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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 03/ 3/2011

Open thread: Capitals vs. Blues

By Washington Post Sports Editors

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Faceoff: 7 p.m., Verizon Center; TV: CSN; Radio: 1500 AM

Update: 6:39 p.m.
Based on warm-ups here is what the lineup should look like against the Blues:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Arnott-Semin
Chimera-Johansson-Sturm
Hendricks-Gordon-Bradley

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Schultz-Hannan
Erskine-Wideman

Goal
Neuvirth
Holtby

Scratches: Semyon Varlamov (knee), Jay Beagle (upper-body), D.J. King and Tyler Sloan.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | March 3, 2011; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Lineups, St. Louis Blues  
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Comments

First

Posted by: festus75 | March 3, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

festus75,
You must be pretty excited, openinf face off is still over an hour away.

Posted by: j3rockstar | March 3, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Interesting to hear those comments about Steckel. You can't make generalizations based on that one case but I have brought this up in the past as a possibility. Unlike with other topics where I go into know-it-all mode, i'm much more unsure about this one. Sometimes what apperars to be lack of conditioning could actually just be lack of athleticism, depending on the player. Injuries are always a possibility, too.

Still, I'm not convinced that conditioning, in general, is not an issue, either. You could argue, "but we were the high-flying run 'n gun Caps... conditioning can't be an issue" while someone else may argue that it takes a lot more energy to play defense first (where there is more backchecking as well as reacting as opposed to initiating) and both ends of the ice.

I'm not sure where the Caps are relative to the rest of the league when it comes to conditioning (and relative is what matters) but I think the possibility definitely exists that it is an issue.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

J3

Excited? Of course I am. Tell me you are nott!

Posted by: festus75 | March 3, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Elmer Fudd lets King play against his old mates, while at the same time sending a message to Cam Janssen that his owning of the Capitals last year will not go unaddressed.

I'd bet no, since Boudreau has shown a habit of letting his players get beat up or intentionally injured with the power play being the only response. Which is made funnier when considering how bad our power play is this year.

Whatever. Green will have Boudreau to thank for his short career.

Posted by: timKosecki | March 3, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm excited...I'm bored at work and craving for some hockey!

Posted by: RITdude | March 3, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh, to refresh your memories: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxroTYx11mo

Posted by: timKosecki | March 3, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

A replay of our AHL player defending the player that was cheap shot by your team? Thanks for the replay. Good to see our team defends itself and how sorry the Blues are that they resort to that to be happy about lol.

No matter what happens this season AT LEAST WE ARE NOT THE BLUES ROFL

Posted by: Mike4169 | March 3, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

By my team? I'm a Caps fan. Hence the "our power play".

Posted by: timKosecki | March 3, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

@hart2014 wrote:

Is anybody else concerned about Jacques Lamaire's statements about how bad of shape David Steckel is in? Do you think this is a team wide issue here in DC?

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Steckel was always the slowest a** on the team. No I doubt everyone else is as bad as that.

Posted by: congero | March 3, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

You're saying the Caps defend themselves? How is letting your ass get kicked by someone after your teammate gets knocked out, really defending each other? It's like jumping off a cliff to save your friend who fell. You're both screwed.

Posted by: timKosecki | March 3, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

We don't need King to take care of Janssen. Brads is more than capable of handling that goon himself....well maybe

Posted by: RITdude | March 3, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

If Steckel is in bad shape, look no further than the coach. What a great example we have. He lets some guys never show up to practice, and generally runs a "fun" practice. He doesn't lead the team like he wants to win; he leads like he wants to make friends.

Posted by: timKosecki | March 3, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

A) Cam isn't a goon. He's an agitator and an enforcer. He backs up everything he does, and also everything his teammates do.

B) Bradley, as much as I love him, is a God-awful fighter. He has been a punching bag for us. For years. It's also ridiculous to ask him yet again to step up in weight class to fight a very strong and technical fighter when we scratch someone who was brought in specifically to fight these battles.

Posted by: timKosecki | March 3, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

If Steckel is in bad shape, look no further than the coach. What a great example we have. He lets some guys never show up to practice, and generally runs a "fun" practice. He doesn't lead the team like he wants to win; he leads like he wants to make friends.

Posted by: timKosecki | March 3, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Yep...just like Wade "Marshmallow" Phillips

Posted by: RITdude | March 3, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Well Mike Vogel is tweeting that King is not playing. Glad I didn't waste my money on a ticket.

Posted by: timKosecki | March 3, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Yeah having a guy like King keeps guys from taking runs. It worked well for the Pens with their fighters against the Isles. What? What to do mean they still took runs at guys? Guys who are going to take runs are going to do it regardless of who is on the ice to fight back.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Yeah having a guy like King keeps guys from taking runs. It worked well for the Pens with their fighters against the Isles. What? What to do mean they still took runs at guys? Guys who are going to take runs are going to do it regardless of who is on the ice to fight back.

Posted by: icehammer97

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You're right to an extent, and you can thank Bettman for it.

However, the Isles were responding to a run taken by Max Talbot that went unpunished by the league. The Isles were protecting themselves. In doing so, they sent the message to the Penguins that any more runs at an Islander would result in pain two-fold on a Penguin.

Further, at some point you have to have a sense of pride. Who wants to get bullied like that? The Isles were getting bullied and they snapped and since, they have not been getting treated the same way - and they started winning more games, despite their injury riddled roster.

Martin and Gillies will have to answer for their hits, they will, and they will not go out starting brawls against the Pens unless they are responding to another cheapshot.

Posted by: timKosecki | March 3, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Chris Stewart is the player that I had hoped WTF would have turned into by now.

I love his game.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Thank god BB split up 55 and 4.

Posted by: wocoliz | March 3, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Thank god BB split up 55 and 4.

Posted by: wocoliz | March 3, 2011 7:06 PM

concur

hola woco

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Are we going to get bored again tonight with one more wimpy display of offense or will some of the old Caps' offense resurface?

Did anyone read in Bleacher report the list of 10 top offensive players who were struggling and yet their GM's made trades that would help them at all? Ovechkin was one of them. I agree. The first line has struggle for a long time and BB's constant juggling isn't helping.

Posted by: caraveli | March 3, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

hola, wtf and caraveli. I was beginning to wonder if anybody else was going to post during the game. :)

I like our lines better tonight. Don't know if we'll get more scoring, but we can hope.

Posted by: wocoliz | March 3, 2011 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't like the Ovie, Backie & Knuble combination. I prefer Semin to Knuble. Personally I liked Chimera at the front line. It was very effective but BB stopped it shortly after they had what I though was considerable success.

Posted by: caraveli | March 3, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

anyone know of a decent stream to watch? it seems most of the sites that used to stream have been taken down. much appreciated for any direction.

Posted by: redcap7 | March 3, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I really hate that any time a stick gets dropped or broken it is always a call. Guy holds the stick that soft it shouldn't be our fault when his stick ends up on the ice.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

caraveli, good point. Maybe BB just wants a netcrasher on that line.

Posted by: wocoliz | March 3, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

@redcap - if you don't mind paying, nhl.com is pretty good

Posted by: BoudreauDaPumpkinHead | March 3, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

that was an ugly kill

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

wocoliz

Yeah I guess everybody is waiting for a screw up so that the fire McPhee/Boudreau chorus can begin?

So you like the first line combo? I liked all but the first one. Last year Knuble was effective on the first line but he seems ineffective to me this year.

Posted by: caraveli | March 3, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I'll take an ugly kill over an ineffective one anytime. :)

Posted by: wocoliz | March 3, 2011 7:22 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the worst things about the Caps this year -- the Caps top line penned in their own end so they cannot score.

The next worst thing is the BB Mercedes commercial, well unless I think of the Hadeed commericials (and Geico commercials)

Do the Caps even have a shot on yet?

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | March 3, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

@recap

try hockeystreams.com...you'll still pay but its cheaper than gamecenter

Posted by: RITdude | March 3, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the worst things about the Caps this year -- the Caps top line penned in their own end so they cannot score.

The next worst thing is the BB Mercedes commercial, well unless I think of the Hadeed commericials (and Geico commercials)

Do the Caps even have a shot on yet?

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | March 3, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

@Jim, Arnott had one early. Wow they have us with 3. I only remember the one.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

caraveli, what I wish is that we had someone who has Knuble's grit along with Chimera's speed...but if we do, he must still be in the minors. I agree that 22 hasn't been as effective on the top line this year, but no one else has done the job any better for more that one game.

Posted by: wocoliz | March 3, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

@wocoliz I think Fehr is the closest thing we have.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

thanks pumpkinhead and RITdude. i guess it's time to pull the trigger on paying for a stream. what a shame to see what the internet has come to...

Posted by: redcap7 | March 3, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

ice, you're right about that--I just didn't mention him because I bet we don't see him on the ice again until the very end of the season or the playoffs. We really need him healthy, and it sounds like we need the cap room we have while he's still on LTIR.

Posted by: wocoliz | March 3, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Nicky has to try harder there

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Hannan has to get to that pass. The Fs need to get back but Hannan looked like he just let the puck go by looking to go after the middle guy.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

That was some fine defense...well look slike they gotta come back yet AGAIN!!

Posted by: BoudreauDaPumpkinHead | March 3, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Eric Fehry isn't gritty AT ALL. The guy has a visor bigger than Ulfie and plays softer than Marty St. Louis. For a big guy too, it's just an embarrassing combination.

Posted by: timKosecki | March 3, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the double post, but isn't our top line supposed to score lay-ups like that instead of getting abused like that?

Yep, turned the corner . . . to a dead end

Another unmotivated start becoming a BB coaching signiture

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | March 3, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I guess the one thing we can now look forward to is BB changing up the lines that's the only way he knows how to coach

Posted by: BoudreauDaPumpkinHead | March 3, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

JIMALLCAPS2

You can't throw all commercials in one pot. There are offical rankings for the discriminating commecial viewers. Ranked from best to worst we have:

1. the BB Mercedes commercial
2. Geico
3. Hadeed
4. the one with the triplets-I don't even know what it's about

& wocoliz

Let's hope 22 will come to life. I love the guy and his grit. But something is missing from the top line and maybe the Bleacher report is correct.

Posted by: caraveli | March 3, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I was expecting a breakout game for the Caps tonight...at least 4 goals. So far, a very sluggish start (surprise), but I'm hoping for a change of momentum soon.

I keep waiting and hoping for the return of the explosive offense.

Posted by: billracer | March 3, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

@Jim, I wouldn't call the start unmotivated. We are outshooting them 8-3 and that is with them having a PP. We have been controling a lot of the play. It is 1-0 because of one good rush and finish combined with a bad play by us.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

At least one team came to play

Posted by: BoudreauDaPumpkinHead | March 3, 2011 7:38 PM | Report abuse

PP!!!

YES!!!

WE ARE GONNA SCORE!!!

...what?

what have i got to lose?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2011 7:38 PM | Report abuse

the triplets promote a family copier sales/service company -- my wife hates that one big time

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | March 3, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

@BoudreauDaPumpkinHead

I gotta say...I love your user name. It's hilarious!

Posted by: RITdude | March 3, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

@caravelli...good one!

No wonder the players hold BB the advertising pimp in such high regard.

Posted by: capper3 | March 3, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

How many goals has Knuble missed from 2 feet? I feel like I couldn't miss that many if I tried.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 7:42 PM | Report abuse

no score - but looking good with real good chances - knubs needs to bury one of those

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2011 7:42 PM | Report abuse

PP looks nice!!

Posted by: BoudreauDaPumpkinHead | March 3, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

semin saved their *ss on that rush

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

dat new look was sexy...

but it could have been sexier with a FREAKIN GOAL

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

BRADLEY!!!

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

BIG WIN BY BRADS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

THE BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLE!!!

LOL

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow...nice Brads!

Posted by: RITdude | March 3, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

PP looks much better.

And Brads finally got a bellringer in!

Posted by: wocoliz | March 3, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

back door play to schultz???

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

don't think either of these coaches will be on the cover of GQ anytime soon.

Posted by: joek443 | March 3, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

@RIT - thanks man, my wife thought of it :) - holy cow, Bradley got lucky and won a fight. Blind squirrel finding a nut

Posted by: BoudreauDaPumpkinHead | March 3, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Steward almost got MJ90 like Cooke on Booth.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Brads has been thRowing the body and the fist really well tonite. let's hope this gets the team pumped to win.

Posted by: capper3 | March 3, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah PP looks alot better especially with Ovie off the point.

Posted by: RITdude | March 3, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

also don't think Chimera wants a piece of Stewart.

Posted by: joek443 | March 3, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

How is it every time someone loses or breaks a stick on the other team we get called and yet they seem to miss at least 50% of the times it happens to us?

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

have we turned the corner? i don't know this road looks awfully familiar. maybe they should stop using mapquest and use google maps.

come on boys, let's start burying the puck. i thought we might get one on the PP.

Posted by: natresgroup | March 3, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse

KO for Bradley.

Carlson picking up right where he left off. Gets caught out of position againt, giving up yet another oddman rush. That's a Boudreau-coached d-man there, folks.

Our top line got burned in transition on the 1st goal. Lousy anticipation led to the positional breakdwon and the 3-on-2.

Neuvirth giving up rebounds early.

The PP was dangerous. Wideman getting pucks through. Knuble coming close.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I was actually askin' Bradley...why are you fighting man?

I guess he showed ME!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

And I remember the 1st game against STL. That 5-2 score or whatever was in no way reflective of our quality of play. As Backstrom said after that game, we got very lucky. We may not have given up more golden scoring chances in a game all year as in that game. STL was getting Grade A chances in the slot all throughout that one.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Erskine (paraphrasing): "After we go out on offense, we have to ALL get back on defense. We're giving up too many oddman rushes."

Obvious stuff but still worth noting.

We've obviously improved dramatically defensively this season but bad habits die hard. It could take a couple of seasons to really clean up the bad habits that we developed while playing that one-way, run 'n gun crap hockey. It may take longer if Boudreau remains behind the bench.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Guys are going to start performing on the PP.

Its amazing how players sometimes start to produce when their ice time gets cut.

We didn't have any real options before the trade. Now you add 3 guys who are proven PP producers.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I have noticed that every single Caps game this season on Centre Ice has had the opposing team's broadcast. Now that can't be chance, does anyone know why that would be? Lat year got Caps broadcast roughly 50% of the time....

Posted by: kgain73 | March 3, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

back door play to schultz???
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LMAO, I saw that too.

Hey, the Caps are being physically challenged in their own building. If they don't stand up to this then they won't have a snowball's chance in hell. Bradley has made a start but more need to join him. Not necesarily by fighting but by playing hard (gritty). Much, much better PP.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 3, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Carlson's gonna have to start giving half his paychecks to Alzner. Carlson obviously has a bright future but he could be hitting the rookie wall. That is yet another risk of going young at so many crucial positions when you are supposedly in contention mode. Particularly on D, no matter how promising a young player is, it takes years to really gain the consistency needed to play the position.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I like those pom poms

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

@tmac -

do you get the feeling the carlson is trying to be "mike green" with mike green out of the line up. he seems to be holding on to the puck a little too long and trying to make moves instead of just moving the puck and he seems to be doing that in all the wrong places getting himself caught out of position.

i remember mike green being like that when he was first developing too.

just something i noticed, i could be way off.

Posted by: natresgroup | March 3, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

And for some more of the obvious...

The West is just so much deeper and tougher than the East.

Even teams on the outside looking in out West are dominating the East.

Meanwhile, we are the worst of the worst among the East against the West.

If by some miracle, the Caps came out of the East, I couldn't see them taking whoever comes out of the West past 5 games.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I do not know if anyone has noticed but we are playing an extra man in the neutral zone. The idea is to win the neutral zone but it is a high risk, high reward move by BB. On the lines Knubs, Laich, MJo, and Gordo seem to have taken the role so maybe BB thinks the Blues are not as fast as other teams and this could work. Interesting to see how long it keeps up.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 3, 2011 8:07 PM | Report abuse

natresgroup,

I have noticed the same thing. He sometimes uses the same laconic skating style.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 3, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Another turnover by Carlson... he's struggling to say the least. The forwards may not have created targets there but he could still do better with it.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Great play there by Hendricks to start that and finally Hannan finishes one!

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Cool as a jewel, veteran move.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 3, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Hannan? Yeah!!!!! Great shot!

Posted by: wocoliz | March 3, 2011 8:09 PM | Report abuse

do you get the feeling the carlson is trying to be "mike green" with mike green out of the line up. he seems to be holding on to the puck a little too long and trying to make moves instead of just moving the puck and he seems to be doing that in all the wrong places getting himself caught out of position.

i remember mike green being like that when he was first developing too.

just something i noticed, i could be way off.

Posted by: natresgroup | March 3, 2011 8:02 PM

Sort of.

I don't think he's trying to be Green per se. I think he's trying to be a Boudreau-style d-man. It's the same reason we saw Erskine below the opposing blue line twice last week.

Phenomenal pass by Ovechkin. He's been good early after 2 up and down games.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

that would be his first as a cap - right?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Great effort by 21 to keep the puck in and create that last chance.

Good effort by that entire line.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Semin has to take a quick wrister on that second chance not wind up for a slapper.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

damn... we were really looking good too. let's get it back.

Posted by: natresgroup | March 3, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau-coached poorly timed pinch by Erskine.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

#4 is garbage

Posted by: patljr7 | March 3, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Vermont hangs his head in shame.

Posted by: zmega | March 3, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Another bonehead pinch attempt by Erskine.

Posted by: joek443 | March 3, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Jesus Christ guys, can't even hold the tie for a full minute?

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 3, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Were is Vermont? You need to have a word with you boy there, that was one of his worst plays of the season.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I do not know if anyone has noticed but we are playing an extra man in the neutral zone. The idea is to win the neutral zone but it is a high risk, high reward move by BB. On the lines Knubs, Laich, MJo, and Gordo seem to have taken the role so maybe BB thinks the Blues are not as fast as other teams and this could work. Interesting to see how long it keeps up.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 3, 2011 8:07 PM |

I thought the Blues were considered a fast team... not sure.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Erskine is a 7D, end of story. I can't wait for Green to come back.

Posted by: catamounts_hockey | March 3, 2011 8:14 PM | Report abuse

a bunt single down the first base line. nice nicky!

Posted by: natresgroup | March 3, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Backstrom needs to spend his summers playing for the Nats.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Whether or not that counts, amazing stuff from my homeboy.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Semin may have looked good just now but he just missed a critical pass when he could have scored. Talented guy but a loner. If he had played with the guys around him he would have scored.

Posted by: caraveli | March 3, 2011 8:15 PM | Report abuse

erskine = fail on stl goal
nice to see backstrom get one

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2011 8:16 PM | Report abuse

just logged in...some observations..

1) Caps looking much better tonight.

2) Erskine's pinch was assinine.

3) Backstrom's hand-eye coordination there was RIDICULOUS!!!

4) Arnott NEVER, EVER smiles!!!!

Posted by: dglelite | March 3, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

When you see these breakdowns by the likes of Erskine and Carlson, don't forget to put some of the blame on the coaching staff. Erskine would not be pinching and going up the ice the way he does if it wasn't encourage (or accepted) by the coaches.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

WHAAA Gordos left eye was creaping me out there.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I am happy to eat crow. The first line is starting to come to life tonight in spite of all the mean things I said about them. Does Neuvy seem a little shaky tonight?

Posted by: caraveli | March 3, 2011 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Well Chimmy is the only one on this line that hasn't missed a great chance.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

That would have been Top 10 of the year stuff from Johansson if he finished.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli I have noticed that as well he looks to be giving up a lot of rebounds so far.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

backstrom is taking faceoffs - 2 of 7 so far

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao,
I am thinking BB considers the Blues a passing rather than skating team so that is why the strategy. So far, if you notice we do seem to have all three up front on the rush with no trailer, as such with the style. So far, that seems to be the case but again, high risk, high reward. I also think BB knows we cannot keep this up or it will be who is in the lead when 60 mins is up.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 3, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Great shift by the 4th line. All our lines need to improve in general at sustaining o-zone pressure.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

This style of winning the neutral zone is obvious from the kind of scoring chances both teams are getting. The truth is, we do not have Green tonight or a Pronger type on the team so I think we will not keep this up much longer.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 3, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Horrible call there. 2 minutes for playing D there.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 8:33 PM | Report abuse

that's a BAD call.

Posted by: natresgroup | March 3, 2011 8:33 PM | Report abuse

That was just bad luck there with the borkend stick. I don't blame 28 so much for that one. He potentially saved a goal. Not a bad penalty.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:33 PM | Report abuse

refs #25 = blues fan

Posted by: RITdude | March 3, 2011 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Great play by Gordo

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

ummm, "broken" not "borkend"... heh.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I hope 55 is ok. I don't want to see Sloan again this season.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Where is everybody? Is there another open thread somewhere?

Posted by: caraveli | March 3, 2011 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Yea, was about to say I saw 28 hunched over at skating slowly back to the bench at the end of his last shift.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Hope Semin's hand is ok. Last thing we need is him being out again.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Great play by Gordo

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 8:34 PM

Yep, and Hendricks was solid on an earlier PK. I think all the forwards have been good on the PK for the most part. The puck pursuit and pressure tonight looks more like it did early in the season. More jump, quicker reaction and winning board battles.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Some of the d-men need to do better with the puck though, at even strength and on the PK. The forwards can probably do better to create targets but I've seen a number of bad exit passes and attempted clears.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

The number of oddman rushes we've given up over the past 2 games is pretty scary. That needs to be cleaned up ASAP.

I'd attribute it to the new guys but most of the breakdowns have involved guys that have been here.

I wonder how much coaching has to do with it. Hmmm....

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Wideman with a game high 5 hits to go with 2 BS and no giveaways.

He's more physical of a player than I thought he was.

Alzner with 3 more BS, tied for the game high... he's having to continue saving Carlson's ass in this game, who is looking more and more like the bad version of Mike Green as far as getting caught up ice and trying to do too much with the puck.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao,
The bad clears are not bad clears per say but remember, our D are thinking there will be someone up there to take it since we are loading the neutral zone. If we give it up, it apprearss to be a bad clear but we get the pass, we have an odd man rush. I do not think we will keep this up from here on out.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 3, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

One of OVi's greatest passes to Hannan for the first goal. BB didn't look very happy with the 2nd. STL goal, in fact, he looked very unhappy. A nice ad-lib goal by Knuble and Backstrom. Tough sledging (sp?) by both teams in that second period.

The Caps need to come out in the third ready for more tough sledging.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 3, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

What does everybody think of the Bleacher report's claim that Ovie wasn't helped by the trades? BB has tried a million combinations. What does Ovie need? What trade would be good for him?

Posted by: caraveli | March 3, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli,

What was the argument(s) for why it didn't help him?

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 8:57 PM | Report abuse

erskine pinched again and missed

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

It may just be stating the obvious for those of you that were already familiar with both players but I like Wideman a lot more than Corvo early on here.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Laich has made at least 2 excellent efforts to keep pucks in the o-zone in this game. He's playing some really good hockey right now.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why the Caps have not retired #12 yet

Posted by: RITdude | March 3, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

tmac2yao

There was no argument. This is why I was asking what others thought they might have meant.

While the Capitals got everything they were looking for this trade deadline, they should have gotten help for Ovechkin. His line hasn’t produced as much as usual and they need to shake things up.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/624602-nhl-trade-deadline-alex-ovechkin-and-8-

stars-who-needed-help-and-didnt-get-i#page/9

They included Gaborik as one of the 8 stars who did not get help. They said that the Rangers built up their defense but neglected their offense & PP.

Posted by: caraveli | March 3, 2011 9:14 PM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao,
Ditto, I did not even notice Corovo until 3rd game and that was for a penalty. Wideman is a creator, and when he has the puck he has a 20 ft radius around him that creates an open pass or a scoring chance on O. He has shown more upside than I expected anyway, and can see him have a break out game sooner than later.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 3, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Nice pass to Conklin's gut there by Sturm.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Strum can't finish, he fits in well.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

caraveli, thanks for the Bleacher link.

Posted by: wocoliz | March 3, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the team Mr. Arnott!!!!!

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Beeeauuutiiiiiful!

Semin!

Arnott!

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

dividends

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

#44 paying big dividends already!

Posted by: wocoliz | March 3, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

arnott!!! semin made i nice play by waiting and making the dman commit

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Whoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: RITdude | March 3, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Now 5 minutes of solid D

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

High risk, high reward. Just glad we capitalized.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 3, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

woco

scary

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Capping a very good night for Arnott. That 2nd line with Arnott is very legit now; they are cycling very well, frustrating the Blues, setting up that play. The 3rd speed line looks pretty good, too.

But Carlson, woof, something is up with the kid. His play lately has been a little sloppy. But Alzner is making up for his gaffes for now.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | March 3, 2011 9:26 PM | Report abuse

wtf, guess great minds think alike ;-D

Posted by: wocoliz | March 3, 2011 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Jason is already making an impact. Good work on the ice and in the room.

Posted by: Terptwin | March 3, 2011 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Btw, Tampa is about to lose again.

Posted by: Terptwin | March 3, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

ovi should not be one the ice when the puck drops!!

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Arnott

Player-Coach

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Don't jinx it

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | March 3, 2011 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Win that faceoff, boys!

Posted by: Terptwin | March 3, 2011 9:30 PM | Report abuse

We win. TB loses and Philly is losing. Night is looking very good right now.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 9:31 PM | Report abuse

WINNING STREAK!

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 3, 2011 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Outside of some poor pinches and giving up a few oddman rushes, a solid team effort.

Not too much to complain about tonight.

That's 2 nights in a row where I will appease my enemies

Good job, Caps.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Deadline deals looking better and better. Nice win! (Now, finish the job, Bruins!)

Posted by: wocoliz | March 3, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Great job tonight. Nice job by Arnott. Little sluggish at the start but a good 2nd and 3rd, with the exception of a couple of defensive breakdowns.

Posted by: billracer | March 3, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Buff and Car in OT but I don't see either catching us so not a huge deal

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Ovi had 4 great games, followed by a dud and another dud until the OT magic.

Tonight, he looked like he did in those first 4 games.

So that makes 5.5 strong performances out of the last 7 games. That's more like the kind of ratio that should be expected of him.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Toronto takes down Philly.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 9:36 PM | Report abuse

The Blues had the best point percentage against the East of all West teams coming into this game (10-2-3).

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Very good third period by the Caps. That was a good win against a determined opponent, well done by them.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 3, 2011 9:37 PM | Report abuse

The boys are much much improved in this game. And the new guys proved themselves. AND Tampa Bay lost. Let's hope they will not tie it in the last seconds

Posted by: caraveli | March 3, 2011 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Nice 1 point behind Tampa, new players looking very good: Arnott really has that 2nd line playing a disciplined cycle; Strum has his wheels tonight and some good chances; and Wideman had a solid game with good passes, some hits and blocks. Hannan, the old pick up, looked really good. GMGM looks pretty good right now (with the HUGE Poti asterix).

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | March 3, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom won the last 5 faceoffs he took.

Alzner with 4 more BS to add the 7 from last game.

Hannan with 4 BS.

Carlson with 3.

We out-shotblocked the Blues. It seems like we've been winning in that stat more frequently recently.

I would've been tempted to give Wideman POG. I thought he was excellent.

5 hits for Hendricks and Wideman.

The 4th line was strong in this game.

The forwards were largely excellent on the PK.

And again, Ovi with another strong performance. He has clearly been playing more consistently over the past 2 weeks or so.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse


beautiful

Posted by: hessone | March 3, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Another good sign is that the boys seem to be playing into BB and is non static style. I do not think the odd man rushes we gave up was because of poor play but rather the game plan. Glad it worked but hope BB plans on making needed adjustments against Fl.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 3, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Brads with the hard hat tonight (via Sky Kerstein)

Posted by: wocoliz | March 3, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Awesome effort by the Caps tonight (except for the sloppy start) and the new acquisitions were pretty good tonight. Big props to them...now cue Jonathan6

Posted by: RITdude | March 3, 2011 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Brads with the hard hat tonight (via Sky Kerstein)

Posted by: wocoliz | March 3, 2011 9:43 PM

I mentioned the 4th line but forgot to single him out.

Like against PIT I think it was, his fight kickstarted the team. On top of that, the entire 4th line was strong tonight in every facet that I can think of.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Three star selections
1st: JASON ARNOTT
2nd: ALEX OVECHKIN
3rd: ALEXANDER STEEN

Posted by: wocoliz | March 3, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

While I want the Caps to take over the SE from Tampa, that may well mean playing the Rags or Habs in R1. But whoever they play, they will have to sell out every game to win a series.

The coming out flat also has to change because come the playoffs, the first goal can set the tone of a game.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | March 3, 2011 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I also like the 4th line without Steckel, seems to have more speed and more responsible defensively, tougher.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | March 3, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I really like Wideman, can't wait to see him and Green on the PP. Sloppy puck handling, but hard skating. Sturm looks a little fragile......

I don't believe the Ameritel Triplets are either related or triplets.

Posted by: guruvinny | March 3, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Nice win! If Sturm can start burying his chances, the lines are starting to shape up. I wish and hope BB will let the lines gel some, instead of constantly changing them. 4th line played great tonight also.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | March 3, 2011 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Agreed Alan May, Wideman has D smarts that hopefully the other D pickup on and emmulate.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 3, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I like Arnott challenging his teammates after the game -- "If we tighten down more in our own end, there is no limit as to how far we can go". That's a great attitude -- we played well, but we can and need to play better.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | March 3, 2011 9:58 PM | Report abuse

test

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 3, 2011 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I also liked the second line a lot. Semin was more animated than I have seen him in a very long time. And he actually had an assist rather than try to only score goals. Arnott gave so much more cohesion and grit to that line than any other C had.

Posted by: caraveli | March 3, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

two points! that's the most important thing.

glad to see arnott getting his first goal as a cap. that 2nd line looks pretty good.

and i'm really liking wideman. he's seems aggressive. i don't know if that's what he's known for or not but he's fitting in quite well.

sturm is getting his chances, it's just a matter of time (i hope).

as someone else said, let's hope BB keeps these lines together each one seems to be doing their part.

Posted by: natresgroup | March 3, 2011 10:04 PM | Report abuse

It is so nice to have a 2nd line again that is a threat to score every time it is on the ice.

I am really liking how good Semin has looked the past two games. It is probably a combination of being healthier and having Arnott on his line. Not only does Arnott provide the ability to have a true scoring threat at center ice, but it seems that it may have reinvigorated Semin to get to consistently play witha talented professional center. Semin truly looks like he is having fun playing with Arnott, maybe he just needed a veteran center who likes to talk.

In addition, one thing I noticed today was that when Semin was shooting he was hitting the net a lot more. It really looked like he was shooting low a lot more, and this was creating rebound chances, such as in the first when a rebound came out just beyond the grasp of Laich which would've been a wide open goal. I wonder if Arnott spoke with him and suggested shooting a little lower so there would be more rebound opportunities. I'm hoping this is a sign of things to come and not just an aberration.

I also thought Wideman looked very good and while there was only one PP, you could see the positives he brings to the PP. He was able to get shots on nets and accurately place shots from the point to be tipped home by guys near the crease(they just missed today). Wideman will be very helpful on the PP.

I thought Sturm looked pretty good too(the 3rd line had a solid game overall). Sturm wasn't able to finish but he was there for a few very good chances and his past says he will finish those when he gets more chances. I think the amount of minutes that he played is what he should be playing now, and hopefully he will continue to get healthier and improve by the time April rolls around. I still think it is a possibility that he ends up playing with Ovie and Backstrom when he gets a few more games in and gets back into hockey shape.

Neuvy was good again and made some big saves.

Negatives: Erskine seems to be regressing, he is looking more and more like the Erskine of old and not the one who played solid earlier this year. He cannot keep on making bad pinches and missing completely. This has happened way too often the past few weeks. He will be benched, and deservedly so, if he continues to play like this.

Carlson has been committing way too many turnovers. He seems a little out of it. You have to wonder if he has hit the rookie wall with all of the hockey he has played and sort of needs a week off to get refreshed (I know it won't happen, but it may be what he needs).

Knuble looks slow. He really should be getting 3rd line minutes. I like his hustle, defense, and solid veteran play but I think he needs to play less minutes.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 3, 2011 10:04 PM | Report abuse

You fearing you've been banned, tomin?

Anyone else notice Semin - on his assist to Arnott - flatten the rolling puck by smushing his stick on top of it, just before the saucered pass?

That was kinda . . . neat.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | March 3, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Jose Theodore was great tonight based on the highlights I jusw saw.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

It is so nice to have a 2nd line again that is a threat to score every time it is on the ice.

I am really liking how good Semin has looked the past two games. It is probably a combination of being healthier and having Arnott on his line. Not only does Arnott provide the ability to have a true scoring threat at center ice, but it seems that it may have reinvigorated Semin to get to consistently play witha talented professional center. Semin truly looks like he is having fun playing with Arnott, maybe he just needed a veteran center who likes to talk.

In addition, one thing I noticed today was that when Semin was shooting he was hitting the net a lot more. It really looked like he was shooting low a lot more, and this was creating rebound chances, such as in the first when a rebound came out just beyond the grasp of Laich which would've been a wide open goal. I wonder if Arnott spoke with him and suggested shooting a little lower so there would be more rebound opportunities. I'm hoping this is a sign of things to come and not just an aberration.

I also thought Wideman looked very good and while there was only one PP, you could see the positives he brings to the PP. He was able to get shots on nets and accurately place shots from the point to be tipped home by guys near the crease(they just missed today). Wideman will be very helpful on the PP.

I thought Sturm looked pretty good too(the 3rd line had a solid game overall). Sturm wasn't able to finish but he was there for a few very good chances and his past says he will finish those when he gets more chances. I think the amount of minutes that he played is what he should be playing now, and hopefully he will continue to get healthier and improve by the time April rolls around. I still think it is a possibility that he ends up playing with Ovie and Backstrom when he gets a few more games in and gets back into hockey shape.

Neuvy was good again and made some big saves.

Negatives: Erskine seems to be regressing, he is looking more and more like the Erskine of old and not the one who played solid earlier this year. He cannot keep on making bad pinches and missing completely. This has happened way too often the past few weeks. He will be benched, and deservedly so, if he continues to play like this.

Carlson has been committing way too many turnovers. He seems a little out of it. You have to wonder if he has hit the rookie wall with all of the hockey he has played and sort of needs a week off to get refreshed (I know it won't happen, but it may be what he needs).

Knuble looks slow. He really should be getting 3rd line minutes. I like his hustle, defense, and solid veteran play but I think he needs to play less minutes.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 3, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm trying to post "but held by blog owner."

One para at a time.

I haven't read any of the above. I'm doing like fanohock "Don't read/post during game."

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 3, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

2nd para added

I haven't read any of the above. I'm doing like fanohock "Don't read/post during game."

I will post as both Dark Sider and Sunshine Kid.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 3, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Here's para #3 skipped:

I haven't read any of the above. I'm doing like fanohock "Don't read/post during game."

I will post as both Dark Sider and Sunshine Kid.

But, there's even more to like. The intensity in the last period was great, hitting was great over the last 20 and the cycling most of the game was just what we need. We saw Arnott go to the perfect place to collect and one-time a world-class pass from a world-class offensive talent. We continue to see Hannan rise another rung on the ladder with each game. Ovi perfect set-up there. Hitting was just wonderful. Some of the Dark Siders might disagree, but at least for the 3rd Period it was Playoff Hockey.

I'd rather have them play the 3rd full octane if it can't be all 60 minutes.

Finally, almost every player is playing better. It's as though they are showing the new guys, "We got game." And we still have Fehr and Green to return. That means we can sit a guy here and there to rest up or maybe give Carlson a chance to step back from the wall for a game or two.

Barkeep: I'll have the Robert Mondavi Napa Cab. With just a spot o' Kool Aid, please.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 3, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey Katie,

Someone is playing games with the "Report abuse" link. Hopefully, the blog owner can catch and then ban whoever it is.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 3, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

And here's the para that made it get rejected. Wasn't anything near a cuss word.

There's plenty not to like.

Neuvy shaky

Carlson = hit wall

Knuble missed a perfect set up from Wideman

Caps played mid-game uninspired hockey.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 3, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm reposting one paragraph just because I think it is important and wanted others thoughts on it.

In addition, one thing I noticed today was that when Semin was shooting he was hitting the net a lot more. It really looked like he was shooting low a lot more, and this was creating rebound chances, such as in the first when a rebound came out just beyond the grasp of Laich which would've been a wide open goal.

I wonder if Arnott spoke with him and suggested shooting a little lower so there would be more rebound opportunities. I'm hoping this is a sign of things to come and not just an aberration.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 3, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1,

Hmm, don't see anything wrong with that. I wonder if the blog owner is coming up with new filters to catch "inflamatory" posts.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 3, 2011 10:17 PM | Report abuse

No, in my case, you can see all my paragraphs indivdually. I did each para at a time. It was my third paragraph that was getting caught in their WEB. I read it over and over and purely innocent. You can see above a summation of thoughts, it was my negatives for the game, close anyway to what sgm put.

Just to prove, because I feel like being a bad boy, I think their filters are FKD up.

He-he.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 3, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

sgm:

It went like this:

Arnott: "Hey, Sahsa, when you shoot, put it on goal."

Semin: "Oh. OK."

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 3, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Now he needs to have a word with Sturm.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 3, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse


tom - I think they filtered/blocked you for the blasphemy on your post about Neuvy being shaky?!?!?


Neuvy gave up two goals...made (I believe) 25 saves...he did leave a few rebounds, but I thought he played well overall. The two goals he gave up were more a byproduct of defensive breakdowns.

Posted by: dglelite | March 3, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Needless to say, the next 5 games before the 6 game road trip will make or break our chance to win the Div. We have winnable games here on out but Tpa has a pretty cushy schedule rest of the season compared to others in our div. We really can finish the season with losing only 3 games if we play like we mean it.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 3, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

POSTGAME THOUGHTS:
Welcome to DC Mr. Arnott. The speed you used to jump in the play and the sweet pass by Semin to set it up - a thing of beauty. Well deserved at a time when this team was dominating in the 3rd period. A nice reward.

OVECHKIN: Pick up your game. You gave up on a pass behind you..sure you were out there banging from time to time but STOP giving up on plays. After all with your talent - not giving up on a play may turn into something not many players could generate like yourself.

ERSKINE: Can we please tell him that he's the only defense that can NEVER get aggressive and pinch? He's nothing but a liability and it showed.

BACKSTROM AND OVIE: I hold them both accountable for the EPIC FAIL of not backchecking the off-winger on that first goal. You need to be heat seeking missile on that player. That was lazy.

NEUVIRTH: Clutch again between the pipes down the stretch. Some big saves tonight again. Definitely earning his keep.

STURM: So close again tonight. His goals are coming.

A gritty effort and a big two points. Closing in on Tampa.

I'M PUMPED UP. It's been a two point night. Come south boys - I'll be attending both games on Sunday and Monday in Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa respectively. It's time to get this run going and march toward the playoffs.

ICE BREAKERS GOAL SHAKERS

Posted by: Jonathan6 | March 3, 2011 10:33 PM | Report abuse

@Jonathan6,
Envious...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 3, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

it should read:

sgm:

It went like this:

Arnott: "Hey, Sahsa, when you shoot, put it on goal."

Semin: "Oh. Da."

Posted by: fosseweber | March 3, 2011 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan6 - That's awesome...Have fun!

Posted by: dglelite | March 3, 2011 10:40 PM | Report abuse

sgm:

It went like this:

Arnott: "Hey, Sahsa, when you shoot, put it on goal."

Semin: "Oh. OK."

Posted by: tominsocal1


I heard it went like this:

"Hey Salsa, Ballsa, Sasha whatever your name. When I click my stick on the ice and look at you you pass right away while I am hot to go. You try to hoard that puck when I click and your name will be Crasha-in-Heapa. Get it? And none of these mood swings while I am centering you."

Posted by: caraveli | March 3, 2011 10:42 PM | Report abuse

@BernieWolfeFan and @dglelite - Thanks and I'll definitely have fun. I'm sitting 3 rows behind the Caps bench in Ft. Lauderdale and then behind where the Caps shoot twice in Tampa. :)

Posted by: Jonathan6 | March 3, 2011 10:43 PM | Report abuse

J6/dglelite:

I'd rate Neuvy, on a Mike Richter shakiness scale, 5.0 (half shaky).

Way, WAY too many rebounds on easy shots.

I think Neuvy, like Carlson, sometimes asks himself, "How did I get this much responsibility?"

Success in life - being a hockey player, a sportswriter or even a cost estimator - any time you tell yourself maybe you bit off more than you can chew, well, you start to choke.

(I wonder if Katie's filter will stop my post due to "choke?")

Anyway, please, this is no knock against anyone. I'm 53 with almost 32 years experience in defense industry and at least once a week I feel the sweat on the back of my neck and tell myself, "Better get this under control."

If you are so great at your job that you never question anything, you aren't being chalenged.

Part of a coach's job is to keep his players from being overexposed to pressure before they can deal with it.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 3, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse


Johnathan - That should be alot of fun...Hopefully we come away w 4 more points and take over the SE!

Posted by: dglelite | March 3, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse

For all the praise some posters on here gave Atlanta and their GM for building a tough, hard nosed team that can win, they have really bombed the past few months. It is amazing how far they have dropped in 2011. They just keep on losing.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 3, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

@Jonathan6,
Really, really, envious! Go Caps!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 3, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

just logged in...some observations..

1) Caps looking much better tonight.

2) Erskine's pinch was assinine.

3) Backstrom's hand-eye coordination there was RIDICULOUS!!!

4) Arnott NEVER, EVER smiles!!!!

Posted by: dglelite | March 3, 2011 8:17 PM |

Arnott does look very intense, all the time, except when he scores, or the team scores--then he smiles, and it's great to see.

He's just really into the game I think. He does sort of have the appearance of someone who is crazy angry though, y'know, normally. I've always noticed that about him. I like it.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 3, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Also, looking at the top 9 in the east, it looks like the team most likely to miss the playoffs are the Rangers, and Toronto has a reasonable shot to get a playoff spot. That would be very surprising. Especially since they started this hot run after trading away some of their top players(Beauchemin, Kaberle, and Versteeg) for mostly picks and prospects.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 3, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

on the game winning goal did anyone see what Semin did with the puck befor making the pass to Arnott

Posted by: just_call_me_shell | March 3, 2011 10:57 PM | Report abuse

J6: I've been to both arenas. I liked Sunrise because parking was free.

Say hi to "Florida" for me. Been to beaches all over the state.

After one year here, if I have to rate the two places, 100 pts total, it's:

California 55
Floirda 45

If it's every place I've lived:

California 40
Florida 30
Baltimore/DC 15
Long Island 10
Detroit 5

My problem is always I love where I am, miss where I was, want to stay where I am, but can't stop thinking about where I want to go next. Eventually I'll die and the dilemma will end.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 3, 2011 10:58 PM | Report abuse


youaresquishy- I love Arnott's intensity. I hope it carries over and permeates throughout the rest of the team.

After 2 games...it SEEMS as though it is starting to!

I do like his iterview at the end of the game w Koken where, even after a very nice win, he still said there is more work to do!

I hope he keeps it up!

Posted by: dglelite | March 3, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

sgm: You can go back and read all 923,439 posts I've made since last summer and you will that I said,

"Atlanta looks much better, but they have no offense."

Eventually, that wears on a team (see 10-11 Caps before trades).

But, before you diss them, how has Ramsay fared this year vs Boudreau?

squishy: We also have guys who maybe smile too much.

Maybe Arnott has learned that the NHL isn't a place for gigglers.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 3, 2011 11:07 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1 - Agree with you and the points you share about Neuvy - he wasn't the usual vacuum he's shown to be in the rebound control department tonight. At least the guys were there to clear them out tonight. Spot on observation.

Both arenas are very nice indeed. In Florida I just park at the Sawgrass Mills mall and walk to the arena. In Tampa I'm staying at Hyatt Regency - I bartend with Hyatt so discounts galore and I can just walk to St. Pete Times Forum.

@dglelite - here's to hoping for 4 points and the division lead indeed.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | March 3, 2011 11:08 PM | Report abuse

That was the best third period of the year. One of the better games of the year. They worked really hard all game. Good job Caps.

Posted by: pkme | March 3, 2011 11:09 PM | Report abuse

squishy: Maybe difference between Ovi and Arnott?

Ovi: "Sasha, I get open, you give me pass."

Arnott: "Get me the fkn puck."

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 3, 2011 11:10 PM | Report abuse

@just_c

(tap, tap) "Is this thing on?"

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | March 3, 2011 11:13 PM | Report abuse

J6: If you ever come out here, you have a place to stay. And I'll make the drinks.

Tom

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 3, 2011 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Semin gathers a rolling puck lays it down and makes a perfect pass to Arnott.Semin is a hell of a player when he wants to play.

Posted by: just_call_me_shell | March 3, 2011 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Haven't ready any of the posts just a few notes:

Be thankful Neuvy played the way he did. He was letting everything by him in warmups. I was nervous going into the game.

The PP looks much better with Arnott and Wideman on the points just throwing pucks at the net.

Knuble is just a quarter of a second off right now, probably should have had 2 goals tonight. He'll pot them when he matters so not worried about those 2 tonight.

The 2nd line looks pretty good together so far. Semin is working harder. You can tell Arnott talks to him as the game is going on. Early in the game Semin was trying to do a little too much on his own and as the game went on he tried to give the puck up and move to open space real quickly to get it back.

Sturm is going to start scoring. He was always in the right place, just a matter of getting minutes.

Basically the only thing holding the team back from dominating games is a few too many turnovers in the neutral zone and a couple of players not playing D on every shift, most notable to me tonight were Ovi and Chimera.

All in all a very solid effort. The Blues are a scrappy bunch.

Posted by: ThePat | March 3, 2011 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, y'know, I don't know. I wouldn't want to try to be a sports psychologist, or try to figure out which attitudes are optimal for which people, or whatever.

I think there have definitely been times, maybe not so much recently, in which Ovechkin's play has been as intense as that of anyone I have ever seen play this game.

I think there is something going on with him this year off the ice--maybe a small but important injury, such as to a finger or something. I also think he's trying to learn, as Fedorov advised him before he left, to use his teammates more. And he's finding that he's not all that great at precision passing. I mean, he's better than me, and you. But he's not that good for an NHLer, at least not yet.

I kind of wish he would just play like he used to last year and before. But maybe he's getting so much defense in his face that it's just not an option anymore and they are forcing him to pass. He did have a pretty sweet pass to Knuble today on that one break. I will go away now.

I like Arnott so far. What a tremendous two games for that guy. Great assist the other day.

Posted by: youaresquishy | March 3, 2011 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Youare

I think OVI is a decent passer. I disagree with your post. Look at his assist totals. They are stronger than his goal totals. How can you say he is not a good passer? If he were bad at passing he would not be averaging 50-55 assist in season. Food for thought.

Posted by: pkme | March 3, 2011 11:25 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1 - I appreciate that and I will take you up on that offer. Whereabouts in California?

Posted by: Jonathan6 | March 3, 2011 11:26 PM | Report abuse

1) Why are so many people enamored with King? He has no hockey skills. Sure, he may be able to fight, but he has hands of stone and skates slower than I walk. Putting him in the lineup just takes a spot from someone who can actually play.

2) Brads may not be the "best" fighter in the league but he a) has more heart than most b) will always step up to defend his teammates and c) knocked the hell out of his opponent tonight

3) 2 games are not enough for a final judgement, but again I have to say that those out for GMGM's head just show an irrational hatred and lack of understanding of the game. Arnott was dismissed as a "has been" who would be unable to play 2C. 2 games in a Caps sweater and his play has been crucial to the Caps success. Sturm was dismissed as damaged goods, but while showing some rust has played a great 2 way game and keeps himself in position to end up with multiple chances each game. It is only a matter of time before he really finds his groove again and starts cashing in. Wiedman was dismissed as another offense only D man with no actual skills on D, with a -26 rating being used to back up criticisms. So far in two games he has not only looked great offensively, willing to shoot but knowing when to pass, but he has had solid defensive positioning and has not shied away from the physical play. Again, I say hats off to GMGM for the moves. The future of the pickups this season looks bright, and hell, even if these 2 games prove an anomaly, we lost next to nothing.

Posted by: johnqpublic1 | March 3, 2011 11:40 PM | Report abuse

J6: Santa Clarita. About 50 miles NW of LAX just past San Fernando Valley.

Here's a new drink for you:

Mix fresh lemon juice like Meyer maybe 1 1/2 oz and then a splash of Cheri's Prickly Pear cactus Juice (order this stuff, secret ingredient for many drinks). Stirred, not shaken, about 2 oz now of dark red mix. Add 2 oz thereabouts Bombay Sapphire and re-mix.

Fill tall glass 12-14 oz with ice and add you mix. Fill with Hansen's Pure Cane (no HFCS) Mandarin Lime soda. Stir gently.

Then...sip this bad boy.

Some might make fun because it is pink like Semin's undershirt when he fought Staal.

To anyone who makes fun of a man having a pink drink: the finest thing on earth just so happens to be pink.

I think, J6, I might make at least one more. BTW, the Cheri's Prickly Pear Cactus Juice can go in a million recipes. Great stuff.

Hmmm...now that I llok at it, my drink COULD be confused with a...

KOOL AID COCKTAIL!

Just so happens parentsoftominsocal1 are visiting starting Monday and I will need to make sure momoftominsocal1 did in fact collect the ten empty packets of KA and mail in for the plastic pitcher and mug set. I'm 99% sure she did, but I'm guessing sisteroftominsocal1 probably broke it like she did everything.

If any of you ever run across loriinchicago, tell her she's not forgiven. Not by ANY means.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 3, 2011 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: johnqpublic1

How's you Master Card?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 3, 2011 11:54 PM | Report abuse

@Tominsocal1 - WOW thanks for the recipe - I need to do my homework and get my hands on those ingredients for sure. I appreciate that. I'll have to come visit for a Caps west coast trip :)

Posted by: Jonathan6 | March 4, 2011 12:00 AM | Report abuse

@Jonathan6

I hope you see a couple of Caps wins on your Florida trip and the Caps recapture first place in the Southeast. March 7 is circled on the calendar, the birthday of a very close high school friend and also the sister of my late aunt (and they were born the same year as well.)

I did a Florida trip to see the Caps last January (and met TominSoCal who was TominFla then.) No Florida trip this year. Well, it turns out your going to Florida at the same time as the Caps dads trip.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 4, 2011 12:12 AM | Report abuse

J6: You're the pro. I'm the amateur. We ran across the prickly pear stuff at the restaurant at Mesa Verde National Park where you will find (at least in June 09) as fine a chef and staff of waiters as you could want. The Cheri's is made just outside Tucson. You can google Cheri's and call them and they can ship pints, gallons, whatever. Plus mrstominsocal1 who has Ovechkin-like skills with cooking got all their recipes on the prickly pear jelly to make like with shrimp cocktail. If sometimes I extoll our dinner/wine it's only because I eat/drink better than the queen of England six days out of seven. I'll bet that doesn't amuse her.

I am am Epicurean in the finest tradition.

If all the men said, "We are going off to fight the enemy!" I'd say, "Great, I'll stay behind with the women!"

Oh, I forget to mention, but because it's made with Bombay Sapphire, and ends up as a light red drink, we can call it the "Ruby Sapphire."

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 4, 2011 12:16 AM | Report abuse

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