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Live: Chat about the Caps' Game 5 loss

Post reporter Gene Wang is online now to chat about the Caps' 2-1 loss to the Habs at Verizon Center, which sends the first-round series back to Montreal on Monday for a Game 6.

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By Lindsay Applebaum  |  April 23, 2010; 9:40 PM ET
 
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Went to the well one time too many. Next time let's have a good first period eh?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 23, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

You can't win every game with offense and other wordly goaltending like Varlamov provided in the last couple of games. You tend to face better goaltending and defense over the course of the playoffs.

You need to be able to play team defense and win some low scoring games.

Montreal exploited our porous defense in the fist 5 minutes and were a layup off of the post away from going up 3-0.

If our PK wasn't uncharacteristically good, they would've scored another goal or two.

There are plenty of teams in the playoffs that are capable of winning low scoring or high scoring affairs. We are not one of those teams.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 23, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

OV is just much too fast for his teammates. They can't keep up with him...OV is killing us :)

Posted by: tomfoley1 | April 23, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

OV is just much too fast for his teammates. They can't keep up with him...OV is killing us :)

Posted by: tomfoley1 | April 23, 2010 10:00 PM

Maybe he'd be a little more tired if he tried backchecking every once in a while instead of expecting Backstrom and Knuble to do it all the time.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 23, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

tmac2yao - Ahmen to that backchecking comment.


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ARGH!!!! The only thing that would make me feel better is if the Pens loose tomorrow night.


GOD this stings. It makes me wonder why I watch. Why can't they just PUT A TEAM AWAY! If this series goes 7 games, I'm divorcing this team. Freaken 7th seed Flyers are sitting and resting. Unbelievable.

I'm pinning this one on BB. He's being out coached.

Yeh, I've pointed out Green, Semin, Flash, but still. BB can coach better then this. Its no secret what Montreal is doing.

Its text book "How to beat the Caps 101".

You better believe the Flyers have already wrote a few chapters in that book.

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

People say you need a few 'short' series wins, at least one, to be fresh enough for the finals and go all the way.

Who can the caps beat in less then 6 games?

Flyers?

Pens?

Its only up hill from here guys.

Championship teams play consistent hockey, and thus can win series 4-0 or 4-1.

This team has not proven that yet. Dating back to two years ago, they're not getting it done.

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Exactly. MTL got their two goals because of our slow start and lack of urgency. That's all they needed thanks to Halak. It's ridic. They gotta learn to put teams away. The first period by the Caps got MTL back into the series. It's really frustrating... really sloppy with all the passes and MTL had more urgency and was quicker to the puck most of the game. Now why do we have to wait til Monday? Grrr... gotta weather the storm Monday night.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 23, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Their passing has been horrible. Part of the reason that the Caps played so well during the regular season was their passing. In April the ice is chunkier and therefore it's harder to pass. This is also probably why they have played better in Montreal.

Posted by: ebz40 | April 23, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I'll give Semin credit for a good game tonight. But we need consistancy out of him. And that's been the problem.

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Exactly floms. I think joekk said it, there's something wrong with this team if they can't beat them in 6. 6 is already too many games. Golden opportunity to finish them WASTED.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 23, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

what's the chances of us beating them in MTL three times out of three? Don't see it happenin'. Game 7 back in VC and our home ice advantage is useless. Can't understand how they don't come out with more urgency and better effort. This is the playoffs for god's sake, you shouldn't need a coach or a speech or anything like that to get motivated.

On the bright side, we didn't play two games in one night like PIT did.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 23, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

The Caps played lights out for most of 2 games on the road and the last 15 minutes from last Saturday's game 2.

They looked tired - enough that battling back was hard when Montreal puts so much into blocking shots and skating through defensive positions.

That happens to teams sometimes.

There are bright spots. Varlamov settled down after the 2 early GA. The PK has been very good.

Some guys looked extra tired tonight, but knowing that they still had all those shots (40?) and would have won against any less than stellar goaltending I'm willing to give forget this game and move on.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | April 23, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the statement of Corvo and Sloan being unpaired. Corvo just wants to play offense and that leaves Sloan by himself, and he is not NHL caliber. If you have to play Corvo, stick Erskine with him to try to clean up his messes. Semin had a good game and is due.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | April 23, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Yeh, I think in how many games you can finish off a team is a good barometer of a SC contender.


where is StanleyCup1907?

Suprised he hasn't popped up yet.

Look, how many of us, deep down, really thought this team had what it takes, this season to go all the way, and win the finals?

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

habs won more games in verizon that we did.....we better get our sh.t together or start booking tee times....flash needs to sign with nylanders team

Posted by: wendel2 | April 23, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216

Part of the reason that Montreal is getting to pucks first is their sense of urgency.

The other part of it is that they are simply a much faster overall team.

You see their speed advantage on our PP, our PK and at even-strength.

On our PP, they are using their superior speed to apply constant pressure on us both in the neutral zone and in their own end. They've been getting to loose pucks first all series. Sadly, they are even winning physical battles along the boards despite being the smaller team.

On their PP, they are just coasting into the offensive zone. Part of that is due to us not putting up any resistance but it's also their speed.

At even-strength, despite that being their weakness, they are using their speed on the cycle to shake free from defenders and to get to open ice, particularly behind our own net.

How many times have you seen a Montreal player standing alone behind our net with the puck for several seconds before we are able to recover and put pressure on him?

Conversely, we almost never have that kind of situation in their defensive zone. We have just capitalized on rushes and short-lived offensive thrusts.

To neutralize their speed, it takes a total team effort as far as taking a man and being in good position on the ice. It means that our forwards have to be particularly focused on backchecking. It means clearing their smaller bodies out from in front of the net, where they scored both of their goals tonight and a number of other ones over the course of the series.

Unfortunately, those are not characteristics of this team. If Montreal was anything but the 30th ranked team in the league at even-strength, they probably would have already wrapped up this series. We got extremely lucky to win Game 2.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 23, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

No teams won their series in 4 games this year and only the Flyers finished one in 5 games because the Devils laid down and died.

Lots of Stanley Cup champions have sputtered in the first round and then made short work of better teams in subsequent rounds. I think its a respect thing....

Montreal has given the Caps fits all season because they have a good PP and decent PK. Skill and speed to match.

Most teams do not have that.

Plus team slike the Caps play great with emotion. Teams they hate bring out the best play. Hard to really hate Montreal. I always rather play the devil we know than the ones we dont...soon we will see familiar enemies.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | April 23, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

They rely on talent too much and sometimes don't work hard and they have lapses where they lose focus and don't play well. They think they can get away with talent alone, that's why these less talented, hardworking teams give them fits. And CDon said it in the previous post, this team lacks mental toughness. They just aren't there yet. Very frustrating.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 23, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Two Words: Green Sucks

Posted by: hlalor | April 23, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Where's all those people saying Green should win the Norris....that makes me laugh. Green is now our second best D man behind Carlson.

Posted by: CAPSHOCKEY2 | April 23, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if you guys know this but the biggest knock on Boudreau in the minors before he became coach at Hershey was that he was looked at as a "regular season" guy who didn't know how to win in the playoffs. That was why he got fired at Manchester despite good reg season records. The knock on him was he fielded teams which underachieved in the postseason.

now he beat that rap in Hershey but i give a lot of credit to Doug Yingst who supplied him with a lot of solid role players that the Capitals had nothing to do with acquiring. So maybe he needs 3 or 4 playoff seasons to understand how to win at the nhl level. And maybe McPhee and him are too closely aligned in their vision and McPhee doesn't provide the balance in personnel that a coach like Boudreau is basically forced into using. Just a theory but I do know that he desperately needed to win in the playoffs with Hershey to beat the rap on him.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 23, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

its safe to say the Caps can never close out any team in 4. No way. That would mean 4 consecutive close-to-60 min efforts. Has this team ever pulled off 4 consecutive strong efforts? hell no. They're good enough to win reg season games where they only show up for 2 periods. It just doesn't cut it in the playoffs. And Boudreau's comments from the bench at the end of the 1st pd were "we haven't played well but we still have plenty of time"

now when a coach says that, you have to wonder if his players are really getting the right message. He seems to imply that its not a huge deal we had another slow start because we have plenty of time to make up for it. Not tonight boys.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 23, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

They rely on talent too much and sometimes don't work hard and they have lapses where they lose focus and don't play well. They think they can get away with talent alone, that's why these less talented, hardworking teams give them fits. And CDon said it in the previous post, this team lacks mental toughness. They just aren't there yet. Very frustrating.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 23, 2010 10:30 PM

I think it's more than just the players relying on talent.

It's the lack of a total team committment to playing both ends of the ice.

That lack of committment and the breakdowns and bad defensive habits have to be in some way attributed to coaching.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 23, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

and why can't this team get to 40 hits in a game? a lot of teams do that in the reg season. We can't do that in the playoffs ? Montreal is by no stretch a physical team, we should be using our size/strength advantage on them to wear them down and punish them. Thats what the Flyers would do, thats what the Rags would do had they sneaked in, thats what Boston would do. Why are the Caps content on playing largely a finesse game against a finesse opponent?

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 23, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Well, maybe this can make us breath easier...

Last year, the pens went 6 games against the flyers, then 7 against us, then went 4-0. So if we finish off Montreal in 6, i guess its not too bad.

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

floms wrote: Why can't they just PUT A TEAM AWAY! If this series goes 7 games, I'm divorcing this team.

I hope you've got your name on all your stuff.

Posted by: fanzee71 | April 23, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

That lack of committment and the breakdowns and bad defensive habits have to be in some way attributed to coaching.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 23, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

i said this till i was blue in the face all season. And the season before.

What makes anyone think that a team who practices bad habits during the reg season can suddenly turn on a magic switch and make those habits disappear? If you're a suspect defensive team in the reg season, you'll be the same come playoff time unless your GM solidified the D via trade. Sorry, that didn't happen. If you're a team that was notorious for overly relying on talent v work ethic all season, guess what!! don't be surprised when that trend continues.

There's a contingent of fans here who like to ignore those facts in light of the Caps reg season record. Pretending that come playoff time, the Caps will ramp up their game and fix their inherent flaws. Don't hold your breath. This team has to practice those concepts all season so it doesn't seem like a foreign concept come playoff time. Thats true in any sport.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 23, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if you guys know this but the biggest knock on Boudreau in the minors before he became coach at Hershey was that he was looked at as a "regular season" guy who didn't know how to win in the playoffs. That was why he got fired at Manchester despite good reg season records. The knock on him was he fielded teams which underachieved in the postseason.

now he beat that rap in Hershey but i give a lot of credit to Doug Yingst who supplied him with a lot of solid role players that the Capitals had nothing to do with acquiring. So maybe he needs 3 or 4 playoff seasons to understand how to win at the nhl level. And maybe McPhee and him are too closely aligned in their vision and McPhee doesn't provide the balance in personnel that a coach like Boudreau is basically forced into using. Just a theory but I do know that he desperately needed to win in the playoffs with Hershey to beat the rap on him.

Posted by: cstanton1

cstanton:
I could not agree more. Same goes for Bob Woods. I witnessed it as a Hershey Bear season ticket holder for 15 years. Look at his stats when he was with Manchester.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | April 23, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I think its coaching.

The system they play lends itself to inconsitancy, because of the high risk/high rewards style.

When I watched the pens last night, what really jumped out at me was that every line played the exact same style, with same commitment to both ends of the ice.

It was synergy. It was a total team effort. From Crosby's line to Stall, they'd play north/south, and make sure to take care of their own end.

At this point i'm gonna stop blaming the players. I don't know that if we had the Pen's players, in this system, if they'd fare any better....

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I think its coaching.

The system they play lends itself to inconsitancy, because of the high risk/high rewards style.

When I watched the pens last night, what really jumped out at me was that every line played the exact same style, with same commitment to both ends of the ice.

It was synergy. It was a total team effort. From Crosby's line to Stall, they play north/south, and make sure to take care of their own end.

At this point i'm gonna stop blaming the players. I don't know that if we had the Pen's players, in this system, if they'd fare any better....

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

thats great, so we got bob woods and BB as our coaches, and both had suspect ratings in Manchester.

i was hoping the lessons Bruce learned in Hershey's postseason successes would translate quickly at this level. Not so far. I havent' even seen him learn his lessons from the past 2 playoff seasons. I saw a much better effort from this team v the Rangers and Flyers. I also think we should've held onto a player like Matt Cooke. Say what you will, he's a guy that you want on your team because he's hard to play against and he sets the tone on every shift.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 23, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Last three years: 15 home games in the Philly, NY Rangers, Penguins, Montreal series.

Our record: 7-8

Yeah so much for home ice advantage.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 23, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

When I watched the pens last night, what really jumped out at me was that every line played the exact same style, with same commitment to both ends of the ice.
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i'd say this one concept is the single most important factor when it comes to winning. When every line carries the same energy and momentum and your top lines look like your energy lines. When its hard to distinguish which line is on the ice, thats when you know the entire team has a single minded focus.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 23, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

They have speed. We have size.

They are using their speed. We are not using our size to negate their speed.

We had one game in this series where we had a relatively complete team effort, defensively, by the Caps' low standards and that was our most decisive win.

Good defensive plays play with that kind of intensity and urgency in their own end in 3 out of 4 games, at a minimum.

For the Caps, it's once out of every 10 games and that just won't cut it.

It's not fun to play defense. It has to be drilled into the offensive-minded players' heads by the coaches from day one. You can't tell them to start doing it halfway through the first round of the playoffs.

If Montreal played pedal to the medal all game like they did to start, they probably put up a few more goals. Unlike the Caps, when they get a 2 goal lead on the road, they don't continue to take chances. They figured they had to get up early so they too their chances early and then tightened up for the rest of the game.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 23, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

When I watched the pens last night, what really jumped out at me was that every line played the exact same style, with same commitment to both ends of the ice.
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i'd say this one concept is the single most important factor when it comes to winning. When every line carries the same energy and momentum and your top lines look like your energy lines. When its hard to distinguish which line is on the ice, thats when you know the entire team has a single minded focus.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 23, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

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Yeh exactly. I've been posting a lot tonight singling out players.

The bottom line is coaching and also a little bit GMGM.

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Montreal is a small team so we have to concede the speed advantage to them.

The sad things it that they are winning too many board battles at both ends of the ice on top of being the faster team.

The way to get our PP going would be to dump pucks in and win more puck battles along the boards. Montreal is standing us up in the neutral zone and at the blue line, daring us to try to dump it in and outskate them to pucks. We should be able to win those races because they are facing us at the blue line. The problem is that they are playing with more grit along the boards which should theoretically be one of our strengths in this series. There is no way to get the PP going if we don't win those puck battles.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 23, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

tmac2yao -

Excellent observation. But I just don't see them 'fixing', but rather continuing to try to win their way, using their skill. Maybe it will work, maybe not. But it will not get them very far.

Posted by: floms | April 23, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

its not like we're a slow team though. We have Ovy, Semin, Chimera, Backs, Flash, Gordo, Belanger, BMo upfront. Thats 2/3 of our forward lineup has great speed. The rest of our forwards are about as fast as Travis Moen.

I don't look at the Caps as a slower team than the Habs. Not in any significant way. I see better DESIRE from the Habs though.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 23, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

It's not fun to play defense. It has to be drilled into the offensive-minded players' heads by the coaches from day one. You can't tell them to start doing it halfway through the first round of the playoffs.

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look at what Bruce's response was when asked about Umberger's comments. He smugly said, "I've won a lot of championships playing this way"

in order to change, you have to WANT to change. Nothing I've seen from BB or McPhee makes me think they consider the Caps style to be a problem in any way. And they've built a roster largely to support that style. While other teams target defensive players, the Caps who already had the best offense went after another offensive dman. That speaks volumes doesn't it ? Even our "defensive" center Belanger doesn't play a gritty in your face game. He's a speedy finesse undersized center. Not exactly a trench-battler.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 23, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Yea, considering that we're the bigger team, we're not playing physically enough along the boards and in front of our own net.

If we don't exercise our size advantage and even let Montreal outwork us in those areas, we are really playing with fire.

I didn't watch a lot of Montreal games in the regular season but my guess would be that one of the reasons why they barely squeaked into the playoffs despite their obvious speed and skill is that most teams don't give them the kind of time and space we are giving them. Most teams make sure to win the physical battles.

They may have lost some man games to injuries but every team does to some extent. We are simply allowing them to be a speed and skill team by not taking away their space. It's not just about hits. It's about outworking them in front of our net and along the boards. They aren't intimidated one bit by our size and we are spending too much time chasing them around the ice in all 3 zones.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 23, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Gene harped on the play of Halak tonight in the postgame Q@A, and, while I agree he played well, I think a lot of our opportunities away from the crease were fairly easy. Semin, for instance, seemed to find the net tonight finally, but with shots right at the goalie. I didn't see sprawling acrobatic saves from Halak. I saw sound positioning with most of the shots not coming from great scoring positions on the ice. Montreal's chances on the other hand are often in prime scoring areas due to our defenders propensity to just back into the zone. If Ovie played against our D, he would average two goals a game.

Posted by: rphilli721 | April 23, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow I cooled off faster than I though I would. Anyway to people who often criticize SOME of us for being negative with the Caps...it's because we played a bad game.

Most of us have endured heartbreaking losses in the playoffs for years. It's like the Red Sox. They went 86 years without a World Series, and from 1919-2003 everything went wrong, and so that's what fans expected to happen. A Bill Buckner play, or a heartbreaking extra inning loss.

Until we win the Cup, some of us just have that feeling that something bad will happen. Whether we win in game 6, or lose in game 7, I will still cheer for this team.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | April 23, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

defense, why are you even talking about DEFENSE??

the one and ONLY reason why they're going back to Montreal for Game 6 is because of their pathetic PP

if the PP was even clicking at 15 percent, the series would have ended in a SWEEP.

Posted by: joek443 | April 23, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I meant It's not because we played a bad game. Works either way though. I guess I haven't cooled off yet.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | April 23, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

15 percent, heck a 10 percent PP would have done the job actually...

Posted by: joek443 | April 23, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Just an observation...we often laugh at a guy like Hal Gill, especially for his "slownest" but boy, could we use him. He is a beast...This guy sure comes out to play in the play off. It's always impressive to see a guy know exactly what is expected of him defensively and play within his own limits... He does a lot of little things really well, blocking shots, winning his battles along the boards/corners, good first pass and uses his reach and physique to his advantage. I hope Schultz is taking notes...
A ;pt of comment about Green tonight. I think that his performance in the playoff so far can be summarized by a play with about 1 minute left to play, when Gomez bowled him over to take a rebound and almost scored. Green, always a step behind defensively...Yzerman is a genious.

Posted by: atybat | April 23, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Of all of Backstrom's tremendous abilities, speed is not one of them. He's probably average, at best, compared to the rest of the league.

Morrison hasn't had the speed he was once known for in years. It only shows up in glimpses.

Ovechkin is explosvie but his end-to-end speed is not on par with some of the faster players on Montreal, esp. as he has put on more mass.

Gordon isn't slow but he's not particularly fast, either.

Flash is supposed to have speed but I rarely see it.

Belanger has above average speed but, again, he's not on par with Montreal's speedy little guys.

Chimera has genuine straight line speed as does Semin but that's about it.

Nobody on our defense other than Corvo has great speed and Corvo still isn't at 100% according to him.

Green is not that fast. He is a great skater but not a fast skater.

Montreal, in my mind, has a clear cut advantage in overall team speed. I'm not saying that every one of their players are faster than every one of our players, just that they have the edge in that area.

When you throw in that they are playing for stretches with more desire and working harder along the boards, it really puts us at a disadvantage.

Posted by: tmac2yao | April 23, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

tomorrow and sunday, they need to concentrate on the PP without Green because he does NOT deserve to be on the PP right now... I'd rotate Corvo, Carlson and Poti on the point and go from there

Posted by: joek443 | April 23, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I am frustrated with the fact we can't seem to finish off teams in 4 or 5 games but Montreal is a team that we had trouble with during the regular season as well.

But at least we still have two games left to win one. (But nothing like having to fact a VERY well rested Flyers team next).

I think something needs to be done about our power play. And soon. For starters, since Green is missing passes so often (and thus the puck goes into our end), it's time to put Carlson in Green's place there.

I assume we'll see some personnel changes of some sort for next game. Stecks and Walker will come in to replace some forwards since the team needs a shakeup.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 23, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

@floms

Now that you're divorcing the Caps, who will you root for instead?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 23, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

the only good thing about this game was at least they didn't lose in triple OTs like the Pens did last night

Posted by: joek443 | April 23, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

Your "point" suggestions for the PP sound good to me.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 23, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I think this long rest will actually hurt the flyers against the Caps as long as they can finish off the Habs on monday night.

they will have been off for almost a full week and for a team that was on such a high and depends more on their emotions than their skill, the long rest will most likely cool them off and they will come down to earth in the next series

Posted by: joek443 | April 23, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

@ CapsFan75

I think right now they need to take some pressure off Green and take him off the PP unit because it's clear that he can't handle it.

just let him concentrate on other things and hopefully he get his game back.

Posted by: joek443 | April 24, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

and it should be clear to everyone by now that there is no such thing as home ice advantage in SC playoffs

Posted by: joek443 | April 24, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

I am watching the Wings game right now and noticing that the Yotes are playing their PP with 3 D men with Jovonaski playing on the half wall. Maybe that is an idea for Green. No matter what the PP needs work during the two off days and I don't care if the Habs coach is there filming and taking notes. We need to do something different at least for the rest of this series.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 24, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

joek443 I agree about Philly. Their biggest advantage coming into the playoffs is they we fighting for their lives down to the last day and had all that momemtum going into their series. Maybe they lose some of that waiting that long.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 24, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

No continuity and no flow through the neutral zone all series. The second pass out of our zone continues to plague us. PP goes with out saying. Green is a winger playing defense and absolutely useless on the PP.Team is not skating hard for loose pucks or winning the battles along the boards. Average to below average defense. Ovechkin continues to be the one man turnover show barreling down the LW refusing to set up anything but his own turnover. Semin? Flash? Not a Stanley Cup championship team...

Posted by: 850-850 | April 24, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

I love the caps and have always been a lifelong fan but when it comes to the playoffs they always seem to let ya down in some kind of way.Now I'm not hitting the panic button yet on this series,I still do think the caps will win this one and probably do it next game but I'm not even sure they deserve to win this series.The caps cant put a full 60 min game to save there life.And on that point,I dont think the caps have it to go all the way this year.Not enough maturaty on the team.If there havin this much trouble already,its not gonna be enough to go all the way.I love the caps and all i want is a stanley cup for his team but they just need to want it a little bit more.GET IT TOGETHER CAPS! GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: gratefuldid | April 24, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

i still think that mathew perault would be a great fit for this series. bring him for the second line center snd sit morrison.

Posted by: samb99 | April 24, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

btw I didn't know if Comcast showed this but look at Belenger after taking the stick to the face. http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=35&id=67438. Pulls out his own tooth on the bench.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 24, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

For you posters caps win> Stanley cup,Caps loose no championship caliber team. Fair weather fans but still way better than Montreal fanz. (Over there nothing good about all negativity hatred only thing they have is memory of old days or dream of bright future)
Go OV get that Canadiens. In 6

Posted by: dugza | April 24, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

this start to worry me a bit...
seriously, MTL should've won game 1,2,4,& 5. They've lost game 2 & 4 because they can't hold on to the lead. But on game 5 they found a way to do it. So if they win game 6, we could be in trouble.

Posted by: capsfan88 | April 24, 2010 2:19 AM | Report abuse

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