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Laich: 'Bodies Are Going to Be Flying'

Here's a quick update from KCI ahead of tonight's win-or-go-home Game 5:

Same Lineup
The forward combos may change -- as usual, Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't tip his hand -- but the lineup will almost certainly consist of the same players. Michael Nylander and Chris Clark stayed on for extra work, which likely means they are out. Simeon Varlamov came off first, which likely means he's in. And Jeff Schultz did not skate (with the team, at least).

Secondary Slumming
Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin and Mike Green have accounted for 16 of the Caps' 23 points so far. It goes without saying that those four are going to need some help if this team is going to get through tonight and/or get very far.

"That could be the big difference," grinder Boyd Gordon said. "If my line or [David Steckel's] line can get a goal, it's a big bonus and takes the pressure off everyone else. That's what we might need tonight."

Ready, Set, Shoot
In addition to telling his players to be more selective with their shots on Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Boudreau said he's recently implored his forwards to get their shots off faster, too, rather than patiently picking the perfect spot and allowing Lundqvist to square up.

"We have told them that he gets set up, so the quicker you get the puck off, the better," said Boudreau, who, as you might imagine, wasn't in a particularly gabby mood.

Quote of the Day
"Tonight you're going to see everything thrown at them," Brooks Laich said. "Anything we can do. Pucks are going to be coming from everywhere. Bodies are going to be flying. There's going to be scrums in front of the net. We just have to make sure we are more determined than they are."

Special Teams Battle
The Caps have killed off 14 straight New York power plays since the Rangers tallied twice with the man advantage in the series opener. The Caps' power play, however, went 0-for-6 in Game 4, is 4 for 22 (18.2 percent) and has been criticized by Boudreau for over-passing against the Rangers' top ranked penalty kill unit.

"We need to have more traffic and make simple plays," Sergei Fedorov said. "That's what any power play needs to succeed."

Odds and Ends
As I'm sure you're aware by now, only 8.7 percent of teams that have gone down 3-1 have come back to win and none since 2004. The Caps are 7-17 all-time in playoff Game 5s, 4-10 at home in those games and 2-5 when trailing a series three games to one.

I'll check with a lineup before game time.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 24, 2009; 12:38 PM ET
 
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Comments

DON'T STOP BELIEVING

Posted by: dml1077 | April 24, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

'Bodies Are Going to Be Flying'

WHY WEREN'T BODIES FLYING ALL SERIES

Posted by: ThisGuy | April 24, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

tough task but not too much to ask...get this one and the pressure shifts a little to the rangers.

Posted by: hockeypope | April 24, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Um, shouldn't you guys have had this attitude before you were down 3-1? It's playoffs....bodies and pucks should ALWAYS be flying and people should ALWAYS be in front of the net.

Sigh.....they just don't get it until it's too late.

Posted by: FancyDan | April 24, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm starting to get really antsy. I can't wait! LET'S GO CAPS!

Posted by: Caps1Fan | April 24, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if putting Laich on first line with Ovi and Semin or Ovi and Backstrom could help muck things up...

And yes, we need secondary scoring to help take weight off tops star's shoulders...you can see how hard they are trying out there, almost to a point of exhaustion (or so it looks like). (In game 2 and game 4, by the time we finally got to a power play, our top lines looked kind of gassed).

Anyway, Lets Go Caps!!!

(Washington Capitals, Always Intense)

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | April 24, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Screw the Rangers...I'm so sick of watching the Caps get beat down this series. Enough is Enough, and it starts tonight. GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: reesem37 | April 24, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

"Secondary Slumming"?

I know that's supposed to say "slumping" but I can't help but wonder, where exactly is the secondary scoring slumming? where, exectly, does one slum when it coems to hockey? Arizona?

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 24, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to hit Lunqvist. Avery hit Varly and didnt get suspended, so might as well have someone take a run at Henrik. Their PP sucks so a penalty from it wouldnt matter.

Posted by: ThePat | April 24, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Let's Go Caps!!!

All of you naysayers out there can just stay away from our ice. I believe! This is when they turn it on. I love these boys and always will.

Posted by: bubblegirl1 | April 24, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm confident about tonight. It's gonna be a great game. Ovi said last year that they like doing things the hard way.

Posted by: ejohnsto | April 24, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

laich's comment is how they should have been playing since game 1 of this series

Posted by: _stevo | April 24, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

God I hope it's Rangers bodies that are the ones going to be going down and not ours.

Posted by: cappies | April 24, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting. I never realized the NYR penalty killing was ranked #1 (until this series). The combination Lundqvist and the NYR pk unit is the worst match-up for the Caps, as they typically score 50% of their goals on the PP (Just my number, not official).

A few other comments:

1. Compared to last year, Fedorov is a shadow of himself.
2. Toughness - our players whine vs. fight
3. thanks for Schultz being out again!
4. Nylander - what happened???????
5. The whole goaltending situation is ugly. I feel for Varlamov.

Posted by: Jaymagz | April 24, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I agree...

Brooks should of made that quote after game 2 when we got shut out.....

Oh well...here we are...lets do it.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 24, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting. I never realized the NYR penalty killing was ranked #1 (until this series). The combination Lundqvist and the NYR pk unit is the worst match-up for the Caps, as they typically score 50% of their goals on the PP (Just my number, not official).

A few other comments:

1. Compared to last year, Fedorov is a shadow of himself.
2. Toughness - our players whine vs. fight
3. thanks for Schultz being out again!
4. Nylander - what happened???????
5. The whole goaltending situation is ugly. I feel for Varlamov.

Posted by: Jaymagz | April 24, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

The fact that NYR has the top-ranked PK in the NHL has been endlessly talked about, sicne the moment the seedings were finalized.

1. Fedorov is suspected to have a foot injury. He also never quite looked 100% after that nasty ankle sprain. He's also 39 and finally showing his age.

4. Nylander never found is rythym in BB's system. That said, before he went down in Jan. 2008 with that wicked shoulder injury (really, he had been playing since November with a shoulder injury) he appeared to be on pace for a typical Nylander year, rackign up the assists. but post BB and injury, he's never found his place in Washington.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 24, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Anyone hear the interview with Bradley during the 2nd intermission Wednesday? He was asked what it takes to get a good Forecheck. He said "It all starts with a good dump".

All CAPS players need to start off with a good dump before the game and get out there and kick some ranger a$$!

Seriously though....we need to get more people besides Brooks Laich in front of the net. Rebounds are what we need to get the easy victory.....GO CAPS!

Posted by: OviFan08 | April 24, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Guys,
Leonsis needed to buy a new golden toilet seat so he just wanted to bring this to 7 games. Why waste a million plus in gate revenue?

Posted by: trunkenmath | April 24, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

The_Stanley_Caps:

I've been suggesting Laich be on the top line all season long, even if for just two games. I think he can be very effective on that line if given the opportunity.

Posted by: bajgirl | April 24, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Fedorov looked great in games 3 and 4, I think he's found his groove and has gotten over that shot he blocked with 5 games left in the season.

We need Feds on the PP more, not Flash. BB make it happen!

Posted by: greener1 | April 24, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Bodies *have* been flying, but it's been in the corners and in open ice hits. While that's also important, we've needed pressure in front of their goal: in their crease.

If we do finally get some real sustained pressure there I hope our guys are smart about it and don't get penalized, it's not the type of wrangling these Caps are known for.

Posted by: austinsteve | April 24, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

"In addition to telling his players to be more selective with their shots on Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Boudreau said he's recently implored his forwards to get their shots off faster, too, rather than patiently picking the perfect spot ..."

Kind of contradictory, in a sense, followed by Laich's "Pucks are going to be coming from everywhere."

I guess they've got all the bases covered.

Pick your shots better, but don't patiently pick the perfect spot, but we're going to send pucks from everywhere ...

Anyway, I wish the Caps luck tonight. I expect a Game 5 victory. Game 6 will be the toughest.

Posted by: scrappledog | April 24, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Arrrrgg I cant wait till tonight. Ill be screaming my face off from sec 408. Everyone thats going to game tonight we NEED to be the 6th man. It seems that the crowd is crap compared to last years playoffs.

Posted by: MagicMonkey | April 24, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

According to the stats at NHL.com, the scoring for the Capitals for the 2008-2009 regular season was:

5-on-5: 155 goals
5-on-4: 78
5-on-3: 5

4-on-4: 8
4-on-3: 1

3-on-3: 0
3-on-4: 0
4-on-5: 4

Empty net goals (not included in the above totals): 16

Penalty shot goals (not included int he above totals): 1

So, this is what I get

Even Strength Goals: 163/268 (61%%)
Power Play goals: 79/268 (30%)
Short handed goals: 4/268 (2%)
empty Net goals: 16/268 (6%)

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 24, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

btw my percentages may be slightly off because of rounding. I didn't include the lone penalty shot in the percentages because 1 of 268 is, you know, statistically worthless for this exercise.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 24, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I've never really understood whey they don't take a big guy like Kozlov and stick him in front of the net on the powerplay when they are playing against hot goalies. Same with last year against Philly. The ended up putting Ovechkin to screen but would have been far better off with a guy like Kozlov there so you still have Ovechkin's shot on the point. Best way to score on a guy playing like Lundqvist is to not let him see the puck. If he does it's not going to go in.

Posted by: Stu_c | April 24, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie,

What's your point?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 24, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

@Stu-c: Good point, the Rangers put lurch, I mean Antropov in front of the net.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 24, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I need another win like we got Monday. I have eight beers riding on this game (double-or-nothing from my previous four beer bet) with my assistant soccer coach. If we win this, I will be drunk and happy. Good combo.

Posted by: crooks_c | April 24, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

All that matters from those stats, if stats matter at all is that THIS Caps team is 1-0 in Game 5s... at home... down 3 to 1..

Posted by: alagarts | April 24, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Can the rest of you hear it... TIC TOC TIC TOC. Tonight cannot get here fast enough.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 24, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

DON'T STOP BELIEVING!!!! LETS GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Capitals32 | April 24, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

"---Boudreau said he's recently implored his forwards to get their shots off faster,---".

Not to brag, but I said that Lundqvist seemed to be having more trouble with the quick, snappy little shots after the first game.

Oivee.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 24, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

@FloridaCapsFan,

Jaymagz asserted that fully half of the Caps goals comes from the power play. I wanted to see if it was true, using the actual numbers, not gut feelings.

besides, it was a vaguely interesting, just to see.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 24, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie,

OK, thanks. Not quite 50% I see.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 24, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Tarik- the one thing us long time fans (and most shorter term fans) don't need to be reminded of is the Caps "long shot" chances in the playoffs. Most of us know we haven't had a whole lot of success in the playoffs. But thanks for the encouragement, be sure to pass that on to the players too.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 24, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"Bodies are Gonna be Flying"

The includes the Rangers fan sitting near me in game 1 and 2. Im not taking any crap tonight.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 24, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

@alagarts: I will go with your stat!!! Also, I am tired of hearing how the Rangers went to NJ in game 5 and closed out the series. So the Caps are supposed to pack it in? Last years Rangers also had Jagr, Shanahan, and Straka last season. Jagr was their leading scorer for the season and playoffs and Straka was 5th during the regular season and 3rd in the playoffs.

The Caps had 9 occasions this season where they were able to string 3 or wins in a row together. On the flip side the Rangers had 3 occasions where they lost at least 3 in a row. Let's do this boys. Let's become the newest trivia question.

Who was the last team to come back from a 3-1 first round playoff deficit? Ummm, the 2008-09 Washington Capitals.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 24, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Perspective:

While only 8.7% of teams came back from being down 3-1 to win... more than 8.7% of teams have won game 5 when down 3-1.

Past Capitals' and Rangers' team's stats don't matter, we have different players.. but over all league averages do play a roll.

Want to talk about stats?

With Ovi's shooting percentage at .029 the law of averages says he should probably get a hat trick tonight to bring his shooting percentage back in-line with his average.

No need to hit Lundqvist! But there is a need to create traffic in front of the net, and generate odd man rushes.

With all due respect Ovi your signature shot from the top left circle, while potent, is predictable.

Posted by: driven27 | April 24, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie,

I am interested in how you came up with 79 as the number of power play goals scored. I get 84 (5-on-4, 5-on-3 and 4-on-3). It seems you didn't count the 5-on-3 goals. It's still a power play isn't it?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 24, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the comments Laich, but why should I believe any CAPS player after they said they were ready for this series. 'Oh, we've been through it before, we know what we're doing now.' I'm so peaved at this team right now. Go Ducks!

Posted by: wienerdog4410 | April 24, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Boyd Gordon: "If my line or [David Steckel's] line can get a goal, it's a big bonus and takes the pressure off everyone else. That's what we might need tonight."

It shouldn't have to be a bonus! This teams 3rd line, and 4th line to a slightly lesser extent, should be chipping in offensively nearly every game. I'd like to see some statists on how the Caps 3rd & 4th lines compare numbers wise to the rest of the teams in the league. It's been a problem every since Flash's prowess dried up. I pray that this is addressed in the off-season.

Posted by: thomas20 | April 24, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Cheer loudly & proudly for me tonight, fellow Caps fans! I'm missing only my 6th game of the season - but when family obligations pull me out of the city (and place me squarely into Flyers country) what can you do?

Let's Go Caps! No reason we can't leave with a W tonight!

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | April 24, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

The whole time I've been the most confident one on these boards. Even after game 2 I said we'd win in 6. So be it that it's gotten us to a 3-1 disadvantage, maybe my lack of confidence now will make us go on a winning streak. Seriously I just don't feel it. There isn't anybody on this board that hopes I'm wrong but I am normally a very optimistic person in life in general but man this just seems like the same song & dance only this time we're the better team losing to a worse team rather that the less skilled team not able to overcome a more talented team. But hey have no fear, about a month from now you'll hear from Ted stating how we won attendance records and we won this and that and of course we'll win the annual "best website in the NHL". I just want to know which cup they engrave that award on. Do we get a trip to the White House for that? Is that award given during the awards show in Vegas or on the ESPY's?

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 24, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I think what Brooks was saying was that death and destruction, for the bodies, are what's on the line tonight. In theory, it doesn't make sense to kill yourself in Game 1, or 2, of a seven-game series. In fact, until tonight, there were no must-win games. Until someone wins four, it's still on. Now, they have to commit every bone to winning because there's no tomorrow. It makes perfect sense to me.

If the Caps win tonight this thing surely goes seven. I think the pressure on the NYRs in MSG in game 6 - trying to closeout and avoid coming back here - will be too much for them to not crack. Win tonight. See you all on Tuesday.

Go get 'em....

Posted by: saintex | April 24, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie,

I am interested in how you came up with 79 as the number of power play goals scored. I get 84 (5-on-4, 5-on-3 and 4-on-3). It seems you didn't count the 5-on-3 goals. It's still a power play isn't it?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 24, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

fully possible! I'm trying to do all this without my boss catching me,a nd could have very well skipped the 5-on-3s in a desperate rush to calculate the numbers without getting busted :)

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 24, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I wish they had had that attitude from jump. I'm going and and am excited. I do think Avery deserves abit of stick tonight. Who is this punk to dictate the flow of a game? Drive him hard,but clean.

Posted by: ridgely1 | April 24, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

@poker, I'm still confident. I don't think there's been a good break for the Caps yet in this series - if we can extend it another game, it may come. I think we win tonight and maybe we get a bounce in NYC on Sunday and we're back home. We've gotten to Henrik in half the games and if that pattern continues, we'll get to him tonight.

It takes four.

Posted by: saintex | April 24, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Best. Title. Ever.

That quote alone has gotten me all wound up, and hopefully it has done the same for our boys. We've all gotta stop looking at the past game (ie saying bodies should have been flying, jose shouldnt have been in etc) and just look to this game. I'm going to be cheering my heart out through the tv of my local sports bar, everyone at Verzion better bring their cheering A game for our boys in honor of us out-of-towners!!!! Bring good vibes, juju and any karma you've got saved up!

LETS GO CAPS!!!!!

Posted by: mrszilla | April 24, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie,

Ok, don't work too hard.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 24, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"Pucks are going to be coming from everywhere." - Laich

Do they add more pucks into play in Game 5? That would be awesome!

Posted by: wienerdog4410 | April 24, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

a little Janes Addiction goes a long way.
Game 5 they repeat what I've been saying since before game 1. I don't want to hear about it anymore, I wanna see it.

"I want to be more like the ocean.
no talkin and all action... no talkin and all action..."

put that ok on the locker room and translate if need be.

Posted by: oo7 | April 24, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Please Caps, please. Win this game.

Posted by: thiazzi | April 24, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Too many whining Caps fans - "...they should have done this...why should we believe that...etc...". For the most part, our boys have played some good hockey, and against a pretty good defensive team and a top goalie. Sorry they can't win every game. If they were being handled I might agree with some of you, but they are playing well in most aspects of their game. The Rangers, too, have played some good hockey. That's the way it goes in the playoffs.

Posted by: gonchpup | April 24, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Suggestions, al beit too late for tonight's game seems like -

- Sit out Gordon, Replace with Aucioin:
This will give us some creative grit. Put Fehr and Steckal on, centered by Aucoin.

- Replace Feds with Nylander. Feds is not right now able to center a top line in the Playoffs for a full 60 minutes. Injury, age, fatigue, whatever the case may be.

At least Nylander can skate. Have BB have a one-on-one with him to instruct him to make a semi-circle, then pass or dump back in deep, instead of full circles on the ice only to turn puck over.

Thoughts?

Posted by: floms | April 24, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Why is no one blaming Ted for not adding to the team before the trade deadline?

Why is no one blaming Ted for picking up
way-overpriced-way-unpredictable Theodore?

Now that we sold out most games, and have a nice cash flow it's time form Ted to treat the fans to a Stanley Cup team.

Let's Go Caps 2010 Stanley Cup!

Posted by: driven27 | April 24, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Believe. One Game atta time. Where is Schneider when you need some quick fixes? I will be rockin' The Red tonight! Let's Go Capitals!

Posted by: mjwies11 | April 24, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

We're gonna kick some 'Broadway Bootay" tonight and turn some "White Sweaters Red". Catch my drift folk.........

Tonight the blood flows! Back to NYC we go!

Posted by: jarresm | April 24, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

@driven27: All those horses were beaten to death, yet again, after Game 2 of this series. Please don't make us re-live the arm chair GM theories.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 24, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

too bad they have to wait for the elimination before bodies start flying, same as last season.

and was Boyd Gordon just described as a "grinder"? that's like calling Semin a goon. Just because Gordon plays on a "checking line" and he doesn't score goals, he gets tagged as a "grinder".

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 24, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Hasenfratz is one of the refs tonight, not a good sign.

Posted by: sjclaeys1 | April 24, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

"Tonight you're going to see everything thrown at them," Brooks Laich said. "Anything we can do. Pucks are going to be coming from everywhere. Bodies are going to be flying. There's going to be scrums in front of the net. We just have to make sure we are more determined than they are."


This whole paragraph would have been awesome to read BEFORE GAME 1.

Remember the blogs here prior to the playoffs? fans were saying they had no doubt the Caps would give an all-out effort, that they'd be able to ramp up their own intensity to playoff-worthiness. So far, they've self-admittedly only delivered ONE playoff effort out of 4. That's why they're 1 and 3.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 24, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Brooksie talks more than any other marginal player in pro sports.

It doesn't matter if bodies are flying or not....if they lose tonight it will probably be the officials fault anyway.

Posted by: caphcky | April 24, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I was all for Brashear playing in games 3 and 4, but now I think Nylander should play for the simple reason he used to be a goal scorer and assist producer. I might be wishing, but maybe somehow, some way he might come to life! Tonight we need anybody we have added to the lineup who can possibly help score goals. If you said going in to this series the Caps would be down 3 to 1, I'd have said no way. But when you look at the fact that Ovi and Green have accounted for one goal between them, the 3 - 1 series lead makes more sense.... Please Caps, show what you're made of! GO CAPS!

Posted by: kcbrichmond | April 24, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, thanks for the gloom and doom there at the end. Also why are we just now saying we're going to throw everything at them?

Posted by: superpaqman | April 24, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I still believe the Caps are capable of wining the series, but BB sure as heck is making it hard.
Same lineup. That means Brasheer with top speed of 2MPH playing against a fast team.
Same line combo? - I sure hope not.
Same PP? - Perish the thought.
Flying bodies? - I hope that means playing with intensity and not just hitting and creating penalty opportunities for the Rangers.

ODDS and ENDS:
the significance of those statistic are zilch.
Here is one for you:
My odds of winning the MegaMillion lottery is 1 in 175,711,536, a probability of 0.0000000057 - What are the meaning of those odds? The person who won it every time since the latest games has been played had those odds for each ticket he bought.
I would like it to look at the Caps odds in a more simplistic way, one game at a time with a 50/50 chance - although, they could improve those odds by playing better.

Posted by: opita1 | April 24, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I just don't see the lack of effort others are seeing. I see the Caps dominate play in the zones, OK, maybe not as much traffic as we'd like to see, but puck possession time isn't even close. A lot of people say they didn't turn it on last game until half way through the game. The shots were 11-9 Rangers after the first and the Caps outshot them 19-5 in the 2nd and 12-5 in the 3rd. Only being outshot 11-9 in the first period of a road game is a solid period Caps fans.

There comes a time when you have to give a goaltender some credit. Lundqvist has played great. The Rangers are able to stay in a defensive shell when they are in the lead because Lundqvist shuts teams down. The key, again, get to Lundqvist early, and score 2 goals, early. Once the Rangers fall into a 2 goal hole they have to play a style that they are incapable of sustaining.

Maybe I'm naive, but I believe the Caps have played hard. It is do or die, and we may see a little more intensity, but the last period of games 1, 2, and 4 were nuts. The Rangers got it out of their zone and the Caps reset and started another attack. We just have to get some through today, early, just like game 3.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 24, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

@driven27: not only have those horses already been beaten, but you're blaming the wrong guy. Those moves you mention are all on GMGM, not Ted. Now the fact that GMGM is still in charge...THAT can be blamed on Ted.

Posted by: GusDaMan | April 24, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, I can't make it to VC tonight. Anyone watching the game in the Ashburn area?

Go CAPS! Rock the Red and UNLEASH THE FURY!!!! WE CAN DO THIS!!!!

Posted by: cfrazier91 | April 24, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I like this team and I believe they can win this game tonight. What I don't get is why this team likes doing things the hard way. Always fighting back from being down in a game. I really hate nail biting games.

Posted by: bajgirl | April 24, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Well, we'll know how much we still believe in this team tonight at VC based on the number of Rags fans in attendance. I'm guessing there will be quite a bit more of them around for tonight's contest.

Also, I want to know what happened with faceoffs. The Caps won about 66 percent of faceoffs in game 3 only to go and lose 66 percent of them in game 4. They've got to get that turned back around.

Posted by: cainoo7x | April 24, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Suggestions, al beit too late for tonight's game seems like -

- Sit out Gordon, Replace with Aucioin:
This will give us some creative grit. Put Fehr and Steckal on, centered by Aucoin.

- Replace Feds with Nylander. Feds is not right now able to center a top line in the Playoffs for a full 60 minutes. Injury, age, fatigue, whatever the case may be.

At least Nylander can skate. Have BB have a one-on-one with him to instruct him to make a semi-circle, then pass or dump back in deep, instead of full circles on the ice only to turn puck over.

Thoughts?

Posted by: floms | April 24, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

talk, talk, talk. that's all this team does. i, for one, am utterly fed up with all their talk. if they'd played like they were supposed to in the first two games of this series we wouldn't be facing elimination tonight (and for what it's worth, tonight will be the last home game of the season). they were supposed to have learned something from LAST year's first round exit. Instead, they are playing worse than before. the team is quickly turning into a cast of individual prima donnas. that won't win anything. they have no edge. they have no grit. and they clearly lack the mental toughness for the playoffs.

Posted by: dingram3 | April 24, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

SA - Town: Right on!!! I wish more CAPS fans and DC fans in general had the same attitude.

Be sure to post what happens!!

Regarding the game -

Suggestions, al beit too late for tonight's game seems like -

- Sit out Gordon, Replace with Aucioin:
This will give us some creative grit. Put Fehr and Steckal on, centered by Aucoin.

- Replace Feds with Nylander. Feds is not right now able to center a top line in the Playoffs for a full 60 minutes. Injury, age, fatigue, whatever the case may be.

At least Nylander can skate. Have BB have a one-on-one with him to instruct him to make a semi-circle, then pass or dump back in deep, instead of full circles on the ice only to turn puck over.

Thoughts?

Posted by: floms | April 24, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Suggestions, al beit too late for tonight's game seems like -

- Sit out Gordon, Replace with Aucioin:
This will give us some creative grit. Put Fehr and Steckal on, centered by Aucoin.

- Replace Feds with Nylander. Feds is not right now able to center a top line in the Playoffs for a full 60 minutes. Injury, age, fatigue, whatever the case may be.

At least Nylander can skate. Have BB have a one-on-one with him to instruct him to make a semi-circle, then pass or dump back in deep, instead of full circles on the ice only to turn puck over.

Thoughts?

Posted by: floms | April 24, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I just sometimes don't get bruce. He gets stuck on shultz and then finally takes him out. Now he is stuck on brashear. No reason for him to be on the ice. Why is clark not playing. Rangers Chris D has a broken hand he is playing. put back some scoring in the lineup nylander and clark in. If caps loose BB or GM needs to go. This is not acceptable.

Posted by: samb99 | April 24, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The Capitals are bigger, stronger and more talented than the Rangers. If we play to our potential Ranger bodies will fly and we will win tonight. No dumb penalties and hope that Avery plays. He has given us seven powerplays in the last two games. I hope the league doesn't suspend him. He and Torts are too stupid to realize how much of a liability he is.
Lets Go Caps!

Posted by: psugolf | April 24, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

The names may change, but the story doesn't. I've been watching this happen every April since 1985, and the Caps eventually losing to the Rangers this spring is simply par for the course. And please don't tell me about 1998. Sure, the Cup run was fantastic. But what did the Caps do for an encore in 1999? They missed the playoffs, that's what. This is such a huge disappointment. Face it, D.C. All of our teams suck!

Posted by: djdavew2002 | April 24, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS THE BIG BAD RANGER MAN
ALL YOU WANNABE HOCKEY FAN RED AHIRT WEARING LOSERS CAN THANK VARLAMOV FOR THE ONLY WIN YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE IN THIS POSTSEASON. YOU WILL LOSE TONIGHT. YOUR OWN MESSAGE BOARDS SAY IT. YOU HAVE NO CONFIDENCE, NOT THAT YOU DESERVE ANY. BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD....ONE PLAYER DOES NOT A TEAM MAKE. ITS A LOVELY DAY HERE IN NEW YORK, ARE THE GOLF COURSES BREAMING IN DC YET? THE ONLY THINGS THAT WILL BE FLYING IN DC COME TOMORROW ARE TITLEISTS AND GOOOFY PANTS. HAVE FUN IN YOUR EARLY ENTRANCE TO THE OFFSEASON....YOU FOOOLS LOOK LIKE YOU COULD USE THE BREAK!!!

Posted by: subaru456 | April 24, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Please don't let this be the last game. :( I really wish it was us up 3-1 looking to close it out.

Oh well, let's just take it one game at a time and see what happens.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 24, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Way to fill the stereotype. LOL

Posted by: richmondphil | April 24, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Gordo is needed not so much because he is a "grinder", but because he is multi-dimensional, doing lots of things well - penalty kill, face offs, etc...and he is not afraid to take a hit.

Posted by: gonchpup | April 24, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Caps need to come out flying and score the first goal. If they do, they will roll.

Posted by: BobLHead | April 24, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

All fans in the VC tonight need to be loud the entire game, even if we get behind a little. If we stay behind the team 100% and keep it deafening in there, there is no way we can lose!

Posted by: OviFan08 | April 24, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

That post by Subaru has GOT to be a joke. Or my faith in humanity is taking a hit.

Posted by: mauree | April 24, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

subaru456 - SIMPLY PUT, YOU ARE A WASTE OF SPACE!

Posted by: cfrazier91 | April 24, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

sorry if that sounded mean, what i really meant was that i envy your talent. you have great players but for some reason they just dont play well together. too many stars maybe? i dont know. but one thing is for sure, you have given a massive boost the rangers confidence. in all seriousness, you are not going to win 3 straight. So when this series does end, Henrik will have all of DC to thank for the fear he will strike into the hearts of his next opponents. all the press about his play is astonishing, he hasnt done anything out of the ordinary for him. but shutting down the likes of Ovy, Semin, Backstrom, Federov, n Green are putting King Henrik deep in the head of shooters all around the league. So cheers to you DC. Thanks for the fun times, it's been real, but we out!
4-1 Rangers! Thats goals tonight and games in the series tomorrow!!!!!!

Posted by: subaru456 | April 24, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

y a waste of space, cause i like my team better than yours ... it took 3 seconds to sign up for this board and i have a good 20-25 minutes to kill. and i dont take up much space either. Keep it hockey fatman.

Posted by: subaru456 | April 24, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Only play Nylander when ice is fresh, so we can enjoy intricate circle patterns from 400 level

Posted by: Jaymagz | April 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Stay classy NY

Posted by: Steve_R | April 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

samb99-

Bruce is playing Brash because (like a lot of people mentioned on here) we were lacking in physically aggressive players. He took Nylander out because Nylander hasn't gotten anything done. Talk about being overly fancy and not scoring...

As for Clark I think everyone is concerned about putting someone on who hasn't played in such a long time. We don't have time for players to find their rhythm, they either have it or we can't use them. This is unfortunately because we could use a Captain out there.

Dont know what the deal is with Shultz but I guess Bruce sees something. And the Rangers are playing Chris because they honestly dont have enough standout players.

I think its really easy to pick and choose game by game who we love and who we want to see scratched but we are just nitpicking. Bruce is a great coach and I trust him no matter what tonight's outcome is.

Posted by: mrszilla | April 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

SUBARU - WHEREVER YOU ARE, YOUR MOUTH IS MAKING A COMPLETE MESS - CLEAN IT UP!!!

Posted by: cfrazier91 | April 24, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"ONE PLAYER DOES NOT A TEAM MAKE" hahahahahahahahahahhahahaa

Lundstrom?

Posted by: mrszilla | April 24, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

best thing alex O could do tonight is drop his phone number on Glen Sather .. we pay too much for average players as it is .. we have no problem paying waaaaaaay too much for the #1 guy on the ice. bring alex to new york where he can win something. he deserves it.

Posted by: subaru456 | April 24, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

taunts from a subaru? who's afraid of subaru's? wtf? i mean mercedes, bmw, porsche, ok. But a forrester? we're being hollered at by impreza wagon owners now?

Posted by: oo7 | April 24, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

samb99 -

I am fairly certain BB is doing what he feels gives the Caps their best chance on the ice. Stuck on Schultz? Despite the bashers, he's not a bad, young player, but he probably would have seen less ice time all along if Pothier had been available. Clark's injury was/is a tendon issue as opposed to a bone break - far more painful and difficult to deal with.
As for Brash, he's not getting a lot of time out there, but maybe they just want him around for some grit. Quit griping and enjoy the games.

Posted by: gonchpup | April 24, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Alex will be here forever. But I'm sure you would love to have him, considering NY's inept offense who's leading scorer had less than 60 points.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 24, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Rangers = Yugos

Posted by: BobLHead | April 24, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

u guys are blind if you think bruce boudreau is a good coach. all that star power and precisely d1ck to show for it. you can hate on me, thats what im here for, but let me help you...nobody in the NHL has the scoring power of your players and your coach just doesnt know how to use it. im not going to go into specifics, but here's an idea.... Take the league leader scorer off of the point on your power plays. No goals against the rangers yet with the shot coming from 50 feet away. BB is a chump.

Posted by: subaru456 | April 24, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Who is Lundstrom?

Posted by: richmondphil | April 24, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

he worked the point the entire season and we have the second highest PP %.

try again.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 24, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

(before you jump all over my post semantics) by no goals i mean power play goals by ovechkin

Posted by: subaru456 | April 24, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

My prediction: Varly sets NHL record by recording 3 straight shutouts in the playoffs and the Caps win 1-0,1-0,1-0 and take the series in 7 games.

Posted by: CapManJ | April 24, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

postseason richmondphil..postseason..obviously what worked during reg season is not working. u down 3 games. time to make a change.

Posted by: subaru456 | April 24, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

As far as why nobody was upset with nothing done at the trade deadline and no objections to signing Theo, you obviously weren't around reading posts then. The Theo signing wasn't a horrible one and I ONLY SAY THAT FOR 1 REASON, it allowed Varly time in Hershey NOT b/c Theo was here. Secondly there was plenty of complaints at the deadline. I for one was one of them. Granted some of the deals I agreed with not doing as it mortgaged the future but there were plenty of deals that would have made us better without mortgaging the future. A 2nd round pick for Schneider, conditional pick for Guerin, 6th round pick for McLaren, Recchi & 2nd round pick for 2 minor leagers, Havelid for minor leager, the list goes on and on. Which of these players couldn't be helping us right now? I guess 2nd round picks and average minor league players are mortgaging the future. WHATEVER! It's just so .... oh shall I say "humbling" that we're losing to a team that bettered themselves at the deadline and we didn't! Enough said, BUT have no fear Caps fans, WE HAVE A PLAN.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 24, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

SLAP, SLAP SLAP. Capman wake up! Capman wake up!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 24, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't want him on the point either, but if you are here to troll, at least do it correctly and be clear next time.

As I said, way to fill the New York stereotype. Go get a 2 lb burger bro, your e-tuffness isn't quite up to snuff.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 24, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

suburu, you must be a fantastic coach yourself.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 24, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

oh the irony of being lectured by rangers fan on the shakey merits of having one guy carry your team... do you even watch hockey? do you even know what your team looks like, and the ONE and only reason why you are winning? i've heard of blind support before but this is just ridiculous.

Posted by: mrszilla | April 24, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

these rangers fans make me laugh. they're up 3-1 and come on here and brag. you haven't won anything yet. but go ahead, feel like your'e on top of the world. and you said not one player makes the team, well Lundy does. there's no one good offensively on the rangers.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 24, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil

lundstrom is going to be in the rangers goal, didnt you know ;) check out the cherry video, it will explain all..

Posted by: mrszilla | April 24, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

You know for all of you that think the PP is the problem I think you need to check yourselves. We only had the 2nd best PP in the regular season and so far we're running at about a bit less than 20% clip against the best PK team in the league. There are plenty of things that need to be fixed before the PP so stick your "oh I don't want OV on the point anymore" comments in your pipe and smoke it! The PP isn't the problem 5 on 5 is a bigger problem to worry about.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 24, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

i think we are winning becuase the coach that came in during the last 3 weeks of the season knows how to make a team out of players. this includes lundqvist who was struggling down the stretch and was beginning to be dubbed King Softie by NY media. Goalie may be the standout player because he is toe to toe with a stand out shooter, but thats not the whole story of this series and if anyone wants to challenge that, go ahead.
you have 8 goals , we have 7 ... Must be only one player winning the games for us. Its a system. No im not a good coach, in fact i dont even get paid, i volunteer coach in central park during winter. Doesnt make it hard to spot that BB cant make a 2 LB burger with all the ingredients sitting right in front of him!

Posted by: subaru456 | April 24, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Rangers = Renault Le Cars

Posted by: BobLHead | April 24, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I still have faith in my boys. LET'S GO CAPS!!

Posted by: AmyS1 | April 24, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

The Rangers are a very average team that is playing within their ability - okay D,a good penalty kill, and superb goalie are why they are up on us. Skills and talent? We are better almost all the way across the board...just need to amp it up a bit.
Based on the way we have played, there is no reason to think a 3-game winning streak is out of the question. Caps can do it!!!

Posted by: gonchpup | April 24, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I believe when the Caps were down 3-1 to Philthy last year their trolls came on here warning us about the "legeen of doom" (can't remember the exact way they misspelled it but it was hilarious). Don't worry after we spank the Rags tonight and take it to them in their own house on Sunday the trolls will vanish.

Posted by: CapManJ | April 24, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

you can keep your tortilla (who by the way can't even control his players, read: avery) i'll happily keep bruce, who (if you have somehow forgotten) took us last year from last place to division champs and in the first round of the playoffs, which was a first in the nhl. how quickly everyone forgets how far our team has come in a year and a half.

Posted by: mrszilla | April 24, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Ovi belongs on the point. Most of his goals are through traffic and where he gets to "time" his shot...not mucking in front of the net. Let Flash or Laich tap in the rebounds. Also, when a short-handed break occurs, I can't think of a better person to de-puck him than Ovi.

Posted by: gonchpup | April 24, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

@subaru456
What the Rangers are doing to us has me shaking my head. So much for having such a high-scoring team in the regular season. Regular season stats don't mean jack. I, for one, thought you guys would be pushovers. While I don't buy that The KING is the lone reason we're done 3-1, he's a big part of it. Betts, Sjostrom (sp?), Dubi and Calli are players I had never even heard of BEFORE this series started...man...

I will say this- There is nothing lucky about the Rangers beating us 3 out of 4 games so far.

Give credit where credit is due, the Caps are trying their @sses off. The Rangers have stopped us. So far anyway.

BUT WE WILL WIN TONIGHT! LETS GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: 1800DrWong | April 24, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

capman,

Dungeen of Doom.

Good stuff, I kinda miss those donkies.

Posted by: Steve_R | April 24, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I think it was the "Dungeen of Doom" ;)
the correct response to a troll in any situation is "thanks for the tip, I'll be sure to check it out"

Posted by: honed | April 24, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Get a life folks. The Caps can't score, because the Rangers aren't letting them into prime scoring position. Lots of shots ,sure, but I'll give the Caps 39 shots if so many of them come from the boards. Take all of those you want! We block more shots, we paly better defense and our goalie is light years better than anyone you can put out there. The series is over. It may come back to The Garden, but give your boys a good cheer tonight. Next time you see them will be in October! GO RANGERS. Bring on the Bruins!!!!

Posted by: inwp29 | April 24, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Caps are one transaction away from the Stanley Cup.

Posted by: Cheef | April 24, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

mrszilla, with all due respect, please stop with the yr and 1/2 thing. Ever since Ted (and rightfully so) blew this team up all he talked about was progress and building a "CONSISTENT CUP CONTENDER". Why don't you tell me where the progress is this year? If you go out in Game 7 last yr in the 1st round, and you go out this yr in the 1st round where's the progress? We might even only play 3 HOME playoff games this yr vs. last. Where's the progress? I can't even remember what I ate last Thanksgiving let alone 2 Thanksgiving's ago. Granted it probably involved turkey but beyond that I couldn't tell you a thing about it.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | April 24, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

YES...."Dungeen of Doom"

That is classic.

Posted by: CapManJ | April 24, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin has no teeth and neither do the Caps. Tonight varmalov gets exposed, Caps are going home.

Posted by: NYRANGERSFAN | April 24, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

the caps are already home retard

Posted by: Moose33 | April 24, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

and who's varmalov?

Posted by: Moose33 | April 24, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

If Drury can play with one hand, where the hell is our Captain at?

Posted by: 1800DrWong | April 24, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

maybe it's Lundstrom's brother...

Posted by: Moose33 | April 24, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Im sure U never heard of them.. You would have to be a ranger fan to know those guys. They are seriously skilled players though and were overlooked. All of our best players are 23-24 years old. (cally, dubi, staal, korpi) i think betts and Sjostrom are no more the 25 or 26. Dubinsky is going to be a stud in a couple years.


Good luck tonight people. But you are going down!!


Posted by: subaru456 | April 24, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

subaru, how old do you think our core is? I will guarantee the Caps win a cup before the Rangers even get close.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 24, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Caps got to crash the crease and irritate Harry Lindenbergh in net...

Posted by: SA-Town | April 24, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

ah more rangers peeps. take it to them boys. its 72 and sunny in lower manhattan with light breezes. time to hit the streets and get a few down before the puck drops. LETS GO RANGERS

Posted by: subaru456 | April 24, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the weather update Burgundy, stay classy

Posted by: Moose33 | April 24, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Caps fans are fantastic copyeditors! Thanks! But your team is toast.

Posted by: NYRANGERSFAN | April 24, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

yo i take that bet all day.

and one thing you all should give credit to .. i think the rangers have the best of the staal brothers. the kid has taken almost soul responsibility for Ovechkin (other than Henrik) the whole series. He impresses me.

Posted by: subaru456 | April 24, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

@subaru456

Dubinsky is the one who caught my eye. Was reading up on him earlier. Had no idea he was centering Jagr's line last year. Very good player.

Happy Zherdev hasn't shown up yet. What the hell is up with that guy? Haha, here's a Caps fan that has slowing started learning about your team...

Posted by: 1800DrWong | April 24, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Nah nah nah nah NAH nah nah nah hey hey GOODBYE... Is Semin playing in the worlds tonight?..or is he even playing??What a 50 plus games played player he is ! to bad its a 82 game schedule

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | April 24, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Brian Leech is one of the most overrated hockey players of all time.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 24, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

pokerface1208

am i frustrated- of course! but the way you are taking about the caps seasons, its like you are talking about wine (not the best reference for a hockey forum, but the best i can come up with on the fly) like every year its automatically going to reach a certain point of perfection. this is a sport, not something that you can chart on a graph with a straight line to winning. i wish we were doing better, believe me, but i feel like with your attitude i couldnt even survive being a caps fan because i couldnt handle any disappointment. my whole point was basically defending bruce, who i think is an amazing coach and has already done a lot of our team. you might disagree with some of his calls but as much as we all like to coach from the comments section, this isnt a democracy.

Posted by: mrszilla | April 24, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

@ StanleyCup1907

that's cold man. I chuckled at least. I think if he and Ovie toned back the curve on their sticks they might actually hit the net from time to time.

Just a thought...

Posted by: 1800DrWong | April 24, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

if the rags get by tonight, and they might..or if the caps win and the rags win either game 6 or 7, i can guarantee that they will not make it past the second round. The Rangers have an inept offense/pp and have been relying on their defense and goaltending way too much this series. Just wait til they play the Bruins who have a much better offense, and play solid D and have a good goaltender. The Rangers will be exposed for what they reallt are: a blue collar team short on talent, and old in age. Ranger fans coming on here talking about how good they are. The Rangers aren't going anywhere, not this year, not next.

Posted by: reesem37 | April 24, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

good luck ranger fans. your team is playing good playoff hockey. i'm sure you'll have the courtesy to show up tomorrow after the caps win. and monday after they win in new york. dont think it can happen? we did it last year. brought it home for game seven only to lose in OT to a better team than the rangers.

but if the rangers do prevail, i wish you good luck and hope you beat the pens down the road.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 24, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

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Boudreau: 'It's a One-Game Series Now'
Today's practice was optional and sparsely attended, with many of the big-minute players opting to rest and recover. Everyone came to the rink for a team meeting, though most didn't stick around too long.
I couldnt believe this when i read this another reason why this will always be the NO CUP CAPS...REST ??????? yup you will have all summer!!!!!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | April 24, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Caps are one transaction away from the Stanley Cup.

Posted by: Cheef


Please enlighten us cheef. Are you talking about gmgm again or do you have something else in mind today?

Posted by: Steve_R | April 24, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau: 'It's a One-Game Series Now'
Today's practice was optional and sparsely attended, with many of the big-minute players opting to rest and recover. Everyone came to the rink for a team meeting, though most didn't stick around too long.
I couldnt believe this when i read this another reason why this will always be the NO CUP CAPS...REST ??????? yup you will have all summer!!!!!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | April 24, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | April 24, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Caps are one transaction away from the Stanley Cup.

Posted by: Cheef

the transaction is .....BUYING 21 Stanley Cup tickets ...LOL

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | April 24, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey Ranger fans why don't you take a note from the Penguins and try and close us out to tonight. It ain't gonna happen. Your luck has run dry and Lundbar won't be able to bail you guys out again. The caps will take this series and you guys can go back to your slicked back hair fatso lifestyles. Are you guys really that confident that you can win one more without lundstrom having another huge game. Caps are gonna win big...sit on that NY fatsos.

Posted by: reesem37 | April 24, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Green needs to grow some stones tonight and get over being afraid of Sean! Then we should run the King in the first 5 minutes.

Posted by: majiksea | April 24, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

LETS GO CAPS*clapclap*LETS GO CAPS*clapclap*LETS GO CAPS! screw the stats,screw the neysayers,GO GET'EM BOYS AND BRING THIS THING HOME.KEEP THE FAITH!

Posted by: gratefuldid | April 24, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

@ reesem37

If you really believe what you just wrote then what does that make us? A far superior team who couldn't beat this little blue collar team short on talent. Nice man. Really. That's great. That really makes us look like an effing patethic waste of space. There's no shame in admitting a team beat us because they wouldn't LET us do what we did best in the regular season. Get a clue.

They still have to beat us one more time. It ain't over yet.

Posted by: 1800DrWong | April 24, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

No one should be making any grand statements about which team is better. Neither side should be talking any smack. This series has been as close as it gets. The Caps skaters have outplayed the Rangers skaters, but the King has outplayed the Caps goalies.

The problem the Caps have and they need to resolve this in the make up of next year's squad is that they are not a good enough 5 x 5 team. They rely too heavily on the powerplay and on Ovechkin's singular greatness to win games. In the playoffs, you face better penalty kills and opponents can scheme more specifically to shut down individual players. In a way, I think the best thing for the Caps, next year, would be to play without the great 8 for a month or so. His teammates need to learn to carry their weight.

The Caps scored 155 even strength goals and gave up 141. If you remove OV's 37 even strength tallies, the Caps were outscored 141 to 118 in 5 x 5 play. That's not good enough. In the playoffs you need secondary scoring and you need to win 5 x 5 play. Other than JT's goaltending, those two areas of our greatest long term concern. I would love for this team to acquire or create two or three more Brooks Laichs (Ironically, the kind of player we used to have too many of in the old days, grinders who knew how to play along the wall and crash the net).

I know some folks have complained about the quality of our D. The D can be inconsistent, yes, but the D has been excellent for most of this series. Erskine and Pothier in particular. Green drives me nuts (and is a classic example of the problem, great on the powerplay, mediocre in 5 x 5 -- he has the talent to be so much better) with his gliding and flippant style of play. But, over all, the Rangers are averaging 1 goal for the last 3 games (another reason, Ranger fans should not be doing any crowing). That should be good enough to win you games, but the King is standing on his head, and so we're down 3-1.

Posted by: garbageman | April 24, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

The Caps can outshoot, outhit, outfaceoff, outanything tonight, but the bottom line is goals must be scored. Otherwise we're looking at another 1-0 or 2-1 loss. The Rangers have played within the limits of their ability in every game except the one Caps win. That abililty however got them wins, which is all that matters. I thought game 3 was the turning point of the series, but game 4 closed the door on that. Another first round exit is not progress. I hate to belabor the point, but last season the Caps started with good expectations. That was quickly squashed by the coaching of Hanlon. BB put them on the right path, but the talent was already there! I'm not saying this year should have been a "Cup" year, but it should be more than a first round exit! GO CAPS, turn this thing around!

Posted by: kcbrichmond | April 24, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

There is no way they will lose tonight. The big question will be if they can keep the momentum going. Right now, they have nothing else to lose. Give 101% or schedule some Tee times.

Posted by: ejohnsto | April 24, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I love the CAPS as much as anyone but this is hockey guys and it is a game that none of us can control. Pull for the team and hope they can win but if not, well we are still CAPS fans. Nobody will be more disappointed than the players themselves and sometimes it seems like we forget that fact. They believe they can do it and we need to believe in them as well and yell as loudly as possible. Keep the faith! Oh and any Rangers fan that feels he needs to post here to elevate his self esteem is a bit pathetic and should be ignored.

Posted by: Richmondcapsfan | April 24, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

i just hope that if the caps win, the ranger fans posting on this board wont throw pennies at us. nothing says classy like throwing objects on the ice with the intent to injure.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 24, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

1800drwong...that is exactly what i mean. Everything I said about the rangers is true. IF the Caps can't win this series, then I honestly don't know what that makes us. Your guess is as good as mine...you get a clue.

Posted by: reesem37 | April 24, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

@ subaru456:

What's an ahirt? Is that some kind of new word?

Posted by: pga6 | April 24, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I truly believe that if this team gets it together, we'll win the series. But there is no room for error. Good luck guys!

Posted by: sasha_206 | April 24, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I truly believe that if this team gets it together, we'll win the series. But there is no room for error. Good luck guys!

Posted by: sasha_206 | April 24, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing quite like the DC sports fan's frustration. Redskins anyone? Nats? And now your Caps are about to bow down to The King! The next clean called game in this series will be the first, from the phantom call on Girardi just seconds into game 1 to all the abuse Avery has taken, I hope Gary Bettman is enjoying his steak and scotch tonight!

Posted by: stephm | April 24, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps spend yet another game shooting from the point and the top of the circles, instead of rushing the crease and causing chaos in front of Lundquist, I am going to go down there and kick all their asses when they get back..

Posted by: john65001 | April 24, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

And to the Caps fans already predicting the outcome of 2nd round series, LMAO..............typical DC sports fan. You just can't make this kind of comedy up. And what planet are we on again?

LMAO! Pfffffffffffttttttt!

Posted by: stephm | April 24, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Come on CAPS. Win tonight and keep the "HOPE" alive!

Posted by: TrackCollector | April 24, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

For the Rangers to lose all we have to tell them is that if they win they face the Bruins, who will send all of them to the hospital or the golf course in a matter of 8 days!!!

Step aside NY and let a real contender do the job.

To Caps Fans:
Put away your praying and wishing hats and come down to the VC and cheer on the Dvision Champs who will show their real worth tonight.

Score prediction Caps Win 5-1
(Ovi 2-3 goals).

Posted by: driven27 | April 24, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

If you have watched this team all year, you know you can never can't them out. The guy that does it's all your fault. Is he talking about his parents?

Posted by: coastallp74 | April 24, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

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