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Posted at 8:32 AM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Quote of the night from Jason Arnott: 'I can't hold anything back'

By Katie Carrera
Morning Roundup

Jason Arnott knows that part of the reason the Capitals wanted to trade for him was to add another experienced leader into the dressing room. He's won a Stanley Cup, been an NHL captain, played over 1,000 regular season games, and even though he is the new guy in the dressing room, Arnott pulls no punches.

Arnott said he's ready to embrace a role as someone who doesn't hesitate to hold the team accountable.

"It's tough, but I can't hold anything back," Arnott said of being an experienced veteran yet the newest player. "They brought me in for a reason, to speak up in the room, and there are certain things we have to address if we want to go forward. If these guys want to win there's a lot of things that we need to address and play a lot better than we did tonight.

"If that means me speaking up and guys don't like it, that's what I've got to do," Arnott said. "I think they brought me in here for my experience with stuff and I saw a lot of things tonight that we can do a lot better and I'm sure everybody knows that. We've got to talk it over and go out and do it together."

--If you gave up on the Capitals' contest against the Islanders and turned it off before the final minute in regulation, check out the recap of Washington's 2-1 overtime win.

--Columnist Tracee Hamilton writes now that General Manager George McPhee has made his moves to tweak the roster, it's up to Coach Bruce Boudreau to get that roster to perform.'s Dan Rosen asks: Is Jason Arnott the key to the Capitals' success?

--Japers' Rink breaks down the Capitals' weekly ups and downs.

By Katie Carrera  | March 2, 2011; 8:32 AM ET
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Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 2, 2011 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Hannan has made so many mistakes on defense, almost like he doesn't have a clue what his assignment really is. I'll admit that he's appeared a little bit better in the past week or so (and actually almost looked good the past two games), but he really didn't fit in very well until just now.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | March 2, 2011 8:38 AM |


that's not the same hannan i've been watching. sure he makes mistakes, all players do.

where's your mention of carlson ? he's been up and down this year as a rookie. he's given the puck up several times, and some of those mistakes led to goals scored by our opponent.

the caps WILL make the playoffs, and then we'll find out what this team is made of.

i think the hannan trade was a good move

Posted by: hessone | March 2, 2011 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I found it very interesting to listen to Arnott's interview after the game last night.

He said what the fans have been screaming for months, Shoot the Puck. Actually he said that the team has to get away from all the fancy passing infront of the goal and shoot the puck when they get the chances.

Maybe he will be heard cause we as the fans haven't been.

Posted by: bqts | March 2, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

re-post :-)

Thanks - all that negativity is what drove me away in the first place - lol! Last night's victory was not huge but seeing as it had three new guys who have not had a chance to gel with the team yet, well hopefully that means that only good things are yet to come.

CT Caps Phan:
Hey Stranger! How ya been? We miss you too. So much has happened since we spoke last - oy!!

Fancy meeting you here ... ;-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 2, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and anyone who thinks that Jeff Schultz "stinks" reveals himself as a person who knows absolutely nothing about ice hockey and has eyes only for the puck, and even then only when the Caps are on offense. Jeff Schultz is our most valuable player and has been for years.

We can win without Ovie, without Semin, without Backstrom, without Green -- we can't win without Schultz out there.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | March 2, 2011 8:29 AM | Report abuse

I don't even know where to begin with this one, or your next post when you said Hannan stinks (only looked good last 2 games) and the trade w/Flash was bad for us. Clearly, you're a first time poster (or sgm3/will11) trying to get a rise out of me as NOBODY HATES ****55 MORE THAN I!

But I am curious to know, Fergie, what makes you think Dork55 is so valuable? I'm in need of a good laugh this morning, and your response most definitely will accomplish that.

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 2, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

No doubt Hannan is a solid addition. Couple that with Wideman and it really shores up the veteran presence on the blueline. All D-men make mistakes. It just so happens that the "coaches" on this site are the Scotty Bowman's of the world.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | March 2, 2011 9:00 AM | Report abuse

@ Boo, would love to hear about the changes. Send me an offline note if you can.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | March 2, 2011 9:00 AM | Report abuse

After last night’s game the first thing Arnott has to do is give Neuvirth a big pat on the back. It amazing how we can have 40 shots on goal and not win time of possession. Mikie truly kept the team in the game last night and actually started to get a little pissed at the players in front of him. This is a good thing, the goaltenders maybe taking the next step forward in development by leading the defense.

The second item for Arnott is to get the Caps to play as a team, this individualistic attitude that has invaded to locker room will prevent them from hoisting the Cup.

We have another clueless blogger, Hannan has been a fine addition to the team. Carlson's performance last night was dreadful. The Isles couldn't score on his first turnover so he decided to give them another chance. The Hannan-Wideman pairing looked solid last night. Carlson better take his partner out for a cold one because Alzner was saving his a$$ all night.

Now its only one game (against the Isles), but I think the additions may have a position effect on the team.

Posted by: ttenner | March 2, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Looks like Carlson is starting his sophomore slump early. Has made numerous soft passes for turnovers lately and seems hesitant to shoot.

Posted by: ds_kelly | March 2, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Boo, CtCaps and 828,

It's like deja vu all over again.

Mike, when you coming to Verizon (as it looks like I'll be owing you a beer)?

Posted by: Steve_R | March 2, 2011 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Thanks - all that negativity is what drove me away in the first place

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 2, 2011 8:55 AM |


please rejoin the board. we need some more positive folks to balance out the negative ones

you know, it's not that posting a negative comment is a bad thing, it's the folks that keep hammering away over and over the same things.

Posted by: hessone | March 2, 2011 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Not sure what your watching with Hannan, he's been more then steady the last several weeks. He doesn't panic with the puck in his own zone, and usually makes the right decisions. He's been a solid pick up for them.

Posted by: topshelf | March 2, 2011 9:05 AM | Report abuse

I love what Arnott said tonight. Just his body language and composure on the ice and in the interview is a breash of fresh air. Did anybody catch what he said about Semin? How he was going to talk alot out there with him because he got the sense most other people didnt.

You have to think Semin is going to really benefit from having a vet on his line, one who is willing to be assertive and communicate with him.

That little tidbit gave me the feeling that most players don't really know what to get out of Semin, so they tend to just let him go, his style of play often has that feel. If arnott can get him using his skills in unison with his line, it could work wonders.

The 21-44-28 line has an enormous amount of potential...given the way Arnott and Laich played off of each other last night. I think BB needs to put knuble up there with backs and Ovi though, or stick with Sturm. Chimera shouldn't be sniffing ice time with 8/19.

Posted by: BACKS | March 2, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I wont be so hard on Carlson He is a rookie its the uninsspired play that bothers me from a lot of the guys. I believe Arnott will crack some skulls and get them playing as a team I found it very intresting he said" Nobody really talks to Semin to see what hes is doing" I also like Laich and him together seemed to spark the Caps Number 1 tire changer.

Posted by: koppleschloss | March 2, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Carlson will get up for the playoffs, I think, as it's his m.o. Yes, he is in a slump right now, but I bet BB is pushing him to press on offense too much. Plus, he has been logging a lot of top pairing minutes as a rookie. Yet come the playoffs, he plays with more concentration and poise, I bet.

As for Arnott, damn right, you and Knubs hold these kids accountable. I hope the Caps can find a way to resign him for next year if things pan out.

My biggest concern for the Caps going into the post season is that the vast majority of their wins have come against non-playoff teams (besides the Pens and Bolts). It's great to beat the Isles a few times for the points, but to get your a$$es handed to you twice in a year by the Rags, and what 3 times by the Bruins, is not boding well for the playoffs. And the Flyers have truly overwhelmed the Caps this year, maybe not on the scoresheet, but watching the games, it's men versus boys, or a-side scrimming b-side.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | March 2, 2011 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Nobody should be happy about last night. yes, a little can be forgiven for having new guys in the lineup, but the theme passion, no hitting, no teamwork, terrible passing, terrible zone clears, horrible coverage. This team is heading towards another first round exit, and their opponent may make it look easy. Something has to change quickly. Awful game last night vs an awful team. They should be ashamed.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 2, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

@ vermontcaps

I'm with you on 55. It's not that he's incapable of playing in the NHL, he simply refuses to hit, is way too slow when backing into the zone against opposition forwards, can't shoot, won't try to clear in front of our net, and simply has no concept of the word grit. Other than that he's pretty good. Let's all get realistic here. A third pairing D-man at BEST! I like him most when he's a health scratch.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | March 2, 2011 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I love the comments by Arnott. It's exactly what I want to hear. Hopefully he'll be able to get through and change the mentality of this team in time for the playoffs. At least it gives me hope that something will change by the playoffs, and that we actually have the possibility of going far.

I'm with BACKS, too, in that I love his comments about Semin. I hope he can get through to him.

Posted by: TheDoubleAlex | March 2, 2011 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I don't know about Arnott's idea of actually trying to reach out and communicate with Semin. It sounds pretty radical to me - it hasn't been tried by anyone other than Ovi, has it? Isn't it better to isolate him and treat him like an enigmatic freak? By isolating him the team encourages him to continue to play a one-on-one style. Isn't that better?

Posted by: zmega | March 2, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Finally back from Africa and just in time to see the Caps' trade deadline moves. I thought the new guys looked solid last night, and have the potential to put this team over the top.

Question for everyone on here. Assuming both goalies are healthy, who would you start in the first round of the playoffs? Does it depend on the matchup - Neuvy if it's the Pens, Varly if it's the Habs?

Personally, I would start Neuvy either way (as I have been pitching since the beginning) but I get the feeling that BB will start Varly if the team plays anyone but Pittsburgh in the first round.

Just curious what everyone else thinks...

Posted by: Aldred15 | March 2, 2011 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Hi Steve!! Long time no see!! ;-)

CT - will do!

hessone - Thanks. I don't mind a critical eye, but there's a difference between that and just griping, ya know? It's simply unrealistic to expect perfection all of the time. And, frankly, while I am a die-hard fan and STH who even supported the Caps even when they were, uh, less than optimal, at the end of the day it's just a game and not worth getting all fired up about. Anyway, we'll see - I've been known to get sucked in before!

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 2, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I'm not going to jump to any conclusions after last nights game, it's the first one with the new guys. It doesn't mean much right now.

However, I will say that the pass from 44 to 21 to tie the game with seconds left, and his quotes after the game really ought to illustrate to everyone the importance of having a true veteran 2C on your team, and why not addressing this gaping hole last offseason was such a huge mistake.

I'm not going to say Arnott in particular because who knows what will happen there, but imagine having that kind of player at 2C all season. I think things might have been a lot different.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 2, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

JA44- welcome to washington and to the darkside. Belly up and get your tankard of goats blood!!!!

We label the cones 55 for the mite team I coach. It is hard to believe 55 could be in a conversation as best player on this team.

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | March 2, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse


Can you explain how "55" was on the bench for the entire third period (except 1 shift)...if he's so "valuable"?

Schultz is one step above Sloan.

I could have been +53 last year playing with (last years) Ovie, (last years) Backstrom, Semin and (last years) Green.

The only thing I thought Bruce did well, was going every other shift with Wideman, Hannan, Carlson, and Alzner.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 2, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Just finally had time to read through all the comments from during that game about how losing to NYI would be an embarassment to the season or similar ideas. Anyone want to ask the Pens if they feel the same way? They are 2-1-1 vs NYI with one win in OT and the one loss being embarassing. It is amazing how negative everyone gets just because we are losing a game.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 2, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

AMEN ... and we actually WON it - lol!

Posted by: --Boo-- | March 2, 2011 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Taken from previous thread:

My observations from last night's game [taken from an email I sent to my buddy and former teammate]:

As we can see it isn't the new Caps you have to worry about, it's the old Caps that are having issues. Carlson had a particularly brutal game.

New guys:
Dennis Wideman: When I saw that turnover on his first(?) shift I said to myself, "I'm going to be eating crow about the playing on bad teams makes your numbers worse comment I made, he's going to be a -27 if he keeps that up". :) Well, he didn't keep that up and availed himself after that for the most part. With other players making such glaring mistakes I'm not going to knit pick the little stuff. I think he may have gone to the Dale Hunter school of how to get away with stuff. Nice way to clear out in front of the net. *evil grin* He moved the puck really well and I hope the other defensemen on the team noticed how all but one of his point shots got through to the net. And there were big rebounds off his shots too.

Marco Sturm: Does that guy take happy pills? :) Seems like an upbeat guy with the right kind of attitude. I thought he made real good puck decisions. It seemed like he always made the right play. This is his 3rd game back after a long layoff, I think he'll improve, but even if he doesn't I don't think I'll have many problems with the guy. Of course if he had scored on that early break away...

Jason Arnott: He's the real deal. Big time players make big time plays at crucial moments in hockey games. I'm not saying that MaJo and MP85 haven't made similar plays, but they didn't do it consistently and they didn't do it at crucial times. [Regarding the faceoff/Steckel thing] There was a faceoff that he (Arnott) lost. Their guy played it back his defenseman in the corner. Mr. Arnott went over and introduced himself. As far as introductions go Mr. Arnott may be lacking in social skills, but the Caps came away with the puck. *evil grin* When did Steckel ever do anything like that? Oh that would be never. Steckel loses the faceoff it's gone with no retribution. Mr. Arnott loses a faceoff and makes 'em pay for it.

Regarding Jason Arnott's comments I add this [again taken from the aforementioned email]:
I like that kind of talk. Can he do it? He's got an uphill battle, but I think he can.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 2, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

A lot of the so called "Caps fans" here just want GMGM and BB to fail. What sense does that make? Ever heard of cutting something off to spite something else?

Posted by: Cayugalaker | March 2, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

@Aldred15. I think it all depends on when Varly comes back and how he looks once he does. If he comes back soon and gets 10 or so games in and looks like he is on his game I go with him for the experience. If he can't come back in time or doesn't look on his game then I go with Neuvy. Thats just me.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 2, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I haven't read any of the posts, so sorry if I'm repeating someone.

With Knuble coming off the books after this year, do you think the Caps bring back Arnott next year?

I think they might entertain the idea if they go to the ECF or further, but what does everyone else think?

Posted by: jwash4472 | March 2, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Hi, Boo, I used to be tominfl1, maybe you remember.

Was pretty negative here most of the year. The tone here tends to mirror the team's play on the ice.

For those who don't know, boo was kinda the peacemaker at times back in the day.

We don't have one now, nobody would accept a job like that, although I've tried from time to time.

BTW, the 4 Caps who also played on German Olympic team were Olie, Seliger, Ustorf and, of course, Sturm. If there are more than that, I don't know. The French player was Huet. I think there WAS a Swiss player but can't remember name.

Also, Charlie Sheen has stopped taking my calls since I quit the goat's blood.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 2, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

What bugs me about the caps is that when they do finally shoot the puck, they take their sweet time doing it...they make it so obvious that it's an easy save for the goalie!

They need to be quicker! Backstrom needs to actually shoot the puck or at least do SOMETHING productive...I mean for all the flack Ovie has been getting, Backstroms gotten off lightly! He makes a ton of money to least Ovie gets chances.

Carlson has been off his game...felt bad for Alzner...made a great play to stop the break away, the puck goes to Carlson and he promptly turns it over for a goal against.

I like what Arnott said...he is a rental so he shouldn't be shy about ruffling some feathers in the locker room. The PP looked so discombobulated! Granted there were some new guys on it.

Caps can do this if they start to get it together. They were just very stiff last night and needed to loosen it up. Have fun! It is a great game and they get to play it for a living...I actually thing they were just too mentally intense for their own good.

Posted by: capscoach | March 2, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse


I've been an Arnott fan, like his attitude & playing style. His return depends a lot on how well he gels with the team. I'd love to see him succeed here, think he's a class act.

Would also have to see what players are available over the off-season.

Posted by: ttenner | March 2, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Aldred - Personally, I'd go with Neuvy. He seems to have more control over games.

Varly is awesome when he's on, but he has gigantic mental lapses at bad times.(not to say Neuvy doesnt"

Neuvy seems to get better when the stakes are raised. He has more of that "hunker down" potential, where Varly has more "wow" potential.

Posted by: BACKS | March 2, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I think the truth about 55 is somewhere between where Ferguson and Vermont have him. I think (just looking at the player not including his cap hit) that there are many, many teams that would like him as a 3rd pairing Dman. He wouldn't be on the ice much when down like last night because helping a comeback late is not his game. If it had been us up 1-0 he would have been out there and out there often. Everyone talks about how anyone could have had his +/- with the guys he was out with however everyone forgets that none of those players had his +/-. Now in no way am I saying he is better then any of those guys but he does a good job of covering for talent so the talent can concentrate on scoring. In that role he has value although not 1st line value or his contracts value but he still has value.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 2, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

boo, btw, generally three groups here these days:

Sunshine Kids aka Kool Aid drinkers;

Dark Siders aka goat's blood drinkers;

A smaller group of us fence sitters.

The trades and the win last night have brought in the Sunshine. All the goats out there are safe from being sacrificed until at least late Thursday night. I'm really hoping though Arnott gets all over them and they get things in order. Don't know why the coach hasn't been able to do that, but sometimes a fresh face makes all the difference.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 2, 2011 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Someone previously said that waiting until ten games have elapsed before passing judgement on the trades/acquisition is the thing to do. One down, nine to go (so far so good though).

Ovi's gwg last night sure was a blast from the past and I sure liked where Laich scored his goal from.

As for the passing, I think a lot of that has to do with an opposing player being in position to intercept the pass (except for the pass Ovi made to spring Sturm). In other sports (football, soccer) players try to get "open" so they can receive a pass.

The fact that Caps players are not getting "open" a lot of the time may stem from the new system they are playing.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 2, 2011 9:46 AM | Report abuse

@ icehammer

However, last year 52 played like Paul Coffey and was almost an extra winger at times. In that scenario we needed a slew footed clod like 55 to hang back a bit. Am I wrong here?

Posted by: Cayugalaker | March 2, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

"The PP looked so discombobulated! Granted there were some new guys on it."


The PP didn't look any worse with the new guys than it did with the old guys :)

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 2, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

So what is Arnott going to say to the team? How and when is he going to say it? Does he want/need to talk to his captain about it first?

Did anybody ask any follow up questions like these? Will anybody ask the players what Arnott is telling them. Reporters, please report. The only thing more lacking than the Caps offense is the REPORTING from this newspaper!

Posted by: CalleJoFan | March 2, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

@ Steve_R,

Good question, I need a brew!

I hope to make down for the playoffs.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | March 2, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Don't have time to post anymore but I've been here reading all season. For the first time in months, I read something I absolutely had to respond to, even though several other people have already taken it upon themselves.... Schultz our MVP???? Schultz? Jeff Schultz? You're talking about Jeff Schultz? #55? WOW. In defense of whoever said that, it's no easy task saying who IS the Caps' MVP. But I might be able to name, oh, maybe about 16 or 17 guys who are more deserving of the honor. (Jeff Schultz???)

Posted by: struggler | March 2, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

@jwash. Using Tom's numbers for the guys who need to be resigned, Alzner 1M, Varly 2M, Laich 3.25M, Brads 1.1M, and raising the cap 2M (the low end of what raise is assumed to be) we will have just under 4.5M with one roster spot (2nd line C) to fill. So assuming Arnott is willing to take less (which since this deal was signed 5 years ago is a very good bet) we will have the Cap space to do so. If we will is anyones guess but we can if we want.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 2, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

capscoach: Backie is one of about six Caps this year who look like they are at 33 1/3 when the rest of the league is on 45. Ovi also, Green, Laich, Semin (on days he doesn't get a hat trick) and surely Knuble.

Fact is, had Knuble gotten the puck over Thomas' pad in those two early losses to Boston, we might've won both games and maybe the slow start wouldn't've lingered so long.

The passing all year has been tentative and off target. Last night was much better, Laich and Arnott combined twice on quick passes with redirections.

Neil Greenberg has posted stats the percentage shots are rebounds, redirections and deflections. Like the cleaning person who "doesn't do windows," we don't do those shots. The Caps have taken the easier route of trying to score from perimeter sniping. As many here have pointed out, that doesn't work in the Playoffs.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 2, 2011 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Thats exactly what I wanted to hear from Arnott. He knows he's a rental, and it ain't gonna hurt to be brutally honest.
What we all know now is, Ovechkin is not the locker room leader this team needs. Better to have Arnott, Knuble and Hannan in that role.
I'm re-invigorated.

Posted by: oo7 | March 2, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

FLCapsFan: I believe problem with Caps passing and offense in general is they remain stationary too much and don't cycle. Best way to get open is to move your feet.

If you recall from 1st period last night, lots of cycling. Then, no more for 39 minutes and fortunate to get an ENG. Of course, Laich was open in front of the net so that meant other players were moving and that's what pulled the D away and left Laich open.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 2, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only one that felt bad for Knubs last night? Bumped to the 3rd line and then given a buddy pass that got him crushed. I mean he got flipped and landed hard. I was like, ooooh, hope he didnt bust a hip on that one.

I also laugh at all the Caps fans that think the Caps stink so bad and that waiting in line at the metro is such an onus, that you determine the game is over with the Caps down 1-0 with 3 min to go and leave early. Too bad you missed the most exciting parts. Suckers.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | March 2, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Arnott needs to talk while Hendricks is yelling "f-ing right!," after each sentence..

Posted by: SA-Town | March 2, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse


Dont feel bad for Knuble. They are trying to set things up for the stretch. Fehr will be on the top line when he returns. And either Sturm or Laich will be on the line with MaJo and Knuble. Knuble will do whatever it takes to win, so I doubt he cares that much.

Posted by: ThePat | March 2, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

@SAOTI, I didn't see the play talking I only was able to watch hilights as I was playing myself during the game but I don't feel bad for him getting sent down to the 3rd line. Nothing against Mike but if he had a problem with playing on the 3rd line he needs to play at a level that forces BB to keep him in the top six. Similar to what Hendricks did on his tryout. He got on the team and a contract after this year because he played at a level that forced BB and GMGM to keep him. He wasn't given anything and neither should Knuble.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 2, 2011 10:13 AM | Report abuse


Kind of like the Hanson brothers when Reg was giving a speech?

Posted by: Steve_R | March 2, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Also it was very refreshing to here Sturm and Arnott's comments after the game. Coming out and saying exactly what they feel and how the way the played last night wasn't good enough.

Also Wideman had a pretty solid game after his first two shifts wher you could tell he was nervous and fumbling the puck a little bit. He was doing a lot of the little things well.

Every other player in there is like a broken record. So welcome to the new guys and help the other two older guys lead us to play hockey the way it needs to be played. 100% concentration, 100% effort.

Posted by: ThePat | March 2, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I saw a lot of things that really frustrated me last night and had me asking "If this is what happens against the worst team in the East, what horrors await the Caps in the postseason?

Then the new guys came up huge.

Sure, Sturm didn't quite finish on the breakaway, but he's got wheels and I think probably better hands than #25.

I particularly liked the "parking ticket" Wideman dished out to Tavares on the PK...heh.
I suggest that Dennis eat a lot of garlic if we face PIT in the playoffs: If he's gonna get sent to the box for breathing on Crosby (assuming Concussy McWobblefall has returned to the Pens lineup by then), he should at least make sure that Crysby knows he's been breathed-on.

Looks like Arnott & Le Brooksi have good timing together.

As for #8's GWG...


Now that's the Ovie we all know and love, basically saying "I've had just about enough of this Bull$#1+" and carrying the team on his back at the end. I especially liked the way he shrugged of Nielsen (sp?) as though the latter were a speck of dandruff and left him spinning inn his wake. A vintage Ovie strike, and probably the leading candidate for the "OMG did Ovie really just do that?!??!" goal of the year.

Last but not least, Neuvy came up big--the lone goal he let in he had little chance on--he gave the Caps a chance to win even though they may not have deserved to win.

Concerns? Sure, I have some. Caps should have crushed these guys from the first puck-drop. But it's still a win, and NJD can help the Caps' cause tonight by defeating TBL. But so far the trades seem to be paying off in many ways. Like I said earlier, we'll know better after about 10 games or so.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 2, 2011 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I can't wait for Arnott to drop this is the lockerroom.

"The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee. "

Then Erskine just knocks some random person walking by out.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 2, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse


Hmm, that didnt quite come out the way I intended. I agree with Knubs moving down and Fehr/someone an eventual replacement etc. It was more like, awww I felt sorry for him kind of like when the old tired greyhound has run its last race.

The buddy pass is what I guess I felt "bad" for. He really did take a vicious hit directly resulting from a buddy pass. Kind of like the scene from "The Replacements"...when the starting quarterback came back into the game and threw the hospital ball to the deaf kid. Ouch.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | March 2, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

ice: Or maybe Arnott stands and yells out, "I am Spartacus!" And Ersk yells, "No! I'm Spartacus!"

And then Semin says, "Who?"

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 2, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse


Ok gotcha. I thought you could have meant it that way, but wasnt sure. So I just guessed wrong, haha.

Posted by: ThePat | March 2, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Nobody should be happy about last night. yes, a little can be forgiven for having new guys in the lineup, but the theme passion, no hitting, no teamwork, terrible passing, terrible zone clears, horrible coverage. This team is heading towards another first round exit, and their opponent may make it look easy. Something has to change quickly. Awful game last night vs an awful team. They should be ashamed.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 2, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

No question you & I were watching the same game. I hope the new guys change the atmosphere.

Posted by: sidehillman | March 2, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I guess I shouldn't find it surprising that Arnott's interview is being focused on by people that want to say AH-HA I told you there were problems. No kidding, everyone knows there are problems but Arnott didn't say anything that hasn't already been said. I am home sick so I watched NHL on the fly today and watched an interview Brian Duff did with Dennis Wideman on the phone. The question was:

"What did you notice as a difference if there was one for you between your former club and tonight?"

Wideman's response:

"The systems are a little bit different, a confident group here, a little less panic on the ice and in the room, there's good leaders here and we know that we can hang around and keep tight stay solid defensively we'll come out on top most games."

The question did not lead Wideman to provide an opinion of the leadership in the locker room but Wideman brought the leadership to the conversation.

Back to the Arnott video, and I watched it a couple of times on the Caps webpage and didn't hear anything specific to Semin except that he referred to Laich and Semin as skilled players. His assessment of the powerplay was no different than anyone elses in the sense he said shots need to be pounded on the net. Just another way of saying they are too cute, again, not toward anyone in particular.

If there is another Arnott interview somewhere please point it out to me and I'll read or watch it because I am going stir crazy here at home fight through a bout of strep.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 2, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse


I'm still the movie quotes.

I wonder if Arnott will talk to Semin about using some of his puck-handling wizardry to pass to the wide open man? Did anyone notice Semin along the right boards taking the shot when there was a D man (Wideman?) standing at center-ice, top of the circles with no one within a stick and a half length of him? All five Isles, and Lawton, had slid over towards Semin. That missed opportunity bothered me more than the Sturm, Arnott and Chimera misses.

Posted by: prestoj | March 2, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Late arrival, actually working so short on time......watched the gmae on the net, for once the NHL did not black out the game, live in STL, but travel all over the country and world.........WI, has not hockey team, so i was able to watch.

, not here to bash any player, but Carlson did not have a good game at all.

One thing stood, What is this no possesion game, it is like one and done. we dump it in, lose the puck or the puck battle, then other team comes at us, not until late did we start to cycle. So we can do it but not all times?

I would think this is one of our biggest challenges? If not o-zone time, how can you score?

Glad Arnott will speak up, i remember days when KONO, Halperen, and was it Ulf Dahlen, man we could cycle and keep the puck........not that we won the cup but atleast it was not this frustrating, just other frustrations.

Thank you,

Posted by: hunter321 | March 2, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

We need to resign Hannan..

As much as I hope arnott works, and we resign him....Hannan is equally as important imo

Posted by: OVIHtrick8 | March 2, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Nice, I was really wanting to hear what Tracee Hamilton thought about the trades. Glad she wrote a column.

/fart noise

Posted by: gandorfdapirate | March 2, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

A win is a win and it will be the same in the playoffs. Even late as last night's effort. Win 16 games and everyone will be happy but some unamed (you know who they are) malcontents. The negativity is unbeleievable.

Bad thing about Tournaments like the Cup. Unless you Win them all, your last game is a stinkin loss. If that happens we try next year. Some places do not have a team for those who can not bear it. Move there!!!!!!

The new guys looked OK and now we practice to get better and mesh. Real NHL Season starts very soon.

Posted by: ballgame21 | March 2, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Why is there an 'attitude' in the lockerroom and in the way these guys play? Arnott is not the first new arrival to say that there are things that this team needs to change. That reflects directly on the coach. Either the coach can't see it and hasn't changed things around, or, he has seen the problem but cannot change it because he has 'lost' the players. Either way, a coaching change is a must.

Posted by: scmonty1 | March 2, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Jeff Shultz was lousy in Hershey and he's still lousy in Washington. They probably would have traded him but couldn't find any GM gullible enough to take him!! LOL

Posted by: hersheybearfan | March 2, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Give Arnott the C. Ovie is phenomenal but he's not Captain material..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | March 2, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Arnott knows he has nothing to lose and everything to gain with his short stint on this team. Why not speak up and get in people's faces, especially Semin's. The worse that can happen is that the Capitals start to play like Champions instead of Wannabe chokers. I hope he gets in coach BB's face too for some of his moves.

Posted by: JohnWWW | March 2, 2011 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Who are the chumps who said Arnott is washed up or can't light it up?


Posted by: Rocc00 | March 2, 2011 6:50 PM | Report abuse

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