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For Green, playoff wait finally over

Mike Green fell one goal short of becoming the first defenseman in 17 years to post consecutive 20-goals seasons, but that didn't seem to matter much in light of more important team pursuits, namely winning the Stanley Cup.

Green did have one assist in Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to Boston at Verizon Center and finished with a career-high 76 points. Green leads all defenseman in goals, assists and points and is a contender for the Norris Trophy.

Here's what Green had to say after the final regular game of the season:

By Gene Wang  |  April 12, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
 
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nice quote by MG. Hope the whole team is as focused as him.

Posted by: zyvo23 | April 12, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Predictions for game 1 lineup?

I think he will change up lines game to game and use almost everyone..

Game 1 though, I like:

8-19-22
28-14-21
25-18-16
15-39-10

Out - 24, 53, 9

Posted by: adamkatzen | April 12, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I was thinking it is about time the League had a Bobby Orr trophy for leading offensive defenseman in the league. Any thought?>

Posted by: RichC3 | April 12, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Montreal has a good power play, but Glen Metropolit leads the team with 10 power play goals, and will not play in this series.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 12, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

i agree AdamK...

I am nervous though...other than ATL (who stinks), Ovie has not played well...

And of course there is our goaltending...

BUT, I am also excited, because this is OUR year...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | April 12, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

My prediction for game 1 line-up:

8-19-22
21-18-21
16-9-14
15-39-10

Out- 24,53,15

52-55
77-3
74-26

Theo in net.

Should get my tickets from UPS today. I'm ready to roll. Good luck boys. Let's go Caps!!!

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 12, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

My prediction for game 1 line-up:

8-19-22
21-18-21
16-9-14
15-39-10

Out- 24,53,15

52-55
77-3
74-26

Theo in net.

Should get my tickets from UPS today. I'm ready to roll. Good luck boys. Let's go Caps!!!
Posted by: fanohock1 | April 12, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

That is basically what I had thought, but I think they could go with Gordo instead of Morrison in order to get a little more toughness. Either would be fine though...

Posted by: adamkatzen | April 12, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Ovi hasn't played well? IMO he's flying around again. He brought his strength and conditioning coach over from Russia a week ago. Since then Ovi has begun to put points up again. Let's face it Thomas made back to back phenominal saves on Ovi in the 2nd period. He's ready to roll and he and the Caps now understand what sacrifices have to be made to win the the NHL playoffs. Heck, Greenie even blocked a shot in OT yesterday because these boys DO NOT like to lose.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 12, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

@zyvo23: "nice quote by MG. Hope the whole team is as focused as him"

I agree - Look at his eyes and all - he is not just saying it.

Go Caps!

Posted by: arakakij | April 12, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

fanohock1,
I assume you meant a 2nd line of 25-18-21. I would love to have two Laichs on this team but.... Anyway, if you meant 25, I think he is more likely on the 3rd or 4th line.

Posted by: _Mark | April 12, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Whoops, left out 28 on that 2nd line.

Posted by: _Mark | April 12, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

To start,I think it will be:

8/19/22
21/9/28
14/18/16
25/39/10

55/52
26/77
3/74

Posted by: sgm3 | April 12, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, 2nd line prediction is 21-18-28. Sorry.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 12, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

I think the ones that sit, at least initially, are 4,9,23,24,53, and 89.

Posted by: _Mark | April 12, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Moose33 | April 12, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I can't see Flash playing center over BMo. BMo is sound defensive position as a center and is decent at draws too. Flash stuggles at these because he hasn't played center much.

In addition, with Montreal's small size BMo fits in even better.

Unless he is hurt I would be very suporised if BMo is not in the lineup Thursday night.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 12, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Nice little preview of Caps vs. Habs

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/playoffs/2010/columns/story?columnist=burnside_scott&id=5076578


Wow! We were so good Burnside gave us the Atlantic division crown too! Let's go Caps!

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 12, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Tampa fired Tocchet! Good! Probably really good for Vinny. Never seemed like Tocchet really cared for Vinny all that much. Oh well, just thought everyone would like to know. First order of business are the Habs.

BTW, if the Caps can pull it off this year it certainly is fitting that we face the Habs for the 1st time EVER in the playoffs.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 12, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Rick Tocchet bet that he would get fired at the end of this season?? Whooo-Wa!

Posted by: SA-Town | April 12, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Nice one, SA-Town!

Posted by: _Mark | April 12, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I was thinking it is about time the League had a Bobby Orr trophy for leading offensive defenseman in the league. Any thought?>

Posted by: RichC3 | April 12, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

1. NHL already had too many of these trophies.

2. Bobby Orr wasn't just a great offensive defensiveman, he was a great all around defenseman. all you need to look at is his plus/minus records. he was plus 597 in his career and he only played 10 years.

http://hubpages.com/hub/NHL-Career-PlusMinus-Leaders

Posted by: joek443 | April 12, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I believe Rick Tocchet bet that Pete Rose would have been reinstated by now. Pete Rose bet that Tick Tocchet would last as Head Coach in Tampa through the 2010-11 season. The mistake they both made was they bet Arenas and both lost and Arenas found yet another gun to flash in their faces so they would pay up.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 12, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Tocchet will probably end up back in philly somehow...

Posted by: joek443 | April 12, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I have to write an email to Ted and suggest (as I did the previous two seasons) that the club giveaway playoff beards to all fans at the games. Maybe save this for Round 3. I especially wanted to see the females and babies w/beards, thought it would be funny.

Posted by: tominfl1 | April 12, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

It's simple. Stay out of the box and sweep. Montreal will only make it tough if the Caps let them.

Posted by: JohninMpls | April 12, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Joek......I agree he was a great all around d-man no question. The reason I say name something after him for offensive dmen is he changed the game when he got to the league. He was the first real offensive defensman. BTW, I am not sure, but I think Orr played his last game at Cap Centre when he was with the Blackhawks. He skated off during the second period and did not come back to the game and retired shortly there after. I have not been able to find out when his last game was. He only plaed 6 games that year, so the odds are pretty good.

Posted by: RichC3 | April 12, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

NO THUNDERSTICKS!!! At all costs..please for the love of god..

Red Towels are fine.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 12, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

@SA-Town, what happened to Metro?

Posted by: Justafan | April 12, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

How about those clappers for a giveaway? Those were awesome!

Posted by: _Mark | April 12, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't it one of the ESPN writers who predicted the Caps would barely make the playoffs this year? Someone here pointed that out before the start of the season. Might be a good time to remind the idiot writer.

Posted by: zmega | April 12, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Slava Malamud published his column with a hilarious description of his conversation with Sasha and Bruce after the game on Friday... I translated the relevant part and posted it on Japers - here is the link:

http://www.japersrink.com/2010/4/12/1416921/alex-semin-speaks-leaves-bruce

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 12, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I like that Montreal has scored the fewest 5-on-5 goals in the NHL.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 12, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Metro had shoulder surgery, and wont play for the Habs.

Thats a decent loss for a team that needs to spread the scoring around.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 12, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey at least lots of us walked out of Verizon with a new Caps golf umbrella ;-)

Was just thinking of the massive bruise Green must have on his ribs after taking that slapper. And man o man was Chimer fired up against Thomas. I REALLY wanted to see them go.

Posted by: Iceman10 | April 12, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

@igor - thanks for translating the Semin quote, that was awesome. I couldn't agree more that BB deserves huge credit for the Caps upswing; the team stunk, played boring hockey and the place was a mauseleum before he arrived. Props to Sasha for recognizing that.

Not to say I agree with all of BB's decisions - keep Semin and Flash together, they really click (just look at the production when they're paired up) and the love of Joe Corvo, especially over John Carlson - but BB really is, if not a hockey genius, absolutely has a first-rate mind and gets the most out of his players.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | April 12, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

To start,I think it will be:

8/19/22
21/9/28
14/18/16
25/39/10

55/52
26/77
3/74

Posted by: sgm3

Yep, I agree. I like the 25-39-10 line. But, I also wonder if they'll put more grit in at times. So, 24 and others might get some games in before all is said and done.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | April 12, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Thanks SA-Town -- too bad for Metro but I guess it's not bad for the Caps. And yes, no clappers please!

In case anyone missed it, the New York Times magazine article on Ovi is pretty darned good. Steinberg's front pager was great and everything, but this one has a little more depth. Good read.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/11/magazine/11Ovechkin-t.html?ref=sports

(Justafan, formerly Sonyask)

Posted by: Justafan | April 12, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know why BB put Gordon and Bradley in the shoot out? Was he trying to send some sort of message about how he didn't care to win in an SO? I wonder who would have been 3rd? Theo?

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 12, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking it is about time the League had a Bobby Orr trophy
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I think the tradition dictates that a guy should pass away before you name a trophy after him. At least that is the case with all other NHL trophies (I think?)...

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 12, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Other than statistically for Theo, the shootout meant absolutly nothing. Hard to divine Coach's thoughts, but perhaps a reward for solid play?

Posted by: _Mark | April 12, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I think that they should pas out while towels. The red towels dont show up well on TV. Too much red on red and no contrast. If everyone wears red and waives white towels, it would look great on TV.

If you HAD to sit one player and play the other, who would you choose between Belanger and B. Morrison? (I'd sit Belanger)

Posted by: griz0615 | April 12, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, I can't type. "they should PASS out WHITE towels"

Posted by: griz0615 | April 12, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Other than statistically for Theo, the shootout meant absolutly nothing. Hard to divine Coach's thoughts, but perhaps a reward for solid play?

Posted by: _Mark | April 12, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Actually, it was Varly in net, but I think it was a terrific message otherwise:

We accomplished a great deal, but this game and the regular season are meaningless at this point. Bradley and Gordon have worked hard, so we'll give them a shot, but if they don't score it doesn't matter one bit. We've got far bigger fish to fry.

Posted by: Justafan | April 12, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"think the tradition dictates that a guy should pass away before you name a trophy after him. At least that is the case with all other NHL trophies (I think?)..."

Maybe not a trophy, but the Messier Leadership Award?

Posted by: _Mark | April 12, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Play Belanger. He's a fast skater that can pressure a defense 4-4 and is one of the team's best penalty killers.

Morrison's scoring stats were racked up almost exclusively in the first 6 weeks of the season. He has performed like a fourth line forward in recent months.

Posted by: leopard09 | April 12, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I was reading the Devils' fan blogs and they are very upset that they didn't get Montreal (and got the Flyers to boot)! Sounds like all the top teams wanted Montreal who only slid into 8th after being seeded much higher for a good part of the season. Like I said in an earlier post, it's hard to see them as a major threat the way they've been playing down the stretch.

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | April 12, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know why BB put Gordon and Bradley in the shoot out? Was he trying to send some sort of message about how he didn't care to win in an SO? I wonder who would have been 3rd? Theo?

Posted by: LloydChristmas

What I read is that it was a reward to his grinders. At the game, we were speculating that next up was Sha Mo. It looked to me like Brooksie was next up, though.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 12, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I think both BMo and Belanger will play regularly... Walker, Gordon and maybe Laing will probably come in and out of the lineup depending on the opponents and/or how the PK performs.

Posted by: joek443 | April 12, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Messier's Award is a bit different - doesn't he literally picks the winner himself?

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 12, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

"Caps superstar Alex Ovechkin has crafted his reputation as a prolific goal scorer and lethal hitter who plays the game at full speed, but many worry his style of play could shorten his career."

The two players Ovi is compared to most often are Gordie Howe and Mark Messier. It really shortened their careers. Howe only played into his 70s. :^)

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 12, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

So do I stop shaving today, or the day of the 1st playoff game?

Posted by: jackstraaw | April 12, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Would have been hilarious to see Chimera in the shootout, after his issues with Thomas earlier in the game...

Is it Thursday yet?????

Posted by: adamkatzen | April 12, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Justafan, formerly Sonyask, my bad, Theo on the brain.

igor_k17, yes, Messier selects the winner himself. Kinda strange for an NHL award.

Posted by: _Mark | April 12, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The Stingrays lost game 5 of a best of 5 series in OT yesterday. They were defending Kelly Cup champions. Not putting that out there as a potential things to come. Both the Bears and Stingrays won their respective championships but of course our Caps did not last season. Just thought everyone would like to know.

Also from the farm Hershey did snag their record setting 60th win over the weekend in Norfolk.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 12, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

To start,I think it will be:

8/19/22
21/9/28
14/18/16
25/39/10

55/52
26/77
3/74

Posted by: sgm3 | April 12, 2010 9:19 AM

I was about to post what I think the starting roster will be, but then I saw someone had already posted it. I could see putting Flash as the 2nd line center if BMo needs a game off, and maybe Walker/Laing seeing some 4th line time, but this is what I think the lineup will be for the most part.
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Does anyone know why BB put Gordon and Bradley in the shoot out? Was he trying to send some sort of message about how he didn't care to win in an SO? I wonder who would have been 3rd? Theo?

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 12, 2010 12:50 PM |

Two reasons, I think. First, as others said, a reward for a strong game from the 4th line. Or maybe even just a reward for a strong season. The 4th line kept us in a number of games. Second, the SO didn't matter at all, so why not put guys on who never get the chance? I loved it, personally - I don't think I have ever seen Gordon on a breakaway, and Brads is my favorite Cap. Wish Chimera had gotten to go - maybe another run at Thomas? Because that 1st period scuffle was great.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 12, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I hope Chimera plays in the playoffs like he did yesterday. With speed and chippiness. While Chimera can have troulbe putting the puck in the net he does draw a good amount of penalties with his size and speed.

I think having Chimera on the 4th line is great.

Also, BMo and Belanger bother need to play. Steckel is ideal for the 4th line center and Flash should not play center in the playoffs unless there are injuries. He needs time to improve his defensive responsiblities and faceoffs.

Having BMo and Belanger playing also puts Chimera on the 4th line with Stecks and Bradley. I think that is an outstanding energy line and should be able to forecheck well against the Habs with their size.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 12, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I was at the game so I wasn't sure if the announcers speculated, etc. I figured it was a reward for their solid play and obviously winning the 2 points was a non-factor. I like Gordon, I think he's one of the most subtle and smartest players on the team.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | April 12, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I am out of touch with moving and not being able to watch much on TV (go home though for two weeks starting Thu, so I will see Round 1 at least). Anyway, did Backstrom get point #100 on Ovechkin's 50th goal? If so, who gets the puck? Or will they cut it in half like once when Hasek and Brodeur both had shutouts in a 0-0 game? (Brodeur has saved every puck from every shutout he ever had except that game he has only half a puck.)

Posted by: tominfl1 | April 12, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Is it Thursday yet?

Posted by: Raber | April 12, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Not sure if the puck was shared, but yes, Bacstrom assisted on Ovi's 50th goal. Backstrom also scored a goal later in the game for his 101st point.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 12, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Not sure if the puck was shared, but yes, Backstrom assisted on Ovi's 50th goal. Backstrom also scored a goal later in the game for his 101st point.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 12, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I had read somewhere yesterday that Tom Poti was slated to be the #3 shooter.

Thursday can't get here fast enough.

My predictions:

Caps in 4 - Knuble leads team in goals after round one

Devils in 6 - Marty vs. Brian "Bobby" Boucher

Pens in 6 - Too much talent for Sens to take Pens

Sabres over Bruins in 7 - I like Miller over a Rookie

Do the West later. Still absorbing the east

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | April 12, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

What I read is that it was a reward to his grinders. At the game, we were speculating that next up was Sha Mo. It looked to me like Brooksie was next up, though.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 12, 2010 1:12 PM

Definitely Brooksie. They were taking the cage off his helmet, and if he weren't shooting, he probably would've just taken the helmet off.

Posted by: Raber | April 12, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Caps in 5 - I think we'll lose game 4 in Montreal.
Devils in 5 - I just can't imagine hearing "And the first star of the night, Brian Boucher." You'd need to hear that once to beat the Devils in a series.
Pens in 4 - who scores a goal for the Sens?
Bruins in 6 - calling an upset just for the sake of there being one upset. This one is the closest.

Other than Chicago over Nashville, the West is a complete mess. ANY of those matchups could be upsets...

Sharks in 7 - If you've watched the Avs play recently, they're scary good. I think the Sharks still come out here, but it's hairy with Nabokov in net.
Hawks in 5 - the only DUH on the board. Nashville can't contain their offense. I'm giving Nashville a game assuming they get one good goaltending on a night when Chicago has bad goaltending.
'Nucks in 6 - Quick and the kids will put up a fight, but the Luo and the Sedin twins shine through.
Wings in 7 - Phoenix has been so good this year but Detroit's been on a tear (and they're Detroit). I'm hard pressed to bet against the Wings, but I think the 'Yotes might have the goaltending to win the series. This is a coin flip in my book.

Posted by: Raber | April 12, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

the washingtoncapitals.com site has all the postgame interviews and the one for Fridays Thrashers game has Ovi and Backie posing with the puck and even hugging (the reporters asked them to--very cute). Both of them joked about intending to split the puck in half to share. I thought for this season how appropriate for Ovi to get his 50th and Backie to get his 100th on the very same play. I think unless a meteor hits Earth we Caps fans should have many years of joy watching Ovi and Backie work their magic together.

Glad that your move is going so well. And that you have time at least to watch the Caps play the Habs. How weird was that shuffeling of position among the bottom four. Statistically the Habs seemed like the least likely outcome only a week ago.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | April 12, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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