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Posted at 7:03 AM ET, 02/18/2011

Quote of the night from Sharks' 3-2 win over the Capitals

By Katie Carrera
Morning Roundup

Sometimes players and coaches sum up a game so quickly that there's not too much left to say. With the Capitals letting the 3-2 loss to the Sharks sink in as they started to pack up in HP Pavillion, John Carlson had his readers digest version of the game.

"I think we came out really strong and kind of tapered off," Carlson said. "We can't put ourselves in those situations. We just have to be dominant all game long. We can't let off the gas."

Personally, Carlson didn't have the greatest game in San Jose either. The puck bounced over his stick at the blue line on the Capitals' only power play, he tripped and it resulted in a two-on-one and shorthanded goal for Joe Pavelski and afterward Coach Bruce Boudreau said he should have found a way to block the shot that resulted in San Jose's third goal.

In the four games Mike Green has missed since he was struck in the head by a puck on Feb. 6 against Pittsburgh, Carlson has played an average of 25:10 per game. It's not a huge increase from his season average of 22:22 but it's something worth keeping an eye on.

Against the Sharks, Boudreau and the coaching staff spread the minutes out rather evenly among the defensemen. Carlson played the most with 23:58 and John Erskine the least at 15:21.

--One of the centers that wasn't mentioned yesterday but will be a unrestricted free agent at the end of the season is Dallas' Brad Richards. The veteran would likely be one of the most highly-sought after players if the Stars would try to trade him before the deadline but GM Joe Nieuwendyk has repeatedly expressed his desire to resign Richards. ESPN's Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun discuss the possibility of Richards being back in play.

--Dan Steinberg has the skinny on the Caps-fandom of Redskins' Andre Carter along with more on the Caps fans at Honda Center Wednesday night and those guys with the presidents' masks.

--Ted Leonsis' take on the Capitals 7-6 win over the Ducks earlier this week.

--Also from the game against the Ducks, Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski explains the extra-attacker, delayed-penalty-esque rule of when a net is knocked off its moorings by one team while the other has possession of the puck.

--A little late on linking to this but Craig Laughlin has a Twitter account and yes it is real:@Laughlin18

By Katie Carrera  | February 18, 2011; 7:03 AM ET
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Comments

Another nail in BB's coffin. It's really time to find a new coach. A 2C and maybe a RW would help, but the amount and types of losses requires a major change. The top stars are responding to the challenge and scoring lately, but BB's team is just so inconsistent. The team needs a disciplinarian to get these kids to play some consistently good hockey with a consistently good effort.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 18, 2011 7:49 AM | Report abuse

I love the Post...

Even though the Caps zzzz everyone to sleep with another bad loss last night...

LET'S TALK MORE ABOUT THE WIN 2 NIGHTS AGO...

No, let's not. They won, thankfully, but that game is over. 1 Win in the past 6.

Great. Let's talk about how the Senators are trading everyone for late picks and garbage...and the Caps are not!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 18, 2011 7:53 AM | Report abuse

...sorry, a little steamed...

let me finish that thought...

...and the Caps are NOT PICKING ANYONE UP!!!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 18, 2011 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Can the Caps assign Vets to Hershey for salary cap reasons?

If so...why don't the Caps reassign Poti and dump his waste of salary?

Same with Chimera...


I am loving the fact that when Matty P scored on 2/1, early in that game...

I said, "It's good to see the little guy get his goal for the month out of the way early.."

Lol...Matt Perrault = Keith Aucoin = Alexander Giroux....AHL PLAYERS FOR LIFE.

(which isn't a bad thing, it's just they don't help my team win)...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 18, 2011 8:16 AM | Report abuse

I went turned off the TV and went to sleep after the 2nd period. I figured if I stayed up to watch the 3rd period and they won, I would be tired. If they lost, I would be angry and tired.

I'm glad I'm not tired.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | February 18, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

"letting off the gas"

Is anyone else tired of hearing this cliche? The Caps need to explore the trade carefully.

Posted by: SirPelleas | February 18, 2011 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Can the Caps assign Vets to Hershey for salary cap reasons?

If so...why don't the Caps reassign Poti and dump his waste of salary?

Same with Chimera...


I am loving the fact that when Matty P scored on 2/1, early in that game...

I said, "It's good to see the little guy get his goal for the month out of the way early.."

Lol...Matt Perrault = Keith Aucoin = Alexander Giroux....AHL PLAYERS FOR LIFE.

(which isn't a bad thing, it's just they don't help my team win)...

Posted by: SoaringCaps

Assigning Poti to Hershey would be McPhee admitting he made a huge blunder resigning him. Won't happen.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 18, 2011 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Assigning Poti to Hershey would be McPhee admitting he made a huge blunder resigning him. Won't happen.

Posted by: underpants2

I don't think a team is allowed to waive a player, which they need to do to send down a veteran, who is injured.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 18, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I still don't think BB will be canned until summer. Look how long it takes GMGM to make a trade.
At this point I think there is still a hidden dream that it will magically come together, and the Caps will put together a playoff run comparable to last years Flyers. Unfortunately the facts say that ain't gonna happen...
Come summer Ted's got some thinking to do, does he scrap the 5 year plan or hold out to see if the next batch of "young guns" can mesh with the "older young guns"? The unfortunate part is that this season didn't need to be like this, had they realized what truly happened vs. Montreal and made some moves last summer. But NO...they (GMGM and BB) were convinced had it not been for Halak, the Cup would be in DC.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 18, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

@ underpants2

well at the rate things are going GmGm won't have to worry about this season for much longer. Poti has turned into the second Circles 92, thankfully not at Nylander's price tag tho :)

Posted by: bqts | February 18, 2011 8:57 AM | Report abuse

MP has no business being on NHL ice.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 18, 2011 9:16 AM | Report abuse

the Caps centers after Backstrom:

Johnansson - 7 goals, 6 assists
Perreault - 6 goals, 6 assists
Steckel - 5 goals, 5 assists
Gordon - 1 goal, 4 assists

While Johansson has definite upside the other players on this list in my mind are in the category of 'you see what you get.'

The Caps are deluding themselves if they think picking up a another defensive center who scores 8 goals is going to help this team advance they are kidding themselves.

The Flyers #2 center is Briere.

The Caps need to acquire a significant piece, a player who has the Stanley Cup experience and leadership ability to get out in front and show the way.

And that is going to cost the team something in return.

Or you can go out and try and make a trade for a guy like Jason Arnott and roll the dice that at 35 he is a player that rejuvenates himself for push to the postseason playing with more talented linemates.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | February 18, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Why is Chris Bourque in Switzerland?

Posted by: afreeman3 | February 18, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

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