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Fleischmann: 'Don't sit me out again'

Tomas Fleischmann had the goal of the game and the quote of the night after the Caps' 4-3 overtime win over the 'Canes.

"It's just a little message: don't sit me out again," the winger joked after scoring the game winner with 1:40 left in the extra session.

Fleischmann was a healthy scratch for the first time all season on Monday as Coach Bruce Boudreau continues to juggle his 15 forwards. It also might have been the last time all season.

Check out my gamer here, then come on back for a few notes and quotes:

*Fleischmann actually whiffed on his OT goal. He said he fired the shot off the heel of his stick, creating a changeup effect that fooled Manny Legace. As big as the goal was for the Caps, it might have been even bigger for the winger's sagging confidence. Flash had only one goal in his previous 15 games.

*The struggling penalty kill appeared to be more effective tonight. More important, it looked more aggressive in holding the 'Canes' pwoer play to 1-for-5. The Tom Poti and Shaone Morrisonn-led unit also limited Carolina to three PP shots (which was one fewer than the 'Canes took shorthanded. But I digress).

"I thought they did a great job," Boudreau said. "I commend them. They work hard. They have a lot of pride and they don't like the numbers the way they are. [Assistant coaches Dean Evason and Bob Woods] had a long meeting with them today, and I think they were pretty defiant about not [allowing] goals against them."

*With his assist on Mike Green's first goal, Backstrom became the fourth Capital ever to record back-to-back 80 point seasons, joining Alex Ovechkin, Mike Gartner and Dennis Maruk. Backstrom was also named the first star.

*As I wrote in my gamer, Ovechkin had fine game, logging two assists and five shots. But what really stood out to me is what he did in the third period after Backstrom got pasted behind the net by Tuomo Ruutu. Ovechkin immediately hit Ruutu, then, on the same shift, delivered a board rattling hit on Brett Carson.

"He's my bodyguard," Backstrom cracked.

*Green had a productive/adventurous night. He scored two pretty goals. He also committed the penalty that led to a penalty shot and had a giveaway on Carolina's third goal.

"He had two goals and one beautiful assist, but the assist was to the wrong team," Boudreau said. "His idea was right, but he was just being too casual and trying to finesse the puck in there. Everything that is passed has to be a hard pass. It has to be - it's the only way it works."

Green has points in 11 of the past 12 games in which he's played.

*Jose Theodore was good again tonight. He made 28 saves, including a penalty shot by Brandon Sutter in the first period. Theodore is now 3 for 3 on penalty shots this season. The Caps, meantime, have faced a league high six of them. Semyon Varlamov has stopped the only one he faced; Michal Neuvirth, though, is 0 for 2.

*Brian Pothier on his first game against the Caps since being traded last Wednesday: "It's obviously an emotional moment for me. I've been here a long time. The family is still here and they're in school and we're invested in the community and we spend our summers here. We love it here. To come back, it was really weird. It was awkward playing against the guys. A couple of times, I felt myself wanting to tap a guy on the shin pads who had the red jersey instead of the white tonight."

Pothier played 26:27, took four shots and blocked three. He also played big minutes on special teams.

*Former Caps prospect Oskar Osala saw a game-low 6:46 of ice time. He registered one hit and one shot.

It wasn't pretty, but the two points got the Caps one step closer to the part of the season that really matters. Via the team's twitter account: Caps can clinch the Southeast Division title with an Atlanta loss tomorrow night (OT or regulation) or a point Friday vs. TB.

Practice tomorrow is at 11:30.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 10, 2010; 11:46 PM ET
 
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YOU GO FLASH!!! Thats my man! Great to see flash get that goal,it was well deserved.But i still have to agree with BB.The caps have too much talent for certain guys to sit out all the time.And as much as i love to see flash play,I also want to see chimer,brads,fehr,belanger,and all the rest of the third,fourth line guys that are gonna get shifted around play.Good game caps.GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: gratefuldid | March 11, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Will this be the earliest a team has clinched their division since the latest realignment?

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | March 11, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

I was at the game and was really disappointed that a number of fans did the whole "whoop, whoop" thing when Pothier touched the puck. I don't think it is appropriate when the player is not someone who left of his own accord, and I thought it was particularly sad to hear the fans whooping at Pothier as soon as he touched the puck just one week after he was traded.

Posted by: Steph22 | March 11, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who whoops is a moron. The original whoopers did it to Larry Murphy WHILE HE WAS STILL A CAP. Why any one would ever do that to their own team is beyond me. Might as well cheer for the visitors. Jerks.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | March 11, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

As soon as I heard the whoops I yelled at the crowd to shut up. I didn't hear it again after that so I guess people realized how dumb they sounded. I think people want some way to acknowledge former players but they can't exactly cheer for them when they're playing against the home team.

Overall I thought atmosphere at the game had a weird feel. I mean, they played the hockey song in like the first period. The hockey song.

Posted by: letsgocaps3 | March 11, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Cant wait to see what BB's set lineup will be. Havent yet seen a Flash/Belanger/Semin setup..could be a beauty. Thought Brooks looked good on that 3rd line..Bmo had a sweet opening pass to Sash but that was it as far as him generating significant offense. If hes not generating chances whats the point of playing him right?? Hes not physical,doesnt kill penalties, looks slow and his faceoff % of late is so so. Get chimera and fehr with Brooks and then you got yourself a nice mix of grit ,speed and skill. Do it BB! Off to get a garden salad.

Posted by: Todgak | March 11, 2010 2:37 AM | Report abuse

The "I just realized that" stat of the night:

Mike Green has been on the ice for 134 out of the Caps 260 goals for this year - more than 50%! On the flipside, Green has also been on the ice for 72 of the 185 goals against.

It makes sense when you realize Green spends almost half of each game he plays on the ice, but it's still an alarming stat given that he's missed several games this season due to injury.

Posted by: Raber | March 11, 2010 4:11 AM | Report abuse

whoop is saved for brenda witt,
not brian

Posted by: unclebully4 | March 11, 2010 4:50 AM | Report abuse

It was about time Flash showed up. I was at the game, and he frustrated me with how many chances he had to score earlier in the game. Same for Belanger, whose timing is still not where it needs to be, but that was an awesome overtime pass to Flash.

Green was both brilliant offensively and pretty aweful offensively. And did Matt Bradley play? Saw no evidence, left no skate marks anywhere if he did. Ovie was awesome. You have to attend a game and see what he does "off camera" to create plays, confusion among other players -- how tremendous. Carlson is impressive, was cool under pressure in a third period 2-1 - he is really good.

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | March 11, 2010 5:19 AM | Report abuse

New nickname for 77:

Jose Cuervo

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 11, 2010 6:06 AM | Report abuse

I agree. It was pretty disheartening to hear Potsy get booed. Let's not do that again. I thought Theo played another strong game. He came up with huge saves in huge moments during the game. (But anyone else bet that Varly's in net tomorrow?) I have a feeling BB goes to Varly tomorrow. TB all of a sudden has become a very difficult team to play against. And yes, the PK improved by killing 4 of the 5 chances, but we'll see against TB since we always have trouble with their PP.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 11, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse

I was at the game last night as well and didn't here any whooping going on. As a matter of fact many of us clapped for Pothier when they put his name on the board and announced him in their starting line-up. If there was any foolishness it must have been isolated to small pockets of the stadium. I for one will miss Pothier he is a pretty good offensive defenseman, delivered great hip checks, and is the consummate professional in post games interviews win or lose.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

Pulling for the Thrashers tonight so we can see the Caps try to clinch at home Friday.

Posted by: Rainier1 | March 11, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

As Ovi would say, that was a "sick pass" by Belanger to Flash....give that guy two consistent linemates and his timing will come quickly. I like him with Laich and Semin on that second line...give them 6-8 games together to gel and that will be one powerful one-two punch going into the playoffs!

Posted by: PhilR | March 11, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Will an OT loss by Atlanta really clinch the division? By my count that would only clinch a tie but I might be missing something. I counted 17 more games for them, 1 point for an OT loss plus 16 wins would get them to 99 points which is where the Caps are now.

Posted by: tim-n-VA | March 11, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Odds in Vegas say the Caps will win the SE.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 11, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Yes, an OT loss would clinch the division for the Caps. With a OT loss the best the Thrasher could do is 44-27-11. The Caps, if they were to lose the remainder of their games would finish 45-28-9. Both would have 99 pts but the Caps would win the tie breaker by having more wins at 45.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

I really like the Laich-Belanger-Semin line too. It might be the bong hits, but Laich and Semin seems to have a bit of chemistry going on there since they've been running together. Laich may not be scoring so much as of late, but he's been doing all the right things; crashing the net, pissing off the goalie, making life hell on the Dmen in front of the net, and forechecking very well.

I've got a feeling these will be the lines heading into the playoffs:

OV-Backie-Knubes
Laich-Belanger-Semin
Fehr-Bmo-Flash
Chimera-Stecks/Gordo-Brads/Walker

The fourth line to me is the only question mark.

Posted by: jsnyd1 | March 11, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

I don't know if anyone else sees it in BMo's game but IMO he is playing like he knows he's falling off the RADAR. He had some good opportunities yesterday, that's for sure, but he also had pretty bad turnovers. If I remember correctly he was the center when Carolina scored to make it 2-1 immediately after our PP goal and he was not down low trying to help the defense clear the slot when Carolina got 3 cracks at the net, the 3rd went in.

I am also impressed with the energy and scoring chances the 4th line of Steckel/Gordon/Bradley create. They work their butts off the entire shift and cycle better than any other trio. I not saying Chimera should sit but with BMo playing the way he is maybe Flash should center the 3rd line with Fehr and Chimera as his wings. This is just my opinion but my lines would be:

Ovi-Back-Knubes
Laich-Belanger-Semin
Chimera-Flash-Fehr
Stecks-Gordo-Brads

Healthy scratches would be BMo, Walker, and Laing.

Defensively it looks like the only thing BB is trying to figure out is who will be paired up with Carlson. ShaMo and Erskine appear to be fighting for that spot. Healthy scratches on D will be Erskine and Sloan, or ShaMo and Sloan.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

I really don't see Gordo getting ice time in the playoffs unless one of the other centers has an injury....so I think the 4th line will be Chimera, Stecks, and Walker/Brads rotating so the old guy can keep his legs....

Posted by: PhilR | March 11, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Awesome win...I like the fact we are winning close games and games in OT...

Comcast and their crew is a complete joke... MIKE GREEN player of the game?!

Ya, Greenie had 2 goals, on two great shots..but, he also caused a Penalty Shot and had a pretty assist on one of the Canes goals.

They need to open their eyes on comcast...Backstrom was money...Steckel had a good game...and even Flash with the Game winner are ALL better choices..

I think we need to start sitting Brendan Morrison out, and Walker...just add Belanger in and go with what has been working.

Steckel and Gordon are too valuable in the faceoff dept and penalty killing...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 11, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Everyone keeps getting on Greenie for the penalty shot. First of all Sutter had a quality chance so he should not have been given a penalty shot. Secondly, the ONLY reason Greenie was called was because he skated his @$$ off to even get close, he had pinched on the powerplay and was the closest Cap to Sutter as he approached the net.

@PhilR: Why would Gordo sit? Not sure why he's not liked so much. He works his tail off and he has the best face off percentage of all of our centers at 61.1%.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

I didn't say greenie had a bad game...he actually had a decent game.

He is always good for 1 giveaway in the dzone and one bad pinch every game.

I just didn't think he was worthy of Comcasts "PLAYER OF THE GAME"...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 11, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Not saying I don't like Gordo but we have two 4th line centers in Stecks and Gordo and I do not see Stecks sitting out in the playoffs unless he is injured. And Gordo does not have the skill to play the third line with Fehr and Flash....I agree with jsnyd1's lines except I don't see Gordo swapping games with Stecks, Stecks will be the 4th line center in my opinion.

on a sidenote, and no disrespect intended fanohock.....I do not see Flash playing center, just not good enough in the faceoff dot as of yet.

Posted by: PhilR | March 11, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Seems pretty foreseeable that the guy who gets 2 of 4 goals would get player of the game. The centering outlet pass was horrible. The result on the takedown that led to the PS might have been different had Greenie moved his stick an inch to have gotten the puck. A pretty heroic effort to get back, though, and a penalty most good players would have taken.

And the entire home town press gave Green the 3rd star. So relax, please.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 11, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Sonyask...I'm not upset at all. I just thought it was more humorous than anything.

"Heroic" for making a bad read and getting back to cover his mistake...? That's funny too... :)

I would say he would be heroic if he saved small children from a burning building...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 11, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, who knows why the Palms gives $100 give certificates to players that could buy the restaurant. It would make more sense to have fans submit their names and be paired up with a Cap and if that Cap is selected an everyday person would get $100 to spend in that overpriced establishment.

Anyhow, Backstrom got the 1st star of the game. Backstrom played good, as he normally does, but 1st star. Than I realized he got his 55th assist last night. He is probably the leagues quietest superstar. Non-Caps fans are just noticing how talented he is this season, we realized how talented he was as a rookie. Toews and Kane always get the press from that draft season but Backstrom is emerging as the stud of the group. The stats are GP, Goals, Assists, Points, PIMs. Regular season, then playoffs.

Toews 206 78 100 178 134, 17 7 6 13 26

Kane 228 72 145 217 112, 16 9 5 14 12

Backstrom 231 62 175 237 116, 21 7 14 21 10

Backstrom averages more than a point a game during the regular season and exactly a point a game during the playoffs. Toews has missed some time due to injury, and a one was a bad head shot this season but durability is what sets players apart too. Here's to Backstrom remaining healthy.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Everyone keeps getting on Greenie for the penalty shot. First of all Sutter had a quality chance so he should not have been given a penalty shot. Secondly, the ONLY reason Greenie was called was because he skated his @$$ off to even get close, he had pinched on the powerplay and was the closest Cap to Sutter as he approached the net.

@PhilR: Why would Gordo sit? Not sure why he's not liked so much. He works his tail off and he has the best face off percentage of all of our centers at 61.1%.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely agree on your Green comment. The Caps were on the power play, Mike had carried the puck deep into the offensive zone and then passed it back to the forward on the point who then coughed it up to Sutter. The Caps forwards on the blue line didn't pursue immediately but Green, like you said, really hauled a** to break up the 1 on 0 scoring chance.

Posted by: cainoo7x | March 11, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Fanhock...good point about Backs...he IS the steal in that draft...(Kane and Toews were selected in different years).

I agree with pairing up a fan with the player...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 11, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

@PhilR: Agree that Flash's faceoff percentage is not great but BMo's lack of contributing much at all is hurting him. Let's face it, Belanger was sought out for a reason, and that reason is BMo hasn't played all that well for a couple of months now. BB will figure it out and he'll have the right pieces plugged in where they're supposed to be. Man, I don't know how these players do it. I am exhausted just going down to Verizon to watch them every other night they have got to be spent. Then again, when I got up at 4am to go to work they were probably sleeping, and most are probably still sleeping now.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Was it just me, or last night did the Caps have the most centering passes that either went: a, cleanly through with nobody home; b, right into the skates of the receiving Caps player tying him up resulting in no quality scoring chance; c, fanned on by Mike Knuble?

Posted by: cainoo7x | March 11, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

The lack of SHaMo love disturbs me. He played a solid game last night. Hadn't seen him play like he did last night since before his injury.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 11, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

SoaringCaps: You're right. Backs and Toews in 2006 and Kane in 2007. They were all considered, and finalists for the Calder in 2008 and Kane won it.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

richmondphil: Totally agree, I thought ShaMo played very good last night. IMO he and Carlson will end up being the pairing that seems to be under construction. For the playoffs, barring injuries I think BB will settle on.

Greenie/Shultz, Poti/Corvo, Carlson/ShaMo.

Also, the PK did better yesterday and it looked like BB used the same forwards but not together. He had been using Backs with Semin, and they were not together. I will pay more attention tomorrow. Killing 4 of 5 is a good start to fixing the PK. I believe they said they'd be focusing on the PK a lot today by studying some film. BB also said it is very hard at this point to really practice the PK because they don't want to lose players to injury for blocking a slapshot during practice. Luckily we have 15 games to work on the PK in real situations.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Remember too all you doom and gloom Caps fans, although Carolina is in 13th place in the Conference, they came into this game winning 8 or their last 9. Additionally Manny Legace was riding a 5 game winning streak.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

"Odds in Vegas say the Caps will win the SE." That's been pretty much a given since day 1. That's like saying, the St. Louis Cardinals will win their division this year, which they will. The surprise for this year is how we've just completely run away from the whole Eastern Conference.

Posted by: futbolclif | March 11, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

fanohock1, once again I repectfully disagree with your assessment of BMo and why they acquired Belanger. To me, BMo is a prototypical third line center at this point of his career....he has lost some of his offensive ability with age, happens to all players. So, the Caps were looking for a second line center with enough speed to keep up with the likes of Semin, Laich, and Flash.....Belanger fit that mold and his ability to shadow opposing teams players and PK was all a bonus. That Belanger/Laich/Semin line, once gelled, will be able to skate with the number one line of any opposing team including the Pens....and BMo will center Flash and Fehr who he has actually worked better with than any other duo all season IMHO.

Posted by: PhilR | March 11, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

The thing about the 06 draft is that Backstrom sort of went under the radar. Yeah, he was the #1 ranked European player, but he was still supposed to go after 4th. GMGM was smart enough to see Backstrom's potential and select him 4th, passing over Phil Kessel.

06 was actually a decently deep draft, when you consider the impact some of those players have already made to their teams.

Although I am a huge Toews and Staal fan, Backstrom was a huge pick for us. Probably the most important pick of our whole rebuild.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 11, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

PhilR: You may be right, but BMo was brought here to be the 2nd line center and he failed. That's why Belanger was brought here IMO, which you said as well. Now, the role of the 3rd line center is different than the 2nd and BMo might be too small to serve in that capacity. BMo is 5'11" and Flash is 6'1". Flash weighs a little more too, but still needs to put on weight to win those physical battles that are expected of a 3rd line (shutdown) line center. BMo looks kind of slow, and is pushed off the puck way too easily. I guess we'll all just have to wait and see how things pan out. Now, I am not saying BMo is a horrible hockey player, not at all, just small. Hey, I loved having Matty P here and he is smaller than BMo.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

I saw BMo win at least 2 different puck battles at the boards last night. I don't exactly recall how he played all game, but I clearly remember him winning some puck battles along the boards.

He also made that great stretch pass to Semin. Maybe I should watch him more.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 11, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I'm with Fanhock...BMo out Belanger in.

Let's try it for 10 games.

And you are all right...Ovie is nice...but Backs gives us a SOLID player down the middle...not to mention a responsible defensive player and penalty killer.

Backs also help make Clark into a tradeable commodity...(a line from the old days... OVIE-Backs-Clark)

I think that other Swede we have drafted is going to be our Second center next year...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 11, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

This season I've had quite the fan crush on Backie. It's been such a pleasure watching him mature. I've so enjoyed reading pundits etc. switch the rhetoric from "Backs's success is from Ovi's skills" to "Ovi's success is due to Backs' playmaking abilities."

What a savvy pick by GMGM. Definitely the best of that 2006 draft IMO. Now he need to finalize that contract with Backs so that we lucky Caps fans have one of the best top line pairings in the league hopefully for a loooong time.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | March 11, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Also, how good is Tyler Myers?

Don't know how much BUF hockey you guys watch, but it is absolutely insane how good that kid is already at his age. A much smarter, faster Chara, minus some physicality.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 11, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Yes, I saw Tyler Myers in the Memorial Coupe last year...

He is going to be way better than Pronger and Chara...

Big boy, only in his Frosh season...he will get stronger and be nasty...

Nice shot too...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 11, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Backstrom is absolutely my favorite Capital. It's hard to not like the guy. What blows my mind the most is how young he is and what he has been able to do in his 2 1/2 years in the NHL so far.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 11, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

The WHOOP WHOOPs began with Larry Murphy while he still played in DC. He went on to win multiple Cups with Detroit and is a Hall of Famer.

The next guy to get the whoop whoops was Kevin Hatcher, and he too was targeted while he was still a Capital. All he did was lead in goals, assists and ice time for all defensemen and sometimes the the team. He was an All Star.

The next whoop whoop was for Gonchar. He got the treatment his last year with the Caps, brought about by his defensive break downs that happen to offensive defensemen from time to time (See Murphy and Hatcher). Gonchar will finish his career with HOF numbers and as the highest scoring Russian Dman.

So i guess Mike Green is next. Apparently a certain group of Cap Fans can predict the next great Caps dman that will finish his career elsewhere and in the HOF.

I hate when these idiots whoop. It shows their lack of hockey knowledge.

Posted by: jmurray019 | March 11, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Remember too all you doom and gloom Caps fans, although Carolina is in 13th place in the Conference, they came into this game winning 8 or their last 9. Additionally Manny Legace was riding a 5 game winning streak.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2010 8:57 AM |

Didn't they win 14 of their last 18 too?
It seems that is how the Canes have always been and always will be. Hit or miss.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 11, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

@cainoo7x: I noticed it too. Brads was right out in front and lost the puck between his skates. A lot of that going on last night IMO.

Backstrom is a BEAST! He doesn't have the 'flash' of Ovie but he's got a great personality and is one skilled, smart and hardworking dude.

Posted by: AmyS1 | March 11, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

@jmurray019

When I go to Caps games, and admittedly it's been limited to a few this year, I constantly hear murmurs about Green. Now, I know I ham harsh on Green a lot, but only when it's warranted. I still defend the fact that without a great offensive defenseman, a team can only go so far.

My Father, who is very old and is the reason I am a Caps fan, hates Mike Green. It's kind of funny to watch games with him. He still plays and fancies himself an offensive d-man, but I guess he thinks he's doing it "right", as opposed to Green. I guess that's why he's playing in beer league and Green is in the NHL.

Oh yeah, that reminds me, did any of you play, or have kids play, or coach, work, etc at the Ice Rink on Dale Blvd, in Woodbridge? The roof collapsed in on it during all the snow. Crazy.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 11, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

New nickname for 77:
Jose Cuervo
Posted by: tominfl1

Not so new. People have have been using that since he was traded.

Posted by: whiteltng | March 11, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I cant wait for that Boston/Pitts game....

The Pens better bring a couple extra pair of diapers.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 11, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

jmurray019: I have been in and out of the area because of military service but for the life of me I do not recall Caps fans whoop whooping current players, just after they've left. I do not partake in the whooping at all, especially when the player was moved to another team without requesting the move. Personally Gonchar used to be one of my favorite Caps, but I don't care for him because he requested to be moved even though Caps management wanted him to be part of the rebuild. I won't whoop him but I don't wish him success anywhere else. Now, our recent moves, Clarkie, and Pothier, I wish them them the best of luck against every team except Washington. Trades happen it's part of the business. I will probably get blasted for his but I don't even have bad feelings toward Jagr. He averaged over a point a game during his time in a Caps uniform. He didn't request a trade, he was part of the purge so I really don't hold that against him.

You may be right about fans whooping players still playing for the Caps but I don't recall that happening.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I think Schultz is getting the raw end of the deal. He is playing fine...he gets paired with Greenie because he is very responsible and Green takes risks. He looks bad sometimes because Green leaves him hanging out back all alone. He is also spending a lot of time on the PK and everybody needs to be on their game not just D to pull off the PK.

Posted by: capscoach | March 11, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

And one more thing about Pothier, he was the best d-man on the ice last night, for either team, hands down. Sure, Green put away two PP goals, so what? Pothier stopped at least 3 prime scoring chances. He tangled up Flash twice on the PP and he also tangled Knuble, who were both right at the doorsteps of Legace.

It was hard to watch him have such a strong game, while Corvo kept making dumb play after dumb play...

Posted by: richmondphil | March 11, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

richmondphil: Yeah, I'm a season ticket holder and I constantly hear slurs towards Green, Poti, Schultz, Semin, and even Ovi. Not from fellow season ticket holders the cuprits are always different. Sometimes I would just like to go to a game and enjoy it without some slug trying to yell things down to the players. I'd rather be present when the goofy fan approaches any of those players after the game, oh wait, they wouldn't do that. It's much more manly to yell crap from a faceless crowd.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Gordo-I think it is time to lay off him. For fans with short memories he was our #1 face-off specialist last season esp. late game def zone draws. He also is our only Right handed centermen a point not to be missed. Steckel only developed to being being a face-off guy this season as he has worked on it while gordon was injured. Good right handed centermen are hard to find and he will be needed in the playoffs I would like to see him on the 3rd line with chimera and flash for a game

Posted by: t-bone67 | March 11, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

new thread

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 11, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

@PhilR

I agree completely with your suggestion of lines with Belanger as the #2 and BMo as the #3.

@fanhock1

I think some people can get carried away thinking that the #3 line has to be the defensive line. All the Caps need is one defensive line and that looks like it will be the 4th line. If people want to call the Chimera/Stecks(or Gordon)/Brads(or Walker) line the 3rd line and the Flash/BMo/Fehr line the 4th line for cosmetic reasons that is fine. But all that matters is if a team has a defensive line to use during the game. The name of the line is meaningless.

Also, a possible Laich/Belanger/Fehr line could be a pretty good defensive line with some scoring ability and the ability to cycle and win battles along the boards. Fehr is also very good at causing turnovers in the neutral zone with his long reach. I wouldn't mind putting that line out there against Crosby. This would mean the 2nd line would be Flash/BMo/Semin. Not my favorite but it could be worth it.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 11, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

The funny thing is, I usually always sit in the 408-412 range. I hardly splurge for better tickets nowadays, given the Caps popularity and with it, rise in prices. Do these people expect the players to hear them, or what? Are they just trying to show off to other drunken idiots in the crowd?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 11, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

@SoaringCaps

I assume that you are referrring to Marcus Johansson and not baby Gus as the possible 2nd line Swedish center for the Caps next year. We will have to see at training camp if he will need any time at Hershey. He may be NHL ready but we will know in September.

Posted by: MReilly9 | March 11, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Is there a reason that the Center absolutely has to take the faceoff? Laich hasn't faired that well this year but last year he was over 50% on faceoffs. Why not have Laich take the draw in Fleischmann's place and then still play their assigned positions?

Posted by: ouvan59 | March 11, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

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