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Feinstein: Caps Show Class and Promise

Here's an excerpt of a new column from John Feinstein, who praises the character the Caps showed after their Game 5 loss on a fluky defection off the stick of defenseman Tom Poti:

That the game ended on a fluke play isn't in doubt.
"Anyone who has played in the National Hockey League has had that happen to them at some point," Caps defenseman Brian Pothier said. "Tom did what you're supposed to do and got unlucky."
And yet, Pothier wasn't about to say that made the loss excusable.
"We played our best game of the series," he said. "But it seemed as if they were able to take advantage of the mistakes we made. Hockey is about mistakes. Tonight they were able to take advantage of the ones we made."
But, it was pointed out to him, the game was lost on a fluke in overtime.
"The game was lost because we made mistakes in regulation that caused the overtime," Pothier said firmly.

Click here to read the rest.

We'll have more from the skate soon and much more later today from Game 6 in Pittsburgh.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 11, 2009; 12:43 PM ET
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I couldn't be first, could I?

From previous post:

The bounce karma has to be cycling back our way right??

And as for creating that luck ourselves, we have to stop letting them push us to the sides, the Pens are doing a great job of keeping the area right in front of the goal clear we need to a) do the same for Varly, no more Cindy hanging out to play baseball with the puck and b)get at the goal and get those rebounds! We can't get all of our goals from pretty slapshots from afar. As beautiful as they might be we need some dirty goals to top it off.

Posted by: mrszilla | May 11, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mrszilla | May 11, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

i'm not anti- poit but it's not a fluke. his stick was pointed at the goal. that's physics.

Posted by: am_jim | May 11, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

From the last thread:

This crap about DC ends tonight. We live in one of the world's greatest treasures -- Rome, Paris, Moscow, London, Athens, Washington. All from outside can call our home names, but all from outside turn to our home and, ultimately, turn to us. In times of war, we are the ones who lead; in times of peace, we are the ones who keep it. We lead the nation through example for the nation turns to us, the nation needs us. It is not the buildings that make our home great, it is the people, it is us. Over the past week, *we* have been challenged. We have been called childish names and goaded into childishness. Such is unbecoming of Washingtonians. We shall not respond to this out of haste, out of anger or emotion. Instead, we shall respond to the behavior of the Penguin fans at a time and a place of OUR choosing. We shall remember their treatment of us -- their behavior, their attitude, their way of carrying -- and we shall respond in kind. That response begins tonight. Each and every one of us on this blog *is* better than the trolls who are nothing more than cowards; big men who only speak up when the team they support are winning, in public, only able to confront girls with their fandom. In public, none of those cowardly Pen fans who taunt us has the courage to do anything with their lives; to say to our faces that which they spew on here. Look pitiably upon them for their bluster, their pasting their identities on the performance of a hockey team simply masks the misery of their non-notable lives. We Washingtonians are better than them. Our home *is* the beacon of freedom that the entire world turns to and it is that way because of *us*. Tonight and on Wednesday, we are to remind not only Pittsburgh, not only hockey viewers of this, but we need to remind the band of brothers known as the Capitals that when they skate, they skate for us and when we cheer, we cheer for them. There is no place any of us would rather be than cheering together, tonight and cheering because we ARE proud of our home and there is nothing and I mean, NOTHING, anyone can do to us to take that pride away.

Posted by: Matt23185 | May 11, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Amen Bruddah!

Posted by: Sonyask | May 11, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ncg1983 | May 11, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

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