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Posted at 5:30 PM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Open thread: Capitals vs. Canadiens

By Washington Post Sports Editors

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

Update: 7:06 p.m.
Alexander Semin will miss a 10th consecutive game with a groin muscle injury and based on warm-up here's what the lineup should look like against the Canadiens:

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Perreault-Chimera
Hendricks-Johansson-Beagle
Steckel-Gordon-Bradley

Defense
Schultz-Green
Alzner-Carlson
Erskine-Hannan

Goal
Varlamov
Neuvirth

Scratches: D.J. King and Tyler Sloan.

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | February 1, 2011; 5:30 PM ET
Categories:  Lineups, Montreal Canadiens  
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Comments

I thought game is at 7:30??

Posted by: MattBradley10 | February 1, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I thought the game started at 7:30p. I better leave work sooner than later.

Posted by: nicety251 | February 1, 2011 5:47 PM | Report abuse

@mattbradley10

It's 7:30pm. I just checked.

Posted by: nicety251 | February 1, 2011 5:49 PM | Report abuse

They're just honoring Dino correct, not retiring his jersey? I guess Minnesota should do that.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 1, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Semin still out for tonight game... What a tough guy, a brave man always willing to paid the price for is team. We have to understand is situation, nobody could play with a broken nail.

Posted by: jean_marleau | February 1, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Bring back the O! Lets go Caps!

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 1, 2011 6:14 PM | Report abuse

What we have seen thus far has been subpar to say the least. 27 days until the deadline. Status quo should not be acceptable.

I guess we'll see. This organization doesn't seem to be in a rush.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 1, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Is there a live stream anywhere?

Posted by: cunnia05 | February 1, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Semin is the heart of the team. A total warrior. The way he gets physical and sticks up for his team mates is inspiring. He is very rugged and always ready to sacrifice his body for the good of the team score goals by crashing the crease. He was made for North American Hockey.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 1, 2011 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I assume DJK is out tonight and Beagle in??

8-19-22
21-85-25
15-90-83
26-39-10

Sound about right?

Posted by: MattBradley10 | February 1, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

atdhe.net has been shut down by homeland seucurity - anyone know where this game can be viewed on the internet?

Posted by: aaarmstr | February 1, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Third line is my favorite.

Posted by: Dizruption | February 1, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

hockeystreams.com

Posted by: ewwsombra | February 1, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

@ jean_marleau: Pretty manly there for a guy with a girl's name. Try laying off Alexander Semin until you at least get a first name that equates to the gender you're pretending to be.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 1, 2011 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the quality of the 2nd line is a main reason for the scoring struggles. None of the those guys are 2nd lne quality NHL players. Laich is a fringe but is a 3rd liner.

That 2nd line looks horrible. I hope they show me up and score some goals tonight, but I highly doubt it.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 1, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Leftie, He's most likely a French Canadian Habs fan.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

sgm3, Have to agree with you on that one.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

@ FloridaCapsFan: And for that, he gets my condolences. Let's Goo CapS!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 1, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

All right,

Home stretch. Playing Montreal. Right after the break. On the road. Everyone should be rested and ready. If we don't see a focused, energetic effort tonight, I don't see why we should even bother watching again until the playoffs -- if we get that far.

Posted by: fanzee71 | February 1, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Who gave up that puck, UGLY

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 1, 2011 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Way to go, MP!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 1, 2011 7:45 PM | Report abuse

way to go MP

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 1, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

JIMALLCAPS2:
i think it might have been schultz - i haven't rewound yet to check

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 1, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, just like I posted earlier today, all they need to do to break this funk is to cycle the puck.

Let's see if the first two lines can do it too.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 1, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Good to see the Lil Guy get his goal for the Month out of the way early...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 1, 2011 7:48 PM | Report abuse

An early goal! Nice!

Posted by: fanzee71 | February 1, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Once again, PP is starting too much on the perimeter.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 1, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

finally figured out the mon PK
nice to see knubs bury one

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 1, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Can we wear throwback jerseys every game?

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 1, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

See. Cycle the puck and go to the net and you force the PK to "unclog."

Good so far.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 1, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow! What lit the fire under their butts tonight?!?!

They look fantastic early!

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | February 1, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

woo hoo - obie wan!! that's got the boys goin!

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

let's go PK - no let up now!

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I hope everyone realizes that if Carey Price would have started for the Canadians during the first round (all games), then we would have definately closed them out in 6...

HE IS TERRIBLE! (first time in the past 2 months we aren't facing a "hot" goalie)

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 1, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

the pp

...still speechless

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | February 1, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

that's right soaring - has nothing to do with the skill of the caps and their ability to score

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Why are we in white tonight. What am I missing?

Posted by: caraveli | February 1, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

ebolean...

Ya, because the caps haven't been shut out 7 times and held to 1 goal in a game countless amounts of times this year...


I'd like to see a 5 or 6 spot tonight! Bring back the memories of the Caps we ALL know and love!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 1, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

honor DIno - wearing the WC jerseys

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

should have added - who knows. don't mind me - I'm into my second martini...

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

ugh - was the penalty at the end of the period on the caps? who?

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Looking pretty good all-around so far. Varly has looked VERY good.

Now OV needs to play the captain's role and not take a bad penalty at the end of the period, or find a way to take someone with him. He looks much better so far though, as does Backie.

Posted by: sca187 | February 1, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

A good period overall but on that last sequence, Ovechkin didn't complete a backcheck and that nearly led to a 3-on-2 then a 2-on-1. Just before failing to backcheck, he did one of his patented lunges in the o-zone that triggered the rush when he took himself out of position.

People were wowed by his stickhandling and the chance he nearly created on that pass through the crease but he made 2 clear cut defensive mistakes right before that. He apparently added a Semin-esque penalty to boot.

He was outstanding defensively in the Toronto game but he hasn't looked good in that area so far in this game.

And we need to tighten up in the d-zone. We got away with 2 or 3 bad turnovers. There needs to be better puck support from the forwards and the d-men need to make better decisions with the puck.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

ugh - not what I wanted to hear sca187. you are banished for being the bearer of bad news. JK ;^)

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Caps have opted to open up their offense tonight. Some nice goals and oppurtunities, but also some big defensive break-downs that the Habs could not cash in on. Varly does look a lot better than Price so far.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 1, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Not spending enough time in the Habs defensive zone; I remember a nice dump in that came straight back out. Also, giving up too many penalties. Nice to see the PP work for a change. MP's goal a little lucky due to bad goaltending - good to take the shot though.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Key to this game...

Varly made a key save on a giveaway in the caps end.

and

Carey Price didn't make a save on MP's shot from the first row of seats on the half wall...

Kill this penalty and continue to SOAR!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 1, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

agree with Varly's performance - some key saves

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

He looks much better so far though...

Posted by: sca187 | February 1, 2011 8:19 PM

People really need to watch his play off the puck more closely. He made 3 horrible decisions in the last minute of that period.

1) A lunge in the o-zone, taking himelf out of position, that led to a MTL oddman rush.

2) Failing to backcheck to help prevent the oddman rush. He saw it but hesitated twice instead of keeping his head down to recover.

3) Apparently, a stupid, Semin style retaliatory penalty.

He made some good plays in the period but he was displaying his weaknesses in full force at the end of the period. I really hope that TOR game wasn't just a teaser. I thought that was the best game of his career because he was as good defensively as he was offensively.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

tmac2yao, Man I hope Ovi reads your posts.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

hey tmac...

similar to the all-star game when he made all those moves...then threw his way into history...

our defenseman, however, know how "creative" ovechkin can be...so they got back just in case...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 1, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

tmac stop microscoping Ovie. No one is perfect maybe Cindiee.

Posted by: dugza | February 1, 2011 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Whoever is running the "news" banner at CSN is clearly out of touch with "LIVE NEWS"...

1) I didn't know Jay Beagle was recalled by the Caps from Hershey (DUH!)

2) I read about Damon and Ramirez signing with the Rays about 5 days ago!

What's next...scoring updates from the Caps/Canadiens? Can't wait for those!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 1, 2011 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Say what you want about Erskine, but he's the Caps BEST defenseman from the blue line back...

Transition, he's terrible, but in zone....awesome!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 1, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

game's obviously not in Montreal, sorry.

Sounds like a good effort so far but Montreal also has a lot of chances. Clean that up and we may have something here.

Posted by: fanzee71 | February 1, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

TSN guys are dumping all over Ovechkin. Showed him getting mad at not getting the puck and questioned his leadership because of it

Posted by: amorris525 | February 1, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

oops - looks like somebody didn't get back into the defensive zone

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, back to this year's caps....sitting on a two goal lead...but hey guys...it's not the third period yet!

What do the caps have 2 shots so far this period?


@Amorris...funny you bring that up... lol...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 1, 2011 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Erskine the BEST? You've got to be kidding, right?

Posted by: gonchpup | February 1, 2011 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Erskine- MONSTER on the PK!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 1, 2011 8:55 PM | Report abuse

meh - come on laich - put it on net at least - jeezo peezo

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Something seems to have motivated this team. MUCH better than what I've seen since November.

Posted by: sca187 | February 1, 2011 8:56 PM | Report abuse

and now he gets knocked off the puck with eeze. shaking head mumbling to self

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 8:57 PM | Report abuse

@SCA....

WHAT?

Shots are 10-3 in this period and there is a little over 5 min left...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 1, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

yea - not sure if the habs or the caps are playing different this period - but it looks to me like a bit of both

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Pwned.

I get the crappy feeling that Boudreau is pushing them to play that high-risk crap again.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

drop pass in the o-zone was the bad play on that one

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 1, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

thank you mr, carlson - what a stupid pass!

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

No killer instinct anymore. Can't put teams away...

Last resort...Coaching?

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 1, 2011 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Varly needs to work on his blocker side saves.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 1, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

and rite after they tie it up, Sarge with a horrible turnover in our end. Almost made it 2-3 right there. He's so ordinary in everything he does.

Did actually knock down Travis Moen earlier in the period though. I had to rub my eyes on that one.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau's probably urging all our guys to be more aggressive offensively.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao - got the same sinking feeling sigh

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Carlson made a bad pass...but lil Matty has to commit to it like a man and at least knock it deep to avoid a turnover...

He didn't, and the caps were left with Green on "defense"...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 1, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

no doubt that the risky drop pass is a product of a BB coached team. We saw it all last yr too. This yr the same plays aren't yielding the same results but its still a Boudreau influence

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

It takes them forever to take slappers on the point.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 1, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm actually getting the old Caps vibe despite the small number of SOG.

You know Boudreau can't stand defensive-minded hockey. He's just been itching to open things up.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Erskine the BEST? You've got to be kidding, right?

Posted by: gonchpup

He's better than Schultz. And Poti.

And some nights, he's our best dman on the ice in our own zone.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 9:10 PM | Report abuse

i think blaming 85 for the turnover is a bit like failing to close the barn door after the horse got out.

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Two breakaway goals and a laughing Habs coach, this is making me mad. I hope they come out and play real hard this 3rd period. Are the the ref's blind? They come in here and play this overrated team like they own the place? Kick their bloody behinds! memo to Laich - get the freaking puck on the net - what a waste you are man!

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I'll give credit where credit is due. The Caps are playing hard today and trying to be physical. Habs are going to come out on top though. :)

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | February 1, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

My kingdom for a team that plays 60 minutes of hockey. Good lord, this is getting old.

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"I get the crappy feeling that Boudreau is pushing them to play that high-risk crap again."

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You only get a feeling? It's pretty obvious to me. Look at how far up the D-Men are playing. It appears that BB has officially decalred "screw it, we're going back to my pond hockey system."

To those that were wondering what the rest of us have been talking about all this time: What you just saw in this period is what we have been saying. BB's 'system' sacrifices Defense for Offense. A bad turnover results in breakaways because your D-Men aren't in position. The result this period has been completely blowing a 2-0 lead.

When you are in the playoffs, you *can't* blow a 2-0 lead. This is why BB's "system" doesn't work in the playoffs.

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 1, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Why did'nt we pick up Gill after he helped the penguins eliminate us a few years ago?

He also helped shut down our offense and eliminate us last year in the playoffs. It looks like he is a UFA after this season, why dont we sign him to pair with Greenie?

His salarie is only a little over 2 mil about what Poti is getting paid but Gill is 100 times better!

Posted by: ksaul79 | February 1, 2011 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Ok I spoke too soon...

Posted by: sca187 | February 1, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

He didn't, and the caps were left with Green on "defense"...


Posted by: SoaringCaps

Green just came on on a line change. He had no chance to get back and play defense. Not his fault at all.

The two goals against were the result of two stupid play by a defenseman.

The first goal was the result of an absolute idiotic pinch by Erskine in the offensive. What the he11 was he thinking. If that was Green, Schulz, Hannan, Poti or Alzner they would be getting creamed on here. Erskine's idiotic play is what led to the big swing of momentum. Horrible play by Erskine.

Carlson has to not make blind drop passes. It is too risky to be done by a defenseman. Not a smart play by a defenseman entering the zone(the other defeseman went off for a change with the expectation that Carlson would have had the puck a little bit longer).

Posted by: sgm3 | February 1, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

The difference? The Habs buried their chances, the Caps shoot wide or high.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Well said, VTDuff.

This sucks.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I hope everyone realizes that if Carey Price would have started for the Canadians during the first round (all games), then we would have definately closed them out in 6...

HE IS TERRIBLE! (first time in the past 2 months we aren't facing a "hot" goalie)

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 1, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse
Typical ignorant nonsense.
Carey's woken up this year and is a big reason the Habs has as many points as they do, because the Habs' O is rather anemic.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | February 1, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Good. Let their new (old) style get BB fired even quicker. Lets run n gun! Everyone pinch!


ftr, no problem with dmen who pinch. But there is a way to do it effectively, and then there's the way we do it. Getting caught up ice, letting pucks slide past, etc.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Why did'nt we pick up Gill after he helped the penguins eliminate us a few years ago?

He also helped shut down our offense and eliminate us last year in the playoffs. It looks like he is a UFA after this season, why dont we sign him to pair with Greenie?

Posted by: ksaul79 | February 1, 2011 9:14 PM

As long as Boudreau is here, it's nearly irrelevant who you bring in to play defense. You could take the best 6 defensmen in the NHL and it would only make a marginal difference.

Boudreau will still push them to be hyper aggressive and won't demand that every forward, skilled or not, do their part defensively.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 9:21 PM | Report abuse

And I'm still looking for the old Ovechkin. He's such a different more restrained player than he used to be. Too many of his shifts now are just ho-hum

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1 - amen brother

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

memo to Laich - get the freaking puck on the net - what a waste you are man!

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan

I agree completely.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 1, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

@SGM...

Re; Green...you are right, I realized that right after I hit enter...Alzner just went off, Green was far behind...

My apologies Mr. Green.

@Ksaul...I agree as well. It was a no brainer signing...I have no idea why it didn't happen...


And the caps are doomed, if they don't figure out what system they are going to play!!!

Their window of opportunity was the widest last year...I sure hope it hasn't shut all the way...makes for a long summer.. :(

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 1, 2011 9:22 PM | Report abuse

let's hope he, his bird calls, and hadeed are out of town SOON!

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 9:23 PM | Report abuse

@soaring

"WHAT?

Shots are 10-3 in this period and there is a little over 5 min left..."

I posted that in the first period. It just didn't show up for a while...

Seems as though they are going back to run-and-gun. We need more consistent shifts by everyone. Seems like they go hard the first shift, but they're sucking wind still on the next shift... Roll four and continue to take the body and forecheck hard - or start to forecheck hard again.

Posted by: sca187 | February 1, 2011 9:24 PM | Report abuse

I hope McPhee and Boudreau get their asses run 'n gun out of town after this season but if Ted "Business of Fattiness" Leonsis is forced to so something, McPhee will probably convince Fatty to just bring in a new coach.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 9:24 PM | Report abuse

The old ovechkin drank himself too big and slow...

Has anyone seen the real Nick Backstrom? 6 Mill for they guy wearing his jersey is a clear cut bust!


HOWEVER, all the caps has to do is win ONE period and they get the two points!

2-2 or 0-0....win a period, win a game!

LET'S FREAKIN GO!!!!!!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 1, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Yay, we give up an early 2-on-1 followed by a newr 3-on-2.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey look, 8 carried the puck across the line into 3 guys, made the same move to the middle that he always makes, and turned the puck over. What a suprise.

(Sorry to steal your gig, tmac :P)

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 1, 2011 9:28 PM | Report abuse

OUCH!

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

lol... that was awesome.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

lulz, couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

Alex, you get one free "doing that same stupid move you always do that never works anymore" without me cursing your name for that.

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 1, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Nearly another 2-on-1.

Run 'n gun, baby!

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Erskine is good at doling at hits in his own zone. But he's actually not good at marking guys in front of his own net, either with his stick or with his body, and once he does get the puck he is absolutely awful against any kind of meaningful forechecking -- which he's going to see consistently once the playoffs come around.

I really wonder if JE's hitting doesn't cause a lot of people to overlook some rather enormous holes in his defensive-zone game. His skating and offensive deficiencies should be obvious to everybody. Even so, in the reg. season at least, he is much more valuable than Sloan and Poti, that's for sure.

Posted by: fanzee71 | February 1, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

and the all too frequent bligatory retaliation for a clean hard open ice it. that stuff has got to get more than a 2 minute penalty. should be 5 or a game misconduct. that would put an end to it.

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 9:34 PM | Report abuse

lol... another golden chance for MTL. You could see that developing from a mile away.

This sucks.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

We're making some scary bad defensive mistakes. I hate this crap. I liked the direction we were heading in.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 9:36 PM | Report abuse

If Green wants to be a forward, put him at 2C, we need one. However, if he wants to be a D-man, he needs to knock this crap off and say in position.

"Behind the other team's net" is almost *never* the appropriate spot for a D-man to be in during any in-game situation.

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 1, 2011 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Kostitsyn is so strong on his skates. You just gotta think that genetics plays such a big role in strength. And that some players will never ever be strong enough no matter how hard they work at it. Hannan tried to push him over and ended up on his butt instead and Hannan's not exactly Poti.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 9:36 PM | Report abuse

nice play by Laich to get that puck out. Gets in the way of the pass then bulls his way out of the zone. Simple and effective way to get the puck out off a faceoff when you lose the faceoff

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 9:38 PM | Report abuse

When you see Erskine trying to stick handle through an opposing player near the opposing blue line, you know Boudreau is up to no good...

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 9:38 PM | Report abuse

good play Sarge on that rush.

btw, did you watch how sloowww Ovechkin was on the last forecheck? The old Ovy would've been able to race in and crash into that dman. This new version of him just lazily skates in and gives up on the forecheck

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

don't think this is going to get to overtime. 3-2 habs :^(

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

When you stop emphasizing defense first, breakdowns happen all over the ice.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

don't think this is going to get to overtime. 3-2 habs :^(

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Our defense is looking pretty "offensive"

Posted by: JCB9 | February 1, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

haha Chimmy got changa'd
ouchie

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

sorry

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

We're living in our own end. That's also a function of the run 'n gun one 'n done crap.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Will the Washington Capitals ever again play more than 10 minutes per game?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 1, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

maybe this is another new system that BB has come up with... the rope-a-dope!!!

Posted by: joek443 | February 1, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Varly has been the difference so far...The score would be ugly without him...C'mon Caps!

Posted by: JCB9 | February 1, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

btw, did you watch how sloowww Ovechkin was on the last forecheck? The old Ovy would've been able to race in and crash into that dman. This new version of him just lazily skates in and gives up on the forecheck

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 9:39 PM

I've very much noticed that among many other issues with his game.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

The Habs like just about every team the Caps have played lately are living in the Caps zone cycling and earning good scoring chances. The Caps can hardly clear the puck out of their own zone, much less gain any meaningful possession.

At what point does a GM not see that the team has given up on the coach? The Caps are consistently out-hustled, allowed to lolly-gag.

FIRE BIG BABY TONIGHT!!!!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 1, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh..don't confine yourself Tom. Now they'll play 15 minutes of hockey and you'll have to eat your words

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Halpern hurting his old team. Makes me smile.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | February 1, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

bradley out there with ovi - love it!

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Travis Moen can thank Brian Burke and Randy Carlyle for developing his game. He'd have never gotten that chance with the Caps. He was in the DJKing category of player. Considered a fringe NHLer at best till the Ducks picked him up. And I guess you can give Chicago some credit for giving him ice time during their awful season several yrs ago.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Carlson's having a rough game.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 9:51 PM | Report abuse

and there's the game - pp les habs

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

WTF Brooks !!!

Posted by: JCB9 | February 1, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

This is just embarrassing how lazy the Caps play now...

FIRE BIG BABY

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 1, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how confident and smug McPhee is these days about his alleged "dynasty"

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

that was a bad call

Posted by: RITdude | February 1, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau even has our d-minded d-men getting overly aggressive. This is almost comical.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

What? A 2 on 1 break against us while we're killin a PP?

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Our defense is complete.

Now repeat...

Our defense is complete.

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | February 1, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

thank goodness for varly - or the game is over

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

when Big Baby is fired, soon I hope, I will be so glad to never see any of his commercials ever again

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 1, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Trading deadline should be fun this year!

I don't think Georgie will be sittin on his laurels. Of course, he could always weaken the team thru trades..

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 9:57 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how confident and smug McPhee is these days about his alleged "dynasty"
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I hope he feels as confident as Hosni Mubarak right now.

Posted by: joek443 | February 1, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

was there a whistle and no call? what's with that?

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I hate having 8 on the ice in tie games or when we're down one in regulation. He plays too high risk almsot at all times regardless of the game situation.

It would be fitting to lose this game with a def. breakdown in OT. MTL has the speed advantage for sure.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 10:00 PM | Report abuse

The silver lining here is, many less one-liners to read about after a game from the Boudmaster.

Last yr I think he employed a team of writers to come up with his postgame zingers. Ahh, I don't miss that jocularity one bit!

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 10:00 PM | Report abuse

i personally don't see this current team, coaching staff and management will ever accomplish anything of any significance anytime soon.

i wish i was wrong but this team is a broken record.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 1, 2011 10:00 PM | Report abuse

8th time a charm???

Posted by: JCB9 | February 1, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

How come their little midgets have a better presence in front of the net than all our big forwards?

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 10:02 PM | Report abuse

also worth mentioning how Steckel should never be put on the wing. He's awful there.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Loved that man-on-man D from 8 right there. He has the ability to be a lot better on and off the puck.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 10:03 PM | Report abuse

nice backcheck Chimalaya

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Keep booing Caps fans, it'll rush Big Baby's demise as the coach

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 1, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I am thinking we keep the goalies, Green, Carlson, Alzner and Johansson and trade everyone else (from the big club). I'm thinking we can get Downie, Clutterbuck, Umberger and about 15 #1 picks.

Get a new GM and coach. Bring up Kuznetzov, Eakin and Orlov next year.

We need a new coach. Like Lindsay Lohan needs make-up. Like Mel Gibson needs a muzzle. Like Charlie Sheen needs a designated driver.

George McPhee. Appreciated by Caps fans like Hosni Mubarik is appreciated by Egyptians.

The Caps are as disorganized as a West Virgina family tree.

Please. God. Do something.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 1, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

looks like we won't be cursed with laich back out there

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

How come their little midgets have a better presence in front of the net than all our big forwards?

Posted by: tmac2yao

is there a punchline to this question? I would love to hear it! How come Tmac, how come!

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

That defensive effort by 8 on Subban also shows you how much better he can be in that area.

Maybe he should learn to take everything more personally.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

ov is at best ordinary 0 goals in over 120 pp chances...........he sucks

Posted by: wendel2 | February 1, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

We look absolutely terrible. What a bunch of P*ssies. Ovi is not a Captain and Coach B is not effective in this new D system...or whatever the hell you call it. Give these f$ckers some pep pills or make some trades.....NOW!

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | February 1, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

We need a new coach. Like Lindsay Lohan needs make-up. Like Mel Gibson needs a muzzle. Like Charlie Sheen needs a designated driver.

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Charlie just needs more hush money. He's obviously underpaying these chicks.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

2-0 first period lead and lose in a shoot-out. sounds too familiar. sigh

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

This is F'n Bullsh&t.....

Posted by: JCB9 | February 1, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

lol... awesome post, tom. I agree.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

let me guess...BB is going with MP to reward him cause he scored a goal tonight

Posted by: RITdude | February 1, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

This team is confused and uninspired. They have the talent to win, at least in the regular season, as the last two years showed. This new system will not work in the playoffs because this hapless bunch will not make it to the playoffs. They just keep getting worse. Tampa Bay is going to crucify this team next game.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 1, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

totally agree, Subban needs to keep his ego in check and just play harder on every shift. He's good but he's dangerously close to Mike Green prima donna status of 2 yrs ago.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

19 is the new 14... choking on open nets.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Typical Backstrom....No show!

Posted by: JCB9 | February 1, 2011 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Gionta has made Varly look silly 3 times tonight, sad

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 1, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

That has to be about the worst officiating I've ever witnessed.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

how much you wanna bet that McPhee right now is on Nhl stats dot com looking for the highest rated shootout player to go trade for.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

LOSERS!!!

Posted by: JCB9 | February 1, 2011 10:13 PM | Report abuse

throw your stick ov ...u dont use it for anything else.......what a joke

Posted by: wendel2 | February 1, 2011 10:13 PM | Report abuse

This team just chokes with any pressure, they simply suck come crunch time. Please, please, get rid of Big Baby and get a real coach, not this blubbering bafoon

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 1, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Fat Man gets out-coached AGAIN by the frenchie!

Posted by: 555Mass | February 1, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom...as invisible as Marley's ghost. Gionta...scores. Hendricks...no clue...this is really sad...Wisnieski...just couldn't be merciful and quick? Ovi...loop, loop, loop.

Another shootout loss.

Do we care?

Hey, a round of goat's blood for everyone! On me!

(Honestly, could Joe B and Locker sound more disgusted? Tell me, honestly, folks, but this really sucks, in a Charlie Sheen girlfriend kinda way?)

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 1, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

and there you have it sport's fans... unfortunately, i just bought 2 lower level seats at $100 per for the sharks game - somebody shoot me now

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Good game, craps fans.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | February 1, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

That does it!

This team BLOWS!!!!!!!

THEY WILL NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!!!

FIRE BB NOW!!!!!

Posted by: ekbinion68 | February 1, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

How many more home games does TB have on that 12 game homestand?

We have 17 road games left, including 2 long road trips.

Our defense tonight was far worse than the 2 regulation goals against would suggest.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I do I keep watching these losers play? I need help!

Posted by: 555Mass | February 1, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

throw your stick ov ...u dont use it for anything else.......what a joke

Posted by: wendel2 | February 1, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Habs players started the night laughing (even when down 2-0) and they finished the night laughing.

Not only do opposing teams not fear us, they laugh at us.

Most overrated team in hockey.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 10:17 PM | Report abuse

why do I keep watching these losers play? I need help!

Posted by: 555Mass | February 1, 2011 10:17 PM | Report abuse

You guys suck..........plain and simple...you suck. Half of you don't even deserve to be hockey players in the NHL. We suck....there is no if's about it.....it's pathetic to see this in a team. Especially one I have followed for a long time. I know now that it's time to start wearing a bag on my head next time I go to a home game. Screw it. Lets trade places with the Hershey Bears, at least they will have heart in the game....

Posted by: kwoodk81 | February 1, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

all this leads up to the caps equipment sale early again this year.

we are a team without an identity right now and i really don't see semin coming back into the lineup changing much. but hey just think what will happen with poti back in the line up!

Posted by: natresgroup | February 1, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Gee I see that Roloson got another SO, his 4th since being traded to the Bolts.

This time against Philly, they keep getting better and better.

Posted by: joek443 | February 1, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

That has to be about the worst officiating I've ever witnessed.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

It's bad around the league. Every fanbase (except maybe Pitt) says this after many leagues.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | February 1, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

No passion, no discipline -- start the heads rolling from the head down. Bring in a tough, no nonsense coach who will sit any player who does not execute and play with some heart and grit. I want a coach who will kick some lazy a$$e$, earn some respect, and motivate the players. This team has obvisously tuned out Big Baby -- fire that clueless fat ba$tard tonight

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 1, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau really does need to go.

More importantly though, McPhee needs to go. He's the source of almost every shortcoming of this team.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

#1 star of the game = Julie in green!

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

cstanton: Charlie paid the last "chick" $30K for a weekend. They were talking about it on KLOS Monday morning how he could get a better deal if he negotiated. Can't believe he paid her with a check. Somehow I think the IRS will get involved (did he pay the employer FICA?).

Charlie must make $20-30M a year but you gotta admit in today's economy you can do way cheaper than $30K for a woman for a weekend. That's almost as ridiculous as Tom Poti's salary.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 1, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau's pretty obvious attempt to open things up and get everybody thinking more aggressive offensively has a good chance of completely backfiring. They could end up struggling offensively and defensively down the stretch. And honestly that may not be a bad thing from a certain perspective. Missing the playoffs entirely may result in much needed change up top.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm so tired of watching them lose in shootouts.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 1, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

#1 star of the game = Julie in green!

I second that comment!!! Loved that!!

Posted by: kwoodk81 | February 1, 2011 10:22 PM | Report abuse

If they make a coaching change? Who do they get? What about Frenchy, doing a pretty good job with an undermaned staff, has a good system and doesn't take any Sh*t.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | February 1, 2011 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I have never seen worse officiating. The Habs interfere and the Caps get a tripping. The Habs cross check into the boards in front of the ref and no call. The Habs break OVs stick on a slash and no call. The Habs grab the puck in the crease and no call. The league needs to fire this team of refs and get someone with honor who don't suck French cool-aid.

Posted by: pjohn3 | February 1, 2011 10:22 PM | Report abuse

What would it take for Ted to fire GMGM and Gabby?
few more OT loses? Losing another 1st rd Playoffs series?

Posted by: 555Mass | February 1, 2011 10:23 PM | Report abuse

No passion, no discipline -- start the heads rolling from the head down. Bring in a tough, no nonsense coach who will sit any player who does not execute and play with some heart and grit. I want a coach who will kick some lazy a$$e$, earn some respect, and motivate the players. This team has obvisously tuned out Big Baby -- fire that clueless fat ba$tard tonight

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 1, 2011 10:19 PM

The problem is that the guy making most of the decisions seems to have the longest leash of all-time. McPhee is the real problem. I say find a competent GM and let him evaluate everything from coaching to players to the scouting system...

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

sca187=scott andrews?

Posted by: fatdime | February 1, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I hate to blame the coach, but when so many players look confused and lost and unaccountable for stupid plays, that really just points to one person. I like BB but it's becoming very obvious that this team needs a different coach.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 1, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter who the next coach is....team is a change! It's been same old crap for last 20+ games!

Posted by: 555Mass | February 1, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Six Habs PP to three Caps PP, the referees had a lousy game tonight.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

God, bring back the run and gun style. At least that was fun to watch.

The team as currently composed isn't meant for whatever "system" Boudreau has them playing; it was built with players for that run and gun style from early last year. I think if we kept that system but added the pieces that we needed (people who play like Regehr and Lombardi at D and 2C) we would have been fine.

Posted by: ssweeney | February 1, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

The Caps were robbed tonight! Horrible officiating!
The interference on Giontas 1st goal on Hendricks, endless many missed calls, boguscalls against us, no PS against Gill in the final second??

WTF!!

Posted by: Walle | February 1, 2011 10:27 PM | Report abuse

#1 star of the game = Julie in green!

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 10:20 PM

What is it about her? She's, like, mesmerizing...

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 1, 2011 10:28 PM | Report abuse

@Lloyd Christmas: You took the words right from my mind. Love BB and what he's done; but, it's past time for a mature, pro-quality coach.

Posted by: EireHockey | February 1, 2011 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I actually liked a lot of the things they were doing before the break. I thought they were headed in the right direction in terms of how they were playing. I didn't believe that BB could stick with a structured, defense first philosophy though and tonight seems to be evidence of that. We had some heinous defensive breakdowns. Don't let the 2 regulation goals against fool you. BB's fingerprints were all over that game. He just couldn't stay away from that hyper aggressive offense crap for long. It's just who he is. Take that philosophy with you back to the AHL where you can actually get away with it when it matters.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 10:30 PM | Report abuse

I realize we once benefited from shootouts. However, I will reiterate that they don't belong during a game. They belong in between periods. Shootouts are a mere gimmick that in no way prepare teams for the playoffs.

My solution: eliminate the pee-wee crap. Play 60 minutes for 3 points, an extra 5 minutes for 2 points and, finally, 1 point for a tie after 65 minutes. That scenario would create more desperation during the real game.

Posted by: Terptwin | February 1, 2011 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Without the stellar goaltending, our D appears average at best. Tonight the Caps looked confused and undisciplined in the 2nd and 3rd periods...Something has to change!

Posted by: JCB9 | February 1, 2011 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Quotes and stats of death:

"This team is not afraid of holding a lead in the 3rd quarter any more"...The Caps have not won lost since Joe B. said that against the Rangers.

"The Capitals have held the last 4 opponents to just one goal a game"...As soon as the stat was shown on the TV screen, Gionta scores his second goal on a break away.

"I am looking for a cup holder for my Mercedes Benz this big and this wide"...Please just shut up and pray that you make the Playoffs at all, Coach.

"Caw! Caw! Choke! Argh!"...The sound of Bruce Boudreau imitating the call of dying coach.

Posted by: JohnWWW | February 1, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

It's one or the other....Losing in Shoot-outs or getting SHUT OUT!

Posted by: 555Mass | February 1, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin and Green looked great - at the All Star Game. Now, back to their team, they look lamentable and ineffective. Yeah, the refs missed some calls, but a good team creates breaks for itself. This team is barely a mediocre team at this point, and if the season started with the way they're playing now, they won't even be in the playoff hunt. And they look increasingly like they won't be in the hunt for the Cup anytime soon. While Tampa Bay, the class of the SE division beats up on Philadelphia, the Caps are losing another shootout. The two superstars were terrible at the SO.

So whatever Bruce is doing, it's not working. Ted, you told us that this season will be different. It is, but not in the way you or most of us imagined. Unless you like losing (hey, you basically own two distressed properties at the moment), and you want fans to think that Snyder does not have a monopoly on fielding losing teams (maybe you're a little emphatic with the man). Yeah, we're disappointed. Let's face it. The Caps, as a product, looks like a little past its shelflife.

Posted by: Almazar80 | February 1, 2011 10:35 PM | Report abuse

...bring back the run and gun style. At least that was fun to watch.

Posted by: ssweeney | February 1, 2011 10:27 PM

What game were you watching tonight?

It was painfully apparent that Boudreau was urging forwards and d-men alike to be hyper aggressive. We were lucky not to have given up at least 4 or 5 goals in regulation.

I saw John Erskine trying to stick handle through a MTL player near the opposing blue line!!!

That is all you really need to know.

If that's not enough, there were plenty other examples of BB trying to go run 'n gun again in this game.

I hope the result and/or the game tape knocks some sense back into him. He was getting them to play a better brand of hockey recently.

We were lucky to get MP's goal. My fear is that trying to open things up will result in some sketchy middle ground where they end up struggling offensively and defensively after spending over a month of playing a more conservative, defense-frist brand of hockey.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Best possible new coach for the Washington Capitals:

General George S. Patton.

If only he were still with us.

Since he isn't, let's make Julie the coach. At least when the team is losing we can LOOK at her! OTOH, maybe with her behind the bench, Ovechkin would stop WHIFFING! And maybe Backstrom would become VISIBLE!

"Your mission, Mister Phelps, if you choose to accept it, is to FIND Nicklas Backstrom, and prove that he is still alive, and that the person masquerading as him, on the ice, is merely an imposter."

Dee-da-dee-da-dee-da-dee-dee...

(My guess: the two Nicklas Backstroms have switched places for "the fun of it." That's why the Wild suck and so do the Caps.)

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 1, 2011 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Is Hitchcock available?

Posted by: JCB9 | February 1, 2011 10:39 PM | Report abuse

What game were you watching tonight?
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What game were the refs watching? That's what I'd like to know.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 10:40 PM | Report abuse

This team is a disaster. Folks, does anyone else think it is a terrible sign that 35% of NHL players think the Caps are the most overrated team in the league!!! When Umberger said similar stuff last year, BB laughed it off and pointed to all his thrilling and important AHL victories...what can he now say to more than a third of the NHL? It seems like everyone in the NHL is aware that this franchise is a disaster, save for the owner and GM.

Posted by: nomarjax01 | February 1, 2011 10:40 PM | Report abuse

btw, the polar opposite of the Caps-Habs vanilla affair tonight

compared to some real NHL teams - the Pens and Rags who combined for 73 hits, a fight, a match penalty, an elbowing, etc etc.

We're just a different kinda team I guess. Must come to terms with that..ugh

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 10:41 PM | Report abuse

We're just a soft team who likes to play in non-intense games. We don't embrace a nasty style of hockey. Most of our players have no idea how to conduct themselves in an altercation. And all that bleeds into the play between the whistles because we just compete at a lesser degree than do some other teams. We compete less intensely for pucks, we compete less intensely in crease and board battles, etc. The rough stuff isn't mutually exclusive from regular hockey. That's what some fans (and our coach and GM) don't get. Its not about just racking up mindless PIMs. Its about getting your entire team to play harder at everything they do. And that really fosters a stronger team spirit.

We need more Ryan Callahan types, less types.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Is Hitchcock available?
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Alfred?? Come to think of it, BB looks just like him.

Posted by: joek443 | February 1, 2011 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Made it out of class just in time to listen to the 2nd period flop, and home in time to watch the 3rd period slow choke.

This team has been deboned. Last year, teams didn't have to fear us physically, but they better fear our ability to put the puck in the net. This year, nothing. There sure as hell isn't a team that fears us physically, and no need to fear us offensively either! Change the team name to the Washington Peeps. Because we are marshmallowy.

Posted by: seth_malaguerra | February 1, 2011 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least Georgetown is winning. Funny how the collegiate teams are a lot more fun to watch than any professional teams in the city. Oh well, maybe next year. I suspect, though, that GMGM and BB will still be here. And by that time, nobody will be thinking that the Caps are overrated. Because they will be nonfactors and everyone will know it.

Posted by: Almazar80 | February 1, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse

There's lot's o blame to go around, but it all falls on the coaching staff. Up 2-0 after the 1st period and you kill off a penalty on Ovechkin to start the 2nd period.

How can you not score at least one more goal in the game? Yeah the players didn't produce, but it's the coaches responsibility to get your team to play.

This team will NOT do anything in the playoffs IF they make it.

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 1, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse

I say, BB gets FIRED after Shiii&sburgh game on Sunday.

Posted by: 555Mass | February 1, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Its time for the Boo Birds to unmercifully rain down on this team. Let them hear it from the first drop of the puck. Cripes, for the money we shell out, for the hassle of getting to the V Center, for all the food crumbs stuck in my sofa, well, we just have to let these fat, overpaid, lazy dogs know we are not gonna stand for it.

I'd rather watch the old Glen Hanlon team lose and leave it all on the ice.

And can we STOP WITH THE OVECH-CAM? God almighty, what his highlight tonight? A facewash? He really needs to grow up.

Posted by: hockeypuck1 | February 1, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

There's lot's o blame to go around, but it all falls on the coaching staff. Up 2-0 after the 1st period and you kill off a penalty on Ovechkin to start the 2nd period.

How can you not score at least one more goal in the game? Yeah the players didn't produce, but it's the coaches responsibility to get your team ready to play.

This team will NOT do anything in the playoffs IF they make it.

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 1, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Is Hitchcock available?
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Alfred?? Come to think of it, BB looks just like him.

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I can see it now, an ad for shower curtains.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Forget all this bullcrap about Ted Nolan, Hitchcock, Keenan, George Patton, even Julie (she can coach at my house!)

Look, I myself would take Julie...for obvious reasons...but, we want to win.

I've posted before and none of you take me seriously.

Tatiana Ovechkina.

Picture her on a podium at center ice at practice, a whistle in one hand and a whip in the other.

"You boys will win game or I take cars."

Yes, folks, back in the Soviet days, when the players lost, that was it for their cars and apartments. Problem is for these CHILDREN in Caps jerseys is it just doesn't hurt to lose.

Put Mrs. Ovechkina in charge. Make her coach/GM. Things will change in a hurry.

"Bird call commercial? You want I should make bird call commercial? You think this is some kind of joke?"

I have been watching Orioles/Colts/Bullets/Terrapins/Caps/Ravens since 1964 and I have NEVER been more upset with "my team" than I am with thse Caps.

Memo to Ted Leonsis: Are you ever leaving Kansas?

Click those ruby slippers three times: "There's no coach like Bruce...there's no coach like Bruce..."

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 1, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Ted is the NHL version of Jerry Jones. All they do is run their mouths about CHAMPIONSHIPS but both their teams are NO where close to winning one.

Posted by: 555Mass | February 1, 2011 10:54 PM | Report abuse

We're just a soft team who likes to play in non-intense games. We don't embrace a nasty style of hockey. Most of our players have no idea how to conduct themselves in an altercation. And all that bleeds into the play between the whistles because we just compete at a lesser degree than do some other teams. We compete less intensely for pucks, we compete less intensely in crease and board battles, etc. The rough stuff isn't mutually exclusive from regular hockey. That's what some fans (and our coach and GM) don't get. Its not about just racking up mindless PIMs. Its about getting your entire team to play harder at everything they do. And that really fosters a stronger team spirit.

We need more Ryan Callahan types, less types.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 10:46 PM

I completely agree. That is spot on.

And FlCaps, I agree, the officiating was lousy in this game but I'm more concerned with the lousy play of our team. Poor officiating tends to balance out over time. Sometimes it works against and sometimes it's in your favor. The Caps need to play the right way regardless of the officiating or even wins and losses.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Shower curtains? That may be the most blood any Caps fan will see this year. They certainly can't see any signs of life the way this team is going.

Posted by: Almazar80 | February 1, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

And this "defensive system" line is a joke. What defensive oriented team allows 30-35+ SA per game, nightly? My heart goes out to our brilliant, barely legal goaltenders. Can't wait to hear BB explain this loss at the presser. I'll take a guess- "Guys weren't moving their legs out there." Past tired of it.

Posted by: seth_malaguerra | February 1, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

LOL JoeK - you beat me too it. Maybe we could put Alfred's silhouette behind the bench and scare the players into playing

Posted by: ebolean1 | February 1, 2011 10:57 PM | Report abuse

haha, i've always thought that too. Bruce=Alfred

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I can see it now, an ad for shower curtains.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 10:52 PM

Hahaha... well played.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 10:58 PM | Report abuse

GMGM enough is enough! If, you don't make a move, You and BB will be out of a job by April!

Posted by: 555Mass | February 1, 2011 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Ted is the NHL version of Jerry Jones. All they do is run their mouths about CHAMPIONSHIPS but both their teams are NO where close to winning one.
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Heck I'll take Jerry Jones over Leonsis any day, the man HAS won 3 SBs even if it's been like 15 years since his last one.

Posted by: joek443 | February 1, 2011 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Now for the good news! The best center in the Caps organization right now is Cody Eakin. He has two goals, two assists, and is plus two after two periods so far tonight for the Kootenay Ice.

Posted by: dull | February 1, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

@joek433...you are right.

Can Ted be compared to Danny?

Posted by: 555Mass | February 1, 2011 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Stop telling me my comment is awaiting approval from the blog owner WAPO. You're a joke.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | February 1, 2011 11:04 PM | Report abuse

sorry for the double post and quit blaming the refs.

If you're that good of a team, you score on the PP chances you get.

Last I checked, the Caps had many a chance to score and they scored on the PP in the first.

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 1, 2011 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Win or lose tonight, this team isn't awful. They're just not at the calibre of about 8 teams in hockey. And as tmac pointed out, you do get the slightly sinking feeling that they're going to attempt to regain their "mojo" or "swagger" by somehow channeling the ghosts of last year. Without of course realizing that they got bounced in the 1st anyway.

This is an org who is now completely unsure of their identity. Scramble the fighters!

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Yea will EVERYONE better be there. It's no surprise a survey found Boudreau the easiest coach to play for. Stop giving your players maintenance days. This team is soft. Too many guys that get pushed off the puck easily. McPhee was supposed to be this tough hard nosed player back in the day. You'd think he'd like more of those guys on his team. Hmmmm.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | February 1, 2011 11:06 PM | Report abuse

A haiku for the Caps:

ovi's wild slapshot
stick hitting just air and ice
puck still at his feet

Posted by: hockeypuck1 | February 1, 2011 11:06 PM | Report abuse

I want to thank Varly for stealing one point for the caps tonight.

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 1, 2011 11:06 PM | Report abuse

tmac, Bad officiating will "tilt the ice" one way or the other. After Ovi took that retaliation type penalty at the end of the first I believe the refs took it upon themselves to teach the Caps a lesson. The Caps only got one penalty after that. Now penalties, as you know, can be quite beneficial to a team even if you don't score on them. I have no problem with your posts about the style the Caps played tonight it's just that in spite of what you say, the game might have turned out differently if the teams had been playing on "level ice".

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Jonathan6 | February 1, 2011 11:06 PM | Report abuse

don't forget about most overrated team too

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 1, 2011 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Oops Postgame thoughts:
Anybody care to debate Brooks Laich - I hope they package him in a trade out of DC. There are too many guys on this team that get pushed off the puck way too easily.

I hate shootouts. Varly got this team the point tonight.

They stopped playing after 20 minutes.

Erskine - love him but no more pinching for him. Any other d-man sure but Erskine is way too slow to get back if he gets caught. Sure Hendricks falling on that first goal too didn't help.

This team better wake up - seems like the break didn't do much for it.

I'll be in Tampa Friday night. Hope this team shows up against the Lightning who are playing like the best team in the East at the moment.


ICE BREAKERS GOAL SHAKERS.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | February 1, 2011 11:10 PM | Report abuse

WHERE ARE THE KOOL-AID DRINKERS?

fanohock1...capscoach...

Sadly, but that's it for the Kool-Aid drinkers and both of them, to be honest, had at least been sniffing at the goat's blood.

Read through these posts. CapsNation is nearly unanimous. Here we are, the serfs of the Nation, and we want the Duke (McPhee) beheaded and the princely earl (Boudreau) drawn and quartered. What does it take before the King (Ted) begins to listen?

Let's see, not counting his first season, when he inherited Poile's team, McPhee has won ONE playoff round. Boudreau, meanwhile, won one Playoff series due to Torts being totally inept.

The Caps play of late is uglier than Nancy Pelosi. Please make it stop.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 1, 2011 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Friday Prediction:

Bolts 4, Caps 1
Now playing for second place in the division.

Posted by: hockeypuck1 | February 1, 2011 11:11 PM | Report abuse

@Beforeitstoolate - How could I forget about that. This team does need to stop being hyped. They are soft and the goal scorers are missing. Backstrom is non-existent. I know many have seen Ovie disappear but Backstrom is an enigma. Not surprised he hit the post on the shootout attempt either. I can't wait to see what McPhee does at the deadline. If ths team does not get it together - I still stand by it - they will fail to make the playoffs.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | February 1, 2011 11:13 PM | Report abuse

I think Nancy was a babe in her salad days. She's not too bad looking now.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 11:14 PM | Report abuse

The real problem is this: there is just nothing else to do this time of year. It sucks.

Posted by: hockeypuck1 | February 1, 2011 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I'd still do Pelosi before I did Palin.

But that's just because I look for inner beauty first. Sad but true.

That being said, I would still need to drink at least 2 beers. Before, and after.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Can Ted be compared to Danny?
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I think both of them want to make money more than they want to win.

The biggest misconception about Snyder is that he would do anything to win.. bull crap, they don't even have an indoor practice facility.

Either Pitt or GB had to change their practice location because of the nasty weather in Dallas. The indoor location they moved to is the practice facility belonging to a high school football team and I hear it's better than most NFL indoor facilities.

God Bless America, we may be godzillion $$$ in debt but at least we know what's really important in life!!!

Posted by: joek443 | February 1, 2011 11:17 PM | Report abuse

How heartbreaking to watch a previously great team unravel. What strikes me the most is how disoriented and lost the players feel. Others noticed it also. I have never seem them like this, especially for so long. There is a complete disconnect between the players and the system. They don't act like they own it. They act like wearing someone else's coat that is too big for them. In contrast, I remember how BB's new system when he became coach set the team on fire. I don't get it. Is BB instituting a system he does not believe in and cannot sell it?

Posted by: caraveli | February 1, 2011 11:17 PM | Report abuse

This team needs a MAJOR shake up.

No killer instinct. Look familiar Ted? Tonight should be another reminder.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 1, 2011 11:17 PM | Report abuse

A haiku for the Caps:

ovi's wild slapshot
stick hitting just air and ice
puck still at his feet

Posted by: hockeypuck1 | February 1, 2011 11:06 PM

hahaha...

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I am pretty tough on this team I saw a lot of things I liked this evening. They played with heart. How can so many miss that point? The Caps looked pretty good tonight. Interesting how all of us can watch the same game but have different opinions. The Caps worked harder this game than many I have seen all season. A few breakdowns and they needed to step up a little more but otherwise a really great game all the way around. Yes they lost but I saw effort and heart most of the evening.

Posted by: pkme | February 1, 2011 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Holy cow do we STINK. I've maintained for a month now that this team needs a blockbuster trade to wake them up. Now it appears they will need it to save a number of people's jobs. At this point they should start playing for draft positioning so we can continue to be told our FUTURE is so bright.

Posted by: ThePat | February 1, 2011 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I think Capscoach makes some decent points. For ex, she is accurate sometimes when she says that people overreact to a loss despite an actual decent effort by the team. I agree with that. And no I'm not angling for road head.

But her overly positive take on things can be attributed to a lack of hockey watching experience.

Fanock otoh, has no excuse. He's a longtime fan who still doesn't get it.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Semin-bashers are idiots. I'd love to see them try to play through his injuries.

Posted by: BigMogilny | February 1, 2011 11:22 PM | Report abuse

is the difference between a win and a loss based on having semin + fehr in the lineup. does it really come down to one more goal.

Posted by: samb99 | February 1, 2011 11:22 PM | Report abuse

pkme, I tend to agree with you. Except for those two breakaways and the terrible officiating they would have won going away. However, as you can see everyone is very disappointed about the outcome tonight and there's not much that can be said to console them.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 11:23 PM | Report abuse

The bottom line is this team is young. Last summer instead of adding a veteran presence to the locker room that knows how to win at the NHL level, GMGM decided having 5 rookies in the lineup is better. And the 5 rookies haven't played poorly, but they have been inconsistent for the most part. Adding 5 rookies to an already young NHL team that hasn't won anything is a bad idea. No one on the team knows how to win at this level equals a recipe for disaster. And now we are all witnessing it. A 2C won't even help this team, that is the sad but true fact.

Posted by: ThePat | February 1, 2011 11:25 PM | Report abuse

The worst thing is I followed all the rituals...got home from work in time for the game...opened a bottle of Kenwood Sonoma Cab...had it with tri-tip and vegetables.

Caps actually went up 2-0 before I had even popped the bottle/started eating. Now the bottle of wine is drained and I'm hitting on shots of Bacardi Gold. All I have now is memories of a rotten game and Julie in that green dress.

I suppose you can say the only reason I'm not yet a dirty old man is I'm only 53.

I'm trying though.

Can we really believe that our Caps stink so bad in such a short amount of time?

Jesus. It's like if you told me a week before Christmas that Santa was in jail for soliciting and that Rudolph had been detained for FUI (Flying Under the Influence, explaining the red nose).

This sucks. Just plain sucks.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 1, 2011 11:27 PM | Report abuse

How heartbreaking to watch a previously great team unravel
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it is heartbreaking to watch a one hit (regular season) wonder unravel.

no i take that back.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 11:28 PM | Report abuse

@FlaCapsFan

if Varly didnt stand on his head we lose by 3 goals. The effort after we got the 2-0 lead from about half the roster was pathetic. You cant win games in this league when half the team stops playing.

Posted by: ThePat | February 1, 2011 11:28 PM | Report abuse

the problem is that if we need a "blockbuster trade" to wake this team up we're really in trouble because look who is doing the deals. I don't trust our GM to do anything that will actually help the team via a trade or signing. his bar is set too low.

how can stevey y completely turn his team around in ONE off-season and we continue to sit on our hands and never make a real attempt to improve our overall team?

for this reason, i'm more afraid of the trade deadline than i am excited about it.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 1, 2011 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Semin-bashers are idiots. I'd love to see them try to play through his injuries.

Posted by: BigMogilny

2 Midols oughta cover his injuries.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 11:30 PM | Report abuse

The bottom line is this team is young. Last summer instead of adding a veteran presence to the locker room that knows how to win at the NHL level, GMGM decided having 5 rookies in the lineup is better. And the 5 rookies haven't played poorly, but they have been inconsistent for the most part. Adding 5 rookies to an already young NHL team that hasn't won anything is a bad idea. No one on the team knows how to win at this level equals a recipe for disaster. And now we are all witnessing it. A 2C won't even help this team, that is the sad but true fact.

Posted by: ThePat | February 1, 2011 11:25 PM |

Bingo...

and I agree that they started out with the right effort but then not only did the effort level drop off, so did the level of execution. That, or they were executing BB hockey perfectly.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 11:31 PM | Report abuse

it is heartbreaking to watch a one hit (regular season) wonder unravel.
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It was much more heartbreaking to find out that Milli Vanilli didn't really sing their songs.

Posted by: joek443 | February 1, 2011 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Tom I hope you don't own a cute poodle. Especially tonight. For the poodle's sake.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I must repeat...

Aside from apparently getting caught pinching, Erksine was freakin' trying to stick-handle through a MTL player at the opposing blue line!!!

What does that tell you?

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Tells me that Bruce is givin out bonuses to his dmen if they score goals

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 11:36 PM | Report abuse

And no, the answer isn't that Erskine sucks.

My guess is that Coach Fatty was sitting on the crapper over the break and decided that it was time to kickstart the offense by urging everybody to get overly aggressive, thinking that they could play his high-risk AHL style of hockey without sacrificing defense.

Even our defensive d-men were getting caught trying to do too much in this game.

McPhee needs to go... he can not execute the final stages of this rebuild that should have happened a couple of years ago. I'm not just saying we can't win a cup under McPhee, we won't even come close.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 11:37 PM | Report abuse

I'd still do Pelosi before I did Palin.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 11:16 PM

Gads, cstanton1, but that post of yours makes me wonder about you.

Politics aside, you put Palin in a Ciccarelli jersey (nothing else, except maybe her glasses) and Pelosi in even a Messier jersey, and you can guess where I'd concentrate my power play.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 1, 2011 11:37 PM | Report abuse

WHERE ARE THE KOOL-AID DRINKERS?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 1, 2011 11:10 PM

i'm right here. the caps disappointed tonight - but most of the post have me feeling a little better about my outlook on life.
no aneurysm for me, blood pressure is good, the sun will still rise in the east tomorrow (although the dead of winter 48 degrees will s*ck big time), the sky is not falling.
hot goaltending and one bad day does not equal the end of the world
caps will end their slump on friday vs. TB
gmgm should be able to get flash back with a conditional draft pick
and ...free sloan :)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 1, 2011 11:39 PM | Report abuse

the problem is that if we need a "blockbuster trade" to wake this team up we're really in trouble because look who is doing the deals. I don't trust our GM to do anything that will actually help the team via a trade or signing. his bar is set too low.

how can stevey y completely turn his team around in ONE off-season and we continue to sit on our hands and never make a real attempt to improve our overall team?

for this reason, i'm more afraid of the trade deadline than i am excited about it.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 1, 2011 11:29 PM

Bingo...

How long is McPhee's leash?

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 11:40 PM | Report abuse

@The Pat, I agree that Varly played great and thank goodness he did. However, I didn't see what you saw, i.e., half the team stop playing. If anything they needed to raise their level of play which they didn't do for whatever reason (I believe it was the officiating). I do agree in general with you guys about the need for the Caps to play with more intensity on a nightly basis. However, with the refs tonight that might have resulted in even more penalties to kill (and all that that entails).

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 11:40 PM | Report abuse

hot goaltending and one bad day does not equal the end of the world
--kirk--

oh no you didnt

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 11:43 PM | Report abuse

I hear Pelosi is DTF

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 11:46 PM | Report abuse

@Flacapsfan

sorry, i refuse to blame games on refs or hot goalies. Those two excuses get old fast.

Half the team stopped playing is pretty accurate in my opinion. After the first 10 minutes in which MP-Laich-Chimera line was very good they disappeared and just picked up penalties. Thought Bradley gave a weak effort all night, just casually bumping into guys instead of really finishing checks. BB shortened his bench and didnt play MaJo or Beagle much so right there, you have lost about half your F's. Carlson and Schultz were bad for most of the night. So maybe half the team stop playing is exaggerating but you get the point.

Posted by: ThePat | February 1, 2011 11:47 PM | Report abuse

It amazes me how little we worry opposing teams. After shutting MTL out last time we faced them and being up 2-0 in this game, I believe it was Gionta on the bench laughing it up with a teammate. I didn't see it but some said the coach was caught laughing about something, too. Fittingly, Gionta laughed his way back to the bench after potting what became the game-winner in the SO.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Since somebody, who shall remain nameless, brought up political figures - is Boehner the Cindy Crysby of politics?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 11:49 PM | Report abuse

oh no you didnt

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 11:43 PM

i've got a million of em. but after all this palin/pelosi talk - i had to run off for a bit - i'll be reloaded soon

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 1, 2011 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I just fell off my chair

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 1, 2011 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Tom I hope you don't own a cute poodle. Especially tonight. For the poodle's sake.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 11:33 PM

No poodles, only cats.

C'mon, admit, Palin's kinda cute, so long as you can get her to shut up.

Put her in a Ciccarelli jersey and spin her around.

Never would "22" look so good.

She might not make a bad coach for the Caps. After all, she's "seen Russia."

I'd pay $5 to spend five minutes with Leonsis. Maybe for charity they should do a "Caps fan b!tch" where you pay so much for so many minutes and then you get to rail on Ted.

Maybe we could all pony up and then we'd look like the Egyptians in the streets trying to force out Mubarik.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 1, 2011 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Brads isn't operating at even 50% capacity for the role he should be playing. I think he's tired of beating his body up. Esp for this team. He doesn't hit hard, he doesn't get in on the forecheck the way he used to, he doesn't get in anyone's grill.

And yet..he's still tougher than 90% of this team. He's a keeper!

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 1, 2011 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Instead of boasting about all the success he's had in the lower ranks with his silly brand of hockey, Coach Big Belly needs to look in the mirror and admit that there is more to it at this level. Opposing teams got used to seeing that run 'n gun crap and increasingly figured out how to shut it down over time.

It should always be about defense first at this level. They were heading in the right direction finally after that losing streak but it looks like Mr. Mercedes Benz thinks it's time to go back to our old ways. That won't cut it.

You need to create offense within the structure of sound defense, not by taking shortcuts and making too many high risk plays.

I have the crappy feeling that we'll see d-men continuing to take risks and certain forwards being given the license to cheat and start flying the zone early, not providing enough puck support to the d-men, and not being held accountable for backchecking and other defensive responsibilities.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 1, 2011 11:55 PM | Report abuse

@jimallcaps2
@soaring caps

I've been talking all season about how Backy is now just another lazy Euro, and folks still think I'm nuts. Look at the guy ! No goals for 7 weeks !!!!!!!!!!

The caps gave up on this coach in game 5 of the Habs series. They're sand bagging him, just like they sand bagged Hanlon.
These guys know BB can't win a cup.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 2, 2011 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Did y'all see the way Ovechkin hounded Subban in the corner in our d-zone, eventually winning the puck and helping clear it out of the zone?

That right there, along with his defensive performance against TOR recently, is clear cut evidence that he has it in him to play better in those areas.

He should be much more of a presence along the boards, offensively and defensively, and I'm not just talking about delivering hits. That's great but he needs to start winning more puck battles and get better at protecting the puck and he needs to play the right way defensively on a consistent basis.

The right coach could take Ovechkin's game to the next level and not just offensively. Bruce is keeping Ovechkin's and others' overall games at an AHL level.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 2, 2011 12:06 AM | Report abuse

@Capt_Kirk_in_AZ

Must admit you feel a lot more optimism about the Caps than I do at the moment.

The good news is that they got off to a lead and got one PP goal. The bad news is .... the rest of the game. These guys are such a disaster in OT. It's gotten to the point where I'm strongly considering just walking out the next time the team goes to OT and certainly considering walking out if it's a shootout.

Good goaltending. Too bad another good goal tending effort wasted.


Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 2, 2011 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Since somebody, who shall remain nameless, brought up political figures - is Boehner the Cindy Crysby of politics?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 1, 2011 11:49 PM

My God, but no! Boehner as Crysby? No...Boehner is the, well, George Hamilton of politicians. No more, no less.

And who would be Cindy? The biggest whiner of the 20th century? Mister "Let's cross that bridge when we get to it?"

Ted Kennedy. Yes, Ted "Cry Me a Liberal River and Then Drown My Girlfriend in it" Kennedy.

Only Teddy Kennedy like Crosby could cry so much to make a 4th river in Pittsburgh. Rest in peace, Teddy. Yeah, right.

Waah, waah.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 2, 2011 12:08 AM | Report abuse

For all of the talk about TB and the Caps, lets take a look at their records if you flipped their shootout records(which we know has no bearing on playoff success).

Currently the Caps are 2-5 in the SO
Currently Tampa is 5-2 in the SO

If those records were flipped, the Caps would be 30-15-7, have 67 points and be in 1st place in the SE.

It's a shame the Caps are so horrible in the shootout, but luckily this isn't the Olympics and there won't be any shootouts in the elimination rounds.

Lastly, as bad as it was to watch the Caps lose, they did pick up 1 point on each of Atlanta and Carolina, who each lost in regulation. So the Caps improved their chances of making the playoffs after tonight.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 2, 2011 12:11 AM | Report abuse

@The Pat,

Sorry, but I'm going to pick apart your post. It's was only Laich that picked up penalties and at least one of those was suspect to say the least. Bradley had 2 hits in 9.54 of ice time (Ovi had 4 hits in 22.30 of ice time) so, not bad since he's only just back off of injury. Cannot say much about shortening of bench since I didn't notice that. Carlson and Schultz though mediocre tonight were at least trying and didn't "stop playing". BTW, Knuble had the most shots on goal (6) plus 5 missed shots. The player I was most disappointed with was Laich, especially on that 2 on 1 where he missed the net high.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 2, 2011 12:11 AM | Report abuse

LMAO @ Prust of NYR, what a dope

Down goes Frazier, down goes Frazier...

Posted by: joek443 | February 2, 2011 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Currently the Caps are 2-5 in the SO
Currently Tampa is 5-2 in the SO

If those records were flipped, the Caps would be 30-15-7, have 67 points and be in 1st place in the SE.
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Fact - The Caps have a ton of road games left and the Bolts have a ton of home games left. And they just started off their 10-game home-stand with a 4-0 SHUTOUT against the best team in hockey this season.

And we all know how well this team plays on the road, not exactly a bunch of road warriors.

Posted by: joek443 | February 2, 2011 12:18 AM | Report abuse

@Cstanton

The Rags coach and the Pens coach both know the playoffs are around the corner, and they have their boys playing like it.

Man, are we wimpy !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 2, 2011 12:20 AM | Report abuse

I still think when all is said and done, Tampa gets eliminated fairly quickly in the playoffs. I consider them a pretender for the most part. But they are a team that can dramatically get better with a trade for Fisher and Neil and one depth dman.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 2, 2011 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Whenever I see Boner I want to sing the song "Old Man River". Nooobody knows the trouble I've seen.....

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 2, 2011 12:22 AM | Report abuse

I would not call Carlson's performance tonight mediocre. I'd say it was one of the worst performances in his short NHL career.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 2, 2011 12:27 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

It's not just the fact the Caps lose in shootouts but the fact that they're miserable in overtime games to begin with. Meanwhile, Tampa and Pittsburgh, for that matter, are much better than us in that department.

That's pretty pathetic when we're reduced to rooting against Carolina and Atlanta, the teams just behind us in the SE just so we can make the playoffs.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 2, 2011 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Man, are we wimpy !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 2, 2011 12:20 AM

If you loan me money for a hamburger today, I'll gladly repay you on Tuesday.

That's it for me. I can't drink enough to make the pain go away. Even Sarah Palin in my bed in a Ciccarelli jersey won't fix it.

My daughter has a doctorate in clinical psychology. Maybe she can get me some pills. God knows I need something.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 2, 2011 12:27 AM | Report abuse

@BigMogily

Are you nuts ????????????????????????

Semin's biggest injury requires an amphetamine. He needs to get his lazy Euro rear into shape, and start playing like he cares. Since day one, I could tell this guy was a Goofball.

I hope we lose in the first to Atlanta, and we gut this team of the wimps.(After hiring a new GM who knows how to spot "play off" talent. We also need a "real NHL level coach" who knows how to LEAD !!!!!!!!!!!)

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 2, 2011 12:29 AM | Report abuse

And his poor play extended well beyond that lousy drop pass.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 2, 2011 12:30 AM | Report abuse

And how about that hat-trick by Laich this evening... and where's the outrage??

I'm not the biggest supporter of Semin but if that had been 28, most people on here would be ready to hang him.

But somehow 21 gets a pass because he's so "nice".

Posted by: joek443 | February 2, 2011 12:30 AM | Report abuse

New thread boys and girls.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | February 2, 2011 12:31 AM | Report abuse

I totaly agree on the 2nd line. They need a second line center. I thought Johansson was going to be it, but he is too inconsistent. A lot of people give Cindy credit for the Pens winning the Cup, but I think it has more to do with the fact that they have two first line quality centers. The flyers with Richards and Briere are in the same boat. I'd look for GMGM to make a move. I am thinking either we will move a goaltender and a prospect for a center. I also would not be surprised to see us pick up a veteran wing like Alfredson. Ottawa is heading into a rebuilding cycle and he still doesn't have a cup.

Posted by: akmzrazor | February 2, 2011 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Yes, BB has to go but GMGM is the real problem.

I just compared the last 11 seasons of the Caps and the Nashville Predators who have only been in existence for 11 years. The Caps have averaged 87.7 points/season and the Preds have averaged 85.6 points/season.

Meaning David Poile with an expansion team with a low payroll has had just about the same success with his team as GMGM has done with his.

Posted by: joek443 | February 2, 2011 8:48 AM | Report abuse

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