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Kovalev Sent Home

According to the AP, the Canadiens have given struggling star winger Alex Kovalev "time off" to get himself together. So Kovalev won't be with his teammates when they visit Verizon Center tomorrow night. Also, Sergei Kostitsyn was sent down to Hamilton and Carey Price has switched from his red pads back to his white ones -- just because.

If that's not enough drama for you, Puck Daddy has more on the meltown in Montreal, which is officially underway.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 17, 2009; 8:38 PM ET
 
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3-0 panthers! nathan horton.

Posted by: rachel216 | February 17, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

@rachel

People aren't laughing as much at the Southeast this year. Canes took care of Buffalo 3-0 last time out and are playing Boston pretty tough right now although down 2-1. Fla keeps rolling...well...except when we come to town. I hope espn.com keeps NJ at #1 in their power rankings somehow while we stay at #2 after beating NJ and Fla on the road in the past couple weeks. They just don't want to put us #1.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | February 17, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I know a certain beat writer who's put in a long day today...

Posted by: Section117 | February 17, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Alexei Kovalev sent home because of his struggles... your All-Star starting right winger folks...

Posted by: sargeantmofo | February 17, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Boo, good point! Although that *does* mean I have to get up earlier, so I suppose its all about trade-offs. I guess its a good thing I'm going up a day earlier for HnH; I'd hate to be all grouchy & mean when the Pens come into town. :-D

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 17, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm wondering where Kovalev is about to shipped off to, as well. Not sure I'd want him on the Caps, though. He is massively talented but his motivation sure seems to be lacking more often than not. Plus, I've been a non-fan of his since he slew-footed Dale Hunter way back when.

Posted by: geauxcaps | February 17, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Boo:
from previous thread -
my festivities will be alternating between heineken, corona and telling my wife she can have the TV back when the game is over. i hope it's warm tomorrow night in case i get kicked outside (i rarely win the tv 'fights') and have to watch the game on a crappy 26" non HD tv.
ok everybody - don't even start - no one is going to cry for me because the temps might drop into the 60's

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 17, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

For laughs, from a blogger on PuckDaddy:


The Canadiens are automatically better by having Kovalev off the roster.
Jeebus, it was obvious from Day 1 that the guy is a cancer; he needed to be cut out.
Like a fr!gid wife, he puts out once every 7 years.
If there were stronger laws against d0g-fking he'd get life in prison.
Kovalev is such a waste he makes watered-down Scotch seem like a good idea by comparison.
You'd be better off resting your team's playoff hopes on a foundation of balsa wood and carpentry glue.
Kovalev's killed more coaches than cancer and heart disease combined.
He's such a pervasively bad influence in the dressing room, death metal and rap are demanding royalties.
Kovalev is such a world-champion lazy-@ss he single-handedly redefines "enigmatic Russian."
Kovalev is so undeserving of cashing a cheque it makes Alex Yashin blush.

Posted by: atybat | February 17, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Fla holding it down 3-0 still 8 min left in 3rd. It would be fantastic if the Canes could make a comeback here down 2-1 with 9 min to play.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | February 17, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

is there any particular reason we are starting at 7:30 tomorrow even though we're at home?

Posted by: marigold13 | February 17, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Was kinda hoping the Lightning could get past the Blackhawks too. 3-3 w/9:00 to go.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 17, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Carolina getting a PP with under 7 to go.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | February 17, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

atybat:
stop holding back and let us know how you really feel :)
pretty harsh with the 'fr!gid wife' reference - but it gets your point across - and made me laugh.
so i'm guessing kovalev for nyls straight up is not a trigger you'd pull

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 17, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

ahh...finally....less than 24 hours for more hockey!!! btw in case this hasn't been mentioned in one of the previous threads....OV (no surprise) and Green No 1 and 2 for player rankings on tsn this week! Let's go CAPS!!!

http://www.tsn.ca/fantasy_news/feature/?ID=10467

Posted by: CapsSkins | February 17, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

@marigold

All games vs Canadian teams start at 7:30 so we can do their national anthem.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 17, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Bleh, Canes give up a shortie. 3-1 Boston with under 5 to go. At least Fla took care of NJ for us.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | February 17, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Hurricanes really suck

Posted by: rachel216 | February 17, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

FLA takes out NJ? Sweet.

Just got back from that Star-Spangled Sing-Off thing. I was not a finalist, and that's okay. Section117, were you there and was your wife "Gracie"?

Posted by: kittypawz | February 17, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Also, wow on Kovalev and Kostitsyn. That's some spectacular stuff. Sounds like a meltdown to me.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 17, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

CapsSkins:
at least relevant hockey anyway. i gonna go with the habs will completely fall apart and theo gets his second SO of the year.
there's an AP article on yahoo about greenie and his historic stick - http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=AkqLH8FGfroIMxIIy.rbIIR7vLYF?slug=ap-capitals-goinggreen&prov=ap&type=lgns

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 17, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm not so sure the Habs will fall apart. Instead of Kovalev who is known slumping, we get a team who's just had their bell rung HARD by their coach and a couple of fresh-faced AHL kids who smell their shot at the big-time. That team is going to play like their asses are on fire, and we'd best be ready for that or we will get steamrollered by a desperate team. Keep in mind that we lost to the Rangers when they were desperate - don't assume this one will be easy, because it won't be.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 17, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

kittypawz:
i was thinking more like 'kick them when their down' - not that it would be easy. i'm also hoping that what looked to be stronger play against weaker teams (tb & fla) will continue with taking it up a notch against the habs. it didn't look like the caps 'played down' to the competition last weekend. they'll be ready to play mtl and i'd love to see a stomping. say 5 or 6 to nil.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 17, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

i think this is more of montreal trying to save face since they know we are going to come out looking for blood. hide all their all-stars!!! you have ov, semin, backstrom and green who all got screwed with the all-star game...mostly because of montreal. i think they are going to prove who the true all-stars are tomorrow night. i feel bad for montreal's goaltender. i predict a 10ish - 2 game...if shutout it would be 7-0.

Posted by: CapsSkins | February 17, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

i love that green is keeping the stick! i think he should offer up his jock strap instead of the gloves for being snubbed in the all-star game! : )

Posted by: CapsSkins | February 17, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

No, they didn't last weekend, but now is not the time to get cocky or blow this game off. Definitely we can and should stomp them, and had better - NJ lost tonight, so we move ahead of them again with a win tomorrow night. This is a huge opportunity and wasting it would be bad.

Not saying we're necessarily doomed so much as "this isn't as easy as it looks, be careful".

Posted by: kittypawz | February 17, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

CapsSkins:
i like your scores better - i hereby retract my last post and will plagiarize yours. caps victory -> "10ish - 2 game...if shutout it would be 7-0"

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 17, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

well there's NO WAY a shutout can happen NOW! come ON! way to jinx it! jeez! you never, EVER use the word "shutout" till AFTER the game is over.

Posted by: boyd_gordon_shootout_specialist | February 17, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

well how is alex going to get back to back hat tricks if i don't mention it? : P

Posted by: CapsSkins | February 17, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

now BOYD GORDON is going to have to win the game in a shootout cuz YOU used the word "shutout"

so says The Boyd

Posted by: boyd_gordon_shootout_specialist | February 17, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

boyd_gordon_shootout_specialist:
you can't predict a SO after the game - and i'm not superstitious. besides as much as i am in theo's corner - the caps aren't built for shutouts. i just want theo to get hot and have some confidence when the real season begins in april. i'll be happy if they get to the CF and elated if they play for the cup

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 17, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

No gimmick and no s-word. I think it'll be somewhere in the middle and a relatively low-scoring game.

Of course, if I really wanted to be evil I'd put Neuvirth in goal. The Habs have never faced the same goalie twice against us this season. Theodore shut them out, Varlamov stopped them 2-1, and BJ lost to them 5-4 (I think?) So part of me wants to put Theodore in goal again in hopes of repeating awesomeness and part of me thinks it'd make their brains hurt to give Neuvirth the start.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 17, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

With Devils loss tonight, and a game in hand, Caps jump to number two yet again. Lets hope they can really seal that spot with a win tomorrow night.

Also hoping Jurcina plays extra well tomorrow against the Habs after his silly fumbling moves that led to the Habs game winning goal within the last minute of regulation last time they played. Obviously everyone makes mistakes, but I believe in personal redemptions (along with team redemptions.

If I were Mike Green, I would only start considering giving up the stick if they show him serious consideration for the Norris (he deserves that atleast)...and even then, I would probably give them something else instead. Mike earned the rights to that stick!!!!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | February 17, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I was very impressed with Neuvirth the other night. I have been all about Varlamov being the future and I still think there is a great chance, but someone in the "know" told me to keep my eye on Neuvirth since he uses a lot less movement and is more "stay at home". I can now see myself second-guessing, but what a hell of a 1-2 punch in a couple years...if not next year.

Posted by: CapsSkins | February 17, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

its not PREDICTING a shootout. predicting has nothing to do with anything.

haven't been a hockey fan for too long, eh?
i dare ya to say the word "shutout" when you're playing in a competitive hockey game and your goaltender is working on a shutout. see what happens. you won't be too popular. especially with the goaltender. they're nuts as it is. its worse than saying "good luck" to an actor...at least the actor dosen't have a blocker on his hand.

stirring up the pot is fun

So says The Boyd

Posted by: boyd_gordon_shootout_specialist | February 17, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

It's true enough that you don't say the word during the game - ever - but I'm not sure if that applies the day before the game.

Also, would someone kindly tell Joe B and Locker that?

Posted by: kittypawz | February 17, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

i know there has been a lot of late game penalties recently but...
"13 of the last 14 penalties called in the third period of Caps’ games have gone against them. The Caps really have to do a better job of being careful late in the game—if not, it will cost them at some point"

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 17, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

you guys are hysterical

Posted by: boyd_gordon_shootout_specialist | February 17, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

@atybat - Actually, I don't think that post from over on PuckDaddy is all that amusing... and in fact, I'd go so far as to call it patently offensive in places. In case you haven't noticed, folks who post to this blog are generally a bit more upscale in the way they write, and what they have to say, even when slamming players... I'll thank you to do the same.

On other topics - Woah, Florida took out the Devils, 4-0? Wow!

Boston over Carolina doesn't surprise me.

But Edmonton is up 2-1 on the Sharks at the end of the 1st... and that sortof does.

@marigold13 - It's because the game is being televised on TSN. :-)

Posted by: irockthered | February 17, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Joe-Say CloseTheDoor
shutout, shutout, shutout
poti with the hat trick
i'm bored - how much longer til the puck drops?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 17, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

@boyd_gordon_shootout_specialist - Yeah, but if you say the name of The Scottish Play (it starts with an M, and was written by some famous British playwright or other... ;-) in the presence of a superstitious actor, be prepared for spittle to fly as the actor spits and turns around three times and leaves the room to avoid the bad luck landing on him! ;-)

Posted by: irockthered | February 17, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

@Capt_Kirk_in_AZ - 20 hours, but who's counting? :-p

Posted by: irockthered | February 17, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

_Boyd, I had a neighbor in 109 use the s-word with like *eight minutes* left. The five-part snarl that surrounded him was a joy to behold--from my perspective. Of course two minutes later the bad guys scored, and plentiful was the glaring.
Hockey fans! Can't leave 'em around normal people.
Nice handle, btw.

Posted by: redlineblue | February 18, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

irockthered:
i gotta ask because i can't figure it out myself. how do you post in bold?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 18, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

curious from a longtime caps fan living in chicago-does the dc region get the nhl network feed or are you all stuck with csn?

i look forward to these nights, as it will be the tsn feed piped out thru the nhl network. a joe b break is needed, he is everywhere! no one does hockey like tsn. plus you get to see tortorella get pissed off on set!

Posted by: hockeypope | February 18, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

upscale posters only here eh irockthered?

Indubidubly indeed good sir, jolly good, here here old chap!

There's a good lad.

See what happens when I drink too much waiting for my turn at open mic?

Posted by: austinsteve | February 18, 2009 1:45 AM | Report abuse

indubitably that is; terribly sorry. A rather impracticable locution

Posted by: austinsteve | February 18, 2009 1:51 AM | Report abuse

irockthered:

Argh, you might as well have just said it. Now you ruined my night, and I'm not even classically trained. Now my audition is ruined tomorrow.

Let's hope the Caps more than make up for your blunder.

Posted by: LA_caps_fan | February 18, 2009 2:27 AM | Report abuse

austinsteve,

If anyone gets to do the upper class British toff patter (i.e. jolly good show, what what, I say dear chap etc) it should be me not someone from Texas!

You don't see me going "Yehaa partners, howdy stranger, get off ya horse and drink ya milk etc" do you?

:)

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | February 18, 2009 6:40 AM | Report abuse

@Capt_Kirk_in_AZ: Bold and italics can be added using HTML markup like this:

<b>I LIKE BOLD LETTERS</b>

comes out as

I LIKE BOLD LETTERS

Italics are the same thing, except it's <i> </i> instead of the b. There are others - links and so forth.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 18, 2009 7:33 AM | Report abuse

hockypope:
Welcome to the zoo! :-) We have NHLN but most of the stuff if on CSN (or VS).

Most posts were not going through last night ... let's see if this one does.

JMU:
If you can't drag yourself down to the VC for a 12:30 game, well then that's just sad! :-P

Kirk:
As much as I want to razz you for that comment, the reality is that I would rather be in the VC, so I can't complain! :-) BTW, it cracks me up every time I hear a guy talk about the challenges that he has when it comes to the wife vs. hockey on TV ... that's certainly not a problem in this house! :-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 18, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

UKDave:
Milk? Really? Is that supposed to be Texan or American?

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 18, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Section117, were you there and was your wife "Gracie"?

Posted by: kittypawz | February 17, 2009 10:00 PM

It would have been "Raina". She was the first one I think.

Posted by: Section117 | February 18, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Boo,
I seem to remember that as a John Wayne quote. I don't know what it means, I just thought it was "cowboyish".

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | February 18, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

I posted this last night, and I'll post it again. Habs meltdown or not, this one is not as easy as it looks. The Habs are desperate at this point, and the team has just had a fire lit under their collective rear ends. They have new callups who have got to realize that this is a big chance for them, and I'd expect them to behave accordingly.

The Canadiens are no joke, meltdown or not, and we'd be wise to come out flying like we would for any top-five team.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 18, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

@Section117: Ahh. She was pretty good, I thought. I was #3, the girl in the brown.

Oh, by the way folks ... I meant to mention. I suggest being late enough to the March 3rd game to miss the National Anthem. I'll leave my comments on the sing-off at that.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 18, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

@Section117: Ahh. She was pretty good, I thought. I was #3, the girl in the brown.

Right back at you kid.

Posted by: Section117 | February 18, 2009 8:05 AM | Report abuse

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