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First Period Obervations

Three observations from the first period, which ended tied 1-1.

1) Who knew Donald Brashear had goal-scorer hands?
2) So far, it's been every bit as physical as we thought it would be.
3) The Caps' defense absolutely must do a better job of clearing out the crease. Cristobal Huet is really good, but he can't stop shots he can't see.

Thoughts?

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 11, 2008; 7:45 PM ET
 
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Comments

Thoughts? Poti's still looking for his jock after he got embarassed out there.

The only Capital who clears the crease is Erskine. Maybe he could give the other boys lessons, because they need it.

Posted by: Kip | April 11, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Totally agree about clearing the front of the goal.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

My thoughts too, Tarik. (And thanks for the awesome job!) There was at least one Cap contributing to the screen of Huet on the Flyers goal. No one seems to be hesitating at throwing the body around. Oh, and a sweet goal from Brash.

Let's go Caps!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Mauree is my Game 1 MVP for providing the link for me to watch the game in the middle of the night in England.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Agree.
And how about that Brash beard... even more scary lol

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

@ Dave UK

You are the MVP for being up in the middle of the night to watch the game.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I thought we always knew Brash had good hands, just not necessarily the quick feet necessary to use them in a goal scoring capacity. ;-)

We need to pick up the intensity in the second. We came out flying, but the goal they scored pushed a couple of people on their heels.

Fedorov's no look pass in the defensive zone was scary...

Posted by: Raber | April 11, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

anybody else finding Comcast HD a bit "choppy"? reg comcast is fine. of all times!!

Posted by: cbs | April 11, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

@ mauree,
Oh the beards. The beards have (until now) possibly been my favorite part of the playoffs. Now I've got the Caps to root for and beards have taken a backseat.

@ dave, I agree with CT. You and the Russians get major fan cred for being up at...1 am?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

CT,

I can't compete with Mauree - he's in Italy so it's an hour later there. Its 2am for him already!

Lets Go Caps, come on boys!!

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Period 2 keys - score and destroy

Posted by: Scott | April 11, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

@Dave

I don't live in Italy :D. I did stay up when I was there for a handful of games - especially one that ended at 4, and I had work at 8 lol.

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

You both ROCK!

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

The Booth is too quite right now...

MAKE SOME NOISEEEEE!!!

COME ON BOYS!!!

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Just noticed Philly coach Stevens wearing a red tie. Is he Rocking the Red??

Posted by: tess | April 11, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I agree mauree,
They're just sitting there and yelling occasionally. At first I thought they had just turned down the audio feed, but they really are that quiet.

Argh! I'd be yelling if I was there!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Stecks!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

STECKEL!!!!!


*SCREAMS*

COOOOMEEEE OOOONNNNN!!!!

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

D. Stecks!! Welcome back!

Let's go Caps!!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

SWEET. That was CRUCIAL

Posted by: Scott | April 11, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow, what a shot from Davey!

Great the way he pulled up on the chase to the puck and made that few yards of space for himself.

Our fourth line is killing them!!

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Joe B and Locker were just saying that Biron is a bit lazy and slow with his glove hand.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Oops, 8:08 was me. And I meant to say that he'd been that way tonight, not in the past.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Bruce need to do something smart with the lines (in terms of time-changing) - Philly is shutting AO too well.

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Ok Mauree, guess I win MVP then!

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Will Mike Green please calm down? I realize standing up for yourself and your teammates, but penalties aren't good unless they're for us.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Green needs to clear the front of the goal. He was in front on the Philly goal

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Damm Midget!

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Darn it Briere.

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I would just like one (1) Caps game where there isn't an embarassing and costly defensive breakdown for no apparent reason. Sigh.

Posted by: Kip | April 11, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

No!! Spearing midget with an ugly mug.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 11, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

arggg

Posted by: renstar | April 11, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Bruce needs to call a timeout and calm the boys down. They have lost the flow that they had early in the game.

Posted by: tess | April 11, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

whats with the VS broadcasters homering for philly anyway, i thought this was supposed to be a neutral broadcast

Posted by: renstar | April 11, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Kip,

Two defensive breakdowns in under a minute.

AO hasn't been a factor YET. That cannot last forever.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Still a long way to play, but we've got to grab the momentum back.

Posted by: Matt | April 11, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I think this is where I start crying...

No!! Must have hope!! Let's go Caps!!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

this is bad

Posted by: czechsmix | April 11, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I agree on the timeout call. If they don't get settled down RIGHT FREAKING NOW, this is going to get real embarassing, real quick.

Posted by: Kip | April 11, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

They seem a bit sleepy... this is the playoffs boys WAKE THE ^&(*%& UP enough with the turnovers.

Posted by: mauree | April 11, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

jmu,
Got any spare tissues?

Next goal is massive. This is where the team need the VC crowd into it.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | April 11, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Well folks, there's a heck of a storm rolling through my area. Because I don't want to be electrocuted, I'm going to sign off. I'll be on when it passes.

Caps, I still believe! Remember Atlanta? We can do that again!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 11, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

OV does not have a shot on goal. We need him to step it up. We also need to stop taking stupid penalties.

Posted by: Acworth Eddie | April 11, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

@renstar: Not that it means anything, but the broadcasters are the Carolina broadcasters. Bitter much? :-P

I hate their broadcasters "Cam Ward says no" is one of the phrases I hate more than anything, and he's adapting it to both goalies here.

Posted by: Raber | April 11, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

ok we need the next goal
Steckel is playing great
flash is useless SIT HIS A SS
he drags his 2 linemates down by floating
come on caps

Posted by: wendel | April 11, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

fehr next game not flash? i cant watch the game 2nite. just check in on scores. but that was something i was thinking about this afternoon and really all season and this summer (meaning as soon as fehr got healthy, replace flash). other opinions? like i said, i can't see 2nite's game.

Posted by: jim* | April 11, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

wow green
the scoring machine

Posted by: jim* | April 11, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

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