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Knuble: 'This isn't the regular season'

A few more notes and quotes from the morning skate:

*Brendan Morrison, by all appearances, will return to the lineup. Based on the morning skate, he'll be the second line center between Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin - neither of whom recorded a point with Tomas Fleischmann centering them in Game 1.

After getting scratched March 14 in Chicago, Morrison rebounded with a goal and five assists in the next five games. Then he suffered a suspected groin muscle pull and missed the next six contests. When he returned, the veteran went without a point in the final two regular season, a downturn that might have contributed to him sitting Thursday.

*With Morrison expected to be in, it looks like Fleischmann will drop down to the third line and skate with David Steckel and Eric Fehr. When that trio skated together on March 20 in Tampa, Fleischmann scored on their first shift of the game. Fehr got the primary assist and Steckel got the other.

*Fleichmann coming in, though, means Boyd Gordon will come out. On Thursday, Gordon was credited with four hits, two shots on goal and won all three faceoff he took. He also ranked second in shorthanded ice time among the Caps' forwards.

*Washington put 47 shots on Jaroslav Halak in Game 1, but, according to the Post's shot chart, 30 of them came from the tops of the circles or bad angles.

When asked about Halak's performance, veteran net crasher Mike Knuble noted that the Caps need to do more to distract Halak as well as generate more scoring chances in close.

"Could we bear down in a little bit more in front of the net?" he said. "I think that's something we can do."

*Knuble on lessons learned from Game 1: "It's was probably a good wake up call for us. It's a different season. Anything can happen. You see all the series being really competitive. We better get with the program like everybody else and even this series up. Everybody has to play a little bit better. This isn't the regular season. You can't cruise through games. You have to play hard every shift, whether you get four shifts per period or you get 14 shifts. You have to play everyone of them like it's your last. It's a cliché, but it's true."

*Finally, the NHL announced today that it will begin revealing the finalists for the individuals awards beginning Monday. For the complete schedule, click here.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 17, 2010; 1:10 PM ET
 
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Comments

I really really really hope they have gotten the wake up call. I'm not sure why they need it? Didn't they learn anything from the last two post-seasons?

Play 60 minute, hard nose, TEAM hockey, and we can't be beat.

Posted by: natresgroup | April 17, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Flash needs to SIT. Boyd Gordon is far more valuable at this point than Flash. UGH he is turrrrrible.

Posted by: ThisGuy | April 17, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

This BUF/BOS game is awesome so far.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I personally would switch Belanger with Steckel.

But that Chimera/Belanger/Bradley line has a lot of speed with Chiemra and Belanger and looks like a great energy line with forecheckers like Chimear and Bradley.

Maybe it will be the defensive line against the Habs top line.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 17, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I would take Flash over Gordon. Gordon was pretty good, but we weren't losing on the physicality/forecheck, and Flash can score.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

I agree. I want Flash over Gordon. Flash is a good 3rd line winger, just not a good 2nd line center. Scoring from the 3rd line can be very helpful.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 17, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Tons of hitting in this game, Boston is completely unable to score.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Also, Knuble is the man. I hope the other guys are listening.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Oof..they showed the highlights of Game 1. Boy, did Backs and Ovi look bad on the two last Habs goals.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Oof..they showed the highlights of Game 1. Boy, did Backs and Ovi look bad on the two last Habs goals.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Oof, they just show the highlights of Game 1. Backs and Ovi looked really bad on the two last Habs' goals.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I think Backstrom's performance is going to be key on these series. He seem a bit off on his passes and uncharacteriscally selfish last game and during the last game against the Bruins. Since he was sick a day before that might have been a factor. Hopefully, he's 100% now and ready to rumble. I noticed a big correlatin between Backs' performance and the Caps ability to score big and win games regardless of Ovi's performance. Go Caps!

Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | April 17, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Washington put 47 shots on Jaroslav Halak in Game 1, but, according to the Post's shot chart, 30 of them came from the tops of the circles or bad angles.

__________________

This is exactly what happened in the first 2 games against the Rangers, until the guys woke up and decided to crowd Lundy.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I think Backstrom's performance is going to be key on these series. He seemed a bit off on his passes and uncharacteriscally selfish last game and during the last game against the Bruins. Since he was sick a day before that might have been a factor. Hopefully, he's 100% recovered now and ready to rumble. I noticed there's a big correlation between Backs' performance and the Caps ability to score big and win games irrespective of Ovi's performance. Go Caps!

Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | April 17, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

What's with the double posting eh? Something is wrong with this site.

Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | April 17, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, it happens sometimes. I didn't mean too.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Two things. First I would have to agree with sitting Gordon for Flash - as long as Flash is on the wing, where he is much better. Second, nhl.com mentioned an interesting reason for putting Steckel/Flash/Fehr on a line together - the only other time that line was used, they had a goal. I am wondering why Steckel's line is 3rd and Belanger's is 4th, although with how Boudreau is using all the lines, it might not matter at all. And Boudreau - PLEASE take Poti off the PK.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 17, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Two interesting blog posts on the "Alex Ovetjkin" blog: one on the goal against Montreal that was disallowed back in Feb and the other on Don Cherry saying that Ovi should have hit Gomez in Game 1.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 17, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

People going to the game, make sure you are loud and known to help carry our boys to even out the series.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

People going to the game, make sure you are loud and known to help carry our boys to even out the series.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Will do.

Posted by: Justafan | April 17, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it's a matter of taking someone out and putting someone in, etc. .... I think it's more a matter of "team". As Knuble said, this isn't the regular season. The team has to be willing to play playoff hockey. Gotta be willing to crash the net. Gotta be willing to dump to the corners, then work really hard to dig it out. Gotta be willing to hit everything that moves. That's the playoffs. In the regular season, the Caps are awesome at run-and-gun, tape-to-tape pond hockey, which makes for great entertainment ... but it's usually not a prescription for success in the playoffs.

If they get some of that team/playoff mentality going with the skill players they have, they'll be fine.

Jeff

Posted by: PensFan98 | April 17, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Enlighten us great Pens fan. Holder of the Cup. Speaker of the truth. Praise Allah.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Anyways, the Sabres just lost a 2-0 lead to the Bruins. Hah.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Flash . . . Gordon . . . we need Flash Gordon!

As rs has noticed, those stinkin Canadians came down here to hog heaven and PISSED IN OUR CUP!!! Are we gonna take this sittin down???

If we are goin to go down, let's give them somethin to remember us by! An honorable offensive defense of our ice house.

Posted by: Satchelass | April 17, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Chimera-Belanger-Bradley is a bizarre line and probably the most explosive 4th line I've ever heard of.

Posted by: wis193 | April 17, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Enlighten us great Pens fan. Holder of the Cup. Speaker of the truth. Praise Allah.
Posted by: richmondphil | April 17, 2010
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Wow. Bitter much?

Posted by: Dalliquippa | April 17, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Everybody on their way to the game? Have fun.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 17, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Richmond,

The team we're playing tonight has a much greater history than do the Pens. What is it, 24 Stanley Cups? However, none lately so, let's go Caps!

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 17, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Are they saving the in game chat for the Cup series?

I have been away from my PC all day and was hoping that when I came back to it there would be a chat waiting, oh well.

I AM STILL EXCITED! I WANT SOME SERIOUS PAYBACK!

GO CAPS!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 17, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Bitter much?

Posted by: Dalliquippa

Wow. Overreacting much?

Posted by: rachel216 | April 17, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

"Gotta be willing to crash the net. Gotta be willing to dump to the corners, then work really hard to dig it out. Gotta be willing to hit everything that moves." I agree with this part of PensFan98's post. Most of the rest is patronizing BS.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 17, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

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