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Morning Reading List: Game 4

(John McDonnell -- The Washington Post)

Much has been said and written about the stars of this series, but the Capitals' and Penguins' coaches also share a similar spotlight. Promoted from their respective franchise's AHL team, both Bruce Boudreau and Dan Bylsma have been successful because of one common trait: they've always been themselves.

General Manager George McPhee was the latest person in this series to express his displeasure in the officiating. That and more about the message board threat to Alex Ovechkin in the notebook.

Here is another update on the threat to Ovechkin from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Over at the neighboring D.C. Sports Bog you can check out:

  • Why Boudreau and the Caps organization are unhappy with CBC.

  • More from various Caps and Pens on the officiating scuttlebutt.

  • The video of Comcast's Lisa Hillary being surprised by a Verizon Center rat.

  • Steinberg's take on the Mellon Arena crowd during Game 3 and how tired the Caps were at the end of Wednesday night's contest.

The View from Pittsburgh
Even the briefest of chats between coach Dan Bylsma and Evgeni Malkin proved to have some effect on the young star as he made his breakout performance of this series in Game 3.

Kris Letang continues to draw inspiration from his late friend Luc Bourdon, a Vancouver prospect who died in a motorcycle accident last spring.

Not only do the Penguins believe they've out-chanced the Capitals, but that their territorial dominance in the offensive zone will lead to more wins.

He isn't one of the usual headline-grabbing stars, but Max Talbot often serves as a catalyst for the Penguins' success.

More on how Malkin went from goat to hero in 60 minutes or less. (The Globe and Mail)

Sidney Crosby says the Penguins need to be desperate once again in Game 4. (

In the System
Hershey must now find a way to solve Baby Pens' backup-turned-starting netminder Adam Berkhoel, beginning tonight in Wilkes-Barre for Game 4.

The Bears will attempt to weather the same storm as the Capitals tonight, as the Penguins attempt to even the series.

By Katie Carrera  |  May 8, 2009; 5:30 AM ET
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Do It......Do It

Posted by: mikebrady1 | May 8, 2009 5:34 AM | Report abuse

Nothing less than a statement. I'm even ready to accept another loss (not in a series, of course) but wouldn't accept a surrender. After all officiating issues, Pens trash talk, etc, I'd love to see the Caps to show why they deserve to be one of the best teams. And they can do it only with a FIGHT. So...


Posted by: fnralch | May 8, 2009 6:16 AM | Report abuse

LOL! Look at Boyd Gordon's face. Haha. LET'S GO CAPS!!!! 3-1!! =)

Posted by: rachel216 | May 8, 2009 6:20 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, and at singing Clark with a microphone!

Posted by: fnralch | May 8, 2009 6:27 AM | Report abuse

I hope the "Chambersburg Capital Killer," had been captured and dealt with accordingly.

Posted by: SA-Town | May 8, 2009 6:57 AM | Report abuse

I would have enjoyed these playoffs exponentially more without the huge heaping side order of drama. From Torts' the Rags the Pengwhining...complaining about hats...complaining about officials...complaining about stick curves...a message board death threat...airing coaching directives on national TV...what will be next? Is sportsmanship dead?

I hope the Caps are able to tune out the huge side show going on and focus on playing their game. And I hope Ovie is plenty angry. Big win tonight. LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: CapsChick | May 8, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Let's go guys! Bring this back home 3-1!


Posted by: ludeman95 | May 8, 2009 7:25 AM | Report abuse

CapsChick : I agree on all counts, although the hat antics were funny!

Posted by: uncatim | May 8, 2009 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone hear if they made more recalls for tonight? Tarik mentioned but do not remember hearing any more about it.

Posted by: DBnMD | May 8, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

"It was unknown what, if any, additional security measures the Capitals will take..."

Since Brashear can't play, could we just assign him to check ID's at the gate?

Posted by: Fro_ | May 8, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

CapsChick: I agree 100%! I actually prefer watching the games without sound and ignoring the chatter in between periods. The drama is taking away from the game itself. At my son's soccer game, the talk was about the death threat and not the game itself. Let us hope the Caps can come back strong tonight and finish it up tomorrow at VC!!

Posted by: Richmondcapsfan | May 8, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I have a few suggestions:

(1) Install metal detectors at all the entrances to Mellon so that each and every whining pathetic fan has to endure the inconvenience resultant from the stupid blog post from the future senator from PA. Hey -- isn't that Arlen Spector's state too?

(2) Greet Cindy Crysby on our ice tomorrow night with a storm of hats. Now, wouldn't that be funny?

(3) As an alternative to #2 above, let's coordinate a chant of "WHI-NERS" (in the same way we give a shout out to FLEU-RY) instead of the traditional "BOO" when the birds hit the ice.

Posted by: Caps16Fan | May 8, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: dbrine1261 | May 8, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Great Blogs. I don't know if the caps win tonight or not, but after the beating they took form the zebra's in game 3 they shoud really understand that it is truly them against the world, especially in Pittsburgh. The facts are that this is why you play for home ice advantage. We do not NEED to win tonight, but they do. We need to win Saturday and next Wednesday at home and then it does not matter what happens in PA. I read this on another blog page but thought I would repeat it. At the beginning of the series they had 4 chances to get home ice away from us, thy are now down to only two chances. Winning the first two at home is huge. there is a big diffrence between the Rangers in the firat series and us in this one. Even though the record is the same. The difference is that we protected our home ice in this series and their wasn't much of that in the other series until it counted. I don't care how you win them, as long as you win at home, you advance. Until next round if Boston wins of course. THEN we may find ourselves in a similar position to The Rangers, who knows. I almost prefer to play Boston withoutthe home ice than Carolina with the home ice. Is anyone hotter than they are for the last month? We need to be rooting hard against Detroit too. Boston and Detroit are all that is left to prevent a home ice advantage for the cup. or does that rotate back and forth each year?

Posted by: dbrine1261 | May 8, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry anyone, the clock is ticking, 3 games of the joke suspension is gone. Does anyone else think that the excessive suspension had nothing to do with the possibility of playing the pens in the second round? I almost hope Pittsburgh wins another game to ensure that Mr Brashear gets a chance to let everyone know exactly what he is thinking. I wonder how the NHL, VS, CBC will feel when the Caps finally realize that the NHL is not going to let them win this series, that they desperately want a rematch of last years cup, and they take matters into their own hands. Hopefully noone gets permanently injured......

Posted by: dbrine1261 | May 8, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

I think you all should chant "CIN-DEEEEE! CIN-DEEEEEEE!"

Really, the most famous fans ever for torturing the visiting team are probably the "Cameron Crazies" at Duke, so there's plenty of room for creativity.

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 8, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I will be there on Saturday and I AM IN WITH YOU Caps 16 FAN!! I love it, I love it. Tasteful yet to the point, and funny without being overly mean. You sir are a wise man! The NHL will NEVER make Pen's fans do that though. It again is a brilliant strategy to get peer pressure among fans to make sure this doesn't happen again, but alas, the NHL migh somehow offend the Pittsburgh fans and someone there might complain. The NHL can't have unhappy pen's fans now can they?

Posted by: dbrine1261 | May 8, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I agree tormin, but with so much creativity around you can't come up with something other than what every other stadium has already done?

Posted by: dbrine1261 | May 8, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

@dbrine Thanks...I think, but I am not a man.

Posted by: Caps16Fan | May 8, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Hey SC1907 hasn't been around. If the NHL won't let the Coyotes relocate to Southern Ontario, maybe they will let them relocate to Kenora. Then the Kenora Thistles can take the ice again.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 8, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Looking forward to any call-up announcements this morning. Hopefully will see Aucoin. The guy hustles and can make sick passes.

Posted by: Sonyask | May 8, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I am just wondering though, when Tarik was mentioning that there may be a call-up made, do you think it was to replace Nylander (it seemed many assumed that), or perhaps Fedorov?? (I know he finished the game, but those sort of things can cause more trouble later than right away..I would think)

Well, here is to hoping we make the call up wo makes the difference tonight!

Go Caps!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | May 8, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Tonight is the biggest game thus far. Win and you take a strangle hold on the series, lose and its a three game series.


Posted by: numero94 | May 8, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

One game. The Caps should bounce back strong tonight and hopefully put a stranglehold on the series. Bring it home and finish it tomorrow night.

Posted by: saintex | May 8, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Caps have hard time matching intensity. "Real" Caps usually only post when they are desperate. I don't think Caps will show up tonight. But tomorrow and next week...we'll see what they are capable of....

Posted by: 555Mass | May 8, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Enough with the conspiracy theories already.


Posted by: snakegriffin | May 8, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

everyone going to Game 5 tomorrow. bring a hat, a caps hat, a red hat, any hat. My friend and I will be handing out stickers to put on them "Crosby Says: Don't Throw Me!" tell everyone you know going, to bring a hat as well!!


Posted by: capsfan387 | May 8, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

@Fro_ - I like the idea! Brash as a bouncer... it fits, somehow! :)

Posted by: irockthered | May 8, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

If there is a call up I hope it is to replace Nylander not my boy (Fedorov). :) My user ID/screen name explains why. :)

Win your home games, split on the road.
Let's Go Caps!

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | May 8, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

As a fan I don't see tonights game as a MUST win but as an IMPORTANT TO win. By doing this the Caps would lengthen my life expectancy by about 3 days.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | May 8, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Another thing to think about is would the Penguins be as chippy to Varlamov if Brasher was not suspended? Thanks NHL for consistency in serving out punishment. Kunitz only deserved a fine for checking Varlamov at his neck, in the crease, while Varly was not looking. Just like Carcillo, Lucic, Avery, and Brasher.

Posted by: GC4Life | May 8, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Uh what are you guys doing?

Putting on the foil coach!

Yeah, before every game!

You want some?

No thanks guys.

Posted by: ludeman95 | May 8, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: irockthered | May 8, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

1) contain Malkin. after game 3 he is looking to bring it even more. we need to keep him in check and not let him have a breakout game.

2) passing has got to be shorter and quicker through the neutral zone. all the giveaways put Varly in a bad spot and prevent our O from getting any rhythm established.

3) we have got to get traffic in front of Fleury on a more regular basis.

4) Keep winning faceoffs.

People saying we don't have to win. True, but if Putzburgh wins I think they have some momentum coming into game 5. A win tonight would really help keep the Pens from getting a second win.

Posted by: doughless | May 8, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

i meant second WIND

Posted by: doughless | May 8, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Hahaha, I forgot about that being Crosby at the end, too funny!

Posted by: ludeman95 | May 8, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

GC4Life - great point & a lot of us have been trying to tell the figure skating fans out there of the need for Brash.
Morons like bhound have been calling him a goon.
Enforcer is a different job description to many knowledgeable Caps fan.
A deterrence to getting hammered & hit.
Plus w/ Erskine out, a little putz like Kunitz is taking flying leaps @ us without any consequences.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 8, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Caps will show up tonight. But tomorrow and next week...we'll see what they are capable of....
Posted by: 555Mass | May 8, 2009 9:29 AM |

Nice attitude Penz fan.
Go watch your condo depreciate & learn to skate be4 u speaketh.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 8, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

The Hanson brothers were actually hockey players. Dave Hanson has a son, Christian, who has done very well for himself.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 8, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Didn't he actually get called up or something? I thought I remembered an announcer (Locker or someone on VS) say something about it towards the end of the season, although they might have just been talking about the contract. Wonder if he puts the foil on...

Posted by: snakegriffin | May 8, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

@ mrszilla: from the previous post:

"Amen. And I'm going to ignore my instinct to look for sarcasm in you calling me a "must read" and will just take the compliment."

i like reading your messages and when people take it upon themselves to dismiss your humor and knowledge of hockey, i'm inclined to want to correct them. =)

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 8, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a Pens fan.

Posted by: 555Mass | May 8, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Tonight will be a good one. Interesting to see how the Capitals come back after last game's poor performance. They normally turn it up after playing a bad one. Unfortunately I'm going to miss the game tonight so I'll have to PVR it and hope I don't hear the result until I get home.

Posted by: Stu_c | May 8, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

On another note, I wonder if there is a stat of how many goals deflected into own goal by own defenseman. The Caps have got to be leading that category this year.

Posted by: ludeman95 | May 8, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

"5 lobsters, lots of ketchup"

Posted by: Fro_ | May 8, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

@snakegriffin: You are absolutely right he played 5 games for the Maple Leafs. He had 1 goal 1 assist and 2 PIMs.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 8, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Varly needs to see this video. This is what he should do to Malkin - or any other player - that messes with him. 38 seconds in...

Posted by: Greg S. | May 8, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Can everyone tell I am trying not to think about our Caps? Hopefully they will come out the same way they did last game and then not run into the 7 penalty calls. Some bonehead at the national level had the nerve to say that 2 of the calls were delay of game so, basically, what are the Caps complaining about. What they are complaining about are the other 5 judgement calls that were called. And not necessarily just that they were called, but that they weren't called both ways.

Again fellow fans. A penalty disparity of 7-2 doesn't only mean an advantage of 10 mins on the PP. Killing penalties addes fatigue to Varly, the D, and our top shut-down fowards of Laich, Steckel, and Bradley. We get the same amount of powerplays, and the darn penalties were there to be called, our shutdown guys, except for maybe Laich, get to rest their legs when we are on the PP. So don't let anyone fool you an unfair sway in penalties has a lot more to do with the game besides just when the PP/PK is going on.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 8, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Oh, additionally, it keeps Ovi off the ice!

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 8, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

As someone mentioned in another thread... the penalty disparity makes sense when you're spending a lot of time in your own end. It just snowballs when you start taking penalties, so the tide of a game can quickly turn when that happens. It doesn't necessarily mean that the refs/league are biased or that the penalties were called unfairly. While that indeed might be the case, we're not doing ourselves any favors either.

Posted by: snakegriffin | May 8, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

The ironic thing is that no-one has been bigger whiners in this series than the Caps front office and their fans. Whining about officiating, whining about back to back games, whining about Sidney Crosby, whining about all the drama, whining about locker room footage being shown on TV. On top of that, the front office is acting like little babies by "freezing out" Pens fans from buying tickets, and the fans are acting like little babies by purposely advertising fake tickets to Pens fans on Craigslist. Instead of investigating that, the Caps front office would rather waste the resources of NHL security and a no-name town in Pennsylvania on a stupid "threat" posted by a 17 year old with no filter on a Pens message board. Much worse things were said on message boards of both teams during Pens-Flyers, so why weren't those investigated?

Posted by: dr_klahn | May 8, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a Pens fan.
Posted by: 555Mass | May 8, 2009 10:30 AM |

Yes u are. U act like 1.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 8, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

@dr_klahn: Sadly, the whine flu was caught a little bit but the Capitals and their organization has found the problem and are dealing with it. A healthy dose of whoop a$$ will cure the whine flu and we should be in tip-top shape for tonight's game and tomorrow's game.

Even as a doctor, you may want to get yourself checked as well. I noted a distinct whining and brown-nosing in your posting. You might want to get that checked. The whoop a$$ will be handed out in tonight's game at Mellon Center. We'll be happy to get you some if you're available. Have a nice day, tool.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 8, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

All that the caps have to do, is play their hockey, fast and agressive hockey. With the way the caps have been playing, as of late, has not been good. Yet, we're still winning. They can't beat Varley, it's our D that's beating him.

Face it, Pens fans. The past 3 games the Caps have played like crap. Yet, we still won 2 out of 3. You got lucky in the last game. If the Caps play their free wheeling agressive hockey, Penguins are not going to be able to hang with us.

When we play the way we are supposed to play, NOONE can hang with us.

All this "Caps are whiners" is just another sign of the Pens' fans frustration. They realize that their "Faceof Hockey" player, Sid, is nothing compared to a true hockey player, in Ovechkin. Now, it's not all about Ovie, now you've got to deal with another "evil" Russian in Varly. Therein lies the problem. It's the "evil" Russians that have stolen the focus off of Sid the baby.

Varley, untested? Hah, dont make me laugh. Won the Superleague in the russian pro league when he's still in his teens, won the Caulder Cup in the AHL. Next stop, Stanley Cup. If not this season, next.

Posted by: dogboy | May 8, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Valencia VS Real Madrid

Willhill 2.25 3.25 2.70
2.40 3.30 2.90 93.9%

For R.Madrid, PEPE is a big problem and lost the race with Barca. Valencia has been stopped winning and they really need a quick return in order to keep the hope.

Both teams will have something to prove in this match as they are desperate top make amends for the heavy defeats in the last round. We expect a very open match and over 2.5 goals looks like a logical choice.


Posted by: nowgoal | May 8, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

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