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Live: Talk about the Caps' victory


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Post reporter Gene Wang is online now to discuss the Caps' 5-1 Game 3 victory over the Habs in Montreal. Click here to join the conversation.

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By Lindsay Applebaum  |  April 19, 2010; 9:44 PM ET
 
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Still nothing on the PP? We're doomed.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | April 19, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Easy win.
No energy expended after first 20 mins.
Never was a nervous AmeriCAN'T here pregame or otherwise.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

What a relief. I was able to watch most of the game sitting down, without pacing the room back and forth. Thanks Caps.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | April 19, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

And, to those who were so critical today of McPhee, BB and the players:

Consider yourselves members of the Elite Doofus platoon, Special Operations.

Or, Special ED as you are commonly referred to.

Posted by: tominfl1 | April 19, 2010 9:48 PM

Also: You heard it here first from nostrathomas: Caps over Bruins 4 games to 1 in Round 2.

As it is written, so it shall be.

Posted by: tominfl1 | April 19, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Flash needs to sit. Chimer to the second line and Walker to the 4th. Do it.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 19, 2010 9:44 PM |

I would say Fehr to 2nd (maybe he can help Semin), Chimera to 3rd, Walker to 4th. Something is just majorly off with Flash recently.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

How about some love for Belanger? His face-off ability made it possible for them to finally sit Steckel, which is where he belongs.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 19, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

A terrible effort by a team on life support. We were lucky to get through game 2 at home and it's showing now.

Wait, 5-1 on the road?

Om-nom-nom you over-critical posters - eat that crow.

Posted by: Raber | April 19, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

Great post, Nostrathomas. (Nostrathomas translates to Our Thomas.)

You obviously have more confidence in Boston's ability to advance than in Philadelphia's.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 19, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

A great hockey prophet once proclaimed:

"Let he who is without turnover cast the first chunk of ice."

There were so many, with such glee, casting chunks and cubes against the Caps, BB, GMGM and what-not after the first two games.

Show up now, and let's see what you have to say after Game 3, oh ye members of Doofus Platoon Special ED.

Posted by: tominfl1 | April 19, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I guess we should not expect any in-game chats in the playoffs based on Geno's post game response.

I am available for hire as a moderator if necessary WaPo.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 19, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Right now, I would have to agree to sit Steckel. He has been good very often during the season, but right now, he is the 5th best center.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Lets trade Gordo!!!

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Very simply may have been Boyd Gordon's best game as a Washington Capital. A huge goal, five shots on goal total, 13-2 in the circle, and centered a very, very good 4th line tonight. Way to go, Gordo!!!

Posted by: coveredwithhisdust | April 19, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

Great post, Nostrathomas. (Nostrathomas translates to Our Thomas.)

You obviously have more confidence in Boston's ability to advance than in Philadelphia's.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 19, 2010 9:58 PM


As it is written, so it shall be.

signed,
nostrathomas

Posted by: tominfl1 | April 19, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

FWIW my vote for the hard hat goes to Chimmer

Posted by: griz0615 | April 19, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I am really pleased that today was a team win! Varly played great, but they worked together and no one player had to be remarkable to pull out a win. I am reading BB's book right now and he talks about how when you play like a team you are more likely to achieve individual milestones

Posted by: capscoach | April 19, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

We are doomed. We could not convert the shut-out. What is wrong with our D? Just kidding of course. After reading all the doom and gloom the last day and a half, this is just what the doctor ordered. Now lets bash the power play.......

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | April 19, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Right now, somewhere, BB criticizers stand in their kitchens, fry pans over their stoves, smoke rising from the pans, as the rank aroma of crow fills the rooms.

The question to all of you gourmets:

What wine do you serve with crow?

Caw! Caw!

Posted by: tominfl1 | April 19, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love the secondary scoring -- Gordon, Fehr, Laich, Bradley. Some playoff-style garbage goals too. I concur with those who have suggested (demanded?) sitting Fleishmann. Small player who plays small. His skills are helpful in the more open regular season, but he really is out of his element in the tight-checking, glove-in-your-face, sandpaper style of the NHL playoffs. Caps will be a stronger playoff team with Walker in the lineup.

Posted by: coveredwithhisdust | April 19, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

If only we had time to go to this afternoon's blog tominfl1!
Just like going after the french @ Vichy France.

Vive les Capitals!

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure this has been posted many times over the last couple of days, but, wow, John Carlson is unbelievable.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 19, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Someone actually posted today, (Humphrey Bogart voice) I kid you not:

"BB doesn't know how to manage goaltenders."

I'm not going to go back and find that post (why bother to re-read anything that person might write), but that poster is hereby PROMOTED to 4-Star general-in-charge, Army of the Doofuses.

Reading the abject stupidity of some of these posts, it is no wonder we are encouraged to pray for the future of humanity.

Better chance I say of a hockey rink in Hell.

Posted by: tominfl1 | April 19, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

IS THAT WHY THE COMCAST BROADCAST CAME BACK ON DURING THE CANADIEN ANTHEM?

THEY BOO'ED OUR ANTHEM?

REALLY?

I AM READY TO LEAD AN EXCURSION ACROSS THA BORDER!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 19, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I was not one of the naysayers. However, it is only 2 games to 1. There are still 2 games to win and the 4th is always the toughest. Hopefully, we will be saying TGIF in four days.

Posted by: croftonpost | April 19, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

There was some booing & heckling of the Capitals from earlier in this afternoon's blog.
Seems to me to be the same as booing the US National Anthem.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

IS THAT WHY THE COMCAST BROADCAST CAME BACK ON DURING THE CANADIEN ANTHEM?

THEY BOO'ED OUR ANTHEM?

REALLY?

I AM READY TO LEAD AN EXCURSION ACROSS THA BORDER!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 19, 2010 10:18 PM

Even better - let's just stomp them again on Wednesday, and then send them home crying on Friday!

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Lisa Hillary, you rock! and talk about instant karma - the Hockey Gods demand respect: thou shall never boo a national anthem. It was a super-frustrating night for the Habs fans. Take that!

Posted by: blushfilms | April 19, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Great game by BB. He picked the right goalie, tinkered with the lines just enough, and had them much more responsible with the puck in there own end. I give BB credit for all of it.

His challenge will be much harder for game 4. This team tends to take it easy when they think they have it all figured out. They need to guard against complacency going forward.

Posted by: zyvo23 | April 19, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I'd say go with Jose, but either way we win 5-1 tonight

Posted by: _stevo | April 19, 2010 11:47 AM
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Someone buy that man a beer...

Posted by: TimDz | April 19, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of hockey Gods, Boyle got his come uppance last night.
Ha, somewhere Semin is smiling.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know whether Shaone Morrisonn is injured? He only played 10 minutes.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 19, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I read every post over the last 48 hrs:

"BB can't manage goaltenders."
"McPhee is an idiot for getting Corvo."
"Green should be sent to Hershey."
"Semin is a no-show for the playoffs."
"The Caps have no defense."

Yada, yada, yada.

The Doofus Brigade, Troll Battalion, is filled with those who hide under the bridge and then slink out to cast dispersion at the slightest chink in the Caps' armor.

Face me now, oh ye Doofus.

Posted by: tominfl1 | April 19, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse


The Doofus Brigade, Troll Battalion, is filled with those who hide under the bridge and then slink out to cast dispersion at the slightest chink in the Caps' armor.
Face me now, oh ye Doofus.
Posted by: tominfl1 | April 19, 2010 10:35 PM |

Of mice & men LOL!

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

if you google 'Canadien's fans booing national anthem,' you'll get a couple of youtube hits. One of Habs fans booing when the Bruins were in town and one of Boston's response... A standing ovation for Oh Canada similar to the Star Spangled Banner in Chicago.

We should do the same on Friday

Posted by: griz0615 | April 19, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Any way we can make all the Habs fans who booed the US Anthem honorary DB members? That is showing no class or respect.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Strong game by the team. I'm still disappointed with Semin's play and the powerplay.

I used to live up close to Montreal and attended Habs games regularly until I moved in 2002. I always remembered their fans being very respectful. What happened?

Posted by: thomas20 | April 19, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

if you google 'Canadien's fans booing national anthem,' you'll get a couple of youtube hits. One of Habs fans booing when the Bruins were in town and one of Boston's response... A standing ovation for Oh Canada similar to the Star Spangled Banner in Chicago.

We should do the same on Friday

Posted by: griz0615 | April 19, 2010 10:38 PM
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I so hope Caps fans in attendance show class and show respect for the Canadian National Anthem...
I saw the replay and was repulsed....

Posted by: TimDz | April 19, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Les Habitants est tres Francais n'est pas?

C'est la vie!

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Caps fans will do anything - they haven't in the past with stuff like this. No need to stoop to the Habs' level.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 19, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

To be clear, I suggest we applaud Oh Canada as the fans in Boston did.

Posted by: griz0615 | April 19, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Curious, but not one post from cstanton1 since the Caps took the lead in this game. May I call on some of my friends?

John Wayne: "Now, look here, cstanton1, pull your pistol or become a farmer."

Bogie: "I'm tellin' you this, and I'm tellin' you once: The Caps are beatin' the Habs, and you ain't stoppin' it."

Greta Garbo: "I vant to be on zee power play."

Posted by: tominfl1 | April 19, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

@griz: good call and I agree. Of course, I'll be standing respectfully at my house....

Posted by: TimDz | April 19, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Tom, you made me laugh.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 19, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Dan Boyle deserved it.

Posted by: Rocc00 | April 19, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I have always liked the Canadian anthem!

I actually sing it sometimes, as though I were Canadian. People in my Family look at me funny. (I have ZERO Canadian connections)

The booing is APPALLING!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | April 19, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Everyone knows the people in Montreal aren't Canadians. Please don't let the disrespect of this band of doofuses, even if it is the entire city, discolor your judgment of a great nation that has been America's finest ally over the last 130 years.

You look back at 1941. France was overrun by the Nazis. England was hanging by a thread. Who withstood a lengthy 5-on-3 shorthanded situation long enough so the rest of the world could recover? Yes, the Americans, Canadians and Russians were there with the British.

OK, sometimes the Quebecois act like (fill in the blank). Please don't allow that to diminish the contribution Canada has made in support of global democracy since the 19th century.

My blood is on the line for Canada 168 hrs every week of the year. A great nation of great people deserves nothing less.

"Oh, Canada, our home and native land..."

Posted by: tominfl1 | April 19, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

"(The Caps) are who I thought they were!"

Great playoff road win. The Caps excelled in many areas. They won by outdueling them in the circles, outhitting them, outshooting them, and, of course, outscoring them. They weathered the early storm and wore them down.

I envision another win, albeit a closer one on Wednesday evening.

Posted by: Terptwin | April 19, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

The crow is on our team. Joe Corvo, the man who's last name means "crow" in Italian and whose full name in Spanish is Jose Cuervo, as in the tequila.

So, for those eating crow, they should wash it down with Jose Cuervo tequila.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 19, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I would like to take a moment and thank Paul Holmgren. Taking Steve Eminger and a 3rd for a first round pick that turned into John Carlson. How did that work out for you Philly?

Posted by: RichC3 | April 19, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

Great post on Canada in WW II. On Quebec, there seems to be secession movement for them to withdraw from Canada, every so often.

Think about it. Does Quebec really fit in with the rest of Canada?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 19, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

@Rocc00

I heard of Boyle's own goal for San Jose. I'm sure Semin was smiling. Of course, Semin will smile more when he gets a goal. (Close but no cigar has been the story on him.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 19, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

@terpwin:


I have, myself, full confidence that if we do our duty, all four lines, if nothing is neglected, and if the best arrangements are made, and we play well away from the puck, we shall prove ourselves once more able to defend our home ice, to ride out the storm of war, and to outlive the Habs, if necessary for for a full seven games, if necessary alone.

We shall go on to the end, we shall fight them in Montreal, we shall them at Verizon Centre, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength on Versus, we shall defend our franchise, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the NHL Network, we shall fight on the power play, we shall fight them short-handed and at even strength, we shall fight them in overtime; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this team were down even 3 games to 2, then our Coach, armed and guarded by the GM and ownership, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the Captain, with all his power and might, would skate forth to the rescue and the liberation of his mates.

Posted by: tominfl1 | April 19, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Flash can be flashy, but I'm pretty sure he's a defensive liability, and that's not what this team needs. I was hoping Caps could trade him for something, and I still am.

I too would like to see Walker in the lineup. I believe he adds a certain something that doesn't make it to the stats sheet, he's been there before, and he did pot a couple post-trade in the regular season and looked pretty good doing it. I believe Boudreau will play him at some point--perhaps he doesn't like Walker vs. the Canadiens or something.

Posted by: youaresquishy | April 19, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, what a game folks.

Varlamov was spectacular in the first period.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 19, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

And, by "there," I meant that he's been to the conference finals before, which is further than most of the other Capitals have been.

Posted by: youaresquishy | April 19, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

@squishy

And he scored the Game-winner against Boston to get there.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 19, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Quality, tom, quality. And the man was half-American, while we're being mildly jingoistic with this stuff.

(Please, terpwin, tell me you get tominfl1's reference.)

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | April 19, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to repeat what I said two days ago: the Canadiens will not win another game this season. I did put my money where my mouth is, and I will continue to do so every game for the rest of this series. Caps in 5--take it to the bank.

Posted by: youaresquishy | April 19, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

What a game!

If we don't suck what are we going to talk about tomorrow?

Posted by: Justafan | April 19, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

With that, I bid you adieu.

And, remember, you heard it here first:

Round 2, Caps over Bruins in 5.

signed,
nostrathomas

Posted by: tominfl1 | April 19, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

And, as to Fehr's performance in the playoffs so far, all that really needs to be said is: "WTF?!?!?!??!"

I am developing something of a man-crush on Fehr, seriously.

Fehr, with the 8th most goals per minute of ice time in the entire NHL this year (minimum 20 goals). What? It's true. One spot ahead of Mike Knuble, two ahead of one Ilya Kovalchuk.

(My complete chart is here: http://washingtoncapitalsblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/top-40-in-goals-points-per-minute.html)

Posted by: youaresquishy | April 19, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

And as I said, third period Saturday night was a turning point.

Posted by: Justafan | April 19, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

What a game!

If we don't suck what are we going to talk about tomorrow?

Posted by: Justafan | April 19, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

how about the sucky PP??

actually it's better to suck now than later in the playoffs when they will really need it... hopefully it's just a slump and they will come outta it next game

Posted by: joek443 | April 19, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Kings up 4-2.

Good hockey day so far!

Posted by: richmondphil | April 19, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

squishy I think Walker is best used against bigger more physical teams like Boston and Buffalo. The Habs are small (except Gil) and fast. Walker best fits in a series where there will be more coner battles and more grit is needed. The question is who do you take out of the line-up to put him in?

Gordon showed tonight why he should be in the line-up every game.

Chimmy has been one of our constant workers every game.

Bradley has also been solid and if we are looking for grit he is needed in the line-up.

Morrison has been solid and worked well tonight with Laich and Fehr.

Fehr has been out spark plug the last two games and I don't see him leaving.

So does that mean we are sitting Flash? I know he hasn't scored yet in the series but he made a great pass to set up the first goal last game and made several good plays tonight as well.

While I like Walker I think he was brought here to add depth and I don't think he will get in unless Bradley or Chimera gets hurt, has there game go away, or needs a day off to recharge their batteries and Walker can come in and work hard in their place.

Posted by: icehammer97 | April 19, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't think we see line changes of great import. It's all about chemistry; The third and fourth lines were great tonight and the second is ready to break through.

Posted by: Justafan | April 19, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

icehammer, Buffalo isn't big at all.

In fact, I'd venture a guess that they are one of the smallest teams in the league, right up there with the Habs.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 19, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

How about some love for Belanger? His face-off ability made it possible for them to finally sit Steckel, which is where he belongs.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | April 19, 2010 9:57 PM |

Gordo was 11 for 12 tonight as well. He made a strong case for why he should stay in the lineup.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 19, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Varly was the difference tonight, especially in the 1st. He made some huge saves.

I am tired of seeing Corvo on the PP, he's not that good. I'd rather see Carlson at the point or Ovie with Green, Semin, Backstrom, and Knuble. I think that's our best PP unit.

Posted by: CAPSHOCKEY2 | April 20, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I wouldn't go so far as to say they should sit Flash. I know the Caps are not going to actually replace Flash with Walker. Some other folks suggested it, so I thought I'd weigh in on Flash and Walker.

I really like Bradley's game, and I've been liking it all year. Maybe I'm crazy, but it seems like he has really turned it up an entire gear this year. No way I take Bradley out.

No way I sit Chimera in favor of Walker. Chimera has some grit too, I think. He's at least willing to fight, at least if absolutely necessary, although good for him tonight for turning the other cheek--I agree with Locker that that was a good time to not fight. Plus Chimera is really fast once he gets going, and that definitely does not describe Walker.

And, actually, I have been kind of liking Gordon's game since he came back.

I don't mind Steckel sitting, which is what he did tonight.

Altogether, honestly, I'm not that happy about Morrison's season, but if you say he's playing well right now, I'll take your word for it. I would've loved a big Morrison/Flash trade at the deadline that brought home an above-average defensive defenseman.

Posted by: youaresquishy | April 20, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Corvo at the point on the PP is his best attribute though.

Carlson gets some second-unit time. Knuble was firing away from the point as well. I think this might have to do more so with the fact that he's defensively responsible?

Posted by: richmondphil | April 20, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Alot of people down here give Eric Fehr alot of Sh**. One thing is clear - this guy is a big game player. He scored in most of the Pens games, and in the Chicago game. When the intensity goes up and the stakes are high, he thrives. If it comes down to him or flash, I want him. Flash is "Semin B"....Plus how can you not envision a 8/19/16 line in 2 years?

Posted by: BACKS | April 20, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Poti picked up the third star tonight. (Varly, Laich, Poti).

Posted by: Justafan | April 20, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Fehr, he screened a goalie! He finally figured out that his big body is perfect for that sort of grit work!

Posted by: richmondphil | April 20, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

And, yeah, as far as I'm concerned, Carlson should play everywhere all the time including PP and PK.

Corvo's slightly damaged goods this year, he's admitted as much, he's proving it on the ice, and it could be time to cut our losses and sit him. I'm not convinced Erskine was completely terrible this year, and I'm not convinced Corvo is a net improvement.

Posted by: youaresquishy | April 20, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Gordo was 11 for 12 tonight as well. He made a strong case for why he should stay in the lineup.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 19, 2010 11:59 PM

He actually went 13 for 15. Of the 4 Caps centers, only Backs had less than 50%. Belanger was 10-17 (59%), BMo went 6-12 (50%), and Backs was 6-13 (46%). What i found interesting was that 5 of Belanger's 7 losses were to Gomez - some sort of mismatch there? Although in Game 1, he went 7-8 against Gomez.

Posted by: timmyv38 | April 20, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Poti picked up the third star tonight. (Varly, Laich, Poti).

Posted by: Justafan | April 20, 2010 12:08 AM |

Him and Carlson lead the league so far in +/- with +5. Interesting stat, considering it's only been a 3-game sample.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 20, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

@timmy

Ah, thanks for that correction. I think I picked up that 11/12 stat from when they gave him the Player of the Game award thing.

About Belanger/Gomez, probably has to do with home-ice maybe? Sounds like it, if the discrepancy is that obvious.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 20, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Just because we paid dearly for Corvo doesn't mean we have to play him. I kind of feel like we're like that bad poker player, who has bet a lot on one hand, and now that it's almost showdown time, he realizes that it's the losing hand, but doesn't want to fold just because of how much of his money is in the pot.

I bet 99 out of 100 people actually watching every Capitals game would predict that there is no way Corvo gets re-signed for next season. I say just let him go right now and, besides, Erskine is the closest thing to an enforcer we have, and if there is ever a good time to have an enforcer, it's the playoffs.

Posted by: youaresquishy | April 20, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Corvo at the point on the PP is his best attribute though.

Carlson gets some second-unit time. Knuble was firing away from the point as well. I think this might have to do more so with the fact that he's defensively responsible?
Posted by: richmondphil

Just because it is his best attribute, doesn't mean he's good at it. Carlson gets the last few seconds of the powerplay. I think he had less than a minute of PP time. Green doesn't need to play every single second of the PP either. I think his defensive game suffers because of it.

Posted by: CAPSHOCKEY2 | April 20, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Before I get to hockey I just want to send a message to Canadian fans regarding the U.S. National Anthem. Caps beat writer Tarik El-Bashir noted that Habs' fans jeered the U.S. National Anthem. If you don't like it just sit through it quietly. Nobody is asking you to like the United States. Just a dose of respect for the country is all we are asking. The song is 1:18 in length so I figure even a 2 year old can make it through that sitting still. I am a Caps season ticket holder and NOBODY jeers during the Canadian National Anthem (which is a very beautiful song) at the Verizon Center. Montreal is a great city and Canada is a great country. My great grandparents were from Trois-Rivières. To jeer another country's National Anthem is beneath you. Please stop.

Posted by: david_P | April 20, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

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