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In a game that had four goals before eight minutes had passed in the first period anything seemed possible. One thing that was certain though, was that the Capitals' power play found its stride quickly at the Honda Center last night as Washington recorded three power play goals -- two in the first four minutes -- in the 6-4 win over the Ducks. The unit finished 3 for 8, marking the first time it recorded multiple tallies in more than a month and the first time for three goals all season.

"We just tried to play simple," Ovechkin told reporters after the game. "This is our key. We sometimes try to be too fancy. Tonight, we just shoot the puck, control the puck and get some traffic to the net. You see the result."

*In case you missed it, defenseman Mike Green was knocked out of last night's game with a shoulder injury after being hit by the Ducks' towering Chris Pronger. Last night, Green had his right arm in a sling but said he'd gauge the injury today.

*While the Ducks couldn't contain the Capitals' offensive stars early on, Anaheim was largely unable to stay out of the penalty box. The referees called a relatively tight game for the most part (especially early on), but that doesn't change the fact that the Ducks lead the league with 393 penalty minutes this season and made many of the same mistakes they've been trying to avoid.

*California loves a showman and Ovechkin is no exception as he faces the Kings for just the third time in his career tonight.

*The Hockey News says the Capitals' pair of Alexes is the duo they most enjoy watching. Check out the full top-10 list.

*For those of you who couldn't stay up last night to watch the game in Anaheim, here are the highlights.

*ESPN's Damien Cox has a list of some of the best quotes (which come from some of the best story lines) from the first quarter of the season, which included the Semin-Crosby-gate comments.

Kings Cliff notes:
*The Kings are one of only three teams that Ovechkin hasn't scored a goal against. The other two are San Jose (Saturday) and Minnesota (Monday)....

*The Kings won four straight before dropping two games, but what has Coach Terry Murray concerned is their lack of scoring. Los Angeles has been shut out four times in 17 games, and scored just 17 goals in the past nine games.

*But while the Kings are searching for offense, they're playing strong defense. Los Angeles gives up an average of 2.59 goals per game and has the third-best penalty killing unit in the league. The Kings have given up just 10 power play goals all season.

In the system:
*Braden Holtby and the Saskatoon Blades ended a five-game winning streak last night in a 4-3 loss to the Kootenay Ice.

*The Russian All-Stars won a 4-3 victory over the QMJHL the second game of the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge. Caps prospect Dmitri Kugryshev recorded an assist on the go-ahead goal.

*Tarik will have injury news and other updates from Los Angeles as the day progresses. Today's morning skate at the Staples Center is at 2:30 p.m. EST.

By Katie Carrera  |  November 20, 2008; 9:49 AM ET
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Posted by: Section117 | November 20, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

How is it that Kozlov got the second star last night? Stecks had better stats and assisted on the GWG.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | November 20, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Green weren't so star-struck by being on the ice with his here Neidermayer, maybe he would've used more sense than to try to dance past Pronger. I have a hunch that Green separated his shoulder and he won't be back until Dec. No Bueno.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | November 20, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Kozlov had a solid game last night, Alex. He was everywhere, in the zone, stealing pucks, making crisp passes. It doesn't show on the scoresheet, but he was a force out there.

Morning, 117.

On Gordon - I've seen our guys get four minutes for less. Sorry, I'm on the "that should have been a double minor" side of this argument, and PhilR had it right in the last thread about fighting with gloves on.

On the refs - a tight game? Don't make me laugh, Tarik. They missed a lot of calls on both sides, including Montador butt-ending Ovi in the family jewels. (D-bag. Wonder if Brash got his tag numbers after the game.)

@mauree: Thanks. :) I agree that Anaheeim is a much better team, but they play the same way the Flyers do - physical and dirty, with cheap shots. They jsut do a better job XD

Posted by: kittypawz | November 20, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Lozlov had that great move to set up Nicky backs on the third goal. That line seems to be playing like they did last year. I hope they stay that way so we can drop semin back with laich and nylander/feds.

I was surprised it took pronger that long to level green, he had his head down basically the entire rush up the ice

Posted by: _stevo | November 20, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, Kozlov had his best game all season last night -- he made things happen. He single-handedly created Backstrom's goal.

The Refs may not have been GOOD, kittypawz, but they were consistent, and that, sometimes, is all we can really ask from a Ref tandem. In that sense, I thought they did well, no matter how angry it made me that Montador got away with that crap.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 20, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

That Pronger's hit on Green was SICK. That's what we need for our D. Can we get Pronger?

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | November 20, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Lousy selective cut-n-paste job by Cox. We all know the second part of the quote doesn't necessarily refer to Crosby.

Posted by: koalatek | November 20, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Section117 | November 20, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

With or without gloves you still can't get a double-minor for a roughing altercation. You get two minutes for roughing or a major penalty for fighting and it wasn't fighting, it was a single shot to the head. Gordo was injured on the play,and Perry should be penalized beyond two minutes only the rulebook does not give the refs the authority to do so other than giving a match penalty for deliberate intent to injure. So if he didn't intend to injure he can only receive a minor penalty; if he did intend to injure than he should have received a match penalty. No Double-minor. No such thing. At this point because the refs determined he didn't intend to injure, Perry can only receive supplementary discipline by the league.

Posted by: meagle | November 20, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

@ Meagle

Well, it's also true that there's no such rule as 4 minutes for drawing blood. It's not actually a rule, it's just accepted. I think the Ref could very well interpret a roughing minor into a double if he so pleased.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 20, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is now tied for 7th in the league in scoring

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 20, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

@Drinking Partner
Well, the actual high sticking rule has this section: When a player or goalkeeper carries or holds any part of his stick above the shoulders of the opponent so that injury results, the Referee shall assess a double-minor penalty for all contact that causes an injury, whether accidental or careless, in the opinion of the Referee.

I guess blood = injury. But meagle is right, there's no comparative section in the roughing rule. The ref would need to add on a different infraction.

Posted by: koalatek | November 20, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

@Danny Boy

You are right... that is what big defensemen are supposed to do.

Meanwhile, the CAPS are stuck with John Erskine who is the biggest waste of life in the NHL... doesn't hit, doesn't skate, can't handle the puck

he looked downright outmatched last night in the third period.... and I know Green was out, but still, he has to do a better job of winning the puck off the boards and clearing it out of the zone

Posted by: zloss126 | November 20, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: tURBO8 | November 20, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse


I guess that's true, but there are instances of penalties changing to fit the crime, for example, when tripping becomes kneeing if the player gets hurt (tripping when committed by skate, that is), and etc. You'd think there'd be a contingency for injuries, though, unless it was purely accidental (high sticking almost always is, and, therefore, is exempt from that). I dunno, I guess my only point is that the penalty was clearly an extreme version of it, and should have been penalized accordingly (it definitely wasn't a major, though).

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 20, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Hello new hockey fans! The "four minutes when blood is drawn" rule has been on the books for about 17 years.

Posted by: cityspirit | November 20, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I might be the only one, other the GMGM and Coach B. But Erskine is doing o.k. He plays is crucial minutes against the top lines of other teams. He always gives 100%. I wasent on the Falsh bash last year as well, like many of your were, and see how he is starting to develop. He got a extension last season and alot of people were having a coniption about it.
In Bruce I trust !

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | November 20, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Yes, there can be a double-minor for roughing, unless there has been a rule change concerning this in the last few years.

Yes, Kozlov deserved 2nd star.

Zloss... Erskine doesn't hit? Are you high? He's our ONLY physical Dman... and probably our second best this year in terms of play in our own zone. Ovechkin has 8 more hits than Erskine. Eight.

Posted by: notfadeaway | November 20, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

@Meagle - I was thinking that I was pretty sure I had seen a double minor for roughing called and just google searched and this came up...

"19:41; S Walker, Nas
(double minor roughing)"

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 20, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

That Green injury looked like it wasn't good last night. Hopefully its not serious, but I would be shocked if he's not out till after the New Year.

On a good note, three of our lines played great last night. I really enjoy the Fehr-Laich-Flash line. Nylander, Clark, Brash line I thought was only ok. Nylander seemed to play better out on the PP, minus the dumb hooking penalty he took. He just seems to want it more when he's out there with people that can put it in the net.

Posted by: ThePat | November 20, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

It was a great game to watch. Was good that the clock was ticking down in the 3rd though. After our great 6-2 lead, the Ducks were all over us. Made it exciting and the result was what we wanted but just glad the Ducks didn;t play like that all 3 periods!

Power play fun to watch. Good game.

Posted by: CapsRockTheRed | November 20, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I was interested in finding the rule book, so, for anyone else who's interested:

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 20, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

2008-09 NHL Rule Book; also went back to 2006-07...same rule.

Table 4 - Rule 18 - Double-minor Penalties
Summary of Double-minor Penalties



(i) Butt-ending

Rule 58

(ii) Head-butting

Rule 48

(iii) High-sticking

Rule 60

(iv) Spearing

Rule 62

No Roughing!

Posted by: meagle | November 20, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I believe Perry had his stick in his hand when he hit Gordon and I suspect it was actually his stick and not his glove that gashed him. It should have been called a high stick infraction with an extra 2 for drawing blood. I just think they didn't notice the cut until after they had already made the roughing call and didn't see exactly how it happened.

I heard on NHL Home Ice that is it "Russian Heritage Night" at the LA Kings game tonight. I'm hoping the Caps' 4 Russkateers will be reunited tonight against the Czars.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | November 20, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

dang, green got passed in allstar votes by Chara. And ovie is getting killed by malkin and crosby

Posted by: _stevo | November 20, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Ovechkin fell 15K behind Malkin in a single day. He was only like 8K behind yesterday.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 20, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Sombrero Guy--yes there are double minors listed in what looked like a melee at the end of the game; Chara and Murray from Nashville each received double minors so not sure how many altercations they were involved with. If chara hits Murray and then goes and punches another Nashville player (didn't see the game-only speculating) then there are two altercations and two roughing penalties. So is it a double minor for roughing or two minors for roughing?

Posted by: meagle | November 20, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

hilarious that people are voting for Gonchar and whitney since they haven't even played a game yet.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 20, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

The All Star voting is such a sham it isn't even funny. How do you lose votes?

Posted by: Greg S. | November 20, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Lets talk about the real issue for tonights game.

Can Jose Theodore log some minutes on the blue-line? He might have to.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 20, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

@meagle: Chill out. We understand what the rulebook says. What we are trying to say is that there is evidence that a double minor has been called in a case like that before. Also, if Perry had his stick in his hand when he hit Gordon, and hit Gordon with the stick, then that should not be a roughing call at all, it should have been a high stick.

The point is, this call could have gone either way. There is precedent for EITHER SIDE, and I was always under the impression that it's four minutes automatic if blood is drawn. The point's moot, anyway. Bad call or not, it stands, and it's far too late to quibble it. The Ducks roughed us up pretty good, for all the good it did them.

Now it's time to look forward to the Kings tonight - and it's time for our boys in the red, white, and blue to make them queens XD

Posted by: kittypawz | November 20, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I separated both shoulders (different years) while playing hockey. The hit on Green looks to me like it could easily have resulted in a separated shoulder.

Joe B

Posted by: rw-c | November 20, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

@ SA-Town: Mo will play.

Who do we see in net tonight? It's gotta be Johnny right?

Posted by: ThisGuy | November 20, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I'd have argued you should have given him two for butt-ending and two for roughing.

Posted by: Whitermage | November 20, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

When the heck are Semin and Feds gonna come back???? We need them now more than ever.

Suck it up guys. Be a man and suit up for tonight!

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | November 20, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Let's just split Tom Poti in two and pair him with himself. Poti Squared will not allow a goal, guaranteed.

Posted by: _jordan | November 20, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

No Green and Morrisonn?

Did someone say "torpedo"?

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | November 20, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Green's injury looked serious to me - Pronger laid him out. I'm pretty sure I would have been out cold. Anyone else find it amazing that the broadcast team did not notice that Green was absent for the whole 2nd period?

I think Kozlov and Nylander had really good games, and the Third line was outstanding. I'm not sure why there are trade talks with Nylander - he is a superior 3rd or 4th line center on our team. He would be a first or second line center on most teams.

The defense still needs some tweaking - i'm not comfortable giving up 4-5-6 goals a game.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 20, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I was a little amazed that Joe B and Craig didn't point out Green's absence.

Green did get up and skate hard off the ice, so I'm not going to worry too much until there is reason to worry.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 20, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

As for the All Star Game - it's a sham. Let's just be so far ahead in first place in the East by that point, and just look down our noses at all the cheaters in Montreal and Pittsburg!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 20, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse


The dead horse argument around trading Nylander is that he's getting paid 1st or 2nd line money for 4th line work. I don't buy it, but that's pretty much it. Without his salary hit, options open up for the kids in Hershey.

This argument will get louder here if Green is out for 2 weeks or so especially if his production stays low.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 20, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The thought to get rid of Nylander now, would be to free cap room to get a vet rental D-Man at the deadline.

We feel we have enough scoring to win without him.

The whole no-trade still baffles me. Why would Nylander want to move?

Posted by: SA-Town | November 20, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 20, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is leading the league in +/- now, one ahead of Semin. Ovechkin is "on pace" to be a +82. Now there is a lot of hockey left to play but it certainly is possible.

That would be the highest total since Mark Howe was a +85 in 85-86. The highest single season +/- ever was Bobby Orr +124 in 1970-1971

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 20, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm inclined to believe that Nylander has probably already waived his NTC. Even though it's a rumor, there's way too much going on about it to make me think it's fiction. But why would he consider Chicago?

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 20, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

@drinkingpartner - rumor has it that Nylander still owns a place in Chicago. Not sure how true that is....

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 20, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I would waive my NTC if I was a skill guy playing on the 4th line.

Posted by: _jordan | November 20, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

wouldn't be ironic if Huet ends up on waivers? and we are stuck with Jose after last summer FA

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 20, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

2 years ago Nyls was setting up Jagr, now it's Brash...

Posted by: Steve_R | November 20, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

You all don't understand. Nylander has no say in this what so ever. He may want to leave, but he has no say in it.

His wife does though.

Just like Huet's wife.

Posted by: _828 | November 20, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

When/if Nylander is outta here, I hope that means Bourque and Sami come up. I will high-five people.

Posted by: _jordan | November 20, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

"I was a little amazed that Joe B and Craig didn't point out Green's absence."

Come now. Really? If you ever want to know what is going on the ice, don't rely on those two guys. Did you notice what was said on the goal by Backstrom? 'great play by Backstrom' - give me a break, the great play was done by Kozlov which got not a single mention. I have not heard all the hockey sportscarters, but these two in Washington have to be at the bottom, I can't imagine anyone worse.

Posted by: opita | November 20, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

The great play by Backstrom was his patience. Not firing the puck immediately, waiting until he was sure the goalie was down and out, getting the backhand up.. I love Kozlov, but Nick deserves as much credit as he could get on that goal too.

Posted by: _jordan | November 20, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I guess that's why they want Joe B at the olympics and have him on as a regular announcer on versus.

Wow, now people are going to complain about the announcers?

Fans suck, players suck, coaches suck, refs suck, gm sucks, ice sucks, announcers suck, (and the list will continue to grow)

Posted by: _828 | November 20, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Joe B is regarded as one of the best in the Biz. when he's not doing caps games he's on Versus. He even does football. I'm not a big fan, and I get REAL angry when Joe B and Locker start babbling about nothing while play is continuing, but "experts" like him

Posted by: Leeguru | November 20, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I didn't see the hit on Green. But i have had my shoulder seperated during a snowboarding accident. It didn't hurt after a couple days but the range of motion was cut done drastically for almost 3 months. Accident happened in late Dec and i couldn't start playing basketball until almost May. Course I am a big baby.

Posted by: NFeKPo | November 20, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I think the TV team is pretty decent...I just thought it odd that your All Star Defensemen gets ruined into the boards by another All Star defensemen - then goes missing. You would think they might have picked up on that for an entire period?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 20, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I think my opinion on Nylander is pretty clear. He had awesome stats 2 and 3 years ago. Up until he was injured last year he was on track for another 80 point season. I just can't help but think that his whole problem is that he's lost his timing a bit and is struggling to find it.

I would imagine that players are used to trade rumors swirling around above them, but they usually go away pretty quickly as either a flash in the pan, or the rumor comes to fruition. This one just keeps dragging on and on and on and on. That's got to play on one's mind, too.

I just hope that IF a deal is done, it's done sooner rather than later. I also fervently hope that we do NOT get a player for him. We want picks.

We don't want Byflugen or Boumeister for one simple reason. We could use the cap space for our own prospects. We ran the club with 21 players instead of the U&C 22 due to cap space. Not having a warm body given to us in exchange for Nylander will give us the ability to bring up possibly 2 players from Hershey when they're ready to come up.

Getting picks does another thing. It denies them of the opportunity to pick in that round, and may give us 2 or 3 shots in a round. That can be a powerful weapon.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 20, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I have to admit, the Huet on waivers deal makes sense. He's giving them practically nothing, and they need to drop his Cap space.

If/when he gets picked up on waivers, though, doesn't Chicago still have to pay half his salary? Am i thinking of something completely different?

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 20, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

If Tom Poti can play with one arm for a whole season (last year), then Greener should be fine.

Posted by: _jordan | November 20, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I remember them saying that Green was gone. "They Caps are going to have to do this with only 5 defensemen as Green went back into the locker room".

Posted by: _828 | November 20, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse


Add to your list of sucks:

Fans suck.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 20, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Oops. You had that one.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 20, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

"including Montador butt-ending Ovi in the family jewels."

Joe B. called that his "produce section," which was the off-ice highlight of the night.

And by the by, Joe B. is quite simply one of the best hockey play-by-play guys in the country. Laughlin, well, he is what he is.

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 20, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Laughlin has a lot of hockey smarts, but he's paid for color and the occasional insight. He has a sense of humor, but they sometimes get carried away with it. I've heard them chatterboxing away as play was going on during games with no meaning and the outcome's been decided. A play happens and they keep yucking it up.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 20, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Just be glad they aren't a boring commentary team, or super-homers. Though Locker is a super-homer when you hear him talk about the team while not covering the game.

Posted by: _jordan | November 20, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Amen, _jordan! They do love a good hockey game and tip the hat to good plays on both sides which I love. There were a lot of good plays on both sides last night. They offered their appreciation of the effort for all of them.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 20, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Let them have fun... they have a cool job. If you don't like to listen to them, turn the TV on mute - pretty simple fix.

I would hate to have the Pens announcers. They are super homers and I think want to make out with Crosby. It's never the Pens fault when it comes to hockey. That, I am glad at least Locker and Joe B are equal opportunistic announcers.

Posted by: _828 | November 20, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

_jordan, I met Joe and Locker last season after one of the home games, probably early December? Joe was guardedly optimistic about our 07-08 playoff chances, but Locker said not a chance: so much for the super-homer, eh? :) However, they were both right that only one team would come out of the SE Division, though.

Joe and Craig do get a little chatty, but I think on the whole they do a really good job. If anyone disagrees, get the Center Ice package and try listening to some of the other guys. Barf! This is my first season with Center Ice, so I'm getting exposed to a lot of commentators that I normally wouldn't... and there sure are some bad ones out there. :P

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | November 20, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I really enjoy having Joe and Craig calling the games. I think they do a great job and keep it fun. I always feel like I'm missing something when the caps are on VS or NBC.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 20, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Oops! I was on the wrong thread ...

I would take Khabibulin for Nyls ... but not his salary! :-)

Posted by: Boo- | November 20, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Worst homer announcers have to be in Chicago. They're abyssmal. One of them even had a hard time pronouncing "Ovechkin" last year. Referred to him as "Oshevkin" at least two times. Avoid at all costs.

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 20, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

JohninMpls: Yes, I liked that term. That's a keeper. Maybe it was late, but it gave me a case of the giggles.

828: I said it before and I will say it again. If all those people sucked, a lot of people would be a lot happier than they are.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 20, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

_828, amen on all points. The Penguins commentators are especially homerific, and Locker and Joe B definitely call it like it is. An exciting goal is still exciting even if you're not happy about which team scored it.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | November 20, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse


I said the same thing about the Caps not making the playoffs. I was very happy to be wrong! Locker was on a local radio show during the playoffs and called the Flyers "wussies" and said we would beat them. It was pretty great.

The Kings announce team is a really fair team, too. They're good at explaining the more complicated parts of the game, keeping in mind that their fanbase might not have been raised on hockey like the fans in other cities.

Posted by: _jordan | November 20, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Careful there, kittypaws! A lot of us have naughty minds... >:)

Posted by: Greg S. | November 20, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Ha - yes we are lucky to have this announce team...have you heard the Preds team - Terry Crisp sounds like Bullwinkle - it is pretty much impossible to listen to!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 20, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

If you are a hockey fan, you prolly should have a dirty mind, right?

Posted by: _828 | November 20, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

The Nyalnder to Chicago deal will be for Sopel. That's why Chicago needs to clear the salary because they would be taking on $2 million more than they currently have. Whether we keep Sopel here is another story. It will occur as soon as Chicago frees up Cap space. Thats why Nylander is on the 4th line and receiving less ice time. If Fedorov were healthy Nyles would be a healthy scratch until the Blackhawks cap situation is dealt with.

Posted by: ThePat | November 20, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Goals Against Average

2. B. Boucher | SJS 1.87
3. N. Backstrom | MIN 1.92
4. E. Ersberg | LAK 1.96
5. C. Anderson | FLA 2.08

Man, that is not looking good for us and the next 3 games.

Posted by: _828 | November 20, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Is Nabokov hurt, or I'm guessing they're riding a hot hand?

Posted by: Section117 | November 20, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Nabokov has not played in like 7-9 games.

New Post.

Posted by: _828 | November 20, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, is very dangerous to post one's opinion on this blog. I see there is a little click in here that support each other no matter how absurd their point is. No problem. I respect each and everyone's opinion, I just think that some of you are such homers you stop using your analytical skills in a fair mind. I stick by my opinion of our announcers being the worse, although, I have to correct myself in that I am probably not fair to locker since he is not there to be the play-by-play guy and he is actually doing a good job as a color guy, but that guy Joe B. he can't make his mind up where to be a color commentator or a play-by-play. I am happy that some of you enjoy him, I just don't agree with your opinion.

I guess people should clear with you before they give their opinion? I didn't know that, I apologize. By the way, no one sucks, everyone is nice, the world is like Disney, Santa comes every xmas, and I'll bet you are a master at collecting colorful eggs laid by the Easter Bunny. Again my apologies to you.

Posted by: opita | November 20, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I grew up a Caps fan outside of DC, before there was such a thing as center ice. Joe B and Craig Laughlin are the two best announcers in the game right now, and for my money my favorite combo behind Sam Rosen and John Davidson.

Though I fell asleep at the begining of the 3rd period and had no idea Mike Green was hurt until I read this today.

Posted by: The_Spear | November 20, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

@ _ 828

Goals Against Average

2. B. Boucher | SJS 1.87
3. N. Backstrom | MIN 1.92
4. E. Ersberg | LAK 1.96
5. C. Anderson | FLA 2.08

Man, that is not looking good for us and the next 3 games.

Posted by: _828 | November 20, 2008 1:58 PM

Man, its not looking good for them goalies the next few games.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | November 20, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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