they do well. We have plenty of weapons left in Hershey to carry on.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 5, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil

And I didn't mention Poti, did I. :) Frankly forgot about him. Thanks!

Posted by: Greg S. | May 5, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Here is best and most simple plan. Win game 3, get up 3 or 4 goals with 5 minutes to play in game 4.......then smash the Kunitz, winning is all that matters and that is the sweetest revenge.

Posted by: RichC3 | May 5, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

hey richmond phil forget my post...i forgot what a moronic boob u r .you dont seem to be able to understand any point except your own,so dont worry about my concern just leave it for other bloggers who arent so anal

Posted by: wendel2 | May 5, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Here is best and most simple plan. Win game 3, get up 3 or 4 goals with 5 minutes to play in game 4.......then smash Kunitz, run him into the ground. Winning is all that matters and that is the sweetest revenge.

Posted by: RichC3 | May 5, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli, thought it might have been. I do have Bruce on speed dial from that personal call he gave me before the playoffs, reminding me to wear red.

Posted by: saintex | May 5, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Well...Avery punched Varlamov in the face and that turned out well for him.

I am going to make a tee-time for Avery and Kunitz, so they talk about it over a nice round of 18.

Bums

Posted by: SA-Town | May 5, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I just hope AO doesn't take it upon himself to exact retribution for Varly. The league would suspend him in a heartbeat in order to turn this into a series.

Winning is the best revenge. Take it out by throwing everything at and running Fleury to get him off of his game, such as it is.

Posted by: CindyJennings | May 5, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

oldtimehockey-

You can be our PR cover so people think we aren't vengeful. The rest of us will watch and wait for revenge on Kunitz. I'm expecting it to be personally delivered by Ovie. The man is a missile.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 5, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I just watched Kunitz's crosscheck on Varly. If he doesn't get something I will be furious. That was disgusting, uncalled for, and a total cheap shot. He could've seriously caused an injury to Varly. That was so vicious, he needs at least 5 games.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 5, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

My gosh, if that happened to me I would be crying. That looked like it hurt so bad. Kunitz is an a$$.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 5, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

rachel, it's already been decided...Kunitz got nothing...no suspension.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 5, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

That's Mr. Brash to you nutless

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 5, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Tess: Well then, they clearly did not look at it hard enough. Anyone with a right mind would see that it was intentional. It looked so vicious.. it is so dangerous.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 5, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

sorry, Mr. Rocc00-moderator-of-all-things- hockey

Posted by: doughless | May 5, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli.

Agreed. I totally agree that a stupid penalty is not what is needed, winning is. As we saw in the Rangers series, cooler heads prevail.

But we've now had Avery punch Varly in the head and Kunitz cross check him in the neck.

What's the next player going to do? Take a skate off and run at him? At some point a POINT needs to be made to the opposition.

Posted by: AyresGoober | May 5, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Anyone up for a road trip to the league offices in NYC? Does anyone have XM and listen to Jacka$$? (aka Bettman) Maybe we could all call in on his radio show and ask him why the NHL hates the Caps.

Posted by: jwash4472 | May 5, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

@ And I am just going to point this out, just to point it out, Green was on the ice for all 3 goals. I know it's not just me who feels this way, but I think he is seeing way too much ice time.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 5, 2009 2:30 PM |

Richmond Phil: Pitt's 2nd goal was directly few seconds after Green failed to clear the puck out of his zone. Pitt kept it in.

Having said this, it was a sic pass to OV for then the game leading score. Nice hit along the boards also.

I did not watch a lot games but listend many on the net. Heard many times where he failed to clear the puck. I know he is great on Offence, oh well,

Maybe Green should play "O".

As for getting back at Kunitz, i would focus on game 3 and winning it and carefully pick the right spot to get him back.

Posted by: hunter32 | May 5, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

oldtimehockey: WTF. Are you nuts. There's a distinct difference between running a goalie and a cross check to his head/neck. Do be stupid. That was a clear cheap shot and he's lucky that Brash wasn't on the ice near the incident and he'll be equally lucky if he gets to skate up to the final horn. Regardless of whether Varly was injured or not. The league totally missed the mark on this one - "As long as you don't hurt anyone....."

Posted by: cfrazier91 | May 5, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I agree that in slow mo, it's disgusting to watch Kunitz INTENTIONALLY going after Varlamov's neck. The wrong kind of "sick". So, the Caps got dissed by the league because the officials refused to suspend Kunitz.

However, I really have to agree with all the comments about not getting retaliatory penalties tomorrow night. It'll only hurt the Caps in terms of pp/pk situations. BB even said the Caps were "stupid" by getting so many penalties last night. The Caps need to play smarter---they absolutely have the ability. Been lucky so far, time to tighten up and rely less on luck and more on the fantastic skill and TEAM work they have. Did you notice Ovie talked about "team effort" when asked about his hat trick, and Crosby could only whine about not winning? Caps have class and talent----I would dare to ask for a sweep in Pittsburgh. Would be poetic justice.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | May 5, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

"@ And I am just going to point this out, just to point it out, Green was on the ice for all 3 goals. I know it's not just me who feels this way, but I think he is seeing way too much ice time.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 5, 2009 2:30 PM |

Richmond Phil: Pitt's 2nd goal was directly few seconds after Green failed to clear the puck out of his zone. Pitt kept it in.

Having said this, it was a sic pass to OV for then the game leading score. Nice hit along the boards also.

I did not watch a lot games but listend many on the net. Heard many times where he failed to clear the puck. I know he is great on Offence, oh well,

Maybe Green should play "O". "

I've noticed this too. If Green is on D, he should either concentrate on D or just give it up and become a winger. I have noticed Green on the ice for a lot of goals scored against the Caps. If your a defenseman, you shouldn't be pinching deep into the opponent's zone, you shouldn't be the first in the zone, and clearing the puck should ALWAYS take precedence over scoring a goal. Just my two cents...

Posted by: geester1 | May 6, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

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