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Game 5: Penguins 4, Capitals 3, OT

With one second remaining on a penalty to Milan Jurcina in overtime, Evgeni Malkin fired a shot toward the net that appeared to carom off Tom Poti's stick as he dove in to block the puck. Instead, the puck was redirected and beat Simeon Varlamov to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 advantage in the series.

It was a bad break for the Capitals, who tied the game at 3-3 to force overtime with Alex Ovechkin's second goal of the game at the 15:52 mark in the third.

We'll have much more coverage soon, so be sure to check back.

By Katie Carrera  |  May 9, 2009; 9:56 PM ET
 
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Comments

The Capitals have scored 4 game winning goals this series. The Penguins have scored 1.

This series should already be over.

Posted by: Raber | May 9, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

This series isn't over. We always play best with our backs up against the wall, and thats what we've got now. Lets go CAPS, NEVER GIVE UP

Posted by: apollak8 | May 9, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Mirror, mirror. What sadness does wait in the Caps/Bears' future? Here's to hopes of a successful next two games!

Posted by: 4RBears | May 9, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Haha cry some more! Malkin baby!!!!!!!!!! and why were the fans complaining about Jurcina's trip? That's a penalty any day

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm gonna puke. We can't go through this again!!

Posted by: JS26121820 | May 9, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

It's not just the defense. It's that they don't play as a team. Notice when the Pens get sustained pressure how the two wingers on the top two lines hang out by the blueline and wait for a break out. Notice the Pens forwards offer support to their D. It's hard for the defenesmen and the goalie to stay sharp when the forwards don't help out defensively. If you don't play like a team, then you won't win the Cup. It has to come from everywhere and everyone. The Pens are good, but they're not Cup good. (Neither are the Caps.) The teams out West seem better than all the teams in the East, save for maybe Carolina at this point. But until the Caps play a five-man game, they're not going to to enjoy sustained playoff success.

OV and Semin make awful turnovers because they don't like to play a gritty game and because they're always looking for the beautiful, perfect play. It doesn't work. It hasn't worked all season.

And SC87, no one was complaining about the trip on Malkin.

Posted by: CDon | May 9, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

"We always play best with our backs up against the wall"

haha what a stupid statement, this isn't the Rangers you're playing...

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Also, the interference on (Gordon?) in the offensive zone before the goal was nice.

Puck's going around the left boards with the Cap skating from the right side of the ice. He's checked down on his way there. The puck is 20 feet away.

Posted by: Raber | May 9, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Hurts like hell for it to always be some crazy deflection. Irritated that we get control of that puck at center and get all excited trying to make a play with it instead of just dumping it deep to kill off the rest of the penalty.

We played well enough to win tonight, some might complain about the officiating but Malkin definitely got tripped.

All we can do is go up there and try to bring the series back here for Game 7. If we play like we did tonight sans the first 10 minutes of the 3rd, I like our chances.

Tough loss.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | May 9, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

@SC87, you are spending your night on a capitals blog, a team you hate. Oh and it is a saturday night. Why dont you just leave your mothers basement and go cut your testicles off. Eat a c-=k and wax your mothers ass for me. Last time I almost needed a flashlight to work my tongue through that jungle.

Peace

Posted by: skins1110 | May 9, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

@apollak8

Their backs were against the wall tonight, and how did that turn out? Their backs were against the wall in Game 7 of the Rangers series, and while the Caps won, who played better in that game? This backs-against-the-wall thing is ludicrous. Good teams don't have to find themselves down or facing adversity to win series. Good teams win games and move on.

Posted by: CDon | May 9, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

we are just so unlucky, why do the pens get all the luck?????? two games go to OT and we don't win one.

everytime our dman try to do something to help they make everything worse.

it's over folks. pit will end it in pit. this just isn't fair, it really isn't. pens fans should be feeling very lucky, they got two wins in OT off goals by us. it's so stupid. lets hope we revamp our defense in the offseason.

they love torturing us. i can live with a goal scored by the pens cleanly beating our goalie, but i can't live with our guy scoring for them. last year it was poti's penalty, now he scored for them.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 9, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

CDon I'm not talking about the forum people, I meant the Verizon fans were all booing and complaining when Jurcina tripped Malkin.

and how about the classlessness of the fans throwing stuff onto the Penguin players at the end of the game?

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

OK, somebody who can actually give a decent analysis (i.e. not a gloating Pens troll), give a guy who had to miss the game a brief synopsis. Did we deserve a better fate or was it another poor performance? Were Varly's goals against fair or soft? I only saw the overtime so I really don't know.

Posted by: JS26121820 | May 9, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

SC87... seriously man. Get a life. Seriously.

Posted by: donknutts | May 9, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Why do I bother to watch overtime of any Caps game officiated by Bill McCreary? What a disgrace.

Posted by: KurtNYC | May 9, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Another classic series - well our defense has put the puck in our own net again for the second overtime game this series. Bad break. Puck bounced the Pens way in the end. Still a seven game series. Let's hope for a better effort in Pittsburgh on Monday night get this thing tied up.

In the end - it's just a game. Get over it and get ready for Monday night.

Let's go Caps. :)

Posted by: Jonathan6 | May 9, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

JS26121820

Varlamov wasn't great but he was at least better than yesterday. The OT winner went off someone's stick (forget who) who was trying to prevent Malkin from passing to Crosby. Unlucky break for him there.

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

@rachel

It has nothing to do with luck. Caps made a stupid decision to try to skate the puck into the offensive zone on the PK and attempt to score, I guess (why?). And that led to the easy break out that left two Caps forwards down ice and two D back to stop the Pens onslaught. Nothing to do with luck. Everything to do with discipline and mental toughness, which the Caps don't have.

Doesn't help that Varly let three cheapies in tonight, either.

Posted by: CDon | May 9, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I do want to point out that a Penguin, I think Crosby, was waiting at the far post for that pass that Poti intercepted, so it can't be said that that was a bad play by Poti.


Posted by: youaresquishy | May 9, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Mike Green blows. What a joke.

Posted by: FancyDan | May 9, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

PENS HAD TWO PENALTIES IN OT AND REFS SAW NONE. NHL should do something about "reputation calls" because Semin was tripped two times this game and recieved none calls and OT ref mistake casted Caps this game.
Caps played a good game and should have won it if Stecks got that empty net with Fleury down but he missed and REFS punished Caps.

Posted by: Hazz | May 9, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Finally Green Haters!!!!!!
Another series lose to Pens...I hate this crap!

Posted by: 555Mass | May 9, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I dont want to make any excuses what so ever, but both Malkin's breakouts were due to plays which could have been called penalties. Semin when he went to the ice, i guess could have been called, led to the trip on Malkin.

But then on Gordon, he got knocked down, and probably could have gotten to the puck. He got knocked down, play continued up ice and Malkin scored, i mean poti.


We will bring it back to DC for game 7

Posted by: mikejc80 | May 9, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Varly's given up nine goals in two games, six of which were all stoppable or all the result of poor rebound control.

Posted by: CDon | May 9, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

McPhee has "built" another soft team. I hope you like golf, George.

Posted by: FancyDan | May 9, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I thought the refs called it pretty fair tonight. They let it be decided on the ice, and when they saw an infraction that severely changed the play, they called it.

I think there was an interference at the end, but that's the only call/non call I really disagreed with the whole game.

Posted by: Raber | May 9, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

SC87, I think they were booing because Semin had just been upended at the other blueline directly before the Malkin trip. Malkin's trip was a clearer scoring chance so that might help explain why the refs called that penalty above all others in OT.

No reason to complain about the calls tonight, they did a pretty good job in my opinion. We came out flat to start the 3rd with some terrible coverage in our own zone, that's what puts this game to OT and gives the opportunity for a lucky bounce like that. If Stecks buries our lucky bounce that ended up on his stick 30 seconds in it never goes that far.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | May 9, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I wish the NHL would make a rule about penalties in OT, like they did in the AHL. Get a penalty in OT, it's only half time (except for fights, but who would be that stupid to get one like that?)

Posted by: 4RBears | May 9, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Another sad effort.

If I was Ovie, I'd be demanding a trade if the Caps lose this series.

Honestly, if it were not for Ovie, this team wouldn't even make the playoffs.

Posted by: mdmtnbiker | May 9, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

JS,

Tonight was better overall...aside from the result. Don't think Varly could be faulted on any, Fedotenko scored from long range but it was a rocket.

We do need to put an APB out for Green and Semin is definitely the second coming of Alex Kovalev. Backstrom was real strong, Ovie was Ovie. Everyone else pretty much played as anticipated.

Not over yet folks...keep the faith. This team has surprised us before.

Posted by: rnscaps | May 9, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad this is a public forum on a newspaper's website because there is no possible way to capture my frustration, anger, and heartbreak in a post by using language that is deemed appropriate. Thus, this comment will have to suffice.

Posted by: TheSkyIsntFalling | May 9, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I don't even know what to say, we deserved to lose. Maybe next season we'll realize that we need to actually play defense, and put in a 60 min effort to win. I don't even think i'm going to waste my time to watch on Monday. I just hope that next season there will be a 60 min effort or should I just not waste my time with that either. If they're not going to put in the effort to win, i'm not going to put in the effort to watch.

Posted by: jonsnoek | May 9, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, officiating was fine tonight. Can't complain about anything. They let the guys play. The trip in OT was clearly a trip. You can't let that call go. Gordon was probably interfered with on the PK, but the refs were letting that go all night, but you can't start changing up how you call a game that late. This had nothing to do with the officials at all. It had everything to do with the Caps' inability to play strong for 60 minutes and mentally stay in an entire game.

Posted by: CDon | May 9, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

CDon

I don't think Varly really had any soft goals tonight. It was a great game ended on a really bad bounce.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | May 9, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Boys and girls, this is what it feels like to lose a game when your team outplayed the opponent.

Kind of like the Penguins felt during games 1 and 2.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 9, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

but poti is really dumb for doing that. why would you lay your stick down like that when you know malkin will shoot it? it obviously would've caromed off his stick and go straight into the net.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 9, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, if it were not for Ovie, this team wouldn't even make the playoffs.

Posted by: mdmtnbiker | May 9, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Tonight's DUH statement brought to you by mdmtnbiker.

Posted by: CDon | May 9, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

This team is ONE MAN SHOW!
OVIE, OVIE, OVIE! Let's be honestly Caps fans, PENS are better than CAPS, players besides Malkin and Cindy produces...Series is over....I hope CANES will revenge our lose PENS.

Posted by: 555Mass | May 9, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

From the mind of SC87

"hee hee.. I've already tugged one off to my fat head of crosby (hmmm those lips).. and now i'm going to talk smack on the caps message board"

"maybe if I talk about crying.. it will reaffirm my manhood. Having my manhood tied to the outcome of the penguins game validates my worth as an individual. I'm pretty cool. Maybe other penguins fans will see that I'm griefing on a caps message board and they will like me too. I bet I can have some friends!! Being a griefer is almost as cools as when I write "FIRST" on blogs".

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | May 9, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

all i asked for was not another deflection. and it happened. again. when the other team plays better, you need the bounces to go your way. and it's not happening. very frustrating but this team needs to toughen up in the offseason.

Posted by: visionof75 | May 9, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, if it were not for Ovie, this team wouldn't even make the playoffs.

Posted by: mdmtnbiker | May 9, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Tonight's DUH statement brought to you by mdmtnbiker.

Posted by: CDon | May 9, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

And now some humorous light brought into this sadness... Thank you CDon!

Posted by: 4RBears | May 9, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

@Davethecapsfan

I think Varly should've had those first two goals. The first was a weak shot from Staal. The second was a shot over his glove. Varly stabbed at it and missed it. The third was because he didn't absorb the puck. But I guess the defense and forwards are to blame for that one, too, because they didn't clear the crease. The fourth was off Poti's stick.

So I guess two were bad ones and the third he probably should've controlled better. He looked jumpy in this one from the start. His confidence seemed to be shaken last night and it carried over.

Posted by: CDon | May 9, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Can I please order up some defensemen who will stop putting the puck in their own net?

Posted by: Jonathan6 | May 9, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I seriously hope we can dump Feds, Nyles, and Theo and sign some gritty players. Also, send Flash and Fehr away.

Posted by: FancyDan | May 9, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Ok...what was that dumping of the Caps player off the puck right before the rush??? Easily an interference call!!! WTF!

We know Malkin got tripped, but in overtime if you call a penalty on one team, you have to even it up. We know the pens have played with more heart and grit, but you have to call that interference. It will all be over Monday. There needs to be some serious tweaking on this team.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | May 9, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks CAPS for dumping on mothers day weekend.

Posted by: 555Mass | May 9, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

sc87 is the very definition of a troll. I don't understand why you guys keep responding to him. If you just ignore him, he'll eventually go away, probably sucking his thumb.

Posted by: chrisd3 | May 9, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I mean, they could pull off a win in PIT, if this hasn't demoralized them enough... but I just can't see it. They're at home, with a chance to end it and put us away. Varly is all of a sudden looking a little shaky and if he's giving up rebounds like he did tonight we're not gonna win. But, one thing on our side, the NHL wants it to go to 7 right?

But seriously, I thought the Caps would win by 2 tonight, but Pit is a really good team, hence why they've outshot us in every single game. If we don't make Fleury work hard on Monday, we can all say goodbye.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 9, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Caps aren't getting secondary scoring in this series. The third and fourth lines are grinding but not scoring. Flash has nothing. Laich isn't getting anything. Feds can't put any away. Kozlov is doing his normal playoff disappearing act. Semin is lost. Green is miserable. It's been OV and Backstrom, really.

Posted by: CDon | May 9, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

TheSmurfs

Why should you have to even it up if one team gets a penalty in overtime? That doesn't make any sense, you must be American.

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

What was poti thinking? Any defenceman thats playing in the NHL should know that u block a pass sliding with ur legs first so stuff like that doesnt happen. And how many times this season have the caps defenceman scored on themselves? What the hell is going on????

Posted by: meikesports | May 9, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

One of the sadder details about this whole series is that the Caps have been able to score on Fleury fairly easily.

Posted by: CDon | May 9, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

If we don't make Fleury work hard on Monday, we can all say goodbye.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 9, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Well said, Rachel. We'd better nudge him a few times too, to let him know that the Caps are still there and ready to score.

Posted by: 4RBears | May 9, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Semin played well tonight...until he couldn't get the puck deep in overtime that led to the odd-man break that led to the penalty that led to the unfortunate Poti deflection. This after Steckel just barely missed getting the OT winner.

Posted by: TJ91 | May 9, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Did every see M.Green being a spector on ice for Staal's goal. It's really funny, he just stands in front of Varly and watches Staal take a shot....it's halarious...

Posted by: 555Mass | May 9, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I mean, I just think SC87 is a big loser. He's a Pens fan, so why doesn't he go to Pensblog and celebrate their win? We're down cause we lost and he's obviously trying to make us feel worse because it makes him feel great about himself. What a freakin' loser. You feel superior don't cha?

Posted by: rachel216 | May 9, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

'Bad break?'

Nope..

It's got to be the Curse of Scott Stevens.

If there's a better explanation, I haven't seen it.

Oneal

Posted by: TheRealOneal | May 9, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

All the Caps D-men do is shove their sticks in all passing lanes. It's why so many pucks go caroming all over the place.

Posted by: CDon | May 9, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

@ FancyDan

I actually like Fehr.. that is.. if he would play like he should. With his hands and body size, he should be playing the exact same game as Laich.. not like Semin. He tries to be a finesse player, without realizing his stay in the NHL will be much longer if his game can emulate that of Holmstrom or Lindros. He could be great, but he tries to do more than he should.

As for Feds, I'd take him back in heartbeat.. just not for $4M. He is a great 2nd line center. Kozlov on the other hand.... He has such a big physical peresence, and doesn't use it. He always looks like he's playing at 1/2 speed. sigh.

I think BB has said his peace about nylander and Jose ThreeOrMore through his actions. The question now is IF you can dump them.

I also wouldn't mind seeing Sha-Mo find a new team.. but that's just me.

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | May 9, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

What was Poti thinking? ANy defenceman that plays in the NHL should be good enough to know that u slide to block a pass with ur legs nearest to the goalie so stuff like this doesnt happen. And how many times is one of our defenceman gonna socre on themselves? What the hell is going on here???

Posted by: meikesports | May 9, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Everybody knows NHL wants 7 games so I guess we'll get all the calls Monday and take that game. J/K I'm really not into all that conspiracy crap. I did see the OT though; no problem with the call on Malkin, it's just it followed a bad no call when Semin got dumped.

I still think we can get this done. Streaky play is nothing new with these guys. We're due to head back on the upswing! I don't want to talk about the future until this season was over, but I do agree with whoever posted Semin as the 2nd coming of Kovalev.

Posted by: JS26121820 | May 9, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

4RBears: We just haven't made life hard for Fleury like the Pens have to Varly.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 9, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

RACHEL

Just stop responding to SC. Don't give him/her/it the time of day. If you're letting SC get to you, then he/she/it is winning. Let him/her/it be.

Posted by: CDon | May 9, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

TheSmurfs

Why should you have to even it up if one team gets a penalty in overtime? That doesn't make any sense, you must be American.

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Well, if that wasn't a nationalist or whatever the heck it is comment. Go back to Pensblog where you belong, troll.

Posted by: 4RBears | May 9, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

A weak shot from Staal? He was 5 feet away and got a pass from behind the net! Blame the center who left staal that wide open, or Green for standing there like a traffic cone during the goal.

Only "soft" one tonight was the rebound given up to cooke. And if we clear the front of the net like we should it doesn't happen.

Posted by: Raber | May 9, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

@rachel

It's true. Caps haven't made life hard for Fleury, yet they've still been able to score three or four a game. So you could imagine how many they'd be able to put by him if they actually worked hard in front of the net and crashed him.

Posted by: CDon | May 9, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@SC87

That stand for "Saw C*cks, ate seven"?

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | May 9, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I guess this series is a semi-sweep (4 straight) for Pens, when they win monday night.

Posted by: 555Mass | May 9, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@Raber

Staal didn't get all of that shot. Varly could've had it. Sure, he shouldn't have been able to scoot into that open space wide open. But still a shot Varly should've had.

Posted by: CDon | May 9, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

And how many times this season have the caps defenceman scored on themselves?

Posted by: meikesports

Just too many times to remember. =(

Posted by: rachel216 | May 9, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Sorry guys, Feds is done. Too old and too slow. Thinks of the d-men we could have with the cash wasted on Feds, Nyles, and Theo.

Posted by: FancyDan | May 9, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Pens had a penalty in OT on Semin (tripping) and on Gordon (interference) and none were called, yet a penalty on Malkin gets called right after no penalty on Semin. Same happened when before when Varly got called right after no call for Malkin.

Posted by: Hazz | May 9, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

4RBears: We just haven't made life hard for Fleury like the Pens have to Varly.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 9, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

We need someone that's a grinder like Stecks or Flash to just let him know we're there, and even score if needed.
Well, I'm out for the night, and hopefully will come back tomorrow at nine bearing good news about the Bears (Oh Crap, bad pun there.)

Posted by: 4RBears | May 9, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

SC87: anytime; any place I'm sure ur a p***y ;ike your ideal.

Posted by: pgeagle | May 9, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have a sense of how many of our D would actually crack the top six on any other halfway decent NHL team? Other than Green or Poti, the rest, if I remember correctly, have all been deemed expendable by other teams.

Posted by: bbposter09 | May 9, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I mean honestly, I love poti's game, but idk about his play at the end

Posted by: meikesports | May 9, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Caps OT killers: Lupul, Letang, Malkin...who's next....Cindy????

Posted by: 555Mass | May 9, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

IF we lose this series, the worst part is all that crap we're gonna have to hear about Crosby being a better player than Ovie. IMO I'd take Ovie over Malkin and Sid anyday but they have they're lucky because they have a better supporting cast. Ovie can't do it all by himself, even though he does try. =(

Posted by: jogabonito | May 9, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I think I'm just gonna go to bed and treat this game as the last one of the season. In my mind, this thing is over, and if I accept that soon enough, then I won't have to worry about the outcome on Monday. Enjoy the rest of your evenings everyone. An offseason is upon us.

Posted by: CDon | May 9, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Other than Erskin, Caps D is horrible, and was throughout the season. Now they are paying the price.

Posted by: la_terp | May 9, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Green plays defense?

Posted by: FancyDan | May 9, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Those referees call these little Mickey Mouse penalties on us, even in overtime, but it's the penalties they DON'T call on the Penguins that cooked us tonight. When the Penguins scored their "winning" goal play should have been stopped and a Penguin penalized for tripping after flipping our guy upside down.

Nobody wearing a Penguins' jersey had better get in my way in the next couple days, because I'll be taking a game misconduct.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | May 9, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Also, I hope GMGM has the balls to make the right personnel changes during the offseason.

Posted by: jogabonito | May 9, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Only complaint I have on the Malkin trip was the more blatant hip check on Ovie when he had just pulled a beautiful spin move that would have beat the defender.

Repetitive mistakes: Not finishing off penalty kills. 20 seconds and Pens are behind the net looking almost resigned to let it run out. Last second score. Deja Vu.
Pens don't get one shot on goal they get 3, 4, and 5. That has got to wear on Varlimov. He could have a super human phsyche but positioning: skates, knees, side, backside.

With a low number of penalties, on home ice, I would have sworn they would have won this one. They seem to let the early officiating (2 to 1 penalty adv. for Pens) to affect their play. Tentative. They are screens while the Pens attack on defense. But in their defense that may be why it was a low penalty game. But at home, in this situation, they have to risk it.

Posted by: chavez66 | May 9, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Quit blaming the officiating. This Pittsburgh team is simply outplaying the Caps the whole series. The hat trick game was the only one that the Caps "deserved" to win. All the others favored the Penguins. The Penguins are playing to win, the Caps I don't know... You invest so much time in these Caps teams, and then they kick you in the gut year after year. The names change, the outcome is the same.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | May 9, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Soft. Soft, soft, soft, soft, soft, soft.

Soft.

Posted by: Kirg | May 9, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Why should you have to even it up if one team gets a penalty in overtime? That doesn't make any sense, you must be American.

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

like someone said before, move out of your parents basement and quit sniffing your mom's panties.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | May 9, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

This team is ONE MAN SHOW! For Pens, they had 10+ turnover in players from last season to this season, they make adjustments, let go of weak links, what do Caps do? They keep putting the same case back in ice....GMGM what is your purpose?

Posted by: 555Mass | May 9, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Sorry guys, Feds is done. Too old and too slow. Thinks of the d-men we could have with the cash wasted on Feds, Nyles, and Theo.

Posted by: FancyDan | May 9, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Genius McPhee :)

next year we'll lose a lot of players -- Nyles, Fedorov, and Kozlov are gimmes to be gone. Then add in RFAs or UFAs like Gordon, Clark, Pothier, Brashear, Fehr. That's 7 forwards that could easily be gone. When you lose that many players, it'll be pretty hard to make it back to even the 2nd round.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Kozlov is uberslow. He has some skills but can't ever use them, except in shootouts, because of how slow he is, and for the same reason he'll never be very helpful getting back on defense.

I think I have seen enough of Flash to know that he's never going to amount to much at this level. To me, he looks like a Bruce Boudreau type--awesome in the AHL, and perhaps a player that could be on a team with a lesser offense, but not good enough to be on a good team in the NHL.

Fehr is a more interesting player and I think he could be a good third or fourth liner on a good team.

Posted by: youaresquishy | May 9, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Caps rarely crash the net. We have too many guys who want to "curl and drag" not "crash and bang". Tonight, when the Caps did hit, they took the momentum. Unfortunately, they just don't have the guts to keep it going.

Posted by: mdmtnbiker | May 9, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

GMGM is an idiot. Don't count on anything happening in the off-season. He'll probably sign Schultz to a 10 year contract.

Posted by: FancyDan | May 9, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I have posted many time on this blog. M.Green will be better served as a forward!

Posted by: 555Mass | May 9, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Two non-calls led directly to the two most pivotal plays of the game. It's utterly ridiculous when you have two sets of standards for penalties, and it's only exacerbated when those standards lead directly to the final result of the game.

Posted by: psps23 | May 9, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

1st of all Ovie has been the #1 star of this series.

2nd point - everyone has said we are 1-2 years away anyways, so although it is not over yet, we have had a terrific season, and this team has generated more excitement over the past 7-8 months then this area has seen in the last 17 years (Skins Super Bowl Run).

Thanks to Ovie and the boys for making the last few weeks exciting and fun, and go get 'em Monday night!!!

Brashear KO's Cindy..

Posted by: adamkatzen | May 9, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Also, I hope GMGM has the balls to make the right personnel changes during the offseason.

Posted by: jogabonito | May 9, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

GM never learns. Don't hold your breath. We'll probably go try and sign Selanne and Kariya to try and 'spruce up the Offense' !

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Well, if the Post lives up to its past, the Pens should have the whole front page tomorrow and probably a color pull-out section, since the Post loves it when the Pens win.

Posted by: capsfan4toolong | May 9, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Even after this series, anybody who says Crosby is better than Ovie is an idiot. Now, Crosby and Malkin are better than Ovie and Semin...mostly because Semin has been a total no-show this series. That and some bad bounces/idiot plays on defense are the difference.

Posted by: defpotec | May 9, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

@cstaton1
Pens had 10+ turnover from last to this season and are moving onto ECF.

Posted by: 555Mass | May 9, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Getzlaf.

Posted by: FancyDan | May 9, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Other than Erskin, Caps D is horrible, and was throughout the season. Now they are paying the price.

Posted by: la_terp | May 9, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

sad thing is Erskine is our 7th defenseman. Enuff said.

juice and mo have had good playoffs as well. Poti and Green=terrible. Pothier started off good and is now looking ragged out there defensively.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Hope they do lock up Schultz with a long-term deal. Gotta have Schultz now that Nolan Yonkman isn't here anymore. It's important for defensemen to be tall, even if they aren't good.

Posted by: bbposter09 | May 9, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Cdon: Staal didn't need to get all of the shot when he's wide open, received a pass from behind the net, and one timed it. Varly had no time to react. It's the same deal on Fedotenko's goal where he doesn't see it until it's halfway to him because Jurcina's setting an awesome screen.

Oh, and I do expect the refs to be kind to us in game 6. The NHL doesn't care who wins this series as long as it goes 7 games with one of Crosby, Ovechkin, and Malkin winning the last one. If you need any proof, just rewatch game 3 and all the stupid hooks and light slashes we got called for.

Them winning this game might just give us the momentum for game 7. Who knows.

Posted by: Raber | May 9, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Classic Psy-Ops operation from the Pens, the Pens media etc.

They cross check Varly in the face, no call. Crosby knocked his mask off tonight--no call. Suddenly they write that Ovecvkin is the dirty player.

Two games at Penguins arena contain a penalty disparity of +7 power plays for the pens, but they want you to be HAPPY that it was called "mostly evenly" accept for the end of tonights game. Keep drinking the cool aid!

If the Pens get 7 more power plays on the two games at their house, why are we happy when they only get two more than us on our home ice?!?! Don't drink the cool aid dudes. The calls are ALL going to the pens!

Posted by: DownTownClown | May 9, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

@cstaton1
Pens had 10+ turnover from last to this season and are moving onto ECF.

Posted by: 555Mass | May 9, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

tru dat, they also have a better defense.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Just goes to show, if you complain enough you'll get the calls when it counts. How many lucky deflections has Pittsburgh bagged lucky goals from so far in this series? It's gonna be even sweeter when they think they can actually win and we come back on them.

Posted by: newportnews | May 9, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Every one of our defensemen are just too soft. The Pens just skate right by them, that's why we're always chasing them and taking penalties. On the other hand, the Pens defensemen are always making life hard, especially for guys like Semin.

So frustrating.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 9, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how many folks who never posted a single thing over the course of an 82 game season are showing up on this blog to complain about the team in the playoffs. Go away.

Posted by: jpbryant | May 9, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

newportnews

haha, what? The Caps are done, and every Cap fan knows it.

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Two non-calls led directly to the two most pivotal plays of the game. It's utterly ridiculous when you have two sets of standards for penalties, and it's only exacerbated when those standards lead directly to the final result of the game.

Posted by: psps23 | May 9, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

pens are better, they would have won in a different way.

for the record, there have also been non-calls that have favored the Caps. Ovechkin besides his kneeing penalty that he got away with has gotten away with some trips and pulldowns in his zeal to help his team. Its not the refs, its the Penguins who are beating us.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Don't talk offseason yet!!! All this stuff you guys are bringing up is valid for discussion, AFTER the season. We're not done yet! Let's talk about what needs to be done on Monday

Posted by: JS26121820 | May 9, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Well it's going to be tough now. For those VS haters out there Keith Jones just said that OV is his MVP and the caps will come back and win it in 7. I hope he's right.

Not wanting to 2nd guess BB but did he start the OT with his top forwards? Stecks had a chance to finish it but missed, it was all Pittsburgh after that.

It's not over yet, one game at a time.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | May 9, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

@cstaton1
Pens have a better TEAM. 4 different guys scored tonight, 5 diff. last night.
They deserve to move on to 3rd rd.

Posted by: 555Mass | May 9, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

CDon, great insight. They only do well when individuals excel, Varly included. The reason they came back against a 1-3 loss to my Rangers is that my Rangers suck this year. So those that cite the quarters as proof that the Caps do well with backs "up against the wall" are underestimating (or "misunderestimating" if you're a former pres) the Caps are not seeing how good the Pens are as a team. I hope it goes to 7, I really do. More great hockey to watch.

Posted by: tjconnor | May 9, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

How many times can Alexander Semin shoot wide? Man this guy sucks, whover think she is an elite player is just plain dumb.

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing it would be easier for our forwards to make plays defensively if our defensemen could actually stop opposing forwards from racing into the offensive zone at will. Each Penguins 2-on-2 looks like an odd-man rush against the Caps' D this series.

Posted by: bbposter09 | May 9, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

*sigh*. I think its time to start warming up Dan Dierdoff and "turn out the lights." Still a fan, but ugh.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | May 9, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Every one of our defensemen are just too soft. The Pens just skate right by them, that's why we're always chasing them and taking penalties. On the other hand, the Pens defensemen are always making life hard, especially for guys like Semin.

So frustrating.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 9, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

its easy to make life hard on semin, you just have to wait till he fumbles the puck away.

If you haven't noticed, Erskine and Jurcina have been hitting machines out there. They haven't exactly taken it easy on the Pens forwards. The difference isn't the D, its the fact that the Pens forwards are making life hard on OUR D, and OUR forwards are NOT making life hard on the Pens D.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1- eh.. i guess we shall see during the offseason. although, i do think he made some bold moves at last season's trade deadline, i was bummed that we couldn't get any help on D at this year's deadline.

But, yeah i'm hoping GMGM will finally wake up and realize that most of our D corps is expendable.

Posted by: jogabonito | May 9, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what our Cap situation is with all those guys being gone. Feds, Koz, etc.

If we had enough go after Kovy...haha

Thats a dreamy situation

But we need to improve our D. Alzner is going to be a start.

Posted by: mikejc80 | May 9, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

To the conspiracy theorists out there:

If the NHL favored PGH so much, why give Ovie the gift of no disciplinary action from his hit on Gonchar.

If the NHL was so set on 7 games, wouldn't it make better TV to have the home teams win tonight and Monday to get there?

Thoughts?

Posted by: vamonkey | May 9, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Oops, I forgot. Go Canucks!

Posted by: tjconnor | May 9, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

GMGM not pulling the trigger on the Pronger deal should be enough to get him fired.

Posted by: mdmtnbiker | May 9, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

How many times can Alexander Semin shoot wide? Man this guy sucks, whover think she is an elite player is just plain dumb.

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

he shoots wide, he fumbles the puck, he passes the puck to the other team, he doesn't backcheck, he doesn't forecheck, he doesn't use his linemates, he's lazy, he sits on the ice for a few seconds when he gets knocked down etc etc etc etc

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Is it college football season yet?

Posted by: FancyDan | May 9, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Even NHL's rule of "home team has less penalties" isn't working this series.

Posted by: Hazz | May 9, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

haha, what? The Caps are done, and every Cap fan knows it.

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 10:33 PM

Banking on some more home cooking officiating? You're gonna need it if you think this isn't going seven games.

Posted by: newportnews | May 9, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Stop trying to find the reason. It's the Curse of Scott Stevens.

Oneal

Posted by: TheRealOneal | May 9, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

In the first two games I thought we had better depth, but the last 3 games, the other players are not chipping in. It can't be all Ovie all the time. The last 3 games the Pens have gotten help from every line, Cooke has scored, Fedotenko, Staal, Letang, Talbot..

If we had Semin & Green playing how we know they can play, we'd be unstoppable. We just aren't getting enough secondary scoring.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 9, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

What is the Russian word for "choking dogs"?

Posted by: harrythewhale | May 9, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

GMGM not pulling the trigger on the Pronger deal should be enough to get him fired.

Posted by: mdmtnbiker | May 9, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

still doesn't address the complete lack of forecheck and effectiveness of our top 2 lines being able to generate and set up scoring chances in the offensive zone.

And trust me, Pronger isn't a savior either when he's looking down a ferocious forecheck like the Penguins have generated all series. I would love to upgrade our D, but when guys like Mike Green and Tom Poti are pulling down so many quality minutes, its hard to feel that Pronger will make much difference. Not to mention, if Pronger came into the lineup, Erskine goes out. So you're replacing a good player with a very good player. not much benefit.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

The Pens have now won 2 OT games with goals off our D. That should tell the Caps organization something.

For this next game we should win it in regulation and not let it get to OT.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | May 9, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Finally, the team that scores first wins the game.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | May 9, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

So far, this series is exposing this team for what it is... a one trick pony.
Take Ovie off this team and this team wouldn't be good enough to make the playoffs.
Does anyone really think that Semin, Backstrom, and Theodore could have carried this team to the post-season without Ovie? No way.

Posted by: mdmtnbiker | May 9, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

If we had Semin & Green playing how we know they can play, we'd be unstoppable. We just aren't getting enough secondary scoring.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 9, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

those two players play a regular season style of hockey, they have no idea how to play a playoff style where space and time is restricted. They like it wide open, the Pens won't let them play wide open.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I hope GMGM gets fired and aol goes under.

Which "five year plan" are we on now, geniuses?

Posted by: FancyDan | May 9, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Someone buy Crosby a dress so he can look the part. He may be good, but man that guy whines a lot. Wonder what he's gonna complain about this time? Bad lighting, his father was too mean to him growing up, he didn't get his usual complementary pregame tampax. I'd love to see someone give him a hit he can actually legitimately complain about.

Posted by: newportnews | May 9, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

CDon, great insight. They only do well when individuals excel, Varly included. The reason they came back against a 1-3 loss to my Rangers is that my Rangers suck this year. So those that cite the quarters as proof that the Caps do well with backs "up against the wall" are underestimating (or "misunderestimating" if you're a former pres) the Caps are not seeing how good the Pens are as a team. I hope it goes to 7, I really do. More great hockey to watch.

Posted by: tjconnor | May 9, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

well said
The Rangers didn't have the speed to match their grit. The Pens do.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Difference is between PENS GM and CAPS GM. Pens improved @ the trade deadline and Caps didn't that's the difference in this series.

Posted by: 555Mass | May 9, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

"pens are better, they would have won in a different way.

Posted by: cstanton1"

If the Pens can win in a different way, then they should be FORCED to win in a different way.

NOT gift wrapped a power play for tripping from a drive that was a direct result of a trip immediately prior, then gift wrapped a goal on a drive that was a direct result of an interference on the other end of the ice.

I have no problem giving credit where it's due. I was not on here blaming the refs when the Pens ran the Caps off the ice earlier this series. This game wasn't one of those games. Their victory tonight was a direct result of refereeing decisions (or non-decisions) that, at best, were questionable, and at worst, blatantly obvious.

Posted by: psps23 | May 9, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I found it!. Choking Dog in Russian is удушье собаки. That would look good on a third jersey for the Caps. Maybe Leonsis can sell that to you retards next season.

Go Pens!

Posted by: harrythewhale | May 9, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

vamonkey: Yeah, it'd be awesome for the NHL to see the home team win this series Wednesday night. They'll call 10 penalties against the pens, the caps will win 6-3 and they'll take their extra ticket revenue and like it.

Posted by: Raber | May 9, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I had Alexander Semin in my regular season pool and he helped me win it (when he wasn't on the IR). What happened to him?!

but Green, I'v ebeen telling people all along that Green is a terrible defenceman who should not win the Norris.

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

SEE YOU ALL IN OCTOBER! FOR 2009-2010 SEASON.

Posted by: 555Mass | May 9, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

555Mass: I dunno about that one. Kunitz and Guerin haven't done much this series.

Posted by: donknutts | May 9, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

And why would the Caps call up Beagle? How about someone who might score!

Posted by: mdmtnbiker | May 9, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

btw, I'm with you Oneal. I'm getting tired of that Scott Stevens curse.

Posted by: Raber | May 9, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

to summarize--

both the Caps and the Bears have now blown 2-0 leads to lose 3 straight games to the Pens and Baby Pens respectively, and both teams will be facing elimination in their next game


talk about an organizational meltdown

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking about dropping Center Ice next year. Tired of seeing the Caps crash and burn year, after year, after year....

Posted by: FancyDan | May 9, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Caps rarely crash the net. We have too many guys who want to "curl and drag" not "crash and bang". Tonight, when the Caps did hit, they took the momentum. Unfortunately, they just don't have the guts to keep it going.

Posted by: mdmtnbiker | May 9, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

You are absolutely right. It's so incredibly frustrating to scream "Crash the net!" at the TV game after game. That said, I still believe we can win the series--the team just has to play like they believe it too for a whole game.

Posted by: wocoliz | May 9, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Reading this message board is straight up embarrassing. No one has any heart. We could just have easily won tonight, or in the other ot game as they did. When we were down 3-1 in the last series, all of you were singing the same doomsday song, i.e."this team is going down the drain, GMGM effed everything up, all our d is trash", etc. Why don't you treat it the same way that "your team" and "your coach" will? Forget about the loss and concentrate on winning the next game in Pitt. Take one game at a time. All of you defeatists who are ready to throw in the towel right now are pathetic.

Posted by: apollak8 | May 9, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Well, we always were the underdogs and now the series score indicates that. The next game is do or die for us after which I hope Crosby texts his teamates "crimminy can't we eliminate these guys, after all we are out chancing them?"

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | May 9, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

555Mass: I dunno about that one. Kunitz and Guerin haven't done much this series.

Posted by: donknutts | May 9, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

they've softened up our defense by banging into them at every opportunity, esp Kunitz. And they've set screens on goals. They may not show up on the scoring sheet but they certainly have factored in.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

The problem with this team is not that we lack scorers other than Ovie. When a team has by far the league's best goal scorer, there really isn't a big need to load up on secondary scorers. What we need are better defensive forwards and better defensemen, since we don't need tons of scoring depth in order to score goals. But we're wasting roster space on guys like Fehr, Flash, and Nylander, whose only real purpose is to create offense, and most of our defense looks like we picked 'em up at a garage sale.

Posted by: bbposter09 | May 9, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

@donknutts
Guerin scored a OT winner in the PHI series. and scored last night...and have been a regular in the score sheet.

Posted by: 555Mass | May 9, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

I know it is cliche to complain about the refs, but what are you supposed to say when one team has 25 power plays in 5 games and the other has 15? The Penguins deserve credit for playing pretty well and being a solid team, but how big would the discrepancy in shots for the series be if they weren't spending so much time on the PP?

The discrepancy in PP's is not because they are playing well and forcing the Caps to take penalties (which they are), but because the crap they pull goes uncalled, over and over and over. Case in point: yes, the Caps probably deserved a penalty in OT for the trip on Malkin, but the Pens deserved at least two in the same time frame. (In addition to the two trips, what about the play that left Varly helmetless and curled on the ice? I haven't had a chance to see a replay.)

I didn't throw anything on the ice, but I am not ONE BIT ashamed that other people did. How else are you supposed to expresss to the NHL that the officiating bias in this series has gone way beyond the pale, and we find it unacceptable?


P.S. Semin (and I say this as someone who owns a #28 jersey) had better get in the effing game, and quick.

Posted by: christiansonm | May 9, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

All of you defeatists who are ready to throw in the towel right now are pathetic.

Posted by: apollak8 | May 9, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

its not a defeatist mentality to evaluate who the better team is, clearly. Unless you haven't been watching, the Penguins have dominated us on their home ice, and they have outplayed us by a narrower margin on OUR home ice. Just look at the scoring chances and time of possession in the offensive zone if you have any doubts.
Our goalie stole the 1st two games, which is why this series is even a series.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

oldtimehockey- It was Don Meredith with "turn out the lights..." not Dierdorf. But no matter, turn them out, the Caps have blown this series. Carolina vs. Pittsburgh, I've got to throw up.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | May 9, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

OTH: That was "Dandy" Don Meredith, not Dierdorff.

I don't think the Caps' D, as a whole, are too soft (though some are); I think they're too slow.

Posted by: magnus37 | May 9, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I think when Cindy is whining to the refs he's actually putting hundred dollar bills in their G strings. It's the only way these calls can be explained. Watch him he likes to get up close to them.

Posted by: minusculeb | May 9, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so this one hurts a lot. I saw this coming since we were up 2-0. I think we did a lot better than everyone on here seems to think though.
Green did a lot better than earlier in the series. He was in an awkward position on the Staal goal because there was a Pen at the other post. Kinda hard to cover two guys.
Poti poking home the game winner was rough, but Crosby was ready to receive that pass, so who knows, maybe he puts it in, and we all complain that nobody tried to break up that pass.
To those complaining we're soft, we get Brashear back for game 6, which somehow seems to make our guys a little better. I'd rather have him than his replacements since his suspension (Couldn't they have called up Giroux or Aucoin?)
All in all, I still feel like it's going to be hard to come back. However this is the best Caps team I have ever seen in my life. So who knows. I just remember too well all those series losses to the Penguins. We'll see what the boys are made of Monday night.

Posted by: Capcrazy77 | May 9, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

The Caps played a good game tonight. However, they didn't put the hammer down when it mattered. I'm thinking the start of the third period. The Caps D were no match for the Pens O. If we loose the series, that's where the examination should concentrate.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | May 9, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

If Crosby had scored in Game 1 on the open net this series would already be over.

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

on that note, I tip my hat to the Carolina Hurricanes who have the least amount of skill of any playoff team and yet are proving that hard work, determination, and grit can overcome a lot of talent gaps. If anyone watched the Canes at the start of this year, they looked like an ECHL team. Its a total credit to that organization that they made the playoffs and are hammering teams they have no business being in the same league as. Its called "chemistry" and playing as a TEAM. Something the caps could take a class on

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

The Caps' D are too slow, and half of them are basically useless with the puck when under pressure. Hitting people from time to time may be the only thing they can do well.

Posted by: bbposter09 | May 9, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

@CDon

Are you a fan of another team pretending to be a Caps fan? Your analysis of the team and game couldn't be more wrong.

@Fancydan

Feds has been one of our better players at least the past two games. That OT goal wasn't his fault by a long shot.

I just can't believe we let them win 3 in a row, 2 off of deflections by our D-men in OT. Normally, I'd hold out hope, but I don't feel like we have any chance at all of winning game 6.

Posted by: TheDoubleAlex | May 9, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

BB has insisted on dressing Green and Fleishmann both of whom had been absolutely horrendous in this series. Tonight Green was slow, couldn't clear the puck, didn't try to lay hits and had a good number of turnovers. Fleishmann was letargic and was outskated most of the game. I'd hope BB will bench Green and put Alzner in his place and demote Fleishmann. But it probably won't happen because he loves his Hershey players.

Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | May 9, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

[To those complaining we're soft, we get Brashear back for game 6, which somehow seems to make our guys a little better. I'd rather have him than his replacements since his suspension]


no way does Brashear play in game 6. no way. This series is all about speed and he's the worst player you can think of you'd want in our lineup. Its why Eric Godard isnt' dressed for the Pens. Against the Rangers, Brashear was more useful. He won't even be able to get NEAR a Penguin in order to hit him. Beagle had a decent game in his limited ice time, he jumpstarted us in the 2nd pd with a strong energetic forechecking shift and then crashed the net and got into it with Orpik. That seemed to fire up our team and we took it to them for the rest of the period. Beagle > Brashear for this series.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton

Your whole argument is seriously retarded. MAYBE they have more scoring chances and offensive time because they've had almost 2x more pp's than us..

Our goalie stole the first two games? We won game 2 handily when it came to it in the third, Crosby's goal at the end was an afterthought.
The Pens have been beneficiaries of two lucky plays in OT. Sure, they were the result of smart plays, and the Pens are one year ahead of us. All is not lost, contrary to what you believe

Posted by: apollak8 | May 9, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Flash is definitely useless. He sucks on the PP and he sucks on the 4th line. He's not strong enough on his skates to be effective in the corners either. Let him hit the weights for another year before playing him in the playoffs. Rather see Osala up here instead of Flash.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I really hope Brash gets in for game 6. I think his attitude in the room will have a good effect and bring this series back to VC for another game 7

Posted by: apollak8 | May 9, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton

Your whole argument is seriously retarded. MAYBE they have more scoring chances and offensive time because they've had almost 2x more pp's than us..

Our goalie stole the first two games? We won game 2 handily when it came to it in the third, Crosby's goal at the end was an afterthought.
The Pens have been beneficiaries of two lucky plays in OT. Sure, they were the result of smart plays, and the Pens are one year ahead of us. All is not lost, contrary to what you believe

Posted by: apollak8 | May 9, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Apollak you have your blinders on. The majority of the Pens scoring chances occur at even strength. So your argument that they only seem to put pressure on our goal while on the PP is totally false. Its only excuse-makers like you who want to pretend that the Caps are down in this series because of bad luck and officiating. So so so stupid.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

I agree-Flash hasn't done anything, I don't mind having him on 3rd line but on the pp? He can't even hold the puck in

Posted by: apollak8 | May 9, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

We are going to win the next two. Why? Because we have to. This team needs the pressure to pull out their wins. They put up their best game of the series on the tail end of a back to back so there is still fuel in the tank.

Posted by: minusculeb | May 9, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I really hope Brash gets in for game 6. I think his attitude in the room will have a good effect and bring this series back to VC for another game 7

Posted by: apollak8 | May 9, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

right..i'm sure Bruce thinks the best way to beat the Pens in game 6 is to put his slowest player on the ice to combat the Pens advantage in speed and aggression. Good one!

Even if Brashear did dress, he's fairly useless (besides being so slow) because he only gets 4-6 shifts a game in this type of situation. You'll never see him on the ice in the 3rd, and he'll only get 2 maybe 3 shifts in the 1st and 2nd. You can't make an impact with that limited ice time.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Cindy Crosby and her merry troupe of little school girls on skates (also known as the Pittsburgh Penguins) will NOT, repeat will NOT show up for Game 6. Flyers beat them 3-0 in the game 6, and they were a complete no-show. They were a no-show today for 2 periods and were lucky to win (except for the other white Russian - Fedatenko...10 shots? you gotta be kidding me).

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | May 9, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm not saying that bad officiating and bad luck are the sole causes, but they definitely play a role. All I'm saying is that in two of their wins it's been in OT, which means there wasn't much of a separation between us and them. I.e. what if Steckel had put in that one timer in the first 30 sec of OT? I don't think you'd be criticizing them like you are now..

Posted by: apollak8 | May 9, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

The Penguins are getting virtually nothing off their PP. The penalties are not why the Caps lost, they are just being outplayed by a better team.

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Well good luck to the boys on Monday, Keith Jones thinks they can do it.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | May 9, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Political_Stratgst

What are you talking about? The Penguins won Game 6 against the Flyers, they were down 3-0 and came back to win 5-3.

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

cstanton

You're so wise!

I think BB knows a little more than you do.. and he frequently comments on Brash's effect on the team IN THE ROOM, which has nothing to do with his ice time. And imho his 5 shifts would be just as helpful as flash's or Beagle's

Posted by: apollak8 | May 9, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Beagle looked like an AHL player. He had 4 minutes of icetime in the game. We will most definitely see Brashear in game 6. Also, Clarkie only played 5 minutes. I wonder if Bruce is sending him some sort of message.

Posted by: Capcrazy77 | May 9, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Remember Ovie's words to the reporter when we were down 3-1 against the Rangers: "You think this series is over? This series isn't over."

This game went into OT. Which says that the teams are evenly matched. They scored on a PP. That happens - we do it all the time! We can beat them.

One game at a time. We need to go into the next game with a winning attitude, and we can come back home for game 7.

Posted by: RedRocker1 | May 9, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

You know you're desperate when Donald Brashear gets inserted into the line-up.

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed. After reading though these posts I have unscientifically come to the calculation that 80% of you are talking like this series is over. You speak of "curses" and "bad luck against Pittsburgh." At what point will everyone come to their senses and realize that if we talk like this the players will play like this? Swagger is everything...and we need to be the first line in giving the boys a bit of confidence. We have not lost this series...but you would never know it reading here. It is time to think of what we can do for game 6 to bring this back to DC. Time to cheer forward. Enough talk of what to do next season and more talk of what to do next game. Really, what do we have to lose?

Posted by: eyechip | May 9, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

SC87

Get a life

Posted by: apollak8 | May 9, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

The Caps season is over. They are the biggest choke artists of a franchise.

We have no "D" and folks dont know how to play a puck coming across the crease.

Our GM is a total tool who has no idea how to field a winning team. He chooses guys with flashy skills but no heart and no toughness. Nice job George on Nylander, Schultz, Kozlov. Why dont you sign those guys back up for a long term deal and put us over the salary cap. Any GM can sign up Ovie, you are not a smart GM. You are a dope on how to put a defense together.

I love Caps, but I cannot even watch this anymore. The off season is just one more game away for us.

Posted by: awireless1976 | May 9, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

@eyechip

I'm right there with you

LETS GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: apollak8 | May 9, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey everyone at the Verizon center: " Can You hear me now?....CHOKE!!!!Crime ridden city of Losers...You'll never win the Cup. This ones for Blair Betts and Sergei Gonchar whom your team Cheap Shotted out of the playoffs. Now get the Dark suits and dresses ready....Theres gonna be a funeral Monday Night. Your fans look like savages banging on the glass the whole game and throwing objects on the ice. Classless fans and classless organization equals no stanley cup ever!!!!

Posted by: hsc94 | May 9, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

We were never so desperate as to fire our coach.

Posted by: Capcrazy77 | May 9, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Tough loss. Some things that I see. Pens are getting way too many rushes on the caps that generate quality shots and scoring opps just like the fedetenko goal. Not just this game but the last few games. Our D is not playing tight on them since they're afraid of their speed, but this gives them ample room to operate in our zone. Think our forwards need to backcheck better and our D play a little tighter. The Pens are seeing something about how Semin shoots since most of his shots are blocked. Besides the OV/Backstrom and Steckel line, we have been offensively impotent.

Posted by: poofter | May 9, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

awireless1976

You sure are a true fan

*(mock applause)

Posted by: apollak8 | May 9, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

hsv94

I hate that banging on the glass stuff. It's so annoying.

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

History has once again repeated itself. Caps are choking dogs. Weezing, barfing, choking dogs. They couldn't beat Pittsburgh in a series to save their lives. Choking dogs.

Posted by: harrythewhale | May 9, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

"I don't think the Caps' D, as a whole, are too soft (though some are); I think they're too slow."

I agree 100%. The reason they're constantly reaching out to pokecheck, often resulting in penalties or unfortunate deflections, is that guys like Malkin and Crosby have a quick first step that puts them immediately out of position and scrambling to recover. Erskine, Morrisonn, and Jurcina try hard, but they just don't have the quickness to maintain proper defensive position against those guys. I believe Green does have that, but, as others have pointed out, he's shown a disturbing tendency to be standing and watching while a guy scores from right in front.

That said, I see no reason why the Caps can't win the next two. Every one of these five games has been close enough for the losing team to feel like they could have won. Even game 4, which felt like the most one-sided one, was a one-goal game with under ten minutes left. I don't know what WILL happen, but throwing in the towel is definitely premature.

Posted by: christiansonm | May 9, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Rather see Osala up here instead of Flash.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 9, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I love Flash but I have to agree, I would much rather see Osala, he's a guy that knows how to use his size to his advantage and stays parked in front of the net. He's the gritty kind of forward we need. From what I've seen he's not afraid to pay his dues in front of the net in order to get his team a goal, the only guys in our roster that currently do that are Ovie and Laich. He can improve his skating a bit though, I'm sure that will come with time.

Posted by: jogabonito | May 9, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Tough loss. We actually gave a good effort tonight and Varly played well. No idea what some jokers are talking about. Yeah, he had a bad game last time, but tonight? No way. Jurcina needs to either block the shot or get the hell out of the way. Varly did not see that shot at all. Then the other goal was was a 3rd rebound after Varly made 2 great saves. No one cleared the rebound. Anyway, he's not at fault for this loss at all. Made 38 saves, many of them great ones. The goal in OT wasn't obviously his fault either.

Anyway, was pessimistic before this one... Now, even more so. We're probably done, but you never know. Maybe the bounces can go our way for once.

Posted by: ranndino | May 9, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey everyone at the Verizon center: " Can You hear me now?....CHOKE!!!!Crime ridden city of Losers...You'll never win the Cup. This ones for Blair Betts and Sergei Gonchar whom your team Cheap Shotted out of the playoffs. Now get the Dark suits and dresses ready....Theres gonna be a funeral Monday Night. Your fans look like savages banging on the glass the whole game and throwing objects on the ice. Classless fans and classless organization equals no stanley cup ever!!!!

Posted by: hsc94 | May 9, 2009 11:10 PM |

Yeah and your coach throwing a water bottle at a fan and threatening them with a stick is the epitome of class

HEYYY who let the trolls in!?

Posted by: apollak8 | May 9, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

The Caps aren't going to win two straight. They lost tonight without Crosby getting on the scoresheet. That tells you everything you need to know about this series. One team has better depth, and it's not the Caps.

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

GMGM hasn't built a very good team behind Ovie. Caps ownership has done a good job selling the idea that he has. I don't buy it. Hopefully they will prove me wrong and win this series. I just don't see it happening.
I was actually watching Wednesday's game at a bar in Annapolis, when a guy wearing a Caps hat tells me his "favorite" player is Fleishmann! WTF? I asked him if he still uses AOL. LOL!

Posted by: mdmtnbiker | May 9, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

to hsc94:
I remember a past series between the Caps and Pens where Pens fans were throwing bottles and pucks at coach Jim Schoenfeld after the Penguins had won in Pittsburgh. That's class.

Posted by: Capcrazy77 | May 9, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Tom Poti shoots.....He SCOOOOOOOORES!!!!!

Posted by: hsc94 | May 9, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

The Caps D is too slow. Pittsburegh wanted to draw the Caps in the second round to exploit a D that isn't ready for prime time yet. Caps have a nice offense that still relies too much on one player and needs consistent goaltending, but the D must be improved if you're dream of winning a Cup is to ever come to fruition. The Caps team reminds me of the Penguins team in the late 1980's with Lemieux. Good, but needed a couple minor tweeks. Talented, no doubt, but your front office must make a couple deals to get you over the top.

One other thing. You may want to stay away from Pittsburgh in future post seasons. They've definitely got your number.

Posted by: harrythewhale | May 9, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Two OT losses because of two unlucky deflections. At least Morrisonn and Poti were trying to defend the net instead of just standing by watching the puck go in. We CAN still win this series, especially if we play aggressively on Monday. I'd much rather see us take that approach and fail than see us just give in and hand the Pens the series. Yes, they're a good club, but so are we--time to show it.

Posted by: wocoliz | May 9, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Sorry folks:

Flash and Fehr are AHL players at best.

Posted by: FancyDan | May 9, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

A 40 year old Forward playing defense on a penalty kill in overtime? Great coaching!

Posted by: hsc94 | May 9, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

If the Penguins played in the Southleast division they would've won the division and the Caps would've been 4th.

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

The thing is, it's not so much that the D is slow, is that the Forwards aren't getting back. So many times they turned it over at the Pen's blueline, and had a rush go the other way with our forwards caught deep and no chance at getting back to help. That's how Fedotenko's goal was scored; Ovie went across the blue line turned it over, and they went the other way and scored.

Posted by: Capcrazy77 | May 9, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention a lot of standing around. If they would just move their feet more, things wouldn't be so bad.

Posted by: Capcrazy77 | May 9, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

So far, every time the Pens step it up on O we can't match them with D (or O). Ergo, they should go through. We'll be lucky if they don't.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | May 9, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

For Sale: Two playoff tickets, May 16th. Canes at Pittsburgh......priceless!

Posted by: hsc94 | May 9, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey Semin, next game get the puck on the net!

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | May 9, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

ughhh.
I don't really have any other comment.
Except, Backstrom played better D than Green.
I love this team, I don't want changes, but I DO want more intensity from the players, and more (MUCH more) consistency from the officials.
ugghhh

Posted by: bluejeener1 | May 9, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Game plan for game 6: Brashear stabs Crosby, Knees Malkin, and shoots Fleury with an ak47....no penalties....on to Game 7!

Posted by: hsc94 | May 9, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I love the Caps. Been going to Caps games since 1990 after I moved from Pittsburgh. Yes, I am a Pens fan at heart. This has been a great series. Either team could have won the series already with a slight break the other way. This is great playoff hockey. As a Pens fan, I am worried about game 6. No way do I think the Caps are done. I just don't see it. I saw it before in past series againts the Pens, but the Caps don't look done this time. There is one thing I have noticed. The Pens top line forwards backcheck more than the Caps top line forwards. Not sure it makes a difference in the end the way Ovie scores, but it is noticeable.

Posted by: Radz | May 9, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

It's funny this loss and the loss in game 3 doesn't really seem to bother me.I've seen this movie too many times and i already know the ending.For whatever reason the hockey gods just aren't going to allow the Caps to beat the Pens in the playoffs in OT especially.

Posted by: hotrod2 | May 9, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

hey SC87! remember last year when we beat you handily to win the cup. That was awesome! Go Wings.

Keep the faith Caps fans. The Pens have to hold their lead. Perhaps Fleury will stumble coming out of the locker room. I think in the long run the Caps look better than the Pens

Posted by: hockeytownUSA | May 9, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,
There's no such thing as a bad break. You make your own luck. Saying it's a bad break is to stick your head in the sand. When the time comes, you have to recognize the problems and make the hard decisions.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | May 9, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Mike Green gives away FAR more pucks and makes many more lazy passes than Semin...what the hell has happned to him?

He was murdering Rangers in games 1 and 2, and has not been the same since. Something MUST be wrong with him.

I honestly found myself asking if he was on the take at points.

As for the Pens fans at the game - there are a few jackasses, but for the most part they are very cool and don't gloat after the game. After game 2 I saw about 10 of them stay after the game and cheer AO's three stars.

Posted by: Alisterio | May 9, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

1st off, the Semin trip wasn't a penalty, Semin was stupid to even try to go one on four while everyone is changing. Til I'm blue in the face, simple, smart and sacrifice wins playoff games and it's a joke sometimes how we play.

NOw on the real missed call of OT, the interference call on Boucher. The NHL doesn't call this with ANY CONSISTENCY, I just saw Patrick Kane get nailed and the puck is all the way down the ice. BY THE BOOK IT'S A PENALTY!!!! Boucher naling Gordon, Antropov nailing Flash, and yes even knocking Captain cheapshot Orpik into the goal on Jurcina's goal, IS A PENALTY!!! Consistency is this league is poor at best, an absolute JOKE through and through. See everyone Wednesday for Game 7, our turn to steal a game on Monday in their barn!!!

Posted by: BBDwrestling | May 10, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

SC87, the fans were booing not because of the trip to Malkin, which it was, but because Semin was tripped a few seconds earlier, and that WASN'T called. That's why they were booing. If you don't call the trip on Semin, then you don't call the trip on Malkin.

Posted by: dfe1 | May 10, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Crying about questionable calls is pathetic, how many more times will Crosby & Malkin FLY BY Caps defense ? PLENTY ?

If the Caps "manage" to win game 6 and/or 7, it's because they'll earn it, rather than cry for calls.

Posted by: LarryDavid | May 10, 2009 12:32 AM | Report abuse

If the Penguins played in the Southleast division they would've won the division and the Caps would've been 4th.

Posted by: SC87 | May 9, 2009 11:21 PM

HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA! Keep sucking the penguins balls, senaturds fan.
The penwhines would have finished behinf teh Caps and the Hurricanes. You know, two teams from the SE division still left in the playoffs. Unlike the atlantic (i.e. weaker division)

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Crying about questionable calls is pathetic, how many more times will Crosby & Malkin FLY BY Caps defense ? PLENTY ?

If the Caps "manage" to win game 6 and/or 7, it's because they'll earn it, rather than cry for calls.

Posted by: LarryDavid | May 10, 2009 12:32 AM

The only crying is done by Bylsma and Crysby.

Posted by: Chase4 | May 10, 2009 12:36 AM | Report abuse

I cant believe SC87 said its annoying that the fans bang on the glass.

Are you Cindy's relative, or something. Grow a pair and stop posting here cuz you cant post anything outside of laughable. OTOH, keep posting its very entertaining

Posted by: mikejc80 | May 10, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

I cant believe SC87 said its annoying that the fans bang on the glass.

Are you Cindy's relative, or something. Grow a pair and stop posting here cuz you cant post anything outside of laughable. OTOH, keep posting its very entertaining

Posted by: mikejc80 | May 10, 2009 1:11 AM | Report abuse

I love it. All this crying. Ohhh man.

Posted by: cupsrunneth | May 10, 2009 1:17 AM | Report abuse

could be worse

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | May 10, 2009 2:30 AM | Report abuse

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