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Morning roundup: Top line, Theo get it done


(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Morning Roundup


Last night's 4-2 win against the visiting Flyers was arguably the best game of the season for the Caps as a whole, and the best game for Jose Theodore in, well, a long time. From the game story:

In addition to making 41 saves, his most as a Capital, he turned back Darroll Powe on a penalty shot early in the third period to preserve a 3-2 edge. Theodore, who has stopped 6 of 8 penalty shots he's faced in his career, has a 2.04 goals against average and a .939 save percentage in his last five starts.
"Like I said, in training camp I said it was the best I felt since the lockout," Theodore said. "Sooner or later, people are going to realize I didn't say that just for fun."
"That I've seen," Boudreau added, when asked if that was Theodore's best game since coming to Washington. "I'm sure he's had many more better than that. But he was really solid in net."

Click here to read the whole story, and then check out Tarik's postgame wrap-up video:

More odds and ends from across the Intertubes:

* Can the Caps or Wizards serve as rebounds for lovelorn Redskins fans? Mike Wilbon thinks so:

Historically, there was never any viable alternative to the Redskins. But perhaps people will feel differently if the Capitals and Wizards continue to play well while the Redskins act as if life cannot go on without them while they stink up the joint week after week. This was never more evident than the 24-hour period from Monday night to Tuesday night. Monday's Eagles-Redskins game was an artistic flop and the home team was impotent again. Meanwhile, the Capitals on Tuesday came from [two goals] down to beat the Flyers here at Verizon Center, giving the Capitals the third highest point total in the Eastern Conference. They're tied for second in the league in most goals, underscoring how exciting offensively they are to watch. The Capitals have the biggest lead (seven points) of any division leader in the NHL. And you get to see arguably the most exciting player in the league, Alexander Ovechkin.

* Hey, it's a post about the Caps on the D.C. Sports Bog! Dan Steinberg wonders if Ted Leonsis is talking about the Redskins in his blog post about dealing with the media. You had to get the Redskins in there, didn't you, Steinz?

Game highlights from last night:

* Rallying back from down two goals isn't how Boudreau wants to win, but he'll take the two points. (D.C. Examiner)

* Always exciting when the Caps and Flyers play. (Mike Vogel)

* Backstrom's four-point night highlights the win. (Washington Times)

* Semin's goal "lucky?" Not so much. (Ed Frankovic)

* Theodore is "comfortable and confident." (Joe Beninati)

* Flyers fired a season-high 43 shots but failed to score at even strength. (Philly Inquirer)

* Good effort, bad result. (Broad Street Bull)

* Puck Daddy picks Theodore as the second star of Tuesday night's games.

* Avs backup goalie Peter Budaj has swine flu, and it's clearly a concern across the league. Quintin Laing was out with the flu last night, and though it may be coincidence, the locker room security guard made everyone take a pump of hand sanitizer before he let them through to see players.

Practice starts at 11 a.m., and Tarik will have some updates soon.

Late add: Photo gallery from last night's game

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 28, 2009; 10:02 AM ET
 
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Comments

glad to see other share my sentiments about schultz. in addition to taking more shots, he played well in the defensive zone. he also absorbed a pretty good hit from one of the flyers small guys and the guy just bounced right off. he still has some stick handling problems and he needs to be able to use his leverage to move guys out from in front of the net. but to be fair, hartnell is a big rig and not so easy to move for anyone. lets hope this continues.

i was also impressed w/ sloan at forward. i've not been a big fan of his on d, but i thought he played well on the forward lines. is willing to hit and forecheck. giroux didnt impress me much. he needs to remember he's on a grinder line now and do the things that grinders do. nice to see aucoin get some big boy playing time on the pp, but they still refuse to get someone in the crease, which baffles me.

noticed that steckel took every defensive zone draw in the third period, regardless of line. shows the lack of confidence BB has in backstroms dot performance.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 28, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 28, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

We've said this here many times: Wilbon (and Kornhole, for that matter) can go take a hike. He doesn't know hockey and he's never supported hockey. I couldn't give a toss about what he thinks about it now.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | October 28, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

What a GREAT hockey game!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | October 28, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Sarge was rocking the red last night - very impressive. Theo - stud, no doubt who our #1 goalie is. Crowd was kind of quiet, think the shoddy first period and a half had us uneasy. Still great win. Richard needs a suspension or a beat down.

Posted by: Redwolf1 | October 28, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Can someone with more hockey knowledge than yours truley let me know what you thought of Sloan's play last night? As a player he intrigues me, he seems like he could be a little bit bigger piece for this team with his skating ability and the fact that he is a fairly tough customer, not to mention the fact that he can move between forward and defense.

Thanks

Posted by: superpaqman | October 28, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Schultz's play isnt surprising to me, the guy is only 23. Statistically he was very good last season. People want point out a couple of bad plays, the fact he doesnt hit guys or how awkward he looks on skates...

The fact remains is that he is tall, long, positionally sound, not fast, not tremendously physical, a good passer and has good hockey sense...

By the time he fully matures, he will be a top pair defensemen.

Posted by: JSchon | October 28, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Lets not get too attached to Tyler Sloan. He is what he is, a fill in LW on the 4th line and 7th or 8th defensemen.

If it wasn't for our horrendous cap situation, Alzner would be playing with the big squad right now.

Posted by: JSchon | October 28, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

1st and 2nd...okay.
3rd...great all over team effort!

Standouts: Theo, Sloan, and Backstrom.

It was nice to see Backstrom back in the swing of things. Also, once again Shlutz looked better than normal. He had some pretty good shots on goal. Greenie was touch and go, a few times I just couldn't help but yelling..."Green get off the ice!". Theo looked solid and confident, and I am curious how BB will place the goalies in the back-to-back games this week. Great win...Let's go Caps...we need a 6th and then a 7th win!

Posted by: NatyBG | October 28, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

In addition to Sloan and Schultz, ShaMo and Poti are both playing really well. Some brain farts every now and then, but ShaMo is racking the hits up already and Poti has looked rock solid on the PK.

Posted by: richmondphil | October 28, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Can I add Carcillo to the list of Flyers that need to be leveled!

Posted by: NatyBG | October 28, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

shows the lack of confidence BB has in backstroms dot performance.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 28, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Well...I wouldn't either. Backsie ain't exactly the best in the dot.

Posted by: richmondphil | October 28, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

great game, Theo was outstanding, Sarge is getting some love,just wait till the team is 100% healthy and click on all cylinders. they will have the guys on the 3
rd and 4th lines that are scoring threats.Brads is playing well, and you have to love the energy of Aucoin,he's definately making it hard for Bruce and GMGM to keep him out of the line up, he's WFO every shift! oh and im with Redwolf, Richards needs his ass whipped! C-A-P-S CAPS CAPS CAPS!!!!! And a call out to The HORN GUY and GOAT 74 for keeping the fans ramped up!!! see you @ VC fri & sun...

Posted by: bigBinMd | October 28, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

Do you really think Poti is playing well? At least as far as last night goes, I thought he was pretty awful. He screened Jose for one of the Flyer goals, and he was having a terrible time clearing the puck. To me, it looked like he was unwilling to get dirty in the corners to go get the puck, and unwilling to take a hit to make a good clearing attempt.

Posted by: cainoo7x | October 28, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Do you really think Poti is playing well? At least as far as last night goes, I thought he was pretty awful. He screened Jose for one of the Flyer goals, and he was having a terrible time clearing the puck. To me, it looked like he was unwilling to get dirty in the corners to go get the puck, and unwilling to take a hit to make a good clearing attempt.

Posted by: cainoo7x | October 28, 2009 11:15 AM |

I don't know, I think Poti is one of the bigger reasons our PK is as good as it is right now. Maybe last night he seemed a bit off, but he has been quite consistent in the corners and clearing the puck in previous games.

Posted by: richmondphil | October 28, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

@Redwolf1 "Richard needs a suspension or a beat down."

I vote for beat down. Would it be greedy to ask for both?

Posted by: zmega | October 28, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

I wonder if Poti just doesn't play well against the Flyers? He was on the ice for at least one of their goals last night (both of their goals came on the power play) and for five of them the last time the teams played. I think he's intimidated by their forecheck.

Posted by: cainoo7x | October 28, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Well, I think the two Flyers games are just bad ones to look at, since a lot of them came on the PP. Reflect back on those games when we went like 9/9 on the PK and such.

Our PK is working wonders (minus last night), and I must attribute some of that to Poti.

Posted by: richmondphil | October 28, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Poti is a joke. A comedian on the ice.

Posted by: JSchon | October 28, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

He's had far too many giveaways, but he leads our team in blocked shots.

A "joke on the ice" would be Erskine so far. And I like Erskine.

Posted by: richmondphil | October 28, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Flyer Mike Richards' flyin' like a rag doll:
http://bit.ly/2qFWrA

Posted by: CodePoetry | October 28, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Not that money should dictate play, but Poti makes way too much money and has been in the league too long to be as incompetent as he looks out there at times.

Erskine is Erskine, unskilled meathead on ice. He gets less than 10 minutes of ice time.

Posted by: JSchon | October 28, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

@Redwolf1: This is the same Richards that went on the radio last season to suggest that the NHL should punish OV for leaving his feet to hit people, even when replay showed OV never left his feet. What a hypocrite. Even Flyers fans can't believe how dirty he is.

Posted by: GoEagles | October 28, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

cmasisak22 Quintin Laing has the third conformed case of swine flu in the #NHL, joinging Petr Budaj and Ladislav Smid.

Posted by: CodePoetry | October 28, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I think Semin had H1N1 as well, but was isolated from a team as if he had an injury. Rememebr what BB said? "He's both sore and sick"

Posted by: CodePoetry | October 28, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

BB thinks Semin's goal was a lucky shot? LOL
Has someone being spiking BB's beverages? That guy makes his own luck on the ice, very few players as good as him.

Posted by: hock1 | October 28, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Caps came from "a goal down?" Make that 2 goals down, Mike Wise.

As a fan of both teams, I'm amused by the thought of the Caps being sloppy seconds for DC area sports fans.

Posted by: CapsChick | October 28, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Errr...Mike Wilbon.

Posted by: CapsChick | October 28, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Not that money should dictate play, but Poti makes way too much money and has been in the league too long to be as incompetent as he looks out there at times.

Erskine is Erskine, unskilled meathead on ice. He gets less than 10 minutes of ice time.

Posted by: JSchon | October 28, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

NO defenseman is gonna win every battle... NOT even Langway, Stevens or Tinordi

Poti is still better than average d-man in the NHL, definitely one of the top 3 the Caps have... the problem with the Caps is the rest of their d-men

Posted by: joek443 | October 28, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

like it or not, the caps will never overtake the skins or the wizards unless they win the Cup... I don't think winning one will be enough to overtake even the wizards. Probably will at least take two lord stanley's cups.

Posted by: joek443 | October 28, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"BB thinks Semin's goal was a lucky shot? LOL
Has someone being spiking BB's beverages? That guy makes his own luck on the ice, very few players as good as him.

Posted by: hock1 | October 28, 2009 12:45 PM"

I thought it was a pretty sweet shot too! However, later I heard that the shot was deflected a bit off of Timonen's leg. I couldn't tell when I watched the shot, though.

I vote for Richards getting enough attention that the refs will finally mete out justice to him in the form of fines AND game suspensions. I know, dream on, right?

Posted by: dccitizen1 | October 28, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Not sure what you're looking at JoeK, I'd argue Jurcina, Schultz, Morrisonn and Green are all playing better than Poti. None of those guys are 10 year veterans.

Posted by: JSchon | October 28, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

@ bigBinMd
"... just wait till the team is 100% healthy and click on all cylinders."

I hope they do. And I know they can. But I just remember last year. When they were depleted, they played for their lives and were murdering everybody. Once the team was back together, however, they got cute and complacent. I can totally see that happening again.

Posted by: large23220 | October 28, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

"Hey, it's a post about the Caps on the D.C. Sports Bog!"

"D.C. Sports Bog." What a title.

Posted by: Section117 | October 28, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Not that money should dictate play, but Poti makes way too much money and has been in the league too long to be as incompetent as he looks out there at times.

Erskine is Erskine, unskilled meathead on ice. He gets less than 10 minutes of ice time.

Posted by: JSchon | October 28, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

NO defenseman is gonna win every battle... NOT even Langway, Stevens or Tinordi

Poti is still better than average d-man in the NHL, definitely one of the top 3 the Caps have... the problem with the Caps is the rest of their d-men

Posted by: joek443 | October 28, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

lol, Poti has been quite the bum since he came back into the lineup late last season. He makes bad clears, he gets pushed back into our goalie like he did on numerous plays yesterday. Obviously he has some skill but we don't get out of him what we need to get out of him. He's supposed to be the steady veteran, providing leadership, mentoring etc. If I was the coach I wouldn't want any of my young dmen emulating Poti.

If Erskine was just a meathead, then why did he look good in the playoffs last year v the Rangers? Go back and read these very discussion boards if you don't remember, everyone was pretty high on how well Erskine was playing.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 28, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

LMAO why should anyone take the opinions of ANYONE who thinks Bob Rouse was a better d-man than Larry Murphy???

NO love for World Wide Wilbon on here??

Posted by: joek443 | October 28, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

correction:

LMAO why should anyone take the opinions of ANYONE who thinks Bob Rouse was a better d-man than Larry Murphy seriously???

Posted by: joek443 | October 28, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

And I thank God everyday that someone like cstanton1 who's more full of himself than Rush Limbaugh isn't the coach of the Caps.

Posted by: joek443 | October 28, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

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