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Live game chat: Caps vs. Ducks

Chat with Post reporter Gene Wang around 7 p.m., when the Caps host the Anaheim Ducks at Verizon Center:

Update: Tonight's chat might start a little bit late thanks to the Wizards news, but hang tight -- it's still on.

Tonight's lineup will feature Michal Neuvirth in goal for the Caps and J-S Giguere in net for the Ducks. The forward lines are Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble; Laich-Fleischmann-Semin; Chimera-Morrison-Fehr; and Gordon-Steckel-Bradley. The D-pairings are Schultz-Green; Erskine-Poti; and Morrisonn-Pothier.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 27, 2010; 7:01 PM ET
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The rumors that tonight's game is being bumped to CSN+ is not true. I just spoke with a person in Comcast Sportsnet's programming department and she said they are not even carrying the JMU game. Temple vs. UNCC will be on CSN+. She also said there is only one more Caps game to be shown on CSN+ this year, the 3/5 game against Atlanta. They are looking to have a second HD channel for next season so hopefully we won't have to put up SD Caps games for much longer.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | January 27, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Enough waiting - drop the damn puck already.. Let's go Caps. Let's ice these quacks.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | January 27, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Scrap the game chat. It's a pain.

No one is mentioning that Ovi's shot that beaned Hillen was deflected upward by Okposo's stick. I suppose it's a lot more interesting to readers that Hillen was hurt by Ovi's slapshot to the face.

Posted by: Sonyask | January 27, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Because I am, in fact, this cool, I figured out the record of the Caps' organization as a whole (Caps, Bears, Stingrays).

98-32-14.

How foolish is that? Good time to be a Caps fan.

Posted by: Aldred15 | January 27, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

RE: WAS 7, NYI 2:

Too bad Fred Rogers isn't around anymore...he might characterize last nights game somethign like this:


(Singing)
"...could you be?"
"...would you be?"
"...my neighbor?"
(music ends)

"Well, I saw an amazing hockey game last night, boys & girls. It was great because the Washington Capitals scored a lot more goals than the New York Islanders, even though the Capitals' best forward and their best defenseman didn't get any of them."

"Can you say 'Offensive Juggernaut' boys and girls?"


Posted by: Rhino40 | January 27, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

@Aldred15

That is pretty sick! Incredible depth!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | January 27, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Not a prediction per se...just something I'd like to see tonight:

Caps win their 8th straight victory...
Scoring 8 Goals...
Allowing only 8 shots on goal...
With hat tricks by both #8 and #28....

Yes, I know: I'm wierd.

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 27, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

There are rumors on other sites that the Caps are in the mix for Kovalchuk. I hope not. All you would be doing is trading goals for goals. We need a big D.

Posted by: jgrasse | January 27, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know of a link for the game. Justin.tv and atdhe aren't working

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 27, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

wheres da chat?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 27, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

ovie..YES

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 27, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

what took so long

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | January 27, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

:36 seconds - this must be scary for caps opponents

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 27, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

OV with a beautiful tap-in goal 36 seconds into the first period. GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: wocoliz | January 27, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

What was their goalie doin?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 27, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

nevermind Atdhe starting working just in time for me to see the replay sick tip by Knuble (i think he was the one in front) to give Ovechkin the empty net.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 27, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Try channelsurfing.net icehammer'97

Posted by: zosodave | January 27, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

THAT GOAL WAS NUTS. KNUBS DEFLECTION WAS SWEET

Posted by: Aldred15 | January 27, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

what took so long

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | January 27, 2010 7:09 PM |

Off night.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 27, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

That was about as dominant a period of hockey as I've seen the Caps play all season. It's amazing the score is only 1-0. No matter how this game plays out, you have to be happy with that first period performance.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 27, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

That was about as dominant a period of hockey as I've seen the Caps play all season. It's amazing the score is only 1-0. No matter how this game plays out, you have to be happy with that first period performance.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 27, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse
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The fact that it is only 1-0 scares me. I don't like how Anaheim is hanging around.

Posted by: elicea | January 27, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Did Mike Green just try to triangle someone?

Posted by: TwoBuckChuck | January 27, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

The Caps have to get the puck to the roof of the net on this goalie. He's too good down low. Hopefully they will do that the third period.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 27, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Jiggy wants to steal this one

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | January 27, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

If everybody just continues to comment here they will can the live chat.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 27, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

This is a good type of game for the Caps to have to play.

Goals have been coming easy for them recently and there will be games like this in the playoff where a goalie is standing on his head or you just have bad luck and can't find the back of the net.

They need to be able to win games by keeping pucks out of their net as well. Tonight could be an opportunity to win a game with defense and goaltending. We could easily be up 5 or 6 to 1 so it will be interesting to see if they don't get frustrated and have lapses in their own zone.

Semin made a really bad play to cause the goal against. He tried to curl and drag in his own zone instead of making the safe and simple play which he had time to make. It's just part of his maddening genius. You take the good with the bad.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 27, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Neuvy has reminded me of the Michelin man several times this evening. At other times he looks pretty good.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 27, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

What's up with that Ryan fellow?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 27, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Is his jock too tight?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 27, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Yea, it was a bad rebound by Neuvirth but the primary culprit was Semin.

Their goal was very similar to ours in that the goalie and all the defensemen (including the forwards) were sure the puck was exiting the zone. That's how a forward (or forwards in our case) ended up unmarked in front of the net.

If Semin makes the simple play, there is no goal on that Ducks possession in our zone.

Similarly, if the Ducks had executed better along the boards, the puck never makes it to Knuble and Ovechkin in front of the net.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 27, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

A deflection would be alright too. Hey Ryan, Ovi can hit too.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 27, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

This is a good response.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 27, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Niedermeyer's jockstrap is somewhere on the ice.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 27, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

The response continues...

We could very easily have 7 or more goals tonight.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 27, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow, just Wow.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | January 27, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Niedermeyer's jockstrap is somewhere on the ice.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 27, 2010 8:59 PM

It's actually about 5 rows up. This is a clinic.

Posted by: Moose33 | January 27, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Me thinks a fight is coming soon!!!

Posted by: Satts | January 27, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

That is the best type of fight for Bradley, lots of wild swings and noone connects

Posted by: Moose33 | January 27, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

is another goal just piling on???

Posted by: ljo211 | January 27, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I SAW U LISA HILLARY, TRYIN TO LOOK TALL!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 27, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable 3rd period. Gotta love the way the boys are playing!

Posted by: wocoliz | January 27, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

# 1 seed in the East only matters if they get to play the Islanders... if that means they have to play a team like Philly, it really doesn't mean anything

Posted by: joek443 | January 27, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

look at that psycho alan may...That my boy!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 27, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

in the first round that is

Posted by: joek443 | January 27, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

So I just want to commet on how mature the caps have become. Not too long ago, being held to one goal in 2 periods would have frustrated them, and mistakes would have ensued! I loved watching the patience they showed today. The yongins are growing up!!!!

Posted by: capscoach | January 27, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

we were pretty darn good on faceoffs tonight!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 27, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

caps seem to be playing for the full 60 minutes. when the forwards play their part on d - this team looks real solid.
they need this type of effort against fla and tb too

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 27, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

POSTGAME THOUGHTS:
Wow. An impressive display of maturity by a growing Caps team. Tied 1-1 - they come out and seize the moment in the third period thus icing the quacks for a big 5-1 victory.

Welcome to the scoresheet Shoane Morrison. Another team effort. Neuvy once again stepped up to the plate between the pipes.

This is fun to sit back and watch a team that is a sheer joy to watch most nights. As a Caps fan who has endured so many disappointes growing up - this could turn out to be a special year but lots of hockey left.

Even after it was 5-1 - this team kept coming and hammering the Ducks into the boards and essentially buried them while they were way down. That is how you finish.

The streak continues as the Florida Panthers come calling on Friday night.

It's been a two point night.

ICE BREAKERS GOAL SHAKERS

Posted by: Jonathan6 | January 27, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan6

Hey...u stole my thought. I love th patience they showed tonight. They could have easily gotten frustrated and started playing sloppy and taking bad penalties and

Posted by: capscoach | January 27, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Things are going great for the Caps, but some people are getting a little out of hand. I heard some people wondering what the record is for most goals in a season by one team. It was, of course, the 83-84 Oilers. This Caps team has no shot at that record. The Caps are on pace for about 320 goals, while scoring about 3.9 per game. The Oilers scored about 5.5 per game. Time to just be happy.

Oh, by the way, the Oilers' total for that year was 446. The all time record for most goals given up in a single season is also 446...by the 74-75 Caps.

Let's go Caps!!!

Posted by: crooks_c | January 27, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

crooks_c
Way to kill the mood! Can't we just have our moment :)

Posted by: capscoach | January 27, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

and they did it in 80 games, two less than it is now

Posted by: joek443 | January 27, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Off topic, but can anyone tell me why Sykora was sent down to the minors? I thougt he was a decent player.

Posted by: capscoach | January 27, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

@crooks

You have to consider the different eras, rules, goalie equipment, etc...

I've seen places where they translate goals from different eras to do a real comparison.

It's like comparing Ovechking's 65 goals to Gretzky's 92. You have to look beyond the raw numbers to consider the different eras.

Teams and players don't score as much in today's game.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 27, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

That was a weird slip up. I actually meant to type Ovechkin instead of Ovechking. Both work though...

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 27, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

The point being that while no team will ever likely match the Oilers' goal total for that season, it's not beyond the realm of possibility that some team could be considered a better offense when accounting for the different goal-scoring rates of the different eras.

Posted by: tmac2yao | January 27, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

the gaudy offensive numbers the Caps are piling up won't really mean much unless they can have a similar success in the playoffs like the Oilers could...

few people would remember those Oiler teams now without their playoff success

Posted by: joek443 | January 27, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

@Tmac,

I totally get you. I have even seen Ovechking's 65 compared favorably to some of Gretzky's best years. I wish I had access to that analysis. I was lucky to be a fan of hockey during the Great One's reign and saw him in person a few times. I swear that when the Caps are on the remind me of those great Oilers teams with the team play and moving the puck. In fact, I believe the current top teams play with more skill than the best teams of the Oilers' days. One thing that has changed more dramatically than the overall skill level is the goalie play. Today's goalies are light years beyond the best goalies of the 80's. Style of play is more athletic, the equipment is tons better.

OK, I will go ahead and say it: the 2009-2010 Caps are better than the 1983-84 Oilers.

Posted by: crooks_c | January 27, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing wrong with enjoying the Caps recent success! Lets worry about the playoffs after the Olympic break!!

Posted by: capscoach | January 27, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

And I like "Ovechking" much better than "Ovenchicken" (as in "Stuff Ovenchicken" as seen in Pittsburgh). Love the rivalry with the lousy Penguins.

Posted by: crooks_c | January 27, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

to those who keep bringing up the possiblity of the Caps trading for Kovalchuk every other day on here, the reports are that it would take a combination of about 4 or 5 players and draft picks to get him... does anyone seriously think that GMGM would give up that much to get him??

that's the kinda move that a desperate team in need of scoring like the Bruins and the Flames, NOT the Caps

Posted by: joek443 | January 27, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

that's the kinda move that a desperate team in need of scoring like the Bruins and the Flames would consider making, NOT the Caps

Posted by: joek443 | January 27, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have the stat on how many goals in how many games for Semin since Flash became his center?

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 27, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have the stat on how many goals in how many games for Semin since Flash became his center?

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 27, 2010 11:31 PM

from what i could look up - flash played his first game at center against mon on jan 5th.
including that game:
semin:
12 games
11 goals
10 assists
10 +/-
i don't know how much of that comes from in game line changes (not with flash) or from pp/sh time
either way, he is on fire

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 28, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

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