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Posted at 9:52 AM ET, 12/20/2010

Penalty kill comes up big for Caps against Senators

By Katie Carrera
Morning Roundup

Michal Neuvirth said he lived the waning moments of the Capitals' eventual 3-2 win over Ottawa "minute to minute" and for good reason. There couldn't have been a more tense scenario in the third period as Washington killed off three penalties in the final 13 minutes of regulation to preserve the one-goal lead.

But if there's one thing that can aid a goaltender's will it's seeing his teammates making diving plays and not hesitating to block shots so that the chances wouldn't even make it through to him. On the first kill, with Mathieu Perreault called for hooking, Washington didn't allow the Senators to get a single shot off. The second and third, a penalty on John Carlson for high-sticking and Jason Chimera for holding, respectively, yielded just one Ottawa opportunity each.

Then factor in that six of the Capitals' 14 blocked shots Sunday night came in the third period with seven minutes remaining and it's the makings of a frustrating night for Ottawa, which finished 0-for-5 with the man-advantage.

On the final penalty kill, which began at 17:15 of the third, Tom Poti blocked a pair of shots and Brooks Laich put on a one-man clinic on how to clear the puck from the zone first with a chip out, then with a dive at the blueline and another by picking off a pass in the high slot. David Steckel won five out of six faceoffs in the third as well, with the majority of those coming on the penalty kill.

"I thought Brooks Laich was fantastic," Coach Bruce Boudreau said when asked about the penalty kill. "Dave Steckel in the third period won every draw even though they only had him 8-and-6 I think. I thought he won every faceoff that he took. The guys were committed, the guys we used, [Nicklas Backstrom] and Mike Knuble, Brooks and Marcus Johansson were committed in doing the right thing and when you do that you usually have success."

FROM THE POST
The game story and blog entry following on the Caps' 3-2 win over the Senators last night, which ended their losing streak at eight games.

AROUND THE WEB
RMNB has photos of the Caps practicing in their Winter Classic gear and their usual prospect watch.

Mathieu Perreault gets a star from the folks at Puck Daddy for his part in helping the Caps break the losing streak.

By Katie Carrera  | December 20, 2010; 9:52 AM ET
Categories:  Morning Roundup, Penalty kill  
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Comments

Finally.....here's to putting a winning streak together and beating the Pens on Thursday.

Hopefully they start playing better with this monkey off their back.

Posted by: CAPSHOCKEY2 | December 20, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Finally.....here's to putting a winning streak together and beating the Pens on Thursday.

Hopefully they start playing better with this monkey off their back.

Posted by: CAPSHOCKEY2 | December 20, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Fire everyone! Trade everybody! Oops...sorry...wrong bandwagon.

Posted by: 106T | December 20, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

very sad about yesterday... Like I predicted that we won yesterday and probably will win tomorrow, after that everyone will forget about those 9 games and BB will able to fail once again :( very sad that Caps were closed of getting quality coach, but instead....

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | December 20, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

agreed, i thought our PK was very good last night. Granted its the Sens, not the Pens. But I thought our fwds, esp Nick Backstrom, really did a good job of not letting them break into our zone clean. Our forwards bumped em or interfered with them at our blueline and that threw off their flow. And our D did a good job of competing for pucks.

And Laich seems to have come around. He was working hard in the crease, got in the face of a couple of Senators. He woke up after his assignment to the Steck-Brads line a coupla games ago. He's taking some ownership out there.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 20, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Mathieu Perreault proved last night that he deserves to be on this team's roster.

Posted by: ljo211 | December 20, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

As of now, if everyone is healthy, IMO the centers should be:

1. Backstrom(even though he isn't on his game I think the best option is to just let him play through it.)

2. MP(he needs to continue to play well so this isn't set in stone. In addition, as people have mentioned here, he really can't play a checking line role. He is best used on a scoring line)

3. MJ(When paired with the correct wingers he is a pretty solid checking line center and is getting better. The best part of his game right now is his defense. In addition, with his his speed and quickness he could become a good center to matchup against Crobsy or centers like him)

4. BGordon(good on the faceoffs, very responsible defensively, good on the boards. He is a very solid checking line player, he is just gets injured too much).

5. Steckel (he can be used as a checking line center when the Caps face teams with big scoring lines such as Anaheim or such as Malkin. His faceoff prowess is very useful and helps out tremendously at the end of games when protecting a lead. However, his lack of speed is worrisome, especially against quicker opponents such as Montreal last year).

The Caps should try to acquire a veteran center by the trade deadline but I don't think that will happen until February(cap reasons).

Posted by: sgm3 | December 20, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Not to beat a dead horse on MP but I said the other day on here he has a good game 1 out of every 8. He played great his first game up, then disappeared for 7. Had a good game last night so now you know whats coming the next 7 games most likely. That doesnt make him an NHL 2C. I am thrilled he helped the team break the losing streak but I won't be very happy if he is our 2C come playoff time.

Posted by: ThePat | December 20, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

BGordon - puke. We don't miss him. Having a lineup down the middle that has MP, MaJo, and BGordon doesn't come close to equating to the center lineups on the better teams. You cannot have 3 finesse centers on your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th lines and hope to accomplish much. Perrault could easily play himself out of the lineup here soon. He scored 2 against the woeful Senators granted. But he's been less than impressive overall on a per game basis. I like the way MaJo is adjusting to the NHL but he also loses too many battles for pucks. I could live with him being one of the 3 centers on the 2nd thru 4th lines but to pencil in all 3 of em is just nutty. It does not compute.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 20, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

pat, i guess great minds do think alike, lol

btw, i didn't see anything but the highlights of the Det-Dal game but for everyone's favorite example (incl McPhee) of the prototypical NHL finesse team that has had success, Detroit looked like they played a very rugged game against arguably the NHL's most rugged team this year. They hung 41 hits on Dallas. Lost in OT. But even the little highlight clips show a very hardnosed effort on Detroit's part. Their grit is definitely underrated. Maybe GM should watch them play a little more often before commenting.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 20, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

You don't like BGordon, which is fine, but I think when he is healthy is very solid checking line center. He plays well along the boards, is probably the best at cycling the puck among current Caps, and is very defensively responsible. In addition, his line usually plays very well when he is on the ice. His problem is staying healthy.

@ThePat

I agree that MP has to show more consistency. If he doesn't he will never make it. But he had a few decent games in the last 8. IMO, his game-to-game play has improved over last year. Hopefully it will continue to improve. (Every time he doesn't score a goal we can't necessarily say he had a bad game. It is all about creating chances, getting the puck in deep and minimizing bad plays. Sometimes, even if you do that, no goals are scored. It's the nature of the sport.)

Posted by: sgm3 | December 20, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

@cstanton

Teams take on the personality of their coach. Babcock is a hardnosed guy that you dont ever want to piss off. So Detroit can play that and any style with ease.

Well our team, BB is like a big soft teddy bear. A lovable character that everyone wants to be around. He shows affection and feels for his players, will always be willing to give them a hug. Yes he might have a dirty mouth and talk a big game but in the end, he is the big soft teddy bear.

Posted by: ThePat | December 20, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

"I thought Brooks Laich was fantastic," Coach Bruce Boudreau said when asked about the penalty kill. "Dave Steckel in the third period won every draw even though they only had him 8-and-6 I think. I thought he won every faceoff that he took. The guys were committed, the guys we used, [Nicklas Backstrom] and Mike Knuble, Brooks and Marcus Johansson were committed in doing the right thing and when you do that you usually have success."
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yes Bruce yes! You finally say something I completely agree with. Whew

The Sens actually got wise to Steckel at the end there. Even when he won his draw, a forward sneaked in and stole the puck as he pulled it back. I kept waiting for our D to figure out what the Sens were doing and block that man out. It almost cost us at the end there because after Steck won his draw, they stole the puck off what looked like a set play, and then they were able to pepper us with some shots.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 20, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Wow Caps win and all the "angry" bandwagoners are gone.

Hopefully they stay away.

Posted by: GFisher1 | December 20, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

I know the nature of the sport. I think MP has been one of our worst players during the losing streak. Obviously you dont think so and thats fine. Agree to disagree.

Posted by: ThePat | December 20, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I posted last night that MaJo is fine for #3 center with Laich and Knuble. I think you have a group there (or with BGordon) who can play against other top lines.

BTW, Laich got hit up high with puck last night. Can't recall when. Did he come back after that? I am thinking he was hit up high in the 2nd, so that would mean he's OK.

Unfortunately Backie has also morphed into a #3 center and needs to get back on track.

I agree big need at deadline is a Saku Koivu type to play in playoffs and also another D in the Hannan mold. Here's hoping Hannan can rub off on others. First he's had the paw to the upper chest move and last night he was crashing them along the boards to cut off the lane (for you cstanton).

Posted by: tominsocal1 | December 20, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

You don't like BGordon, which is fine, but I think when he is healthy is very solid checking line center. He plays well along the boards, is probably the best at cycling the puck among current Caps, and is very defensively responsible. In addition, his line usually plays very well when he is on the ice. His problem is staying healthy.

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you make it sound like I don't like BG because of some other issue besides his play on the ice. The reason I dislike him is exactly because of his play on the ice. He's a finesse center who masquerades as a checking line forward. He needs to play closer to how a Tyler Kennedy type plays. He needs to be abrasive, he needs to finish checks, he needs to do more than just try and wedge his cute little body between a defenseman and the boards.

And the "when he is healthy" remark is also a huge reason they need to dump him. When healthy, he's servicable at best. Nothing more. The fact that he's always unhealthy is reason alone to have parted ways with him a long time ago. BGordon is not the type of role player you need on your bottom lines. He's not equivalent to his counterparts on other teams.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 20, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Wow Caps win and all the "angry" bandwagoners are gone.

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sounds like the CAps win a game, and some 'blind homer bandwagoners' decide to show up.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 20, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

My last comment has been held for review...that ever happen to anyone before?

Posted by: capscoach | December 20, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Tom,
Brooks did get hurt in the 2nd. Didn't notice hiw long he was off the ice, but he was strong in the 3rd. Hopefully no lasting effects from Green's shot. Sure looked bad at the time.

Posted by: _Mark | December 20, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

My last comment has been held for review...that ever happen to anyone before?

Posted by: capscoach | December 20, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

My last comment has been held for review...that ever happen to anyone before?

Posted by: capscoach

umm..try EVERY OTHER other comment! I've been blacklisted.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 20, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Looks like I touched a nerve.

Posted by: GFisher1 | December 20, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

@ThePat

Fair enough.

@cstanton1

I think, when BGordon is healthy he is much more than a serviceable checking line center. I think he is a very good checking line center who plays all aspects of the game well. He is great on the boards(he wins many of his battles on the boards no matter the size of the guy he is facing), he is a great cycler(very important for a checking line player. i.e. Ulf Dahlen), is defensively responsible(knows where to be and is almost always there), a great faceoff man, and has good speed and quickness.

IMO, I like that sort of player for a checking line center.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 20, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

"Wow Caps win and all the "angry" bandwagoners are gone.

Hopefully they stay away."

I haven't seen you post once during the losign streak, and now you come on there after a win to slam other posters?

Who is the "bandwagoner," again?


"Looks like I touched a nerve."

Ugh, the rallying cry of the troll. Go away, grown-ups would like to discuss hockey.

Posted by: VTDuffman | December 20, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone see Dallas' goal against Detroit to tie the game with about 3 minutes remaining in the 3rd? The Dallas player was unbelievably wide open in front of the crease. It's just an example that even great defensive teams with great defensive players blow assignments, even in key times.

Also, did people see Dallas' OT goal. A 3 on 1. Again, another example just like the previous.

No team is perfect, there are going to be blown assignments by every player on every team at some point. The goal is just to minimize them.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 20, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

ftr, the way we played last night was decent. It wasn't a great effort although it was encouraging to see this team get a lead and hold that lead for an entire period +

I liked their effort v Anaheim for the most part. They're still underperforming on finishing checks in the offensive zone. But if they could get an effort every night that resembled a combination of how they played v Anaheim (good team defense), and some of their early efforts this season (Devils, Sens), thats CLOSER to how they need to play.

Just because last night's effort resulted in a win doesn't mean that's the magic formula they need to imitate. I know most of you already know that.

When Semin comes back into the lineup, who sits? When Sarge comes back, does Erskine get the bench?

Those types of roster tweaks will also go a long way in determining what kind of hard-hat effort this team is able to give every night. I thought AGordon looked better last night then he has so far. He was driving the net and getting to the pucks in the corners.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 20, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I guess the editors really think capscoach and cstanton have really hooked up re: the review/blacklist. Hilarious! :-)

Posted by: nicety251 | December 20, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I think I have been black listed to!!! So unfair, as I am VERY polite on here.

Also...here is a little excerpt from an article I read that should anger you goats blood addicts.

"Personally, I don’t get it. If the Capitals have really lost their motivation, why do they keep outshooting their opponents? Can we blame the team’s goaltending woes on the coach? I don’t see how fans, with a very limited window into what the players are actually thinking, can make that assessment"

Posted by: capscoach | December 20, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

When Semin comes back into the lineup, who sits? When Sarge comes back, does Erskine get the bench?

cstanton

my guess would be Hannan gets the bench considering how he has been playing (his +/- is pretty poor), but it is also possible that once sarge return that the Caps give Green a breather...he is CLEARLY still not recovered from his injury and it is affecting his play. His offense is gone and his D has not been so good these past 3-4 games.

Posted by: capscoach | December 20, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I think he is a very good checking line center who plays all aspects of the game well
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now that's a hoot.

He doesn't finish checks. He doesn't knock anyone off the puck. He doesn't make anyone get rid of the puck quickly. He's not abrasive. He doesn't provide any team toughness. What he has is speed, and anticipation, and he doesn't take PIMs. And he's decent on faceoffs. But to say he plays all aspects of a checking role, you make me shake my head in disbelief. And your comment about him winning battles for the puck along the boards is another myth. He gets there, and then promptly loses the battle for the puck. His strength resembles that of a 16 yr old player in the juniors.

Give me an Ian LaPerriere type any day of the week. In the role that Gordo is supposed to play, I want a guy who lays it on the line every game and is a difficult player to play against. Not just an undersized guy with some speed.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 20, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

The other part of the excerpt:

"Again: this isn’t a blameless team here. They can’t start slowly, as they did against Boston, and they can’t slow down when they start strongly, as they did against Florida (shots 18-6 after one, 18-26 the rest of the way). But this is still a team that has lost a series of very tight games in no small part to weak goaltending in their own net and strong goaltending in the other net. One bounce would have made a critical difference in five of those games.

It may not be enough to save Boudreau’s job; maybe it shouldn’t be enough to save his job. But this team is nowhere near as bad as their record."

While I don't think goaltending alone has been a major issue with this team, Nuevy and Varly have most def. not looked their best lately.

I was encouraged that Nuevy stepped up after the team gave him a lead to protect. That was a good sign.

Posted by: capscoach | December 20, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

"Personally, I don’t get it. If the Capitals have really lost their motivation, why do they keep outshooting their opponents? Can we blame the team’s goaltending woes on the coach? I don’t see how fans, with a very limited window into what the players are actually thinking, can make that assessment"

Posted by: capscoach | December 20, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Amen! Been a while since I posted last, love to read. I am neither a goats blood (Sorry Varly) or koolaid drinker. I am a loyal fan and I am extremely frustrated with the team right now.

I will say this, no one on here knows what is being thought by any other person, period. I believe that all of the players have some sort of motivation and given time, they will right the ship. I will start to think they have righted the ship when they beat the flightless foul!!

I enjoyed last night for the pure victory. It was nice to see the boys smiling at the end of the game.

Go CAPS!

Posted by: hbcapsfan | December 20, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

@ThePat

I totally disagree about MP...he disappears after 2 games, not 1. =)

@tomin

I'm a little disappointed that you are taking all the "Fehr should play on the top line" credit, as I (and a few others as well) have been preaching this for some time now. Fehr on lines 1 or 2 is a smart move and BB needs to stick with it. On a positive, I enjoyed skimming your posts from the weekend Tom.

@capscoach

I think Backs needs to stay on the 1st line. If we have a legit 2C that could hop up to the 1st line maybe. But currently if you demote him...now all lines suck.

@everyone else

Hope you all are taking note how crucial it is to have my namesake in the line up. With Semin back, Fehr on the first line, and scratching MP every 3rd game (until we get that legit 2c)...the goals will start flowing. Trust me.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | December 20, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

"my guess would be Hannan gets the bench considering how he has been playing (his +/- is pretty poor)"

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even if his play merited it, there's no way they would bench Hannan this soon. It would basically be admitting defeat on the trade. Also, the guy isn't going to get any better by *not* playing.

IMHO, it's early enough in the season to let him see how, where, and if he fits in the Caps' system defensively and far too early to pull the plug

Posted by: VTDuffman | December 20, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

green is hurt. BB better rest him and get him 100%. MP85 is not a #2 center. lets see him repeat against the Pens.

Posted by: doughless | December 20, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

@hbcapsfan

"flightless fowl" I LOVE that!

Posted by: capscoach | December 20, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Did people notice that Alzner was plus-1's in each of the week's three games and 53:17 of even-strength ice time without a goal against. That is a pretty good week for a defenseman. But, as some people on here have stated, he sucks and should be traded.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 20, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

@_mark

Didnt Laich take a slapshot in the 2nd? Thought I remember him hunching over after getting tagged.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | December 20, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

"Personally, I don’t get it. If the Capitals have really lost their motivation, why do they keep outshooting their opponents?"

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Perhaps number of shots is not a good indicator of motivation?

Half-heartedly flinging a shot into the middle of the goalie's chest from the top of the circle and crashing the net, clawing and scrapping for a goal count for the exact same amount of "shots," but to me, one is a far better display of "motivation" than the other.

Posted by: VTDuffman | December 20, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

I think MP has been one of our worst players during the losing streak.
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i think so too. I don't mean to bag on MP because I think he's overcome a lot. And maybe he needs more time at this level, I dunno. But I hope he gets evaluated on how he plays on every shift instead of an aberration like a 2 goal gm last night against a poor team. And at least on that 2nd goal, he was Johnny on the spot but if AG hadn't gone diving into the dman and created some havoc I don't think that goal gets scored.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 20, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

>>>Wow Caps win and all the "angry" bandwagoners are gone.

Hopefully the Caps return to winning ways, in which case the comments threads will go back to pessimistic, cynical trolls warning that the regular season "means nothing" and that the Caps are doomed to another Groundhog Day (the movie) experience in the playoffs. :D After 8 losses, I was almost nostalgic for folks like that.

Posted by: blackjack65 | December 20, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Good win. However, I'm still worried about this team come playoff time.

Still think our D is weak. Poti doesn't inspire much confidence. Hannan needs more time to adjust (I hope?) and we all know Sarge can be streaky.

Package a few prospects for another center. Someone who can go into a corner and distribute the puck when necessary. B. Gordon is obviously not an option considering he's hurt every three games.

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | December 20, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

But, as some people on here have stated, he sucks and should be traded.

Posted by: sgm3 |

another dumb comment. You're on a roll today.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 20, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Alzner has played well for most of the season so far. Recently he has also picked up the physical play as well, which is nice to see.

However that wouldnt stop me from trading him if the right offer came along...ie someone wants him for the 2C.

Posted by: ThePat | December 20, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

@capscoach
I wish I could take credit for it, but read it on here a long time ago and it stuck!

Posted by: hbcapsfan | December 20, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

"cynical trolls warning that the regular season "means nothing" and that the Caps are doomed to another Groundhog Day (the movie) experience in the playoffs."

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To be fair, those people whom you label "trolls" have been right every single year regarding the playoffs.

Posted by: VTDuffman | December 20, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

During this call up MP has only been on the ice for one goal against while being on the ice for 7 goals for the Caps.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 20, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

When Semin comes back into the lineup, who sits? When Sarge comes back, does Erskine get the bench?

cstanton

my guess would be Hannan gets the bench considering how he has been playing (his +/- is pretty poor), but it is also possible that once sarge return that the Caps give Green a breather

Posted by: capscoach | December 20, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Isn't is sorry that people are "guessing" and examining "possibilities" of who will sit once ****55 returns? I thought BB said ice-time would be based on "merit." It's got to be Hannan or Poti who sits, but WE ALL KNOW WHO IT'LL BE (sorry #4)..we've seen this movie before and we know how it ends

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 20, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

During this call up MP has only been on the ice for one goal against while being on the ice for 7 goals for the Caps.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 20, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

SAOTI,
Yes, that is the incident we were talking about. Brooks did not look good going off. No blood, but I thought perhaps he took the shot of a collarbone or something. Really glad he was back on the ice afterwards.

Posted by: _Mark | December 20, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

SAOTI: I most definitely said many, many times over the last year + that Fehr would pot 300 over 10 yrs and be likely #1 RW after Knuble left. I don't expect any "credit" because he played #1RW last night, so I'm not taking any. It's just that I've always loved his wrister and thought that the two yrs of 50+ goals in the WHL was no fluke.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | December 20, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Just because last night's effort resulted in a win doesn't mean that's the magic formula they need to imitate. I know most of you already know that.

- cstanton1

Exactly. I was torn last night. I wanted them to finally get a win, but more than anything this season, what I want is for them to lose the games they don't play well, and win the games they do play well. When they only play 40 minutes, I don't want them to win. When they have all kinds of defensive lapses, or don't have good forechecking, I don't want them to win. I only want them to win when they play responsibly defensively, and forecheck hard and smart. There will be mistakes and bad play here and there in pretty much ever game, but I want them to learn that playing a full game the right way equals success. Not playing a full game the right way equals failure. Last night I didn't think they played a full game of good hockey, but they didn't play that bad either.

Posted by: TheDoubleAlex | December 20, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

And lets see how many of those 7 were in his first game and yesterday??? Quit going to Japers Rink and spitting out stats that they provide for you. They also say he was invisible for half the games hes played, but you leave out that part.

Posted by: ThePat | December 20, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

re: Alzner. I would expect he'll do better. He finally has someone on the team (Hannan) whose style he can learn from. Maybe now he will avoid becoming another poke-checker.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | December 20, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I quickly read all the above comments and I don't think Ovechkin's name was mentioned.

Bottom line- if he doesn't start scoring this team isn't going anywhere. He has, what, 3 goals in last 19 games? The 'real' Ovie would have at least 10 goals. Imagine the difference in w-l over last 19 games if we had 7 more goals spaced in there.

Posted by: pdanziger | December 20, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

this place is dork city

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | December 20, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

@tomihogcredit

It's all good bud, just busting your chops some. =)

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | December 20, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

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