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Posted at 8:34 AM ET, 02/22/2011

Number of the night from the Capitals' 1-0 win against Pittsburgh

By Katie Carrera
Morning Roundup

157 minutes and 47 seconds, otherwise known as how long it has been since a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins has scored a goal against the Capitals.

Michal Neuvirth posted his second consecutive shutout against the Penguins in 15 days in Washington's 1-0 win Monday night. He's made 61 saves over the course of those two contests. And Semyon Varlamov did not allow a goal in the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 after Evgeni Malkin's tally just 2:13 into the second period of the Capitals' eventual 3-1 win under the lights in Heinz Field.

While that may not mean much because this is, after all, a regular-season statistic and the Penguins have been ravaged by injuries lately, it's still pretty impressive that the Capitals have managed to hold Pittsburgh to three goals (excluding a shootout tally) in four meetings this season.

--If you missed the game, check out the recap of the 1-0 victory that allowed Washington to draw within one point of the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Southeast Division lead in the latest defensive-oriented installment of the Capitals-Penguins rivalry.

--Before the game the Penguins became the latest team to make a trade in advance of the rapidly-approaching deadline on Feb. 28, sending defenseman Alex Goligoski to Dallas for James Neal and Matt Niskanen.

--ESPN's Scott Burnside hopes this isn't the last game we get to see between the Capitals and Penguins this season. Playoff rematch anyone?

--Capitals' ups and downs from Japers' Rink on the week that was.

By Katie Carrera  | February 22, 2011; 8:34 AM ET
Categories:  Morning Roundup, Pittsburgh Penguins  
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Backstrom has a broken thumb....guess that isn't news worthy

Posted by: Phishhead311 | February 22, 2011 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: underpants2
Anyone else think that was the last game for Alex Semin in a Caps sweater? He was awful last night, and barely skated after the 10 minute mark of the 3rd.

I was at the game last night--can only hope it was. Semin was awful--he falls to the ice when he's barely touched, he plays way too much one-on-one.

Anyone else care to pile on?

Posted by: redrocker2 | February 22, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

If Backstrom's thumb is broken then we pretty much have to trade for another center.......... right George??????

Posted by: eorr | February 22, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse


Yes, I agree his play was especially soft last night.

Posted by: eorr | February 22, 2011 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Dan Bylsma should be given serious consideration for the Jack Adams award. He's a great motivational coach...just ask Michal Neuvirth. Great job, Coach!

Posted by: bindatype | February 22, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

His thumb is not broken. Where did you here that?

Posted by: redmatt | February 22, 2011 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: eorr | February 22, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

No sure but I think the Backstrom injury came on a slash right before him and Letang got into thier pushing match along the wall. He got a good stick to the hands then from either Letang or the other Pen there at the time and that is what caused the shot to the head. Ref were good at letting things go for both teams last night in the third but that is how injuries happen when refs let the game get away from them. This only got away a little but it could have gotten worse. Let's hope it is a small fracture and he will be back soon.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 22, 2011 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, Tom, what happened when you moved from FL to CA. You became a different man.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 22, 2011 8:05 AM

No, the Caps are a different team. I'd like to think I'm being realistic. I still maintain if they get the right pieces they have an 8-10% shot at the Cup. I've never been in the "no chance" camp.

Did backstrom play after the thumb injury? I remember seeing Ovi with other centers but can't recall what part of the game.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 22, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Backstrom played after the injury. Let's hope it's a small hairline fracture - you can usually play through those.

Posted by: jakopz | February 22, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1. He was on the ice at the end of the game so yes. Not sure off memory exactally when in the 3rd it happend but looking at the TOI reports he looks to have been taking regular shifts. The reason for 8 being out with different centers was King not playing in the 3rd and the wings shifting around because of that.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 22, 2011 9:20 AM | Report abuse

We may be down two C's MP only played 55 seconds of the third period.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 22, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

When Green comes back, Schultz has to sit. He has absolutely no backbone and is not willing to standup for teammates. This was the second consecutive game against the Pens which he did nothing. First, was the hit on Ovi (previous game) and then last night the Pens took a dozen whacks at Neuvirth with him just standing there. I'm not asking for a Matt Cooke, but come on man...clear the frickin' crease.

The playoffs are coming and if double nickel is prepared to defend is zone & teammates now, he'll be a liability when it counts.

Posted by: ttenner | February 22, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

@ttenner while I agree it would be great to have 55 play as physical as people half his size when Green comes back Sloan sits. He simply is not an NHL caliber player. IF Poti comes back or we trade for a D (assuming we don't give up one at the same time) then 55 can sit.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 22, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

More reports about Backstrom's thumb:

Heal quickly, Nicky.

Posted by: nicety251 | February 22, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

So Orlov signed a try out contract for the Bears. If he ends up playing really well, can he play for the Caps?

Posted by: jakopz | February 22, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse


Love your posts ! Love the bold stuff !

So, No Green, No Fehr, No Poti is equal to No Cindy, No Shrek, and No Kunitz.

With talent comparisons like that ,you might be perfect for the new GM role here.

(LL in Jersey may even nominate you for the "GM of the year award" to keep you in the Conference)

Boy, if we're relying on Fehr to hoist, we're not gonna' hoist.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 22, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse


Ever notice how the better clubs finish their checks on Poti behind the net. The guy starts to panic eventually, and his outlet passes suffer.

Why can't we do that to other D - men ? Why does Chimy just skate ? You would think that eventually an NHL level coach would tell him he has "hands of concrete", and the Todd Kryger act does win Cups. We've seen this before. Forecheck and finish your check !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 22, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Caps definitely have learned to play D in their zone and Hannan deserves a lot of credit. He needs to be on the first pairing with Green, not Schultz. I can't see Schultz playing a lot of minutes in the playoffs if Poti is healthy (big if at this point.) Our goalies both looked good the last two games so we look like we're on the upswing. TB has actually lost ground to the Caps during their lengthy homestand so first place in the SE isn't out of consideration.

Posted by: wizfan89 | February 22, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse


I've noticed that when bad people get caught, they usually try and change the subject. Leave people who've had horrendous things happen to them out of the comedy.

Yes, I did take my meds !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 22, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Give the PENS Credit, they played well and they were played like they were trying to get a monkey off their backs. We have dominated them on the scoreboard for the last two season. They hate us we hate them, no matter who is in the line-up or who is not, the games will always be hard fought.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 22, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

That was a great game. Most of the Pens shots were from the outside. The Pens were undermanned but, played really hard.

I thought 55 had a good game. I saw him take the body alot during the game. MJ90 is really coming along nicely. Ovie is really taking an interest in defense, it's nice to see. MP85 is just too small & weak. Maybe he can add some bulk without losing speed. I hope so.

Do the Caps needs a 2C? Of course. Do we need a different coach? Of course. Worst case, I will take this team adding Green & Fehr for a playoff run. Defense wins Cups!

Posted by: chriscaps | February 22, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

"Anyone else think that was the last game for Alex Semin in a Caps sweater? "

Not me. In fact I think that's silly talk.

"When Green comes back, Schultz has to sit."

And play who? Sloan? Get real.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | February 22, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

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