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Morning Reading List: Win Highlights, Varlamov's Mask

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Steve Mitchell--The Associated Press

It may not have been a perfect performance, but the Capitals did their best to push the memory of Monday's ugly loss out of their collective memory in last night's 3-0 win over Florida, who failed to register a shot in the third period.

Here is the Washington Times recap along with the Panthers' perspective from the Miami Herald and the Florida Sun-Sentinel.

As usual, the highlights from last night's game are below.

In the System
Quintin Laing has been cleared to play for the first time since being sidelined by a knee injury in mid-February as the Bears hit the road this weekend.

Bears beat writer Tim Leone talks to some of Hershey's tough guys about fighting and the proposed rule changes that we heard so much about in the past few weeks.

Here are Bear Tracks to help you get ready for the upcoming three-game road trip.

You may have already seen this thanks to a post in yesterday's comments, but just in case here's a Q&A with Karl Alzner as the WHL catches up with one of its alums.

This isn't Caps centric but for anyone who is interested in the various levels of hockey The Globe and Mail is in the midst of a terrific five-part series on the phenomenon that is junior hockey in Canada. Below is their beginning introduction and here are the first, second, third and fourth installments.

From The Globe and Mail: "Only in Canada do 16-year-old boys move from their family homes to play in towns such as Kamloops, Moose Jaw, Owen Sound and Baie-Comeau, most every one with the dream of some day playing in the National Hockey League."

In case you missed the picture of Simeon Varlamov's new mask earlier this week, the Caps 365 crew brings you a clip of his freshly painted mask. It appears they may have had some fun with the music selection for this one too.

By Katie Carrera  |  March 18, 2009; 5:30 AM ET
 
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Much better effort,good to pick up the 2 points. Now stuff the Lightning. OV,pick up #50 and keep rolling.

Posted by: ridgely1 | March 18, 2009 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Great game to get back to basics and play some tight D. Florida had nothing all night. Playoff hockey will look like this with a tight clogged middle, and chip away on offense.

You could just see the agression in the d last night in the little battles.

Semin and Kozlov took two of the biggest bone head penalties I have seen.

Nylander must have a bad shoulder still, because his shot is hockeys version of Tim Wakefields knuckleball

Posted by: SA-Town | March 18, 2009 7:34 AM | Report abuse

OK, I didn't watch - too much time studying - but... NO shots on goal from the Panthers in the 3rd frame? Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, Batman! That's pretty impressive, even if it was the Panthers!

Good job, D!

Now keep it up! :-)

Posted by: irockthered | March 18, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Why do we always get the Washington Times recap? Aren't they your competitor?

All in all a good game. The third period was amazing. No shots? Would have thought the Panthers would be hungrier than that.

Posted by: lornemyoung | March 18, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

*snicker* @ Vogs and Stretch!

Posted by: irockthered | March 18, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

@lornemyoung - Heh. They can't win; either they don't post the Times recap and somebody kvetches, or they do... and somebody kvetches!

Posted by: irockthered | March 18, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Magic number is down to 9.

Let's lock this thing up in 5 games!! Then set our sights on the soon-to-be 2nd place Bruins.

Posted by: FFSEnough | March 18, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

MAGIC NO. 3? Help

Posted by: sporttraveler | March 18, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm all for a sprint to take the first seed, and Boston may be uninspired enough to let it happen, but it would be hard to imagine that New Jersey wouldn't get there before us. They are solid right now. We may simply be comfortably in the third slot,

That stated, perhaps the best we could hope for is first round Penguins v. Flyers -- a great series, but we're likely facing the winner assuming we get the job done ourselves. By then, we should be tuned up enough for a heck of a second round!

Love the D last night -- put it together with some awesome O and we're cooking!

Go Caps!

Posted by: Sonyask | March 18, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Loved seeing that 'defense first' style of play even against a weak offense team like the Panthers. You know with our guys, they will eventually score, no worries about that. But time and time again once we get into that no-checking, pond hockey style, things go really bad.

Well done boys. Keep it up! The playoffs start now!

Posted by: dsphvywght | March 18, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

@Sonyask

If the Pens and Flyers play in the 4,5, we wouldnt play either of them until the conference finals, unless the Bruins or Devils get upset 1st round.

To me, the 2,3 seed is most attractive right now, as long as the Devils end up #1.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 18, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

If by Magic Number you mean the number of points needed to guarantee the Division title then I have it at 9 too.

The most points any other SE Division team can get now is 102 which is what Florida would have if they win their last 12 games.

Therefore, the Caps need to get 103 to be mathematically certain of retaining their Division title, so 9 more points.

Obvious, Florida won't win all their remaining games so that figure will fall over the coming days.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | March 18, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Stomped flat.

Posted by: _jordan | March 18, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Hearding the open few bars of the music on the Varly mask video I thought it was going to be "Mad about the boy". But it was a pretty appropriate choice anyway.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | March 18, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

what no doom and gloom this morning?

Posted by: caps28fan | March 18, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

From The Globe and Mail: "Only in Canada..."

It is so funny how Canadians are stuck on hockey being *their* game. Newsflash: 16-year-old boys from California to Kazakhstan also play in some very serious development programs. Some of them even leave their mommies and daddies.

Posted by: washingtonpost31 | March 18, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Go Pens and Flyers! I don't really care who we play among the Habs, Rangers, Canes, and Panthers, as long as the Pens and Flyers knock each other around and knock of them out.

Posted by: Kirg | March 18, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Not bashing on Nylander, but certainly worth noting... whether he's injured or not, his timing certainly appears off... Several times last night, he tried to enter the zone with the puck, only to pull someone off side. He seemed to be stopping short of the line (at least twice I counted). Of course, he did make up for it a bit when he pulled up and dished to Kozlov to set up his goal.

Maybe its a bit of rust vs. injury?

Posted by: Fmr_u_bio | March 18, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Ok, we gave up shots in TWO of the periods, and we didn't score in ONE. I don't know about you, but where I am from that is UNACCEPTABLE and a complete FAILURE. We need to fire, sit, or trade EVERYONE.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | March 18, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Not that anyone here ever would, but those who criticize OV should take a look at the last goal from that game. OV sitting on 49 goals gives the puck up to a teammate on a run to an ENG. Nice to see.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | March 18, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

@caps28fan
Here's your doom & gloom:

How the H*** can we go into the playoffs with a starting goalie that makes 0 saves in a whole period and our leading scorer for the game was Erskine?

Posted by: ds_kelly | March 18, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Ha--looks like you've been reading too much of "Mr. Doom and Gloom's" rants. Just take your finger off the "Caps Lock" key and everything will be fine.

Posted by: capsfan77 | March 18, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Reasons why Ovie gets MVP over Malkin
-----------

- Ovie has kept his team in the top 3 all year.
- Ovie has kept his team in the top 3 with a major amount of injuries in the middle part of the year.
- Ovie has lead his team to a top record vs. top east teams.
- Ovie takes the body better
- Ovie leads in goals
- Ovie is a more vocal leader
- Ovie is better on the Power Play
- Ovie is more dynamic shooter and creates shots on goal at a rapid pace.
- Ovie is 3-0-1 head to head vs Malkin this year

Reasons for Malkin -
- More points

I really feel the argument can be made that Ovie deserves this award more this year then last. If leading a team that plays at a high level all year means anything..(last year we were awful for a good chunk of the season) Then this year is more MVP worthy then last.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 18, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

@S-A town
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I stand corrected -- If Bos, NJ, and we win the first round as 1, 2, 3, we would play the No. 2 seed and No. 1 would play the winner of 4-5 (Pit-Phi). If we win and there's an upset elsewhere, we play the 4-5 winner.

Don't get me wrong, we need to do a good job and go all out to get past the first round, but I suppose under those circumstances I'd be pleased to see NJ surpass Boston for the No. 1 seed. If the top three get past the first, we would face the No. 2 (or better yet get No. 2 and play No. 3).

Posted by: Sonyask | March 18, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

SA Town

Devils advocate would say that Goals and assits is more important than just Goals (a more completed game?)

Every team has injuries so I'm not sure how much that weighs on a voter

I'm hoping Ovi gets it but if he struggles these last 10 games and Malkin stays at his current pace, that lasting impression may be enough to tip the scales...

Posted by: NJNJ | March 18, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

@ds_kelly

all hail the sexy lumberjack

Posted by: _stevo | March 18, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

@NJNJ

Ovie certainly is not lacking in the assist department. He has plenty.

Why wouldnt the Caps play during injuries be taken into consideration? They played great while having multiple Hershey guys in the lineup. Ovie elevated his game when it was needed most.

An argument can be made for Malkin, but I would like to see a checklist like the one I made showing why he has been better this year.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 18, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I am going to guarantee a goal by Stecks tomorrow.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | March 18, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Also on the shots on goal...Pitt fans will call Ovie selfish, and that he doesnt share the puck eneough...Ask ANY goalie in the NHL, and they will tell you that facing Ovie and his many shots on goal from all angles is the toughest task they will see in this league.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 18, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm starting to think that splitting Pitt and philthy might be better rough up or bounce both. together, one goes golfing. Apart, maybe both, maybe neither. Rangers seem to be gathering some steam. Antropov looks pretty good after leaving TO. I'll say it again: Toronto ruins players; will Burke change that?

on Nylander: little strength, his shoulder ain't better, weak shots ( very) and soft passes. I wonder why no one in the media is questioning that when it looks obvious.

Posted by: oo7 | March 18, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

SA

as I said, just being devils advocate

Crosby goes out 5 games and the Pens win all 5 (I think) - just saying that injuries happen to all teams, not disagreeing that Ovi played well while we had minor leaguers all over our roster...

Certainly not as clear-cut a choice as last year but we do have 10 games left and if Ovi has a few multiple goal games or multi-point games, he should pick up the hardware!

Posted by: NJNJ | March 18, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

malkin sort of got his team out of the funk they were in. When no penguin was playing, malkin was busting his ass. I think Ovechkin is the most qualified MVP for a forward, but dont discredit malkin.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 18, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The Pens may split some of the votes for MVP. I agree that Malkin seemed like the only one scoring at pace during the stuggles but I also think the addition of Guerin and Kunitz and the coaching change will weigh on voters: that's when they really took off. If Ovi is within 7 or 8 points of Malkin, and scores 60 (I think that number is very important), than it will be a real close vote.

Posted by: saintex | March 18, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Do the players vote for MVP or writers? either way, there seems to be a slight backlash on Ovi for his celebrating (some guys don't like it , not just Cherry) and his amount of shots (some think its selfish)

I have these conversations with Philly, Devils and Rangers fans in our locker room and it seems Devils fans put Ovi down the most as they say he wouldn't be wanted in "their system" - I laugh at anybody who says they wouldn't want Ovi on their team...we're all just a bunch of beer-leaguers anyway so ultimately, our opinion is worht a can of Labatts and nothing more...

Posted by: NJNJ | March 18, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Im just putting some points on the board of why Ovie gets it over Malkin.

Malkin has had a great year, and he is as good as it gets in the NHL as well.

Ovie only got the MVP last year because of the 64 goals which just an incredible number. Malkin lead a better team last year that was more consistent.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 18, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Well that was certainly a fair and unbias comparison between OV and Malkin made by SA-Town.

A couple of observations on Nyls:
1. It seems like he is having some kind of injury, I saw him a couple of times pull himself out of the circle and trade places with Laich, once actually pushing Laich to take his place.
2. He made a lot of good plays that apparently went unnotice by some bloggers. e.g. About 35 seconds before the end of the game he carries the puck into the offensive zone does a beautiful set-up for Kozlov and carries the D with him leaving Kozlov for a shot on net which is deflected out to the boards, Laich, trailing the play, does not get the rebound. Panthers have a 3 on 2 until Kozlov and Nylander get back for support. Nyls steals the puck from #14 passes to Kozlov or Laich, races up the middle and gets a nice pass back just above the red-line. It seems like a breakaway, but it isn't, #3 and #14 catch up to nyls around the blue line and force him to take an angle to the boards where he spins and looks for the trailer man. Well defended by the Panthers, only 7 seccnds left, Nyls pass to a Cap on the corner. So what does the posters talk about? Not the good plays that he made but the so called breakaway
(which wasn't) and how Nyls blew a chance to score (which he didn't have).

Posted by: opita1 | March 18, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

SA

I agree with most of your points and all of your points are valid...its a good (or fun) conversation to have.

Remember last years conversation at this time about MVP:

"Can an MVP come from a team that doesn't make the playoffs"

Posted by: NJNJ | March 18, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

@NJNJ - PLayers vote for the Pearson for Most Outstanding PLayer, writers vote for the Hart as Most Valuable PLayer.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | March 18, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

If the Pens make the playoffs, and Malkin wins the Hart, I won't be super angry. I think Ovechkin is a more deserving candidate but Malkin has played well all year, has led his team more so than Crosby, plus it will give us more ammunition against Crosby sniffers that he isn't even the best player on his team.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | March 18, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Sombrero Guy

10 games left so I'd say its "undecided"

Posted by: NJNJ | March 18, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

@NJNJ - PLayers vote for the Pearson for Most Outstanding PLayer, writers vote for the Hart as Most Valuable PLayer.

Posted by: SombreroGuy |

Well that explains why the Hart seems to have the more value, it is voted and talked about by the same hot-air bags that makes the selection. I just lost my respect for that trophy. It seems to me that for a player the Pearson would be more important as it is voted by the people who are playing the game.

Posted by: opita1 | March 18, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

@sombrero ballsy move: "guarantee a steckel goal"

i on the other hand will guarantee an Ovie goal...not really ballsy though

Posted by: _stevo | March 18, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

"If the Pens make the playoffs, and Malkin wins the Hart, I won't be super angry"

Good attitude sombreroguy. Personally, I love to see OV get all the trophies, but as a fair person I couldn't say who is more deserving, I have seen very few Penguin games.

Posted by: opita1 | March 18, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

This team is a mystery wrapped up in an enigma...hopefully we start the trend of good consistent play every game. It's time to get our professional game in order before the playoffs and last night was a big step in the right direction.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 18, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Malkin is Ovie's water boy, and that statement was made clear during the All-Star game shootout.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 18, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

@opita1 I agree. I don't think Nyls is getting the respect he’s earned the last few games. Don’t get me wrong, for some reason, he seems to be an outsider on the team and doesn’t seem to quite fit in BB’s system. I think he should be traded or waived to clear up cap space after this season. But the last few games (even the blow out to ATL), he’s really seemed to be working hard and adding a lot. He does not have many shots and goals, but he seems to be drawing the D away, setting up others, and really hustling lately.

Posted by: griffin13 | March 18, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

That was a hilarious comment at the end of last night's game that the Caps could have played the third period with an empty net. Six attackers for 20 minutes...awesome.

Posted by: saintex | March 18, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Hart is so last year. Next is the Conn Smythe.

Posted by: koalatek | March 18, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

opita1:

I completely agree with you about Nyls and thank you for poinint it out: "He made a lot of good plays that apparently went unnotice by some bloggers." I also saw him steal the puck several times, setting up others and coming very close to scoring a few times. I bet he had a number of decent shots on goal. It seems to me that this line combination is working for him. They scored 2 of last night's 3 goals after all.

It is interesting that Boudreau is very supportive of some players but not of others. For example, he has been very supportive of Theo--very protective. I wonder why. Maybe he figures that this strategy of putting faith in him, motivates this particular player.

On the other hand, he does not seem to do the same with Nyls. Has he given up on him?

Posted by: caraveli | March 18, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

C'mon Sombrero, you can't call a goal by "Static Guard" Steckel against the Lightning. That's like calling the sun rising in the east.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 18, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

@Stevo - Over the past two seasons, Steckel has 5 goals, 4 assists in 9 games against the bolts.

This Caps fact brought to you by Ripley's believe it or not.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | March 18, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Malkin is talented as he@@. He's for sure worthy of the MVP with the season he's having.

Having said that, if Ov lights it up for the final 10 games it could make the voting interesting.

Posted by: Steve_R | March 18, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice that Big John has got some "shake and bake" moves lately? I almost spit my soda out when I saw him do a 360 in the middle of the ice last night...the next Mike Green in the making?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 18, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Even though winning these trophies would be nice. I think Ovi is yearning for one trophy in particular. The ultimate trophy and holy grail of hockey LSC.

Posted by: bajgirl | March 18, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

@ bajgirl

Everyone is aiming this big trophy and Ovie is no different.

Posted by: Hazz | March 18, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wendel2 | March 18, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

What happened to all those who were calling for players heads yesterday?

Posted by: PhilR | March 18, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Consistency

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 18, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Dave Steckel: Bolt Killer

Posted by: richmondphil | March 18, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't want to see New Jersey in the playoffs until the Eastern Conference Finals.

I'm intrigued by a Flyers-Penguins matchup ... though I wouldn't mind facing the Penguins in the first round either.

Posted by: Cerealman | March 18, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that Varly put the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl logo on the back. Don't think I've seen that before.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 18, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I do not want to see Pitt in the first round. Brings back way too many bad memories from the 80's.

Posted by: PhilR | March 18, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

The only team that scares me in the East is NJ...rested Broduer is frightning in the playoffs!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 18, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

washingtonpost31

"It is so funny how Canadians are stuck on hockey being *their* game. Newsflash: 16-year-old boys from California to Kazakhstan also play in some very serious development programs. Some of them even leave their mommies and daddies."

The difference is ALL of them leave their mommies and daddies and move into someone else's home. You don't see that in the US. USA Hockey is all local. You don't get into kids moving to other cities until college (or private high school). USA Hockey does operate camps that last a month or so in winter and summer. In Canada, it's year round.

Yeah. There's a huge difference.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 18, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

@mikebrady1:

*takes foam bat and bops him over the head* Settle down, Crosby lover. =P

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 18, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

OH my, how the tune has changed...yesterday it was this team is horrible and will be lucky to get out of the first round and now NJ is the only team that scares me in the east.

Posted by: PhilR | March 18, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

opita1

There are some players so mired in the muck of the doghouse here that if they started walking on water tomorrow the people here would complain he didn't walk fast enough.

Nylander is there, Schultz is there, Erskine and Brashear, too.

So what's Gordon done lately? How about Flash, Steckle, or Bradley? Not a peep from here on them.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 18, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

What goes 59, 70, 70, 94, and 94? The Caps with 10 games still to play -- how bout them apples?

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 18, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

53 on the way

Posted by: wendel2 | March 18, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

BTW -- on who the Caps play and who is bracketed with who -- 10-13 games remaining folks. Not one team in the east has even locked a playoff spot yet. Let's not worry about who the Caps will play, but if the Caps will play. Yes, I think the Caps will be in the playoffs and in the top three (my guess is #2, for the record, behind NJD). The seeds don't matter until mid April.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 18, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Playoffs, who cares, like in every sport one winner and a bunch of losers!

Caps are in, if they don't, then that would suck on all levels.

Posted by: bhound69 | March 18, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Did I hear the FLA announcers say that Green's empty net goal "may put this one away for the Caps"? HA!

Posted by: VinceRicardo | March 18, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

@leftcoast

You know, if it weren't for the fact that he is an arrogant, whiny, spoiled brat who lies in order to soothe his over-sized ego and plays for a team with the most loathsome fans in sports (or at least tied with Philly) and both he and his team make my skin crawl just when I see them mentioned on the ESPN ticker -- if it weren't for all that, I still wouldn't like Crosby.

And anyways you old COOT, aren't you supposed to be drinking your PRUNE JUICE?

:)

Posted by: mikebrady1 | March 18, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Just my own personal bias on the 'scoring' race.

To me a goal scorer at Ovechkin's level is much rarer to find than a guy like Malkin who racks up assists.

Backstrom racks up assists for the Caps. Adam Oates racked up assists in past years for the Caps.

But a 65 goal scorer that is willing to play a physical style?

That is very rare.

Ask the Penguins right now if they would rather have Ovechkin at LW and trade Malkin.

With Crosby inside at C the Pens have the marquee center they need.

But they don't have the dominant scorer and that is why this year's club is not as good as last year's that had Marian Hossa heading into the postseason.

Posted by: leopard09 | March 18, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

@JIM,

It's pretty easy. If the Caps beat the 'Canes and Panthers in regulation plus any other single win, it's over - SE division secured. In fact, it's probably less than that because both of them still face each other one more time this season. Even with OT or shootout wins over one or both, they can't catch for the Caps for the tiebreaker. It it never impossible for a team to win crazy numbers like the Caps did last year (they were 11-1) down the stretch but the difference is that both Carolina and Florida are, in theory, chasing and they still play each other. Just to put the mind at ease, even if Florida went 11-1 in their last 12, if that one regulation loss was to the Caps, they still end up losing the tiebreaker on wins if the Caps win only three of the final 10 as outlined above. Call me a glowing optimist.

What I'm watching for is a nice run of play as the team moves towards the playoffs. They'll win some and lose some but hopefully there aren't many more crappy games or injuries.

Posted by: saintex | March 18, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

and...the 'Canes still have the Caps once, the Pens once, the Panthers once, and the Devils three times; The Panther have the Caps, the 'Canes, the Pens, and the Flyers twice. It ain't happening. The division is safe - let's see some good play.

Posted by: saintex | March 18, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

@saintex

Why is everybody doubting the possibility of the Caps NOT in playoffs?, then coming out with 1/2 baked formulas about the remaining games. I can see if we were on the bubble and we come to play every other night, might be a problem. Let's just put it to rest CAPS have clinched a playoff spot.

Posted by: bhound69 | March 18, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't know, the Pens scare me at least as much as NJD, they found their game. NJD has a better D, but PIT a better O. Fleury ain't Brodeur but he's not a bad goalie either.

But let's worry about that first round first.

Posted by: mauree | March 18, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

@ saintex -- I agree, the Caps are most likely going to win the SE -- with 10 points plus to spare. I agree that the fight is for 1-3 in all rational respects. My point is that the Caps gotta focus on the game in front of them, not the playoffs. The matchups will change, so what???

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 18, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

@bhound,

I'm not doubting, I'm trying to undo the handwringing. It was long-ago secure in my mind and I'm just looking at the team playing well and not getting hurt. I'd love a 10-game winning streak but it's not required. I know it's only number but here's an interesting site that bases all the percentages of teams in/out of the playoffs simply on games remaining to be played and the odds of each set of circumstances happening.

http://www.sportsclubstats.com/NHL/Eastern.html

I'm ready to pull up the banner already.

Posted by: saintex | March 18, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to burst you guys' "All's well in Capsville" mob mentality, but there's a general conception going around that I wholeheartedly, and totally disagree with. That is, that Fedorov has been such a "Stablizing and positive influence on the team." To me, that's nothing more than hogwash. I perceive it as being a feeble, lame excuse used to divert attention from the fact that his ON ICE CONTRIBUTION is certainly not commensurate with the enormous ( In my world ) amount of money he's being paid to play 15 - 17 minutes per game ----- two thirds of the time. If you ask me, that's a great hussle he's got going.
Whenever people begin throwing around words like, "Intangible," I become suspicious. My antenna go up, and I begin searching for what it is that people want to be ignored, or overlooked. In THIS CASE, it's Fedorov's production. $ 4 MILLION DOLLARS FOR WHAT?!! Come on, now. Give me a break! You've got to be kidding. Right? Give ME some of what you've obviously been smokin'. PLEASE!! Or, is it simply one more instance of the majority of you guys being more than willing to accept mediocrity? Me thinks, THAT'S the case. At one time, Fedorov was one of the league's premier players. No question. But, those days are L O N G G O N E. He's a mere shadow of his former self. About the only real contribution I can see he's made, is his ability to win face offs. That's about it. and, PLEASE, for god's sake DO NOT EVER give that jive excuse ( Again ) about the effect he's having on the two Alexs. That's total bull. It certainly hasn't prevented either one of them from sitting in the penalty box an alarming # of times. HAS IT?
So, when people start debating whether or not Feds will condescend to return next year, or not, I become nauseous all over again. PLEASE Feds, give it a rest. You've had your time in the sun. Lay it down.
That's $ 4,000,000 I'm sure gmgm could find somewhere else to waste it. As we all know, he's real good at squandering large sums of money. But, that's a topic for another day. A different time. Peace....

Posted by: Puckguru | March 18, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

@mikebrady1:

I'll drink to that! *raises shot of prune juice and rum* =P

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 18, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

@Puckguru

No one can hear what your saying, because Fed's Stanley Cup rings are plugging our ears.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 18, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Puckguru in one respect - Fedorov's on-ice contribution is nil. But he did have a good effect on Semin late last season, I wasn't a fan of Fedorov being brought back this year though. There's overkill having him and Nylander on this roster, both are old centers in the twilight of their existence. However, I'll take Fedorov's defensive zone play over Nylander's any day any time.

Speaking of last nights game though, the only Panther even remotely trying to play hard was Zednik. He had some real good battles with our defensemen down low especially Morrisonn.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 18, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone mentioned Mason in Columbus? Talk about a team that would be no-where without a player. I love Ovie but man Mason seems the clear cut MPV to me. But probably wont get it for some reason so I'm fine with Ovie. :)

Posted by: alagarts | March 18, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

lol Sa-Town

I wouldn't call Feds positives "intangibles". I could see right away how better he makes the F line, and he was dangerous too. Plus he can play D in emergency.

Now, if you want to talk about a player who earns even more than Fed and is scratched often, I got a candidate for you.

Posted by: mauree | March 18, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

puckguru

Sergei is worth every penny..he wins our faceoffs..and if you notice he is getting more passion as the season goes on..when Sergei turns it on in the playoffs you will be eating your words..and he is producing more than Nylander who GMGM locked us into for 4 years

Posted by: capsgary | March 18, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

or maybe GMGM could get us 4 more sexy lumberjacks..aka Erskine

Posted by: capsgary | March 18, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

My day is finally complete, thanks puck. We'll send Feds over to be a stabilizing influence on you. You'll know when he knocks on your door....those rings make ton of noise.

As I've said before, I think the Caps win the first round this year and then the really tough stuff starts. Sitting at the #2 or #3 seed only makes a difference in home ice for one game and I don't put tons of stock in home ice over a seven-game series - the percentages aren't that crazy different. Boston or NJD in the second round will be a huge battle and I'm looking forward to it.

Posted by: saintex | March 18, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Feds OT gmg was a big, fat nothing
His ability to play defense (well) -- another nada
His absence was no big deal in the faceoff circle
The Caps have so many good centers, he was not missed
His playoff acumen is another nothing
Shungans

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 18, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Federov's on-ice contribution??? What the heck, are you expecting from an old man, a couple of 40-40's geeeezz. Man, Fed's doesn't need the Caps, he was ready to retire. I'm sure he found 4 million reasons to stay another season, but it's got to be a positive to have such a seasoned vet in the lockerroom. Fed's is fine

Posted by: bhound69 | March 18, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Don't look now but Schultz has now played 3 pretty good games in a row, last night was his best. He did have one bad turnover that led to him then taking a penalty but overall he played well.

The guy who is really playing like cowsh_t is Tom Poti. He's become the weak link in the chain. Schultz had to cover his butt a few times last night on giveaways.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 18, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton,

Nil might be a little harsh. Feds is the smartest skater we have on the ice and probably the best defenseman on the roster. If something happens in the playoffs he'll move to D and we fill his center role with Nyls.

If we want to debate intangibles and the amount of money he's getting paid, fair enough, but clearly you haven't watched him play if you are proposing nil as his on-ice contribution. Exactly what is expected of a 2nd/3rd line center? 50, 60 points?

Posted by: saintex | March 18, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

@saintex

I agree with you. Seeds mean absolutely D, except for one home game, and where did that get the Caps last season from 3 seed. HA 2 home losses and one in game 7, meeeeeans nothing. Means something in football not hockey

Posted by: bhound69 | March 18, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Which is slower? watchin Schultz skate or watching hair grow??

Posted by: bhound69 | March 18, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

@bhound,

Concur. Not worth the worry, as a fan, and statistically mostly nil. Even getting to a #1 just gives us the Flyers or Pens in the second round and I'm not overly interested in that just yet. I think we can beat them but it'll take a ton out of the team. Maybe one beats the other and the other gets decked by the Bs or Devils. To be honest, I think the #3 seed in the East maybe be the easiest route in the conference - even if there's nothing easy about the playoffs.

Posted by: saintex | March 18, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1

actually he played 5 good games in a row. But I'm not ready to jump off the bandwagon against him yet :D

Posted by: mauree | March 18, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

So do you think Fed's will come back? I just love the effect he has on the two Alex's..........feeling nauseous Puck?? God, I hope so maybe it will stop you from posting!

Posted by: PhilR | March 18, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Puck doesn't post, he writes novelettes.....and BAD ones at that. Me and Fed's have a date tonight.

Posted by: bhound69 | March 18, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Puckguru seems strikingly similar to sportsguru...

Posted by: Zeebs | March 18, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Somebody asked for a list of why Malkin should win the MVP, so here goes from the Penguins fans perspective:

1. Ovechkin is a feminine hygiene product
2. The Capitals have never won a Stanley Cup
3. The Penguins have beaten the Caps 6 out of 7 times in the playoffs
4. Ovechkin is a dirty player (what he has done on the ice is MUCH worse than punching a player in the nads)
5. The Penguins and their fans are vastly superior in every way, shape and form to the Capitals and their fans

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | March 18, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

YEA! Puckguru is BACK! I missed HIM for the BEGINNING of this thread.

LOL@ SA-Town and Saintex. Well played, sirs.

Feds is, as others have pointed out, the only guy we've got who can consistently win faceoffs of late, he plays a good two-way game, and I do think his versatility and abiltity (and willingness) to play D every once in a while make Feds worth his $$$ this year.

And not to get all soft, but there "intangibles" (experience, leadership, etc.) that are worth some dough, and I think Feds brings those to the table.

Posted by: BigRed8 | March 18, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

@tempus

That is one heck of a Pittsburgh troll post!!!! Not one serious rational point about Malkin getting the MVP over Ovie.

Bravo! Bravo my friend...If you have any youtube links of past Penguin playoff series vs. the Caps please post them as well!!!

Posted by: SA-Town | March 18, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

You missed my sarcasm completely SA-town. Bravo back to you

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | March 18, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

hey time flies -- (pompous latin wanna be, beat by nuns and has a complex)

OV does not hit dirty, Crybaby is known by his peers as a whining, ballslapping, sucker-punching in the faceoff circle tool

MVP and Stanley Cups wins = price of yak poo in southern Siberia (doesn't figure into the voting)

Caps losing 6/7 to Pens in playoffs = the price of yak poo went down = so what

A Pens fan on a Caps website = get a life

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 18, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I seriously debated whether adding a caveat at the end of my post to ensure that everyone detected that it was sarcasm was needed. I now stand corrected

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | March 18, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

mauree

I'm not letting Schultz out of my dog house yet, but last night he absolutely shocked me. SHOCKED I say! Someone was going to go across the crease and Schultz absolutely leveled the guy into tomorrow. I think he was as surprised as I was by that. Any guesses if THAT Schultz will return tomorrow and for the rest of the season?

Posted by: Greg S. | March 18, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

@tempus...

My quick read missed this key aspect of your post....

"from the Penguins fans perspective:"

Posted by: SA-Town | March 18, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Yes greg;

But did you see the numerous times he stopped his skates and got danced around by a winger or center?

Posted by: Zeebs | March 18, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

See a nun beat your a$$ complex

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 18, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Greg

I'm surprised since the Nashville game. The funny thing is he's -2 since then lol. So now if they bring +/- to say he's bad since 5 games, I'm going to have to defend him (where is the world gone? :p ).

We'll see in the playoffs if this is a fluke. In any case, a nice surprise.

Posted by: mauree | March 18, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Just to clarify things: I'm a 25 year Caps fan and hate the Penguins with every fiber of my being. But I've read the Pensblog and that's exactly the kind of thing they would say. They seem to have an obsession with feminine hygiene products

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | March 18, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

JIMALLCAPS: take a reading comprehension class

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | March 18, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

@tempus,

I caught the sarcasm and then laughed - sounded about right.

Posted by: saintex | March 18, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm a newer Caps fan (moved here a few years ago) but what happened with Gonchar? I picked him up on my fantasy team when he came back and he's cleaning house - former Caps, I knew, based on the hooting at Pens games, but he dude can play. Traded, released?

Posted by: saintex | March 18, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Ah, I see - ShaMo, Shultz, and Yunkov (?)

Posted by: saintex | March 18, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

@tempus

You forgot the most important reason...The Steelers won six Superbowls :)

Seriously, I am kind of glad that it is Malkin getting talked about for MVP instead of the other Penguin. Still think Ovi deserves it again, but the race with Malkin is much closer this year. It seems to me that where Sid has lost a lot of respect with his behavior Malkin has gained.

Posted by: Kim-3 | March 18, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

@ Tempusfugit

Look up sarcasism yourself, duh

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 18, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Tempus,

get back in your cage...the world is not ready for you yet.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 18, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I think Puckguru might be an investor who is freaking out over his investment in the Capitals and is trying to find a way to cut his losses by complaining about it here. Someone please give me my foam bat, please, so I can make short work of this coot.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 18, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

oh it was sarcasm - seemed like a Pens bacteria in here.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 18, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I would take ten Tempus' over one lyle any day of the week.

Posted by: PhilR | March 18, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Aww Phil that hurt

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 18, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the fold, Tempus. It helps to get the sh*t kicked out of you on your first few posts. Trust me. Been there myself. Here *hands Tempus a foam bat*. You and I can do troll watch duty today, though it's going to be a slow day with no game tonight. Try inciting Puckguru's dementia-induced rage. It's always good for a few laughs. Keep posting, buddy. =)

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 18, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I think Fedorov is the Capital's E.F. Hutton. When he talks I am sure all of the players listen to what he has to say. A lot has been made about his influence on Alex and Alex. However, I also think he may be having an affect on Viktor Kozlov. There is just something different about Viktor's play this season. Maybe he will exorcise his playoff demons finally.

Oh, and in case there was any question, the part about the Steelers was definitely sarcasm. Actually had an idiot raise that in argument the other day to justify Sid's behavior transgressions this season. Somehow the Steelers winning justified or vindicated Sid punching someone in the produce section and jumping someone at the face-off circle.

Posted by: Kim-3 | March 18, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

saintex, Gonch traded to Boston in '04 for the pick that led to Green I think.

Posted by: Steve_R | March 18, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm a newer Caps fan (moved here a few years ago) but what happened with Gonchar? I picked him up on my fantasy team when he came back and he's cleaning house - former Caps, I knew, based on the hooting at Pens games, but he dude can play. Traded, released?

Posted by: saintex | March 18, 2009 2:47 PM

was asked to be our vet guy for the rebuild and he said hell no, i want a cup. Drafted by us and played his whole career here until then.

so we traded him in our huge 03-04 selloff to Boston.

I love Gonchar.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 18, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

@Steve_R,

made an effort and looked it up - traded for ShaMo and the pick that led to Schultz and that other guy...I don't want to roll up the screen to remember his name.

Posted by: saintex | March 18, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

wow, the caps won and puck"guru" posts. of course, it's a rant, but not as nosensical as many previous ones. it is hard to argue that feds is worth $4M per year...so far. he's here for one reason, and that's to help the team through the playoffs. win key faceoffs, provide leadership, play d in a pinch, and to be closer to the IRS..bada bing.

with clark out i dont think there is anyone else on this team who has gone deep in the playoffs. that's where feds will earn his dough.

no room for a old $4M guy next year. i'd keep him for $2 plus incentives though.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 18, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Little note on the MVP debate. I agree with Melrose that in most years it should be a goalie award. Fact is though the dynamic talent that came into the league in 04 and 05 have overshadowed any goalie the past few years, doesn't help that all the big name goalies have gone through injury spats and haven't played the entire season.

If the big argument last year was that Ovie should win it as the Ross winner IF his team made the playoffs, you have to apply the same argument to Malkin this season. Look he racks up a ton of points, he plays center so he naturally SHOULD have more points normally. I think overall Ovie is more valuable, and doesn't get near the credit for his own play-making abilities because everyone focuses on the goals and goal totals. 40 assists from the wing is nothing to sneer at. Obviously right off a 5 point night Malkin is going to look great, Ovie is 12 points back with 3 games less played.

The only wild card in this and it's not relevant to who is the MVP at the end of the year it's just a "what if" scenario is looking at the point totals since Ovie came back from visiting his grandfather in Russia. His slow start because of this kinda nuked his chances at winning the Ross and MVP. Since then he has been on a ridiculous scoring pace. I'm sure he cares more about a Conn Smythe than a Hart trophy this time around.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 18, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Fed's is also teaching Ovie and Semin how to manage the ladies like a roller coaster line at Kings Dominion....and that my friends cannot have a price tag put on it.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 18, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone else on this board ever noticed that in addition to his obvious offensive gifts, Nick Backstrom is also an extremely responsible, hustling, and effective back-checker? Don't remember reading any comments on that, but it is a very important part of his game, especially for the playoffs.

Posted by: chevychase10 | March 18, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

SA-Town

are those the intangibles guru was talking about?

Posted by: mauree | March 18, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

@chevychase,

I was on about Backs a few days ago. What is he, 20? That dude is going to be a very, very good player for a lot of years. I think he's got a shot at 100 points next season.

Oh, there was also a long run about Nick's hair yesterday that doesn't need to be relived - even if I started and/or participated in it.

Posted by: saintex | March 18, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

and, Nick's greatest moment as a Cap is the opening music video before games - he looks absolutely terrified at what they're making him do...laugh my ass off every time I see it.

Posted by: saintex | March 18, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Fed's is also teaching Ovie and Semin how to manage the ladies like a roller coaster line at Kings Dominion....and that my friends cannot have a price tag put on it.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 18, 2009 3:26 PM

you mean making sure they are at least 42" tall and dont have heart or back problems?

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 18, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Fed's is also teaching Ovie and Semin how to manage the ladies like a roller coaster line at Kings Dominion....and that my friends cannot have a price tag put on it.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 18, 2009 3:26 PM

you mean making sure they are at least 42" tall and dont have heart or back problems?

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 18, 2009 3:42 PM

No preggers allowed on the rides either!

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 18, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

That's the one thing that cracks me up about some fans that hate on Ovie. They'll only note him not skating like a madmen back on D when he is front guy on the forecheck like he's supposed to beat the other 4 guys back on D. If he was a center it would be an entirely different discussion...it's also notable when on the PP and he's playing the point he always seems to be the one to catch the guy and make the good defensive effort.

Same reason he won't rack up assists from simply winning faceoffs like a center does he has different defensive responsibilities as well. Some plays I wish he'd hustle back a little more but a lot of times he should cut his shifts a little shorter.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 18, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Fed's is also teaching Ovie and Semin how to manage the ladies like a roller coaster line at Kings Dominion....and that my friends cannot have a price tag put on it.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 18, 2009 3:26 PM

you mean making sure they are at least 42" tall and dont have heart or back problems?

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 18, 2009 3:42 PM

No preggers allowed on the rides either!

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 18, 2009 4:12 PM

i'm guessing they are more concerned about preggers AFTER the ride is over and not before....

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 18, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Wooooow, guys! I skipped through most of the comments, but that definitely stands out. LOL

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 18, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

@Hazz

I know everyone wants LSC. What I'm saying is, whether Ovi is MVP or not the Hart trophy is not that much of a deal to Ovi. It will be great to receive it again but what Ovi wants more than anything (except leading Russia to Olympic gold) is LSC. IMO.

Posted by: bajgirl | March 18, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

regarding the Hart voting...

both Ovechkin and Malkin are both deserving this year...

Ovie won it last year with 65 goals and 6 more points...

if Malkin gets it I'll say good job...

if Ovie makes 60 and is within 6 points of Malkin... I think it's a dead heat in the voting...

I still think Ovie's got a big run in him... and if he ties Malkin then he gets the Hart

Posted by: FrankM73 | March 18, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm not really convinced that Ovechkin should get the Hart this season. I DO think that Crosby may take some votes away from Malkin, which could help OV's chances. As much as I dislike Crosby, if it were possible to give a co-MVP award it would have to go to Malkin and Crosby. Without those 2 guys the Penguins are nothing.

But when you consider what ONE player is most important to his team I am not really sure how you could argue it isn't Mason in Columbus. We've seen him stand on his head twice against the Caps to get SO's, and he's done it 7 other times this season. Without him in net Columbus is certainly not in the playoffs.

That said, if Ovechkin ends up with another Hart that works for me.

Posted by: Jeff_ | March 18, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Rules for fighting in hockey?
http://fanzak.com/fzrants/Fight_Safety_Debate

Posted by: fanzak1231 | March 18, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

The only issue with Mason is the same reason that (for this year anyways) I don't think any goalie will get considered. He has only played 49 games to date and has missed time with injury/illness just like all the other big name goalies. He will probably win the Calder and possibly the Vezina (doubt this but possible). Rinne has put up very similar numbers as well keeping Nashville in the hunter.

If Malkin maintains his point lead and the Pens continue this run to possibly even as high as 4th in the conference I think he deserves it. Again I still think with Crosby also on that team he'll lose some votes for that reason (somewhat justified, but not to the degree some pundits claim). We should just get used to it that Malkin/Ovechkin/Crosby are going to win the Ross pretty much every year just whoever has the best year of the 3 will take it.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | March 18, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

All I care about is winning the Stanley Cup, but it would be nice if Ovie repeated.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 18, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

With all the Ross talk...

I think over the next few years we'll see Ovi, Semin (playing 80 games), Backs, Malkin, and Crosby all scoring 100+. As much as I dislike the Pens, the East could become very strong, very soon. Add in the young guns up in Beantown and we'll all get to watch some very special hockey for the next few years. I can't wait.

Posted by: saintex | March 18, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Ok, we gave up shots in TWO of the periods, and we didn't score in ONE. I don't know about you, but where I am from that is UNACCEPTABLE and a complete FAILURE. We need to fire, sit, or trade EVERYONE.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | March 18, 2009 9:20 AM


@mikebrady1: great impersonation of Puckguru...I'm thinking maybe he's actually a MTL fan; they are like the Yankees of the NHL: Victory at all times is expected as part of God's divine plan, and any result short of a Championship is regarded as a total failure.

IMHO: As long as a team improves on its previous season's performance, this should be regarded as anything BUT a failure.

BTW, what is the most points Caps have gotten in a single regular season? Anybody??

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 18, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

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